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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:57:22 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, February 9. Also see the video of President Obama's weekly address, in which he "urges Congress to act to avoid a series of harmful and automatic cuts-called a sequester-from going into effect that would hurt our economy and the middle class and threaten thousands of American jobs."

*Northeast storm lives up to its monster billing ("Snow totals surpass 2 feet, 650,000 homes and businesses without power as massive blizzard wallops Northeast.")
*Obama will propose 1% raise for federal workforce in 2014 budget
*Spike of Virginia redistricting plans shows House speaker's pragmatic streak
*Clinton: America's Debt Problems 'Can't Be Solved' With Austerity
*Jindal speaks at annual Cantor fundraiser; urges growth for GOP
*Warner: Sequestration Would Be 'Worse Than You Can Imagine'
*Warner: Defense industry shares blame for sequester
*Virginia's hi-tech corridor nervous over sequestration
*Mr. Cantor looks for middle ground
*Virginia General Assembly: The score at halftime
*Bolling to make "major announcement" March 14
*McDonnell, Senate Dem leaders exchange road notes
*Politics over sense in I.D. measures ("The notion that this measure ensures the integrity of elections has little basis in reality.")
*McDonnell sends school security bills to lawmakers
*Hey Fairfax County, High School Seniors Can Handle 'Beloved,' And Learn About Racism and Sexism
*Anti-uranium legislators make their case to McDonnell
*Putney considering a re-election bid as a Republican
*This time, Roanoke Valley got biggest snowfall totals

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 06:51:56 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, July 8.

*Schapiro: Bolling needs a new plan
*U.Va. board's annual expenses top $115,000
*Democrats, Republicans using health care ruling to raise funds
*McDonnell's trade trip to England to cost $92,084
*Senate hopeful Tim Kaine stumps at stops in Bristol
*Changing the face of Virginia's beach
*Charter schools expand in D.C., but stall in Maryland and Virginia
*Florida Senator Marco Rubio visits bookstore in Norfolk
*Editorial: A flight from the suburbs? ("Younger adults prefer urban living. Planners and developers will need to adjust.")
*Community Viewpoint: Farm Bill is Key to Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay
*Temperature falls one degree short of tying the District's all-time high
*Bryce Harper makes All-Star history
*Gonzalez, Nats top sloppy Rockies

P.S. Also see John Boehner: Voters Need Not Love Mitt Romney ("The American people probably aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney.")

UPDATE: Oh, and watch out later today as the weather could get rough (D.C. area forecast: Record heat wave goes out with a bang for some)

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 06:10:15 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 25.

*The Virginia Fracas (Typical trash from the Wall Street Journal corporate hack editorial page. In this case, it looks like the $$$$ spent on Hill & Knowlton resulted in a laughable, error-filled monstrosity of an editorial. Fine work, H&K, fine work! Heh.)
*Rally held in support of ousted U.Va. president
*Rally for Honor ("Statements by speakers at the Rally for Honor, Sunday June 24, will appear here, as well as letters sent by those in absentia.")
*Battle-scarred McDonnell at 'pivot point' of leadership (Uh, when has T-Bob ever shown any leadership? Unless you count corporate cronyism and overall cowardice as leadership.)
*Rep. Gerry Connolly says Reagan raised taxes during five years of presidency (TRUE!)
*Fairfax County schools to pay falsely accused teacher $73,000 for legal fees in sex abuse case
*Partisan post polka ("Virginia's elected officeholders ought to stay away from partisan political posts while serving their constituents.")
*Former MWAA member used contacts from paid trip to win no-bid contract
*Cost of DUI to rise for many first-time offenders
*Connolly faces moderate Republican in N.Va.
*D.C. area forecast: Trending cooler early week briefly, then return of blistering heat
*Sean Burnett gives up late home run to Matt Wieters as Baltimore snatches three-game series from Washington

P.S. Also, gotta love this one: Americans love the individual components of "Obamacare," yet don't support "Obamacare." Why not? If there's any logic here, it's because they don't like that (in)famous conservative Republican idea, the "individual mandate," which most health care economists believe is essential to making the individual pieces - no preexisting condition exclusions, no lifetime caps, etc. - work. Other than that, of course, the reason Americans oppose "Obamacare" is that it's been demonized relentlessly by the right-wing media (e.g., Fox, Rush) and not defended strongly enough by Democrats. Now, the ultra-partisan, Scalia/Thomas/Alito/Roberts Supreme Court will have its say. Can't wait.

