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Virginia News Headlines: Republicans-Shut-Down-the-Government Edition


Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, October 1. Also check out the video, in which Rep. Gerry Connolly correctly points his finger at what can only be described as the Republicans’ “mass psychosis” for what’s going on right now.

*Shutdown begins: Stalemate forces first U.S. government closure in 17 years (And the Post gets off to a bad start; this is not a “stalemate,” it is ONE SIDE – the Republicans – forcing the government to shut down by putting forth completely absurd, extreme, un-democratic goals that they 100% know are a non-starter. I almost hate the pathetic, cowardly corporate media worse than I hate Republicans like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Eric Cantor, if that’s humanly possible.)

*What the shutdown means for federal employees

*No more excuses on climate change (“Skeptics and deniers can make all the noise they want, but a landmark new report is unequivocal: There is a 95 percent chance that human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate in ways that court disaster.” And we need to take strong action about it, now, on an emergency basis. So where the hell’s the sense of urgency?!?)

*The tea party’s revolt against reality (Column by conservative Republican Michael Gerson nails it: the Tea Party can’t handle reality, including an America that’s changing rapidly before their eyes, and they’re throwing a massive temper tantrum about it.)

*It’s Day One for Obamacare (Great news; millions of Americans can now buy quality health care coverage at affordable prices. Only a Teahadist could possibly see this as a bad thing.)

*Shutdown stalemate shows larger GOP dilemma: How to be a governing party (They have to marginalize the Tea Party and work across the aisle to get stuff done. To date, they have been unwilling and/or unable to do either of those things.)

*Cuccinelli, McAuliffe stake out clashing views on Obamacare as shutdown looms (Cuccinelli, needless to say, is part of what Gerry Connolly calls the “mass psychosis” wing of the Republican Party.)

*3rd bid in governor’s race could cost Cuccinelli (More importantly is that Cuccinelli is so far-right, including on “social issues,” that there’s an opening for someone like Sarvis.)

*Pursuing truth under negativism (“At the very least, such issues speak to the attorney general’s ability to manage his office for the benefit of Virginians.”)

*McAuliffe stumps with support of Crutchfield (“Less than a year after hosting a rally for Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, Charlottesville-area businessman Bill Crutchfield on Monday endorsed Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor.”)

*McDonnell: “A pox on both houses” for federal shutdown (I can understand why a Republican would say that, but can someone please tell me ONE THING Democrats have done to deserve any blame in this, let alone a “pox” on them? Uhhhhhhh…)

*Virginia prepares for shutdown’s effects, McDonnell says (Not sure how we really “prepare” for this.)

*Barreling toward oblivion (“Virginia’s economy is particularly vulnerable to harm in  a government shutdown.” Yet Virginia’s Republican House members voted to shut the government down rather than see the health care law continue to be implemented. They all need to be voted out of office for that. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.)

*Bolling lobbies for two-term governor, redistricting changes (I strongly agree: we definitely need bipartisan, or better yet NONpartisan, redistricting. We also should ditch the ridiculous one-term limit on our governors.)

*Donors fill boards of Va. universities (Yet another case of money, not necessarily MERIT, buying access. That’s not the way America is supposed to work.)

*Virginia Beach plans to branch out with more trees

*New season, same goal: Stanley Cup

*A warm and sunny start for October (Well, at least the weather will be nice as you’re out of work. I suggest you use it to get out and put up signs, knock on doors, etc., urging Virginians to vote Democratic on November 5!)

  • And again, let’s be clear, this is 100% the fault of Republicans. Not even 90%, but 100%.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement tonight on the shutdown of the federal government:

    “The House of Representatives has shut down the government of the United States by rejecting an interim spending measure passed by the Senate, even though that bill accepted the House’s own spending target through November 15.  This action hurts the American economy and millions of Americans.  The House should reconsider its action and re-open government immediately.”

  • From the McAuliffe campaign:

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuilffe released the following statement regarding Ken Cuccinelli’s refusal to condemn his Tea Party allies forcing a government shutdown in an effort to further their ideological agenda:

    “Today my opponent confirmed that he is more concerned with appeasing his extreme Tea Party allies than protecting the economic well-being of Virginia. His refusal to stand up to the radical Republicans in Congress who, in their zeal to push an ideological agenda, forced a government shutdown, reinforced the fact that he is more closely aligned with the extreme faction of his party than mainstream Virginians.  

    “What Virginia and our nation need now are strong leaders who will work together to find a bipartisan solution to get our government back up and running, and mitigate the effects that a shutdown will have on Virginia’s economic growth and middle class families across the Commonwealth.”

