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Wednesday News: “Nightmarish” Super Tuesday for GOP “Establishment;” “Why Democrats didn’t feel the Bern”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 2.

  • Insane or flat-out false things Donald Trump said last night, part 1 (“I’m going to be really good for women”)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13FMYzbaTeM

  • Insane or flat-out false things Donald Trump said last night, part 2: Trump compares border wall to Great Wall of China

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bApzgA8J2lU

  • Insane or flat-out false things Donald Trump said last night, part 3: Trump said “We are going to be a unified party”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-PayRA0R04

  • Video: Rubio says GOP will “never be held by a con artist” (a bit late for that, eh Marco?)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdqT-2uxPE8

    • Andy Schmookler

      Con artists? Has Marco Rubio ever heard of Karl Rove? Where was he when GW Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative”? And how about the con about weapons of mass destruction — and a smoking gun shaped like a mushroom cloud — that got us into the Iraq war?

  • Video: Van Jones destroy Jeffery Lord over Trump’s KKK ‘games’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciA15wnldq4

    • Andy Schmookler

      KKK leftist!?!?! How does someone like that get a seat at the table at CNN? Or, to put it another way, what does his getting such a seat show about CNN?

      • CNN has allowed all kinds of nuts, loons, right-wing extremists, etc. on its Fox-lite network for a long time. What else is new?

        • Andy Schmookler

          It’s a shame what’s happened to CNN. I wonder if Ted Turner has any regrets. I wonder, too, if he could have extricated himself from his worthy creation in any better way, so that the better qualities of his network would have been better protected from becoming what it now is.

  • Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Unnecessarily Infringing on Board of Education’s Authority to Maintain High Education Standards

    Yesterday Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 259, which prohibits the Board of Education from replacing the Standards of Learning with the Common Core Standards.

    In a statement explaining his veto, the Governor indicated that the bill is unnecessary in light of the fact that Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) already exceed the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. The Governor also objected to the limitations the bill places on the Virginia Board of Education’s ability to make the best possible decisions about student standards. The Governor’s full statement is below:

    March 1, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 259, which prohibits the Board of Education from replacing the Standards of Learning with the Common Core State Standards.

    The Commonwealth led the nation nearly two decades ago in the development of statewide educational standards. Virginia’s education system is one of the best in the world because of this innovative work. Currently, our state standards meet or exceed the rigor of the Common Core State Standards, while maintaining our independence.

    In June of 2010, the Board of Education echoed this sentiment by unanimously adopting a statement in support of the Standards of Learning (SOL) and voicing opposition to the Common Core State Standards.

    Virginia’s institutions and leaders have made it abundantly clear that adopting the Common Core State Standards would be a step backwards. Clear, rigorous, and trusted standards are necessary to ensure that Virginia’s students will be prepared to compete in the 21st century. We are also continuing to improve our accountability system through the work of the SOL Innovation Committee.

    However, while I remain opposed to adopting the Common Core State Standards, I am equally opposed to infringing on the Board’s authority by adopting unnecessary legislation which establishes rules upon which we have already agreed.

    Given that neither I nor the Board of Education have any intention of replacing the Standards of Learning with the Common Core State Standards, House Bill 259 is unnecessary.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Impeding Smart Implementation of the Clean Power Plan

    Yesterday Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 21, which would bar the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality from submitting a Virginia-specific plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) without the approval of the General Assembly.

    The Governor, who supports the CPP as a necessary response to climate change and an opportunity for Virginia to become a leader in clean energy, opposed the bill as an unacceptable breach of Virginia’s constitutional separation of powers. The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

    March 1, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 21, which would prohibit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality from submitting a Virginia-specific plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan until a majority of legislators in both the Senate and the House of Delegates adopt resolutions approving the state plan.

    The interjection of required legislative approval into the Clean Power Plan process is an impermissible breach of Virginia’s constitutional separation of powers. Federal law provides that it falls to the Governor to submit required plans and submissions under the Clean Air Act, including plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan. The Governor is authorized to delegate that authority to the appropriate state environmental agencies. In Virginia, that authority has been delegated to the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality. This process rests squarely in the executive branch of state government.

