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Wednesday News: “Why Democrats secretly want an Obamacare repeal vote”; Bryce Reeves’ Unhinged Terrorists Invade Suburbia (!) Ad

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 3. Also, check out Republican LG candidate Bryce Reeves’ laughable, unhinged, fearmongering, demagogic TV ad and consider why it’s so important for Democrats to sweep Virginia’s elections this November.

  • Donte Tanner, Democrat, Launches Campaign for Virginia House of Delegates 40th District
    Air Force Veteran and Small Business Owner begins his campaign in District won by Clinton

    CENTREVILLE, VA – Today, U.S. Air Force veteran and small business owner Donte Tanner officially announced his campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 40th district. Tanner, born and raised in the Commonwealth, is the son of two police officers. He learned the value of public service from his parents and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, going on to serve in the Air Force with distinction and rose to the rank of Captain. Afterwards, he went on to start his own government consulting firm in Centreville, and understands first hand what it means to be a small business owner.

    “I am excited to officially launch our campaign for Virginia House of Delegates.” Donte said, “For too long, constituents in the 40th district have been betrayed by their representative who has been too focused on his own career in Richmond at the expense of my neighbors. We can do better, and that’s why I’m running. We can do more to strengthen our schools, support small business owners, and solve our traffic problems. For years, our community has been effectively silenced and forgotten by our representative in Richmond. That ends today, as I begin our listening tour because I believe that our best solutions will come from the folks that live in the district, not Richmond. I look forward to listening to my neighbors over the next coming weeks about what we can do to move our district forward”

    In homes, coffee shops, and community gatherings, Tanner will begin his campaign with a listening tour of the district, listening to the concerns of constituents and work on finding solutions to our most pressing issues.

    The 40th District spans from Haymarket in Prince William County and goes as far east to Clifton in Fairfax County. Its residents consist of families, small business owners, and commuters who all sent a message to Washington last year when they voted for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential Election.

  • Congressman Gerry Connolly Endorses Tilly Blanding for Delegate in the 42nd District Democratic Primary

    Springfield, VA – Tilly Blanding, candidate for Delegate in the 42nd District, is honored to announce the endorsement today of her Congressman, Gerry Connolly. Congressman Connolly has worked with Tilly for almost 30 years, through the Democratic Party, community advocacy, and during her time as a social worker.

    “I have worked with Tilly since my days on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Tilly is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and proven fighter for the people of Fairfax County. As a social worker with Fairfax County, she created and pushed for programs that helped all residents realize the American dream. I know she’ll take that same ethos to Richmond to fight to get more of our tax dollars for schools and to improve our roads.

    I am proud to stand with her, as she has done for so many in our community, and support her run for Delegate. I urge my constituents in the 42nd District to vote for Tilly Blanding in the June 13th Primary.”

    Tilly released a statement on the Congressman’s endorsement. “I have always admired Congressman Connolly’s passion and conviction for standing up for all people in his district. As a military spouse and the mother of a military officer, who has been deployed three times, I am proud that my Congressman has fought so hard to ensure our service men and women are taken care of here at home. Since beginning my campaign, I have often been humbled by the support and excitement shown to me by those in my life. Today I am once again humbled and honored to have a great leader like Congressman Connolly on my side.”

    Congressman Connolly joins a growing list of Democratic leaders and advocacy groups that have endorsed Blanding in her run to flip the 23-year Republican-held District to blue. Endorsements include SEIU Virginia 512, Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova, Supervisor John Foust, Candidate for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, School Board member Pat Hynes, and School Board member Chris Lewis

  • True Blue

    The NY Times “GOP scrambles” article led to another link, on the whip count.
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/01/us/politics/health-care-whip-count.html?

    21 NO; 28 Undecided or Unclear

    Virginia GOP House of Representatives are categorized:
    (10) Comstock NO, or could vote NO
    (1) Wittman and (5) Garrett UNDECIDED or UNCLEAR
    (7) Brat YES, switched from NO

  • Jerel C. Wilmore

    I found Reeves’ next commercial online already:

    https://youtu.be/RPBX47zSktc

  • From Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano:

    Sierra Club Added To The List Of Endorsements

    The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter has just issued its endorsement to David J. Toscano for his re-election bid to the 57th House of Delegates District, representing the City of Charlottesville and part of Albemarle County. Toscano has served in the Virginia General Assembly since 2006, and the group cited Toscano’s “leadership on environmental issues” and his “commitment to introduce and advocate for environmental measures in the House of Delegates.” Toscano has consistently received the support of statewide environmental groups, having been designated “Legislative Hero” by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) for ten consecutive years.

    Toscano, who has opposition in his party’s June 13 Democratic Primary, has recently received the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association Fund and has a 100 percent rating from NARAL-Virginia, a major advocacy group supporting reproductive rights.

    “I greatly appreciate the endorsements that I am receiving from various groups who support the values of our area, and who work so hard to make and keep the Commonwealth a better place to live, work, and play,” Toscano said. “I will continue to fight for our environment and expand use of renewable energy in the Commonwealth.”

