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As VA Republicans Cue Coal Hysteria, Here Are a Few Actual Facts

by: lowkell

Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 12:33:22 PM EDT

This morning came encouraging news for anyone who cares about: a) human health; b) human well being; c) the future of our planet's habitability (or lack thereof, if we continue on the current path); and d) the transition to a sustainable energy economy (which will still happen, but much more slowly, if the fossil fuel companies and their Republican lackeys get their way). What sane person could oppose human health and well being, having a habitable planet for future generations, and building a prosperous and sustainable economy for the 21st century and beyond? Take one guess.

You got it: Virginia Republicans - who receive huge sums up campaign ca$$ from coal (and other fossil fuel) companies - are ratcheting up the hysteria this morning about the "war on coal." Mark Obenshain, for instance, hyperventilates that "[a]s Attorney General, I'm going to stand up for coal jobs, and for all Virginians, in opposing these overreaching federal regulations that kill jobs and economic opportunity in Virginia." And Ken Cuccinelli goes for his usual wildly-over-the-top, super-hyperbolic approach, Big Lie approach, claiming (falsely) that the modest - and long, long overdue - new rules on future power plants will " crush Virginia jobs and hike energy prices for businesses, families and workers."  

Here's what you need to know about these statements: a) they're complete bull****, essentially not an ounce of truth to them; b) they're aimed at continuing the coal company gravy train - boatloads of campaign cash
from the coal companies, that is - to their own campaigns; and c) did I mention that they're totally full of it?

How about, instead of Republican blather and hysteria, we look at a few actual FACTS? I know, what a concept! Anyway, here goes (fully aware that Republicans do NOT care about facts).

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Remember When the Coal Industry Loved "Clean Coal"?

by: TheGreenMiles

Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 12:11:23 PM EDT

The Environmental Protection Agency is unveiling carbon pollution limits for new power plants today. The coal industry is screaming bloody murder that no one could possibly expect new coal-fired power plants to implement carbon pollution-cutting technology, but it was only a few years ago that Big Coal was promising Americans it could do exactly that.

The rules will require that coal-fired power plants stop treating our skies like an open carbon sewer. While the rules are only being made public today, the coal industry has spent all week promising to send an army of corporate lawyers to fight the pollution restrictions:

Utility companies with large coal fleets already are preparing to challenge the rule, if it is finalized, on the grounds that the agency is requiring pollution controls that have not yet been "adequately demonstrated" in the marketplace.

Joseph Stanko, head of government relations for the law firm Hunton & Williams, said the EPA's reliance on "federally funded demonstration projects" as the base for its new standard "is illegal, it doesn't 'adequately demonstrate' technology for normal use."

Remember the coal industry was buying billboards promising us coal could be "clean and green with new technologies"?
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Will Government Shutdown Shut Down Cuccinelli's Gubernatorial Hopes?

by: Goldmanusa

Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 11:45:58 AM EDT

by Paul Goldman

Will the GOP obsession with defunding "Obamacare" deflate a puzzling boomlet for Ken Cuccinelli, who should be DCA - Dead Candidate Walking - about now? At 200-Proof Politics, we play like it lies; we don't judge, we just report. Right now, the evidence is clear: despite a massive anti-Cuccinelli TV barrage from Terry's campaign, and months of constant negative Cuccinelli stores from the mainstream media (caused in large measure by an incompetent campaign strategy), the beleaguered GOP GUV guy isn't DCA yet. In fact, the latest poll from a credible organization (Quinnipiac, not Roanoke) actually shows Cuccinelli LEADING if you posit a normative GOP turnout in a non-presidential statewide election year. Say what?

None of this changes my Democratic "sweep" prediction, although the limb is lonely right now. But the stats are the stats: despite the Q-poll internals favoring Terry, the Democratic GUV guy has not "sealed the deal," as they say. I thought this thing could be over by September 15th if Cuccinelli didn't have a good push back issue. But he has gotten lucky on other fronts: the trial of the ex-chef at the Mansion now off the table; the mess over the otherwise meaningless NOVA Tech PAC endorsement being made into some major PR thing by Democratic overreaction; the fact the independents seem to be souring on everyone; and the Q-poll suggesting GOP loyalists are willing to vote for Cuccinelli, even though they have a negative view of him.

