Virginia News Stand: November 17, 2009Nov 17, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations The Governor's Take
The education poll leads the news, but by now you know all about that. As for politics, Governor Tim Kaine is all about the long knives, now, criticizing Creigh Deeds for his campaign, as if the DNC chairman had no say so in it. I would write that it's easy for him to complain, but what does he know? He wasn't in Virginia for the campaign (rim shot, please).
The bulk of the news is about the House of Delegates: The Appropriations Committee gets a budget briefing during its annual two-day Capitol retreat; recently defeated Delegate Phil Hamilton (R-93, Newport News) announced his resignation, effective Sunday; and each caucus held it's leadership votes over the weekend. The Republican lineup remains the same while the Democrats seem to have a position for every member of its diminished number.
In education news, about 10 teachers at a Henrico County high school are complaining about a guest speaker who advocates abstinence. Yeah. Hate speech. Speaking of communication and culture, a real blow to the Washington, D.C., media community: The homosexual advocacy publication Washington Blade is closing its doors.
Poll: Virginians like public schools but would like more nonpublic options (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Democrat Deeds ran without his base, Kaine says (Washington Post)
House committee to hear state budget forecast (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Va. House caucuses choose leaders (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Phil Hamilton resigns from House of Delegates (The Daily Press)
Freeman High abstinence-only speaker draws fire (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Health care-sharing ministries: Paying their fair share (Roanoke Times)
Gay weekly Washington Blade closes (Washington Post)
Washington Blade closes; new paper for gays planned (Washington Times)