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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning (Veterans Day 2014)


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, November 11. Thanks to everyone who serves, or has served, our country.

*Mitch McConnell’s mission: Degrade and destroy the Obama presidency (Yep, that’s always been the case.)

*Waiting for Republicans to Act on Immigration Is Pointless (Again, the bottom line is that the Senate passed a bill with nearly 70 votes, there were enough votes  in the House to pass it, but Boehner/Cantor et al. wouldn’t even allow a vote. So…long past time for executive action on this important issue!)

*Catherine Rampell: Voter suppression laws are already deciding elections

*America’s Historically Shameful Election Day Turnout (So pathetic.)

*The Supreme Court Might Gut Obamacare. Your State Could Save It. (“So if a state wants to save its residents’ health insurance, all it would need to do is set up its own exchange.”)

*Mike Bloomberg takes his money local (“‘You can keep hitting your head against a wall, or you can go elsewhere,’ Bloomberg said in a statement to POLITICO. ‘Change is really possible at the state and local level.'”)

*Falling oil prices provide lift for hulking SUVs (Falling oil prices are not, despite what the media and politicians always tell you, an unmitigated positive.)

*Virginia Continues to Lag Behind Neighbors in Clean Energy Jobs (Thanks Dominion…and Dominion-bought-and-paid-for state legislators!)

*3 Ways Ed Gillespie Used Digital to Give Mark Warner a Run For His Money (“Having Twitter surrogates tweet out the campaign’s message.”)

*Gillespie says he’s not interested in running for governor

*Legislature approves 13 judges but delays higher-court picks

*Divided JLARC panel delays decision on Medicaid study

*General Assembly approves budget fix despite conservative revolt

*Casey: Photo ID law is ‘voter fraud at its worst’ (“Virginia Whittaker, 93, has been voting in Virginia elections for 72 years. But last Tuesday, she couldn’t because she lacked a valid photo ID.” Outrageous.)

*Virginia Beach mayor must explain

*Group begins campaign to better protect the James River

*Va. legislature nixes plan to dip into road funds (“A plan to borrow $50 million from the highway fund put 2013 transportation overhaul at risk, critics said.”)

*Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at Liberty University’s convocation

*Democrat and two Republicans lining up to replace Comstock in Va. House of Delegates

*Web site ranks Arlington public schools 38th in the country

*UPDATE: Loudoun supervisors decide against raising their pay (What, crazed bigot Eugene Delgaudio doesn’t deserve more money for his fine work? LOL)

*Don’t forget the sunscreen. This Veterans Day will be sunny and mild.

  • Dan Sullivan

    It includes the purposeful disillusionment of an electorate that comes to view obstructionism as an hopeless barrier to the ideals upon which our nation was founded and which cannot be overcome.

    The Democratic Party’s embrace of negative campaigning plays into the Republican strategy to get us to tune out. “I don’t give a damn what happens after me” wins out over “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

  • Quizzical

    Add Josh Marshall’s essay to today’s list:

    Forget the Chatter, This is the Democrats’ Real Problem


    “The great political reality of our time is that Democrats don’t know (and nobody else does either) how to get wage growth and productivity growth or economic growth lines back into sync.

    We know a fair amount about why they got out of sync. Decreased bargaining power resulting from the steep decline in the labor movement, a whole series of vast structural changes in the economy we put under the heading of ‘globalization’, rapid changes in technology which play a big role in the first two transformations in my list and a bunch of other things. What complicates the question is that at a certain point economic trends that concentrate wealth at the top magnify themselves as the winners use the political power derived from that wealth to lock down and expand their gains.”

    Some call this the “information age” but I think of it as the “age of intellectual property.”  Great concentrations of wealth can occur now without carrying a lot of people along with the wave. Facebook is a good example.  Founded 10 years ago, now with assets of 17.4 billion, but only about 8,350 employees, and they don’t really make anything.  Compare that to Ford Motor Company, which has total assets of 202 billion, and 180,000 employees. And they make cars and trucks that themselves create tremendous economic activity.  

  • Quizzical

    Virginia doesn’t have an exchange, does it?  What is Virginia’s governor doing to be ready to implement an exchange at the state level, if the Supreme Court rules that there is no subsidy for people who buy their insurance through the federal exchange?  What’s the contingency plan?  The article says there is a deadline of Nov. 14 to apply for federal funds to set up a state exchange.

    My thought is, would it work for Virginia simply to subcontract its state exchange function to one of the commercial health insurance agencies that are already set up to do this?  I’m thinking of ehealthinsurance.com or gohealth.com.  Why reinvent the wheel?  Would doing that save the state exchange subsidy for Virginia residents? Or does the statute require a state to spend 50 or 100 million dollars reinventing a health care exchange website . . . .