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Video: Dow Down; Pat Robertson and Donald Trump Weigh in With Predictable Idiocy

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 24, 2015 at 13:13:53 PM EDT

As of 1:10 pm, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 99 points (having recovered almost all of its losses after a sharp decline at the outset), but wherever the market ends up doesn't really matter to the right wingers, who are happily leaping to predictably loony conclusions. That includes top Virginia Republican Party donor Marion "Pat" Robertson (it's God's punishment for abortion, but of course) and 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump (it's the Chinese, natch), neither of whom apparently understands the first thing about economics. Yep, that's today's Republican Party - ignorance, hysteria, fearmongering, demagoguery...all wrapped up in one lovely package. Next move: blame Obama, no matter what happens, because that's just what these guys do! LOL

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Monday News: Sloooow Start to the Week...Although Watch Out for #BlackMonday

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 24, 2015 at 06:12:49 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 24. Also, check out the discussion last night on the Georgia-based Kudzu Vine radio show about Virginia politics.

*Harry Reid: I will back Iran deal ("His support moves the Obama administration nearer to a veto-proof support")
*Global Stocks Plunge Further Amid Doubts About China
*Joe Biden Is Leaning Toward a 2016 Run ("Vice president's deliberations show how the presidential race is in flux for both parties")
*Donald Trump's nativist bandwagon ("That is the kind of thinking that Donald Trump, and the Republican presidential candidates who are pathetically jumping on his nativist bandwagon, would bring to this country.")
*Where Black Lives Matter Began ("Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation's amazing tolerance for black pain.")
*Scott Walker Takes His Third Position On The Hottest Issue In The Republican Primary (This guy is a complete joke.)
*Jim Webb: I met privately with Biden
*Editorial: Donald Trump's immigration lunacy ("Trump is the candidate of the primal scream. Like a primal scream, his campaign has no coherent message, no organizing principle, no concrete agenda. It is an emotional volcano, a geyser of raw id. Like a volcano, it is a phenomenon to behold. But if it isn't capped soon, both the GOP and the nation could end up badly burned.")
*Allen: Unilateral economic disarmament (Wow, for once I actually agree with George Freakin' Allen? "Pass a long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank with reasonable reforms before any more damage is done to American jobs and manufacturers.")
*Ex-Midlothian man hailed as hero in helping subdue train gunman
*Nationals are looking at long odds, 'have to get hot' to reach postseason
*D.C. area forecast: Summer's best weather week begins, save today's storm chance

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VA GOP's 2013 Lt. Gov. Nominee Spends His Spare Time Supporting Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerks

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 23, 2015 at 10:58:47 AM EDT

For a bit of background on these law-defying, anti-gay bigots see here. And yes, this is what the 2013 Virginia Republican Party nominee for Lt. Governor of our state does in his spare time, when he's not spreading "Four Pinocchio" lies about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Also consider that E.W. Jackson's 2013 Republican ticketmates, Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain, were not appreciably different than he was/is on social issues. So what does that say about the Virginia Republican Party, and the national Republicans Party more broadly?

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Video: Why Did Joe Biden Return to D.C. Specifically to Meet With Elizabeth Warren?

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 22, 2015 at 21:04:16 PM EDT

Verrry interesting. So, just for fun (if you're a political junkie and don't have a life) on a Saturday night, here are two scenarios I was discussing earlier this evening with a Virginia Democratic political operative regarding what Biden and Warren might have discussed: 1) Biden was meeting with Warren to get a feel for what she might do if he ran for President (e.g., endorse him? run herself?); 2) the two of them talked about running as some sort of "ticket," in which Biden would pledge - as he reportedly has considered - to serve only one term, meaning that VP Elizabeth Warren would be the heir apparent for 2020. What's more likely, that Warren would endorse Biden if he ran, would take that as an opportunity to throw her own hat in the ring, would team up with Biden for a de facto "ticket" (and if so, what percent of Sanders supporters - many of whom originally were Warren supporters - would defect to Biden/Warren?), or none of the above? Also check out the analysis of CNN's Jeff Zeleny in the following video (note: Zeleny specifically discounts the "ticket" idea). Ah, political intrigue...

