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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 13.

  • Virginian-Pilot editorial board disgraces itself. WTF is this bigoted, obnoxious crap???

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  • Audio: Ben Tribbett says Donald McEachin almost certainly can’t be beaten for the Virginia 4th CD Dem nomination.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2w80AcuyJA

  • Governor McAuliffe Declares April 16, 2016 ‘Virginia Tech Remembrance Day’

    ~ Bell ringing, blood drive will honor those killed on April 16, 2007 ~

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today declared April 16, 2016 as “Virginia Tech Remembrance Day” in the Commonwealth in honor of those who were killed or injured during a mass shooting at the university on April 16, 2007.

    “We will stop on April 16 not only to remember the horror of that day and those we lost too soon, but also to recall the good that was done that day as first responders rushed to prevent further loss of life, fellow students and staff helped protect and comfort one another, and the community was lifted up by the good will that poured in from every corner of the globe,” Governor McAuliffe said. “While we will never forget the tragedy of April 16, 2007, we will honor the victims by also remembering the light that came out of the darkness. We must also build on the progress we’ve made in Virginia, ensuring this type of tragedy never happens again.”

    First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe added, “April 16 will serve as a memorial and a day of remembrance for all. It’s important to acknowledge this day and honor the victims, the survivors and their families, and the strength and resilience of the entire Virginia Tech community.”

    At 9:43 a.m., the bell at the Capitol Square Bell Tower will ring for each of the 32 victims, followed by a moment of silence. The Governor ordered the state flag flown at half-staff on all local, state and federal buildings in the Commonwealth throughout the day in honor of the victims, their families and the entire Virginia Tech community.

    Governor McAuliffe encouraged those who want to get involved to donate blood during the 2016 Day of Remembrance Blood Drive, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, 3rd Floor in Richmond. The 2016 Day of Remembrance Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Richmond Chapter. To register or get more information, visit https://vadonor.org/Portal or http://www.vablood.org.

    Information about Day of Remembrance activities in the Blacksburg area can be found at http://www.weremember.vt.edu/.

    Text of the proclamation is below.

    Virginia Tech Remembrance Day 2016

    WHEREAS, on the morning of April 16, 2007, a senseless and incomprehensible tragedy struck the campus of Virginia Tech; and

    WHEREAS, the lives of 32 members of the Virginia Tech community were stolen without warning, creating voids in the hearts and minds of friends and family who feel their absence to this day; and

    WHEREAS, we recognize and thank local, state, and federal first responders who courageously answered the call of duty in an effort to prevent further loss of life, and who continued to care for the Blacksburg community in the aftermath; and

    WHEREAS, the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety continues to review and strengthen security practices in all of Virginia’s educational institutions and on all campuses, building upon the good work that has been done in the Commonwealth to prevent future tragedies; and

    WHEREAS, in honor of all those killed or injured on April 16, 2007, we will never forget them and we commit ourselves to doing all we can to protect our students, educators, and schools, and to keep all Virginia communities safe; and

    WHEREAS, the Blacksburg community, and the entire Commonwealth join with those from across the country and around the world in their thoughts and prayers to remember and honor the cherished memories and heroism of those who lost their lives, and those who were wounded nine years ago; and

    WHEREAS, we are all Hokies today;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 16, 2016, as VIRGINIA TECH REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

  • From Sen. Mark Warner’s office:

    Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Encourage States to Expand Medicaid

    Apr 13, 2016 – 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Gary Peters (D-MI), introduced the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion (SAME) Act of 2016. The bill would ensure that states that choose to expand eligibility for Medicaid after 2014 are eligible for the same level of federal matching funds as states that expanded earlier under the terms of the Affordable Care Act.

    The Affordable Care Act provides financial support to states that choose to expand their existing Medicaid programs to provide healthcare coverage to all individuals up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, with the federal government covering the full cost of expansion for three years, phasing down to a 90 percent match rate for the sixth year of the expansion and in subsequent years.

    While the Medicaid expansion was intended to be national in 2014, the Supreme Court’s holding in National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) v. Sebelius made expansion optional for states. As a result, those choosing to expand coverage after 2014 do not receive the same federal matching rates as those that expanded immediately.

