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Monday News: Virginia General Assembly Is Baaaack…”ready to rumble”

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 17.

*The Legacy Of Julian Bond

*When Yeats comes knocking (“We are definitely in for another ‘Second Coming’ revival, and Donald Trump is the least of it. The center is under siege all over the democratic world.”)

*Carson suggests Obama is ‘anti-Semitic’ with Iran deal (Carson might be a great surgeon, but there’s something seriously wrong with him…)

*Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion To 10-Year-Old Rape Victim (There’s also something wrong with THIS guy!)

*Trump leads in first post-debate Fox national poll

*Editorial: Back to the drawing board (“But in addition to at least modest insulation from the rawest partisan consideration, an independent redistricting board will have at least one virtue: It could do not do any worse than the current system.”)

*Virginia legislature returns to Richmond ready to rumble

*Editorial: Solar power becoming a key component of Virginia’s energy blueprint (“Given the recent report that Virginia is lagging behind neighboring states in solar system installations, it’s important that the pursuit of solar energy generation become a bipartisan goal. It’s a growth industry that Virginia needs to be a part of both for its economic and clean-energy benefits.”)

*Virginians recall Julian Bond as engaging historian

*Sen. Tim Kaine embarks on 5-day tour of Virginia

*Virginia’s (un)fair share of college

*Virginia law aimed at punishing celebratory gunfire not being used as intended

*Virginia craft brewers call for updated state regulations

*Can the interim president help fix Norfolk State?

*Nats’ misery continues with loss to Giants (“Madison Bumgarner pitches a three-hit shutout and homers, and Washington loses its sixth straight to fall below .500.”)

*D.C. area forecast: Hot and muggy Monday into mid-week; then some modest relief

  • Press reelase from Americans United for Change:

    Call for International Partners to Strengthen Efforts to Confront Iranian Support for Terrorism and other Threats

    For Immediate Release

    New York, NY, August 17, 2015

    For More Information, or to Connect with the Rabbis Organizing this Campaign, Please Contact:  

    Gideon Aronoff; 212 366-1194; Gideon@Ameinu.net

    Today, 340 rabbis from all streams of Judaism sent a letter to all Members of Congress urging that they support the agreement between the international community and Iran on the Iranian nuclear program.

    “We commend the U.S. and the other negotiating teams for their dedication to reaching an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.  This deal is good for the United States and our allies in the region, and is the best arrangement possible given current international realities,” declared Rabbi Steven Bob of Glen Ellyn, IL.

    Rabbi Rachel Mikva of Chicago added, “A wide array of views about the nuclear deal exist among American Jews, as demonstrated in the recent Jewish Journal poll that showed 49% approving of the agreement (31% opposed) and 53% wanting Congress to approve it (35% opposed). However many Jewish Federations, AIPAC and other leading national Jewish organizations are campaigning in opposition, which is being interpreted to mean that American Jews want to see the deal scrapped.  This is a false and dangerous message that we as rabbis hope to counter with our letter to Congress.”

    “If Congress ultimately rejects the deal, the consequences for the United States, Israel, the Jewish community and the world will be significant.  We fear that the outcome will be the collapse of the international sanctions regime, an Iranian race for nuclear weapons and an associated arms race in the Middle East and isolation of Israel and the United States from international partners,” said Rabbi Samuel Gordon of Wilmette, IL.

    Rabbi Burton Visotzky of New York City concluded, “While we believe the deal is a positive approach to the Iranian nuclear issue, we remain gravely concerned about Iranian support for terrorist groups and other destabilizing actions in the region.  These threats must be countered aggressively by the international community.  The misguided campaign to scuttle the nuclear deal harms the ability of Israel to join with the United States and regional allies to create a powerful coalition against Iran.”

    The letter to Congress with signatures is included below.

    August 17, 2015

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

    Members of the U.S. Senate

    As rabbis, we support the agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We encourage the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to endorse this agreement.

    The Obama administration has successfully brought together the major international powers to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions. The broad international sanctions moved Iran to enter this historic agreement. Should this agreement be rejected by the U.S. congress, those sanctions will end. There will be no new negotiations, as the other member countries are fully in favor of this agreement and have no desire to re-negotiate.

    We understand that while this agreement blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb, we recognize it does not deal with Iran’s support for terror, but that was never the purpose of these talks. Now that a nuclear agreement has been reached, we call on the United States and its international partners to strengthen their resolve and dedicate additional resources to confront Iranian threats to Israel and other states.

    Most especially, we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement. We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.

