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Virginia GOP Seeks to Fire Qualified Female Supreme Court Justice In Favor Of Male One

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 03, 2015 at 10:20:59 AM EDT

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Virginia GOP Seeks to Fire Qualified Female Supreme Court Justice In Favor Of Male One

Virginians are used to hyper political temper tantrums from Virginia Republicans like Tommy Norment and Bill Howell, but their dark of the night announcement that they will be kicking a qualified, nonpartisan female justice to the curb in favor of their hand-picked male alternative is a new low.  

Judge Jane Marum Roush is qualified (Republicans even concede that in their press release), she was recommended by Republican leaders like Dave Albo and Greg Habeeb, and she is already serving on the bench taking cases. 

"Given their history of respect and inclusion toward Virginia women, it is tough to think of a reason the party of transvaginal ultrasounds, banning birth control and fighting equal pay for equal work would fire a female justice in favor of a male pick,"said Morgan Finklestein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "This attack on a qualified and nonpartisan female jurist who is already on the bench is just the latest example of how far outside the mainstream Republicans are, particularly on issues that matter to Virginia women and their families." 

 

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 03, 2015 at 06:23:04 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 3.

*Jeb Bush's Camp Sees an Upside to Donald Trump's Surge in the G.O.P. (I tend to agree that Trump's rise helps Jeb.)
*Israeli leaders target 'Jewish terrorism' (It's about time, now they'd better follow through!)
*Paul Krugman: America's Un-Greek Tragedies in Puerto Rico and Appalachia
*Richards: Extremist videos are an attack on women
*Scott Walker Still Isn't Sure If President Obama Is Christian (What an f'tard.)
*Donald Trump On Black Lives Matter: 'We Have To Give Power Back To The Police' (Is Trump's goal in this campaign to be wrong on literally EVERYTHING or what?)
*Trump Says Americans Won't Vote For Another Black President Because Obama Was So Bad (First off, Obama's been highly successful. Second of all, Donald Trump is a racist.)
*Joe Biden Reportedly Considering Run For President (I like Joe Biden, the question is could he actually win the nomination and the White House?)
*GOP says no to McAuliffe Supreme Court pick, will tap Alston instead
*Sen. Tim Kaine at Cato: A Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War (Hmmmm...Cato eh?)
*How Planned Parenthood became Republicans' public enemy no. 1
*Rand Paul is basically doomed: How the man who was supposed to "reinvent" the GOP fell flat on his face
*Va. Gov. McAuliffe to speak at Democratic Party's Muskie Lobster Bake
*Our view: Will hockey ever come back to Roanoke?
*In the shadow of Dulles Airport: The hunt for a threatened bat ("Will the tiny northern long-eared bat slow the second phase of the Silver Line project?")
*Nationals are swept by Mets ("Washington's lost weekend comes to an end as the teams are now tied for first in the NL East.")
*D.C. area forecast: 90s through tomorrow, cooler and wetter late-week

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Memo to Southwest Virginians: Help Carry New Radford Arsenal Incinerator Over the Finish Line

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 21:00:59 PM EDT

This week, the President sent a memo to America about his plan to protect the environment. In that spirit, and on a much smaller, albeit important scale, this is a memo to those living in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. Recent efforts by dedicated environmental advocates including the Environmental Patriots of the New River Valley and the New River Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club have shown a light on air pollution coming from from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) here. A potentially game-changing improvement may actually happen. That game changer is an enclosed state-of-the-art incinerator for toxic waste destroyed at the arsenal. Astonishingly, now toxic material from munitions manufacture is open burned! The permit for the open burning is up for review and possible renewal. The US Army, the British contractor BAE (which manages the plant for the Army)and The RAAP facility have announced they are planning to upgrade the facility. This is too important to sit on the sidelines. Make you voice heard.  Continued open burning is not an appropriate 21st Century solution.

Please turn out for the public meeting Wednesday, August 5th, 6 PM, at the Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller Street. A spokesperson for the arsenal will attend.

