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Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Names Ric Brown, Paul Reagan, Levar Stoney, Suzette Denslow to Top Posts

by: lowkell

Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 20:06:52 PM EST

So, any predictions for tomorrow's big announcement by Gov.-elect McAuliffe? I predict Levar Stoney for Secretary of the Commonwealth and (former Jim Webb Chief of Staff) Paul Reagan for Chief of Staff. Other than that, I'd definitely expect that McAuliffe will go for bipartisanship with some Republican picks (Bill Bolling? John Chichester? Boyd Marcus? Bill Hazel? others?). Who would you LIKE to see in the McAuliffe administration? Anyone you do NOT want to see in the McAuliffe administration? Feel free to chime in. Thanks.
Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe will make a major personnel announcement at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond at 1:00pm on Monday. The announcement will include the Governor-elect's choice for multiple senior administration positions.

Governor-elect McAuliffe Personnel Announcement Press Conference
When: Monday, November 18, 2013, at 1:00 PM
Where: The Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA, Senate Room 3

UPDATE 1:08 pm: @omeola tweets, "Gov elect @terrymcauliffe names Paul Reagan as chief of staff, Suzette Denslow as deputy COS pic.twitter.com/onzEcCrctC

@PilotOnPolitics tweets, "@TerryMcAuliffe picks appear to include Finance sec Ric Brown, Paul Reagan, @LevarStoney, Suzette Denslow."

‏@omeola tweets, "Sec of Finance Ric Brown staying in job for McAuliffe at least through first budget and Levar Stoney named Secretary of Commonwealth"

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Virginia Republicans, Please Run Ken Cuccinelli Against Mark Warner in 2014!

by: lowkell

Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 08:20:21 AM EST

No, as a progressive and strong Democrat who believes the formerly "Grand" Old Party has gone completely off the far-right-wing/tinfoil-hat/John Birch Society deep end, I most certainly don't have the best political interests of Virginia Republicans at heart. Which is why I want to STRONGLY encourage the chatter among certain right-wing bloggers and other Virginia Republicans about running Ken Kookinelli next year against Mark Warner for U.S. Senate. Here's a poll from PPP taken in January 2013, before Terry McAuliffe and his allies unleashed a gazillion dollars (at least it seemed like a gazillion) in ads ripping Cuccinelli to shreds, leaving him with a NEGATIVE 13 (39%-52%) favorability rating. In stark contrast, a July 2013 PPP poll had Warner with a +20 (51%-31%) net approval rating. So yeah, I hope Virginia Republicans run Ken Cuccinelli against Mark Warner next year. Pretty please with a cherry on top? :)

P.S. And no, I don't believe that another year of Cuckoo ranting about the evil "Obamacare" will do the trick for him. But sure, go ahead and give it a shot! :)

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 06:32:41 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, November 18.

*Global warming pragmatism ("For years, I've advocated an energy tax - my preference now is a carbon tax - because it could advance other national goals. It could reduce budget deficits and enhance energy security by pushing consumers toward more efficient cars and trucks.")
*All Over the World, Hurricane Records Keep Breaking ("Super Typhoon Haiyan was a terrifyingly intense storm...and so were many others around the globe in the last decade.")
*Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes Sweep Across Midwest
*Ethanol takes policy blow from the Environmental Protection Agency (Corn-based ethanol is an environmentally damaging and food-price-raising boondoggle, largely to a few wealthy corporations. Scrap it altogether!)
*DSCC outraises NRSC by $1M in October
*America's angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy (Disturbing.)
*The Shame of American Health Care (The minute you hear anyone talk about how we have the "greatest health care system in the world," it's a sign you shouldn't listen to them on this issue, or probably any other issue. They are either clueless or lying.)
*Va. AG: When voters don't decide ("We should decide these post-election controversies without actual or perceived ideology. Our nation is ever more closely divided. And elections reflect this, as they increasingly go into overtime. We must reconsider the procedures we use to resolve these disputes, to remove partisan decision-makers from the process.")
*Taxman's bias against gays ("Virginia officials are in a mess of their own making. As usual, Virginians will pay the price.")
*Hinkle: The weirdness of majority rule ("A mere 43 percent of registered Virginia voters cast a ballot this year. Even if the winners received 100 percent of the votes, they still would have the support of less than half the electorate.")
*Five officials with ties to transportation take trip to Turkey, raising questions (More legalized corruption in Virginia.)
*Thomas Boswell: Washington is one of the NFL's luckiest teams, and it's still 3-7
*Mild today, seasonably chilly midweek, cold shot to close week

