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Thursday News: "The GOP's Problem is Not Donald Trump...It's Their Voters"

by: lowkell

Thu Sep 03, 2015 at 06:19:13 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, September 3. Also, check out the video of President Obama speaking in Alaska about climate change and energy policy.

*The GOP's Problem Is Not Donald Trump ("It's their voters." Bingo.)
*The Iran deal just got the votes it needs, in a huge victory for Obama (Excellent.)
*The pushback against unfair labor practices ("No effort to reduce our towering levels of inequality can succeed unless workers can amass more power. On this Labor Day, they appear to be finding ways to do just that.")
*America has to do more to prevent gun violence
*Donald Trump isn't rich because he's a great investor. He's rich because his dad was rich.
*Has the Republican Establishment Created a Monster? ("They wrote big checks to Jeb Bush before they knew what type of candidate he would be. Now he may become the spoiler they fear.")
*Donald Trump Still Leads in Iowa-but That's Not What Should Have the GOP Worried
*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders ("Watch how they conduct their campaigns.")
*California passes bill forcing biggest pension funds to divest from coal (Looong past time for Virginia and every other state to do the same!)
*O'Reilly Asks Expert If Black Lives Matter Is To Blame For Police Murders. Then Things Got Awkward. (You mean O'LIElly? Oh yeah, that guy...heh.)
*Our view: How Roush stays on ("What would Republicans want in return? What would Democrats be willing to give up? Can the state get by from September until January with a question mark hanging over the Supreme Court as to whether one of its justices is lawfully appointed? Dum-de-dum-dum-dum . . . Stay tuned!")
*Virginia could see a 41-year low in jobless benefit claims
*Va. attorney general to seek reelection, won't run for governor in 2017
*Fairfax candidate slammed for focusing on salary of opponent's spouse ("Republican board of supervisors hopeful says that he, unlike his opponent, must earn enough at work to pay the bills." Lovely.)
*Editorial: Herring puts ambitions on hold ("Mark Herring has done what Ken Cuccinelli should have done.")
*Easy math on beach light rail ("THE EQUATION doesn't even require algebra. 4 light rail cars + $3.2 million in savings + no risk = a no-brainer. Under a proposal presented Tuesday to the Virginia Beach City Council, the Beach would benefit from a generous offer from the state - and piggyback on a rail-car order in Minneapolis - to get $20.4 million worth of light rail cars for $17.2 million.")
*Va. lawmakers seek to expand background checks to include gun shows
*Ailing prisoner died in filth, family says (Inexcusable on so many levels...)
*Casey: Hate-crime in Raleigh Court remains unsolved ("A woman's 2014 Ford Escape was torched, and the N-word was spray painted on the passenger side. The crime remains unsolved, and the victim has moved out.")
*Mistreatment of animals continues at Natural Bridge Zoo, critics say (Why is this place still open?)
*R**skins GM's wife apologizes for disparaging sexual favors remarks to ESPN anchor (Is there anything good about this franchise?)
*Nationals finally close one out as Papelbon shuts door in St. Louis (Mazel tov.)
*D.C. area forecast: Heat and humidity reign today but are overthrown by the weekend

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Mark Herring Announces for Reelection as Virginia Attorney General

by: lowkell

Wed Sep 02, 2015 at 11:53:25 AM EDT

So, with the following announcement (which I'd heard rumors about in recent weeks) that Mark Herring will run for reelection as AG, that: a) clears the field for Ralph Northam, all but assuring him of the Democratic gubernatorial nomnination in 2017; b) Mark Herring can continue his excellent work as Attorney General for four more years (I'd hope that Herring's second term would focus heavily on challenging corporate control of our government by Dominion Power in particular, making Virginia friendly to clean energy, and protecting the environment), assuming of course that he wins the general election; c) it sets Herring up to run for governor in 2021 (which I think will be a better time, potentially, for a Democrat to be governor anyway, as perhaps by then we'll have made some gains in the General Assembly); and d) the only contested Democratic primary contest in 2017 will likely be for Lt. Governor (I've heard Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn and Charniele Herring - also just heard Del. Jennifer McClellan - mentioned as possible candidates, wouldn't be at all surprised to see a bunch more jump in as well).

With that, here's Attorney General Herring's announcement.

"Serving as Attorney General has been the highest honor of my career. I love practicing law, I love public policy, and most of all, I love helping people. This job asks me to do all three every single day.

"Over the last 20 months, our Commonwealth has made historic progress that has changed lives for the better. We have shown an increasingly diverse and dynamic Commonwealth a new vision for this job, how it intersects with Virginians lives, and what can be accomplished when the attorney general prioritizes the law and the people he serves.

"We successfully fought in the courts for marriage equality and made college more affordable for DREAMers. We led the Governor's task force to help Virginia become a national leader on reducing campus sexual violence. We led 22 states in the fight to successfully defend affordable healthcare from yet another cynical, political attack at the Supreme Court. We corrected erroneous legal advice that threatened to shut down clinics and restrict women's access to healthcare services.

"We responded on multiple fronts to the growing crises of heroin and prescription drug abuse, putting drug traffickers behind bars and working with Republicans on a strong, bipartisan legislative response to help save lives. We've enhanced our efforts to put away predators who try to exploit children online, kept dangerous criminals behind bars, and provided critical training to help law enforcement dismantle gangs, prevent and respond to domestic violence, and to help young people stay on the right side of the law.

"We brought the services of the office into communities across Virginia with our first-ever regional outreach coordinators, and hired the Commonwealth's first local jail re-entry coordinator to help ex-offenders turn their lives around. When the Commonwealth was on the verge of shutting down innovative ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, and when Sweet Briar College stood on the edge of collapse, we showed that creativity, collaboration, and communication can still solve difficult problems.

"We took on out-of-state special interests that were attacking our Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan and we won. We helped end a decades-long dispute that finally got tens of millions of dollars in natural gas royalties to Southwest Virginia landowners. We have stood up for Virginia consumers by fighting for lower electric bills and utility rates. We have recovered millions of dollars lost to illegal business practices, and are seeking to hold big Wall Street banks accountable for damaging our state pensions. And we are working to restore the public trust by enacting the Office's first ethics policy and a strict gift ban.

"These milestones would not have been reached without the right team exercising the powers and responsibilities of the Office of Attorney General. That means this hard-won progress is as fragile as the next election.

