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DAYBREAK DAILY: Bizarre circumstances break Virginia budget impasse

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Deadly shooting in Alexandria; Maryland speed cams’ revenue dwindling; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

POLITICAL FIRESTORM: And now. . ., per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The battle of the budget is all but over, thanks to a potential $1.35 billion revenue shortfall and a seismic political shift in the Virginia Senate. The Senate will convene Thursday to enact a two-year state budget that will have about $700 million less in new spending than when the General Assembly adjourned its regular session March 8 without approving a budget because of a bitter political battle over expanding health insurance coverage.

“The apparent breakthrough in the budget impasse was hastened by the political firestorm that followed the surprise resignation of Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, who said Monday he had decided not to accept a job on the staff of the state tobacco commission. Puckett said he had never been formally offered a job with the panel, but he acknowledged that he did not want his Senate service to impede his daughter’s future as a judge. He also said his family has been dealing with “several difficult issues” that he described as “private matters” requiring his attention.” http://bit.ly/1oPKPnL

MEANWHILE: Of Mr. Puckett, per the Virginian-Pilot, “. . .(Del. Terry) Kilgore, R-Scott County, had discussed the commission job with Puckett and considers him qualified for it. He insisted no deal had been made to persuade Puckett to step down from the Senate.

“Even so, Anna Scholl of the left-leaning ProgressVA group blasted the contemplated arrangement as an underhanded deal designed to swing control of the divided Virginia Senate to Republicans bent on blocking Medicaid expansion. "This kind of quid pro quo involving government resources should be taken seriously," said Scholl, who called on Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the matter.” http://bit.ly/1oPPYMA

MONEY MAN: And then some, per the Baltimore Sun, “Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has raised nearly $12 million in his bid for governor, the Democratic front-runner announced Monday. The final campaign finance report before the June 24 primary election is due Friday, but Brown's camp released its total tally early and touted collecting "over $800,000" in the past two and a half weeks.

“The $12 million sum exceeds the $10 million Gov. Martin O'Malley spent in 2010 on his re-election campaign. Brown's tally includes cash raised by his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. When Brown formally filed his last campaign finance report in May, he had raised more money than any candidate of either party, and he had more on hand ($4 million) to spend.” http://bsun.md/1o8sxSI

LULULEMON KILLING: New trial requested, per the Washington Post, “Brittany Norwood, a former yoga store saleswoman convicted in one of Montgomery County’s most notorious and violent murders, should receive a new trial because prosecutors relied on police interviews in which she wasn’t told of her right to remain silent and to consult an attorney, according to an appeal of Norwood’s 2011 conviction filed Monday.

“Prosecutors also improperly presented a police officer’s testimony as an expert opinion about a specific knife wound, Norwood’s attorneys argued. Both of the legal matters were important in the trial, according to Norwood’s attorneys, because prosecutors highlighted the knife wound and the interviews in their closing arguments. Norwood was convicted of killing co-worker Jayna Murray the night of March 11, 2011, inside the Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda. Norwood used at least six weapons in the attack and inflicted more than 331 wounds.” http://wapo.st/1kWeihJ

IMMIGRATION REFORM: GOP split on the issue, per the New York Times, “While 62 percent of Americans favor a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally, Republican voters are sharply split on the issue going into the November elections, according to a nationwide poll published Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution, nonpartisan research groups in Washington.

“As House lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday after a week’s break, pressure mounted from business, religious and immigrant advocacy groups on House Republicans and on President Obama to take action on immigration before the elections. The survey reveals political shoals House Republican leaders have to navigate as they decide whether to hold votes on legislation this year or put off the contentious issue at least until after November.” http://nyti.ms/1kgPf2X

DONALD STERLING: A change of heart, per the Los Angeles Times, “Donald Sterling plans to still sue the NBA, according to a statement released by his attorney Monday. "The action taken by [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver and the NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of the freedoms that are afforded to all Americans," Sterling said through attorney Bobby Samini. "I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled."