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 06:47:57 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 24. Also, check out the ad by PrioritiesUSA, which clearly and powerfully explains why "If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses."

*Recent reversals leave egg on the face of Va. legislature
*U-Va.'s community of trust broken
*At U-Va., a struggle over school's purpose
*Other Shoes Prepares to Drop In in C'ville (I agree with Chap: "We need independent Boards for our state institutions.  There has to be some institutional control.  But we can't keep appointing people just because they laid down a five-figure check at a cocktail party for Governor X.")
*What would Thomas Jefferson think of U-Va.?
*UVa community wants answers, not therapy
*Jefferson's university on path of deterioration
*Schapiro: U.Va. flap shows need to better vet trustees
*UVa kerfuffle has lawmakers considering changes to oversight, composition of college boards
*Poll: Virginians conservative but prefer Obama ("When asked whom they would vote for on Nov. 6, 49 percent of those surveyed said Obama, 42 percent chose Romney")
*Rush on port deal brings new doubts ("For one of the most business-friendly states in America, Virginia seems to be making a habit of negotiating disturbingly bad deals for itself.")
*Radtke wants debt proposal from Allen in exchange for endorsement
*Romney visiting Virginia on Tuesday (The pathological liar comes to the Commonwealth? Just remember, if his lips are moving, he's lying...)
*Governor's stand on Dragas key to board's next vote
*Election 2012: Henrico County a bellwether in critical battleground state
*Jackson, bullpen help Nats even series

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 06:30:00 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 23. Also check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he "discusses the urgent need for Congress to act now on two common sense measures to help middle class families: preventing interest rates on federal student loans from going up and putting hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job."

*Former Penn State assistant coach convicted of sexually abusing boys (Lock him up and throw away the key. Oh, and his wife should be on trial too, as she clearly had to have known/seen what was going on in her own house but did nothing to stop it, like calling the police.)
*Republicanpalooza ("The Romney campaign should disclose its secret bundlers.")
*Governor threatens removal of U.Va. board (No leadership at all, then all of a sudden this phony tough guy act? Whatever.)
*Tim Kaine: Reinstate U-Va. president Sullivan
*U-Va. needs its old president and a new board
*Koch brothers-funded group launches TV ad against Tim Kaine (All lies, all the time. Ignore.)
*Obama Key Figure In Senate Race Featuring Ex-Govs
*Romney names Virginia Latino leaders
*Chance to fix things at U.Va. (Bottom line: Sullivan needs to be rehired, Dragas needs to resign or NOT be reappointed.)
*McDonnell will travel to Utah for Romney event
*Storms knock out power, flood roads, cancel events
*O's spoil Johnson's Baltimore return
*D.C. area forecast: Less humidity, but still warm through the weekend

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:26:17 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 22. Also, check out the new Obama ad, which focuses on equal pay for women, something Romney doesn't appear to care about and/or believe in.

