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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 07:06:39 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 2. As for Miles Grant's tweet, the sad reality is that this kind of thing goes on every single week on the so-called "liberal" media, which in actuality leans heavily to the right.

*6 endangered animals poachers are hunting into extinction ("The problem goes deeper than Cecil the lion." This s*** needs to be stopped, immediately.)
*A Staggering Number Of People Were Killed By Police In July (As does THIS s***!)
*Joe Biden Said to Be Taking New Look at Presidential Run
*As Republicans set debate stage, the party faces its own questions
*Obama touts climate rule ahead of Monday launch ("The White House hopes to secure his legacy on climate change by mandating cuts in power plants' greenhouse gas pollution." I just wish this rule had come years ago, and also that it was even more ambitious. We need to get off of fossil fuels ASAP!)
*Obamacare's solid progression ("...for now, the picture is generally the same as it has been for a long time: The law has largely succeeded in reducing the rate of uninsured without wrecking the insurance business.")
*The Unbearable Nuttiness of Mike Huckabee (And of Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, etc, etc.)
*Ben Carson Says The 'Black Lives Matter' Movement Is 'Silly' (Speaking 'f "nutty.")
*Law agencies in Va. bank on assets seizure
*After 50 years, reflecting on the Voting Rights Act and its impact, future (It's very much needed today.)
*Joe Lieberman: Jim Webb could stand out from the pack (Basically, whatever Joe Lieberman says, do the opposite.
*Virginia Republicans revive talk of abortion in wake of video stings (Even though what Planned Parenthood did is 100% legal, and even though the law allowing it passed Congress by huge margins, and even though the slimy group that did these videos deceptively edited them, and even though...oh forget it.)
*Go Virginia - with caution ("Virginia's leadership - governmental, business and educational - has closed ranks behind an economy-revitalizing proposal they're calling Go Virginia. Details are scant...")
*When Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe comes to town, it's sure to be a superlative visit
*Fisher: Virginia's battle in the war on drugs
*Schapiro: J. Warner, Senate old bull, sees new threats to security ("Warner favors the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.")
*Congress makes the wrong move on coal ash rules ("Inexplicably voting to hobble the EPA were both U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, who represents the homeowners worried about seeping contamination from under the Chesapeake golf course, and U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, whose constituents drink water from Lake Gaston.")
*Lee County prepares for hospital rebirth
*Nats drop second straight to Mets (These guys can't hit.)
*D.C. area forecast: Staying near 90 or above through midweek

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 01, 2015 at 06:29:51 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news  headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 1. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he celebrates "the fiftieth birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives."

*Stop the vendetta against Planned Parenthood ("No federal money is used by Planned Parenthood to provide abortions except in some rare exceptions. So cutting off government funds, mostly through Medicaid and grants, would only hurt the thousands of people, most of them low-income women...")
*Senate Republicans accidentally promote abortion ("...antiabortion forces, in their zeal to slay their bĂȘte noire, are actually attempting something sure to increase the number of abortions: Denying women access to birth control. ")
*Million-dollar donors fuel 2016 presidential race (Is this democracy? I don't think so.)
*Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race (And rightfully so.)
*Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions (This guy is utterly demented.)
*Why Jimmy Carter Thinks The United States Isn't A Real Democracy Anymore (There's a lot of truth to what Carter's saying here.)
*No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting (That's bull****.)
*More Than 180 Evangelical Leaders Endorse Obama's Carbon Reduction Plan
*Hundreds of businesses promote climate rule to governors
*Not ready for state policy ("A plan to simplify Virginia's voter registration form by making responses optional to questions about felony convictions and citizenship status - while preserving their essence in an affirmation - has set off a partisan firestorm." Translation: Republicans are upset that more people might vote.)
*Sen. Kaine Asking FERC to Consider Changes to Pipeline Projects
*Judge says Virginia can block Confederate flag from future license plates
*Gov. McAuliffe asks residents to prepare for the worst this hurricane season
*Va.'s top lawyer: Robert McDonnell should lose his state pension ("Mark Herring points to a law relating to felony convictions, which the former governor himself signed")
*AG: Dominion owes Virginia customers a collective $11.2 million
*Navy sub named after Sen. John Warner commissioned Saturday
*Grand jury investigating John Geer police shooting hears officers' testimony
*Proposed baseball stadium deal in Spotsylvania off the table for now
*Extra dramatic: Nats fall in 12 innings
*D.C. area forecast: August arrives with a gift of more heat

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Federal Judge Rules Virginia Can Remove Confederate Flag From License Plates

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 12:56:53 PM EDT

Good news from AG Mark Herring's office: 

~ AG Herring  filed papers in June to allow the Commonwealth to remove the flag from Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates following the Supreme Court's ruling in Walker v. Texas ~


DANVILLE (July 31, 2015)--Today in federal district court in Danville, Judge Jackson Kiser ruled from the bench that he will dissolve his 2001 injunction that had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia. On June 26, Attorney General Mark R. Herring filed motions (see below) to dissolve the injunction and vacate the order that had required placement of the flag on SCV license plates. The Commonwealth will now be able to enforce its existing law regarding SCV plates which states "No logo or emblem of any description shall be displayed or incorporated into the design of license plates issued under this section."


