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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Virginia set to pass a budget; Protesting a D.C. tax on wellness activities; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
FINALLY: Virginia set to emerge from limbo, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The General Assembly appears poised to finally pass a state budget today - three months late and just in time to avert a government shutdown. Thanks in large part to a sudden shift to Republican control in the Senate, the spending plan is unlikely to include Gov. Terry McAuliffe's top priority, Medicaid expansion.
“. . . The landscape changed abruptly over the weekend with the surprise resignation of Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Russell County, handing Republicans a 20-19 majority in the upper chamber. The shift, combined with the fiscal deadline and an anticipated $1-billion-plus revenue shortfall over the next two years, appears to have jolted the legislature into action.” http://bit.ly/UvqVpr
POWER DRAIN: Beginning with Eric Cantor, per the Washington Post, “Virginia’s congressional delegation reeled Wednesday from the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a Republican primary, warning that the loss could lead to billions of lost federal aid in coming years to the state and unforeseen impacts on this fall’s contested Senate race.
“Along with the retirements of Northern Virginia Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), Cantor’s departure appears likely to cost the state a combined 72 years’ seniority in the House. Without Cantor, 51, as the No. 2 leader, it is improbable that the new House GOP team will replace either Wolf or Moran on the House’s powerful Appropriations Committee, congressional aides said, leaving Virginia without a seat on the panel for the first time in decades.” http://wapo.st/1kpHhEL
MEANWHILE: Ashland in the spotlight, per the New York Times, “This once rural community that is now a suburb of Richmond has no downtown, only a patchwork of shopping centers and colonial-style housing developments carved out of forests of white pine and oak. Here in the place that Representative Eric Cantor calls home, few voters seemed to recognize him as one of their own. Despite Mr. Cantor’s rise to be the second-most powerful member of his party in the House and, for a time, a leader of its angry right flank, Republicans here seemed in agreement with Mr. Cantor’s challenger, who toppled him from power by tarring him as insufficiently conservative on issues including immigration, the federal budget and crony capitalism.
“But more than any specific issue, voter after voter in a district that reaches from farmland in Northern Virginia to the prosperous suburbs around Richmond had a more fundamental complaint: At a time of deep cynicism about government, they described Mr. Cantor as a man who had succumbed to Washington and forgotten where he came from.” http://nyti.ms/1pL3Qt7
AND THIS: Props to R-MC, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “After an evening of pushing the refresh button for the latest 7th District returns, Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren flipped back and forth between channels to find his small liberal-arts school was big news. “We knew that we had a story on our hands — a live one,” Lindgren said Wednesday amid more than a dozen interviews with reporters visiting the college where the next likely 7th District congressman works.
“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political misfortune brought the stars into alignment for R-MC and Ashland, a classic college town that bills itself as the center of the universe. R-MC is suddenly the center of the political universe: Either Dave Brat, the economics professor who defeated Cantor, or sociology professor Jack Trammell, once considered the Democrats’ sacrificial lamb, likely will represent the 7th District.” http://bit.ly/1hLjJ2l
ALSO: Not unexpected, per The Hill, “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Wednesday announced he would step down from his leadership post at the end of July, cutting short his tenure less than a day after he lost his re-election bid to a little-known primary challenger.
“The move cemented an abrupt and shocking fall for a Republican star widely seen as the next Speaker of the House, and it officially launched a shake-up in the party hierarchy that began within hours after Cantor’s defeat to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat. Elections to replace Cantor will be held on June 19, a week from Thursday.” http://bit.ly/UvuHPm
POLITICO PLAY: “Democratic operatives were just as surprised as everyone else by Eric Cantor’s defeat — but now they’re trying to figure out how to make the most of it. The early thinking: Stay out of the GOP’s way.
“Virginia’s 7th Congressional District probably isn’t going their way, regardless of the Republican candidate switch. But operatives planning for the midterms believe they can turn Tuesday’s surprising tea party resurgence into something much bigger. They see the attention to the defeat as another cut at the House Republicans as extremists, a new way to highlight congressional dysfunction, a chance to pump more GOP distrust into the Latino voters Democrats are hoping to turn out in force in November, an argument that Republicans are in much worse shape than they’ve purported to be.” http://politi.co/1qyB3rt
EARLY BIRDS: And the vote, per the Baltimore Sun, “With more than a dozen new locations and longer hours, the State Board of Elections will begin Maryland's most extensive early voting period yet on Thursday.