"Our future progress as a Commonwealth requires an attorney general who is fiercely and fearlessly committed to promoting justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians.

"For that reason, I plan to run for re-election as Attorney General.

"Some of the path forward is clear for the Commonwealth, but we'll face challenges in the years ahead that we can't yet imagine. I believe Virginians will again entrust this office to someone who is ready to tackle those challenges, who shares their values, and who fights for them every single day.

"They have that champion in Governor Terry McAuliffe, with whom we have worked hand-in-hand on so many of these initiatives. Virginians will find that champion as well in Ralph Northam - and I will work as hard as I can to help elect him governor. Together, we will keep Virginia moving forward."

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Wednesday News: Warner "wrestling with himself on Iran deal"; Scott Muses on Redistricting

by: lowkell

Wed Sep 02, 2015 at 06:29:42 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 2.

*Obama visits receding glacier  in Alaska to highlight climate change
*It's on: Jeb Bush embraces a risky fight with Donald Trump
*CNN amends GOP debate criteria ("The cause: a lack of national public polling following the August 6 debate has so far provided only three new polls to determine the lineup for the Reagan Presidential Debate, according to a CNN statement.")
*Carly Fiorina earns spot on main stage at next GOP debate
*Clinton's accusers are running out of ammunition
*The choice for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis: Follow the law or resign (Or be fired.)
*Kentucky Clerk Fighting Gay Marriage Has Wed Four Times ("A fellow gay marriage-resisting county clerk says 'that's forgivable.'" My god...)
*Biden's White House Ambitions May Die in Iowa-Again ("The vice president's state organization is about as hypothetical as his campaign.")
*We're about to find out how mad the GOP is: Hard choices in the looming Planned Parenthood shutdown fight ("Mitch McConnell doesn't want a shutdown over Planned Parenthood, and 2016 GOPers are going to make his life hell")
*Scott says redistricting could give Virginia a second black representative ("Reversing the General Assembly's gerrymandering of Virginia's congressional districts could move as many as 100,000 African-Americans to new districts and open the way for the state to elect two black members of Congress, Rep. Robert C. 'Bobby' Scott, D-Newport News, said Tuesday.")
*Howell/Norment Conspiring to Unseat Rigell, Forbes, Brat, and Comstock (Hahahaha, popcorn please!)
*Kaine backs Warner, who still ponders vote on Iran deal ("'Mark and I have talked about it a lot. I would just say this - this is a big and important issue and everybody needs to make their decision in their own time,' Kaine told reporters Tuesday at a news conference in Richmond.")
*Schapiro: Warner wrestling with himself on Iran deal ("Aligning with Obama - again - could further irritate Warner's conservative supporters in the corpocracy. They've never quite forgiven him for voting for the stimulus and Obamacare. Bucking Obama - again - likely inflames anew the liberal Democratic base. It largely stayed home in November because Warner distanced himself from Obama against Ed Gillespie. Warner nearly lost, struggling to a second term by less than 1 percentage point.")
*Dan Gecker says U.S. only wealthy nation without universal health care ("True." Also a disgrace.)
*Sen. Bill Stanley to lead charge for Ted Cruz in Virginia (Trying to decide who's more extreme and crazier: Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, other?)
*System's deadly failure ("His name was Jamycheal Mitchell, and he was 24 years old. Since he was a teenager, Mitchell had grappled with mental health problems that, according to one forensic psychologist, left him 'manic and hyperactive.' He needed medication. Treatment. Help.")
*Shootings' aftermath makes legislators defend support for gun rights (Sorry, but opposition to commonsense gun safety measures is indefensible.)
*Virginia spots deal on light-rail cars, offers four to Beach
*Metro files 2014 audit, says it's closer to getting its finances in order
*Virginia cameraman killed on-air laid to rest
*Nationals bullpen implodes again as Cardinals rally for 8-5 win (You must be freakin' kidding!)
*D.C. area forecast: Staying summery and sweaty for now; high hopes for holiday weekend

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Tuesday News Headlines: "The Trumps of August....coordinated burst of stupid" in GOP

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 01, 2015 at 06:31:48 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, September 1. Also check out President Obama addressing the "GLACIER Conference" in Alaska. According to Obama, "the science is stark" on the dire threat of climate change, with the Arctic being the "leading indicator" of what the planet as a whole faces. Which is all true, but is contradicted by allowing drilling for oil in the Arctic. To the contrary, we need to be getting off of fossil fuels ASAP, like yesterday would be nice.

*A Lot of American Catholics Have Never Heard of Pope Francis' Most Important New Message ("But his visit to the United States could change all that.")
*The Trumps of August: GOP presidential hopefuls close out summer with a coordinated burst of stupid ("Walker, Huckabee and Christie stumble into autumn by trying to out-crazy Donald Trump on immigration")
*Paranoid history of the GOP: How conspiracy theories poisoned the Republican Party ("Wingnuts have become increasingly reliant on reality-defying paranoia. Here's how it happened")
*Republicans are digging themselves a hole over immigration
*Trump upends GOP message on economy
*Supreme Court decides first gay marriage skirmish ("In its first ruling involving its landmark decision, the court rejected a Kentucky county clerk's request to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.")
*NRA Host Warns Parents Of Slain Virginia Journalists To Not "Become So Emotional" In Response To Shooting (The NRA continues to be disgusting in every way.)
*Mt. McKinley becomes the newest conservative molehill ("Alaska, run by Republicans, want the name to be Denali and have been trying to make the change for decades. The Alaska delegations - Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, Republicans all - heralded the move...")
*In Alaska, Obama Makes Appeal for Climate Action
*Krugman: A Heckuva Job ("What we should have learned from Katrina, in other words, was that political poseurs with nothing much to offer besides bluster can nonetheless fool many people into believing that they're strong leaders. And that's a lesson we're learning all over again as the 2016 presidential race unfolds.")
*As time runs out on McAuliffe pick, Va.'s Supreme Court shuffles docket
*Bizarre Trump "rogue group" event in Virginia canceled (Alrighty...)
*Brat says he's among "very few" who voted against Iran deal ("False" - of course.)
*McAuliffe Restores Voting Rights for Over 10K Virginians
*McDonnell to remain free on appeal
*Climate commission endorses information clearinghouse, other efforts (What we need is a significant price on carbon, ASAP.)
*Ben Cline, Ellen Arthur already debating 'debates' in Virginia House race
*Editorial: Dominion reacts to questions raised over charitable giving practice (" shouldn't be taken aback when the media or a consumer group takes over the watchdog role the state has relinquished.")
*Jerry Kilgore joins Scott Walker's Virginia presidential campaign (Hahahahahaha.)
*Five years after expansion, VMFA impact soars
*Adam Ward mourned, celebrated at Salem gathering (with video)
*Another no vote on uranium ("The Virginia Beach City Council is set tonight to vote - again - on a resolution opposing uranium mining in Virginia.")
*Nationals can't hold lead against Cardinals, fall another game behind Mets (Game, set, match for this season? Ugh.)
*D.C. area forecast: Last-minute summer heat, some relief by Labor Day weekend

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Monday News: Iran Deal Looking Good; Bob McDonnell Not So Much...

