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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, May 27. Also, courtesy of Catherine Read, check out the photo of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s “endorsed Democratic school board candidates from each of Fairfax County’s magisterial districts.” That includes: School Board At-Large candidates (not included in this photo) Ryan McElveen, Ted Velkoff and Ilryong Moon; Megan McLaughlin (Braddock District), Patricia Hynes (Hunter Mill District), Janie Strauss (Dranesville District), Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District), Sandy Evans (Mason District), Karen Corbett Sanders (Mt. Vernon District), Dalia Palchik (Providence District), Karen Keys-Gamarra (Sully District). Good luck to all of them!

*John Kerry: Unchecked Climate Change Will Be Catastrophic For The Arctic (Right, so certainly don’t drill there!)

*Jeb Bush’s Favorite Author Rejects Democracy, Says The Hyper-Rich Should Seize Power

*Appeals court rules against Obama on immigration (Ugh.)

*U.S. indicts soccer officials in alleged $150M scandal (Soccer’s a great game, but FIFA is utterly corrupt. Kinda like the Olympics…)

*The decline of Rand Paul (I’d say good riddance to an extremist wacko, except that most or all of the other Republican 2016 canidates fit that description as well.)

*Supreme Court Agrees to Settle Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’

*Marco Rubio: Gay Rights ‘A Real And Present Danger’ To Freedom (Uhhhhh….)

*Gov. McAuliffe signs childcare safety bill

*Layne: Evaluating options for I-66 construction (Just remember: the answer is transit-oriented development, not more sprawl and carbon-pollution-spewing cars.)

*Schapiro: Virginia Supreme Court takes special interest in Sweet Briar College case

*Former Delegate Franklin P. Hall dies at 76 (“Democrat represented most of South Richmond and northern Chesterfield County in the House of Delegates from 1976 to 2009 and was House Minority Leader from 2002-2007.”)

*Conservative group paying Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign $85,000 (“The 2013 Virginia gubernatorial candidate settles with a PAC that he says misled his supporters.”)

*Waiting for federal approval, Metro’s planned purchase of rail cars at risk

*Stosch endorses Dunnavant as his successor

*Norfolk board seeks new schools chief; is search open or closed?

*Former Portsmouth councilman taking on Joannou for General Assembly

*Let’s be friends: Fairfax’s Bulova and Garza try to get past budget acrimony (“Two leaders issue unusual joint statement promising cooperation, after public feud over spending.”)

*Cubs snatches a win as Desmond’s error dooms Nats in ninth, 3-2

*D.C. area forecast: Mainly warm, humid and sometimes stormy today through the weekend

  • At a well-attended meeting of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, members voted to endorse candidates for School Board At-Large, for District School Board Members, and for Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District Director.

    We would like to congratulate the following candidates, who will receive FCDC’s endorsement and its full support going into the November General Election:

    School Board At-Large:

    Ryan McElveen

    Ted Velkoff

    Ilryong Moon

    District School Board Members:

    Braddock District – Megan McLaughlin

    Hunter Mill District – Patricia Hynes

    Dranesville District – Janie Strauss

    Lee District – Tamara Derenak Kaufax

    Mason District – Sandy Evans

    Mt. Vernon District – Karen Corbett Sanders

    Providence District – Dalia Palchik

    Sully District – Karen Keys-Gamarra

    Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District Director:

    George Lamb

    Gerald Peters

    The Fairfax Democrats would like to thank Stephen Blancq, Omar Fateh and Michele Menapace for bringing their enthusiasm and passion for Fairfax County Public Schools to the contest for the At-Large endorsement. We look forward to their contributions on educational matters in the coming months and beyond this year’s election.

  • Who even knows what Singer’s ranting about, but keep in mind that this is the same guy known for both climate science denial as well as “his public denial of the health risks of passive smoking.” ‘Nuff said, other than how the he** is he a UVA Professor?!?

  • Quizzical

    Here’s a link to the last Sweetbriar Commencement speech:


    I will be amazed if Sweetbriar’s 3200 acre campus is sold off for timeshares or something. In 1980, the population of Virginia was about 5.3 million; now it is about 8.3 million.  In 1980, the population of the United States was about 226 million; now it is about 314 million. In 1980, George Mason had about 11,000 students; today, it has about 34,000 students.  If some billionaire doesn’t appear to rescue Sweetbriar, then the State of Virginia should buy the entire Sweetbriar campus and turn it into the University of Virginia at Sweetbriar.