*Under Romney, Bain invested in companies that sent jobs abroad (In other words, Willard "Mitt" Romney is Harris Miller "Job Killer," but far worse.)
*New Obama ad highlights equal pay for women
*U.Va. board to reconsider Sullivan ouster
*Cantor: House will continue attacking health law if Supreme Court doesn't kill it (These people are obsessed.)
*Allen's first television ads target women, independents
*Virginia Senators Fail to Stand Up for Clean Air
*House bill allows leases for drilling off Virginia's coast
*Bill Clinton to help McAuliffe at unveiling of electric car
*Conservative group targets Tim Kaine on bus tour ("'The only candidate in this race who helped turn a record surplus into a massive deficit and saddled Americans with trillions in new debt is George Allen,' Kaine spokeswoman Lily Adams said.")
*After affair, Del. David Englin to step down in Augus
*Lacking key permit, Chesapeake's overflow jails can't house inmates
*Biologists race to Dam Neck after rare turtle's unprecedented nesting
*Kaine Talks Education Funding & Affordability with Local Students
*Region gaining more jobs but losing federal employment (Once again, evidence that the public sector's been getting hammered by Republican austerity and anti-government policies...)
*Washington area ties heat record
*Nationals vs. Rays: Danny Espinosa gives Washington series win with decisive double off Joel Peralta

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 06:21:17 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 21. Also, check out Jeff Schapiro's take on the "U.Va. soap opera."

*Supporters plot to reinstate Sullivan as U-Va. president
*Interim U.Va. leader disagreed with decision to oust president
*Senate Rejects Rollback of Mercury Standards; Warner, Webb Dissent (Environment Virginia: "Today, Senators Warner and Webb sided with the polluters instead of standing up for Virginians' health and environment. Environment Virginia urges Senators Warner and Webb to support rather than oppose commonsense measures to keep mercury pollution out of our air and water.")
*George Allen backs deal to keep Redskins in Va. (Yep, George Allen's all about taxpayer-funded corporate welfare for the super rich, while screwing over the middle class and working people. What else is new?)
*George Allen launches first TV ads of Senate campaign
*Virginia Sen. Stephen Martin plans run for lt. governor (Basically, who is NOT running as a Republican for LG next year?)
*Editorial: Restoring voting rights ("Ex-felons shouldn't need to rely on a governor's benevolence in order to vote.")
*Del. Joe Morrissey offers to pay for U-Va. inquiry
*Cantor: GOP energy bill will create jobs (Yeah right, Eric, we believe you. Suuuuure.)
*Marco Rubio Goes to Bat for George Allen in Virginia
*Warner's Broadband Amendment Passes
*Perriellio returns to Southside to campaign for Obama
*Va. board to bypass N.Va. Transportation Commission
*Airports board, McDonnell in standoff
*Moving Navy ships from here will take a financial toll, analysis finds
*Metro's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
*Nationals vs. Rays: Stephen Strasburg ends Washington's losing streak in wake of Joel Peralta controversy

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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 06:10:24 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, June 20.

*Rector, vice rector emails and other information obtained through Freedom of Information Act
*University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's ouster: The key players
*U.Va.'s rector should resign
*Editorial: Don't let anger control UVa's destiny ("Teresa Sullivan won't be president; the university now must look toward the future.")
*Tareq Salahi Announces His "Core Campaign Team" for Gubernatorial Bid
*McDonnell noncommittal on reappointing U.Va. rector
*Schapiro: Governor has company in late-term calamities, including U.Va
*Webb calls on regulators to implement Dodd-Frank financial reforms
*Morrissey urges legislative inquiry into Sullivan's ouster
*Political fallout from the UVA controversy
*Bad feelings still roil University of Virginia
*State group tasked with developing regulatory framework for mining
*Team Strategy: Snyder Plays Virginia Off of D.C. for Questionable Team Subsidy
*Va. House questions Redskins deal
*Kaine: BOV Made Big Mistake In Sullivan Resignation Process
*Why did Eric Cantor stand up the Peres dinner? ("Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Jewish majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, has never attended any formal White House Jewish functions under Obama, although he had been invited to the Chanukah parties and the Jewish American Heritage Month events.")
*Romney to fundraise with Cantor in the Hamptons
*Charges may be dropped in abortion-rights protest cases
*Dulles board to discuss new union controversy
*Picking a fight with Washington's airports authority
*Nats lose on Wang's clunker
*D.C. area forecast: Two days of extreme heat with heat index near 100-105

P.S. Also, see Obama Leads In Poll As Voters View Romney As Out Of Touch ("Obama leads Romney 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters"). My guess is that this one's an outlier, although nothing jumps out at me in terms of the sample (e.g., a 5-point Dem advantage, compared to a 10-point Dem advantage in the May Kaplan Post poll and a 7-point Dem advantage in the May WSJ poll).  