"This ruling will allow Virginia to remove a symbol of oppression and injustice from public display on its license plates," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Virginia state government does not have to and will not endorse such a divisive symbol. I appreciate Governor McAuliffe's leadership in calling for the removal of the flag and those on my team who moved quickly to get it done."


Judge Kiser's ruling will not be official until he enters his order, which will also address whether the decision will apply prospectively to new license plates, or retroactively to include existing ones. Deputy Attorneys General Rhodes B. Ritenour and Jeffrey M. Bourne and Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Westbrook handled the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 06:29:10 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 30. And yes, as you can see from his tweets, 2013 Virginia GOP Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson is STILL off his meds. Sad.

*Planned Parenthood strikes back (It's about time, given that Planned Parenthood is acting fully within the 1993 law passed overwhelmingly - including "aye" votes by people like Mitch McConnell and many other conservatives - by the Senate and House, making everything the group's been doing 100% legal. Don't believe it? See here, here, here and here.)
*Change your gun laws, America
*Christmas comes early this year - the gift of a Trump-fueled GOP debate
*A GOP led by Donald Trump will fail, and deserve it
*Krugman: China's Naked Emperors ("The big news here isn't about the Chinese economy; it's about China's leaders. Forget everything you've heard about their brilliance and foresightedness. Judging by their current flailing, they have no clue what they're doing.")
*Activists Hanging From A Bridge Force Arctic Drilling Ship To Turn Around (Excellent, we need a lot more non-violent civil disobedience to protect our environment from destruction.)
*After the death of Samuel Dubose, an officer is indicted in Cincinnati (It's about freakin' time. Now what about the officers who helped cover up this cold-blooded murder? And what about all the other cases in this country?!?)
*Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion (Yep, and make an example of this guy to all the other psycho "trophy hunters" out there.)
*Why Cecil Was Such an Important Lion
*Debris "very likely" part of missing Flight 370
*Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People (Absolutely.)
*More than one reason to sweat ("A hotter planet is almost certainly going to be an especial problem for coastal communities like Hampton Roads, since warmer temperatures mean melting ice, which means rising seas")
*Democrats found a brilliant way to troll the newest Republican presidential candidate (Nice!)
*Wingnuts are gearing up for another government shutdown - this time over Planned Parenthood (When is the corporate media ever going to cover this story accurately, which means no "both sides" false equivalency for starters?)
*McAuliffe avoids budget promises as he, Kaine and Warner push Medicaid expansion
*Rand Paul attributes Trump's rise to a 'loss of sanity' (As if Rand Paul's any saner?!? LOL)
*Poll finds seven shades of red and blue among Virginia voters
*Our view: Do [natural gas pipeline] opponents have an obligation to propose an alternative? (Yes! Energy efficiency, weatherization, rooftop solar, wind turbines, etc. Those will create FAR more permanent jobs than a natural gas pipeline or even two natural gas pipelines - not even close.)
*Chesterfield has most Confederate license plates in Virginia (Something most definitely NOT to be proud of.)
*Jonathan Papelbon picks up his first save as a National in 1-0 win
*McAuliffe helps launches broader weatherization program for the needy (Much better would be if Dominion made a serious effort towards improving energy efficiency, and if the General Assembly "decoupled" Dominion's profits from how much power it produces and instead incentivized energy SAVINGS.)
*D.C. area forecast: Sun and heat dominate as July turns to August

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Inept Virginia GOP Sued for $150,000 Over Unauthorized Use of Photo

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 15:09:55 PM EDT

Great job, RPV! LOL


"A $150k tab? With their current finances? Ruh roh," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.


In Case You Missed It:

Virginia Lawyer's Weekly (Peter Vieth)

The publisher of a Roanoke news website has gone to court a second time to enforce her copyright on a photograph that proved popular with critics of a Roanoke politician. This time, her target is the state Republican Party.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, writer and photographer Valerie Garner sued the Republican Party of Virginia for using her photo of Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul last year in his opponent’s campaign materials.

An earlier suit involving the same photo targeted a conservative blogger.

Valerie Garner – publisher of the Roanoke Free Press website – captured the image of Rasoul in his unsuccessful 2008 bid for Congress. His mouth is open and his right forefinger is raised to make a point.

Six years later, as Rasoul sought the House seat vacated by the retirement of Del. Onzlee Ware, he came under attack for accepting campaign money associated with a man allegedly linked to terror funding.

