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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 26 (two weeks until primary day in Virginia).

*No Cost for Extremism: Why the GOP hasn’t (yet) paid for its march to the right (Must-read article if you want to understand U.S. politics these days!)

*The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show (This is disturbing on almost every level, that is if you care about having any sort of demoracy in this country.)

*Chart: America Is More Liberal Than Politicians Think (“Everyone-both liberal and conservative legislators-thought their districts were more conservative than they really were.”)

*With ISIS in Crosshairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

*Bobby Jindal reaches peak stupid: One-time GOP savior embraces hate speech to appease bigots, wingnuts (“Governor who urged GOP not to become “stupid party” now fans hate, spouts nonsense. Think he’s running in 2016?”)

*McAuliffe names former U.S. House CIO to run VITA

*Casey: Caldwell denies rumors swirling around possible Senate bid (“The 35-year veteran prosecutor is closer than ever to announcing an independent bid for the state Senate seat from the 21st District, which includes the city of Roanoke and Montgomery and Giles counties.”)

*Asset forfeiture issue isn’t going away

*Veterans honored in various ways across Peninsula

*Inexcusable behavior at City Council meetings (“Decorum in city council chambers lately has reflected poorly on this region’s citizens. Perhaps when people speak to elected officials, they take a cue from online forums, where rants and attacks are de rigueur. Perhaps they see nothing wrong with booing, berating, hounding, even threatening those with different opinions.” Same thing recently in Fairfax, Stafford, etc.)

*Editorial: Will the court decide Sweet Briar College’s future?

*A tumultuous year for U-Va. comes to a close, with sighs of relief

*Editorial: Joe Morrissey: Rediscovering a sense of shame (“The Morrissey saga also emphasizes what Colin Powell meant when he said that humans need to rediscover a sense of shame.”)

*Loudoun supervisor with DUI and domestic record reconsiders campaign (“Shawn Williams, accused in 2006 of a brutal attack on his then-girlfriend, may run for board chairman after all.”)

*Tanner Roark pitches Nationals past Cubs in his first start of 2015

*D.C. area forecast: Warmer, more humid today; Afternoon storms through the week

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    The column by Dan Casey speaks volumes about Don Caldwell’s run against John Edwards. First, Caldwell insists  he does not want a judgeship. (My sources in the Democratic Party in Roanoke also tell me that is what Don has told them. He refused to give them a reason for his independent bid.) I’ll believe it when he categorically denies he would accept a judgeship, if offered. Notice all he said was that he would require a promise of a judgeship in writing. Also, don’t forget that every year one serves as a judge, one gets 2.5 years of service credit in the Virginia Retirement System, so eight years as a judge equals 20 years for retirement purposes. Add that to Caldwell’s more than 30 years as commonwealth attorney, and you are talking about really good retirement income.

    Second, Caldwell has nothing to lose by entering the race and throwing the election to the Republican. He still keeps his position as commonwealth’s attorney for the city of Roanoke and evidently doesn’t care if he alienates many of his Democratic friends, which he has done. (We definitely need a law requiring that a person resign one office before seeking another one. Remember how Cooch stayed on as a crazy AG while trying to become a crazy governor?)

    Caldwell’s proposed run may be because he never liked John Edwards, or Edwards made him very angry as some point. I still subscribe to the self-interest motive, however.  

  • RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Nelson Moe has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As technology plays a more vital role in the Commonwealth’s day-to-day operations, Nelson will look to further modernize the state’s IT program so that taxpayers get the best service and greatest value possible for their dollar. Moe’s experience prior to coming to the Commonwealth includes serving as the CIO for the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nelson Moe as Virginia’s new Chief Information Officer,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Mr. Moe is a high energy, results-driven Information Technology executive with a track record of leadership in a variety of roles throughout his career. I want to applaud the work done by Secretary Karen Jackson and her team throughout this selection process.”

    Moe’s primary responsibilities at the House of Representatives were to craft an information technology vision; enterprise strategic planning; and cybersecurity operations, along with IT services and project management for the members, leadership, committees and staff. Previously Moe finished a career in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and then worked in the private sector for several small IT startups. He has recently advised several small IT/cyber companies on service development and is currently a contributor to the Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) and the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA). Moe will start as Virginia’s CIO on June 8th.

