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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, February 23. Also check out President Obama speaking to the National Governors Association Dinner at the White House yesterday.

*Things just got very hot for climate deniers’ favorite scientist (What percentage of the tiny number of climate science deniers are on the take from the fossil fuel interest? Probably very high.)

*Congress split over battling Islamic State (Shocker.)

*Bill O’Reilly’s implosion at CBS after Falklands War ‘combat’ reporting

*Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time (Republicans need to do their freakin’ job and pass a clean funding bill for Homeland Security.)

*Paul Krugman: Knowledge Isn’t Power (“And the reason this is an evasion is that whatever serious people may want to believe, soaring inequality isn’t about education; it’s about power.”)

*Documents show costly tastes of Jeb Bush’s wife (The McDonnells, Florida version?)

*Bad budgets hurt 2016 hopefuls (“Christie, Walker, and Jindal are caught between balanced budget mandates and flagging revenues.”)

*Republicans Claim Net Neutrality Will Mean Billions in New Taxes. That’s Incredibly Misleading.

*The Oscars are really f***ing boring this year (Unwatchable, as is the vast majority of the boob tube.)

*McDonnells’ light sentences set stage for appeals

*McAuliffe: ‘No need’ for Clinton to start 2016 bid right away

*Letter: Gov. McAuliffe should amend or veto Dominion’s sweetheart bill (“Much better still, the governor can add mandatory renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standards.”)

*Our view: Some electrifying possibilities (“If the legislature can freeze rates, it could cut them, too. What’s to stop some legislator from introducing a bill to force a potentially embarrassing vote on cutting electric rates?”)

*Loosening up on Dominion (“… instead of adopting a smart strategy for minimizing costs, the General Assembly has approved a bad bill that would loosen regulation of Dominion Power, one of Richmond’s most powerful lobbies, for five years. The bill is now with Gov. Terry McAuliffe…He should reject it, and then lawmakers should take more productive action.”)

*State spending was below budget, but auditor finds oversight gaps

*Stone Brewing, public have right to know

*Loudoun County Republican Committee: 2015 Candidates and Nominees

*Washington & Lee subject of civil rights investigation over sexual assault case

*PETA lobbyist: Bill would force shelter’s closure

*Redevelopment of Alexandria waterfront progresses

*Back into the deep freeze; slick spots likely on sidewalks and roads

  • First Shawn Williams made the statement below on Saturday. Now, the Loudoun Times reports: “Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) announced this morning that he will not be seeking the county chairmanship and he’ll be leaving the board after his term.” Wow.

    STATEMENT OF SHAWN WILLIAMS

    BROAD RUN DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

    AND CANDIDATE FOR REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR CHAIRMAN

    LOUDOUN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

    FEBRUARY 21, 2015

    It has been my honor to represent the Broad Run District of Loudoun County on the Board of Supervisors for the past three years, and to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board for the last two. Following Chairman York’s recent decision to retire at the end of this term, I decided to seek the Republican nomination for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

    My campaign is off to a great start. I’m honored to have the support of many trusted leaders.

    I am running a positive campaign based on the issues that Loudoun residents care most about, including transportation, economic development, a reasonable tax rate and quality education. That’s been my focus as a member of the Board of Supervisors and we have delivered.

    In recent days my opponent for the Republican nomination and some of his allies have strayed from the issues and started a whispering campaign about my personal life. This has been hurtful to me, my family and friends, and is being undertaken for motivations that have no place in this campaign. I am a man of integrity. That being said I am far from perfect and have struggled at times in my personal life.

    At no time has my behavior ever affected my fitness, career accomplishments or professional reputation. I am proud of my service to my country as a U.S. Marine and the positions I have held in the last 10+ years as a cleared corporate attorney to include my service on the County Board. I work hard every day to balance my responsibilities, and always put my family first.

    Given the whispers, I believe that it is proper for me to be as open and honest as possible about the mistakes that I’ve made in my personal life, and to apologize. I want to share with you the facts about several incidents, including ones where no charges were filed and no public record exists.

    To include 2 occasions in 2001 I have had multiple arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. There was a time in my life when I abused alcohol. I have no excuse for being such a reckless and selfish young man. I have sought out and received counseling and treatment for my alcohol abuse.

    In 2006, prior to my marriage with Joy I was visiting my grandmother’s home with a girlfriend and an altercation took place. I was taken into custody. The case was dismissed.

    In 2008, I was stopped on my way to work because my safety inspection sticker had expired two months previously. I paid a fine and got a new sticker.

    In 2009, I was a passenger in a car driving home from dinner with a friend. Just short of my home, my friend was stopped for a headlight that was out. I wanted to leave the vehicle and walk home, but the Deputy did not permit this and my friend was found to be intoxicated. I was briefly taken into custody. The matter was dismissed with no determination against me.

    There were also incidents in which the Sheriff’s Office visited my home but no charges were filed. One was over a dispute with a neighbor following a cookout. My neighbor and I are close friends, but that night we got into an argument. It was embarrassing for both of us, nothing more came of the incident, and we remain good friends today.

    On another occasion, a family member called the house during an argument between myself and my wife Joy, and then called the Sheriff’s Office. Joy and I have had our share of ups and downs in seven years of marriage, and that particular day was a stressful one. When the deputies arrived that day they realized that there was no reason for their intervention, and they left. Joy and I continue to work on our marriage, and I would not be in office if it were not for her enthusiastic support.

    It is embarrassing and humbling to share these mistakes in such a public way, but it’s important that you hear it from me. Most of this occurred long before I was elected to the Board of Supervisors and none of it ever affected my judgment as a public servant. Most importantly, I’ve taken steps in my life to learn from these mistakes and make sure they never happen again. I ask for your forgiveness.

    I believe that the campaign for Chairman of the Board should be about issues, accomplishments and vision for the future but some differ from this perspective. I’ve kept my commitments to the voters when I ran for office in 2011 and am proud of what we have achieved.

    I will be evaluating in the next few days whether I want to move forward with my Chairman race. Based on the threats I have received and the personal attacks on me and my family I question whether being in public office is something I want to continue to pursue if given the opportunity. I love Loudoun County and have been honored to serve.

    God Bless You

    Shawn