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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 27.

*Ukraine Signs Trade Agreement With European Union

*Supreme Court Rebukes Obama on Right of Appointment

*Senators remember ‘towering’ Howard Baker

*Bill Clinton slams Dick Cheney for “unseemly” criticism of President Obama

*Iraq Fractures, but New States Aren’t Seen as Cure to Conflict

*Tim Kaine: Nancy Pelosi wrong on White House powers (I’m not sure about this one, but I tend to think that Pelosi’s right.)

*Abortion Rights Lose a Buffer (“Threats faced in trying to exercise a constitutional right were ignored.”)

*A Blow to Presidential Appointments (“The ruling denies partisan realities of Congress.”)

*E-mails: Puckett job was created before Senate resignation (“State Del. Terry G. Kilgore appears to have ordered the creation of a job for former state senator Phillip Puckett.” Quid, meet quo!)

*Ed Gillespie Made $3 Million Advising Big Oil and Gas Lobbyists, Other Corporate Clients (Gillespie works for the bad guys, what a shocker.)

*Gillespie’s energy plan focuses on oil and gas (And here’s the bad guys’ payoff!)

*Libertarian Sarvis to challenge Warner for Senate seat (Unless he gets some serious money – where are the Koch brothers when you need him, eh Robert? – or a major grassroots movement behind him, his candidacy’s going nowhere.)

*EPA: Virginia ‘on course’ for bay cleanup, but must ramp up runoff reduction

*Colgan retiring in the Senate (Now, we need to make sure we hold that seat.)

*Rerouting of Coalfields Expressway triggers new study

*Sterling’s indestructible Eugene Delgaudio wins again (OK, Loudoun Democrats, it’s up to you now!)

*U.S. falls, but still the nation rejoices (The nation, that is, except for right wingnuts like Ann Coulter and random Faux “News” panelists, who think that soccer is a plot to help Obama, or a sign of our nation’s moral decay, or…I’m not making this up, I’m really not; can’t wait for EW Jackson and Ken Cuccinelli to weigh in! LOL)

*College World Series: Virginia falls short against Vanderbilt in Game 3 of final series

*Nats get lost in the fog

*Heat, humidity building momentum

  • Smoking gun right here. Tim Pfohl, btw, is “Interim Executive Director at VA Tobacco Commission.” Hmmmmm.

  • I worked closely with Greg for several years at the US Energy Information Administration, and he was a superb energy analyst. You may remember Greg for his work to help “draft” Jim Webb to run for U.S. Senate in 2006. For instance, Greg was the one who coined the phrase “placeholder candidate” for Harris Miller. Good times. 🙂

  • va_lady2008

    Rather surprisingly, the Richmond Times Dispatch published Jeff Shapiro’s “take” and rather lucid explanation of this mess.  I hope the link works:


  • while depriving hundreds of thousands of Virginians of affordable, quality healthcare coverage. That alone should disqualify him from elective office, as far as I’m concerned.

  • On another level, people like this – and the fact that there are millions of people who’d vote for them, even for President! – terrifies me.

  • Popcorn! 🙂

  • Another reason not to vote for this guy.

  • hereinva

    Who spent buckets of money and time, made personal visits to local counties, sent out thousands of letters, wrote Op-Eds against Medicaid Expansion?

    Who helped engineer the current VA Tobacco Commission so that 100’s of millions could be used to turn VA into alternative energy capital of the United States (at least that is what was claimed in April 2009)..Article here: http://www.washingtontimes.com

    “We’ve already crossed the first big hurdle: a commitment from the Tobacco [Indemnification and Community Revitalization] Commission to use $100 million for energy projects,” Mr. Howell said. “That’s a huge and enormous amount of money which is available to basically foster and incubate leading-edge technologies coming into Virginia.”

    “Funding alternative-energy projects is consistent with what the commission was created to do – help revitalize and diversify the tobacco area, said Tim Pfohl, grants program director for the commission.