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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:03:56 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, November 9.

*Warmer still: Extreme climate predictions appear most accurate, report says (Uh, guys? We need to do something about this NOW! "Skeptics" and "deniers?" Go f*** yourselves.)
*Let's Not Make a Deal (To say the obvious: Democrats won an amazing victory," except for the House. On that front, "President Obama has to make a decision, almost immediately, about how to deal with continuing Republican obstruction. How far should he go in accommodating the G.O.P.'s demands? My answer is, not far at all. ")
*Republicans start review to find out what went wrong (Uhhh...your party's seen by many Americans as extremist, intolerant, misogynistic and nuts?)
*GOP's rejection of higher tax rates an obstacle to debt deal (Speaking of extremist and nuts...)
*Republicans To Obama On Taxes: Let's Compromise By Not Raising Taxes (Ditto.)
*State of denial ("The real blow to Republicans may be not that they failed to take the White House, but that they did not lose more heavily." So true. The question is, are they like Germany after World War I?)
*A new America speaks
*The emerging America ("While Wattenberg's party, the GOP, has taken to looking at this new America with anxiety and fear, he was right. What the world saw this week was a picture of America at its best: edgy, experimental, open-minded - and brilliantly diverse.")
*McAuliffe confirms he's in the 2013 race for governor (Get ready for lots and lots of Bill Clinton next year - and Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, George Clinton...well, maybe not the last two, but you get the idea.)
*Warner likely to stay in Senate with McAuliffe making second Virginia governor run
*Warner: There are 70 votes in U.S. Senate for debt deal (We'll see. Meanwhile, what about the Teapublican House?)
*Bolling on '13: 'Firebrand' can't win Virginia (Bolling's argument against Cuccinelli clearly has to be electability, plus experience and the backing of key Republicans like Bob McDonnell. I still don't think he can beat Kookinelli, but what other choice does Bolling have other than run again for LG or quit?)
*McDonnell wants agencies to find potential budget cuts
*Seventh time's the charm? Virginia senator tries again for early voting (Nope, the Republican House won't pass this, but thank you for trying Senator Howell!)
*McDonnell holds off on state health care exchange ("Says information lacking; D.C., Maryland push to meet target" #FAIL)
*Will Rick Boucher be the last Democratic congressman from Southwest Virginia? (Sadly, it's possible...ugh.)
*Editorial: Victories for marriage equality ("Voters went 4 for 4 Tuesday on same-sex couples. Sadly, Virginia will not soon follow.")
*Editorial: Don't leave your vote in limbo ("Voters who cast provisional ballots should visit their registrar before noon.")
*Richmond officials grilled on Redskins deal
*Opponents of $80m Arlington pool cry foul
*Police Prevent UVA Students from Attending Public Board Meeting

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A Dem in the 9th (0.00 / 0)
If current demographic trends continue, and if Dems can maintain some form of control over redistricting, it would only make perfectly practical sense to expand the 9th to include Roanoke City, which is already well within the footprint of the region. I mean, come on, Salem is in there...but also Martinsville instead of Roanoke? Something's gotta give. Even if they did something ridiculous like draw it further East, they'd have to grab Danville. But then the 5th would have to move into NoVa or toward Richmond. Either way, it might bode well for another Dem down the road a decade or so.

I know that Roanoke doesn't have much sway in the current 6th, but remember, they are essentially cancelled out by the Lynchburg area.

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

~Will Rogers

The 5th already goes north to (0.00 / 0)
the Loudoun County line.  

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That's not exactly very "Nova-Like" (0.00 / 0)
That edge of Loudoun and Fauquier is the heart of the "NoVa Resistance" (aka: the anti-transit crowd). Eventually, that district will have to move closer to Metro.

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

~Will Rogers

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Roanoke (0.00 / 0)
Roanoke isn't cancelled out by Lynchburg. The city of Lynchburg is friendlier to Dems than most people realize (i.e., 2012 presidential: Romney 19,752; Obama 15,905. 2008 presidential: Obama came close to carrying Lynchburg.) The problem for the city of Roanoke is its turnout. The turnout for 2012 was 57%, about the national average, give or take a couple of percent. Meanwhile, the counties surrounding Roanoke have turnouts above 65%. Botetourt, a deeply red county, had a turnout in this election of nearly 75%. Also, the bulk of the votes in the 6th are in the Shenandoah Valley, a traditional GOP area that has high voter turnout rates.

The problem with Democratic votes in the 9th in the coalfields is the result of the virtual death of the United Mine Workers in the area. That, plus the fundamentalist churches active there. Also, young people who get education usually leave for greener pastures. As coal production continues to decline, as there are fewer and fewer mountains for the coal barons to blow up, the area seems destined to continue to lose population and to remain uninviting for Democratic challengers.

The impossibility of denting the GOP vote is the reason that OFA paid little or no attention to the 9th, while Romney-Ryan pushed for every vote. The good news for Democrats is that the 9th is irrelevant to statewide victory.

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Well, they still deserve better representation (0.00 / 0)
The point that the addition of Roanoke could be a positive stands. Add in the fact that local voters often elect local Dems (even in counties that were nearly 75-25 to 70-30 against Obama AND Kaine like Tazewell), and you could see this change in an election where Obama's not the face of the party. If any region needs vigorous representation and advocacy, it's the 9th.

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

~Will Rogers

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We should push NOW for a NON-partisan method for redistricting congressional seats.   It will take years to get through the Virginia legislature, but 2020 will be here soon enough.  Virginia continues it's democratic trend as does most of the country, in the senate & presidential races.  The House remained in republican hands because they have made certain that true and competitive redistricting doesn't happen there.  

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If it gets to the point that Dems control all three branches of state government in order to enact non-partisan redistricting, then non-partisan redistricting won't be helpful.  The way that Dems are heavily located in NoVA, parts of Tidewater and parts of the Richmond area, any non-partisan map is going to pack Dems in even tighter, and we would lose seats.    

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