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 06:36:27 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 31.

*Bust: Iran opponents' August fail ("The monthlong break was supposed to be the best window for critics to whip up opposition. It hasn't happened.")
*Oregon Dem becomes 31st senator to support Iran deal (Thank you Sen. Jeff Merkley! Still waiting for word from Mark Warner...)
*Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali (Good.)
*Walker: What about a wall on Canada's border? (Insane.)
*My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence.
*Clinton and Biden's awkward friendship ("Not quite rivals, but never very close-now Hillary and Joe are on a collision course.")
*What happened to Scott Walker? (He joined up with Mark Obenshain for one thing! LOL)
*Donald Trump & white America's anxiety: The political throes of a forgotten country ("Liberals, don't kid yourselves: 'The Donald' is not just a media creation. He's a tribune of our past - and future")
*Fox's George Will Dismisses Gun Legislation And Blames "Evil" After Virginia Shooting (Yep, George Will is E.W. Jackson-level insane.)
*Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82
*Supreme Court likely to deny McDonnell's bail request
*Dominion Va. Power using rate riders to pay for new plants
*Research warns of fast-rising waters ("Scientists know a few things about sea levels: They're rising across the globe, though not uniformly. And they're rising faster than they had been. In Hampton Roads, seas are rising even faster because the Gulf Stream has slowed down and because land here is sinking, a result of the region's geology and groundwater withdrawals.")
*The undercarriage of the car-wash industry: Wage fraud and other abuses
*Library, condos part of South Norfolk's revitalization vision
*Editorial: State Police break an oath
*Nats roar back to defeat Marlins
*D.C. area forecast: A few showers possible today, but heat and humidity are the stories of the work week

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Sunday News: GOP, Dem Races Tighten in IA; Another Push for Medicaid Expansion Coming?

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 30, 2015 at 06:55:18 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 30.

*Iowa poll: Trump, Carson lead GOP race
*Democrats worry about autumn after Clinton's summer of stumbling
*Trump to decide 'very soon' on whether to rule out independent bid
*Sanders Within Striking Distance of Clinton in Iowa
*Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs ("The move comes amid weak poll numbers and concerns that Bush's torrid fundraising pace has slowed.")
*Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting (Not cool at all.)
*Chris Christie: As president I would hire FedEx CEO to teach us how to track immigrants like packages (Sounds just like Barbara Comstock, and that's not a good thing.)
*Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Visits Albemarle on Campaign Trail
*Commentary: Solar can help Virginia meet clean-energy goals (" For the sake of our environment, economy, and future generations, we can't afford to wait to tackle global warming.")
*Schapiro: In Va. politics, sometimes there's less than meets the eye ("Don't rule out another push for a Medicaid-financed expansion of Obamacare. A seemingly unlikely endorsement for Northam. Gillespie eyes Senate - again. And Supreme Court pick could survive.")
*Casey: Gun control efforts are unwelcome in Richmond ("'s going to be even harder to win approval from a gang of lawmakers who are so reflexively pro-gun that they would reject firearms restrictions on 4-year-olds.")
*Gilmore campaigns in Petersburg, says Trump has yet to accept challenge for one-on-one debate
*Terry McAuliffe: Reconsidering parole in Virginia
*Virginia relaxes restrictions on death row inmates
*University, college presidents move up state compensation list
*Offshore wind could be a windfall for Hampton Roads
*Editorial: Being No. 1 in congestion takes a heavy toll on region
*Millennials have transformed Arlington, but will they stay?
*Zimmermann stifles Marlins, Nats gain a game on Mets (That's what the Nats need, a pitching staff that "stifles" opponents day after day for the next month.)
*D.C. area forecast: Sunday starts a several-day stretch of highs near or past 90

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Del. Marcus Simon on Jamycheal Mitchell: "This makes me incredibly sad and angry at the same time"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 08:07:17 AM EDT

How can this lunacy happen in the United States of America in 2015? I agree 100% with Del. Marcus Simon: "This makes me incredibly sad and angry at the same time," and we "need to get serious about fixing our broken mental health system in Virginia before more people die!" I'd add that nobody - let alone someone with severe mental illness - should be in jail for stealing a Snickers bar and a 2-liter Mountain Dew - let alone for months "while awaiting trial on the charges." Add this one to the outrageous case of Natasha McKenna, and yes Virginia, we've got a major problem here that needs to be addressed ASAP!

P.S. Virginia ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga writes: "This is outrageous. Deinstitutionalization has resulted in reinstitutionalization in jails because community programs non-existent. And, no bail?"

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Saturday News: Calls for More Dem Debates; GOP Pours $$ Into 2015 VA Gen. Assembly Races

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 06:34:16 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 29. Also see President Obama's weekly address, this time on "his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century." Given this and other environmental threats, I urge President Obama to announce his absolute opposition to oil and/or gas drilling in the Arctic. And no, I don't buy President Obama's argument that "high standards" are sufficient; the fact is, an oil spill in the Arctic would be a catastrophe, not in any way/shape/form worth the risk.

