The News Stand is back! It's hard to search out these articles each day during session with lobbying, videotaping, regular blogging, etc., on the agenda. So — ironic as it is — we are posting fewer News Stands during session (as we mentioned would be likely), even though there are more articles on state issues now than any other time of year. The good news? The articles today concern priority bills of ours. The bad news? Several deal with our public prayer bill that went down to defeat yesterday in — where else? — a Senate committee. Two others deal with Delegate Kathy Byron's (R-22, Bedford) ultrasound/enhanced informed consent bill, HB 2579, which passed the House earlier today with 60-plus votes and is on to the Senate — most likely Ed and Health (start contacting members now; click here). Plus, I think today's "Capitol South" is particularly funny and relevant. It's about Vern the intern and the senator.

News:

Va. Senate panel votes down bill allowing sectarian prayers (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Senate panel rejects public-prayer bill (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Prayer bill killed in committee (Roanoke Times)

Senate panel defeats bill aimed at meeting prayers (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Byron's ultrasound bill awaits final House vote (Lynchburg News and Advance

Va., 10 other states consider law requiring ultrasound before abortion  (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Editorial Comic:

"Capitol South" (William Warren, GetLiberty.org)