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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jun 24, 2015 at 06:16:02 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, June 24. Also check out VPAP, which finds: "Throughout most of Virginia, the General Assembly elections this November will be a mere formality. In 79 of 140 districts, only one name will appear on the ballot. The lack of competition is particularly keen in the House of Delegates, where 62 of 100 seats are uncontested...The percentage of contested seats is down slightly from four years ago, the last year when both House and Senate seats were up for election."

*Tally Counters Perceptions of Top Terror Threat in U.S. ("Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed on American soil by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims, according to a count by a research group in Washington.")
*President Obama Must Use Trade Authority to Reach Better Agreements ("Now it is up to the administration to reach deals that uphold the high standards it has promised on labor rights, the environment and other issues.")
*Catholic And Evangelical Leaders Call On Lawmakers To Fight Climate Change
*A historic shift to banish a divisive Southern symbol
*Medical Examiner Rules Freddie Gray's Death a Homicide by Fatal Blow to the Neck
*The Stupid Party's Candidate ("Running to the right isn't working for Bobby Jindal.")
*The New Conservative Plan To Make A Supreme Court Case Gutting Obamacare Even Worse
*13 Senate Dems vote with GOP to advance trade bill (Virginia's two Senators voted for cloture.)
*Jim Webb Is the Only Presidential Hopeful Who Won't Comment on the Confederate Flag Controversy ("The former Virginia senator has defended the Confederate Army in the past.")
*Tim Kaine: Breaking Up Iraq Into Three Parts May Be "Only Realistic Alternative"
*Dorothy McAuliffe backs program to avoid the "summer slide" in child nutrition
*McAuliffe widens felon voting rights restoration
*Will Virginia Republicans Shoot Themselves In The Foot In 2016?
*McAuliffe moves to ban Confederate flag from state license plates
*Remove the flag, emblem of prejudice
*Va. governor wants Confederate flags off license plates
*McAuliffe's Confederate flag license plate decision wins lawmakers' approval
*Schapiro: Other Rebel symbols - some barely visible - endure
*Hampton Roads eager for progress on Virginia's transportation projects
*Strasburg pitches five shutout innings as Nationals defeat Braves
*D.C. area forecast: Wonderful Wednesday, then turning unsettled through weekend

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Breaking: Gov. Terry McAuliffe Says Virginia Will Remove Confederate Flags from License Plates

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 23, 2015 at 11:01:09 AM EDT

From Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, speaking earlier this morning "in response to the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision declaring that states can restrict license plate designs."
Before I address some very positive developments regarding my administration's continuing efforts to restore the voting rights of Virginians who were former offenders, I wanted to say a couple of words about last week's horrific tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

First and foremost, I want to express, on behalf of all Virginians, our heartfelt sympathies to all members of the Emanuel Church Community, as well as the larger community in the City of Charleston.

In the days since last week's tragic shooting, the people of Charleston have displayed unparalleled unity and courage, and they have made all Americans proud.

I also want to commend my colleague, Governor Nikki Haley, for her leadership yesterday in calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the state Capitol grounds in Columbia.

As Governor Haley said yesterday, her state can ill afford to let this symbol continue to divide the people of South Carolina.

I believe the same is true here in Virginia.

Although the battle flag is not flown here on Capitol Square, it has been the subject of considerable controversy, and it divides many of our people.

Even its display on state issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.

As you all know, I have spent the past 17 months working to build a new Virginia economy that is more open and welcoming to everyone. Removing this symbol from our state-issued license plates will be another step toward realizing that goal.

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Democratic Party of Virginia Unveils New Logo

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 23, 2015 at 09:59:45 AM EDT

Nice job DPVA - I like it!
Virginia Democrats unveiled a new modern logo last night, just in time for the party's biggest annual fundraiser this Friday. Democrats from across the Commonwealth will be traveling to George Mason University's Patriot Center for the Jefferson-Jackson event with special guest Hillary Clinton.

"This design better reflects who we are as an organization -- modern, sophisticated and streamlined," said Chairwoman Susan Swecker. "Our supporters are fired up and are working in new, innovative ways to win big in November. We felt our logo should reflect the cutting-edge work Virginia Democrats are doing."

Virginia Democrats across the Commonwealth have already mobilized for the 2015 elections, ramping up volunteer recruitment and turnout operations. The new logo is the latest in a series of long-term investments in party infrastructure that have included new staff hires and significant upgrades to field, data, and targeting programs. It will be rolled out to coordinated campaign offices and Democratic Party of Virginia materials statewide.

