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Tuesday News: GOP Spirals Downward, Has “massive electoral map problem;” VA GOP Sues to Keep People from Voting

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 3. Also check out the video of crazy Ted Cruz debating a clueless, brainwashed Trump supporter. That video right there epitomizes everything wrong with today’s extremist Republican Party.

  • From the Justin Fairfax for LG campaign:

    I wanted to let you know that today I announced my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

    You and your family work hard every day to achieve economic security and to create more opportunity for your children, grandchildren, and the next generation. If you give me the privilege of serving as your next Lieutenant Governor, I promise that I will focus on you. I will work just as hard you do, every day, to help you succeed in this economy and create a brighter future for your family and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

    I know about beating long odds in life. Despite humble beginnings, but with the help of my family, faith, and community, I was given the opportunity to receive a great education at Duke University and Columbia University Law School. It was an education that enabled me to have tremendous career success, start a thriving family small business with my wife, and provide a better life for our young son and daughter. It was an opportunity that I am excited to pass on. I feel blessed that Cerina and I have been able to start a scholarship so that others, too, can pursue their own dreams.

    And we know about beating long odds in politics. In 2013, as a young former federal prosecutor in Alexandria, I took a chance and ran my first ever campaign for public office because I believed that we needed an Attorney General who would make creating economic security and opportunity for all Virginians a top priority. Many political observers predicted that we would be crushed. Instead, with your incredible support and encouragement, we shocked the political world and earned more than 48% of the statewide primary vote and the endorsement of The Washington Post. The margin in that race was less than 2 votes per precinct statewide. Our message of fighting for economic security and opportunity for all Virginians was powerful then, and it is even more powerful now.

    To win the future, we must begin the work today.

    So, please visit http://www.fairfaxforlg.com and join us and support this campaign focused on you and your family.

    Your future is now.

    With deep appreciation and gratitude,

    Justin

    Justin Fairfax

    2017 Candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor

  • Audio: Corey Stewart rips Ken Cuccinelli as “petty,” “just shows how Ken Cuccinelli’s reputation, his actions have just sunk to an all-time low,” Saturday was his political “Waterloo” – “his political future is finished.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5mIgYCJe6k

  • Quizzical
    • Great idea, perhaps you might address your inquiry to the Dominion Power © Virginia General Assembly to find out why they have done everything they can to slow the growth of distributed clean energy in Virginia.

      • Quizzical

        Good idea, I wrote my State Senator.

        whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

        • Nice!

          • Quizzical

            Just looking at Fairfax County, there are 22 high schools, 23 middle schools, and 196 elementary schools. Putting solar cells on all of them could generate enough power for approximately 48,200 homes, if done like the Dominion Power project on the high school in Chesapeake.

          • Yep, I’d also make sure I started with big-time energy efficiency retrofits for all the school buildings, with the goal of getting as close to “net zero” as possible.

  • Audio: Donald Trump claims Ted Cruz’s father was “with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being shot.” WTF???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9vj9Tl0omw

  • From Rep. Gerry Connolly:

    Connolly Statement on Definitive NTSB L’Enfant Plaza Incident Report

    Calls Findings that Metro Sent Passenger Train to Investigate Smoke Reports “Appalling”

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on today’s National Transportation Safety Board L’Enfant Plaza incident report:

    It has been more than a year since the Yellow Line tragedy at L’Enfant Plaza, and today’s final report by the National Transportation Safety Board on its exhaustive investigation once again brings to the fore the painful and shocking memories of that day, which resulted in the death of Northern Virginia’s Carol Glover and injuries to dozens of other riders.

    The NTSB’s findings show a systemic failure of Metro to instill a safety culture from its earliest days, leading to the steady march into mediocrity in which Metro now finds itself. From the lack of basic preventative maintenance to poor management of emergency response, the NTSB’s findings echo similar shortcomings uncovered by the FTA that have put at risk the safety of riders and Metro employees.

    It is particularly appalling to learn Metro’s response to reports of smoke was to send trains loaded with passengers into a tunnel to investigate. I am relieved such an outrageous practice is no longer in place, but the mere fact it once existed speaks to the level of indifference to safety that had permeated the agency.