*Paul Krugman: Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President ("The point is that one side of the political aisle has been utterly determined to learn nothing from the economic experiences of recent years. If one of these candidates ends up in the hot seat the next time crisis strikes, we should be very, very afraid.")
*Underdogs blast Democratic leaders, Hillary Clinton (I definitely agree that there should be more debates, probably twice as many...)
*As GOP outsiders surge, insiders favor Jeb Bush (Not surprising.)
*Don Lemon slams CNN for homophobic coverage of shootings of Virginia journalists
*Donald Trump plays a dangerous game: The dark side of making America great again ("Fascists always masquerade as patriots -- but their sinister motives are never far beneath the surface")
*Sarah Palin Lobs Softballs at Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush (What a pathetic oke.)
*Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: "We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders"
*Jeb Bush's foot-in-mouth problem ("When Jeb Bush opens his mouth, danger occurs.")
*GOP group to pump $100K into Va. races in bid to draw women, minorities (This is what Republicans have been doing for a long time at the state and local level, while Democrats have mostly allowed them to run roughshod and demolish our "farm team." When are Democrats going to wake up and fight this battle to win?)
*Jim Webb Snubs DNC Summer Meeting Over Clinton Favoritism
*Jim Webb Campaign: Reaching Out to DNC 'About As Useful as Sticking One's Hand Into a Wood Chipper'
*Gilmore challenges Trump to 'mano a mano' debate on birthright citizenship
*Alison Parker's parents call for reform; McAuliffe offers support to WDBJ family
*Court moves toward special master to redraw 3rd Congressional District
*Va. Supreme Court secretary responds to FOIA lawsuit
*Jailed over $5 theft, inmate found dead in cell at regional jail (Absolutely inexcusable on almost every level.)
*Public's business should be public
*Officials say WDBJ attack was 'well-planned,' 'premeditated'
*WDBJ reporter's father criticizes senators for not calling family
*Northern Virginia teen sentenced to 11 years for aiding Islamic State
*Virginia Shooter's Ex-Boss Tells of His 'Abrasive' Behavior (Sounds like a nightmare employee.)
*Marlins handle Scherzer and hold off the Nationals, 4-3 (This season is very close to being over.)
*D.C. area forecast: Summertime heat and humidity build back in

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Virginia Dems Attend WDBJ Vigil; Virginia Republicans Busy Fundraising

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 10:22:19 AM EDT

According to the Roanoke Times, Democratic State Senate candidate Mike Hamlar cancelled a fundraiser last night so he could attend the "Stop the Violence vigil" outside WDBJ's station. Attorney General Mark Herring (D) also attended the vigil last night, as did State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke). In contrast, Edwards' Republican challenger, Nancy Dye, along with State Senator Mark Obenshain, were busy doing what they do best: fundraising. Which would normally be fine, except that Republicans have been incessantly lecturing Democrats about how it's wrong to talk politics during a period of mourning. Hypocrisy much? Meanwhile, what we need is action to strengthen laws in a way that protects all of us against rampant gun violence. Which means, in turn, that we need to start by booting Republicans - and really anyone of either party in the pocket of the NRA - out of office (or at least pressuring them to change their ways).

P.S. I can just hear the pushback now: "but Lowell, you're politicizing the politicizing of the politicians attending a political event." LOL

P.P.S. By the way, former Rep. Eric Can'tor and "JEB" Bush were busy fundraising last night as well...

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Friday News: "GOP's denial won't defeat trump;" "Clinton email 'scandal' that isn't"

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 06:23:41 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 28. Also check out President Obama's speech in New Orleans marking the 10-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

*Boat sinks off the coast of Libya, killing as many as 200; death toll up from abandoned truck in Austria (What a nightmare.)
*Key ruling gives workers more power to unionize (Nice!)
*Tech nerds are smart. But they can't seem to get their heads around politics.
*Dow Jones Industrial Average Rallies After US Economic Growth Surges In Second Quarter (Demonstrating that this was possibly the stupidest stock market "correction" ever.)
*Trump and the Dangers of Passionate Politics (Excellent analysis by Mike Signer.)
*The GOP's denial won't defeat Trump
*The Hillary Clinton e-mail 'scandal' that isn't (Wildly overblown by an irresponsible corporate media that despises the Clintons.)
*New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary (Perfect example of how biased the corporate media is.)
*Breitbart Defends Homophobic, Race Bait-y Virginia Shooting Coverage (Breitbart is truly the dregs of the dregs...)
*Virginia Shooting Spotlights Riddle of Workplace Safety
*Eric Cantor endorsing Jeb Bush (Hahahaha.)
*Digging into big coal's climate connections ("Now, the bankruptcy filings of Alpha Natural Resources, a large Virginia-based coal company, provide a rare window into the list of political and advocacy organizations the company has funded. E&E Legal (formerly known as the American Tradition Institute) is one of them. Other recipients include the Heartland Institute, which compared climate scientists to the Unabomber, the American Legislative Exchange Council and numerous others.")
*Jindal Writes Letter To Obama Telling Him Not To Talk About Climate During Katrina Anniversary Visit (Jindal's at 1% or less in polls, and rightly so...the guy epitomizes what he called the "stupid party.")
*Jeb Bush is losing, and the GOP establishment has no one to blame but itself ("Elites are indicting Jeb Bush for Donald Trump's success. But if they want culprits, they should look in a mirror")
*McDonnell's lawyers tell Supreme Court he was victim of 'high-profile political prosecution' (Actually, he was the "victim" of his own actions.)
*Virginia Democrats Push Gun Reforms After News Crew Is Killed (Del. Patrick Hope: "Yes, I'm taking advantage of a situation where it's really raw for people right now, but people are frustrated and we've got to quit hiding behind this do-nothing attitude.")
*As partisan fight simmers, optimist-in-chief McAuliffe brushes concerns away
*McAuliffe on guns, and the pro-gun outrage loop (The vast majority of Virginians are on Terry McAuliffe's side on this one.)
*McAuliffe's call for tighter gun controls upsets Republicans (Whatever.)
*McAuliffe promises more money for education in spending plan
*Swecker: Leaving us behind - The Republican problem with women in Virginia ("Everywhere you look in Virginia, Republicans are torpedoing their relationship with women. Let me assure you - it's going to be an issue in November. From the backward policies discussed in the GOP debate to political temper tantrums here in Virginia, the GOP is burning any bridge it might have to women voters.")
*Hamlar camp nixes fundraiser with attorney general in light of WDBJ tragedy
*WDBJ staffers pull together after attack on 'our family'
*Politicians speak at vigil for WDBJ shooting victims
*Nationals hold off Padres, but win comes with more injuries ("Michael A. Taylor and Yunel Escobar leave the game with injuries and Denard Span returns to the disabled list to overshadow a sterling start from Joe Ross as Washington wins at home.")
*D.C. area forecast: Warm but tolerable today, with bigger heat on the way

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Thursday News: "Republicans stay mostly silent in face of Trump's bigotry and misogyny"

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 06:29:45 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 27. Also check out video of Andy Parker, father of murdered WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, vowing that his "mission in life" will be to do "whatever it takes" to "shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don't get guns." A courageous man, glad to see Gov. McAuliffe strongly supporting him, as do 80%-90% of Virginians based on the polls.