Still, my middle-of-September rule only applies in blowout type situations, and Democrats have only had that one time (1985) in the modern Virginia gubernatorial race era. SO: While a comfortable Terry win is still there in the Q-poll numbers if his campaign does it right, perhaps the lucky breaks going Cuccinelli's way will not just be a few weeks reprieve, but rather omens that he could make a real horse race of it going into election day.

Mitt Romney came back from DCA to rally, only to lose close in Virginia. In the end, a win is a win, but at this stage of the game, margin matters in the narrative. So does luck. And while Cuccinelli got a few breaks in recent days, it is also clear that the looming fight over Obamacare, and an increasingly likely government shutdown (pushed by some of Cuccinelli's top Tea Party allies and ideological compatriots), threaten to shut down Ken Cuccinelli's brief uptick.

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:28:07 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, September 20. Also check out the video of Rep. Gerry Connolly ripping the Republicans' "Social Darwinism" - in this case, slashing food assistance for millions of Americans.

*Friendly gestures from Iran mark a rhetorical U-turn (Definitely worth exploring the positive signs from Iran, but of course we need to have our eyes wide open...)
*EPA moves to limit emissions of future coal-and gas-fired power plants (Good news, the problem is that climate science says this needs to have happened about a decade or two ago, and also be much MORE stringent. Not that the fossil fuel folks and their bought-and-paid-for hacks and "deniers" give a crap.)
*Pope Says Church Is 'Obsessed' With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control (The closer the Pope gets to what Jewish progressive revolutionary Jesus preached, the further he gets from the Republican Party's intolerance and starve-the-poor nastiness. Go Pope Francis!)
*The Crazy Party ("In recent months, the G.O.P. seems to have transitioned from being the stupid party to being the crazy party.")
*Obama must not yield on Obamacare, debt ceiling or shutdown (Agreed. Just as he shouldn't have yielded on the "fiscal cliff" - but he did for some inscrutable/incomprehensible reason.)
*Terry McAuliffe Says Ken Cuccinelli Wanted to Make Divorce Harder for Women, and He's Right
*Analysis: Ex-chef's settlement is a break for Cuccinelli, avoids potential October surprises
*Review of AG office emails to energy company enlightening (Meanwhile, the legalized corruption in Cuccinelli's own office was mind boggling.)
*McAuliffe's views on the environment? He disagrees with Cuccinelli.
*McAuliffe outspends Cuccinelli on TV ads
*In Virginia Governor Race, Third Party Spoiler Threatens
*Gingrich says no to talk of a Senate run in Virginia (Too bad, that would have been hilarious!)
*Medicaid's no cure-all for McAuliffe's budget plan ("None of this argues against expanding Medi­caid in Virginia. Mr. McAuliffe is right about that, and the Republicans, including his opponent for governor, are wrong.")
*Cuccinelli camp's new ad spotlights NoVA business group's hard-fought endorsement
*Cuccinelli touts record, slams McAuliffe in half-hour infomercial (I can barely stand looking at or listening to this freakazoid for 30 seconds, let alone 30 minutes- gack!!!)

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Meet the Virginia "Poor People Starvation Caucus"

by: lowkell

Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 19:17:20 PM EDT

In stark contrast to everything Pope Francis believes (and Jesus preached), Virginia Republicans today voted - with one exception - to starve the poor. That's right, the following Virginia Republicans are so nasty, so vicious, so mean-spirited, that they voted to cut food stamps by $40 billion over 10 years. If this bill ever became law - which it won't because Democrats control the U.S. Senate and the White House, thank goodness - "3.8 million people would lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in 2014." But that's exactly the type of horrendous stuff that will happen if the American people are ever crazy enough to hand the keys of government over to these lunatics.

With that, here's the Virginia "Poor People Starvation Caucus."