    In this definitive report, NTSB has once again clearly made the compelling case that safety oversight would more appropriately be given to the Federal Rail Administration. Oversight is a 3 legged stool: enforceable rules, inspections, and enforcement. I believe FRA, not FTA, can most expeditiously meet that challenge as Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia work to stand up the new Metro Safety Commission to provide more robust oversight and accountability.

    Metro has been one of the National Capital Region’s greatest successes, but that investment has been allowed to stagnate. New General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has taken commendable steps to right an agency reeling from crisis-to-crisis in his short time on the job, but he and his new safety team face a monumental task in tackling the institutional challenges that have been allowed to fester and erode not only the basic infrastructure but also rider and stakeholder confidence. It will once again take the combined effort of the local, state, and federal governments to restore Metro to a standard of safety and service for which the nation’s capital and its riders can be proud.

  • From Rep. Don Beyer:

    Beyer Reacts to NTSB Findings on January 2015 L’Enfant Smoke Incident

    May 3, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after investigators presented their findings on the 2015 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board. The investigator’s findings were critical of the coordinated emergency response. They also highlighted persistent safety deficiencies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) during the last three decades.

    “NTSB investigators outlined a perfect storm of failure, coupled with systemic deficiencies throughout the first response network,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I strongly encourage Metro leadership to make whatever personnel changes are necessary to prioritize rider safety. We cannot jeopardize passenger lives.”

    The NTSB investigators cited cascading safety failures within Metro leading to the crash, including damaged equipment, improper operation of ventilation fans, and an order from the Rail Operations Control Center to send a passenger train into the affected area.

    They also focused on a number of mistakes in the emergency response, including improper training, delayed reaction to the emergency call, and other breakdowns in communication.

    “The emergency response to the L’Enfant smoke incident was simply inadequate,” Beyer added. “There is plenty of blame to go around and every agency must swiftly implement the NTSB’s safety recommendations to avert future incidents. We owe it to the people of the National Capital Region, and the family of Carol Glover, to do whatever it takes to create a new, high standard of safety in Metrorail.”

    NTSB also found that the management and oversight of Metro safety remains insufficient under the Federal Transit Administration, and suggested that the Federal Railroad Administration assume future oversight of WMATA safety.

  • Video: “Jimmy Kimmel takes a moment to talk about climate change and the confusing political argument that has emerged around it. NASA says that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that the warming we are experiencing is very likely due to human activity – but some politicians still want us to believe it’s all a hoax. So we enlisted the help of real climate scientists to clear some things up for us.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UCdFbyL8y0

    • Quizzical

      They bleeped out the only parts that people would understand.

  • Video: Ted Cruz says Donald Trump is like Biff Tannen from “Back to the Future 2” – “a caricature of a bragadocious, arrogant buffoon…we are looking potentially at the Biff Tannen presidency.” But then he refuses to say if he’d support him as the GOP nominee or not. LOL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkZliv6QSYM

  • From DPVA:

    How far will Virginia Republicans go to disenfranchise voters?

    Virginia Republicans will stop at nothing to disenfranchise voters, and their true motivations are becoming increasingly difficult to conceal as they desperately attempt to file a baseless lawsuit.

    The glaring question Republicans refuse to answer is “why.” The fear mongering by conjuring up images of “rape” and “murder” was not a sufficient answer. Merely saying the word “Constitution” is not a sufficient answer.

    Here are a few key points about Virginia Republicans’ lawsuit threat:

    No credible lawyer in Virginia would agree to represent Virginia Republicans.

    Virginia Republicans hired a lawyer before they established grounds to file a lawsuit.

    There has not been one credible Constitutional argument presented by Virginia Republicans to justify a lawsuit.

    Republicans have resorted to demonizing a group of people who have served their time and re-entered their communities.

    Instead of trying to earn the support of voters, Republicans continue their crusade to prevent Virginians from accessing the ballot box.

    Virginia Republicans are so out of touch that they are planning on suing against a policy that exists without controversy in 40 other states.

    This law is directly tied to Virginia’s shameful history of racial segregation. This measure was established along with poll taxes and literacy tests. Republicans are planning on suing to uphold a Jim Crow law.

  • Video: Carly Fiorina introduces Ted Cruz, falls off stage, nobody helps her up

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezJpN_CaDhE