DAYBREAK DAILY: McAulilffe keeps longtime Virginia finance secretary
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Man with a rifle in Germantown shot and killed by police officers; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
TERRY TIME: Trusted hands on deck, per the Virginian-Pilot, “With a new budget to address upon taking office, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe went for continuity by tapping Virginia Finance Secretary Ric Brown to continue his state fiscal stewardship, at least in the early days of McAuliffe's administration. The incoming Democratic governor Monday named two members of his Cabinet - Brown and longtime aide Levar Stoney as secretary of the commonwealth - as well as his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff.
“McAuliffe's respective picks for those posts are his transition director, Paul Reagan, a onetime chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb; and Suzette Denslow, a lobbyist and veteran of past Democratic gubernatorial administrations, now chief of staff to Richmond's mayor. Brown has spent more than four decades in state government and has been entrusted with state fiscal oversight by a string of Republican and Democratic governors, including Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and current Gov. Bob McDonnell.” http://bit.ly/I1sLrR
LEGALIZE IT: Pot in Maryland, that is, per the Baltimore Sun, “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, promising to use the tax revenue it would generate to pay for an expansion of pre-kindergarten education. Mizeur, a state delegate from Montgomery County, plans to spell out a detailed proposal Tuesday on how Maryland could control the cultivation and distribution of the drug.
"Marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco," she said in an interview. "It has been a failed policy for us as a nation to criminalize the use of this substance." Mizeur's stand on marijuana comes at a time when public attitudes toward marijuana are becoming increasingly permissive. Voters in two states, Colorado and Washington, have voted to legalize the drug, and Maryland has adopted a law allowing its use for medical purposes under tightly controlled circumstances.” http://bsun.md/17iIEmo
TAKE A SEAT: Of plastic money, per City Paper, “Free-spending D.C. Housing Finance Authority executive director Harry Sewell might have finally lost access to his agency credit card. Sewell has been placed on administrative leave, according to a spokesman for his agency. Sewell's leave, first reported Monday by the Washington Business Journal, comes after LL reported on his cavalier attitude toward his agency credit card. He racked up charges totaling $136,333 between Dec. 2006 and April 2013, including $2,275 for Wizards tickets and $1,310 at a Miami Beach nightclub.
“Sewell has hired high-profile Washington defense attorney Billy Martin, who's previously worked for the likes of athletes Allen Iverson and Michael Vick, and "wide stance" ex-Sen. Larry Craig.” http://bit.ly/18LoL4Y
NOVEL IDEA: Or not, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, has an old solution to the new problem of a federal health insurance marketplace that doesn’t work as advertised — a state-based exchange for Virginians. Watkins said Monday that he will introduce legislation to create a state-based exchange under the State Corporation Commission, as he did unsuccessfully in the past two General Assembly sessions.
“Had Virginia chosen to create its own insurance marketplace, “it would have eliminated a lot of the problems with the federal exchange,” he said in a meeting with Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and members of the City Council and School Board. Virginia is one of 36 states that chose to leave operation of the new health insurance marketplace under the federal government, which continues to struggle with big problems and low enrollment more than six weeks after the exchange opened for applications under the Affordable Care Act.” http://bit.ly/1gZXUdt
MEANWHILE: Success stories, per the Los Angeles Times, “Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government's healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama's health law. A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.
"What we are seeing is incredible momentum," said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation's largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month. Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. In Minnesota, enrollment in the second half of October ran at triple the rate of the first half, officials said. Washington state is also on track to easily exceed its October enrollment figure, officials said.” http://lat.ms/18k51c5
AND YET: Just the facts, per the Washington Post, “The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
“Opposition to the new health-care law also hit a record high in the survey, with 57 percent saying they oppose the president’s most significant domestic initiative. Forty-six percent say they are strongly against it. Just a month ago, as the enrollment period was beginning, the public was almost evenly divided in its assessments of the law.” http://wapo.st/17GAb9H
MEANWHILE: Of warnings, per the New York Times, “Senior Obama administration officials, including several in the White House, were warned by an outside management consultant early this year that the effort to build the HealthCare.gov site was falling behind and at risk of failure unless immediate steps were taken to correct the problems, according to documents released by House investigators.
“The report, by McKinsey & Company, which was prepared in late March at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services, said that management indecision and a “lack of transparency and alignment on critical issues” were threatening progress, despite the tight deadline.” http://nyti.ms/I234as
BOTTOM LINE: Of pink slips, per The Hill, “Pressure is rising on the president to make heads roll for ObamaCare’s botched rollout. The White House on Monday said departures are always possible but rejected the idea that these would be connected to the fiasco engulfing President Obama’s signature legislation.
