Monday, March 11, 2013

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VaNews Monday, March 11, 2013

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IN VIRGINIA, DECISIONS ON SIGNING BILLS WON’T BE EASY FOR GOV. BOB MCDONNELL Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell  further alienate some members of his own party. Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, has not said whether he will sign several marquee bills from the recently concluded session, including a two-year ban on drone aircraft and stronger voter ID laws in addition to the transportation package.

ACLU URGES BOB MCDONNELL TO BLOCK BILLS ALLOWING COLLEGE GROUPS TO DISCRIMINATE The American Civil Liberties Union is lobbying Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto a pair of bills that would allow college groups to block members who don’t align with their beliefs, paving the way for Christian organizations to keep gay students out.

MCDONNELL ACHIEVES MIXED RESULTS IN TRYING TO REFORM VIRGINIA’S SCHOOLS Robert F. McDonnell ran for Virginia governor promising to reform public schools by offering parents more accountability and better teachers and giving them greater school choice by growing the state’s tiny list of charter schools.

RADTKE BEHIND ANTI-MCDONNELL AD IN IOWA Tea Party activist and former U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke is the disembodied voice in a new attack ad airing in Iowa that seeks to kneecap any 2016 presidential ambitions Gov. Bob McDonnell may have.

MCDONNELL BECOMES SUBJECT OF ATTACK AD — IN IOWA Less than two weeks after Virginia lawmakers approved a landmark, tax-fattened transportation deal, Gov. Bob McDonnell is the subject of an attack ad — in Iowa.

BELL’S HUMAN-TRAFFICKING BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

MEDICAID EXPANSION DIVIDES BOTH PARTIES IN VIRGINIA There’s widespread confusion surrounding Virginia’s decision to create a panel to oversee Medicaid reforms in the state, with both parties divided on what it will mean for 400,000 poor residents.

SESSION ‘DISAPPOINTING’ FOR OPEN-GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES

BOLLING COULD RESET RACE FOR GOVERNOR Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has a big decision to make this week. Does he run for governor as an independent against GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe 

FUNDING A KEY FACTOR AS BOLLING NEARS A DECISION ON GOVERNOR’S RACE Bill Bolling is on a sunny island in the Bahamas, ignoring his e-mail most of the day and enjoying the beach

 IS BOLLING READY TO PAY THE PRICE? This is no small decision that awaits Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling by Thursday. To run or not to run: that is the question. His answer is likely to be the single most determinative action of this year’s governor’s race.

DEMS ASK KEN CUCCINELLI IF HE’LL REPEAL VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION TAX HIKES Virginia Democrats want to know if Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli would spend his four years as governor dismantling the recently passed road funding plan.

GOP KNOCKS MCAULIFFE’S FUNDRAISING Running for governor of Virginia takes a lot of money, and Terry McAuliffe knows just where to get it — Florida.  

CROWD GREETS CUCCINELLI AS HE OPENS OFFICE HERE A crowd of nearly 100 was waiting when Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli 

AGENCIES FACE DECISION ON PART-TIME BENEFITUnintended consequences have come due for state agencies and local governments that have used part-time employees to regularly work more than 30 hours a week.

FORBES TO TALK RELIGION AT CPAC Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-4th, is the third Virginian invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference,

ITT EXELIS CUTS EMPLOYEES, SQUARE FOOTAGE McLean-based ITT Exelis plans to reduce its employee head count by about 6 percent

WITH STATE’S AG EXPORTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH, CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA FARMS POISED TO FURTHER BENEFIT

EASTERN SHORE PROVES COCAINE ISN’T JUST AN URBAN ISSUENEW TWIST IN SLAVERY MUSEUM SAGA The National Slavery Museum has hired a well-known Richmond-area attorney

 SLAVERY IS A TOUGH ROLE, HARD SELL AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG Before Erica Hubbard could portray an enslaved housekeeper, which she’ll do this weekend at Colonial Williamsburg,

RACE IN RICHMOND: A UNIFIED VISION ON LOCAL EDUCATION A regional approach for education in central Virginia has long been a much-whispered, seldom-realized topic, so it’s natural that the latest incarnation of that conversation took place among four friends in a coffee shop.

HIGH COURT VOTE SQUASHED REGIONAL EDUCATION MERGER Four decades have passed since Richmond had its brief moment at the forefront of the national struggle for school desegregation, but the impact of that day is still evident throughout central Virginia.

GW LAW SCHOOL PAYS FOR TEMP JOBS FOR GROUP SEEKS DUNCAN’S INTERVENTION IN U.VA. SANCTION A national advocacy organization Friday asked the U.S. secretary of education to step into the ongoing fray at the University of Virginia.

AUDIT FINDS INELIGIBLE DEPENDENTS ON UVA INSURANCE PLAN The University of Virginia is auditing its health plan to remove ineligible employee dependents, a move that could clear 850 people from the school’s insurance rolls at a projected annual savings of $1.8 million.

GIFFORDS URGES GREATER GUN CONTROLS IN RICHMOND APPEARANCFormer U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, last night brought her crusade for tougher gun laws to Virginia

CUTS FORCE NATIONAL PARKS TO LIMIT TOURS AND PROGRAMS After the White House and Congress failed to reach a budget agreement before March 1, triggering the so-called sequester, national parks in Virginia are ready to implement strict austerity measures

FALLS CHURCH PUSHES TO BE FREED FROM VOTING RIGHTS ACT RESTRICTIONS Falls Church is demanding that the U.S. Justice Department free it from provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

 NORRIS REFERENCES DUMLER DURING VIGIL FOR FEMALE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

CHARLOTTESVILLE NEED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

COMMISSION FOR EMPLOYMENT ISSUES UP FOR DEBATE 

BEDFORD COMPANY SEEKS TO SPEAD SLUDGE ON 13,000 ACRES

RAIL DREAMS  Lynchburg-Washington line was one of only four Amtrak offerings to turn a profit in 2011,

A REPUBLICAN THAT VIRGINIA EDUCATORS LIKE

SHOULD HE RESIGN? Today, Democrats are railing against another Republican attorney general: Ken Cuccinelli.

TWO MORE DISTRICTS CONSIDER LATER START TIMES FOR HIGH SCHOOL 

MCDONNELL’S FAILURE TO LEAD ON MEDICAID

SCHAPIRO: MCDONNELL GETS IT FROM THE RIGHT FOR WRONG IDEAS

CHESLEY: PRISONS ARE LIKE TRADE SCHOOLS SPECIALIZING IN CRIMINAL SKILLS POLITIFACT:

MCDONNELL PROMISE ON TAXESPOLITIFACT:

MCDONNELL PROMISE TO AUDIT DMAS

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