DAYBREAK DAILY: SCOTUS takes a pass on Maryland's handgun permit law

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest on the government shutdown; Montgomery County trash collectors to strike; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

MARYLAND AND ITS GUNS: SCOTUS takes a pass, per the Baltimore Sun, “The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will not examine Maryland's handgun permit law, leaving to stand a lower court ruling that the state's restrictive rules for carry permits do not unconstitutionally infringe upon gun-owners' rights.

“The justices did not explain their reasoning, but the decision intensified a simmering dispute over the limits of firearms restrictions. Other challenges are pending in federal courts — including two in Maryland attacking the state's new ban on military-style assault rifles and its requirements for fingerprinting and training of buyers before they can purchase handguns. . . Maryland is one of a few states that give officials broad latitude to deny permits to carry a gun in public. The state requires applicants to show "a good and substantial reason" why they need to carry a handgun in public.”

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: More of the same, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Three weeks from Election Day, another poll shows Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe hanging onto a lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, while the third-party candidate pulls double-digit support.

“Buoyed by strong support among women, McAuliffe leads 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters in a poll released Tuesday by the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Libertarian candidate Robert C. Sarvis received support from 11 percent of the likely voters, and 4 percent of voters remained undecided.”

MEANWHILE: Courting the middle – or not, per the Daily Press, “The Duggar family, reality TV stars and icons for social conservatives across the country, joined Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson on Tuesday to support his run for lieutenant governor and the campaigns of his Republican running mates.

“Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and most of their 19 children rolled onto the campus of Regent University on a bus adorned with the face of Jackson on one side and that of Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli II on the other. Duggar called the duo "statesmen" who he said would not if elected be beholden to special interests thanks to their deeply held religious beliefs. "They're not trying to please men; they're trying to please God," he said.”

FORD’S THEATRE: Of a cash infusion, per the Washington Post, “How much does it cost to override a government shutdown? For Ford’s Theatre, $25,000. That’s the amount of emergency funding that trustee Ronald Perelman donated to the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site so it could reopen Wednesday. The site has been closed since Oct. 1.

“As other states have green-lighted funding for national parks to reopen in certain jurisdictions, Paul R. Tetreault, director of the Ford’s Theatre Society, spoke over the weekend with the National Park Service to determine whether Ford’s could sidestep the shutdown, as well. The society agreed to sponsor the park operations that NPS typically pays for in four-day increments; the $25,000 will last for eight days.”

SITUATION SHUTDOWN: A no-go in the House, per the New York Times, “With the federal government on the brink of a default, a House Republican effort to end the shutdown and extend the Treasury’s borrowing authority collapsed Tuesday night as a major credit agency warned that the United States was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.

“After the failure of the House Republican leadership to find enough support for its latest proposal to end the fiscal crisis, the Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders immediately restarted negotiations to find a bipartisan path forward. A spokesman for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said Mr. Reid was “optimistic that an agreement is within reach” with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.”

MEANWHILE: One thing leads to another, per The Hill, “President Obama vowed Tuesday that he would pursue an immigration reform vote in the House the "day after" Congress reached an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

"Once that’s done, you know, the day after -- I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," Obama told Univision's Los Angeles affiliate. "And if I have to join with other advocates and continue to speak out on that, and keep pushing, I’m going to do so because I think it’s really important for the country. And now is the time to do it."

POLITICO PLAY: "The last government shutdown was longer. But everyone seems to agree that this one is worse. Now in its third week and just hours before the debt limit deadline, the shutdown of 2013 continues to draw comparisons to the one in 1995, feeding a sense that’s part déjà vu, part nostalgia and part frustrated confusion as to why things aren’t going the same way they went then."

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SPLIT PERSONALITY: Or something like that, per City Paper, “Last month, LL wrote about Ward 1 challengers Bryan Weaver and Brianne Nadeau. They're at risk of creating yet another split election amongst the city's "progressive" voters, in part because of their similar platform (education; not being Jim Graham).

“No one knows vote-splitting better than one-time Councilmember Sekou Biddle, who sliced and diced himself out of two At-Large elections, including one when he ran against Weaver. But now, in a bit of dramatic irony, Biddle has himself become split between Weaver and Nadeau.”

ALL-SEEING: At least that’s the plan, per the Frederick News-Post, “Marylanders' computer screens should provide a window into state lawmaking, whether elected officials are debating issues on the floor or voting in committee, says Delegate Michael Hough.

“The Republican from Frederick County says he is planning to introduce legislation to require all floor sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and committee hearings to be webcast for citizens. Now, the Legislature provides an audio broadcast of floor sessions, but not video. By going online, residents can watch Senate committee hearings and listen to House committee hearings, though the broadcasts end when the voting sessions begin.”

HEAR THAT?: Maybe it was an Echo, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County will reopen Glen Echo Park itself on Friday if the county can’t reach a deal with the National Park Service to operate the facility that is currently closed because of the federal government shutdown. The county may perpetrate an “act of civil disobedience” and begin operating the park on Friday if an agreement can’t be reached with the park service by Thursday night, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) told The Gazette on Tuesday.”

THEY PAVED PARADISE: Wait. . .,per DCist, “While RFK Stadium continues to be used for regularly for D.C. United games (at least, for the time being), as well as occasionally hosting big concerts (at least, when they're not canceled at the last minute), much of its decrepit parking lots mostly go unused.

"But now, Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) wants to change that. Wells—along with Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) —introduced the "Sense of the Council Support for the Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park Resolution of 2013," which would convert the parking lots of RFK Stadium into playing fields, a youth sports complex, and green space.”

OUCH: Just the facts, per ARLnow, “A teenager was arrested over the weekend for allegedly hitting his mother with a frying pan after she refused to let him use her Kindle.”

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. councilman David Catania, who will be asked about the government shutdown and education.

--Skip Wood