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Thursday News: House Votes Today to Trash Healthcare, Harm Sick People; Dominion Power on Hot Seat, and For Good Reason


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 4.

  • Quizzical

    From the parts of Comey’s testimony that I heard, he seemed to be blaming Bill Clinton’s meeting with Loretta Lynch at that airport for setting the whole chain of events in motion. Because of that meeting, he felt obligated to speak out about the Email investigation, and then later, because he had previously spoken out, he had to send the letter to avoid the appearance of concealment. Even though he knew full well that the letter would be immediately leaked.

    The whole reason he was in that predicament was because of his initial failure to follow protocol.

    I still don’t understand how those 40,000 emails were on Weiner’s laptop.

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  • Karrie Delaney Captures Endorsement of Take Action Virginia
    Continues to build momentum in race for Virginia’s 67th District

    CHANTILLY, Va. — Community leader Karrie Delaney yesterday picked up the endorsement of Take Action Virginia, an alliance of community and labor organizers dedicated to improving the lives of working and immigrant families. The alliance includes groups like Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and Casa in Action.

    “Karrie Delaney has dedicated her life to public service, and as a local community leader has demonstrated her commitment to stand up for the working families of Virginia” said Dan Lucas, political director for LiUNA. “Take Action Virginia is proud to endorse Karrie Delaney to represent Virginia’s 67th House District.”

    “I’m honored to earn the endorsement of Take Action Virginia and look forward to working with their coalition” stated Delaney. “As Delegate I will stand up and fight for a living wage and quality benefits for all our working and immigrant families of Virginia.”

  • DPVA Congratulates Two Virginia Democrats for Being Honored by EMILY’s List

    RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker today congratulated State Senator Jennifer McClellan and human rights advocate Yasmine Taeb for being honored by EMILY’s List at yesterday’s We Are EMILY conference and gala.

    “We’re so proud to have two Virginia women honored by EMILY’s List,” said Chairwoman Swecker. “It’s exciting to see their work on behalf of our state and our nation being recognized by such a prestigious organization that supports progressive women. It is clear that women are and will continue to be a driving force of the resistance here in Virginia.”

    Senator McClellan was honored on the stage of the gala for her work in the Virginia General Assembly. McClellan was a finalist for the 2017 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star award, which celebrates women serving in state or local office. During her time in the Virginia state Senate, she has maintained a focus on civil rights activism and support for survivors of sexual violence. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee.

    Taeb received the 2017 We Are EMILY award for her advocacy on behalf of immigrants and Muslim Americans as a Friends Committee on National Legislation Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties. In addition to her work with the FCNL, Taeb is a member of the Democratic National Committee and has worked on several national and state political campaigns.

  • Take Action Virginia Endorses Candidates in Five State Primaries Grassroots coalition of immigrants and low-wage workers plans major ground campaign in state elections

    WOODBRIDGE, VA (May 3, 2017) – Take Action Virginia, a collaboration between major community and labor groups representing tens thousands of Virginian workers, announced endorsements today of a group of local candidates who are committed to improving life for working and immigrant families. The endorsements include:

    · House District 2: Josh King

    · House District 31: Elizabeth Guzman

    · House District 42: Tilly Blanding

    · House District 51: Hala Ayala

    · House District 67: Karrie Delaney

    “These candidates are committed to helping the men and women working hard to keep our airports safe and clean fight for a $15 wage and a union” – said 32BJ SEIU Vice President Jaime Contreras.

    “Appropriately, we announce these endorsements on the same week that tens of thousands of immigrants and allies took to the street in celebration of International Workers Day,” said Michelle LaRue, Virginia Director for CASA in Action. “The candidates we endorse today represent progressive pro-worker, pro-immigrant individuals ready to fight for Virginia families.”

    Take Action Virginia is a progressive labor/community electoral collaboration of 32BJ SEIU, SEIU Virginia 512, CASA in Action, LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, NAKASEC Action Fund, UNITE HERE Local 23, UNITE HERE Local 25, and UFCW Local 400. Its member organizations collectively represent tens of thousands of Virginians employed as home care workers, parks staff, librarians, building cleaners, nurses, construction & highway workers, hotel workers, retail employees, and more.

    “The Commonwealth of Virginia desperately needs the progressive leadership these candidates will provide,” said Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400. “In the retail industry in particular, too many Virginian families are struggling to make ends meet even though their employers are as profitable as ever. We need leaders in Richmond who are willing to act to provide opportunities for hardworking men and women to earn a better life.”

    The member organizations of Take Action Virginia will be assisting endorsed candidates with a combination of financial resources and boots on the ground to help get them over the line on election day.

  • Quizzical

    Let’s see … the AHCA would take $600 billion out of the healthcare system through tax cuts, plus it ultimately allows health insurers to cover less and charge more. How could this possibly result in a better, cheaper, “patient-centered” healthcare system?