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Sunday News: "Virginia Way" a "euphemism for corruption"; Trump Takes on Pope Francis

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 23, 2015 at 06:31:47 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 23. As for Donald Trump, just remember that he's not an aberration, he personifies the Republican "base" - its anxieties, fears, hatreds, etc. - to a "t" (as in "Trump").

*'White power!': Trump's Alabama 'pep rally' brings out folks who want to shoot 'illegals' at the border (Yes, this is today's Republican Party..."Party of Lincon" long dead and buried.)
*Photos: The Worst People In America Gather For Donald Trump Rally ("The rally descended into brain-numbing stupidity faster than you can scream 'white power.')
*Donald Trump, Alabama and the ghost of George Wallace ("The South rises for Trump, but only 20,000 of them.")
*CNN Report: Joe Biden Meets Privately With Elizabeth Warren In DC
*Biden, Warren huddle amid 2016 speculation
*The courage of Jimmy Carter
*Kentucky GOP greenlights joint Senate, presidential run for Rand Paul
*Brent Scowcroft: The Iran deal: An epochal moment that Congress shouldn't squander
*Joe Lieberman's new betrayal: The transparent cynicism in his Iran warmongering ("The progressive reformer I met in the '70s has morphed into a self-righteous fearmongerer" Very sad; what happened to this guy?!?)
*Not Just Anti-Hispanic ("The GOP could be angering Asian voters with its latest nativist turn and dooming itself to a repeat of 2012.")
*Analysts see little electoral bounce from special session ("This election is going to be about the base for both sides")
*The political mess Richmond has made (Some good points, but also "both sides" false equivalency drivel. Sigh.)
*Schapiro: 50 years ago, VMI valedictorian in 1961 was gunned down in Alabama
*Pay gap widens between VRS, other state workers
*Thomas: 'The Virginia Way' is a euphemism for corruption (So true!)
*Editorial: Virginia needs merit selection of judges (Fortunately, in this case, Judge Roush has a great deal of merit.)
*Is Virginia trying to turn the carpool lane into a 'cash cow'?
*Pulaski scrambles to explain dumping of raw sewage
*Giant Panda At National Zoo Gives Birth To Two Live Cubs (That's great, but what we really need to be doing is protecting pandas and every other species in the wild.)
*Nationals get boost from struggling veterans in win against Brewers
*D.C. area forecast: Superb Sunday with more splendid weather to come

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Video: Conservative Commentator Michael Gerson Compares Trump to UKIP, National Front

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 21, 2015 at 21:04:14 PM EDT

Gerson: "What Trump is appealing to has more of a feel of European right-wing politics, ok, UKIP or the National Front -- highly nationalistic, resentment of foreigners, we've been betrayed by our leaders. There's some deep and disturbing things that are being appealed to here..."

Gerson also predicts that Trump "could damage the Republican Party for decades to come" with his immigrant/Latino bashing. On another note, Gerson rips Trump wannabe Scott Walker as "not thoughtful," "not prepared," and "not playing in the big leagues."

For his part, Mark Shields notes that Trump is appealing to an extremely angry Republican electorate, a "mean-spiritedness in the electorate he's appealing to...anti-immigrant...[a position which is] devastating the Republican Party in the long run."

Finally, Shields raises a great point that's well worth quoting: "What [Bush and Rubio] risk [by not condemning Trump strongly now] is that what Trump is doing and saying becomes so odious and so offensive that it almost will be seen as a moral surrender on your part, ultimately in the general election, that you didn't stand up to him...that's a real risk that anybody runs by not confronting him at this point."

The problem,  of course, is that large swaths of the Republican primary electorate really IS xenophobic, ultra-nationalist, etc., etc. And that's the truly horrifying part of all this...

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Saturday News: The "Absolute Insanity" of Trump, "spokesman for birthers, truthers...trolls"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 22, 2015 at 06:37:19 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 22. Also, check out Trump's freak show in Alabama and just remember, THIS is the Republican Party of "birthers, truthers, and Internet trolls."

