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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve).

*Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot (Scary. Get well soon!)

*Senate negotiators yet to reach ‘fiscal cliff’ deal as clock winds down

*As ‘fiscal cliff’ looms, Republicans have no political incentive to make deal with Obama

*Brewing Up Confusion (Paul Krugman nails it; Starbucks CEO should stick to coffee…)

*Short-Term Thinking Yields Impasse in U.S. Fiscal Crisis (Is our political system even capable of dealing with long-term challenges, from the budget to infrastructure to global warming to whatever? I certainly don’t see it.)

*From partisan perspective, ‘cliff’ may not be that scary

*Obama’s repeat win in Va. showed 2008 was no fluke

*Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012

*The 8 Elections to Watch in 2013

*Never a dull moment as 2012 sees fierce political battles from start to finish

*Republican party is ‘devoid of a soul’, says Jon Huntsman

*Editorial: Who’s ready for $8 per gallon milk (“If Congress fails to pass a farm bill extension, dairy prices will increase substantially.”)

*Editorial: Bench the Tebow bill (“Home-schooled students shouldn’t get a pass from the rules on participation in public school activities.”)

*Virginia seen as good for business

*Possible restrictions, safety concerns drive up sales at Virginia gun show

*Report: Virginia isn’t prepared for major storm in Hampton Roads

*Study: Arlington population to drop 10 percent by 2040

*Prince William to get a second newspaper; Times Community Media launches Prince William Times

*Crystal City streetcar plans underway

*Redskins vs. Cowboys: Washington captures NFC East, beats Dallas 28-18

P.S. Also see The flaws in the NRA’s school-security proposal, which cites studies and evidence – I know, who cares about stuff like that, right? – to argue that arming “school resource officers” is a bad idea. (“There are clear drawbacks to having armed guards in schools. Implementing such a policy would actually put more youth at risk and might divert attention away from a robust discussion of, and progress on, gun control. Instead, we should reconsider our school security policies, drawing on the available evidence of what works and what doesn’t.”)


    Richmond, VA – Senator-elect Tim Kaine announced additional members of his Senate staff today including two Capitol Hill veterans to lead his Washington-based communications team. Amy Dudley will serve as Communications Director, Lily Adams as Press Secretary, Marc Cheatham as Director of Constituent Services and Casework, and Kate McCarroll as Director of Scheduling.

    “I’m proud to have these talented and experienced individuals as part of my Senate team,” said Kaine. “Amy’s extensive experience in the Senate and at the highest levels of government will be an incredible asset to the office and the people of Virginia. Lily’s knowledge of the Commonwealth and the workings of Capitol Hill are going to help me effectively communicate my priorities and the workings of the Senate. Marc has been an important part of my team for many years and his experience in constituent services will help meet the needs of Virginians. Kate understands how to handle the complex and competing interests of the schedule and I’m happy to welcome her to the team.”

    Amy Dudley, Communications Director – Amy Dudley returns to Capitol Hill after serving as Press Secretary to Vice President Joe Biden on the 2012 campaign trail and as his Deputy Press Secretary in the White House. Prior to that she served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman where she supported his efforts as a leading voice on financial reform, as well as the war in Afghanistan as a key member of the Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees. She also supported Senator Kaufman’s role in two Supreme Court confirmation hearings as a member of the Judiciary Committee. She has also worked in the public affairs office of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as a staff writer for National Journal’s The Hotline. Amy is a graduate of Colgate University.

    Lily Adams, Press Secretary – Lily Adams recently completed her second campaign cycle in Virginia, serving as Press Secretary for Kaine’s campaign for U.S. Senate. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, first as his Traveling Press Aide, then as his Washington, D.C.-based Press Secretary where she supported his efforts on the Armed Services, Judiciary and HELP Committees. She has also worked on the communications staff of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s re-election campaign. Lily is a graduate of Brandeis University.

    Marc Cheatham, Director of Constituent Services and Casework – Marc Cheatham most recently served as the Scheduling Director for Kaine’s transition team and his campaign for U.S. Senate. Cheatham is a long-time member of Kaine’s staff, serving as his executive aide at the Democratic National Committee and as Director of Constituent Services and Senior Assistant to the Governor for Policy in Kaine’s gubernatorial administration.  Cheatham first began working for Kaine during his term as Lieutenant Governor after serving as a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant.  

    Kate McCarroll, Director of Scheduling – Kate is a veteran of Virginia politics and most recently served as the campaign manager for Jeff Bourne’s successful campaign for Richmond School Board in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to returning to political work, she served as the Director of Scheduling for President John DeGioia at Georgetown University from 2006-2012. Kate began her career in Virginia politics in 2001 on Mark Warner’s gubernatorial campaign. She joined Governor Warner’s administration as his Deputy Scheduler and later served as the Governor’s Scheduler. Kate is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama.