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Friday News: Trump Campaign Manager Apparently Assaults Reporter; Toscano Rips “flawed process from beginning to end”

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 11. Also, check out the speech by Virginia House Democratic leader David Toscano on the “absurd,” “flawed process from beginning to end” that went into the Republicans pushing Justice Jane Roush off the Virginia Supreme Court and putting their own, super-conservative member on there.

  • Video: President Obama says being blamed for creating Donald Trump or birtherism or whatever is absurd. Obama argues, 100% correctly, that it’s actually the GOP, right-wing media, etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVp8mnbs2-E

  • Video: Neo-fascist Trump talks about the violence at his rallies, says there are “some protestors who are bad dudes”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDblNvBMUtk

  • Video: Pathetic Robo Rubio’s pathetic (and utterly false) answer on climate change.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12LOQPBN-Fk

  • Video: Trump doubles down on his insane, bigoted comment that “Islam hates us.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UongDYhFYTg

  • Video: Trump defends his outsourcing of jobs by saying “we’re allowed to do it” and “I’m a businessman”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r215M0h7SQ0

  • Video: Del. Sam Rasoul — “A Perversion of Islam Will Not Define Us As We Counter Ignorance!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Fy_8Ye5hE&feature=youtu.be

  • Quizzical

    On trade issues, which is the subject of Krugman’s column above, I happened to hear part of this interview on CSPAN concerning current trade issues and thought it was good:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?405655-3/washington-journal-trade-policy-campaign-2016

  • Video: Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Trump and Cruz are both “extremists,” Republicans in the Senate have “nursed their extremists along” and won’t do their basic jobs or carry out their constitutional duties. “What they were trying to do was effectively deny the legitimacy of this president, try to shut down the government, try to keep it from functioning…7 years they did it.” “That’s what constitutes extremism…that’s what has nursed what’s going on now in the presidential primary.” “Can you be any more naked about what’s going on, that there is no point of principle here for those guys; this is naked politics.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWWi5aNNrI

  • Video: Rubio On Trump’s Islam Comments — A President’s Word Has Life And Death Consequences. Yeah, douchebag, do does denying climate science and doing nothing while we destroy our home!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_8SUIUAcv4

  • Thank you Gov. McAuliffe.

    Governor Vetoes Legislation Extending Costly and Ineffective Coal Tax Credits

    RICHMOND – Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 44, which would extend both the ability to claim and to allocate the coal employment and production incentive tax credits and the allowance of the coalfield employment enhancement tax credit without meaningful reform. In explaining his veto, the Governor cited the need to spend every taxpayer dollar wisely, and the coal tax credits’ ineffective performance at creating or protecting economic activity or jobs.

    The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

    March 11, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 44, which would extend both the ability to claim and to allocate the coal employment and production incentive tax credits and the allowance of the coalfield employment enhancement tax credit without meaningful reform.

    In January 2012, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (“JLARC”) published its final report, Review of the Effectiveness of Virginia Tax Preferences, Senate Document No. 4. That report evaluated the efficacy of the coal tax credits in question and found that, despite their having been created to slow the decline of coal production and employment, both declined at the same or even faster rates than were predicted before the credits were created. JLARC’s report concluded that the economic activity had not moved in the desired direction and that the credits had not achieved their goal.

    Specifically, from 1988 until 2015, coal mine operators, electricity generators and other coal-related companies have claimed over $610 million in tax credits. However during the same period, the number of coal miners in Virginia has declined from 11,106 to 2,946. It would be unwise to spend additional taxpayer dollars on a tax credit that has fallen so short of its intended effectiveness.

    Each day, I work tirelessly to build a new Virginia economy and ensure that this Commonwealth is the best place to live, work and run a business. Making the most effective use of every dollar taxpayers entrust to their government is an essential part of that effort. Given the findings of the JLARC study and the lack of meaningful reform in the face of these findings, I believe it would be unwise for me to sign this legislation.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Placing Artificial Restrictions on Future Wage Growth

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 145, which would prohibit a state agency from requiring a bidder, contractor or subcontractor from performing services at rates based on prevailing wages and benefits. The Governor’s full statement is below:

    March 11, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 145, which prohibits a state agency from requiring a bidder, contractor, or subcontractor from performing services at rates based on prevailing wages and benefits.

    Virginia does not have a statewide prevailing wage law. Accordingly, this bill would have no impact on state funded procurement projects. Additionally, any project funded in whole or in part by federal dollars must adhere to the Davis-Bacon Act, including its federal prevailing wage provisions.

    Projects and employers who adhere to prevailing wage standards improve the lives of working families, local economies, and their communities. This legislation attempts to lower wages and impedes future labor agreements. Virginia’s efforts should be focused on increasing wages, which will improve the lives of our families and aid our efforts to build a new Virginia economy, rather than placing artificial restrictions on their future growth.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • Another good veto by Gov. McAuliffe.

    Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Restricting Authority of Local Governments to Make Decisions about Contractor Wages

    RICHMOND – Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 264, which would prohibit local governments from requiring that its contractors have a wage floor or other benefit above what is required by state or federal law.

