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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning (Newt Gingrich Video Edition)


Here are some Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 22. Also, I headed over to the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington last night to see Newt Gingrich speak to about 200 or so supporters. If you’re interested, check out the video, in which Newt decries negative campaigning and “super PACs,” urges his opponents to abide by Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment,” and challenges Mitt Romney to a 90-minute, one-on-one debate “anytime, anywhere” in Iowa.

*Poll: Virginians divided on uranium mining, strongly against guns on campus (“On the issue of guns on college campuses, 75 percent said they should not be allowed. A strong majority also opposes ending the state’s limit on handgun purchases to one a month.”)

*Gingrich has slim lead over Romney in new Va. GOP poll

*Public broadcaster objects to Va. budget cuts

*Entitlements vs. the poor (“IN THE BUDGET Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) proposed this week, you can glimpse the future, and not just Virginia’s. The picture is not a cheerful one.”)

*Kaine calls on Allen to support payroll tax cut; Allen calls on Kaine to support Keystone pipeline (More false equivalency from the Kaplan Post — the payroll tax cut affects 160 million Americans, the Keystone pipeline…a few thousand, maximum).

*Robert Hurt, Mark Warner react to payroll tax cut stand off

*Cantor cites ‘very narrow differences’ on payroll tax holiday (The only “differences” are that Can’tor, BONEr et al. lost control of the Tea Party wing of their party. Remember, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly voted for this bill last week. It’s not controversial at all, except to the Tea Partiers in the House.)

*Gingrich scrambling to get on Virginia ballot

*Gingrich Packs House in Rosslyn

*Local representatives join majority in rejecting payroll tax compromise

*Cheney attends Virginia party

*Hotline Sort: Virginia Is For (Politics) Lovers

*Virginia Discrimination Reinforced (“Board of Social Services votes against more-inclusive adoption/foster regulations”)

*Amazon to open two local distribution centers, creating 1,350 jobs

*State moving on $2 billion in road projects

*GOP hopeful Gingrich to hold fundraiser in Virginia as he takes lead from Romney in pol

*Fairfax court clerk running for attorney general

  • From ACDC chair Mike Lieberman:

    ACDC Elected Officials and Steering Committee,

       Earlier this evening, I received word that the Arlington Electoral Board late this afternoon set deadline of January 27, 2012 for party certification of our County Board candidate in this spring’s special election.  This date was adopted to comply with a recently amended statutory requirement that caucuses be held 60 days before a special election, which the Court set earlier this week for March 27, 2012.  Unfortunately, this January 27, 2012 certification falls before the February 2 and 4, 2012 caucus dates contained within ACDC’s adopted caucus rules.

      As a result of the Electoral Board’s decision, ACDC is effectively forced to move up its caucus to dates that fall before January 27, 2012.  To that end, on December 28, at our next Steering Committee, Caucus Director Terry Serie and I will be recommending to the ACDC steering committee that the County Board caucus dates be moved up two weeks to January 19 and 21, 2012.  We will be recommending that the filing deadline for the caucus be moved up two weeks as well to January 9, 2012 at 7:00pm.  As the Electoral Board’s decision was announced to us after the close of business today, we do not yet know of the availability for caucus facilities around the County, and hence do not yet have a proposal for where these caucuses will be held.  We hope and expect to have and share this recommendation within the next several days.

      The Electoral Board’s decision was unexpected, and certainly not one we wanted to hear.  We quite simply are left without any choice but to make the best of a bad situation.  We have notified the announced candidates of this change, and I will make myself available to anyone who wants to discuss this or any other caucus issues tonight or throughout the holiday season.  I can be reached at 703-xxx-xxxx.

    Thanks for your understanding, and your continuing work for ACDC.



  • Hurt is standing behind Boehner refusing to pass the Senate bill? Good luck selling that back home.

  • Governor McDonnell, Amazon.com Announce Company’s Plans to Open Two Fulfillment Centers in Virginia, Creating More than 1,350 New Jobs

    ~ Company to invest $135 million to establish facilities in Chesterfield County and Dinwiddie County~

    Biggest Jobs Announcement in Virginia Since 2004

    RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:  AMZN) today announced the company’s plans to open two fulfillment centers in Virginia, investing a total of $135 million. The company will invest $85 million and create more than 1,000 jobs in Chesterfield County, and invest $50 million in Dinwiddie County, creating more than 350 jobs.            

    Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “This project that includes a $135 million investment and more than 1,350 new jobs is a tremendous win for the greater Richmond region. Amazon is known all over the world, and the new centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties will fulfill orders across the United States. The establishment of these new operations is testament to the positive business climate and success the company has experienced in the Commonwealth.”

    “Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties were chosen for this significant project due to the ease and speed with which the facilities can be built and become operational,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “In addition, the skill and availability of the region’s workforce were key factors. We are thrilled that Amazon recognized the assets and solid infrastructure in place in the greater Richmond region and will make a great investment to establish its new fulfillment centers in Virginia.”

    “We look forward to opening two new Amazon facilities in the Richmond area next year, bringing tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of new jobs to the state,” said Dave Clark, vice-president, Amazon North American Operations.  “We’re grateful to Governor McDonnell and other state, county and local officials for their commitment to our investment in Virginia.”

    As a new member of the Chesterfield and Dinwiddie County communities, Amazon also announced that it is donating $10,000 to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which will be allocated to food banks in these counties.

    The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Chesterfield County, Dinwiddie County, the Greater Richmond Partnership, and Virginia’s Gateway Region to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a total of $3.5 million in grants from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist both Chesterfield County and Dinwiddie County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $850,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the Dinwiddie County project. The company is eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.

    “We are so pleased that international Internet giant Amazon has selected Chesterfield County for their new one million-square-foot fulfillment center,” said Art Warren, the Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “It is exciting this outstanding announcement coincides with the opening of the new Meadowville interchange which will benefit everyone, present and future. And, the infrastructure surrounding this announcement further positions the Meadowville technology Park as a key destination for business. Welcome Amazon as the newest member of our corporate family.”

    “Dinwiddie County is extremely pleased with Amazon’s decision to locate a fulfillment center in the Dinwiddie Commerce Park,” said Doretha E. Moody, Chairman of the Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors. “This is an excellent example of the commitment of the Board of Supervisors to economic development and creating employment opportunities for our community.”

    “The Tobacco Commission is glad that we were able to team up with Dinwiddie and the Governor’s Office to attract Amazon to Virginia,” said Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr., a Commissioner of The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “We believe that they will be a good employer and a good corporate citizen that will provide good jobs for the region.  We believe that Amazon will be pleased with our workforce and the region.”

    The new facilities are expected to be complete next fall. Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Virginia will be operated by Amazon.com.kydc LLC