    Lynne Goldsmith

    Dothan

    Alabama

    Elliot Stevens

    Montgomery

    Alabama

    Elana Kanter

    Scottsdale

    Arizona

    John Linder

    Paradise Valley

    Arizona

    Thomas Louchheim

    Tucson

    Arizona

    Michael Wasserman

    Scottsdale

    Arizona

    Ruth Adar

    Oakland

    California

    Melanie Aron

    Los Gatos

    California

    Raphael Asher

    Walnut Creek

    California

    Anne Brener

    Los Angeles,

    California

    Samuel Broude

    Oakland

    California

    Sharon Brous

    Los Angeles

    California

    Meredith Cahn

    Petaluma

    California

    Carol Caine

    Albany

    California

    Steven Chester

    Oakland

    California

    Aryeh Cohen

    Los Angeles

    California

    Hillel Cohn

    San Bernardino

    California

    Neil Comess-Daniels

    Santa Monica

    California

    Elliot Dorff

    Beverly Hills

    California

    David J. Cooper

    Berkeley

    California

    William Cutter

    Los Angeles

    California

    Lisa Edwards

    Los Angeles

    California

    Diane Elliot

    Richmond

    California

    Anthony Elman

    Los Angeles

    California

    Gordon Freeman

    Walnut Creek

    California

    Pamela Frydman

    Daly City

    California

    Laura Geller

    Los Angeles

    California

    Miriyam Glazer

    Los Angeles

    California

    Dan Goldblatt

    Larkspur

    California

    Jerrold Goldstein

    Los Angeles

    California

    Sara Goodman

    Santa Monica

    California

    Donald Goor

    Los Angeles

    California

    Daniel Gottlieb

    San Francisco

    California

    Mel Gottlieb

    Los Angleles

    California

    Roberto Graetz

    Lafayette

    California

    Nicki Greninger

    Lafayette

    California

    Moshe Halfon

    Long Beach

    California

    Lisa Hochberg-Miller

    Ventura

    California

    Jocee Hudson

    Los Angeles

    California

    Me’irah Iliinsky

    San Francisco

    California

    Daniel Isaacson

    Berkeley

    California

    Steven Jacobs

    Alameda

    California

    Burt Jacobson

    El Sobrante

    California

    Josh Jacobs-Velde

    Sebastopol

    California

    Yoel Kahn

    Berkeley

    California

    Patricia Karlin-Neumann

    Palo Alto

    California

    Jim Kaufman

    Los Angeles

    California

    Stuart Kelman

    Berkeley

    California

    Lawrence Kushner

    San Francisco

    California

    Susan Laemmle

    Los Angeles

    California

    Jason Van Leeuwen

    Los Angeles

    California

    Michael Lerner

    Berkeley

    California

    Richard Levy

    Encinco

    California

    Joshua Levine Grater

    Pasadena

    California

    Sheldon Lewis

    Palo Alto

    California

    Michael Mayersohn

    Garden Grove

    California

    Laurence Milder

    Pleasanton

    California

    Michelle Missaghieh

    Los Angeles

    California

    Dev Noily

    Oakland

    California

    Janet Offel

    Calabasas

    California

    Philip M Posner

    Santa Cruz

    California

    Arnold Rachlis

    Irvine

    California

    Sanford Ragins

    Los Angeles

    California

    Steven Reuben

    Pacific Palisades

    California

    John Rosove

    Los Angeles

    California

    Neal Scheindlin

    Los Angeles

    California

    Howie Schneider

    Aptos

    California

    Avi Schulman

    Fremont

    California

    Judith Seid

    Dublin

    California

    Chaim Seidler-Feller

    Los Angeles

    California

    Daniel Shevitz

    Venice

    California

    Suzanne Singer

    Riverside

    California

    David Stein

    Culver City

    California

    Martin Weiner

    San Francisco

    California

    Dvora Weisberg

    Los Angeles

    California

    Sarah Weissman

    Redwood City

    California

    Greg Wolfe

    Davis

    California

    Deborah Bronstein

    Boulder

    Colorado

    Brian Field

    Denver

    Colorado

    Hanoch Fields

    Denver

    Colorado

    Rachel Goldenberg

    Deep River

    Connecticut

    David Leipziger Teva

    Middletown

    Connecticut

    Stacy Offner

    Guilford

    Connecticut

    Jeremy Schwartz

    Willimantic

    Connecticut

    Jeffery Silberman

    Westport

    Connecticut

    Rabbi Michael L. Kramer

    Hockessin

