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  • NY taxpayers to pay $48,000 per Amazon HQ job

    11/13/2018 10:45:44 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    Fox5NY ^ | Nov 13 2018 | Staff
    New York state is kicking in more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives for getting half of Amazon's second headquarters located in a section of Queens. The Seattle-based company made its long-awaited announcement Tuesday, saying Long Island City and Alexandria, Virginia, will each get 25,000 jobs. The online retailer also said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs. Amazon will also receive as-yet unspecified incentives from New York City. New York state's incentives are nearly triple those of Virginia's, while Tennessee's are $102 million. According to Amazon, the cost per job for New York taxpayers is...
  • Amazon Announces New York and Virginia as HQ2 Picks

    11/13/2018 7:44:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2018 | Karen Weise
    Amazon laid out its plans for two of the biggest economic development projects in the country on Tuesday, announcing that it will put major corporate outposts in New York City and Arlington, Va. The two locations, in Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, just outside of Washington, will eventually house at least 25,000 employees each, the company said in a statement. It also said the new sites would require $5 billion in construction and other investments.
  • Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful—It Should Be Illegal

    11/13/2018 1:36:03 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 12, 2018 | Derek Thompson
    The rumored announcement has emboldened Amazon’s army of critics. Did the world’s smartest company really need 13 months, and applications from 238 cities, to reach the striking conclusion that it should invest in New York and D.C.? The former is America’s heart of capital, and the latter is America’s literal capital, where chief executive Jeff Bezos already owns a house and a newspaper. Was this national auction nothing more than a scripted drama to raise the value of the inevitable winning bid? And did the retailer miss an opportunity to revitalize a midwestern city by choosing to enrich the already-rich...
  • Why Suburban Women Cost the Republicans the House

    11/10/2018 1:51:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 198 replies
    American ^ | November 10, 2018 | Steve Marks
    Did suburban women cost the Republicans the House of Representatives? Most suburban women can be easily persuaded to vote for Democrats because they do not think seriously. Serious thinking in the political sense is concerned with where we are going as a nation, our moral values, our long-term prosperity, our security, our freedom and its inherent responsibilities. G.K. Chesterton said, “Thinking means connecting things, and stops if they cannot be connected” (Orthodoxy, 1908). Don’t get me wrong – there are many intelligent, serious conservative women in Fairfax County (not to mention the nation as a whole), but they are sadly...
  • Tucker Carlson: Man accusing me of assault called my daughter a 'whore'

    11/10/2018 1:40:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 10, 2018 | Joe Concha & Tal Axelrod
    Videos at link. Tucker Carlson responded to attorney Michael Avenatti's claim he was investigating the Fox News host "assaulted" a "gay Latino immigrant," last month, with Carlson explaining in a detailed statement that the man had called his teenage daughter a "whore" at a Virginia country club. The response comes after Avenatti, who has clashed with Carlson before, tweeted a video that appeared to show Carlson telling someone "get the f**k out of here. But the video does not show Carlson assaulting anyone as alleged. In an extended statement provided to The Hill, Carlson said the man who called his...
  • Lateef wins in school board chairman's race ... dirty tricks (Exhibit A - How RATs Cheat)

    11/09/2018 2:03:57 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 5 replies ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | By Jill Palermo Times Staff Writer
    Babur Lateef is the apparent winner of Tuesday’s special election for chairman of Prince William County School Board, garnering 48 percent of the unofficial vote to Alyson Satterwhite’s 41.9 percent. The win means Lateef, who ran with the support of Prince William County’s Democratic Committee, will hold onto the top spot on the eight-member board, while Satterwhite, who was endorsed by the local Republican committee, will remain the Gainesville representative on the board, a position she has held since 2012. Lateef was first appointed interim chairman earlier this year after former school board chairman Ryan Sawyers resigned the post following...
  • Alexandria [VA] teen sentenced to 40 years in MS-13-related killing of Md. girl, 15

