DAYBREAK DAILY: Aneesh Chopra gains steam in Virginia

ABC7 WEATHER: Rainy and overcast with highs in the mid-70s.

CHOPRA POWER: You know, the guy going the wrong way on the escalator in that commercial, per the Virginian-Pilot, “State Sen. Ralph Northam, the only local Democrat seeking statewide office this year, was edged out on his home turf in a straw poll of Hampton Roads party activists Thursday night. The Norfolk lawmaker drew 104 votes, just shy of the 110 polled by his opponent, former state and federal technology czar Aneesh Chopra of Arlington County. The two are seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in a primary election Tuesday.

“The straw vote in the other contested race, for attorney general, was more lopsided. Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor from Fairfax County, outpolled his opponent, state Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun County, 159 to 59.”

THIS STUFF IS GETTING CONFUSING: Of more snooping, per the Washington Post, “The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

“The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.”

SHOCKER: Or not, per City Paper, “Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown told supporters (Thursday night) that he plans to plead guilty after being caught in a bribery sting. . .The investigation by the FBI began a year and a half ago. . . .Undercover agents posing as local businessmen offered Brown money in exchange for help becoming a Certified Business Enterprise, which would give them an advantage when competing for contracts. Brown needed the money because of marriage troubles, according to an NBC 4 report. In April, Brown dropped out of his campaign to regain an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in a special election. He had lost his bid for re-election in November, coming in third in a race for two seats.”

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The nation more or less shrugs, per the New York Times, “A solid majority of Americans opposes a broad national right to same-sex marriage, saying the power to legalize gay unions should rest with the states — even as most support marriage equality for gay people, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

“The survey comes as the Supreme Court is preparing to issue decisions this month on two high-profile same-sex marriage cases. Justices are weighing the constitutionality of California’s ban and the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples; the public appears squarely in favor of overturning that law.”

TROPICAL STORM ANDREA: Clear those storm-drain openings, per the Associated Press, “After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea was moving quickly toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas early Friday, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend. The first named storm of the Atlantic season was losing some intensity late Thursday and by early Friday, its winds were down to 45 mph (75 kph).”

THE MARYLAND JAIL THING: And its latest episode, per the Baltimore Sun, “The head of security at the Baltimore jail failed a polygraph test administered after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption on her watch, corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard told lawmakers at a hearing in Annapolis. Shavella Miles is the only person to have been removed following the allegations, but an internal inquiry has progressed down the ranks with all jail employees subject to review. Maynard said Thursday that the supervisors of 13 corrections officers charged in the federal case are under investigation.

“A federal indictment unsealed in April alleged that the Black Guerrilla Family gang, under the leadership of inmate Tavon White, set up a sophisticated smuggling ring at the Baltimore City Detention Center with the help of corrections officers. The allegations sparked criticism and a flurry of activity to restore order and eradicate corruption at the troubled facility.”

TRAYVON MARTIN: And George Zimmerman, per the Miami Herald, “The audio played in court Thursday remains as chilling as ever, cries recorded in a 911 call that captures the violent struggle between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, ending in a fatal blast of gunfire. Lawyers played the recording Thursday as part of a crucial hearing to determine the extent of expert testimony that will be allowed during the trial when jurors will try to decide who was hollering in fear during the confrontation.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Roger Ailes doesn’t think homosexuals are out to get him. He frequently jokes about his weight. He doesn’t believe Rupert Murdoch calls him “cuckoo,” but brags that his boss does call him “paranoid” - and he’s wealthier for it. If Fox News headquarters is under attack, Ailes plans to stay behind, with a monitor to watch others scurrying out of the building.

"If you’ve been wondering what’s on the mind of Roger Ailes, now you know. The chairman and CEO of Fox News gave us a statement – remarkable in its detail and vitriol – quarreling with the portrayal of him in Jonathan Alter’s new book about the 2012 campaign, “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies.” Ailes is billed as one of those enemies, with cameos through the book (one index entry: “Ailes, Roger, paranoia of”). Many of the allegations are rehashed from a 2011 Rolling Stone piece by Tim Dickinson, but Ailes took aim at Alter. “Jonathan Alter got 3 out of 13 items within a range of being at least partially correct,” Ailes wrote in an email to us. “The rest are patently, provably false and Alter either needs to check into a first year journalism program at Columbia or a rage counseling center immediately.”

GEORGETOWN CARJACKING: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “An armed carjacking took place early Friday morning in northwest D.C. The incident took place at the Exxon gas station along 3600 M Street, northwest, in the Georgetown area. The victim was pumping gas at the station when the suspects carjacked her. She was uninjured in the incident. The carjacking lead to the police chase, where the vehicle eventually crashed along Clara Barton Parkway. The suspects, who are described as three black males, bailed from the crashed vehicle. Police have one suspect in custody and are on the lookout for the suspects.”

WAR ON WOMEN: An oldie but goodie, per the Washington Examiner, “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Thursday called for tougher penalties on employers who discriminate against women, reviving President Obama's 2012 campaign strategy in which the GOP was portrayed as being at war with women. McAuliffe proposed legislation that would force companies caught paying men higher wages than women to give victims triple their unpaid wages. Current Virginia law puts the penalty at double the wages.”

FRAGER’S HARDWARE: Funeral for a friend, per the Washington Times, “Customers, neighbors and employees Thursday struggled to come to terms with the fact that a beloved general hardware store was no more, the victim of a four-alarm fire that destroyed the 93-year-old Capitol Hill institution.

“What little remained of Frager’s Hardware after the fire Wednesday evening was a far cry from what its patrons remember. Windows were blown out, the shattered blue-green glass covering the sidewalk along the store. The white “True Value” sign above the entrance had turned dark black, while an American flag that normally hung above the front door was singed and wrapped around its pole.”

OBAMACARE AND VIRGINIA: Of getting the word out, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginians can expect to hear from health care officials in Washington often this summer and fall as the federal government begins preparing the public for opportunities to buy health insurance in a new kind of marketplace.

“Marilyn Tavenner, the newly confirmed administrator of the country’s Medicaid and Medicare programs, said Thursday in Richmond that the federal government will use new ways of reaching out to Virginians from now through September to begin enrolling them in a federal health benefits exchange Oct. 1.”

PEPCO PUSHBACK: It’s official, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County has filed its objection to Pepco’s request for a rate hike and a new surcharge on its customers. The utility has asked the state’s Public Service Commission to approve new rates that will net a projected $60.8 million in revenue, a change that will cost the average customer $7.13 more per month.”

A LITTLE LATE, BILL: Oh well, per the Roanoke Times, “Speaking Thursday to a group of Roanoke County business leaders, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling criticized his party’s gubernatorial candidate, saying if Ken Cuccinelli didn’t embrace business incentives programs he wouldn’t be a “jobs governor.” Bolling, who dropped his bid for the Republican nomination in November, said he thinks the current attorney general’s views likely stem from a lack of hands-on experience.”

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Prince George's County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who will be asked about a recent gang conviction, the Supreme Court DNA ruling and other local cases.

--Skip Wood