DAYBREAK DAILY: E.W. Jackson an enigma for Virginia GOP

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E.W. JACKSON: Of an introduction, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Until Saturday, E.W. Jackson was known primarily in political circles as a preacher noteworthy for his conservative activism and controversial rhetoric about abortion, gay people, Muslims and Barack Obama. That changed the instant he claimed the Virginia Republican nomination for lieutenant governor from a field of seven candidates, becoming just the second African American picked by the party to run for statewide office.

"The past invective by the Chesapeake-based minister is coming under renewed scrutiny as he takes his place on the GOP ticket in Virginia's closely watched November election. Over the years, Jackson, 61, has called the Planned Parenthood abortion rights group "far more lethal to black lives than the KKK" for committing genocide against unborn black babies. He has urged Christians to disavow Democrats due to the party's support for same-sex marriage, labeling gay people perverted and "frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally."

KILLER TORNADO: Just the facts, per the New York Times, “MOORE, Okla. — A giant tornado, a mile wide or more, killed at least 91 people, 20 of them children, as it tore across parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday afternoon, flattening homes, flinging cars through the air and crushing at least two schools.

“The injured flooded into hospitals, and the authorities said many people remained trapped, even as rescue workers struggled to make their way through debris-clogged streets to the devastated suburb of Moore, where much of the damage occurred. Amy Elliott, the spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City medical examiner, said at least 91 people had died, including the children, and officials said that toll was likely to climb. Hospitals reported at least 145 people injured, 70 of them children.”

AND THIS: The scene, per the Kansas City Star, “At 2 a.m Tuesday, not a quarter mile from the obliterated Plaza Tower Elementary School, some 20 search and rescue firefighters watch as a cadaver sniffing-dog searches time and again through a mountain of debris that was once a house. Trees torn naked mix with cars crushed like tin. Homes smashed into jagged tinder gather in sit in heaps like dunes. The dog has a hit. Chainsaws crack the air.

“At the school, the search continues beneath floodlights. "They think they have three more bodies in there," said Kingfisher County Task Force Fire Chief Randy Poindexter. "They don't know if they're adults or children." The firefighters have been digging in this for close to an hour.”

MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S FOLLY: At least it seems that way, per the Washington Post, “. . . Today, 23 years after the county spent $8 million to buy the land for the transit center, two decades after the federal government provided the first $1.5 million to design it and more than six years after construction finally began, the Silver Spring Transit Center sits behind chain-link fencing, its new bus benches still shrink-wrapped. Although the facility is supposedly 95 percent finished, it is crippled by major structural flaws. Dangerous cracks in the building are warning signs that chunks of concrete could fall onto pedestrians, and all sides agree that complex lawsuits lie ahead for the worst building fiasco in county history.”

COMCAST: Of big feet, per Gazette.Net, “Comcast Corp. is beefing up its Montgomery County job base at the expense of Prince George’s County and Northern Virginia. The Philadelphia broadcasting and Internet services giant will add dozens of call-center employees in Silver Spring while cutting 145 call-center jobs in Largo and more than 100 others in Northern Virginia by Sept. 7.

“Some 200 new call-center jobs will be added in Silver Spring and White Marsh near Baltimore, though Aimee Metrick, a Comcast spokeswoman, could not say how many will be moved to each site.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Five years later, the 2008 presidential primary still goes on and on and on. In a string of Democratic primary elections around the country, two of the long-memoried protagonists of the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton nomination fight keep finding themselves at odds as they rally to support down-ballot candidates who picked the “right” side in 2008.

“The most recent flashpoint is Tuesday’s mayoral runoff election in Los Angeles, where former President Bill Clinton and Obama master strategist David Axelrod have picked candidates in direct opposition to each other.”

MOBILE PHONES -- EVIL: Or are they?, per the Washington Examiner, “Marylanders soon will be ticketed for texting or talking on a mobile phone while driving under a new law, but studies show such crackdowns on phone use do little to prevent traffic accidents. The new law means drivers who are emailing, texting or talking without a hands-free device can be pulled over and issued a $100 ticket just for using their phones. Currently, they have to be pulled over for committing a different offense to get a ticket for phone use.”

D.C. CHARTERS: The saga continues, per City Paper, “A year ago, my redoubtable predecessor chronicled the hurdles charter schools face when they try to move into vacant D.C. Public Schools buildings. The administration of ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty closed 23 DCPS schools, but managed to get around rules giving charters top priority on the buildings, and at least 18 were handed over to city agencies or developers, leaving charters scrambling to build or lease other spaces.

“Now the Vince Gray administration is going through its own round of school closures, with 15 slated to be shuttered. That ought to mean 15 good options for charters looking for space—if the process runs like it's supposed to this time around.”

LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE: This one’s complicated, per the Washington Times, “The District's Office of Tax and Revenue failed to collect $6.5 million over a five-year period because it did not charge penalty fees to businesses that owed money — a punitive system now under review because officials said it was too ambiguous to enforce. The findings were among several deficiencies highlighted in the city's tax office through a report by the District's office of the inspector general.”

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--Skip Wood

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