DAYBREAK DAILY: Some in Va. GOP push for more voter ID measures

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BACK FOR MORE: And same as it ever was, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A year after controversial voter identification legislation passed the Virginia General Assembly, several Republican lawmakers are proposing even greater restrictions on the identification required to cast a ballot, including the requirement of photo identification. Del. Robert B. Bell, R-Albemarle, will introduce what he terms “Photo ID — No Exceptions,” a measure that would require voters to present valid government-issued photo identification in order to vote. Acquiring the identification would also require proof of U.S. citizenship, which the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles requires to obtain identification.”

MR. MAYOR: Rather, Mr. President?, per the Baltimore Sun, “For Martin O'Malley, the next 90 days will likely be the most important that remain in his tenure as Maryland's governor. As the General Assembly opens its 2013 session Wednesday, O'Malley will be looking to cap a record that many people believe he will use as a springboard for a future presidential run. Among the legislative matters to be debated are issues of national resonance, including a death penalty repeal, assault weapons ban and offshore wind power. Each potential initiative has important, Democratic-oriented constituency groups behind it and determined foes.”

GUN SHOW: Of a different breed, per the New York Times, “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., plans on Wednesday to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons. New York is one of seven states that already ban at least some assault weapons. But Mr. Cuomo has described the existing law as having “more holes than Swiss cheese.”

U.S. TROOPS: And a foreign war, per the Washington Post, “Groups within the Obama administration are pushing to keep no more than a few thousand troops in Afghanistan after 2014, U.S. officials said, raising the prospect that the United States will be unable to keep its promise to fully train and equip Afghan security forces. As the debate over the size and scope of the post-2014 coalition mission nears its end, some in the administration are pressing for a force that could be as small as 2,500, arguing that a light touch would be the most constructive way to cap the costly, unpopular war.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Remember when AIG took a $182 billion bailout only to turn around and hand out seven-figure bonuses to the same guys who tanked their company? Grab the pitchforks — it gets better. Now the insurance organization might join a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the terms of the bailout — saying the deal that saved the company cheated shareholders.”

A D.C. PRELUDE: Of a complicated process, per DCist, “The D.C. Board of Elections. . . (has) announced that (it’s) putting a referendum on budget autonomy on the ballot for the April 23 special election. With the announcement, voters will be given the chance to vote on whether to amend the Home Rule Charter to allow the city more flexibility in spending its own money. The brief decision released (Tuesday) offered no legal rationale for the move, though spokeswoman Agnes Moss said that the three-member board would explain its legal reasoning in an order to be released later this week.”

OF THE PUBLIC WELFARE: Or something like that, per the Washington Examiner, “District lawmakers on Tuesday voted to withhold benefits from welfare recipients who deliberately ignore programs designed to help them improve their lives, capping a rancorous debate but irking legislators who had hoped the city would impose tougher sanctions.”

THE COOL KIDS: Actually, not so much, per the Washington Times, “A new poll shows that Congress is less popular than carnies, root canals and colonoscopies, but more popular than the ebola virus, meth labs and gonorrhea. Those findings are in a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Tuesday showed that 9 percent of the respondents held a favorable opinion of Congress, while 85 percent held an unfavorable view.”

NO NBA FOR VA. BEACH: Kings to Virginia not going to happen, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The Oceanfront arena deal is dead for now, suspending once again the region’s long-held hope to land a professional sports team. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said (Tuesday): "The city doesn’t see a clear opportunity at this point and as such it's not something we're aggressively going after.”

NEWSTALK: Not a bad lineup (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8). From State Circle in Annapolis, a preview of the Maryland General Assembly's 2013 session. Among the guests are Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George's).

--Skip Wood

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