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Friday News: “Not Good. Not Good at All” in Dem Presidential Primary; Gillespie Raises $750k

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, April 8.

  • Quizzical

    America’s hollowed out, broken down military, stubbornly refuses to show itself
    http://www.cnet.com/pictures/meet-the-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier/

  • Jim Butler

    Anyone know anything about a story in the Culpeper Star Exponent this morning about state senators refusing to surrender gerrymandering records. 4 present democrats and one republican and 2 former senators, 1 dem and 1 repug.

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

      I haven’t heard anything other than what I read in the papers.

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

      Check this out by ProgressVA:

      Senators’ United Front To Keep Public Docs Secret Cracking Under Pressure?

      Following yesterday’s state court ruling holding seven current and former state Senators in contempt of court for refusing to turn over redistricting records, the group’s united front appears to be cracking under public pressure. According to reports from the Daily Press and Richmond Times Dispatch, GOP state Senator Richard Stuart has opted to turn over documents in his possession rather than rack up fines and face court sanction. Perhaps Stuart’s decision was influenced by the strong public backlash over the politicians’ fight to keep public documents secret. Hundreds of members of the advocacy organizations One Virginia 2021 and Progress Virginia have taken action to contact the elected officials and put their own money where their mouths are. The only question now is, how much will this quixotic crusade cost Virginia families before politicians finally stop hiding?

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Inserting Partisanship into Nonpartisan Elections

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 767. In requiring party identification of candidates for local offices, the bill would unnecessarily inject an element of partisanship into historically nonpartisan municipal elections.

    The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

    April 8, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 767. In requiring party identification of candidates for local offices, the bill would unnecessarily inject an element of partisanship into historically nonpartisan municipal elections.

    Since the adoption of the written ballot in 1870, the Commonwealth has not mandated the inclusion of party affiliation for candidates for local offices. In the recent case of Marcellus v. Virginia State Board of Elections, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia stated that “[t]he reduction of partisanship at the local level, the promotion of impartial execution of laws in local governance, and the expansion of eligible political candidates all present a legitimate and strong” reason to uphold this historic practice.

    Senate Bill 767 would require that candidates for local offices be identified on the ballot by party. Party affiliation is not useful information when making decisions about purely local matters and would only serve to increase divisiveness in local government. We should be working to reduce partisan rancor, rather than creating new places for it to flourish.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

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  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Very happy to see this by Gov. McAuliffe!

    Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation that would Undermine Healthy Franchisee-Franchisor Relationships

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 18, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor.

    The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

    April 8, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 18, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor.

    As proponents of this legislation have acknowledged, franchisees and their employees are not considered employees of the franchisor in typical franchisor/franchisee relationships. However, the nature of that relationship is subject to a particularized fact-based inquiry, and in situations of dominant franchisors, the franchisees and their employees are de facto employees of the franchisors.

    House Bill 18 would relieve these dominant franchisor/employers of the obligations and responsibilities an employer owes to its employees. As a result, it would fall to the dominated franchisees—usually small, Virginia-based businesses—to shoulder the burdens more appropriately placed on the dominant franchisor.

    Healthy franchisee/franchisor relationships are an integral part of the business environment and play an important role as we continue to build the new Virginia economy. House Bill 18 would undermine that effort by exempting dominant franchisors from their obligations to Virginia businesses and workers.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Add this to the long list of reasons why I love Brooooooooce Springsteen! :)

    As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

    • True Blue

      A real boss and a statesman: Get up stand up, stand up for their rights!

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Video: SpaceX lands on ocean drone platform – cool!

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