His critics illustrated their attacks with Garner’s photo. The shot was used without permission, Garner claimed.

Garner first sued blogger Justin Higgins. He had allegedly used the photo in a Jan. 2, 2014, post headlined: “Virginia: Sam Rasoul’s Terror-Tainted Money Man.”

Three months after U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad ruled Higgins’ use of the photo was not “fair use” under copyright law, the lawsuit was settled for $6,000, according to Garner’s attorney.

Lawyer James R. Creekmore of Blacksburg said he considered that sum “a pretty reasonable result achieved for an unauthorized single use of the photo on a relatively unknown blog.” Higgins also agreed not to use the photo again, Creekmore said.

This week, Garner sued the Virginia GOP and candidate Octavia Johnson, Rasoul’s unsuccessful opponent in the 2014 House election.

Garner cited printed “mailers” sent to potential voters in January 2014, some headed, “Do you know who is funding Sam Rasoul’s campaign?” The mailers prominently feature the Rasoul photo claimed by Garner.

Her lawsuit seeks $150,000 in statutory damages and attorneys’ fees.

Creekmore said the case against the RPV implicates a greater level of infringement than the Higgins claim.

“We expect that the unauthorized use of the photo on thousands of printed mailers distributed in the very market in which Garner lives and works – and could have expected to derive further value from her photograph – will set the stage for a larger result in the current action,” Creekmore said in an email.

“We have no comment at this time,” said a spokesperson for the RPV.

RPV Cash on Hand: $11,211 

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 06:21:37 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 29. Also, interesting infographic from ThinkProgress on Democratic 2016 presidential candidates' climate plans. So far, at least, it looks like Martin O'Malley is in the lead...

*As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya's endangered elephants were slain (This s*** needs to end. Now.)
*It's worse than Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion: Inside the sick, bizarre world of trophy hunting (These people are all criminals and psycopaths; the U.S. government needs to crack down hard!)
*Conservative Media Use Cecil The Lion's Death To Attack Planned Parenthood (Speaking of psycopaths...)
*Campus officer charged in death of unarmed man (It's about time!)
*The Sam Dubose Police Report Is Full of Falsehoods From Ray Tensing's Fellow Officers (Those "fellow officers" need to be fired and/or charged with crimes as well.)
*Clinton attacks the GOP on climate change. But her plan has a glaring gap. (I agree that putting a price on carbon pollution is crucial.)
*How will presidential candidates piece together a win in Virginia? ("They will need to build a coalition from seven distinct voter groups.")
*Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Political pundits wrong yet again. As for the people who support gads.)
Businesses fume as Congress lets Export-Import Bank stay dead
(""We're at a loss how Congress can literally go on vacation and just say, 'Good luck, guys.'" For starters, it's not "Congress" generically, it's specifically Tea Party Republicans, some of whom I bet those same businesses gave money to!)
*Possible MH370 Debris Found in the Indian Ocean
*You vote, but plutocrats decide: The real story about the GOP primary that even the liberal media won't tell you ("Campaign journalism isn't just the worst -- horserace nonsense actively obscures how the rich bought the system")
*Natural gas pipeline discussion considers combining routes
*McAuliffe pushes back on GOP calls for Planned Parenthood investigation
*Clinton donors also pumped millions into McAuliffe's coffers (Not surprising.)
*Editor who oversaw Rolling Stone's U-Va. rape story to step down
*Former University of Virginia Fraternity Members Sue Rolling Stone
*Jim Gilmore officially files for presidential run (He must need money or something.)
*Portsmouth and its contempt for citizens
*Bernie Sanders supporters come together in Roanoke
*McAuliffe PAC returns $25K donation to Houston oil firm
*Virginia Gov. McAuliffe stands by Maryland blue crabs comment
*Justice Dept. looking into treatment of deaf inmates in Arlington jail
*Wind turbine company seeks Botetourt County's approval for test towers
*With roster evolving around him, Bryce Harper homers twice to lead Nationals past Marlins
*D.C. area forecast: Steamy morning leads to stormy afternoon; weekend hot but dry

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Redistricting Compromise: What Are Howell and Norment Afraid Of?

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 29, 2015 at 16:01:16 PM EDT

From DPVA. I'd say we know what they're afraid of.

House Speaker Bill Howell and Majority Leader Tommy Norment rejected a meeting with Governor Terry McAuliffe yesterday to compromise on a deal to set the state’s congressional elections map. 

The congressional map needs significant changes to alleviate the Supreme Court's issues and to better comply with the principles of equal representation and geographic balance that are essential to democracy. Forging a map early, as Governor McAuliffe suggested, would save taxpayers money and increase transparency in the process.

But Howell and Norment decided to play politics instead of doing what's best for Virginians. 