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Video: Nancy Pelosi Swats Away David Gregory's Brain-Dead, Sky-Is-Falling Narrative on "Obamacare"

by: lowkell

Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 13:42:03 PM EST

As you've undoubtedly noticed by now, the corporate media is utterly fixated on its preferred narrative about the Affordable Care Act - that it's a debacle (not true), that Democrats are in full rebellion (they're not), and that 2014 is ruined (it's not). But facts be damned; they've got their erroneous, simplistic, even brain-dead narrative and they're sticking with it, come hell or high water. Until they change it, of course, in a few days or weeks, after they get bored with this one. In the meantime, it's great to see former (and hopefully FUTURE) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calmly and cooly swatting away rabid lap dog David Gregory. Check it out.

By the way, I need to write more on this but for now let me just say that the absolute LAST people in the world who have any standing to criticize "Obamacare" are Republicans. For starters, it's largely based on their ideas, such as the individual mandate and the 1993 Republican alternative to "Hillarycare." Second, and perhaps more importantly, since Day #1 Republicans have had it in for "Obamacare" - and more broadly, President Obama - which means that anything you hear from them has ZERO credibility. Finally, Republicans have never offered a serious alternative to "Obamacare," since apparently they don't have one. Again, they have ZERO credibility or standing to criticize this law. They saying "lead, follow, or get the @#$@# out of the way" comes to mind here.

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 06:58:06 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, November 17. Also, check out Al Gore talking about the future of human civilization - or lack thereof...

*A few more storms like Typhoon Haiyan may finally make our leaders act on climate change (The climate crisis is far more important than the latest problems with healthcare.gov or whatever. If the media would only spend 1% of the time on it as they do on all their other hyperventilating/hyperbole, we'd all be much better off.)
*Healthcare.gov is working great! (So much for the corporate media's hyperventilating/hyperbole?)
*The rise of far right parties across Europe is a chilling echo of the 1930s (Scary.)
*Vance McAllister upsets Neil Riser in Louisiana House runoff ("In a conservative district where Mitt Romney won more than 60 percent of the vote, McAllister's soft line on Obamacare was a risky one." Yet he won anyway? Interesting.)
*It's time for the Virginia GOP to change ("two weeks after the defeat of Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia Governor's race. not one person of stature or importance has come out demanding the resignation of Chairman Pat Mullins or called into question the leadership of the Republican Party of Virginia")
*Schapiro: Triple trouble for Va. Republicans ("Virginia Republicans' problems are of their own making. The solutions are problematic.")
*McAuliffe courted labor and business to win. Can he keep both sides happy?
*A time to avoid the spotlight ("Virginia's attorney general loves a brawl, but he should keep out of the battle to succeed him.")
*Rigell, Obama official debate health care law in Va. Beach
*"Reasonable" alternative to tolls? Depends on who you ask
*Democrats pick Lewis to replace Northam
*How much cash do Fairfax schools have? Look in the parking lot.
*How he came to take on the Redskins ("Ray Halbritter is not the first Native American to object to the team's name, but he has become one of the most prominent, attracting a new level of acclaim and criticism in the process.")
*Cloudy Sunday leads to clear Monday before cold front moves in mid-week ("Today's surge of afternoon warmth tries to make up for stubborn clouds and early mist.")

