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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning


Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 29. Also, I’m posting the definition of “cognitive dissonance,” as it explains so much Republican behavior these days, such as denying climate science or refusing to believe that President Obama actually cut taxes repeatedly, or that Medicaid expansion in Virginia is a no-brainer, etc, etc.

*The Unitarian Universalist Association Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement (Now times for every other religion to do the same!)

*Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty in 2012 attacks

*Unions Fear This SCOTUS Case Could Bring Their ‘Final Destruction’ (“The case, Harris v. Quinn, is about the constitutionality of ‘agency fees’ charged by public sector unions to all workers in a unionized setting, even non-union members. These fees are essential to their operation.”)

*After his political resurrection, candidate Beyer adopts high-minded approach

*Schapiro: Petty politics and their high-stakes consequences (“What did Norment and Howell know, and when did they know it?”)

*State makes cuts to vital safety net (“When Gov. Terry McAuliffe lambasted Republican delegates and announced his budget item vetoes, he noted the two-year spending plan sent to him excluded some $10 million previously proposed for reducing homelessness.” Appalling.)

*Changing laws in Virginia go into effect Tuesday

*Kaine talks healthcare in Hampton visit

*How Virginia has changed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“I thought we’d gotten over the voting problems, but now they’re reinstituting them with a new name.”)

*Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Democrats should learn lessons from defeat on Medicaid (“Ultimately, Democrats need to be in a position in 2021 to redraw legislative districts to end their underrepresentation in the House of Delegates.” Bingo; the answer is for Democrats to win elections.)

*Virginia Republicans find unity elusive

*Pollard: Changing gears on transportation in Virginia (“The governor has recognized the growing public demand for more transit options and for walkable communities, as well as the fact that we cannot pave our way out of congestion, and the new six-year plan makes some important progress in advancing transportation alternatives.”)

*Byron: No involvement in Puckett job talks

*Trust, respect lacking in Virginia’s capital (More “both sides” blather. The real reason for dysfunction in Richmond is that the far right wing has taken over, or scared ***tless, the Republican Party.)

*D.C. area forecast: Another weekend winner today, then heating up ahead of the Fourth

  • Definitely or highly likely to be running

    David Boling

    Paul Holland

    Rip Sullivan

    Andrew Schneider

    Possibly running

    Peter Fallon

    Atima Omara

    See Jarrod Nagurka’s Facebook page for more on timing of the election, location, composition of nominating committees, etc. Two important points:

    1. “Virginia Code §24.2-510, 5ii (link below) says that the Speaker can call for the election sooner than 60 days (August 19th for example), but that Democrats would then need their nominee within 5 days of the Speaker issuing the writ of election. Therefore, if he issued it this Monday for instance, then we’d need our nominee by Saturday.”

    2. “The nominating committee is composed of Kip Malinosky (ACDC Chair) and Dranesville Chair Greg Brandon, appointed by FCDC Chair Sue Langley. This means that in order for there to be only one location, the Dranesville chair would have to agree to not having a location in Dranesville. This is where the procedure for the formation of the nominating committee is outlined in the Party Plan.”

  • Source

    § 24.2-682. Times for special elections.

    A. Notwithstanding any charter or special act to the contrary, the following provisions govern the times for holding special elections. Every special election shall be held on a Tuesday. No special election shall be held within the 55 days prior to a general or primary election. No special election shall be held on the same day as a primary election. A special election may be held on the same day as a general election.