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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, January 31. Oh, and note to national TV/print “news” – Amanda Knox doesn’t matter in the slightest bit, I’d rank that story about 1,000,000,000 in importance, behind the fact that it snowed in the winter somewhere in America.

*Economy grew 3.2 percent in fourth quarter, fueling hopes for faster recovery (And, as usual, if it weren’t for Republicans – in this case, their shutdown of the government – the economy would have grown faster.)

*Henry Waxman to retire at end of congressional session (Very sorry to see him go, but he was a great Congressman, not many like him anymore unfortunately.)

*The 1% as victims? That’s rich!

*Some Republicans See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate (“‘I hate to say this, because these are my people – but I hate to say it, but it’s racial,’ says a Republican congressman.” Ya think?!?)

*New Documents Raise Questions About Keystone Environmental Study (“TransCanada recommended the contractor conducting State Department environmental review of the pipeline environmentalists have said is biased towards TransCanada. The company did not disclose that the two firms had worked together previously.”)

*Why Robert Sarvis is no Virginia Senate race spoiler for Ed Gillespie

*Warner to speak at Shad Planking (Interesting, I thought Democrats had bagged this event permanently. Guess not.)

*Our view: ABC reforms get the elbow

*McAuliffe hosted breakfast for Hampton Roads lawmakers

*McDonnell defense fund raised under $12,000 last year

*Bill banning gay conversion therapy fails in Va. House

*‘Pro-Family’ Legislators Kill Bill Protecting Same-Sex Families (“Pro-Family” in quotes because these people are not – repeat, NOT! – in any way “Pro-Family.”)

*McAuliffe attempts to defuse textbook map dilemma (“Gov. Terry McAuliffe drops behind-the-scenes efforts to kill legislation related to the Sea of Japan.”)

*‘East Sea’ bill advances (“A House education subcommittee on Thursday evening backed House Bill 11, which would require Virginia textbooks to note that the Sea of Japan is also referred to as the East Sea. The bill now heads to the full House Education Committee. A Senate version of the legislation has already passed. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that if the bill makes it to his desk, he would sign it.”)

*Ebbin formally announces bid for Moran’s congressional seat

*Three More Democrats Enter Race to Succeed Rep. Jim Moran

*Napa wine tasting, trips to Paris & South Korea: General Assembly gift-giving (“View the entire list of gifts courtesy of VPAP here.”)

*Va. lawmakers scrutinize past gifts, ponder ethics overhaul (“Current members of the Virginia General Assembly accepted more than $260,000 in gifts last year.” Unacceptable. Pass serious ethics reform now!)

*Senate panel backs Sunday hunting on private land

*Senator’s mental health reform proposals advance in Va.

*Virginia bill would allow pets, owners to be buried together

*George Mason conducts massive recycling experiment at Patriot Center game (“The university wanted to see how much trash was produced by, and could be recycled from, 7,700 people. Answer: a lot.”)

*McAuliffe: Scrap letter grades for rating schools

*Arctic air finally retreats, but wintry worries won’t disappear for long (“A real thaw will mean an enjoyable weekend but more potential storminess looms.”)

  • An impresssive list of endorsers from the John Foust for Congress campaign:

    These Virginia Leaders have endorsed John Foust for Congress.

    Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor

    James Moran, Congressman

    Dick Saslaw, Senate Democratic Leader

    Dave Marsden, Virginia State Senator

    Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator

    Chap Petersen, Virginia State Senator

    Toddy Puller, Virginia State Senator

    Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senator

    Adam Ebbin, Virginia State Senator

    Wexton Jennifer, Virginia State Senator

    Emilie Miller, Former Virginia State Senator

    Ken Plum, Virginia State Delegate

    Eileen Filler-Corn, Virginia State Delegate

    David Bulova, Virginia State Delegate

    Bob Brink, Virginia State Delegate

    Mark Sickles, Virginia State Delegate

    Scott Surovell, Virginia State Delegate

    Vivian Watts, Virginia State Delegate

    Kaye Kory, Virginia State Delegate

    Patrick Hope, Virginia State Delegate

    Jim Scott, Virginia State Delegate

    Marcus Simon, Virginia State Delegate-Elect

    Alfonso Lopez, Virginia State Delegate

    Margi Vanderhye, Former Virginia State Delegate

    Mark Keam, Virginia State Delegate

    Patsy Ticer, Former Virginia State Senator

    Chuck Caputo, Former Virginia Delegate

    Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

    Kelly Burk, Leesburg Council Member, Former Leesburg Supervisor

    Marty Martinez, Leesburg Council Member

    Penny Gross, Fairfax Supervisor

    Hudgins Cathy, Fairfax County Supervisor

    Gerry Hyland, Fairfax Supervisor

    Jeff McKay, Fairfax Supervisor

    Linda Smyth, Fairfax Supervisor

    Frank Principi, Prince WIlliam County Supervisor

    Stacey Kincaid, Fairfax Sheriff

    Stan Barry, Former Fairfax Sheriff

    Kathy Smith, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Dan Storck, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Janie Strauss, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Ryan McElveen, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Ilryong Moon, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Ted Velkoff, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Rachel Kirkland, Manassas Park School Board Member