    Delaware

    Douglas Krantz

    Townsend

    Delaware

    Mark Goldman

    Sarasota

    Florida

    Frederick Greenspahn

    Boca Raton

    Florida

    Geoff Huntting

    Sarasota

    Florida

    Sheldon Isenberg

    Gainesville

    Florida

    Peter Kasdan

    Longboat Key

    Florida

    Ralph Kingsley

    Miami

    Florida

    Ronald Kronish

    Miami

    Florida

    Lewis C. Littman

    Ft. Lauderdale

    Florida

    Susan Marks

    Sarasota

    Florida

    Paul Menitoff

    Palm Beach

    Florida

    Stephen Pinsky

    Wellington

    Florida

    Howard Shapiro

    Palm Beach Gardens

    Florida

    Kurt Stone

    Fort Lauderdale

    Florida

    Mike Trout

    Boca Raton

    Florida

    Cheryl Weiner

    Hollywood

    Florida

    Steve Westman

    W.Palm Beach

    Florida

    Ronald Bluming

    Grayson

    Georgia

    Philip N. Kranz

    Atlanta

    Georgia

    Beth Schwartz

    Columbus

    Georgia

    Alison Abrams

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Marc Belgrad

    Buffalo Grove

    Illinois

    Jordan Bendat-Appell

    Highland Park

    Illinois

    Kenneth Berger

    Deerfield

    Illinois

    Steven Bob

    Glen Ellyn

    Illinois

    Herbert Bronstein

    Evanston

    Illinois

    Paul Cohen

    Winnetka

    Illinois

    Alan Cook

    Champaign

    Illinois

    Laurence Edwards

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Bruce Elder

    Highland Park

    Illinois

    Hillel Gamoran

    Evanston

    Illinois

    Gary Gerson

    River Forest

    Illinois

    Maralee Gordon

    Woodstock

    Illinois

    Sam Gordon

    Wilmette

    Illinois

    Suzanne Griffel

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Peter Knobel

    Evanston

    Illinois

    Charles Levi

    Deerfield

    Illinois

    Rebecca Lillian

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Seth Limmer

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Andrea London

    Evanston

    Illinois

    Rachel Mikva

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Nina Mizrahi

    Northbrook

    Illinois

    Frederick Reeves

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Robert Schreibman

    Lincolnshire

    Illinois

    Michael Weinberg

    Evanston

    Illinois

    Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus

    Homewood

    Illinois

    Max Weiss

    Oak Park

    Illinois

    Shlomo Wing

    Rockford

    Illinois

    Leo Wolkow

    Glenwood

    Illinois

    Michael Zedek

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Gary Mazo

    Newburgh

    Indiana

    Marla Spanjer

    Fort Wayne

    Indiana

    Paula Winnig

    Indianapolis

    Indiana

    Erin Hirsh

    Pratt

    Kansas

    Daniel Kirzane

    Overland Park

    Kansas

    Mark Levin

    Prairie Village

    Kansas

    Arthur Nemitoff

    Leawood

    Kansas

    Moti Rieber

    Overland Park

    Kansas

    Michael Rosenberg

    Lawrence

    Kansas

    Alexandria Shuval Weiner

    Leawood

    Kansas

    Edward Paul Cohn

    Metairie

    Louisiana

    Leila Gal Berner

    Rockville

    Maryland

    Binyamin Biber

    Silver Spring

    Maryland

    Reeve Brenner

    Rockville

    Maryland

    Nina Beth Cardin

    Pikesville

    Maryland

    George Driesen

    Bethesda

    Maryland

    Samuel Fishman

    Bethesda

    Maryland

    John Franken

    Baltimore

    Maryland

    Donald Gluckman

    Pikesville

    Maryland

    Emanuel S. Goldsmith

    Rockville

    Maryland

    Susan Grossman

    Columbia

    Maryland

    Jerry Seidler

    Baltimore

    Maryland

    Ariel Walsh

    Baltimore

    Maryland

    Thomas Alpert

    Franklin

    Massachusetts

    Donald Berlin

    Adams

    Massachusetts

    Herman Blumberg

    Waban

    Massachusetts

    Caryn Broitman

    Vineyard Haven

    Massachusetts

    Sharon Clevenger

    Newton Centre

    Massachusetts

    Edward Feld

    Northampton

    Massachusetts

    Jeff Foust

    Newton Centre

    Massachusetts

    David Freelund

    Centerville

    Massachusetts

    Serena Fujita

    Jamaica Plain

    Massachusetts

    Myron S. Geller

    Gloucester

    Massachusetts

    Everett Gendler

    Great Barrington

    Massachusetts

    Robert Goldstein

    Andover

