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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, February 24.

*Warrant issued for Ukraine’s ousted leader

*Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level (“A result, the officials argue, will be a military capable of defeating any adversary, but too small for protracted foreign occupations.” Sounds about right.)

*The EPA’s strong case for regulating greenhouse gas emissions (An increasingly rare event: the Washington Post gets something right!)

*Health Care Horror Hooey (“Even supporters of health reform are somewhat surprised by the right’s apparent inability to come up with real cases of hardship.”)

*Virginia and other states wrestle with whether to expand Medicaid under Affordable Care Act

*Va. Beach Mayor Sessoms backs Medicaid expansion

*McAuliffe: I’m the new kid on the block

*Lawmakers’ health plans draw fire in Medicaid debate

*Maureen McDonnell at heart of gift scandal

*Letter to the Editor: Why the Streetcar Will Benefit All of Arlington (“…early indications show us that we can expect the streetcar corridors to induce new transit-oriented buildings that yield a 500% increase in real estate taxes on re-developed sites. The Arlington streetcars will pay us back with a handsome and increasing return on investment.”)

*Damage toll from spill estimated at $70 million; could rise by 10 times (“The recent coal ash spill on the Dan River caused at least $70 million in damage to fish, wildlife and other related aspects of the economy, according to a Wake Forest University professor with an extensive background in coal ash research.”)

*Our view: Too important for games (“The hill Comstock and Marshall are most interested in conquering this year isn’t the pile of 2,627 bills and resolutions filed in the General Assembly for the 2014 session. Both have their eye on Capitol Hill.”)

*Special plates not worth the trouble (“…the slim pieces of metal are proving increasingly troublesome as states wrestle with free speech issues.”)

*Two E. Shore businessmen face off in special election (“Democrat Willie Randall of Northampton County is a retired Army major and former county supervisor who is a financial analyst for Edward Jones.”)

*After Fairfax student deaths, a focus on mental health

*D.C. area forecast: Winter is back, and here to stay for a while; snow chance early Wednesday


    ~ Commonwealth Files Appeal to Expedite Resolution of Case ~

    Richmond– Late this afternoon, Judge Arenda Wright Allen entered the judgment in Bostic v. Rainey, clearing the way for the expected appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Following Judge Wright Allen’s entering of the judgment, the Commonwealth of Virginia filed a notice of appeal with the Fourth Circuit, a procedural move that will help expedite the appeals process, but will not change the Commonwealth’s position that it is unconstitutional to deny the rights of marriage to same-sex couples.

    “Throughout this process I have maintained that the law requires equal treatment for same-sex couples,” said Attorney General Herring. “Although the court agreed with the Commonwealth’s position that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, I have filed a notice of appeal to ensure that higher courts can swiftly rule on the critical issues in this case, consistent with my commitment to the rule of law.”

    On January 23, Attorney General Herring announced he would not defend Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage because he concluded it violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. He expressed his desire for the ban to receive a vigorous defense in court, which it did, and for the ban to remain in force, which it has, until a definitive judicial ruling. On February 4, Judge Wright Allen heard oral arguments both for and against the constitutionality of the marriage ban. On February 13, in a 41-page ruling, Judge Wright Allen reached a similar conclusion as Attorney General Herring and struck down Virginia’s constitutional and statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriage as violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, while granting the Commonwealth’s request that the decision be stayed pending appeal.

    A briefing schedule for the appeal will be developed in the coming weeks.