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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:30:00 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, February 6. Also, check out the video of Jon Stewart ripping "Ferret News" and "Republican Batman" Frank Luntz, "well known for changing language in order to make conservative policies sound better to the public."

*Asian paper giant agrees to stop cutting Indonesia's natural rain forests (Just to show the level of "intelligence" of Bob McDonnell and Bob Goodlatte: "At first APP and its defenders pushed back: Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) defended the right of Mercury Paper to manufacture the toilet paper Paseo with APP's raw materials.")
*Obama seeks to delay sequester with budget cuts
*Eric Cantor's empty happy talk
*The GOP 'makeover' is purely cosmetic
*8 Reasons Why Cantor's Rebranded GOP Looks Just Like The Old GOP ("House Republicans are still more interested in sounding compassionate than ensuring economic advancement for middle and lower income voters.")
*Virginia Dems pressure Bob McDonnell to kill redistricting plan
*Va. House speaker expected to kill GOP redistricting plan (" expected to rule that the new Senate map radically altered the legislation to which it was attached, according to three legislators and a Capitol staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity to speak candidly about private discussions involving the speaker.")
*Sources: Va. House Speaker to nix Senate redistricting ("Speaker William Howell is likely to nix the new map as not germane to the underlying legislation")
*Bolling sides with GOP in tie-breaking spree (So much for being an "independent!")
*Sen. Tim Kaine optimistic for an alternative to sequestration (Of course, Tim Kaine's always optimistic about everything, so...)
*Virginia House OK's letting state take over failing schools
*Virginia Senate OKs A-to-F grading scale for schools (I'd say the Virginia Senate gets an "F" on this one.)
*Photo ID for voters advances in Virginia Senate

lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning
*Virginia Dems mock alternative currency study
*Gun Debate: Two Democrats Join Two Republicans on Gun Bill
*Norfolk senator treats elderly man injured at Capitol (Is there a doctor in the House...or in this case Senate? Thankfully, yes there is!)
*Tim Carney: Ken Cuccinelli thinks drivers should pay for roads
*Cuccinelli undermines Va. transportation plan
*Cantor urges GOP focus on schools, health, family (How many times is Can'tor going to try and put lipstick on the Teapublican "pig?" It hasn't worked previously, doubt it will work this time either, but whatever...)
*Senate to choose between two GOP roads plans
*A Progressive Transportation Plan From Ken Cuccinelli (Seriously? Progressive? I don't think so...)
*House, Senate approve tougher penalties for texting behind the wheel
*Senators pull plug on prayer amendment
*Del. Habeeb outs fellow legislator over traffic stop
*Senate passes Smith's budget transparency bill
*Senate passes bill allowing 'free association' for campus groups
*Va. House passes series of conservative legislation (Seriously crazy stuff...Jon Stewart should have a field day!)
*Virginia Becomes First State to Pass Drone Regulations
*D.C. area forecast: Nicest day of the work week today; late-week wintry mix?
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