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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 29. Also, check out President Obama delivering remarks an the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration at the White House yesterday.

*Economy starts to look surprisingly robust in this year of austerity (“The strengthening housing and financial markets prove to be more powerful than acts of Congress.”)

*Home Prices Rise, Putting Country in Buying Mood

*Today’s GOP is fundamentally unserious about governing (But they’ve VERY serious about ginning up phony “scandals” to hopefully – they pray – bring down the Evil Socialist Kenyan in the White House. Ugh.)

*Rep. Bachmann won’t run in 2014 (Too bad, it would have been fun beating her!)

*McDonnell to speed rights process for nonviolent felons (“The sweeping administrative action – while not an instantaneous blanket restoration – is as far as the governor can go within current Virginia law, administration officials said.”)

*Taking heed  of GOP elders (“Retired Sens. John Warner and Bob Dole are advising their party to do some soul-searching.”)

*A better process for restoring felons’ rights (“Cuccinelli’s advisory committee suggests improvements, but a constitutional  amendment is needed”)

*Disenfranchised ex-cons a stain on Virginia’s democracy (“The essential problem is a provision in the state’s constitution, reaffirmed by racist lawmakers more than a century ago, that deprives felons of the vote unless their rights are individually restored by the governor. Only three other states are so punitive; in the vast majority of states, voting rights are restored automatically once offenders have paid their debt to society.”)

*Schapiro: Little things could decide little-noticed primary (“On a Tuesday in early June, anything can happen. Sometimes, it’s because of a little thing.”)

*Ahead of June primary, Democrat LG candidates release TV ads

*Cuccinelli has change of heart on felons’ voting rights (Doubtful that he had a “change of heart.” More like election year political pandering.)

*Virginia governor’s race turns harsh with McAuliffe’s soft campaign ad (All I know is that I can’t make any sense of this headline!)

*McDonnell: Cuccinelli not responsible for Jackson remarks (Two points: 1) Cooch is responsible for his OWN remarks, which are just as crazy in many cases as Jackson’s; and 2) now that they’re on the same ticket, I’d argue that Cooch is going to have a tough time separating himself, even if he wants to…)

*Ken Cuccinelli suggested Planned Parenthood is racist (A perfect example of how Cuccinelli is a certifiable, bizarre conspiracy theorist freakazoid.)

*McDonnell calls LG candidate Jackson ‘passionate’ about anti-abortion stance (OK, Bob McDonnell has completely lost it.)

*E.W. Jackson’s First Battle: Fighting AIDS Prevention Efforts (“The controversial Virginia lieutenant governor candidate got his start blocking condom distribution and picketing strip clubs.”)

*E.W. Jackson All Wrong for Virginia GOP (“Any conservative, who thinks E.W. Jackson winning Virginia’s 2013 Republican Lieutenant Governor nomination is a good thing, needs to have his or her head examined.” Bingo by the right-wing Townhall.com!)

*No rush on offshore drilling in Virginia

*McAuliffe’s Offshore Drilling Flip-Flop

*24 Virginia schools apply for third-grade testing waivers

*Finally, justice for bank crimes

*Cranking up the heat and the humidity

*Karns, Nationals ride LaRoche’s wave

  • …will spend more time with her closet case husband. Enjoy “prayin’ teh gay” away together! Heh. By the way, if anyone believes that Bachmann’s decision has nothing to do with polls indicating that she very well could lose, well I’ve got some beautiful, quiet vacation property in Syria to sell you!

  • Eileen Levandoski

    Clipping cronies with Cuccinelli

    http://www.roanoke.com/opinion

    Here’s a copy of Christina Nuckol’s op ed that following its printing in the Roanoke Times (where she is editorial editor) it ran in today’s Virginian-Pilot.

  • From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to news about Governor McDonnell’s announcement on the restoration of voting rights to non-violent felons.

    “Today, Governor McDonnell is taking an important step forward on an issue of justice for Virginians who have paid their debt to society. I’ve supported replacing the application process because it’s a common sense way to make it easier for Virginians who were convicted of a non-violent offense to have their right to vote restored after they have paid their debt.

    “Unfortunately, some in the legislature, including then-Senator Ken Cuccinelli, blocked General Assembly progress on restoration of rights repeatedly. I’m pleased that Governor McDonnell has found a way to overcome their opposition to take a meaningful step forward on this bipartisan initiative. It’s the right thing to do.”

  • From the Mark Herring for AG campaign:

    HERRING STATEMENT ON MCDONNELL EFFORT TO RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS

    Leesburg – Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax) released the following statement on Governor Bob McDonnell’s efforts to expedite the process of restoring voting rights for non-violent offenders:

    “Today, Governor McDonnell moved Virginia in the direction towards automatic restoration of voting rights on non-violent offenders. It is the right thing to do.

    “Those who were convicted of non-violent offenses and have paid their debts deserve to be given another chance to become engaged and active members of our society.

    “I have long supported amending Virginia’s constitution to allow for automatic restoration of voting rights. Unfortunately, Senator Mark Obenshain has repeatedly opposed this effort. His opposition to this, including during this past General Assembly session, shows he continues to line up with the far right-wing fringe as opposed to those looking to do what is best for all Virginians.

    “As Attorney General, I will work with the next Governor to continue the process Governor McDonnell has begun.”

  • KAINE STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR MCDONNELL’S ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING RESTORATION OF RIGHTS

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell’s announcement regarding the restoration of voting rights to nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. As governor, Kaine restored the rights of more than 4,400 Virginians and worked to increase the availability of applications and timeliness of his administration’s responses to restoration requests:

    “I applaud Governor McDonnell for his work to expedite the process of restoring voting rights to Virginians who have paid their debt to society. Under governors of both parties, Virginia has made significant progress to restore the rights of thousands of Virginians who deserve the chance to fully participate in their civic duty as they reenter society. I have long supported overturning the law that automatically disenfranchises felons who have completed their terms, but this is a step in the right direction.”