WBEZ | Virginia http://www.wbez.org/tags/virginia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The voters strike back: GOP shellacked http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-09/voters-strike-back-gop-shellacked-93910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/AP111108148896.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/AP111108148896.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 318px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="(AP/Matt York)">Looking over the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/us/politics/voters-defeat-many-gop-sponsored-measures.html?_r=1&amp;hp">election results</a> from last night, all I can think is: It’s a good day in America.<br> <br> Yes, yes, so much excitement about the defeat of the anti-union measure in Ohio, the weird “personhood” proposal in Mississippi, the fact that the Democratic governor was easily re-elected in Kentucky (land of Rand Paul), and a black woman is new mayor of Gary, Indiana.<br> <br> But the craziest encouraging sign that perhaps there is some sense in the world? <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/arizona-recall-why-russell-pearce-lost/2011/11/09/gIQALj6a5M_blog.html">Arizona’s state senate president Russell Pearce</a>, the man who wrote Arizona’s draconian immigration law, was sent packing in an historic recall election -- a thorough trouncing, in fact -- by his constituents.<br> <br> Sure, he was replaced by a Republican, Jerry Lewis, but a <em>moderate</em> Republican, for Pete’s sake, and that’s an endangered species any sensible human being should want to save. And, sure, the Mormon Church had much to do with Pearce’s derailment but -- <em>God!</em> -- isn’t it great when religious institutions actually assist the meek? Plus, it makes up a little bit -- <em>just a little itty bit</em> -- for the Mormons’ ugly involvement in California’s<a href="http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-10-27/bay-area/17137948_1_mormons-salt-lake-city-based-church-ballot-measure"> Prop 8</a> debacle.<br> <br> The cherry on top of all this would be if the Democrats actually kept the Republicans from <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/gop-hopes-national-discontent-sways-voters-in-virginia/2011/11/06/gIQAv5wR3M_story.html?hpid=z3">controlling all of Virginia’s state government</a>. Right now, it looks like the GOP has majorities in both houses, plus the governorship. A total of 86 votes may be the difference between absolute GOP control or some semblance of democracy.<br> <br> But even better would be if the Democrats saw this for what it is: a warning shot that the GOP understands it’s not a majority party and won’t be playing that game much longer. Instead, the Republican party will be staking out particular territories for concentrated efforts, creating power bases to leverage national issues and policies that they can’t otherwise win. It’s a strategy born of the Tea Party, but now absolutely mainstreamed by the GOP.</p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 20:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-09/voters-strike-back-gop-shellacked-93910 Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, Won't Seek Re-election http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-02-09/sen-jim-webb-virginia-democrat-wont-seek-re-election-82039 <p><p>For those who hoped to see a rematch in Virginia of the 2006 Senate race that pitted Democrat Sen. Jim Webb against former Gov. George Allen, disappointment abouts Wednesday with Webb's announcement that he won't run again.</p><p>Some observers had guessed that the feisty Webb might run, seeing re-election as a personal challenge after Allen's recent announcement that he was seeking re-election.</p><p>But Webb, a former Reagan Administration Navy Secretary had raised very little money for a 2012 re-election bid which suggested to some that he was leaning against a run.</p><p></p><p>Webb's decision to be a one-and-done senator leaves raises the likelihood of a clash of Virginia titans between Allen and another former popular governor, Tim Kaine.</p><p>Kaine, who heads the Democratic National Committee, hasn't said publicly that he's in. But it means he will have a lot more pressure placed on him to enter the race in order to give Democrats a better chance of holding onto the seat and maintaining their slim hold on the Senate.</p><p>In a statement. Webb said:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Five years ago this week, on February 8, 2006, I announced my intention to run for the United States Senate. We had neither campaign funds nor a staff. We were challenged in a primary, and trailed the incumbent in the general election by more than 30 points in the polls.</p><p>Over the next nine months we focused relentlessly on the need to reorient our national security policy, to restore economic fairness and social justice, and to bring greater accountability in our government. I will always be grateful for the spirit and energy that was brought into this campaign by thousands of loyal and committed volunteers. Their enthusiasm and sheer numbers were truly the difference in that election.</p><p>It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate. I am very proud of my talented and dedicated staff, which has worked tirelessly to resolve the issues on which I based my candidacy, and to protect the interests of all Virginians in this national forum. Among other contributions we have given our Post- 9/11 veterans the best GI Bill since World War Two; we have taken the lead in reforming our criminal justice system; we have led the way toward stronger relations in East and Southeast Asia; and we have been a strong voice in calling on China to act more responsibly in the world community. We will continue to work on these and other issues throughout the rest of my term.</p><p>However, after much thought and consideration I have decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012.</p><p>Notwithstanding this decision, I have every intention of remaining involved in the issues that affect the well-being and the future of our country.</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1297270363?&gn=Sen.