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Could Virginia Republicans Steal the Attorney General's Race?

by: lowkell

Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 18:00:00 PM EST

I saw this story on MSNBC ("The victor in Virginia's attorney general race stands a chance of losing") this morning, and have been talking to knowledgeable people about it all day. First, here's the gist of it:
Even if Democrat Mark Herring ends up with more votes than his Republican rival Mark Obenshain in the tightly contested Virginia attorney general's race, he could still lose.

Herring is currently ahead of Obenshain by a follicle-the current official count states that Herring has 164 more votes than Obenshain out of more than two million cast. A recount is all but guaranteed and litigation seems likely. But even if after the dust clears Herring remains in the lead, under Virginia law, Obenshain could contest the result in the Republican dominated Virginia legislature, which could declare Obenshain the winner or declare the office vacant and order a new election.

"If they can find a hook to demonstrate some sort of irregularity, then there's nothing to prevent them from saying our guy wins," says Joshua Douglas, an election law expert and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law.  "There's no rules here, besides outside political forces and public scrutiny."

I checked the Virginia code for what it had to say on this. Here's the key part:
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Results Thread: 6th Senate District Democratic Caucus

by: lowkell

Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 14:34:20 PM EST

Today's Democratic caucus to nominate a candidate to replace Lt. Governor-elect Ralph Northam in the 6th Virginia Senate district closed at 2 pm today. The candidates are Del. Lynwood Lewis, former delegate Paula Miller, and Ralph Northam's LG Campaign Treasurer Andria McClellan. Please feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the district and the results. I'll update with whatever I can find. Also note that this district went 57% for Barack Obama and 58% for Tim Kaine last year.

UPDATE 4:31 pm: Not that this will change the winner, but I'm hearing some serious disagreement about the total in Accomack, possibly off by 1,000 or so? (e.g., Ben Tribbett tweets, {"While Lewis won this election, here's another example of inability to correctly count votes- seems unlikely reported result is right"). We'll see, but in the end Lewis wins handily, regardless.
UPDATE 4:01 pm: According to this spreadsheet, the 100th House of Delegates district, which Lynwood Lewis has represented, went 55% for both Barack Obama and Tim Kaine last year. Of course, that doesn't mean it will be that way in a special election early next year. We'll see.
FINAL TOTAL: Lynwood Lewis 2,658 (55%); Paula Miller 1,292 (27%); Andria McClellan 929 (19%), Landslide for Lewis, basically...not even close.
*@notlarrysabato (3:37 pm) - "Norfolk results:  Miller 1173, Lewis 234, McClellan 778.  McClellan plays spoiler in Lewis's win."
*@notlarrysabato (3:25 pm) - "Lynwood will have about a 1,500 vote lead going into Norfolk.  It actually could be close if Miller pulls 75% there and he gets almost 0."
*@vpaige (3:24 pm) - "Northhampton Hampton Inn: McC 5, Miller 7, Lewis 349...Northampton totals: McClellan 29, Miller 21, Lewis 731"
*@notlarrysabato (3:09 pm) - "Source inside Norfolk counting room says Miller has won Norfolk, Lewis a distant 3rd, but McClellan pulls enough to ensure Lewis victory...Projecting Lynwood Lewis as the Democratic nominee for @RalphNortham seat now."
*@notlarrysabato (3:02 pm) - "Painter in, Lewis 210, McClellan 6, Miller 3." The totals are now Lewis 975, Miller 94, McClellan 103.
*‏@notlarrysabato (2:51 pm) - "Shore still coming in, with Norfolk also out: Lewis 765, Miller 91, McClellan 97.  (5 of 11 reporting)"
*‏@vpaige - "NH: Eastville:  Lewis 173, Mcclellan 6, Miller 6"
*@notlarrysabato  - "Norfolk total updated to 2238.  With 3 of 11 polls in (7 on shore, 1 in Norfolk left to report) Lewis 383, Miller 77, McClellan 73."
*@vpaige - "1 precint in Northampton: Lewis 209, McClellan 18, Miller 8"
*@vpaige - "Mathews: Lewis 136, Miller 48, McClellan 53"
*@notlarrysabato - "Bloxom on shore first poll in- Lewis 244, Miller 6, McClellan 2"
*@notlarrysabato - "Turnout counts (not sure these were all at 2 pm, need to see):  Norfolk 2,111, Accomack 840, Northampton 775, Matthews 238, VA Beach 44"
*‏@notlarrysabato (Ben Tribbett) - "If Lewis didn't break through in Beach, hes going to be squashed in Norfolk. But will McClellan take enough votes from Miller 2 elect Lewis?...Remember Lewis will probably win 90% of votes on the shore."
*‏@notlarrysabato (Ben Tribbett)  - "Virginia Beach reports first.  Paula Miller 23, Andria McClellan 18, Lynwood Lewis 3."
*‏@notlarrysabato (Ben Tribbett)  - "Remember- with Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) resigning, a Lewis victory means every House of Delegates committee goes from 15R-7D to 16R-6D"
*‏@notlarrysabato (Ben Tribbett) - "Around 2,000 voters in Norfolk- mostly for Paula Miller- but big turnout on Eastern Shore where Dems put eight polls to help Lynwood Lewis"

