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Thursday News: “Defeating Donald Trump isn’t enough”; War on Women Flares Inside Republican Party


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 27. Also check out Jimmy Kimmel trying to get Trump supporters to say something nice for Hillary Clinton’s birthday.

  • HFA Statement On Trump’s Latest Insult To U.S. Military

    Wednesday, Lt. Gen. John Castellaw released the following statement in response to Trump’s comment that he could ‘sit down and teach a couple things’ to former Army War College dean and retired Army Colonel, Jeff McCausland:

    “Donald Trump’s disrespect for our military knows no bounds. This week, as brave American troops embarked on a crucial mission supporting anti-ISIS forces in Iraq, Trump was already declaring defeat. He called our leaders stupid for not following his uninformed advice. And now he’s personally insulting a military expert and retired Army Colonel who served for 30 years for knocking his ‘plan.’”
    “A complex operation to take a major city – with hundreds of thousands of civilians, untold traps and IEDs, and the possibility of street-to-street fighting – requires careful planning and methodical execution, not a fly-by-night bum’s rush.”

    “But sadly, none of this is surprising coming from Donald Trump. Over the course of this campaign, he has claimed to know more about military operations than our generals do. He has mocked U.S. prisoners of war. He has insulted Gold Star families. He has joked about how he always wanted a Purple Heart. He has never apologized for any of it. He calls our military a ‘disaster’ and then turns around and asks the country to make him our Commander-in-Chief. It’s a disgrace, and we can never let him assume that sacred role.”

    Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (ret) led Marines around the world for 36 years while flying more than two dozen different types of aircraft. Castellaw served with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, commanded the American force in the multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command at the height of the war in Iraq.

  • True Blue

    Little has been mentioned on morning shows about the Trump team and surrogates’ overly eager violation of RNC’s consent decree (1982). Ballot “security,” fabricated “official” vote protector identification cards, and “RNC’s collaboration on efforts to prevent this supposed ‘rigging’ and ‘voter fraud’” all seem to be outright voter intimidation.

    DNC has asked a federal judge to intervene, and I hope the decree is extended for another 8 years. I guess if “Stop the Steal” intimidators videotape at polling places, those of us who care about our civic right and responsibility of voting, and who actually follow the law can record the intimidation.


    “The DNC argues the court should prohibit the RNC from funding any Trump or state organization “ballot security” or “ballot integrity” measures, and order the committee to seek reimbursement for any funds that have gone toward them. The DNC also wants the RNC to distribute the consent decree to all its field offices and report any RNC worker who engages in the practices, and for the court to impose unspecified “coercive” sanctions against the RNC until it is in “full compliance.’”


    “But intimidating voters is precisely what 61-year-old Trump supporter Steve Webb of Ohio plans to do. Webb said he plans to patrol his local polling stations to look for, “Well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he told The Boston Globe. “I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.””

    “For Danielle Lang, the deputy director of voting rights at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, the Vote Protectors’ emphasis on posting livestream video of voters to the internet is especially disturbing. “It’s inherently intimidating and an invasion of privacy” to videotape private citizens at the polls without their consent, Lang told HuffPost. “When that’s being livestreamed to the internet, it amplifies the potentially intimidating aspect of it, and violates a sense of security and privacy people have a right to enjoy at the polls.””


    “Note: If someone is interfering, or attempting to interfere, with your right to vote, or with anyone else’s right to vote, this may be voter intimidation, and a violation of federal law. Please report any such activity to poll workers inside your polling station, and for additional information, call Election Protection, a nationwide network of voting rights lawyers, at 1-866-OUR-VOTE for English or 1-888-Ve-Y-VOTA for Spanish.”

  • True Blue
  • Video: Gary Johnson yet again demonstrates he’s completely unhinged


  • City of Galax passes resolution urging expansion
    of healthcare coverage

    GALAX – In its session on Oct. 24, the City Council of the City of Galax approved a resolution calling on the Commonwealth’s General Assembly and Governor to fully accept federal Medicaid funding to provide healthcare coverage for an estimated 460 low-income city residents.

    The resolution called on the legislature to expand Medicaid or create its own state plan to take advantage of the federal dollars available. It was signed by Mayor C.M. Mitchell.

    Galax is located in the southwest corner of Virginia, an area that has been hit especially hard by a massive increase in opioid abusers and a decrease in the number of medical providers available in the region.

    Medicaid is the federal and state program that offers healthcare coverage for the poor and disabled. The low-income persons who would be covered cannot afford to purchase through the Affordable Care Act’s Exchange Marketplace but don’t qualify for Virginia’s current Medicaid program because of its restrictive eligibility limits.

    The resolution also touted the economic benefit of Medicaid expansion, including bringing $6.2 million a day from the federal government into Virginia, bolstering the state’s hospital and healthcare industry and the general economy as well. The Department of Medical Assistance Services estimates that Virginia would see a net savings of $265 million through fiscal years 2022, with the state’s small match being more than offset by savings in healthcare for inmates, mental health, indigent care and other state-funded health services.

    Recent health insurance statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that the rate of uninsured fell last year in 47 states and the District of Columbia, including Virginia. Nationwide, the rate of uninsured dropped from 10.4 percent in 2014 to 9.1 percent. Virginia’s uninsured rate in 2015 matched the national average at 9.1 percent, but decreased at a lower rate than nationally. Virginia is one of 19 states nationally that hasn’t taken the federal dollars to expand coverage for its citizens.

    In Virginia, many city, town and county officials know that they have a healthcare crisis. In cities like Galax, hundreds of residents lack basic health insurance coverage. Local hospitals and healthcare facilities are struggling to provide adequate charity care. The decision on drawing down federal Medicaid dollars for a Virginia plan to close the coverage gap is a decision that must be made by the General Assembly.

    According to Executive Director Kim Bobo, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy hopes these resolutions being adopted by communities across the Commonwealth can help members of the General Assembly realize the local constituent support that exists to close Virginia’s healthcare coverage gap.

    For information on the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, please visit http://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org.

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