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Monday News: “Phony objectivity helped create Donald Trump”; Sanders Barnstorms Virginia


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, September 14. Also, check out that photo of the dumbest member of Congress, Louie Gohmert, with bat****-crazy extremist Ken Kookinelli (at, of course, a Manassas Tea Party event – lol).

*Poll: Trump, Carson top GOP race; Clinton support erodes

*Battleground Tracker: Sanders Surges in IA, NH; Clinton up in SC

*Germany Closes Its Border With Austria, Hoping to Stop the Refugee Flow

*Pressure Grows on GOP Hopefuls to Take Sharper Aim at Trump

*McConnell’s fall mandate: Keep calm, avert catastrophe

*Sanders brings surging campaign to two very different parts of Virginia on Monday (Liberty University and Manassas)

*In Va., campaign trail could prove rockier for Bernie Sanders

*The media made this f**king monster: How phony objectivity helped create Donald Trump (“The old ‘both sides do it’ lie keeps the press from talking honestly about politics, and helps empower the right.” Bingo.)

*5 worst right-wing moments of the week – Dr. Ben Carson heaps fresh disgrace on his title

*Rick Perry Warned The GOP That They Are Being Too Racist

*Editorial: Should Virginia reduce solitary confinement? (“Regardless of whether solitary confinement can withstand judicial scrutiny, it certainly merits legislative scrutiny.”)

*Our view: Just how much gerrymandering do we have? (“We’re about to find out what nonpartisan redistricting looks like.”)

*The Rising Tide: Coastal Virginian Lobbies Congress On Climate Change

*On the Record: Franklin County supervisors to hear pipeline update

*Failure of leadership in Portsmouth (“AS FAR AS power trips go, Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright’s latest is a doozy. The leader of Hampton Roads’ most dysfunctional and cash-strapped city has galvanized a majority on the City Council to help him amplify distractions, clamp down on dissent and rule over a city government that is unraveling. Conditions keep getting worse.”)

*Could renaming streets in Northern Virginia promote racial healing?

*Fight brews over law that threatens private animal shelters if euthanasia rates are too high

*D.C. area forecast: Awesome warm, sunny weather this week, but it may not rain

  • September 15, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer today dismissed Governor Scott Walker’s proposals to weaken federal worker protections as absurd and out of touch.

    “Doing away with our federal employee unions and eroding the tremendous progress made possible by FDR’s National Labor Relations Act is no way to get elected President,” said Rep. Beyer.  “Our labor movement has helped make possible the minimum wage, the eight hour workday, a forty hour workweek, safer working environments, health coverage, and Social Security – the bedrock of America’s middle class.”

    Addressing Governor Walker’s proposal to eliminate federal employee unions, Beyer added, “Our federal employees already work under the threat of sequestration, shutdowns, furloughs, and pay freezes.  These are hardworking civil servants making a lasting impact on our country.  They deserve a pay raise, not demagoguery.”

  • Governor Mcauliffe Announces August 2015 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 5.1% From The Previous Year

    Payroll Withholding Accounted for the Gain

    RICHMOND- Governor McAuliffe announced today that August General Fund revenue increased 5.1% from the previous year.  On a fiscal-year-to-date basis, total revenue collections fell 2.6 percent compared with the same period last year, behind the annual forecast of a 0.1 percent decline.  The decline is not significant as it was mainly due to the timing of payments in July – mainly reduced sales tax payments due to the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) program and one less deposit day for payroll withholding.  

    September collections will complete the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 and provide a clearer assessment of revenue growth.  The first estimated payments from individuals, corporations and insurance companies are due in September.  

    “Although August is not a significant month for revenue collections, the results do indicate that the Virginia economy has fundamentally improved from a year ago commensurate with our job creation efforts,” said Governor McAuliffe. “That is a good start, but we cannot claim victory yet.  In just over two weeks, the federal government could shut down if Congress cannot enact a budget for the new federal fiscal year.  Also, sequestration will go into effect on October 1 even if a budget agreement is reached, unless Congress takes explicit action to stop it.

    “Diversifying our economy is the best way to continue our growth and mitigate the damage that federal dysfunction is doing to our Commonwealth. That is why I work so hard every day to build a new Virginia economy.”

    The salient elements of August general fund revenue collections are as follows:

    Collections of payroll withholding taxes increased 5.6 percent,

    Collections of sales and use taxes, reflecting July sales, rose 0.1 percent,

    Recordation taxes from real estate transactions were up 2.2 percent.  

    On a year-to-date basis, collections of payroll withholding taxes – 64 percent of General Fund revenues — increased 0.7 percent, behind the annual forecast of 2.1 percent growth.  Sales tax collections – 19 percent of General Fund revenues – fell 10.6 percent through August, behind the annual forecast calling for a 2.7 percent increase.

    Adjusting for the Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) program, sales tax collections are up 4.8 percent compared to the economic based growth rate of 2.7 percent.  Total revenues are up 0.4 percent through August adjusted for the AST program, ahead of the economic based forecast of 0.0 percent growth.

    To view the full revenue report click here.