    Information about Toscano’s views on a variety of issues, as well as the bills he has passed and positions he has taken during his years in office, can be found on his website at http://www.davidtoscano.com.

  • Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova rips “false rumor”/”fake news” that she might be retiring soon…

    I would not ordinarily dignify a false rumor by responding. This particular one, however, has spread to the point that it is embarrassing to me and is causing others to make plans based on a fabrication.

    And so – news of my impending departure from the Board of Supervisors is not just greatly exaggerated, but completely false. For people planning on a special election for Chairman this year, not so fast…

    For the person who initiated this little rumor, I would just say, knock it off. We all have plenty to do and accomplish without floating fake news.

  • Beyer Statement On Omnibus Bill

    May 3, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Rep. Don Beyer made the following statement today on the omnibus bill, which is expected to be signed into law this week:

    “This omnibus funding bill represents the product of a bipartisan agreement, and as such required compromise from both sides. It does not contain everything I’d like, but the most important thing is that we reached a deal that will keep the government open without the worst budget cuts and most irresponsible policy riders sought by House Republicans and the White House.

    I’m particularly pleased that the omnibus protects environmental agencies and scientific research about which I have been vocal during the budget process:
    · The budget for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), headquartered in Arlington, which I asked appropriators to protect as the White House sought to eliminate it, saw a modest budget increase.
    · The Environmental Protection Agency is funded at nearly the same level that it was last year, funding which prevents any staff cuts and protects the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program.
    · Scientific research funding was also increased at NASA and the National Science Foundation, both of which have a presence in Northern Virginia.

    The funding bill protects the $150 million federal contribution to WMATA. I sent a letter to House appropriators in March asking them to continue this crucial funding.

    The National Institutes of Health, which President Trump had sought to cut by $2 billion, saw a significant funding increase, and the budget agreement also contains $600 million which Democrats sought to fight the opioid epidemic. We finally obtained permanent health benefits for coal miners, which the White House admitted to having used as a bargaining chip.

    The bill also restores year-round access to Pell Grant funding for students.

    The agreement is also notable for what it does not contain:
    · It does not block Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood clinics.
    · It does not attempt to undermine cost-sharing reduction payments that help control costs for health insurance on the individual market.
    · It has been stripped of a large number of harmful policy riders, including attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act and Dodd-Frank financial reform.
    · It contains no funding at all for President Trump’s misguided border wall.

    Given that this bill preserves funding for key programs while also protecting the livelihoods of the federal workers and contractors who represent a key element of Northern Virginia’s economy, I will vote “yes” on the omnibus funding bill.”

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following his vote in support of the omnibus bill allocating $1.07 trillion to fund the government through September 30, 2017.

    “This fiscal compromise protects important services Virginians rely on everyday — including select initiatives the Trump Administration tried to end.

    “The bill does not fund President Trump’s absurd and unnecessary border wall; does not defund Planned Parenthood; and does not make devastating cuts to the EPA. However, it does prevent shipyard layoffs in Hampton Roads; allocate new funding to the National Institutes of Health; restore year-round access to Pell grants; fund Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts; and increase funding to combat the opioid epidemic – all of which are important priorities for my constituents.

    “I am proud that my Democratic colleagues and I were able to ensure that hardworking Americans were protected. This bill passed the House of Representatives because of Democratic votes. We will continue our fight for American families’ needs and priorities in the future.”

  • EW Jackson claims he never said anything “vulgar” about Pres. Obama; calls to #firecolbert

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ewjacksonobamavulgar.jpg

  • WARNER AND KAINE STATEMENT ON AETNA DECISION CAUSED BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLAYING POLITICS WITH HEALTH CARE

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the uncertainty the Trump Administration has caused in the health care system, resulting in today’s announcement that Aetna will leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018:

    “As a result of the consistently mixed messages and increasing uncertainty on health care from the Trump Administration, some insurers will raise premiums and scale back their health insurance offerings in the individual market, which serves more than 400,000 people in Virginia. Aetna’s decision to leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018 shows the real-life consequences of President Trump playing politics with health care and unfortunately Virginians will be the ones paying the price for his actions. This week, Aetna’s CEO pointed directly to the Trump Administration’s threat to eliminate cost-sharing reductions as a move that put too much uncertainty into the system. He said he believes it’s time to admit that the ACA needs to be fixed, not repealed.

    “President Trump has a responsibility to make clear whether he intends to continue using the health coverage of millions of Americans as political leverage, or whether he will demonstrate leadership by working in a bipartisan way to improve the Affordable Care Act. President Trump touting the idea of letting Obamacare ‘explode’ for personal and political gain is intentional sabotage of a system where millions of Americans have the most to lose. President Trump playing politics with the system as insurers were getting ready to set their rates for 2018 only made matters worse. The Administration should start by agreeing to permanently fund the cost-sharing reduction and reinsurance payments authorized by law, and withdrawing the dangerous Executive Order issued after the inauguration which is already undermining access to coverage. We have supported working in a bipartisan way to improve the Affordable Care Act, and stand ready to work with our colleagues to promote competition and affordability in the marketplace.”