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Monday News: “The GOP’s Youth-Vote Disaster;” Clinton’s Polling “Bump” Holding Steady for Now


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 8.

  • Bigoted, theocratic nutter EW Jackson rips Rep. Scott Rigell (R) for endorsing Gary Johnson over Donald Trump


  • Video: Possible independent Republican presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks to “Penn in Washington”


  • Signed up on Evan McMullin’s website, here’s the message I got:


    Thank you for stepping up and supporting Evan McMullin’s campaign for president!

    Evan has spent his entire career in service to our nation and today he’s continuing on that path as a candidate for president — he is running, first and foremost, out of a deep love for this country, and because he understands the true brand of American leadership that is required to be Commander-in-Chief.

    With your help, we can ensure that our movement is successful.

    Thank you for stepping up and giving a voice to millions of Americans.

    – Evan McMullin for President

  • New Video: The Dangers of Trumponomics


  • Evan McMullin explains why he’s running:

    My Fellow Americans,

    Our American Nation is the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known. It’s given generations of citizens the blessings of liberty ever since the Founding Fathers risked their lives in what seemed like an improbable bid for independence. While the republic they created was one of imperfect freedoms, for 240 years the arc of progress and liberty has moved ever-upward. Even in times of economic crisis and war, our nation has been a singular source of hope for people throughout the world yearning for liberty, dignity and opportunity.

    I proudly and quietly served our country for most of my adult life, first as an undercover operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency and more recently as a senior national security and policy advisor in the House of Representatives. My service has given me unique, firsthand knowledge of the threats our nation faces, the burdens borne by hardworking Americans, and the numerous areas of our government that desperately need reform.

    Like millions of Americans, I had hoped this year would bring us better nominees who, despite party differences, could offer compelling visions of a better future. Instead, we have been left with two candidates who are fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek.

    Hillary Clinton is a corrupt career politician who has recklessly handled classified information in an attempt to avoid accountability and put American lives at risk including those of my former colleagues. She fails the basic tests of judgment and ethics any candidate for President must meet. Moreover, she only offers stale economic ideas like the same old top-down government control that has brought us eight years of historically low growth.

    Donald Trump appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time we need unity, not division. Republicans are deeply divided by a man who is perilously close to gaining the most powerful position in the world, and many rightly see him as a real threat to our Republic. Given his obvious personal instability, putting him in command of our military and nuclear arsenal would be deeply irresponsible. His infatuation with strongmen and demagogues like Vladimir Putin is anathema to America values. We cannot and must not elect him.

    Millions of Americans are not being represented by either of these candidates; those of us who care about the strength of the military and intelligence services find little to embrace in either Trump or Clinton.

    Americans who believe in limited, Constitutional government that is smaller, smarter, and more accountable view both Clinton and Trump as symbols of corruption and excess that provide no hope of basic competence in the federal government.

    Those who embrace the dignity and value of every human life from conception until death; who understand the crushing danger of our unsustainable national debt; who believe deference to our Constitution outweighs partisan political priorities are all looking for something better than the two major party candidates are offering. These foundational and time-tested principles transcend party and politics but sadly have no champion in this election. We must not abandon the fight for these values, for doing so will deprive future generations of Americans the bright future we want to give them.

    With the stakes so high for our nation and at this late stage in the process, I can no longer stand on the sidelines. Our country needs leaders who are in it for the right reasons and who actually understand what makes this country the greatest on earth. Leaders who will unite us and guide us to a prosperous, secure future, beyond the dysfunction of a broken political system.

    Just as the American Revolution required men and women devoted to liberty and freedom to stand up and be counted, this moment calls a new generation to the same sacred task. With that in mind, I have decided to pursue the cause of American renewal and the Presidency of the United States of America.

    With Hope For Our Future,

    Evan McMullin

    Evan McMullin is an independent candidate for President.

