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Monday News: President Obama at Kennedy Center; Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Victory (for now); Paul Ryan Plays Dumb


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, December 5. Also, check out President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception last night. Have I mentioned recently how much I’m going to miss Barack and Michelle Obama? I would have anyway, even if Hillary Clinton won the election, but with the horror of Trump and all his crazies coming in…yeah, I’m REALLY going to miss them. Class, intelligence, sanity — are those things too much to ask from our President???


    ROANOKE, VA-Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) announced that he will run for reelection in Virginia’s Eleventh District in the House of Delegates. Rasoul will seek the Democratic party’s nomination early next year.

    “There’s not a day I look around and fail to see someone in need of help,” Rasoul said. “My mission in life and in elected office is to help as many people as possible, so that is why I am seeking reelection to the House of Delegates. There is still a lot of work to be done to shape policy and take initiative to improve the lives of people in Roanoke and across the Commonwealth. Serving and empowering the people of the Roanoke Valley is a privilege I take seriously. I want everyone to feel like they have a voice and a place at the table,” said Rasoul.

    Rasoul is in his second term in the Virginia General Assembly, during which he has placed fair redistricting, healthcare access, and early childhood development among his top priorities. Raised in the Roanoke Valley, Rasoul is a small business owner. He served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm prior to being elected to the House of Delegates and currently runs a consulting company focused on organizational change.

  • Audio: Ben Carson on 11/15 explains why he will not accept Trump admin cabinet post


  • If EW Jackson is against Keith Ellison (note that Jackson spelled his name wrong), Ellison must be doing something right! LOL


  • Sen. Tim Kaine statement on nomination of Gen. Mattis to be Secretary of Defense:

    “General Mattis has unquestionable expertise in military operations and a unique understanding of our complex security environment. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I look forward to hearing General Mattis’ plans for addressing both the security environment and organizational reforms to the Department of Defense. I would also like to hear how the Trump Administration intends to address the destabilizing role state actors like Russia have played on Western democracies, the threat to global security posed by nationalist movements, and considerations for a more effective counter-terrorism strategy.

    “With respect to the legal barrier to General Mattis serving as Secretary of Defense, I plan to carefully evaluate any exceptions to this law with respect to their implications for civilian control of the military.”

  • Video: WH Spokesman Responds To Trump’s Taiwan Call


  • Tim Kaine statement on nomination of Ben Carson as HUD Secretary:

    “The next HUD Secretary will lead an organization with over 8,000 employees and a budget of $47 billion that is charged with addressing the housing needs faced by our most vulnerable populations and enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination. Families face the challenge of finding an affordable and decent place to live with access to good jobs and quality schools when rents are exploding and access to the mortgage market is limited. It’s critical that Congress act to address these problems and have a strong partner at HUD to achieve results. I am interested to learn Dr. Carson’s approach to these issues.”

    Before serving in federal, state and local government, Kaine spent his legal career as a fair housing lawyer from 1984 to 2001. During that time, his cases were focused on implementing provisions of the Fair Housing Act throughout Virginia. As a Richmond lawyer, he represented Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME) in its historic suit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance for industry-wide redlining practices in the issuance of homeowners insurance.