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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning (12/12/12)


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 12. For all you math geeks out there, that’s 12/12/12, the last time until the the 22nd century we’ll have a date with three of the same numbers. Exciting, huh? 🙂

*Obama, Boehner trade offers but little progress apparent

*White House: NKorea Launch ‘Highly Provocative’

*On debt ceiling, GOP is defining extortion down (Wildly irresponsible, but what else is new from the utterly despicable Mitch McConnell?)

*No fair wage for you (“‘Right to work’ laws, like the one signed Tuesday in Michigan, only hurt American workers.”)

*Gov. McDonnell faces a challenge on gas taxes (“Mr. Norquist is entitled to his magical thinking. But when he uses it to try to intimidate Virginia lawmakers, Mr. McDonnell must push back.”)

*Virginia teachers: Cuts would hurt poor, disabled

*U.Va. put on warning by accrediting agency (Why is Helen Dragas still on the UVA Board of Visitors?)

*Warning puts Dragas reappointment in greater spotlight

*Chance of avoiding fiscal cliff 80 percent says Warner (I don’t fully understand how Warner knows this, given that he himself admits he’s not “in that room.”)

*Wolf, Warner: Fiscal Solution Is In The Middle (Actually, no, the “middle” is probably not the solution here, given unreasonable Republican demands to slash non-military spending and to NOT raise revenues by very much.)

*Catholic Bishop Walter F. Sullivan dies at age 84 in Richmond (Reading his obituary, Bishop Sullivan sounds like a strong progressive on a wide variety of issues ranging from war and peace to Vatican II to women’s rights. He also “initiated an annual Mass for gays and lesbians in 1997 and established a sexual minorities advisory committee.” Impressive!)

*Schapiro: Norquist-ian bargain on taxes turns Faustian (“Because this dust-up involves taxes and transportation – issues, in the election just passed and the election ahead, on which Republicans are vulnerable – McDonnell must double efforts to be seen as all things to all voters. His future in politics could depend on it. Or does it?”)

*McDonnell takes aim at accelerated sales tax gimmick

*Bills would give General Assembly power to spike state regs

*Va. bill aims to protect secret union ballot

*Va. lawmakers turn cold shoulder to Fairfax transportation pleas

*More candidates pursuing Va. Beach legislative seat

*Former Virginia Beach sailor denied bond in spying case

*Save Va.’s roads despite Norquist (Again, Virginia’s only response to Grover Norquist should be a raised middle finger.)

*Not ‘panic time’ yet as drought hits

*Redskins prepared with Cousins pick

  • Anne and I are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Bishop Sullivan. Through fifty years of service at the Diocese of Richmond, including nearly thirty at its helm, he was a strong voice and a powerful example for the spirit of service and unity that makes our Commonwealth great. His commitment to those whom society too often ignored was an inspiration to me and many others who were fortunate to cross his path. Today, the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia are more welcoming, more inclusive, and stronger communities because of his work. That legacy will live on for many years to come.

  • WTF?!?