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Thursday News: Trump vs. Ryan; Palin as Trump’s Political “Mother”; Extremist Cooch Pushes RNC Takeover


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 12. The photo is of Delegates Alfonsol Lopez, Paul Krizek and Mark Sickles watching Max Scherzer strike out 20 batters last night.

  • 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Donald Trump:

    It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service. Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate’s representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest. Further, while not a likely circumstance, the potential for hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups is simply too great a risk to ignore for someone who is seeking to become commander-in-chief.

    Mr. Trump says he is being audited. So? There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited. Further, he could release returns for the years immediately prior to the years under audit. There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump’s equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it’s a bombshell of unusual size.

    (Anticipating inquiries regarding my own tax release history, I released my 2010 tax returns in January of 2012 and I released my 2011 tax returns as soon as they were completed, in September of 2012.)

  • Clinton Criticizes Trump’s Plan to Hand Trillions in Tax Breaks to Billionaires and Corporations, Questions Trump’s Refusal to Release His Own Tax Returns

    At a rally in Blackwood, New Jersey, Hillary Clinton today criticized Donald Trump for his reckless tax plan that would hand trillions in tax breaks to billionaires and corporations at the expense of working families and seniors. Clinton also questioned why Trump refuses to release his own tax returns – a standard disclosure that’s been made by every major presidential candidate in the last forty years.

    Clinton said, “He has released what he calls his tax plan, and it very clearly is his plan, because Donald Trump’s tax plan was written by a billionaire for billionaires. He wants to spend $3 trillion – that’s with a T – $3 trillion on tax cuts for people like him who make over a million dollars. That is $100,000 every month for multi-millionaires. Now, to put that in perspective, $3 trillion is enough money to make Social Security and Medicare solvent for the next 75 years. It’s enough money to put millions of Americans to work to repair and modernize all of our country’s infrastructure up to world-class standards…

    “Now, think about this. The typical family in America earns $54,000 a year. It would take that family 24 years of work to earn what Donald Trump’s tax plan will hand out to people like him in just one year. That is no way to create good jobs with rising incomes for the vast majority of Americans, is it? And the gentleman who called out, what about his tax plan, I hope you’ll keep asking that.

    “And what about his taxes? So we’ll get around to that, too, because when you run for president, especially when you become the nominee that is kind of expected. My husband and I have released 33 years of tax returns. We got eight years on our website right now. So you got to ask yourself, why doesn’t he want to release them? Yeah, well, we’re going to find out.”​

    Clinton has released her tax returns every year since 1977. The last eight years of Clinton’s tax returns are available on her website, here.

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  • From Environment Virginia:

    Virginia Leaders Praise First Ever Nationwide Standards for Methane Pollution, Call for Existing Source Standard

    Richmond, VA – Today, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first nationwide safeguards limiting dangerous methane pollution from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry. These standards are projected to reduce 510,000 short tons of methane pollution – the equivalent of 11 coal fired power plans – and save Americans $170 million in net climate benefits.

    Sarah Bucci, Environment Virginia State Director, was joined on a tele-conference by Terra Pascarosa with Moms Clean Air Force, and Kenda Hanuman with Friends of Buckingham to praise today’s rule.

    “Today’s announcement represents one of the Obama Administration’s most important steps towards keeping Americans safe and healthy,” said Sarah Bucci, State Director with Environment Virginia. “Oil and gas companies are releasing millions of tons of methane pollution into our air, and today’s announcement is the best way to begin protecting Americans from the disastrous impacts of those pollutants.”

    “Dangerous methane pollution is responsible for a quarter of man-made climate change and standards that limit this pollution from oil and gas development are one of the most meaningful ways to combat our changing climate in the short-term. Without comprehensive standards, about 70 percent of the industry’s oil and gas wells and other equipment will continue to pollute our air and speed up climate change with virtually no oversight,” said Delegate Rip Sullivan.

    “As a mom and someone who lives on the front lines of sea level from climate change, I’m glad to see these common sense regulations on one of the most potent global warming pollutants. This rule will begin to protect Americans from the disastrous impacts of climate change and the oil and gas industry’s air pollution and toxic chemicals,” said Terra Pascarosa, Manager of Field Operations with Moms Clean Air Force.

    Dangerous methane and toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry poses a grave threat to public health. Harmful air quality can trigger asthma attacks in children cardiovascular disease. Toxic emission from the oil and gas industry may raise the risk of cancer.

    “Emissions from compressor stations are significant; 60–75 % of the estimated damages mostly health problems, from all natural gas activities result from compressor station activities. Not only are safeguards urgently needed to protect the public from existing sources of methane pollution, but each new pipeline project will add 30-40 years of continued toxic emissions,” said Kenda Hanuman, a representative from Friends of Buckingham.

    Today’s action is the first-ever nationwide standard for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

    “Methane pollution is responsible for a quarter of man-made climate change, so action on new and modified sources of methane pollution is an incredibly important step,” concluded Bucci. “Today’s rule is an important step forward, but it falls short of what’s needed to avert climate disaster. A standard for new methane pollution will not be enough on its own – we must take action to address the millions of tons of methane pollution already leaking into the air from existing sources. The President has committed to taking this action on existing sources, and we stand ready to work with him towards that goal as well.”


  • Video (program starts about 52 minutes in) — Gov. McAuliffe signs education legislation here’s Del. Alfonso Lopez’s description of what happened:

    Wonderful education bill signing ceremony in the heart of the 49th District this morning at Wakefield High School!! Governor McAuliffe, the First Lady, and Secretary of Education Anne Holton attended to celebrate these important legislative efforts to reform the high school experience. The Governor said – “I’m excited to be here at the greatest high school in the nation!!” I couldn’t agree more!! The Governor and First Lady also got to spend some time with our amazing Model General Assembly team – quite a morning.