Virginia News Stand: May 10, 2010May 10, 2010
Annotations & Elucidations And They Say Nothing Happens On Monday
Virginia news is pretty slack today, but we are mentioned yet again in the media, this time by Washington Jewish Week, about the state police chaplain prayer policy. People can't seem to stop writing about us. It's because we are making an impact and — to the shock of a startled elite — social conservatism is not out of favor with Americans.
Except for those here watching over the impending European implosion, the major news nationally deals with a Supreme Court nominee and one who will vote to confirm her. President Barack Obama selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill the spot of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Meanwhile, one who will vote to confirm her, U.S. Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), didn't even qualify for his party's primary ballot, the first Tea Party scalp this year. Infiltrating a Republican nomination process may sound predictable, and cheered by liberals who think GOP divisions may stave their pending November doom, but you may be surprised at the next incumbent Tea Party scalp in the queue: Democrat Representative Allan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), a senior appropriator, who has a primary challenge from a state senator gaining traction because of Rep. Mollohan's pork barrelling ear marks and questionable ethics.
Finally, the health care law has come up short. Already. Again! According to the AP, that guaranteed "kid" coverage (up to age 26!) has run into a snag. Government efficiency and liberal utopia at its best.
*Virginia prayer reversal blasted (Washington Jewish Week)
Police chaplains wary of Va. program (Washington Post)
Effort to shrink Virginia government isn't new (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell reform commission chairman pick sparks protest (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
1st District GOP candidate: Lawmakers guilty of treason (Woodbridge/Manassas News & Messenger)
McDonnell backs O'Brien in Northern Virginia Senate primary (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Saxman now a lobbyist (Staunton News Leader)
Obama Nominates Kagan to Seat on Supreme Court (Wall Street Journal)
Federal Reserve opens credit line to Europe (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Premiums may undermine coverage guarantee for kids (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Anti-incumbent mood challenge to veteran Democrat (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Conservatives focus on KY following Bennett defeat in Utah (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan (Ed Whelan/National Review's The Corner Blog)
The Great Disentangling Has Begun: What Bob Bennett’s Defeat Means and Does Not (Erick Erickson/RedState.com)
Will America Follow Greece? (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)
Arizona Law Also Happens To Be Good Politics (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)