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 23, 2015 at 06:24:43 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 23. Also see the fascinating discussion from last night's PBS NewsHour on "the roots of Dylann Roof's radical violence."

*How "Fox & Friends" became the most repugnant show on Fox News ("In the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy, "Fox & Friends" has descended to new and uncharted levels of idiocy")
*S.C. governor: Confederate flag should be moved (Now for every other former Confederate state.)
*The Confederate battle flag is not worthy of respect
*America will only end racism when it stops being racist
*Top doctors' prescription for feverish planet: Cut out coal
*Hillary Clinton Dominates 2016 Democratic Field, Leads GOP Rivals
*Ted Cruz's dad: Jews, Catholics of northeast put Democratic Party above religion (And what about Rafael Cruz, whose politics go against almost all of what Jesus taught?)
*EPA Report Puts a Staggering Price Tag on Climate Inaction
*Obamacare repeal still vexes GOP (Of course it does, given that the Affordable Care Act was based mostly on Republican plans/ideas, including the individual mandate.)
*Fox News' shocking racism effect: The alarming statistical relationships underneath conservative viewing habits ("Even controlling for other variables, those who watch Fox News are more likely to hold a number of alarming beliefs")
*Whitewashing Terrorism ("Republicans have firm rules for fighting terrorism-unless it's committed by domestic racists.")
*Virginia GOP grapples with how to pick a presidential nominee ("State Republican leaders are split between prioritizing the tighter control of a convention or a primary election that leaves it up to the voters.")
*Health insurance coverage falls slightly in Virginia
*Goodlatte: Voting Rights Act remains strong without amendment (BADlatte, wrong on this as he is on just about everything else.)
*Interim director named leader of VRS ("Patricia S. 'Trish' Bishop will be director of the $68 billion retirement system, replacing Robert P. Schultze, who left earlier this year after a decade as its leader.")
*Cuccinelli: I'll return donation from segregationist leader (Begging the question as to why the white nationalist leader felt simpatico with Cooch and lots of other right-wing Republicans in the first place.)
*Reston Zoo accused of mistreating animals (Disgusting.)
*Virginia Beach treasurer pays for ad against light-rail extension (WTF?)
*Sweet Briar's second chance
*3 resign from Prince William Committee of 100 (Now for the remaining 97.)
*Fairfax County Could Crack Down On Car-Title Loans, Seen As Predatory
*D.C. area forecast: Searing heat today, some respite tomorrow; Cooler weekend awaits

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Loudoun Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio More Off His Meds Than Usual?

by: lowkell

Mon Jun 22, 2015 at 15:56:11 PM EDT

It's hard to even guess what Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio's raving about now (see below and click to "embiggen"). It makes very little sense (maybe he's referring to this?), but then again, this is the same guy who...well, it's hard to even explain what this guy has said and done over the years (and why he's been elected and reelected to public office - shudddderrrr). For a few examples, see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Enjoy?

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Head of Racist "Council Of Conservative Citizens" Gave to Republicans George Allen, Ken Cuccinelli

by: lowkell

Mon Jun 22, 2015 at 12:13:12 PM EDT

Why am I not surprised at any of this?
The leader of a rightwing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans such as presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum.

Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks - including that black people were "the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world" - were posted online in his name.

And yes, this racist scumbag has donated to Virginia Republicans. That includes $1,000 to George Allen, who as you will recall was a big fan of the racist "CCC." Also, check out VPAP for Holt's $1,000 contribution to 2013 Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli. Lovely, eh?

By the way, if you have the stomach for it, you can check out the CCC's Statement of Principles here. A few "highlights" include:

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It's Time To Change the Name of the JJ Dinner

by: Virginia Robinson

Sun Jun 21, 2015 at 19:22:49 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

With another successful Arlington County Democratic Committee Jefferson-Jackson (“JJ”) Dinner in the books and the Democratic Party of Virginia JJ with Hilary Clinton right around the corner, it’s time to have a hard discussion about why we here in Virginia haven’t done away with this event’s terrible, reproachable name.  For those not in the know, “Jefferson-Jackson Day” is the traditional name for the annual fundraising dinner held by state and local Democratic Party organizations throughout the United States, usually in the springtime.  The name of the JJ Dinner honors Presidents Thomas Jefferson, who established the original Democratic-Republican Party, and Andrew Jackson, who founded the modern day Democratic Party and was the first Democrat elected President.  Neither, however, embodied modern Democratic values. 