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Webb Campaign Touts Support from Someone Almost Every Dem Primary Voter Dislikes

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 11:49:24 AM EDT

Seriously, the Webb campaign is touting its support from someone basically no Democrat - obviously, we're not counting LIE-berman's pals' John McCain and Lindsey Graham here - likes. And for good reason. Consider that LIEberman spoke at the 2008 Republican convention in support for John McCain and Sarah Palin (LIEberman: "Governor Palin, like John McCain, is a reformer. She's taken on the special interests and the political power-brokers in Alaska and reached across party lines to get things done. The truth is, she is a leader we can count on to help John shake up Washington."). Consider also that LIEberman was one of the most vociferous opponents of a public option, in the Affordable Care Act. Consider also that LIEberman "spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the confirmation of Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium... Fox, a prominent Republican businessman and political donor, was a contributor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign in 2004." Consider also that LIEberman "blasted President Obama for stripping terms like 'Islamic extremism' from a key national security document, calling the move dishonest, wrong-headed and disrespectful to the majority of Muslims who are not terrorists." Consider also that LIEberman opposes the Iran nuclear deal and, essentially, favors war with Iran as the only alternative. We could go on and on all day, but the bottom line is that no Democrat should want to be caught dead - for purely political reasons, not to mention substantive policy ones - touting LIEberman's support and/or endorsement. Yet that's exactly what the going-nowhere Webb campaign did this morning.

The comments on Webb's Facebook page, which keep in mind is filled mostly with his supporters, are hilarious in that context.

*"'I wonder what Joe Lieberman thinks about Democratic politics these days,' said no one, ever."
*"This is 'The Kiss of Death' for any Democrat."
*" Oh, Lord. Hardly a compelling endorsement and certainly not a face I want to see on Sunday morning."
*" So you don't want the Democratic nomination, Senator? That's the only explanation I can come up with for this post."
*"Not a very good endorsement. Nobody likes Joe Lieberman."

Exactly.

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Video: President Obama Sends "Memo to America" on "Our Planet"

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 11:00:07 AM EDT

The corporate media can try to ignore the #1 issue facing humanity (and every other species on the planet) all they want, but that doesn't change the reality of the challenge we're all up against. Unfortunately, fossil-fuel-funded Republicans (and, sadly, some "fossil fool" Democrats as well) have blocked action serious Congressional action on climate change, such as the "cap-and-trade" plan originally proposed by conservatives, a "cap-and-dividend" plan in which money raised from the tax on carbon pollution is returned to the American people; a straight-up tax on carbon pollution, which could easily be designed such that it is "revenue neutral" (e.g., other tax rates cut) if that's what is desired; a serious energy policy which cuts all subsidies - explicit or implicit - for fossil fuels, incorporates all "negative externalities" into their price, and massively promotes energy efficiency, wind, solar and other clean energy sources.

That Congressional failure has left it up to the Environmental Protection Agency -- legally backed by the 2007 Supreme Court decision which ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act -- to take necessary and long-overdue action on this front.

Which is exactly what the EPA is doing with its Clean Power Plan, which will accelerate America's inevitable transition to clean and increasingly inexpensive energy sources, while actually saving people money on their power bills. In addition, this plan will have tremendous health and environmental benefits, while giving American companies a better opportunity to compete in the multi-TRILLION-dollar world market for clean energy.

In short, this plan is a winner all around. Unless, that is, you are a well-heeled coal or oil company executive, but why would anyone shed a tear for those guys? Anyway, thank you EPA, and thank you President Obama, for taking this action. Now, can you please also stop oil drilling in the Arctic, which is a disaster waiting to happen? A grateful planet thanks you. :)

P.S. This plan is a big opportunity for Virginia as well. See the letter from Virginia companies to Gov. McAuliffe explaining why. Also see What Does the Clean Power Plan Mean for Virginia? A Real Opportunity for Renewable Energy; New Report: Implementing EPA Clean Power Plan Can Be Job Creator for Virginia; Clean power is right for Virginia; Del. Lopez strongly supports President Obama's Clean Power Plan to address climate change; NRDC says clean-power plan benefits Virginia; Virginia's small businesses support the Clean Power Plan; and much more.

