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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning


Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 31. Happy Halloween, which comes just 5 days before Virginians get to vote agains the creepy, spooky “extreme team” ticket of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain! Speaking of the creepy Republican ticket, check out the eeerie sample ballot (click to “embiggen”) by the “tricky” Del. David Ramadan, who apparently isn’t associating himself with ANY of the statewide Teapublicans, even though he’s just as much a right wingnut as they are. Hmmmm…wonder why? (hint: he’s in serious, serious danger of losing his seat to U.S. Air Force Major John Bell. 🙂

*A GOP without a brain (Or a heart!)

*Prof. Clinton explains the far right (Bill Clinton: Cuccinelli-style right-wing ideology “excites people, but it doesn’t get a darned thing done.”)

*Tax bogeyman lurks as budget negotiations begin

*The Spies Who Loved to Damage Our Reputation (“Our national security policy has gone off the rails since 9/11.”)

*NSA secretly taps Yahoo, Google data center links (As always, the question is how much security do we want versus how much privacy?)

*Jackson denies making comments on gays (Of course, Jackson’s been doing this for months, just as Obenshain and Cuccinelli have been – outright denying that they did what they did, said what they said, etc. Isn’t lying a sin, and don’t these three claim to be Christians? Hmmmm.)

*McCartney: Election a referendum on Cuccinelli

*Cuccinelli put his conservatism in writing – and now he’s stuck with it (The “Cuccinelli Compasses” are a superb window into the bizarre, extremist, absolutist, not to mention puerile mind of Ken Kookinelli. They are NOT flattering, to put it mildly.)

*Cuccinelli Compass: In his own words

*Va. AG candidate Mark Obenshain is Cuccinelli’s clone (A hard, but accurate, total smackdown of Mark Obenshain by the Post editorial page.)

*Ken Cuccinelli’s Problems Are a Symptom of the GOP’s Woes (“Republicans should admit that the Virginia conservative’s problems reflect the intraparty struggle that’s haunted the party during Obama’s presidency.”)

*Ken Cuccinelli’s Libertarian Love Affair (“Ken Cuccinelli’s down in the polls, and the clock’s ticking. So the Republican nominee for Virginia governor is courting the libertarian vote. Just ignore that whole anti-sodomy thing.”)

*McAuliffe, Cuccinelli try to swing Libertarian vote in Virginia race for governor

*Ken Cuccinelli is the wrong man for governor (“Apparently, in Cuccinelli’s ideal Virginia, we would all be happily paired off in heterosexual marriages, having boring sex for procreative purposes only and praying that our health insurance (if we could afford it) covered “pre-existing conditions” such as being a woman. If that sounds like a nightmare to you, you should probably get out and vote next Tuesday, because Cuccinelli is angling to make it a reality.”)

*Virginia Democrats focusing on drawing blacks, young voters to polls (“In recent years, turnout by the two constituencies has fluctuated wildly from election to election.”)

*The cash wave swamps campaign

*Latest Virginia governor’s-race polls offer contrast (They’re all over the place, but they all show McAuliffe leading.)

*Bill Clinton campaigns with McAuliffe in Roanoke’s market building

*An Endorsement: Herring Better Suited to be Va. Attorney General (“Of the two candidates seeking the office – Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring, only Herring realizes and acknowledges what the office is and what it isn’t.”)

*Nice temperatures, but gusty winds could blow up a bit of mischief

*Red Sox throw three party at Fenway

*Tribal group disappointed by NFL’s arguments for Redskins name

  • These people may be extremists, and they may be nuts, but thank goodness for the rest of us they’re not the brightest bulbs either. In this case, the “Conservative Campaign Committee” and its Treasurer, Kelly Lawler (a former staffer at the National Republican Campaign Committee – NRCC), can’t spell the word “Republican” correctly, instead spelling it “Rebublican” in its ad (that presumably it’s paying good money to run – LOL!).  Also note the Big Lies in this ad: 1) Terry McAuliffe in no way, shape or form threatened to “shred our 2nd Amendment rights” – absolutely false; 2) he has nothing whatsoever to do with “Obamacare,” whether you support the Affordable Care Act or not and whether you think it’s succeeding or not; and 3) quoting the Republican Times-Dispatch, which ripped both McAuliffe AND Ken Cuccinelli, is pretty funny, but whatever (as for his lack of experience in Richmond, I’d point out that Mark Warner had none when he became one of Virginia’s best governors ever). In other words, this ad is a #FAIL all around by the “Rebublicans.” LOL

  • h/t to Rick Sincere for this excellent video of Bill Clinton in C-ville.

