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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 07:29:09 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, January 13.

*Online activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26 ("Prodigy who helped create RSS was set to go on trial over accusations he took millions of articles from archive.")
*A sweltering planet's agenda ("Implementing a national carbon tax would be only one step toward addressing climate change, a problem that must ultimately be dealt with globally. But it would be a big one.")
*This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For ("OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.")
*Treasury: We won't mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling
*Is the WH being realistic this time, or does it still rely on the sanity of crazies? (Agreed, I'm very worried the White House keeps repeating the same mistake, assuming that House Republicans are reasonable human beings. They clearly are not.)
*Schapiro: McDonnell paves roads with gimmicks - again ("Like McDonnell's previous initiatives, the latest includes features that may have emerged from campaign focus groups rather than the governor's Cabinet. The doozy this time: the proposed elimination of the 17.5-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline.")
*Bob McDonnell's Virginia road tax evasions ("Unfortunately, in cobbling together a package that he can defend as something other than what it is, the governor has produced an unwieldy mix of undesirable and misleading proposals.")
*Editorial: We need a full tank ("McDonnell's plan to fund transportation won't get us very far down the road")
*Finding money for Virginia's roads ("it makes no sense to abandon the principle of making drivers pay for the roads they use...it makes no sense to argue, as the governor does, that the gas tax is a dying revenue source when lawmakers could easily revive it with an inflation index.")
*Dance applauds McDonnell on restoring felons' rights
*A Transportation Plan That's Bold But Risky
*Virginia lawmakers consider more money for officers in schools
*Making voting easier in Virginia
*Editorial: This education brought to you by... ("Keep advertising off public school buses and buildings.")
*Tysons gets some new sets of wheels
*Jones pledges more progress during second term
*Capitals release 2013 schedule ("The Capitals will open the shortened season on the road next Saturday in Tampa.")

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