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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 06:24:15 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 1.

*Ind. law draws GOP contenders into culture wars ("Republicans had sought to avoid such disputes in 2016, but most top GOP presidential contenders quickly backed the bill, putting them out of step with growing national support for gay rights.")
*New group to funnel secret, unlimited donations to Bush
*Republican candidates are on a collision course with the American electorate
*Deal or no deal, the Iran talks have borne fruit
*In Nigeria's Election, Muhammadu Buhari Defeats Goodluck Jonathan
*Defying Criticism, Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill on Religious Freedom
*Tobacco Commission likely to pursue restitution after authority's misuse of funds
*Atwood: Dominion Power short-circuits Virginia governance and environment
*Terry McAuliffe's amendments set off privacy, surveillance concerns
*State senator's financial report shows hotel payment overlap ("Paperwork filed by Sen. John Cosgrove of Chesapeake shows he received taxpayer reimbursement for part of a hotel stay at a conference last year even though his campaign paid the hotel bill.")
*Derailing Richmond's gravy train ("The McDonnells' conviction under federal law revealed terrible holes in state law, and legislators have proven unwilling to muster the courage to impose comprehensive changes on a system that has failed them and the rest of Virginia.")
*Loudoun's Sen. Black listed as 'enemy' by ISIS, along with Rick Santorum
*Opposition to federal recognition of Virginia tribe heats up
*Sweet Briar faculty say board, president should step down
*Morrissey, Derik Jones fail to qualify for Democratic primary ("Barring a successful court challenge, this means that only two names will appear on the June Democratic primary ballot for Virginia's 16th District Senate seat - Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, and Del. Joseph Preston, D-Petersburg.")
*Peninsula races shaping up for Virginia Senate, House seats; Price unopposed
*County, state officials differ over future of the Bi-County Parkway
*Stewart: Bi-County Parkway project is dead
*Richmond council members seek more financial numbers in development deals
*Schapiro: Metro politics vicious because the stakes are so low
*Feds issue subpoenas for information from Norfolk treasurer
*Sunny and cool today with a blast of wind before spring's warmth returns

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Is Ken Cuccinelli Really "New and Improved?"

by: lowkell

Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 10:24:05 AM EDT

I probably agree 99% of the time with Peter Galuszka of Bacon's Rebellion, which is why I found his latest headline, A New, Improved Ken Cuccinelli?, so puzzling. At first I thought that Galuszka was going to write an Onion-style satire or just a "yeah right!" But no, this appears to be serious.
Is one-time conservative firebrand Ken Cuccinelli undergoing a makeover?...

...The hard line former Virginia attorney general who lost a bitter gubernatorial race to Terry McAuliffe in 2013 is now helping run an oyster farm and sounding warning alarms about a rising police state.

...Yet on March 31, Cuccinelli was the co-author with Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia of an opinion column in the Richmond Times Dispatch. Their piece pushes bipartisan bills passed by the General Assembly that would limit the use of drones and electronic devices to read and record car license plate numbers called license plate readers or LPRs.

A few thoughts on this. First, you might have noticed that I did NOT link to the aforementioned opinion column in this morning's news clips. That was intentional, as Ken Cuccinelli is an extremist, bigot, and paranoid nutjob who doesn't deserve one drop of ink (or pixels), except to mock him and to expose his extremism/bigotry. Why anyone would want to team up with or associate themselves in any way with this extremist is beyond me, but to each their own.

Second, to the question posed by Peter Galuszka, the short answer is "no, Cuccinelli is most certainly NOT 'new and improved.'" A few examples of his recent ravings include: Mitch McConnell Surrenders on Amnesty (urges a shutdown of Homeland Security over immigration policy), House Abandons Pro-Life Bill (criticizes the GOP for not passing an unconstitutional 20-week abortion bill), 25 Republicans Oppose Boehner for Speaker (opposes John Boehner because he's supposedly too liberal), hung out with Ted Cruz on St. Patrick's day, continues to promote crazy climate science denial/conspiracy theories, has engaged in "creepy Hillary Clinton bashing", posted this beyond-heinous cartoon on his Facebook page mocking climate science and showing Hillary Clinton about to be beheaded by an ISIS terrorist, started a "gun rights" firm, continues his rabid homophobia and gay bashing, etc, etc. In short, meet the new Crazy Cooch, same as the old Crazy Cooch.

Finally, with regard to Cuccinellii's concerns for civil liberties, government surveillance, etc., that's nothing new whatsoever. The problem is that, although this is a serious issue, Cuccinelli is coming at it at least in part from a deeply non-serious place. For instance, see Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Worried about the Government Tracking His Son - Told Crowd He Might Not Get Social Security # from March 2010. But even if you discount Cuccinelli's paranoia/lunacy, obviously civil liberties and personal privacy issues are VERY serious ones, and for whatever reason(s), Cuccinelli has talked about them for a long time (e.g., see FreedomWorks Joins Rand Paul, Ken Cuccinelli in NSA Spying Class Action Lawsuit. So, yet again, this is nothing new or improved for Cuccinelli.

Bottom line: I'm not sure why Peter Galuszka, who I agree with 99% of the time, thinks that Ken Cuccinelli might be "undergoing a makeove," but it's simply not true. Unfortunately, he's the same right-wing "firebrand" that he ever was...

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 06:37:08 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 31.

