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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning (St. Patrick’s Day Snowstorm Edition)


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise (e.g., meteorological), for Monday, March 17. Happy snowy St. Patrick’s Day!

*Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia (Well, that’s a shocker huh?)

*Crimea parliament declares independence (Another non-shocker.)

*Malaysia asks for satellite data from 22 nations (“U.S. officials express frustration that Malaysia had not asked for more help from the FBI in investigating the jet’s disappearance.”)

*The politics of hopelessness (“Obama and his party are in danger of allowing the Republicans to set the terms of the 2014 elections, just as they did four years ago…The hope-and-change guy needs to have one more act in him.”)

*Krugman: That Old-Time Whistle (“Just to be clear, there’s no evidence that Mr. Ryan is personally a racist, and his dog-whistle may not even have been deliberate. But it doesn’t matter. He said what he said because that’s the kind of thing conservatives say to each other all the time. And why do they say such things? Because American conservatism is still, after all these years, largely driven by claims that liberals are taking away your hard-earned money and giving it to Those People.”)

*Pelosi Will Not Apologize To Cantor For Calling Republicans Mean (Why should she, it’s 100% true. Also add “crazy” and “extremist.”)

*Obama-bashing, government-shrinking the themes at 10th District GOP debate (Bunch of Obama Derangement Syndrome, right-wing wackos.)

*Science, data and weather trends (“Nobody has time to argue – and argue again – over settled questions about whether warming is occurring at all.” Nope, it’s long past time for big-time ACTION on this, not delay and denial.)

*Once a rarity, heroin overdoses soar in South Hampton Roads

*Can a Republican win in Arlington? (“None of the candidates or political organizations have conducted polling on the race.” Patricia Sullivan’s dead wrong about this; I was told by several good sources that there WAS a poll done, which showed a pretty nice lead for Howze but under 50% – so he most definitely could lose to big-time Republican donor Vihstadt.)

*Virginia wins ACC tournament: Cavs are conference champs for first time since 1976

*D.C. area forecast: Snow gradually diminishes today, after overnight blitz (UPDATES); temps moderate late week

  • What a stupid question by David Gregory. Yes, of course the U.S. isn’t perfect, but what on earth does that have to do with Russia’s actions in Crimea? Also, of all people to ask that question, a political reporter at NBC, which fawningly covered Putin’s charm offensive at Sochi, ignoring his persecution of LGBT people, his abysmal human rights record, the environmental damage caused by construction in and around Sochi, etc, etc. Do people like David Gregory have ANY self awareness? Based on this exchange, and many others, I’d have to say “no.”

  • Nice try…but no cigar on this one. Not even close, really, with 1-3 and 2-4 inches of snow morphing into 8-10 inches (or higher to the west). Bottom line: it’s REALLY hard to forecast snow totals this time of year.

    1. The forecast from right before the storm.

    2. The reality.

  • From the DPVA:

    It’s been over a week since House Republicans left the Capitol after refusing to sign a budget that would bring Virginia taxpayer dollars back to the Commonwealth to expand healthcare coverage to 400,000 Virginians, and now they are missing in action. While Governor Terry McAuliffe will visit his twelfth healthcare provider this week to hear about the importance of closing the coverage gap for Virginia communities, Republicans in the House of Delegates have been hiding from the very people they are supposed to represent.

    In the nine days since session ended, it looks like none of the leaders of the House Republican Caucus: Speaker Bill Howell, Majority Leader Kirk Cox, Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo, Majority Whip Jackson Miller, Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, or Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, have held town halls in their districts. Instead, they’ve decided to attack the hospitals and healthcare organizations that provide life saving care to their neighbors and constituents.

    Perhaps House Republicans don’t want to hear from the business leaders, healthcare providers, public safety officials, or voters in their districts, who all agree that the right thing to do for Virginia’s economy and communities is to pass a budget that closes the healthcare coverage gap. Virginians deserve to know why their delegates are hiding instead of listening to the people who elected them to serve.

  • unstablefan

    a few weeks back, just walking down the street in a neighborhood where he and his son were going door to door.

    He seemed really nice.

    If someone can lay out the reasons not to vote for him, I might find them useful.

  • Yeah, I’m sure that tons of ThinkProgress readers will want to “Join Ed’s Team; Sign Up Now.”  On second though, maybe they will want to sign up now…to defeat Ed Gillespie! 😉

  • demomatic

    As a Virginian and as a survivor, I am profoundly disappointed in those in the legislature who claim to represent me and so many other victims of domestic violence.

    I can’t forget this when I vote next year in November. Will you?