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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning


Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, January 25. Also check out President Obama’s weekly address, in which he tells us that his “Administration has taken another important step to protect women at college by establishing the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault.”

*Obamacare coverage hits 3 million mark

*How To Read The Supreme Court’s Order In That Case Involving The Colorado Nuns (“It’s tough to read this as anything other than a punt.”)

*Mike Huckabee’s mis-conceptions (“Rather than end the idea of a Republican war on women, Huckabee has merely provided fresh fodder to Democrats, while reminding women why they don’t want to associate with this crowd. Clue-less.”)

*GOP’s immigration plan

may be path to end logjam
(I’m skeptical; let’s see how bad this thing is.)

*Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In (“What is the bigger risk inside a state capitol building: openly carrying an American flag or an assault rifle? In Virginia, visitors to the state legislature cannot bring American flags and signs affixed to sticks, because capitol security considers sticks a public threat. Firearms, however, are allowed.”)

*In Virginia, ideology trumps facts on Medicaid (“Translation: No matter what the benefit to his constituents, to taxpayers and to the welfare of the Old Dominion, Mr. Jones will not hear of it. He’s sticking to his guns, no matter what the facts happen to be.”)

*GOP asks Gov. McAuliffe to defend Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban (“The move puts new pressure on the governor to involve himself in the attorney general’s decision.”)

*McDonnell, wife enter not guilty plea in corruption case; trial set for July

*Virginia must move quickly to land drone windfall, Sen. Warner says (“At a gathering on the state’s role in the future of drones, he predicts they could be the start of ‘an industry every bit as large as the telecommunications explosion 30 years ago.'”)

*Va. delegates push McAuliffe for special counsel after AG’s gay-marriage stand

*Edwards should step up on gun checks

*Beyer expected to run for Moran’s seat (“Former Lt. Gov. Donald Beyer Jr. reportedly plans to seek Rep. James Moran’s Northern Virginia congressional seat, adding another high-profile Democrat to the field for the party’s June primary.”)

*Deeds talks about son in ’60 Minutes’ interview

*Attorney General Mark Herring says switch on marriage case reflects Virginia tradition

*McAuliffe prioritizes school funding

*Seventh District congressional candidate: Washington is broken

*Former executioner speaks; Virginia electric-chair legislation stalls (“After Jerry Givens discussed his 25 electrocutions, a bill that would have reestablished the electric chair as the default method of execution didn’t make it past a committee.”)

*Alexandria fire chief joins McAuliffe administration (“Adam Thiel has been appointed deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.”)

*Virginia Tech hires Cincinnati’s Whit Babcock as new athletic director

*As area schools run through snow days, parents run out of patience

*Weather Gang: A risk for snow showers Saturday

  • My review: a) it’s only for hard-core political junkies, and even then, it’s kind of a snoozer; b) you don’t really learn anything new/different about the Romneys, other than they are a tight-knit/loving family and really enjoy snacks (ha); c) after watching this, you’ll still have no clue where Romney’s really coming from politically/ideologically, as that’s pretty much not discussed at all (other than vague allusions to the country supposedly going down the tubes, yada yada yada); d) it’s distorting, as it makes it seem like the Romney family itself is running the campaign, not the (enormous, high-priced) campaign team; e) they all knew they were on camera, which almost certainly made them act differently than they would have otherwise; and f) there are far better political non-fiction films out there, such as “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story” and “A Perfect Candidate.” Overall: meh.

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