    Janet Oleszek, Fmr. Fairfax County School Board Member

    Pat Hynes, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Tammy Kaufax, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Megan McLaughin, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Sandy Evans, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Storck Dan, Fairfax County School Board Member

    Lisa Merkel, Herndon Mayor

    Sheila Olem, Herndon Council Member

    Grace Wolf, Herndon Council Member

    Mellisa Jonas, Herndon Council Member

    Dan Drummond, Fairfax City Council Member

    Rishell Jeanette, Manassas Park City Council Member


  • This really says it all.


    On Monday night at 8 PM the Arlington County Republican Committee will be considering endorsing John Vihstadt in his run for the Arlington County Board in the upcoming special election.  Recent Special Elections have been a great opportunity for Republicans and issues we care deeply about to be even more prominent in the public discourse.  Please join us on Monday night to hear from John Vihstadt and to deliberate on making an endorsement in this critical local special election.  An endorsement in this race would mean that we would actively support the Vote for Vihstadt campaign as a committee. This meeting will be at the Central Library Auditorium 1015 N Quincy Street. We look forward to seeing you there.



    Call for Special Meeting on February 3, 2014

    I, Ian Meyeroff, Chairman of the Arlington County Republican Committee, hereby issue a call for a special meeting of the Committee, to be held on Monday, February 3, 2014, at 8 PM at the Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N Quincy Street, Arlington, VA. The special meeting is being called to consider an endorsement in the upcoming Arlington County Board Special Election.  


    8 PM to 9 PM    ACRC Special Meeting

    1 Call to order

    2 Invocation

    3 Pledge of Allegiance

    4 Roll call/Proxy report

    5 New business

    6 Adjournment

    The option of a proxy is not available for committee votes on campaign endorsements.  

  • Seriously, nice job by my delegate (and Congressional candidate, which he certainly sounds like in this video!), Patrick Hope, talking about the importance of raising the minimum wage; expanding health insurance to 400,000 poor, working Virginians; and investing more in our public schools in order to promote economic opportunity for all.

  • It would have been awesome, so sorry to hear this news. LOL

    Letter To Supporters Regarding U.S. Senate Race

    Dear Friends:

    Since the election in November, many of you have encouraged me to run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate this year. Voters and families across Virginia are frustrated with the politics of division in Washington and want leadership that will unite people from all walks of life around the Constitution and principles established by our Founding Fathers. Out of respect for those principles and love for our country, I have answered the call to serve in the past and continue to do so.

    The values we espoused on the campaign trail are not mere rhetoric. We believe in the principles of individual liberty, less government and regulation, and low taxes. We must stand strong against Democrat leaders who mock the values Virginians hold dear. They would destroy our coal industry, violate our Constitutional Right to bear arms and overthrow the expressed will of the people by attacking our Marriage Amendment.

    If I were not convinced of the Providential nature of our country, I would despair of the daily violations being perpetrated against the Constitution, our free market economy, and the people of Virginia. But I believe that the God, who protected George Washington, assembled the inspired group of geniuses we call our Founding Fathers, and for more than two centuries has blessed us with prosperity unparalleled in all of human history, will not allow us to suffer the same fate as the empires which came before us. I will stay in the fight for our Commonwealth and our country.

    However, after much prayer and consultation with my family and staff, I have decided that I will not seek the office of United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    But I will continue the grassroots conservative movement that grew out of the campaign for Lieutenant Governor. In December I launched the Unite Virginia PAC to help unite voters and activists in Virginia around the conservative principles upon which our Country was founded. As a PAC we will advocate for the issues and endorse and fund true conservative candidates who are running for office in Virginia.

    I am also re-launching my national non-profit conservative public policy organization STAND, Staying True to America’s National Destiny. STAND will continue to reach out to working class and minority communities. We must show them the hope for themselves and their children in preserving America as a society of opportunity, not special privilege.

    The elections over the last few years have been difficult for conservatives. We must avoid the division within our ranks that so hurt our ticket in 2013. Once the nominee is chosen, Republicans should refrain from attacking and undermining that person. We need to focus on the solutions that bring us together, not the differences that tear us apart.

    While I do not plan to endorse before the Convention, it is my hope that we will choose a nominee with integrity; one who does more than wear the Republican label. We need a nominee with courage and conviction to fight to shrink the size of the Federal government, to stand against the unconstitutional overreaches of Federal power, and to uphold our Judeo-Christian heritage and principles.

    I am forever humbled and deeply grateful for the confidence and trust you have placed in me, and I will do everything in my power to remain worthy of that trust. God Bless you and I look forward to seeing you at the Convention in Roanoke!

    For God & Country,

    E.W. Jackson