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Breaking News: Massie Turns Tail – Won’t Face VanValkenburg

UPDATE:  Eddie Whitlock, the chair of the Henrico County Republican Committee, will replace Massie on the ticket. Del. James P. Massie III (VA-72) has called...

How Should the Media Cover Donald Trump?

This piece will be appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06) In both word and deed, Donald Trump is a most unusual political...

Res ipsa loquitur – the matter speaks for itself

Donald Trump's lame apology, followed by the even lamer remarks of Dave Brat.  Thank goodness Eileen Bedell had intelligent things to say!  The CBS...

How the Media Drives the Tragedy of Trump: Pushing “Balance”, Losing...

Cross-posted at Daily Kos "Freedom of opinion is a farce unless truth is respected." - Hannah Arendt The media’s trashing of Hillary Clinton for so many...

Saturday News: President Obama Talks About the Sorry State of American...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, February 13. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in...

National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 27.

*The Grand Old Party's future shock ("Friday's Supreme Court ruling shows Republicans fumbling for answers in an America changing faster than they are.")
*One Thing the Conservative Dissents Have in Common: Self-Loathing ("Where was all this "five unelected judges" chatter when they handed down Citizens United?")
*Justices affirm gays' right to marry ("The court's 5-to-4 decision marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation's jurisprudence.")
*Obama's extraordinary day covers triumph, grief, grace ("He celebrated the morning's court decision on gay marriage. Hours later, he mourned Charleston's shooting victims.")
*The Supreme Court officially catches up with America on gay marriage
*Islamic State says it killed dozens in Kuwait, Tunisia ("The militant group claimed responsibility for attacks that killed more than 60 people, raising fears that a global surge of terror strikes could be imminent.")
*Look away from the Confederate flag to what Mr. Roof held in his other hand
*Andrew Sullivan: It Is Accomplished
*Hillary Clinton attacks Republicans as 'party of the past' ("In a sharp speech to a Virginia crowd, the Democrat jabbed at her rivals repeatedly.")
*Clinton brings her 2016 presidential campaign to Northern Virginia
*In Virginia, Clinton tells GOP to "move on"
*Virginia advocates for gay marriage hail Supreme Court ruling
*Va. GOP to decide: Convention or primary to choose a 2016 candidate? (Go convention! Also poll tax! LOL)
*Va. GOP makes key 2016 decision Saturday - convention or primary? ("Former Rep. Tom Davis, a Republican who represented Fairfax and Prince William counties in Congress from 1995 to 2008, said that choosing to pick a presidential candidate in a convention 'would be stupid in several ways.'")
*Scalia tried to make the court a conservative stronghold. He failed. ("With Obamacare, the Justice's legislative vision has been dealt a death blow." I'd argue he's done a huge amount of damage nonetheless, with cases like Citizens United and Bush v. Gore...)
*Antonin Scalia Dissent In Marriage Equality Case Is Even More Unhinged Than You'd Think ("Unhinged" is definitely the right word for this guy.)
*Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history (Especially given the vitriol and "massive resistance" aimed his way by the right wing in this country!)
*President Obama preaches - and sings - in protest of racism
*Virginia Attorney General Herring Hails SCOTUS Marriage Ruling
*Ken Cuccinelli: Same-Sex Marriage Decision 'Ripped From The States' (I'm still amazed and horrified that this guy was ever elected to higher office in Virginia.)
*George Allen evolves - in a big way - on gay marriage ("To say former Virginia governor and U.S. senator George Allen has evolved on gay rights is an understatement. His shift is more revolution than evolution.")
*Gay marriage ruling draws mixed responses in Hampton Roads, Virginia
*Fairfax School Board approves adding transgender topic to teens' class
*Scherzer flirts with perfection again as Nationals win seventh straight (This guy is amazing.)
*Periods of heavy rain and storms Saturday, pretty pleasant Sunday

National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 16.

*Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers in leaked draft of encyclical ("He backed the science behind climate change, citing 'a very considerable consensus.'")
*Want to fix the world? Start by making clean energy a default setting (Also make energy efficiency, such as LEED Platinum buildings, net-zero-energy homes and smart growth default settings.)
*Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical Just Leaked. Here's What It Says. ("Humans are causing climate change, and there will be 'grave consequences' if we don't act fast, warns the pope." Bingo.)
*Al-Qaeda says No. 2 leader died in U.S. strike (Good riddance.)
*Islamic State routed from stronghold ("A Kurdish-Syrian rebel force backed by U.S. airstrikes took the town of Tal Abyad with little resistance, raising new questions about the extremist group's vaunted military capabilities." Nice!)
*Jeb Bush runs away from his family name (Pathetic.)
*Jeb inspires the nation: In America, any son and brother of presidents can grow up to be president! ("Jeb Bush announced his 2016 candidacy with the improbable story of how he's been privileged since birth")
*Jeb's logo can't hide the troublesome family name
*Rachel Dolezal Leaves N.A.A.C.P. Post as Past Discrimination Suit Is Revealed (Bizarre.)
*Republicans in House Seek Way to Revive Trade Bill
*Democrats face gut-check moment on spending ("They aim to force Republicans to increase domestic spending by killing GOP funding bills.")
*Editorial: Transgender issue demands attention
*Webb says he'll decide on 2016 race by end of June ("Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said in a radio interview in Iowa Monday that he is nearing a decision on a presidential run.")
*Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine omits disclosure of Spain stay
*Va. GOP reflects on Bush announcement ("Some wary of family 'dynasty' but others say he could win")
*Democrats name Bagby as candidate in July 21 special election to fill Morrissey's seat
*Our view: Herring should back fiduciary for Sweet Briar
*Casey: The Roanoke Tea Party's losing streak grows longer
*Opinion/Editorial: Clarity on executions is essential ("Among those wondering whether Virginia was at risk of repeating Oklahoma's debacle was Del. Scott A. Surovell, D-Fairfax.")
*Montgomery County supervisors opt for unity in regional fight against Mountain Valley Pipeline
*Rays hammer Gonzalez, Nats, 6-1 (Well, at least they have one consistently great starting pitcher...Max Scherzer.)
*D.C. area forecast: Heat, humidity and storms repeat today; Nicer Wednesday

National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, June 10. Also check out the photo of my favorite Revenue Commissioner, Ingrid Morroy, with Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey, both of whom are on their way to the Arlington County Board after victories yesterday.

*BREAKING: Court Throws Out Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Rule
*How the next few weeks could determine the fate of Obama's legacy
*The Fifth Circuit Just Stuck A Knife In Roe v. Wade
*A resilient democracy ("The global importance of Turkey's election")
*Dems set budget trap for GOP
*Watch Jeb Bush Defend a Campaign Ad That Exploited the Murder of a 10-Year-Old Girl
*Obama hits Republicans with a healthcare truth bomb: Obamacare is the new normal ("President Obama lays out the reality the GOP refuses to recognize: The ACA has changed our healthcare expectations")
*Behind the Jeb Bush campaign shake-up
*Former GOP Senator Trashes Party's Presidential Field: 'Scares Me To Death,' 'Not Ready For Primetime' (LOL)
*GOP aiming for Friday trade vote, but snag remains
*Our view: A supreme victory for Sweet Briar supporters
*Virginia Supreme Court opens door to stopping Sweet Briar College closure
*Siobhan Dunnavant wins GOP primary, could become 4th Stolle elected ("With 95 percent of the vote counted, Dunnavant had 38 percent. She defeated former Del. Bill Janis, the closest competitor with 30 percent, and Vincent Haley and Edward Whitlock.")
*Don Caldwell enters race against John Edwards, Nancy Dye for Senate (Democrats' chances of taking back the Virginia State Senate took a major hit with this announcement, as incumbent Sen. John Edwards is now officially in SERIOUS jeopardy of being unseated this November.)
*VAGA primary wrap: Howell wins, Martin loses (I'll miss making fun of bigoted nutjob Steve Martin, but still...good riddance!)
*Heretick upsets incumbent Joannou in 79th House District (I can't tell you how happy I am over this one!)
*Virginia's top Republican holds off tea-party challenger in primary ("House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell said the win signals a new era of unity for a fractured state GOP.")
*Longtime Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille ousted in primary race ("In a strong rebuke, Euille lost to Vice Mayor Silberberg, one of several contests in Northern Virginia.")
*Cristol and Dorsey win Democratic primary for 2 seats on Arlington Board
*Fairfax County Supervisor Gross fights off challenger in Democratic primary
*DeSteph wins GOP nomination in 8th District Senate race (This guy's a raging anti-Muslim bigot, among other problems. Blech.)
*Independent candidate files to run in Senate race to replace Raph Smith (Probably won't make a difference in this race.)
*Mark Levine Wins 45th District House of Delegates Democratic Primary (Impressive, mazel tov to Mark!)
*Hanger fends off 2 in 24th (Apparently, supporting Medicaid expansion wasn't the kiss of death after all.)
*Gecker wins Democratic primary (Terry McAuliffe gets his man; now we'll see if he can help push Gecker to victory this November.)
*Incumbent Del. Chris Head defeats Harry Griego in Republican primary
*Dan Storck Wins Mount Vernon District Supervisor Democratic Primary ("Storck will face Republican Jane Gandee in fall election.")
*Roanoke County supervisors hear about potential threats of Mountain Valley Pipeline from advisory committee
*Nationals lose to Yankees after Desmond's key error in seventh
*D.C. area forecast: Warm today before mini heat wave

