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Friday News: At Hiroshima, Obama Calls for End to Nuclear Weapons; “Trump’s Delusions of Competence”


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 27. Also check out video of President Obama’s visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

  • True Blue

    Conspiracy Industrial Complex – I’d add to tRump’s ‘kitchen cabinet’ list article, in keeping with the ones he’s assembled. Has it been questioned whether his wife’s communist father and her upbringing are influencing his foreign policy? Are attacks on minorities just a deflection for the (potential) reveal of a family spy? Maybe fodder for the #nevertrump group and a reason he likes Putin so much? Vetting? Hee

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Brief Filed by Attorney General Herring on Rights Restoration

    Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after Attorney General Mark Herring filed a brief with the Virginia Supreme Court in the restoration of rights case:

    “Attorney General Mark Herring’s brief filed today with the Virginia Supreme Court provides a clear and compelling case that the Republican lawsuit is a frivolous and partisan attempt to strip the civil rights of more than 200,000 Virginia citizens. The suggestion that Republican leaders or any other individual has been injured by my grant order is absurd, and the plaintiffs have failed to make a valid case for why this suit should move forward at all, much less why the Court should disrupt its calendar to expedite a meritless lawsuit. General Herring’s brief supports the statements of leading constitutional and legal authorities who agree that I have absolute authority under the Virginia constitution to restore the rights of these individuals. Five thousand men and women have already registered to vote, and it is distressing to think that any elected official would expend public resources attempting to take away that right based solely on partisan motives.”

  • Erik Gutshall: “Libby Garvey is threatening the ability of our most vulnerable seniors to live in Arlington.”


    • Oldaggie

      Stunned. We need to expand eligibility for senior tax relie , not cut it.

  • From the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus:

    Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Call to Action

    Voices for the Vote Statewide Rallies

    In light of the recent lawsuit by Republican leadership to block Governor McAuliffe’s executive order to restore the rights to 206,000 ex -felons, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in partnership with the Virginia State Conference NAACP, Virginia AFL-CIO, ACLU of Virginia and New Virginia Majority will host four Voices for the Vote Rallies across the Commonwealth. These organizations stand as voices for the people in the fight against voter suppression.

    “The Governor’s action matched our hopes and exceeded our expectations. The ACLU of Virginia has urged three straight governors to use their executive and constitutional power to restore the rights of all Virginians who have served their time and completed probation and parole. In our most recent letter to Governor McAuliffe on March 7, we pointed to ‘the significant and continuing adverse impact of the racial disparities of our racial justice system’ as one of the most important reasons to let Virginians who have paid the price for their actions once again be a part of the democratic process and enjoy the full rights of citizenship, ” stated ACLU of Virginia Executive Director, Claire Guthrie Gastanaga.

    “Republicans in our General Assembly should be ashamed of themselves for behaving this way,” said Doris Crouse –Mays, President of the Virginia AFL-CIO. “Voting rights are the most basic, fundamental core of a strong democracy and their actions to disenfranchise voters are simply the latest move in a political game to silence the voices of hardworking Virginians. The people affected by Governor McAuliffe’s executive order have paid their debts and deserve the opportunity to fully participate in our democracy upon reentry into civilian life.”

    “The disenfranchisement of people who have already served sentences for prior mistakes was an outdated, discriminatory vestige of our nation’s Jim Crow past,” said Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of The New Virginia Majority. “Instead of celebrating the progress our state has taken to restore the fundamental right to vote for the hundreds of thousands of Virginians who have repaid their debts to society, conservative lawmakers are trying to send our state back to its discriminatory past. By championing an undemocratic legal effort to limit ballot access – General Assembly Republicans are ignoring the will of the public they represent. The majority of Virginians – 63 percent – agree that Governor McAuliffe made the right decision by restoring voting rights for people with prior felony convictions. It is our leaders’ responsibility to uphold the values of an inclusive and just democracy – this lawsuit represents exactly the opposite. Virginians deserve better. Democracy demands better.”

    Linda Thomas, President of the State Conference of the NAACP states, “We are disappointed by the recent actions of some in the Republican leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the recent executive order issued by our Governor Terry McAuliffe to restore the rights of more than 200,000 citizens. The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP has been persistent in its efforts of advocating for the restoration of rights to those who have paid their debt to society. Despite those who would turn the issues of voter rights and voter suppression into a partisan battleground, we will continue to fight this systematic erosion of enfranchisement.

    In this moment, where we find our spirits bolstered by United States Supreme Court decision to dismiss the GOP appeal against the newly drawn Congressional Districts; we will neither ignore, nor will we forget that our progress is still threatened by thinly veiled attempts at voter suppression as a means to partisan political gains. We vow to be unwavering in our commitment to insure that the right to participate in democracy is never suppressed, threatened or denied. And we stand boldly with those who share these views.”

    “The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus is proud to stand with our partners in this effort to protect the vote of citizens of the Commonwealth. Governor McAuliffe was within his constitutional authority to restore the rights of 206,000 Virginians who have paid their debt to society and who now should be fully integrated into the communities in which they are now living and working as taxpaying citizens. Voting is a fundamental right of a democracy, not a privilege to be weakened by suppressive efforts designed to undermine the power of the people,” stated Senator Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), Chair of the Caucus.

    Dates & Locations for the Rallies:

    Hampton Roads Rally
    Wednesday, June 1,2016
    6pm – 7pm
    Hampton City Hall – outside on the plaza
    22 Lincoln St.
    Hampton VA

    Southside Rally
    Saturday, June 4,2016
    1pm – 2pm
    Tabernacle Zion Church
    602 Hicks st.
    Lawrenceville, VA

    Central Virginia RALLY
    Saturday, June 4,2016
    4:30 pm -6:30pm
    Pocohontas Island
    Petersburg, VA

    Southwest Rally
    Melrose Rugby Neighborhood center
    Saturday – June 4,2016
    10am – 11am
    1730 Orange Avenue NW
    Roanoke, VA

  • Quizzical

    Re Trump’s delusions of competence, I caught part of his speech on capable radio on the way home, At one point, in the space of about 5 minutes, he announced that he going to rebuild the military, he said the the government is doing nothing for vets and that is going to change, he said that he is going to crush ISIS , and he said that the US spent 5 trillion dollars in the Middle East and has nothing to show for it, and we would be just as well off if we hadn’t spent a penny. He really needs to be called on the BS.

    I mean, has he looked at what the military budget is for this country right now? Does he know what the VA’s annual budget is? Does he know what we are spending right now to attack ISIS? Or what his blitz to crush ISIS would cost? Does he know the size of ISIS’s territory and how many soldiers it would take to crush them? And what does he think we will get out of it spending another 3 or 4 trillion?

    I don’t think that the media calls him on this nonsense, at all. Probably because they are afraid of him and what he would do to get payback on anyone who really crosses him