  • Eileen Levandoski

    Nice oped from Vivian Paige in today’s Pilot.


  • Jim B

    So far the polls are in our favor, but Fauquier and Culpeper counties are full of tea baggers and even tho they suck at the hind teat of the govt. they are for the evil threesome about 2 to 1. As someone on Daily Kos put it don’t spike the ball yet.

  • Video: Virginia Doctor Stresses Importance of Keeping Ken Cuccinelli Out of the Governor’s Mansion

    “Ken Cuccinelli’s political agenda has nothing to do with science or medical evidence. That’s dangerous and that is wrong for Virginia.”

    WASHINGTON, DC – As “Get Out the Vote” efforts kick off, Planned Parenthood Votes released a new video today featuring a Virginia doctor warning voters about the dangers of politicians like Ken Cuccinelli who want to interfere in personal, private health care decisions that should be left between a woman and her doctor. The video is part of the Keep Ken Out campaign to educate and mobilize Virginia voters around women’s health in advance of the election on November 5.  

    In the video, Wendy states, “as a physician, I know that women deserve to be respected and trusted to make their own decisions,” and “Ken Cuccinelli’s policies would restrict a woman’s access to safe and legal abortion even in the case of rape, incest, or if her health is in danger.”  The video ends with “Ken Cuccinelli has no right trying to make these medical decisions. His political agenda has nothing to do with science or medical evidence. That’s dangerous and that is wrong for Virginia.”

    “With less than a week until Election Day, we want to make sure Virginia voters know exactly where Ken Cuccinelli stands on women’s health and the dangerous impact his policies would have on Virginia women’s access to safe and legal abortion,” said Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC. “Virginia women don’t want politicians like Ken Cuccinelli interfering in our private, personal medical decisions. The bottom line is that a woman, not politicians, should make decisions when it comes to her own pregnancy in consultation with her doctor, her family and her faith.  That’s what we’re hearing at the doors and on the phones and why we’ll continue talking to voters about his dangerous record and agenda on women’s health in the days before the election.”

    The video is part of a series highlighting the impact that Cuccinelli’s positions would have on real Virginia women. You can watch the first video featuring Leslie from Roanoke here. It highlights Cuccinelli’s attacks on the birth control benefit.  Another featuring Vanessa of Richmond highlights Cuccinelli’s attacks on Planned Parenthood and women’s preventive care. You can watch that one here.

    Cuccinelli holds some of the most extreme views on women’s health by any major party candidate in years and polling shows that these views are costing him significantly with women (and a broad cross-section of voters).

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    Paid for by Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC in support of Terry McAuliffe. Planned Parenthood Votes address: 434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001. Authorized by Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor. Not authorized by any federal candidate or candidate’s committee.

  • demomatic

    E.W. “Ewww” Jackson will be on the Kojo Show’s Friday Politics Hour tomorrow- Tom Sherwood will be having fun tomorrow- Don’t miss it!

  • From the Mark Herring for AG campaign:

    Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring released the following statement today following the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Elizabeth River Crossings v. Virginia Department Of Transportation that reverses the lower court decision and will allow the toll fees to proceed:

    “Excessive tolling on the people and businesses of Hampton Roads is wrong and, as Attorney General, I’ll work to stop it. The tolls as planned would have severe consequences for low and middle income families as well as businesses throughout the region. As Attorney General, I will work with the next administration to renegotiate the agreement with Elizabeth River Crossings in order to obtain a better deal for the people and businesses of Hampton Roads. I am optimistic that, in light of the new revenue that will be generated by the transportation bill we passed earlier this year, we can reach such an agreement.”

  • From Sen. Tim Kaine:


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after a minority in the Senate blocked the nomination of Pattie Millett, of Alexandria, Virginia, to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:

    “There is simply no excuse for blocking Pattie Millett’s appointment to the federal judiciary. She has served under both Democratic and Republican Solicitor Generals, has argued more cases before the Supreme Court and circuit courts than all but a handful of attorneys and is uniformly praised by bar groups.

    “I am particularly concerned because Ms. Millett is the second supremely qualified woman that Senate Republicans have chosen to filibuster for this court in the ten months I have served in the Senate.  

    “Some justify their rejection of Ms. Millett by citing a low workload on this court. This argument is a smokescreen. Three of the D.C. Circuit’s eleven existing seats are vacant. And even though three other circuits currently have lower caseloads per active judge than the D.C. Circuit, just this year the Senate confirmed nominees to two of these other circuit courts.

    “I hope we have the chance to reconsider Ms. Millett’s nomination very soon and will do whatever I can to see that is the case.”