For more on Arlington's new Long Bridge Park, click here. Here's a brief synopsis.
Planning for Long Bridge Park began in 2001 with the goal of transforming a light industrial area into a green space. The park will be a showplace of environmentally sound development, with public green spaces, high-quality outdoor recreation facilities and environmentally responsible structures.Great work by Arlington County on this one, demonstrating how an industrial area - containg a brickyard, a scrapyard and other businesses - can be transformed into a 28-acre aquatics, health and fitness facility and park. This is the kind of project that should be replicated across Virginia.
All facilities on the site will be designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program Silver rating. Outdoor facilities such as parking areas, picnic areas, plazas and roads will be designed to make this park a model of environmentally responsible design. Read more about Visions & Goals for Long Bridge Park.
P.S. This photo is of Del. Adam Ebbin and Arlington Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, earlier today, at the construction kickoff for the park.
For the second time in a week, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has angered black leaders and civil rights groups, this time when they learned of his plans to add another step for nonviolent felons to have their voting rights restored.Can McDonnell, Cooch et al. go even one day without angering someone or stirring up yet another controversy? It's hard to believe these guys have only been in office since January; it seems like an eternity.
McDonnell (R) will require the offenders to submit an essay outlining their contributions to society since their release, turning a nearly automatic process into a subjective one that some say may prevent the poor and less-educated from being allowed to vote.
"It's another roadblock,'' Sen. Yvonne B. Miller (D-Norfolk), a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, said when she was told of the change.
Miller has repeatedly introduced unsuccessful bills to allow nonviolent offenders to have their rights restored automatically. "This is designed to suppress the rights of poor people," she said.
P.S. This is yet another example of why Tim Kaine should have restored all non-violent, ex-felons' voting rights before he left office. Big mistake.
UPDATE: Check out my recommended diary at Daily Kos.
1. OBAMA CRITICAL OF CONFEDERATE PROCLAMATION
4. W&M ALUM JON STEWART TAKES ON NEW MASCOT GRIFFIN AND MCDONNELL FOR CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH
5. WILDER'S CIVIL WAR PROCLAMATION AIMED TO BE THE "FINAL CHAPTER"
6. WHAT VIRGINIA STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE CONFEDERACY AND THE CIVIL WAR...
7. PLUM CALLS ON MCDONNELL TO REMOVE ORIGINAL CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH PROCLAMATION FROM WEB SITE
8. FAMILY FOUNDATION LOBBIES MCDONNELL ON ABORTION, STEM CELL RESEARCH
9. MCDONNELL WANTS TO RESTORE FUNDING TO CHKD IN NORFOLK...
12. BOUCHER VS. GRIFFITH: THE WAR OVER MONEY
13. MIMS SWORN IN AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
14. NORTHROP GRUMMAN DECISION LOOMING, COULD BE PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR MCDONNELL
15. FORMER VIRGINIA BEACH GOP CHAIRMAN TO CHALLENGE U.S. REP. BOBBY SCOTT...
26. COMPUTER DEAL WILL COST VIRGINIA
So far, Americans who have filed their taxes have discovered that the average refund is up nearly ten percent this year - to an all-time high of about $3,000. This is due in large part to the Recovery Act. In fact, one-third of the Recovery Act was made up of tax cuts - tax cuts that have already provided more than $160 billion in relief for families and businesses, and nearly $100 billion of that directly into the pockets of working Americans.The full transcript is here.
No one I've met is looking for a handout. And that's not what these tax cuts are. Instead, they're targeted relief to help middle class families weather the storm, to jumpstart our economy, and to bring the fundamentals of the American Dream - making an honest living, earning an education, owning a home, and raising a family - back within reach for millions of Americans.
"The President discusses the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and coming appointment of his successor before offering condolences to the families of the those who died in the recent mine tragedy in West Virginia."
UPDATE: More proof that Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is a sociopath.
To some extent the fact that there were more survivors than those that are lost suggests that the mine was in pretty good shape relative to what mines would have been in the past and hopefully by today's standards.This @#$@#$ should be in jail, his company's charter revoked.
Sean Devlin, Chair of the Third District GOP Candidate Committee, today announced that Chuck Smith has accepted a call to run as the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives. This announcement concludes a lengthy effort by grassroots Republican leaders from throughout the Third District to draft Smith and persuade him to take on this important challenge.
