DAYBREAK DAILY: Sarvis kept out of final Virginia governor debate

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Big rigs and the big beltway – a different kind of shutdown; the latest on the actual government shutdown; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

SARVIS OUT: Of the final debate, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The final scheduled Virginia gubernatorial debate will proceed without Libertarian nominee Robert C. Sarvis. Organizers of the Oct. 24 debate at Virginia Tech announced today that the debate will take place with Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

“In a statement, Kelly Zuber, news director of WDBJ7, which is co-hosting the debate with Virginia Tech, said both major party campaigns agreed to language that the third-party nominee would be invited to participate if he was polling at 10 percent or greater in “major statewide independent polls” released within the three weeks ahead of Oct. 10. The eligibility decision was to rely heavily on the averages of major polls on and as of today they said Sarvis is polling at 9 percent based on the averages.”

MEANWHILE: Of a key endorsement, per the Washington Post, “Former governor L. Douglas Wilder on Thursday gave his coveted endorsement to Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running for governor. Wilder is a Democrat but also something of a political maverick, having bucked his party on occasion. He withheld his nod from state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) in the governor’s race four years ago.

“He had been publicly uncertain about whether he would back McAuliffe, a former national party chairman, prolific fundraiser and Clinton intimate who has never held elective office. . . Wilder told The Post on Thursday that the federal government shutdown and the polarized Washington politics behind it have helped convince him that McAuliffe is the right man to lead Virginia.”

GOOD AND BAD: News, that is, per the Baltimore Sun, “The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore announced the "bittersweet" news Thursday that its first-ever lion cubs had been born, but their mother had died of birth complications.

Lioness Badu, just 31/2 years old, went into labor and gave birth to two cubs, a male and a female, last Thursday. When she showed signs of distress the next day during her attempt to deliver a third, the veterinary staff made the decision to perform a cesarean section. Two more cubs were delivered but neither survived. Although Badu was attentive to her living cubs, she was unable to care for them, and they were removed and cared for by staff.”

SITUATION SHUTDOWN: Cautious steps forward, per the New York Times, “President Obama and House Republicans failed to reach agreement on a six-week extension of the nation’s borrowing authority during a meeting Thursday at the White House, but the two sides kept talking, and the offer from politically besieged Republicans was seen as an initial step toward ending the budget standoff.

“In statements afterward that struck the most positive tone in weeks of acrimony, House Republicans described their hour-and-a-half-long meeting with Mr. Obama as “a useful and productive conversation,” while the White House described “a good meeting,” though “no specific determination was made” about the Republicans’ offer.”

MEANWHILE: Lobs at the White House, per the Los Angeles Times, “While Republicans and Democrats trade daily charges over who is to blame for the government shutdown, the White House has come under sharp attack for how it has shuttered services.

"The administration's critics, among them conservative websites and groups, see politics or favoritism in the choices the administration has made about what is essential and what is less so, suggesting that some of the decisions were intended simply to inflict pain that would draw media attention. Among the charges: President Obama closed commissaries for military personnel but kept open a military golf course he frequents; he ordered civilian military chaplains to stay home and barred veterans from national memorials.”

AND THIS: The blame game, per The Hill, “Approval of Republicans dipped to 24 percent as the majority of the public blame them for the shutdown, according to a new poll. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday finds 53 percent of the public blame Republicans for the shutdown, while 31 percent blame Obama. Thirteen percent blame both parties equally.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Two clocks are ticking in Washington these days—and neither can be confused with the sound of brain cells working. The first is the government shutdown, well into its second week. And having backed himself— and the country— into this crisis, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) can’t seem to get out until the second clock rings when the Treasury runs out of cash and a debt ceiling bill becomes all important.”

BAD DEAL: And deadly, per the Frederick News-Post, “The day her son died, Diane Elliot saw a drug dealer pull into the parking lot outside her Emmitsburg apartment. She ordered the man to leave, but he wouldn’t listen. “I actually screamed at him and said, ‘Get out of here if you are going to sell my son heroin,’” she said. “Twenty dollars is what that man made that night to kill my son.”

“Elliot’s son, Derek Lee Dunsmore, was 18 when he died in June — a casualty of the uphill battle against heroin now being fought in Frederick County. Law enforcement officers, public health officials and politicians are on the front lines, and so are grieving parents like Elliot.”

ANOTHER D.C. CANDIDATE: Not exactly a surprise, per City Paper, “. . . Ex-Tommy Wells chief of staff Charles Allen, who insisted previously that he wasn't thinking about running for his old boss' seat, announced that he's going to do exactly that. Allen has looked like someone thinking about a campaign for a long time. Hints included his Facebook ads and suspiciously active blog about Ward 6. Most tellingly, he bristled whenever LL asked if he was running. (The Hatch Act prevented Allen from discussing a run before he quit Wells' office last week).”

WEIRD: And disturbing, per the Washington Times, “Melissa Jaramillo didn’t hear a bang, nor did she see the person holding the gun. But she does remember what it feels like to be shot. “It felt like a sting and sounded like a slap,” the 43-year-old Gainesville, Va., resident said. “It kind of made from my knee down go numb.”

“Doctors told her the pain was caused by a small bullet, likely one from a .22-caliber handgun. But how she was shot while watching her son’s soccer game at a Manassas park is anyone’s guess.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 3-2 against Carolina.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The 'bump-and-run' carjacking criminals who reportedly hit the D.C. area recently have been caught on surveillance video. And their primary target? Women driving alone in high-end cars in the city between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who will be asked about the government shutdown’s impact on his county.

--Skip Wood