Home 2016 elections Saturday News: Trump’s Mad Scientist “Doctor”; Trump’s New Campaign Manager an Anti-Semite...

Saturday News: Trump’s Mad Scientist “Doctor”; Trump’s New Campaign Manager an Anti-Semite with Domestic Violence Charges


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 27. Also, check out President Obama’s weekly address, on combating the Zika virus (and Congressional Republicans failure to take action).

  • Video: NBC News report on Trump “doctor” and Trump’s medical history written in 5 minutes


  • Video: Six Northern Virginia voters share their election perspectives — and voting plans


  • Video: Trump surrogate Paul LePage – “the enemy right now…are people of color or people of Hispanic origin”


  • Elaine Owens

    We all knew that the Republican sequester program, the one that slowed down the recovery from the Great Recession, was going to hit Virginia revenue and jobs. A far-sighted legislature would have taken an already-existing JLARC report on tax breaks and reductions previously passed by the General Assembly and used that information to eliminate those tax exemptions and give-aways that served little or no public good. The report singled out the tax break given to coal companies to “protect jobs” as the most inefficient and wasteful one. Instead, the legislature passed it again. Then, there is what I call “the Mars family perk,” the elimination of the state estate tax. If Virginia used the federal floor of a bit over $5 million before the tax would kick in, I can probably count on my hands the number of Virginians impacted on a year…

    • They could also take billions in Medicaid $$$. But noooooo…..

  • Gotta agree with this, from the Levar Stoney for Richmond Mayor campaign:

    STATEMENT: Morrissey’s Actions Disgraceful & Disqualifying

    RICHMOND, VA – Today, in response to the news that Joe Morrissey presented a “false and knowingly false” defense in 2014 against charges that he had sex with a 17-year-old receptionist working in his law office, Stoney for RVA Communications Director Matt Corridoni released the following statement:

    “Yet again it has come to light that Joe Morrissey does not have sound judgment. His actions are both disgraceful and disqualifying. Richmond deserves an ethical and transparent Mayor who is scandal free – not someone who will continually embarrass our city on the front pages of the newspaper. It’s clear that ‘fighting Joe’ is only interested in fighting for himself and his own political ambitions, no matter the cost.”

  • DPVA Chairwoman Statement Virginia Republicans’ Decision to Nominate by Primary in 2017

    Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on Virginia Republicans’ decision to hold a primary in 2017:

    “Virginia Republicans’ decision to hold a primary provides the same nominating mechanism that delivered Donald Trump a victory on Super Tuesday against a crowded field of candidates. They will not be able to escape their years of pandering to the far right, and their candidates will reflect that strategy.

    “Virginia Republicans will be engaged in a bitter race to the right until primary day, while Virginia Democrats will continue to lay critical groundwork for 2017.”

  • Interesting comments by Bill Bolling, who got totally screwed over in 2013 by Ken Cuccinelli and Company, who rammed through a change in the GOP nominating process from primary to convention:

    I applaud the members of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia for changing course and agreeing to nominate our candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in 2017 in a statewide primary, as opposed to a closed party convention. If we are really interested in growing our party, and in nominating electable candidates, we must involve more people, with more diverse views, in the process of choosing our nominees, and the primary will enable us to do that.

  • Great job by Steve Albertson of The Bull Elephant as always in live blogging the RPV’s State Central Committee meeting today. As for the comments by Mike Pence, they’re both wrong and also scary (e.g., Morton Blackwell is about as hard right as they come; the last thing our country needs is his “rules” “in the West Wing.” Gack.


  • Video: Mike Pence is right that Trump would change things; problem is, that change would be absolutely catastrophic for America


  • Video: Tim Kaine Says We Should Be Expressing Sympathy About Dwyane Wade’s Cousin and Working to Stop Gun Violence