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Private Opulence, Public Poverty

by: Andy Schmookler

Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 22:59:24 PM EST

( - promoted by lowkell)

A little item in THE WEEK magazine (11/15/13):

Public investment is at its lowest level since World War II, dropping to just 3.6 percent of U.S. output, compared to the postwar average of 5 percent. The decrease is largely thanks to 'Republican success in stymieing President Barack Obama's push for more spending on infrastructure, science, and education.'
What a shame. And what a shame the Obamacare launch has gone so badly, as it provides ammunition for those who work to sell the public the idea that the government is never the solution but always the problem.

Not only is there a problem with the "keep your government hands off my Medicare kinds of ignorance," but most Americans don't know how important a role has been played, in the development of American affluence, by "public investment"-- including the canals and bridges that the Federalists and Whigs sought in the early 19th century, and the railroads in which government played an important role, as well as things like the interstate highway system and the Internet (in which actually Al Gore did play a constructive role).

The whole challenge is to find the right mix between the public and the private in our economy, not to idolize the one and demonize the other.

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Candidates Line Up for Ware's Roanoke Seat

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 10:07:41 AM EST

Del. Onzlee Ware (D-11th), who was re-elected to his seat this month without opposition, has informed Gov. McDonnell that he is resigning his seat because of  family issues. Ware revealed that his mother, who lives with him, had a stroke last summer and requires his care and attention. First elected in 2002, Ware said that her illness occurred after the deadline for removing his name from the ballot. (Or, as some are surmising, is Ware clearing the way for his name to be put forth as a judge?  After all, he has hardly been a thorn in the side of the GOP in Richmond. Both Bob McDonnell and Bill Howell praised him to the heavens after Ware announced his retirement. A sitting member of the legislature cannot be named a judge.)

Already, a bevy of candidates are lining up to vie for the open seat. Because the seat leans heavily Democratic, several potential candidates  have already signaled their intention to seek the Democratic nomination.

Court Rosen, vice mayor of Roanoke, is even running ads for the nomination touting himself as the candidate to vote for in a special election primary, but the Democratic Party in the city hasn't yet announced the way it will select its candidate. (Maybe Rosen knows something the rest of us don't.) Also announcing their  intention to run are Sam Rasoul, one-time candidate for Congress in the 6th District and loser in the last mayoral firehouse primary, and Patricia White-Boyd, a well-known organizer for Democratic campaigns in the city and a member of the 6th Congressional District Democratic Committee. Two more Democrats, Councilman David Trinkle and Keith Wheaton, founder of JBT Media Holdings, are said to be very interested in running, as is Jeff Artis, a  leader in the city chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 06:40:25 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, November 16. Also see President Obama's weekly address, which I think is valuable for its emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy. As for the statistic about producing more oil than we import...meh, that's pretty much irrelevant in a worldwide, largely "fungible" oil market.

