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Friday News: Kushner the Focus of Russia Investigation; Trump at NATO Beyond Embarrassing; “The conservative mind has become diseased”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 26.

  • Washington (Com)Post calls a violent assault a “scuffle.” “Scuffle?” Try “assault.” A “scuffle” (https://www.google.com/#q=scuffle) is “a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters.” Again, this wasn’t a “scuffle,” this was an ASSAULT!

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4203/34059608024_65cac14f3f_o.jpg

  • Marc Hapke

    Another step in our seemingly inexorable march toward fascism.

  • Lt. Governor Northam Announces “Virginia Votes” Proposal to Expand Voting Rights and Increase Government Transparency

    Richmond, Va. – Today, Ralph Northam announced “Virginia Votes”, a series of proposals to expand voting rights and increase government transparency in the Commonwealth, including same-day voter registration and no-excuse early voting, ending the practice of unrecorded voice votes in the General Assembly, and repealing Virginia’s unnecessary and onerous voter identification law. As a former member of the Privileges and Elections committee and a veteran, Ralph Northam understands the importance of expanding access to voting, and standing up to disenfranchisement, including for those who’ve served this country.

    The full set of proposed reforms include:

    Repealing the unnecessary and restrictive voter identification law
    Same-day voter registration
    No-excuse early voting
    Declaring Election Day a state holiday
    Continuing Governor McAuliffe’s leadership on voting rights restoration
    Working in partnership with localities to ensure polling place access for college students
    Supporting Virginia signing the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to award all the commonwealth’s electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
    Continuing the fight for nonpartisan redistricting reform
    Ending the practice of unrecorded voice votes in the General Assembly
    Making all past and future video recordings of floor sessions, committee, and subcommittee meetings public records accessible to all Virginians
    Increasing public access to the General Assembly via live streams of floors sessions, committee and subcommittee meetings

    Lt. Governor Northam released the following statement on his “Virginia Votes” proposal:

    “Encouraging every Virginian to engage in civic life makes our democracy stronger. That’s why we should be doing everything we can to empower participation, not extinguish it. Republicans in Richmond have been systematically disempowering Virginia voters for years. I’ve fought against them, especially during my time on the Privileges and Elections committee. From passing unnecessary and restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering our congressional districts beyond reason or recognition, they’ve proven time and time again that their priority isn’t expanding democracy—it’s suppressing the voices of their opposition.

    “Pulling back the curtain on what happens in Richmond will mean that we can hold our elected officials accountable all year, especially when they are voting to place barriers in the way of fair redistricting processes. As governor, I’ll work on creating a culture of transparency that fosters participation from every Virginian, no matter who they are, no matter where they are.”

  • From DPVA:

    562,000 Virginians Would Lose Health Care Under Trumpcare

    Coverage Losses Would Be Concentrated to Medicaid Program

    Trump-Gillespie Plan Could Also Increase Costs for 1,344,000 Virginians with Pre-Existing Conditions

    On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its score showing that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would eliminate coverage for 14 million Americans next year and for 23 million by 2026. In Virginia alone, however, 562,000 Virginians would lose health care under the bill.

    This comes after news broke earlier this month that Ed Gillespie said he would consider exploring plans under Trumpcare to raise premiums on 1,344,000 Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

    The coverage losses under AHCA would be concentrated in the Medicaid program, but the level of private coverage would also drop compared to Obamacare. The CBO also projects that the bill would destabilize insurance markets; make individual coverage exceedingly expensive for older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions; slash Medicaid funding by $834 billion over the next decade; and increase premiums by an average of 20 percent next year.

    “Not only do Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie want to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but they now are pushing a bill through that would cause over a half a million Virginians to lose their health insurance,” said DPVA spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. “Too many lives are at stake, which is why Virginians need to elect another Democrat to the governor’s mansion this fall.”

  • Video: The woman who SHOULD be president right now delivers Wellesley College commencement address

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvJ734ak54c