*Republicans stay mostly silent in face of Trump's bigotry and misogyny ("But the character of the candidates already has been revealed. Trump is acting like a sexist and a bigot - and the rest of the candidates are, with occasional exceptions, too timid to call him what he is.")
*The Trumpification of the news ("Nowhere is the tension between financial and public imperatives more obvious than in the massive coverage of the Trump spectacular and the parsimonious attention given to anything serious any other candidate might say. But hey, how often does a serious speech about our economic troubles win ratings for anyone?")
*Will America finally do something to stop our gun-fueled carnage? ("Congress must act. And if not Congress, then state leaders who want to finally do something about the gun-fueled carnage.")
*McAuliffe says tragedy reinforces need for stricter gun laws
*Biden unsure if he has the 'emotional fuel' for 2016 run
*Father Of Slain Journalist Makes Emotional Plea For Gun Control On Fox News
*We're now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015
*Dow soars more than 600 points, ending a six-day losing streak
*4 Reasons Why a Biden Run Would Help Sanders (I've been thinking the same thing for a while, that Sanders has to be very happy about this prospect...)
*State attorneys ask judge to dismiss Virginia Uranium suit
*Feds: McDonnell does not deserve continued freedom ("The Solicitor General urged Chief Justice John Roberts to reject the former Va. governor's request for bail while pursuing his high court case.")
*Virginia killings become world's
*McAuliffe says public can't see report on U.Va. student arrest by ABC police ("The investigation into a bloody arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control police is done and Gov. Terry McAuliffe has read it. It concluded the agents involved did not violate ABC policy, and McAuliffe said he agrees they be put back on the job.")
*City Attorney to seek court order to remove Confederate monument
*Two Roanoke journalists killed on live television by angry former colleague
*Remembering the lives of the news crew killed in Virginia ("Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward worked as a team at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va.")
*Gunman in televised shootings of Roanoke journalists used Twitter, sent manifesto
*Deaths of WDBJ journalists leave region in 'state of shock'
*Nationals' late rally falls short, and their deficit grows ("Gonzalez is again unable to make it out of the fifth inning in 6-5 loss. Three-run rally in the seventh is not enough." What happened to Gio?)
*PM Update: Another beautiful night and a gorgeous Thursday; Ragweed heading toward peak

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Wednesday News: Virginia GOP "loyalty oath," "Ashley Madison" Stir Things Up

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 06:43:28 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 26.

*China's Stocks Close Lower as Global Markets Turn Mixed
*Anchor Jorge Ramos Thrown Out of Trump Event, Told to 'Go Back to Univision' (Lovely.)
*Latino Media Broadcasts Disdain of Trump
*Murray, No. 4 Senate Democrat, backs Iran deal (Looking safer and safer, despite Republican warmongers...)
*Tim Pawlenty 2.0? ("Scott Walker's presidential campaign is flailing, and it's not just because of Trump.")
*Roger Ailes: Donald Trump should apologize to Megyn Kelly (Popcorn time!)
*Market chaos throws Fed rate plan into doubt
*Biden probably won't beat Clinton. He should run anyway.
*A policy of paranoia ("The GOP's penchant for foreign aggression.")
*Dear Republicans: You could have avoided this whole Donald Trump disaster
*Pollster's Legs Wobble After Fawning Donald Trump Focus Group (Ha, our old pal Frank Luntz goes wobbly when confronted with the rotten, disturbing core of his party. LOL)
*This Is What Would Happen if We Repealed Birthright Citizenship ("GOP candidates-led by Donald Trump-want to make a big change to our immigration laws. Experts warn it would lead to disaster.")
*Leavitt to head Walker's Virginia campaign ("Chris Leavitt, who managed Republican Ed Gillespie's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, will head Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 2016 presidential effort in Virginia.")
*GOP loyalty oath proposal in Virginia may signal trouble for Donald Trump (And for the Virginia GOP!)
*Schapiro: McAuliffe's unlikely (right-) wing man in parole debate
*Legislators' names appear in hacked Ashley Madison data ("Customers using the names and personal information of Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, R-James City, and state Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, have made payments to the Canada-based dating service marketed to people in marriages or committed relationships, according to an analysis of the user data by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.")
*McAuliffe hands over Fort Monroe land to Park Service
*Police must stop hiding behind laws on FOIA
*Follow both science, faith to battle climate change, Catholic bishop says ("Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo told an audience in Norfolk that people must learn about the science of what is happening to the world.")
*Schools consider regional effort to handle sexual assault
*Union on officer charged in shooting: 'We could all be Adam Torres'
*Supervisors, public comment on Bedrosian's fight against United Way, Planned Parenthood
*Strasburg, Zimmerman lead Nats past Padres for third straight win
*D.C. area forecast: Awesome August weather continues; warmer and more humid this weekend

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Tuesday News Headlines: Virginia "GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump's hands"

by: lowkell

Tue Aug 25, 2015 at 06:16:46 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, August 25. Also check out President Obama's speech at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada.

