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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 06:29:46 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, April 21.

*Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia
*Running Out of Time ("Avoiding that fate will require a reduction of between 40 percent and 70 percent in greenhouse gases by midcentury, which means embarking on a revolution in the way we produce and consume energy. That's daunting enough, but here's the key finding: The world has only about 15 years left in which to begin to bend the emissions curve downward. Otherwise, the costs of last-minute fixes will be overwhelming.")
*David Brooks Actually Talked About Obama's 'Manhood Problem In The Middle East' (More Obama Derangement Syndrome, this time from a "moderate," "reasonable" Republican.)
*Governor McAuliffe marks first 100 days in office Monday
*Va. ethics measure is seen as inadequate
*Plans for fracking in eastern Virginia raise concerns
*Group wants to set new system for redistricting ("One Virginia 2021 says nonpartisan redistricting will help renew ties between lawmakers and voters.")
*Chesapeake Bay needs the EPA ("Attorney General Mark Herring's brief supporting Chesapeake Bay cleanup represents the kind of common sense Virginians hope to see from the state's lawyer. Yet indiscriminate railing against Washington regulation - including rules designed to clean up the long-beleaguered bay - is what Virginians customarily see from a few of their Washington lawmakers.")
*Virginia Beach lawyer in local gay rights case finds his calling
*NBA playoffs: Wizards top Bulls as Nene lifts Washington to Game 1 victory, 102-93
*Bryce Harper needed a reality check, and Matt Williams gave it to him with benching (Agreed.)
*D.C. area forecast: Toggling between 60s and 70s through the week; tracking a Tuesday threat of showers and storms

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Video: David Brooks, Chuck Todd Remind Us Why We No Longer Watch the Sunday "News" Shows Anymore

by: lowkell

Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 16:15:06 PM EDT

Utter. And. Complete. Idiocy. That is all.

P.S. Oh, and this reminds me why I don't take CNN in any way, shape or form seriously.

P.P.S. Finally, I agree with this analysis of New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat's latest idiocy, "a whole column in which seeing all the wealth go to the 1% is perfectly fine so long as the 99% aren't starving so badly that they are rioting in the streets, and the real threat is that people might attack those institutions that keep people living under the rule of the 1%. Because, you know, that might lead to instability." WTF?!?

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 06:48:35 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, April 20.

*In Echo of Cold War, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin ("President Obama is focused on isolating Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions and effectively making it a pariah state.")
*Democrats look to fight midterm disadvantage ("Trying to reshape the electorate to make it more like a presidential year, Democrats will fully employ tools used in Obama's presidential campaigns to motivate voters in this year's Senate and House races")
*Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt' (This guy's a menace to the country.)
*Gov. McAuliffe expands voting rights for ex-convicts ("Much more can be done. Prisoners finishing their sentences now will regain their rights, but what of those who served their time in the past? At least 100,000 of them committed nonviolent crimes and should be immediately eligible to vote. But the state has devoted no extra money or resources to tracking them down.")
*Schapiro: Va.'s 'Overdog' plays the victim ("Crushing Brat, a college economics professor who has raised $89,000 to Cantor's $2 million, could silence malcontents within Cantor's caucus. It will be a lesson to restive Republicans at home that crossing Cantor can be politically fatal.")
*Governor names Jay W. DeBoer to again serve as director of DPOR ("Gov. Terry McAuliffe has named Jay W. DeBoer as director of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, a post that DeBoer manned from 2006 to 2010, when Democrat Timothy M. Kaine served as governor")
*Oil and gas leases in bay region spark debate
*Our view: A little Va. soy in economic burger ("Why would Gov. Terry McAuliffe trek to a town of 2,600 people for what, in dollars and jobs, amounted to small beans? He was there to deliver both the check and a larger message: Diversify, diversify, diversify.")
*Roanoke County torn on green initiatives ("In an upcoming work session, supervisors will debate the future of county environmental programs.")
*New and familiar faces in Norfolk ("The City Council should see at least two newcomers. It's unlikely, but it could have as many as four.")
*Forecast: Magnificent Monday awaits after slightly cooler Sunday; Tuesday showers and storms?