"Hiding under the bed isn't going to fix Virginia's racially-gerrymandered congressional map -- but bipartisan leadership will. Good things happen when leaders get together to make public policy decisions in good faith and we can do that with congressional redistricting," said Morgan Finkelstein, Press Secretary at the Democratic Party of Virginia. "We can only assume that Howell and Norment are simply hoping to stall until the last minute in order to preserve as much of their gerrymandered map as possible."
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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 29, 2015 at 06:23:47 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 29. Also see the video of Sen. Tim Kaine speaking last night at an event for Janet Oleszek's Fairfax County Board campaign against Republican John Cook. According to Kaine, "you will make people happier or madder in local government than anywhere get measured by your results, not your slogans." On the other hand, you have the ability to counter voter cynicism by "being a good listener and trying to solve [people's] problems" while "helping your community." Finally, Kaine said there's a "night-and-day difference" between Janet Oleszek and John Cook when it comes to support for schools, teachers, education.

*US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion 'upset' as hunter becomes hunted ("As Zimbabwean police say he faces poaching charges, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer faces furious criticism on social media." He needs to be in jail for a long time, as do all people who do these heinous things.)
*Despite gains, Obama's work in Africa unfinished
*Sarah Palin would be welcome in a Trump administration, the billionaire says (Hahahahaha.)
*Fox lowers threshold for early debate ("The change serves to guarantee the presence of candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.")
*GOP introduces legislation to defund Planned Parenthood
*The People Trying To Destroy Planned Parenthood Have A New Plan: Gross You Out
*New Report Reveals The Severe Economic Impacts Climate Change Will Have In The South
*Republican Presidential Candidate Speaks Out On Marital Rape ("Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday denounced Donald Trump's lawyer's assertion that 'you cannot rape your spouse,' a defense the attorney made against allegations that Trump raped his former wife.")
*Va. Republicans reject McAuliffe's request for redistricting meeting ("The Democratic governor said striking a deal ahead of deadline would save taxpayers money" Since when do Republicans care about saving taxpayers money?)
*Third Planned Parenthood video prompts renewed call for Va. probe ("Republicans put more pressure on McAuliffe and Herring after an antiabortion group's latest effort.")
*Schapiro: Special elections as an alternate reality. ("In Fairfax, potential targets include members of the House Republican leadership - Dave Albo, chairman of the judge-selecting Courts Committee, and Tim Hugo, head of the House GOP caucus. Another Fairfax Republican on Democratic turf is Jim LeMunyon. In Loudoun, there's Randy Minchew and Tag Greason. In Prince William and environs, Republicans include Bob Marshall, among the House's most outspoken conservatives; Scott Lingamfelter; Rich Anderson; and Jackson Miller. Even Speaker Bill Howell's district in Stafford may be shaky.")
*Virginia leaders launch multifaceted initiative for job growth
*McAuliffe: Tired of waiting on deal to rework port's $1 billion-plus lease
*The new Jamestown relic that could rewrite history
*Virginia home sales record strongest second quarter in seven years
*Backlash over boxes: Intent questioned on voter registration form edits
*By withholding jail video, Fairfax County sends a message that it opposes accountability (Inexcusable.)
*Wind turbine foes file lawsuit against Botetourt County (This needs to be thrown out of court.)
*Fairfax board votes to move forward on Seven Corners redevelopment
*Peninsula-area pastors discuss race, community issues
*Nats get Papelbon from Phillies; Storen will move to setup role
*D.C. area forecast: Still sweaty with a chance of storms tomorrow

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Gov. McAuliffe Writes to VA Gen. Assembly Leadership, Urges "fair, nonpartisan" Congressional Map

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 16:31:08 PM EDT

We'll see if this approach works. I'm not holding my breath...

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 06:24:54 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 28. Also check out Jon Stewart taking on Mike Huckabee for his latest offensive insanity.

*Editors' Note: Clinton Email Coverage (Massive #FAIL by the New York Times...)
*The GOP is just this screwed: Donald Trump, immigration and the Republicans' massive rebranding failure ("New polling shows how the GOP can't win on immigration: The base really wants deportations, but no one else does")
*Jewish groups react to Mike Huckabee's 'oven' remarks
*Boy Scouts lift ban on openly gay adult leaders
*Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel 'Violated' During Sex (Yep, Trump is as horrible as we all thought he was...)
*McCarthy: House will not vote on Senate's highway funding bill ("McCarthy's declaration that the House will not be 'taking up the Senate bill' means a short-term extension is the only way to prevent a lapse in federal infrastructure funding at the end of the week.")
*Hillary Clinton Refuses to Take a Position on the Keystone Pipeline
*Mitch McConnell summons restive Republicans for 'combative' sitdown
*Push to Reduce Sentencing Laws Gains Momentum
*Poll: Va. voters split on Confederate flag plates, give McAuliffe 50% approval rating
*Editorial: Virginia will prove a 2016 battleground (Ya think?)
*Proposed changes to Virginia voter registration stirs fears among GOP (Because the more people vote, the more Democrats win!)
*Our view: The governor and the pipeline ("When Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in town recently, he tried to brush aside questions about one of the big topics in this part of the state - the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.")
*A Times-Mirror conversation with Sen. Mark Warner
*So Long, Bacons Rebellion (Super-environmentalist Peter Galuszka definitely didn't belong at a Dominion-sponsored blog.)
*Fairfax police refuse information to father of police shooting victim David Masters
*Elbowing Chesapeake neighbors
*D.C. area forecast: Heat, humidity continue with bigger storm chances late week

