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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:01:52 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, January 19.

*House GOP backs down, plans vote to raise debt limit for three months
*Why Republicans caved on the debt ceiling (To quote the top-ranked comment on this article, "I see. They'd let the country run for three months, so they can hurt it more later? Way to go!")
*GOP plan may be unconstitutional (Niiiice.)
*Dem lawmakers call on Cuccinelli to give up AG post while running for governor
*Virginia Republicans Work To Implement Obamacare, Despite GOP Governor's Opposition To Reform
*Inaction on online sales-tax law hamstrings McDonnell's roads vision ("Of the $3.2 billion the governor says his plan will raise, a third would come from taxing online sales from out-of-state vendors. But no such federal law has even been introduced.")
*Business tax breaks shouldn't be forever (This one's a no brainer. Unless there's a damn good reason for doling out our tax money to corporations as welfare, we shouldn't be doing it.)
*Virginia's jobless rate in December is lowest in four years (No thanks to Bob McDonnell, Eric Can'tor, etc.)
*Yost urges House to focus on mental health
*Goodlatte calls on Putin to allow pending adoptions (For once I agree with Goodlatte...probably the last time.)
*Updated: Senate committee advances, then reconsiders bill requiring criminal checks at gun shows
*Morrissey borrowed guns, alerted Capitol Police
*Fractious Va. House applauds a soothing prayer
*U.Va. student council urges legislators to block Dragas (The opponents of Dragas haven't been particularly proactive about this, while her backers have been VERY active behind the scenes. The result? Her likely reappointment...)
*The Case For Transportation User Fees ("The solution is for all transportation modes to absorb their full costs so society can make rational choices, not to make the true costs opaque for everybody.")
*State seeks more control over Virginia Railway Express
*Video: Washington Examiner's Steve Contorno on the Virginia legislature
*Big field set in Va. GOP races ("GOP convention will pick nominees")
*Lance Armstrong's confession without contrition (The guy's a sociopath.)
*Snowstorm blankets southwest Va., KOs power

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