Eric Can'tor, Randy Forbes Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Rob Wittman

Voting NOT to starve millions of poor Americans were Frank Wolf (what got into him? he actually voted the right way on something for a change!), Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran, Bobby Scott.

Oh, and a special "screw you" to Eric Can'tor, who pushed this bill and who actually had the chutzpah to claim that it was "designed to give people a hand when they need it most." Can we say "Orwellian?" The fact is, the legislation imposes new work requirements, but contains NO new funding for job training (let alone any new jobs for the people on nutritional assistance)! These Republicans are truly diabolical.

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Pope Francis: The Polar Opposite of the Virginia GOP

by: lowkell

Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 11:57:10 AM EDT

You know how the Virginia "Extreme Ticket" - and the Virginia Teapublican Party in general - when it's not talking about how they'll make the poor poorer and rich richer, is absolutely obsessed (in a warped, negative way) with sex and reproduction - banning contraception, abortion, "sodomy," etc?  Well, now the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, begs to differ - strongly.
...During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person...

We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

"The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.

I wonder what Ken Cuccinelli and Company have to say about this? While they're at it, I'd also love to hear their thoughts on the Pope's teachings that "the world's rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots," and that everybody "should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices."

In other words, Pope Francis' teachings, whether on economic fairness, social justice, or human sexuality, are the POLAR OPPOSITE of what Ken Cuccinelli, EW Jackson, Mark Obenshain, and the rest of the unhealthfully-sex-obsessed, LGBT-persecuting, women's-rights-depriving, soak-the-poor-and-enrich-the-wealthy Virginia Republican Party believe in. Not that they care, of course. But in the end, all I can say is that I'm REALLY liking this Pope (and I'll admit, I'm surprised that I am, based on what I had read about aspects of his background), as he is returning the Roman Catholic church to the highly progressive teachings of Gospels, which again are the polar opposite of any Republican Party platform. Yet those people go around claiming to be the true Christians? He's also doing it in a style of humility, compassion, and humanity so rarely seen in the Republican Party these days. Is Ken Cuccinelli more Catholic than the Pope? I don't think so!

P.S. Oh, and last I checked, Pope Francis doesn't go around telling Jewish "jokes."

P.P.S. Another great quote by Pope Francis that is also the polar opposite of the attitude of people like Ken Cuccinelli (who thinks he has all the answers to everything, and everyone else is wrong): "If one has the answers to all the questions-that is the proof that God is not with him." And also, "Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal 'security,' those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists­-they have a static and inward-directed view of things." Bingo!

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CONSOL Makes Down Payment on Attorney General Choice: Obenshain Gets $15k

by: lowkell

Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 11:06:36 AM EDT

From the Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign, this makes clear whose side Mark Obenshain would be on if (god forbid) elected Attorney General of Virginia: "out-of-state energy companies, not Virginia property owners," as Mark Herring (correctly) explains.  Remember, Mark Obenshain said that Ken Cuccinelli would be a model for him as Attorney General, and his campaign is showing that he wasn't kidding. 

Obenshain sides with company that Cuccinelli aided in swindling SW Virginians out of $30M in royalties

 

On Monday following the Virginia campaign finance disclosure deadline, campaign finance documents revealed that Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Obenshain received a $15,000 campaign donation on August 26, 2013 from Consol Energy, Inc. This is the same out-of-state company that received help from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office in swindling Virginians’ out of more than $30 million in gas royalties during a class action lawsuit.

 

“This donation is nothing more than a down payment from Consol Energy to Mark Obenshain to continue the special treatment the company has experienced under Ken Cuccinelli,” Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring said. “This is about whose side Mark Obenshain is going to be on, and it’s clear that he would side with out-of-state energy companies, not Virginia property owners. Virginians want the next Attorney General to be a break from Ken Cuccinelli, but Obenshain is going down the same path. As Attorney General, I’ll take politics out of the office, put the law – and Virginians – first.”

 

Throughout the controversy involving Cuccinelli, Mark Obenshain has remained silent and has been dodging questions. Now we may know why.

