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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 27. Also, check out the loop of John Boehner making kissy sounds at a reporter. Yep, that’s the Republican Party’s leader in the US House of Representatives.

*GOP stopgap bill may calm DHS shutdown fears (Wow, three whole weeks – what a competent party the GOP is! Not.)

*Out of line (“Scott Walker’s questioning of Obama’s faith.” This one’s by conservative columnist Michael Gerson.)

*‘Jihadi John’ is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

*Scott Walker’s Awful Answer on ISIS (I’m linking to the National Review specifically because it’s a right-wing publication. Even they know that Scott Walker comparing peaceful protests by Wisconsin working people to a vicious, sadistic, murderous terrorist group is beyond outrageous.)

*The new GOP split on net neutrality (Bizarre; when did the Republicans become so vehemently anti-net-neutrality? When President Obama announced he supported it? This routine got tedious a loooong time ago.)

*Rush Limbaugh Conspiracy Theory: NYC ISIS Arrests A Ploy To Push Net Neutrality, Ban Gun Ammunition (Tedious AND insane, what a combo!)

*Scalise to EPA chief: ‘snow blizzards’ contradict climate science (This is the same Republican who spoke at a white supremacist rally and apparently was friendly with neo-Nazi leader David Duke.)

*Jim Inhofe’s snowball has disproven climate change once and for all (Yet another insane Republican for a Friday morning. My god, where do they find these freaks?)

*USDA Whistleblowers Tell All-and You May Never Eat Bacon Again (“Diseased carcasses, fecal matter in food, untrained employees, and other delights from a new report on pork processing plants.”)

*House in limbo: Beyer says ‘dangerous time’ to shut down Homeland Security

*Jim Webb: We need a voice for economic fairness, new doctrine on U.S. security (I agree on the voice for economic fairness, it just won’t be Jim Webb as president.)

*Gov. McAuliffe defends signing bill to change Dominion oversight (“The governor said he tried to negotiate a compromise with the utility.” Hmmmm…I’ve heard REALLY different stories on this one!)

*General Assembly almost done (” The end is well in sight for this session of the Virginia General Assembly, and though a number of high profile issues remain to be done, all indications are the body will wrap its work up Friday.”)

*Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

*Gov. McAuliffe signs bill on marijuana oil for epilepsy treatment

*Taking aim at PETA’s work (“PETA can certainly be its own worst enemy. But the organization does a job no one else wants.”)

*Va. Republican Party spokesman to announce departure (“Garren Shipley says he’s taken another job that will allow him to spend more time with his family.” Ha, gotta love the ol’ “spend more time with my family” line when someone in politics has been fired.)

*Governor proposes part-time ABC board (“Under McAuliffe’s proposal, the state liquor authority would be led by a part-time board and a chief executive officer”)

*Va. delegates dole out mock ‘sensitivity caucus’ awards

*Terry McAuliffe, Republican (I wouldn’t say that, but he’s definitely from the pro-corporate wing of the party.)

*Patient transported from Clarendon apartment does not have Ebola (More idiotic Ebola coverage, when thousands of Americans die from the flu every year.)

*Fairfax prosecutor asked state police to investigate Fairfax police shooting

*Another chilly day ahead with a 40 percent chance of snow

  • Quizzical

    Scalise of course is from Louisiana. Like Virginia, Louisiana has a lot at stake in the climate change debate.

    “Louisiana’s coastline has been losing wetlands at a rate of 16.57 square miles a year during the past 25 years, equal to the loss of a football field of coast every hour, according to a study released today by the U.S. Geologicial Survey.”

    http://www.nola.com/environmen

    “Grand Isle has lost 1.32 inches of elevation in the past five years. That makes the barrier island among the fastest subsiding places in the world, according to The Lens.”

    http://www.nola.com/environmen

    Scalise is a long-time climate change denier, but that doesn’t stop him from advocating cheap, nationally subsidized flood insurance.  Here are his words in support of flood insurance:

    “Some have argued that millions of homeowners covered by the NFIP should simply pack up and move. These homeowners work in our shipyards, they work in the oil and gas industry, they protect our ports and shipping lanes, they farm the fertile lands along the Mississippi River, and they make sure that American commerce continues to dominate in a global marketplace while protecting the economic security in our country. Forcing millions of families out of their houses is not a solution.”

    What IS the solution?

  • From Del. David Toscano’s office:

    Delegate David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) announced today that bills designed to encourage greater reporting of sexual assault cleared the General Assembly late Friday, and are now on their way to Governor McAuliffe for his signature. Toscano had offered a reporting measure that was incorporated into HB1930. The legislation was designed after careful consideration with law enforcement officials, university staff, student advocacy groups, and sexual assault survivors, and encourages reporting by creating enhanced collaboration between Virginia’s colleges and universities and law enforcement.

    “The passage of this legislation was among my top priorities for the 2015 legislative session,” said Toscano. “This measure, along with two other bills that expand Virginia’s DNA database and require notation on a student’s transcript, arose after tragic events in my district and the nationwide call to take a second look at how sexual assault cases are handled on college campuses. It requires all universities to engage with sexual assault agencies, that certain information be disseminated to all victims, and that reporting to law enforcement will be required if there is a danger to community safety.”

    The DNA database bill was passed on February 26th, and expands Virginia’s DNA database to include specific misdemeanor crimes that are common predicators for serious felonies. Virginia already obtains DNA samples from individuals with felony convictions, so this bill only expands upon existing practice.

    The transcript notation bill is designed to ensure campus sexual predators cannot easily move from one institution of higher education to another without the new college or university being advised of the student’s misconduct at a previous institution. This legislation specifically addresses the actions of Jesse Matthew, the individual charged in the death and disappearance of Hannah Graham, who had not revealed his history of sexual misconduct when he transferred between two Virginia universities.

    Governor McAuliffe has until March 30th to take action on all three of these measures, and it is anticipated he will sign them into law.