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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, November 25.

*No indictment in Ferguson (“Buildings burn as protests boil over”)

*In Brown’s home town, a pause to listen, then outrage (That prosecutor’s statement was godawful in just about every way.)

*This Is The Dystopian World We Are Leaving For Today’s Teenagers

*White House seeks a stronger hand in the next defense secretary (“Hagel worked behind the scenes but seemed too deferential to generals in strategy meetings, officials say.

*Ted Cruz’s dad rails against ‘pro-murder’ progressives: Christians need to take America back! (On E.W. Jackson’s weekly call, no less. LOL)

*Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Is Just the Latest to Go Unprosecuted for a Fatal Shooting (“Since 2004, St. Louis County police officers have killed people in at least 14 cases. Few faced grand juries, and none was charged.”)

*Media Lessons From The Benghazi Charade (“Benghazi conspiracies represent a vile chapter in American politics, built upon hypocrisy and cynical Fox News ethics.”)

*Terry McAuliffe is unhappy – with Democrats (“Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done. I wish the party or whoever had done a national media campaign and say, here’s what you get when you elect Democrats.”)

*Special election to fill Dance’s House seat set for Jan. 6

*Legislators promise action on campus sexual assaults; UVa board meets today

*Almost 800 cast provisional ballots because of voter ID law

*Virginia budget hole puts tax break for cars “on the table” (I’d say there’s zero chance the Teapublican-controlled House of Delegates would agree to that.)

*Senators propose gift ban for Va. officials (Sorry, but $100 is not a “ban.” Why not make it ZERO?)

*McAuliffe: ‘Huge headwinds’ for Virginia economy (“Gov. Terry McAuliffe emerged from a long morning meeting with state industry leaders concerned about ‘head winds’ facing Virginia’s economy, but mum on how his administration will react when it releases a new state budget draft next month.”)

*U-Va. response to reports of sexual assault is too little, far too late (I agree with the Post, “pathetic” is the word.)

*U-Va. student leaders hoping to foster culture change (“After allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity, students advocate for major changes regarding sexual assault.”)

*Our view: Political orinthology (Yes, they actually misspelled “ornithology” in their headline. Ever hear of copy editors?)

*Fairfax County hires former Mark McGwire lawyer in John Geer police shooting case

*Washington area seeks to break free from federal spending (“Mandated program cuts leaving gaping holes in revenue projections from Annapolis to Richmond.”)

*Curtain rises on Virginia Beach arena

*Calm before Wednesday’s winter storm: Rain, highs in the 50s (“The area’s transition from rain to wet snow won’t happen until Wednesday.”)

  • In light of the grand jury decision not to prosecute officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, I ask authorities to respect the right of all people to express themselves during this understandably emotional time, as well as urge the people of Ferguson and the nation to respond peacefully and constructively. Going forward, it’s critically important that we do more as a nation to address the tense relationship between law enforcement and local communities that was prevalent well before this tragedy, particularly in communities of color. Our criminal justice system should never give anyone in America reason to doubt its fairness. It’s on us to work through these challenges in Virginia, Missouri and across the country.

  • Dan Sullivan

    He is saying precisely what we have been pointing out here for a long, long time. Running away from the President, running away from the principles that have defined the Democratic Party have yielded failure after failure for Democratic candidates in Virginia and across the United States.

    In Virginia, Mark Warner arguably wears the mantle of the Democratic Party and campaigned as a “radical centrist,” whatever that may be. Apparently, it is a cloak of many colors; a fashion unappealing to the base.

    This should be unsettling for any Democratic Presidential aspirant looking to Virginia for a 2016 victory; and reassuring to Republicans.  

  • The idiocy and looniness of E.W. Jackson is so predictable. For instance, check out his Twitter feed on Ferguson, and one guess who he blames.

    *”My prediction: indictment. The GJ will decide in a case of such controversy, it should go to a jury for a full public airing.” (WRONG – as usual)

    *”Holder and Obama have used racial cases to create distrust n division. For once, let them call for reconciliation and healing.” (Uhhhh…last I checked, they ALWAYS do that!)

    *”The President will speak at 10 PM. Lord help us.” (no, Lord help YOU, dude, because you seriously need it!)

    *”Pres. Obama spkg now: Distrust is the legacy of “discrimination.” Yes, but also the result of people like you, Sharpton n Holder.” (OK, this is now venturing into the realm of psychopathology…poor guy.)

    *”Violence has begun. Shots fired. Windows broken. Pres. had 6 yrs. to help black unemploymnt, family brkdown, crime. He’s done nothing.” (Now this has crossed the line into utter insanity, blaming President Obama for rioting in Ferguson. What a f***tard.)

  • The Grand Jury has spoken. While this is not the legal outcome of the state criminal proceedings desired by the Brown family and many in the Ferguson community, it is important to remember that a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice remains ongoing. There are also civil remedies still available to the Brown family.

    Regardless of this decision, the death of any young man is a tragedy, but as Michael Brown’s parents have called for, we must use this opportunity to recommit ourselves to advancing change, so that we can ensure that these events are an anomaly and are no longer the norm. One step in that direction would be for the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings requested in August on recent incidents of excessive force by law enforcement as well as other violations where individual civil rights may have been infringed.

  • Quizzical

    Speaking of police shootings in general, to me it seems inevitable that if we have a society where there are hundreds of millions of privately owned firearms, and where on average a 100,000 people are shot every year, the police who we send out to enforce law and order are going to be ready to use deadly force when they encounter threatening behavior.  If we really wanted to change, we could do an Australian-style purge of most handguns from our society, coupled with strict controls on the remaining guns.