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Tuesday News: Trump’s “Arbitrary,” “Senseless” New Travel Ban; GOP #FAIL on Health Care Reform; “Focus on Trump in Va. governor race”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 7.

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    Worldwide rush to solar power
    Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China – the guardian
    The oil men are going to try to derail this.

  • From DPVA:

    Moral Courage from GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Nowhere To Be Found

    Both Democrats Running for Governor Have Condemned Trump’s Refreshed Muslim Ban; None of the GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Have Commented on Round Two

    While Donald Trump continued his obsession with religious discrimination yesterday, the Republicans running for governor have been silent on Trump’s refreshed Muslim ban.

    Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart, Frank Wagner and Denver Riggleman all once rallied around Trump in support of his first Muslim ban — but now their moral courage to stand with or against the Republican president seems to be lost.

    Virginians are already suffering from Trump’s prejudice administration. Khizr Khan, a Virginian who has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years, had his travel privileges revoked yesterday and his status is reportedly under review.

    Not only is Trump’s executive order un-American, it has already harmed the Virginia economy, put the Commonwealth’s national security at risk and threatened the country’s standing around the world.

    “When it comes to testing the moral courage of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and the entire Republican ticket are simply cowards,” said DPVA spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. “Virginians can’t rely on these Republican candidates to stand up against prejudice policies that have already risked our national security, harmed the Commonwealth’s economy and are tearing families apart. These Republicans have already backed Trump’s Muslim ban once, and Virginians deserve to know where they stand for round two.”

  • Dan Rather:

    At some points words fail, or they are starting to fail me. We have an Administration in freefall. Have we passed through the circle of chaos? Are we at the circle of havoc?

    The real Donald Trump has stood up, once again. Let no one ever be fooled. Let there be no doubt. The man who sends out a twitter tirade accusing a former President of crimes for which he provides no evidence, the man who doubles down when everyone with any sense pushes back, that man is our Commander in Chief. Every one who normalizes Mr. Trump now, or has in the past, will have to answer to future generations for their acquiescence, silence or sophistry—if, indeed, not outright cowardice.

    How hollow do all those pundit plaudits (including from many progressives) sound now for an average and disingenuous speech of someone else’s words read from a teleprompter to Congress and the nation a week ago? A “presidential” Trump is a punchline to a joke no one wants to have told. Conspiracy theories are corrosive in society at large. When they dictate national policy, they can be lethal.

    This is a man who challenged the citizenship of President Obama, with lies, innuendo, and no evidence. This is a man who claimed widespread voter fraud with lies, innuendo, and no evidence. This is a man who has taken a rhetorical blowtorch to our Constitutional principles with lies, innuendo, and no evidence. Those who rose in Congress to applaud his turns of phrase bear responsibility. Those who cynically use his presidency to push forward unpopular giveaways to the rich and well connected bear responsibility. Those in the press who meet insults with explanations bear responsibility.

    Even the most grounded of presidents must fight to keep themselves moored to the real world. The Oval Office can be a bubble. Power attracts sycophants and cynics. But I have never seen anything like this. The sheer level of paranoia that is radiating out of the White House is untenable to the workings of a republic. I have a real question if President Trump actually believes what he is saying. Even Richard Nixon, the most paranoid president to date, ruled for years with a relatively calm hand. This Administration has been an off kilter whirlwind since the inauguration, and news reports suggest that seething anger from Mr. Trump is only getting worse. There is a growing consensus that the President may be “unhinged.” It’s a serious allegation, but even if it is not the case, Mr. Trump only has himself to blame.

    To call a drama Shakespearean or operatic is usually an overreach. But I imagine artists of the future, and even the present, will find ample inspiration in our moment in history. Doesn’t Steve Bannon strike you as an Iago whispering in the ear of an Othello-like Trump, consumed by jealousy and paranoia?

    As the questions mount around Russia, as the circles of defense begin to falter, the determination to create diversions will escalate. But if the President hoped he could create a distraction, I think he misjudged the will of the American people. We have woken. We are paying attention. And we love our country too much to let it falter without a fight.