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 06:17:22 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 19. Also, check out Ed Schultz as he skewers Willard for his cowardice, duplicity, etc. on the DREAM Act - and in general.

*Rector Dragas' Statement, Translated into Plain English (Waldo Jaquith hilariously nails it on Rector Dragas' #FAIL of a speech yesterday!)
*Leadership drama consumes U-Va.
*Redskins deal draws fire ("Gov. McDonnell's $6.4 million deal to keep the Redskins in Va. sparked accusations he made an 'end run' around the Gen. Assembly.")
*Amid uproar, U.Va. names interim president ("At 2:30 a.m.today, after a marathon closed-door session that ran almost 12 hours, the board appointed Carl Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, as interim president to replace Sullivan while a search is underway for a permanent replacement.")
*In statements, Sullivan and Dragas both seek pro-UVa high ground
*Thousands crowd Lawn in support of Sullivan
*L. Scott Lingamfelter running for lieutenant governor
*Mark Warner tries to cultivate new Virginia leaders
*Editorial: Good medicine or bad politics? ("The governor must decide between women's health and extreme politics.")
*Editorial: A pointless year for transportation ("Rather than provide leadership on investments, Gov. McDonnell settled for a minor scuffle over meager dollars.")
*Another chance to do right thing ("Delegates who blocked election of a candidate for a General District judgeship because of his sexual orientation - or by arguing that he had violated military code by acknowledging he was gay on national television 20 years ago - will get another chance to do the right thing.")
*New Fairfax police-fire headquarters pushed back to 2016
*Rush Plus or Rush Minus? Metro riders dispute the results of new service
*McDonnell accused of 'power grab' against Dulles board
*Silver Line to use old rail cars initially

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 06:44:10 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 18.

*Egypt's generals assert vast power as voting ends (So much for the "Arab Spring?" It sure looks that way in Egypt.)
*In Greece, pro-bailout party wins parliamentary elections (Stock markets should like this.)
*Romney: No need to detail how I'll pay for massive tax cuts. Just trust me.
*Pro-choice advocates face uphill climb in Virginia ("The permanent regulations, which the board approved 8-3 on Friday, still face review from the executive branch, including the offices of Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II.")
*U.Va. provost takes stand against Sullivan's ouster
*Sullivan's ouster as U-Va. president may hit school in the pocketbook (What a fiasco.)
*Provost John Simon's address to the Faculty Senate
*Uranium debate still fierce
*Va. GOP's revote for convention exposes rift ("Cuccinelli wing trumps Bolling's")
*The silence of the Republicans: The 2012 Virginia GOP Convention
*George Allen says he froze college tuition when he was governor
*Editorial: One delegate at a time ("Military arguments against a gay judicial nominee don't hold up." Also, here's the letter from Del. Rick Morris on why he changed his position regarding the Thorne-Begland nomination.)
*Bain Capital is Obama target but Kaine ally (Ah, politics, gotta love it...or not.)
*Editorial: Now deal with rising doublespeak ("Pretending rising sea levels are only recurrent flooding does not make it so.")
*Lights, camera, Norfolk State
*Nationals vs. Yankees: New York completes sweep as Ryan Zimmerman's slump deepens

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 06:53:05 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 17.

