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Saturday News: Time for an “Earthquake Election?”; McAuliffe Veto Reopens Door to Medicaid Expansion?


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 21. Also, check out President Obama’s weekly address, on “one of the single most important steps to help grow middle-class wages – expanding the number of workers who are eligible for the overtime that they have earned.”

  • Video: Virginia Del. Sam Rasoul Introduces George Takei to Roanoke


  • Video: Liberal Redneck – “You can’t expect people to respect your beliefs when your beliefs are so completely disrespectful” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKYE4xtJ09A

  • Quizzical

    Another Matt Taibbi piece about Trump

    Taibbi explaining how the media got it wrong:

    “America instead is a place where a huge plurality of the population is underemployed, pissed off, in debt and barely keeping their heads above water. A good 15 percent or so are not even doing that well, sitting below the poverty line, living in homes without adequate heat, sanitation or food. That portion of America doesn’t appear anywhere in campaign coverage, not even as background.

    It would have made more sense to have different labels. If there was a Poor Peoples’ Party, A Disappearing Middle Class Party, and a Minimum Six-Figure Income Party, and all of them were described as legitimate and reasonable options in the press, people would have no problem pulling levers for the candidates who actually represented them.”

  • Elaine Owens

    Sam Rasoul is a dedicated, honest, intelligent man who, I hope, has a bright future in politics beyond the House of Delegates. When he ran in the blood-red 6th congressional district in 2008, a man barely of the age to serve in the House, a Muslim, only seven years after 9/11, he won a greater percentage of the vote than any other opponent Bob Good(sic)latte has had. He did that by some of the most energetic campaigning I’ve ever seen. Because of his efforts in 2008, the 6th District Democratic Party gave him their grassroots champion award the next year.

    • Agreed, Sam most certainly has a bright future ahead of him!

  • Bill Bolling nails it on Con Man Donald Trump:

    In his book “The America We Deserve,” Donald Trump wrote that he supported a ban on assault weapons and argued in favor of a longer waiting period to purchase a gun – both positions the NRA ardently opposes. Now, we’re supposed to believe that he is a champion of the Second Amendment. This is just one of the things that makes me so uncomfortable with Trump. No one knows what he really believes or how he would really govern. It is amazing that he continues to get away with stuff like this.

  • Congratulations to Nancy Van Doren on her reelection to the Arlington County School Board (note: this is using Instant Runoff Voting; 912 votes is a majority, so Van Doren surpassed that in the first round).


    • UPDATE: Tannia Talento wins the other Arlington Dems endorsement for School Board. Congratulations!


      • The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) announces that Nancy Van Doren and Tannia Talento won the ACDC School Board Caucus, earning the ACDC endorsement for this fall’s election. We had four great candidates and thank Michael Shea and Chaz Crismon who ran vigorous campaigns. Nancy Van Doren received a 959 votes out of 1,822 votes in the first round earning a majority (53 percent) and our first endorsement; in the second round, Tannia Talento received 1,203 of the redistributed votes. Both winners were endorsed by a majority of Arlington Democratic voters using instant runoff voting for each.

        Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement: “Nancy is already a terrific Vice Chair of the School Board and we are honored to endorse her. Tannia Talento will bring a valuable new voice for creative solutions and closing the achievement gap. Nancy and Tannia are excellent choices for the School Board. We encourage all voters to vote for them and the full Democratic ticket on November 8th.”