*China is unable to stop stock market plunge ("As markets plunged for the fourth straight day, Chinese authorities stood aside. But many other markets in Asia and Europe showed signs of recovery.")
*The Stock Market Drop Exposes The Dangers Of Privatizing Social Security
*Obama calls out fossil fuel interests, Koch brothers for fighting solar, clean energy
*Scott Walker falls flat on his face ("This is what happens when you try to trump the Donald.")
*Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese President's Trip Amid Market Woes (Utterly unfit to be president...or anything, really.)
*Scott Walker adds Virginia strategist
*State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump's hands (That includes Virginia's Republican Party and its chair, John Whitbeck.)
*Top Democratic fundraisers invited to meet with Joe Biden at Naval Observatory
*Donald Trump Is Not a Populist. He's the Voice of Aggrieved Privilege.
*Barack Obama calls opponents of Iran deal 'the crazies' (Some of them definitely are, but some of them simply won't agree to anything coming from Barack Obama, whether he cured cancer or stopped a nuclear arms race or whatever.)
*Krugman: A Moveable Glut ("Whatever the precise mix of causes, what's important now is that policy makers take seriously the possibility, I'd say probability, that excess savings and persistent global weakness is the new normal.")
*Why Hillary Clinton's "Emailgate" Is a Fake Scandal ("The real scandal is about journalism and the weak standards employed to manufacture headlines.")
*Bernie Sanders is wrong about the Koch brothers: They're even more dangerous than he thinks ("Sanders says his campaign is about a 'political revolution.' If so, he'll have to take his enemies more seriously")
*Don't fast-track pipeline process, Kaine says
*Walker to speak at Family Foundation gala
*Brat, Warner respond to stock market plunge (The last person in the world I'd ever listen to on economic issues is supposed "economist" Dave Brat.)
*No prison for McDonnell until chief justice weighs in on bail issue
*Our view: Why Roush should say no and decline reappointment (Hmmmm...not sure I follow this but alrighty.)
*Newspaper: Police fatally shot man in Portsmouth, handcuffed him (Time for criminal charges against the officers who did this, assuming the report is accurate.)
*The crisis in state's empty classrooms ("FINDING GOOD teachers is never easy. But years of stagnant wages and job insecurity have made it harder than ever to retain and attract talented educators. As The Pilot's Mike Connors reported Monday, summer break this year winds down with a raft of area and state public classrooms without permanent teachers. School opens just after the Labor Day weekend.")
*Sigma Nu Fraternity suspends ODU chapter after display of offensive banners
*Mountain Valley Pipeline may use controversial surveying law, judge rules
*Norfolk officer connects police, gay community
*D.C. area forecast: Fantastic through Friday, humidity returns by weekend

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Monday News: Sloooow Start to the Week...Although Watch Out for #BlackMonday

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 24, 2015 at 06:12:49 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 24. Also, check out the discussion last night on the Georgia-based Kudzu Vine radio show about Virginia politics.

*Harry Reid: I will back Iran deal ("His support moves the Obama administration nearer to a veto-proof support")
*Global Stocks Plunge Further Amid Doubts About China
*Joe Biden Is Leaning Toward a 2016 Run ("Vice president's deliberations show how the presidential race is in flux for both parties")
*Donald Trump's nativist bandwagon ("That is the kind of thinking that Donald Trump, and the Republican presidential candidates who are pathetically jumping on his nativist bandwagon, would bring to this country.")
*Where Black Lives Matter Began ("Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation's amazing tolerance for black pain.")
*Scott Walker Takes His Third Position On The Hottest Issue In The Republican Primary (This guy is a complete joke.)
*Jim Webb: I met privately with Biden
*Editorial: Donald Trump's immigration lunacy ("Trump is the candidate of the primal scream. Like a primal scream, his campaign has no coherent message, no organizing principle, no concrete agenda. It is an emotional volcano, a geyser of raw id. Like a volcano, it is a phenomenon to behold. But if it isn't capped soon, both the GOP and the nation could end up badly burned.")
*Allen: Unilateral economic disarmament (Wow, for once I actually agree with George Freakin' Allen? "Pass a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank with reasonable reforms before any more damage is done to American jobs and manufacturers.")
*Ex-Midlothian man hailed as hero in helping subdue train gunman
*Nationals are looking at long odds, 'have to get hot' to reach postseason
*D.C. area forecast: Summer's best weather week begins, save today's storm chance

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Sunday News: "Virginia Way" a "euphemism for corruption"; Trump Takes on Pope Francis

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 23, 2015 at 06:31:47 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 23. As for Donald Trump, just remember that he's not an aberration, he personifies the Republican "base" - its anxieties, fears, hatreds, etc. - to a "t" (as in "Trump").

*'White power!': Trump's Alabama 'pep rally' brings out folks who want to shoot 'illegals' at the border (Yes, this is today's Republican Party..."Party of Lincon" long dead and buried.)
*Photos: The Worst People In America Gather For Donald Trump Rally ("The rally descended into brain-numbing stupidity faster than you can scream 'white power.')
*Donald Trump, Alabama and the ghost of George Wallace ("The South rises for Trump, but only 20,000 of them.")
*CNN Report: Joe Biden Meets Privately With Elizabeth Warren In DC
*Biden, Warren huddle amid 2016 speculation
*The courage of Jimmy Carter
*Kentucky GOP greenlights joint Senate, presidential run for Rand Paul
*Brent Scowcroft: The Iran deal: An epochal moment that Congress shouldn't squander
*Joe Lieberman's new betrayal: The transparent cynicism in his Iran warmongering ("The progressive reformer I met in the '70s has morphed into a self-righteous fearmongerer" Very sad; what happened to this guy?!?)
*Not Just Anti-Hispanic ("The GOP could be angering Asian voters with its latest nativist turn and dooming itself to a repeat of 2012.")
*Analysts see little electoral bounce from special session ("This election is going to be about the base for both sides")
*The political mess Richmond has made (Some good points, but also "both sides" false equivalency drivel. Sigh.)
*Schapiro: 50 years ago, VMI valedictorian in 1961 was gunned down in Alabama
*Pay gap widens between VRS, other state workers
*Thomas: 'The Virginia Way' is a euphemism for corruption (So true!)
*Editorial: Virginia needs merit selection of judges (Fortunately, in this case, Judge Roush has a great deal of merit.)
*Is Virginia trying to turn the carpool lane into a 'cash cow'?
*Pulaski scrambles to explain dumping of raw sewage
*Giant Panda At National Zoo Gives Birth To Two Live Cubs (That's great, but what we really need to be doing is protecting pandas and every other species in the wild.)
*Nationals get boost from struggling veterans in win against Brewers
*D.C. area forecast: Superb Sunday with more splendid weather to come

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Saturday News: The "Absolute Insanity" of Trump, "spokesman for birthers, truthers...trolls"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 22, 2015 at 06:37:19 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 22. Also, check out Trump's freak show in Alabama and just remember, THIS is the Republican Party of "birthers, truthers, and Internet trolls."