*Mr. Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric breeds violence
*Donald Trump at the wheel: He's driving the GOP over a cliff, and the establishment can't stop him ("The GOP is being overrun by 'The Donald's' xenophobia. But even if it wanted to, the establishment cannot stop him")
*Donald Trump: Spokesman for birthers, truthers, and Internet trolls
*Large Southern rally is part of Trump's strategy
*Stock market plunge wipes out this year's gains
*The Absolute Insanity Of Donald Trump's Big Alabama Pep Rally, In 17 Tweets
*Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny ("Win or lose, Trump's campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid")
*Webb: Super PAC money 'screwing up' the political process (Ya think?)
*Hillary Clinton's Woes Pushing Joe Biden to Reach Out to Those Who Could Back a Campaign
*Jeb Bush Super PAC Sends Mailer To 86,000 Iowans With Jeb's Head On A Black Body (WTF?!?)
*Maybe This Time Really Is Different ("Historical precedents augur against Donald Trump-but perhaps the old rules no longer apply.")
*The plot to destroy Shaun King: How Breitbart turned a ludicrous conspiracy theory into national news
*Scott Walker makes a complete clown of himself: Now he says he has no position on birthright citizenship (Definitely not ready for prime time.)
*The simple-minded populism that controls the GOP ("Just keep telling the voters that all problems have easy solutions")
*For Carly Fiorina, just 'press one' to solve the nation's problems (Just press 1 if you think Carly Fiorina is utterly unfit to be elected to anything!)
*Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment
*Pulling the plug on Virginia's bogus coal-vs-renewables argument
*Kaine calls for shift in way drug abusers are treated
*Dominion's donations partially subsidized by its customers
*Warner still studying gig economy
*Warner says new economy demands new policies
*Captain gave another reason for taping prosecutor in Geer case, e-mail shows
*Former Virginia first lady appeals corruption
*ODU takes aim at region's challenges
*Nats fall to Brewers, 10-3, to open crucial homestand with a big thud
*D.C. area forecast: Mostly pleasant as far as the eye can see

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Grassroots "Hands Across Our Land" Action Against Fracked Gas Pipelines a Huge Success

by: pontoon

Fri Aug 21, 2015 at 15:29:10 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

 photo Blue20Ridge20Parkway_S_zpsdkko39mz.jpgCommunities in Texas, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina participated in a grassroots action called Hands Across Our Land on Tuesday, August 18. Planned and organized by the Nelson County anti-pipeline group, Free Nelson, 35 actions were held promoting solidarity and unity among local communities facing the threat of industrialization by the energy industry with its fracking wells, pipelines, compressor stations and LNG export facilities.

Over 150 citizen protesters amassed on the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge atop Afton Mountain, with another 135 at the bridge across the James River at Wingina, which is miles and miles from the nearest town. In Montgomery County, VA, over 100 citizens stood across a field which is on the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, and in Franklin County, VA citizens marched to the Franklin Government Center where they asked their Board of Supervisors to help them protect their water and streams by petitioning the Governor to require pipeline companies to submit site specific erosion and sediment control plans should the MVP ever be built. In western Augusta County, 32 people cheered and sang protest songs in the pouring rain to protest the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In Richmond, over 60 citizens met at Dominion headquarters and marched to the Governor's office supporting the actions held in localities directly affected by the proposed 42" high-pressure behomeths being proposed in Virginia. Other Virginia communities which participated were Floyd, Bent Mountain, Roanoke, and Front Royal.

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More Reasons Not to NC Virginia: You've Still Got Time to Get This Election Right, err Left

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Fri Aug 21, 2015 at 14:25:32 PM EDT

Virginians are at least one or two steps ahead of us North Carolinians. OK, maybe more. We are in no position to make suggestions, I know. But Virginia has a unique chance to at least hold one house in the GA, to "get it left," so to speak. As I explained in a recent diary, Virginia has a Democratic governor, who compared to those I will mention in a moment, causes many Dems across the country to have "governor envy."

Governors from many GOP-held states occupy a "Governor's Hall of Shame." Abbott of Texas, Brownback of Kansas, Walker of Wisconsin, Snyder of Michigan, Scott of Florida, and McCrory of North Carolina are bringing their states down. There are others, of course. Though they lie about their negative "accomplishments," they are not fooling many.