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Del. Surovell Reports: Even in Costa Rica, They're Rooting for Virginia to Expand Medicaid!

by: lowkell

Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 19:56:36 PM EDT

Virginia Delegate (and new Blue Virginia Costa Rica correspondent? LOL) Scott Surovell reports, "Found this on the beach in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica." Surovell adds, "Playa Guiones is a hotbed of healthcare policy." ;)

In all seriousness, though, here's some information on Costa Rica's health care system. You'll notice it's a gazillion times better than ours. Fortunately for Costa Rica, they apparently don't have ALEC or ALEC tools like Virginia House Speaker Bill "ALEC" Howell in their country.

Costa Rica provides universal health care to its citizens and permanent residents. Costa Rica offers some of the best health care in Latin America. Both the private and public health care systems are always being upgraded. New hospitals, new clinics, new machines, and improvement in staff and training...

...Statistics from the World Health Organization frequently place Costa Rica in the top country rankings in the world for long life expectancy...

...Costs tend to be much less than doctor, hospital, and prescription costs in the U.S...

...Costa Rica is a popular destination for medical tourism because of the beautiful surroundings, low costs, and medical reputation.

Anyway, maybe if Delegate Surovell can't persuade his obstinate Republican colleagues to expand Medicaid in Virginia, he could persuade them to all move to Costa Rica? On second thought, I wouldn't wish those guys on my worst enemy, let alone a beautiful, peaceful place like Costa Rica! LOL
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Video: Gov. McAuliffe on "The Politics Hour" Says House of Delegates Has Failed to Do Its Job

by: lowkell

Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:02:43 PM EDT

Here are a few highlights from Gov. McAuliffe's interview on The Politics Hour yesterday (I'm focusing on the Medicaid expansion discussion, because to me this is priority #1 for Virginia right now).

*According to Gov. McAuliffe, House Speaker Howell did admit the other day on the radio that "yes indeed, this Marketplace Virginia IS germane to the budget, so their whole argument that they've been using the for the last several months the Speaker admitted is a wrong argument."
*"It is the House Republican leadership that has dug in on this issue, and I don't know whether they don't like the president...doesn't really matter to me, my job as governor is to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia."
*"It is the General Assembly's job to pass a budget; they have failed to do their job."
*House Republicans "have put up one roadblock after another." The argument that healthcare expansion will cost Virginia is false.
*This is sheer politics, anti-ACA; "what else is there?" According to Gov. McAuliffe, "no matter where you may be on the healthcare bill, it's now the law of the land...[House Republicans] are off in their corner; it's time they started doing their job, representing the folks who sent them to Richmond."
*What is the "exit strategy" with Medicaid expansion? According to McAuliffe, the House has "no arguments left." "We are going to get this done." "The House Republicans are offering nothing."  Did anyone hear anything about an "exit strategy" or "Plan B" in Gov. McAuliffe's answer there? I most definitely didn't (unless he's got something up his sleeve - like unilateral executive action of some sort? - but, to mix metaphors, is playing it close to the vest?). Nor am I hearing that from others I talk to about this. Which means...what? Government shutdown? Gov. McAuliffe "caves" because he doesn't want a government shutdown? Because, frankly, I don't see House Republicans caving, certainly not before the 2014 elections, and probably not before the 2015 elections either. So...then what becomes of the McAuliffe governorship at that point? Got me.
*On restoring ex-felons' right to vote, McAuliffe said "people who have paid their debt to society...I want them back working, I want them part of society; part of that is being able to vote...Let's treat people with dignity and respect."

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 07:05:55 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, April 19.

*State Department To Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Until After November (Hopefully to be killed after November.)
*Harry Reid defends 'domestic terrorists' comments
*Cliven Bundy syndrome: Why Christian conservatives think they're above the law ("From Hobby Lobby to the Nevada rancher, members of the far right share a dangerous, anarchic pathology")
*House rules: Republicans fight to hold on to a bellwether seat
*VA 10th District GOP Ready for Firehouse Primary
*Va. speeds voting-rights process for some drug-case felons
*Author of Va. constitution backs AG on gay marriage ("Three constitutional scholars, including the principal architect of Virginia's current constitution, have filed court papers supporting Attorney General Mark Herring's decision not to defend the state's prohibition of same-sex marriage.")
*Express lanes on target to open early next year
*McAuliffe announces state data site
*Assessor to review drop in mayor's tax assessment
*Our view: Corporate trail-blazing
*Pr. William's schools plead poverty in failing to offer pre-K to disadvantaged students
*Arlington proposes freezing merit pay, then backs down
*Gio Gonzalez tosses Nats past Cards
*A mighty fine Saturday is going to be followed by a splendid Sunday ("It's a close to ideal weekend with sunshine and near-perfect temperatures.")