  • DPVA Statement on Cuccinelli’s Tea Party Allies Shutting Down U.S. Government

    Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Charniele Herring released the following statement after Ken Cuccinelli’s Tea Party allies in Congress voted to shut the federal government down rather than compromise on their extreme agenda:

    “Today we saw the Tea Party Republicans in Congress hit rock bottom. Voting to shut down the federal government will damage our nation’s economy and hit Virginia the hardest, but Ted Cruz and the Tea Party declared by their actions today that none of that matters to them as much as their dangerous and unrealistic ideological agenda.

    “There are many people responsible for this fabricated crisis, but Ken Cuccinelli certainly bears some responsibility for failing repeatedly to raise his voice and tell his Tea Party allies to put country ahead of political faction and stop holding our economy hostage to their extreme agenda.

    “As this shutdown begins, it is not too late for Ken Cuccinelli to prove to Virginians that their wellbeing comes before his personal political agenda. If he wants to be governor of this Commonwealth, it is imperative that he stand up and demand that Republicans in Congress put an end to this unnecessary and damaging shutdown immediately.”

  • From the Democratic Party of Virginia:

    RICHMOND – Today Democratic candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates from across the Commonwealth called upon their Republican opponents and Ken Cuccinelli to condemn their Tea Party friends in congress and their dangerous efforts to shut down the federal government over their extreme ideological agenda.

    Kathleen Murphy, candidate for Virginia’s 34th District of the House of Delegates

    “We only have an hour left. If the Republicans in Congress follow the lead of the extreme right ideologues and shut down the government, the impact on Virginia’s economy and especially the 34th District could be devastating.” Kathleen Murphy said from her office, “Families will be put at risk. This action is reckless and irresponsible and could prompt a financial crisis.”

    She went on to say, “I call on Cuccinelli and Comstock to demand that their fellow Republican Tea Party partisans stop playing games with the future of our country.”

    Major John Bell, candidate for Virginia’s 87th District of the House of Delegates

    “The looming government shutdown is exactly what happens when our elected leaders put ideology ahead of what is best for the people they serve,” he said. “This shutdown will be especially harmful to families in Northern Virginia- and the deafening silence on this issue from extreme partisans like David Ramadan and Ken Cuccinelli is why we need a change. I urge all elected leaders in Virginia to put aside their hardline partisan ideology and push Congress to come together to avert this needless crisis.”

    Monte Johnson, candidate for Virginia’s 10th District of the House of Delegates

    “It’s past time for our elected officials to stand up for good government. I call on Randy Minchew and Ken Cuccinelli to tell their Tea Party allies that enough is enough. Our community can’t afford a government shutdown. We need leaders who will compromise and work together the way the Founders intended,” he said.

    Monty Mason, candidate for Virginia’s 93rd District of the House of Delegates

    “This is just another example of why we need to keep the dysfunctional politics of Washington out of Virginia.” he said. “This weekend multiple times at constituents’ doors I heard stories of people not knowing what the next few weeks would bring. We cannot afford to play partisan games with people’s livelihood to make political points. We must focus on what is important for the families in the 93rd district – ensuring all children have access to quality education, roads on which to get to work, and ensuring that all Virginians can find good high paying jobs. My opponent and the political extremists he has aligned himself with are more interested in playing partisan games that risk damaging our economy. I call on Mike Watson and his political ally Ken Cuccinelli to denounce these dangerous stunts and urge them to get back to the business of the people.”

    Jeremy McPike, candidate for the 31st District of the House of Delegates

    “I call on Scott Lingamfelter and Ken Cuccinelli today to put aside their partisan blinders and denounce the destructive games that Tea Party Republicans are playing with the nation’s economy,” he said in a prepared statement.

    Rob Farinholt, candidate for the 94th District of the House of Delegates

    “Shutting down the federal government would disproportionately impact Newport News and our region,” he said. “Hampton Roads is home to over 157,000 government employees with more than 71,000 military employees.  People’s jobs and livelihoods are not bargaining chips, a shutdown is unacceptable.

    “Our elected officials must come together and stand up against legislative extremism. The past Tea Party obstruction has already hurt our region and nation a great deal. As Virginians, we must stop playing games with a huge sector of our economy. I urge all members of congress to put the interests of the Commonwealth above their own ideological agenda and do the job they were sent to Washington to do, Ken Cuccinelli and David Yancey should be on the phone nonstop with Virginia’s congressional delegation urging them to do everything in their power to avert shutdown.”

