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Thursday News: Trump Makes Mockery of Black History, Tries Very Hard to Start a War, Alienate Allies; Protest at National Airport


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, February 2. Also, check out video from the protest last night at National Airport over Trump’s Muslim ban.

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    Concerning the Virginia Beach light rail, one of the newspaper articles points out that they have had a light rail tax for about 4 years and the light rail fund currently has about $24 million in it. So I say, since the voters cancelled the light rail, they should pay the State back its $20 million immediately, not on an installment plan.

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  • Congressman McEachin Statement on President Trump’s Conversation with Australian Prime Minister

    WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement in response to the President’s phone conversation with the Australian Prime Minister:

    “I remain extremely concerned about the actions of this President. Australia is a staunch and stalwart ally of the United States. But, perhaps at least as important, in a world that the president sees as so dangerous he feels compelled to issue a travel ban based on religion, arbitrarily singling out some people and some countries, a ban that has serious economic repercussions, that disconcerts our allies, that separates families and completely undermines our principles and values, he then intentionally jeopardizes our relationship with a longtime ally. One would think that in a world so untrustworthy and dangerous as the president sees it, he would appreciate the value of an ally who has stuck by us. And not just stuck by us in word, but most assuredly in deed.

    “As Senator McCain notes, this is an ally whose people have made the ultimate sacrifice so we and the rest of the world can be safe and secure. This is an ally who has put lives on the line and lost citizens – husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers – to uphold the same values and principles of liberty and freedom, safety and security, that we hold dear.”

  • That makes three Democratic candidates (the other two are Danica Roem and Mansimran Kahlon) vying to take on Del. “Sideshow Bob” Marshall (R-Outer Space)

    Steven Jansen Launches Bid for 13th District Seat of the House of Delegates

    Jansen announces with strong grassroots support, over $10,000 raised in one week

    February 2nd, 2017

    Gainesville, VA – Gun violence prevention advocate and former prosecutor Steven Jansen announced he will be running to replace Del. Bob Marshall in the 13th District of the House of Delegates.

    “I’m running because while parents like me continue to miss homework time and family dinners due to traffic, Delegate Marshall has used his office to bully my LGBTQ neighbors” Jansen said. “As a prosecutor, I worked days, nights and weekends to keep my community safe and provide my neighbors the ability to have a voice in their own public safety. As Delegate, I’ll work tirelessly to protect our community from discrimination and injustice, create jobs, innovate government and ease traffic congestion in Prince William.”

    Jansen is an activist for progressive causes like gun violence prevention and women’s health issues. He is also a professor at American University, where he teaches students on issues of Justice, Law and Criminology.

    Virginia Democrats spoke positively about Jansen’s candidacy. Del. John Bell (HD-87) said, “Steve’s dedication to reducing gun violence, protecting our children and all members of our society are commendable and are indicative of the priorities he will pursue.” And Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory Underwood said, “Steve’s input on how a prosecutor’s dedication to justice can be coupled with community engagement and crime prevention is a valuable resource.”

    Democrats are excited about their prospects in District 13, which voted for Hillary Clinton and expects higher Democratic turnout in 2017 than 2015. “This is a top target and we’re ready to work with the community to elect a Delegate the people of the 13th District deserve” Jansen spokesperson Zack Carroll said. “The enthusiasm we’re seeing after this past election for real change is overwhelming and demonstrated in our strong fundraising. We’re excited to get to work.”

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