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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 28.

*6 Million and Counting! (And that doesn’t count the millions more covered under expanded Medicaid, or however many are covered under their parents’ plans through age 26, or the rest of us who benefit from no preexisting conditions restrictions and the many, many other advantages under the Affordable Care Act.)

*Obamacare Fails to Fail (“The reality is quite different: enrollments have clearly surged in the final month.”)

*Report Details Claim by Ally: Christie Knew of Bridge Lane Closings (If so, Christie’s 2016 presidential hopes are almost certainly toast.)

*Putin is living in a fantasy world (“Obama pursues the right response to Russia’s 19th-century behavior.”)

*Tilting at windbags over Russia (“I had no idea so many Republicans were nostalgic for the Cold War. President Obama should dust off the zinger he used in a campaign debate against Mitt Romney: ‘The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.'”)

*With Deadline Near, Health Signups Show Disparity (“With the first open enrollment period set to end Monday, the Affordable Care Act looks less like a sweeping federal overhaul than a collection of individual ventures playing out unevenly, state to state, in the laboratories of democracy.”)

*New Data on Jet’s Speed Shifts Search Area 700 Miles

*McAuliffe says he did not approve PAC solicitation

*Va. governor’s PAC to tone down fundraising appeal (A very wise move; don’t give Republicans any free/easy political ammo to attack you with!)

*Medicaid debate continues to stall Virginia budget (Not sure how it ever gets unstalled, given GOP “Obamacare Derangement Syndrome” and all.)

*Deeds report: Officials didn’t act on mental-health reforms (“Recommendations on Virginia’s emergency psychiatric care went unheeded for nearly two years.”)

*McAuliffe vetoes National Guard prayer legislation

*Out-of-county anti-taxer prompts confrontation in Chesterfield (Totally not surprising that it involved the Koch-brothers-financed, Orwellian-named “Americans for Prosperity.”)

*Warner sponsors bill to expand health care options (“Warner’s Expanded Consumer Choice Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, would provide for a new, lower-cost health coverage option for consumers, set up a process to allow coverage plans to be offered regionally and across state lines, and ease unnecessary reporting requirements for employers.”)

*The damage of short-term loans (“Public records show that, over the past four years, five of the most generous short-term lending companies have combined to donate more than $1 million to the state Republican and Democratic parties, top state lawmakers – including House Speaker Bill Howell, Democratic Sen. Dick Saslaw and Republican Sen. Tommy Norment – and affiliated political action committees.”)

*Chorus builds on Beach arena

*Virginia Beach to explore braking light rail at Town Center

*George Mason professor attacked with pepper spray during lecture

*Pursuing dual passions for environmental law – and Bach (Nice profile of Arlington Democratic activist and environmentalist Jason Rylander.)

*Another dose of rain, wind and chill before March makes a lamblike exit

  • RICHMOND — Here in Richmond we’ve seen our share of political theater over the last few months from the Virginia House Republicans; legislators growing Stanley Cup style beards, flamboyant floor speeches that do nothing more than say ‘no’ to insuring 400,000 uninsured Virginians, and the latest, ceremonially walking their budget over to Senate chambers with a child like sign they placed on the chamber door that read ‘Gone Home.’

    “Instead of coming up with their own plan to insure hundreds of thousands of Virginians over the last few few months, House Republicans have wasted time spinning their wheels thinking of ways to turn this very serious conversation into a joke,” said  DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. “As legislators, it is their job to serve their districts and this type of childhood antics have no place in the General Assembly.

    “It’s time for Virginia House Republicans put an end to the games and get to work; hundreds of thousands of Virginians depend on it.  This type of behavior begs the question: How can they even think of passing what they misrepresent as a ‘clean budget’ if they can’t even come to work clean shaven?”

  • demomatic

    Are Del. Greason and Habeeb’s beard-cutting ceremonies contingent on passing a budget period, or passing a budget without medicaid expansion? Curious minds want to know.

  • Which means, of course, that even if Republican lying liar John Vihstadt happens to eke out a win over Alan Howze on April l8 (let’s all work to make sure that doesn’t happen, though!), he’s almost certainly to lose to Howze in November’s general election, when Mark Warner will be on the ballot and turnout will be a LOT higher. But first things first: let’s make sure Alan Howze wins on April 8, and that the donor of thousands of dollars to George W. Bush, McCain/Palin, Romney/Ryan, and the bat****-crazy Nebraska Republican Party, John Vihstadt, doesn’t come anywhere near winning an Arlington County Board seat!

    Alan Howze Certified as Democratic Nominee for

    Full-term Arlington County Board Seat; Will Join Senator Mark Warner on the Democratic Ticket in November

    March 28, 2014 – Arlington, VA – Alan Howze was named by Arlington Democrats yesterday as the Democratic Party nominee for a four year term on the Arlington County Board beginning January 1, 2015.  No other Democrats filed to challenge Howze for the full-term seat.

    “We will have a very strong Democratic ticket this fall, with Senator Mark Warner running for reelection, a new candidate for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, and Alan for our local County Board,” said Kip Malinosky, Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.  “This is an exciting year.”

    In February, Howze won a first-ballot majority in a “fire house” primary against two other candidates seeking to represent the Democrats to fill the Board seat left vacant by Chris Zimmerman’s retirement. He is now running as the Democratic nominee against a Republican-endorsed candidate and two others in an election that will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.