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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 06:52:15 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 11.

*With Rick Santorum out of GOP presidential race, Mitt Romney shifts focus to Obama (It's "Etch-a-Sketch" time! Now, let's see if voters have short enough memories to fall for it.)
*McDonnell sends some legislation back for changes
*McDonnell proposes 130 bill amendments, 7 vetoes
*Sen. Mark Herring Eyes Attorney General's Post
*Schapiro: Democratic me-too-ism aids Va. GOP
*Despite years of tinkering, VRS may yet need more work
*A letter from Tim Kaine ("U.S. Senate hopeful outlines agenda during visit")
*Jim Webb meets President, scraps NLD talks
*George Allen: 'Federal Government's Top Responsibility is Defense'
*Warner: 'Jury is still out' on bipartisan efforts
*'Silent Bob' and future of mining
*Governor agrees to amended detention bill
*In public-private tolls deal, the devil is in the details
*Editorial: A whoopsie for democracy ("Rep. Eric Cantor gave $25,000 to a Super PAC that encourages greater competition.")
*Editorial: Gaps persist in crisis care for the mentally ill ("Southwest Virginia bears a disproportionate burden of unmet needs even though the region has a relatively large number of psychiatric beds.")
*Falls Church opens bidding on water system at $44 million
*Obama to open campaign offices in Arlington, Falls Church
*Crossroads GPS Virginia ad hits Obama on gas prices (Remember, if you see a Crossroads GP ad, it's a bunch of lies and distortions. In this case, it's also internally contradictory, as "conservatives" are supposed to be for the "free market" in goods like gasoline. Guess not?)
*U.S. House race: Hirschbiel reports raising $325K; Rigell gets help from Herman Cain (Nutjob Herman Cain? Seriously? That really says it all about Scott Rigell!)

P.S. Also, Indonesia Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami alert

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Why I'm ignoring the Roanoke College "poll" (0.00 / 0)
Here's why:
Besides just being a joke on general principle (the rule of thumb: if every other poll says something different from yours, chances are everyone else isn't the one that is wrong), there are real issues with that Roanoke poll in Virginia. As my colleague David Nir pointed out today, both the Senate and presidential trial heat nums are preceded by questions about the level of commitment the respondent has to Christianity. There are also, just to prime the pool a little more, Obamacare questions thrown in before the trial heat questions are asked. While it is not a sacrosanct rule that trial heats have to be asked first (approvals and generic questions often come first), it is damned near a sacrosanct rule that you don't put policy questions before horserace ones. Might explain why Roanoke, and ONLY Roanoke, is on this particular pro-GOP island. Hell, even the House of Ras won't join them on this particular result.
Also, why was this poll conducted over two weeks? I'm not a pollster, but that seems strange as well. Bottom line, though, is that Roanoke College is almost always not just an outlier, but an extreme outlier, to just about every other poll. Either they're right and everyone else is wrong, or they just are a "joke," as stated above.

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