    Under Article III of the Constitution of Virginia, the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government must remain separate and distinct, such that none may exercise the powers properly belonging to the others. Requiring DEQ to obtain the approval of each chamber of the legislature before submitting a plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan constitutes legislative participation in a purely executive process. As such, Senate Bill 21 violates Virginia’s constitutional separation of powers under Article III.

    I cannot, in good conscience, sign a bill that would violate the Constitution of Virginia.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • Video: Sen. Adam Ebbin on the “lack of need,” “road to censorship” of the absurd Virginia GOP book-banning bill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVvNnp2x2Ak

  • House Democrats Condemn Removal of Justice Jane Roush from the Virginia Supreme Court

    RICHMOND, Va. – Today, the Virginia House Republicans voted to reject the confirmation of Justice Jane Roush to the Virginia Supreme Court, despite already serving in that role for 7 months and being unanimously qualified by the House Courts of Justice Committee to serve in that role. She was nominated on a 22-0 vote by the Virginia Senate; the House of Delegates voted against her confirmation on a 55-38, largely party-line vote.

    “This vote shows incredible disrespect for the judiciary and the appointment process,” said David J. Toscano, Democratic Leader. “Removing an eminently qualified judge in this way is unprecedented. Justice Roush’s ejection is reminiscent of the Washington-style politics that threatens to engulf state houses across the nation.

    Almost never are negative votes cast in a confirmation process, and the House Republican Caucus produced 55.”

    “I was proud to stand with the Governor announcing his nomination of Justice Roush to the Virginia Supreme Court on July 27, 2015 after a long, open and transparent process where applications were encouraged and proper vetting took place,” said Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (41st-Fairfax). “We had an immensely qualified sitting Supreme Court Justice that was appointed with bipartisan support and impeccable credentials. Justice Roush does not deserve to be the first Justice to be removed from the Supreme Court since 1900.”

    “For 116 years, the General Assembly has confirmed gubernatorial appointments to the Supreme Court. Today, we have broken that tradition to remove a highly qualified justice to make a political point. This sets a bad precedent that threatens judicial independence,” said Delegate Jennifer McClellan (71st-Richmond). “This is a blatant display of disrespect for Justice Roush.”

    “Justice Roush’s appointment ended a six-year period in which there’s was no judge from Virginia’s most economically robust, highly populous region on the Commonwealth’s highest court. Virginia needs her widely recognized corporate expertise to support sound business decisions,” said Delegate Vivian Watts (39th-Annandale). “Justice Roush equals the collective trial court experience of the other six justices combined, and has a stellar record of decorum and fairness on complex, high-profile cases. Her unjust removal from the Supreme Court is a great loss for our judicial system as well as all of state government.”

    BACKGROUND

    · Justice Roush’s 22 years of trial court experience doubles the amount of such experience on the Court, being more than all other six justices combined.

    · As a trial judge, Justice Roush has written over 250 opinions. Of the 20 appealed, only 2 were overturned. Her quality and attention to detail is unrivaled.

    · The Supreme Court selected her to handle complex and high-profile cases, such as the mining case in Buckingham County as well as the Lee Boyd Malvo murder trial.

    · The Past Presidents of the Virginia Bar Association urged, on February 11, 2016, for the General Assembly to confirm Justice Roush’s appointment.

  • Krystal Ball nails Romney, Fox, Rubio, McConnell, etc.: “You are ALL to blame for Trump and it is too late to fix it now. ”

    So now Mitt Romney is going to come out and give some self-righteous speech tomorrow about how terrible Donald J. Trump is for the Republican Party. When are these people going to realize that they created Trump? Romney’s not innocent here with his comments on self-deportation and his tv ads about Obama taking your Medicare and away to give health care to “other people” (read black and brown people) or his selection of a running mate who eagerly perpetuates Ronald Reagan’s welfare queen mythology. Whether its Mitt or Rubio or Fox News or Mitch McConnell or the Koch Brothers, you all had a hand in feeding the base scraps of racial resentment and obscured the real causes of their economic stagnation. You are ALL to blame for Trump and it is too late to fix it now. You are getting exactly the angry resentment-filled party you wanted and deserve. Congratulations.