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 07:06:39 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 2. As for Miles Grant's tweet, the sad reality is that this kind of thing goes on every single week on the so-called "liberal" media, which in actuality leans heavily to the right.

*Why did Iran sign on to a deal that will weaken its regional hold? ("The threat of the Islamic State, more so than any promise of hegemony over the region, was likely a decisive factor in Iran's decision to sign away the nuclear cover for its regional strategy.")
*6 endangered animals poachers are hunting into extinction ("The problem goes deeper than Cecil the lion." This s*** needs to be stopped, immediately.)
*A Staggering Number Of People Were Killed By Police In July (As does THIS s***!)
*Joe Biden Said to Be Taking New Look at Presidential Run
*As Republicans set debate stage, the party faces its own questions
*Obama touts climate rule ahead of Monday launch ("The White House hopes to secure his legacy on climate change by mandating cuts in power plants' greenhouse gas pollution." I just wish this rule had come years ago, and also that it was even more ambitious. We need to get off of fossil fuels ASAP!)
*Obamacare's solid progression ("...for now, the picture is generally the same as it has been for a long time: The law has largely succeeded in reducing the rate of uninsured without wrecking the insurance business.")
*The Unbearable Nuttiness of Mike Huckabee (And of Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, etc, etc.)
*Ben Carson Says The 'Black Lives Matter' Movement Is 'Silly' (Speaking 'f "nutty.")
*Law agencies in Va. bank on assets seizure
*After 50 years, reflecting on the Voting Rights Act and its impact, future (It's very much needed today.)
*Joe Lieberman: Jim Webb could stand out from the pack (Basically, whatever Joe Lieberman says, do the opposite.)
*Ralph Northam: A solution to teen pregnancy in Virginia? (I strongly agree.)
*Virginia Republicans revive talk of abortion in wake of video stings (Even though what Planned Parenthood did is 100% legal, and even though the law allowing it passed Congress by huge margins, and even though the slimy group that did these videos deceptively edited them, and even though...oh forget it.)
*Go Virginia - with caution ("Virginia's leadership - governmental, business and educational - has closed ranks behind an economy-revitalizing proposal they're calling Go Virginia. Details are scant...")
*When Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe comes to town, it's sure to be a superlative visit
*Fisher: Virginia's battle in the war on drugs
*Schapiro: J. Warner, Senate old bull, sees new threats to security ("Warner favors the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.")
*Congress makes the wrong move on coal ash rules ("Inexplicably voting to hobble the EPA were both U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, who represents the homeowners worried about seeping contamination from under the Chesapeake golf course, and U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, whose constituents drink water from Lake Gaston.")
*Lee County prepares for hospital rebirth
*Nats drop second straight to Mets (These guys can't hit.)
*D.C. area forecast: Staying near 90 or above through midweek

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EW Jackson: Planned Parenthood "ripping apart and selling" black babies "on the auction block"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 01, 2015 at 11:26:15 AM EDT

It will never cease to amaze me that E.W. Jackson, a crazy person and also someone who's as extreme as you can get in this country, was the 2013 Virginia GOP's nominee for Lt. Governor of our state. Jackson's constant ravings are disturbing, although amusing in a twisted way. But his latest lunacy is...well check it out and decide for yourself.
BLACK MINISTERS GROUP: "MARGARET SANGER WAS A RACIST AND IT IS TIME FOR AMERICANS TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HER AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD"

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA- A national group of predominantly black ministers - MINISTERS TAKING A STAND ("MTS") - has denounced Planned Parenthood as a racist organization. Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder, has a history that includes support for eugenics as well as racist motivations to limit the number of births of black babies. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, supported eugenics and was a devout racist who sought to limit the number of black births. Bishop E.W. Jackson, National President of the group, said, "If Planned Parenthood is trafficking in baby body parts, you can be sure that many of the babies they are ripping apart and selling on the auction block are black. Yet the liberal media fails to expose this truth. If black lives truly matter, the lives of unborn black children matter."