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Dominion Power buys California solar, and Virginians wonder, "Why not us?"

by: ivymain

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 14:55:20 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

The news broke on April Fools' Day, making Virginians feel we were the victims of a bad joke: Dominion Power announced it had bought six California solar projects, for a total capacity of 139 megawatts (MW). "This investment is another important step forward for Dominion as we expand our renewable energy portfolio," said Dominion Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. Farrell II. "These projects fit well within our portfolio of regulated and long-term contracted assets," which also include 41 MW of solar in Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana.

Don't get excited, Virginia: this solar investor is not Dominion Virginia Power but Dominion Resources, the parent company. You can be sure executives will take every opportunity to brag about the company's stake in the national solar market, but none of this power will reach us here in the Commonwealth.

Here, Dominion owns a grand total of one solar array at a university, all of 132 kilowatts, and a  500-kilowatt array on an industrial building. That brings the grand total to about 70 houses' worth, if the owners don't leave the lights on too much. Dominion is supposed to be developing a total of 30 MW of solar under a law passed in 2012, but the glacial pace of deployment is discouraging. Oh, and neither of its first two projects employed Virginia solar companies, further minimizing their impact in the state.

Why isn't Dominion investing in Virginia? "The cost of large solar projects such as this are still too high for a regulated market in Virginia," Dominion spokesman Dan Genest told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  

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Two Possible Scenarios for the Virginia 8th CD Democratic Primary

by: lowkell

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:52:07 AM EDT

I was playing with numbers in the 8th CD Democratic primary, and came up with a couple scenarios for final results that seem plausible to me. Both scenarios assume that Fairfax County plus Falls Church will make up 42% of the vote; Arlington County 36% of the vote; and Alexandria 22% of the vote. In Scenario 1 (click on image to "embiggen"), Don Beyer wins Fairfax/Falls Church 48%-20%-17% over Patrick Hope and Adam Ebbin, respectively; Ebbin wins Alexandria 23% over Beyer, Lavern Chatman and Bill Euille at 20% each; and Hope wins Arlington with 45% of the vote over Beyer with 32% and Ebbin with 11%.

In Scenario 2 (click on image to "embiggen"), Beyer wins Fairfax/Falls Church with 41%, while Hope and Ebbin tie at 23%; Ebbin wins Alexandria with 23% over Beyer, Chatman and Euille at 20% each; and Hope wins Arlington with 35% over Beyer (30%) and Ebbin (25%). This is basically the "Ebbin's Being Underestimated Scenario." In this scenario, Ebbin surges in Arlington, going from 11% in Scenario 1 to 25% in Scenario 2, and cutting into Hope's Arlington share (goes down from 45% to 35%). I don't think it's highly likely that will happen, but it's possible. Plus, I'm never going to underestimate Adam Ebbin, having done that once before (in his Senate primary against Rob Krupicka and Libby Garvey), which Ebbin won in come-from-behind fashion.

As it looks to me right now, in both scenarios, Don Beyer would win the election. For Patrick Hope to win, he'd have to significantly increase his share of Fairfax County/Falls Church. In Scenario 2, for Adam Ebbin to win, he'd have to really eat into Hope's share of Arlington County, while increasing his Fairfax/Falls Church share.

As for the other candidates, let's just say that in playing around with the numbers - which are based on whatever information I've been able to glean from the various campaigns, FEC reports, etc., plus discussions with knowledgeable Dems - I'm not seeing paths to victory for them. The problem for the Alexandria candidates (with the exception of Don Beyer, who really isn't an Alexandria candidate per se; even though he lives in Old Town now, he has a much wider profile for a variety of reasons, such as that he was LG for two terms and ran for Governor), is that there are so many of them, meaning they cannibalize each others' support in Alexandria, plus they don't have much name ID outside of Alexandria, and most don't have the financial resources to gain that name ID over the next 7 weeks.

Note that these are nothing more than my best guesses at the moment, that a LOT can change, and that I could be wildly wrong. I'd love to hear your (substantive) responses, based on your own analysis of the numbers and how the election might play out. Thanks.

