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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, February 25.

*Senate moves closer to a deal on DHS funding (As usual, it will be up to extreme House Teapublicans. We really need to take back the House in 2016 if at all possible!)

*Obama Aide Calls Netanyahu’s Planned Visit ‘Destructive’ (All I have to say is, go Isaac Herzog and the Israeli Labor Party!)

*Bruni: The G.O.P.’s Assertive God Squad (Christian conservatives…have a disproportionate sway over the Republican Party. And because of that, they have an outsize influence on the national debate.”)

*A compelling argument on Iran (“They see in Netanyahu’s maximalist goals an air of unreality – of fantasy, even. They grant that their solution isn’t perfect. But they argue that it’s far better for Israel and the West than any other plausible scenario.” Bingo.)

*GOP Attacked Democrats For Not Supporting Homeland Security. Now They’re Threatening To Shut It Down (Internal consistency is the hobgoblin of small…Teapublicans?)

*F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama

*O’Reilly Lied About Suicide Of JFK Assassination Figure, Former Colleagues Say (“Fox Host’s Dallas TV Colleagues Tell Media Matters Of Another Fabrication”)

*Virginia lawmakers offer plan to pay workers during shutdown

*McAuliffe signs bill that would change oversight of Dominion (A deeply flawed bill. Even more troubling, I’ve heard that Gov. McAuliffe was happy to sign the bill even BEFORE extensive changes for the better were made. If so, that’s messed up, let’s just put it that way.)

*Va. House kills lethal injection secrecy bill despite support of McAuliffe (I can’t believe I actually was rooting for the House of Delegates against Gov. McAuliffe on something, but I was – big time – on this!)

*Ralph Northam confirms he’s running to become next Va. governor (Waaaaayyy too early!)

*Schapiro: McAuliffe, GOP refuse to work or play well together (“Conflict is the norm. Cooperation is an aberration. When they’re not working around each other, the governor and General Assembly are working each other over. McAuliffe now has less than three years to leave his mark. Howell, in concert with Senate GOP leader Tommy Norment, has only to wait out McAuliffe.”)

*General Assembly: Mixed bag (“It’s hard to say whether the ethics reforms currently under consideration deserve cheers or jeers. They’re a slight improvement over the status quo, but the status quo is so woeful that doesn’t qualify as much of a compliment.”)

*America ‘starving for leadership’ Perry tells GOP in Richmond (Agreed, which is why Democrats need to take back Congress in 2016, because since 2011, Teapublicans have been an obstacled to said “leadership.”)

*Editorial: Shrouding executions in secrecy isn’t the answer (“Legislating secrecy is hardly the way to address an issue that merits straightforward debate.”)

*Va. budget deal done (Not a good one, but yeah, it’s done. Yay.)

*A number of bills are heading to the governor (“The General Assembly shipped a slew of bills to Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday, just four days before the close of the legislative session.” A bunch of them should be vetoed.)

*Cantor, now of Moelis bank, to seek defense clients in D.C. (Revolving door.)

*Is Brian Schoeneman “Ready for Hillary”? (“Sully District candidate for Supervisor Brian Schoeneman has voted in Democrat[ic] primaries twice in the last decade.” In 2006 and 2008. Maybe time for Brian to join the Democratic Party?)

*Hilliard to run for Howell’s House seat as Democrat (Good!)

*Bob McDonnell, children, asked leniency for Maureen McDonnell (“Many friends and relatives urged leniency from Judge James R. Spencer, pleading that the public humiliation was punishment enough.”)

*Arlington board agrees to two new developments along Columbia Pike (OK, no what about the transportation component?)

*Winter storm watch issued south of Roanoke; heavy snow risk may yet edge northward

*Possible highs in the 40s today then a chance for snow tonight

  • Quizzical

    In my opinion, we got lucky with President Obama, as he was pretty much untested before becoming President.  But in my view, as it has turned out, his greatest asset has been having excellent judgment, although some may differ.  I wish the political process focused more on a candidate’s judgment, rather than on litmus test issues or charges of hypocrisy.  

    I don’t think former Governor Perry offers the leadership for which America is starving, but I think by bringing the subject of leadership up he has at least done us a service.

  • Thanks to Tom Rust, one of the last of the sane/moderate Republicans, for his service. Now, it’s time to elect Rust’s successor, Democrat Jennifer Boysko!

  • …about the need to pursue commonsense, reasonable solutions to reduce gun violence. She speaks emotionally about two gunmen entering her brother’s business, robbing him, shooting and killing him. She noted that her brother was a gunowner, had served in the military, knew how to use a gun, but that none of that saved his life. Tragic.

  • From Roll Call. I’m increasingly impressed with Senator Kaine.

    “As a long-time supporter of the U.S-Israel relationship, I believe the timing of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress – just days before Israeli elections – is highly inappropriate. On January 30, I delivered a letter to Speaker Boehner asking that the speech to Congress be postponed so that there was no appearance of U.S. favoritism in a foreign election,” Kaine said. “There is no reason to schedule this speech before Israeli voters go to the polls on March 17 and choose their own leadership. I am disappointed that, as of now, the speech has not been postponed. For this reason, I will not attend the speech.”

