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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, April 28. Also, check out the photo from the “Take Back the Tenth” fundraiser held yesterday, with special guests Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, State Senator Jennifer Wexton, State Senator Barbara Favola, and the Democratic nominee to “take back” the 10th CD, John Foust. Go John!

*Obama Says More Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming

*Obama: Alleged Sterling comments ‘incredibly offensive’

*Allegations against Sterling aren’t first (“Sterling’s history paints a picture of a man who has let slip bigoted beliefs for years and has so far sidestepped major repercussions.” Why hasn’t the NBA taken action against this guy?)

*Gun supremacy (“Unarmed Americans’ rights are being trampled.”)

*Eric Cantor confronts Republican infighting (“While Brat has little chance of upsetting Cantor in the June 10 primary, the campaign and its supporters are making life a little tougher for Cantor, who will almost certainly become the next speaker of the House.”)

*Kaine speaks on critical issues facing Virginia

*Virginia General Assembly: A delegation that looks like us, or not?

*PolitiFact: Cantor TV ad is factual but unfair to Brat (“Brat was first named to the panel by Kaine and reappointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican. Two of the economists, Christine Chmura of Richmond and Roy Pearson of Williamsburg, have served under six governors. Another, Roy Webb of Richmond, has served under five governors.”)

*Proposal seeks to update Voting Rights Act (“A bipartisan resolution aimed at amending the weakened Voting Rights Act of 1965 would help limit voter discrimination but would likely have no impact on Virginia’s new voter ID requirement, which becomes law July 1, legal experts say.”)

*Virginia slips to 10th in college attainment rank

*Safety concerns prompt Portsmouth to push for bridge replacement

*Historic boom in Norfolk schools

*Va. test reform law includes no money for improved exams

*Virginia-launched spacecraft meets its end on the moon (“Craft, which took off in September to study the lunar atmosphere, crashes into the surface at about 3,000 mph.”)

*Washington Wizards control Chicago Bulls, 98-89, to take 3-1 lead in NBA playoff series

*Capitals start their search (“After the removal of George McPhee and Adam Oates, Washington will begin looking for the franchise’s new leaders.”)

*Rain develops late today; heavy at times through Wednesday (“The massive storm system in the Midwest throws bouts of rain at us through Wednesday, perhaps lingering to Thursday.”)

  • Jim B

    There is a site “Smirking Chimp” which started with the smirking of “W”. I suppose liberals having a conservation with conservatives will have to resist a smirk knowing the conservatives have so many idiots making waves every day.

  • Just got this statement from the Ebbin campaign:


    Alexandria, Va – Senator Adam Ebbin – candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District – today received the endorsement of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws and its state affiliate, Virginia NORML.

    “NORML PAC believes strongly that Senator Ebbin has the tenacity, coalition building skills, and political acumen required to help end our country’s destructive prohibition of marijuana,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri. “Outgoing Congressman Jim Moran has a long history of supporting important marijuana law reform proposals at the federal level, and Adam Ebbin is a proven and effective leader who will carry on that important legacy and move us further in rolling back the damage marijuana prohibition is having on families and communities across the nation.”

    “I have a record of supporting decriminalization and, like President Obama, do not believe that the effects of marijuana are more harmful than alcohol,” Senator Ebbin said. “For more than a decade, I’ve been fighting for progressive causes in the General Assembly. In Virginia, marijuana related arrests make up over 50% of all drug related arrests, costing the state over $67 million.  We must focus our time and resources on job creation, clean energy, healthcare, education, and our economy. I look forward to continuing my work for our shared progressive values as the next member of Congress from the 8th District.”

    “Virginia NORML realizes that any federal cannabis policy reform will act as a powerful catalyst for changing our state laws,” commented Virginia NORML Communications Director Duane Ludwig, “We are excited to endorse Adam Ebbin for Congress because he will be a bold, progressive advocate for fair and reasonable cannabis policy.”

    In Virginia, more than 4 out of 5 residents support the legalization of medical marijuana, and a majority support decriminalization. A recent poll revealed that in Northern Virginia, where the 8th Congressional District is located, over 50% of residents support fully legalizing and regulating marijuana. Senator Ebbin currently represents 36% of voters most likely to vote in the Virginia 8th Democratic primary and is strongly positioned to win in the June 10th Democratic primary.

    Local Democratic officials are also uniting behind Ebbin’s candidacy. He has won the endorsements of former state Senator Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), state Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), state Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), and Delegate Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax).

  • Fairfax County Electoral Board member Brian Schoeneman tweets:

    The Fairfax Co. Electoral Board just approved unanimously the creation of a satellite voting location for the June 10th Democratic Primary. The hours are: June 2 – June 6, from 3:30 PM to 7 PM, and Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Location is the MV Gov Center.

    Great work by Delegates Hope and Surovell in pushing this. Hopefully, the result will be that 8th CD Democratic voters who live in southern Fairfax County will find it a lot easier to cast absentee ballots for the upcoming Democratic primary.

  • *After all that “drama,” she ended up resigning, NOT getting kicked out of ACDC earlier tonight. Can we say “anticlimactic?” Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    *The meeting that a few people were so excited about ended up not taking much time at all. Basically, Garvey read a statement for 15 minutes or so saying she was resigning, criticizing Melissa Bondi (Garvey’s main opponent for County Board in 2012) of all people, criticizing her nemesis Chris Zimmerman (not even on the board anymore), lambasting the County Board (natch) for a variety of things – supposedly being mean to staff, supposed corruption, etc, etc. Same ol’ same ol’, in other words. Wake me up when it’s over.

    Anyway, that’s about it, really. I’m not sure why this all couldn’t have been resolved a long time ago. I’m also not sure why Garvey and Stamos weren’t both kicked out last December when they endorsed Republican John Vihstadt, etc.

    OK, so now that THAT sideshow is over with (hopefully), can we now stop wasting everyone’s time and get back to focusing on real stuff, like the 8th CD Democratic primary, the upcoming Arlington County Democratic School Board endorsement contest, helping Alan Howze win in November, and even – god forbid! – real issues like the economy, the environment, etc? I know, dream on….