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Robert McDonnell’s other big scandal

Bob McDonnell will go into history as the first of 72 Virginia governors to be convicted of corruption, but we should remember him as well for a second scandal that cost the taxpayers a ton of money.

McDonnell’s curious, long-standing obsession with building a new highway parallel to U.S. 460 outside Hampton Roads led his administration to spend $300 million (and counting) without first ensuring that the project would receive necessary environmental permits.


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As a result, the state can’t recoup the $300 million it has spent. That money is gone, wasted, without a spadeful of dirt being turned for a 55-mile highway so little needed that I previously dubbed it the Road for Nobody.


Whole WaPo article by Robert McCartney here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/robert-mcdonnells-other-big-scandal-bum-deal-on-us-460-project-cost-virginia-plenty/2014/10/11/ebf08fc6-50be-11e4-babe-e91da079cb8a_story.html

Wonder which RW cronies collected that $300 million? Any US attorneys on this case?

Tom Toles on the Republican Strategy

"How the Ape Brain Asseses Risk" - Tom the Dancing Bug

"Isis, Ebola, and now Sex and the City 3. The news just keeps getting worse and worse."

- Frank Conniff (TV's Frank)

Also: "So far Ebola has been contained in one Dallas hospital, and the outbreak of Benghazi remains quarantined in Fox News studios."

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Great Moments in Weatherology Science

Letterman's Top Ten Secret Service Excuses

From Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10. "You try running full speed in a suit"

9. "Thought it was Biden"

8. "Can't just assume every guy storming the White House is a threat"

7. "We always mute the alarm during 'Jeopardy'"

6. "We're only here till Thursday"

5. "We need a dome"

4. "Can't see a thing through these dark glasses"

3. "About time someone in Washington got off the fence -- and I right, ladies?"

2. "Didn't George W. Bush prove anyone can get into the White House?"

1. "Excuse? What happened?"


at #2.

Tom Toles on the latest intruder

Jim Webb plans on running to the left of HRC for the 2016 nomination

"Jim Webb, former senator from Va., takes on his party’s hawks. And maybe Clinton."

SNIP

Still, as the national debate turns increasingly toward questions of U.S. military involvement abroad, Webb — a Vietnam veteran who has carved out a profile as an antiwar warrior — may be uniquely positioned as a disruptive force on issues where many Democrats consider Clinton compromised.

“Remember, one of the reasons Obama did so well in Iowa was because he said he would end the wars,” said Marcos Rubinstein, who directed antiwar Democrat Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa. “That is why he was able to beat Clinton, and Iowa remains full of Democrats who are looking for a peaceful message.”

In a race against Clinton, the party’s ultimate insider, Webb, 68, would be an acerbic iconoclast who would avoid the ways of modern presidential politics. As a lawmaker, he refused to raise money in the traditional fashion, and he declined the social invitations and cable-news bookings that have come to define the daily routine for many of his former colleagues.


Whole article by Robert Costa here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/jim-webb-former-senator-from-va-takes-on-his-partys-hawks-and-maybe-clinton/2014/09/28/ba12f572-43f1-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html?tid=pm_pop

White House intruder was tackled by off-duty Secret Service agent

Source: Washington Post

The man who jumped over the White House fence and sprinted through the main floor of the mansion could have gotten even farther had it not been for an off-duty Secret Service agent who was coincidentally in the house and leaving for the night.

The agent who finally tackled Omar Gonzalez had been serving on the security detail for President Obama’s daughters and had just seen the family depart via helicopter minutes earlier. He happened to be walking through the house when chaos broke out and the intruder dashed through the main foyer, according to two people familiar with the incident.

Gonzalez, 42, was the first person in modern memory to jump over the White House fence and get into the mansion, largely the result of a failure of numerous layers of Secret Service security on the northern fence line.

Though the Secret Service initially said that Gonzalez was quickly detained inside the front door, The Washington Post reported Monday that the man actually made it well into the house before he was tackled on the far southern side of the 80-foot-long East Room. Once he burst inside the unlocked front door, Gonzalez, a former Army veteran, overpowered one Secret Service officer and, on his journey, sprinted past a stairway that leads up half a flight to the first family’s living quarters.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-intruder-was-tackled-by-off-duty-secret-service-agent/2014/09/30/052fb86c-48b4-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html?wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Democratic Fundraising email

I snipped out the fundraising parts since most people get this stuff already and everyone here knows how to donate if they so desire/have the ability to. Posting this since it flies in the face of the doom, gloom, and ratfucking that happens here to suppress the vote. Democrats are ahead across the country and are increasing in numbers. In a few weeks pundits will acknowledge a Democrat tide is coming. No better time than now to get out the vote for 2014.

Huffington Post: “Intense voter mobilization underway... Democrats have a commanding lead”
Donate $10 now to support Dem field efforts >>

FSogol --

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State: Dem % GOP % 2014 Advantage: Change vs. 2010:
Iowa 52.4% 27.0% D+25% D+19%
North Carolina 41.5% 34.9% D+7% D+17%
Maine 56.6% 18.1% D+39% D+36%

Not only are we absolutely CRUSHING the numbers from 2010 in these states, but in some of our top battleground districts, Democrats are actually doing BETTER THAN 2008 OR 2012!

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