DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia voter ID law draws critical scrutiny
ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Rain early, the partly cloudy with highs in the mid 70s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – More coverage of the body found in the Tidal Basin; North Korea and its next move; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Friends and family of the four young men who were killed in a violent crash on Kent Island Wednesday afternoon packed the football stadium at Kent Island High School for a vigil to honor their memories Thursday night. And it seemed as if all of Kent Island was there. Two were volunteer firefighters on the island. http://wj.la/XsXqSO
VOTER ID: Of predictable opposition, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The vice chairwoman of the State Board of Elections says she has “some glaring issues” with the practicality and cost of Virginia’s new photo ID legislation for voting that Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law last month.
“Kimberly T. Bowers, a Democrat, was appointed to a four-year term as one of the state’s leading elections officials in 2011 by then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. She said in an interview that the process for obtaining a free government-issued photo ID “leaves a lot to be desired” and that the decision to implement a new law after Virginia has spent nearly $2 million on election reform a year ago is “mind-boggling.” http://bit.ly/17uFs6z
NORTH KOREA: Apparently it wasn’t bluffing, per the New York Times, “A new assessment by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm has concluded for the first time, with “moderate confidence,” that North Korea has learned how to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile. The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has been distributed to senior administration officials and members of Congress, cautions that the weapon’s “reliability will be low,” apparently a reference to the North’s difficulty in developing accurate missiles or, perhaps, to the huge technical challenges of designing a warhead that can survive the rigors of flight and detonate on a specific target.” http://nyti.ms/16Q7zMa
GAYS AND THE BOY SCOUTS: One member takes a stand, per the Washington Post, “With the wave of a sign at a busy Bethesda intersection Thursday, Pascal Tessier joined about a dozen classmates in a demonstration against an organization he says he loves but knows doesn’t fully accept him and could, at any moment, throw him out. Tessier, a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, is a poet, an electric guitar player and an ice cream lover. He is also a Boy Scout and openly gay, which puts him at risk of being denied the Eagle Scout ranking he has long pursued.” http://wapo.st/ZNTIHd
D.C. POLITICS: Ever so strange, per City Paper, “Women in wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 who turn out for most D.C. elections should be getting mailers this weekend from union groups attacking Republican D.C. Council candidate Pat Mara. The mailers are an independent expenditure paid for by the hotel workers union Unite Here Local 25, Laborers Local 657 and the local Service Employees International Union.” http://bit.ly/110pehs
MARTIN O’MALLEY: Maryland’s governor mulls the future, per Gazette.Net, “The question becomes, what will he do next? With one more session between himself and his term limit, O’Malley (D) is likely to shift gears and focus more on job creation next year, said Roy Meyers, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “One of the reasons it’s an important political question is that we’re looking at a very slow recovery over the next several years,” Meyers said, adding that job creation will continue to be relevant for any future office O’Malley might pursue.” http://bit.ly/12PDLAH
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: An honorable obit, per the Roanoke Times, “Dempsey Morgan ’s mind was clouded by age and dementia in his waning years, but at 91, he could well-remember his place in history. “I was a fighter pilot,” he said in February 2012.
“Not just any fighter pilot, but a decorated member of the dwindling number of the Tuskegee Airmen , the storied black fliers who broke the color barrier for American combat pilots when they took the stick of U.S. warplanes during World War II. Morgan, a Detroit native who spent his last years at the Virginia Veterans Care Center on Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke, died Thursday at age 93.” http://bit.ly/14fWpmo
POLITICO PLAY: “When a lobbyist for families of Newtown shooting victims called the office of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to set up a meeting, the first response was a standard D.C. offer. They could get a meeting with her staff, and a quick and simple “hello” from Collins herself, they were told. The families’ answer: Not good enough. According to their lobbyists, the families have a rule against staff-only meetings: they won’t do them. They insist on sitting down with the senators themselves.” http://politi.co/111V7X8
TIDAL BASIN BODY: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “The body that was found in the Tidal Basin early Wednesday morning has not yet been officially identified, but sources tell ABC7 News the body is that of a tourist who disappeared Easter Sunday. U.S. Park Police officials initially got a report of a body in the water at the West Basin Drive near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial at around 1 a.m. A short time later, D.C. police said that they recovered the body of an adult male.” http://wj.la/10Vunos
FATAL BUS CRASH: And a repeat offender, per the Dallas Morning News, “A charter bus carrying senior citizens on a gambling trip to Oklahoma crashed Thursday in Irving, killing two women, including the trip’s organizer. Thursday’s crash was the second fatality accident involving the 65-year-old driver of the bus, Loyd Rieve of Dallas, who was seriously injured in the crash.” http://dallasne.ws/12P1KA1
KEN CUCCINELLI: Of his priorities, per the Washington Examiner, “Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli skipped an invitation Thursday to meet with the state's largest teachers union to appear instead in front of an anti-abortion summit in Washington that's being organized by his largest campaign contributor. Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates dating back to former Gov. George Allen two decades ago have spoken at the Virginia Education Association's candidate forum, where the organization weighs who to endorse. Democrat Terry McAuliffe spoke and took questions at Thursday's gathering in Hampton." http://bit.ly/Zl2tCa
NICE HOUSE: And a nice gig, per the Washington Times, “A three-bedroom Colonial on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast that houses a dozen businesses and received $3.5 million from the District government since 2010 also serves as a home base for a longtime Ward 8 politico with a history of debt and dubious financial dealings with the city, records show. The house at 3215 MLK Jr. Ave., the site of the nonprofit Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corp., lists Phinis Jones as registered agent. It also is a haven for 12 small and minority-owned for-profit businesses known as Certified Business Enterprises, or CBEs, several of which have ties to Mr. Jones.” http://bit.ly/10YwFVC
THE PEOPLE SPEAK: Well, kind of, per ARLnow, “A local civic activist is calling for Arlington to improve its internal financial auditing, lest more spending snafus fall through the cracks. Suzanne Smith Sundberg, a member of the Arlington County Civic Federation Revenues and Expenditures Committee, has written an eight page report detailing what she characterizes as a lack of audit oversight over the county’s finances.” http://bit.ly/120XCui
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat White Sox 7-4; Caps beat Carolina 3-1.
STUPID CROOKS: Gotta love it, per the Frederick News-Post, “The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating the attempted theft of an ATM from a New Market grocery store early (Thursday). Investigators said at least two people crashed a 2002 Ford F550 work truck into the front of the Food Lion at 11800 Old National Pike at about 3:44 a.m. The suspects were not able to get the ATM and fled the area before police arrived, leaving the truck behind." http://bit.ly/17uKSyc
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Part two of our D.C. Council debate, with candidates Perry Redd (S/G), Elissa Silverman (D) and Paul Zukerberg (D).