*Ind. to 'clarify' new law decried as anti-gay (How about repealing it?)
*Poll: Majority of Americans back nuclear deal with Iran
*Eroding Freedom in the Name of Freedom ("Indiana already had strong constitutional protections for religious belief and that the new law seemed to result more from fear of same-sex marriage than from any demonstrated need.")
*Toughest Issues in Iran Nuclear Talks May Be Deferred ("As a deadline neared, negotiators appeared to move closer to a preliminary political accord to limit Tehran's nuclear program, but several of the most difficult issues could be deferred for a final agreement in three months.")
*Editorial: ABC agents drunk with power?
*McAuliffe invites Indiana firms to 'open and welcoming' Virginia (Of course, we do still have the Marshall-Newman amendment in our constitution, not to mention mandatory ultrasounds and other idiocies...)
*Town: Rising legislative tide ("The Clean Power Plan and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are right for Virginia. It's time to move toward a clean energy economy and away from the carbon-intensive energy policy responsible for endangering our coastal communities.")
*Jewish group presses Virginia bar to reverse decision to drop Israel trip ("Jewish legislators blast Virginia State Bar for 'disparaging' language toward Israel.")
*Cook: Virginians deserve stronger protection from toxic chemicals
*Virginia officials have a chance to add teeth to ethics reform legislation (The problem is, corrupt politicians like Tommy Norment and Dick Saslaw don't want to do that.)
*Supreme Court remands in 3rd District gerrymander case ("The U.S. Supreme Court sent Virginia's 3rd District gerrymander case back down the pipe on Monday, a move that brings Virginia another step closer to a redraw of its congressional map.")
*Virginia Tech raises tuition, prepares for larger freshman class
*PolitiFact: Dave Brat gets mostly false on claim about Obama red tape (Just about everything Brat says is mostly or totally false.)
*McAuliffe signs bill allowing schools to sell doughnuts (Homer Simpson is happy today! LOL)
*Va. school board prevents trans student from using girls' restroom (Good for the Washington Blade for picking up this story!)
*Amherst Co. attorney seeks to block Sweet Briar College closure
*Newport News to challenge Virginia Living Museum in fundraising
*Local group to study unexplained child deaths in Hampton Roads
*Portsmouth council to consider 17-cent tax hike
*Mostly sunny and warm today, but cooler tonight with rain likely

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Supreme Court Sends 3rd CD Racial "Packing" Case Back to Virginia 3-Judge Panel

by: lowkell

Mon Mar 30, 2015 at 15:59:41 PM EDT

If you dislike racial packing, this SCOTUS decision looks like good news.
The U.S. Supreme Court sent Virginia's 3rd District gerrymander case back down the pipe on Monday, a move that brings Virginia another step closer to a redraw of its congressional map.

The nation's highest court vacated and remanded a three-judge panel's decision in the case, which alleges that state leaders focused on race when drew lines for the 3rd District. The district is represented by U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, and it meanders back and forth across the James River, taking in minority populations in Hampton Roads.

[...]

Given the plaintiff's initial victory, and last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of plaintiffs from a similar case out of Alabama, Monday's remand will likely lead federal judges here to re-affirm their initial order, according to Marc Elias, lead attorney for the plaintiffs.

"The Alabama decision supports our position," Elias said in an email. "We expect the three judge panel to reach the same result now that Alabama has been decided."

All in all, I'm told by someone (an attorney) with a lot more legal acumen than I've got that this is probably a good thing in the long term, "because the Eastern District Court of Virginia (EDVA) had a broad interpretation of the Voting Rights Act, and the SCOTUS case strengthens their case."  In turn, that "definitely helps when [the case] gets to the 4th circuit again. I think there was a good chance the 4th circuit was going to reverse the EDVA opinion before the SCOTUS opinion came down." Also, this "establishes a much firmer legal foundation for Rep. Scott's case (I thought the previous EDVA opinion was weak). But it does push the timeline back because the EDVA has to hear the case again before it inevitably gets appealed to the 4th circuit."

Bottom line: "I think it will get through the 4th circuit by the middle of next year. Whether the GOP wants to waste more money and appeal it to the Supreme Court, who knows? I think it makes political sense for them to push it back as late as possible, but it will cost a ton of $ in legal bills and SCOTUS would almost certainly refuse to take the case since they just adjudicated a very similar case last week."

UPDATE: Del. Scott Surovell says, "Voting Rights Act redistricting cases are heard by three-judge DISTRICT COURT panels.  Appeals go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Federal appeals courts such as the Fourth Circuit play no role in these cases."

UPDATE #2: My main source for commentary on this article emails, "I should have been more precise: parties can appeal directly to SCOTUS in these cases, but circuit courts can be involved when there is no constitutional claim."

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Mar 30, 2015 at 06:33:01 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise for Monday, March 30.

*Iran talks intensify with final-hour attempt to reach agreement
*Iran Backs Off Key Point in Nuclear Energy Negotiations ("With a negotiating deadline on Tuesday, Iranian officials have backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country.")
*What to Worry About in an Iran Nuclear Deal ("A good deal makes the Middle East a safer place. A bad one makes matters worse. Here are some issues to keep in mind if nuclear talks lead to a provisional agreement.")
*Apple's CEO: Discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous
*Krugman: Imaginary Health Care Horrors
*Editorial: This is no time to stand in the way of solar power ("Like every other industry, Dominion's business model evolves over time. It must adjust to the growth of small-time net-metered solar energy without penalizing its producers.")
*State moving ahead on transformation of General Assembly Building, Old City Hall ("Gov. Terry McAuliffe allowed the state to issue bid requests this month for architectural and engineering design on the projects.")
*Putting brakes on predatory lenders ("Attorney General Mark Herring announced last week that his office will work in tandem with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect customers sucked into the debt trap laid by predatory short-term lenders.")
*Webb tiptoes into spotlight, considers 2016 campaign
*Virginia State Bar cancels Israel trip, citing 'discriminatory' border policies ("Politicians described the legal group's decision as an 'outrageous' move that 'sends the wrong signal.'")
*State Bar: Israel trip not fully thought out, cancelling not a boycott
*Virginia State Bar cancels Israel trip, citing 'discriminatory' border policies ("Irving Blank, a past president of the Virginia State Bar and member of the bar committee planning the trip, said the episode had been blown out of proportion, placing much of the blame on an online opinion piece posted on the Volokh Conspiracy blog on The Washington Post Web site that used the word 'boycott' in the headline.")
*As Fairfax grows more diverse, candidates for office mostly don't
*Rain or shine: Prince William County opens new recycling facility at landfill
*A bit more like spring this week; a few morning showers today

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Big Money vs. The People: The Main Political Battle of Our Times

by: Andy Schmookler

Sun Mar 29, 2015 at 13:24:51 PM EDT

This piece has run as an op/ed in newspapers in my very red congressional district.