    Kaine’s letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, was not circulated publicly when he sent it.

    “A number of respected Israeli national security and political leaders have criticized the address as improperly mixing American foreign policy with Israeli domestic politics. Creating such an impression is not only disrespectful to the Israeli electorate, it also undermines the institutional values that Congress should uphold,” Kaine wrote in the letter. “Just as we would resent another nation openly attempting to influence an American election, Congress should not give the appearance that we are engaging in such activity.”

  • Yep, this guy (“Exhibit A for such electoral shenanigans is state Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) . Mr. Reeves, a culture warrior who wielded an antiabortion message to unseat a veteran Democrat in 2011, was evidently unnerved by his razor-thin margin of victory. He wanted extra Republican voters in his district as padding so that he doesn’t have to repeat the experience this fall, when he appears to face a strong Democratic challenge from Traci Dippert, a teacher. His fellow lawmakers, mainly Republicans, were happy to oblige.”)

    P.S. As for his weekly address, it’s basically all pessimism, gloom and doom, Republicans talking down America (and in this case Virginia), unless of course we have “hard work,” “self reliance,” “self discipline” and…stuff. Oh, and government/”President Obama” are bad…blah blah blah. Whatever.

  • For those of you who don’t know about Bill DeSteph, see Bill DeSteph: “Muslems Build Mosques to Represent Islamic Supremacy Over Their Enemy”. And no, on top of being a raging Islamophobe, he also can’t spell “Muslim” apparently.

    Today I am announcing that I will seek the Republican nomination for the Virginia Senate in the Eighth Senatorial District to replace Senator Jeff McWaters, who will not be seeking re-election.

    Senator Jeff McWaters has represented the Eighth District with integrity and dedication since he was first elected in 2010. Jeff is the embodiment of a public servant and his decision to not seek re-election is a great loss to Virginia and our Virginia Beach community.  I want to be among the first to thank him for his service and I wish him well in his future endeavors.  I am confident that Jeff will continue to play an active role in the Commonwealth in the years ahead.

    I am grateful for Jeff’s endorsement as I seek to represent Virginia Beach in the Senate of Virginia.

    For nearly ten years, I have had the distinct privilege of representing the citizens of Virginia Beach, first as a City Councilman, and currently as a member of the House of Delegates. I have fought alongside you to be a watchdog of your tax dollars, to protect our liberties, keep our taxes low, improve our public schools, colleges and universities, oppose stifling new regulations, and create an environment that allows businesses to create new jobs.

    In a 21st century economy, Virginia must continue to compete on a global scale.  In order for Virginia to remain competitive, we must maintain an environment where businesses and families can succeed, and that is best achieved through expanding economic opportunities for all Virginians.  If elected to represent you in the Senate of Virginia, I will continue to advocate for lower taxes, less burdensome regulation, ensuring our children receive a world class education, easing congestion while improving transportation, and crafting laws that are clearly defined and easily understood.

    In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to talking with you about the issues facing our community. As you know, a successful campaign requires a great deal of support and energy, and I am eager to begin the challenge! I invite you to learn more about me and to join my team by visiting my website, http://www.billdesteph.com.

    I am extremely humbled by the privilege to represent Virginia Beach in the General Assembly, which would not have been possible had it not been for your past support and friendship. As I announce my candidacy for the Senate of Virginia, I hope to retain your trust and confidence and look forward to working with you in advancing our shared conservative values.



    Bill DeSteph

  • From the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus:

    RICHMOND, VA – In a near-party-line vote, the Senate defeated Del. Rob Bell’s (R – Charlottesville) HB 2238, a bill to allow parents of some students with disabilities to spend taxpayer funds on alternative forms of education. The bill would have permitted those monies to be used in a wide variety of ways – including tuition payments to private, religious schools – while effectively removing many of the protections and options that public schools afford to their students. Even supporters conceded that the bill was deeply flawed; Sen. Richard Stuart (R – Stafford) declared that “the bill does have some problems, and it needs to be fixed.”

    The final vote was 18-18, with one senator not voting due to a potential conflict of interest. Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam cast the deciding vote to defeat the bill.

    Speaking in opposition to the bill, Senator Chap Peterson (D-Fairfax) said, “The bottom line is that public funds are for public education… K-12 education – there is a constitutional guarantee that we must fund that. But the flip side is we don’t have any obligation to fund those people that choose to educate outside of our public K-12 system. So again, I respect the intent of this bill, I have great sympathy for that intent, but I do believe that this bill is unconstitutional.”

    Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) said, “There are many educators who are very concerned that the protections we have worked so hard to provide for our students, who are special needs students, will not be provided by this bill. Case in point – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act actually does not apply to private schools. So a parent may think he or she is getting a better deal by going to a private school but the federal regulations that, for example, would require a student be educated in the least restrictive environment don’t apply to these private schools. And that’s a big deal if you’re looking for a quality education.”