 

In the gas royalties scandal, Ken Cuccinelli’s office was first accused of helping an out-of-state energy company, Consol Energy, Inc., in a class action lawsuit against citizens of Southwest Virginia. Cuccinelli claimed that his office’s communications with Consol pertained to constitutional issues, but a Federal judge, after reviewing email correspondence, found that Cuccinelli’s office was offering advice and opinions to the company against Virginia citizens. The judge called the correspondence “shocking.”

 

Below are headlines condemning Cuccinelli’s role in aiding Consol:

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Let's Review How Pathetically, Laughably Bad Roanoke College "Polls" Are

by: lowkell

Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 10:27:26 AM EDT

Since Roanoke College is out with a new "poll" (using the word EXTREMELY loosely) this morning, I thought it would be a good opportunity to review how pathetically, laughably bad these "polls" really are (note: today's "poll" has the Dems up, but it doesn't matter - these "polls" are garbage no matter what they show). Here are a few lowlights:

*The most hilariously, outrageously awful pollster of Virginia during the 2012 cycle was, by far, Roanoke College. Starting off in March 2011, with a poll that can't even really be called "crap," because that's an insult to good fecal material everywhere, is this, this...thing, showing George Allen leading Tim Kaine by - wait for it - 13 points (!!!). Uh guys? Bwahahahahahahaha.

*Another truly abysmal Roanoke College poll came on October 31, 2012, just days before the election. In this debacle, Roanoke College had Kaine and Obama both DOWN five points in Virginia, meaning that they missed the final results a few days later by 9 and 11 points, respectively. Wow.

*Even more hilariously, that Roanoke College "poll" (using the word VERY loosely) came just a few weeks after another one of their "polls" showed Obama up 8 points and Kaine up 10 points. That's right, according to Roanoke College, there was a 15-point swing towards Romney and Allen in Virginia during October 2012. Seriously, just shut this "pollster" down and spare us all the misery. (Note: I thought about looking at Roanoke College "polls"' internals, but then I thought, why even bother, these polls are so awful it doesn't even matter what the internals are, might as well have just pulled them out of their butts for all they're worth...)

*Nate Silver ranked all the pollsters from the 2012 presidential race, and Roanoke College finished 6th worst in the entire country (out of about 90 polls), with an "average error" and pro-GOP "bias" of 8.1 points each.

So, again, I urge all media organizations to ignore Roanoke College polls, whether they show Democrats up, down, tied, upside-down, whatever. Not that they ever listen to anyone's advice, so screw it, just carry on fine media organizations...just like you do with the mass shooting stories and everything else you get wildly wrong all the time.

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 06:33:50 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, September 19. Also check out the video of John Whitbeck - the Republican 10th CD chair who told a Jewish "joke" the other day at a Cuccinelli rally, and who the Cuccinelli campaign claimed (falsely, of course) that they didn't know. Forget the Jewish "joke" part of the story for a second; what does this say about the truthfulness, or complete lack thereof, exhibited by Ken Cuccinelli and Company? The fact is, John Whitbeck is a close political ally of Cuccinelli's and they've known each other well for years.