Here's what I bet that historians will say was the No. 1 political battle in the America of our times.

Not the national debt, or abortion, or Obamacare, or immigration, or gun rights.

Instead, historians will say the most important fight was over whether the government of the United States would be the democracy our founders gave us, or whether Big Money would succeed in changing us into a different kind of society altogether.

Most of us are aware that our politics are awash in money like never before. The cost of our campaigns - from state legislatures to the presidency - has vastly increased. This avalanche of money - especially since the Citizens United decision - comes mostly not from ordinary citizens but from billionaires and giant corporations.

As a result, more and more of the decisions made - in Congress, in the White House, at the Supreme Court - favor the rich and powerful at the expense of average Americans.

Right before our eyes, our government - which is supposed to be by and for the people - is being stolen from us.

We need to look at this battle in strategic terms, asking: How is Big Money going about its effort to take over?

It is clear, for example, that it serves the interests of the plutocrats to divide the people against each other.  

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Mar 29, 2015 at 06:56:53 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, March 29. Also, check out that photo of the supposedly "moderate" Republican, Hal Parrish, who's running for Chuck Colgan's State Senate seat, posing happily with one of the craziest, most extreme politicians in Virginia...or anywhere in the country, really.

*Arab summit vows support for Yemen's leader
*Co-pilot who crashed jet reported feeling pressured
*When to expect more 2016 announcements
*McAuliffe: A loftier vision for public service ("I am firmly committed to taking a meaningful step forward on ethical government every year of my term until we reach our goal.")
*Schapiro: Ethics debate could ripple into the fall ("Republicans don't want to give McAuliffe a victory. But they're leery about handing him a defeat. They worry that rejecting the amendments when the General Assembly returns for its spring session April 15 will supply Democrats with a potent talking point in the fall elections and beyond.")
*Challenge to Howell illustrates GOP split ("Dave Brat's stunning primary defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year has emboldened the Virginia GOP's conservative wing to rise against the party's establishment.")
*Cigarette trafficking spawning other crimes and possibly violence
*Smoking pot in D.C. could cost Va. workers their jobs (That's ridiculous.)
*A silver lining at U-Va. ("Rolling Stone's failings notwithstanding, the uproar caused needed soul-searching about the university's approach to sexual assault cases.")
*In Virginia ABC arrest numbers, tilt is toward buyers rather than sellers (Should definitely be the other way around.)
*Virginia State Bar boycotts Israel (Not sure what to make of this, but doesn't sound good.)
*Time for courage on light rail plans ("Virginia Beach's City Council has spent too long cowering before a loud but small group whose blinkered vision for the city involves time travel to the 1960s. Or the 1950s.")
*Racial disparities exists in probation violation penalties, reports show ("More whites than blacks who are charged with probation violations get a break when they go before circuit court judges, case status records from 2014 suggest")
*In the path of Route 460: New route likely to displace homes, businesses
*Tech Board of Visitors to take up tuition and budget issues
*One more chilly day before temperatures turn springlike

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Far-Right-Wing Nutjob Dick Black and His BFFs Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Pete Candland, Hal Parrish

by: lowkell

Sat Mar 28, 2015 at 19:14:21 PM EDT

To introduce this photo montage of extremist insanity, let me just remind you of who Virginia State Senator Dick Black is and what he's said/done over the years. A feew "highlights" include: What Is It With Loudoun Republicans?!? Dick Black on Spousal Rape, "Nighties," etc., The Truth About Dick Black (e.g., called birth control pills "baby pesticides," passed out "pink plastic fetus dolls to state lawmakers in 2003 in a creepy campaign to win votes for various anti-abortion measures," called "An Embarrassment to us all" by John Feegel, a former Chief of Staff to the Republican Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates); Republican Loudoun-sanity Continues: Dick Black Rails Against Gays in the Military ("there was a young fellow who went to the showers at night, there were two homosexuals lurking -- they were also basic trainees - and they strangled him with a towel and forced him to submit to, you know, things that we won't talk about"); Sen. Dick Black (R-Homophobia): Polygamy "just more natural" than homosexuality; VA Sen. Dick Black (R) Praises "Extraordinary Gallantry" of Syrian Armed Forces, GOP Candidate Who Made Marital Rape Remarks Drops Out of Congressional Rac, etc, etc. So who in their right mind would have this extremist maniac speak at their campaign events or pose for photos with him?  In the montage below, clockwise from the top left, you've got bat****-crazy Sen. Ted Cruz, "stupid party" epitome Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gainesville District (Prince William County) Supervisor Pete Candland, and last but not least supposed "moderate" (guess not!) Manassas City Mayor Hal Parrish. Yep, those are Dick Black's BFFs, and I think it goes without saying that none of them should ever be elected to anything, let alone higher office, going forward.

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Mar 28, 2015 at 06:15:52 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, March 28. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he "highlighted the progress made protecting American consumers since he signed Wall Street reform into law five years ago, including an important new step taken by the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this week toward preventing abuses in payday lending."

*Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels Is the 'Dumbest Experiment in History, By Far' (It is particularly dumb, not to mention nuts, now that we have clean energy -- efficiency, of course, plus wind and solar - at plummeting cost.)
*In Yemen crisis, risk of wider war between rivals
*Co-pilot in jet crash said to have had depression
*An Obamacare checkup ("The law has lived up to many of its promises.")
*Harry Reid Goes Down Fighting ("With the bruised-and-battered Democratic leader's resignation, the Senate loses one of its toughest and most fascinating characters.")
*Inside Chuck Schumer's 24-hour campaign for leader ("The New York senator got emotional over Harry Reid's retirement. Then he got to work to take his job.")
*The economy is a Democrat: Why recent history shows the value of a progressive president ("When Dems control the White House, the middle class wins. And under Republicans? Not so much...")
*Ted Cruz Is Trying To Gut The Clean Air Act And Repeal All Climate Regulation (This is simply evil.)
*Va. Gov. McAuliffe amends license plate reader bill, angers legislators
*Virginia senator speaking at SC Democratic dinner ("Sen. Mark Warner will speak at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner on April 24, a year after his Old Dominion senate counterpart Tim Kaine headlined the same event.")
*McAuliffe reworks ethics bill, will veto Tebow, gun bills
*McAuliffe proposes tighter gift limits in ethics legislation ("The governor said his amendments include an aggregate cap of $100 annually per lobbyist or entity seeking a contract with the state, a policy he said his administration already follows.")
*McAuliffe runs afoul of the feds ("Gov. Terry McAuliffe has never shied away from his reputation as a hustler. This week, he shrugged off the latest complaints of his aggressive style during his regular appearance on WRVA's 'Ask the governor' program. 'I pick up the phone, and I raise heck,' McAuliffe said, likening his business strategy to his approach as Virginia's chief executive.")
*Balancing the tuition scales at U-Va. ("The larger payment from better-off in-staters will free up resources that the university gets from the state and elsewhere so that U-Va. can expand access to talented Virginians of more modest means. Sounds like money well spent to us." Agreed.)
*Swecker takes helm of state Democratic Party (Good luck!)
*Toxic emissions in Va. increase 10 percent in 2013; Radford arsenal remains atop list
*A wind-chilled start to the weekend

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Actions on 2015 Legislation

by: lowkell

Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 17:42:30 PM EDT

From Gov. McAuliffe's office... 

RICHMOND - At a press conference today in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his actions on the 800 bills passed by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2015 legislative session.

 

“When I began the process of evaluating the 800 bills that were sent to my desk this year, I applied one simple standard: Does this legislation make Virginia more competitive and improve people’s lives, and if not, can I amend it to ensure that it does?

 

“As I have said, this session was marked by bipartisan cooperation on issues that are important to Virginia families. We passed a balanced budget that closed a revenue shortfall, protected core priorities like education, and invested in economic development, health care and school nutrition. 

 

“We took significant steps forward reforming our workforce development system, strengthening our transportation planning process, enhancing the resources we offer Virginia veterans, and building on our efforts to grow a 21st Century energy economy.  My focus this session was on laying a foundation for a new Virginia economy, and I am proud to say that we did just that this year.”

 

The Governor also announced his vetoes to 17 bills that he determined did not comply with his standard of growing and diversifying our economy and moving Virginia forward.

 

“The bills that I vetoed this year sought changes in law that I viewed to be counterproductive to the economic and social progress we need to better serve Virginia families. From drawing legislative lines outside of the constitutional process, to loosening Virginia gun laws and unnecessarily disrupting the ability of law enforcement and the Virginia Board of Education to do their jobs, these bills do not make Virginia stronger or more competitive. Accordingly, I have vetoed them.”

In addition to the six bills dealing with redistricting which the Governor vetoed yesterday, he vetoed the following bills today:

 

SB 948 – Provides that information on concealed handgun permitees in the Virginia Criminal Information Network may not be shared with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia for the carrying of concealed handguns

This bill could unnecessarily hamper criminal investigations in other states and put our law enforcement officers at risk.

 

SB 1059 – Requires the Attorney General to make a public written determination as to the need for special counsel, and places reporting requirements on the use of outside counsel

This bill limits the Attorney General’s authority to appoint outside counsel and could present challenges to attorney-client privilege.

 

SB 1137 – Provides that lawful concealed carry permit holders be permitted to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle in any vehicle on public streets, highways and roads

This legislation ignores long-established fire arm safety procedures and could endanger law enforcement officers in the line of duty.

 

HB 1318 – Requires photo identification for persons seeking absentee ballots by mail, telephone or electronic transmission.

Governor McAuliffe determined that this bill imposes barriers on eligible voters being able to obtain and cast an absentee ballot.

 

HB 1473 – Allows a General Registrar who lives and is registered to vote in one locality to serve as registrar in an adjoining locality

Governor McAuliffe determined that this bill makes unnecessary changes to current law, which requires that the person who runs elections in a given locality should be a voter in that locality.

 

HB 1608 – Prohibiting any local government from requiring contractors to have a wage floor or other employee benefit above what is otherwise required by state law.

This bill would unduly limit the ability of local governments to decide their own labor practices and could negatively impact the utilization of registered apprenticeship programs.

 

HB 1626 – Prohibiting public schools from joining any organization which does not permit home schooled students to participate in sports program (such as the Virginia High School League)

This bill would create a double standard, as students who are not subject to academic or attendance requirements of public schools would now compete with students on public school athletic teams. He also recognized the wide availability of athletic programs that operate outside the public school system.

 

HB 1752 and SB 724 – Prohibits the Board of Education from adopting the Common Core State Standards without prior approval of the General Assembly

This bill infringes on the authority of the Virginia Board of Education, particularly given that fact that Virginia has no plans to adopt the Common Core State Standards.    

  

HB 2009 – Requires the chief law enforcement officer to provide a certification for transfer of a machine gun within 60 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the machine gun

This bill restricts the authority of local law enforcement to make its own decisions about machine gun transfers.

 

HB 2395 – Prohibits a state agency from requiring a bidder, offeror, contractors, or subcontractors to perform services at rates based on wages and benefits for the corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics

This legislation is a solution in search of a problem. This bill responds to a future circumstance that has not arisen because Virginia does not have a prevailing wage law.   

 

In addition to his vetoes, Governor McAuliffe announced that he would amend around 50 pieces of legislation in order to align them with his goals. Those amendments include significant substantive and technical changes to the ethics legislation that was passed in the final hours of the legislative session.

