*House GOP revolts on payroll deal (Eric Can’tor and his merry band of extremists/wackos in the House of Representatives appear well on their way towards screwing up the payroll tax cut deal that just passed the Senate overwhelmingly, meaning a possible tax increase on the vast majority of Americans in 2012. Great job, guys!)
*Virginia’s ticking pension time bomb )
*Bill earmarks $26.8 million for Craney Island expansion
*McDonnell’s budget to increase spending, not taxes (“McDonnell’s budget, however, is likely to contain cuts to services and programs that are sure to draw sharp criticism.”)
*Schapiro: McDonnell’s nightmare before Christmas
*McDonnell’s expected $78 billion budget to define his legacy
*Keeping a Promise to Virginia’s State Retirees
*Warner setting his sights on debt
*Publisher refuses to submit schoolbooks to Va. education dept.
*Global-warming skeptics in tidal Virginia (Proof that the paranoid and ignorant, if they’re loud enough, can actually influence policy. That’s highly unfortunate, but sadly, it’s always been that way and probably always will be. What’s really scary is that these people have, de facto, taken over the U.S. House of Representatives and have largely stymied the U.S. Senate. Now THAT is a problem.)
*Alexandria City Council approves Arlandia development
*Six avoid jail in Radford University hazing death
*Goochland farmers help residents in ‘food deserts’
P.S. Oh yeah, and it looks like Newt is toast, with his poll numbers plummeting, with the endorsement by SC Gov. Nikki Haley of Mitt Romney, and with the Des Moines Register endorsement of Romney. It’s a shame, because Newt would have been an incredibly weak general election candidate against Barack Obama, probably losing in a landslide of Goldwater-esque proportions. Now, I still think Obama will beat Romney (see the Iowa Electronic Markets, which also favors Obama over Romney), but it will be much tougher. Looks like we’ll be busy in 2012!