*Boehner throws in with rebellious wing of House on vote to defund Obamacare (Looks like the crazy Teapublicans are going to shut down the government after all. Will they also destroy the country's credit rating? Hey, this is the Rand Paul/Ted Cruz/Ken Cuccinelli Teapublican Party, what else would you expect?)
*Republican 'leaders' get trampled
*Why Republicans are desperate for a shutdown ("There is a thread running through the antics of the kamikaze caucus. Almost everything it is doing is designed to keep government from acting against inequality and addressing the stagnation or decline of incomes among both poor and middle-class Americans. Foiling Obamacare, which would relieve economic pressure by getting health insurance to 25 million Americans who wouldn't have it otherwise, is part of this larger story.")
*Virginia's median income falls as Washington's budget cuts hit home (Again, thank you Tea Party! Not.)
*Mr. Popularity?  Hardly ("The candidates for governor have earned  the low marks they get from voters.")
*WDBJ, Virginia Tech say they will host 3rd governor debate
*Medicaid panel invites comments on expansion in Virginia (My comment: YES, expand Medicaid!)
*Cuccinelli disavows GOP official's joke about Jews (Cooch uses the most mild language possible - "inappropriate" and "unfortunate" - instead of a strong condemnation. How about words like "disgusting," "unacceptable," "outrageous?" How about calling for the guy who made the "joke" to resign as 10th CD GOP chair? Of course not, this is Ken Cuccinelli we're talking about here...)
*'Last Supper' Flap Dredges Up Ken Cuccinelli's Demons ("An anti-Semitic joke at at campaign rally may keep voters' minds on the Virginia GOP's history of offensive remarks-and may end Cuccinelli's hope for a last-minute comeback in the gubernatorial race")
*Virginia Republican Not Trying Real Hard for Jewish Vote ("The Virginia gubernatorial ticket has managed to offend blacks, gays, women, immigrants - pretty much all your liberal constituency. Somehow they have neglected the Jews. At a rally for Cuccinelli today, they tried to solve that problem while also getting some laughs")

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Kathleen Murphy on Barbara Comstock, Gun Violence, Women's Rights, and the Jewish "joke"

by: lowkell

Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 16:27:44 PM EDT

I sat down for lunch earlier today with 34th House of Delegates district (McLean, Great Falls) candidate Kathleen Murphy and her campaign manager, Raymond Rieling. Here are some highlights from our conversation.

*According to Murphy, Barbara Comstock claims she's "an elected official, I uphold the law, but [Comstock] never finishes by saying 'it is my goal to overturn Roe v. Wade.'"

*"The [hard-core Tea Partiers] want somebody to overturn the government; they don't see that our government does anything good -- and that's sad."

*"I have run into people at the doors who will say 'I'm a Republican,' and I've looked at them and I say 'are you a Reagan Republican, or are you a Comstock/Cuccinelli Republican, because they're very different."

*"Comstock and Cuccinelli really have attacked the rights of women in a way that's a new low, with mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasounds...closing these clinics where women get basic health care, cancer screening, Pap smears...and they say 'not our problem.'"

*Comstock "wants to run for Congress, maybe Governor...Karl Rove contributes to her, he has advised her...she learned from him."

*Comstock's campaign is accusing Murphy's of being "negative," but if Comstock thinks that pointing out her own votes is "negative," then Murphy says "don't vote that way!"

*"Our campaign is very straightforward: the Barbara Comstock in McLean and Great Falls and Loudoun is not the Barbara Comstock that you get voting down in Richmond."

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New Poll: Mark Obenshain Bill to Criminalize Miscarriages Drags Him Down

by: lowkell

Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 15:12:24 PM EDT

See the "flip" for a "State of the Race" memo from the Mark Herring campaign, but the bottom line is this:

"After voters are presented with information about Obenshain's sponsorship of a bill that forces women to report miscarriages to the police, the race moves against him, with Herring capturing majority support and leading, 52 to 44 percent."

Frankly, I'm horrified that the numbers aren't even worse than that. In my view, anyone who proposes a law that would make women who have miscarriages report them to the police or be subject to arrest should be automatically disqualified from public office, let alone from being the Attorney General of Virginia. Still, the bottom line is that this DOES hurt Mark Obenshain, to the extent that if voters know about it, he loses by 8 points to Mark Herring.

No wonder why Obenshain, when asked about this bill, simply lies through his teeth, essentially claims he had no idea what was in his own bill and withdrew it as soon as he found out. Uh huh, and if you believe that one, I've got some nice swampland to sell you...

Meanwhile, the key in this important race is for Mark Herring to have the resources to let Virginia voters know about Mark Obenshain's extreme record, including his bill to criminalize miscarriages. If you can give $25, $50, whatever you can spare, that would be fantastic and MUCH appreciated. Please click here so that Mark Herring can get the word out to as many Virginians as possible about Mark Obenshain's extreme record on women's health and many other issues. Thanks.

