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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:32:07 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 17. Also, check out the video of Bob Schieffer commenting: "finding Osama bin Laden, surely passing civil rights legislation - as Lyndon Johnson was able to do - and, before that, surely defeating the Nazis was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby."

*This time, the moderate is willing to fight ("[President Obama's] announcement Wednesday is only the beginning of a protracted struggle for national sanity on firearms. Extremists have controlled the debate on guns for many years. They will do all they can to preserve a bloody status quo.")
*Congressmen, senators react to Obama gun control proposals
*Media Ignore VA Attorney General's Conflict Of Interest In Energy Proposal (Yet ANOTHER total media #FAIL. Ugh.)
*Is Bolling recruiting for an independent ticket? {"Sources have told The Virginian-Pilot that Bolling allies have discussed assembling a ticket of Republicans to run as independent candidates alongside him. That development is another hint Bolling, a Republican, is seriously pondering an independent gubernatorial run.")
*Study: Medicaid expansion would yield $2 billion for Virginia
*Va. working with U.S. on health exchange (About time!)
*Rights restoration runs into politics ("The criminal justice system works by meting punishment to convicted offenders, but also by rehabilitating them. If a person has served his sentence, it is in his and society's best interest to ensure that he is quickly restored to being a full participant within society.")
*Editorial: High-level pressure on voting rights ("Six delegates ignored the wishes of the governor and attorney general to block an automatic process for restoring civil rights")
*Lawmakers to take up McDonnell's education proposals
*Gridlock ("In another passionate plea on the House floor today, Del. Timothy D. Hugo, R- Fairfax, asked - no, he begged - Democrats to reconsider and support Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation reform package." Sorry, no dice - this plan is utterly brain dead.)
*Northern Virginia Republican calls for new taxes to pay for roads ("Del. Dave Albo, R-Springfield, said his proposal could net the state $1.2 billion a year by raising taxes on gasoline, restaurant meals, hotel stays and out-of-state corporations working in Virginia.")

lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

*Bill to arm Va. school employees faces first test today
*Legislators make undercover gun sale video
*Snyder launches first ad of 2013 campaign (All you need to know about this right wingnut is that he's TOUTING the endorsement of NRA board member and convicted felon Oliver North. End of story.)
*Bob McDonnell received $50,000 in gifts last year; Ken Cuccinelli got $9,000
*Meeting today focuses on Va. offshore wind development
*Local congressional delegation splits on many of Obama's gun proposals
*Panel rejects bill that would limit red-light cameras
*U-Va.'s Dragas headed for approval but with warning: Don't err again (Well ain't that reassuring? LOL)
*Va. inmate executed for killing 2 fellow prisoners
*Va. House panel OKs ban on tailgating bicycles
*Virginia toll tax credit bills stall out in panel
*With arena in mind, delegate wants to revive regional sports authority
*Tysons Forest is preserved by Fairfax supervisors
*Foreclosures in region plunge over 2 years
*Nationals send Morse to Mariners
*D.C. area forecast: Significant snow likely to stay south of city today, Inauguration chilly
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