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Wednesday News: Cruz, Sanders Win Wisconsin, Now On to Showdown in New York!


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 6. Also, check out the full audio of Bernie Sanders’s interview with The Daily News, since that’s getting a lot of attention.

  • True Blue

    Thanks to our Virginia Governor McAuliffe for vetoing bills that:

    undermine public education by diverting funds to private entities without accreditation; interfere with local school board policies in attempts to ban books; legalize discrimination against many citizens under the guise of religious freedom; deny clean power in favor of fossil fuel monopolies; limit women’s reproductive health rights and access to quality, affordable care; usurp local authority on immigration and stoke fear; and

    go directly against our Virginia Constitution as well as contradict common sense legislation and courtesy for constituents.

  • Elaine Owens

    When Hillary Clinton says she’s “not even sure her primary opponent is a Democrat,” she is voicing the same very deep concern I have about Bernie Sanders. I can look past the fact that media pundits (male ones) are continually harping about Clinton’s style of speaking, (“too loud,” too angry,” etc.), while giving Sanders a pass on his yelling and screaming, much like family members just smile and shake their heads when ole “Great-uncle George” rants and raves at the family Thanksgiving dinner. However, I cannot get past the fact that Sanders became a Democrat for the first time in 2015, in order to run for the party’s nomination for president and no other reason. Do he and his supporters think the nation’s oldest political party was just waiting for Sanders to come along and hijack it for his convenience? Then, he and his followers slam the “super-delegates” as somehow being “undemocratic” for supporting Hillary Clinton. Those “super delegates” are Democrats who have stood for election, have served on state party committees, raised money for other Democrats, have put in years of grassroots service to the Democratic Party. Why should they desert Clinton, a fellow Democrat and one who has actively worked to elect Democrats all her adult life and who has been a Democratic senator, to support a Johnny-come-lately “Democrat” who says he doesn’t know if he will work to elect down-ballot Democrats?

  • Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Arming More School Personnel without Ensuring Adequate Training

    Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed legislation that would permit school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. The Governor’s full statement is below:

    April 6, 2016

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1234, which permits school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions.

    There are important distinctions between school security officers and school resource officers, specifically involving the type of training they receive that would prepare them to carry and use firearms. School resource officers are employees of a local law enforcement agency who are detailed to local schools and are permitted to carry firearms in the course of their duties. These officers receive significant and ongoing training. School security officers, on the other hand, are civilian employees of a school division who do not receive training regarding firearms or the appropriate use of force with juveniles. Allowing additional firearms in schools without appropriate training would create an environment that is less, rather than more, secure.

    Additionally, the bill fails to distinguish between an individual who retired recently or 20 years ago, nor does it distinguish between an individual who retired from a Virginia law enforcement agency or from an out-of-state agency with vastly different training requirements. This raises questions about the uniformity of previous training these individuals received.

    We must do all we can to keep Virginia’s students and schools safe. In order to achieve that goal, it is essential that only trained, active law enforcement officials be authorized to carry firearms in schools. This bill would expose schools and students to unnecessary risk and potential harm by allowing individuals without adequate training to carry firearms on school grounds.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.


    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • True Blue

    Senator Dick Black must be peeved about the veto of the “book banning” bill; he’s taking his frustration out on an intelligent, Loudoun County professional educator who exercised First Amendment rights, explained sound reasoning, and sought involvement in government decision-making by contacting Virginia legislators (Loudoun Times Mirror links to Gawker article). Ms. Berg provides new meaning to “stand your ground!”