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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 27. Also check out the video of Howard Dean last night ripping into “crackpot,” “not a serious person,” “Crazy Ken” Cuccinelli.

*Fox News Contributors Say Marriage Equality Would Criminalize Christianity (This is the same thinking people used to use regarding interracial marriage.)

*Supreme Court considers federal marriage law

*Facebook goes red for same-sex marriage – even for Senator Warner

*On Fox News, Amanda Knox Gets Twice As Much Coverage As Marriage Equality (Faux “News” once again demonstrates that it’s a complete joke.)

*Poll Shows Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Still Tied After Bolling’s Exit (“The Quinnipiac University survey unveiled Wednesday shows Cuccinelli leading his likely Democratic opponent, 40 percent to 38 percent, with 18 percent undecided. In the previous poll, conducted in mid-February, the two were tied at 38 percent apiece.”)

*Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell controls GOP fire (“Late-night amendments didn’t worsen his tepid status”)

*Gov. Bob McDonnell saves controversial bills for last

*Cuccinelli claims credit for road bill he nearly killed (There goes “Crazy Ken” again…)

*Jeff E. Schapiro: GOP tries having it both ways on roads (“Virginia Republicans are having an identity crisis – and just in time for the election.”)

*Group to press McDonnell for executive order restoring voting rights

*The governor tinkers (“McDonnell couldn’t resist the call of the tax protesters in amending the transportation package – but in terms of new revenue, it survives.”)

*Amendments pave way for road-funding program

*Democrats scoff at Cuccinelli claim he helped road bill (And rightly so, as that’s an outright lie.)

*Abortion insurance limit among conservative bills advancing

*Gay rights support from people close to McDonnell, Allen

*New robocall hits Lingamfelter on past donors (“Either somebody out there really dislikes Del. Scott Lingamfelter or they consider him a threat in the Republican nomination contest for lieutenant governor.”)

*Bill signed: Let’s build some roads (Actually, no, the #1 priority is maintaining/repairing the roads and bridges we’ve already got. The #2 priority is building a world-class public transit system, including high-speed rail, in Virginia. Let’s reassess after all that’s done.)

*Disorder  in the court (“Legislators made a mess of judge vacancies. McDonnell has given them a chance to get it right.”)

*Virginia Port Authority will not privatize operations

*More cooler than average weather for midweek

  • Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe will hand deliver his petitions to the Virginia State Board of Elections in Richmond on Wednesday.  McAuliffe will be joined by former Delegates Vince Callahan, Katherine Waddell and supporters.  In a great showing of grassroots support, hundreds of volunteers collected signatures across Virginia for McAuliffe.

    Event Details

    WHO:       Terry McAuliffe, former Delegates Callahan and Waddell, supporters

    WHAT:     Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and supporters will deliver his petitions to the Virginia State Board of Elections

    WHERE:   1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219

    WHEN:     Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  • Sorry about the watermark, but I had to use some free software to flip the video sideways…oh well.

  • WestEndVoter

    I see a huge disconnect between Cuccinelli’s opinion on the Transportation Bill constitutionality, and his statement in the Examiner article above.

    The opinion raises multiple problems with the GA imposing what is in effect a local tax. While the opinion raises the possibility of providing categories or classifications to pass Constitutional muster, but the case he cites for that proposition is a failed attempt at doing just that!

    Yet today he is saying:

    “I was honored to work with members of the McDonnell administration in making sure the legislation was able to move forward without the threat of any legal challenges,” Cuccinelli said in a statement.

    (emphasis added)

    I think that Paul Goldman had it right in his articles regarding the inappropriateness of the GA legislating local taxes, and that taxation should be done by local officials, who are accountable for their actions.

    Just an observation, the Virginia Constitution agrees:

    Section 14. Powers of General Assembly; limitations.

    The General Assembly shall not enact any local, special, or private law in the following cases:


       (5) For the assessment and collection of taxes, except as to animals which the General Assembly may deem dangerous to the farming interests.


    Section 15. General laws.

    In all cases enumerated in the preceding section, and in every other case which, in its judgment, may be provided for by general laws, the General Assembly shall enact general laws. Any general law shall be subject to amendment or repeal, but the amendment or partial repeal thereof shall not operate directly or indirectly to enact, and shall not have the effect of enactment of, a special, private, or local law.

    (emphasis added)

    The “fixed” bill now imposes a tax on two localities, then directs the proceeds of that tax to those two localities.  

    Does this have the effect of a local law?  I imagine we will find out a few months…