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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:49:58 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, January 9. The image, by the way, is from the cover of the upcoming Richmond Style Weekly. Should be an interesting article.

*2012 hottest year on record in contiguous U.S., NOAA says (Yes, this is an emergency, and we are acting as if it's not. Total #FAIL by humanity.)
*New study forecasts mass extinction in 100 years due to Climate Change (And we are doing WHAT exactly to stop this? Cutting the gas tax? Obviously, that's the EXACT OPPOSITE of what we should be doing. Duh.)
*The Market and Mother Nature ("How could a carbon tax not be on the table today?")
*Interior vows 'high-level' Arctic-drilling review after Shell's mishaps (Shell clearly can't handle it; shut it down!)
*Nate Silver: Between pundits and partisans, 'a lot of very delusional people' in politics
*Since 2011, Three-Quarters Of Deficit Reduction Has Been Via Spending Cuts (That crazy "socialist" Obama again - yeah right, more like a moderate Republican of the Eisenhower/Ford/Rockefeller variety...)
*Gov. proposes getting rid of gas tax, raising sales tax
*McDonnell Throws Virginia Transportation Policy into Reverse ("Bacon's bottom line: There is no way to sugar-coat this: McDonnell's transportation-funding package would be an unmitigated disaster. As it is, the governor has partially rolled back Kaine-era initiatives to coordinate transportation and land use planning, a prerequisite for creating a rational transportation system. Now, he proposes to obliterate the principle that those who use and benefit from the transportation system are the ones who should pay for it.")
*Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's bold and paltry transportation plan ("...it is inadequate and unbalanced, reflecting the grip that anti-tax ideologues continue to exert over Mr. McDonnell and Republican Party stalwarts in Richmond.")
*McDonnell's Transportation Plan (" Removing revenue from that fund to put into transportation is cutting money from schools and putting it into roads.  Unacceptable, and if this stays in the final version of the bill, it would be a solid reason to vote "No" even with other good things included.")
*Grover Norquist lobbies against Bob McDonnell's Virginia roads plan
*Editorial: 2013's opportunities and perils ("Legislators should make transportation, education, health care and retaining a moratorium on uranium mining their priorities this year.")
*Schapiro: Cuccinelli faces his own party politics
*Poll: Unpopular Cuccinelli Trails McAuliffe In Virginia Guv Race (I don't understand how anyone in their right mind can approve of this climate science denying, homophobic, corporate tool.)
*Editorial: Wanted: voice of reason ("Lt. Gov. Bolling can help legislative collegues pay more attention to priorities")
*Va. lawmaker proposes uranium tax
*Fairfax approves tax increase on Tysons businesses, residents
*Roanoke area state senator supports U.Va. rector
*Gun control group targets Roanoke with TV ad
*Va. Beach mayor says arena project dead for now
*End of the road for gas tax? ("Local legislators see merit in plan")
*Redskins invested in Robert Griffin III, then everyone put his future in jeopardy
*Robert Griffin III faces surgery for torn knee ligament, possible lengthy rehabilitation (Fire. Mike. Shanahan. Now.)
*Adam LaRoche returns to Nats (Good news from a serious sports franchise, unlike the pathetic Snyder/Allen/Shanahan debacle in Landover.)

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