Tuesday News: Dems Opening Day Ends “On a High Note;” Awesome Speech...

Tuesday News: Dems Opening Day Ends “On a High Note;” Awesome Speech by Michelle Obama

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 26. Also, check out First Lady Michelle Obama’s awesome speech to the Democratic National Convention last night. She’s so awesome.

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    Video: Bernie Sanders full speech to Dem convention

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rtXaPV5SYM

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    Video: Elizabeth Warren’s full speech to Dem convention

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

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    Video: Sen. Al Franken full speech to Democratic convention

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRLWAH1l1p0

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    Video: Sarah Silverman Democratic National Convention full Speech

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjF1ziPuIA

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    Video: Sen. Cory Booker full speech to Dem convention

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGUtSY3FqPo

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    Video by Jason Rylander: Michelle Obama as Viewed from Virginia Delegation

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTktwTl8vnc&feature=youtu.be

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    Video: Disability rights advocate Anastasia Somoza: Trump doesn’t speak for me

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAlmt8K_o10

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    Love today’s Daily News cover with Michelle Obama!

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8653/28455034392_15e6230d54_b.jpg

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    Former Virginia LG Bill Bolling (R) says conventions a “total waste of time,” Sanders supporters “are absolutely nuts” (of course he doesn’t mention that speaker after speaker at the GOP convention was rabid, bats**** crazy, etc.)

    “After watching the Republican convention, and the start of the Democratic convention, I have come to two conclusions: 1) conventions are a total waste of time and money, and 2) Bernie Sanders’ supporters are absolutely nuts. Neither conclusion is a surprise to me.”

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    DNCC Announces Second Night Program for Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the program for the second day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28.

    In Philadelphia, Democrats are laying out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

    On Tuesday night, Democrats will highlight Hillary Clinton’s lifetime of fighting for children and families. No matter the odds, Hillary has spent her life fighting for children, families and those who have been forgotten and left behind. And she has a long record of getting things done and delivering results. She’s a change maker, who looks for ways to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

    The program is listed below:

    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (EDT)

    Call to Order
    U.S. Representative and Convention Chair Marcia Fudge

    Invocation
    Dr. Ima Sherman Jackson

    Presentation of Colors
    Colonel Charles Young
    American Legion Post 682

    Pledge of Allegiance
    Mallory Weggemann

    National Anthem
    Timmy Kelly
    Timmy Kelly is from Pennsylvania and sang the National Anthem at the campaign launch in New York.

    Remarks
    Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
    Senator Harkin will speak on the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law he wrote and helped pass.

    Remarks
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

    5:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Nominating Speeches and Roll Call Vote

    Remarks
    Governor Terry McAuliffe

    7:00 – 10:00 PM (EDT)

    Remarks
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Women of the House

    Remarks introducing Video Message
    Former State Senator Jason Carter

    Video Message from President Jimmy Carter

    Remarks
    U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

    Host for the evening: Actress Elizabeth Banks

    FIGHTS OF HER LIFE: KIDS AND FAMILIES

    Remarks
    Thaddeus Desmond
    Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia

    Remarks
    Dynah Haubert
    Dynah is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization

    Remarks
    Kate Burdick
    Kate is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia

    Remarks
    Anton Moore
    Anton founded and runs a non-profit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence

    Remarks
    Dustin Parsons
    Dustin is a 5th grade teacher in Arkansas

    Remarks
    Daniele Mellott
    Daniele and Mark Mellott’s adoption of their son was made possible through the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act that Hillary championed as First Lady.

    Remarks
    Jelani Freeman
    Jelani grew up in foster care and is a former intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.

    Remarks
    Democratic National Committee Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile

    Remarks
    Eagle Academy Principal and Students
    As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City.

    FIGHTS OF HER LIFE: SOCIAL JUSTICE

    Remarks
    Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

    Remarks
    Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay

    Remarks
    Actor Tony Goldwyn

    Remarks
    Mothers of the Movement
    Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendelton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden, and Wanda Johnson

    Performance
    Andra Day

    FIGHTS OF HER LIFE: WOMEN AND FAMILIES

    Remarks
    President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards

    Remarks
    Actresses America Fererra and Lena Dunham

    Remarks
    Mayor of Columbia (SC) Steve Benjamin

    Remarks
    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

    FIGHTS OF HER LIFE: STANDING UP FOR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS & SURVIVORS
    Introduction by Actress Debra Messing

    Remarks
    Joe Sweeney
    Joe was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

    Remarks
    Lauren Manning
    Lauren spent more than 6 months in the hospital after 9/11 recovering from severe burns. As senator, Hillary Clinton helped Lauren get the care she needed.

    Remarks
    U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley

    FIGHTS OF HER LIFE: HEALTH CARE

    Introduction of Speaker
    Actress Erika Alexander

    Remarks
    Ryan Moore
    Ryan has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when they met during the fight for health care reform. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.

    Remarks
    Former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean

    FIGHTS OF HER LIFE: SECRETARY OF STATE

    Remarks
    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

    Remarks
    Ima Matul
    Sex Trafficking Survivor & Advocate

    Remarks
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

    10:00 – 11:00 PM (EDT)

    Remarks
    President Bill Clinton

    Introduction of Film
    Actress Meryl Streep

    Performance
    Alicia Keys

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    Governor McAuliffe’s Statement on Anne Holton and the Selection of Dr. Dietra Trent as Secretary of Education

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement congratulating Anne Holton on her service to the Commonwealth as the Secretary of Education and on her new role following the selection of her husband, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate:

    “As Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Anne has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the students of the Commonwealth and an essential leader in securing historic investments in public education during the most recent General Assembly session. During her tenure, Anne has been a constant and powerful voice for students, teachers and schools, and her lifelong dedication to serving Virginia’s young people, especially the children at the margins, has had a lasting impact in the Commonwealth.

    “Over the past two years, we have worked together to achieve significant accomplishments, including substantial investments in K-12 and higher education, innovative SOL reform, and life-changing work in some of Virginia’s most challenged school divisions. I wish Anne the very best, and I know she will take her passion for education to the national stage and continue to make the Commonwealth proud.”

    Secretary Holton resigned from her state government role effective July 25. Governor McAuliffe today appointed Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent to serve as Virginia’s Secretary of Education, effective immediately.

    “Dietra is goal-oriented and a natural problem-solver who is already a crucial member of our team, and I am excited to have her join my Cabinet,” Governor McAuliffe said. “She is deeply committed to ensuring that all Virginians have access to an affordable education of the highest quality, and I know she will continue to be a strong voice for our young people.”

    Dr. Trent has served as the Deputy Secretary of Education since 2014. She previously served as Deputy Secretary of Education in Governor Tim Kaine’s administration, and as Director of Constituent Services and Director of the Council on Human Rights under Governor Mark Warner. Dr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Hampton University, and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.