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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:26:32 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 1. Also check out Terry McAuliffe's first television advertisement of the campaign, "Youngest of Four," a positive ad which will air statewide starting tomorrow. Go Terry!

*Obama preparing to send arms to Syrian rebels (Time for a no-fly zone as well?)
*Markey takes Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary in rout (We badly need this champion of clean energy and climate action in the U.S. Senate!)
*Senate Democrats Eye Push For Gay Couples' Protections In Immigration Bill
*Virginia's deepening scandal ("The troubling questions about the McDonnell-Cuccinelli-Williams affair are mounting. Did the governor and his wife accept unreported gifts from Mr. Williams in return for political favors? Did Mr. Schneider's role as whistle-blower factor in any way into Mr. Cuccinelli's pursuit of criminal charges against him? How could Mr. Cuccinelli not have remembered that Mr. Williams paid for his family's summer vacation last year? Virginians deserve answers.")
*McAuliffe's first ad focuses on family, jobs
*Cuccinelli's test: Winning centrists without losing conservatives (Why would any "centrist" vote for a guy who's as far right wing as is humanly possible? It makes zero sense.)
*Case of Cailin McDonnell's wedding involves Cuccinelli, FBI
*Gov. Bob McDonnell denies donor favoritism in Star Scientific case (Yeah, right!!!)
*Ken Cuccinelli Struggling with Makeover in Virginia Governor's Race ("The Republican nominee is now focusing more on job growth and education reform than railing against abortion and gay marriage.")

lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning
*Lawmakers differ over effectiveness of state's ethics laws (Anyone who thinks Virginia's current ethics laws are even close to adequate must be personally benefiting from those laws themselves, because that's just laughable.)
*McAuliffe proposes state ethics oversight panel
*GOP candidates for lieutenant governor agree on conservative principles (I'm shocked, shocked, that a bunch of far-right wingnuts agreed they're all...far-right wingnuts!)
*A broader vision on immigration reform ("As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte has a chance to be a leader in the search for a bipartisan solution.")
*Several key Democrats rally behind Dance ("On Tuesday, the leaders of all six party committees in Dance's district signed a letter of support for the incumbent.")
*Bat-killing disease hitting Virginia harder than ever (That sucks.)
*Warner, Kaine make push on VA disability claim backlog
*Science, tech jobs dominate region, census says
*Atlanta Braves 8, Washington Nationals 1: Gio Gonzalez struggles in loss (OK guys, April - the cruelest month - is over, time to turn the page!)
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Arlington Dems to hold School Board debate tonight at 7:15 pm (0.00 / 0)
School Board Candidates Lander and Kanninen to Debate Wed. Night

Arlington Democrats will hold a debate for the School Board endorsement between incumbent James Lander and challenger Barbara Kanninen on Wed., May 1st as part of ACDC's regular monthly meeting. The debate will occur at approximately 7:15pm at NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (meeting details here).

ACDC veteran and Sergeant-at-arms Peter Owen will moderate. We encourage all interested Arlingtonians to attend this, or any, meeting. The "firehouse primary" for the Arlington Dems endorsement will be held on May 9th and 11th.  

The early voting period for the Arlington County Democrats' endorsement for School Board in the 2013 election will occur on May 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Drew Model School, 3500 South 23rd Street,  Arlington, VA 22206. The main voting period will occur from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201.

Participation is open to all Arlingtontionians who are Democrats and who are registered to vote.

For more information on the candidates see: http://www.arlingtondemocrats....

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Notice anything about McDonnell's statement? (0.00 / 0)
Speaking on Washington-area station WTOP on Tuesday, McDonnell didn't directly address the prospect of a federal investigation focusing on him. He sought to assure listeners "there's nothing going on at all at this time that impairs my ability to do a good job and to serve the people of Virginia."

Nothing going on "at this time"?  Nothing going on "that impairs my ability"?  I'm no diehard progressive who's wanted to have McDonnell's head on a platter for the last four years, but even I can see that that's a really weak (non)denial.

Yes, very fuzzy. (0.00 / 0)
Same with Cuccinelli, who "forgot" to do what he's legally required to do. It's sort of like this:

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Please share: new timeline of Cuccinelli-McDonnell scandal! (0.00 / 0)
Great job by Brian Devine of Progress Virginia, putting this growing scandal into a handy infographic. Good stuff, spread it around!

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