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Cuccinelli "Father's Rights" Ally Offers "apologies for rape, domestic violence and child abuse"

by: lowkell

Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 11:33:51 AM EDT

Remember Stephen Baskerville of the "fathers' rights" movement? This is the guy who is "a staunch supporter of Cuccinelli's,"who when "Cuccinelli introduced legislation to penalize the spouse who filed for a no-fault divorce in child custody cases, Baskerville praised Cuccinelli for fighting against the no-fault divorce 'epidemic.'" In other words, Cuckoo is tight with this Baskerville dude, and very much simpatico to his "father's rights" movement. With that in mind, check this out!
A mandatory lecture given to the students of the Christian conservative Patrick Henry College on Friday offered apologies for rape, domestic violence and child abuse, and blamed American mass incarceration on feminists' insistance on prosecuting sexual violence.

Patrick Henry professor Stephen Baskerville, a so-called "men's rights" advocate, delivered the college's annual "Faith and Reason" lecture, Libby Anne reported at Patheos. Baskerville started off with his thesis that feminists and Islamists are working together to push Christians out of public life, sort of like the alliance between Hitler and Stalin...

...Feminists, he argues, have used the sexual revolution to impose "state repression"  and "transformed our government into a matriarchal leviathan"  by criminalizing rape, domestic violence and child abuse. Baskerville cites the work of University of Pennsylvania professor Marie Gottschalk to claim that the criminalization of sexual violence has led to the United States' historic levels of mass incarceration. Gottschalk argued that women's groups' working with law and order groups in the 1960s and '70s "contributed to a more punitive climate," not that the criminalization of sexual violence led to mass incarceration. But no matter- in the prosecution of rape and domestic violence, Baskerville sees "our own homegrown version of Stalinism."

I presume Ken Cuccinelli's campaign will IMMEDIATELY condemn this, just as they did yesterday with the Jewish "joke" by the emcee at their rally, the same guy who's a close ally of Cuccinelli's (even nominated him at the GOP convention in May). Oh wait, they haven't condemned Jewish "joke" guy John Whitfield, almost 24 hours after the "joke." All they've done so far is claimed to not know him, a bald-faced lie, since they are close political allies. Also, presumably since they haven't condemned him, they must agree with him? We'll see if they have any comment on Stephen Baskerville's outrageous, insane, extremist remarks, but I don't recommend anyone hold their breath!
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Is There a "Left" Equivalent to Cuccinelli's, Obenshain's Far-Right-Wing Extremism and Lunacy?

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 20:21:54 PM EDT

Utterly appalled that a major party candidate in this country can actually hold a rally with a hate radio "shock jock" and extremist (UPDATE: and a GOP chair who apparently likes telling anti-Semitic "jokes"), and not automatically lose the election by 30 points or so, I asked several smart Virginia and national Democratic politicos what they thought about this situation. I mean, can you imagine if Terry McAuliffe rallied with a Marxist who said white people were evil, said derogatory things about men, Christians, heterosexuals, etc, maybe threw in some 9/11 "Trutherism" for good measure, just to complete the equivalence with crazies like Mark Levin? Wouldn't that be the end of Terry McAuliffe or any other Democratic candidate for, well...forever? (and rightfully so, I might add)

Specifically, I asked the Democratic politicos what - if it's even possible to imagine - would be the "left" equivalent of Cuccinelli and Obenshain hobnobbing with the Mark Levins, Wayne LaPierres, Koch brothers, Rand Pauls, John Whitbecks, and other assorted bigots, extremists, and tinfoil-hat lunatics of the world?  Not to mention the Family Research Council, labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center?  The best answer I got went roughly like this (edited from chat format for clarity and coherence).

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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 07:03:33 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 18. Also, check out the video of Ken Cuccinelli rallying with right-wing hate radio shock jock Mark Levin (Cuccinelli calls this hatemonger the "leading voice for constitutional principles" who lives in a "bunker" somewhere), talking about his warped/extreme idea of what "first principles" are, all with the guy who made the Jewish "joke" standing right behind/next to him - see photo below. Great stuff, huh?