    11/09/2018 11:26:55 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | November 9, 2018 2:07 pm | Rick Massimo
    WASHINGTON — The teenager who disappeared for a month last year, only to be charged with a brutal gang-related murder on her return, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday. Venus Iraheta, 18, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty in January to charges of first-degree murder, abduction and gang participation in the death of Damaris Reyes Rivas, 15, last year. She faced a maximum sentence of life in prison on the murder charge, 10 years each on the others. Iraheta was 17 when she disappeared for a month in January 2017. Her return was captured live in February of that...
  • Democratic rep.: Trump 'deliberately set up Jim Acosta' with 'staged' incident

    11/08/2018 11:54:56 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/18 | Joe Concha
    Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.) declared Thursday that CNN's Jim Acosta was "deliberately set up" by President Trump in a "staged" event involving an intern on Wednesday that led to the CNN correspondent getting his press pass suspended by the White House. Connelly's comments were made to TMZ outside of Congress on Thursday. "Do you think he’s going to have a better relationship with all these reporters?" Connelly was asked. "I would not argue that he’s going to have a better relationship with the reporters, given the fact he pulled Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials yesterday in kind of a...
  • Let’s Not Make the Corey Stewart Mistake Again

    11/07/2018 6:16:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | November 6, 2018 | Jim Geraghty
    Virginia’s Senate election did not take long to resolve. Incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine was declared the winner over Corey Stewart immediately after 7 p.m. Eastern. As three Virginia Republicans hold their breath about the outcomes of the House elections — incumbents Barbara Comstock and Dave Brat, and challenger Denver Riggleman — some will wonder if the party partially set its fate in the June 12 primary. If Nick Freitas or even E. W. Jackson had won the GOP nomination for Senate, maybe the Virginia Democratic party would have at least had to expend some resources protecting Kaine.
  • Olivia Wilde's mom Leslie Cockburn loses VA House race to Republican 'Bigfoot erotica' fan

    11/06/2018 9:25:44 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 36 replies
    Actress Olivia Wilde's mother, Leslie Cockburn, has lost in the House race for Virginia's 5th Congressional District to an alleged Bigfoot erotica fan. Republican Denver Riggleman beat Democrat Cockburn, an Emmy award-winning journalist and first time candidate with 53.6 per cent to 46.3 per cent - despite tough campaigning by the Hollywood star's mother. The House star, who backed and campaigned for her mom's run, has not commented on her loss. Cockburn sensationally revealed over the summer that Riggleman was a fan of 'bigfoot erotica', suggesting the odd fetish made him unfit to govern. Actress Olivia Wilde's mother, Leslie Cockburn...
  • AP: House VA 10th: Wexton - D Defeats Comstock -R -Democratic Pickup

    11/06/2018 5:43:34 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AP ^ | November 6, 2018 | Staff
    Additionally, Democrat Jennifer Wexton is projected to win her election to represent Virginia's 10th congressional district in the U.S. House against Republican incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock.
  • Virginia facing high unexpected Medicaid costs

    11/06/2018 4:33:08 PM PST · by spintreebob · 20 replies
    WAPO AP ^ | 11-2-18 | Alan Suderman | AP
    Virginia is facing a huge bill for unexpected Medicaid costs that hamper proposed new spending on things like school improvements or tax breaks for the poor. State officials said Friday that Virginia has about $460 million in unforeseen Medicaid costs. The new costs, first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are unrelated to Virginia’s recent decision to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said much of the new costs stem from faulty forecasts overestimating the benefits of having private health insurers cover a greater number of some of the state’s...
  • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, of Virginia, will win a second term against Republican challenger [tr]

    11/06/2018 4:28:26 PM PST · by C19fan · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 6, 2018 | Staff
    Fox News can also project that Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, of Virginia, will win a second term against Republican challenger Corey Stewart.
  • 2018's Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live