*Health-care site contractor tied to firm that botched other IT projects (Government IT procurement appears to be completely broken and needs to be fixed!)
*'Baby steps' toward better health care ("...to see a pro-life conservative willing to follow his convictions all the way to supporting what might be seen as a new dose of socialism in the American health-care system was inspiring. Indeed, whether you are for or against the Affordable Care Act, his idea might well be worth trying.")
*Why Some Health Care Plans Aren't Worth Keeping ("...what we're seeing is a lot of whining and miscommunication over a certain type of plan that is a sort of extended scam. It should be ended anyway.")
*Rep. Gerry Connolly: Time to Turn Down the Benghazi Rhetoric (Good luck with that; Republicans are obsessed, and of course it's all about hurting Hillary Clinton and President Obama, nothing constructive whatsoever.)
*Va. taxpayers pay more than $575,000 in McDonnell gifts scandal legal fees (Total waste of money - thanks a lot to McDonnell and Cuccinelli on this one!)
*The victor in Virginia's attorney general race stands a chance of losing ("If after all options have been exhausted, Obenshain decides he wants to take his case to the state legislature, the only thing stopping Republicans from ordering a new election or declaring him the winner would be fear of a political backlash or their own self-restraint.")
*Playing Green 'Hardball' in Coal Country ("Mr. Steyer is fresh off his successful backing of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the governor's race in Virginia. He and an environmental advocacy organization he founded, NextGen Climate Change, contributed about $8 million in a combination of donations, advertising and groundwork, according to an adviser to the group.")
*Roanoke sheriff to seek House of Delegates seat ("Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson declared her candidacy for the special election in the 11th District on Friday, one day after Ware announced that he will resign...")
*Wheaton considering bid for Ware's seat ("Roanoke native Keith Wheaton said this morning that he is considering a bid for the Democratic nomination. Wheaton, who lives in northwest Roanoke, is the founder of the consulting firm JBT Media Holdings, Inc., and is active in city civic affairs.")
*It's election day in Mathews ("On Saturday Democrats will hold an unassembled caucus, colloquially referred to as a firehouse primary, to pick a nominee in the special election to replace Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam in the state Senate...Del Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomac, former Del. Paula Miller, D-Norfolk, and Northam campaign finance director Andria McClellan are all gunning for the Democratic nomination.")
*U-Va. board's support for 'five pillars' of strategic plan not unanimous
*The Hampton Roads Tea Party isn't waving the white flag (Did anyone think they would?)
*Clouds will rule through Sunday ("Sunshine may be hard to come by much of the weekend, but at least it's mild.")

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Tom "all it does is produce Democrats" Davis Raises Money to Fight Columbia Pike Streetcar

by: lowkell

Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 11:57:08 AM EST

This Sunday, a group called Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit (AST) is holding a fundraiser with former Rep. Tom Davis (R) and Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey (D). The #1 goal of AST is to stop a proposed streetcar project along Columbia Pike (supported overwhelmingly, and for many years, by both the Arlington and Fairfax County Boards), and to replace it with a mythical "Bus Rapid Transit" (BRT) system (I say "mythical" because you can't have BRT without dedicated lanes, and that's not possible on Columbia Pike).

Anyway, my question for today isn't about AST or about the merits of the streetcar project (which I strongly support, by the way), but about former Rep. Tom Davis (R). The last we heard from Davis, he was making the case for the Republican "extreme team" ticket (Cuccinelli/Jackson/Obenshain) and how they could win the election on November 5. Uh, guess not - ha. Now, Davis is busy raising money to fight a streetcar in Arlington? Why?

