DAYBREAK DAILY: E.W. Jackson clarifies 'false religion' comments

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WHAT HE MEANT: Not what he said, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Challenged by a Jewish audience to defend his assertion that non-Christians are followers of "false religion," Republican candidate for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson backed off to some degree. The evangelical Christian minister from Chesapeake has been on the defensive for declaring in a sermon in Northern Virginia last month that people who don't follow Jesus Christ "are engaged in some sort of false religion."

“Appearing Tuesday night at a forum at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Jackson qualified his remark. He didn't mean it to apply to Jews, he said. "I'm a Christian. I'm a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ," he said. "Of course, like every Christian, I believe that he's the only way. But we understand that Christianity came out of Judaism. We have deep and profound respect for Judaism. We do not view Judaism as a false religion. I can't say that about everything. But that is true of Judaism."

OF A DEATH: And a groundbreaker, per the Baltimore Sun, “John Arthur, a terminally ill Ohio man who chartered a private medical jet to Maryland to get married, died Tuesday, according to his lawyer. He was 47.

“Spurred by a recent ruling on same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court, Arthur and his partner, Jim Obergefell, were married on a runway at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on July 11. Friends and family funded the trip because Ohio prohibits same-sex marriage and Arthur, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, was too ill to travel normally.”

THUMBS: And trouble, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia State Police say they have cited more than 300 motorists statewide for texting while driving during the first three months of a new Virginia law that makes it a primary rather than a secondary traffic offense. But Tuesday’s announcement comes as state officials are still struggling with how to interpret the finer points of the law and putting into place standardized training for state and local police officers on how to enforce it.”

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Of jobs, per the Washington Post, “Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates agree on this much when it comes to job creation in the commonwealth: After a golden era of growth fueled by federal spending, trouble is on the horizon. The budget wars in Washington are slowing the flow of federal money, which analysts say supports about 30 percent of Virginia’s economy. Meanwhile, Congress is lurching from one budget crisis to the next, sowing havoc for businesses in Virginia and elsewhere.

“The biggest hurdle for the state’s next governor will be to find a way to reenergize Virginia’s economic momentum. The candidates recognize the challenge, but their plans for confronting it diverge: Terry McAuliffe (D) wants to enhance grants, tax breaks and other incentives to attract businesses, while Ken Cuccinelli II (R) says such programs are not as effective in creating jobs as just cutting taxes.”

SKEWED DATA: Per the shutdown, per the New York Times, “Like a driver with a broken speedometer, economists are being forced to come up with new ways to gauge the economy’s strength as the aftereffects of the government shutdown distort the usual metrics.

“Unlike the delayed jobs data released on Tuesday, figures for unemployment and job creation in October and November, experts say, will be skewed as hundreds of thousands of government workers and contractors disappear from the work force and then reappear in next month’s survey.”

OBAMACARE: Sebelius speaks, per The Hill, “Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that President Obama had no prior knowledge of the problems that HealthCare.Gov would face upon its rollout. Speaking on CNN’s AC360, Sebelius was pressed on when the president learned about the technical issues surrounding the ObamaCare website. The Health and Human Services secretary said it “became clear" to the president "in the first couple of days,” but that Obama didn't know about the problems until after the Oct. 1 rollout.”

POLITICO PLAY: “If the Obamacare enrollment website seems like a tangled mess, just wait for the lawsuits. The potential for a morass of litigation over who’s responsible for the problems that have plagued the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is significant, government procurement experts say.”

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D.C. GETS UP: But there’s a but, per City Paper, “With the government shutdown over, the District has replenished the $144 million rainy day that kept the local government running while the feds were closed. One thing D.C. won't be able to make up for, though, is lost revenue from the shutdown.

"There is a significant impact for the city that we will never see again," Mayor Vince Gray says. The D.C. region lost $400 million in economic activity every week of the shutdown, according to Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins, with the District losing $6 million in potential tax revenue for each week.”

PARTY?: Nah, per the Frederick News-Post, “Since the city’s first election in 1817, candidates in Frederick have been listed by political party. During this year’s election season, however, some candidates have come out in support of dropping Republican and Democratic affiliations. Others disagree.

“Opinions skew by party; Democrats want the designations, and Republicans want them gone. Since the city reviewed its charter last year, Republican aldermanic candidate Katie Nash has been asking officials to allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in the primary.”

PAY RAISE: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “Pay for the next members of the Montgomery County Council will increase about $32,000 in the next four years. The current council voted 8-1 to approve the increase Tuesday, based on an amendment by Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring to phase in the increase.

“Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg opposed the increase. According to the amendment, the council’s pay would increase from $104,291 — the level as of December 2012 — to $136,258 on Dec. 4, 2017.”

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