Wednesday News: Brussels a “rebuke to Trump’s foreign policy;” Jeb throws away...

Wednesday News: Brussels a “rebuke to Trump’s foreign policy;” Jeb throws away last scrap of dignity, endorses Cruz


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 23.

  • Va_lady2008

    About Jeb! He loves BG ago discarded whatever dintegrity he had, He just cloaked it with a tattered royal purple toga of dignity, As I recall,

    Jeb has considerable in enabling the theft of elections, and in thwarting the will of the majority by electoral chicanery, backed up by the legal action mprimatur of the US Surprem Court.

    Now, suddenly he talks about the good of the country? I don’t think so. He is concerned first and foremost with the good if Jeb,mand that includes keeping his party intact.

    We remember where his last “electoral intervention” fiasco has taken us: phony compassionate comparison undergirding the wrong and apparently unending war of choice, the devastation of the middle class, an official bending recession. He also enabled and contributed, more subtly, and at second hand, to worse things: making homophobia, racism, misogyny and religious bigotry not just silently acceptable, not just socially acceptable, but out loud and proud.

    • lowkell

      I think for “JEB,” this is all about helping out his son’s political career in Texas. Also, “JEB” never had any integrity, and now he’s thrown away his last scrap of dignity by endorsing the hated extremist bigot and theocrat Ted Cruz.

      • Virginia Lady

        You’re right about his never having any dignity: all I really need to know about JEB! I probably learned from Michael Schiavo. That royal cloak really covered up something rotten. I must admit I hadn’t considered that protecting the next generation of the royal family figured into this. However, that makes it even more disgusting, IMO.

  • lowkell

    From Progress Virginia:

    Voting Rights Advocates Applaud Veto of HB9

    Bill would have required registrars to reject voter registration applications of eligible voters

    Voting rights advocates today applauded Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of House Bill 9, sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole. If allowed to go into effect, HB9 would have resulted in the denial of voter registration applications for omissions immaterial to determining voter eligibility or identity. The bill raised questions about compliance with federal law, which states, “No person acting under color of law shall deny the right of any individual to vote in any election because of an error or omission on any record or paper relating to any application, registration, or other act requisite to voting, if such error or omission is not material to determining whether such individual is qualified under State law to vote in such election.” [52 USC 10101(a)(2)(B)]

    “Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia. “Delegate Cole’s bill would have required eligible Virginia voters to jump through unnecessary hoops in order to register to vote, leaving too many eligible voters unable to cast a ballot. We’re thrilled Governor McAuliffe has vetoed this unnecessary and poorly crafted bill and stood up to ensure every Virginia voter may continue to have a voice in our democracy.”

    “Election Day is the one time we’re all equal as Americans,” said Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of New Virginia Majority. “Raising barriers that prevent eligible voters from participating in our democracy is unacceptable. Today we’re grateful to Governor McAuliffe for standing with Virginia voters and vetoing HB9.”

  • lowkell

    Video: Interfaith Climate Prayer Vigil at the Virginia Capitol Grounds in Richmond Virginia

  • lowkell

    Governor Vetoes House Version of Legislation Extending Costly and Ineffective Coal Tax Credits

    RICHMOND – Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 298, 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 previously vetoed Senate Bill 44, which is identical to House Bill 298.

    March 23, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 298, 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.


    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • lowkell

    Video: Hillary Clinton Lays Out Vision For Defeating ISIS Through Principled American Leadership

  • lowkell

    Former VA LG Bill Bolling (R) comments:

    Another low in presidential politics. A Super PAC tied to Ted Cruz publishes risqué photos of Melania Trump, and Donald Trump threatens to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz. Can’t we just agree to leave the wives out of this? Just when you think this campaign can’t get any more embarrassing, it does!