Recounting six turkey-worthy quotes from VA politicians in 2014

By   /  November 27, 2014  /  News, State Government, Top State News, Virginia  /  No Comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Here's our annual look at subsidies paid by taxpayers for that spread coming to your table on Thursday.

Right around Thanksgiving, some groups like to award the distinction of ‘turkey of the year’ to particular politicians who screwed things up. Somehow, though, it doesn’t seem fitting for a news organization to do that — or even just to single out one particular person. So, we’re picking the top six turkey-worthy quotes from Virginia politicians — three from Republicans and three from Democrats — in a light-hearted manner to refresh your memory.

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Double-deck buses for Arlington after streetcars fail?

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Local Government, National, Nevada, News, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

DOUBLE CAPACITY: "The Deuce," one of Las Vegas' fleet of double-decker buses rolls down the Strip, clearing pedestrian bridges with ease.

As die-hard streetcar pushers try to get their derailed project back on track politically, others are moving on with a proposal to bring double-decker buses to Arlington.

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Citing tougher scrutiny, Republican upends VA Senate with resignation

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Republican state Sen. John Watkins is retiring after three and a half decades in the General Assembly, throwing the future of party control of the Senate into chaos once more.

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VA woman admits $7.2 million child-credit tax scam

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

IRS GIVEAWAYS: J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, says the IRS is issuing billions of dollars in credits to illegal immigrants and others.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
More than a year after Watchdog reported the IRS sent thousands refunds to the tiny town of Parksley, Va., a woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud.
Linda Avila admitted to obtaining more than $7.2 million in refunds by exploiting the federal government’s child tax credit program.
Avila filed more […]

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VA senator doesn’t take hint from midterm elections on Keystone

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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When the relatively well-liked Democratic Sen. Mark Warner squeaked past his little-known Republican challenger with less than one percent of the vote this month, some whispered the less-approved Sen. Tim Kaine should be worried.

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With elections coming, Arlington board derails streetcar

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Local Government, News, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

SKEPTIC: John Vihstadt won 56 percent of the vote with his campaign against the Arlington streetcar project.

Part 8 of 9 in the series Arlington Traffic Troubles

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ARLINGTON, Va. – Critics hailed Arlington County’s decision Tuesday to scrap plans for a controversial streetcar project.
“I know this decision did not come easily for my three County Board colleagues, who supported the streetcar, but I applaud their concession to […]

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