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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 29. Also, see Sen. Harry Reid’s speech on the situation in Baltimore, and how “we must not ignore the despair felt by many communities in America.”

*Obama Calls Out America For Not Caring About Issues That Led To Riots In Baltimore (Bingo.)

*Curfew lifts after calmer night in Baltimore (“National Guard patrols while protesters lament violence”)

*Right of gays to marry in justices’ hands (“Court weighs question: Is change happening too fast?” Too fast? Seriously? This bigotry and discrimation has been going on for hundreds of years!)

*Supreme Court’s dopey anti-gay arguments: What’s so scary about tossing aside our worst traditions? (Exactly!)

*In a suprise move, Saudi Arabia’s king shakes up line of succession (“King Salman replaced his anointed heir with his nephew and named his son as deputy in line to the throne.”)

*Eyewitnesses: The Baltimore Riots Didn’t Start the Way You Think

*Americans bomb Pew test of basic political knowledge (Americans are uninformed and disengaged, then wonder why we get such crazy, climate-science-denying, ignoramus, right-wing politicians.)

*Kaine confident Iran review bill will pass

*Virginia same-sex marriage advocates optimistic as Supreme Court hears case

*Jim Webb tweaks Hillary Clinton in fundraising appeal

*Va. Supreme Court Justice Millette retiring early (“With the General Assembly out of session, and slated to remain so, the constitution empowers Gov. Terry McAuliffe to fill the vacancy. Such an appointment would be good until 30 days after the legislature convenes again.”)

*Forest Service OKs pipeline surveying in Jefferson National Forest (That’s crazy.)

*GOP primary challenger to Va. House speaker loses campaign manager (“The high-profile defection from Susan Stimpson’s campaign comes as the two vie for conservatives in the Fredericksburg-area district, about 50 miles south of Washington.” Niiice.)

*Suburban growth continues to outpace Peninsula cities

*Death of woman shocked 4 times by stun gun in Va. jail ruled an accident (Define “accident.” Hmmmmmm.)

*Roanoke County to make pipeline recommendations to FERC

*Schapiro: A Virginian who, almost alone, took the long view on gay marriage (“In 1996, Chuck Robb took a position on same-sex marriage that put him at odds with many Virginia voters. History is proving him right.”)

*Legislators want investigation of tuition grants at Sweet Briar

*Hundreds turn out for Portsmouth budget meeting, criticize council

*2016 defense budget provides lots of work at Newport News Shipyard

*Nationals engineer biggest comeback in team history to snap losing streak

*Sunny today with highs in the 70s, then a chance of showers tonight

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I couldn’t believe how Justice Alito argued in yesterday’s gay marriage Supreme Court session. (Well, I actually can believe it. He’s always let his own prejudices guide his rulings.) Alito actually expressed a fear that allowing gay marriage could somehow result in siblings marrying or in plural marriages. Did Alito actually go to law school? Marriage has two definitions. One is the rite of marriage performed by some religious institution. No one is suggesting that any religious group be compelled to marry anyone. The second definition of marriage is a contract between two people that is acceptable to the state as a legal union. That’s why a couple has to have a marriage license to have the state recognize the marriage. That’s why a legal divorce is required to end such a contract.

    The state has a perfect right to say that such a contract is not legal between siblings, between people and animals (to satisfy Rick Santorum’s fear of bestiality), or between more than two people at a time. I never went to law school and I can figure out that.  

  • Joint statement issued by Reps. Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11th), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-8th), Barbara Comstock (VA-10th), Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5th), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8th), Donna F. Edwards (MD-4th), John P. Sarbanes (MD-3rd), John K. Delaney (MD-6th), Eleanor Holmes Norton, (DC- At-large)

    We are deeply disappointed by the House Appropriations Committee’s proposal to cut $75 million in grant funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).

    Providing anything less than the federal commitment of $150 million would jeopardize rider safety and the successful partnership with Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to fund the purchase of new rail cars and vital safety improvements throughout the system in response to NTSB and FTA recommendations. The proposed reduction would only exacerbate the operations and safety issues that our delegation has been working with Metro to resolve.

    Since 2009, Congress has worked in bipartisan fashion to fulfill its annual commitment of $150 million, which is matched by $50 million each from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, under a partnership created by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PL 110-432).

    It would be shortsighted for Congress to threaten to unravel this partnership given the federal government’s unique relationship with and responsibility to Metro. Nearly 40% of rush-hour riders are federal employees, and half of all Metro stations are located on federal property. Metro is also a critical component of the National Capital Region’s emergency response system.

    We respectfully urge our colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, as they prepare for the full Committee markup, to maintain our commitment to our state and local funding partners, and work with us to ensure robust oversight of Metro’s ongoing efforts to address financial and safety concerns identified by the FTA and NTSB.


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