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Thursday News: Bill Clinton in Alexandria Says “America never stopped being great…make America whole again”


by Lowell

Here are a few  national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, February 25. Also, check out Bill Clinton in Alexandria yesterday, rebutting Trump in stating that “America never stopped being great; what we need to do is to make America whole again so it works for everybody.”

  • Jim Butler

    Can anyone be sure that Trump really means all the stuff he is saying in front of the yokels? However, probably no doubt that Cruz and Rubio mean what they are saying and far as I am concerned either one would be a real danger to America.

  • From the Clinton for President campaign:

    Eight Virginia Mayors Endorse Hillary Clinton, Join ‘Mayors for Hillary’

    Richmond, VA – Hillary Clinton’s support in Virginia continued to grow today as eight additional Democratic mayors across the Commonwealth endorsed her in advance of the March 1 primary. Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, Hopewell Mayor Brenda Pelham, Lexington Mayor Mimi Elrod, Leesburg Supervisor and former Mayor Kristen Umstattd, Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel, Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne, Martinsville Vice-Mayor Jennifer Bowles, and Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy endorsed her candidacy today. Clinton now has the public support of twelve Democratic Virginia mayors and vice-mayors who believe she is the best candidate to address the wide-range of issues that impact the daily lives of people in their cities.

    “As Mayor of Newport News, I’ll always support leaders who lift up our neglected communities and create real change that will create a brighter future for our kids. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Hillary Clinton,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley Price. “From her work on behalf of families in Flint whose water had been poisoned to her detailed plans to support workers and create jobs in our neighborhoods that need them most, Hillary has proven that she’s the best candidate to break down barriers holding Americans back.”

    “I wholeheartedly support Hillary Clinton for our next President of the United States of America. She is a strong leader and has a proven record of success in her previous positions as Secretary of State, Senator and even the First Lady of the United States of America,” said Hopewell Mayor Brenda Pelham. “Let’s come together to support a leader that demonstrates strong leadership with care and compassion.”

    “As Mayors, we know the people we serve need a President who can lead on a wide-range of issues, from college affordability to raising incomes and supporting our military families,” said Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim. “In this election, there’s no question that HillaryClinton is that candidate. In a year when we face complex challenges abroad and need to help under-served communities at home, it’s especially important that we elect a leader like Hillary who will deliver on her promises.”

    “I’m delighted to join so many mayors of Virginia in supporting Hillary Clinton for President. She embodies the values that we all hold dear, and she will fight for the causes of our time to ensure our beloved country remains strong, safe, and economically vibrant,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg.

    “I’m proud to support Hillary Clinton because she has the vision to strengthen cities like Richmond through investments in education, policies that would raise middle class incomes, and reforms to our criminal justice system,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. “We need a partner in the White House who will work to lift families and neighborhoods out of poverty. She is a problem solver with decades of experience fighting for us and her leadership as President will help cities across the country thrive.”

    The following Virginia mayors have announced their support of Hillary Clinton:

    Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg
    Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy
    Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne
    Hampton Mayor George Wallace
    Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel
    Hopewell Mayor Brenda Pelham
    Leesburg Supervisor and former Mayor Kristen Umstattd
    Lexington Mayor Mimi Elrod
    Martinsville Vice-Mayor Jennifer Bowles
    Newport News Mayor McKinley Price
    Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim
    Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones

  • New Virginia poll:



    Trump would still win three-person race

    West Long Branch, NJ – As the presidential campaign heads into Super Tuesday, the Monmouth University Poll finds large leads for both party primaries in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Donald Trump is the favorite in the Republican contest, while Hillary Clinton has the advantage in the Democratic race.

    — Republican primary —

    Donald Trump dominates the Old Dominion, earning the support of 41% of likely GOP primary voters there. Marco Rubio is currently in second place at 27%, followed by Ted Cruz (14%), John Kasich (7%), and Ben Carson (7%).

    Male voters give Trump (49%) a strong advantage over Rubio (23%) and Cruz (15%), while women more narrowly prefer to Trump (33%) to Rubio (30%). Trump leads among nearly every other demographic group, though, with some of his strongest support coming from voters who have only a high school education (54%).

    “Trump said he loves the poorly educated and apparently they love him back,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

    Just over one-third (36%) of likely Republican primary voters say that they are completely decided on their candidate choice just days before Tuesday’s election. Another 40% have a strong preference but are still open to considering other candidates. One-in-four either have only a slight preference (12%) or are really undecided (12%). More than half (53%) of Trump voters, though, say their vote choice is locked in.

    There has been some speculation that Trump may be more vulnerable if fewer candidates were in the race. Monmouth tested a pair of hypothetical three-person races and found little support for that notion, at least in Virginia. In a race against just Cruz and Rubio, Trump garners 42% support, which is
    similar to his vote share in the current 5-person contest. Rubio’s support would increase slightly to 32% while Cruz’s support would increase slightly to 19%. In this scenario, Rubio could potentially win the support of political moderates, non-evangelicals, women, and voters over age 65, but Trump would still win nearly every other group. Kasich, the other so-called establishment candidate left in the race, would not fare quite as well if he replaced Rubio in the three-way match up. In this situation, Trump would potentially get 45%, Cruz 27%, and Kasich 22%.

    When Virginia Republicans are asked if they would be okay with any of the five remaining candidates becoming the party’s nominee, just over 4-in-10 (43%) say yes and 7% are not sure. About 1- in-4 (26%), though, say they would be upset if the front-runner, Trump, won the nomination and 23% say the same about Cruz. About 1-in-10 would be unhappy with either Kasich (12%), Rubio (10%), or Carson (10%) as the GOP nominee.

    — Democratic primary —

    Hillary Clinton currently holds a sizable 60% to 33% lead over Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic primary. In 2008, Clinton lost this state to Barack Obama by nearly 30 points (64% to 35%).

    Clinton currently leads among both white (58% to 39%) and black (70% to 19%) voters; men (59% to 37%) and women (61% to 31%); and voters age 50 and older (74% to 22%). The two candidates are basically tied among voters under 50 years old at 46% for Sanders and 45% for Clinton.

    “The ace in the hole for Sanders so far has been younger voters. But this group is not giving him quite the same advantage in Virginia as it had in prior contests,” said Murray.

    Nearly 3-in-4 Virginia Democrats say that Clinton would do either an excellent (26%) or good (47%) job addressing the most important concerns of families like theirs. This compares to 6-in-10 who say the same about Sanders (21% excellent and 40% good).

    Nearly half (47%) of likely Democratic primary voters say that they are completely decided on their candidate choice. Supporters of Sanders (52%) and Clinton (50%) are equally as likely to say their vote is locked in. Another 29% of Democrats have a strong candidate preference but are still open to considering others. About 1-in-4 either have only a slight preference (10%) or are really undecided (13%).

    The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from February 22 to 24, 2016 with 421 Virginia voters likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary and 302 Virginia voters likely to vote in the Democratic presidential primary. The Republican likely primary voter sample has a margin of error of +4.8 percent and the Democratic likely primary voter sample has a margin of error of + 5.6 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

  • Ted Cruz endorser EW Jackson leaps to Donald Trump’s defense, attacks Mitt Romney. HUH??? So confusing! Of course, EW is bonkers, but still…lol.