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Video: Top VA GOP Donor Pat Robertson Not Sure Why God Didn't Kill SCOTUS Justices Over Roe v Wade

by: lowkell

Mon Jul 27, 2015 at 12:47:01 PM EDT

Just remember, Robertson has donated $725,000 to Virginia Republicans over the years, including $5,000 this year to corrupt State Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Dominion Power). Lovely, eh?

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jul 27, 2015 at 06:14:05 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 27. Also, as Hillary Clinton says: "Climate change is an urgent challenge that threatens all of us. The United States is already taking steps to invest in our clean energy future, but we need to do more. We need to take bold action to combat climate change, create jobs, protect the health of American families and communities, and make the United States the world's clean energy superpower."

*Pact would ramp up U.S.-led air war in Syria
*Senate Resurrection of Export-Import Bank Goes to Divided House
*Senate smackdown: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee efforts squelched by leaders (Good, Cruz and Lee are wild-eyed extremists who badly need to be smacked down by Republican leadership.)
*Hillary Clinton rolls out climate agenda (I may write more about this later, but basically there's good stuff in there, combined with a bunch of vague language. It also could have been MUCH more ambitious, given the tremendous advances in clean energy technology and cost the past few years.)
*Obamacare repeal vote fails in Senate
*If You Can't Beat Trump, Join Him: Huckabee Delivers Most Outrageous Line Of 2016 (Disgusting.)
*Donald Trump And The Extraordinary Vapidness Of Political Punditry
*NBC/Marist Polls Show Donald Trump Running Strong in Iowa, NH
*Ken Cuccinelli Says 'Black Lives Matter' Insults White People
*Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: GOP is becoming a know-nothing caucus
*A failing bay cleanup ("Leaders cannot afford to ignore the catastrophe in the Chesapeake. The EPA also should not let them.")
*Town: Clean Power Plan: The right choice for Southwest Virginia
*Account in Post from Iraq War veteran prompts Fairfax police inquiry
*Fairfax grand jury investigating John Geer police shooting begins Monday
*Arlington's high-rise downtown Rosslyn is about to rise higher
*Rise in Richmond property values prompts talk of lowering tax rate
*Ross and Taylor shine, but Pirates get best of Nats in series-deciding 3-1 win
*D.C. area forecast: A steamy week with a chance of storms to start

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jul 26, 2015 at 06:19:01 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, July 26. With regard to the video, I continue to have mixed feelings about progressives going on right-wing shows: a) it IS a chance to debunk their lies; b) in the case of Mark Levine, he does a great job; but c) it also legitimizes the right-wing shows, as if there really are two equivalent sides in the debate; and d) the hosts of these shows frame the entire debate in a wildly biased way (e.g., in this case, the nonsense about a "number of accusations and scandals going on" regarding Hillary Clinton; in fact, these are all right-wing-echo-chamber-imagined "scandals" that exist only in their fevered imaginations.)

*In Kenya, Obama Is Upbeat but With Notes of Discord
*Obama, Kenyatta clash on gay rights in Kenya
*Republican Support for Trump Surges but his Unfavorable Ratings are Also Rising
*Trump launches offensive against Walker
*Hillary Clinton denies sending classified info from private server
*Factory farming is killing the planet: Why the meat industry's future needs to look more like its past (It's an abomination in every way.)
*Obama Administration Targets Trade in African Elephant Ivory
*Schapiro: McAuliffe not completing term? Fuhgettaboutit! ("Richmond's chattering classes muse over an improbable and - for Democrats - dangerous scenario: That McAuliffe quits as governor for a position in a Hillary Clinton White House.")
*McAuliffe PAC posts big numbers from out-of-state donors
*Justice Dept.: Virginia ignored court order on funding for the disabled
*Lesson learned in public-private deals: Be careful
*Voter turnout in Tuesday's special election less than 5 percent
*Nationals top Pirates in Anthony Rendon's return from disabled list
*D.C. area forecast: Staying toasty, turning up the humidity