Their legislatures are even worse. Some are actively trying to tie the hands of their state governments for all time, with the oxymoronically named Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). This clone of the awful Colorado ALEC-driven TABOR is eyed by NC legislative destructos and winding its way into discussions. Such an amendment would cement austerity and relegate public schools, roads and other good things states once did to history. The Tea Party owned GAs package it as a "bill of rights," specifying in part that taxpayers must be treated with respect. It's about so much more than that. But low-information voters won't get it until their public schools shutter.  

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Cooch Features Two Candidates for State Senate; Should Give Dems Additional Motivation to Beat Them

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 21, 2015 at 11:02:30 AM EDT

When a right-wing extremist nut like Ken Cuccinelli features candidates who are near and dear to his heart, every Democrat, independent, and moderate Republican should put those candidates on their short list of top priorities to defeat this November.

In this case, Cooch's favorites include Sen. Dick Black, arguably one of the most extreme state legislators in the country, let alone the Commonwealth. A few "highlights" from Black's infamous-if-not-illustrious career include: What Is It With Loudoun Republicans?!? Dick Black on Spousal Rape, "Nighties," etc., The Truth About Dick Black (e.g., called birth control pills "baby pesticides," passed out "pink plastic fetus dolls to state lawmakers in 2003 in a creepy campaign to win votes for various anti-abortion measures," called "An Embarrassment to us all" by John Feegel, a former Chief of Staff to the Republican Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates); Republican Loudoun-sanity Continues: Dick Black Rails Against Gays in the Military ("there was a young fellow who went to the showers at night, there were two homosexuals lurking -- they were also basic trainees - and they strangled him with a towel and forced him to submit to, you know, things that we won't talk about"); Sen. Dick Black (R-Homophobia): Polygamy "just more natural" than homosexuality; VA Sen. Dick Black (R) Praises "Extraordinary Gallantry" of Syrian Armed Forces, GOP Candidate Who Made Marital Rape Remarks Drops Out of Congressional Rac, etc, etc.

So who in their right mind would feature this lunatic as a candidate they believe is deserving of his followers' support? Well, Ken Cuccinelli of course, the same guy who has dabbled in "birtherism", who denies climate change, who tried to make it easier for people to discriminate against gay people, who claims that Virginia can disobey federal laws it disagrees with, who believes the government is tracking his kids via Social Security numbers, who talks to a toy elephant named "Ron", etc, etc. What else would you expect from this guy?

As for the other candidate Cooch features, Republican Nancy Dye, her big priority is to ensure that Virginia keeps sending nearly $5 million per day of our tax money out of state, and of course that hundreds of thousands of Virginians - many of whom are rural poor who live in the 21st State Senate district currently represented by State Senator John Edwards (D), and who would benefit greatly from the Medicaid expansion that Nancy Dye opposes. As would rural hospitals in the 21st district. So, when Dye claims that her top priority is creating jobs and boosting the economy, she should be asked by reporters how she reconciles that with her opposition to Medicaid expansion in Virginia, given that stopping that expansion is actually killing jobs and hurting our economy on a daily basis.

No wonder why someone utterly clueless on economics like Ken Cuccinelli, who for instance supports the dying, heavily-state-subsidized industries of the past (e.g., dirty energy) and opposes the booming, rising industries of the future (e.g., clean energy) would tout Dye as one of his favorites. They seem to think alike in many ways, and that's a frightening thought which should give Democrats additional motivation to defeat her (and of course Dick Black) this November.

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Friday News: Global Warming Heats Up; GOP Melts Down Over Immigration

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 21, 2015 at 06:46:25 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 21.

