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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, April 26.

*New Records: IRS Targeted Progressive Groups More Extensively Than Tea Party

*E.J Dionne: How Democrats can woo swing voters and hold onto their base (“…the Democrats’ short-term needs in 2014 point to a long-term imperative for progressives: They must embrace both an attractive set of policies to promote shared economic growth and a straightforward critique of a conservative economic narrative that sees smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation as keys to prosperity.”)

*Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense

*What’s the liberal equivalent of climate denial? (Short answer: there isn’t anything even close to this right-wing lunacy. Note to media: stop the false equivalency already!)

*Obama’s Last Shot (“The president came into office promising to make fighting climate change a priority. Now, he finally seems to be getting serious about it.” Better late than never?)

*Gillespie sidesteps Ryan budget- touts “legal status” on immigration reform

*Va. education board criticizes unfunded SOL reform law

*Cox scuttles McAuliffe bid to allow insurance renewals

*Board extends deadline to file campaign finance data (“The change was made under protest from the Virginia Press Association, the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association and the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics.”)

*UVa raises in-state tuition

*US Sen.Tim Kaine pays the area a visit

*Rep. Gerry Connolly: Action on climate change is crucial

*Beyer’s first ad in race for Jim Moran’s seat is aimed at women voters

*Va. lawmakers fail to override any of governor’s vetoes

*Prep for chaos, hope for peace (“If college students descend on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this weekend, it’s prepared. If they don’t, this is one more drill to make the next event go smoothly and safely.”)

*Stalled U.S. 460 project could cost Virginia $500 million (“In a worst-case scenario, the state could be on the hook for that amount in costs and penalties if the toll road from Petersburg to Suffolk isn’t built.” What a fiasco – thanks for nothing Bob McDonnell!)

*Arlington’s Garvey in hot water with other Democrats (And for very good resaon!)

*Casey: Roanoke County reaps tea party nonsense

*Nationals break out the ninth-inning heroics to dodge Angels’ broom

*Mild sunshine today, showers tomorrow, superb weekend

  • The following poll results are from CNU’s Wason Center for Public Policy. I’d point out that “Marketplace Virginia” IS a “compromise,” so not sure what else the majority of Virginians want. Perhaps they don’t realize that “Marketplace Virginia” is already a serious compromise?

    Majority of Virginia voters oppose using federal Medicaid funds to expand health coverage, but strongly want GA to compromise

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Republicans’ argument against expanding Medicaid in Virginia appears to be winning public approval, but more than 7 out of 10 voters want to see the General Assembly find a compromise on the issue, according to a survey from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.  

    The survey also shows that if the legislature’s failure to pass a budget leads to a shutdown of state government, 73 % of voters want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to use executive orders to keep essential functions running.

    “Democrats are losing the debate on expanding Medicaid in Virginia,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy. “This is mostly because they are not convincing Independents that it’s a good idea. But even in the usually friendly territory of Northern Virginia, the debate is not going their way.”

    Virginians say 53% to 41% that they oppose Medicaid expansion, a sharp reversal from the Wason Center survey when the 2014 legislative session began, which showed general support for Medicaid expansion, 56% to 38%. In that Feb. 3 survey, however, support for expansion fell to 41% with 54% opposed, when respondents were asked if they would still support expansion if the federal government did not pay its share. That risk has been a key contention in the Republican argument against expansion. The 41% support versus 53% opposed in the current poll suggests that Republican skepticism has gotten through to voters.

    Where majorities of voters in both parties supported Medicaid expansion in the Feb. 3 poll, months of fractious, partisan debate appear to have strongly polarized the issue. In the Feb. 3 poll, 55 percent of Republicans supported the expansion. In the current poll, only 11 percent support it, with 87 percent now opposed. Similarly, 77 percent of Democrats support expansion now, compared with 58 percent in the Feb. 3 poll.

    The House of Delegates and the state Senate are at a standoff over the state budget that would ordinarily take effect July 1, largely over whether to use federal Medicaid funds to expand health insurance coverage for 400,000 low-income, working Virginians. 71 percent said both sides should compromise on the Medicaid issue.

    Looking at the prospect of a state government shutdown, small minorities assigned the blame to either Republicans or Democrats, but 65 percent said both parties would share the blame equally. Likewise, a small minority would hold McAuliffe blameless, while 78 percent said he would share some or a lot of the blame.

    “Nobody will come through a shutdown in Richmond without scars,” said Kidd. “If no compromise happens, voters are ready to heap blame on everyone.”

    Other findings include:

    *”Virginians give Governor McAuliffe a 44%-32% job approval, while only 33% approve of the way the General Assembly is handling its job.”

    *”Approval of the General Assembly is in negative territory, however, with 33% of Virginians saying they approve of the job the General Assembly is doing, while 41% say they disapprove.”

  • I’m not sure if this means I should start reading it or if I should avoid it like the plague! LOL

  • If not, will Barbara Comstock – who touted her endorsement by Hannity – refute said endorsement?

