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Monday News: “Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?”; “Satan in a Sunday Hat”; Trump a “Man Without a Party “

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 31.

  • Quizzical
  • Karrie Delaney Releases Statement with 99 Days to Go in Race for Virginia’s 67th District
    Momentum continues to grow on the campaign trail for Team Delaney

    CHANTILLY, Va. — Community leader Karrie Delaney today released the following statement after another successful weekend of action with 99 days before Election Day on November 7th.

    “I’m thrilled to see the continued grassroots support for our campaign, and my vision for Virginia’s 67th House District, growing everyday. It is time to elect leaders who will put aside the political games and focus on bringing real solutions to the people” stated Delaney. “I’m dedicated to bringing my years of local leadership and public service to Richmond to fight for innovative economic development that grows our local economy, world class education for our children, long-range, comprehensive transportation solutions to ease traffic congestion, and access to affordable health care for all.”

    Will Van Nuys, Campaign Manager for Karrie Delaney for Delegate, added “To date our campaign has knocked over 28,500 doors with the help of more than 150 activists, and out-raised Republican Jim LeMunyon the last 3 finance reports with over $180,000 raised this cycle from more than 1,500 grassroots supporters. The growing momentum in this campaign is another example that Virginia’s 67th House District is ready for a change from Jim LeMunyon’s eight years of failing the people by voting to make it easier to purchase machine guns and other military grade weapons in our community, or his refusal to expand access to affordable health care for over 400,000 Virginians. It is time to elect a true leader in Karrie Delaney who will fight for the people of Virginia’s 67th House District.”

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    Follow Karrie on Twitter (https://twitter.com/karriekdelaney) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DelaneyforDelegate/)
    Learn more about Karrie’s grassroots campaign on the website (https://karriedelaney.com/)

    Karrie started working at a group home for foster children – an experience where she learned how policy decisions can either serve or fail our most vulnerable. Later, as a crisis counselor, Karrie stood by women who were assaulted and raised awareness about the abuse of women around the world. When Karrie became a mother, she turned her focus towards local issues as Gov. McAuliffe’s appointee to the Virginia Commission on Youth, as well as former Chair of Fairfax County Citizens Corps Council and the current Chair of Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. She lives in Chantilly with her husband, Patrick, and their two children.

  • Video: What if Virginia’s regions were resized based on population?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P6vqtoPgeQ

  • Human Rights Campaign Endorses Mark Herring for Re-election as Virginia Attorney General

    Tens of thousands of LGBTQ and pro-equality voters in Virginia will help determine the outcome of the November 2017 race

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that the Public Policy Committee of HRC’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse Virginia’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring in his bid for re-election. With an estimated 185,366 eligible LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands more allied voters in Virginia, HRC’s get-out-the-vote effort for the pro-equality candidate could make all the difference in the November 2017 race. HRC previously endorsed Herring in the 2013 election, where he claimed victory over his opponent in the race by only 165 votes.

    “Attorney General Mark Herring has spent his career fighting to ensure all Virginians are treated with dignity and respect,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Whether it was standing up against a discriminatory ban on marriage equality or working to ensure LGBTQ students can go to school in an environment free from discrimination and harassment, Mark Herring is a proven champion of fairness and equality under the law. We are proud to endorse Attorney General Herring in his bid for re-election.”

    “I will never stop fighting for the rights of all Virginians to live, learn, and work free from intimidation, hate, or discrimination,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “Our LGBT friends, neighbors, and family deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect that we all expect. I am so proud to have stood alongside HRC and Virginia’s LGBT community in the fight for marriage equality, non-discrimination, and more. As long as I am Virginia’s attorney general, I will make sure we keep moving forward and will fight any efforts to drag our Commonwealth backwards.”

    Just 12 days into his term, Attorney General Herring took the historic step of joining the fight for marriage equality, winning at the district court and appeals court before the United States Supreme Court let the decision stand, bringing marriage equality to the Commonwealth within 10 months of his taking office. Attorney General Herring is the first state attorney general to successfully argue that his state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples should be struck down as unconstitutional.

