Virginia News Stand: December 15, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Bringing Back The Car Tax?

Governor Tim Kaine is yanking the commonwealth's collective chain on whether he will propose re-instituting the car tax in his last budget. Will he or won't he? We'll know Friday when he releases it. Republicans, from Governor-elect Bob McDonnell on down, say they will not go along. Meanwhile, the GOP's sixth House of Delegates seat pickup is official as Ron Villanueva maintained his 16 vote lead in a recount. Speaking of the House, the pre-filing deadline for legislation has brought in a pile of bills and the Washington Times has a preview of some early newsworthy favorites come January. Over in the national House, the Washington Post reports that Dems are fretting over another crush — a crush of retirements that may throw up into the air the issue of control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.


Kaine coy about plans for car tax (Northern Virginia Daily)

Dems on McDonnell advisers list: I'm doing what now? (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Pre-filing allowing avalanche of new bills (Washington Times)

It's official: Villanueva wins close election in Virginia Beach (The Daily Press)

Villanueva winner of 21st District seat in Va. Beach recount (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Conservatives launch PACs to grab for Tea Party cash (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

State fines disappearing candidate (


House Democrats lose fourth member to retirement (Washington Post)

When 'real world data' fails (

Family group uneasy with FCC appointee (

FAIR to fight 'ridiculous' amnesty bill (

Obama to work to solidify support for health bill (AP/


Chinese official pushes 'one child' policy in Copenhagen (Matt Friedeman/Rightly Concerned Blog)

'Religious Test' — Belong to a Particular Denomination (Bryan Fischer/Focal Point, Rightly Concerned Blog

Muslim followers of Jesus? (Matt Friedeman/Rightly Concerned Blog)