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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines,  political and otherwise, for Friday, September 26. Also, check out the PBS report on a “region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to thriving colonies of rare and endangered species” and that “will be protected as the world’s largest marine preserve, under an executive order by President Obama.” Thank you President Obama (and also to President Bush for setting up the first preserve in this area)!

*Attorney general confirmation process is fractious even before it’s begun (Here we go again with mindless, knee-jerk Republican obstructionism for no good reason whatsoever.)

*Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

*Stalin, The Nazis And A Serial Killer: The Villains Right-Wing Media Compared To Eric Holder (Typical right-wing rhetoric, sad to say…)

*Bookend speeches of Obama’s presidency (Fascinating: “The speech Obama gave in Cairo in 2009 and the address he gave at the United Nations on Wednesday can be seen as bookends.”)

*Gabby Giffords And How The D.C. Press Portrays “Mean” Women (Let me just take a moment to say that MediaMatters is truly invaluable. Thank you for the great work you do!)

*Crunch time for Jeb Bush (“It’s now or never for Jeb Bush.”)

*450,000 in Virginia may lack proper identification needed to vote (THIS is the result of voter suppression efforts by Virginia Republicans like Barbara Comstock, Bill “ALEC” Howell, etc.)

*McAuliffe names bipartisan panel on ethics reform (I hope it accomplishes something, but the two co-chairs are hardly paragons of ethics.)

*Roanoke College poll asks whether McDonnell should serve time in prison (“56% said he should go to prison.”)

*Ken Cuccinelli: Holder ‘Debased’ Attorney General Office (You want someone who debased the office of AG, look in the mirror Cooch!)

*Comstock, Wolf campaign together in Winchester

*Gov. McAuliffe touts economic development before Asian Chamber

*Gillespie within single digits of Warner in new poll (The question is whether this poll’s the outlier or the other polls are the outliers. Regardless, Democrats need to not be complacent here; just because Mark Warner’s on the ballot doesn’t guarantee anything.)

*Poll measures Virginia small business attitudes toward green energy (“He said North Carolina and Maryland have dramatically outpaced Virginia’s support for solar energy. He attributed Virginia’s laggardly pace to the political sway of power companies and railroads umbilically connected to coal.” Bingo.)

*Nationals split doubleheader, leaving meaning in Friday’s twinbill

*NFL woes highlight misguided tax status (“It’s an absurdity, and a needless giveaway to an entity that has no more right to preferential tax treatment than a professional baseball league or professional basketball league.”)

*Seriously splendid weekend ahead

  • Virginia voters back U.S. military strikes on ISIS, support deployment to fight Ebola virus in Africa,  but foreign policy views show strong partisan split

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A strong, bipartisan majority of Virginia voters approve of President Obama’s military campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, according to a statewide survey released today by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    Overall, 63% of voters approve and 28% disapprove of the strikes against ISIS, but on this question and others, the results in the foreign policy survey show a clear partisan divide. For example, far more Democrats approve of the military campaign (81%) than Republicans (59%) or Independents (56%).

    Asked whether the country is as safe or safer today than before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 65% of Virginia voters said yes. Broken down by party, however, an overwhelming majority of Democrats (86%) say the country is as safe or safer than before 9-11, but only a minority of Republicans (48%) agree.  Similarly, a small majority of Virginia voters (52%) say that the U.S. government is doing very well or fairly well in reducing the threat of terrorism, but only 34% of Republicans feel that way, compared with 83% of Democrats.  

    “While Virginia voters are concerned about the safety of the country and the threat posed by Islamic extremism, they tend to see the threat through a partisan lens,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy. “There is clearly less support among Republicans and Independents than among Democrats for President Obama’s approach to handling terrorism and the rise of Islamic extremism.”

    The survey also revealed an unusual alignment of Republicans and women.  A majority of Virginia voters (54%) is very concerned with the rise of Islamic extremism in the world, but Republicans are far more concerned (70%) than Democrats (54%). Women are more concerned (57%) than men (51%). Similarly, while 43% of Virginia voters think ISIS poses a “very serious” threat to the United States, Republicans (57%) are more concerned than Democrats (32%), and women (50%) are more concerned than men (35%).

    “This alignment of Republicans and a majority of women suggests that Republican candidates in the current election could counter the Democrats’ usual advantage among women voters by stressing the threat of Islamic extremism,” Kidd said.

    A partisan split was also evident when voters were asked about the deployment of U.S. troops to West Africa to build clinics and organize logistics in response to the Ebola virus epidemic. Overall, 52% of Virginians say the Ebola outbreak in Africa is a very serious or fairly serious threat to the U.S. A strong majority (63%) approve of sending U.S. troops to help, but that breaks down into 88% of Democrats and only 41% of Republicans.

    The Wason Center interviewed 804 registered Virginia voters, Sept. 17-22, 2014.  The margin of error for the whole survey is +/- 3.5 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence. The survey and Kidd’s analysis are attached. He is available for interviews.

  • “Bettina Lawton Interviews Delegate Patrick Hope on the Special Session just completed in Richmond. Bettina also interviews Kate Hanley on the latest efforts to help women get elected in Virginia.”