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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, March 26.

*Health Act Arguments Open With Obstacle From 1867 (Here’s the bottom line: the Supreme Court should uphold this law unanimously, as it’s clearly within the power of the Congress under the Constitution to impose a fee or a tax, which is what it does in this case. As Reagan appointee and conservative Laurence Silberman wrote, the legal disincentive to go without health insurance “is no more [an encroachment on individual liberty] than a command that restaurants or hotels are obliged to serve all customers regardless of race.” That’s why this challenge has no “real support…in either the text of the Constitution or Supreme Court precedent.” End of story, or at least it should be.)

*Editorial: A debate as old as the nation (“The U.S. Supreme Court will once again rule on the reach of federal authority to solve America’s problems.”)

*Bolling draws distinction with Cuccinelli

*Deadline looms for Va. to set health benefit exchanges

*Full Senate could vote on budget today

*Virginia General Assembly’s new laws will alter business landscape

*Michael Mann, Off Battlefield, Discussing ‘Climate Wars’

*Magnitude-3.1 quake measured near Mineral

*Danville native honored for civil rights work

*Cheney Gets Heart Transplant at Fairfax Hospital

*Governor poised to settle Virginia War Memorial issue

*Changes coming to Metrorail service, not just map

*Special election Tuesday will round out Arlington County Board (Arlington Democrats: Do NOT forget to vote tomorrow for Libby Garvey!)

  • KAINE URGES SENATE TO REPEAL SUBSIDIES FOR BIG 5 OIL COMPANIES

    Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine released the following statement today urging the U.S. Senate to pass the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act that would repeal several tax breaks for the Big 5 oil companies:

    “I strongly urge the Senate to approve legislation repealing subsidies to the Big 5 oil companies.  Giving tens of billions in taxpayer dollars to companies that are reaping record profits is simply a waste of taxpayer money at a time when we should be looking for ways to reduce our spending, and a backward approach to our energy future.

    “Unfortunately, by supporting these unnecessary subsidies, my opponent George Allen and other Republicans appear to be answering to the best interests of their campaign war chests instead of the best interests of the American people. By protecting these giveaways, Allen and his allies are double-charging Virginia consumers and businesses, asking them to pay at the pump and in their tax bill to Big Oil companies who don’t need the additional help to turn a profit.

    “While there is no immediate solution to high gas prices, there is immediate action we can take to ensure we continue on a path toward energy independence, and this bill is the right next step. Repealing theses subsidies will help America invest in the $2.3 trillion clean energy economy that will create jobs right here in Virginia, bring us closer to energy independence, and reduce our reliance on high oil prices.”