  • Beyer Statement On House Republican Health Care Bill

    March 7, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Rep. Don Beyer released the following statement today regarding the Republican healthcare bill:

    “In his address to Congress last week, the President promised a healthcare program that would ‘expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.’ The bill which House Republicans unveiled last night does none of these things.

    It instead represents a huge tax cut for the wealthy, paid for in large part by gutting Medicaid. It shifts costs to working families and seniors, who will be forced to pay more for less coverage, and threatens Medicare’s solvency. The Republican proposal strips health coverage from millions of Americans, and weakens coverage for millions more.

    House Republicans know that these provisions fail to deliver on their promises, and that this bill will be wildly unpopular. That is why they are rushing the bill through without allowing time for people to learn about it, without explaining how they will pay for it, and without allowing the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office it to score its effects on the deficit and on the numbers of people left uninsured.

    Anyone concerned about the health of Americans or the financial well-being of the country will oppose this bill.”

  • Sen. Tim Kaine statement on GOP health care plan:

    “I have serious concerns with the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will reduce the number of Americans with health insurance and raise health care costs for patients. Republicans had seven years to pull together a plan, and now they insist on rushing to pass a bill without taking the time to analyze the cost and impact on the American people. For years, I’ve supported bipartisan improvements to the ACA, and I’m happy to sit down at the table with Republicans to discuss ways to fix our health care system. But I will not support a plan that dismantles Medicaid, raises costs for Virginia’s middle class families and seniors, and defunds Planned Parenthood while massively cutting taxes for the wealthy. We cannot walk back the years of progress we have already made to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable care.”

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on New Congressional Health Care Legislation

    Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the health care legislation Republicans in the U.S. Congress introduced last night:

    “We are still awaiting more detailed cost and impact analyses of the health care proposal put forward by congressional Republicans and supported by President Trump, but an early examination raises serious concerns about how it could impact states like Virginia and the people who live here. It is clear that this bill puts partisan promises ahead of people’s health.

    “Around 400,000 Virginians have signed up for health insurance through the ACA’s federal exchange. Eighty-four percent of them rely on federal subsidies to keep their coverage. Stripping any of these individuals of coverage or forcing them to sign up for more costly but less comprehensive coverage will be unacceptable here in Virginia and across the nation – particularly if those actions are taken to fund a tax cut for the wealthy.

    “Medicaid provides around one million Virginians the care they need to live healthy and productive lives, and it delivers long-term care and support for the elderly and disabled. Any scheme to save the federal government money by pushing increased costs onto the states will harm the Virginia budget, our economy and the quality of health services we provide families in every corner of the Commonwealth. It will force the Commonwealth to make difficult choices about the individuals we cover, the benefits we provide and the rates we can afford to pay. This proposal also puts states like Virginia that unwisely refused to expand Medicaid at a permanent economic and health disadvantage to the states that did.

    “Women’s health providers like Planned Parenthood offer essential, low-cost health services that many Virginians would otherwise go without. Stripping these organizations of federal funding is an extreme political attack that harms Virginia families and our economy.

    “Quality affordable health care is not a privilege, it is a necessity of a productive life and taking away health care access or making it more expensive doesn’t just hurt the families involved – it harms entire economies. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect – but it has helped millions of Americans access health coverage that is the bedrock of economic opportunity. On behalf of the people of Virginia, I hope our leaders in Washington will take the proper time and care to put people ahead of politics and only take actions that will build on the ACA to make health care more accessible and affordable, not less.”

  • “Major campaign announcement” by Del. Sam Rasoul tomorrow. What could it be? Seems VERY late to be jumping into anything for 2017, but maybe Congress 2018 or something?


  • More over-the-top histrionics from Corey Stewart. Oh, and he also announces that he has over 15,500 signatures and will make the GOP ballot for gov.


    They’ve attacked us — both verbally and physically.

    They’ve threatened and intimidated us.

    They’ve done everything they can to shut us up and force me out of the race for Governor.

    But Lowell — THEY FAILED.

    And I’m excited to let you know that we’ve passed the Republican Party of Virginia’s “pre-check” process by turning in more than 15,500 signatures — to add my name to the ballot.

    That means it’s full speed ahead to the June 13 Republican Primary.