“That official line, offered by press secretary Jay Carney, followed comments from two former advisers to Obama that people responsible should be thrown overboard. “I think the only way to restore ultimate confidence going forward is to make sure that whoever was in charge of this isn’t in charge of the long-term healthcare plan,” Robert Gibbs, Carney’s predecessor as White House spokesman, told NBC News.” http://bit.ly/1dbr2hk
POLITICO PLAY: “Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized Monday for using “clumsy phrasing that I regret” when talking about opponents of the Common Core academic standards.
“Duncan told a gathering of state superintendents of education on Friday that “white suburban moms” were upset because their kids were doing poorly on new, more rigorous exams linked to Common Core. “All of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought … and that’s pretty scary,” Duncan said. The remark kicked off a firestorm of protest, including a Moms Against Duncan page on Facebook and a petition calling for Duncan’s ouster.” http://politi.co/1ddt6oT
STORMS GONE WILD: The aftermath, per the Chicago Tribune, “Hundreds of residents who lost their homes or couldn't return to them amid gas leaks and downed power lines huddled Monday in a Washington church, thankful for shelter, running water and hot cups of coffee. Others ventured out into a wasteland of plywood, drywall and chunks of twisted metal, carrying water, food and saws in hopes of salvaging remnants of their belongings.
“A day after a storm of historic proportions slammed many Illinois communities, the task turned to assessing the damage — from lives lost to homes destroyed — and comprehending the power of the tornadoes. Calling the November storm "unprecedented," Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven counties disaster areas, with National Weather Service meteorologists estimating about a dozen tornado touchdowns in Illinois. Six people were killed in three tornadoes, and two more deaths in Michigan were attributed to the storm.” http://trib.in/1b53Z66
HEY, US TOO: Of a tutorial, per the Frederick News-Post, “Annapolis may not understand the different economic world in parts of Western Maryland, but Sen. David Brinkley is trying to inform them, he said. State leaders need to know that Frederick and Anne Arundel counties do not have the federally fueled economy that places closer to Washington do, he told business owners in Brunswick last week. “This is where some of the economic challenges begin,” he said.
“Brinkley, R-District 4, gave Brunswick-area businesses a legislative update at Beans in the Belfry. Those who are advocating for a bump in the minimum wage may be thinking of the economy in Montgomery County and not in Cumberland or Frederick, he said. Now that he has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee, Brinkley said he wants to focus on business incentives: keep businesses in the state, create new businesses, and attract businesses from other states to move.” http://bit.ly/1efsdcB
HOMELESS IN MOCO: Disturbing all the way around, per Gazette.Net, “Poor health conditions and repeat emergency room visits are plaguing the homeless population throughout Montgomery County, according to results from the county’s 100,000 Homes Campaign survey.
“As part of its participation in the national campaign, the county just completed Registry Week, with volunteers surveying 369 homeless people living in places such as parking garages, outdoor stairwells, wooded encampments and shelters. The three-day count took place each day from 4 to 7 a.m. Nov. 4 through 6. The purpose of the count is to identify the most medically vulnerable homeless people and move them into permanent housing with supportive services.” http://bit.ly/1dRzX3L
‘HISTORIC’ BILL: So says the man who signed it, per DCist, “Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill today that will allow undocumented people in D.C. to obtain a special driver's license or identification card. No, he did not announce either way if he intends to seek reelection. "We think this will be historic," Gray told those assembled in the basement of the Wilson Building. "We won't be the first, but we're among the select few."
“Under the bill, which will become law after a 30-day congressional review period and take effect next May, undocumented residents will be able to legally drive and register their cars with a license that states “not valid for official federal purposes." "All of that regardless of citizenship or immigration status," Gray said to applause.” http://bit.ly/I003Hv
PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS: And bring in a wrecking ball, per ARLnow, “The congregation of the Arlington Presbyterian Church (3507 Columbia Pike) approved a plan for the church to be torn down and built with an affordable housing apartment building on site. The plan was approved less than a week after local preservationists called for alternatives to demolishing the church, which was built in 1931.” http://bit.ly/185hOBn
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A D.C. homeless shelter receives $10,000 worth of food from Walmart -- just in time for Thanksgiving. "Cereals, staples like vegetables, soups, stuff that people will be needing as far as nutritional stuff," said Walmart store manager Beverly Scott.” http://wj.la/1dbXVKB
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is shadow representative Nate Fleming, who will be asked about his bid for a spot on the D.C. Council.