DAYBREAK DAILY: Another poll, another lead for McAuliffe

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VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE 2013: Another poll, another lead for McAuliffe, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 9 percentage points among likely voters in a poll released Tuesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

“It’s the third poll within a week showing McAuliffe with a lead outside of the margin of error. McAuliffe led by 7 percentage points in a University of Mary Washington poll and 9 percentage points in a Politico survey.”

AND YET: Cuccinelli dismisses the polls, per WJLA, . . . “I haven’t even seen them – you’re the first person to mention them to me,” he said Tuesday. “So the short answer is no. I mean, for us, we’re focusing on turning out our folks, and that means everybody who agrees with us on an issue like education. . .

“A lot of people are just now starting to turn and pay attention, so we’ve got to be staying busy and getting our message out for the duration of these four weeks, and I’m confident that when we get to election day, we’re going to be on (top in) the poll that matters.”

MEANWHILE: There’s this, per the Roanoke Times, “In a roundtable discussion with Roanoke Valley educators Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli expressed a desire to reform the state’s Standards of Learning tests and listened to suggestions for growth-based assessments. Packed into a board room at a Roanoke law firm, educators and administrators crowded around a table and peppered the attorney general with thoughts on the state’s K-12 education standards, which have long been embodied by the multiple choice questions of the SOLs.”

HBCU: A positive court ruling, per the Baltimore Sun, “Presidents of the state's historically black colleges and universities said Tuesday that a federal court ruling ordering remedies for persistent segregative policies in Maryland higher education could result in new opportunities and resources for their campuses.

“. . . The 60-page opinion, issued Monday in response to a 2006 lawsuit, found that certain high-demand specialty programs duplicated by traditionally white schools — a form of "separate but equal" — encouraged segregation among campuses by drawing students from the state's black schools, which historically have been underfunded. To repair the situation, the opinion suggested mediation, new niche areas for black schools and the possible transfer or merger of some programs.”

WE TOLD YOU SO: It’s not who you think, per the Washington Post, “Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations. Despite those warnings and intense criticism from Republicans, the White House proceeded with an Oct. 1 launch.

“A week after the federal Web site opened, technical problems continued to plague the system, and on Tuesday people were locked out until 10 a.m., although some applicants were able to sign up as the day went on. Officials said they were working 24 hours a day to improve the system and that they were confident it would soon be able to meet the demand. They added that there was ample time to correct the site to allow consumers to get insured by Jan. 1.”

LIBYA: Interesting development, per the New York Times, “The Libyan government in recent weeks tacitly approved two American commando operations in its country, according to senior American officials, one to capture a senior militant from Al Qaeda and another to seize a militia leader suspected of carrying out the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

“The Qaeda leader, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was captured by American commandos in Tripoli on Saturday in a raid that the United States had hoped to keep secret, but that leaked out to the news media. The operation has been widely denounced by Libyan officials, who have called it a kidnapping and said they had played no role in it.”

WIN FOR THE NFL: But not the players, per the Los Angeles Times, “After more than a year of intense lobbying by professional sports leagues, California has slammed the door on most athletes looking to file injury claims in the state, including those with serious brain injuries.

“Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that significantly limits workers' compensation claims by pro players. It's a significant victory for the National Football League, which has been trying to reduce its financial exposure to concussions and other brain injuries that former players allege are the result of repeated blows to the head.”

REJECTED: Shocking, per The Hill, “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday rejected President Obama’s offer to negotiate a long-term fiscal deal in exchange for temporary measures to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A reality is beginning to dawn on — and eat away at — many House Republicans: They aren’t at all sure of their party's strategy to re-open government and lift the debt ceiling. After forcing leadership to pick a fight it didn’t want to pick, sitting through hours of meetings with lots of internal hand-wringing and failing to force Democrats to negotiate, the path to avoid a prolonged government shutdown and the first debt default in American history is completely uncertain.”

MAYOR GRAY: He wants to talk, per City Paper, “The federal shutdown has had an unusually small impact on the District's local government, thanks to Mayor Vince Gray's decision to fund operations out of city's $144 million rainy day fund. The city has even been filling in for the feds in some places, but the fund's starting to run out. In a letter to President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Gray says he wants to meet with each of them to talk about the shutdown.”

SHORTFALL: What to do?, per the Frederick News-Post, “Frederick has fallen short in its attempt to save for a rainy day. The city is facing a $2.29 million shortfall in last year’s unassigned general fund balance, meaning elected officials must find a way to cut this year’s general fund by that amount. Mayor Randy McClement and the Board of Aldermen will discuss how to close the gap today at their workshop.”

SCRAMBLING: No choice, per Gazette.Net, “The Irish tin whistlers are on the move, the international waltzers have found a new home and the plein-air watercolorists are searching the landscape for a new location. In fact, all of the folks enrolled in Glen Echo Park’s many art, music and dance classes have scrambled to find new places in the area to meet during the partial federal government shutdown, which began Oct. 1.”

MINIMUM WAGE: Of coming together, per the Washington Times, “Lawmakers in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the District on Wednesday will announce a coordinated effort to create a regional minimum wage of $11.50 per hour. The proposal will raise the minimum wage in the District by more than $3 an hour and in the Maryland counties by more than $4 an hour.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Montgomery County wants to shut down a Silver Spring woman's elaborate backyard haunted house. Last Friday, Donna Kerr received a 37-page temporary restraining order, which seeks to restrict her from opening the gates this October. At least 11 neighbors say Kerr's 10-minute trek-of-terror creates a traffic and pedestrian safety hazard."

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Fairfax Board Chairwoman Sharon Bulova, who will be asked about the impact the federal government shutdown is having on local governments.

--Skip Wood