 

“The ethics bill that was sent to my desk represented a significant step forward, but it was not perfect. While my amendments do not make it perfect, they do further strengthen our ethics laws so that Virginians can have greater confidence that their leaders are putting them first.

 

“While I sought a much stronger bill, my top priority is amending this bill to include a $100 aggregate cap on gifts, so that leaders cannot receive unlimited $100 gifts from lobbyists and those seeking influence with the state. That is a reasonable step that I hope the General Assembly will accept this year, so that we can begin preparing to further advance this important cause in the next legislative session.”

 

 

The Governor’s amendments to this year’s ethics bill include:

Record Review

Conference report: Forms reviewed only for completeness. If incomplete, the filer is notified confidentially to file a completed disclosure.

Governor’s amendment: The Council will conduct semiannual, random inspections for compliance with disclosure requirements, limitations on gifts, accuracy of information and deadlines.

Appointments to Council

Conference report:  Governor’s appointees would be a retired judge and two individuals from a list suggested by VML and VACO.

Governor’s amendment: Governor’s appointees would be an Executive Branch appointee and the two proposed by local government organizations.

Travel waivers

Conference report: Exemptions to the waiver requirement include travel paid by any government, travel to facilitate attendance at the legislative session, a legislative or commission meeting or a national conference approved by House/Senate Rules committee, and travel related to a meeting that an official has been appointed to because of his/her office.

Governor’s amendment: All travel paid by a third party to the legislative session, the NCSL and similar organizations must be disclosed.

Gifts

Conference report: A $100 cap per gift to state and local officials and legislators from a lobbyist or lobbyist principal. For state and local officials, the cap also applies to entities seeking a contract with an official’s agency. Exemptions/waivers for personal friends and widely attended events in addition to the travel exemption discussed above.

Governor’s amendment: A $100 aggregate gift cap. That cap also applies to gifts to legislators from entities seeking a contract with the state. This is existing law.

Definition of widely attended event

Conference report:  Officials may accept food and beverages with a value exceeding $100 at widely attended events. Widely attended events are defined as events at which 25 or more people are expected to attend. The event must also be open to the public or to individuals with a common interest; members of a civic, public or professional organization; or individuals from a particular industry.

Governor’s amendment: Removes language in the definition that exempts events that are open to the public in order to clarify that major sports events such as the Super Bowl are not included in the definition and exempted from the gift cap. 

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Video: AG Mark Herring Says We Should Be "Ashamed" of Predatory Lending in VA, Vows to Fight It

by: lowkell

Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 09:23:43 AM EDT

Yet again, the difference between having right-wing extremist Mark Obenshain (shudddderrrr) as Virginia Attorney General, and having Mark Herring as our AG, is immense. In this case, Herring is fighting against a despicable practice - predatory lending. "...on matters large and on matters small, we are going to fight for the rights of Virginia consumers. But there's one place where we need to do more and we're going to do more. I read a few weeks ago that Virginia is now considered the predatory lending capital of the East Coast, and I cannot accept that. It hurts our reputation as a state, and more than that, it means that here are Virginians who are being hurt, and I cannot accept that." Full remarks on the "flip."

P.S. "Democrats" like Dick Saslaw who support predatory lending should be ashamed of themselves.

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 06:19:21 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 27. Also, check out comedian Aasif Mandvi at the 2015 RTCA Dinner ripping the corporate media's incompetence and idiocy.

*Plane crash called deliberate act ("French prosecutor blames co-pilot in chilling scenario")
*How can airlines prevent crashes like this in future?
*Egypt warships steam toward Yemen coast ("Saudi Arabia continued its bombardment as Egypt prepared to join the Arab-led offensive against Shiite rebels in Yemen.")
*Pat Robertson: 'Was the co-pilot a Muslim? Why did he want to kill all those people?' (More right-wing bigotry and lunacy.)
*GOP's "religious freedom" riot: How a bigoted Indiana law could roil GOP primary (Did I just say "more right-wing bigotry and lunacy?" Yes, yes I did!)
*Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session (This budget would be ruinous for America.)
*Scott Walker Adjusts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner
*Krugman: Mornings in Blue America ("So, as I said at the beginning, the fact that we're now seeing mornings in blue America - solid job growth both at the national level and in states that have defied the right's tax-cutting, deregulatory orthodoxy - is a big problem for conservatives. Although they would never admit it, events have proved their most cherished beliefs wrong.")
*Derik Jones enters Senate race for Dance's seat
*McAuliffe says he will amend ethics bill before signing ("The bill would cap gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers at $100. But it has come under fire for a variety of perceived loopholes, including elimination of an aggregate cap on gifts." This thing needs a TON of help!)
*McAuliffe vetoes redistricting bills, defends Atlantic Coast Pipeline project (The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not particularly defensible, and it certainly shouldn't be defended by a Democratic governor.)
*Press Pass: McAuliffe stands by Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Utter bull****.)
*Va. Attorney General Herring to focus on predatory lending (We badly need alternatives to these predators.)
*McAuliffe signs clean budget, bill vetoes coming

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Mar 26, 2015 at 06:32:16 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, March 26. Also, courtesy of Stafford Dem Marc Broklawski, check out the "'greatest hits' compilation of extreme Tea Party testimony bullying the Stafford School Board into abandoning Title IX." It's kinda like watching Faux "News" or Glenn Beck or something. And no, that is NOT a good thing! Ugh.