I don't know, but perhaps this 2005 Washington Post article might provide some clues regarding Davis' attitudes towards smart growth?

[Rep. Tom Davis] says he's deeply concerned that at the Vienna station, "smart growth" -- the slogan of those who favor building more densely around transit stations to funnel population growth there rather than letting it seep deeper into the countryside -- is really dumb growth, overly congesting both roads and rails.

[...]

Three Fairfax elected officials told me that Davis explained his opposition to the MetroWest development to them as a matter of party politics: The congressman believes that the people most likely to move into condos and townhouses near a Metro station are -- oh, the horror! -- Democrats.

One politician who spoke to Davis says the congressman told him straight-out that he opposes Pulte Homes' MetroWest project because "all it does is produce Democrats."

Of course, this doesn't explain why Davis would care about a smart growth project like the Columbia Pike streetcar, given that it's not in his (former) district. Perhaps it's as one Virginia Democratic political power player told me, that "Republicans would like to see flat population growth in NOVA so it can't completely dominate statewide races," and that smart growth/high-density-development projects, such as flows from transit projects like Metro and streetcars, do indeed "produce Democrats," as Davis so inelegantly (but correctly) put it back in 2005. The bigger question is, why are some Arlington Democrats working with Tom Davis to oppose this project? That's what I don't get at all.
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Bipartisan Breakthrough? McDonnell, McAuliffe Should Join and Set National Example.

by: Goldmanusa

Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 09:54:18 AM EST

by Paul Goldman

Both outgoing Republican Governor Bob McDonnell - unfairly accused of criminal wrongdoing due to the clever maneuverings of a con man - and incoming Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe - unfairly associated with criminal conduct by the AP and other news outlets during the campaign - could benefit greatly by JOINING TOGETHER to propose ethics reforms for passage by the 2014 General Assembly (or possibly a Special Session at the start of the 2014 General Assembly, when McDonnell would still be technically in office).

The reasons for this unprecedented joint collaboration are plain enough, helping both men who both could use a great opening/closing WIN at the start/end their gubernatorial terms. McDonnell needs to "clean up" the mess that has been made by all the gifts accepted from con man Jonnie Williams. McDonnell, for his own legacy and to keep faith with Virginians who still have his back according to the polls, should propose a tough, stop-influence-peddling-as usual- ethics reform package. It will help him, our state and...the next Governor.

Why? Virginia has the weakest laws in the nation on state legislative and executive ethics in the country. Having known a far number of Governors and legislators in my time, their basic integrity has enabled Virginia to do a lot better than states with tougher laws. So yes: A tough law is no guarantee, no panacea. In the end, it takes ethical people to have ethical government. I get that. BUT at the same time, perception is reality in a lot of ways in governing, and moreover, lax laws allow a lot of things not to be reported, to be shrouded, to happen in the shadows when we need transparency.

And then, of course, there is this reality: given what has been in the papers and dominated the election in 2013, the kind of tough, stop-influence-peddling-as-usual ethics reform package is going to be a political necessity. That isn't going to sit well with a lot of General Assembly members who may fell it is an indirect admission of things not being all that right in Richmond.

THEREFORE: Having a GOP incumbent and his Democratic successor jointly get behind this kind of reform has to be a real WIN-WIN-WIN all around. It gives McDonnell a way to leave on a high note, and it gives McAuliffe a way to come in taking the high ground. It will smooth the way for the best possible package and it will be seen not as a knock on anyone but as a positive all around.

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Obamacare's Difficulties Are Disheartening, But Consider This

by: Andy Schmookler

Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 20:25:20 PM EST

( - promoted by lowkell)

Our nation's greatest achievements did not come without failures along the way. When I think of such achievements, winning World War II and landing a man on the moon come quickly to mind.

