Virginia News Stand: April 23, 2009Apr 23, 2009
Sorry for the late arriving delivery of the News Stand. But there's lots to ponder today. The gubernatorial campaign is red hot now, make no mistake: Dems going after GOP nominee-to-be Bob McDonnell, House Republicans and each other; national figures weighing in; and, it wouldn't be a Terry McAuliffe moment if some financial investigation into an associate isn't involved — and it's not the Clintons, either, even though Bill announced he'd come campaign for him. That only prompted a reply from former Delegate Brian Moran. (He's had contributions questioned, as well, as many come from people with business in front of his brother, U.S. Representative Jim Moran). It's nothing but back and forth and side to side right now. Imagine what it will be like October. But, you know . . . hmmmmmm. Something . . . some one seems missing. Just can't think of who that might be.
In other campaign news, the House's longest serving member, and one of only two independents in the entire General Assembly, Lacey Putney of Bedford, says he wants another two years. Doubtless, he'll get them.
Aside from all that, there's some serious news today. A federal court judge is imposing his will on the FDA and requiring the morning after pill to be made available to 17-year-olds. Amazing! So, we have another first (see Tuesday) at the News Stand: We're leading off with a video, because our very own Victoria Cobb is featured in it. She was interviewed by the Richmond CBS affiliate about the court decision. (See, hear and read all video and audio interviews, and blog references to us at our Online News Room.)
There's a lot of links below, but several are of the brief variety from the very informative Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog. We hope you enjoy it all.
*Morning After Pill Debate (WTVR-TV/CBS6, Richmond)
In the Governor's Race, Chasing the Political Punching Bag (Washington Post)
Campaign Contributions: Virginia Democrats clash over cash (The Daily Press)
Fact Checker: Democrats at Candidates' Forum (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Moran releases his schools plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell Begins Online Ad Campaign (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
McAuliffe's Top Donor Touched by AIPAC Investigation (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Virginia Partisans Back Moran (Washington Post Virginia Politcs Blog)
Bill Clinton to campaign for McAuliffe (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Moran Responds to Clinton Visit (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
National GOP Getting Involved in AG's Race (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Republicans Fight Back on Unemployment Dollars (Washington Post Virginia Politcs Blog)
Va.'s longest-serving delegate to seek another term (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Va. Democratic party leads in cash (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Major Payday lender is leaving Virginia (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
17-Year-Olds to Gain Access to Plan B Pill (Washington Post)