Winners and Losers: Virginia Primaries 2015 Edition

Here are a few winners and losers from the primaries held in Virgina last night that I believe are worth highlighting. As always, this list isn't meant to be comprehensive, just some stuff that jumped out at me, so please add winners and losers of your own in the comments section. Thanks.

Winners
1. "Working Families" Coalition; Charlie Jackson: These guys -  - Mid-Atlantic Laborers Union/LIUNA, CASA in Action, NAKASEC Action Fund, SEIU Virginia 512, SEIU 32BJ, UFCW Local 400 - waded into four contested Democratic primary contests, endorsing Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey for Arlington County Board; Penelope Gross for Fairfax County Board; Rosalyn "Roz" Dance for State Senate from the 16th district; and Steve Heretick for House of Delegates from the 79th district. They won them all, with a combination of money, door knocking, phone banking, etc. Hopefully, the Virginia Democratic leadership will take notice! Also, Charlie Jackson, the Democratic political strategist and 10th CD Democratic chair who helped mastermind all this, must have a big smile on his face this morning. :)
2. Del. Scott Surovell: Can we say "kingmaker?" He rolled the dice, endorsed Dan Storck over Tim Sargeant for Mt. Vernon District Supervisor, and came out on top last night. Surovell also saw his friend and political ally Paul Krizek sweep to victory. Not too shabby for one evening. Throw in Ben Tribbett as a "winner" here, since he played a role in all this behind the scenes.
3. Team Katie Cristol: Wow, just wow. Cristol came out of nowhere and performed impressively at debates, but she also won the Democratic nomination for Arlington County Board last night because of the strong campaign team behind her (and she also ran a heckuva campaign, let's face it!). That includes the "Working Families" coalition, of course, but also everyone involved (e.g., her husband, Steve; political strategist Ian Redman, volunteers like Brian Devine) in that effort. Nice job!
4. Team Christian Dorsey: He went into this as a strong favorite to pick up one of the two Arlington County Board Democratic nomination slots, and he did. Mission accomplished by Lauren Hall, Virginia Robinson, Stephanie Clifford, Ingrid Morroy, and the many others involved in this effort. I didn't endorse Christian, but he's a really good, sharp guy who should make a fine addition to the Board. Mazel tov!
5. The Stolle Family: The Virginian Pilot headline ("Siobhan Dunnavant wins GOP primary, could become 4th Stolle elected") says it all on this one.
6. Arlington County Board Member Libby Garvey: I hate putting her on this list, as i view her as a negative, damaging, corrosive force in Arlington politics. Still, she's got to be happy that the folks most hostile to her lost last night, while someone widely viewed as an ally, Christian Dorsey (for his part, he insists he will be fiercely independent of anyone/everyone, and I hope that's the case!), won. Not a bad night, all in all.
7. Mike Signer: He was determined to get elected to something (e.g., Lt. Governor in 2009), and he finally did...to the Charlottesville City Council. Signer also recently came out with a book, Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father, and became a father (if not a Founding Father - lol) for the first time. Mazel tov to Mike, who's definitely in the "winners" category right now.
8. Bill Howell: He could have been the next Eric Cantor, but instead he won resoundingly by working hard, raising tons of money, not taking anything for granted, and did I mention working hard? :)
9. Hal Parrish: The Republican nominee in the 29th State Senate District probably has a big smile on his face this morning, after watching the anemic turnout in the Democratic primary yesterday (and also the results).
10. Team Steve Heretick: A superb victory over the seemingly invincible Del. Johnny Joannou (calls himself a "D," but more of a Republican or even Tea Partier). Nice job!
11. Team Mark Levine: Very impressive, not sure how they did it exactly, but the multi-page mailer they sent out, telling the story of Mark's heroic efforts to find justice for his murdered sister (and for all women who are victims of domestic violence), has gotten rave reviews. Anyway, great job by Levine's entire team (particularly campaign manager Jacob Weinberg) in putting together a winning campaign here, despite basically zero establishment support, endorsements, etc.! Also, I've got to say, I'm very much looking forward to watching Mark go after far-right-wing lunacy, idiocy, etc. in Richmond. Something tells me I'll be posting a LOT of Mark Levine video in the coming years. :)

