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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning


Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, October 27.

*Government shutdown was wake-up call for many young federal workers (“Disillusioned by furloughs and worried about budget cuts and pay freezes, they are being lured away.” Republicans, killing the government… quietly.)

*Exclusive: The feds have made 330,000 Obamacare subsidy calculations

*Attorney general: Herring (The Daily Press says, correctly, that “Mr. Obenshain, generally sticking to the GOP party line, has too often voted against individual freedom and in favor of intrusion in the lives of citizens – such as his votes in favor of a law mandating unnecessary ultrasound procedures for women seeking abortions, and in favor of voter ID laws that seem to be aimed less at detecting fraud than at discouraging voting among demographic groups that tend to lean Democratic.” Go Herring!)

*Attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain carries bulk of GOP’s hopes in Virginia races (Just remember, Obenshain has said repeatedly that Ken Cuccinelli is his MODEL Attorney General. That’s all you really need to know…to vote for Mark Herring, that is!)

*Two Loudoun Mayors, Former Trans. Sec. Back Herring (“The candidate for Virginia Attorney General wins praise for working across the aisle.”)

*National Republican group gives an additional $660K to Obenshain campaign for Virginia AG (It’s amazing, the Republicans are basically abandoning Cuccinelli and Jackson, going all out for Obenshain.)

*Obenshain claim about Herring misleading (“Mostly false.”)

*Cuccinelli Tests Conservatism Va. Governor Race (And it flunks.)

*McAuliffe, Cuccinelli spar over social issues (This campaign really has felt like Groundhog Day for weeks if not months now. We know their positions, we know who these guys are, let’s just vote already!)

*McAuliffe: Bipartisan solutions for state’s economic future

*Probe of gifts leaves McDonnell sidelined in Va. governor’s race (This is “news?” Man, the Post is really hurtin’ today.)

*Terry McAuliffe would struggle to satisfy all of his donors’ desires as Virginia governor (Uhhhh…hello? First of all, every politician has donors with “desires.” Second, that includes Ken Cuccinelli, whose donors include all kinds of unsavory characters like the Koch brothers and Pat Robertson. Third, what is the point of this article? Disappointing.)

*How much did McAuliffe know about annuity investment? (And the answer by the reporter is… absolutely no clue, just pure speculation. Another fine article by the Kaplan/Bezos/Washington Post. Ugh.)

*Endorsements for Northern Virginia’s House of Delegates (Whoops, they admit that they inadvertently forgot to publish their endorsements in two important races. They then proceed to botch one, get one right, again obsessed with the transportation bill. Whatever. This paper has become a complete joke.)

*Video interviews | Hear what the candidates have to say

*Schapiro: McAuliffe tentatively readies for governing

*Candidates for governor share stage in Richmond (“Despite event rules stipulating that each candidate answer the same question without rebuttals, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert C. Sarvis drew stark contrasts for voters on a wide range of issues as the campaign enters its final stretch.”)

*Hot race for 12th District House of Delegates seat (Go James Harder!)

*Getting ready  for a brilliant future (“One in eight children in the commonwealth isn’t ready to learn upon reaching school age. Early education is helping to improve academic results.”)

*D.C. area forecast: Still sunny, still cool, and still quite nice

  • va_lady2008

    The “gutting” of the federal establishment has been going on for the last 35 years. Finally, the taxpayers are getting just

    Exactly what they deserve.  

    For decades they got a lot more, but mostly those people have left.

    My husband and are retired federal civil servants, GS-15 and 14, respectively. We were not political appointees. We started at the bottom, already having basic education and training paid for in our  parents’ dimes, and worked our way up.

    We hail from a time when it was very difficult to get a job with the federal government, and people were fighting to get in. In my case, that meant masters degree with honors in economics; on top of a bachelors degree, also with honors, in Soviet studies; a year experience as a Soviet agricultural economy analyst. I was willing to take an immediate pay cut and a permanent reduction in earning power in exchange for job security, being able to discuss my work outside of a Scif–a security bubble– and eventually, an honorable retirement.

    Now, they hire people who have “D” grades in their academic majors.

    In my case, it was a response to John Kennedy’s challenge “ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country.”

    About 20 years ago, when my son was bright young lad of 10, I asked whether he would consider going to work for the federal government.

    His answer was as startling as it was dismaying: “Mom, I see how they treat you and dad. Why would I go to work for them?”

  • To: Interested Parties

    From: Brennan Bilberry, McAuliffe Communications Director

    Memo: On Every Issue, Cuccinelli Running to Far Right

    In the final days of the campaign, Ken Cuccinelli has given up on appealing to mainstream Virginians. On every major issue, he is embracing his full Tea Party identity in an effort to appeal to a small group of ideologues who share his extreme agenda.

    Those issues include:


    The clearest indication that Cuccinelli had written off the mainstream was when he declared that Virginians on Medicaid were on “welfare” during the first minutes of the WDBJ debate. It’s a divisive line he’s used in the past to describe seniors in nursing homes, parents of disabled children, and hundreds of thousands of Virignians who are struggling. But before the debate, his campaign had attempted to restrain his Tea Party rhetoric attacking all federal health and retirement programs.

    Gun Safety:

    At two separate events this past week, Cuccinelli touted his opposition to closing the gun show loophole, which allows criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns. The position puts him at odds with 9 in 10 Virginians and reaffirms his career of extreme opposition to even the most basic and bipartisan gun safety measures.

    Women’s Health:

    After spending much of the campaign trying to disguise his radical efforts to ban abortion even in cases of rape, Cuccinelli has recently openly embraced his extreme position. Recently, he sent out a note to his email list stating his desire to ban abortion in cases of rape and when a woman’s health is threatened saying, ” I am opposed to abortion, except when it is necessary to save the life of the mother.”

    Government Shutdown:

    The first indication of Cuccinelli’s ‘Tea Party First’ strategy was his refusal to condemn Ted Cruz as they campaigned in Richmond. That continued this past week as a Cuccinelli press event about healthcare quickly became an event about his repeated refusals to support reopening the government.


    Last week, Cuccinelli quietly released a supposed transportation plan that was, in reality, a Tea Party document with an unrealistic, fringe view of transportation planning and spending. An editorial in the Lynchburg News & Advance – which was effectively the only major coverage of the plan – stated, “a bad deal for the commonwealth, localities who would be harmed, the business community and residents.”


    During a campaign when he has failed to offer any realistic economic plans, Cuccinelli has begun to lean harder and harder on his extreme tax plan that’s already been rejected by plenty of mainstream Republicans. Cuccinelli has proudly refused to say how he’d pay for the plan, which means it would necessitate deep cuts to education.

  • Constable Fraser

    It’s the way its so-called reporters write, “(Democratic candidate under discussion) has tried to paint (Republican candidate under discussion) as an out-of-touch, antichoice politician who…”

    “Tried to paint”? Do these lapdog stenographers REALLY think there’s no such thing as the Internet and that we can’t look up every single bit of legislation that the Kook and Obenshain have sponsored or voted for?

    Get a grip, WaPo stenographers! Yes, Virginia, there IS an Internet and yes, we CAN Google voting records on it.

    We don’t have to “try to paint” anyone as being antichoice or a womanhater.  The record speaks for itself, bud.

  • So many reasons to vote against Ken Cuccinelli; here’s yet another one.