“While Sterling may be ready to continue to press his case against the NBA, including a $1-billion lawsuit he filed two weeks ago, his wife, Shelly, can also go to court in an attempt to clarify her right to control the team and its sale to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.” http://lat.ms/TCTBfr

MONICA: And Hillary, per The Hill, “In a case of silence speaking louder than words, Hillary Clinton did not deny dismissing Monica Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony tune” after Lewinsky’s affair with her husband went public. “I am not gonna comment on what I did or did not say back in the late 90s,” Clinton told ABC’s Diane Sawyer when asked if she uttered the quip.

“The name-calling came to light when the private papers of Diane Blair, a longtime friend of Clinton’s, went public after Blair’s death. Lewinsky reemerged in the public spotlight this past month because of an essay she penned for Vanity Fair, in which she gave her side of the affair and the subsequent fallout. Some Republicans — most notably a potential 2016 opponent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — have honed in on the affair as evidence of the Clintons’ “hypocrisy” on women’s issues.” http://bit.ly/TDMByV

POLITICO PLAY: “The Obama administration had its first chance to convince House lawmakers it made the right call to trade five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. It didn’t work.

“House Republicans came out of a more than hourlong classified briefing by top national security officials on Monday complaining they’d learned nothing new about the incident that hasn’t already been disclosed in the news media.” http://politi.co/1o7d5qa

SHE’S BACK: In the running, per City Paper, “Move over, David Catania, there's another Republican-turned-independent gunning for the mayoral suite. Ex-Councilmember Carol Schwartz tells LL that she'll also be running as an independent mayoral candidate in November.

“In a lengthy statement, . . .Schwartz says she's entering the race after being "concerned" about the District following corruption scandals. Schwartz was ousted from the D.C. Council at-large seat that she won in 1997 after losing the Republican primary in 2008. Schwartz's loss to rival Pat Mara came after she alienated her backers in the business community with sick-leave legislation.” http://bit.ly/1oPSx1n

WILSON HIGH: Protesting a protest, per ABC7-WJLA, “It was a message of love, not hate that filled the air at D.C.’s Wilson High School on Monday. The school week began with several hundred students, faculty, and community members participating in a counter protest against the Westboro Baptist Church.

“The conservative, anti-gay organization targeted the District school after it planned its Gay Pride Day, an event last week where even the school’s principal came out in support.” http://wj.la/1ifCR3x

INDICTED: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “A Walkersville High School student accused of attacking two runners in a park was one of 13 people indicted by a grand jury, Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said.

“Kelby Ray Spence, 17, of the 8500 block of Adventure Court in Walkersville, is charged with attempted second-degree rape and sex offense in the April 6 attacks at Walkersville Community Park on Kenneth Drive. He attacked a 37-year-old woman who fought back as he tried to pull down her running pants, according to a statement of charges filed in Frederick County District Court. A 50-year-old woman accompanying the 37-year-old was also assaulted when she tried to fight off the attacker. State police said April 14 that they believed the case was related to a Nov. 10 assault on a 57-year-old woman, who said she was attacked from behind while at the park with her grandson.” http://bit.ly/1o8D9Ry

SILVER LINE: Shocking news, per DCist, “Since Metro took control of the Silver Line on May 27, the 90-day countdown for the new train line to start service officially began. But during a conference call (Monday), WMATA officials said work that must be completed for service to start is taking longer than expected.

“Most of the delay is coming from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority contractor Bechtel, Deputy General Manager Rob Troup said. He declined to say if the delays are major or minor, but did say that Metro is "doing everything we can to put the service out there quickly and efficiently." When Metro took control of the Silver Line a few weeks ago, Troup said that "there's a lot of items that need to occur" in order to get the Silver Line up and running.” http://bit.ly/1kgUvUg

JAMMIN’ CATS: Or something like that, per ARLnow, “Two kittens rescued by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington have become Internet sensations thanks to a viral video filmed and posted by their foster parents. The video shows the kittens nodding their heads in a synchronized “dance,” seemingly along with the beat of the hit song “Turn Down for What,” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.” http://bit.ly/UqjMqa

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat San Francisco 9-2.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “According to a new report, more than 5,000 D.C. students were suspended last year. And now, critics are questioning what seems to be excessive punishment. Find out which group reportedly had the highest rate of suspension: http://wj.la/1mywNnO

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is former D.C. Councilwoman Carol Schwartz, who will be asked about her decision to run for mayor as an independent.

--Skip Wood

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