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Virginia Politics Blog: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

UPDATED: Del. Gear resigns from House of Delegates on eve of 2011 session

Del. Thomas D. Gear (R-Hampton) has resigned from the Virginia House of Delegates, House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) confirmed late Thursday afternoon.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar  | December 30, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell  
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What you read: Top 15 blog posts of 2010

A listing of the top 15 best read Virginia Politics blog items of 2010, measured in page views.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 30, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget, Eric Cantor, Gerald E. Connolly, House of Delegates, James Webb, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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EPA accepts Va. Chesapeake Bay plan as agency lays out clean-up roadmap

Washington Post staff writer Juliet Eilperin is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency released detailed steps Wednesday that must be taken by the District of Columbia and six states, including Virginia, by 2025 to help clean up the Chesepeake Bay. Read more from Eilperin here. The 200-page plan from the EPA, which is legally enforceable, comes as the EPA has reviewed plans submitted by states in the Chesapeake watershed this fall. In a statement, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) indicated that the EPA has accepted Virginia's plan. In a statement, he said he was confident that the plan his state laid out could "achieve significant cost-effective reductions in pollution to the bay." "We feel it is a stringent but workable plan that demonstrates Virginia's commitment to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay while providing for continued economic growth in the commonwealth," McDonnell said. "After much discussion with the EPA, the approved...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 29, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Transportation, business groups back McDonnell plan as a first step

A broad consortium of business, transportation and constructions groups has endorsed Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to spend $4 billion on roads over the next three years, $2.9 billion of it borrowed money--with the caveat that the plan is merely a downpayment on the crumbling transportation system's vast needs.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 29, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Transportation  
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Democrat counters Marshall on Va. National Guard with bill to confirm gays can serve

A Richmond-area delegate is proposing a bill that would codify in state law that the Virginia National Guard is subject to the same eligibility requirements as the U.S. military, a proposal designed to ensure that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the guard once the Defense Department completes the process of repealing the federal Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 29, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Bob Marshall, Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman  
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Va. tea party leader files papers to run for U.S. Senate

Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2012. Radtke, who did not seek a second term as tea party leader this month, mailed in the papers Dec. 23 after talking to family and friends and raising money. She had considered running for state Senate but switched to U.S. Senate after Virginia's first tea party convention, which drew an estimated 2,800 people to Richmond in October. She said she worries that her children will suffer from a ballooning national debt and criticized Congress for its recent deal on President Bush's tax cuts. "I am the mother of three young children, and my first priority is both to protect them today and protect their future,'' she said in a statement. "I truly worry about what the next five years holds for our children and the nation, given this climate of...

By Anita Kumar  | December 28, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, George F. Allen, James Webb  
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Is Eric Cantor 'friends' with birther Orly Taitz?

Is incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) a friend of Orly Taitz, the dentist and lawyer who has become a leading figure in the "birther" movement questioning whether President Obama was born in the U.S.? Yes and no.

By Ben Pershing  | December 28, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Eric Cantor  
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Views at Clarendon case dismissed

An appellate court recently ruled that Arlington County did not violate either the state or U.S. Constitution when it loaned money to build affordable housing on property owned by a church. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed an appeal by Peter Glassman, a county resident, on Dec. 23. Glassman claimed that the county had violated the separation of church and state while redeveloping property situated one block from a Metro station. "The court has reaffirmed that the board's goal in approving the Views at Clarendon was to provide affordable housing less than one block from a Metro station in the heart of Clarendon," said Jay Fisette, county board chairman, in a statement. At issue is the development agreement between First Baptist Church of Clarendon and the Arlington County Board. The church sold the air rights over its sanctuary but protected the steeple. A developer, with the...

By Christy Goodman  | December 27, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Arlington County, Christy Goodman  
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