Jefferson’s mixed feelings about slavery, which included a failure to liberate his own slaves and a belief that slaves were too primitive to handle full manumission, are well-documented.  Jackson has a far more reprehensible history as an overtly pro-slavery racist.  Jackson’s first major legislative initiative after being elected President was to effectuate the mass removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands through forced marches that resulted in thousands of deaths—a genocide we now know as the Trail of Tears.  And, Jackson not only owned hundreds of slaves, but he sought to prohibit abolitionists from mailing informative tracts opposing slavery, tabled abolitionist activity in Congress, and was himself a slave trader.  A more detailed rundown of Jackson’s shameful legacy can be found in Steve Inskeep’s new book, Jacksonland, and in this Salon piece from 2013.  Indeed, Jackson’s disgusting legacy has been all over the news lately with the introduction in Congress of the “Put a Woman on the Twenty Act” and the corresponding “Women on $20s” campaign.  Any way you slice it, Jackson is no one we as Democrats should praise. 

 

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jun 22, 2015 at 06:03:03 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 22.

*'Meet The Press' Shows Anti-Gun Montage Of All Black Shooters Following South Carolina Rampage (Chuck Todd needs to be fired. ASAP.)
*Confederate flag is an uneasy subject for GOP ("The flag - a symbol of racism to some, of Southern pride to others - is an issue that has tripped up many Republicans, no matter what their view.")
*Our culture of evasion ("We talk about race and guns but say and do little.")
*Pitts: Pope Francis urges consensus on climate change
*Leader of group cited in 'Dylann Roof manifesto' donated to top Republicans ("Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks - including that black people were "the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world" - were posted online in his name.")
*Campaign Donations Linked to White Supremacist ("The campaigns of Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul got donations from the leader of an extremist group tied to Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman in the attack at a church in Charleston.")
*Krugman: Slavery's Long Shadow (" I'm sorry to say this, but the racial divide is still a defining feature of our political economy, the reason America is unique among advanced nations in its harsh treatment of the less fortunate and its willingness to tolerate unnecessary suffering among its citizens.")
*Health care subsidies for 286,000 Virginians in the balance
*War Powers: Tim Kaine gives them hell
*Sweet Briar College students, faculty debate whether to return
*Moss: The stuggle for Appalachia
*Loudoun's politics produce turmoil: 'It's got everybody's head spinning' ("'It's a mess,' said one Loudoun Republican who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the party's problems. 'It's got everybody's head spinning.'")
*Portsmouth: Give up Willett Hall
*Death of inmate at Fairfax jail becomes contentious issue in sheriff's election
*Nats find a winning formula in strong sweep of Pirates
*D.C. area forecast: Simmering start to week but late week relief with rain chances

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The WaPo Jumps the Shark on Climate Change Reporting

by: kindler

Sun Jun 21, 2015 at 11:48:24 AM EDT

Cross-posted at Daily Kos

Just when you thought the media might be ready to report the facts on climate change - about which 99.9% of scientists who've studied the issue agree - we're cursed with another story in the Washington Post that gets it very, very wrong: "How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight".

This piece starts with the story of Philippe de Larminat, a "French doubter who authored a book arguing that solar activity - not greenhouse gases - was driving global warming," who - sacre bleu! - is denied an audience with Pope Francis before the issuance of the Pope's historic encyclical.  The first problem here is that we are never given any information about de Larminat's scientific credentials - or indeed whether he has any.  (Per LinkedIn, it appears that he has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in "the sciences," dating from the sixties and seventies. Otherwise, he's mostly a black hole on the Internet.)

There are millions of scientists around the world, and tens of thousands in the climate field.  Why focus on this one?  What are his contributions to the field?

The Post story then brings up the egregious Heartland Institute, which the writers generously describe as "a free-market group that serves as a hub of skepticism regarding the science of human-caused global warming."  They give no background on Heartland, such as its history of being paid by tobacco companies to deny the science of their products causing cancer, or the hundreds of thousands of dollars it has received from the Koch brothers to support their oil investments with climate denial, or their infamous billboard campaign comparing climate scientists to figures like the Unabomber.  

