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Virginia News Headlines: Independence Day 2013

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Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 4, 2013. Happy Independence Day! Also see President Obama’s Independence Day message.

*Egypt’s army ousts president (Building a democracy isn’t easy, certainly not after having been ruled by authoritarians for…pretty much forever, going back through the Ottoman Empire, the Roman Empire, the Pharaohs, etc.)

*What The Mainstream Media Misses About Texas’ Ongoing Abortion Battle (“In addition to criminalizing abortion services after 20 weeks, the other provisions in Texas’ abortion proposals would impose harsh restrictions on abortion providers”)

*Republicans Attack Obama For Not Implementing Health Care Reform Quickly Enough (Heck, these people would attack Obama for anything – what next, for cutting taxes and government spending too much?)

*Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s involvement with Star Scientific

*Debate squabbling intensifies as Cuccinelli refuses AARP/League of Women Voters invite (So…in Ken Cuccinelli’s world of utter delusion, the League of Women Voters is “partisan” while the Chamber of Commerce is “non-partisan.” Hahahahaha.)

*Judge won’t make Cuccinelli testify in chef’s case

*For months, Cuccinelli didn’t know of McDonnell allegations, campaign says (The Cuccinelli campaign clearly thinks the citizens of Virginia are imbeciles. Beyond that, their best excuse for Cuccinelli’s abysmal behavior was that…wait for it…he was CLUELESS?!? Wow, great.)

*Amid controversy, Va. Republican proposes political gift limits (“Sideshow Bob” of all people rides to the rescue? LOL)

*Past union words, climate deeds stalk Va. governor candidates (Not sure what these things have to do with each other – McAuliffe supports working people, Cuccinelli persecutes a leading scientist.)

*McDonnell Solicits Ideas for “Air Rights” Development

*Warner raises $1.4 million in second quarter (Since he’s going to be reelected easily, how about transferring a few hundred thousand of that to Virginia Democratic House of Delegates candidates? Just a thought.)

*Washington lawyer Flood counsels McDonnell on probes (“Flood represented Cheney and Clinton, worked for Bush”)

*Goodlatte on delaying implementation of employer mandate in health care law (You don’t even have to read this; if it’s Bob Goodlatte, you know it’s going to be reflexively anti-“Obamacare.” Yawn.)

*A dandy of a day as storms turn scarce (Yeah, if you like your Independence Days hot and humid!)

*Flooding forces evacuations, cancellation of race in Roanoke

*Nationals fall to Brewers again (Incredibly frustrating season…one step forward, one step backwards.)

  • From his Facebook page

    As Virginians celebrate 4th of July with friends and family it is important to remind ourselves of the significance of this day in our country’s history. I join all Americans in honoring the countless sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform to protect our freedoms. As a veteran, July 4th has special meaning to me. It is about honoring the founding of our country and a reminder of what we are capable of when we are united for a common purpose. I wish everyone across the Commonwealth a fun and safe celebration.

  • From Mark Herring’s Facebook page:

    “Our Democratic Ticket, united for victory, and joined by Professor Michael Mann, at our Coordinated Office opening in Virginia Beach!

    Our ticket believes Virginia must be a leader in science and technology education to attract the jobs of the 21st Century.”

  • DPVA Chair Herring Statement on Independence Day

    Richmond, VA – DPVA Chair Delegate Charniele Herring released the following statement on the celebration of Independence Day:

    “Today millions of Americans will join together in celebrating the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As we gather with our friends and families, we should reflect on the freedoms that our forefathers earned for us, not only through their brave sacrifices on the battlefield but in picket lines, at lunch counters, and at the ballot box. We should also be reminded of the American men and women who continue to put themselves in harms way, here and across the globe, to keep our families safe and our way of life free.

    “We are lucky to live in a country that stands for equality, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all of its citizens.  On behalf of Virginia Democrats, I wish you a wonderful Fourth of July. God bless you, God bless our troops, and God bless the United States of America.”

  • Bumble Bee

    State judge, state court, what do you expect.  Virginia is a corrupt state.  All the power players have each others backs.  

  • From Mark Herring’s Facebook page: “Happy 4th of July! With our incredible team getting ready to march in the Dale City Parade in Prince William County!”

  • From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe celebrated Independence Day at the Dale City Fourth of July Parade, where he walked alongside the Prince William County Democrats.

    McAuliffe was joined by dozens of supporters donning McAuliffe for Governor t-shirts, and greeted parade-goers lining Dale Boulevard from Kirkdale Drive through the Dale City commuter lot.

    McAuliffe’s wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, attended the Fairfax City Fourth of July Parade, in the Downtown Fairfax Historic District, also joined by a group of McAuliffe supporters.

    McAuliffe released the following statement today celebrating the Fourth of July:

    “As we celebrate Independence Day, we honor the brave men and women who have risked their lives to protect our nation and the ideals it was built upon. The principles and unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for which our forefathers fought – many of whom were from right here in Virginia – are what has attracted people from all walks of life to come here and pursue their dreams.  By making sure Virginia remains a welcoming place for all who want to live, work, and start a family here, we will create opportunities for the next generation of Virginians and keep the Commonwealth strong.”





  • Video by Catherine S. Read: “The Democrats came out today for Terry McAuliffe! Folks from the City of Fairfax Democratic Committee, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Fairfax County Young Democrats, Fairfax Pride and Delegates Mark Keam, Eileen Filler-Corn, David Bulova and Kenneth R. Plum. – with Mark Keam, Eileen Filler-Corn, Kenneth R. Plum and 12 others at City of Fairfax Independence Day Celebration.”