    Massachusetts

    Jane Kanarek

    Newton Centre

    Massachusetts

    Ira Korinow

    Haverhill

    Massachusetts

    Jonathan Kraus

    Belmont

    Massachusetts

    Rifat Sonsino

    Ashland

    Massachusetts

    Elias Lieberman

    East Falmouth

    Massachusetts

    Janet Liss

    Becket

    Massachusetts

    Barbara Penzner

    West Roxbury

    Massachusetts

    Victor Reinstein

    Jamaica Plain

    Massachusetts

    Mark Shapiro

    Springfield

    Massachusetts

    Robin Sparr

    Natick

    Massachusetts

    Elyse Wechterman

    Attleboro

    Massachusetts

    Henry Zoob

    Westwood

    Massachusetts

    Jeffrey Falick

    Royal Oak

    Michigan

    Joseph Klein

    Rochester

    Michigan

    Michael Zimmerman

    Williamston

    Michigan

    Joseph A Edelheit

    St. Cloud

    Minnesota

    Amy Eilberg

    Mendota Heights

    Minnesota

    Michael Adam Latz

    Minneapolis

    Minnesota

    James Bennett

    Saint Louis

    Missouri

    Alan Londy

    Kansas City

    Missouri

    Allen Secher

    Whitefish

    Montana

    Ed Stafman

    Bozeman

    Montana

    Aryeh Azriel

    Omaha

    Nebraska

    Josh Brown

    Omaha

    Nebraska

    Craig Rosenstein

    Las Vegas

    Nevada

    Myra Soifer

    Reno

    Nevada

    Phyllis Bernstein

    Westfield

    New Jersey

    Renee Edelman

    South Orange

    New Jersey

    Kenneth Emert

    Franklin Lakes

    New Jersey

    Elyse Frishman

    Franklin Lakes

    New Jersey

    Ruth Gais

    Summit

    New Jersey

    Kim Geringer

    Short Hills

    New Jersey

    Charles A. Kroloff

    Westfield

    New Jersey

    Dennis Math

    Jersey City

    New Jersey

    Brooks Susman

    Freehold

    New Jersey

    Jonathan Woll

    Glen Rock

    New Jersey

    Malka Drucker

    Santa Fe

    New Mexico

    Arthur Flicker

    Albuquerque

    New Mexico

    Renni Altman

    Great Neck

    New York

    Guy Austrian

    New York

    New York

    David Bauer

    New York

    New York

    Daniel Bar-Nahum

    Mineola

    New York

    Eliav Bock

    Vestal

    New York

    Gill Brociner

    New York

    New York

    Ayelet Cohen

    New York

    New York

    Jerome Davidson

    New York

    New York

    William Dreskin

    Ardsley

    New York

    Andy Dubin

    New York

    New York

    Rachel Esserman

    Endicott

    New York

    Brian Fink

    New York

    New York

    Adam Fisher

    Stony Brook

    New York

    Leora Frankel

    Rye

    New York

    Stephen Garfinkel

    New York

    New York

    Jonah Geffen

    New York

    New York

    Irwin Goldenberg

    Forest Hills

    New York

    A. Bruce Goldman

    New York

    New York

    Stephen Goodman

    Garden City

    New York

    Shoshana Hantman

    Katonah

    New York

    Mark Hurvitz

    New York

    New York

    Jill Jacobs

    New York

    New York

    Cassi Kail

    Utica

    New York

    Jeremy Kalmanofsky

    New York

    New York

    Sharon Kleinbaum

    NY

    New York

    Jacqueline Koch Ellenson

    New York

    New York

    Jim Lebeau

    New York

    New York

    Ellen Lippmann

    Brooklyn

    New York

    Garry Loeb

    Monroe

    New York

    Jonathan Malamy

    White Plains

    New York

    Jeffrey Marker

    Brooklyn

    New York

    David Nelson

    Tivoli

    New York

    Daniel Polish

    Poughkeepsie

    New York

    Jonah Rank

    New York

    New York

    Stephen Roberts

    Kerhonkson

    New York

    Elliott Rosen

    Scarsdale

    New York

    David Rosenn

    New York

    New York

    Shmuel Sandberg

    n y

    New York

    Leonard Schoolman

    New York

    New York

    Joel Shaiman

    New York

    New York

    Charles Simon

    Chatham

    New York

    Jonathan Slater

    Hastings-on-Hudson

    New York

    Joshua Strom

    New York

    New York

    Harvey Tattelbaum

    New York

    New York

    Daniel Victor

    Poughkeepsie

    New York

    Burton Visotzky

    New York

    New York

    Gerald I. Weider

    Brooklyn

    New York

    Simkha Y. Weintraub

    New York

    New York

    Lina Zerbarini

    Lynbrook

    New York

    Philip Bentley

    Hendersonville

    North Carolina

    Susan Cowchock

    Bahama

    North Carolina