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Since the Racist CCC is in the News, Here's a Flashback to George Allen's Ties to That Hate Group

by: lowkell

Sun Jun 21, 2015 at 11:34:59 AM EDT

Given the white supremacist murderer in the news these days, and especially given that his website "reflects the strong influence of a white nationalist group called the Council of Conservative Citizens" (CCC), I thought it would be timely to recall that former U.S. Senator George Allen (R) was also a big fan of the CCC. When this news came out in late August 2006, I wrote about it on Raising Kaine, and the reaction from right wingnuts was...let's just say, not exactly simpatico (let alone condemnatory of Allen's deeply longstanding, deeply-ingrained racism). To the contrary, at least one of these folks ginnned up the faux "outrage" and demanded that I be fired from the Webb for Senate campaign for calling out Allen for being a racist (as it turned out, not only wasn't I fired, but Webb for Senate senior strategist told me I should wear the attacks "as a badge of honor"). We soon learned that Allen's love for the Confederacy, "habitual use of the 'n word," etc. went back many years, as more and more of his former teammates, classmates, etc. began to tell the media. There was also the story about how Allen "stuffed a deer's head into the mailbox of one of the [black families'] homes." Plus, of course, there was the 'macaca' incident you might have heard of, in which Allen angrily used a racial slur on a Webb staffer whose family hailed from India. But nooooo...no racism there, according to Allen's defenders on the right. Just like E.W. Jackson and many others on the (far) right today won't acknowledge racism as the prime motive in the Charleston shootings. Sadly, when it comes to the right wing in this country, the more things change when it comes to America's demographics and race relations, the more they stay the same with many conservatives in this country.

Is anybody out there still seriously arguing that George Allen isn't an outright racist?  Well, read  this, just published by The Nation magazine:

Only a decade ago, as governor of Virginia, Allen personally initiated an association with the Council of Conservative Citizens, the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups.

...After speaking with CCC founder and former White Citizens Council organizer Gordon Lee Baum and two of his cohorts, Allen suggested that they pose for a photograph with then-National Rifle Association spokesman and actor Charlton Heston. The photo appeared in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.

According to Baum, Allen had not naively stumbled into a chance meeting with unfamiliar people. He knew exactly who and what the CCC was about and, from Baum's point of view, was engaged in a straightforward political transaction. "It helped us as much as it helped him," Baum told me. "We got our bona fides." And so did Allen.

Descended from the White Citizens' Councils...the CCC is designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In its "Statement of Principles," the CCC declares, "We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called "affirmative action" and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races."

So how's Allen going to explain THIS one?  What, he thought the "CCC" stood for "Civilian Conservation Corps" or something?  And if you believe THAT one, I've got some good "caca" to sell you.

{UPDATE:  Here are some classic quotes from the CCC...courtesy of Wikipedia.
*"Each of the three major races plays a distinct role in history. . . . The whites were the creators of civilization, the yellows its sustainers and copyists, the blacks its destroyers." (www.cofcc.org, 12/98)
*Abraham Lincoln was "surely the most evil American in history," and Martin Luther King was a "depraved miscreant.+óGé¼-¥ (www.cofcc.org, 12/98)
*"The Jews' motto is 'never forget, and never forgive.' One can't agree with the way they've turned spite into welfare billions for themselves, but the 'never forget' part is very sound." (Citizens Informer, Winter/97)
*"The presence {in Congress} of even one white person with our interests foremost in his mind is simply unacceptable to the issues-obsessed conservative race traitors. Texas Governor George Bush and his brother Jeb in Florida have manifested their self-hatred by embracing Hispanics ahead of whites. Somehow we must find a way to relieve whites of their self-hatred." ("Open Letter to White People,+óGé¼-¥ www.cofcc.org, 12/98)}

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jun 21, 2015 at 06:53:24 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 21.

*Mitt Romney's opposition to Confederate flag puts GOP's current presidential candidates on the spot
*Alleged Manifesto Of Dylann Roof Confirms Motivation For South Carolina Murders
*Dylann Roof may have been radicalized by the website of a group associated with southern GOP politicians (The Confederate-loving "Council of Conservative Citizens," which George Allen was a big fan of.)
*Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website (And it's exactly what most of us, except for right wingnuts and imbeciles like E.W. Jackson, thought: racist, anti-Semitic, violent, etc.)
*Romney: Take down the Confederate flag; 2016 GOP
*A renewed furor over
the Confederate flag

