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Wednesday News: “Donald Trump’s Jewish Problem”; CPAC Highlights Bigotry, Right-Wing Extremism; Dave Brat Town Hall


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, February 22.

  • Congressman McEachin Joins Lawmakers in Call for Investigation on Anti-Semitic Actions

    RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) joined his colleagues on a letter urging the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate the nation-wide threats on Jewish Community Centers.

    The letter to Secretary Kelly, Attorney General Sessions, and Director Comey call for swift assessment of the situation and to advise Congress on specific steps currently being taken or what will be taken to deter the recent anonymous telephone bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) around the country, or “telephone terrorism.”

    “All of us must stand together against any and all hateful speech or actions ranging from threats to community centers to the vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri. Anti-Semitism and all kinds of bigotry must be strongly opposed,” said Congressman Donald McEachin.

    Lawmakers seek to identify and prosecute the perpetrators for violations of federal criminal laws and provide federal funding on an expedited basis for the purpose of enabling JCCs to enhance security measures such as physical barriers and guards, in the event that an individual seeks to act upon these threats.

  • Video: Last night’s raucous Dave Brat town hall in Blackstone, Virginia


  • Northam Applauds Ruling to Uphold Maryland Assault Weapons Ban

    Richmond, VA – Yesterday, in a 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said assault weapons banned under Maryland law aren’t protected by the Second Amendment.

    Lieutenant Governor Northam issued the following statement in response to the ruling;

    “I applaud the Circuit Court’s decision to deny assault weapons Second Amendment protections and uphold Maryland’s right to issue strong gun regulations. I’ve spent my life around guns, I know guns — but there is a big difference between the guns I grew up using on the Eastern Shore for recreation and weapons of war. I witnessed the damage these guns can do firsthand as an Army doctor during the First Gulf War. As governor, I will reiterate my call for an assault weapons ban right here in Virginia. That’s the kind of commonsense gun reform I’ve been fighting for and will continue to fight for in Richmond. No more of our communities should have to feel what these weapons are capable of.”

  • From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus:

    GOP Votes to Allow Workers’ Comp Commissioners to Carry Concealed Handguns Without Permit

    RICHMOND, Va. – In their continuing effort to ensure the widespread proliferation of guns, House Republicans yesterday passed a bill that would permit commissioners and deputy commissioners of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission to carry concealed handguns without a permit.

    “Republicans have introduced legislation this session that would put guns everywhere from schools to emergency shelters,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “They are also working to create so many exemptions to the conceal-and-carry permitting process that it will eventually be rendered obsolete. While Democrats have been fighting to create jobs and expand economic opportunity, Republicans have been focused on advancing the NRA’s agenda.”

    “House Democrats have introduced legislation this session to raise the minimum wage, establish a paid family leave program, and help borrowers refinance student loan debt,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “Republicans killed all these bills, yet managed to pass legislation that would expand access to guns rather than education or economic opportunity. While Democrats have been laser-focused on creating jobs, Republicans have been distracted by crafting so many exemptions to the conceal-and-carry permitting process that they may as well repeal it.”

  • Video: Rep. Scott Taylor downplays Russian connections to Donald Trump.


  • From the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus:


    RICHMOND – This afternoon, after a lengthy floor debate, the Republican controlled Senate passed HB 2000 by Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) on a party line vote to permanently bar localities from adopting sanctuary city policies. The bill now heads to Governor McAuliffe’s desk.

    Said Senate Democratic Leader Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), “Currently, there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. Therefore, there has been absolutely no demonstrated need for a bill like this — which is sure to be vetoed by the Governor in short order.”

    Said Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), “Whether it is intentional or not, this is a messaging bill sending a message to immigrants, whether they are here legally or not, that they are not welcome. American citizens are being swept up in ICE raids along with undocumented immigrants. We are better than this as a Commonwealth.”

    Said Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), “The Supremacy Clause already covers this. All this bill does is frighten children.”

    Said Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), “This bill sends a pretty clear message. It’s a message that we’re hearing a lot these days. This is a policy that isn’t American and it isn’t Virginian. Bills like this run counter to our values.”

    Said Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), “We’re already struggling to adequately fund our state police and now we’re increasing their workload. We do not have the resources to fund this measure, and it is counter-productive.”

    Said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), “Whenever our values are under attack – like they are when our colleagues try to pass bills like this – this Caucus will stand up and fight back.”

  • Video: Virginia State Sen. Scott Surovell Fights Anti-Sanctuary City Law


  • Video: Virginia State Sen. Jennifer McClellan speaks in opposition to Anti-“Sanctuary Cities” bill


  • Video: Full debate on anti-“Sanctuary Cities” bill in Virginia State Senate


  • Craaazy EW Jackson strikes again, claims CA being punished by droughts/floods not b/c of global warming but b/c they are “leftist, lawless”


    • True Blue

      Has EWWW commented about the southern red or “kind of red” states, AL, GA, SC, NC, LA, AR, KY, TN, TX, MS, FL who regularly experience disasters such as tornados, flooding, hurricanes, or man-made earthquakes in OK? They must fit the category of lawless as well.

      Thank God that a doctor, one who “gets” science, overwhelmingly was voted for VA LG!

      • Ewwwww apparently thinks: a) there is a micromanaging deity; b) that micromanaging deity does exactly what bigots like EW Jackson want him/her/it to do.

        • True Blue

          So EWWW’s savior, the “I’m the only one who can fix it,” hasn’t yet protected Americans from chaos or confusion or corruption or climate change or ANYTHING? Why not? SAD!

          • It’s all in the Gospels…somewhere or other…ok maybe not — wonder if EWWW has even read (let alone understood) the New Testament. He sure doesn’t act like it.

          • True Blue

            That and EWWW’s prez should have moved mountains by now, right? He’s had a whole month. All talk, no action?

          • I mean, if it only took 6 days to create the entire universe…you’d think the divinely-ordained Trump could have gotten SOMETHING done in over a month! LOL