    Attorney General Herring wrote an official advisory opinion that said Virginia public schools can protect LGBTQ students, teachers, and employees from bullying, discrimination, and harassment. He also ended a policy of the previous administration that barred Virginia colleges and universities from establishing LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination policies.

    Attorney General Herring proposed and fought for an updated definition of “hate crime” to include LGBTQ Virginians, and for additional tools to prosecute suspected hate crimes. He signed an amicus brief in support of transgender students being able to receive an education in a supportive environment. He also worked with Governor Terry McAuliffe to craft an Executive Order barring state contracts to companies who do not have LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination policies, mirroring President Obama’s federal executive order. Most recently, he joined eighteen other state attorneys general in calling on Congress to block President Trump’s outrageous ban on transgender service members in the military.

    Attorney General Herring’s support for LGBTQ equality stands in stark contrast to his challenger in the race, John Adams. Among a host of anti-equality positions, Adams opposes marriage equality, opposed a Supreme Court decision striking down a state law that criminalized same-sex relationships, opposed federal guidance ensuring transgender students in public schools are treated with dignity and respect, and even came out in support of President Trump’s vicious tweets attacking transgender service members.

    On Friday, HRC also announced its endorsement of Dr. Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia. As Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Northam cast the tie-breaking vote defeating legislation to force the Attorney General to defend discriminatory laws like Virginia’s former ban on marriage equality. He also cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of protecting LGBTQ public employees from discrimination in the workplace. From his opposition to legislation targeting transgender people for discrimination, to fighting to protect LGBTQ people from workplace and adoption discrimination, Dr. Northam has a long history of standing up for LGBTQ Virginians.

    HRC recently announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The expansion is the biggest strategic investment in the organization’s 37-year history.

  • Firefighters Endorse Delegate John Bell

    CHANTILLY, Va.: Virginia Professional Fire Fighters announced their endorsements of House of Delegates candidates for the 2017 general election. Del. John Bell was endorsed for the 87th District.

    “Virginia Professional Fire Fighters’ endorsement is incredibly important to me as an elected representative committed to providing public safety and health care resources for my community,” said Delegate John J. Bell (D – Loudoun). “Fire fighters and all service members deserve our respect and gratitude as integral members of our neighborhood. I’m so honored to be VPFF’s choice for the 87th District.”

  • My favorite comment so far on “The Mooch” (from the WaPo article on his firing https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/31/anthony-scaramucci-removed-as-white-house-communications-director/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_pp-scaramucci-300pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory):

    “First they came for the corrupt, Russian-influenced National Security Advisor, but I was not a corrupt, Russian-influenced National Security Advisor, so I said nothing.

    Then they came for the disorientingly tall FBI director, but I was not a disorientingly tall FBI director, so I said nothing.

    Then they came for the pugnacious, vapid press secretary, but I was not a pugnacious, vapid press secretary, so I said nothing.

    Then they came for the vulgar hedge fund Comms director, but I was not a vulgar hedge fund Comms director, so I said nothing.

    Then when they came for me, at least I lasted longer than that idiot Mooch.”

  • Dan Rather:

    Well that didn’t take long. Looks like the Mooch is out. At this rate, senior officials in the Trump Administration are dropping faster than reality show contestants, which in truth is what they appear to be.

    With a former Marine Corps general as the new Chief of Staff, this is the last chance to bring any order to the White House. But the real problem has not been the aides or the leaks. It has been a president who can’t control his speeches… or tweets, who doesn’t understand policy, or care to, and who thinks that senators can be bullied like a subcontractor in one of his hotels. There is so much dysfunctional in the West Wing that soap opera writers would blush at the sheer improbability of the storyline.

    John Kelly, the new Chief of Staff, is a complicated figure. He successfully led his troops into battle, but the trenches of Washington are a far different topography. And his political experience is thin. He will not have any honeymoon. The knives are out for an administration that seems deeply flawed, and weak. The health care debacle from last week is evidence that panic is spreading throughout the GOP.