*Energy Etch A Sketch ("What Mr. Romney has either forgotten or chosen to ignore is that the clean water and clean air laws the E.P.A. is enforcing were passed by bipartisan majorities four decades ago when Republicans were still interested in protecting Americans' health and the environment.")
*Thousands rally around Allen at state GOP convention
*U.S. Senate Candidate Tim Kaine Discusses Economy, Education in PWC
*Va. Republicans focus on Obama, avoid 2013 rivalries
*Parties Respond to GOP Closed Convention Decision
*Schapiro: What a governor can - and can't - do at U.Va. ("McDonnell's next round of appointments to the U.Va. board will be seen as an endorsement or rejection of an increasingly chaotic status quo that some fear will transform Mr. Jefferson's academical village into a generic state university.")
*A case study in how not to fire a president
*U.Va. board leader silent about sudden ouster of president
*Strategic Mumblespeak ("Er, UVA's Teresa Sullivan was fired for what?")
*U-Va. governing board leader wanted president to make program cuts
*Snakeheads are invasive and on the move
*Romney faces steep climb with Virginia women
*Columbia Pike could see high-density housing
*Metro columnist Dan Casey: Mudcat takes up Cantor challenge
*Yankees outlast Nationals in 14 innings

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 06:24:07 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 16 (as usual, about 1 or 1 1/2 hours before VPAP comes out with theirs). Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he "tells the American people that the stalemate in Washington is holding our economy back during this make-or-break moment for the middle class."

*Obama Shift on Immigration Puts Pressure on Romney
*GOP Sen. Rubio says deportation leniency is 'welcome news' (As usual, Willard had the stupidest comment, blabbering about how there needed to be a long-term solution to this issue, but offering nothing - of course not! - and not mentioning that the only reason there isn't a long-term solution is his OWN PARTY'S obstinance and pandering to bigots. Plus, of course, during the Republican't primary, Romney called the DREAM Act a handout and said he would veto it. So much for a long-term solution!)
*GOP picks convention to choose nominees (Barring a major scandal for Ken Kookinelli, I don't see how Bill Bolling "for dollars" has any chance at beating him. Time to pull out?)
*Ken Cuccinelli, seeking governor's seat, stands to get an edge with Va. GOP's switch to convention
*Marshall chides governor for supporting Thorne-Begland (Raving bigot "Sideshow Bob" predictably froths at the mouth...)
*State Health Board eases abortion-clinic rules ("The board on Friday agreed 7-4 to a less rigid set of architectural standards for existing clinics, despite contrary advice from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office.")
*The damaging silence at U.Va.
*Three Navy ships to be moved from Hampton Roads to Florida
*Forecast: A sun-filled weekend without much humidity
*Yankees stop Nationals' streak cold

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:22:05 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 15.

*Head of Darden board at U.Va. resigns over Sullivan email
*Thorne-Begland 'humbled' by appointment as judge
*Editorial: Virginia's assault on women ("The state seeks to learn the identities of patients visiting abortion clinics, a breach of women's privacy.")
*Key vote for Bolling, Cuccinelli today at state GOP convention
*A chainsaw to Va abortion rights
*Kaine talks small-business growth in radio interview (But hey, George Allen's all for growth of super-LARGE businesses, like ExxonMobil and anything the Koch brothers own. Heh.)
*Rubio endorses Allen in Va. Senate race (And in other news, I hear the sun rose this morning and will set tonight!)
*Independent ad attacks Kaine as Obama aide (Two words: Brain. Dead.)
*Air Force says it's closing in on F-22's oxygen problem
*Faculty board votes no confidence in BOV, rector as growing fervor claims a top Darden job
*Morrissey, Goldman opening law firm in Highland Springs
*Falls Church, Fairfax County call truce in water war to discuss merger
*Loudoun-Prince William highway moving closer to reality
*Forecast: Can't-complain weather until at least Monday

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 06:14:46 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 14. Also, check out Jeff Schapiro's take on Tim Kaine vs. George Allen.

