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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, February 25. Oh, and if you live in the 100th House of Delegates district, don’t forget to vote today for Willie Randall!

*Russia assails legitimacy of Ukraine changes (Authoritarian thug Vladimir Putin doesn’t exactly have any standing to talk about “legitimacy!”)

*This is no longer Dingell’s Washington (“Retiring Rep. John Dingell, the last of the true committee barons, says the Hill is now ‘obnoxious.'” Thanks Teapublicans!)

*Kaine: Israel stance ‘no, no, no’ on Iran enrichment

*GOP poor-mouthing on the minimum wage (“Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back – and lots more.”)

*Holder Sees Way to Curb Bans on Same-Sex Marriage (“Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that state attorneys general who believe that laws in their states banning gay marriage are discriminatory are not obligated to defend them.”)

*Senseless fight on Medicaid expansion (“The model would funnel federal tax dollars to private insurers and in essence relies on free-market principles that Republicans normally claim to embrace. Yet they won’t.”)

*Health plan debate rages at dueling gatherings (“Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce supports using recovered federal taxes for health coverage. The National Federation of Independent Business and House Republicans favor a private-option model.”)

*In Va., fight over Medicaid expansion continues

*Lt. Gov. Northam: The fierce urgency of now

*Gov. McAuliffe pushes for more offshore drilling (“I’m not afraid to say that Terry McAuliffe is flat out wrong on this issue. I will not support any off shore drilling bills in the General Assembly and in Congress I will oppose these efforts as well.” — Del. Patrick Hope)

*Win for Maureen McDonnell’s defense – can now access thousands of emails

*Virginia House panel again shoots down bill to protect cyclists from ‘dooring’ (“The move to give police the ability to assess fault, and cyclists the ability to file insurance claims, is rejected for second time.”)

*Va. bicycle-friendly legislation may still have traction

*Federal probe finds McAuliffe’s commerce secretary improperly lobbied Congress

*Silver Line faces another delay (“Construction of the first phase of the rail line is not yet complete, MWAA says.”)

*Hampton Roads would be spared worst of 2015 cuts … for now

*Va. GOP chairman picks sides in Beach-based contest

*Companion mental health bills OK’d

*Our view: Exorcising the gerrymander

*Terry McAuliffe to veto bill about religious expression in schools

*Assembly votes to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

*Virginia Senate approves bill to regulate older drivers (“HB 771 would lower the age from 80 to 75 at which older drivers face mandatory vision tests and are only eligible for the shorter license renewal period.”)

*A dreary and cold day with light

snow possible today and tomorrow


*NFL remains a generation behind the times (“My advice to the dinosaurs of the NFL would be the same that virtually every kind of American workplace has learned: Change or disappear.”)

  • Chap Petersen

    .@StateofNova: VA House again shoots down bill to protect cyclists from ‘dooring’ http://wapo.st/1fBBJc1

    It is illegal in 40 states and the District of Columbia to open the door of your parked car into the path of a bicyclist. But in Virginia it remains perfectly fine, after the state House of Delegates again shot down a bill to prohibit “dooring” on Monday morning.

    For the second year in a row, Fairfax City state Sen. Chap Petersen (D) championed the bill for a couple of reasons. One, to protect cyclists from suddenly slamming face first into the steel and glass of a car door. Two, to allow local police to assess some fault (and a $50 fine) so that insurance companies could not reject medical claims filed by injured cyclists on the basis that “no one was found at fault.”

    Last year, the dooring bill passed the Senate but died in a tie vote in the House Transportation Committee. This is an issue of great interest in Northern Virginia, where more folks are riding bikes to work or using Capital Bikeshare to get around and having to coexist with our infamous traffic.

  • SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AMENDS HOUSE BUDGET TO INCLUDE “MARKETPLACE VIRGINIA”

    Democrats tout bipartisan support

    RICHMOND, VA – This morning, the Senate Finance Committee considered the House version of the budget (HB 30). They amended it to resemble the budget passed by the Senate last Thursday, which included “Marketplace Virginia,” the “private option” plan to extend health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians. The amendment passed with bipartisan support.

    Caucus Chairman Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “We have managed to do in our chamber exactly that which the governor has asked us to do, which is to find common ground. This is not the type of expansion I would have written, but I am more than happy to join hands with Senator Watkins and others who have approached this on a bipartisan basis. I hope our colleagues down the hall take note of the fact that we have on a bipartisan basis found that common ground, as our governor charged us to do, in advancing a good solution for health care for all Virginians.”

    Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) said, “Embedded in the budget bill is a measure to ensure health care for all Virginians. This is the most important issue to come before the legislature in the twenty-three years I’ve been here. We have to move forward. It’s the morally right thing to do, it’s the correct thing to do for our businesses, and it’s essential for the health of our healthcare system.”

    Senator Phil Puckett (D-Russell) said, “I want to focus on one issue that is very troublesome to those of us from the rural areas of our Commonwealth, and that’s the status of our rural hospitals. We’ve already had a hospital in Lee County close, and we’re dealing with the issues of that situation right now. And to think that we have other hospitals that are on the brink, from financial situations, of closing – it’s extremely important that we’re on the right side of this issue in Virginia, and that we move forward.”

  • SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AMENDS HOUSE BUDGET TO INCLUDE “MARKETPLACE VIRGINIA”

    Democrats tout bipartisan support

    RICHMOND, VA – This morning, the Senate Finance Committee considered the House version of the budget (HB 30). They amended it to resemble the budget passed by the Senate last Thursday, which included “Marketplace Virginia,” the “private option” plan to extend health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians. The amendment passed with bipartisan support.

    Caucus Chairman Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “We have managed to do in our chamber exactly that which the governor has asked us to do, which is to find common ground. This is not the type of expansion I would have written, but I am more than happy to join hands with Senator Watkins and others who have approached this on a bipartisan basis. I hope our colleagues down the hall take note of the fact that we have on a bipartisan basis found that common ground, as our governor charged us to do, in advancing a good solution for health care for all Virginians.”

    Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) said, “Embedded in the budget bill is a measure to ensure health care for all Virginians. This is the most important issue to come before the legislature in the twenty-three years I’ve been here. We have to move forward. It’s the morally right thing to do, it’s the correct thing to do for our businesses, and it’s essential for the health of our healthcare system.”

    Senator Phil Puckett (D-Russell) said, “I want to focus on one issue that is very troublesome to those of us from the rural areas of our Commonwealth, and that’s the status of our rural hospitals. We’ve already had a hospital in Lee County close, and we’re dealing with the issues of that situation right now. And to think that we have other hospitals that are on the brink, from financial situations, of closing – it’s extremely important that we’re on the right side of this issue in Virginia, and that we move forward.”

  • DJRippert

    Someday I’ll understand the controversy about gay NFL players.  However, that day will not be today.  Jerry Smith was the Washington Redskins’ premier tight end from 1965 through 1977.  Jerry was gay and everybody knew it.  Nobody seemed to care.  He was twice selected to the Pro Bowl, was elected one of Washington’s 80 greatest players and has his name forever enshrined in the Circle of Honor.

    Famed NFL coach Vince Lombardi coached the Washington Redskins just prior to his terribly sad death from cancer.  He knew Jerry Smith was gay.  He knew Redskins running back Ray McDonald was gay.  McDonald had been arrested for having sex with a man in a car.  What did Lombardi say?  “I want you to get on McDonald and work on him and work on him – and if I hear one of you people make reference to his manhood, you’ll be out of here before your ass hits the ground.”

    That was 35 years ago.

    Have we really regressed that much?