*Slandering solar is not about protecting taxpayers, but utility's monopoly status (By former Rep. Barry Goldwater, Jr.)
*Saudi Arabia launches heavy strikes in Yemen
*Pilot reportedly locked out of cockpit as plane crashed
*Bowe Bergdahl, once-missing U.S. soldier, charged with desertion
*Opinion analysis: A small victory for minority voters, or a case with "profound" constitutional implications?
*Should Your State Be Able to Ignore the Nation's Most Important Pollution Law? ("Republicans think so." And of course, yet again, they are wildly wrong.)
*Obama's Very Smart Reason for Being So Tough on Netanyahu (Agreed, stay the course.)
*McAuliffe to sign state budget with no amendments or vetoes ("A year after Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly engaged in a bitter, three-month standoff over adopting a budget, the governor on Thursday is expected to sign a revised budget without any amendments or line-item vetoes.")
*Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to veto about 20 bills (He should have vetoed or heavily amended the Dominion bill too.)
*Rep. Beyer set to replace Rep. Van Hollen as DCCC finance chair
*Dominion plans to build natural gas power plant in Southside (Again, they should first and foremost be maxing out energy efficiency, which they most certainly are not, and also renewable energy, before building any new fossil-fuel power plants.)
*Morrissey announces Senate bid, vacates House seat ("Del. Joe Morrissey, I-Henrico County, on Wednesday formally announced his bid for state Sen. Rosalyn Dance's seat in the 16th Senate district. As required by state law, Morrissey vacated his seat in the 74th House of Delegates district.")
*McAuliffe orders Va. ABC officers to be retrained in use of force, diversity
*Budget to take Beach forward ("The knee-jerk response to a proposal - by anyone, anywhere - to increase taxes by 6.4 percent is NO. It's particularly true in Virginia Beach, where the city manager has recommended increasing the real estate tax rate to 99 cents per $100 worth of property. Residents are unconvinced of the need.")
*SCOTUS Alabama decision may affect Virginia election maps
*Mother, daughter from Virginia on flight that crashed in French Alps
*Editorial: Morrissey isn't getting state political leaders' hints
*Temperatures in 70s Thursday, showers likely; snow possible Friday night

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SCOTUS Ruling on Alabama Racial "Packing" Could Be Important Precedent for Virginia Cases

by: lowkell

Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 12:58:16 PM EDT

Today's Supreme Court decision on racial gerrymandering invalidates an Alabama redistricting plan that packed minority voters into  majority-minority districts. What "packing" African Americans does is to basically guarantee an African-American will be elected in the "packed" district(s), but that African Americans' voting power will be diluted everywhere else.

Here in Virginia, this issue came to a head last fall, when three federal judges ruled "that the lines of the state's 3rd Congressional District were drawn in violation of the U.S. Constitution" and "ordered the General Assembly to redraw them by April 1, in time for the next congressional election in 2016."

The 3rd District is the only one of Virginia's 11 congressional districts with an African American majority. It has been represented since 1992 by Rep. Bobby Scott, a Newport News Democrat who is unopposed in the Nov. 4 election.

In a 2-1 decision, the judges agreed with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed a year ago that the congressional redistricting plan adopted by the Republican-controlled Assembly in 2012 amounted to racial gerrymandering, packing African American voters into Scott's district and leaving adjoining districts safer for their Republican incumbents.

In order to comply with the panel's ruling, the legislature might have to pull some Democratic-leaning voters out of Scott's district and redistribute them to surrounding districts, possibly creating less-hospitable electoral terrain for Republican Reps. Randy Forbes of Chesapeake and Scott Rigell of Virginia Beach.

Note that in 2012, Barack Obama lost the 4th CD (Forbes' district) by just 1 point, while Tim Kaine narrowly won it. Thus, a shift of even a few points could make Randy Forbes' political life a lot less cozy. Same thing with Scott Rigell, whose second district Barack Obama narrowly won in 2012.

Meanwhile, yet another Virginia lawsuit accuses "the General Assembly of 'racial gerrymandering' by packing black voters into 12 of the state's House of Delegates districts." For that reason, "[t]he plaintiffs are asking the court to declare the challenged districts invalid and to block the state from holding elections because of the disputed districts." If plaintiffs win this case, it could lead to the redrawing not just of the affected districts, but also potentially surrounding ones as well. And that, in turn, could have significant consequences for the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates. Not surprisingly, House of Delegates Republicans are in no hurry to deal with this situation, and would clearly prefer that it just go away. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for those who dislike racial gerrymandering and "packing," that's not likely.

Bottom line: Today's SCOTUS ruling has potentially big implications for Virginia, because Rep. Bobby Scott's case is factually similar, as is the House of Delegates case.  

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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 06:37:40 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 25.

*How American journalists deal with climate deniers ("The basic mental model that has governed U.S. journalism for decades - two mirror-image sides, each with their moderates and extremists, engaging in normal politics - is crumbling and it's not clear what journalism will look like when the dust clears.")
*Oil And Gas Giant BP Cuts Ties With Conservative Group ALEC
*Obama: Remarks dim prospects for Palestinian state (Thanks in large part to the right wing, both in Israel and their misguided supporters here.)
*Black box damaged in German jetliner crash
*Satellite scientist cited by Ted Cruz disagrees with him on climate change (Cruz just lies and lies and lies and lies and...)
*Ted Cruz going on Obamacare (Almost seems like an "Onion" headline for this lying hypocrite and Joe McCarthy-style demagogue.)
*Liberals, Conservatives, and Jobs ("Republicans...are desperately trying to claim that the economic recovery now underway is an illusion. They can't handle the truth.")
*Editorial: Gov. McAuliffe should impose a moratorium on the death penalty
*Ruling could mean delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline (How about delaying it forever? Stupid idea by a bunch of greedy people.)
*Vetos likely for bills on home-schooled athletes, absentee ballots (Good on both!)
*Navy response to Islamic State "hit list" frustrates families
*U-Va. board approves 11% increase in tuition, fees for in-state freshmen ("The plan will also lower borrowing caps for those in need by $10,000.")
*Jeb Bush donates $10,000 to state GOP (Guess who wants to win the Virginia Republicans primary? LOL)
*Report: Va. governor received special treatment from Homeland Security ("DHS's now-No. 2 official intervened for Terry McAuliffe, who sought visas for investors in his company.")
*Our view: What police didn't say in the UVa rape report
*A better way to pick judges in Virginia ("Judgeships shouldn't be patronage positions, yet that's what they've routinely become; after leaving elected office, state lawmakers themselves frequently end up years - or, in some cases, months - later working full time in the judiciary.")
*Martese Johnson's education happened on that sidewalk ("He asked 'How could this happen?' as he was violently arrested. But he needed to have known before then.")
*Fairfax county attorney lays out plans for change after Geer controversy
*Schapiro: ABC bust of Martese Johnson spotlights alphabet soup of cop shops
*U-Va. sought inquiry into gang-rape claim 6 months before magazine story
*Editorial Charlottesville police, justice department reports are cautionary tales
*Morrissey claims unfair treatment as he bids for Senate seat
*Virginia Beach's arena development is moving at a slow crawl
*David Lambert announces run for Morrissey's seat
*A chance of passing showers today ahead of Thursday's burst of spring