P.S. It's worth noting that in the 2013 Democratic LG and AG primaries, Arlington accounted for 39.5% of the vote, Alexandria for 24.8%, and Fairfax/Falls Church for 35.7%. In my scenarios, Arlington is 3.5 points lower, Alexandria 2.8 points lower, and Fairfax/Falls Church 6.3 points higher. If the shares are closer to the 2013 primary, that would tend to help Patrick Hope and hurt Don Beyer. We'll see...

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Virginia New Majority applauds Governor McAuliffe for changes to civil rights restoration process

by: ChangeComm

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:31:10 AM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

From Virginia New Majority

Richmond, VA - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today improvements to Virginia's rights restoration process, including removing drug offenses from the list of crimes that are subject to a waiting period before an individual can apply to have their rights restored and reducing that waiting period from five years to three years. The administration will also provide a definitive list
of offenses that require a waiting period.

"We are very happy to see Governor McAuliffe expand upon the automatic rights restoration process that was put in place last year," stated Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of Virginia New Majority. "We believe that once an individual has served their time and fully paid their debt to society, they should have their civil rights restored without any additional burdens or punishments. The changes announced today are great steps forward to more efficiently re-enfranchise these individuals and sends a message that citizens who want a second chance are welcome as full members of our communities."

While today's announcement represents continued progress forward, Virginia still needs a more permanent solution. "We look forward to continuing to work with Governor McAuliffe and members of the General Assembly to achieve legislative action to automatically restore the civil rights for all citizens who have served their time," added Nguyen.

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 06:36:51 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, April 18.

*Here's how we got to 8 million Obamacare signups (This is turning into a major success story, despite Republicans' efforts at sabotaging the program.)
*The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers ("...the news about Obamacare is good, even if Republicans can't quite bring themselves to admit it yet.")
*ANALYSIS: How The Media Covered The U.N. Climate Reports In Three Charts
*Toward a climate abyss ("For many nations, it's business as usual.")
*Joe Scarborough, conspiracy theorist ("Accusing the census, without evidence, of "cooking the books" is advancing a conspiracy theory")
*Dick Morris is very afraid: A horrible pundit's "popular vote" hysteria ("In his wingnut bubble, the last thing any Republican should want is for everyone in the country to vote. Here's why")
*Scott: Got 'em right where we want 'em ("There was a glimmer in U.S. Rep. Robert C. 'Bobby' Scott's eye as he discussed this year's round of congressional elections. Despite Obamacare's alleged poor reputation, he and other liberal Democrats say they're eager to run on the health reform's record.")
*McAuliffe to cities: Make decisions not excuses about roads funding ("'No more complaining, whining, bickering' about highway projects, the governor told mayors, city officials and county supervisors from the region. 'This is your decision now.'")
*Governor simplifies process to regain vote ("In a series of changes to the state's restoration of rights process, McAuliffe plans to collapse the application waiting period from five to three years for people convicted of violent felonies and others that require a waiting period, and to remove drug offenses from that list.")
*Cantor challenger asks state GOP for probe ("David Brat, a Henrico County resident challenging House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, for the Republican nomination, is asking the Republican Party of Virginia to probe the relationship between the party's executive director, a consulting firm he was affiliated with, and work performed for Cantor's campaign.")
*McDonnell's defense makes appeal for donations, says trial alone will cost $1 million
*McAuliffe replaces five port authority members
*Another blow to former Va. governor McDonnell's defense in corruption case ("A judge on Thursday rejected a request by the couple's attorneys to file completely secret declarations about the testimony their clients would give if their trials were separated.")
*Norfolk council hopefuls discuss crime, tolls and other issues
*U-Va.'s in-state price likely to increase
*[Arlington] County Tax Rate to Drop By a Penny
*Washington and Lee U. administrators urged to atone for Confederate past
*Baseball panic springs eternal ("There are many reasons to be nervous about the Nats, and a few might even turn out to be true.")
*Clouds may prove stubborn today, but a sunny Easter weekend awaits

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Video: 8 Million Americans Have Signed Up for Healthcare Coverage on Exchanges

by: lowkell

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 21:04:51 PM EDT

And that's not even counting the millions of Americans who have gained coverage through expansion of Medicaid (not here in Virginia, due to Republicans' politically-driven idiocy and viciousness), the hundreds of millions of Americans who now have more healthcare benefits and protections (e.g., no exclusions for preexisting conditions), the fact that healthcare costs are rising more slowly under the Affordable Care Act, etc., etc.

