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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 30.

*The Supreme Court Can’t Save Coal (“The combination of other environmental regulation, cheap natural gas and growing public concern over climate change is shrinking America’s fleet of coal plants. The EPA has only to make sure this ruling doesn’t slow that process any more than it must.”)

*Markets fall as twin defaults loom in Greece, Puerto Rico

*Supreme Court’s ruling on gerrymandering is a victory for voters

*NBC cuts ties with Donald Trump

*His star dimmed, Christie leans on truth-teller persona as he readies bid

*Supreme Court upholds use of drug in lethal injection executions (Appalling.)

*A Divided Court on Three Big Rulings

*President Obama overtime rule could raise wages for 5 million

*Ross Douthat is a clueless scold: How he just exposed the bankruptcy of conservatives’ anti-gay marriage arguments (He is truly awful, hard to believe the NY Times gives him a platform.)

*What Hillary Clinton Learned From This 2013 Campaign (“Her campaign manager, a number of staffers and her strategy all come from the successful Virginia gubernatorial race”)

*Sons of Confederate Veterans challenge Gov. McAuliffe’s authority

*Rep. Morgan Griffith: Fight against Obamacare will continue (Fanatic.)

*Lawsuit against state says livestock manure finding its way into watershed

*Dominion unveils new routes for huge power line through Prince William (“But as opposition grows, landowner tells one supervisor that Amazon will not be allowed another data center.”)

*Seven Corners residents seek to change plan to revive aging suburb (“Some homeowners argue that the current redevelopment plan would mean too much density and traffic.”)

*Williams: What are we clinging to in defense of Confederate monuments?

*D.C. area forecast: Heat, humidity and chance of storms into holiday weekend

  • Attention: EW Jackson, Antonin Scalia, etc, etc.

  • Endorsements highlight organization’s dedication to building a pro-choice majority in the Virginia Senate

    Alexandria, VA- Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC, the Commonwealth’s leading political action arm of the pro-choice movement, announced its first round of endorsements in Virginia’s 2015 Senate races.

    Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, stated that the endorsements of these outstanding pro-choice candidates are part of her organization’s plan to elect a pro-choice majority to the state Senate for the first time in Virginia’s history. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and its PAC will marshal its resources to protect pro-choice allies in Richmond, while electing new pro-choice candidates to the state Senate in November. In 2013, the organization’s powerful statewide network of activists mobilized pro-choice voters throughout Virginia to help elect pro-choice Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, and Attorney General Mark Herring.

    “I am confident our endorsed pro-choice candidates will continue to stand up to attacks on women’s health and help protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all Virginia women,” said Keene. “They stand between Virginia women and continued anti-choice attacks on reproductive health – and we are proud and excited to support them.”

    NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is pleased to announce the following endorsed candidates in the Virginia Senate:

    Endorsed Pro-Choice Challengers/New Candidates:

    Gary McCollum, District 7

    Dave Belote, District 8

    Dan Gecker, District 10

    Jill McCabe, District 13

    Jeremy McPike, District 29

    Scott Surovell, District 36

    Endorsed Pro-Choice Incumbents:

    John Miller, District 1

    Mamie Locke, District 2

    Donald McEachin, District 9

    Rosalyn Dance, District 16

    John Edwards, District 21

    Adam Ebbin, District 30

    Barbara Favola, District 31

    Janet Howell, District 32

    Jennifer Wexton, District 33

    Dick Saslaw, District 35

    Dave Marsden, District 37

    George Barker, District 39

    NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia supports candidates who are dedicated to protecting and advancing family planning, preventing unintended pregnancy and increasing access to reproductive healthcare for women, including safe, legal abortion. The organization’s powerful statewide network of activists will mobilize voters across Virginia to pro-choice candidates this November.


    ~ The Ex-Im Bank Supported More than 160,000 U.S. Jobs Tied to Exports Last Year ~

    Washington – Today U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) issued a warning to their congressional colleagues ahead of the scheduled expiration of the Export-Import Bank – an export credit agency that guarantees loans to help foreign companies buy U.S. exports – at midnight tonight.

    “At a time when U.S. exporters and manufacturers are already suffering from substantial economic uncertainty in Europe, they should not be subjected to additional uncertainty manufactured by Washington. The Export-Import Bank supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs tied to exports and helps businesses across Virginia export hundreds of millions of dollars in goods and services each year,” said Sens. Warner and Kaine. “The Export-Import Bank levels the playing field for U.S. exporters – many of them small businesses – by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters, and it does so at no cost to the taxpayer. In fact, over the last two decades, the Ex-Im Bank has actually helped reduce the deficit by generating nearly $7 billion more than it costs to operate.”

    The Senators noted, “The Bank has operated for more than 80 years and has been reauthorized 16 times with bipartisan support under 13 different Presidents, Republican and Democrat. Congressional leadership should be ashamed for allowing this important job-creating tool to expire for the first time in its history.”  

    Established in 1934, the Export-Import Bank is an export credit agency through which the government guarantees loans and credit to businesses otherwise unable to operate through private lenders. In FY 2014, the Bank supported $27.5 billion worth of U.S. exports – $10.7 billion of those exports from small businesses – while generating a $675 million surplus for American taxpayers. By financing the export of American goods and services, the Bank has supported 1.3 million private-sector U.S. jobs since 2009, supporting 164,000 jobs in FY 2014 alone.

    Sen. Warner is an original co-sponsor of the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would reauthorize the Bank’s charter until September 30, 2019. The Export-Import Bank’s current charter expires at midnight tonight, and without congressional action, the Bank will no longer be able to conduct new transactions and will be forced to wind down its operations.

    From 2007 to 2015, the Export-Import Bank has helped businesses from every corner of Virginia export $2 billion in goods and services to countries around the globe. Some of the top Virginia exporters supported by Ex-Im include Bristol Compressors International, Orbital Science Corporation in Dulles, Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America in Chesapeake, and Optical Cable Corporation in Roanoke.

    In FY 2014, 90 percent of Ex-Im Bank transactions directly supported small businesses such as Mountain Lumber Co. in Ruckersville, Turkey Knob Growers in Timberville, Bone Doctors’ BBQ in Charlottesville, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Loudoun.