Monday News: “GOP’s Cynical Gay Ploy;” Yes, Virginia Should Pay More for...

Monday News: “GOP’s Cynical Gay Ploy;” Yes, Virginia Should Pay More for Metro


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 20. By the way, until I see it reported in a legitimate news outlet (and no, the Washington Examiner and Newsmax are not legitimate), I’m not taking the rumors about Clarence Thomas possibly retiring after the November election seriously.

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    June 18, 2016
    An Open Letter to our Democratic Colleagues and Party Leaders
    To: Secretary Hillary Clinton
    Senator Bernie Sanders
    Hon. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Chair, DNC
    Hon. Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
    Senator Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Leader

    To Whom It May Concern:

    The Democratic Members of the Congressional Black Caucus recently voted unanimously to oppose any suggestion or idea to eliminate the category of Unpledged Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (aka Super Delegates) and the creation of uniform open primaries in all states.

    The Democratic Party benefits from the current system of unpledged delegates to the National Convention by virtue of rules that allow members of the House and Senate to be seated as a delegate without the burdensome necessity of competing against constituents for the honor of representing the state during the nominating process
    The origin of the unpledged delegate selection process authored by Congressman James E. Clyburn, DSC is attached to this letter. It accurately chronicles the use of the unpledged delegate system and sets out with particularity the reasons why this system was enacted many years ago. The system of allowing members of Congress to serve as unpledged delegates has worked quite well. There is no need to
    succumb to the pressure of a few individuals to make this change. We oppose any change to thecurrent delegate selection process for members of Congress.

    The CBC is opposed to any state nominating system that would allow independent or Republican voters to participate in a Democratic Primary. The Democratic Party primary is the process used by the party to allow political aspirants to compete for their party’s nomination. Allowing independent or Republican voters to participate in the Democratic primary would dilute minority voting strength in many districts
    across the country.

    Finally, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus respectfully request that we be included in any discussion that will change the system of unpledged delegates. In addition, we should be included in any discussion that would seek to change the nominating rules to open primaries. These are significant issues that directly affects our ability to effectively participate in the political process.

    Thank you.


    G. K. Butterfield, Chairman
    Democratic Caucus of the Congressional Black Caucus

  • Quizzical

    Should Virginia pay more for Metro? All the jurisdictions involved are going to have to pay more, and the Metro riders as well.

    I agree with the comments in the article that the case has to be made to the rest of Virginia that the economic return on Metro will make that a good investment. That shouldn’t be a difficult case to make.

    Also, this is a good moment to remember the money wasted on the failed US Route 460. What was it, $300 million?

    Reminds me, there is that pesky fact about rising sea levels that requires flood mitigation measures in the Tidewater area alone of about $1.5 billion.

    We Virginians are either in this together or we aren’t.

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    I hear right-wingnut Del. Tim Hugo was busy attacking Blue Virginia at a “Virginia FREE” luncheon today, supposedly for caring too much about protecting the environment. I just checked Hugo’s donations, and thought this screenshot was highly relevant. :)

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    Video: Van Jones notes that right-wing extremists are ‘seven times more likely’ to commit mass shootings than Muslims