ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Comprehensive coverage of the water situation in Prince George’s County; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
E.W. JACKSON: Of funny money, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “For the second time since his May nomination as the Republican candidate for Virginia lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson has failed to properly disclose donations to his campaign by the deadline set by state law, according to state election officials.
“By 5 p.m. Monday, the filing deadline, Jackson had reported $118,608 in contributions for May 30 to June 30. As required, he also provided an itemized list of donors. But topping the list of donations was a contribution of $48,155 attributed to Jackson for Lt. Governor, his own political action committee. In essence, his campaign made the list’s largest one-time contribution to itself, suggesting that the donation may be made of numerous smaller contributions by undisclosed donors.” http://bit.ly/1bHDNfV
GIRL POWER: And gay power, per the Baltimore Sun, “Defying the odds against a legislator's making the leap to the state's top job, Maryland Del. Heather R. Mizeur plans to announce her candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic nomination for governor. The 40-year-old Montgomery County lawmaker would join Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown as an official candidate on the Democratic side in the June 2014 primary. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is expected to formally jump into the race in September. Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, has said he is considering a run.
“If elected, Mizeur would become the first woman in Maryland to serve as governor and the first openly gay governor in the nation. Along with Del. Ron George on the Republican side, she also is trying to achieve what no other member of the Maryland General Assembly has done: win a popular election as governor while serving in the legislature.” http://bsun.md/191OaM9
NAVY UNDER SCRUTINY: For all the wrong reasons, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Failing to interview significant witnesses; not following up on solid leads; not collecting key evidence or properly examining the crime scene: These are just a few of the more serious problems that a Pentagon inquiry found in the way the Navy's investigative arm handled criminal sexual-assault cases.
“After studying 501 completed sexual-assault cases from across the military in 2010, the Pentagon's inspector general sent more cases back for further review in the Navy than in any of the other branches, citing significant deficiencies that could have affected the outcomes of the cases, according to the findings released this week.” http://bit.ly/14XK2bX
CUCCINELLI AND SODOMY: Of a clever trick, per the Washington Post, “When Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II challenged a federal appeals court ruling that deemed the state’s anti-sodomy law unconstitutional, Democrats pounced, accusing the Republican of pursuing an anti-gay agenda. Now Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor is looking to turn the tables on opponent Terry McAuliffe, casting it as an issue of protecting children from predators and pushing the Democratic gubernatorial nominee to take a side.
“Cuccinelli’s campaign is launching a Web site Wednesday that shows 90 Virginia sex offenders who have been prosecuted under the state’s anti-sodomy law since 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sodomy statutes criminalizing sexual activity between consenting adults were unconstitutional. Visitors can enter their Zip code and see “offenders who live or work near you, who may be removed from the Sex Offender Registry if Ken doesn’t win this appeal.” http://wapo.st/1bnghGD
P.G. WATER CRISIS: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Residents, businesses and officials in southern Prince George's County are busily preparing for what could be a five-day water outage while water officials repair a major main that is on the brink of failure. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials said late Monday night that a 54-inch water main near Forestville is close to failure and must be repaired.
“Once the repairs begin and the area's water supply is depleted, as many as 200,000 residents could be without water for up to five days. County and water officials are urging residents to stockpile both tap and bottled water.” http://wj.la/13Lv7oq
FILIBUSTER: It’ll remain, per the New York Times, “Senate leaders reached an agreement on Tuesday to preserve the filibuster in exchange for confirmation votes on President Obama’s stalled nominees, ending, at least for now, months of partisan warfare that threatened the stability of several federal agencies and a generation of procedural traditions.
“The deal, which paved the way for votes on seven nominees, was a classic Senate outcome: an inconclusive result that left both sides claiming some vindication. It was sealed with congratulations and awkward hugs among members who praised a private meeting Monday night attended by 98 senators for averting a parliamentary crisis.” http://nyti.ms/10Yvubl
POLITICO PLAY: “She can count on the deep pockets and influential media platforms of her father’s friends in Washington. As for winning over Wyoming voters — well, Liz Cheney will have her work cut out for her. The former vice president’s daughter set tongues wagging Tuesday when she announced she will challenge incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in a Republican primary, setting the stage for the marquee intraparty battle of 2014.” http://politi.co/12vmwjn
BIG BOX BILL: Awating its arrival, per City Paper, “Despite voting on the Large Retail Accountability Act nearly a week ago, the D.C. Council still hasn't sent the legislation—otherwise known as the Walmart bill—to Mayor Vince Gray. When he does get it, though, expect Walmart to release a new poll showing that D.C. residents want the chain.
“Steven Restivo, a spokesman for the retailer, tells LL that Walmart has commissioned a phone poll of D.C. residents. "We thought it made sense to see what residents think about the future of economic development in the city, since that issue is at the core of the LRAA debate," Restivo writes in an email.” http://bit.ly/1dDcBNH
SCHOOL PICTURES: Comb your hair, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County Public Schools will see new security measures including cameras added at its buildings after the County Council voted Tuesday to allocate both state and county funds toward the efforts that will cost about $9 million.” http://bit.ly/14cuHWU
D.C. AUTONOMY: Not so fast, per the Washington Times, “A report issued Tuesday by a House committee dismissed as nonbinding a voter-approved referendum to grant the District budget autonomy, signaling a possible legal fight ahead over the city’s attempts to seize greater control of its finances.
“The House Appropriations Committee issued a report accompanying a D.C. spending bill Tuesday saying that the amendment to the Home Rule Charter that voters passed in April did not amount to a change in the law. The charter change, set to take effect in fiscal 2015, would allow the city to set its own fiscal calendar and spend its local tax dollars without congressional approval.” http://bit.ly/15ky7E1
SARDINES: Or something like that, per ARLnow, “Arlington Public Schools continue to plan new school construction, and as student populations grow, so do the number of complications students face.
“All three Arlington high schools have recently been rebuilt, but it appears they are already over capacity. Washington-Lee has seen its enrollment rise by 30 percent in the last six years, and this increase can be partially attributed to the abundance of transfers coming to the school for the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Washington-Lee is the only high school in the county that offers this program, so many transfer students apply to participate in the competitive diploma program. Yorktown and Wakefield have also seen steady increases in their enrollment, and Wakefield students will begin studying in their new facility this coming school year.” http://bit.ly/14X8yK6
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: American League beats National League 3-0 in MLB all-star game.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The anticipation is building for the Corpse Flower to bloom any day now. The plant is growing at a rate of about five inches per day at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and plant scientist Ari Novy describes the rotting smell as "a deer hanging out dead in the Florida everglades for two or three days.” http://wj.la/18m4DeS
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Philip Fornaci, former director of the Washington Lawyers Committee's D.C. Prisoners Project, who will be asked about a new study that looks at arrest trends in the District.