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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:25:35 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, Inauguration Day, January 21. We're all justifiably proud and happy that we helped reelect Barack Obama. We're also incredibly relieved that we dodged the bullet of what would have been an utterly ruinous, disastrous presidency of Willard "Mitt" Romney. Other than being wrong on pretty much everything, remember that Romney was the guy who actually MOCKED the concept of trying to save our planet from ruinous global warming. That alone should have disqualified him, and the fact that it didn't says a LOT about humanity - nothing good. Meanwhile, I strongly urge President Obama to make his second term's #1 focus stopping the "rising of the seas" - the very thing the utterly cynical, sociopathic Romney mocked - and kickstarting a clean energy revolution. There's absolutely ZERO to waste.

*President Obama begins second term
*Senate Democrats to reopen tax battle GOP had hoped to lay to rest with 'cliff'
*The second-term climate ("Straight talk is important. Policies to reduce emissions should not be justified with appeals to green jobs or energy independence. Americans should hear from their leaders about the risks the planet faces and why it makes sense to spend now to head off more costly consequences later.")
*The liberation of Barack Obama
*Joe Biden to climate activists: 'Keep the faith' ("Vice President Joe Biden reassured environmentalists Sunday night that the Obama administration would not let climate change fall by the wayside in the president's second term.")
*A great man's life of purpose ("[Martin Luther] King's sermons and speeches - his words - guided generations. He was that rare American who moved this nation through the sheer force of his determination that we could be better than we are.")
*Tim Kaine: Voters 'expect' action on guns
*Virginia Inaugural Ball: 'You Can't Help But Feel Optimistic' ("An estimated 1,100 people attended the Virginia Inaugural Ball on Sunday at the Westin Arlington Gateway to celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama - and gear up for key statewide elections in 2013.")
*Photos: Virginia Inaugural Ball (Also, check out video of the speeches in my post below)
*GOP wants budget; Schumer warns they will get one ("We're going to do a budget this year...it's going to have revenues in it. And our Republican colleagues better get used to that fact.")
*Concern over drones unites GOP and ACLU
*Virginia retailers give their 2 cents on plan to raise sales tax, ditch gas tax
*Sen. panel continues work on closing gun show loophole
*Arlington County gaining or losing residents? ("Demographers differ, while construction cranes dot the skyline.")
*D.C. area forecast: Chilly inauguration weather, late flurries, then bitter cold midweek

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Video: Bill Howell protege Susan Stimpson "incredibly disappointed" in...Bill Howell? (0.00 / 0)

It's interesting to hear Republican LG candidate Susan Stimpson, a protege of Virginia House Speaker Bill "ALEC" Howell, say she is "incredibly disappointed" in Gov. McDonnell's transportation plan. Why? For starters, she's going against the head of her party, Bob McDonnell, whose support she presumably would like to have. For another, she's going against her own patron, Bill Howell. Finally, I'd just note that although Stimpson is 100% correct that this plan is a piece of steaming horse manure (my words, not hers), she's 100% wrong as to the reason why it's a piece of steaming horse manure. Namely, she says it's awful because it raises taxes. I say it's awful for five main reasons: 1) it cuts the gas tax, which is the exact opposite - for a number of reasons - of what we should be doing; 2) it raises the sales tax and other taxes which have no relevance to transportation; 3) it raids the general fund; 4) it assumes money from the federal government that will probably never materialize; and 5) it has no transportation vision driving the spending, which means it's basically brain dead.  In short, Stimpson is right, but for the wrong reasons...

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