DAYBREAK DAILY: E.W. Jackson loses support of key Va. conservative

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Follow-up coverage of the death of an Arlington skateboarder; Congress tackles sex-abuse cases; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

E.W. JACKSON: “Too extreme,” per the Virginian-Pilot, “U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, who has long espoused conservative views on social and fiscal issues, said this week that some members of his party are becoming too extreme and interfering with solving larger problems. To that end, the Virginia Beach Republican said he won't endorse his party's candidate for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, in the November election because of comments Jackson has made about gay people.

“Rigell, who opposes gay marriage but not civil unions for same-sex couples, indicated during a meeting with The Virginian-Pilot editorial board that he found Jackson's anti-gay comments unacceptable. Rigell also expressed deep frustration with partisan politics in Congress - pointing a finger at members of his own party, as well as Democrats, for not setting aside ideological differences to find common ground in major fiscal issues he believes threaten the country's future.”

MARYLAND ACTS ON OBAMACARE: Cap suggested, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler urged state regulators Tuesday to cap the amount that insurers can raise premiums under the new health care law to no more than 5 percent until more is known about how the sweeping federal legislation will affect health costs. The call comes as the Maryland Insurance Administration reviews requests by insurers to raise rates on those who will buy coverage from a statewide exchange, or open marketplace, established under the Affordable Care Act.”

STAR SCIENTIFIC: For McDonnell, a recurring headache, per the Washington Post, “Top aides to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) expressed concerns about the governor’s participation in a 2011 event at the governor’s mansion that marked the launch of a dietary supplement made by a major McDonnell campaign donor, according to newly released e-mails.

“I don’t understand this? we are doing an event with them?” McDonnell’s communications director Tucker Martin wrote the evening before the event to Mary Shea Sutherland, the chief of staff for first lady Maureen McDonnell, who had organized the luncheon. Sutherland had asked Martin to review and approve a news release that the donor, Star Scientific, intended to distribute about the event, which was to announce the launch of Anatabloc, its new dietary supplement.”

JERSEY SEAT: It’s hot, baby, per the New York Times, “Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday a highly unusual special election that was immediately criticized for costing the state $24 million and setting up a schedule that was likely to confuse the voting public. Voters will go to the polls on a Wednesday in October to cast ballots for a new senator, then return just three weeks later for the regularly scheduled general election, in which Mr. Christie will stand for a second term.”

SANDY HOOK: Photos will not be released, per the Boston Globe, “State lawmakers passed an eleventh-hour compromise bill early Wednesday morning, the final day of the legislative session, preventing the release of crime scene photos and video evidence from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and other Connecticut homicides, concerned such records would be spread on the Internet. The negotiated bipartisan legislation came after days of closed-door talks and speculation about whether an agreement could be reached before the Wednesday’s midnight adjournment.”

CHINA AND THE U.S.: Of a meeting, per the Los Angeles Times, “Two years ago, President Obama hosted China's president, Hu Jintao, in a fastidiously choreographed White House summit involving an honor guard, a state dinner and a 21-gun salute. In meetings, officials spent more time reading from scripts than discussing touchy topics of mutual concern. The ceremonial trappings will be gone when Obama hosts China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a "shirt-sleeves" summit Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, a 200-acre desert retreat in Rancho Mirage.”

POLITICO PLAY: “As the Senate prepares to consider immigration reform next week, two powerful issues dividing lawmakers could be resurrected on the floor: guns and gay rights. They’re just two pressure points in a minefield that senators will have to navigate to pass the most sweeping immigration overhaul in decades.”{ }

SAD STORY: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “The 18-year-old Washington-Lee High School student killed while skateboarding Tuesday afternoon has been identified as John Malvar of Arlington. Police say Malvar was doing something similar to "skitching," which is riding on a skateboard while holding onto the back of a car. He lost his balance, fell, and hit his head. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.”

FULL PLATE: And then some, per City Paper, “There's a lot to unpack in the seven education bills David Catania introduced at Tuesday's D.C. Council meeting. Catania has legislation to increase per-pupil school funding in poorer schools, create a plan to turn struggling schools into "Innovation Schools," change how students are promoted through grades, create a unified lottery for out-of-boundary schools, and make the State Superintendent of Education more independent. That's an ambitious agenda for a school system that, since the passage of the Public Education Reform Act in 2007, has been under mayoral control.”

MOBILE FOOD: Of a compromise, per the Washington Examiner, “Through a multistep legislative maneuver, the D.C. Council found a way to pass vending regulations while stripping away many of the controversial provisions, pushing those decisions back to another day. It means, for example, that the rule that would require food trucks to do business with at least 10 feet of unobstructed sidewalk did not pass. The council also nixed a proposal that would have prevented food trucks from operating within 500 feet of areas with assigned food truck parking spaces.”

SPINNING POT: What’s up with this?, per the Washington Times, “The District has one of the highest arrest rates for marijuana possession in the nation, with blacks being arrested eight times as often for the offense in the city as whites, according to a study released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Compared to the 50 states, the District ranked first in the nation for marijuana possession arrests with 846 per 100,000 residents in 2010.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat the Mets 3-2.

POOL PLAY: Of the effects, per the Roanoke Times, “The ACC announced its rotating crossover matchups through 2024 on Tuesday, and the full impact of what expansion has done to a conference that only plays eight league games a year is crystal clear. With each team committed to six division games a year and an annual crossover rival from the opposite division, that leaves room for only one more opponent from the other division each year.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “MLB is expected to suspend New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and several others connected to a Miami clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, who will talk about Elder Abuse Month.

--Skip Wood