    Exciting as it may be, now is not the time to rest or slow down.

    Instead, it’s time to press the pedal down and campaign harder than ever to get our winning message out across the Commonwealth.

    You see Lowell, there are only 98 days before the Republican Primary.

    My campaign team has developed a proven, state of the art, grassroots mobilization program that will give hundreds of volunteers across the Commonwealth the tools to help me win the June 13 Republican Primary and take back Richmond in November.

    This includes a conservative voter mobilization plan consisting of email, direct mail, phone banking, online and social media ads, and if we have the resources, hard-hitting TV and radio ads all designed to spread my conservative message to voters across Virginia.

    As you can see, there’s a lot of work to do over the next three months.

    And I pledge to give it everything I’ve got to defeat the establishment on June 13 and take back Richmond from the political elites in November.

    But I can’t do it without you in my corner.

    That’s why I’m asking you to please chip in a generous contribution to my campaign to let me know you’re with me.

    Whether it’s a larger gift like $250 or $500, or a smaller contribution like $25, $35 or $50, all I ask is that you please do all you can at this time.

    And Lowell, no matter the amount, please know I consider it a sacred trust and I promise to be a good steward of your investment.

    So please click HERE to make a generous contribution to my campaign and let me know you’re with me.

    Unlike my establishment opponent, I don’t have — nor do I want — big special interest PAC money fueling my campaign.

    Instead, this campaign is fueled by hard-working Americans like you who are ready to take their country back and restore liberty and freedom.

    In fact, our campaign turned in 1,000 signature more than my big government opponent.

    Our strength is in our numbers.

    Click HERE to chip in and let me know you’re with me.

    Thank you in advance for your continued support.

    Thank you,

    Corey Stewart

  • Sen. Mark Warner:

    “Trumpcare, the House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, will cover less and cost more, and lead millions of Americans to lose coverage altogether.

    “Trumpcare cuts and caps Medicaid, which means a state like Virginia which did not expand Medicaid gets the short end of the stick. In addition, the taxes on very wealthy people which helped pay for the ACA are eliminated under Trumpcare, and the House is rushing this bill through without saying how much it adds to the budget deficit.

    “Instead of improving what we have, Trumpcare seems designed to cover fewer Americans, and makes that coverage less generous and less affordable.”

  • LG Ralph Northam:

    “This is a despicable effort to bar women from accessing the quality, affordable healthcare. Rolling back the clock on Roe v. Wade will have real-life, adverse effects on women’s health outcomes across the board. That’s dangerous. Republicans are making it crystal clear that women’s healthcare merited zero consideration in the seven years they’ve had to formulate their shoddy alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

    “As a physician, I know healthcare choices are best left between a woman and her doctor. I’ve never wavered on defending a woman’s right to choose and I never will. Now more than ever, we must stand strong against these efforts to shame women for determining their reproductive care. I call on Virginia Republicans to break with President Trump and Congressional Republicans and condemn this legislation that will cost the country and patients dearly.”

  • Video: Arlington County Board Vice Chair Katie Cristol speaks at rally against Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 (introduced by Yasmine Taeb)


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  • Rep. Donald McEachin:

    “I firmly believe that the House Republicans’ ACA repeal bill would hurt the hardworking people of the 4th Congressional District. Instead of working to improve a law that has already helped 20 million Americans access quality and affordable healthcare, my Republican colleagues have unveiled a replacement that would reduce coverage, increase costs, and worsen outcomes. For the past seven years, Republicans have disparaged the ACA — and, now, after all this time, they can only offer this pathetic excuse as a replacement.

    “We must not return to a time to when individuals with pre-existing conditions and disabilities could be denied care. We must not return to a time when millions more Americans were uninsured. But that is exactly where this bill would take us. As a cancer conqueror, I know on a personal level how important access to affordable healthcare is. I will not stand by while Republicans make Americans suffer.

    “The Republicans promised to replace the Affordable Care Act with, in President Trump’s words, ‘something great’. This bill is proof that those were hollow, meaningless promises. If they actually wanted to help hardworking Americans, Republicans would devote their time to fixing what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act instead of providing Americans with a bill that helps fewer and increases costs.”