National and Virginia News Headlines: Primary Day 2015

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, Primary Day 2015.

*G7: End of fossil fuel era? (Let's hope!)
*Obama: Supreme Court shouldn't have heard Obamacare challenge (Absolutely right, this is ridiculous!)
*Scott Walker's Revolt Back Home ("The governor's presidential maneuvering is wearing thin in Wisconsin.")
*"The Girl Was No Saint Either": Fox Jumps To Defend McKinney Police Officer's Brutal Manhandling Of Teen Girl At Pool Party (Breaking: Fox continues to be despicable. OK, not "breaking" after all; they've always been like this.)
*Republicans might as well pound sand ("The GOP can't stop Clinton's momentum.")
*Republican pledges $175 million to push party on climate ("A North Carolina executive is pouring his own money into trying to sway people in the GOP to take global warming seriously.")
*Jeb Bush shakes up team ahead of campaign launch ("While Bush has raised more than $100 million since December, the staff moves are an acknowledgment that his "exploratory phase" has not gone well.")
*The romance with Rand Paul is gone ("Rand Paul's rhetorical recklessness." Not just rhetorical, also substantive.)
*Why the fate of Virginia's congressional map matters
*Goodlatte expects appeal of congressional redistricting lawsuit
*Opinion: We encourage Virginians to get involved in this year's election
*Gov. Terry McAuliffe heading to Europe
*What's at stake in Tuesday's Virginia primary ("GOP House Speaker William J. Howell is in perhaps the most closely watched primary of the season." This one's on my list, but far from the "most closely watched.")
*Atif Qarni is the Leader the 29th Deserves (Bingo!)
*Eight percent turnout expected for today's primary in Prince William (The 92% who don't vote should be ashamed of themselves.)
*State faces urgent decisions on managing information technology
*When is packing packing
*Editorial: Republican primary day is here ("Today's Republican primaries primaries in Stafford County and Fredericksburg are expected to bring out tens of thousands of voters.")
*Editorial: Virginia, localities look to get a handle on fracking
*Large turnout anticipated for Charlottesville primary
*Central VA Primary Elections See Record Funds Raised and More Competition
*United, District reach final terms on stadium deal ("'We go after every deal. Some work out, some don't,' said McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy.")
*Victim in Jesse Matthew case describes brutal attack
*Arlington/Alexandria are 2nd best places to retire
*D.C. area forecast: Morning showers then afternoon clearing; Hot late week