Virginia News Stand: December 10, 2009Dec 10, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations Obamanomics Claims Victim — The ACLU's Largest Donor
Governor Tim Kaine's expansion of state employee health insurance benefits to same-sex and other unmarried couples and announcements by Governor-elect Bob McDonnell dominate the news. Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb is quoted in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot article on the former. As for McDonnell, he reiterated vows to balance the budget as well as to reject tax increases. He also named two cabinet secretaries: Bob Sledd, former head Performance Food Group CEO, a Fortune 500 company before taken private, will be Secretary of Commerce; and long time McDonnell aide Janet Polarek will be Secretary of the Commonwealth. He also fulfilled a campaign promise by formally announcing that Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will head up all job creation efforts. If you thought he couldn't attend certain meetings before. ...
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Jim Webb (contact) says he's not yet decided on how he will vote on health care "reform" (although thousands have asked him to vote "no"). The Tea Party movement has a message for Republican first district U.S. Rep. Rob Whittman. Nationally, the Washington Post has a feature on the Tea Party movement and whether it will split the GOP. Surely, wishful, but not of the question, thinking. But liberals are not without their divisions, either: The ACLU's top donor (to the tune of $19 million a year), David Gelbaum, has stopped cold his donations to that organization, as well as to the Sierra Club and other liberal groups. Guess Obamanomics affects rich liberals, too.
*Log Cabin Republicans back Va. benefits change (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
McDonnell questions Kaine benefits plan (Washington Times)
McDonnell vows not to raise taxes (Washington Times)
McDonnell vows balanced budget (Roanoke Times)
Lt. Gov. Bolling to be named to jobs creation post (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell to announce Bolling, Sledd to head economic team (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Undecided on health-care vote, says Webb (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Push is on to force lawmakers to reveal government income (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Tea Party group chides Wittman (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
For conservatives, a political surge (Washington Post)
ACLU loses donor, one-fourth of yearly contributions (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)