What the United States accomplished between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and V-J Day is astonishing. But the early months of that war were a string of defeats and set-backs. The Japanese rolled across the Philippines, taking numerous American soldiers prisoner. In North Africa, the inexperienced American troops were no match for Rommel's forces. Those days were dark indeed.

By the end of the 1960s, the United States had landed men on the moon --"one small step for a man, one giant step for mankind"-- and won the admiration of the world. However, a decade before that, I recall, the pictures from Cape Canaveral were anything but inspiring. Missiles would go through a countdown only to topple and explode when ignition time came, or lift off but fail to go into orbit.

America worked its way through those failures, however, and went on to do great things.

Of course, in those times, we did not have a major political party that was not just hoping for failure, but actively working for failure.

Against that, too, we must persevere.

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 06:32:29 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, November 15. Also check out Rachel Maddow talking to "Jonathan Gruber, key architect of the Massachusetts health care law...about the law's similarities to the Affordable Care Act."

*Obama acts to ease health insurance plan cancellations ("Some people might be able to renew policies that were going to be canceled, although it's unclear how many will be affected. The fix mollifies rebellious Democrats.")
*4 Different Plans To 'Fix' Obamacare, One Chart
*Obama was contrite but also resolute
*With vote set on GOP bill, Democrats face test of loyalty ("Those facing GOP criticism and reelection in 2014 must decide if they'll still follow Obama's lead on health law.")
*Best health care system? Really, John Boehner? ("Two studies out this week - and studies going back 15 years or longer - show quite the opposite. Americans pay more per capita for health care than people in any other industrialized country. In return, we are sicker, die younger and are unhappier with the system.")
*Warner, Kaine urge budget compromise
*Meet the Computer Geek Who Took on Ken Cuccinelli-and Won ("Michael Mann didn't come to politics. Politics came to him.")
*McDonnell says he did not abuse power (Of course he abused power, the only real question is whether he'll be indicted or not.)
*A new path for failing schools ("McAuliffe isn't alone in his criticism of the state's plan to take over troubled schools. It's his job to find an alternative.")
*McAulliffe announces transition committee
*Gov. McDonnell: 'I'm not perfect, I've made some mistakes' (Of course nobody's "perfect," but McDonnell made more than "some mistakes." We'll see if he faces legal consequences for those "mistakes" or not.)
*Howard Dean raising funds for Herring in AG's race (Trying to make up for the complete #FAIL on his $750k pledge to Virginia House of Delegates candidates this year?)
*McAuliffe to divest from GreenTech, Franklin Pellets ("GreenTech, Franklin Pellets holdings will be put in blind trust during term")
*Roanoke Del. Onzlee Ware resigning from General Assembly (Certainly not my favorite delegate, but all the best to him anyway.)
*Ending, for now, uranium debate ("The effort to repeal Virginia's ban on uranium mining was buried this week, and it's likely to stay that way for the next four years.")
*Hampton Roads residents continue efforts to reach families in Philippines
*Alexandria police asking for help in Ronald Kirby death ("Investigators are interested in the transportation planner's activities in the past four to six weeks.")
*Temperatures on rise through weekend

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Video: President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care Act

by: lowkell

Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 19:03:00 PM EST

Look, this situation with the rollout of the healthcare.gov website and the issue of people being told by their insurance companies that their plans have been canceled clearly isn't good. With regard to the website, it obviously has to be made to work properly, and soon - no two ways about that one. Fortunately, it appears that this will be accomplished, the only question being how quickly. On the second issue, I believe that President Obama addressed it forthrightly in this press conference. The explanation of what's going on with this made a great deal of sense to me, and reassured me that President Obama was speaking honestly, based on everything he understood at the time, when he promised that Americans could keep their health care plans if they liked them. It's a long press conference, but I'd say well worth watching, as it's one of the most important - if not THE most important - of Barack Obama's entire presidency.

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