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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, November 21.

*G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law (And the useful idiot media dutifully plays right along…)

*Democrats Poised to Block Nominee Filibusters

*Nuke ‘Em, Harry: Why Democrats Should Kill the Filibuster (“In reality, Republicans have nothing left with which to threaten you.”)

*The GOP is out to destroy the country (“Neither party is perfect nor has all the ideas or the answers. But no good comes from a party that gives up completely on governing.”)

*McAuliffe signals no retreat on expanding Medicaid (“In a room peppered with lobbyists, McAuliffe told CEOs this is an issue they can’t leave to lobbyists.”)

*Virginia investigates why Deeds’s son was released

*McDonnell directs statewide review of mental health system after Deeds incident

*Creigh Deeds tragedy shows need for continued discussion of mental health

*Official: Staunton hospital had room for Creigh Deeds’ son

*Tragic morning in Bath County (“Decades of cultural and political disregard for adequate mental health care and emergency services have created a statewide system that leaves people in dire need with nowhere to go. The consequences are devastating and real.”)

*A father’s heartbreak (“Questions about what was done to help Gus Deeds must be answered, but there is no question funding is needed.”)

*Autopsy: Creigh Deeds’ son shot himself with rifle

*Why Mental Health Care Shouldn’t Be a Budget Cut

*Senate finance panel opens 2-day retreat in Williamsburg

*McAuliffe Administration: Good start

*Democrats to Pick Candidate for AG-elect Herring’s Senate Seat Saturday (“The firehouse primary pits Leesburg attorney Jennifer Wexton against Herndon councilwoman Sheila Olem”)

*Roanoke councilman Trinkle enters 5-way race for House nomination (“The already congested field for the Democratic nomination to fill the just vacated 11th District House of Delegates seat got more crowded Wednesday with Roanoke Councilman David Trinkle’s announcement he would join the fray.”)

*Clouds keep temps down today, not Friday; Arctic slap in face Sunday

  • JOINT STATEMENT BY U.S. SENS. WARNER & KAINE

    ~ On the SCC’s finding on continuation of existing health policies ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released this statement following the announcement by the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance approving renewal of existing health insurance plans in the individual and small business markets, allowing policyholders to continue existing coverage through the end of 2014. In a letter to the SCC last week, Sens. Warner and Kaine urged state regulators to take action to help those Virginians who had concerns about the loss of their existing health coverage:

    “This determination by the State Corporation Commission is welcome news to those Virginians who recently have seen their existing healthcare plans cancelled by insurance carriers,” Sens. Warner and Kaine said in a joint statement. “We strongly support the SCC’s decision encouraging insurers to provide the option of extending transitional coverage through the end of next year. This action will help smooth the transition to the new system.  We appreciate the prompt analysis and decision by the Bureau of Insurance. We remain committed to working together to see that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act works more effectively for Virginia families, small businesses and employers.”

  • From the VA Dem Senate Caucus:

    The first ad of the campaign attacks Lewis, even before Republicans select their own candidate

    (Richmond, VA) This week, before Republicans even pick their own candidate for the Sixth Senate District, the Virginia Republican Party launched the first ad of the campaign, a negative radio spot calling out Lynwood Lewis for voting for the popular bi-partisan transportation package that will work to create jobs and alleviate congestion across the region.

    “Just when voters around Virginia just finished screaming ‘enough already’ with the negativity and distortions, the Republicans wasted no time pushing a false, negative ad about Lynwood Lewis,” said Democratic Senate Leader Dick Saslaw.  “These guys don’t waste any time trying to divide people.  Lynwood Lewis has worked in bi-partisan manner to bring people together.

    “In fact, Lynwood Lewis helped eliminate the death tax in Virginia,” said Caucus Chair Donald McEachin. “Lewis rolled back the sales tax on food and fought to provide property tax relief for Virginia families.  Virginia FREE, the state’s largest business group has ranked Lynwood Lewis as one of its top ten legislators for his commitment to economic growth and job creation.”