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Thursday News: “Trump’s Rhetoric is Making Children Mean;” Tim Kaine Stops Short of Shermanesque

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, April 14.

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    Video: John Kasich on the “path to darkness” by other Republican candidates

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

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    Governor McAuliffe Sets Special Election in First Senate District for November 8, 2016

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared that the special election to replace the late Virginia Senator John Miller in the First Senate District will occur on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. The writ of special election is included below:

    April 12, 2016

    TO THE SECRETARIES OF THE ELECTORAL BOARDS IN THE COUNTIES OF JAMES CITY AND YORK AND THE CITIES OF HAMPTON, NEWPORT NEWS, SUFFOLK AND WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA:

    WHEREAS, a vacancy has occurred in the Senate of Virginia from the First Senate District, composed of the City of Williamsburg, parts of the Counties of James City and York, and parts of the Cities of Hampton, Newport News and Suffolk occasioned by the death of The Honorable John C. Miller.

    NOW THEREFORE, in the name of the Commonwealth, pursuant to § 24.2-216 of the Code of Virginia, you are hereby required to cause an election to be held in this district on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 for a member of the Senate to fill the vacancy. Pursuant to §§ 24.2-507 and 24.2-510 of the Code, the last day for filing as a candidate for such office in said election shall be Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

    Given under my hand as Governor of Virginia, and under the Lesser Seal of the Commonwealth, at Richmond, this 12th day of April, two thousand and sixteen and in the 240th year of the Commonwealth.
    ___________________________

    Terence R. McAuliffe

    Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

    ___________________________

    Levar Stoney

    Secretary of the Commonwealth

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    JANE DITTMAR CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISING TOTALS SURPASSING QUARTER MILLION MARK

    Charlottesville, Virginia (April 14, 2016) – Jane Dittmar’s congressional campaign today announced that 1st quarter fundraising totals surpassed the quarter-million mark. With over 600 individual donors, contributions ranged from $5 to $5,400.

    “Thank you, thank you to every single one of our contributors who has supported this campaign,” Dittmar said. “This fundraising number is a reflection of the immense support that our campaign and our message have received since our September launch. We have been fortunate enough to work with incredible Democratic committees, community leaders, and others who have helped us get the word out. We look forward to continuing to listen to the people of the 5th as we continue our work.”

    The campaign continues to reach district residents through meet & greet events, fundraisers, committee meetings, and community events. Dittmar recently spoke at the Rappahannock Democrats’ Blue State Bluegrass Brunch and the campaign has events planned in Farmville, Chatham, and Henry County in the coming weeks. The campaign has been holding round table advisory meetings to gather information on important topics such as veterans’ affairs, the environment, citizen safety, foreign policy, healthcare, and more.

    Dittmar will work to improve the economic infrastructure in the district so that everyone in the 5th can have the opportunity to build a strong future for themselves and their families. “I’m running for Congress because I believe that everyone in our district deserves to be connected to opportunity,” Dittmar said. “Equal opportunity for success starts with a good education and continues with a good job to provide for your family.”

    Dittmar plans to put her mediation skills to work in Washington to bring together different opinions to find solutions to the challenges that we face here in our district, in Virginia, and as a nation. Dittmar intends to work with local, state, and federal governments in order to connect Virginia with the new economy by harnessing the funding and resources that are already available in Washington. Dittmar will be formally nominated as the Democratic candidate at the 5th District Convention on May 7th.

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    LuAnn Bennett Raises Over $416,000 In Q1

    MCLEAN – Today, LuAnn Bennett’s campaign announced that it raised over $416,000 in the first three months of 2016. Bennett’s campaign has now raised a total of nearly $700,000 this cycle, including the over $281,000 in the final three weeks of 2015.

    Bennett’s campaign will begin Q2 with over $554,000 cash on hand.

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    Video: Bryce Harper hits 100th HR, a grand slam to boot!

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