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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, December 30. The image is from CenLamar.com, and specifically its story, “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Was Reportedly an Honored Guest at 2002 International White Supremacist Convention.”

*Bodies recovered in search for missing plane

*Rep. Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists (“A spokeswoman for the House majority whip says the Republican was unaware of the group’s ideology in 2002.”)

*Former KKK leader says his political adviser was ‘friendly’ with Rep. Scalise (Ah, Republicans…what a party!)

*Michael Grimm resigning from Congress (Ah, Republicans…what a party!)

*NY Times Editorial Board: Police Respect Squandered in Attacks on de Blasio (“With these acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity, many New York police officers, led by their union, are squandering the department’s credibility, defacing its reputation, shredding its hard-earned respect. They have taken the most grave and solemn of civic moments – a funeral of a fallen colleague – and hijacked it for their own petty look-at-us gesture.”With these acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity, many New York police officers, led by their union, are squandering the department’s credibility, defacing its reputation, shredding its hard-earned respect. They have taken the most grave and solemn of civic moments – a funeral of a fallen colleague – and hijacked it for their own petty look-at-us gesture.” Bingo.)

*Economic facts get in the way (“Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans – especially those running for president – going to complain about? And what are Democrats willing to celebrate?”)

*The Pope Thinks Climate Change Is a Major Threat. So Do American Catholics. (“Most Catholics say global warming is a ‘crisis’ or a ‘major problem.'”)

*The 10 Worst Civil Liberties Violations of 2014 (When “The great torture shrug” only clocks in at #7, you know it was a horrible year.)

*Thomas Piketty Won 2014 (Definitely one of the most interesting books I read in 2014, along with Francis Fukuyama’s “Origins of Political Order/Political Order and Political Decay”)

*Potential Hillary Challenger Paid Nearly $100,000 In Campaign Donations To His Family (“Jim Webb’s family has made quite a bit of money from his political career.” Yikes.)

*Virginia House Democrats hope to ‘create dilemmas’ for Republicans (Politics 101, what else is new? I’m sure Republicans are similarly strategizing, which is 100% to be expected.)

*Maureen McDonnell’s daughter trashes her mother to help her father (“So, Maureen McDonnell wrestled the Rolex on him? Muscled him into Willams’s private jet? Held him at wife-point until he drove the Ferrari and smiled for the camera? Frog-marched him into the fancy country clubs?”)

*Gilmore raises national profile, won’t rule out presidential bid (Hahahahahahahahahaha.)

*What’s Driving Jim Webb’s Potential Bid for President in 2016? (“Since his exploratory launch Nov. 19, Webb has appeared only once before the media in Richmond, Virginia, and hasn’t traveled to an early primary state.​ His private outreach to potential supporters is mostly being steered by himself and a couple of trusted aides from his Senate tenure. He has not been in personal touch with the state party head in any of the three early nominating states. A spokeswoman told U.S. News he was not available for an interview for this story.”)

*Our view: McAuliffe’s plan for a voting-machine upgrade warrants bipartisan support

*Virginia’s average gas prices have fallen for 182 consecutive days (It’s good to see Republicans, who blamed Barack Obama for high gasoline prices, now give him credit for low gasoline prices. Oh wait…)

*Richmond contribution to Redskins for 2014 not yet finalized (“Another disheartening season for the Washington Redskins came to a merciful end Sunday, but the numbers aren’t in yet on what Richmond will pony up for having hosted the team’s 2014 training camp.” Richmond should contribute zero to this super-wealthy franchise.)

*Joe fights back (Don’t be surprised if Morrissey wins on 1/13/15.)

*Williams: In Morrissey aftermath, Democrats’ process hurts everyone

*Dumfries mayor runs for 36th state Senate district

*Herbert E. Harris II, former congressman from Northern Virginia, dies at 88

*D.C. area forecast: Shifting to sunny this afternoon, staying colder through New Year’s, then rainy by weekend

  • From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus:

    Richmond – Today the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) wholeheartedly endorsed Democrat Kevin Sullivan for the 74th House District seat, being vacated by Joe Morrissey. Senator Mamie Locke, chair of the VLBC stated, “Mr. Morrissey’s reprehensible conduct and subsequent conviction, involving an underage African-American girl disqualifies him from serving in the General Assembly. We strongly endorse Kevin Sullivan, the Democratic candidate, who we know will stand up for our Democratic values, stand by our president and behave in the dignified, honorable way that we expect of our leaders.”

    The VLBC had previously called on Mr. Morrissey to resign from the House of Delegates and not stand for election. They had issued a statement from Chairwoman Locke which said in part, “I, along with my colleagues, should not allow silence to serve as acquiescence, providing a wink and nod to the criminal behavior that Delegate Morrissey has admitted to having committed. Serving as a Democratic member of the General Assembly means that, at a minimum, one seeks equality of opportunity and dignity for everyone. This includes the basic human right to not be preyed upon, especially in the workplace.  He has abused his position of authority and his continued service brings blight on an institution that has stood as an inspiration for democracies for over 400 years.”

    The VLBC membership consists of all the African-American members of the Virginia General Assembly.

  • As usual, Republicans drive us into the economic ditch, Democrats pull us out of it. 🙂

  • Response to this story by Jim Webb’s “Born Fighting” PAC (source: Washington Post).

    This story as written misrepresents reasonable compensation for real and provable work done. Adding up numbers across several years for a sensational headline doesn’t tell the story. We’re happy to be fully transparent on this for journalists interested in the whole story.

    Since its inception, the Born Fighting PAC has supported Senator Webb’s vision of leadership, both with respect to issues he continues to advance and also to support candidates. The PAC has compensated professionals who perform the necessary compliance and administrative functions of the PAC. Amy Webb has been involved in the administration, management and design of Jim Webb’s websites for many years, including the management of JamesWebb.com since 2001. She has provided the same services to the Born Fighting PAC since 2009, including the handling of FEC compliance matters since 2013.

    The activities of the PAC increased in 2014 when Jim Webb decided to re-enter the political discussions of our country. This included extensive revamping of Jameswebb.com and the creation of the Webb2016 Exploratory Committee website. It also involved Jim’s increased personal involvement, as in his August 2014 visit to Iowa, where he campaigned for several candidates, and in numerous meetings regarding America’s political landscape.

    Hong Le Webb, an attorney, was compensated for her activities relating to various aspects of multiple website designs from the period February through September 2014, including vetting design consultants, negotiating contracts and content management.

    The payments were well within the law, were scrutinized regularly by outside legal counsel, and were much lower than usual amounts of compensation for such services.