*Mr. Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric breeds violence
*Donald Trump at the wheel: He's driving the GOP over a cliff, and the establishment can't stop him ("The GOP is being overrun by 'The Donald's' xenophobia. But even if it wanted to, the establishment cannot stop him")
*Donald Trump: Spokesman for birthers, truthers, and Internet trolls
*Large Southern rally is part of Trump's strategy
*Stock market plunge wipes out this year's gains
*The Absolute Insanity Of Donald Trump's Big Alabama Pep Rally, In 17 Tweets
*Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny ("Win or lose, Trump's campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid")
*Webb: Super PAC money 'screwing up' the political process (Ya think?)
*Hillary Clinton's Woes Pushing Joe Biden to Reach Out to Those Who Could Back a Campaign
*Jeb Bush Super PAC Sends Mailer To 86,000 Iowans With Jeb's Head On A Black Body (WTF?!?)
*Maybe This Time Really Is Different ("Historical precedents augur against Donald Trump-but perhaps the old rules no longer apply.")
*The plot to destroy Shaun King: How Breitbart turned a ludicrous conspiracy theory into national news
*Scott Walker makes a complete clown of himself: Now he says he has no position on birthright citizenship (Definitely not ready for prime time.)
*The simple-minded populism that controls the GOP ("Just keep telling the voters that all problems have easy solutions")
*For Carly Fiorina, just 'press one' to solve the nation's problems (Just press 1 if you think Carly Fiorina is utterly unfit to be elected to anything!)
*Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment
*Pulling the plug on Virginia's bogus coal-vs-renewables argument
*Kaine calls for shift in way drug abusers are treated
*Dominion's donations partially subsidized by its customers
*Warner still studying gig economy
*Warner says new economy demands new policies
*Captain gave another reason for taping prosecutor in Geer case, e-mail shows
*Former Virginia first lady appeals corruption
*ODU takes aim at region's challenges
*Nats fall to Brewers, 10-3, to open crucial homestand with a big thud
*D.C. area forecast: Mostly pleasant as far as the eye can see

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Friday News: Global Warming Heats Up; GOP Melts Down Over Immigration

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 21, 2015 at 06:46:25 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 21.

*Hottest Month On Record Portends Global Warming Speed Up
*California Drought Is Made Worse by Global Warming, Scientists Say
*Jeb Bush, Donald Trump Unapologetic for 'Anchor Baby' Language (Republicans continue to try as hard as possible to lose the Latino vote.)
*Can anyone compete against Trump?
*Paul Krugman: Debt Is Good ("Believe it or not, many economists argue that the economy needs a sufficient amount of public debt out there to function well. And how much is sufficient? Maybe more than we currently have.")
*Ailing Jimmy Carter 'at Ease With Whatever Comes'
*The Unauthorized History of the GOP's 30-Year War on Planned Parenthood ("Lawmakers were trying to destroy the group long before there were sting videos.")
*Teflon Don ("Nothing can seem to dislodge Donald Trump from the top of the heap, which has left the press and the political establishment to wonder: How does this end?")
*After coal, Appalachia to wind farm proposal: 'It's insulting, really.' ("A utility giant's years-long battle to put wind turbines on a mountain ridge meets stiff local opposition.")
*McDonnell asks U.S. chief justice to let him remain free on bond
*McCollum asks Wagner to join him on uranium issue, Wagner calls it a 'silly' request ("Gary McCollum, a Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Frank Wagner in Virginia Beach's 7th district, will hold an event with supporters on Friday 'to call for Virginia Uranium to end their lawsuit' against the commonwealth.")
*Fairfax police officer secretly taped call with prosecutor in John Geer case
*Threat of Confederate flag protest thwarts Kaine stop in Danville
*Feds investigate death of black inmate in Fairfax jail
*Mountain Valley Pipeline begins buying easements for proposed route in W.Va.
*Editorial: City finances are a fine mess ("The finances for the city of Richmond have been in such awful shape that Mayor Dwight Jones brought in what he called "a solid, experienced, professional team to turn around the city's finances." Four of the six individuals who made up that team have now left.")
*Nats finish trip West with a 3-2 loss in Colorado; 4 games back of idle Mets
*D.C. area forecast: Great weather for outdoor activities

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Thursday News: VA GOP Escalates Judge Fight; Donald Trump Defines National GOP Policy Agenda

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 20, 2015 at 06:27:16 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 20. Also check out the interview with Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, who explains how the entire Judge Roush situation went down. To put it mildly, Republican "leadership" - particularly Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment and Speaker Bill Howell - don't come off looking very good here (and, amazing, right-wing radio host John Fredericks agrees). Saslaw also asserts that what's driving Republicans is jealousy and hatred of Gov. McAuliffe, the success he's had bringing business to Virginia, and the media attention he gets for doing so.

*Act Two of the Trump Epic ("We're now in a categorically different phase. Trump is now defining the GOP policy agenda. And that makes him far more than a top candidate or even a nominee.")
*Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account
*Jeb Bush getting squeezed on both sides in N.H.
*The GOP jumps on the immigration bandwagon ("The Republican Right's mission won't really be done until it tears down the Statue of Liberty. A beacon to immigrants, tired and poor, the single greatest emblem of American exceptionalism - what a waste of prime real estate! Imagine the profits if another Trump Tower rose in its place.")
*These 8 Democrats Are AIPAC's Best Chances of Killing the Iran Deal (Mark Warner is one who's still publicly on the fence for whatever reason...)
*The Republican Primary Candidates' Daylong School-Choice Lovefest
*Investigations Prove the Planned Parenthood "Sting" Videos Were a Bust ("Completed probes in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and South Dakota have spent thousands in taxpayer money, but turned up no evidence that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in the sale of fetal tissue.")
*The death of birthright citizenship: How Donald Trump is taking a fringe idea into the mainstream
*Gilmore unconcerned by low polling numbers (They're not just "low," they're basically zero.)
*Warner says new economy demands new policies
*Our view: Why are Virginia court clerks withholding public records?
*Va. Republicans escalate fight with McAuliffe over Supreme Court judge
*Maureen McDonnell to appeals court: You can clear me and not my husband
*Virginia Beach makes wise investment in its past
*Ahead of next year's mayoral election, ODU calls timeout on Norfolk sheriff
*The FBI brings fresh eyes to the McKenna case
*Jared Fogle offered Richmond prostitutes 'finder's fee' for sex with minors, feds say
*Ex-Fairfax officer who killed unarmed man denied bail, faints in courtroom ("Judge Stephen C. Shannon said he would not grant bail to Torres because of the circumstances of the shooting and the concerns about Torres's mental state at the time of the incident.")
*Loudoun commuter bus drivers hold 'unsanctioned sickout'; routes cancelled
*Stephen Strasburg, Jayson Werth lead Nationals past Rockies (Wow, two in a row...can we make it three?)
*D.C. area forecast: Heavy rain possible today, especially late; drier air Friday into the weekend

