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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, March 7. Also, check out the full Democratic debate last night.

  • Another Scott

    I thought Hillary lopped Bernie’s right arm off (figuratively) with her noting that he voted against the bill that released the money for the auto rescue. His attempting to counter by talking, yet again, about Millionaires and Billionaires™ and Goldman-Sachs seemed to me to be tone-deaf and weak. He was really flailing there.

    He got better in the later parts of the debate, but he didn’t seem to understand that going back to his tried and true remarks about Millionaires and Billionaires™ wasn’t the right approach in a city that is being poisoned and has been demonized by Republicans for ages.

    I’m not a huge Hillary fan, and Bernie has some good positions and makes some good points, but in the end it’s not all about Millionaires and Billionaires™ and G-S. I think she’s going to crush him with previously undecideds and fence-sitters going forward.

    But we’ll see.

    My $0.02.


    • Agreed, although Bernie also had a huge gaffe about “ghettos” and whites not understanding poverty and…ugh, just stop.

  • Audio: Colin Powell says Nancy Reagan was “disturbed” that “some of the people invoking [Ronald Reagan’s] legacy really are not applying his legacy in their political campaigning or in some of the things they’re doing.” Powell adds that GOP candidates’ “intolerance,” “screaming and shouting and childish taunts” are “belitting the country and belittling the office which they are striving to gain.”


  • DPVA Statement on Sen. Vogel and Sen. Reeves Entering Race for Lieutenant Governor

    Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement in response to Senator Jill Vogel and Senator Bryce Reeves entering the race for Lieutenant Governor:

    “Senator Vogel was the architect of the original transvaginal ultrasound bill that subjected Virginia to national ridicule and mandated an invasive and medically unnecessary procedure. Senator Reeves is famous for attempting a House of Cards-style political maneuver to make his re-election easier. It’s abundantly clear that neither of these Senators put Virginians first.

    “Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam has shown Virginians unparalleled leadership by fighting for healthy families, the environment, and women’s access to health care. His tie-breaking votes have blocked discrimination against members of the LGBT community, reckless gun laws, and helped advance legislation to raise wages for hardworking Virginians.

    “Senator Vogel and Senator Reeves’ out-of-touch positions would take Virginia back on the historic progress we’ve made under Lieutenant Governor Northam’s leadership.”

  • From Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:

    Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Condemns Passage of Defunding Bill

    Calls on Governor McAuliffe to Veto Politically Motivated Attack

    Richmond, Virginia–Today, the State Senate voted on party lines to eliminate funding that allows Planned Parenthood to provide thousands of Virginians with essential reproductive health care services like STI testing, sex education, and family planning. If the bill became law, 1,300 people in Richmond could lose access to STI testing. The bill, part of a broader political attack on women’s health, would restrict access to basic health care services statewide for the 22,000 Virginia residents who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers every year. This vote comes after Virginia State Senators received hundreds of phone calls and more than 5,000 petition signatures urging them to reject the measure.

    Morgan, a Planned Parenthood patient in Richmond, said:

    “Planned Parenthood was there for me when I needed them, and I don’t know what I’d have done without their services. And I am just one of millions who depends on Planned Parenthood health centers across Virginia and around the country. Our state legislators should stand up for this incredible healthcare provider rather than attempting to defund it and leaving me and thousands of individuals across Virginia without the care we need.”

    Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, said:

    “Today, State Senate Republicans yet again put politics ahead of women’s health. This bill is politics at its worst. At a time when women in Virginia need greater access to care, republicans in the General Assembly are using their time and resources to target health care programs at a trusted community health care provider. We urge Governor McAuliffe to veto this dangerous, short-sighted, politically motivated attack on Planned Parenthood patients. Virginia’s Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide high quality, low cost, basic health care to over 22,000 Virginia residents every year. We want to assure the women, men and young people of the Commonwealth that we will be here to provide them care, no matter what.”

    Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said:

    “These politically motivated actions have real and devastating consequences for the women, men and young people Planned Parenthood serves. As a health care provider, we have seen the devastating consequences of cutting off access to care; in Indiana it led to an HIV epidemic and in Texas it led to tens of thousands of women not getting care. On behalf of the approximately 1 in 5 women who have relied on a Planned Parenthood health center for care in her lifetime, we say to politicians across the country who want to attack women’s health: we will not back down, and we will not shut our doors.”

  • From Progress Virginia:

    Thousands of Virginians Ask Elected Leaders To Stop Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood

    Activists deliver 5,000 petitions to state Senators demanding they oppose HB1090

    Richmond, VA – Activists delivered approximately 5,000 petitions to Virginia state Senators Monday morning in opposition to House Bill 1090, carried by Delegate Ben Cline, and asked the Governor to veto the bill. HB1090 is a blatant attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and cut Virginia men and women off from accessing care at a quality, compassionate provider.

    Activists in pink Planned Parenthood t-shirts delivered signed petitions to the offices of all 40 state Senators before the scheduled vote on HB1090 on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. Volunteers also greeted Senators heading in to caucus with postcards asking them to oppose defunding Planned Parenthood. Following the delivery, supporters headed to the Patrick Henry Building to meet with Governor McAuliffe and ask him to continue to support women’s health care access and Planned Parenthood.

    This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed HB1090 on a party line vote.

    “Today Virginians have stated loud and clear: keep your hands off Planned Parenthood and off our health care,” said Progress Virginia executive director Anna Scholl. “Virginia politicians should know that Virginians won’t stand for these outrageous political attacks on Planned Parenthood and our access to health care. Planned Parenthood’s six Virginia health centers provide quality, compassionate care to over 22,000 patients every year. Politicians should stop playing doctor and start expanding access to affordable health care.”

    Today’s vote to eliminate family planning funding from Planned Parenthood health centers is an egregious attack on the women, men and young people who access high quality, compassionate cafe at Planned Parenthood health centers across the Commonwealth,” said Cianti Stewart Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. “This bill is part of a larger attack on access to safe and legal abortion and services provided at Planned Parenthood. Right now, Virginians need greater access to care– not less. We urge Governor McAuliffe to veto this dangerous measure and stop this politically motivated attack.”

    “Planned Parenthood has been there for thousands of women and men through the years, and today, those Virginians were there for Planned Parenthood by signing a petition asking legislators not to defund the reproductive healthcare provider,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “But unfortunately, Virginia’s anti-choice legislators did not listen and continued to move forward with a dangerous political agenda that will leave many low income women and men across the state without an affordable and dependable reproductive healthcare option. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will hold legislators accountable for today’s vote for putting politics ahead of health and safety. We will make sure that every Virginian knows about this insidious attack on one of the nation’s most trusted medical providers based solely on ideology. We emphatically ask that Governor McAuliffe will remain a brick wall for women’s health and will veto this outrageous bill the moment it hits his desk.”

  • I f’in love this @#$@#$ anti-Trump ad! LOL