    March 11, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 264, which would prohibit a local government from requiring that its contractors have a wage floor or other benefit above what is required by state or federal law.

    In recent years, several local governments have required contractors to pay certain wage levels in contracts with localities. These initiatives have provided access to qualified, high-skilled workers and contractors and successfully addressed significant cost of living and workforce disparities in these localities.

    The ability of other local governments to make this choice should be supported, not limited. Decisions regarding municipal contracts should be made by local leaders who fully understand local needs, and the profile of the available workforce, not by members of the General Assembly.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • And yet another good veto by Gov. McAuliffe.

    Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Prohibiting Magistrates from Issuing Misdemeanor Warrants Against Law Enforcement Officers

    RICHMOND – Today Governor McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 70, which would prohibit magistrates from issuing misdemeanor arrest warrants against law enforcement officers if the alleged offense was related to that officer’s duties, even in the face of overwhelming evidence of a crime. The Governor’s full statement is below:

    March 11, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 70, which prohibits magistrates from issuing misdemeanor arrest warrants against law enforcement officers if the alleged offense was related to that officer’s duties, even in the face of overwhelming evidence of a crime.

    Virginia enjoys outstanding law enforcement officers at all levels. They are not, however, perfect. We have seen all too often in recent years abuses perpetrated by poorly performing law enforcement officers throughout the United States. These abuses took place while these officers were purportedly carrying out their duties.

    House Bill 70 would preclude Virginia’s magistrates from issuing misdemeanor arrest warrants in such circumstances, unless the complainant was a law enforcement officer, without the prior approval of the relevant law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the offense. Neutral magistrates, the judicial officers with primary responsibility for misdemeanor warrants, would be unable to act on valid citizen complaints of police abuse. Further, this legislation would only serve to place a larger workload on our judges and court clerks, the other individuals authorized to issue such warrants.

    I trust Virginia’s magistrates to determine whether probable cause exists to issue a misdemeanor warrant, even in those circumstances which involve law enforcement officers. Shifting their workload to judges and court clerks serves neither our citizens nor our judicial system.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • From the Virginia House Dem Caucus. Personally, I see this session in which most progressive or environmental legislation was killed, and lots of right-wing legislation was passed (although the worst of it has been, or will be, vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe, showing the crucial importance of Dems keeping the governor’s mansion in 2017). With that, here are the 2016 legislative “wins and losses” according to the House Democratic Caucus.

    2016 Legislative Priorities: Wins and Losses

    RICHMOND, Va.: The 2016 General Assembly Session adjourned Sine Die on Saturday, March 11, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. House Democrats reflect on the priorities set forth at the beginning of session and the wins and losses that have unfolded in the last 59 days in Richmond.

    GOAL: THE NEW VIRGINIA ECONOMY – THE VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC HOUSE CAUCUS IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING THE NEW VIRGINIA ECONOMY WHERE ALL VIRGINIANS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR REWARDING WORK THAT PAYS ENOUGH TO ADEQUATELY SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES.

    “Building the New Virginia Economy has been the most significant priority for House Democrats during the 2016 session,” said David J. Toscano, Democratic Leader. “And we won significant victories in this session. From implementing the GO Virginia program to funding for new technology research, transportation infrastructure such as the Port of Virginia and I-66, and workforce development programs, big steps were taken toward diversifying and strengthening the future of the Commonwealth. We will continue to press for other policies to help working families, such as raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid family or medical leave for Virginia’s workers.”

    GOAL: EDUCATION – QUALITY EDUCATION IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR STATE’S ECONOMY. DEMOCRATS SUPPORT EXCELLENCE IN THE CLASSROOM, FROM PRE-K TO HIGHER EDUCATION, WHICH HELPS CHILDREN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE.

    “The budget this year shows how much of a priority a high-quality public education for Virginia’s children is for Virginia’s legislators. From increased funding for K-12 and higher education to giving teachers a two percent pay raise, Virginia’s public schools can continue providing a world-class education,” said Charniele Herring, Democratic Caucus Chair. “House Democrats were also able to uphold Governor McAuliffe’s veto of the ‘Tebow Bill,’ which would have diverted public funds to non-public school students. Making sure those who participate in public schools get the supplies and instruction they deserve and expect is a priority for Virginia House Democrats.”

    GOAL: HEALTHCARE – HOUSE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT BRINGING TAX DOLLARS BACK TO VIRGINIA TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO INSURANCE FOR 400,000 CITIZENS THROUGH MEDICAID EXPANSION. IT IS CRUCIAL TO MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WORKFORCE, PROTECTING THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF OUR HOSPITALS, AND THE SOUNDNESS OF OUR STATE BUDGET.

    “The biggest missed opportunity was the failure to expand Medicaid,” said Delegate Kaye Kory (38th – Falls Church). “Ensuring that health care is a right, not a privilege, in the Commonwealth will continue to be a priority. Nonetheless, new monies are in the budget for mental health, substance abuse, and for the support of the disabled. In addition, opposing barriers to women’s health care choices such as bills to defund health care clinics remains at the top of our agenda.”

    GOAL: MILITARY AND VETERANS – HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING VIRGINIA THE BEST STATE FOR VETERANS.