In fact, FactCheck.org looked at this charge (by Herman Cain back in 2011), and found "no support for that old claim." None. FactCheck.org further noted that just "9 percent of abortion clinics in the U.S. are in neighborhoods in which 50 percent or more of the residents are black." On the other hand, Planned Parenthood DOES provide important health care services to poor and minority women, which means cutting funding for Planned Parenthood simply means that many "poor women will go without breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV tests and sexually transmitted disease treatment," which is both "wrong and hurtful."

Not that E.W. Jackson and his ilk care about any of this, nor do they care about perpetuating insane falsehoods about Planned Parenthood (e.g., that the organization is racist, hell-bent on aborting - and even selling - black babies) that have been debunked over and over again. Of course, that didn't stop E.W. Jackson's 2013 running mate, Ken Cuccinelli, who "said he won't defend the statements of lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, including his assertion that Planned Parenthood has 'been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK,'" but who also "has drawn similar connections between Planned Parenthood and racism." Amazing.  

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 01, 2015 at 06:29:51 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news  headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 1. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he celebrates "the fiftieth birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives."

*Stop the vendetta against Planned Parenthood ("No federal money is used by Planned Parenthood to provide abortions except in some rare exceptions. So cutting off government funds, mostly through Medicaid and grants, would only hurt the thousands of people, most of them low-income women...")
*Senate Republicans accidentally promote abortion ("...antiabortion forces, in their zeal to slay their bĂȘte noire, are actually attempting something sure to increase the number of abortions: Denying women access to birth control. ")
*Million-dollar donors fuel 2016 presidential race (Is this democracy? I don't think so.)
*Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race (And rightfully so.)
*Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions (This guy is utterly demented.)
*Why Jimmy Carter Thinks The United States Isn't A Real Democracy Anymore (There's a lot of truth to what Carter's saying here.)
*No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting (That's bull****.)
*More Than 180 Evangelical Leaders Endorse Obama's Carbon Reduction Plan
*Hundreds of businesses promote climate rule to governors
*Not ready for state policy ("A plan to simplify Virginia's voter registration form by making responses optional to questions about felony convictions and citizenship status - while preserving their essence in an affirmation - has set off a partisan firestorm." Translation: Republicans are upset that more people might vote.)
*Sen. Kaine Asking FERC to Consider Changes to Pipeline Projects
*Judge says Virginia can block Confederate flag from future license plates
*Gov. McAuliffe asks residents to prepare for the worst this hurricane season
*Va.'s top lawyer: Robert McDonnell should lose his state pension ("Mark Herring points to a law relating to felony convictions, which the former governor himself signed")
*AG: Dominion owes Virginia customers a collective $11.2 million
*Navy sub named after Sen. John Warner commissioned Saturday
*Grand jury investigating John Geer police shooting hears officers' testimony
*Proposed baseball stadium deal in Spotsylvania off the table for now
*Extra dramatic: Nats fall in 12 innings
*D.C. area forecast: August arrives with a gift of more heat

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Federal Judge Rules Virginia Can Remove Confederate Flag From License Plates

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 12:56:53 PM EDT

Good news from AG Mark Herring's office: 


~ AG Herring  filed papers in June to allow the Commonwealth to remove the flag from Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates following the Supreme Court's ruling in Walker v. Texas ~

 

DANVILLE (July 31, 2015)--Today in federal district court in Danville, Judge Jackson Kiser ruled from the bench that he will dissolve his 2001 injunction that had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia. On June 26, Attorney General Mark R. Herring filed motions (see below) to dissolve the injunction and vacate the order that had required placement of the flag on SCV license plates. The Commonwealth will now be able to enforce its existing law regarding SCV plates which states "No logo or emblem of any description shall be displayed or incorporated into the design of license plates issued under this section."

 

"This ruling will allow Virginia to remove a symbol of oppression and injustice from public display on its license plates," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Virginia state government does not have to and will not endorse such a divisive symbol. I appreciate Governor McAuliffe's leadership in calling for the removal of the flag and those on my team who moved quickly to get it done."