  • Jim B

    While most Americans are not into soccer, a crook is a crook no matter where they are located, but why are our justice officials going after these international crooks and allowing our financial crooks to go free?

  • Clean Water Rule Makes a Splash

    May 27, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer applauded the final “Waters of the United States” rule announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update and clarify the protections offered by the 1972 Clean Water Act.  

    “This is such an important step toward fully protecting the streams and wetlands most vulnerable to pollution and destruction,” said Rep. Beyer. “Right now, nearly one in three Americans get their drinking water from unprotected seasonal rivers, lakes, and streams.  The Waters of the U.S. Rule is vital to waterways that we depend on for our health and economic security.”

    An estimated 117 million Americans rely on headwater or seasonal streams for their water needs. Major economic sectors, including manufacturing, farming, ranching, tourism, and recreation also depend on clean water.

    Currently, only major bodies of water are protected by the Clean Water Act, leaving the smaller streams and headwaters potentially unregulated and at risk of exposure to pollutants. The updated rule will ensure that these smaller bodies and sources of water are protected.


  • Obama administration issues rule to protect 57 percent of Virginia’s streams

    Richmond, VA – Over 28,0000 miles of Virginia’s streams, including those feeding the James and Potomac Rivers, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

    “From the Potomac and James Rivers to the Chesapeake Bay, the waters we swim and fish in can only be clean if the streams that flow into them are protected,” said Sarah Bucci, campaign director with Environment Virginia. “That’s why today’s action is the biggest victory for clean water in a decade.”

    By closing a loophole created by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, today’s rule returns Clean Water Act protections to streams that feed the drinking water sources for more than 2.3 million Virginians and one in three Americans. Millions of acres of wetlands, vital for flood control and filtering pollutants, will also again be shielded under federal law.

    The court rulings had put small streams, headwaters and certain wetlands in a perilous legal limbo, allowing polluters and developers to dump into them or destroy them in many cases without a permit. In a four-year period following the decisions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had to drop more than 1500 cases against polluters, according to one analysis by The New York Times.

    First proposed in March 2014, the joint rule by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is backed by robust scientific review and has gained broad support across a wide range of constituencies. Local elected officials, brewers, kayakers, small businesses, and farmers across Virginia, have signaled their support. Virginians joined Americans across the country to submit 800,000 comments in favor of the rule last fall.

    “The Rivanna River and clean water in general are the lifeblood of Charlottesville’s community,” said Charlottesville Councilwoman Kristin Szakos. “I’m thrilled that the EPA is protecting the health of Virginia’s rivers, streams and wetlands for generations to come.”

    Environment Virginia, among those pushing for restored stream protections for the better part of the last decade, has gathered nearly 35,000 comments from Virginians and nationally held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act in the last year alone.

    “Developing and producing recreational programs to connect the public with our natural resources can only continue with the promise of clean water in the future,” said Captain Mike Ostrander of Discover the James eco-tours.

    Despite broad public support for restored clean water protections, oil and gas companies, developers, and other polluters have waged a bitter campaign against them. The U.S. House has passed multiple bills to block or severely weaken the rule, including one measure as recently as two weeks ago.

    While today’s action signaled the final chapter in the decade-long fight for small streams and headwaters, advocates warned today that U.S. Senate leaders were more determined than ever to use their authority derail the Clean Water Rule. Last Tuesday, a key subcommittee adopted a measure by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to thwart the rule. This summer, the Senate is likely to use the Congressional Review Act block the clean water protections, setting up a veto fight with the president.

    “Senator Mark Warner has sided with our rivers over the polluters before, and we need him to do so again,” said Bucci. “Today the administration signed and sealed critical protections for our rivers and streams, but they simply won’t get delivered without Senator Warner.”

  • Now here’s how the corporate media will report this: 1) it won’t; 2) it will claim that there are people on “both sides” with “strong views” on this issue, blah blah blah. Here’s what hte corporate media will NOT report: that Scott Walker is an extremist.