*Hillary Clinton Calls for 'Common Sense' Gun Control After Charleston Shooting
*Jeb Bush And Chris Christie Spout Anti-Women Rhetoric At Conservative Conference
*It's Not Just Climate - Pope Francis Is Also Warning About The Health Of Our Oceans (Right, there are enormous environmental problems aside from climate change.)
*GOP's fear of a black America: The long, racist history which explains Dylann Roof and stains the so-called "party of Lincoln"
*Conservative PAC seeks to take on 3 in GOP (Yep, I posted about this a few days ago.)
*Amy Frederick is senior adviser to Fiorina's bid (Ditto.)
*Schapiro: Hurdles remain for Sweet Briar despite deal
*Our view: The changing face of Virginia
*Agreement reached to keep Sweet Briar College open next year
*Idea of natural gas compressor station worries possible neighbors
*Feds zero in on timeline of Uhrin's Cavalier vote, builder involvement ("The FBI and Virginia State Police are conducting joint interviews in their separate criminal investigations of votes taken by Councilman John Uhrin and Mayor Will Sessoms.")
*Cardinals and dogwoods out, hearts in as Virginia replaces welcome signs
*Nats' Max Scherzer throws no-hitter
*D.C. area forecast: Summer swelter for the solstice

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The Disgrace of Virginia Republicans' Blocking of Medicaid Expansion

by: Andy Schmookler

Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 11:32:33 AM EDT

[The following is running in newspapers in the heavily Republican VA-06 congressional district.]

As the American public recognizes, our political system has become dysfunctional. A big component of the problem is that disgraceful political conduct has become acceptable, and is often even rewarded.

The rejection of Medicaid expansion by the Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly is a case in point.  

It is hard - perhaps impossible - to find a way that this rejection is good for Virginia or its people.

Many will not be swayed by the most obvious factor-that it leaves a couple of hundred thousand Virginians without the kind of health care security that every citizen gets in other advanced democracies. Some people will not be moved by the human cost of the failure to extend Medicaid, just as some applauded at a 2012 Republican presidential debate when one of the candidates said we should let the uninsured die.

But the rest of us are hurt, too.  

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If Bill Euille Runs a Write-In Campaign for Alexandria Mayor, Would He Be Likely to Win?

by: lowkell

Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 10:45:40 AM EDT

I was chatting with an Alexandria Democratic politico yesterday, and he strongly recommended that I read this Alexandria News article, "Euille Moves Forward With City Business; Alexandrians Plan Write-in Campaign." The gist of the article is: 1) Euille, who lost a three-way Democratic primary to Allison Silberberg on June 9th, is sounding increasingly likely to run a write-in campaign as an Independent this fall (I was particularly struck by Euille's "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" comment); 2) Euille seems to believe that he would have won if not for the presence of former Mayor Kerry Donley in the race, since "Kerry and I agree on many issues and we split our base vote;" and 3) there have been successful write-in and independent campaigns in the past in Alexandria, so this would not be unprecedented by any means.

So, if Euille does run as a write-in candidate for mayor this fall, would he be likely to win? I tend to agree with the Alexandria Democratic politico I spoke with yesterday, that Euille would benefit from two important factors: 1) Eulle would probably get most of Donley's support, since the two of them are closer in approach, ideology, etc. than Silberberg is; 2) Euille would likely outpace Silberberg in fundraising by a wide margin (in the primary, Euille raised over $150k vs. Silberberg's $37k+) from developers, etc. That doesn't make Euille a lock to beat Silberberg, but it certainly does give him some serious advantages.

This morning, I ran all this by another Alexandria Democratic politico I respect. In their view, Euille "could win, and could win easily, but he would have to get all in behind a write in campaign, which would cost...a ton." Working against Euille would be reluctance of Democrats to openly support him, the "sore loser syndrome," the "name-is-hard-to-spell syndrome" (although as the Alexandria News article notes, the Electoral Board mostly needs to judge the intent of the voter, so maybe "Bill" or whatever would be sufficient in a two-person race against "Allison Silberberg"?). Finally, this politico pointed to what they called the "x factor" - what would Sen. Adam Ebbin do, given that "most of the votes this November are going to come from the east end of the city," and "Adam brings out Democratic voters who would likely go Democratic all the way down the ballot unless Ebbin tells them otherwise." Would Sen. Ebbin endorse Euille? Silberberg? Stay neutral? Stay tuned! :)

Finally, there's the issue of what this might do to the Alexandria Democratic Committee (ADC). Yet another Alexandria Dem politico I spoke with worried that a Euille independent bid could "irreparably damage the ADC," leaving a "broken party" in its wake. On the other hand, as the Alexandria News article points out, when Jim Moran ran successfully as an independent for mayor in 1985 against the Democratic nominee, he "was thrown out of ADC and, according to those who were present, took at least one third of the Committee with him." However, once Moran was elected Mayor, "he was welcomed back into the Democratic fold with open arms because he was no longer running against the Party's nominee." Would history repeat itself, or at least "rhyme" in this case? I don't know, but it will be fascinating to watch.