 

Judge Kiser's ruling will not be official until he enters his order, which will also address whether the decision will apply prospectively to new license plates, or retroactively to include existing ones. Deputy Attorneys General Rhodes B. Ritenour and Jeffrey M. Bourne and Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Westbrook handled the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  

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Companies with $350b in Annual Revenues Urge Gov. McAuliffe to Strongly Support Clean Power Plan

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 12:43:39 PM EDT

For anyone who thinks that the Clean Power Plan (coming out Monday) specifically, and transitioning from dirty to clean energy generally, are "bad for business," they might first want to talk to the 365 (!) companies - with 340,000 U.S. employees and $350 BILLION in annual revenue, who signed letters "to more than two-dozen governors across the United States voicing support for the EPA Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the states' 'timely finalization' of state implementation plans to meet the new standards."

Those two-dozen governors include a letter to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe by 24 companies and investors with " a significant presence in Virginia" - including Mars, Nestle, VF Corporation, Wespath Investment Management, Calvert Investments, etc. Highlights from the letter (see the "flip" for screen shots) include:

*The companies and investors "strongly support the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Carbon Pollution Standards for existing power plants," as they are "critical for moving our country toward a clean energy economy," with a "flexible approach [that] provides an exciting opportunity for states to customize their own energy portfolio, expand clean energy solutions, attract new industries to the state, and create thousands of jobs."

*They emphasize that their support for clean energy is "firmly grounded in economic reality," which is why "60 percent of Fortune100 companies have set their own clean energy targets and have saved more than $1 billion a year in the process."

*They "are seeking long-term policies that provide businesses the certainty needed to transition to a clean energy economy."

*They correctly note that switching to energy efficiency and renewable energy "will allow you to mitigate the risks of climate change and the volatility of fossil fuel prices," while combatting global warming that, among other problems, puts "trillions of dollars of institutional investors' assets at risk."

*They also explain that "emissions reductions can be achieved without long-term economic harm or damage to the reliability of our electricity system," but that clearly measures should be put in place to "ensure a just transition for impacted workers and communities during this shift toward a low carbon economy" (e.g., coal workers here in Virginia).

The bottom line: these companies and investors "encourage your timely finalization of Virginia's implementation plan and offer the support of the business community in [Gov. McAuliffe's] pursuit of cost-effective clean energy solutions." Let's make it happen ASAP, as there's truly no time to waste.

P.S. Great job by Ceres pulling this together!

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Alpha Natural Resources (Coal) Going Bankrupt; How Will Coal's Decline Impact Virginia GOP?

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 21:16:05 PM EDT

I saw this article earlier today and immediately thought of Virginia Republicans. I'll explain in a minute, but first the news.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is planning to file for bankruptcy protection in Virginia as soon as Monday as the biggest miner of U.S. coal used in steelmaking struggles amid the worst commodities slump in more than a decade, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter...

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural would follow rivals Walter Energy Inc., Patriot Coal Corp. and James River Coal Co. in filing for bankruptcy during the past 15 months as met coal prices dropped 72 percent since 2011.

Alpha Natural, despite reporting $1.8 billion in cash and available credit at end of March, hasn't turned in a profit since 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The thing is, it's not just Alpha, but the entire coal industry that's getting pounded by a variety of forces: cheap natural gas, the rise of wind and solar power, and the recognition that coal is cooking the planet to death.

So how does the decline of the coal industry potentially impact Virginia politics? First, as VPAP reports, the energy/natural resources sector has donated around $52 million to Virginia politicians since 1996. Of that, around $14 million has come from "Coal Mining/Processing," with another $16 million from heavily coal-powered utilities. And where has that money gone in terms of partisan distribution? Here are a few examples just to give you a feel for how lopsided it's been in favor of Republicans.