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Let's Hope Virginia Speaker Howell et al Do NOT Listen to This Advice on Redistricting

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 19, 2015 at 15:01:10 PM EDT

Over at The Bull Elephant, self-described "pro-life libertarian" Paul Prados has a blog post with smart advice for Virginia House Republicans which, as a bleed-Democratic-blue guy, I sincerely hope they don't listen to. A few highlights.

*Prados rightly rips Senate and House Republicans for having been "asleep at the switch" for months on the court order to draw new Congressional district maps by April 1, 2015 (later extended to September 1, 2015).

*Prados notes that "Republican leadership in the House and Senate had the ability to avoid this problem by simply filing, and possibly passing, redistricting legislation at any point since the entry of the October 7, 2014 court order." But they didn't, for whatever reason.

*In stark contrast, "Democrats showed up with three formal redistricting plans a few weeks before the deadline."

*Now, thanks to the General Assembly's inability to agree on redistricting maps, this whole thing goes back to the courts, most likely to a "Special Master to oversee the redrawing of Congressional Districts."

*Prados describes how the oral arguments might go, with Republicans whining about how mean and "unconstitutional" the dastardly Democrats were in "illegally adjourning and refus[ing] to even consider our legislation thereby preventing passage of a redistricting plan, SOOOO you should approve a plan chosen by the Republican caucus that merely tweaks the 3rd Congressional District." Of course, this won't work, as the court will repeatedly remind everyone that Republicans failed to even INTRODUCE "redistricting legislation for ten
months." #FAIL

*For the reasons cited above, Prados predicts "a full scale redrawing of the Districts and G.A. Republicans to have minimal credibility at any hearing."

*Finally, the advice I hope House Republicans don't take: that they should "introduce and pass a redistricting plan from the House alone," just don't "walk into Court empty handed" no matter what. Which, of course, as a diehard Democrat, is exactly what I hope Republicans do. :)

By the way, my take on how the Republicans got into this mess of their own making is that they were: a) extremely arrogant, assuming that they had plenty of time, more than enough power to do what they wanted, and courts that would ultimately side with them; b) deep in denial that their perfectly gerrymandered Congressional districts might be in serious danger due to racial "packing;" and c) incompetent in not at least preparing for any/all eventualities.  To all of which I say: Virginia Republicans, pleasepleaseplease don't ever change! LOL

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Wednesday News: Far-Right Extremist Party of Trump, Brat, etc.; Virginia GOP Throws Hissy Fit

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 19, 2015 at 06:22:10 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 19. Also, check out the hysteria, hyperbole, hyperventilating, horrible grammar, etc. from the Northern Virginia Tea Party. LOL

*The GOP's deeply flawed field ("... these 'plausible' Republican candidates hold views that are dramatically at odds with interests and values of the vast majority of Americans.")
*Did Republicans just give away the 2016 election by raising birthright citizenship?
*An American Putin? ("Trump bears similarities to Russia's leader." Yep, and also Silvio Berlusconi.)
*Donald Trump is tearing conservative media apart: How his candidacy sparked a right-wing civil war
*Behind Trump's assault on birthright citizenship: The far right's dream of rolling back the Constitution, and reshaping America ("Trump's new plan aligns the GOP rebel with the Ann Coulter loony fringe, who long to roll back 150 years of history")
*How The EPA Plans To Cut Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Wells
*Vox's Amazon fail, explained: Why Ezra Klein needs to stop telling white-collar workers to check their privilege
*Conservatives double down on pro-life extremism
*Rubio hits kid with football, becomes meme (We already had the "thirsty" meme for Rubio...)
*How Bernie Sanders makes his mega-rallies ("Bernie's campaign has been channeling grassroots enthusiasm into massive rallies. Now, it's working to whip all those supporters into a sophisticated political machine.")
*Kaine, Gilmore slam Trump for push to repeal birthright citizenship ("Kaine tells reporters 'The notion that we want to go back and do it like back in the Dred Scott days, I frankly can't believe it,' while Gilmore uses Twitter to denounce Trump and other GOP presidential candidates.")
*Brat warns Iran deal could one day lead to nuclear strike against U.S. (Dave Brat, hysterical fearmongering as usual.)
*Repeated bungling in Richmond ("Republicans' lack of seriousness about redrawing congressional districts that serve the public's interest, rather than their own party's, was evident from the start of Monday's special legislative session.")
*Combative General Assembly session hints at fights to come ("Following Monday's contentious General Assembly session, the appearance of cooperation ended.")
*Virginia House and Senate spar over adjournment, Supreme Court judge
*Republicans insist General Assembly is in session, despite Democrats
*Schapiro: Virginia's partisan-in-chief seizes high ground (I stopped reading when I got to "Gerrymandering dumbs down legislative bodies and awards disproportionate influence to the extremes of both parties." That's bull****; name the Democratic equivalents in the General Assembly to Dick Black, Bob Marshall, and the dozens of other far-right-wing extremists on the Republican side, not to mention the Republicans completely owned and operated by corporations, like Speaker Bill "ALEC" Howell.)
*Warner Talks Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Other Topics
*Mobile home residents file federal lawsuit alleging Richmond is violating Latinos' civil rights
*Dozens gather in Charlottesville to show opposition to Atlantic Coast Pipeline
*Officer who killed John Geer grew up not far from him in Springfield
*It took 2 years for charges in Geer's death. That could be the easy part.
*Finally, a former officer is indicted in the shooting of John Geer
*After sprawl threatened relocation, plan to keep Oceana a success
*Gecker praises Watkins; Sturtevant says politics should play no part in selecting judges
*Reshuffled lineup helps Nats end skid
*D.C. area forecast: Muggy with occasional showers and storms through tomorrow

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