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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, January 30.

*Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu backfires on them both (It definitely has. Netanyahu needs to say, “thanks, but NO THANKS John!”)

*Senate Pushes Through Keystone Bill. Next Up: Obama’s Veto. (Yes, “Democrat” Mark Warner voted for this piece of crap.)

*Krugman: Europe’s Greek Test (“Doing the right thing would, however, require that other Europeans, Germans in particular, abandon self-serving myths and stop substituting moralizing for analysis.”)

*Bryan Fischer Says That He Has Not Been Fired, Will Retain His Position As AFR Radio Host

*Group Organizing RNC Israel Trip Attacks Israel’s ‘Atheist Jews’ (The RNC teams up with raving anti-Semites? Lovely.)

*House panel scuttles more gun control bills (“House Republicans on Thursday continued to scrap legislation aimed at regulating or restricting the rights of gun owners in Virginia.” Yep, keep doing the NRA’s bidding and voting against the vast majority of Virginians who want background checks, etc.)

*The surveillance state: Orwell was right (“Virginia lawmakers are seeking to restrict how local law-enforcement agencies store data from license-plate readers – a move prompted by revelations about dragnet surveillance around the commonwealth.”)

*Our view: Missed opportunities (“Let’s back up a rail car and unload some more thoughts on Norfolk Southern’s decision to move 500 office workers out of Roanoke and sell off its downtown building.First off: None of our politicians particularly distinguished himself with thoughtful analysis of the situation.”)

*Senate subcommittee OKs plan to lessen oversight of Dominion (“The measure would freeze base electricity rates six years for Dominion Virginia Power customers while halting the state’s ability to determine if the utility earned too much profit.” We should be INCREASING oversight of Dominion big time. If not, then how about dismantle the company completely?)

*Too many risks to drill off Virginia (“The threats are greater than the promises that the Hampton Roads economy and environment won’t be damaged by an industry with a long history of destruction.” Correct.)

*House panel scraps Marshall’s bill on denying service to LGBT people (Congratulations, House Republicans did one thing right.)

*New judge and prosecutor handling Morrissey case (“Judge-designate Alfred D. Swersky from Alexandria, has named Arlington County prosecutor Theo Stamos to handle perjury and forgery charges against Del. Joe Morrissey and co-defendant Deirdre Warren.”)

*Senate panel scraps pre-Labor Day school opening, abortion bills (Democrats badly need to take back the State Senate…and eventually the House.)

*Va. House budget writers react to revenue increase (“Va. House budget writers want to give state workers a raise and to nix fee hikes in the governor’s plan.”)

*Va. bill would allow pharmacies to mix lethal injection drugs (“Identities of those hired to prepare the mixes would be kept secret, which angered critics.” Totally unacceptable.)

*U-Va. sorority sister: We’ve been reduced to objects of men’s pleasure

*Dvorak: Are chastity belts next for U-Va. women?

*Biting winds up to 45 mph today

  • According to Webb, Democrats need to do a better job with giving white working people a voice in the corridors of power; also need to go back to its FDR, Harry Truman, Andrew Jackson roots. Webb argues that white voters’ motives are misunderstood as being racist, that Democrats’ problems with white voters were around well before Barack Obama was elected (I’d point to decades of Republican racial/racist appeals, its so-called “Southern Strategy” – Willie Horton being just one of a gazillion examples – as well as the massive shift in political coalitions in which “Dixiecrats” like Jesse Helms and many other whites left the Democratic Party and became Republicans after the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, integration of schools, riots in the inner cities, etc.). Webb: “The Democratic Party should reach out to all people regardless of their background.” Webb reiterates that the health of a society should be measured at its base, not at its apex, and that a soaring stock market doesn’t necessarily mean a thriving economy for working people.

    Finally, Webb’s asked why should Dems nominate him over Hillary Clinton. His answer: “I really don’t have an answer for you on that; she has not announced that she’s running, I have not announced that I’m running, if I were to run it would not be…as a counterpoint to her.”