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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, January 28. By the way, that “climate test fail” applies to anyone else who supports drilling off our coast.

*Czar Putin’s Next Moves

*Republicans discover that it isn’t easy running Congress

*Schapiro: Name from the past in fight for the future (“Dominion is run by Tom Farrell. His brother-in-law, Richard Cullen, leads the company’s law firm, McGuireWoods. It’s where McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, worked. And don’t forget: Farrell’s son, Peter, is a Republican delegate from Henrico County. The 2004 property-access bill was written by Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. He’s toying with running for governor in 2017. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Mark Warner. His former consigliere, Bob Blue, is head of Dominion’s Virginia Power subsidiary. It would burn the natural gas, extracted by fracking, that would be shipped via the proposed pipeline. It’s enough to make some people believe in conspiracies. And if that doesn’t, maybe Dominion’s money will.”)

*Governor’s proposed $150 million would buy down VRS liability

*Mike Watson will forgo run for 93rd District House of Delegates (” Former Delegate Mike Watson announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the 93rd District seat he lost to Democrat Monty Mason in 2013, a re-match that many were expecting.”)

*Virginia panel quickly kills proposal to limit high-rate loans (“It took less than five minutes for a House of Delegates committee to kill a bill to shut down a kind of high interest rate loan that keeps piling on debt even when borrowers make their basic monthly payments.”)

*Incumbency overwhelms democracy (“The effort to promote fairer, more competitive elections in state and federal legislative races received a big boost this week after a bipartisan coalition of state senators approved the first reading of a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul Virginia’s redistricting process.”)

*Ocean drilling plan excites local and state officials, upsets critics (It’s not just the risk of spills, it’s going in the totally opposite direction in terms of climate change that we desperately need to be going. I swear, it’s idiocy/insanity like this that truly makes me think humanity is doomed.)

*Offshore drilling possible for Virginia? (Did I mention how stupid and crazy this is? Oh yeah, I did.)

*After botched executions, states add secrecy to the lethal injection process (“The legislation, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw…would make practically everything about executions in Virginia a state secret – even the building in which they take place. The information would be exempt from the state’s Freedom of Information Act and even off-limits to plaintiffs in most civil lawsuits.” Absolutely unacceptable.)

*McAuliffe donates pricey gifts – even embroidered dragon

*Bill Stanley’s health care bills make it through Senate committee (“Two rural health care bills authored by state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, have passed through the committee phase during the current General Assembly session.”)

*Mook: Yes, pipelines sometimes do explode

*Va. unemployment rate drops to lowest level since 2008

*Seclusion and restraint limits pass out of Virginia Senate

*Arlington County Board rejects new school plan (“An elementary school was to be built on land at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Community Center.”)

*Don’t be fooled by sunny skies today; temperatures to hover near freezing

  • From the Virginia Senate Dem Caucus:


    Richmond, Va. – Following Monday’s confusing vote, this afternoon the Senate Courts of Justice Committee reconsidered Senator Barbara Favola’s (D-Arlington) SB 943, a bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. A weakened version of the bill was reported and referred to the Senate Finance Committee on a 10-4 vote – flipping the result previously reported on Virginia’s Legislative Information System. Four Republicans joined all six Democrats in support.

    “SB 943 is a common sense reform that protects women and keeps firearms out of the hands of dangerous offenders,” Senator Favola said coming out of the vote. “Victims of domestic violence are 500 times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm – and on average 4,000 women die from domestic violence every year. I am relieved that my Republican colleagues have decided to put partisan politics aside and report the bill.”

    SB 943 will appear before Finance Committee in the coming days.

  • From the Virginia House Dem Caucus:

    Richmond, VA — Today, House Republicans defeated on a party-line vote HB 2212, the “Virginia Healthy Transitions Program.”  The “Virginia Healthy Transitions Program” would draw federal dollars to provide health coverage to 400,000 Virginians.  Since January 2014, Virginia has forfeited over $1.7 billion in reimbursement that could have been used to pay for health care.

    Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington), sponsor of the legislation said, “We are here today because hundreds of thousands of Virginians are just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy.   I will not sit by and do nothing when we know expanding coverage and access will help these Virginians live healthier lives without fear of financial ruin.”

    The Virginia Healthy Transitions Program would require Virginia to apply for a federal waiver, seeking similar modifications granted to conservative governors in other states such as Indiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It imposes new costs on poor adults, creates incentives for work, and requires individuals take personal responsibility for their own health.

    Delegate Hope said, “This is not Medicaid expansion or ‘free’ health care.  We’re creating our own program and using Virginia taxpayer dollars to drive poor Virginians into the private insurance market.”  

    It is estimated that HB 2212 would save the state budget over $200 million a year in General Funds that currently go toward indigent care, mental health services, and care for prisoners.

    Hope concluded, “Health care is not a partisan issue.  As long as there are uninsured and the resources to do it, this issue is not going away.”

  • Immigrants want to “change America” to be “more socialistic,” “cater” to their culture, have banks where they can “get money withdrawals in the language of my choice.”