DAYBREAK DAILY: Sen. Northam calls Va. GOP 'kangaroo court'

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ABC7 WEATHER: Fog early then mostly overcast with highs in the low to mid 50s.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: New details were released Monday into the murder of 18-year-old Siobhan Lee. Investigators believe she met the man accused in her death via a social media app called "Tagged," which some people use to search for sex.

AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE: In Virginia, it’s back, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Tension between Senate Democrats and Republicans flared again Monday when legislation to weaken an abortion-related law was killed in committee without debate, leading its patron to angrily call the proceedings a “kangaroo court.” That proposal from Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, was a last-ditch attempt to negate a statute approved last year amid controversy that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.

“. . .”They’re not interested in listening to the public. They’re not interested in debating the topic,” Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax County, said of Republican senators.”

MEANWHILE: More skinny, per the Daily Press, “. . . Northam said he was approached by two representatives from (Attorney General Ken) Cuccinelli's office last Wednesday, who told him the attorney general was supportive of the measure with some modifications. Cuccinelli spokeswoman Caroline Gibson confirmed Monday that the meeting did take place and that the attorney general's office offered "conceptual support" with some changes to "restrictive language." Gibson said the office was prepared to work on the legislation with Northam this week in order to present it on Thursday, and had not been told of the hearing's date change.”

IMMIGRATION REFORM: per the Arizona Republic, “Undocumented immigrants would be able to apply for legal permanent status and eventually earn citizenship, but only after the border is certified secure by a commission of border governors, attorneys general and other border community leaders under an agreement of principles released today by a bipartisan group of senators that includes Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake. Undocumented immigrants would also have to pass background checks, pay fines and taxes, learn English and wait in line for green cards to prevent them from getting ahead of legal immigrants, according to the agreement.”

MEANWHILE: Of a different path, per the Washington Post, “The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said. President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration laws.”

OBIT: Just the facts, per the Baltimore Sun, “Del. Hattie Harrison, the longest-serving current member of the House of Delegates, died Monday night, House Speaker Michael E. Busch announced. She was 84. Harrison, a Democrat who represented East Baltimore's 45th District since 1973, served until recently as chairman of the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. She was the first African-American woman to chair a legislative committee in Maryland.”

DRUG LOBBY: Working overtime, per the New York Times, “In statehouses around the country, some of the nation’s biggest biotechnology companies are lobbying intensively to limit generic competition to their blockbuster drugs, potentially cutting into the billions of dollars in savings on drug costs contemplated in the federal health care overhaul law.”

POLITICO PLAY: “David Vitter is stepping up his attacks on Wall Street, slamming President Barack Obama’s oil policies and vowing to use a new committee perch to speed up unfinished levee work — issues that play well back home in Louisiana and could boost a possible bid for the governor’s mansion. Call it the rehabilitation of Sen. Vitter. Since an embarrassing sex scandal in 2007, the Louisiana Republican has lain low, ducking reporters at the Capitol and largely avoiding the media spotlight.”

ELECTIONS HAVE RESULTS: In many ways, per ABC7 News – WJLA, “The Boy Scouts of America may soon give sponsors of troops the authority to decide whether to accept gays as scouts and leaders - a potentially dramatic retreat from a nationwide no-gays policy that has provoked relentless protests.”

PLAYING WITH THE PUBLIC: So here we go, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The effort to allow home-schooled students to play sports on public school teams advanced on an 11-5 vote out of House Education Committee (Monday). Students on both sides of the so-called Tebow bill made their case before the panel moved the bill to the full House of Delegates, where it passed last year.”

HE’S NOT HISTORY: Well, he is, but you know, he’s not, per City Paper, “Smithsonian Secretary Wayne G. Clough won't be leaving his position anytime soon, top Smithsonian executives announced (Monday) after a meeting of the institution's Board of Regents. Clough was first appointed in July 2008—and contrary to what some outlets have reported, he's not at the end of a five-year term.”

NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER: Hey, whatever, per the Washington Times, “Catholic University officials will continue to fight a mandate in President Obama’s health care law that requires the school to provide insurance coverage for contraception, the school said Monday, even though a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit against the government as premature.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose 96-94 against Sacramento.

LOCAL ANGLE: On Newtown shootings, per ARLnow, “Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) will be holding a town hall meeting on school safety on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Hope was recently appointed to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety, which was created in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.”

NEW GIG: For a familiar voice, per the Post, “One of D.C.’s top local reporters is switching teams: Mark Segraves, owner of many District politics scoops, is leaving WTOP radio after more than eight years for WRC-TV.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Purple Solutions co-founders Michael Steele and Lanny Davis, who will be asked about how best to find the political center, and whether that’s even possible given the present political climate.

--Skip Wood

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