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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, February 27.

*Brewer kills bill allowing refusal to serve gays (A classic example of someone doing the right thing for the wrong reasons – in this case, Brewer’s fear that conventions and other businesses would pull out of Arizona and lose the state almighty $$$$.)

*Texas ban on marriage equality ruled unconstitutional, Rick Perry upset (Hahahaha.)

*Boehner on tax reform: ‘Blah, blah, blah blah’ (What a serious leader Boehner is! LOL)

*Republicans flip-flop on ‘judicial activism’ (“There was a time not too long ago when Republicans decried ‘activist judges.’ Now they’re lamenting that judges are not being activist enough.” Is your head spinning yet?)

*Top Senate Dem: Koch Brothers Are Un-American (I’d say more “evil incarnate” than “un-American.” By the way, have you bought any of the Koch brothers’ products – Georgia Pacific, Quilted Northern, Brawny, Stainmaster, Lycra, Teflon, etc? If so, why?!?)

*Budget battle all about Medicaid (It’s actually all about Republicans’ irrational, bizarre Obama Derangement Syndrome.)

*McAuliffe repeals hybrid car fee, talks Medicaid (Good riddance to the hybrid fee; thanks to everyone, particularly Sen. Ebbin and Del. Surovell, who led the way in getting rid of it!)

*Steve Martin says he’s not Stephen Martin (Although you must admit that Sen. Martin is “funny,” just not in the same way comedian Steve Martin is funny. LOL)

*McAuliffe aide: Cabinet pick cleared of wrongdoing

*Student prayer bill is approved but faces likely veto

*Our view: Well, well, what have we here? (“State legislators have spent much time this winter warning about the dangers of growing entitlement programs. But it seems many of them have a rather healthy sense of entitlement themselves, at the expense of state taxpayers.”)

*House panel puts off “Andrew’s Law” (“A family’s call for justice after the death of their son remained unanswered Wednesday as a House panel put off a proposal aimed at making reckless driving resulting in the death of a first responder a felony.”)

*House, Senate ready for showdown on mental health bills

*Letters pick of the day: Mow less, grow more (Agreed – ditch or cut back sharply on the sterile, wildlife-unfriendly, fertilizer/water-sucking, gasoline-powered lawns and switch to pollinator-friendly wildflowers, native plants, fruit trees, etc.)

*Virginia parties make it harder for voters to participate

*Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins seeks state Senate seat

*Game show winner arrested in attack on Charlottesville delegate’s wife (Very strange case…mysterious.)

*Wind-blasted sunshine today with painfully colder temperatures tonight

  • From Planned Parenthood of Virginia:

    RICHMOND, VA – In quick succession this month, two Republican leaders in Virginia made outrageous sexist comments. State Sen. Steve Martin referred to pregnant women as “hosts” who should not have the legal right to abortion. Shortly after, Virginia Republican Party Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds used a vulgar slang term for female genitalia to refer to support for State Rep. Barbara Comstock.

    Statement from Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:

    “Republican party leadership continues to make its disregard for women and women’s health abundantly clear. These outrageous statements demonstrate the huge disconnect between Virginia voters, who support women and women’s health, and the GOP in the Commonwealth, which is doubling down on its failing strategy of attacking women for political gain. It’s time these legislators stop trying to turn back the clock 50 years and get the message from our most recent election: Voters here want to ensure hardworking Virginians can get the health care they need, when they need it.”

  • Boy, that’s something I never thought I would write.

    To be fair to her, in her statement, she also said that the bill would have unintended consequences and that there was no specific instance that demonstrated this bill was needed. She should also have said that bill was, as Jon Stewart said, “morally repugnant,” but I’ll take what I can get.

  • TBill

    After fighting the hybrid fee for the last year, hearing our new Gov Terry McAuliffe sign the repeal bill on WTOP radio yesterday was exciting and uplifting.  In addition the Gov effectively addressed a wide range of VA issues including caller questions on tolls, coal, and traffic.  I thought he hit it out of the park.

  • glennbear

    Has any of the proponents of this looked at what is happening in AR ?  http://www.kaiserhealthnews.or