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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:27:18 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, January 22. The big news in the Commonwealth, of course, is the coup by Senate Republicans (while Dems were distracted by President Obama's inauguration - sneaky, sneaky!), which Not Larry Sabato and Blue Virginia were all over yesterday. The Washington/Kaplan Post, in contrast, didn't weigh in until many, many hours later, and with FAR less detailed/extensive information than the blogs have. And of course they didn't link to or credit the blogs, which they NEVER do, about the story. #CorporateMediaFAIL

*Obama lays out liberal vision ("He urges new commitment to equality, opportunity" Interesting how a commitment to the AMERICAN values of equality and opportunity are considered liberal and not conservative. Hmmmm.)
*Obama's speech heralds a bolder leadership style (Thank goodness!)
*Acknowledge, plan for warming planet
*Cantor is ready to work together (Yeah, right! LOL)
*Virginia GOP Pulls 'Dirty Trick' On Inauguration Day
*Updated: Senate forces through new district maps, puts Deeds and Hanger in same district
*With Marsh at inaugural, Senate Republicans pass surprise redistricting rewrite
*Senator Henry Marsh's big day. ("Senate Republicans' MLK Day gift to Senator Marsh and to Virginia is to use the re-inauguration of the United States' first black president as cover to pass a bill that will make it harder for black candidates to get elected.")
*Va. Senate approves absentee voting for seniors
*Gastanaga: Abortion is still a legal decision for a woman and her doctor
*Both sides in gun debate make cases at Capitol
*Cuccinelli asked to give up position while running
*Dragas one step closer to keeping University of Virginia rector job
*Editorial: House trashes bag bills ("Flimsy plastic bags are with us to stay, if only they'd stay put."
*State Senate talks on background checks for gun purchases continue
*Navy can't scrap run-down ships, but it can't fix them either
*Washington Capitals are playing hockey again, filling bars with fans
*D.C. area forecast: Winter works overtime with cold blast and Friday snow chance

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