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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com April 10, 2012 at 8:45 am 2,654 21 Comments

Moran Challenger Gets on Ballot — Rep. Jim Moran (D) will have a Democratic primary challenger, after all. Arlington businessman Bruce Shuttleworth has been certified to appear on the June 12 congressional primary ballot, after initially being rejected by election officials for supposedly not having the required 1,000 petition signatures. Shuttleworth’s campaign sued in federal court; yesterday the Virginia Democratic party certified his candidacy. [Washington Post]

O’Connell’s Undefeated Softball Team — The Bishop O’Connell Knights softball team is undefeated, with a perfect 10-0 record. One of its pitchers, Tori Finucane, has an astounding 0.00 earned run average for the season, with 114 strikeouts in 56 innings. [Sun Gazette]

United Jet Blows Tires at DCA — A United Airlines flight from Houston blew two rear tires while landing at Reagan National Airport on Monday morning. None of the 127 people on board were injured. [Washington Post]

I-395 HOV Lanes Close Overnight — The HOV lanes of I-395 — from the 14th Street Bridge to the Springfield Mixing Bowl — are closing from 9:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. this week. VDOT says the closures will allow it to install new overhead signs and to complete some bridge painting work. [Associated Press]

New Library ‘Digital Projects Lab’ Taking Reservations — Arlington Central Library’s new Digital Projects Lab is opening on Monday, April 16. The lab — which will offer library patrons the use of digital media creation tools like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro — is now accepting reservations. [Arlington Public Library]

  • Garden City

    Mr. Bigglesworth will be so happy.

    • G Clifford Prout

      Does Mr. Bigglesworth even have a chance?

      • .T-G.E.O.A

        Where the hell was he when I needed him last Saturday?

        • Tabs

          Why, did you have a mouse?

  • Transparency Please

    Terrific news that another candidate was able to get on the ballot. Good luck to Bruce as he tilts at the proverbial windmill.

    However, the whole process stinks to high heaven. The fact that a challenger had to threaten to take the issue to court just highlights how we need a wee bit more transparency in all of this!

    Plus having one’s brother even remotely involved in the whole thing just doesn’t pass the smell test.

  • Arlingtoon

    I think it’s great that Bruce was successful in getting on the ballot. I don’t think his chances of winning are all that great; however there are any number of good Democrats (some will think that’s an oxymoron; others that it’s redundant) who think that Congressman Moran is ethically-challenged and will be happy to vote for an alternative candidate.

    Bruce is a straight arrow whose greatest asset is that he isn’t Jim Moran. I plan to support him in the primary in June.

    • Larchmont


    • Tabs

      +another one.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I’m an independent, not a Democrat, so I’m not sure I can vote in the primary unless I promise to vote Democrat in November – and I don’t make promises I’m not sure I can keep.

      However, I will vote for Mr. Shuttleworth in the primary if I am permitted, and if he beats Moran in the primary, I would give serious consideration voting for him in November, even though I don’t agree with his position on every issue.

      • Tabs

        You can. We don’t register by party in Va.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Thanks, Tabs.

        • Arlington, Northside

          However, last year there was a “loyalty pledge” that the Arlington Democratic Party asked folks to sign during the primary. Then magically folks who had voted without signing the pledge had problems with voting last with….

          • drax

            That was a caucus, not a primary.

            You’re saying people who didn’t sign it had some kind of problem with their votes? No, I don’t think so. They likely wouldn’t have been allowed to vote. The vote in the caucus is a secret ballot.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Bluemont, I’m confused – are you actually saying that you aren’t in total lockstep with your party of choice? That you actually agree with one party on some things, and the other party on other things? That’s just crazy! Don’t you understand that YOUR party (whichever it is) is always right, and the other party is not only wrong, but entirely evil as well?

        • Bluemontsince1961

          LOL! Raven, that is precisely why I became an independent!

          • drax

            That kinda went over your head.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Unless I misunderstand your comment, Drax, I think Bluemont understood my point 100%.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            Raven, thank you, I understood your point just fine.

          • drax

            What I meant was that he’s always been an independent, since you can’t register by party in Virginia. Otherwise, he’d be saying he used to be a dolt who votes in lockstep but no longer is. I don’t think he means that.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            Whatever, I don’t really care.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            That was to drax, not Raven. I don’t care whether it “kinda went over my head” or not.


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