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ICYMI: WaPo: Virginia's Toothless Ethics Reform

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Washington Post 

AFTER MUCH huffing and puffing, and more than a little whining and blaming the media, Virginia lawmakers passed a state ethics bill last month so anemic you almost wonder why they bothered. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) can, and should, offer amendments to give it some muscle.

True, legislative luminaries such as Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) will be deprived of hunting trips to Canada and Maine, worth tens of thousands of dollars, courtesy of friendly, favor-seeking lobbyists. That change, thanks to legislative language capping the value of “intangible gifts” to lawmakers at $100 a pop, counts as a step forward in Richmond’s disgracefully lax culture of entitlement.

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Chris Christie's in Virginia Tonight For 2016 $$$. Will He Mention Terrible New Jersey Economic Record?

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RICHMOND -- Kissing the ring of the nation's most notorious loser Eric Cantor has become a rite of passage for 2016 GOP hopefuls, and Chris Christie wants in on the action too. Fresh off a day of riling up right-wing extremists at CPAC, where he reminded participants that he voted to defund Planned Parenthood five times, Christie is once again not in New Jersey. While Christie is in town convincing Virginia Republicans that he's a viable presidential candidate, take a look at how his time in New Jersey stacks up with the Commonwealth.
 
"If Virginia Republicans want to seriously compete in 2016, they should stay far away from Chris Christie's horrible economic ideas," said Morgan Finkelstein, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Christie's record reads like a step-by-step guide of how not to run a state. Virginia Republicans couldn't have picked a more polar opposite to the progress made by Governor McAuliffe here in the Commonwealth."

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Virginia Republican Reboot: Celebrating the Failed Policies of Rick Perry

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RICHMOND -- If Virginia Republicans want to distract from the recent drama plaguing their ranks, hosting Rick Perry tonight is not going to help. The former Texas governor is the poster child for policies that throw working families under the bus, and has a disastrous record to show for his 14 years running Texas into the ground. 

What will Rick Perry talk about? Slashing over $5 billion from Texas education funding? Restricting voting rights? Vetoing equal pay? Maybe he'll give Delegate Bob Marshall a run for his anti-LGBT money and wax poetic about how homosexuality is like alcoholism

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