Coal company Alpha Natural Resources: $3.0 million, of which $2.3 million has gone to Republicans.
Coal executive Richard Baxter Gilliam: $2.7 million, of which only $1,000 has gone to Democrats, while $1.6 MILLION has gone to Republicans and $1.1 million to "other" (I believe a lot of this went to right-wing SuperPACs, like American Crossroads, that might not be classified as "Republican" by VPAP, but are clearly pro-Republican).
Coal/natural gas producer Consol Energy: $1.2 million, of which the overwhelming majority - $940k - went to Republicans.
Virginia Coal Association: $1.1 million, of which $740k went to Republicans.
Coal executive Marvin W Gilliam, Jr.: $683k, all but $3k of which went to Republicans.
Coal company United Co.: $519k, of which $324k went to Republicans.
Massey Coal: $466k, of which all but $8.3k went to Republicans.
Coal miner Cumberland Resources: $453k, of which all but $30k went to Republicans.

We could go on, but I think you get the picture: the vast majority of Virginia coal industry $$$ has gone to Virginia Republicans over the years, with only a small share going to Democrats. Which could mean, at least in theory, that as the coal industry goes down the tubes financially, the impact will be disproportionately negative on Virginia Republicans. We'll see, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on...

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 06:29:10 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 30. And yes, as you can see from his tweets, 2013 Virginia GOP Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson is STILL off his meds. Sad.

*Planned Parenthood strikes back (It's about time, given that Planned Parenthood is acting fully within the 1993 law passed overwhelmingly - including "aye" votes by people like Mitch McConnell and many other conservatives - by the Senate and House, making everything the group's been doing 100% legal. Don't believe it? See here, here, here and here.)
*Change your gun laws, America
*Christmas comes early this year - the gift of a Trump-fueled GOP debate
*A GOP led by Donald Trump will fail, and deserve it
*Krugman: China's Naked Emperors ("The big news here isn't about the Chinese economy; it's about China's leaders. Forget everything you've heard about their brilliance and foresightedness. Judging by their current flailing, they have no clue what they're doing.")
*Activists Hanging From A Bridge Force Arctic Drilling Ship To Turn Around (Excellent, we need a lot more non-violent civil disobedience to protect our environment from destruction.)
*After the death of Samuel Dubose, an officer is indicted in Cincinnati (It's about freakin' time. Now what about the officers who helped cover up this cold-blooded murder? And what about all the other cases in this country?!?)
*Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion (Yep, and make an example of this guy to all the other psycho "trophy hunters" out there.)
*Why Cecil Was Such an Important Lion
*Debris "very likely" part of missing Flight 370
*Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People (Absolutely.)
*More than one reason to sweat ("A hotter planet is almost certainly going to be an especial problem for coastal communities like Hampton Roads, since warmer temperatures mean melting ice, which means rising seas")
*Democrats found a brilliant way to troll the newest Republican presidential candidate (Nice!)
*Wingnuts are gearing up for another government shutdown - this time over Planned Parenthood (When is the corporate media ever going to cover this story accurately, which means no "both sides" false equivalency for starters?)
*McAuliffe avoids budget promises as he, Kaine and Warner push Medicaid expansion
*Rand Paul attributes Trump's rise to a 'loss of sanity' (As if Rand Paul's any saner?!? LOL)
*Poll finds seven shades of red and blue among Virginia voters
*Our view: Do [natural gas pipeline] opponents have an obligation to propose an alternative? (Yes! Energy efficiency, weatherization, rooftop solar, wind turbines, etc. Those will create FAR more permanent jobs than a natural gas pipeline or even two natural gas pipelines - not even close.)
*Chesterfield has most Confederate license plates in Virginia (Something most definitely NOT to be proud of.)
*Jonathan Papelbon picks up his first save as a National in 1-0 win
*McAuliffe helps launches broader weatherization program for the needy (Much better would be if Dominion made a serious effort towards improving energy efficiency, and if the General Assembly "decoupled" Dominion's profits from how much power it produces and instead incentivized energy SAVINGS.)
*D.C. area forecast: Sun and heat dominate as July turns to August

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"So You Googled Jim Gilmore?"