The bottom line, according to President Obama, is that "this thing is working." That's why Obama (and a lot of other people) finds it "strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been; they can't bring themselves to admit hat the Affordable Care Act is working." Thus, Republicans said: "nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that. They were wrong to keep trying to repeal a law that is working when they have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who'd be denied coverage again or every woman who'd be charged more for just being a woman again."

Republicans: wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong some more. Sensing a pattern here? Meanwhile, let's repeat for emphasis: the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," is working. And that's in SPITE of relentless Republican efforts to try to sabotage it, slow it down, make it less effective than it could be, you name it. Fortunately for the country, Republicans don't control the White House or the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately for the country, they DO have the power to do quite a bit of damage. Which is about the only thing they're good at, by the way. Remind me again: why does ANYONE vote for people who want Americans to go backwards and be worse off?

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Michael Mann Hails VA Supreme Court Ruling as "victory for science...academic freedom"

by: lowkell

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:14:49 PM EDT

Great news from former UVA professor and leading climate scientist Michael Mann. "ATI" stands for the "American Tradition Institute," a group about which DeSmogBlog reports:
According to a 2010 filing with the IRS (PDF), ATI received $40,000 from its sister group ATP, which in turn is supported by oil, gas and coal interests.

It received another $5,000 from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Virginia-based think tank that, according to ExxonSecrets, received over $1 million in funding from Exxon Mobil since 1998. Atlas also received $122,300 from the Koch foundations and $735,000 from the Pope foundation. [8]


An online petition hosted by the American Tradition Institute opposing cap and trade makes the following assertions about climate change: [2]

"... the claims of carbon-driven anthropogenic global warming (AGW) are unproven and are, in fact, contested by over 31,000 scientists..."

"... global temperatures have not risen since 2000 and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration demonstrates that the earth has actually been cooling for the last 4 years..."

One of the leaders of ATI is one David Schnare, "a Virginia attorney" who was "involved in the ATI legal action seeking to let him and Horner review thousands of climatologist Michael Mann's University of Virginia emails, including emails deemed exempt from FOIA." (another one who was involved was none other than our friend, the bat****-crazy "Sideshow Bob" Marshall).

Among other things, Schnare has stated that environmental activists are "very sick people" who "quietly rejoice over the potential of millions (billions?) of starving people;" and that "the Scandinavian moose emits 2,100 kg of methane a year, equivalent to the green house gases emitted by an automobile trip of 13,000 km," so "Thank goodness hunters shoot 35,000 of them each year." Yeah, that's the calibre of "argument" we're dealing with here.

It might not be so insidious if ATI were just an isolated bunch of extremists. Instead, unfortunately, they are part of a massive, well-funded, not to mention evil effort to harass climate scientists, waste their time and prevent them from doing their urgently important work, and deny/minimize climate science in service of their fossil fuel industry masters. Not surprisingly, another big-time fossil fool, Ken Cuccinelli, also was a big player in all this, as were numerous right-wing publications and organizations, a few of which Mann is suing for defamation (if he wins, which is quite likely, I sincerely hope he sues a bunch more of them).

Bottom line: we should all celebrate, along with Michael Mann, this "victory for science, public university faculty, and academic freedom." Hopefully, as Mann writes, this ruling "can serve as a precedent in other states confronting this same assault on public universities and their faculty." I'd add the hope that this ruling, along with Mann's likely victory in his defamation case, make these anti-science, anti-environment, fossil fuel tools think twice before they try anything like this again. More importantly, if we can clear out all the trolls in our path, we need to make rapid progress in combating climate change, first and foremost via a rapid transition off of fossil fuels and into a clean energy economy.  

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Shad Plank Plunked

by: Dan Sullivan

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 09:40:01 AM EDT

 photo P4180899.jpgThis year's version of the annual event just outside of Wakefield accomplished little. Though there was a hint of the lunacy usually present at Shad Planking; what there wasn't was much of a crowd nor interest. The biggest symbol of the times was the state-maintained road to the event.

