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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:31:37 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 10.

*Business leaders: Failure to raise debt ceiling will drive markets "haywire" ("If Republicans continue with their debt ceiling brinksmanship, you're likely to hear powerful GOP-aligned voices from the business community calling for Congress to cut the nonsense and raise the debt ceiling without delay. Even some Republicans and conservatives, such as Newt Gingrich and the Wall Street Journal editorial board, have warned this will compound the GOP's political problem.")
*An opening bid on taxes that is good politics but bad policy
*It's early, but race for Va. governor is tight, poll finds (Interesting, a significantly different finding than PPP, which has Terry McAuliffe ahead of Ken Kookinelli 46%-41%)
*Va. poll finds support for armed school officers, gun show background checks
*Voting rights, schools top McDonnell's annual address
*Virginia Dems pledge to undo GOP abortion restrictions as General Assembly opens
*Delegate Toscano's Response to the Governor's State of the Commonwealth Address
*McDonnell pushes for lasting legacy
*Saslaw hammers McDonnell transportation proposal ("I have seen some screwed up bills in my life this takes the cake.")
*Gov. McDonnell pitches transportation plan in State of the Commonwealth address
*Va. Black Caucus lays out 2013 policy agenda
*Editorial: McDonnell's last ditch plan for highways ("Some of the governor's transportation ideas merit debate, but his plan to take money from other core services is a nonstarter.")
*An "F' in Econ for Governor Bob ("The transportation problem is congestion: too many cars on the road. Are we supposed to believe that by reducing the cost of driving, fewer people will drive?")
*Bolling buoyed by polls as he mulls independent run ("I'm confident I could get 20-25 percent of the vote. But you've got to have 35 percent to win" a three-way race...The difference between 25 percent and 35 percent is your ability to raise $10 or $15 million.")
*Sen. Tim Kaine meets Afghan President Karzai
*Gov. McDonnell names school safety task force (Ken Kookinelli's on this thing; that doesn't bode well to put it mildly.)
*Activists set stage for new battles over abortion laws
*Plane with anti-Dragas banner flies over state Capitol
*Legislators knock, but governor's not home
*Bill to amend Virginia's reckless driving law shot down
*Lessons to learn from arena debate
*Robert Griffin III-Stephen Strasburg: Two stars, two teams, opposite philosophies (Thomas Boswell nails it on Stephen Strasbourg and RGIII: "No one knows the sum of either star's career. The odds still favor them both. But one answer is in: We know which young man was treated as we would wish for a family member and which was exploited to the point of abuse.")
*Redskins name change should be discussed, Vincent Gray says

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