    “States across the country have already expanded Medicaid in a way that works for their needs because it is morally and economically the right thing to do. States that choose not to expand Medicaid – and that includes my own state of Virginia – are making the conscious decision to send their tax dollars to other states that have. They are also allowing health care costs for the uninsured to be passed along to taxpayers in the form of emergency room visits and increased care costs,” said Sen. Warner. “My hope is that this bill will provide an added inducement to Virginia and the 18 other states that haven’t yet expanded Medicaid to make the sensible choice, and expand coverage for millions more Americans.”

    The SAME Act would ensure that all states receive an equal level of federal funding for Medicaid expansion, regardless of when a state chooses to expand coverage. Under the bill, a state would receive three years of full federal funding, phasing down to a 95 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) in Year 4; a 94 percent federal contribution in Year 5; 93 percent in Year 6; and, 90 percent for each year thereafter.

    “The Healthy Michigan Plan has guaranteed health care benefits like maternity care, cancer screenings, and mental health services for nearly 600,000 people across Michigan,” said Sen. Stabenow. “This legislation will ensure Michigan can receive additional federal resources to help families.”

    “The failure of legislators in Jefferson City and other state capitals to expand Medicaid is a failure for Missouri families, jobs, and our economy—all in a cynical effort to score political points off of the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen. McCaskill. “This bill allows more breathing room for states and takes off the table any excuse for officials to keep their heads in the sand by continuing to refuse to expand this vital program.”

    “Montana’s Medicaid expansion plan is providing health care to folks in every corner of our state and building healthier communities,” Sen. Tester said. “This bill will support low-income families and ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care.”

    “In Wisconsin, Governor Walker has put politics ahead of progress and taken our state in the wrong direction. Instead of accepting a federal investment in our BadgerCare program and expanding Medicaid coverage, he has kicked Wisconsinites off their coverage, created a coverage gap, and exposed Wisconsin taxpayers to higher costs while covering fewer people,” said Sen. Baldwin. “I support this legislation because it is my hope it will point our state in the right direction.”

    “States that choose to expand Medicaid for their most vulnerable citizens should not be penalized for making that decision later than others, and this legislation would ensure that all states receive an equal level of federal support moving forward,” Sen. King said. “Ultimately, this decision rests with the states, but our bill should remove one barrier to making a determination that Medicaid expansion will benefit the state and its citizens without threatening the state’s ongoing finances.”

    “The States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act will preserve the economic incentives for states like Virginia to expand Medicaid under the ACA and promise the Commonwealth that it is not too late to make the humane decision to insure the nearly 400,000 Virginians who fall within the coverage gap,” said Sen. Kaine.

    “Medicaid expansion is helping hundreds of thousands of Michiganders gain access to quality, affordable health insurance for themselves and their families,” said Sen. Peters. “The States Achieve Medicaid Expansion (SAME) Act will continue to encourage expanded coverage, resulting not only in healthier cities in Michigan and across the country, but a stronger national economy.”

    Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have already expanded eligibility for Medicaid, while 19 states have not yet expanded their programs. In states that have failed to expand Medicaid as envisioned under the health care law, nearly 3 million low-income adults fall into a “coverage gap,” having incomes that are too high to be eligible for Medicaid, but are too low for the limit that would allow them to receive tax credits to purchase affordable coverage in the health care marketplace. Without Medicaid expansion, most of these individuals are likely to remain uninsured, as they have limited access to employer coverage and frequently find the cost of unsubsidized marketplace coverage to be prohibitively expensive.

    Numerous studies have shown that expanding Medicaid benefits states both directly and indirectly in the form of jobs and earnings growth, generating additional federal revenue, increasing Gross State Product, increasing state and local revenues, and reducing uncompensated care and hospital costs.

    The SAME Act would make the expansion as good a deal for those states choosing to expand Medicaid late as those that did so in 2014. Seven states that have already expanded since the start of 2014 would also benefit.

    The SAME Act has been endorsed by AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, America’s Essential Hospitals, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, B’nai B’rith International, Altarum Institute Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc., Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund, Families USA, Justice in Aging, March of Dimes, Mental Health America, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), National Association of Community Health Centers, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, National Health Law Program, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, and Young Invincibles.

  • Video: Del. Alfonso Lopez announces straw poll results from his fundraiser tonight

    President: Hillary Clinton 77%-Bernie Sanders 23%

    Arlington County Board: Erik Gutshall 88%-Libby Garvey 12%

    School Board: Nancy Van Doren 46% – Tannia Talento 35% – Michael Shea 11% – Chaz Crismon 7%

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyS0wUmZdCI&feature=youtu.be