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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 28. Also, on this 50th anniversary of perhaps the greatest speech – alongside Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, appropriately enough – in American history, if you’ve never seen Martin Luther King Jr.’s entire “I have a dream” speech, I strongly recommend that you watch it. It’s amazing (and relevant) in 2013, just as it was in 1963.

*Obama To Outline Unfinished Work, Decades After King’s Dream (And let’s not kid ourselves, there’s a lot of unfinished work before we achieve a society based 100% on the “content of one’s character!”)

*Biden: ‘No doubt’ Syrian regime used chemical weapons

*Syrian massacre needs intervention (“Given the crisis in Syria, a Congress that wishes to remain relevant to U.S. foreign policy should return to Washington immediately.” And don’t complain otherwise!)

*People Don’t Fear Climate Change Enough (In addition to a major failing in human psychology, there’s been a well-funded disinformation campaign by the fossil fuel industry, which also funds politician/puppets like Ken Cuccinelli.)

*Congress  in neutral (“Uncertainty over a potential default and a new budget aren’t enough to spur action on Capitol Hill.” And the situation with Syria.)

*Schapiro: Opportunity knocks again for Kaine, this time on global stage (“Sitting in his dimly lighted office in downtown Richmond on Monday, Kaine said that a United States weary of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot rule out armed intervention in Syria. But in considering an attack, Kaine said, the Obama administration must consult with Congress and seek its OK.”)

*A Democratic poll in the Roanoke area’s unexpected result

*Virginia’s Medicaid fraud unit gets modest ranking

*Lacey Putney comes to embattled governor’s defense (It’s called “defending the indefensible.”)

*Immigration bill will get a push from local Catholic churches (“More than a half-million Roman Catholics in Virginia will be asked at Sunday Mass on Sept. 8 to lobby their congressional representatives for a “path to citizenship” for people living illegally in the U.S”)

*The Complicated Legal Backstory of Terry McAuliffe’s Former Car Company

*McAuliffe opens Newport News campaign office

*Chesapeake’s Cosgrove sworn in as senator this month

*Norfolk approves plan to revamp Waterside

*Virus killing hundreds of dolphins along the East Coast, scientists say

*At Norfolk school McDonnell pledges to defend school takeover law

*Reagan National’s historic Terminal A is getting a new $37 million facelift

*Richmond eyes Washington’s bid for 2024 Olympics

*Threat of showers and storms for March on Washington anniversary

*Nationals’ bullpen has a silent night (“Ross Ohlendorf throws five effective innings, backed by four relievers, helping Washington upend Miami.”)

  • From DPVA:

    Yesterday in Loudoun County Ken Cuccinelli tried to convince Virginians that he opposes legislative efforts to ban birth control. That statement is a deceitful attempt to mislead Virginians about his career-long effort to inject his agenda into decisions that women make with their doctors.

    When Cuccinelli said yesterday that government shouldn’t regulate birth control, he “forgot” to mention that he cosponsored “personhood” legislation in 2007 that could have banned common forms of FDA-approved birth control like the pill. He also failed to mention that he vocally supported similar legislation in 2012 that also put women’s access to health care at risk.

    Cuccinelli’s empty rhetoric further ignored his own statement earlier this year that opponents of health care reform that expands women’s access to birth control should “go to jail” in protest.

    Ken Cuccinelli has spent a decade in public life focused on putting his extreme ideological agenda ahead of Virginia women’s constitutional right to make their own health care decisions. Yesterday’s stunt is a clear indicator that he is planning to try and “etch-a-sketch” his entire record by saying whatever it takes over the next 70 days.

    Virginians deserve better than a candidate for governor who has tried to impose his extreme agenda on women and their families, much less one who then lied about those efforts.


    Cuccinelli Pushed for Passage of HB 1 Personhood Legislation, Said “The Fight For Life Is Going To Last For All Of Our Lives”

    In 2012, National Journal Hotline quoted Cuccinelli at rally for HB 1 personhood legislation, saying “It’s hard to believe we actually have to come and advocate for something as basic as life, but we’ve had to do it for decades and we’re going to have to do it for the rest of our lives. The fight for life is going to last for all of our lives.'” [National Journal Hotline, 2/16/12; CBS 6 WTVR, 2/15/12,Video]

    Cuccinelli Cosponsored Personhood Bill in 2007 that Would Recognize Life from the “Moment of Fertilization”

    In February 2007, Sen. Cuccinelli cosponsored legislation introduced by Del. Bob Marshall that would prove that “the right to enjoyment of life” guaranteed by Article 1, § 1 of the Constitution of Virginia applies to “preborn human beings from the moment of fertilization.”  The bill failed in the House. [HB 2797, 2/5/07]

    Washington Post: Cuccinelli Received 3 Pinocchios For Claiming He Did Not Try To Make Contraception Illegal

    In July 2013, during the VBA debate Cuccinelli was asked, “And on contraception, would you again seek to make several forms, common forms, of contraception illegal, as you did several years ago?”

