DAYBREAK DAILY: Bill Bolling mulls write-in candidacy in Viginia

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VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Enter the wildcard, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “He coulda been a contender. Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has heard that refrain enough in the five months since he decided not to mount an independent bid for governor. Over time and with the benefit of hindsight, he’s come close to believing it. “Given the way this campaign has evolved it may well have broke our way,” he said in an interview. “We may well have been able to run a more competitive campaign than I thought we could run.”

“The call for an alternative has gotten louder in recent weeks as Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli have pummeled each other with attacks. The deadline for getting on the ballot passed in June. But dissatisfaction has raised another possibility: Bill Bolling, write-in candidate. Bolling admits that he has been approached by several people about the idea. He calls it a long shot and “not a viable option” in terms of being able to win. But he doesn’t call it out of the question.”

MORE CHARGES: Where there’s smoke. . ., per the Baltimore Sun, “A Montgomery County elementary school teacher from Dundalk who was charged with possession of child pornography has now been charged with child sexual abuse, police said. Lawrence Wesley Joynes, 54, of the 1900 block of Ormand Road, is charged with 14 counts of sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, child abuse, and second-degree rape.”

CHAOS CONTINUES: In Egypt, per the Washington Post, “Egyptian security forces moved to break up two sprawling pro-Morsi sit-ins in the early hours of Wednesday morning, firing tear gas, bulldozing tents, and beating and arresting protesters. Black-clad riot police moved into the camps at about 7 a.m., confronting protesters as tan armored vehicles plowed through tents amid clouds of white and black smoke that appeared to come from fires and tear gas canisters.

“A spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, which backs Morsi, said 120 people had been killed in the raids. That number could not be confirmed. A senior Health Ministry official, Ahmed el-Ansari, said four people were killed and 50 injured in all at the two sites.”

NOW WHAT?: Of peace talks, per the New York Times, “In the hours before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were to start here on Wednesday, Israeli warplanes struck two sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal territory against southern Israel the night before, according to the Israeli military. There were no casualties on either side, but the events underlined the continued potential for confrontation in the volatile area after weeks of relative quiet.”

WIND TEST: Maybe, per the Virginian-Pilot, “A team led by Dominion Virginia Power is proposing to build two test wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach. Tonight, company officials are holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach to talk about the project.

“Dominion and its partners, known collectively as the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project, want to build the demonstration turbines 24 miles off the coast. The project is one of seven across the country that have each received $4 million in federal funding for initial engineering, design and permitting. Next year, the Department of Energy will select up to three of the projects for additional funding for construction.”

BOOKER: A winner, per the Newark Star-Ledger, “Newark Mayor Cory Booker has easily prevailed in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary tonight, the Associated Press projects. Booker will now face Steve Lonegan, the Republican primary winner, in the Oct. 16 special election to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).”

McCONNELL: Issues a warning, per The Hill, “Shutting down the federal government will not stop President Obama's healthcare law from taking effect, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. "I'm for stopping ObamaCare, but shutting down the government will not stop ObamaCare," McConnell (R-Ky.) told a crowd at a healthcare center in Corbin, Ky., according to a local television reporter who attended the event.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A terror threat has embassies on high alert. Hurricane season is about to pick up. And over at the Department of Homeland Security, the No. 3 person is about to be left in charge. Not because he was nominated for the top job. But with Janet Napolitano’s upcoming departure Sept. 6, and President Barack Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary tangled in corruption allegations, the Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs is the highest confirmed official at the critical agency.”

AMBULANCE WOES: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “A D.C. ambulance caught fire Tuesday morning on Benning Road in Southeast Washington, the second time this month that an ambulance in the district caught fire. And on Tuesday afternoon, yet another went up in smoke at Washington Hospital in Northwest Washington.

“This is all in addition to President Obama's Medic 1 ambulance that ran out of gas on August 8 due to a reported broken fuel gauge. According to fire officials, all three ambulances are older models, scheduled to be replaced by newer units in the next couple of months. An investigation is now underway by D.C. police.”

CHARTER FUNDING: Questions in Montgomery County, per Gazette.Net, “As Community Montessori Charter School heads into its second school year, some county and school system officials are concerned about fundraising efforts to complement Montgomery County Public School funds in the school’s budget. As of July 26, Crossway Community — the nonprofit that operates the county’s only charter school — was continuing to raise the roughly $150,000 needed to complement about $66,000 the school system contributed to the 2012-2013 school year budget, according to Kathleen Guinan, the nonprofit’s CEO.”

POCKET CHANGE: Everything’s relative, per City Paper, “LL has been bugging longshot mayoral candidate Christian Carter about filing his July 31 campaign finance disclosure. It's only fair to note, then, that Carter turned the form into the Office of Campaign Finance yesterday. Carter didn't exactly rush his numbers out the door, and it's easy to see why. Compared to the other candidates, Carter is lagging way behind in both money raised and cash on hand, even though his form claims that his campaign hasn't spent any of that money. Carter's campaign took in $3,601.87, which puts him more than $70,000 in funds raised behind the next mayoral candidate, Reta Lewis.”

ADAM KOKESH: The latest, per the Washington Times, “A D.C. judge is considering a motion to release a jailed Internet talk show host who faces felony gun charges after a videotaped July Fourth stunt in which he is seen apparently loading a shotgun in the District's Freedom Plaza. Adam Kokesh has remained behind bars since he was arrested July 9 after a raid at his Herndon home. His attorney, Peter Cooper, argued Tuesday at a hearing in D.C. Superior Court that prosecutors previously presented incorrect information in court that made it impossible to verify a home address — a condition of supervised release.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat San Francisco 4-2.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A proposed $70 million parking lot in Springfield will hold almost 1,100 spaces for commuters who desperately need a place to park every day. And it's coming with some extra special features -- including a ball field, tennis courts, and a track up on the roof.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is UDC law professor Andrew Ferguson, who will talk about his new book, “Why Jury Duty Matters: A citizen’s guide to constitutional action.”

--Skip Wood