    “It is a distinct privilege to be selected as the CIO for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Nelson Moe. “I look forward to being part of the Commonwealth’s team and serving the citizens of this great state.”

    “The CIO plays a vital role in crafting and implementing the IT infrastructure of any state,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “I am excited that Nelson Moe will be the one carrying out that vision for the Commonwealth.”

    The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) is the Commonwealth’s consolidated information technology organization. VITA is a unique organization, pioneering a 21st century model for information technology governance and operational excellence. The creation of VITA represents the most comprehensive reform of state government information technology in the nation and firmly establishes Virginia as a leader in the use of technology in government.


    Desire for more representation in General Assembly highlighted

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Women Leaders of Virginia (WLVA) held an event to support Julie Jakopic, candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 45th district. Hosts included former Senators Emilie Miller and Mary Margaret Whipple, Ellie Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, and Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, as well as Marj Signer and Pat Reuss from Virginia NOW, Delegate Patrick Hope, Arlington Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, Catherine Read, Norma Gattsek, and Deb Roepke.

    Amy Laufer, founder of Women Leaders of Virginia and chair of the Charlottesville School Board, voiced her organization’s desire to elect more women to office in Virginia in 2015, beginning with Jakopic. She pointed out that even though women represent 50 percent of the population, they have never been more than 18 percent of the Virginia General Assembly. She explained, “Almost all Democratic candidates and elected officials will vote the right way on issues that impact women, but we have a chance to elect a representative in the 45th district who will be a true champion on issues such as pay equity, women’s health, and programs that help families, notably those led by single mothers.”

    Jakopic thanked all the hosts, “I am honored to have your support. So many of you have paved the way by your leadership and by building organizations that make life better for women and their families.”

    Numerous current legislators have also endorsed Jakopic, including Del. Rob Krupicka, who currently holds the seat in the 45th, Delegate Patrick Hope, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, Delegate Kaye Kory, and Senator Dave Marsden.

  • Gotta love it, especially since she’s now trashing him as some sort of “tax-and-spend liberal” (which obviously, this corporate/ALEC tool isn’t)

  • The Washington Post Calls Qarni The “Strongest” Candidate In The Democratic Field

    MANASSAS, VA – On May 24th, The Washington Post announced its endorsement of Atif Qarni in the race for the 29th Senate District Democratic nomination. The endorsement touted Qarni’s “energy, determination, and commitment to service,” and called him the “strongest” of the three candidates.

    “I am very touched by the words in Sunday’s Washington Post,” said Atif Qarni. “I’m so glad that the issues we’re talking about are resonating with voters. I know that The Washington Post’s endorsement is possible only because of our supporters and how hard they’ve been working to help get my message out and advocate on my behalf. This is for them.”

    “This is a great moment for our campaign,” said campaign manager Jeff Allen. “The qualifications outlined in the article are clear: Atif Qarni is the only candidate in this race that will be a truly effective advocate for meaningful education reforms in Richmond because he lives it. No other candidate can bring that experience to the table. As for Atif’s ‘energy, determination, and commitment to service,’ I think his record as a Marine, teacher, McAuliffe Administration appointee, and family man speaks for itself.”

    The endorsement of The Washington Post follows other prominent endorsements. That list includes: Former Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Mark Keam, Delegate Mark Sickles, Delegate Sam Rasoul, Manassas Park Councilwoman Jeanette Rishell, and Manassas City Councilman Ken Elston.

    Atif Qarni was a Marine for eight years, including a tour in Iraq in which he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was among the first American troops to enter Baghdad. He is currently an eighth grade math teacher at nearby Beville Middle School, as well as a member of Governor McAuliffe’s Small Business Commission. He lives in Manassas with his wife and two young sons.

    Atif Qarni is running for the Senate of Virginia because he believes our district needs a committed leader to continue the legacy of Senator Colgan- one who will fight for important issues like improving our schools by reducing class sizes, bringing more jobs to Manassas and Prince William County, and reducing the burden of traffic and congestion. He will be a strong voice for the values of the 29th District. The Democratic primary will be held on Tuesday, June 9th. For more information, please visit qarniforsenate.com.