Virginia News Stand: June 29, 2009

Welcome to the last Monday in June and we have some very interesting articles below for your daily info intake. First, check out the Virginian-Pilot's article on how Virginia sorely lags behind in charter schools. While Virginia has allowed charter schools for more than 10 years, a whopping four exist in the entire commonwealth! That's embarrassing. It's often said, if you don't want something in Virginia, pass a law allowing it — a technique that creates more hurdles for the intended new options or reforms than the news options or reforms, so as to make it cumbersome at best to take effect. We documented such during the tooth-puling establishment of the Patrick Henry Initiative in Richmond last year.  Ironically, it is the Obama administration that is pushing charter schools, threatening to block states from competing for federal grants if charter schools aren't more warmly greeted. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has pushed charter schools thus far in his campaign. With an unexpected ally on this issue, a real wedge could lodge itself between his Democrat opponent Creigh Deeds, the teachers union and educrat establishment; and President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In other news, House of Delegate races are heating up and each side is predicting success in Northern Virginia. Republicans held two large events in Annandale and in Winchester recently featuring House Speaker Bill Howell and Attorney General Candidate Ken Cuccinelli, respectively. See coverage below from Washington Post's Virginia Politics Blog and the Winchester Star. Meanwhile, Governor Tm Kaine's DNC moonlighting and travel remain a controversy wrapped up in a mystery.

Nationally, OneNewsNow.comreports that a New York Times poll shows support for same-sex marriage has dropped by nine percentage points, but that hasn't stopped a California school from forcing a homosexual indoctrination curriculum on its students. Finally, a U.S. Supreme Court decision today may provide critics of Judge Sonia Sotomayor critical ammunition as her confirmation hearing approaches. 


Charter schools face uphill climb in Virginia (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Va. IT agency probe today (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Kaine refuses to give GOP travel records (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Deeds brings message to Spotsy Spectacular (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

GOP event attendees confident over races (Winchester Star)

Hot and Heavy House Races This Year (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

'Celebrate America' goes out with a bang (Lynchburg News & Advance)


Virginia's financial Bull Run? (Lt. Governor Bill Bolling/Washington Times)


Same-sex 'marriage' loses support among Americans (

Is ruling injurious to Sotomayor's nomination? (

Anti-religion group protests 'prayer booth' at City Hall (

CA school forces LGBT curriculum on students (