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Mar 24, 2015 at 06:28:03 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 24. Also, check out Joe Morrissey saying he'd be willing to caucus with far-right-wing State Senator Tommy Norment and the Republicans if he is elected to the State Senate. Yet ANOTHER reason not to vote for this slimeball.

*Ted Cruz wants to bring his aversion to compromise to the 2016 fight (The LAST thing this country needs is someone as extreme as Ted Cruz.)
*Meet Ted Cruz's Karl Rove: "He Leaves a Path of Destruction" ("As Cruz's 2016 rivals will soon find out, Jeff Roe is infamous for his 'ruthless' tactics.")
*367 House Members Send Letter on Iran Nuclear Negotiations to President Obama (The letter is here. As far as I can tell, 10 of 11 memmbers of the Virginia House delegation signed, the only exception being Rep. Don Beyer.)
*Netanyahu Apologizes; White House Is Unmoved (I wouldn't believe a word Bibi says on anything.)
*Smithsonian Stands By Wildly Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Paid For By Kochs (Totally unacceptable.)
*Warner, Kaine call for crude by rail safety investments
*Liberty lets Cruz crash McAuliffe speech date
*Editorial: Did Sen. Kaine start political climate change?
*15 Hampton Roads sailors on Islamic State "hit list"
*Our view: Will there be a Republican presidential primary in Virginia?
*Charlottesville police: No evidence found of gang rape at U-Va. fraternity
*Police chief: No evidence that UVa gang rape took place
*Editorial: Shameless Joe Morrissey refuses to go away
*Deep feud splitting Virginia's GOP evident in party's fundraising woes ("Split between the tea party and a less-conservative faction, the state's GOP is struggling financially.")
*Tyler, Thomas drop out of running for Watkins seat ("... leaving Richmond School Board member Glen Sturtevant as the likely Republican nominee.")
*Under bill, college transcripts would note misconduct ("A bill on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk would require schools to mark the transcripts of students involved in misconduct, in hopes of stopping sexual predators from transferring schools.")
*UVa fraternity exploring legal options regarding Rolling Stone story
*Suing Rolling Stone might be a 'colossal mistake' for the U-Va. frat
*Attorney: Va. student in bloody arrest to plead not guilty
*Legislation proposes to remove ABC's law enforcement powers
*24th District Republicans want to shut down primary
*Morrissey moved outside of his district - but plans to stay put in the House
*Va. Beach real estate tax rate could rise by 6 cents
*Fairfax police commission begins work with emotional pleas for results
*A chance of flurries early today; warming up to the 70s on Thursday

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Mar 23, 2015 at 06:32:44 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, March 23. Also, check out the video, which shows what a success the Affordable Care Act has been, and how Republicans were wrong about basically everything (as usual).

*Andy Borowitz: Disturbed Man Tries to Get Into White House (That would be craaaazy Ted Cruz, of course.)
*Ted Cruz Is About To Announce For President. Here's What You Need To Know About Him. (e.g., denies climate science and "Fears a United Nations plot to ban golf courses." Also remember, this nutjob was in Arlington for St. Patrick's day with fellow right wingnuts Ken Cuccinelli and Pete Snyder.)
*Why Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., is the perfect launchpad for Ted Cruz
*Inequality hypocrisy ("The GOP's problematic budget proposals." The Republican budget would make income inequality much, much worse.)
*Ready for Hillary ready to step aside as she prepares campaign
*20 Obamacare Stats Republicans Don't Want You to See ("A routine check-up finds that health care reform is alive and kicking. For now.")
*Laushkin and Bailey: The Gospel and clean air ("The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity for Virginia not only to protect creation from the peril of climate change, a peril that has already reached our shoreline, but also to create jobs and a clean energy future that will make the commonwealth more prosperous.")
*Legislative sssion a mixed bag for immigrants
*Traitors? ("Virginia's other senator, Tim Kaine, was even more critical of his colleagues across the aisle. He called their letter foolish, disrespectful, extremely counterproductive and ridiculous. Kaine's own approach to foreign policy has been serious and thoughtful, and it has included vigorous resistance to the Obama administration's use of force without proper authorization.")
*Steve Thomas Withdraws from Race in the 10th Senate District ("Democrats Dan Gecker and Emily Francis are running for the 10th district seat.")
*Pipeline opponents go to "another level" with ad campaign ("Opponents say they are expanding fundraising to the Richmond and Northern Virginia areas to pay for the next round of television advertising that has begun in the Charlottesville and Harrisonburg markets.")
*Hampton Roads officials celebrate five years of health care legislation
*Southwest Virginia coal production continues decline
*Region needs cheap and high-speed Internet ("Last week, Virginia Beach agreed to study ways to bring ultra-high-speed Internet service to the city, and possibly the region. The move is essential if the Beach expects to lure biomedical research and health care businesses.")
*Michigan State plays its usual March role, ending Virginia's season, 60-54
*Cold beginning and end for the week, but some mild in the middle

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Charlottesville Benefit for Remote Area Medical Today

by: Dan Sullivan

Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 08:15:01 AM EDT

Here's an opportunity to support Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics in Virginia and preview the Republican plan for healthcare delivery in America. Look for elected Republicans today at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) when the movie about Stan Brock's organization is screened to benefit the new Virginia affiliate.