*House GOP revolt over Obamacare moves government shutdown closer (Just start calling these people out for what they are: extremists.)
*Gun control, RIP ("Response to Navy Yard shooting is nail in the coffin for firearms reform")
*An urgent need for rational laws ("The Navy Yard shooting rampage should spark gun-control debate." But it won't, thanks to the power of the gun lobby.)
*Schapiro: Cantor is running out of time and options ("There is little time left for Cantor and the Republican leadership to take care of different business: funding the government.")
*The 'new Mississippi' on Virginia's southern border? (In one way, it's worse, as Republicans have taken a state on the upswing and turned it sharply in the wrong direction.)
*Virginia ranked 30th in health care for poor (Lame.)
*For Lt. Gov. Bolling, more damage to his relationship with Va. GOP ("Republicans are urging the Virginia GOP to oust him from the party's State Central Committee.")
*Virginia Voters Dislike Mcauliffe Less Than Cuccinelli, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Libertarian Could Be Key In Tight Race ("With 7 percent of likely voters, Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate in the too-close-to call Virginia governor's race, could hold the key to victory for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who has 44 percent of likely voters, or Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has 41 percent")
*9/17 Conservative Intel Poll of #Va. - McAuliffe has the upper hand ("Our survey shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli 42%-37% in a race that is being heavily affected by Libertarian.")
*Cuccinelli rallies with radio talk show host Mark Levin in N. Virginia (This article epitomizes a lot of what's wrong with "journalism" these days. The Post calls Levin a "radio talk show host," but doesn't give readers ANY idea what types of insane, bigoted things he's said over the years. #FAIL)
*Cuccinelli camp disavows Jewish joke at rally (Actually, they lied: "Cuccinelli strategist Chris LaCivita told the Washington Post he didn't even know who Mr. Whitbeck was." That's absurd; the guy was the emcee for the event, and Cuccinelli has known Whitbeck well for years.)
*Backing McAuliffe was "tough" decision, Va. Beach mayor says ("It's the first time Sessoms, a Republican, has ever backed a Democrat for the state's highest office.")
*Poll: In tight Va. race, Libertarian can be factor
*Governor Bob McDonnell Announces Teacher Cabinet (With 3 months to go in his lame-duck, corruption-demolished governorship? The point of this is...???)
*Grass-roots movement may be Jackson's ace in the hole
*Virginia Beach light rail estimate surpasses $1 billion
*Inside Sharpshooters, the Newington gun store where Aaron Alexis bought his shotgun
*Girl told police she did not have sex with Morrissey
*Nats take 2 from Braves, close wild card gap
*Another weather winning streak
*Strange things happen this time of year ("With the Nats' unlikely sweep on Tuesday, the thought of a miracle season crossed every mind.")

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Mark Herring: Statements Made at Cuccinelli Rally "a disgrace to Loudoun County & the Commonwealth"

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 19:50:21 PM EDT

The following statement is from the Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign. Also see the video in the comments section, and the photo to the right of Mark Obenshain and this John Whitbeck character. 

HERRING CONDEMNS STATEMENTS MADE AT CUCCINELLI RALLY

Candidate calls for Obenshain and Cuccinelli supporter to make a public apology

Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring condemned inflammatory comments made by 10th District Republican Committee chairman John Whitbeck. Whitbeck – who has been a strong supporter of Mark Obenshain – made the offensive comments during a rally for Ken Cuccinelli. Herring released the following statement:

“As a representative of Loudoun County, I have worked hard to foster an environment that is welcoming of people of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds. Mr. Whitbeck’s comments stand in stark contrast to those beliefs, and the efforts of so many in our community to promote acceptance.

“His comments were offensive, deplorable and a disgrace to Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Whitbeck needs to issue a public apology immediately for his statement, and every candidate on the Republican ticket should condemn these types of inflammatory comments.” 

Background:

During a rally for the Cuccinelli campaign earlier today, it was reported by the Washington Postthat Whitbeck “kicked off the festivities by telling a joke about how the head of the Jewish religion presented the pope with a long, elaborate document that the Jewish leader said was a bill for the last supper.” 

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