Welcome back to the News Stand. There was no News Stand yesterday because there was no news. Really. If you don't believe me, then find the News Stand from yesterday. See? Told you. Below is the day's Virginia news and a Merry Christmas treat from William Warren and Capitol South.  The News Stand and the blog itself will take a few days off after today. We hope everyone has a joyous and blessed Christmas.

News:

Nonbelievers go through the motions (Roanoke Times

State budget a work in progress (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine's tax plan: hazy forecast (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine's proposed cigarette tax gets a chilly reception (The Daily Press)

States set to impose bevy of new taxes (Washington Times

For Va gov, year of political triumph, policy flop (The Daily Press)

Editorial Comic:

"Merry Christmas" (William Warren, GetLiberty.org)