There really wasn't much in the way of genuine politics going on. It was more of an alumni meeting than a political rally; more of a gathering of cronies practicing the Virginia Way interrupted a couple of times by a couple of hecklers. It seems that the last few seasons of rowdies have driven away the attendees who used to come show some civil revelry on behalf of their candidates. And now, with no one in any race to rally around, the most demonstrative types stayed home; and that would leave a big hole in what had become this Ruritan charity event attendance.

Additionally the candidates themselves, apparently led by the Republicans, declared a tacit truce on the sign war; they realized surrender was the better part of valor in that battle. There were a few signs along the road, but not the plastering to which we've become accustomed; maybe a dozen on 460 coming in from Richmond.

And then there was that road. We've discussed here the slow strangling that the McDonnell administration orchestrated during his four years in office in the name of balancing the budget. Well, now it is manifest here. What has been a well-maintained macadam rural route has deteriorated. In fact, the last half mile or more to the event parking area entrance and everything beyond is now feathered with gravel to cover the potholes. It really is symbolic of the treatment of Virginia's infrastructure, from schools and social programs to health care and public safety; not to mention the fraud perpetrated on the Virginia Retirement System when McDonnell announced that the unfunded obligations had been resolved.

There is more to discuss about what was less and that will come in a subsequent post. But if this level of enthusiasm is any indication of the turnout for this fall's election, the margin will come down to the grassroots get-out-the-vote effort. Problem is, for both sides, yesterday showed the grassroots really haven't been fertilized.

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:34:36 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, April 17.

*Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss' (Dangerous situation.)
*Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Ukraine ("President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday said that he had parliamentary authorization to invade Ukraine, but that he hoped that it would not be necessary.")
*Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds (Supporting a violent, lawless, anti-government extremist? That should automatically eliminate Rand Paul from consideration for higher office. It also confirms yet again that Ron Paul is a maniac.)
*Paul Krugman slams "Obamacare truther" Joe Scarborough for "vile" accusations ("The Times columnist is not amused with the MSNBC host's claim that the White House is trying to 'cook the books'")
*Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea
*Va. transportation plan makes debut Wednesday ("Virginia's six-year transportation plan totals $13.1 billion, with $9.9 billion earmarked for highway construction." Stupid; the vast majority of money should NOT be going to encourage more fossil fuel consumption and sprawl.)
*Our view: Calling out long-distance critics ("Did Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty blush when he signed onto a lawsuit suggesting that the Environmental Protection Agency is overreaching, or might one day do so, by working with states to clean up the Chesapeake Bay?")
*Coordinate better on Chesapeake line ("Political candidates on both sides of the Virginia-North Carolina line are expressing hopes for major economic development, particularly high-tech businesses, along the U.S. 17 corridor. But so far officials in Chesapeake and their counterparts in Camden County haven't talked about how they might coordinate their efforts.")
*Money leaders emerge in pair of Va. primaries for open congressional seats
*Today's top opinion: No account ("The Times-Dispatch supports Marketplace Virginia. If Obamacare did not exist and Marketplace were seen as a way to increase access to private health insurance, we suspect it would pass. A case could be made that Marketplace does not belong in the budget, but Virginia has moved beyond that argument. A yes to a budget that includes Marketplace Virginia marks the proper step.")

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As If On Cue, Racist Nutjob Donald Trump Says He's a "Fan" of Barbara Comstock

by: lowkell

Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 17:54:07 PM EDT

Perfect timing for racist nutjob Donald Trump to weigh in, just hours after the editorial, Northern Virginia lurches to the right, appeared in this morning's Washington Post:
Ms. Comstock also supported legislation that would have required women seeking abortions to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds. She backed a measure intended to outlaw abortion by granting individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. She voted to repeal a law limiting handgun purchases to one per month. And she opposes expanding Medicaid, which would provide health coverage for up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians.


Being a sycophant to Mr. Limbaugh is bad enough; it's even worse when the sycophancy is based on a fabrication...

Ms. Comstock's past primary votes are her business. But by jockeying to appeal to the most extreme fringe of the electorate, Republicans run the risk of alienating centrist, level-headed and educated voters in the 10th District.

Of course, Trump is just the latest in a long line of extremists, warmongers, bigots, and right-wing hate radio hosts to endorse Comstock. The question is, will 10th CD voters lurch to the right, as the Post warned this morning, or will it elect the sane, sensible, capable John Foust in November? Is this like THE easiest rhetorical question ever? LOL
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