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Virginia Paper Prints Ad Attacking "black races;" Defends Printing It, Then FINALLY Apologizes

by: lowkell

Sat Jul 25, 2015 at 08:31:06 AM EDT

I'm glad to see that the Lexington News-Gazette has now apologized for running a viciously racist ad in its newspaper on July 15, but why was it published in the first place?
About the Confederate flag: Because of all the trouble the democrats [sic] and black races are causing, I place this ad...No black people or democrats are allowed on my property until further notice. Furthermore, I believe our government purposefully put our country in $18 trillion debt, knowing it could cause bankruptcy. It is a plot to take away our Social Security and cause taxes to skyrocket.
Also, the initial "apology" by the newspaper's editor was muddled and confused, claiming that he published that "ad" because "I felt that it was important for our readers to see that the views expressed in the ad are held by people in our community." The editor added: "We refrain from publishing things that are libellous, personal attacks or that incite violent or illegal acts. Did the ad meet any of those standards? In my judgement, I did not think so. I admit that others may have decided differently."


Anyway, in its current edition (not available online without a subscription as far as I can tell), the editor FINALLY gets around to stating the obvious, that Agnor's viciously racist ad was "repugnant" and a "message of hate" which "violates a basic standard that we've always tried to adhere to - that of maintaining a civil level of discourse within these pages."

Ya think? The question is, why was it so hard to figure that out in the first place? Amazing...

P.S. I love the top-rated comment on Raw Story, which pretty much sums it all up.

Dear Mr. Agnor,

We would like to correct you on several mistakes you made in your ad. It isn't the government who is trying to take away your Social Security and bankrupt the nation. It's the Republican Party and those of us who vote Republican who are trying to make your life hell. We believe the rich man should have all your Social Security money and we want to bankrupt the nation so we can take away any security net you might need. In other words pull the rug out from underneath you and watch you drown. We tried to bankrupt the nation under St Reagan and Buffoon Bush Jr. We truly feel that you are disposable.

Yours Truly,

Republicans and those who vote Republican.

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jul 25, 2015 at 06:27:35 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, July 25. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he discusses "the progress we have made in making our financial system stronger, safer, and more fair in the years since financial crisis."

*How The New York Times Bungled the Hillary Clinton Emails Story (It's really sad when the country's top newspaper starts going glub-glub-glub in terms of its credibility, but that's what's been happening to the New York Times for several years now.)
*Ted Cruz accuses Mitch McConnell of telling a 'flat-out lie' (Go Ted! LOL)
*Obama's visit to father's homeland of Kenya shows his new sense of confidence
*Kerry Says Israel May Deepen Its Isolation by Opposing Iran Nuclear Accord
*TV hosts remember alleged Lafayette gunman as anti-tax, anti-feminist 'gadfly'
*La. gunman was a Tea Partier who hated Obama, admired Hitler and wanted women to shut up in church
*In Swing States, Voters Want Action On Climate Change
*Release likely for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard (He's been in jail since 1985, so it's now been 30 years...)
*McAuliffe to name Roush to state Supreme Court
*In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me. (This is FUBAR, as they say in the military.)
*McDonnell asks entire appeals court to reverse ruling that upholds conviction
*Fairfax leaders learn ways to better handle mentally distressed offenders
*Portsmouth's auditor has missed his own deadlines on two jobs
*Scherzer struggles, Nats fall to Pirates
*D.C. area forecast: Staying toasty, turning up the humidity

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 24, 2015 at 06:29:45 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 24. Also see the interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates on how we accept violence against African Americans in this country as normal. It's true, sadly, and also 100% unacceptable.