*The Wall Street Senate (If you think it's bad now, it would get a notch worse with dirty energy industry corporate whore George Allen added to the mix. Don't send him up there to heap taxpayer-funded welfare on his corporate buddies and ignore their wrongdoing; we've got enough of that going on already!)
*Cuccinelli, other GOP candidates endorse Allen in Senate bid (The nuts unite around one of their own...)
*Editorial: UVa board dodged public notice law ("Members of the board of visitors improperly held an emergency meeting to accept Teresa Sullivan's resignation.")
*Democracy and the squawking box (I strongly recommend that everyone ignore political ads, particularly those on the idiot box and of course any from Karl Rove or any of the other billionaires buying the White House between now and November. Lies, lies, and more lies.)
*Eric Cantor backs Bill Bolling for Virginia governor
*Virginia GOP convention said to block active military vote
*Webb, other senators, push against wartime contracting fraud
*Looming 'Fiscal Cliff' Has Politicians Talking
*Ken Cuccinelli backs George Allen as Jamie Radtke stays silent
*State revenues rose 8.3 percent in May
*Teresa Sullivan ouster: 33 faculty leaders protest her dismissal from University of Virginia presidency
*Virginia Democrat appeals loss in DNC bid ("Tribbett says state party chief flouted rules")
*Loudoun moves toward Silver Line ("Loudoun County may choose to endorse the Silver Line, partly to compete with rival Fairfax County.")

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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 06:18:59 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, June 13. Also, check out the video of Republican U.S. Senate nominee George Allen talking about his "positive, constructive ideas." For instance, there's...uh...and...uh...and...oh forget it; "Felix" is all nasty and negative (when he's not whoring for corporate interests), all the time.

*Senate showdown on national radar
*Kaine sees step backward if Allen beats him for Senate (Yes, it would be a huge step backwards. Let's make sure it doesn't happen!)
*Jim Moran Coasts To Easy Victory In Virginia 8th District Democratic Primary
*Obama launches new TV ad in Virginia
*Obama grants TV interview to Roanoke station
*Allen, Cantor, Forbes easily win GOP primaries
*Words, not action on coastal flooding ("The globe is warming. The climate is changing. Seas are rising. Those things aren't in dispute among scientists. It's a sadly different story among politicians." Actually, only among Republican politicians.)
*Editorial: Gov. McDonnell's football welfare ("The Washington Redskins' owners will receive $6.4 million from taxpayers. They must be doing a touchdown dance.")
*Governor 'surprised' by board's decision to let Sullivan go
*"Former" ("Overall, though, its a list of people who have made careers out of burning so many bridges that they have few left to burn and nothing left to lose.  It's probably harmful as an endorsement list [for Bill Bolling].")
*Groups raise concerns about state uranium study
*Va. lawyers support judgeship for gay prosecutor
*U-Va.'s board should open up about president's ouster
*Alexandria City Council veterans triumph
*Virginia Supreme Court allows Fairfax County residents to sue VDOT over flooding
*Nationals vs. Blue Jays: Bryce Harper homer punctuates Washington's fifth straight win

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Virginia Election Results Open Thread/Live Blog

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 19:02:24 PM EDT

It's 7 pm, and polls are now closed. Which races are you watching? On the Republican side, I'm curious how big a victory George Allen will have over multiple opponents (as Paul Goldman wrote the other day, it's all about expectations, with anything under 50% a #FAIL and anything over 60% a successful evening for "Felix"). I'm also interested in which Republican will be selected to lose to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) in November. On the Democratic side, I'm curious whether Rep. Jim Moran will surpass 80% of the vote against Bruce Shuttleworth. Finally, there are local races, like the Alexandria City Council Democratic primary. Anyway, stay tuned...results are coming shortly.

UPDATE 9:26 pm: With 25 of 27 precincts counted in Alexandria, it's Lovain, Wilson, Silberberg, Pepper, Smedberg, and Chapman for the Top 6. That's looking like it will probably be the final results, barring a late charge by Menjivar. In other news, George Allen is winning with 65% of the vote; Goodlatte, Cantor, and Perkins all won big time, as did Randy Forbes. Oh, and Jim Moran is winning big, 74%-26%.

