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Whipple Clips Dozen: Wednesday Morning

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Thanks to Tom Whipple for the Wednesday "Clips."

1. HEALTH GROUPS PUSH MCDONNELL TO SIGN BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE MORE P.E. IN SCHOOLS
2. VA. POLITICAL BLOGGER RUNNING FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES
4. WEBB HINTS AT ANOTHER PUBLIC ROLE
5. CALL FOR 2ND BLACK US HOUSE DISTRICT ROILS REMAP
10. STUDENT WINNERS NAMED IN COLLEGE REDISTRICTING COMPETITION
11. VIRGINIA COLLEGE REDISTRICTING WINNERS OFFER CONTRASTS TO LAWMAKERS POLITICAL MAPS...
19. IN MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA, LOOKING FOR A PENSION FIX
21. PROMISE, PERIL OF DNA TESTING
25. NONPROFITS UNITE TO MAINTAIN FAIRFAX COUNTY SERVICES FOR POOR, VULNERABLE RESIDENTS
26. NEW VA. 'SLUG' COMMUTER LOT A BUST
27. NORFOLK FACES LAYOFFS TO CLOSE $32M BUDGET GAP
29. NEW EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN SOERING CASE

P.S. By the way, that photo (by Clifford's Photography) is of my favorite Arlington elected official, Revenue Commissioner/guitarist/singer/songwriter Ingrid Morroy.

UPDATE: I received a new Clarus Poll of DC Mayor Vincent Gray's performance so far, and it's not good. See the "flip" for the full memo, but the bottom line it that "Mayor Gray is off to a rocky start in the eyes of many voters," with a 31%-40% approval-disapproval rating as of now.

UPDATE #2: The superb ArlNOW has coverage of the latest, major office development project coming to Clarendon, in Arlington. You won't find this kind of coverage in any other newspaper covering Arlington; a testament to the great work by ArlNOW founder/editor Scott Brodbeck!  

Whipple Clips Dozen: Sunday Morning

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Thanks to Tom Whipple for the Sunday "Clips."

1. MCDONNELL SIGNS BILL ALLOWING PRISONERS TO MAINTAIN REST STOPS
2. UNION-FREE VIRGINIA NOT SPARED STATE PENSION WOES
3. PROPOSED 5TH DISTRICT WOULD SPLIT STATE
5. DAN RIVER REGION GROUPS ASK FOR VETO OF P.E. BILL
6. MANY JOBS HERE DEPEND ON ROBUST ATOMIC FUTURE
7. THREE NORFOLK-BASED SHIPS INVOLVED IN LIBYA STRIKES
8. GAP BETWEEN LOCAL RICH AND POOR AMONG LARGEST IN NATION
11. SELF-PRESERVATION OVER DEMOCRACY
13. SUPERVISORS KEEP A FOOLISH TAX PROMISE
14. CHICKEN LITTLE FOOLS AMERICA AGAIN
15. END VIRGINIA'S DEATH PENALTY
17. SCHAPIRO COLUMN: NATIONAL AMBITIONS CLOUD VIEW OF MCDONNELL

UPDATE: Also see Bob McDonnell's op-ed on nuclear power. I agree with McDonnell that the Japan disaster - an extremely unlikely scenario that will probably never happen in the United States - should NOT cause a "retraction or abandonment of the American nuclear energy industry." I also  agree that nuclear energy is generally "clean" (why doesn't McDonnell state the obvious, that "nuclear doesn't emit greenhouse gases!!!") and "reliable."  Nuclear power is also, as McDonnell says, "critical to generating the volume of electricity we need to power our homes and businesses and grow our economy." Where I don't agree with McDonnell is that nuclear power is particularly "affordable." In fact, nuclear power is among the most expensive options for generating electricity, let alone investing in energy efficiency ("negawatts") so we don't have to build new power plants in the first place. Still, nuclear power is far better than coal, which tears apart our mountains and contributes enormously to dangerous, extremely damaging climate change, not to mention the more local health effects coming from coal plants' emissions of mercury, carbon monoxide, particulates, lead, etc. So again, I'm with Bob McDonnell that the Japan tragedy is no reason to scale back on nuclear power in America (although a thorough review of safety protocols and "worst-case scenarios" certainly would be in order at this point). However, what I'd like to hear from Bob McDonnell is SOME understanding of the relative costs of different energy options, including "externalities" (e.g., the national security, environmental and health costs of fossil fuels), taxpayer subsidies, etc. So far, I haven't heard any evidence that McDonnell understands any of that, which makes it hard to take his opinions seriously on energy issues in general.

Whipple Clips Dozen: Saturday Morning

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Thanks to Tom Whipple for the Saturday "Clips."

1. MCDONNELL, 19 OTHER GOP GOVERNORS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT EPA
4. EDUCATION, GOVERNMENT GROUPS URGE VETO OF P.E. BILL
5. VA. GENERAL ASSEMBLY LOOKS FOR QUICK REDISTRICTING
8. ALLEN STAFFING UP AS CAMPAIGN MOVES FORWARD
9. SCOTT NOT READY TO MAKE A DECISION ON SENATE, SPOKESMAN SAYS
10. ANOTHER VIRGINIAN CONSIDERS U.S. SENATE BID
12. FIMIAN MULLS THIRD RUN AGAINST GERALD CONNOLLY IN 2012
13. EX-REPRESENTATIVE NYE LANDS AT GERMAN MARSHALL FUND
16. USS BATAAN TO DEPLOY IN RELIEF OF LIBYA EFFORT
19. JANUARY JOBLESSNESS JUMPS IN TRI-CITIES
21. VIRGINIA INMATE EXONERATED IN TWO RAPES TO BE FREED
33. RAPE VICTIM RETURNS TO UVA

P.S. Also see the "flip" for President Obama's weekly address, "American Jobs Through Exports to Latin America"

UPDATE: Oh yeah, and here's my favorite photo from Gerry Connolly's St. Patrick's Day party Thursday night -- ladies and gentlemen, meet 2/3 of your 2013 Democratic ticket!  Hahaha, just kidding...Del. Scott Surovell probably won't run statewide until at least 2017 (although I'd love to see him take on Ken Cuccinelli for AG in 2013). :)