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Thursday News: “Political violence is no joke;” “Trump confronts ‘common decency’”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 11. Also, check out this video of Trump yesterday claiming President Obama and Hillary Clinton “founded ISIS,” and decide for yourself if Trump is: a) utterly evil; b) completely insane; c) a pathological liar; d) all of the above. I know, hard to choose.

  • Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis: “To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie, someone who believed if he killed the President the actress from that movie would notice him. Your glib and horrifying comment about “Second Amendment people” was heard around the world. It was heard by sane and decent people who shudder at your fondness for verbal violence. It was heard by your supporters, many of whom gleefully and angrily yell, “Lock her up!” at your rallies. It was heard by the person sitting alone in a room, locked in his own dark fantasies, who sees unbridled violence as a way to make his mark in the world, and is just looking for ideas. Yes, Mr. Trump, words matter. But then you know that, which makes this all even more horrifying.”

  • Elaine Owens

    If far too many Americans had not slept through their high school government class, they would know that no president can “abolish” a constitutional amendment. Presidents cannot propose amendments to the Constitution. Congress has that power. It takes 2/3rds of both houses of Congress to pass an amendment resolution, which does not require a presidential signature. After that, 3/4ths of the states have to ratify that amendment for it to be incorporated into the Constitution. Any presidential candidate who says they can change the Constitution, or any candidate who accuses his/her opponent of wanting to do that, is a lying, ignorant fool. (If the shoe fits, Donald Trump,…)

  • Hillary for America senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s false claim that President Obama founded ISIS:

    “This is another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States. It goes without saying that this is a false claim from a presidential candidate with an aversion to the truth and an unprecedented lack of knowledge. What’s remarkable about Trump’s comments is that once again, he’s echoing the talking points of Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests, while failing to offer any serious plans to confront terrorism or make this country more secure.”

  • Governor McAuliffe Announces Utility-Scale Solar Project in Buckingham County

    RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today a permit for a new solar facility to be built by Firestone Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Virginia Solar. Once complete, the 19.8-megawatt project will be the first utility-scale solar generator of its kind in Buckingham County.

    “This project is a significant step towards meeting Virginia’s renewable energy goals and is a harbinger of good things to come,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Solar energy is an essential part of our efforts to diversify our energy mix and build a new Virginia economy. Virginia has a host of other commercial-size solar projects in the pipeline, and I look forward to continuing our work to make our Commonwealth a global leader in the renewable energy sector.”

    Construction of the approximately 200-acre facility is expected to begin early next year and to be completed by the end of 2017. Costs are estimated to fall between $30 and $35 million.

    “Clean energy is the foundation of our economic and environmental future. Supporting Virginia’s solar industry and developing our renewable energy portfolio will safeguard our natural resources and allow our economy to flourish,” said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.

    The “permit by rule,” issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, contains provisions to ensure the environment is protected at the Buckingham site.

    “DEQ is looking forward to issuing more of these renewable energy permits in the future. Our priority will be to take the steps necessary to protect Virginia’s environment while helping the Commonwealth become a leader in renewable energy production,” said DEQ Director David Paylor.

    “We are very pleased and thankful to Buckingham County and the Commonwealth of Virginia for supporting a 100 percent Virginia-owned and -operated utility scale solar developer by approving our Firestone solar project’s state permit,” said Matthew Meares of Virginia Solar. “We hope this is the first of many such projects by Virginia Solar in the Commonwealth promoting Governor McAuliffe’s goals of helping the environment, creating new economic drivers, utilizing Virginia products and services, and attracting technology business to the Commonwealth.”

  • Video: Hillary Clinton speech on economic policy


  • Audio: Trump doubles down on Obama/Clinton as “founders” of ISIS. The only question is whether there’s a method to his madness; I can’t figure it out if there is one.