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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 31. Happy New Year! Also, gotta love President Obama hitting his highest approval ratings in a long time, just as we head into 2015.

*Pope Francis splits with GOP (“Pope Francis is increasingly driving a wedge between conservatives and the Catholic Church.
” LOL)

*House Republicans move to contain fallout from Scalise, Grimm controversies (Yeah, if you define “contain fallout” as “backing someone who spoke to white supremacists!”)

*Grim AirAsia search for bodies hampered by storms

*At least 7.1M signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans so far (So much for Obamacare failing, dragging down the economy, or anything else Republicans predicted. Wrong as usual!)

*Republicans Try to Fix Damage Scalise’s 2002 Speech Could Do in 2016 (“The controversy erupted as Republicans were making a renewed effort to reach out to black voters. It threatened to cloud their agenda after capturing control of the Senate and adding to their House majority in last month’s election”)

*When New York City Police Walk Off the Job (“Data published by The New York Post suggest that police officers are taking their bitterness toward Mayor Bill de Blasio to a new level.”)

*Public hearings set on McAuliffe’s Va. budget proposals

*Jim Webb digging a deeper hole with defense of PAC spending (“What we’re being told here is that websites that cost $13,500 to build also somehow cost $90,000+ to manage. Taking a look at the sites, and their limited content, that’s a stretch”)

*The good, bad and ugly of 2014 (“From Bob McDonnell’s downfall to Pharrell Williams’ success, Virginia certainly saw highs and lows in 2014.”)

*Webb faces scrutiny over PAC payments to family membe

*Schapiro: All the McDonnells were in on the feed (“One of the more dramatic moments of the Bob and Maureen McDonnell corruption trial was the testimony of an FBI agent who was asked by a prosecutor to identify item-by-item the Rolex wristwatch, golf equipment, designer clothes, shoes and handbags that Jonnie Williams Sr. showered on the former first family.”)

*Brat appointed to House Budget Committee (“The only economist in Congress, Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, has been appointed to the U.S. House Budget Committee.” Not good.)

*Democrat Murphy leads fundraising in Va. delegate race (We’ll see if money makes the difference in this one.)

*2014 deadliest in years for Virginia’s unregulated day cares (Wait, don’t Republicans always tell us that regulation is bad and deregulation is good? Hmmm.)

*Virginia insurance enrollment nears 165,000

*Gov. McAuliffe expected to deliver ‘good news’ at Canon facility in Newport News

*Joe Morrissey starts campaign on stronger footing than opponents

*34th District candidates share their histories, policy positions (Parisot apparently has no policy positions which deviate from his party’s standard line. A cookie-cutter right winger, it would appear.)

*Cathcart: Free market will doom natural gas

*Bright, breezy and chilly to close out 2014 and ring in the New Year

  • BatCave

    can a Republican win the district by simply turning out a couple of thousand high propensity GOP/Tea Party voters?

    “We’ve been making phone calls, and we made well over 5,000 voter contacts already during this special election.”

  • “How DARE they?” “there are current people serving [in the General Aseembly] with misdemeanor convictions…how dare they say that we will subvert our will for the will of the voters of the 74th district?” Terry McAuliffe was “the guy standing up there in Washington, DC after Bill Clinton had an affair, saying ABSOLUTELY he shouldn’t resign” “There’s another delegate there who’s married who has his girlfriend on the payroll”

    “how dare they take these positions when they have their own crosses or skeletons in the closet?” “the greater spectacle is…if elitists say my desire is more important than the citizens of the 74th district”

    It would be hilarious if it weren’t so f’ed up.

  • Jim B

    To steel a piece from Democratic Underground, how could the congressman from La. know the difference between a KKK rally and a GOP rally without their hoods? It is a sad state of affairs when the country has gone back 70 or 80 years when communities in the south had active members of the KKK to chase black people out of town.

  • Quizzical

    Obviously, Virginians want health insurance.  I wonder why so many Virginia politicians act as if they know for a fact that is not so?  And I wonder why Virginia voters don’t punish them at the polls for acting that way?

    Finally, I wonder how much money Virginia is losing every day by not adopting the Medicaid expansion?  That’s a question that you can get an answer to.

    No doubt, there’s a tremendous amount of federal money at stake. As many as 400,000 Virginians could become eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare, and the U.S. would pay their entire health care costs through 2016.


    . . . .The most recent estimate of expansion costs, released in January, breaks down to about $3.5 million a day for the budget year that starts this July 1. The federal contribution would be about $4.5 million a day during the following budget year, starting in mid-2015.


  • From DPVA:

    McLEAN — With less than a week to go, the choice in Virginia’s 34th House District couldn’t be clearer. While Kathleen Murphy has fired up supporters with her plans for economic growth, education improvements and safer communities, Craig Parisot has refused to answer questions.  And it looks like reporters aren’t the only folks Craig is hiding from – donors are about as absent as his positions.

    Democrat Kathleen Murphy outraised Parisot by a 2:1 margin, pulling in almost half a million dollars from over 1,100 contributors. Parisot lagged considerably behind, raising just $197,000.

    Might be time to rethink that strategy, Craig.

  • scott_r

    …with that post.  

    This is the most perfect, textbook example of a rotten borrough I can imagine…and the irony of the good people of Teabaglistan having sent him to slay the big gov’t beast is just…well…burning.  

    I used to live in Hurt’s district and I just thought it couldn’t get any worse…well…never say never.