The trailer for the movie quickly frames what should be our national shame and how opponents to providing access to medical care use pride to rally those who would benefit most to rail against their individual interests. RAM was established to bring free aid to the developing world. But that international delivery has been cut back in places like Africa because the organization has been overwhelmed by the need right here. 60% of the RAM clinics are now held in the United States. Four are scheduled in Virginia during 2015.

The showing will be at the Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at PVCC Main Stage in Charlottesville, Virginia today at 3pm. After the screening there will be a question and answer session with Dr. Victoria Weiss, Virginia RAM, and Stan Brock, RAM Founder and President as well as a reception with light refreshments. Ticket sales will benefit the new RAM Virginia affiliate. $10 Adults and $5 Students.

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 06:46:23 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, March 22. Meanwhile, gotta love the right-wing propaganda network's take on the situation at UVA (for starters, they claim it's the "media" criticizing the police, when of course it's many UVA students who are outraged, and may Virginia politicians who are calling for an investigation and possible changes to the ABC police).

*Krugman: Democratic Booms ("Everyone in the Republican Party knows that Reagan presided over an economy that has never been equalled, before or since...Of course, it's not true...There was an even bigger job boom under Clinton than under Reagan, and Obama has now presided over three years of fairly rapid job growth, with the most recent year the fastest since the 90s.")
*Rebels' defiance could tip Yemen into civil war
*Jeb Bush's Team Plots Vast Effort to Win Florida
*Cruz to Announce Presidential Bid, Report Says ("Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, planned to make his announcement Monday in Virginia, according to the report, making him the first major hopeful to formally enter the race." Nutjob.)
*Obama Details His Disappointment With Netanyahu In First Post-Election Comments (Sad to say, but Netanyahu has demonstrated repeatedly throughout his political career that he will say anything, no matter how wildly irresponsible, to get elected.)
*O'Malley steps up Wall Street critique in swing through Iowa
*Rep. Gerry Connolly: Offshore drilling is too risky (And not necessary -- energy efficiency, solar offshore wind can power Virginia's economy of the 21st century.)
*Joe Morrissey confirms plans to run for Virginia State Senate (Gack!)
*Exports and eminent domain: Delegation weighs in on pipeline issues
*Herring's tour ("Herring wasn't the instigator for each of these measures, but his statewide tour brought some of them into the open. He's starting a second tour this week and is making stops April 8 in King George and Westmoreland counties.")
*Pub owner descibes 'cordial' encounter with UVa student before ABC incident
*Atif Qarni: Let's raise minimum wage to $15 an hour in Virginia over next 6 years
*Body cameras might have given answers in U.Va. student's arrest
*Jones: Right agenda for Richmond's future (Dwight Jones: "Richmond has a reputation as a cool place to be, and people are moving here at a steady clip. The city has gained about 10,000 residents in the past five years and is now at its highest population level in a generation.")
*Va. Beach red-light camera study shows decline in crashes
*Despite spring's arrival, highs will remain stuck in below-average zone

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Mar 21, 2015 at 06:53:59 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, March 21.

*Krugman: Trillion Dollar Fraudsters ("The modern G.O.P.'s raw fiscal dishonesty is something new in American politics. And that's telling us something important about what has happened to half of our political spectrum...no, outrageous fiscal mendacity is neither historically normal nor bipartisan. It's a modern Republican thing. And the question we should ask is why.")
*Obama administration tightens federal rules on oil and gas fracking (Loooong overdue, should have happened years ago, and maybe it would have if not for the "Halliburton loophole" thanks in part to former Halliburton executive, and then-VP, Dick Cheney.)
*Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe sells his soul to Big Coal, makes terrible arguments (Wildly unethical, the guy should be disbarred for corruption.)
*A zero-state conclusion ("Without a Palestinian state, Israel can be either a Jewish state or a democracy but not both.")
*Suicide Attacks at Mosques in Yemen Kill More Than 130
*Mitt Romney's Email Hypocrisy ("He blasts Hillary Clinton's email 'mess'-but Romney used personal email as governor, and his staff destroyed hard drives when he left office." Just like he trumpeted "Romneycare," but blasted the almost identical "Obamacare.")
*"Gay-friendly" Jeb Bush: "People have a right" to refuse services to gays ("Likely presidential contender signals support for license-to-discriminate measures." So much for this supposed "moderate Republican." He's a hardliner, through and through.)
*Tea Party's absurd advantage: Why America's budget talk is so messed up ("Paul Ryan & co. repeatedly unveil plans from the far right fringe -- and get taken seriously each time. Here's why.")
*U.Va. arrest raises questions about ABC police powers
*Virginia's ABC police problem ("The bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student outside a Charlottesville bar this week triggered a firestorm, with protests breaking out and national media converging - once again - on the school's grounds.")
*Prince William board chairman issues 'tirade of expletives' after electoral board meeting (The guy's default position is rage, apparently.)
*Prince William Republicans' push for primaries falters in court ("Although frustrated, Stewart said he and his colleagues are confident that they'll still win their nominations and plan to use the controversy to whip up support from voters." Will be interesting to see if Stewart is right about that.)
*University of Virginia students' anger grows as they demand answers about bloody arrest
*Students demand answers as arrest puts U.Va. back in spotlight
*UVa President Sullivan discusses latest ABC incident ("University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said Thursday the administration might need to rethink its relationship with Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.")
*Black students walk out of UVa meeting
*State budget amendment would cut pre-school for needy Roanoke kids, Rasoul says
*Morrissey to detail plans for his political future next week ("Del. Joe Morrissey's recent move to the city of Richmond has fueled speculation over his political future.")
*Alexandria objects to Norfolk Southern plans near Eisenhower Ave.
*Sunny today, with highs near 60 makes spring feel like spring at last

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