    Ariel Edery

    Raleigh

    North Carolina

    John Friedman

    Durham

    North Carolina

    Floyd L. Herman

    Pikesville

    North Carolina

    Eric Solomon

    Raleigh

    North Carolina

    Howard Apothaker

    New Albany

    Ohio

    Joan Friedman

    Akron

    Ohio

    Abie Ingber

    Loveland

    Ohio

    Margaret Meyer

    Cincinnati

    Ohio

    Saul Oresky

    Youngstown

    Ohio

    Jonathan Perlman

    Cincinnati

    Ohio

    Vered Harris

    Edmond

    Oklahoma

    Marcy Baskett

    Eugene

    Oregon

    Maurice Harris

    Eugene

    Oregon

    Johanna Hershenson

    Bend

    Oregon

    Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin

    Eugene

    Oregon

    Ariel Stone

    Portland

    Oregon

    Daniel Isaak

    Portland

    Oregon

    Joseph Wolf

    Portland

    Oregon

    Rebecca Alpert

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Tsurah August

    Elkins Park

    Pennsylvania

    Marjorie Berman

    Clarks Summit

    Pennsylvania

    Malkah Binah Klein

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Meryl Crean

    Lansdale

    Pennsylvania

    Isabel De Koninck

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Art Donsky

    Pittsburgh

    Pennsylvania

    SueLevi Elwell

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Dayle Friedman

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Paula Goldberg

    Newtown

    Pennsylvania

    Linda Holtzman

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Susan Kanoff

    Wynnewood

    Pennsylvania

    Jonathan Kendall

    Elkins Park

    Pennsylvania

    Alan LaPayover

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    David Levin

    Carroll Park

    Pennsylvania

    Mordechai Liebling

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Aaron Mackler

    Pittsburgh

    Pennsylvania

    Nathan Martin

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Michael Michlin

    Hazleton

    Pennsylvania

    Amber Powers

    Abington

    Pennsylvania

    Michael Ramberg

    Elkins Park

    Pennsylvania

    Seymour Rosenbloom

    Elkins Park

    Pennsylvania

    Mayer Selekman

    Bala Cynwyd

    Pennsylvania

    Jacob Singer-Beilin

    Abington

    Pennsylvania

    Reena Spicehandler

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Elliot Strom

    Morrisville

    Pennsylvania

    Lance Sussman

    Elkins Park

    Pennsylvania

    Robert Tabak

    Elkins Park

    Pennsylvania

    David Teutsch

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Arthur Waskow

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Deborah Waxman

    Wyncote

    Pennsylvania

    Sheila Weinberg

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Shawn Zevit

    Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

    Providence

    Rhode Island

    Alan Flam

    Barrington

    Rhode Island

    James Rosenberg

    Providence

    Rhode Island

    Julie Kozlow

    Greenville

    South Carolina

    Arthur Segal

    Hilton Head Island

    South Carolina

    Heidi Coretz

    Dallas

    Texas

    Sue Levy

    Houston

    Texas

    Andrew Paley

    Dallas

    Texas

    Samuel M. Stahl

    San Antonio

    Texas

    Joshua Taub

    Beaumont

    Texas

    Howard Cohen

    Bennington

    Vermont

    Dov Taylor

    Woodstock

    Vermont

    Rosalind Gold

    Reston

    Virginia

    Michael Knopf

    Richmond

    Virginia

    Lynne Landsberg

    Staunton

    Virginia

    Ben Romer

    Midlothian

    Virginia

    Jeffrey Saxe

    Falls Church

    Virginia

    Daniel Bridge

    Seattle

    Washington

    Ted Falcon

    Seattle

    Washington

    David Fine

    Bellevue

    Washington

    Jay Heyman

    Seattle

    Washington

    Jonathan Biatch

    Madison

    Wisconsin

    David Brusin

    Milwaukee

    Wisconsin

    Charles Feinberg

    Washington

    District of Columbia

    Krayna Feinberg

    Washington

    District of Columbia

    Derek Rosenbaum

    Washington

    District of Columbia

    Gerald Serotta

    Washington

    District of Columbia

    Daniel Zemel

    Washington

    District of Columbia

  • Quizzical

    An article of interest for Virginia voters

    http://www.wired.com/2015/08/v

    “The machines that time forgot”