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Ramin Fatehi Hopes to Continue Norfolk’s Criminal Justice Transformation

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I had a great conversation this weekend with Ramin Fatehi, who is running to replace his boss, outgoing Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood. Norfolk...

Video, Photos from Last Night’s Protests in Richmond, Roanoke, Manassas, Norfolk,...

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See below for some photos and video from Virginia's cities last night... RICHMOND I’m home, downtown. Pops and bangs continue outside. Some photos from a very...

VA Dems: Trump “Posing for Pictures” as “Our Doctors Are Struggling...

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See below for some reaction to Trump's self-indulgent photo-op in Virginia today, even as "our doctors are struggling with dwindling supplies and equipment," as...

Canvassing Makes a Difference. My Experience This Election Cycle.

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by Michael Beer As an Arlington, Virginia resident, I volunteered this fall to elect Democrats to become the majority in the House of Delegates and...

Video: Nancy Guy’s First Ad Makes It Clear – HD83 “can...

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See below for the first ad from Democrat Nancy Guy for Delegate, who's running against Del. Chris Stolle (R) in HD83 (94% Virginia Beach,...

Graphics: If Virginia Dems Want to Win in 100 Days, They...

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Over at "Virginia's Conservative Voice," Bearing Drift, Stephen Spiker has an excellent analysis on "How Vulnerable are Northam-won GOP Districts?" I definitely recommend everyone...

AG Mark Herring Honored by Norfolk SPCA for Creation of Nation’s...

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Really proud of AG Mark Herring for this. How a person treats animals says a huge amount about them... HERRING HONORED BY NORFOLK SPCA FOR...

President Obama Puts Certain Areas in the Atlantic Ocean, Including SE...

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Great news from President Obama if you care about protecting the environment, including the coast of Virginia, from disastrous oil development, spills, etc. Now,...

Burned Once, Chesapeake Shouldn’t Trust Dominion Virginia Power

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Kingston Fossil Plant retention overflow photo 140714CUAandSMagazine_zpsbe6e7335.jpgChesapeake is concerned. The City Manager indicates that this issue rises from the Dan River spill last February and the city's action to protect the Elizabeth River is not directed at Dominion. But there's history there and Dominion has provided no reason to trust its motives.

This isn't just Chesapeake's concern. The Elizabeth is really only a tidal estuary that runs to the mouth of the James River on the way to the Chesapeake Bay through Portsmouth and Norfolk. It is about six miles long. The Dan River spill created a 70 mile coating of toxic sludge. So this should have the attention of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore too. But Chesapeake is center stage because it already knows how difficult it is to force Dominion Power to take responsibility for its mess.

Battlefield Golf Club was built using fly ash. Something the coal power industry has been advertising as a "good thing" in an attempt to rid itself of this pesky poisonous residue of energy production. Maybe if they can just spread all of it thin enough over hill and dale, insert it into concrete, and sweep it into wastewater systems no one will notice the damage. The proper cost of disposal has never been calculated into the cost of energy produced from coal. War on coal? How about coal's war on the planet?

Now almost five years into litigation over the damage caused during the Battlefield Golf Club construction, only one thing is clear: once any area is contaminated, you have to wait for a proper class to fall victim to the damage before anything can be recovered. That is essentially what is going on with the lawsuits over the golf course. For now the damage has been "limited" to the ground water under the golf course. And since the local residents have been connected to city water on Dominion's dime, the judge has basically said that they have not been damaged. The Environmental Protection Agency's findings of that limited damage have actually helped the defendants' case(s). Residents will have to wait for cancer, birth defects, or however this eventually manifests to demonstrate they have been harmed.  

George Allen on WNIS 11:30 AM Today

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It's been six years since George Allen, then a Presidential pretender, has accepted an appearance on WNIS. On that occasion, Allen responded to a pointed question from morning show host Tony Macrini, "Tony, it's too early in the morning to answer that." Today, he will be on with Dave Parker.

Macrini: "Then maybe it's too early in the morning for you to be President."

Hampton Roads has become reliably Republican and is essential to an Allen victory. This may explain Allen's change of heart. The Norfolk station airs the Dave Parker show from 10 AM to noon weekdays and is broadcast live (though sometimes lagging) via the internet. Generally, the hosts on WNIS encourage their audiences to participate by calling in or submitting questions via E-mail. It will be interesting to see how Allen's handlers negotiate the interview.

Studio: (757) 627-7979

Dave Parker: dparker@wnis.com

Update: In Parker's intro, he announced that since he invited Allen on the show today, there would be no questions, Allen would be allowed to discuss his campaign, and that he (Parker) would give Kaine the same opportunity in the future.