    11/06/2018 11:04:10 AM PST · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    Florida Trend ^ | 11/5/2018
    With Veterans Day around the corner and 71 percent of VA medical centers recently demonstrating increases in quality in the past year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live as well as accompanying videos. The report compares the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from share of military skill-related jobs to housing affordability to availability of VA health facilities. Best Cities for Veterans 1. Austin, TX 2. Scottsdale, AZ 3. Colorado Springs, CO 4. Raleigh, NC 5. Gilbert, AZ 6. Plano, TX 7. Virginia Beach, VA...
  • An hour-by-hour guide on what to expect as Election Day unfolds

    11/06/2018 5:33:39 AM PST · by RightGeek · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/5/2018 | Nolan Hicks
    Time are EST You could be in for a long wait to know the results of the midterm elections and which party ends up controlling the House and Senate. But polling places close earlier in some states than others — and they could provide a hint of things to come as the night progresses. 6 p.m. Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District: President Trump won this district near Lexington by 15 points. Democrats are fielding retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath against three-term incumbent Andy Barr. The race is rated as a toss-up. A Democratic victory could be an early sign of...
  • In a Northern Va. swing district, will Trump be enough for Democrats to unseat Rep. Comstock?

    11/05/2018 1:33:56 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2018 | Jenna Portnoy
    In a Northern Virginia swing district that is one of the most watched in this midterm election, one-quarter of the electorate can’t really say what they think of state Sen. Jennifer Wexton. But in most polls, the Democrat is comfortably ahead of Rep. Barbara Comstock, the two-term Republican who is ubiquitous. That phenomenon says plenty about this particular moment in this particular suburban district across the river from Washington, heavy with college-educated, affluent voters and growing immigrant communities. Voters in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District say they want to vote for a Democrat — any Democrat — as a check on...
  • How do Hogan and Jealous compare on transportation?

    11/04/2018 8:03:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    WTOP ^ | October 26, 2018 | Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matters
    By Bruce DePuyt — When Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced a major plan to widen three Maryland roadways last year, even transportation insiders were caught off-guard. “I was surprised by it, but I rejoiced at it,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA mid-Atlantic’s manager of public and government affairs. “As much as people are loath to admit it, the congestion in Maryland has limited economic development in the state. And [it has] impacted the quality of life because of the amount of hours — more than 80 hours a year [on average] — we spend being stuck in...
  • Sisters found dead in Hudson River preferred suicide over returning to Saudi Arabia: Police

    11/02/2018 5:53:48 PM PDT · by chiller · 45 replies
    ABC news ^ | 11/2/18 | ABC -Aaron Katersky, Morgan Winsor
    Tala and Rotana Farea, the sisters from Saudi Arabia whose bodies were found taped together in New York City's Hudson River last week, were said to have preferred suicide over returning to their home country According to police. Dermot Shea, chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department, said "sources" in Virginia, where the Farea sisters had previously been living, informed investigators ...(snip).. would "rather inflict harm on themselves and commit suicide than return to Saudi Arabia."
  • Support Corey Stewart for US Senate - New Ad - needs help

    11/02/2018 10:03:05 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 20 replies
    Corey Stewart for Senate ^ | 11/2/18 | Corey Stewart and others
    Just thought some might have a bit of $$$ available to help Corey Stewart defeat the vile Tim Kaine. There is a new AD that needs to go out all over Virginia.
  • Virginia Poll: Rep. Bart Struggles to Put Away Dem Spanberger

    10/30/2018 8:20:26 AM PDT · by beejaa · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Oct. 29, 2018 | Eric Mack
    Voter enthusiasm might be the difference in Virginia's 7th Congressional District race between GOP incumbent Dave Brat and surging Democrat Abigail Spanberger, according to the latest poll from The Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. The race is a statistical dead heat with Spanberger holding a 1-point edge on Rep. Brat 46-45 among likely voters, which is well within the poll's plus or minus 4.2 percentage point margin of error. Among the most committed voters, Spanberger's lead widens to 3 points 48-45 percent, albeit still within the margin. Voter turnout will decide this race and...