*Hottest Month On Record Portends Global Warming Speed Up
*California Drought Is Made Worse by Global Warming, Scientists Say
*Jeb Bush, Donald Trump Unapologetic for 'Anchor Baby' Language (Republicans continue to try as hard as possible to lose the Latino vote.)
*Can anyone compete against Trump?
*Paul Krugman: Debt Is Good ("Believe it or not, many economists argue that the economy needs a sufficient amount of public debt out there to function well. And how much is sufficient? Maybe more than we currently have.")
*Ailing Jimmy Carter 'at Ease With Whatever Comes'
*The Unauthorized History of the GOP's 30-Year War on Planned Parenthood ("Lawmakers were trying to destroy the group long before there were sting videos.")
*Teflon Don ("Nothing can seem to dislodge Donald Trump from the top of the heap, which has left the press and the political establishment to wonder: How does this end?")
*After coal, Appalachia to wind farm proposal: 'It's insulting, really.' ("A utility giant's years-long battle to put wind turbines on a mountain ridge meets stiff local opposition.")
*McDonnell asks U.S. chief justice to let him remain free on bond
*McCollum asks Wagner to join him on uranium issue, Wagner calls it a 'silly' request ("Gary McCollum, a Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Frank Wagner in Virginia Beach's 7th district, will hold an event with supporters on Friday 'to call for Virginia Uranium to end their lawsuit' against the commonwealth.")
*Fairfax police officer secretly taped call with prosecutor in John Geer case
*Threat of Confederate flag protest thwarts Kaine stop in Danville
*Feds investigate death of black inmate in Fairfax jail
*Mountain Valley Pipeline begins buying easements for proposed route in W.Va.
*Editorial: City finances are a fine mess ("The finances for the city of Richmond have been in such awful shape that Mayor Dwight Jones brought in what he called "a solid, experienced, professional team to turn around the city's finances." Four of the six individuals who made up that team have now left.")
*Nats finish trip West with a 3-2 loss in Colorado; 4 games back of idle Mets
*D.C. area forecast: Great weather for outdoor activities

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Virginia House Democratic Leader Del. Toscano Summary of What Went Down on Monday

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 20, 2015 at 11:35:34 AM EDT

From House Minority Leader Del. David Toscano (D):

August 20, 2015

The special session on redistricting called by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to redraw congressional lines that had been ruled unconstitutional by the District Court fell apart on Monday, August 17, 2015, largely over a Republican effort to fire a sitting Supreme Court Justice, Jane Marum Roush. Since there is much public confusion about what actually happened, I will try to provide you some background.

On October 7, 2014, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the 2012 General Assembly redistricting for the House of Representatives was unconstitutional, holding that the 3rd Congressional District was an improper "racial gerrymandering." The U. S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of this decision by the House Republicans in March 2015.   On June 5, 2015, the Federal District Court reaffirmed its decision and directed the General Assembly to draw new lines by September 1, 2015. In response, on July 16, 2015, Governor McAuliffe called for a special session to commence on August 17, 2015, in order to fix the problem. He then sent a letter to House and Senate Democratic and Republican leadership requesting that they return to Richmond in advance of the special session to develop a bipartisan map that could be passed. The Republican leadership immediately rebuffed the Governor and refused to meet. When this happened, House and Senate Democratic leadership moved independently to produce a map that could pass constitutional scrutiny. After considerable work, Democrats provided a new map and it was introduced as legislation in both the Senate and the House. The bill can be accessed here. An explanation of what the proposal does can be found here.

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Thursday News: VA GOP Escalates Judge Fight; Donald Trump Defines National GOP Policy Agenda

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 20, 2015 at 06:27:16 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 20. Also check out the interview with Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, who explains how the entire Judge Roush situation went down. To put it mildly, Republican "leadership" - particularly Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment and Speaker Bill Howell - don't come off looking very good here (and, amazing, right-wing radio host John Fredericks agrees). Saslaw also asserts that what's driving Republicans is jealousy and hatred of Gov. McAuliffe, the success he's had bringing business to Virginia, and the media attention he gets for doing so.