+Jim+Webb%2C+Virginia+Democrat%2C+Won%27t+Seek+Re-election&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=Tim+Kaine,2012,State+races,Congress,Democrats,Republicans,It%27s+All+Politics,Virginia,Sen.+Jim+Webb,George+Allen,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133622560&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110209&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133623108,131551086,130218547,130215202,129919600,129865776,129828651,128728491,128728483,126393372,127088640,127088640,133370727,131960177,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2012/2011-02-09/sen-jim-webb-virginia-democrat-wont-seek-re-election-82039 The Daybook: Brady, tax breaks, and breathing http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/daybook-brady-tax-breaks-and-breathing <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="336" width="512" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-13/AP101212054130.jpg" alt="" title="" />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Healthcare Bill Illegal? </strong></p><p class="MsoNormal">This just in over the AP wire.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>More to come.</p> <blockquote><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge in Virginia has declared</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional.</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">and Michigan.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><span style="">V</span>irginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the lawsuit </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">challenging the law's requirement that citizens buy health</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">He argues the federal government doesn't have the constitutional</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">authority to impose the requirement.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Other lawsuits are pending, including one filed by 20 states in</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">a Florida court. Virginia is not part of that lawsuit.</span></p><p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">The U.S. Justice Department and opponents of the health care law</span> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">agree that the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word.</span></p></blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>More from the Senate</strong></p><p class="MsoNormal">I love Congress.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Republicans say they won&rsquo;t do anything at all until the top two percent of the country gets an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. The Democrats have decided to draw a line in the sand on this issue, outraged that rich people would actually want to <em>keep </em>their money.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Meanwhile, a bill to help 9/11 first responders deal with health issues from inhaling ash and toxins is spiked by GOP Senators, who need their tax cuts NOW, first responders be damned.&nbsp; Mark Kirk joined the Republican fillibuster, after supporting the bill as a member of the House.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Debate on the tax issue is expected in the Senate today. <span style="">&nbsp;</span>C&rsquo;mon guys. Get it together.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Rahm Residency </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hearings begin today in the residency challenge to Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. His opponents say he gave up his Chicago residency when he moved to D.C.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sam Hudzik will have details on the case later this afternoon.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Tom Brady is a maestro.</strong></p><p class="MsoNormal">Full disclosure: I&rsquo;m not a Bears fan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That said, I&rsquo;m probably one of the few people in town who thoroughly enjoyed yesterday&rsquo;s game.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Brady grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, watching the likes of Joe Montana and Steve Young.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Yesterday, the California kid looked like a bigger, stronger version of Steve Young who grew up in Alaska.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The NFL is a not only a quarterback&rsquo;s league, it&rsquo;s a <i style="">smart</i> quarterback&rsquo;s league.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Brady&rsquo;s mental command of the game is why he&rsquo;s won multiple super bowl rings and MVP trophies.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Would anyone be surprised if he added more to those tallies this year? Despite the heartbreak for Bears fans, that was truly one of the most impressive performances I&rsquo;ve seen by an NFL player in years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Can you think of any better efforts?</p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>The Weather</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It looks like Tom Brady was pretty much the only one not bothered by the weather.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Flights are still cancelled at O&rsquo;Hare, and there&rsquo;s a massive lake-effect snow causing cloud that&rsquo;s basically hanging out over Northwest Indiana.<span style="">&nbsp; Things are brutal there.&nbsp; Multi-car pileup bad.&nbsp; </span>We&rsquo;ve got two of our more unfortunate reporters keeping their eyes out on things this afternoon, and we&rsquo;ll keep you posted on-air and online.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Oh, and if you haven&rsquo;t seen it, this is why the NFL game in Minnesota got moved to Detroit. This video is a must watch. Hey, at least we don't live in Minnesota, eh??</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><object height="385" width="480"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IxuxNLf87_Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="385" width="480" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IxuxNLf87_Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/daybook-brady-tax-breaks-and-breathing