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Wednesday News: Under Trump, “Voodoo” Is Back; Trump Blinks on Wall; Dorothy McAuliffe for Congress?


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 26.

  • Can someone explain how the NRA is popular when 80%+ of Americans disagree with them?


  • Sexual harassment network (Fox) right wingnut Jesse Waters: “I really like how she was speaking into that microphone”


  • Esther Ferington

    We have to push back as much as before to resist the new, even more dangerous version of “Trumpcare” from passing the House, where there are strong pressures on the GOP reps to vote for it. Unfortunately, this is not going away.

    I attach two Virginia-specific charts from Charles Gaba’s ACASignups that break out how many Virginians would be uninsured due to this plan and its regular reiterations. Notice that this is broken out by congressional district. To see more on the topic go to acasignups.net. I do copyediting on the blog, FYI.

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    • Agreed, this is NOT going away…at least unless/until Dems take back the House.

  • As Trump approaches 100 days, his Gallup approval rating is in abysmal territory


  • From NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia:

    Governor McAuliffe Signs Proactive Reproductive Health Bill Into Law
    NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Celebrates First Proactive Women’s Health Bill in a Decade

    Arlington, Va. – In front of a packed room of women’s health advocates this afternoon, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 2267, a bill requiring all health insurance plans sold in Virginia starting in 2018 to include coverage for women to receive up to a 12-month supply of hormonal birth control at one time when prescribed by a licensed health care provider.

    HB 2267, introduced by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), passed overwhelmingly in the House (94-1) and Senate (34-6). Of the 10 proactive reproductive health and rights bills introduced in the 2017 General Assembly, HB 2267 is the only one to pass the General Assembly. The same bill was introduced during the 2016 session, but was quickly defeated in committee in both chambers.

    “We are thrilled that this proactive reproductive health bill passed the General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support this year,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Ensuring Virginia women have better and easier access to birth control is just common sense. Women lead busy lives and reducing obstacles to consistent birth control use is just one more way women can be supported in their family planning decisions. Having access to consistent, reliable birth control helps build happy, healthy, and strong communities and families.”

    “That said, it’s shocking we’ve waited more than a decade for the Virginia General Assembly to pass a bill that proactively improves reproductive health care access,” Keene continued. “This is a small step in the right direction for the General Assembly toward enacting the polices we need to support all Virginia women’s control of their reproductive health and their family’s economic security. We look forward to working more with both Republicans and Democrats in coming years to continue making reproductive health care more accessible to women across the commonwealth.”

    Right now, most women’s insurance only covers them to receive one- or three-month supplies of their birth control at one time, even if they have a prescription for a full year. Public health experts recommend dispensing a longer supply to help reduce gaps in use so women can use their birth control as effectively as possible. A 2011 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that dispensing a twelve-month supply of oral contraceptives to patients at one time reduced the likelihood of unintended pregnancy by 30% and the likelihood of abortion by 46%. This policy is particularly important for women who live in rural areas, women who lack reliable access to transportation, young women away from home at school, mothers who juggle multiple work and family commitments, and anyone else who has trouble getting to the pharmacy within a narrow window each month.

  • Video: Rep. Donald McEachin speaks about the importance of Earth Day, will form “united for climate task force” to focus on environmental justice


  • Rep. Donald McEachin:

    “President Trump has once again put his special interest friends ahead of hardworking Americans. The Trump Administration wants to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. This reduction would be a massive subsidy solely for corporations and the wealthy – at the cost of vital services families depend on. Not coincidentally, President Trump’s own business interests would likely see massive benefits. Instead of serving wealthy special interests, government should be investing in infrastructure, workforce training, and other initiatives to create opportunities for all Americans. I am deeply disappointed that President Trump does not agree.”

  • Video: Arlington County Board Debate