It's here. Tax Day. Have you filed yet? It's here. Tea Party Day. Are you going to one? Today also is Virginia's political spring rite: The Shad Planking. Normally, one would expect a large turnout with so much interest in the statewide campaigns and so many candidates. But the weather is anything but spring-like, tickets cost money and that there are 19 free Tea Parties which promise to be more fun . . . hmmm. We'll see. Some, doubtless, will do both. There are enough parties with staggered times that double or triple dipping is possible. (Probable?) In fact, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance, there are two in that city, with a new one organized by some businessmen at 3:00 at Monument Terrace in downtown. That makes an unofficial 20th Tea Party.

If you haven't guessed by now, the News Stand is all about tea and shad today, for the most part. Enjoy each, virtually, here, and in person, where ever and whichever you attend.

News:

Richmond Tax Day Tea Party is on, rain or shine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Protesters Plan to Dump Tea Is Prohibited (Washington Post)

Tax protesters plan tea party for two (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Politicians gather today for annual spring rite — the Shad Planking (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shad Planking: Virginia governor's race hits annual political festival (The Daily Press)

Moran pledges state support to create biotechnology jobs (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

How Gays Won a Marriage Victory (Washington Post)

Anti-Tax 'Tea Party' Protests Expected Across U.S. (FoxNews.com)