Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Columbus Day 2011. Today, we celebrate the re-re-re-re(?) discovery of America, for at least the second time by Europeans and third, fourth or fifth (or more?) time by humans in general. Oh, and we go shopping. Or something.
*Why more cuts when Va. revenues have been growing? (and when there’s supposedly a “surplus” — oh wait, there really isn’t?!?)
*Independent Brown takes on Senate veteran Marsh
*Editorial: Virginia’s transportation death spiral (“Shrinking gas tax revenues, rising traffic congestion and aging roads created an inevitable pileup.”)
*Kennedy: Florida snipes at Virginia’s launch market competition
*Governor calls for new study on commuter patterns (Just what we need, another study — but no money to do anything. Brilliant, Bob!)
*Fairfax’s wealthy are moving on up – and out
*In Virginia, fall fire season starts Saturday, runs through November
*Virginia adding 5 historic markers, including 1 honoring Fort Monroe Union officer
*Arlington food bank sees record demand
*Virginia Tech rises to No. 19 in AP college football poll
*Virginia Beach Neptune Festival will keep its $3 viewing fee
*Leaves are turning colors for the fall
P.S. Check out the video by Rick Perry’s campaign demolishing Flippin’ Mitt Romney for supporting the same type of health care system – a pretty good one, by the way – in Massachusetts as President Obama and the Democrats supported nationally (also a pretty good one, although would have been a LOT better with a robust public option and/or single payer). I was wondering how long it would take Perry and other Republican’t 2012 candidates to really go after formerly liberal/now “conservative” Republican (if you believe that one…) Mittens Romney. This should be fun to watch!