"The incumbent may call the Third District home, but he represents only Washington special interests," said Mike Wade, Chairman of the Third District Republican Committee. "There were many fine individuals who considered running this year. I want to thank them for their decision to help draft Chuck Smith. Their decision to bring a united front to our effort means we have a chance to elect a Congressman who will actually represent us, the people of the Third District
Governor Manchin said, "The outpouring of support from fellow West Virginians, as well as citizens across the country, has been truly gratifying. The mining families continue to endure in this very tough time and will need as much support in the future as possible."As the consumers of the coal that these people risk their lives every day to extract from the earth, I think our support at this time of tragedy is highly appropriate. Thanks.
"I appreciate the West Virginia Council of Churches and their efforts to assist these grieving families," said Manchin.
Anyone who wishes to make a monetary contribution should contact the West Virginia Council of Churches at 304-344-3141 or visit http://www.wvcc.org/ for details.
In addition, gifts and other items are being accepted for the families of the deceased miners at Appalachian Bible College. For details about non-monetary donations please visit http://www.abc.edu/.
h/t: Not Larry Sabato
Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) says:
Of course it was intentional. The last two predecessors, who were Democrats, didn't issue such a proclamation. The previous governor did, but he offered slavery as something that we should not be proud of. This guy doesn't mention slavery because he doesn't want to imply that he's not proud of it.
UPDATE: More from Jim Moran (and Doug Wilder) on Confederate History Month after the "flip."
With Stevens' retirement, President Obama gets his second opportunity (after Sonia Sotamoyor) to replace a Supreme Court justice. A couple of points on that.
First this is more than enough reason for all of us to be happy that we elected Obama, not John McCain, in November 2008. If McCain had won, he would have had the chance to tip the balance of the Supreme Court in a conservative direction for a generation or more to come, and that would have been a disaster.
Second, this is a chance for President Obama to appoint a strong advocate for progressive values - environmental protection, human rights, valuing people over corporations, promoting the "general welfare," defending our freedoms and our responsibilities under the Constitution, etc.
Although appointed by Republican Gerald Ford, Stevens has generally been considered the most liberal justice on the Court. Now, President Obama has a chance to replace him with a young version of...John Paul Stevens! I urge President Obama to make an inspired choice that we can all be proud of for decades to come!
P.S. Names of potential nominees I've seen bandied about so far include solicitor general Elena Kagan, Judge Diane Wood (7th Circuit Court) and Judge Merrick Garland (D.C. Circuit Court). Both Kagan and Wood reportedly were interviewed by President Obama last spring before he decided to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
UPDATE: On Facebook, Sen. Donald McEachin raise an interesting possibility.
It's too bad that Gov. Kaine took the job as DNC chair. He would be an awsome Supreme Court Justice...Before anyone gets that twisted, I think Gov Kaine is an excellent DNC chair. His legacy as a Supreme Court Justice would be enduring.Kaine is 52, so certainly not too old to be nominated to the Supreme Court. He's also very close with Barack Obama. I wonder if this is a serious possibility.
1. QUESTIONS LINGER ON MCDONNELL'S PROCLAMATION
2. JOHNSON 'HEARTENED' BY MCDONNELL'S AMENDMENT OF CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH PROCLAMATION
3. BOB MCDONNELL, THE CONFEDERACY AND THE VEEPSTAKES
4. TIMING OF CUCCINELLI'S PAC QUESTIONED BY DEMOCRATS
5. CUCCINELLI TO SPEAK AT TEA PARTY IN STAFFORD
6. THINK TANKS BATTLE ABOUT WHICH JOBS ARE AT RISK IN STATE BUDGET
7. PERRIELLO, RESIDENTS AIR ISSUES DURING HIS TOUR
9. CASH-STRAPPED VDOT EXPANDS OUTSOURCING
11. APPLIANCE REBATE PLAN ABOUT TO REACH VIRGINIA
20. MCDONNELL'S GAFFE: IN A BLACK AND WHITE WORLD, BLAME THE PINKS
23. METRO FINDS OPPOSITION TO SERVICE CUTS, SUPPORT FOR HIGHER FARES
25. FALWELL SAYS CONTENT OF MEETING MORE IMPORTANT THAN TAPING