P.S. Humorous anecdote: on the Metro ride in from Virginia, a guy from Texas wearing an NAACP tshirt asked which stop Foggy Bottom would be. I told him it was right after we went under the river, and he responded in (apparent) horror, "UNDER the river?" It turns out, he'd never been under a body of water before, so he was a bit nervous, but he made it nonetheless. He also told me he had been on a marathon bus ride from Texas, and was heading back right after the rally. Now that's dedication!
UPDATE: A bunch of excellent photos are available here.
1. JLARC TO STUDY LIQUOR SALES
2. POLL: MAJORITY OF VIRGINIA BACK PRIVATIZING LIQUOR SALES
5. WITH RESERVATIONS, WASHINGTON AREA RESTAURANTS BACK VA. LIQUOR PLAN
6. WILDER FORMALLY ENDORSES MCDONNELL LIQUOR PLAN
11. CUCCINELLI DISPERSES DISPUTED DONATIONS FROM SUSPECT NAVY VETS CHARITY
13. VA. DEMS HIRE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, UNVEIL NEW WEB SITE
14. PERRIELLO, SHINSEKI VISIT WITH VETERANS
15. STATE WEBSITES DISRUPTED AFTER VITA SERVER PROBLEM
20. GETTING TOUGH FOR THE BAY
26. PRIVATE FIRMS PITCH HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE-TUNNEL EXPANSION
29. NEW ARLINGTON OFFICIAL KNOWS THE JOB WELL
31. ADULT STORE PROTEST PLANNED
OK, so Rick Sanchez is a bigot who deserved to be fired by their TV and/or radio networks, no doubt. But what about others like: Glenn Beck (a million crazy quotes, like "Because if you are a white human that loves America and happens to be a Christian, forget about it, Jack."), Rush Limbaugh ("The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."), Erick Erickson ("if some ACS person showed up on my doorstep to try to arrest me for not wanting to tell the government how often I flush my toilet, I'd get out my wife's shotgun and get them off my property."), Sean Hannity ("So the mayor of New Orleans would have used his own buses had the people had been white?"), Pat Buchanan ("If we had to take a million immigrants in, say Zulus, next year, or Englishmen, and put them up in Virginia, what group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?"), and of course Bill O'Reilly (""Does anyone know where the Best Men are? I hope they're not in the parking lot stealing our hubcaps."; "What's the jargon? What's the jargon? We got coyotes, right? Coyotes and we got wetbacks.")?
Why are these guys still employed, if Rick Sanchez is not?
"The President points to a revolutionary new solar plant that will employ 1,000 people and power 140,000 homes. The plant is possible because of the President's investments in the clean energy economy, which Congressional Republicans want to eliminate."
And here's Patrick Murray's website now, after Murray was criticized the other day by Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore for favoring more fossil fuels and more carbon emissions.
Note: no mention of drilling off the coast of Virginia, no mention of "drilling that will take place 5 years from now." What happened, did Patrick Murray start turning greener? Or, more likely, did he slap his forehead and realize that his brand of "drill baby drill", fossil fuels forever, doesn't play among most voters in Arlington and Alexandria?
Good luck to Michael Brown, who resigned today as Arlington County Manager. For further coverage, including on the replacement of Brown by Barbara Donnellan, see the excellent ArlNow.com. Good luck to Michael Brown, thanks for serving Arlington the past 4 months, and best wishes for your wife's health.
UPDATE: This is...ahhhh..."interesting."
The county board has voted to pay former county manager Michael Brown more in severance than it has paid him in salary.OK, my eyebrows have risen. How about yours?
Brown, who resigned after just four months on the job, will receive six months of his base salary - $220,000 per year - and compensation for unused leave as part of the approved severance package, according to Arlington County Director of Human Resources Marcy Foster.
The deal was first reported by the Sun Gazette's Scott McCaffrey, who wrote that it "may cause eyebrows to rise."
There's been a great deal of discussion about Rahm Emanuel, and a lot of strong feelings. In the end, I have mixed feelings myself. As a progressive, of course I wish that Emanuel had pushed through Congress all the things I care about, from a "public option" to a strong, clean energy and climate bill, to comprehensive immigration reform, to a full repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," etc., etc. On the other hand, I don't believe that Emanuel was some sort of supernatural being who could singlehandedly/miraculously overcome the entrenched special interest groups, the implacable hostility of Republicans (and their desire, from before Day #1, for President Obama "to fail"), the de facto 60-vote requirement to pass anything through the Senate, and many other obstacles in his way. I also don't believe that Emanuel was some sort of closet conservadem; in fact, Emanuel's record as a Congressman was highly progressive: a 100% rating by Citizens for Tax Justice; a 100% rating by NARAL; a 100% rating by the Human Rights Campaign; an "F" by the NRA; a 95% rating by the League of Conservation Voters; just for a few examples. So, let's put to rest the concept that Rahm Emanuel wasn't a strong progressive; by almost any score, he was.
1. TAXES AXED FROM MCDONNELL PLAN, CREATE BUDGET GAP
3. MCDONNELL WILL COUNT VOTES BEFORE CALLING SPECIAL SESSION
6. FORMER GOV. ALLEN BACKS MCDONNELL'S LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION PLAN
9. NEW FIGURES: REVENUE COULD DROP $47M IF VA. PRIVATIZES BOOZE
12. IN RICHMOND, OBAMA CHIDES MCDONNELL ON CHESAPEAKE BAY
13. CUCCINELLI NAMES VETS GROUPS TO RECEIVE CAMPAIGN CASH
14. PAY RAISE FOR STATE WORKERS AFTER BONUS UNLIKELY
15. U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST INDEPENDENT VIRGINIA CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE
16. NO OPT-OUT FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT
20. VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE INCREASES
28. GUN LAWS MAKE VA. A MECCA FOR FELONS WITH CREDIT CARDS
33. STORM BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED RAIN -- AND PROBLEMS
In an election for US House of Representatives in Virginia's 9th Congressional District today, 09/30/10, incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher defeats Republican State House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith 53% to 38%, according to this latest exclusive WDBJ-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA.If true, it looks like Rick Boucher is coasting to reelection over carpetbagger and climate change skeptic Morgan Griffith. I find it particularly interesting that Boucher is gaining ground on Griffith; could this be yet another indication of what appears to be a more favorable climate for Democrats as the election nears? Oh, wait, hasn't the corporate media been telling us for months that the Democrats are doomed, DOOMED they tell us?!? Yeah, and we must always believe the corporate media! (snark)
Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 4 weeks ago, little has changed; Boucher up 3 points, Griffith is down 2. In addition to maintaining a commanding lead among women, Boucher now leads among men and voters under age 50, groups where he previously trailed.