Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com November 9, 2011 at 9:28 am 3,567 39 Comments

GOP Will Likely Control Va. Senate — Despite the clean sweep by Arlington Democrats, it looks like Republicans will pick up the two Virginia Senate seats they needed to wrest control of the state Senate from Democrats. “If the results hold, Republicans will have complete control of state government for only the second time since the Civil War,” the Washington Post reported. Meanwhile, Republicans will now have a two-thirds majority in the House of Delegates after picking up six seats there. Gov. Bob McDonnell said the GOP-controlled General Assembly will be more likely to push a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage” agenda.

Hawaiians Protest Bail of Arlington Resident — Dozens of demonstrators marched through Honolulu last night to protest the release of State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy, an Arlington resident, on $250,000 bail. Deedy, 27, is charged with second-degree murder after shooting a man in the chest during a late-night argument inside a McDonald’s in Waikiki. [Associated Press]

Closures Planned for Tuckahoe 5K — The third annual Tuckahoe 5K run will be held on Saturday morning. Rolling street closures are planned in the East Falls Church neighborhood between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. For interested runners, limited race day registration will be available at Tuckahoe Elementary School. [Tuckahoe 5K].

Cookie Within a Cookie in Clarendon — What do you get when you place an Oreo cookie within a chocolate chip cookie? You get an ‘Oreo in a Blanket,’ which is being offered by Bakeshop in Clarendon (1025 N. Fillmore Street). [Clarendon Culture]

  • Swag

    “Gov. Bob McDonnell said the GOP-controlled General Assembly will be more likely to push a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage” agenda.”

    Which, of course, is the most important thing government can do.

    • Carl

      Well, many voters sent new Republican legislators to Richmond in the last midterms with that very agenda. The power split in the legislature had stalled their efforts, but yesterday’s results seem to have removed the obstructionists from the process. Now the politicians need to make good on their pledge to their constituents.

      • D’oh

        Make good on their pledge to limit the rights of others, huh? The hipocrisy of this party is overwhelming. Individual rights for everyone!*

        *Who agrees with us.

    • drax

      You fell for their crap too?

    • y8s

      Economy Schmeconomy.

  • soarlslacker

    Gov. Bob McDonnell said the GOP-controlled General Assembly will be more likely to push a:
    Politians trying push their “values” on the electorate are fools. When they discriminate against one of us, they discriminate against all of us.

    • novasteve

      Notice you don’t seem to care when it’s liberals pushing their stuff, and discriminating?

      • southeast jerome

        Repubs are all hypocrits. They preach small govt ideals and want the govt to stay out of your business. But they want to tell you what you can and cant do in your bedroom and who you can marry.

        Sure, they do great things on the fiscal side for the 1%, my question is, what are you doing voting for them when they are just helping the wealth gap grow???

        Think for yourself for once, please.

  • D’oh

    McDonnell code for antiwomen, antigay. Seriosuly, that’s what they’re going to focus on?

    • KalashniKEV

      Get ready for it, NOVA!!!


      • drax

        Bet you like to whine all about the federal government stomping on the states too, Kev.

        • KalashniKEV

          It’s called the United STATES for a reason. The Federal Government is too heavily involved in things that don’t concern them while completely ignoring things that actually are in their lane- like securing the border.

          • drax

            See? Waaaaah.

          • Hattie McDaniel

            The Federal Government is too heavily involved in things that don’t concern them while completely ignoring things that actually are in their lane.

            Yet here you are cheering the State Government being heavily involved in things that don’t concern them, like deciding what a woman does with her body or how best to block two people who want to commit to one another from getting married.

          • KalashniKEV

            I’m actually pro-life and pro-gay marriage too.

          • KalashniKEV

            Pro-Choice I mean…

          • KalashniKEV

            Haha… I confused myself because I always say “Anti-Choice” like “Anti-Gun”

  • novasteve

    YOu people are nuts if you think McDonnell is happy about that. He wants to appear as a moderate so he doesn’t have to sign whacky bills, because he wants to be VP.

    • drax

      That’s actually a pretty insightful analysis, steve.

    • Chris

      Wait, is Steve admitting that Republicans are the source of the “whacky bills”?

    • Smoke_Jaguar4

      Quite the opposite. If Romney is the Republican nominee, then they will need a VP to placate the social conservatives. In this case, the “wackier”, the better. He’ll not just define a clump of cells as a person [as long a both parents are U.S. citizens], he’ll give it the right to carry assault rifles but deny it healthcare as a right. Fox News will build a studio in the Govenor’s mansion.

  • soarlslacker

    Without the federal gov’t many residents of states would have their rights quashed by state laws, rules and regulations. To put it in perspective…imagine there is no US Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard and that each state recruited, trained, paid for and made decisions on what its “military” would or would not do/support…how workable would that be? VA would still be fighting the civil war with wagons and horses.

    • Zoning Victim

      This is comical given the fact that the common defense of the country is actually a power granted to the federal government by the Constitution, unlike health care, education, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, corporate welfare, bailouts, etcetera, etcetera.

  • Patrick

    A great day for the residents of the commonwealth. Republicans in complete control of state government for only the second time since the civil war. The sun cannot shine any brighter then it is today.

    • Juanita de Talmas

      Republicans in complete control of state government

      But Republicans say it is a bad thing for Democrats to be in complete control of the Arlington government, so how is this a good thing?

      More Republican hypocrisy.

      • Carl

        You do no’t understand politics very well.

        • Typical Republican Voter

          You’re right

  • Brownflipflops

    I think you’re all missing the real story in these morning notes…. sure, all government representatives are corrupt and promise breakers, killers occasionally walk free, and road closures will cause us more traffic headaches but COME’ON…. A COOKIE WITHIN A COOKIE?!?! La vie en rose.

    • Chris

      Wondered when someone would put this out… Arlnow totally buried the lede putting that at the bottom.

      • Chris

        *point (this out)

    • Rick

      It’s nice to see the bakers read reddit/imgur. They’re not reinventing the wheel people this has been done before

    • NorthArlingTim

      My thoughts exactly.


  • mkt common

    Kudos to ARLNOW for noting the item about Deede killing a local in Hawaii. I’m interested to see how that story plays out. He was armed b/c he was federal law enforcement. But I heard that the union isn’t legally representing him, instead he’s hired an ex-city prosecutor as his defense attorney. I wonder if they’ll let him leave the state.

  • TGEoA

    Anyone that focuses on social issues like abortion or gay marriage and makes it their litmus test is a rere.

    • Chris

      Agreed, I prefer to apply a small amount of the candidate to a strip of filter paper containing a halochromic compound to assess the molar concentration of hydronium ions in anyone I for which I’m considering voting.

  • DSS10

    I don’t think that the Cuccinelli network can be stopped while the Republiban is in power. Time for less government intruding more in to our lives.

  • nota gain

    Patrick, that would be “than it is today”.
    republicans and democrats are so near alike that they are different.

  • Jeffery Magnus

    I don’t know how I feel about the Conservatives taking control. Normally I’d be upset about it. Given the record the last three years I’m not too upset about it actually. I know I’m growing tired of all the damn hard core liberals in Arlington. They get to be a bit overwhelming.


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