UPDATE 9:20 pm: With 23 precincts reporting in Alexandria, it's now Lovain, Wilson, Silberberg, Pepper, Smedberg and Chapman for the Top 6, with Menjivar trailing by 123 votes in 7th place.

UPDATE 9:03 pm: Sean Holihan has conceded in the Alexandria City Council race, saying "we worked our butts off but we came up short."

UPDATE 9:00 pm: With 19 precincts counted, Lovain, Silberberg, Pepper, Wilson, Smedberg, and Chapman for the Top 6. Increasingly, those look like the winners, but we'll see...still votes to count.

UPDATE 8:44 pm: With 15 precincts counted, it's now Pepper, Wilson, Lovain, Silberberg, Smedberg, and Chapman for the Top 6. After that, it's Menjivar in 7th, then Moshenberg and Holihan tied for 8th.

UPDATE 8:34 pm: With 12 precincts reporting in Alexandria, it's now Pepper, Wilson, Smedberg, Silberberg, Lovain, and Menjivar in the Top 6. Then, it's Chapman, Moshenberg, Holihan, and Peabody.

UPDATE 8:24 pm: With 9 precincts reporting in Alexandria (out of 27), the top 6 are Justin M. Wilson (9.0%), Paul C. Smedberg (8.9%), Timothy B. Lovain (8.49%), Redella S. "Del" Pepper (8.45%), Allison Silberberg (8.1%), and Victoria A. Menjivar (7.9%). After that, it's Sammie Moshenberg (7.4%), John Chapman (7.4%), Sean Holihan (7.0%), and Arthur Peabody, Jr. (6.6%).

UPDATE 8:12 pm: Goodlatte's going to end up winning by nearly a 2:1 margin in the 6th CD. Can'tor's at about 80% of the vote with 94% counted in the 7th. Perkins is beating Vaughn 63%-37% with 35% counted in the 11th CD. And Allen's holding at 65%, with Radtke at 24% and the other two well under 10%.

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning (Election Day)

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 06:27:35 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 12 -- election day (polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm). Make sure you exercise your right, and in my view, your duty as a citizen of the United States, to vote. Finally, check out the graphic, and remember the next time you see one of those 100% false ads about the "job-killing debt" or whatever, that: a) Republicans like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush are mostly responsible for racking it up; and b) Romney would make the situation a LOT worse if, god forbid, he were elected president. In short, those ads are a actually a strong, albeit unintentional (and also false, as I don't believe there's any serious evidence that debt, per se, "kills jobs"), argument NOT to vote for Willard.

*Jeb: Reagan, Bush Sr. 'would have hard time' in new GOP (As would Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, and all the moderate and progressive Republicans who used to fill the GOP - but not anymore! See Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party for more on that subject.)
*Today voters pick GOP nominee for U.S. Senate
*Editorial: Primary day for Virginia's GOP ("Voting today will show party leaders the masses want a say in nominations.")
*The Warners - Mark and John - reminisce about bipartisanship (And there still would be bipartisanship if the Republicans hadn't driven moderates and progressives out of their party and essentially become the John Birch Society.)
*Tim Kaine Outlines Economic Strategy at Senate Campaign Event
*Analysis: Goodlatte, Allen probably OK
*McDonnell signs budget, vetoes one provision
*U.Va. president learned of ouster Friday afternoon
*Ouster of Sullivan leaves UVa faculty 'shocked and dismayed'
*Independents the apple of Allen's eye in Va. race (Why would independents vote for a corporate hack and right-wingnut like George Allen?)
*Misclassified workers cost Va. millions, JLARC says
*The leadership crisis at U.Va.
*Editorial: UVa board owes an explanation ("The board of visitors hinted that fundraising is one reason for the departure of President Teresa Sullivan.")
*Washington-area housing prices pick up in May
*Fairfax to base 40% of teacher evaluations on student progress
*Democrats to pick Alexandria council contenders
*Nationals vs. Blue Jays: Edwin Jackson, Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche stake Washington to three-game lead in NL East
*Forecast: Showers and storms today; seasonal-to-cool weather into the weekend

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 19:01:29 PM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 11. Also, check out the video from the final minutes of the DPVA convention on June 2, it's amusing and also goes with the first story below, by Virginia reporter David Sherfinski (yes, I know it's the Moonie Times, but David's an excellent reporter and jobs are hard to find in that industry).

