Seriously? A "national" day of action for a local County Board and School Board candidate who probably 99.99999999% of the nation has never heard of (nor cares about)? Delusions of grandeur or just completely clueless?
According to the Roanoke Times, Democratic State Senate candidate Mike Hamlar cancelled a fundraiser last night so he could attend the "Stop the Violence vigil" outside WDBJ's station. Attorney General Mark Herring (D) also attended the vigil last night, as did State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke). In contrast, Edwards' Republican challenger, Nancy Dye, along with State Senator Mark Obenshain, were busy doing what they do best: fundraising. Which would normally be fine, except that Republicans have been incessantly lecturing Democrats about how it's wrong to talk politics during a period of mourning. Hypocrisy much? Meanwhile, what we need is action to strengthen laws in a way that protects all of us against rampant gun violence. Which means, in turn, that we need to start by booting Republicans - and really anyone of either party in the pocket of the NRA - out of office (or at least pressuring them to change their ways).
P.S. I can just hear the pushback now: "but Lowell, you're politicizing the politicizing of the politicians attending a political event." LOL
Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 28. Also check out President Obama's speech in New Orleans marking the 10-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
"Eric Cantor was defeated by GOP primary voters for being too cozy with Wall Street and the GOP establishment, and Jeb Bush is being relegated to middle-of-the-pack status by GOP presidential primary voters for exactly the same reasons. Jeb Bush seems to go out of his way to show he's out of touch." - Christina Freundlich, DNC spokeswoman
Now, a few comments from on Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump "Who wants the endorsement of a guy (@EricCantor) who lost in perhaps the greatest upset in the history of Congress?"
@IngrahamAngle "Kiss of Death Alert: Eric Cantor will endorse Jeb Bush on Thurs. evening and will
@michellemalkin "Dear America: Please do to JebBush what Virginia conservatives did to Big Govt loser Eric Cantor."
@LOLGOP "If Jeb Bush had convinced Eric Cantor to endorse Donald Trump, that would have helped Jeb."
@hotairblog "Eric Cantor to endorse - who else? - Jeb Bush"
@chucktodd "Jeb's announcement of his VA co-chairs, which includes Eric Cantor, also interesting for who is NOT on it... ex-Bush 43 aide Ed Gillespie"
@jeisrael - "Endorsement from Eric Cantor, the right winger so corporate the Tea Party voted him out, speaks volumes about Jeb!"
@progressive_va "Corporate-owned loser endorses corporate-owned loser: Eric Cantor to endorse Jeb Bush"
@RalstonReports "Twitter is not endorsing the Cantor endorsement."
I'd just add that both Can'tor and Bush are two corporate peas in a corrupt pod, that this endorsement might help Bush with fundraising as he tries to buy the nomination, but that it clearly will backfire/is backfiring with the right-wingnut "base." Gotta love it.
P.S. According to Politico: "Cantor is to introduce Bush on Thursday evening at a fundraiser in Richmond and then will appear with him Friday morning at a VFW post in Norfolk, for a town hall focused on veterans issues. Bush's other Virginia state co-chairs are Kay Coles James, director of the Office of Personnel Management under President George W. Bush, and John Hager, former Virginia lieutenant governor. Both will attend the fundraiser."
Last night in Occoquan, Del. Scott Surovell (D) attempted to debate his Republican opponent, Jerry Foreman, in their race for the 36th State Senate seat being vacated by long-time Sen. Toddy Puller (who has endorsed Surovell). Unfortunately for the public, the Republican candidate (Foreman) simply didn't show up. Interestingly, Foreman's campaign manager Shannon Duffy Daniels DID somehow manage to show up, along with members of the Prince William County Republican Committee -- but no Foreman himself. I'm told the Republicans in attendance even went so far as to distribute flyers attacking Surovell and listing his home address, which is not cool. Furthemore, individuals with questions for Jerry Foreman were told by his campaign they would only answer questions "offline." Is this the type of person voters in the 36th district want (mis)representing them in the State Senate. Nope, didn't think so.
Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 27. Also check out video of Andy Parker, father of murdered WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, vowing that his "mission in life" will be to do "whatever it takes" to "shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don't get guns." A courageous man, glad to see Gov. McAuliffe strongly supporting him, as do 80%-90% of Virginians based on the polls.
Gov. McAuliffe nails it, as does Rep. Don Beyer (see his statement in the comments section): too many guns, too much gun violence, too many unacceptable and horrible gun-related tragedies like the one that happened this morning in Moneta, Virginia. So what, as a nation, are we going to do about this scourge?
A new study by researchers at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, finds yet more evidence (as if we needed any more!) that racism is far from dead in the United States of America, and certainly not in the South. Check this out:
Nationally, 1.2 million Black students were suspended from K-12 public schools in a single academic year - 55% of those suspensions occurred in 13 Southern states. Districts in the South also were responsible for 50% of Black student expulsions from public schools in the United States...
In 132 Southern school districts, Blacks were disproportionately suspended at rates five times or higher than their representation in the student population.
Here in Virginia, it's not good either, as "Blacks were 24% of students in school districts across the state, but comprised 51% of suspensions and 41% of expulsions." In terms of "disproportionate impact," the report finds that "Botetourt County Public Schools, Falls Church City Public Schools, Lexington City Public Schools, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, and Rappahannock County Public Schools are among [Virginia school] districts in which suspensions most disproportionately affected Black students." For instance, Botetourt's "disproportionate impact" score in the 2011-2012 school year was 4.3x, while Falls Church's was 3.8x. Others that jumped out at me were several jurisdictions, such as Fairfax County (3.0x), Loudoun County (3.0x) and Arlington County (2.8x), which trend "blue" politically but still show an unacceptably high ratio of African-American students suspended or expelled relative to their population.
"The findings in our report point to the residual effects of Jim Crow, slavery, and unequal schooling," Harper said. "They are further explained by poverty trends, structural inequities in the education workforce, and a longstanding history of racial injustice that cyclically reproduces itself, especially across these 13 Southern states."
What's particularly unacceptable about this situation is this:
Suspensions and expulsions can carry life-changing consequences for children. They impact academic performance and disrupt pathways to college, but also how a school and community perceive a student.
"It could take years to process through the trauma and stigma of being deemed a problem-that you're not responsible, not serious," Smith said. "Teachers and district leaders are signaling that you're not worthy enough for us to invest in."
The bottom line is that this situation is sadly unsurprising, yet completely unacceptable, and it needs to change ASAP, just as the disproportionate shootings of African Americans by police needs to change ASAP, and just as the disproportionate application of severe punishments (up to and including the death penalty) towards African Americans needs to change ASAP. I'd be very interested to hear a response on this from the "blue" jurisdictions I noted above...
Nope...this is not shocking at all if you look at polls of the Republican primary electorate and their nativist, xenophobic, homophobic, "birther," racist and otherwise obnoxious views. By the way, check out this new poll of New Hampshire GOP voters showing Donald Trump "lap[ping] the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul." Clearly, Trump's message and persona isn't just resonating with David Duke...
Excellent ad, very tough but also realistic, which is exactly what our approach towards Iran should be (in their view, the view of many intelligence and military people, a former head of the Mossad, most of our allies, etc.). Great job by Terron Sims of Arlington and his fellow Iraq War veterans on this one. Now, I'm looking at you, Sen. Warner, to announce your support for this historic agreement.
Why is this type of clueless, offensive comment not at all surprising coming from party of Donald "George Wallace Reincarnated" Trump (and a bunch of other nativists, xenophobes, etc?
P.S. Republicans had better hope that the reaction of Kenton Ngo is not widespread among Asian Americans, or they can kiss yet another huge, crucially important electoral bloc (along with African Americans and Latinos) goodbye.
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