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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, January 31. Also see the weekly address, in which President Obama talks about “the progress our economy has made, laying a foundation for a future that prioritizes middle-class economics.” Oh, and ditching the idiotic “sequestration.”

*How Mitt Romney decided against running in 2016

*Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’ (“Michael Schiavo knows as well as anyone what Jeb Bush can do with executive power. He thinks you ought to know too.”)

*Bernie Sanders is right to be outraged (To paraphrase the saying, if you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention…)

*Hints about the war for control of Virginia’s state Senate

*Bowing to gun lobby (“Virginia lawmakers demonstrated remarkable fealty to the gun lobby this week, efficiently dispatching a series of bills aiming to balance the right to bear arms with public safety.”)

*Friday at the Assembly: Hemp, Uber and major Constitutional overhaul (“The House of Delegates will consider whether it should call for a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution.”)

*House panel backs photo ID for absentee voting (The Republicans’ war against mythical “voter fraud” continues.)

*Virginia lawmakers kill bills meant to protect rights of accused students

*Va. Democratic Party sued over way candidate was named to face Morrissey (“The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, argues that the Democratic Party, in its haste to distance itself from Morrissey, intentionally excluded African American voters from the process of nominating the challenger. African Americans make up about 60 per cent of the House of Delegates district in question.”)

*Bans on transgender and gay discrimination removed from Va. bill

*Cathcart: Virginia should ratify ERA

*Report: Unarmed Springfield man had hands up when shot by police (That should never be acceptable in this country.)

*Roanoke County HR director resigns (“Roanoke County’s human resources director, who had been disciplined in July for misuse of county time and funds, has resigned.”)

*I-66 will provide new test for growing HOT lanes system (“Transportation advocates raise concerns about plans for inside the Beltway lanes.”)

*Sororities ‘very surprised’ by U-Va. student response to frat party ban

*MailGate: the Candidate Mailer that Shouldn’t Have Happened (Great stuff if you like watching Republican civil war. More popcorn please! LOL)

*Mostly sunny and cold today, wintry mix approaches by Sunday afternoon

  • The ignorance isn’t just on climate science, but also on vaccination, evolution, overpopulation, etc., etc. Perhaps if people would stop spending a bit more time reading about science and less watching football, etc., they might actually know something? Yeah, I know, keep dreaming…bread and circuses and all that.

  • Tejada announced this week that he will not be a member of the Arlington County Board after his current term expires at the end of this year.

  • Also see the Sierra Club’s page on this proposed trade deal, which warns of “Extreme Secrecy,” “Threat to Forests, Wildlife, and Fish,” and “Unfettered Rights to Corporations,” among other concerns. It seems to me this deal’s environmental provisions, among others, need to be seriously strengthened, or “fast track” authority should be rejected by Congress.

  • Gotta love Susan Stimpson — if you’re a Virginia Democrat, that is. 🙂

    The RPV party plan is crystal clear in its prohibition of party involvement, stating that the party “shall not endorse, nor contribute to from its funds, any candidate who is running for a Republican nomination for public office unless that candidate is unopposed for that nomination”

    Any campaign mailer paid for by “the Republican Party of Virginia” is an unambiguous contribution from the party’s own funds, and therefore, prohibited in a contested nomination.

    No amount of linguistic gymnastics can change who cut the check, nor who reported the expenditure to the State Department of Elections.

    Additionally, in a statement released last night, Party Chairman John Whitbeck stated, in no uncertain terms, “The mailers contain no electioneering material, and they’re returned to RPV.”

    This statement is clearly false.

    Anyone can view the campaign mailer in question and plainly see that the return address for completed campaign surveys (page #2) is 106 Carter Street in Falmouth, which is the registered address of Howell’s campaign headquarters. Additionally, readers are directed to electronically submit campaign surveys directly on Howell’s campaign website, not on RPV’s.

    Chairman Whitbeck’s assertion that these surveys are returned to the party is unsupported by any facts.

    I encourage RPV and Chairman Whitbeck to immediately correct the inaccuracies, stop their attacks on We the Grassroots, and adhere to the Republican Party Plan by refraining from expending funds and using the power of the party on the behalf of tax hiker Bill Howell in this Republican nominating contest.

  • No, they are NOT focused on “kitchen-table issues,” “jobs and the economy,” or “making college more affordable” — that’s beyond laughable. In fact, what Republicans ARE focusing on is doing the bidding of polluters (thereby screwing the environment and clean energy) and other powerful, wealthy corporations. What Republicans ARE focusing on is kowtowing on guns to the NRA and even more extreme Virginia Citizens Defense League. What Republicans ARE focusing on is trying to make it harder for people to vote. What Republicans ARE focusing on is continuing to wage their war on women’s reproductive health and freedom. What Republicans ARE focusing on is keeping hundreds of thousands of Virginians from getting health care coverage. Etc, etc. Are any of those things Republicans really talk about at their kitchen tables? If so, you might want to eat elsewhere! LOL

  • Del. Scott Surovell (D-Mt. Vernon) has some thoughts:

    My supervisor since I was an Junior at West Potomac announced his retirement today. A dedicated public servant who really loved his job, put funding education above all, and leaves on his own terms. More later, but I am really going to miss working with Supervisor Gerry Hyland.


    Mt Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland announces his retirement. My para phrasing….When you’ve reached the point where you don’t have to take your shoes off at the TSA checkpoint at the airport… He says he’s got about 8.3 years left to harass people with interminable puns based on life expectancy tables. Being totally frank and cutting to the chase, with one leg shorter than the other affecting his mobility, and other health headaches, he’s not as fit as he’d like to be and that with the deepest regret he’s decided not to run again. Gerry said service has been a gift to him, and that he loves Mt. Vernon.