*Here's What We Know So Far About the Deadly Cinema Shooting in Louisiana (The most important thing we know is that a white male with a GUN. How long are we going to keep allowing this s*** to happen in America?)
*Obama's critics are the real gamblers on Iran (" The deal's opponents have conjured up a fantasy scenario in which the world will sign up for more sanctions, Tehran will meekly return to the table with further concessions, or perhaps the Islamic republic will itself implode - and its successors will then denounce and dismantle the nuclear program. To bet on this scenario is the real gamble, a high stakes one with little evidence to support it.")
*Turkey to allow U.S. to use base to strike Islamic State
*Jim Webb Losing His Early Allies With His Quixotic Presidential Bid ("I don't know where he's coming from, I don't know where he's going." -- Yours truly.)
*Meet The Press' Chuck Todd Acknowledges Lack Of Climate Coverage, Pledges To "Do More ... Soon" (He actually responded to my question on Facebook, now let's see if he follows through.)
*Medicare Cost Projections Are Down Stunningly in 2015 Report
*The M.I.T. Gang ("Meanwhile, in the United States, Republicans have responded to the utter failure of free-market orthodoxy and the remarkably successful predictions of much-hated Keynesians by digging in even deeper, determined to learn nothing from experience.")
*Why Scott Walker is so dangerous ("His technique of scapegoating unions for the nation's ills is demagogic.")
*New law not in effect, but lawmakers already receiving fewer gifts
*Connecticut Dems remove Thomas Jefferson from dinner name over slavery (They got rid of Andrew Jackson's name too, which is more important.)
*Senators Warner and Kaine Introduce Non-Discrimination Bill ("The Equality Act would outlaw discrimination in the workplace, financial markets, housing, public accommodations & more.")
*High-speed rail - taken for granted? ("Jaw, jaw is better than war, war, said Winston Churchill. But is it better than build, build? Federal officials certainly seem to think so.")
*Howell, handful of others, at ALEC in San Diego ("Along with Howell, who is on the group's board of directors, delegates Kathy Byron, R-Lynchburg, Riley Ingram, R-Hopewell, and Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, are attending." Appalling.)
*Flare-up over Planned Parenthood hits Senate race in Loudoun (Dr. Jill McCabe: "Women need health care choices and Planned Parenthood provides that. That's kind of the end of it for me.")
*Virginia unlikely to follow suit as minimum wage increases come to East Coast (Thanks for nothing Dillon Rule and Virginia Republicans.)
*Virginia Democrats criticize Dye as extremist on abortion ("The state Senate GOP candidate replied by repeating her anti-Planned Parenthood position.")
*Shipyard layoffs could top 1,500 by 2016
*Nationals fall to Pirates as Fister continues to struggle
*D.C. area forecast: More low-humidity warmth today before muggy air starts to return this weekend

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 23, 2015 at 06:06:43 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 23.

*Sandra Bland should not have died in jail - or been there in the first place
*Trump has the GOP establishment's number ("Republicans have been lashing out at Trump recently, but they were only too happy to cozy up to him before.")
*The GOP Only Has Itself to Blame for Weaponizing Donald Trump
*Is the Supreme Court headed for 'Bush v. Gore' II?
*Conservatives Are Furious That Trump Is Distracting From Planned Parenthood
*Dems call for DOJ probe of group behind Planned Parenthood videos
*Unspinning the Planned Parenthood Video
*Jeb Bush should reform the lobbying of his campaign first
*How the media missed the Donald Trump surge ("Trump embodies the tenets of modern conservatism. Then why was everyone so surprised when he became so popular?")
*Fox Hosts Have No Idea What Planned Parenthood Does Or How Obamacare Works
*Morrissey maneuvering leaves $134K tab for two special elections
*Moving faster on restoration for felons your views ("BARELY 18 MONTHS into his term, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has restored voting rights to more Virginians than any of his predecessors.")
*Poll: Clinton trails three Republicans in Virginia (This poll looks like an outlier, very different than other ones out there, but we'll see. Meanwhile, I love how much more coverage the corporate/conservative media gives this poll than they gave the PPP poll a few days ago showing Clinton leading comfortably in Virginia.)
*70 in Congress sign on to Rigell's call for lifting gun ban
*Poll: Virginians say Pope Francis right about climate change action (Even more encouraging given that this poll seems to have leaned Republican.)
*Virginia Republican chairman urges Sen. Edwards to renounce Planned Parenthood (Should anyone care what the far-right-wing, anti-Semitic "joke"-loving John Whitbeck has to say about anything?)
*Democratic candidate for Loudoun chair calls for ethics pledge (Good going Phyllis Randall!)
*The Capital Bikeshare revolution is invading Arlington with more stops (Love it!)
*Virginia governor: [R**skins] return to D.C. still a possibility
*Nationals lose Escobar, but win over Mets
*Forecast: Sunny skies, low humidity; highs 86-90

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 22, 2015 at 06:11:44 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 22.