“Early voting will be available at 63 locations — including at least one in every county — from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through June 19. The early voting period opens for the third time in the state's history, following a series of legislative hurdles and legal battles over constitutional questions and concerns that the system invites fraud and disproportionately favors Democrats.” http://bsun.md/1kQlsmL
DONALD STERLING: More oddness, per the Los Angeles Times, “Donald Sterling's battle to maintain control of the Clippers and restore his shattered reputation will focus, in part, on how well he can count and spell backward and put numbers in the right order on a drawing of a clock.
“Sterling's difficulties in performing these tasks during two medical examinations led experts to declare last month that the longtime Clippers boss was incapable of conducting his own affairs. That, in turn, cleared the way for his wife, Shelly, to sell the Clippers for a record $2 billion after she took sole control of the family trust that owns the basketball team. The findings will become part of the evidence in a probate hearing that a judge on Wednesday set to start July 7, with Shelly Sterling seeking to have her husband declared mentally incapacitated and Donald Sterling fighting to prove he is not.” http://lat.ms/1xM8Fa8
JUST LIKE OLD TIMES: More or less, per City Paper, “Have you stocked up JNCO jeans and v-chips? If not, LL says get on it, because the ’90s are back in a big way in District politics. How else to take the mayoral announcement from ex-Councilmember Carol Schwartz?
“. . . There are lots of reasons for Schwartz to stay out of the race: She’s an ex-Republican giving up a comfy retirement to run a late-starting campaign in a city filled with new residents who have never heard of her. But then, there’s one big reason to run: She has the chance to screw over mayoral rival, fellow ex-Republican, and Schwartz bête noire David Catania.” http://bit.ly/1q5zvb4
TAKOMA METRO: And housing, per Gazette.Net, “Takoma Park residents and city officials are gearing up to address a June 18 public hearing on the proposal to build apartment units at the Takoma Metro station.
“The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and private firm EYA has sought to build around the station, which is on Cedar Street in Washington, D.C., just over the Takoma Park border, for more than a decade. The latest changes, unveiled last year, call for about 200 apartment units and alterations to the drop-off lot.” http://bit.ly/1l3O7Ws
TRUCKERS KEEP OUT: Or something like that, per the Frederick News-Post, “Concerns that a proposed gas station would act as a miniature truck stop led county officials Wednesday to remove fuel pumps for tractor-trailers from the project plans.
“The Frederick County Planning Commission agreed on several measures to prevent truck drivers from overnighting at the planned Mountaindale Convenience Store. Their decision came after several neighbors of the proposed fueling station raised objections about potential noise and light pollution, groundwater contamination and road safety.” http://bit.ly/1qyybei
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: And George Will, per DCist, “In the past week, the Washington Post and its new opinion venture, PostEverything, have published two pieces on violence against women. Both have thousands of people outraged at their central ideas: That being a college rape victim is a "coveted status" and that women can prevent abuse by getting married.
“The first piece was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will and suggested that sexual assault against college women isn't as big of a concern as the Obama administration would have you believe. While the Post's opinion page editor did not respond to DCist's request for comment, more than 38,000 people have signed a petition calling for Will to be fired.” http://bit.ly/1l22Pxa
NO SOUP FOR YOU: Not as much, anyway, per ARLnow, “Skyscraper construction near the Rosslyn Metro stop may force some food trucks to relocate or scale back their visits to the lunch hot spot. “It sucks,” Louie Hankins, the co-founder of the Rito Loco truck, told ARLnow.com. “We can only park two or three trucks here where we used to park seven to eight.”
“Construction began this winter on the Central Place apartment building, a 31-story skyscraper that’s projected to be completed in 2017, and has resulted in lane closures and parking restrictions on the stretch of N. Lynn Street between Wilson Blvd and 19th Street N. Hankins said the construction hasn’t drastically decreased his business. Still, he is considering coming to Rosslyn once every two weeks instead of his usual weekly stop.” http://bit.ly/1lhitUd
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat San Francisco 6-2.
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