Thanks to Tom Whipple for the Sunday “Clips.”
1. MCDONNELL CONTINUES STUDY ON CONTRACTS GIVEN TO MINORITY-, WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS
2. ALMOST 900 NEW STATE LAWS TAKE EFFECT THURSDAY
5. BOUCHER BILL WOULD PROTECT PRIVACY OF INTERNET USERS
6. MILEPOSTS AND MILESTONES: PARKWAY GEARS UP FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY
8. GETTING HEALTH INSURANCE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT IN VIRGINIA
13. PROTESTORS CALL FOR END TO DRILLING
14. 1,000 PROTEST OFFSHORE DRILLING IN VIRGINIA BEACH
28. STEWART’S DUTY IS TO PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
29. A TRANSIT-FRIENDLY TYSONS CORNER WOULD SUPPORT GROWTH, CUT AUTO TRAFFIC
33. FIRST PHASE OF METRO FARE INCREASES TAKES EFFECT
36. ARLINGTON COLLECTS, SPENDS MOST AMONG VIRGINIA COUNTIES
37. ALEXANDRIA OFFICIALS APPROVE SLEW OF NEW FARE, FEE INCREASES
UPDATE: I usually tend to ignore editorials by the right-wingnut “Republican Times-Disgrace”, but this one’s a good one.
Cuccinelli’s reply so far has consisted of a two-word riposte from his political director: “Sore loser.” But calling Shannon names hardly qualifies as a sufficient, or even a serious, response. The attorney general owes Virginians a fuller explanation as to why he would want his name connected in any way with the stench emanating from the dubious group. For instance, suppose inquiries determine that U.S. Navy Veterans is a charity in name only, and the principal beneficiary turns out to be Thompson. That might not break any state laws. But it would reflect poorly on Cuccinelli to keep money that donors had intended help veterans rather than Thompson himself.
Last month a spokesman for Cuccinelli told The Times-Dispatch that “it would be atypical for the attorney general’s office to initiate an investigation into a nonprofit.” Yes. But it also is atypical for the AG’s office to initiate a fraud investigation into a professor’s research. The oddness has not stopped Cuccinelli from investigating former UVa climatologist Michael Mann. Nor has atypicality stopped Cuccinelli from announcing the formation of the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force, an “unprecedented partnership” among federal and state civil regulators and criminal investigators, including the AG’s office, that is “committed to conducting parallel investigations.” Yet so far the attorney general’s office has not issued even a consumer alert about U.S. Navy Veterans. What’s stopping him?
Right, exactly, what the heck is stopping him?