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Thursday News: “This is how fascism comes to America;” “Trump’s bigoted base”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 19.

  • Video: Top Virginia GOP donor Pat Robertson says drug addicts are “just bums…let them starve to death”


  • Quizzical
  • True Blue

    I just saw a rather silly Rove-style ad by NRSC with “signs” for all things except the kitchen sink that Hillary Clinton has been accused of lo these many years, with the clincher at the end – her laugh! I guess they dug up Comstock’s old opposition research because they’re worried that the senate will flip.

  • True Blue

    Is it any surprise that a federal court (including former Republican Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and George W. Bush appointee) upheld Virginia’s Voter ID laws today? I just saw this on Progress VA. After seeing the waiting line at a DMV for myriad services the other day, this is a major concern (still).

  • From DPVA:

    DPVA Statement on Voter ID Lawsuit

    Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued the following statement:

    “Virginia Republicans enacted Virginia’s voter ID law for the sole purpose of making it more difficult to vote. These measures disproportionately affect minority, low-income, and older Virginians.

    “Democrats will continue to fight to protect the most fundamental right we hold as Virginians and Americans. Exercising the right to vote is how we preserve and expand all other rights, and enacting measures intended to make it more difficult to vote is unamerican and unconstitutional.”

  • Video: Sen. Tim Kaine says Republicans are attacking the legitimacy of the nation’s first African-American president


  • Progress Virginia Education Fund Statement On Virginia Photo ID Decision

    Progress Virginia Education Fund today reacted to the U.S. District Court decision in Lee v. Va State Board of Elections upholding Virginia’s photo ID law. The following statement may be attributed to executive director Anna Scholl.

    “While we’re disappointed that barriers to the ballot box remain in place, today’s decision should serve as a warning to politicians who would seek to advance further voting restrictions. The court made clear the availability and accessibility of free photo IDs was key to their decision. Any attempt to further restrict categories of acceptable IDs or make obtaining a free ID more difficult would cast doubt on the ongoing constitutionality of this law. Hopefully now lawmakers from both sides of the aisle can come together to protect voting rights and ensure every voice is heard.

    “We at Progress Virginia Education Fund remain committed to ensuring every eligible voter can cast a ballot. With recent reports of record voter registration activity, it is more important than ever that every voter be educated about their rights and the required ID necessary to cast a ballot. Voters with questions about their eligibility or the ID requirements should contact the nonpartisan, nonprofit election protection hotline at 1-855-OUR-VOTE or visit http://www.GotIDVirginia.org.”