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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 10. Also, check out the video of “JEB” Bush kissing up to raving misogynist (and all-around nut) Erick Erickson.

*Paul Krugman: G.O.P. Candidates and Obama’s Failure to Fail (“…we’re doing far better than any of those guys in Cleveland will ever admit.”)

*Donald Trump Still in the Lead After Debates: New NBC News/Survey Monkey Poll (Amazing; really tells you waht you need to know about the Republican “base,” and none of it is good.)

*Trump struggles to turn 2016 fling into durable bid

*Man shot during Ferguson anniversary protests

*Why Donald Trump Isn’t Going Away (“He’s not a Republican phenomenon. He’s part of a troubling global movement toward populism and nationalism”)

*Maps: 10 Years After Katrina, NOLA’s Poor Neighborhoods Are Still Largely Abandoned

*New Democrats plan ‘assertive’ new presence in House (“The New Democrat Coalition sees opportunities this fall on taxes, trade, Medicare and others.”)

*A “No” to Iran Means No Forever (“Voting no deprives this president, or a future president, of bargaining power over the Iranians. It isolates us in the world. And it allows Iran to move further toward a nuclear weapon, presenting the United States and Israel with terrible choices.”)

*Ohio Governor Kasich: Do Nothing On Climate Change Because It’s An Unproven Theory (Science denial should be an automatic disqualifier for Kasich, or for anyone seeking public office in this country.)

*Carly Fiorina Promises To Cut Federal Jobs, Just Like She Did At HP

*Editorial: Uranium mining debate resurfaces again

*Standards of Learning scores don’t fill in all the blanks

*Editorial: King George would use zoning to combat fracking

*Missed opportunity against Rockies could cost Nats dearly down the road

*D.C. area forecast: Showers at times to start week, then sublime sunshine

  • Henrico – With the pending court-mandated redistricting special Session fast approaching, Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) is asking the Republicans to reveal their plans and their proposed map of new congressional districts. Senator McEachin said, “With the special Session coming, Governor McAuliffe invited Republican leaders to sit down and work together with him to resolve the illegal gerrymandering in Virginia. Not only did they disdain the offer of compromise or even talk, but they have also so far refused to indicate their own plans for the Special Session.

    The Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly and yet no one, not their Democratic colleagues, not the governor, nor even all of our constituents, have the slightest idea what they intend to do. Virginians deserve better. Virginians deserve a transparent process where they can see the proposed maps and provide feedback to their elected officials prior to the Session. That kind of open process is the only way to ensure we truly fix problems before us. That is what our constituents rightly expect.

    Voters should be choosing their elected officials, not the other way around. Now, even when the court has ordered a step in that direction, the Republicans, in charge, refuse to meet, talk or even share their thoughts or plans. This is abrogation of the process and a slap at any attempt at fairness or transparency.  

    With a few days left, I would ask my Republican colleagues to reconsider – show your maps to the public, sit down with the governor and stop putting partisanship ahead of people,” Senator McEachin concluded.

  • My god…

  • Quizzical

    Sadly, Kasich is trying to straddle the fence on the climate change issue.  On the one hand, he says that the activities of mankind “absolutely” have an impact on the climate; on the other hand he says that the extent of that impact is a matter of legitimate debate.  As far as what to do, on the one hand he says that it is important to take care of the environment and talks about how Ohio has reduced its emissions by 30% over the last ten years and that he supports alternative energy development; on the other hand, he says that we can’t sacrifice people’s jobs over some theory that is unproven.

    His answer was a classic political rorschach blot, allowing the listeners to hear whatever they want to hear, and hope that eventually he will come down on their side of the issue.  

    While Kasich is not hopeless, that’s not good enough at this stage of the game; as President Obama recently said, on the issue of climate change there is such a thing as being too late.