  • From the Clinton campaign:

    New Analysis: Virginia Could Add 271,000 Jobs Under Clinton, Lose 89,000 Jobs Under Trump

    Findings Emphasize Contrast Between Clinton’s Economic Agenda and Trump’s Career Record of Outsourcing, Stiffing Workers

    Hillary for Virginia today is announcing new analysis that shows Virginia could add 271,000 jobs under Hillary Clinton’s economic plans, while it could lose 89,000 jobs under a Donald Trump presidency. The findings are based on two recent reports by Moody’s economist and former adviser to John McCain, Mark Zandi. Zandi’s analysis showed that under Clinton’s plans, the economy overall would create 10.4 million jobs nationwide while under Trump, the economy would lose 3.4 million jobs and the nation would plunge into a “lengthy recession.”

    Clinton has pledged to make the largest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II in her first 100 days in office. This plan would grow jobs in Virginia by making the boldest investments in infrastructure since President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system, investing in Virginia’s manufacturing, and cutting taxes and reducing red tape for Virginia’s small businesses, among other provisions.

    “Hillary will break through Washington gridlock to make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, putting us on a path to a stronger future,” said Congressman Don Beyer. “She will help rebuild our roads, bridges, and airports, and invest in our public transportation – including our Metro rail system…With Hillary Clinton’s help, we can make this progress happen and we can create new jobs in the process.”

    “A job is more than just a paycheck. It allows hard-working people to get ahead, it gives those who have made mistakes in their past to get their life on track, and it provides parents the opportunity to provide a better life for their children,” said Congressman Bobby Scott. “Hardworking Americans can’t afford another recession brought by Trump. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who will ensure our economy in Norfolk, Virginia, and as a country continues to grow and thrive.”

    “As a member of the Virginia House Commerce and Labor Committee, I know steady and continued economic growth requires investment and support of our new and growing industries,” said Delegate Jennifer McClellan. “Hillary Clinton understands this, and has pledged in her first 100 days in office to make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, putting us on a path to a stronger future.”

    “In Virginia, we would see a gain of 270,000 jobs under Hillary Clinton and a loss of about 90,000 jobs under Donald Trump,” said former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden Jared Bernstein. “Those are two extremely different visions for the American economy and I know which one will work for American households.”

    A full fact sheet on today’s analysis of Zandi’s findings and additional details on how Clinton’s 100-Days jobs agenda would benefit Virginia and create jobs is attached. The estimated job gains and losses in Virginia under Clinton’s plans and Trump’s plans were calculated by distributing Zandi’s national projections evenly among the states in proportion to their populations.

  • Beyer Statement on Federal Transit Administration’s WMATA Track Integrity Report
    Track Integrity Investigation Report & Safety Directive Calls For Additional Training and Supervision, And Inspection Overhaul

    August 8, 2016 (Washington, DC) – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today released its Track Integrity Investigation on the WMATA Metrorail system. The investigation, which addresses inspections from FTA’s Spring 2016 safety blitz and mostly predates WMATA’s SafeTrack plan, found major, longstanding deficiencies in the way that WMATA conducts rail inspections and protocol used to carry out routine repairs and track work. The FTA report was accompanied by a safety directive outlining a series of twelve required corrective action steps, including updates to WMATA’s manuals and training for safety inspections and trackwork.

    “Today’s report is alarming, but not surprising,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “It again highlights what has been painfully obvious for years: Metro’s safety culture is lacking. The WMATA rank-and-file workforce has taken much of the blame for recent safety lapses, and while employees should and have been held accountable, that accountability must extend throughout the chain of command. It is unacceptable for the nation’s second largest subway system to have inadequate training protocols for basic track inspections. We cannot expect our WMATA workforce to succeed if we do not give them the basic tools and resources required to achieve success.”

    WMATA has confirmed that it intends to comply with FTA’s twelve action steps. One of the first of these reads, “WMATA must commit adequate resources and technically qualified personnel to the inspection of special trackwork and the completion of required corrective maintenance.”