  • I just received this in my inbox from Quinnipiac Polling:


    American voters oppose 72 – 22 percent Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

    Voters also oppose 64 – 27 percent blocking an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

    American voters are divided on Obamacare, with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, but they are opposed 58 – 34 percent to Congress cutting off funding for the health care law to stop its implementation.

    Republicans support the federal government shutdown by a narrow 49 – 44 percent margin, but opposition is 90 – 6 percent among Democrats and 74 – 19 percent among independent voters.

    President Barack Obama gets a negative 45 – 49 percent overall job approval rating, compared to his 46 – 48 percent score August 2.  

    American voters disapprove 74 – 17 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, their lowest score ever, and disapprove 60 – 32 percent of the job Democrats are doing.

    “Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it’s worth closing down the government to stop it,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  

    “President Barack Obama enters this standoff over the budget with an edge over Congressional Republicans in the voters’ eyes.”

    American voters trust President Obama more than Republicans in Congress on a number of issues:

    • 63 – 26 percent on helping low income families;

    • 51 – 38 percent on helping the middle class;

    • 47 – 38 percent on handling health care;

    • 47 – 42 percent on handling the economy.

    Voters are divided on the federal budget deficit as 43 percent trust Obama and 42 percent trust Republicans.  On gun policy, Republicans get 45 percent to Obama’s 42 percent.

    Gridlock in Washington is mainly because Republicans are determined to block any Obama initiative, 55 percent of voters say, while 33 percent blame Obama’s lack of skill.

    In another question, 28 percent of voters blame Republicans for gridlock, while 10 percent blame Democrats and 58 percent blame both equally.

    2014 Congressional Races

    Looking at the 2014 Congressional races, voters pick a generic Democrat over a generic Republican candidate 43 – 34 percent, the widest Democratic margin measured so far.

    “On almost all questions, voters see President Obama as more reasonable, and better able to handle the issues,” Brown said.  “But it is not because the president is beloved. He remains under water in job approval and is tied with Congressional Republicans on who best handles the budget deficit.  Voters are angry at almost everyone in Washington over their inability to keep the trains running, but they are madder at the Republicans than the Democrats.

    “In general, the Republican brand is down as evidenced by the Democrats’ unusually large lead in the so called generic ballot.  But we have 13 months before an election can translate this public opinion edge into electoral gains and in politics that amount of time is forever.”

  • From Del. Patrick Hope:

    Starting today, individuals and businesses will be able to purchase health insurance through the Virginia marketplace.  For the first time in the history of the private insurance market, consumers in every state will be able to go online to one place to check out their coverage options, get accurate information in easy-to-understand language, and make apples-to-apples comparisons of plans before they make their decision.

    The Health Insurance Marketplace will offer Virginians lower costs on their monthly premiums -making more affordable coverage a new reality for many hard working Virginians and their families.

    All plans will be required to cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including physician visits, preventive care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Discrimination based on gender or preexisting conditions will be banned. And many families and small businesses will qualify for a break on their monthly premiums.

    The Marketplace will be available on http://www.HealthCare.gov and http://www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov starting on October 1st.  Right now, families and small business owners can visit these websites to start getting ready for open enrollment, which runs through March 31, 2014. A toll-free call center (1-800-318-2596) is also available to help answer questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Lower income Virginians may also be eligible for tax credits making health insurance even more affordable.  Don’t delay; enroll today!

  • According to Stewart, “If President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent mullahs in the world but not with House Republicans, maybe he is not the problem.”

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  • Let’s see if the Teahadists listen to their “hero” Ronald Reagan, who was actually a raging liberal and a pragmatist compared to these wackos.

  • Dan Sullivan

    Closing Shenandoah National Park photo 131001ShenandoahNationalPark_zpsab656da9.jpgPark Rangers close the gates to Shenandoah National Park this morning just in time for the annual fall foliage display.  

  • From the DPVA:

    Ken Cuccinelli still won’t condemn his Tea Party friends for shutting down the government over their extreme agenda, but he wants Virginians to know he’s really sad about the whole thing:

    @KenCuccinelli: “I am very disappointed that President Obama & both parties in Congress proved unable to work together to prevent a shutdown of the govt.”

    Unfortunately, Cuccinelli’s disappointment isn’t quite enough to keep him from canceling his event with the ringleader of the Republican shutdown circus, Senator Ted Cruz.

    If Ken Cuccinelli understands or cares about the damage the Republican shutdown will do to Virginia families, he will stop tweeting empty platitudes, cancel his event with Ted Cruz and call on his Tea Party friends to end this shutdown today

  • The truth hurts.