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 14:55:35 PM EDT

How about Republicans nominate Jim Gilmore for President in 2016 (not likely, but they can nominate someone just as crazy!) and replicate this electoral map - courtesy of DPVA's "So You Googled Jim Gilmore" microsite - nationally? Just a friendly suggestion from your Democratic pal(s). :)

P.S. The bigger question is why would anyone Google, let alone vote for, Jim Gilmore, who drove Virginia's fiscal truck into a ditch, or any of his fellow Republicans who think the same way he does?!?

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Interesting Questions by Sen. Donald McEachin About Drones

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 11:01:38 AM EDT

From Sen. Donald McEachin's Facebook page, I think these are some interesting questions, in light of what Del. Scott Surovell points out ("Kentucky man shoots down drone hovering over his backyard"). Here are Sen. McEachin's questions. Also, see Del. Surovell's comments after Sen. McEachin's.
Opinions please! I think you should be able to protect your property if someone (not the state assuming it has a lawful order) has a drone hovering over your property. But what legnth of time constitutes a hover? Is it ok for a drone to pass over your back yard (or front yard) on the way to somewhere else? Are there any rules for if it is just passing over how low it may go? Can you imagine a drone buzzing through your back yard during a picnic? At eye level? If a drone is hovering over your property and you destroy it are you liable to your neighbor for any debri that might damage a neighbor's yard. Time to have a conversation with legislative services.
Del. Surovell: "I predicted this last week at the Drone & Space Law Conference in Wise, VA. I said if you fly one of these over private property outside of NOVA, it's likely to get shot down. People laughed but I was serious. We need to clarify this area of the law soon."
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National and Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 06:21:37 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 29. Also, interesting infographic from ThinkProgress on Democratic 2016 presidential candidates' climate plans. So far, at least, it looks like Martin O'Malley is in the lead...

*As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya's endangered elephants were slain (This s*** needs to end. Now.)
*It's worse than Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion: Inside the sick, bizarre world of trophy hunting (These people are all criminals and psycopaths; the U.S. government needs to crack down hard!)
*Conservative Media Use Cecil The Lion's Death To Attack Planned Parenthood (Speaking of psycopaths...)
*Campus officer charged in death of unarmed man (It's about time!)
*The Sam Dubose Police Report Is Full of Falsehoods From Ray Tensing's Fellow Officers (Those "fellow officers" need to be fired and/or charged with crimes as well.)
*Clinton attacks the GOP on climate change. But her plan has a glaring gap. (I agree that putting a price on carbon pollution is crucial.)
*How will presidential candidates piece together a win in Virginia? ("They will need to build a coalition from seven distinct voter groups.")
*Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Political pundits wrong yet again. As for the people who support Trump...ee gads.)
*Congress
Businesses fume as Congress lets Export-Import Bank stay dead
(""We're at a loss how Congress can literally go on vacation and just say, 'Good luck, guys.'" For starters, it's not "Congress" generically, it's specifically Tea Party Republicans, some of whom I bet those same businesses gave money to!)
*Possible MH370 Debris Found in the Indian Ocean
*You vote, but plutocrats decide: The real story about the GOP primary that even the liberal media won't tell you ("Campaign journalism isn't just the worst -- horserace nonsense actively obscures how the rich bought the system")
*Natural gas pipeline discussion considers combining routes
*McAuliffe pushes back on GOP calls for Planned Parenthood investigation
*Clinton donors also pumped millions into McAuliffe's coffers (Not surprising.)
*Editor who oversaw Rolling Stone's U-Va. rape story to step down
*Former University of Virginia Fraternity Members Sue Rolling Stone
*Jim Gilmore officially files for presidential run (He must need money or something.)
*Portsmouth and its contempt for citizens
*Bernie Sanders supporters come together in Roanoke
*McAuliffe PAC returns $25K donation to Houston oil firm
*Virginia Gov. McAuliffe stands by Maryland blue crabs comment
*Justice Dept. looking into treatment of deaf inmates in Arlington jail
*Wind turbine company seeks Botetourt County's approval for test towers
*With roster evolving around him, Bryce Harper homers twice to lead Nationals past Marlins
*D.C. area forecast: Steamy morning leads to stormy afternoon; weekend hot but dry

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