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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 31.

*Ind. to ‘clarify’ new law decried as anti-gay (How about repealing it?)

*Poll: Majority of Americans back nuclear deal with Iran

*Eroding Freedom in the Name of Freedom (“Indiana already had strong constitutional protections for religious belief and that the new law seemed to result more from fear of same-sex marriage than from any demonstrated need.”)

*Toughest Issues in Iran Nuclear Talks May Be Deferred (“As a deadline neared, negotiators appeared to move closer to a preliminary political accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, but several of the most difficult issues could be deferred for a final agreement in three months.”)

*Editorial: ABC agents drunk with power?

*McAuliffe invites Indiana firms to ‘open and welcoming’ Virginia (Of course, we do still have the Marshall-Newman amendment in our constitution, not to mention mandatory ultrasounds and other idiocies…)

*Town: Rising legislative tide (“The Clean Power Plan and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are right for Virginia. It’s time to move toward a clean energy economy and away from the carbon-intensive energy policy responsible for endangering our coastal communities.”)

*Jewish group presses Virginia bar to reverse decision to drop Israel trip (“Jewish legislators blast Virginia State Bar for ‘disparaging’ language toward Israel.”)

*Cook: Virginians deserve stronger protection from toxic chemicals

*Virginia officials have a chance to add teeth to ethics reform legislation (The problem is, corrupt politicians like Tommy Norment and Dick Saslaw don’t want to do that.)

*Supreme Court remands in 3rd District gerrymander case (“The U.S. Supreme Court sent Virginia’s 3rd District gerrymander case back down the pipe on Monday, a move that brings Virginia another step closer to a redraw of its congressional map.”)

*Virginia Tech raises tuition, prepares for larger freshman class

*PolitiFact: Dave Brat gets mostly false on claim about Obama red tape (Just about everything Brat says is mostly or totally false.)

*McAuliffe signs bill allowing schools to sell doughnuts (Homer Simpson is happy today! LOL)

*Va. school board prevents trans student from using girls’ restroom (Good for the Washington Blade for picking up this story!)

*Amherst Co. attorney seeks to block Sweet Briar College closure

*Newport News to challenge Virginia Living Museum in fundraising

*Local group to study unexplained child deaths in Hampton Roads

*Portsmouth council to consider 17-cent tax hike

*Mostly sunny and warm today, but cooler tonight with rain likely

  • Dan Sullivan

    There will be a wave of local tax hikes across the state to finance the facade of fiscal responsibility Governor McDonnell’s administration foisted upon the naive tea party cheering section.

    Now that the shell has been lifted, they’re finding the bills settled on their own localities. Of course this pales in comparison to the national GOP model of financing unjustified wars and unsettling the global economy.

  • Quizzical

    Here’s another article on this:


  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I can’t understand why the Virginia Bar Association had to bring up its objections to Israeli security measures at its borders. An earlier story noted that only 25 people had signed up for the trip and that 60 people were needed to make the trip viable, ergo no trip. There are better ways to point out discrimination than a proposed VBA junket. Strange teapot tempest.

  • Quizzical

    Here’s a striking excerpt from the article:

    According to Old Dominion University’s Center for Sea Level Rise, more than a baker’s dozen of World War II-era piers will have to be replaced at the world’s largest Navy base due to maintenance problems caused by rising seas. The Department of Defense estimates this will cost up to $560 million.

    I hadn’t known that ODU had a Center for Sea Level Rise.  Makes sense though, they are conveniently located to study that.  Seems like they had to choose a politically correct name for the Center.

    And if the Navy has to replace piers to the tune of $560 million, what does that say about what is going to be happening elsewhere along the shore there?

  • Innnnnteresting.

  • March 31, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Don Beyer threw his support behind the White House’s formal announcement that the United States will offer a proposal to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference that would curb domestic greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent.

    “Global climate change is the existential crisis of our time. I am proud to see President Obama’s pledge that the United States will take a leading role on the international stage to protect our environment. Reducing carbon emissions is the best way to fight and reverse the threat human-fueled climate change poses around the world. This announcement demonstrates a real commitment to doing just that, and is a big step toward reaching a successful agreement at the COP21 conference,” said Rep. Beyer.

    The White House submitted the formal statement of its target, called an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) this morning. The target is to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and would roughly double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.