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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning


Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 30.

*Republicans vs. Women (“House Republicans have not given up on their campaign to narrow access to birth control, abortion care and lifesaving cancer screenings. Far from it.”)

*In Israel, Romney Takes Hard Stand Against Iran (No question, Romney’s a foreign policy hard liner, advised by many of the usual suspects from the Bush administration and who “leans forward” on the use of military force. If that doesn’t excite you, then you definitely don’t want to vote for Romney in November.)

*Virginia Voters Ask Whom To Blame For Defense Cut Risk (Just remember, none of this would have happened if Eric Can’tor and Company hadn’t held the country hostage to a normally routine increase in the debt ceiling.)

*McDonnell sees Paul platform influence (“Virginia governor says tea party involved in plank”)

*McDonnell targets defense spending, but opposes automatic cuts

*A lifetime sentence for felons

*Editorial: Misinformation clouds voter registration flap (“Despite accusations, state law isn’t clear on the validity of pre-printed voter application forms.”)

*Civic league’s quest to ban smoking on Chic’s Beach gets a new ally

*Photo of the Day: Lee District Dems Gather for Annual Luau (“Annual Democratic fundraiser Saturday featured Senate candidate Tim Kaine, county board Chair Sharon Bulova and other elected officials.”)

*Portsmouth senator prepares bill to allow casino gambling

*Morse brings it home for Nationals (“Michael Morse crushes a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and rips a two-run double in the 11th to finish off a game-winning comeback for Washington.”)


    Richmond, VA – In honor of the 47th anniversary of the enactment of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, Tim Kaine released the following statement:

    “Today marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, landmark programs that provide critical health care services for our parents, grandparents, and so many other members of our communities. Thanks to Medicare, older generations of Americans who would have otherwise gone without necessary health care have been given an opportunity to enjoy a stable and healthy retirement. We can and should do more to control Medicare costs by taking steps like allowing for the negotiation of prescription drug prices-a measure that could save as much as $24 billion every year. As a senator, I’ll work to make changes that strengthen existing Medicare and Medicaid services to preserve the promise we have made to more than 90 million Americans.  

    “There are some, like my opponent, George Allen, who threaten to scale back these protections, and diminish benefits. George Allen has repeatedly praised Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which would dramatically shift health care costs onto the shoulders of older Americans, and replace the current Medicare system with one that could leave some seniors under age 67 without any health coverage at all.  His all-cuts approach would slash spending to these vital safety net programs and attempt to solve our fiscal challenges on the backs of those who can afford it least.  We cannot afford to dismantle these successful programs that have provided affordable health care for generations. As senator, I will take a balanced approach to deficit reduction that will allow us to strengthen programs like Medicare and Medicaid that so many Americans rely on as we address the steep fiscal challenges facing our nation.”