DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia wind project gets big cash infusion

CREDIT: Dominion Virginia Power

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ABC7 WEATHER: Sunny with highs near 50.

ABC7’S GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON: Joe L. Allbritton, the founder of Allbritton Communications, the parent company of ABC7, NewsChannel 8 and POLITICO, died Wednesday, just 17 days shy of his 88th birthday. Mr. Allbritton was the father of the company's current chairman and chief executive Robert Allbritton.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect on Thursday. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany.

OCEAN BREEZE: Of wanting to make sure it doesn’t go to waste, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $4 million for an offshore wind energy test project led by Dominion Virginia Power. The Richmond-based electric utility plans to design, develop and install two 6-megawatt turbines in the Atlantic Ocean (22 miles off Virginia Beach) on innovative “twisted jacket” foundations that offer the strength of traditional structures but use substantially less steel.”

A CLASH OF WILLS: And there’s no end in sight, per the Washington Post, “The conservative groups that supported Michigan’s new “right to work” law — winning a stunning victory over unions, even in the heart of American labor — vowed Wednesday to replicate that success elsewhere. But the search for the next Michigan could be difficult. National unions, caught flat-footed in the Wolverine State, pledged to offer fierce opposition wherever the idea crops up next.”

BUSY MAN: But that’s what he wanted, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Tim Kaine will serve on the armed services, foreign relations and budget committees when he arrives in the U.S. Senate next month. Kaine, a Democrat, defeated George Allen in November’s election. He is replacing the retiring Jim Webb. Mark Warner, also a Democrat, is Virginia’s other senator.”

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS: This time it’s more than campaign rhetoric, per the New York Times, “The Federal Reserve made it plain on Wednesday that job creation had become its primary focus, announcing that it planned to continue suppressing interest rates so long as the unemployment rate remained above 6.5 percent. It was the first time the nation’s central bank had publicized such a specific economic objective, underscoring the depth of its concern about the persistence of what the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, called “a waste of human and economic potential.”

MARION AND ANITA: Quite the pair, per City Paper, ““I’m elated, I’m ecstatic,” Barry told (Loose Lips) shortly after Bonds’ victory. “I’m glad the mentoring worked.” Not everyone is equally happy. For the city’s progressive set, Bonds represents their worst nightmare: a Barry protégé who was elevated to office by the Democratic State Committee—an organization often seen as inept and unrepresentative of the city’s 350,000 registered Democrats—and who works for a well-connected city contractor, Fort Myer Construction, while the city grapples with what many see as a pay-to-play culture. . Bonds (has) pushed back hard against any suggestion by reporters that she’d vote in lockstep with Barry or that her employment with the city’s biggest road-paving company should be a concern.”

MEANWHILE: A challenger lurks, per DCist, “Patrick Mara, a Republican who has run for citywide office multiple times before, is getting into the race for the April 23 special election for an At-Large D.C. Council seat. . . While he has come up short in the past, Mara believes his chances of landing a seat on the top floor of the John A. Wilson Building are as good as they’ve ever been. When voters choose a successor for the seat vacated by now-Chairman Phil Mendelson and currently held by newly selected interim At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Mara thinks he’s got the best shot in an open field.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Republicans in Congress may not insist on spending cuts to pay for some of the billions in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims — a potential win for Eastern Seaboard Democrats who were fretting about that possibility.”

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WE OBJECT: So we will sue, per the Baltimore Sun, “Eleven people and the state ACLU sued Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold on Wednesday, contending that the county illegally compiled files about citizens on Leopold's alleged "enemies list," then refused to release the information collected.”

FORTUITOUS JUMP: Just the facts, per WJLA/ABC7, “Anne Arundel County fire investigators are working to determine what started a fire that left one person dead and forced a teenage boy to jump out of a window to safety. Fire crews were called to the home in the 1300 block of Tenbrook Road Gambrills area around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say a woman was found inside the home unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A 15-year-old boy was able to escape through a second-story window unharmed.”

WE’RE RICH: Well, some of us are, per the Washington Examiner, “Six of the 10 richest counties in the nation are in the Washington region, as median household incomes rise and Washingtonians benefit from a government-driven economy. Loudoun County maintained its crown as the wealthiest county in the nation, with a median household income of $119,525 in 2011, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.”

STRONG OPINION: But what exactly does he mean?, per the Washington Times, “One of the mayors invited by President Obama on Wednesday to a White House meeting on fiscal issues predicted after the session that there would be civil unrest if congressional Republicans fail to agree to extended tax cuts for the middle class. “I think that America will retaliate in the event this does not occur,” said Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, Ohio. “

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose to Houston 99-93.

ALL IS WELL: Never mind the siren blasts, per the News & Messenger, “Occoquan residents and others who live near the Occoquan River dam will hear siren blasts at 10 a.m. Thursday as Fairfax Water conducts a test. The Occoquan River dam sirens are a warning system designed to alert residents and businesses downstream in the event of a catastrophic failure of the Occoquan River Dam.”

TWEAKING ITS LIST: And checking it twice, per ARLnow, “The County Board has approved a revised list of legislative priorities for the 2013 General Assembly session. As anticipated, the focus is to reverse some of the funding cuts Arlington has experienced in recent years.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel8) are POLITICO Congressional reporter Seung Min Kim, Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Frank Sharry of America’s Voice, who will be asked about supposed new momentum for immigration reform.

--Skip Wood

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