There's been a lot going on here recently, so please excuse the lack of original content and News Stands: Between the holidays, sickness and many exciting developments behind the scenes which we have shared or will share with you shortly (but mainly due to sickness), we've gotten a bit behind the 8-ball. All that behind us, we are excited and charged up to bring you the best commentary on issues far and wide, new features, and especially the best coverage of the upcoming G.A. session. So, here goes the first News Stand of the 2009 General Assembly season. News:

State senators will try bipartisan efforts (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Freshman state senators form caucus to reduce partisanship (Winchester Star

Va. lawmakers race to raise funds before session (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine: stimulus to aid Va. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)