DAYBREAK DAILY: Electric car drivers protest $100 annual fee

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ABC7 WEATHER: Rain ends early followed by highs in the 50s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – ABC News coverage of inaugural ceremony for Pope Francis.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A mother planned to deliver her baby Monday morning like most others, in a hospital, but sometimes babies just don’t wait. Instead, her baby was delivered on the Dulles Toll Road in Reston. Mom, Dad and baby Noelle are all doing fine. LIKE this post to congratulate the new family.

UM, GOV. MCDONNELL, SIR?: Um, we have a quibble, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Road rage isn't exactly what you'd expect from the drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles, which number roughly 92,000 out of the 7.5 million cars in Virginia. But in their own polite, environmentally friendly way, about 6,845 of them registered their anger Monday over a proposed $100 annual tax on Virginia's alternative fuel vehicles, embedded in the sweeping transportation package passed last month by the General Assembly and currently under review by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

“The owners didn't drive to the state Capitol. Rather, they objected to the fee provision by signing an online petition, which was printed out and delivered to McDonnell's office at lunchtime by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and Del. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax.”

MURIEL BOWSER: Count her in, per City Paper, “The Post is first with the news: Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser is running for mayor and will kick off her (official) campaign this Saturday. Bowser is staying tight-lipped until then, telling LL only that on Saturday she'll make a "big fun announcement" at her parents' home in North Michigan Park. It's been widely assumed for several months that Bowser would run for mayor. Picked by former Mayor Adrian Fenty to replace him as Ward 4 councilmember in 2007, Bowser has enjoyed a quick turnaround in political fortunes since Fenty was ousted in 2010.”

FIREWALL: Fee TBD, per the Washington Post, “This summer, The Washington Post will start charging frequent users of its Web site, asking those who look at more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month to pay a fee, although the company has not decided how much it will charge. The paper said, however, that it would exempt large parts of its audience from having to pay the fees. Its home-delivery subscribers will have free access to all of The Post’s digital products, and students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel will have unlimited access to the Web site while in their schools and workplaces.”

SPEED-CAMERA WARY: Cutting out the middle man in Maryland, per the Baltimore Sun, “The state Senate could vote as soon as Tuesday to bar the state and local governments from paying speed camera contractors based on ticket volume and to require that all automated speeding tickets issued in Maryland give drivers enough information to fact-check their citations.”

WE SELL THEM: But you can’t see them, per the New York Times, “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, fresh off a defeat in his campaign to limit large servings of sugary drinks, is returning to a front where he has enjoyed far more success: making it more difficult to smoke, by proposing legislation on Monday requiring stores to put cigarettes out of sight. Mr. Bloomberg said his bill would make New York the first city in the nation to force retailers to keep tobacco products hidden.”

POLITICO PLAY: “It’s clear what Republicans need to do to take back the Senate in 2014: stop blowing races they should win, knock off some wobbly Democrats and break a string of bad luck. That’s no small order. To erase Democrats’ 55-45 advantage, the GOP needs to net six seats. There are seven states now represented by Democrats that Mitt Romney won last year. Republicans need to carry most of them, and retirements in West Virginia and likely South Dakota help.”

CHEVY CHASE GEYSER: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A busy Chevy Chase, Md. intersection became more of a lake Monday night after a water main break. Water shot at least 25 feet into the air at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. The break of the 54-inch water main sent water in the air with enough power to topple trees. Within minutes, the erosion of the earth sent a utility pole to the ground.”

GET OUT THE VOTE: Plenty of time, to boot, per the Washington Examiner, “A Maryland House committee approved a measure Monday to expand early voting in the state and allow same-day registration and in-person voting during the early voting period. The bill now goes before the full House. The Senate passed its own version March 11. The measure increases the number of early voting centers throughout the state and expands the number of early voting days from six to eight.”

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MOVES ON BOYS VS. GIRLS: But in a downward direction, per, “A Senate committee voted down a broadly supported bill prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity on Thursday, but advocates say they’ll keep fighting. The bill, sponsored by Montgomery County Sens. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington and Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, had 21 additional co-sponsors, including five of the remaining six senators from the county.”

BUSTED HERE: For crimes there, per INSIDENOVA, “A man wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder in El Salvador was arrested in Manassas Monday morning. Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Fugitive Operation's Team arrested 34-year-old Melvin Noe Sanchez-Izaguirre, a citizen of El Salvador and Honduras. An ICE officer assigned to INTERPOL told the team of "an active Red Notice on Sanchez" by San Salvador officials, an ICE press release said.”

NO HUGS?: Right, and no home-cooked meals, per Southern Maryland Newspapers, “New rules for visitors to St. Mary’s County public elementary schools ban hugs and homemade food to anyone other than a parent’s own child. The guidelines, which are now in effect, limit the activities of some volunteers, school officials said, but are needed to ensure a safe environment.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Charlotte beats Wizards 119-114.

WHAT?: It’s a bus stop, for crying out loud, per ARLnow, “A new bus stop on Columbia Pike cost more than $1 million to build, according to a county spokeswoman. The new prototype “Super Stop” at the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive cost $575,000 for construction and fabrication and $440,000 for construction management and special inspections, according to Arlington County Department of Environmental Services spokeswoman Shannon Whalen McDaniel.”

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--Skip Wood

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