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Tuesday News: “Trump is out of control,” “unpresidented,” “lawless”; Pruitt Lies About Climate, Coal Jobs; “Nothing Right Now Is Normal”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 6. One week to go until the Virginia primaries — make sure you vote!

  • True Blue

    I’m alarmed about what Charlie Savage in NY Times reports about spear-phishing and the vendor VR Systems, used in Virginia:

    “In a statement, VR acknowledged that there had been a problem, while stressing that none of its products dealt with vote marking or tabulation. The report said the G.R.U. used data most likely obtained from it to conduct the second set of attacks, a “voter registration themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.””

    How much cause for concern for Virginia elections could this pose in November?

    “When a customer alerted us to an obviously fraudulent email purporting to come from VR Systems, we immediately notified all our customers and advised them not to click on the attachment,” it said. “We are only aware of a handful of our customers who actually received the fraudulent email and of those, we have no indication that any of them clicked on the attachment or were compromised as a result.” Charlie Savage in NY Times

    • Jim B

      How many of today’s republicans don’t care that the Russians were meddling in our election? 10,20,30% or more? How much more damage could the Russians have done versus the voter suppression done by the republicans?

  • This is the ultimate “no brainer”; if you care in the least bit about our environment, your candidate for VA AG in 2017 should be Mark Herring!

    Sierra Club Endorses Attorney General Mark Herring for Re-election

    Grassroots Group Praises Work to Protect Virginia’s Environment

    RICHMOND, Virginia – Today, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Attorney General Mark Herring for re-election.

    The attorney general has continually shown to be a climate champion, being one of only 15 attorneys general to urge support of the Clean Power Plan from then President-Elect Trump and releasing a foundational opinion for cutting carbon in Virginia.

    “From the Bay to the Blue Ridge, Virginia’s unparalleled natural resources and beauty are also economic and intrinsic assets that must be protected and preserved,” Attorney General Herring said. “I am proud of the record we’ve built during my term to secure the economic, health, and environmental benefits of clean air, water, and energy and open space. As attorney general, I will always stand up to everyone from polluters to the President to protect and preserve our environment and the health of our people.”

    Herring has also repeatedly defended clean water and clean air, doing important work to bring more than $100 million in compensation from the federal settlement with Volkswagen to Virginia to address environmental harm, defending the commonwealth’s moratorium on uranium mining and securing a $50 million environmental damages settlement, the largest in Virginia history. John Adams, candidate for Attorney General, publicly supported the Trump administration’s pick to head the EPA, climate denier Scott Pruitt.

    “We are very pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorsed Attorney General Mark Herring for re-election,” Corrina Beall, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Legislative and Political Director, said. “We are confident that Herring will continue to work to protect Virginia’s families’ health, air and water and build a clean energy economy that works for the Commonwealth. ”

    Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Herring’s campaign.

    “We will do all we can to help ensure Herring is re-elected,” Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, said. “Sierra Club volunteers will work to contact voters on his behalf, and we will speak to the public as often as possible about his continued work as a climate and environmental leader. We look forward to a victory for Herring in the fall and to his continued fight for the environment as our Attorney General.”

  • Video: For anyone who thinks the VA Dem Gov primary is rough, try this by Corey Stewart…


  • From Del. Eileen Filler-Corn:

    Governor McAuliffe Signs Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn’s Bullying Notification Bill Into Law

    Woodbridge, Va. – On Tuesday, June 6, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn’s (D-Springfield) bill, HB 1709 at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, VA.

    This law will require the policies and procedures prohibiting bullying that are contained in each school board’s code of student conduct to direct the principal to notify the parent of any student involved in an alleged incident of bullying of the status of any investigation within five school days of the allegation.

    “Every parent wants to ensure that their child can learn and thrive in a safe environment. It is my hope that this law not only allays parents’ concerns but also sets up a clear strategy for school administrators to keep parents informed about any bullying instances involving their children,” said Filler-Corn.

    A bipartisan effort with both Democratic and Republican co-patrons, HB 1709 passed out of the House of Delegates and the Senate during the 2017 General Assembly Session. The law will take effect on July 1, 2017.

  • Video: Liberal Redneck – Midnight in Paris (on the Damn Doomsday Clock)


  • Beyer Joins Rep. McSally To Introduce Humane Cosmetics Act
    Legislation with broad bipartisan support would end cosmetic testing on animals

    June 6, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Rep. Don Beyer today joined Arizona Representative Martha McSally today to introduce legislation to phase out and ultimately end the practice of testing the safety of cosmetics on animals in the United States. The Humane Cosmetics Act would prohibit selling or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if any component of the final product was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

    “Congress should permanently end the painful and unnecessary process of testing cosmetics on animals in this country,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). “The cosmetics industry already has safer, more cost effective methods of testing that do not harm animals. American companies face no economic risk from this legislation, which would also show moral leadership.”

    “The cruelty animals are subjected to during cosmetics testing is unacceptable—from lethal dose tests to irritation and force-feeding tests. Not only are these tests inhumane, but modern technology makes them unnecessary and overly expensive,” said Rep. McSally (AZ-02). “The cosmetics industry is already using alternative cutting edge testing methods that are safer, cheaper, and don’t hurt animals. It’s time the United States join the ranks of over 30 other countries in the developed world to stand against this vile practice. The inhumane treatment of animals serves no place in our society.”

    “There’s no need to torture and kill animals for cosmetic testing purposes,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “There are superior, non-animal testing methods, and the U.S. should join more than 30 countries in ending archaic testing. No animal should suffer for a new tube of lipstick or shampoo.”

    “As a world leader in the humane treatment of animals, America is united in the belief that no company should profit off of the cruel practice of cosmetic animal testing,” said Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA). “For years, alternative methods to cosmetic testing have existed and are proven to be a viable, cost-effective option. Passing the Humane Cosmetics Act will give Congress a rare, bipartisan opportunity to end the unnecessary suffering of animals while incentivizing the use of technologies that allow American businesses to still remain competitive.”

    “Ending the use of animals for testing of cosmetics is an issue that both sides of the aisle can get behind, which is why I am so excited that the Humane Cosmetics Act has been introduced,” said Bellamy Young, who stars as President Melody “Mellie” Grant in the ABC drama TV show, Scandal. “The pain and suffering endured by guinea pigs, rabbits, mice and other animals at the hands of the cosmetics industry is fundamentally unacceptable to the American people who care deeply about the humane treatment of all animals. I sincerely hope lawmakers rush to co-sponsor the HCA, so the U.S. can join 37 other nations that have already passed laws to ban or limit these archaic, unnecessary experiments on animals.”

    The Humane Cosmetics Act will bring U.S. cosmetic policy in line with more than 30 countries that have already implemented bans on animal testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics—including the European Union, Israel, Norway, Switzerland, and India. In fact, of the 13 biggest importers of American cosmetics, 8 countries have bans in place or legislation under consideration. To sell their products to these countries, American cosmetic companies already have to comply with animal testing bans. 700 cosmetic brands in North America don’t test products or ingredients on animals, and instead use other affordable, proven methods of testing and innovate with thousands of ingredients already proven safe for use.

    The legislation has been endorsed by 195 companies in the cosmetic industry, and the Humane Cosmetics Act is supported in equal measure by Republicans and Democrat cosponsors.

  • Quizzical

    Eric Trump says that to him, Democrats are not even people
    Plus he brags about how his father won while spending one-third what the Democrats did.
    Tough though to factor in the true value of celebrity-style TV coverage and the Russian psyops campaign.

    Isn’t Eric’s comment a lot worse than Hillary’s “deplorable” comment?