    Source – Huffington Post:

    “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids – and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch – they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

    “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

  • From the Ebbin for Congress campaign:

    MORE MOMENTUM FOR EBBIN: LOCAL OFFICIALS ENDORSE ADAM EBBIN FOR CONGRESS

    Alexandria, Va. – Senator Adam Ebbin – a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District – released a list of more than a dozen local elected officials and community leaders endorsing his candidacy.

    In addition, Ebbin has won the endorsement 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).

    The local endorsers are as follows:

    Arlington:

    Jay Fisette – County Board Chairman

    Sally Baird – School Board Member

    Ed Fendley – Former School Board Member

    Mike Lieberman – Former Democratic Committee Chairman

    Leni Gonzalez – Latino Community Leader

    Dr. Alfred Taylor – Former Nauck Civic Association President

    Andres Tobar – Former Chair of Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, Arlington Community Activist

    Alexandria:

    Paul Smedberg – City Councilman

    Joyce Woodson – Former City Councilwoman

    Eileen Cassidy-Rivera – Former School Board Member

    Art Schmalz – Former School Board Member

    Elmer Arias – Former El Salvadorian Chamber of Commerce President

    Howard Woodson – Former NAACP President

    Nelson Zavaleta – Arlandria Civic Association President

    Fairfax:

    Sandy Evans – School Board Member, Mason District

    Tammy Kaufax – School Board Vice Chair, Lee District

    Ted Velkoff – School Board Member At Large

    Brad Center – Former School Board Member, Lee District

    “I am proud to receive the support of so many local elected officials and community leaders,” said Ebbin. “These endorsements show the grassroots momentum our campaign continues to gain. Northern Virginians want an experienced representative who has a proven record of getting progressive results, and I’m honored that these community leaders believe I am that candidate.”

    Here is what local endorsers are saying about Adam Ebbin:

    “Adam Ebbin is a progressive, but not an ideologue. He understands the value of working with both sides to reach agreements that are best for the country. I trust Adam to represent the 8th District and our country without self-interest, pandering, drama or fanfare.”

    Joyce Woodson, Former Alexandria City Councilwoman

    “For the past ten years Adam Ebbin has worked closely with the Latino and immigrant communities of Northern Virginia. Among his legislative successes, he fought for the establishment of a Public Defenders Office in Arlington and got legislation passed that made it a felony for employers to pay workers with checks from accounts with insufficient funds. For his effective leadership as an advocate for the most vulnerable communities in Virginia, Adam has won my support for Congress from this crowded field of exceptionally talented candidates.”

    Andres Tobar, Former Chair of Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, Arlington Community Activist

    “Adam has been a fighter for the Latino community in Richmond.  I support Adam Ebbin for his tireless efforts to protect immigrant rights.”

    Leni Gonzalez, Latino Community Leader

    “For more than a decade, Senator Adam Ebbin has represented Arlington with distinction. A masterful coalition builder, Adam skillfully unites those with divergent interests around common goals. On issues as varied as advocating for an Arlington-Falls Church Office of the Public Defender to expanding healthcare coverage for immigrants, Adam is a strong, results-focused leader. With Adam in Congress, Arlington and its neighbors will have an effective representative who stands up for them when it matters most.”

    Sally Baird, Arlington School Board Member.

    “Adam and I have worked side-by-side on many issues, from LGBT equality to protecting the environment. Adam has earned the respect of his colleagues in Richmond as an effective and serious legislator and would represent us well in Congress.”

    Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Chair

    “Adam has been a champion for progressives in Richmond for more than a decade, whether he has been working on environmental issues, expanding access to health care, or social issues that matter to our Northern Virginia community. He knows how to get things done for Northern Virginia, and I know he will only expand on this record of success in Congress.”  

    Mike Lieberman, Former Arlington County Democratic Committee Chairman

    “As a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, I know that Adam will be a consistent and forceful voice supporting public schools, teachers, and our students. I have known Adam for many years and I know him to be a thoughtful problem solver and someone who really cares about making a difference.”

    Brad Center, Former Fairfax School Board Member, Lee District

    “It is always good to see a candidate who is not afraid of a debate, a town hall meeting or a pointed journalistic question. Adam has shown an exemplary standing in all these areas, leading me to believe my support is best placed with him to represent the 8th Congressional District.”

    Dr. Alfred Taylor, Former Nauck Civic Association President

  • Governor McAuliffe released the following statement on the Silver Line project’s declaration of substantial completion:

    “This morning I spoke with MWAA President and CEO Jack Potter, who informed me that his organization views Phase 1 of the Silver Line as ‘substantially complete’ and is working with WMATA to move the project closer to passenger readiness. After receiving a thorough briefing from Jack and his team earlier this week, I am confident that this project is moving forward in a safe and fiscally responsible way. Going forward, I plan to continue to work with the officials responsible for the Silver Line to see that it is completed quickly and safely so that Virginia commuters and our economy can begin receiving the benefit of this important project for our Commonwealth.”