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Friday News: Trump’s Fake “Regrets;” “G.O.P. Worries Falling Trump Tide Will Lower All Boats”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 19. Oh, and that photo is of soon-to-be Congressman Donald McEachin with Virginia AG Mark Herring, Lori and Townley Haas at an event in Richmond last night for McEachin. Go Donald!

  • Video: Trump’s Virginia Chair will NOT make Metro great again, says Metro an “old solution.” Riiiight, and autonomous cars/buses are the answer? What a joke.


  • Video: Yasmine Taeb says it’s “really appalling for an elected official” to call for Gov. McAuliffe to block Syrian refugees from coming to Virginia.


  • Paul nails it on Trump’s no-regrets “regret” speech:

    Just watched Trump’s “pivot” speech. The media is desperate to call this a “pivot”.

    It contained gems like:
    *Pleading with people of color to support him because “you have nothing to lose”.
    *Rejecting intolerance “it’s very bad. Very bad” while calling for a ban on Muslims from entering America.
    *More conspiracy theories and lies.
    *He grimaced as he “apologized” for offending people with his words.
    *He wants to ban former government officials from making speeches for a fee. This is the guy who wants to allow CEOs to remain in charge of their companies while running federal agencies on the side.

    This is only going to get more and more pathetic and hilarious. It looked desperate.
    Americans DO love to reward a villain for apologizing or being humble. I’m not naive to that. But this wasn’t an effective apology. He looked uncomfortable and insincere. And it’s too late. Sixty-five percent of Americans view trump unfavorably, but buried in that number are the 55% of Americans who despise and fear him with a burning hatred that will never recede.

  • Dave Arlington

    Can’t believe this round up doesn’t mention the 400 million dollars we ransomed our troops for. I mean Democrat blog or not, we can’t just not acknowledge some of the biggest foreign policy news of the quarter.

    • Here you go:


      “The US did not pay a $400 million “ransom” to Iran. Here’s what actually happened: This dumb controversy is everything wrong with our Iran debate.”

      • Quizzical

        Funny thing, I heard Trump criticize the Iran nuclear treaty many times, and he would always add, “and they didn’t even get our prisoners back!”

  • Condolences to Rep. Gerry Connolly on the loss of his father:

    Congressman Connolly Announces the Passing of His Father, Edward R. Connolly

    Fairfax, Va –Congressman Gerry Connolly announced the passing of his father, Edward R. Connolly, yesterday at the age of 88 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary, and their children Gerry, Philip and Rosemary.

    “My dad was many things. A Boston Democratic ward committeeman and a delegate to the 1962 state convention that nominated Ted Kennedy to the US Senate, which instilled a passion for politics and public service that remains with his family. A successful salesman from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, an avid golfer and fair-weather skier. But mostly, and, he would gladly tell you, his proudest accomplishment was as a wonderful father, a cherished grandfather, a boastful great grandfather and a devoted husband of 67 years to the love of his life: Mary T. I will miss him dearly.”

    Full Obituary follows:

    Edward R. Connolly, of West Roxbury and East Falmouth, formerly Lake Worth, Florida took his leave of his beloved family and friends on August 18, 2016 after 88 years of love and laughter. He was many things, a successful salesman from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, an avid golfer and fair-weather skier, but mostly, and, he would gladly tell you, his proudest accomplishment was as a wonderful father, a cherished grandfather, a boastful great grandfather and a devoted husband of 67 years to the love of his life: Mary T.

    Over the years he made his marks in other ways as well. He earned his Chartered Life Underwriter designation, “Man of the Year” Award, and he was both a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 555 and a past President of Norfolk Golf course in Islington.

    His interest in golf arose from his early years as a caddy and continued throughout his life. His lifelong friends, and sometime golfing opponents, knew him to be first and foremost a loyal friend and a true gentleman. They also knew he was a talented, and competitive golfer who savored his wins with his golfing partners, Paul Kelly and his son, Philip. He also enjoyed playing cards, bridge, reading, discussing politics and current events especially with his son Gerry. He was quick with a smile, a helping hand, a funny story, and was the shoulder everyone else in the family leaned on.

    He leaves his wife of 67 years Mary T. O’Kane, Connolly, his son the Honorable Gerald “Gerry” E. Connolly and his wife Catherine of Fairfax, Virginia, his son Philip J. Connolly of Quincy and his daughter, the Honorable Rosemary Connolly of West Roxbury; his grandchildren: Kerri A., Warrant Officer Kevin W. Connolly and his wife Jennifer, Patrick M. Connolly and his wife Maryann, Meaghan E. Connolly, and Caitlin R. Connolly; great grandchildren James Patrick Connolly and Whitney Noelle Connolly. He also leaves his loving sister Jane M. and her husband Norman Burgess of Manchester, N.H. His brother John, sister Virginia, brother James and sister Eleanor predeceased him.

    Mass of Christian Burial at St. Theresa of Avila, 2078 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA at 12 pm on Monday August 21, 2016 with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

  • Here are more great photos by Ava Reaves Images (definitely check out her photos – they are superb!) of last night’s Donald McEachin event with AG Mark Herring, Lori Haas and Olympic gold medal winner Townley Haas.


  • Video: The Daily Show Launches Its Own Version of Extreme Vetting… of Trump Supporters


  • Jane Dittmar Campaign Releases Debate Schedule

    (Charlottesville, VA – August 19, 2016) The Dittmar campaign today released the confirmed debate and forum schedule for the 5th District congressional race. The campaigns have agreed to seven debates throughout the district, in addition to the initial forum held by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia in early August.

    “The response and enthusiasm we have received for this race has been inspiring,” candidate Jane Dittmar said. “We are hopeful that the energy around the debates will translate into high voter turnout in November. I am looking forward to speaking directly with voters at all of these debates and forums. I believe these events offer attendees a great opportunity to compare and contrast the candidates and see who best represents their interests.”

    The debate/forum schedule is as follows:

    Event: 5th District Candidate Forum
    Date/Time: September 26, 2016 – 7PM
    Hosts: Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
    Location: Appomattox Inn & Suites

    Event: Batten School Candidate Forum
    Date/Time: September 28, 2016 – 6PM
    Hosts: UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
    Location: Batten School

    Event: Rural Madison Candidates Forum
    Date/Time: October 5, 2016 – 7PM
    Hosts: Rural Madison, Inc.
    Location: Woodberry Forest

    Event: Charlottesville Newsplex 5th District Debate (televised)
    Date/Time: October 10, 2016 – 7PM
    Hosts: Charlottesville Newsplex
    Location: Piedmont Virginia Community College

    Event: Warrenton Congressional Candidate Debate
    Date/Time: October 17, 2016 – 7PM
    Hosts: The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, The Fauquier Times, FauquierNow.com, Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Fauquier Farm Bureau, and the Southern Fauquier Business Association
    Location: TBA – Warrenton

    Event: League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
    Date/Time: October 18, 2015 – 6PM
    Hosts: League of Women Voters
    Location: William Monroe High School

    Event: Sorensen Institute Candidate Debate
    Date/Time: October 27, 2016 – TBA
    Hosts: Sorensen Institute
    Location: TBA – Danville

    “It was clear to anyone who attended that Jane won the first debate,” Campaign Manager Tom Vandever said. “As more voters in the 5th District hear her concrete plans to bring jobs to our families, I think we are poised to win the final vote count, too.”

    Both campaigns have agreed to slightly different formats for each debate, with questions coming from either audience members, moderators, or the hosts. The campaigns have also agreed to not have any electronic devices, including cell phones, with them at the debates in order to avoid distraction.