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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 26.

*Obama to give more health-care sign-up time

*Slippery slopes before the court (“Respecting the religious claims of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood threatens to diminish the rights of their workers.”)

*Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case – That’s Bad News For Birth Control (Huge reason why Dems need to keep winning the White House: the right-wingnut Supreme Court!)

*Silver Speaks. Democrats Despair. (Democrats really need to chill out on this one and stop acting like non-reality-based Teapublicans!)

*McDonnell attorneys ask judge to try former Va. governor, wife separately

*Poll: Va. voters ‘cautiously optimistic’ about McAuliffe

*House approves own budget plan, then recesses (Smooooth.)

*Virginia state lawmakers locked over budget, again

*Schapiro: “Two Years” sent shiver through House GOP

*Republican lawmakers criticize McAuliffe budget, Senate Democrats (Charming.)

*Compromise needed, not childhood tantrums

*Government withholds report on Deeds case

*Virginia AG defends use of solitary on death row (Not sure how solitary is ever defensible…)

*Key to downtown: Get out of the way

*Stamos to represent recall against Delgaudio

*Arlington residents ask for more spending at hearing (Gotta love it, people want more spending but don’t want to pay for it. Ugh.)

*Virginia girl not feminine enough for Christian school (WTF?!?)

*Welcome to one last freezing day – the coldest one you’ll see for a while

  • Dan Sullivan

    But as a punishment it must be used judiciously. It is not always punishment. Each situation stands on its own merits.  

  • From DPVA:

    RICHMOND — Late last night House Republicans voted to pass a budget that rejects $17 million to support public safety officials and first responders who risk their lives to protect Virginia communities.  

    “It remains unfathomable that Virginia House Republicans could reject a budget that provides so much support for those who put their lives on the line day after day and their family members,” said DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. “Instead of taking ample time to review the Governor’s budget, House Republicans blindly rejected it in appropriations just three hours after they received it and again last night on the house floor.

    “It’s time for Virginia Republicans to put the hard working Virginians in their districts ahead of their extreme Tea Party ideology.”

    The Governor’s biennium budget includes $17 million in the second year to support the Line of Duty program, which provides benefits for state and local public safety officers or their beneficiaries due to disability or death resulting from the performance of duties.

  • Leaders in Virginia’s public safety community announced their support today for Governor McAuliffe’s proposal to invest $17 million in savings from closing the coverage gap to support the Line of Duty program. The Line of Duty Act provides state-funded disability and death benefits for state and local public safety officers or their beneficiaries due to disability or death resulting from the performance of duties.

    Statement from the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters:

    “The Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) urge members of the General Assembly to pass Governor McAuliffe’s budget as quickly as possible. Governor McAuliffe’s budget is balanced, responsible, and provides critical funding for the Line of Duty Act, which supports firefighters, first responders, and others who put their lives on the line every day to protect Virginia’s communities.

    “As primary emergency medical services (EMS) providers for many of our fellow citizens, VPFF members are all-too-familiar with the negative impacts of the coverage gap. By also including a 2 year pilot of accepting federal dollars to expand healthcare coverage to up to 400,000 Virginians, Governor McAuliffe’s budget will keep our citizens healthier, our neighborhoods safer, and our economy growing.

    “It is imperative that members of the General Assembly come together to pass this budget, which our public safety officials depend on to ensure strong, safe, and healthy futures for all Virginians.”

    Statement from Paula Miller, President, Virginia Public Safety Foundation:

    “Governor McAuliffe has sought to engage Virginians in a necessary conversation that is central to our society: how will we care for our first responders and their families when they are injured or killed in service to our communities? His proposal to invest $17 million in the Line of Duty Act Fund and re-engage the Line of Duty Act work group to update state policies and funding mechanisms to provide for our public safety officers and their families is welcome news. I applaud Governor McAuliffe for his leadership on this important issue. I look forward to working with him to ensure that this conversation results in reforms that reflect our commitment to providing for those who face danger every day to keep us safe and contribute so much to making this the best state in which to live, raise a family, and do business.”

  • Alan will be great on the County Board…vote for him on April 8th!

    United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 Endorses Alan Howze, Democratic Candidate for Arlington County Board

    Arlington, Va. – March 26, 2014 – UFCW Local 400 has chosen to endorse Alan Howze for election to the Arlington County Board. “We enthusiastically recommend the election of Alan Howze to the Arlington County Board,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici.

    “I am proud to have the support of the UFCW and their hard working members,” said Howze.

    “Arlington voters need strong leadership in fighting to create good jobs, reduce income inequality, empower workers, and strengthen the county’s living standards. We urge our members to vote for Alan in the April 8th special election,” Federici added.

  • Key takeaways:

    *McAuliffe has a positive approval rating, 44%-29% (with 27% undecided), although he doesn’t have majority approval.

    *By a 44%-34% margin, Virginians believe T-Mac is “honest and trustworthy”

    *By a 53%-31% margin, Virginians believe T-Mac shows “strong leadership”

    *By a narrow, 46%-41% margin, Virginians say T-Mac “cares about your problems”

    *Virginians “by a large margin (66%-31%) support increasing the minimum wage”

    *57% of Virginians say the economy is “excellent” or “good”

    *By a 37%-45% margin, Virginians disapprove of the “way the state legislature is handling its job.” I’m amazed it’s that high.

    *By a 57%-32% margin, Virginians are “optimistic…about the next four years with Terry McAuliffe as governor”

    *Top priorities for Virginia voters are jobs/economy (by far), followed by education.