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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 06:44:11 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, January 11.

*Hot enough for you? ("All right, now can we talk about climate change? After a year when the lower 48 states suffered the warmest temperatures, and the second-craziest weather, since record-keeping began?")
*Thinking About the Brink (Platinum coin anyone? According to Paul Krugman, "we need a strategy to deal with the crazies if they really do prove irredeemably crazy, which seems all too possible.")
*The Mostly Solved Deficit Problem ("So you heard it here first: while you weren't looking, and the deficit scolds were doing their scolding, the deficit problem (such as it was) was being mostly solved. Can we now start talking about unemployment?")
*Anti-Gay Pastor Withdraws From Inaugural Program (Bottom line: there should be no room for bigots in our national life.)
*Poll: Warner holds early re-election lead
*Poll: Clinton tops 2016 Democrat field ("U.S. Sen. Mark Virginia of Virginia is not among the top Democratic contenders to be the next president, according to a poll released today.")
*Virginia Makes Its Case To House New FBI Headquarters
*Governor's bills on roads, voting rights face obstacles ("...it was apparent within hours of McDonnell's speech that both face widespread skepticism from lawmakers - including many in the Republican chief executive's own party.")
*Virginia Democrats push to loosen voting rules ("Filler-Corn proposed keeping polling places open longer -- until 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. -- matching the closing times in D.C. and Maryland. Another Democratic bill would allow Virginians to cast their ballots before Election Day.")
*Sen. Tim Kaine state on gun control reform (I have no idea what that headline means, but Kaine says, "As a gun owner who worked with others to constitutionally guarantee Virginians the right to hunt, I know that you can be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment without tolerating the gun tragedies that are too often a part of our daily lives.")
*Gas-tax plan draws reaction from transportation world ("Critics ranging from conservatives to smart-growth advocates to environmentalists said eliminating the gas tax would do the opposite...")
*Poll: Virginians favor stricter gun control
*Va. senator wants voter bill named for late Norfolk lawmaker ("A ranking African American state legislator Thursday said proposals to automatically restore civil rights to non-violent offenders should carry the name of deceased Sen. Yvonne Miller, a Norfolk Democrat who long championed that issue.")
*Bolling and McAuliffe meet in Richmond (Intriguing...)
*Proposed Transportation Fee Targets Eco-Friendly Drivers
*McDonnell 'Excited' About 12 Oscar Nominations for 'Lincoln' (Ahhhh...corporate welfare Republicans, aren't they grand?)
*Editorial: Upon paying one's debt ("Are we, as the governor says, a people who believe in second chances? Here's lawmakers' chance at redemption.")
*Mr. McDonnell moves to restore voting rights (I still can't understand why this wasn't done under the previous two administrations, but better late than never I guess...)
*Fairfax schools announces $2.5 billion spending plan that includes teacher raises

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