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     There is an obvious point being lost in the discourse over the continuing difficulties with the ObamaCare web based exchanges, now twenty-one days old. The vision of medical care for all Americans has been around for over fifty years, well predating the Internet. So if such a program had been instituted at any point between the New Deal and Hillarycare, how would it have been implemented?


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Va. voter registration deadline is Tuesday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The deadline is looming for Virginians to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

The Virginia State Board of Elections is reminding voters that the registration deadline is Tuesday. The board says residents are encouraged to check their registration status and polling place on the board's website at www.vote.virginia.org , or by calling their local registrar's office.

Voter registration applications sent by mail must be postmarked by Tuesday. Applications are available at the local registrars' offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles or on the board's website.

Virginia voters will decide statewide races for governor, attorney general and lieutenant governor.

Wilder endorsing Democrat McAuliffe for Va gov

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Doug Wilder is endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's gubernatorial race.

The nation's first elected black governor tells The Associated Press he believes McAuliffe is the most inclusive and forward-looking of the candidates in the nation's only competitive governor's race. He also says that McAuliffe's lack of state government experience may serve him well by freeing him to view government in fresh ways.

The endorsement came as a fresh Quinnipiac University poll showed McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 8 percentage points 26 days before election day in the swing state.

Wilder says the next governor will inherit a well-managed state from exiting Republican Gov. Bob McDonnel. But he cautions that it's never too late for those seeking the office to immerse themselves in details of Virginia's budget.


Quinnipiac Poll: McAuliffe has lead on Cuccinelli

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race.

Forty-seven percent of the poll's 1,180 likely voters surveyed Oct. 2-8 favored McAuliffe. Thirty-nine percent supported Cuccinelli and 8 percent supported Libertarian Robert Sarvis. The poll's margin of sampling error was plus-or-minus 2.9 percentage points.

The poll showed McAuliffe with a wide margin among women voters, who favored him to Cuccinelli 54 percent to 34 percent with 7 percent for Sarvis.

By nearly a 3-to-1 ratio, respondents opposed shutting down the federal government to block the federal health care law. Yet 58 percent said they were not personally inconvenienced by the shutdown.

Lawsuit against strict abortion clinic regulations moves forward

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Abortion rights supporters in Virginia are cheering after they won a small, first step in a challenge to strict, new state regulations that require abortion clinics meet hospital standards.

An Arlington judge rejected a motion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Virginia Board of Health seeking to toss out a legal challenge to the regulations. It means the case will now move forward.

"Whoa!" Cheered Rosemary Codding, director of the Falls Church Healthcare Center (FCHC) which brought the lawsuit, technically called an appeal. Codding said the ruling gave her immense hope.

"It's just like the turning tide. It has been such an oppressive environment for three years for women's health. This is an immense spiritual uplifting. And, as a woman of very strong faith, I know God is with me. And I know that he has given me courage to continue in this battle," said Codding.

"THIS WEEK," the weak...


                                                                     "This Week," the weak...
I usually don't watch "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," but I broke my left shoulder on Monday -so not much else to do - and his show filled in the time nicely between Chris Wallace and Meet the Press, so much so that I only watched half of the latter which was substitute hosted by Savannah Guthrie. About that John Boehner interview. When the Speaker said he "...didn't come to Washington to be a Congressman, but to do something...," why didn't the former Clintonite pounce?