P.S. If "Instant Runoff Voting" (IRV) had been allowed (and in place) for the Democratic primary, and if it's true that Euille and Donley mostly would have been the second choices of their respective voters, then presumably either Euille or Donley would have won easily on June 9 and this wouldn't even be an issue. So, remind me again, why won't the Virginia General Assembly allow localities to run primaries using IRV?

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 06:48:08 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 20. Also see this week's address by President Obama, which pushes for the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way to "[rewrite] the rules of global trade to benefit American workers and American businesses...with standards that are higher and protections that are tougher than any past trade agreements."

*An NRA board member blamed the pastor killed in Charleston for the deaths of his members (Is anyone surprised? This is the extremist NRA after all.)
*Americans reclaim the liberal label (Long past time!)
*Jeb Bush: 'I Don't Know' If Charleston Shooting Was Racially Motivated (Another diqualifier for elective office for Jeb Bush - that being utter idiocy.)
*Lindsey Graham: The Confederate flag is "part of who we are" in South Carolina - even if "it's a racist symbol" ("He didn't say why only the American and state -- but not the Confederate -- flag were at half-staff today ")
*It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males ("Blaming 'mental illness' is a cop-out -- and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism")
*Let that hateful flag fly: From George W. Bush to Lindsey Graham, a history of Republican support for the Confederate flag
*Beyond Mourning for Charleston ("The tragedy of racism and violence will not end without, in the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 'continuous struggle.'")
*Suspect in Massacre Faces Grief and Anger
*Ivory crushed in Times Square to highlight poaching (So sad to think how many amazing, intelligent elephants were killed for this blood ivory. Ugh, makes me ill.)
*Fox News Refusals to Call Charleston a Racial Attack Makes Wilmore's 'F*cking Head Explode'
*Mike Huckabee: More Guns in Church Could've Stopped Charleston Shooting (Another 2016 Republican nutjob uttelry unfit for any public office.)
*Maher Goes Off on GOP Charleston Reactions: 'Isn't Denying Racism a Form of Racism?' (Yes, very much so.)
*Herring hires outside counsel for Virginia voter ID case
*Good news: state's finances improving
*Marsh returns money from golf outing ("Event held by ABC official, former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, violated governor's limit on gifts.")
*Turtles, shorebirds must live with more tires in sands of Hatteras ("Beach-driving enthusiasts will find four new seaside ramps carved from the sand. The park staff is also building a 4-mile sand road to better avoid sea turtle and shorebird nesting areas")
*A gleaming performance from Joe Ross in Nats win over the Pirates
*Storms and heavy rain to hit D.C. region in late afternoon and evening

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Don Beyer to Headline July 9 Forum on Reclaiming the American Dream

by: Jason

Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 15:39:50 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

Fairfax, VA (June 15, 2015) ----- A July 9 policy forum featuring two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will focus on economic and social policies that affect everyday working Americans.

"Rebooting Our Policy Agenda to Reclaim the American Dream" will feature remarks by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), both members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

WHO:  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)
WHAT: Forum on economic and social policy, "Rebooting Our Policy Agenda to Reclaim the American Dream"
WHEN:  Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203.  Metro: Orange & Silver Lines, Ballston Station.  Parking: Free parking in building after 5:00 pm.  Enter from Taylor Street Map: http://mapq.st/KqMXxi

Host committee: Alexandria, Manassas and Manassas Park Democratic Committees; Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia; Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia; George Mason University College Democrats, AFL-CIO Virginia, SEIU Virginia 512, Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia; People Demanding Action-Virginia; NOVA Move-to-Amend; New Virginia Majority, The Brigades.

This event is a free of charge. This will be a policy discussion by leading progressive voices, not an endorsement of any candidate for public office.  The Congressional Progressive Caucus is dedicated to promoting a fair, progressive policy agenda for all Americans. The caucus has 71 members and is the largest membership organization in the US Congress Democratic Caucus.

Due to limited space attendees must RSVP.

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