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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:39:13 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, December 9. Also, congratulations to Charniele Herring (photo by Joseph Fitzgerald), the newly elected chair of DPVA. Much needed change for the better, no doubt!

*How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign (And guess what? That's right, they're already making the exact same mistake in coverage of the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial nomination, refusing to call a spade a spade, which is that Ken Cuccinnelli's a right-wing extremist, while Terry McAuliffe is a Bill Clinton-style centrist Democrat. Let me emphasize: any "equivalency" here is utterly false.)
*Obama To 'Begin An All Out Drive For Comprehensive Immigration Reform' In January (Excellent, although we needed this a decade or two ago...)
*GOP Congressman Won't Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts To Avoid Giving 'Control' To Democrats (This really says it all about Republicans. Party first, country second.)
*Bill Bolling eyeing independent run for Virginia governor (He sure sounds like a candidate. Run Bill Run!)
*Seas rising faster, state action needed, experts say
*Schapiro: Yet another headache for state employees
*Va. Dems Pick First African-American as Chair
*Neither Cuccinelli nor McAuliffe can win. And yet one of them must.
*Virginia GOP split on gun agenda for 2013
*Salahi seeks to crash Cuccinelli's party
*Metro's Silver Line plan will further reduce service on the Blue Line (During the debate over the Silver Line, this was one of the points I made repeatedly, that expanding the Metro system without simultaneously giving the rest of the system an infusion of cash to build more tunnels, add more cars, etc., would hurt service on other lines. Did anyone listen? Yeah right. #FAIL)
*D.C. airport authority employment is frequently a family affair (Just as they gave a no-bid contract to "Big Dig" Bechtel, refused to consider the far better tunnel option in Tysons, pushed for an expensive tunnel option where it isn't particularly needed - at Dulles Airport - etc., these folks also engaged in rampant nepotism and corrupt practices in every other way as well. Fire 'em all and let god sort 'em out?)
*Editorial: Risks are too great to lift uranium moratorium ("Even absent a catastrophic accident or storm, state and federal regulators can't be trusted to protect our health and environment from harm.")
*State public-private protocols faulty
*Cancer death rates in Portsmouth are the highest in Virginia. Why?
*Arlington board publicly rejects conflict-of-interest charge by fellow member (Whoa, this does not sound like the "Arlington Way." For instance, recall that no Arlington board members spoke out when I broke this glaring-conflict-of-interest story in July 2011).

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