*Act Two of the Trump Epic ("We're now in a categorically different phase. Trump is now defining the GOP policy agenda. And that makes him far more than a top candidate or even a nominee.")
*Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account
*Jeb Bush getting squeezed on both sides in N.H.
*The GOP jumps on the immigration bandwagon ("The Republican Right's mission won't really be done until it tears down the Statue of Liberty. A beacon to immigrants, tired and poor, the single greatest emblem of American exceptionalism - what a waste of prime real estate! Imagine the profits if another Trump Tower rose in its place.")
*These 8 Democrats Are AIPAC's Best Chances of Killing the Iran Deal (Mark Warner is one who's still publicly on the fence for whatever reason...)
*The Republican Primary Candidates' Daylong School-Choice Lovefest
*Investigations Prove the Planned Parenthood "Sting" Videos Were a Bust ("Completed probes in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and South Dakota have spent thousands in taxpayer money, but turned up no evidence that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in the sale of fetal tissue.")
*The death of birthright citizenship: How Donald Trump is taking a fringe idea into the mainstream
*Gilmore unconcerned by low polling numbers (They're not just "low," they're basically zero.)
*Warner says new economy demands new policies
*Our view: Why are Virginia court clerks withholding public records?
*Va. Republicans escalate fight with McAuliffe over Supreme Court judge
*Maureen McDonnell to appeals court: You can clear me and not my husband
*Virginia Beach makes wise investment in its past
*Ahead of next year's mayoral election, ODU calls timeout on Norfolk sheriff
*The FBI brings fresh eyes to the McKenna case
*Jared Fogle offered Richmond prostitutes 'finder's fee' for sex with minors, feds say
*Ex-Fairfax officer who killed unarmed man denied bail, faints in courtroom ("Judge Stephen C. Shannon said he would not grant bail to Torres because of the circumstances of the shooting and the concerns about Torres's mental state at the time of the incident.")
*Loudoun commuter bus drivers hold 'unsanctioned sickout'; routes cancelled
*Stephen Strasburg, Jayson Werth lead Nationals past Rockies (Wow, two in a row...can we make it three?)
*D.C. area forecast: Heavy rain possible today, especially late; drier air Friday into the weekend

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Let's Hope Virginia Speaker Howell et al Do NOT Listen to This Advice on Redistricting

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 19, 2015 at 15:01:10 PM EDT

Over at The Bull Elephant, self-described "pro-life libertarian" Paul Prados has a blog post with smart advice for Virginia House Republicans which, as a bleed-Democratic-blue guy, I sincerely hope they don't listen to. A few highlights.

*Prados rightly rips Senate and House Republicans for having been "asleep at the switch" for months on the court order to draw new Congressional district maps by April 1, 2015 (later extended to September 1, 2015).

*Prados notes that "Republican leadership in the House and Senate had the ability to avoid this problem by simply filing, and possibly passing, redistricting legislation at any point since the entry of the October 7, 2014 court order." But they didn't, for whatever reason.

*In stark contrast, "Democrats showed up with three formal redistricting plans a few weeks before the deadline."

*Now, thanks to the General Assembly's inability to agree on redistricting maps, this whole thing goes back to the courts, most likely to a "Special Master to oversee the redrawing of Congressional Districts."

*Prados describes how the oral arguments might go, with Republicans whining about how mean and "unconstitutional" the dastardly Democrats were in "illegally adjourning and refus[ing] to even consider our legislation thereby preventing passage of a redistricting plan, SOOOO you should approve a plan chosen by the Republican caucus that merely tweaks the 3rd Congressional District." Of course, this won't work, as the court will repeatedly remind everyone that Republicans failed to even INTRODUCE "redistricting legislation for ten
months." #FAIL

*For the reasons cited above, Prados predicts "a full scale redrawing of the Districts and G.A. Republicans to have minimal credibility at any hearing."

*Finally, the advice I hope House Republicans don't take: that they should "introduce and pass a redistricting plan from the House alone," just don't "walk into Court empty handed" no matter what. Which, of course, as a diehard Democrat, is exactly what I hope Republicans do. :)

By the way, my take on how the Republicans got into this mess of their own making is that they were: a) extremely arrogant, assuming that they had plenty of time, more than enough power to do what they wanted, and courts that would ultimately side with them; b) deep in denial that their perfectly gerrymandered Congressional districts might be in serious danger due to racial "packing;" and c) incompetent in not at least preparing for any/all eventualities.  To all of which I say: Virginia Republicans, pleasepleaseplease don't ever change! LOL

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Looking for Something Fun to Do August 29 in Charlottesville, Virginia?

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 19, 2015 at 11:47:36 AM EDT

See the invitation below, courtesy of Sen. Mark "Criminalize Miscarriages" Obenshain (far-right "R"), for a BBQ with Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin in Charlottesville on August 29. While you're there, you might want to ask Walker's Virginia director, far-right-wingnut Sen. Obenshain, if he agrees with his political soulmate that: 1) we should "build a wall along the U.S. border like Israel's West Bank barrier;" 2) the U.S. should end "birthright citizenship"; 3) the minimum wage is one of the left's "lame ideas"; 4) he's not sure about the theory of evolution (one of the best-supported concepts in all of science, by the way); etc. Have fun! :)

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