    Cuccinelli replied, “Well, I certainly didn’t do that several years ago. My focus in this race is on growing jobs for the middle class, and supporting them and not the well-connected. There are people, like me, who sincerely hold beliefs about protecting life, and I certainly bring those with me into the Governor’s race.” The Washington Post’s fact check gave Cuccinelli’s statement “Three Pinocchios.” [Washington Post, 7/23/13]

    Washington Post: Bill Sponsor Robert Marshall Approved Version Stating Unborn “At Every Stage” Should Enjoy All Rights, Privileges, Immunities

    In July 2013, the Washington Post fact check stated, “The main sponsor of this bill was Robert G. Marshall, a member of the House of Delegates from Prince William County, and in 2012, the House of Delegates approved a version of it. This bill stated that ‘unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth.'” [Washington Post, 7/23/13]

    Washington Post: OB/GYNs Denounced Personhood Laws, Warning Laws Could “Deny Women Access” To Preventive Care

    According to Washington Post’s fact check, “At the time the House of Delegate took this action, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists denounced such ‘personhood’ laws, warning that they could ‘deny women access to the full spectrum of preventive health care including contraception.’ In talking points that accompanied the announcement, ACOG said that ‘some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception – oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, and other forms of FDA-approved contraceptives – could be banned in states that adopt ‘personhood’ measures.'” [Washington Post, 7/23/13]

    Washington Post: Cuccinelli’s 2007 Personhood Bill “Appears to Be Even More Conservative” than the 2012 Bill He Supported

    According to Washington Post’s fact check, “Indeed, Del. Vivian E. Watts, a Fairfax Democrat, successfully amended the bill to say that ‘Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as affecting lawful contraception.’ (The measure has stalled in the Virginia Senate.) In any case, the 2007 proposal Cuccinelli co-sponsored appears to be even more conservative than the 2012 one, as it defines life as beginning at ‘fertilization.’ There are various ways to interpret the impact on birth control, but some methods might be affected because there are birth control methods that prevent a fertilized egg from implantation in the wall of the uterus.” [Washington Post, 7/23/13]

    Washington Post: Banning Contraception “Likely Would Have Been the Practical Effect of the Bill He Cosponsored”

    In July 2013, the Washington Post fact check stated, “We were told we would receive a response from the Cuccinelli campaign, but never got one. Cuccinelli’s answer was too cute by half, perhaps an effort to soften some of his conservatism. While he might not have specifically sought to ban contraception, that likely would have been the practical effect of the bill he co-sponsored.” [Washington Post, 7/23/13]

    Politifact: “Personhood laws could limit some forms of birth control” Politifact has previously written that “Personhood laws could limit some forms of birth control” and “Since it takes about eight or more days for a fertilized egg to implant in the wall of the uterus and there are birth control methods that prevent implantation, then such a law might well have made those methods illegal.” [Politifact, 11/2/12]

    American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists: Personhood Laws Will “Deny Women Access To The Full Spectrum Of Preventive Health Care, Including Contraception”

    In February 2012, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement that said: “The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is unequivocally opposed to the so-called ‘personhood’ laws or amendments being considered in several states. These measures erode women’s basic rights to privacy and bodily integrity; deny women access to the full spectrum of preventive health care including contraception; and undermine the doctor-patient relationship.” [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2/10/12]

    American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists: Personhood Measures “Would Limit Or Eliminate Contraceptive Options”

    According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, personhood measures “would limit or eliminate contraceptive options.” They elaborated: “Some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception-oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, and other forms of FDA-approved contraceptives-could be banned in states that adopt ‘personhood’ measures.” [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Personhood Measures: Impact on Contraception”]  

    Legislation That Defines A Fertilized Egg As A Human Being Would Ban All Abortions, Including Those Resulting From Rape And Incest, And Would Declare Common Forms Of Birth Control, Like The IUD, As Murder

    According to New York Times, “A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder. […]The amendment in Mississippi would ban virtually all abortions, including those resulting from rape or incest. It would bar some birth control methods, including IUDs and ‘morning-after pills,’ which prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. It would also outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories.” [New York Times, 10/25/11]

  • Bumble Bee

    Lacey Putney is a senile old fart who generally has been on the wrong side of everything.  This is no different.

  • Since he can’t even remember his own long-held, and STRONGLY-held, views against contraception, I think it’s possible Cuccinelli’s suffering from senility or something. Anyway, whatever it is, Ken Cuccinelli “needs your help” – just not in the way he meant! LOL