Virginia News Stand: March 27, 2009

You aren't misreading things and I am not mistaken about the date. Things have been very busy for your ol' admin lately, and Friday I just couldn't get to around to posting the News Stand. But since the Communications Department went through all that trouble . . . might as well post it. It's good stuff, after all. For example, Terry McAuliffe is calling for bans on lobbyists' gifts to legislators and for spending transparency. Welcome to the club, T-Mac. We'll comment on that in due time. The post after this, look for today's News Stand. News:

Kaine urges expanded unemployment benefits (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gov. Kaine backs expansion of state benefits for jobless (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Virginia to receive $111 million in latest round of stimulus funds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Harrisonburg senator criticizes VDOT for wasteful spending on train service (Lynchburg News & Advance)

McDonnell kicks off gubernatorial campaign today (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

McAuliffe proposes a ban on lobbyists' gifts (Richmond Times-Dispatch) 

In Democrats' Race for Governor, No Clear Winner Among Managers (Washington Post

Political Parties See Dramatic Decline in Fundraising (Washington Post

Texas vote on schools, evolution mixed (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Perdue: Values Net Profits (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)