*Failing on climate (We need to start succeeding, ASAP!)
*Why The Pope Just Met With Dozens Of Mayors About Climate Change (And Human Trafficking)
*Donald Trump gives out Lindsey Graham's cellphone number (Charming.)
*Will GOP debate be the Trump show? ("Despite RNC's efforts, first showdown of 2016 could be focused on candidate from the angry fringe." Make that candidates, plural - there are many others from the "angry fringe" in the Republican field, not just Trump.)
*New Video Shows Aggressive Arrest of Sandra Bland Prior to Her Death in Texas Jail (Absolutely unacceptable.)
*Conspiracy theorists have hijacked the GOP: What happens when Trump, Cruz & Carson start following Alex Jones' lead?
*Schapiro: No-parole law an article of faith for GOP (That's one of the core problems with today's Republican Party, that instead of looking at empirical evidence, everything seems to be based on irrationality.)
*Editorial:  Brat undermines himself ("Brat is co-sponsor of a House bill (H.R. 604) that would restrict legal - again: legal, not illegal - immigration")
*Bart Hinkle: GOP in the fever swamps("Republicans have waded so far into the fever swamps that all of the candidates can spout the most lunatic nonsense and fit right in.")
*McAuliffe calls for increased police patrols at recruiting offices ("Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams of the Virginia National Guard recommended against arming guardsmen, said a spokesman for Gov. Terry McAuliffe.")
*Kaine: Clinton will win Virginia, narrowly ("The Virginia senator says there are no landslides in the 'battleground-ish' state.")
*McAuliffe: Let's look at tax reform (Sure, how about we tax "bads" like pollution instead of subsidizing them? How about we make our tax code more progressive - or should I say less regressive?)
*Lawmakers should fix districts in January ("The ridiculously gerrymandered boundaries of Virginia's 3rd Congressional District will need to be fixed by lawmakers. A federal court twice has ordered as much. Rather than get it over with, Virginia Republicans appear willing to exhaust all legal options to preserve a congressional map that looks almost comical, if not for the implications of that partisan artistry.")
*Virginia unemployment rate holds steady at 4.9 percent in June
*McAuliffe defends review of parole system
*Members of Congress grill Metro leaders over management, safety flaws (Fine, but how about also giving Metro the money it needs to upgrade its aging systems?)
*Arlington Board members bicker over new office of independent auditor ("Rancor shows simmering tensions over spending criticism that fueled elected of non-Democrat to board.")
*Joe Morrissey's seat in House of Delegates won by Democrat
*Richmond sheriff: One of 3 jail deaths attributed to natural causes
*NFL Bankrolls Legal Defense Of 'Redskins' Trademark (Why am I not surprised?)
*Nationals bullpen stumbles again in loss against Mets
*D.C. area forecast: Delightful stretch of weather straight through Saturday

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PPP: Virginia Looking a Nice Shade of Progressive "Blue" on Guns, Medicaid, Gay Marriage, etc.

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 21, 2015 at 12:24:26 PM EDT

Courtesy of Public Policy Polling (click on image below to "embiggen"), Virginia's looking pretty darned progressive these days -- strong majority support for background checks to purchase a gun (86%-8%), for Medicaid expansion (56%-30%), for gay marriage (only 27% say it's a negative thing) and for paid sick days (64%-19%); and even slight plurality support (44%-42%) for "Obamacare." :)

P.S. Also, "Just 35% of Virginians support the flying of the Confederate flag over government buildings, to 51% who are opposed." The only one I disagree with my fellow Virginians on is the R**skins name, where "Only 22% of Virginians support changing the name...66% are opposed," although "Democrats (39/41) closely divided."

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 21, 2015 at 06:21:54 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 21.

*The world's most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet's future (This should be the #1 headline in every newspaper and on every newscast in America. Why isn't it?)
*Death of woman found hanged in Texas cell to be treated like murder probe: prosecutor (As well it should be!)
*Attacking Donald Trump seems to only make him stronger (The Republican Party is apparently full of people who thrill to Trump's message of extremism, bigotry, intolerance, ignorance and idiocy. Who knew? Heh.)
*Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential field
*Is Scott Walker ignorant by choice?
*The Republican poll nightmare that is Donald Trump, in four charts
*Poll: Majority of Americans Support Iran Deal Despite Skepticism
*U.S. and Cuba Reopen Long-Closed Embassies
*This GOP Presidential Candidate Actually Believes in Climate Change. But He Doesn't Want to Fix It. (I'm trying to decide which is more evil, not "believing" in climate change or believing in it and not wanting to "overreact," as John Kasich so idiotically says.)
*How the US Chamber of Commerce Is Helping Big Tobacco Poison the Rest of the World (Speaking of evil, I present to you...)
*Republicans fear their activist base. Democrats don't. (Excellent article.)
*The gerrymandering jig should be up ("Both Mr. McAuliffe and Mr. Hogan are on record as backing redistricting reform to minimize political shenanigans when their state legislatures redraw electoral lines after each decennial census.")
*Va. Republicans fight McAuliffe's effort to study reinstating parole (So typical.)
*McAuliffe's panel begins review of no-parole policy
*Bagby faces Lambert Tuesday in special election for Morrissey's former seat ("Democrat Lamont Bagby faces independent candidate David M. Lambert in Tuesday's special election in the turmoil-ridden 74th House of Delegates district, which covers parts of the city of Richmond and Henrico County and all of Charles City County.")
*New website offers 'one-stop shop' on coastal resilience in Hampton Roads
*Jump in child poverty a warning bell for Virginia, advocates say
*Mark Herring weighs in on Confederate flag in Danville ("State law currently does not allow the Confederate battle flag to be removed.")
*Editorial: Stadium debate - seize this chance for regional cooperation
*Arlington won't be getting a new gun shop after property owner backs out (No loss there, that's for sure.)
*Nationals beat Harvey, take first game of NL East showdown with Mets
*D.C. area forecast: Heat today, gone tomorrow with nicer rest of week ahead

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