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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, March 30.

*Iran talks intensify with final-hour attempt to reach agreement

*Iran Backs Off Key Point in Nuclear Energy Negotiations (“With a negotiating deadline on Tuesday, Iranian officials have backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country.”)

*What to Worry About in an Iran Nuclear Deal (“A good deal makes the Middle East a safer place. A bad one makes matters worse. Here are some issues to keep in mind if nuclear talks lead to a provisional agreement.”)

*Apple’s CEO: Discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

*Krugman: Imaginary Health Care Horrors

*Editorial: This is no time to stand in the way of solar power (“Like every other industry, Dominion’s business model evolves over time. It must adjust to the growth of small-time net-metered solar energy without penalizing its producers.”)

*State moving ahead on transformation of General Assembly Building, Old City Hall (“Gov. Terry McAuliffe allowed the state to issue bid requests this month for architectural and engineering design on the projects.”)

*Putting brakes on predatory lenders (“Attorney General Mark Herring announced last week that his office will work in tandem with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect customers sucked into the debt trap laid by predatory short-term lenders.”)

*Webb tiptoes into spotlight, considers 2016 campaign

*Virginia State Bar cancels Israel trip, citing ‘discriminatory’ border policies (“Politicians described the legal group’s decision as an ‘outrageous’ move that ‘sends the wrong signal.'”)

*State Bar: Israel trip not fully thought out, cancelling not a boycott

*Virginia State Bar cancels Israel trip, citing ‘discriminatory’ border policies (“Irving Blank, a past president of the Virginia State Bar and member of the bar committee planning the trip, said the episode had been blown out of proportion, placing much of the blame on an online opinion piece posted on the Volokh Conspiracy blog on The Washington Post Web site that used the word ‘boycott’ in the headline.”)

*As Fairfax grows more diverse, candidates for office mostly don’t

*Rain or shine: Prince William County opens new recycling facility at landfill

*A bit more like spring this week; a few morning showers today

  • According to Martin O’Malley, “The greatest threat that we face right now in terms of man-made threats is a nuclear Iran and related extremist violence.” Sorry, but that’s just false. Now, I’m not in any way/shape/form denying that a nuclear Iran would be a threat, nor that extremist violence is a threat. But by far and away the #1 “man-made” threat to the world is environmental destruction, first and foremost man-made climate change. It’s actually not even a close call.

  • Giovanni

    And I’m disappointed Gov. McAuliffe is refusing to issue a strong statement condemning a state agency‘s decision here. When David Ramadan, a member of the state legislature with Lebanese roots is criticising an action you allegedly took for the Arab-American community, you know you made a dumb call.

  • DELEGATE KRUPICKA ENDORSES JULIE JAKOPIC FOR DELEGATE IN 45TH DISTRICT

    Krupicka cites experience, skills, and shared values as reasons for support

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45) announced his endorsement of Julie Jakopic in the Democratic primary for the House of Delegates on June 9th.  Krupicka, who announced that he is not seeking re-election this year, urged support for Jakopic as his successor in the 45th district, which encompasses parts of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax. Currently, five candidates have filed for the primary.

    In his endorsement, Krupicka cited Jakopic’s shared passion for prioritizing education, as well as years of experience as a leader on a number of advocacy issues at both the national and local levels. He noted, “Julie has repeatedly demonstrated her willingness to speak out on tough topics and stand up for what’s right. For over 20 years, she has dedicated her life to helping people in our community get ahead.”

    Krupicka continued, “The 45th District deserves a leader that can make sure everyone-regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or who you love-has the opportunity to excel.” He explained he is supporting Jakopic to succeed him because she “has the right experiences, the right skills, and the right values to be a leader in Richmond we can all be proud of.”

    “I’m so grateful to my longtime friend and colleague, Rob Krupicka, for his overwhelming support for my campaign and for his faith in me to uphold the high standard he has set as our delegate. The 45th district has been my home for many years and I wish to continue Delegate Krupicka’s work on issues that are important to all of us, specifically ensuring access to quality education, affordable healthcare, and making sure all Virginians have an opportunity to get ahead.”

    The Democratic primary election will take place on Tuesday, June 9th. For more information about Julie Jakopic and her campaign, her website is http://www.juliefordelegate.com.