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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, November 20. That great photo (courtesy of the VA Sierra Club) is in connection with yesterday’s story, Hundreds Rally at Virginia State Capitol to Support EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

*Energy groups face ‘existential’ climate threat, says ex-BP chief

*Amazon Vows to Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy (In addition to being non-polluting, it increasingly makes business/economic sense at this point.)

*President Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday (Meanwhile, the House could STILL allow the bipartisan Senate immigration bill to come to a vote. But nooooooo.)

*At Long Last, Immigration Action (Congress should have passed comprehensive immigration reform many years ago.)

*Republicans Were Fine With Bush Acting On Immigration Reform Without Congress (Of course they didn’t care when Republican presidents did it, just as they didn’t get all “outraged” by the huge deficits under Reagan and Bush, or the many, deadly attacks on U.S. embassies during Republican administrations. Clearly, for Republicans, it’s only wrong if it happens during a Democratic administration.)

*Whitbeck Enters Race For Virginia’s Top GOP Seat (Anti-Semitic “joke” dude.)

*Eric Cantor’s Former Crew Hangs a Shingle in Washington (“Washington’s revolving door spins again, with members of the former House Majority Leader’s staff opening a new lobbying firm.”)

*Jim Webb Launches 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee (“The presidential race gets its first contender.”)

*The Virginia Way, Part 5: From making law to influencing it

*Controversial tobacco commission project doubles down on new approach

*New Roanoke County administrator tapped from Alexandria

*Our view: The “F” word (“Fracking” that is.)

*Giles County residents can ask questions, hear more about gas pipeline tonight

*Fracking amid a natural wonder (“The George Washington National Forest is federal land. It belongs to all Americans. The risk to a national treasure is simply too high.”)

*Virginia Beach mayor retains defense attorneys amid inquiry

*Streetcar’s demise will deepen divide between 2 Arlingtons(“Streetcar’s defeat sends message to less-affluent: Just keep riding the bus”

*Dashed streetcar plans spread uncertainty along Columbia Pike, Crystal City corridors (“Those who’ve wanted to update the aging Columbia Pike and Crystal City areas say the risks have increased.”)

*Public school enrollment jumps in Northern Virginia (“By 2018, a study finds, the area’s four counties will account for 40 percent of all enrollment in the state.”)

*Not as chilly today, but it won’t last. Cold returns tomorrow.

  • According to its website:

    Washington, D.C. – The pro-growth House New Democrat Coalition unanimously elected its new leadership team for the 114th Congress this afternoon. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) was re-elected Chairman of the Coalition, while Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Jim Himes (D-CT) and Jared Polis (D-CO) were elected to serve as Vice-Chairs. In addition, the Coalition elected Rep. John Carney (D-DE) as its Whip for the 114th Congress.

    “As leaders of the New Democrat Coalition, we pledge to work together on a growth agenda that speaks to Americans’ hopes for a brighter economic future,” the leaders said in a joint statement. “Whether it’s revolutionizing the ways we prepare people for the jobs of the future, encouraging a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, or maintaining America’s competitiveness in a rapidly-shifting global economy, the New Dems will be at the forefront of the effort to modernize the policy and messaging of the Democratic Caucus.”

    In related news, the New Democrat Coalition inducted five new Members into the organization this afternoon: Reps-elect Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Brad Ashford (D-NE), Don Beyer (D-VA), Gwen Graham (D-FL) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY). The Members-elect were admitted to the Coalition by a unanimous vote.

    “I am pleased to welcome Pete, Brad, Don, Gwen and Kathleen to the New Democrat Coalition,” Chairman Kind said in a statement. “The success these new Members have had is in no small part due to their commitment to the ‘New Democrat’ vision of economic growth and smart government. We look forward to incorporating their unique, real-world perspectives as we work to develop a national message that speaks to Americans’ real, pocketbook economic concerns and their desires for a government that is both efficient and accountable.”

  • RICHMOND – I was deeply disturbed to read about the sexual assault allegations outlined in Rolling Stone magazine. Sexual violence is a nationwide problem, and it is critical that our schools acknowledge that this is a pervasive issue and take bold action to end it.

    Earlier today, I spoke to the university leadership and conveyed my deep concerns with what has been reported. We are in agreement that a full and fair investigation must be pursued, and I have called for a zero tolerance strategy to combat campus sexual assault. I have asked university officials to conduct a full review of all of their policies and procedures and if decided, to bring in outside experts to assist in this effort.

    We must also find ways that our local law enforcement and prosecution efforts can better align with university actions. Earlier this year, I signed Executive Order 25 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, sending a message that Virginia will not tolerate sexual violence on our campuses or in our communities. Now is the time to act – we must ensure that survivors are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and we must do more to hold perpetrators accountable.

    As the parents of five children, this is an issue Dorothy and I care deeply about.  I look forward to seeing strong recommendations from the task force that will help keep more Virginians safe and ensure that our students are free from the threat of sexual violence.