*New elections demanded after chaotic Va. Democrat convention
*Coming up Tuesday: GOP Senate primary race
*Camp Richmond ("The Redskins Training Camp, Richmond-bound in 2013")
*McDonnell commends outgoing U.Va. president
*Attorney General Speaks To GOP Activists
*Early Exit at U. of Virginia
*Primary or convention? Issue divides Virginia GOP
*Editorial: Virginia's big race in 2013
*Goodlatte, Kwiatkowski seek GOP nod
*Bob McDonnell says Virginia is No. 1 state in veterans per capita (T-Bob gets a "FALSE" from PolitiFact. Shocker.)
*Editorial: Stadium Woods debate points to planning reform ("More thorough review is needed when major changes are proposed to Virginia Tech's master plan.")
*Nats complete sweep of Red Sox
*Forecast: Sticky start to week, Tuesday rain, then drying out

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 06:27:58 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 9. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he "urges Congress to take action now to put our teachers back to work in classrooms, because the best predictor of individual and American success in this economy is a good education." In contrast, as you can see below, Willard "Mitt" Romney thinks that teachers, firefighters, and police officers are not real jobs and should be cut. Amazing.

*Mitt Romney: We don't need more cops, firefighters or teachers
*Mitt Romney Struggles To Identify A Donut ("Can you see that one of those chocolate, um, uh, chocolate goodies finds its way to our ride?")
*'No excuse for inaction'; Obama presses jobs plan in weekly address
*Va. Beach judge to be Cuccinelli's chief deputy
*McDonnell talks up Romney at CPAC
*Allen makes local stops on pre-primary state tour
*Va. court hears appeal in GPS tracking case
*Mark Warner, White House to co-host Hispanic summit in Arlington
*Gov. McDonnell hires new chef after criminal inquiry
*Gov. Bob McDonnell heads to Europe for sixth overseas trade mission
*Housing groups slam Fairfax supervisor over $500 million price tag for Tysons workforce housing
*Alexandria city council candidate Boyd Walker targeted in attack ad
*Prince William discretionary funds issue erupts into battle between supervisors
*Nationals vs. Red Sox: Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg stand out in their Fenway Park debuts

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:14:34 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 8. Also, check out famed conservative Republican activist Richard Viguerie talking about   how George Allen hasn't confessed his political sins from the time he was in the Senate, racking up debt like there's no tomorrow: "I haven't heard [Allen] say that he's done wrong, that he's sorry he did it, and he's not going to do it again...so why should we think that he'll have any different behavior?" Great question. Any answers from Allen backers? Nope, didn't think so.

*Virginia Brings in Jobs ... from Virginia! (Chap nails it.)
*Poll: In Virginia, Obama leads Romney by 5 points
*Northern Virginia Republicans square off for right to face Connolly
*First lady Michelle Obama visits Northern Virginia to fire up president's reelection campaign
*New Virginia poll: Gay marriage not key for most voters
*Without voter ID, 'Popeye affidavit' suffices at polls
*ExxonMobil news trumps the Redskins
*Ken Cuccinelli loses his chief deputy at AG's office
*Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour to speak at Bob McDonnell's retreat
*New Obama TV ad airing in swing state of Virginia
*McDonnell says $4 million Redskins grant 'legitimate role' for state (For the record: Bob McDonnell believes in crony capitalism and taxpayer-funded corporate welfare for the super-rich.)
*Wolf pushes for oversight of airports authority
*Vast movie-piracy ring operated in Hampton Roads, indictment alleges
*Local elected leaders to Virginia legislators: Fix transportation funding

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