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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:02:46 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 6.

*WH 'Absolutely' Willing To Go Off 'Cliff' (Fine, do it if Republicans won't start to seriously compromise!)
*Wolf Blitzer Stumps Top House Republican By Asking For Spending Cut Specifics (Here's the fundamental problem: all those teahadists screaming to "stop the spending" don't actually want to cut, ya know, SPENDING, on things like Medicare, Social Security, Defense, roads, schools, and a million other things they don't want to lose. The fact is, we have a revenue problem - now at 60 year low point as a share of economic output - much more than we have a spending problem in this country. Yep, the Tea Party has it completely backwards; go figure! LOL)
*Obama coming to Va. today to speak about fiscal cliff plan
*Some in GOP seek broader deal on 'fiscal cliff'
*A top priority, Kaine says, is to balance budget
*Perriello declines bid for governor, endorses McAuliffe (Note that Julian Walker of the Virginian Pilot, as well as just about every other reporter, linked to and/or credited Blue Virginia for its scoop on Tom Perriello yesterday. The only one that didn't? One guess. Yes, the Washington/Kaplan Post, which almost NEVER links to or credits blogs for their stories. It's unethical, of course, but the Post apparently is so desperate for "eyeballs" at this point, they don't care. #FAIL)
*Cantor: Dems must reveal spending cuts to move 'fiscal cliff' deal forward (Gotta love this guy's chutzpah, anyway...)
*Christmas in D.C.? Cantor says no cliff deal, no break
*Crackdown on texting while driving gets bipartisan support in Virginia (I believe this is what's known as a "no brainer")
*McDonnell to seek $500M annually in new transportation money
*Cuccinelli throws brushback at Cantor
*McDonnell addresses statewide transportation conference
*Northam gears up for lieutenant governor run
*State unveils new water quality initiative
*Arlington streetcar options mulled
*Chesapeake animal shelter project blows deadline, busts budget
*Moran Proposes Bill to Reduce Voting Wait Times

P.S. Also see Since big media suck, you might not know there is a climate change conference in Qatar now.  

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Not sure about Northam (0.00 / 0)
I haven't lived in Virginia Beach since I was 1 year old (lol), so I don't know much about Hampton Roads politics.

What I do know is that his opponent has been very heavy on talking about the wonders of technology, at the expense of addressing some other substantive issues which are surely harder to tackle than just applying new tech solutions to them. What about fixing our broken highway system in Northern VA? What about our public schools? Will technology just magically fix those, too?

A primary will hopefully make both candidates have to be realistic brokers with us over the important issues. At least we get that in this potential race for Senate leadership.

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

~Will Rogers


Texting While Driving (0.00 / 0)
Studies of bans on texting while driving show the bans are ineffective:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo...

Dumb people are going to be dumb no matter what, it seems.


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