    “As a veteran, I understand the importance of taking care of our men and women in uniform. The General Assembly secured increased funding for several veterans’ programs that I’m very proud of, such as V3 and other workforce entry programs,” said Delegate John Bell (87th – Chantilly). “House Democrats are committed to making sure that those who have served our nation can transition into the civilian workforce and access appropriate health care and other services, making Virginia the best state for veterans.”

    GOAL: PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM – VIRGINIANS NEED A SYSTEM THAT KEEPS US SAFE, IS FAIR, AND COSTS LESS.

    “Virginia’s legislature made huge gains in keeping Virginians safe this session. We were able to increase pay for our State Police in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and we were also able to increase funding for mental health care in correctional facilities,” said Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price (95th – Newport News). “The biggest gain we made toward keeping Virginians safe was passing legislation taking firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, and increasing the availability of background checks at gun shows. I look forward to continuing to work to keep our neighbors safe.”

    GOAL: MAKING VOTING EASIER AND FAIRER – HOUSE DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT VOTING IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, AND SHOULD BE MADE EASIER AND FAIRER.

    “Despite House Democrats’ multiple efforts, access to the ballot box and a fair redistricting process did not pass the General Assembly this year,” said Delegate Sam Rasoul (11th – Roanoke). “House Republicans blocked legislation to set up a nonpartisan redistricting commission, and denied bills that would have allowed no-excuse early voting and expanded the types of voter identification accepted at the ballot box.”

  • From the Virginia Senate Dem Caucus.

    SENATE DEMS MARK FINAL PASSAGE OF COMPROMISE BIPARTISAN BUDGET

    Conference report increases funding for education, economic development; fails to close coverage gap

    RICHMOND — This evening, Senate Democrats marked final passage of the General Assembly’s biennial budget. HB 30 passed both chambers with broad bipartisan support, and now heads to Gov. McAuliffe’s desk.

    Said Sen. Janet Howell (D – Fairfax), ranking member of the Senate Finance committee, “This budget helps reverse past K-12 funding cuts. It increases funding for high-quality preschool, and it aims to lower the cost of college tuition. I am proud to support those common-sense investments, but no compromise is perfect. I remain deeply disappointed that Republicans have again refused to extend health coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.”

    Said Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Saslaw (D – Fairfax), “This year’s budget bill is a responsible compromise. It makes overdue investments in education and economic development, but remains structurally balanced. In passing this bill, we came together to move Virginia forward. This is how the legislature ought to work.”

    Said Caucus Chair Sen. Donald McEachin (D – Henrico), “Today, we voted to improve public schools and make college more affordable. We approved new funds for mental health services, accessible housing, and countless other needs. Still, this budget is marred by Republicans’ refusal to close the coverage gap. We have needlessly wasted another year — and with it, the chance to save hundreds of lives.”

    BACKGROUND

    Senate Finance Committee staff have prepared a thorough review of major actions in this year’s budget conference report; that presentation is available here. The non-profit Commonwealth Institute has prepared a side-by-side that compares the conference report with the House and Senate proposals from which it was derived; that document is available here.

    What follows is a list of selected appropriations and policy actions from the new biennial budget:

    K-12 Education

    increase in K-12 per-pupil direct aid as compared to the introduced budget

    $401 million for standards of quality re-benchmarking

    $174 million in new, flexible per-pupil funding

    $134 million for state’s share of a revenue-contingent 2% pay raise for K-12 teachers

    $34 million restored for Northern Virginia cost of competing adjustment

    Early & Higher Education

    $104 million to expand college access and encourage degree completion

    $48 million in new funding for undergraduate financial aid

    $8 million in new funding for graduate financial aid

    $3 million in additional funding for the Virginia Preschool Initiative

    Workforce & Economic Development

    $36 million to fund GO Virginia, the regional economic development initiative

    $600,000 for new oversight of economic development initiatives

    $13 million for workforce certification

    $26 million in TANF funding, partly routed to workforce development

    Health Care & Social Services

    $57 million for 1,200 new ID/DD waiver slots

    $15 million inflation adjustment for hospitals

    $6 million to expand access to mental health services through the Governor’s Access Plan

    $26 million in TANF funding, partly routed to service improvements (e.g., Resource Mothers)

    Public Safety

    $13 million to increase capacity / improve retention at the Virginia State Police

    $1 million in new funding for sexual assault crisis centers

    $4 million to fund unfilled correctional officer positions

    Civil Servants

    $156 million for a 3% pay raise for state employees and faculty at public colleges / universities

    funds employer retirement contributions at 100% of VRS Board-certified rates ahead of schedule

    Other

    up to $140 million towards expansion of I-66 inside the Beltway

    limitation of new tolling on existing roads without legislative approval

    $9 million in new funding for the Dept. of Veterans Services

    $3 million in new funding for the Housing Trust Fund

    $3 million to expand broadband Internet access in underserved areas

    $606 million deposit to Rainy Day Fund

    available surplus funds will be committed to one-time capital outlays

  • Video: President Obama Participates in South by Southwest Interactive Discussion

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSEU72jKVmw