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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:45:37 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, February 5. Also check out Jon Stewart's take on what he calls the "Totally Non-Gay All-Male Tackle-Fest XLVII." LOL

*Eight Senators Vote To Block Violence Against Women Act (Shocker: they're all Republicans!)
*Cantor 4.0 seeks to rebrand House GOP (What, "it was just your imagination, we're not REALLY extremists, science deniers, homophobes, xenophobes, misogynists, theocrats and wackos?" Yeah, that'll work! LOL)
*House scraps tolls, Senate gets new roads plan
*Editorial: Gun compromise fails in Senate ("Sen. John Edwards wanted only to give gun show dealers and buyers an option for background checks.")
*Editorial: Campus discrimination ("A bill would allow the insidious creep of discrimination into university groups.")
*Michael Mann: Ken Cuccinelli's Cloudy Judgment ("Virginians deserve a governor who can take a sober look at scientific findings and recognize the threat to his own state. But Ken Cuccinelli put the narrow interests of his corporate donors and the extremist elements of his own party above the interests of taxpayers and coastal residents.")
*Newman floats revisions to McDonnell transportation plan
*Ken Cuccinelli bucks Bob McDonnell on Virginia transportation funding ("The alternative plan would replace the current gas tax with a sales tax on gas that could rise with inflation and produce more money than the current flat tax of 17.5 cents per gallon.")
*Scribner: McDonnell's transportation plan veers off-course
*Mark Warner to speak on national debt at UVa (Mark Warner should spend as much effort, or even one tenth the effort, he spends on his debt obsession to creating JOBS and helping boost the economy!)
*Rigell bill would make it a felony to buy a gun for someone who can't
*Grading schools demands detail ("Those measures, however, are accompanied by plans that, if approved, could undermine one of the nation's best public school systems and perpetuate a simplistic and inaccurate perception of education.")
*Senate defeats bill to require drug screening of welfare recipients
*Edwards' gun show compromise shot down by Senate panel

lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning
*Deputy health commissioner resigns effective Feb. 14
*Virginia DREAM Act stalls in House money panel
*Is Virginia Uranium Quickly Running Out of Money? (Such a shame!)
*Washington has the worst traffic congestion - again
*Virginia K12 initiatives on teacher, school accountability go forward
*Va. Senate limits smoking, cell phone use
*'Kings Dominion' law clears Va. House after dying in Senate committee
*Arlington expansion stalled in hopes of saving old trees (We really need to stop cutting down trees and start planting a lot more of them instead!)
*Arlington food truck wins court fight against county
*D.C. area forecast: Trending milder as flurry-fest fades
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