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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, July 26. Also see President Obama’s weekly address, in which he “continued his call for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody.”

*Pause in Gaza fighting begins as promised

*Russia and Ukraine trade charges of border shelling

*Putin Isolated as EU Prepares Tougher Sanctions on Russia

*Why the Border Crisis Is a Myth (“…the myth of a ‘crisis’ is being used by politicians to justify ever-tighter restrictions on immigration, play to anti-immigrant voters in the fall elections and ignore the reasons so many children are coming here in the first place.”)

*Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan Would Cost Billions to Implement. Will GOPers Go for That?

*Benny Johnson and Buzzfeed’s Achilles heel (“In the eyes of many journalists, BuzzFeed is constantly walking a fine line between aggregation, or ‘curation,’ and theft.”)

*Meet The Congressman Who Assumed Two Senior U.S. Officials Were Foreigners (Of course he’s a Republican…what else?)

*Book review: “I Heard My Country Calling,” by James Webb (Interesting, definitely not a positive review…)

*Sen. Kaine, Loudoun-based firms advocate for Ex-Im Bank (Funding the Ex-Im Bank is a no brainer. Which is probably why Teapublicans oppose it.)

*Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Set for Corruption Trial (“Couple Is Accused of Accepting Gifts in Exchange for Promoting a Friend’s Company”)

*Saslaw says 40 percent of rural hospitals will close in states that don’t expand Medicaid (Still: “40 percent of rural hospitals are running in the red and those located in states that don’t broaden Medicaid eligibility may see their problems exacerbated.”)

*Warner and Gillespie to face off in first debate (“The Democratic senator and his GOP rival will square off for 90 minutes at the Greenbrier resort on Saturday.”)

*Virginia keeping drug used in botched executions

*McAuliffe says it’s a blessing more didn’t die in tornado

*McDonnell defense subpoenas

*Rigell seeks funds to promote girls’ science education

*Loudoun will pay Delgaudio’s legal fees in recall case

*‘It’s a great piece of American history’ (“While restoring U-Va.’s iconic Rotunda, workers discovered remnants of its Jeffersonian past.”)

*Roark earns 10th win, Span collects 4 hits as Nats rough up Reds, 4-1

*Isolated storm risk today; increased threat of severe weather Sunday


    RICHMOND (July 26, 2014)–Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement on the opening of Metro’s Silver Line. Attorney General Herring worked to advance this project as a Loudoun County supervisor from 2000-2003 and as a state senator representing Fairfax and Loudoun counties from 2006 until his inauguration as Attorney General.

    “I have worked on the Silver Line at the local and state level for nearly 15 years and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see this project that so many of us worked on become a reality. As a Loudoun County supervisor, I helped develop the smart growth land use plans that laid out the transit-oriented developments we hoped would one day be served by stations in Loudoun County. At the time, it was far from certain that any portion of the project would come to pass, but I believed we could find a way and should prepare accordingly.

    “As a state senator, I fought for appropriate state and federal support for the project because I have always believed that the Silver Line is a project of regional, statewide, and national significance. I also knew it was important to keep rates along the Dulles Toll Road as low as possible while providing the revenue needed to deliver the project. In the years ahead, I believe that Phase One will spur economic growth and job creation along the Tysons and Dulles corridor, and I look forward to getting Phase Two under way and extending rail all the way to Dulles airport and into Loudoun County.

    “I am incredibly proud to have played a part in advancing this project and I join many others in thanking all the local, state, and federal leaders who helped make the Silver Line a reality. This is truly a momentous day for our region.”

  • Carla de la Pava Sole Candidate for

    Arlington County Democratic Committee Nomination for

    Arlington County Treasurer

    Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee announces that Carla de la Pava is the only candidate to file to seek the Democrats’ nomination to be the next Arlington County Treasurer. Because she was the only candidate to file by today’s deadline, de la Pava is now automatically on the agenda for formal nomination by ACDC at its regular meeting on August 6 (Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.), and her endorsement is likely to be overwhelmingly approved.

    Earlier this month, Frank O’Leary, who served for more than 30 years in the position, retired, triggering a special election to fill his unexpired term.  Prior to that election, de la Pava was sworn in as Treasurer.  

    A special election to fulfill the remainder of the term (until December 2015) has been set for November 4th, when Arlingtonians will also vote for Democrats Mark Warner for U.S. Senator, Don Beyer for U.S. Congress VA-8, Alan Howze for Arlington County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board. Nancy Van Doren is likely to be the Democratic endorsee for an additional Arlington County School Board seat in yet another special election the same day.

    For the past six years, de la Pava served as Chief Deputy Treasurer under Frank O’Leary.  During her tenure, Arlington’s tax delinquency rate was reduced to an all time low of less than 0.4%, helping to distinguish the Treasurer’s Office as one of the best in Virginia and the United States.  She has an MBA from Harvard and a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, and worked at Continental Bank of Illinois and The Price Company, which owned and operated Price Club (now Costco).

    Carla has been actively involved in many community organizations including the Warren G. Stambaugh Memorial Foundation, the Arlington County Civic Federation and the Arlington Soccer Association. She is also a member of the Arlington Committee of 100, the Arlington Historical Society, the Better Sports Club of Arlington, Organized Women Voters and Leadership Arlington (Class of 2010).  Although she unfortunately grew up in Alexandria, she did marry life-long Arlingtonian Mark Dola, and they have raised their three sons here.

    For more information, visit the campaign website: http://www.carlafortreasurer.com/

    Quote from Frank O’Leary:

    “After six years of excellent service to the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office and Arlington County citizens, Carla de la Pava is well prepared and highly qualified to be Arlington County Treasurer. Experience does count!”

    Quote from Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky:

    “Carla de la Pava is the perfect person to be Arlington’s Treasurer. She has a passion for relating to people and working with money. And in addition, she has been learning from the best, Frank O’Leary, for the last six years.”  

    Quote from Carla de la Pava:

    “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuity in the Treasurer’s Office and I am committed to continuing the office’s tradition of excellence. It will be an honor and privilege to receive ACDC’s nomination and to run for Arlington County Treasurer in the special election on November 4th.”

    Because only one candidate filed to be the Democrats’ choice in the School Board and Treasurer special elections, ACDC’s announced caucus on August 4th is now canceled.