    Meanwhile, Russia struts, North Korea provokes, and the rest of the world looks at the great leadership vacuum emanating from Washington. And in an office, Robert Mueller and his handpicked superstar lawyers and investigators are poring over documents and talking to people who could make bad headlines for President Trump a whole lot worse.

    There’s never been anything like this in American history. No U.S. presidency has ever gotten off to such a chaotic beginning. And that means there is no way of predicting how all of this end.

  • The other day, Virginia House Democrats announced (http://bluevirginia.us/2017/07/saturday-news-priebus-kelly-trump-still-demented-goon-shields-brooks-discuss-insane-week-washington#comment-3442143195) that Zack Wittkamp, the nominee in the 94th House of Delegates district (Newport News), was withdrawing. Note that this is a district Hillary Clinton won 49%-44%, that Terry McAuliffe won 48%-45% in 2013, and that Barack Obama won 52%-46% in 2012, so it’s definitely winnable. So it’s good to see that Democrats aren’t wasting any time picking a replacement candidate in this “purple” District. With that, here’s a press release from Shelly Simonds on her candidacy.

    PRESS RELEASE: Campaign announcement from Shelly A. Simonds

    With the support of my family, I have decided to help my Democratic Party and enter the race for the House of Delegates in the 94th District.

    As an elected School Board member I can see there are many areas where we need better leadership in Newport News:

    We need someone to stand up for teacher pay and funding for public schools. We need to improve teacher pay in Virginia which is currently $7,800 below the National average. It’s vital to have representatives in Richmond who understand education and can fight for school funding.

    We need someone to stand up for our doctors and hospitals, because we have misguided politicians who are right now trying to take away our health care. Current Delegate Yancey has voted to take away health care from women. We need a change in Richmond. If we don’t elect new people these politicians are going to ruin our health care system. They are currently mismanaging it by turning away billions in Medicaid dollars that would help our hospitals and low income Virginians.

    We need someone to really listen to citizens about issues. For instance, City Farm, I want to see a park at City Farm. Why won’t our city officials talk about turning this last piece of public land into a park? If I win this election I will be in a position to advocate and find funding for the project, I could make connections with state and national groups that can help us with the design and grants to make this beautiful property a park. Why City Farm? Because this is what our community cares about now and I’m the candidate listening to them.

    I do have some concerns, because this is a short time frame for running a campaign. I am concerned about Yancey’s aggressive negative campaigning. I hope we can both be more positive this time, talking about real issues for real people. I thought his attacks on our public schools were terrible in 2015, because the reputation of our schools is important to the economic growth of our city. Also, these are our children who need support from their elected officials. I hope his supporters can convince him that these attacks hurt our city.

    Education has been my focus for a long time, especially the need to increase science, technology, engineering and math or STEM education in our schools. We have a thriving high-tech economy in our area and we need to leverage this asset through STEM. We on the School Board have succeeded in making Newport News a leading school district when it comes to STEM education in Virginia by opening up three new magnet programs since I’ve been on the board.

    As you can see by my persistence, I am eager to be elected to state office, to fight for funding for our schools and better connections for students to careers, especially in the high paying STEM careers of the future. I hope you’ll help me bring my passion and expertise in education to Richmond.

    Overall it is a great year to run, with a surge of turnout expected from voters motivated by the perpetual dysfunction in Washington and with great candidates on the ballot including Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax.

    Please see my bio below:

    Ms. Simonds is a former teacher and member of the Newport News School Board who lives in the Hilton area of Newport News. Her business interests involve managing her family real-estate investments.

    The mother of two daughters, she is heavily involved in Newport News Public Schools. She supports advancements in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum and is a long-time advocate for education reform in Virginia. Committed to connecting students to careers, Simonds serves as Chair of the Board for New Horizons Regional Education Centers. She also serves as a member of the Board of Professional and Occupational Regulation under Governor Terry McAuliffe.

    Ms. Simonds is a former teacher at Hilton Elementary School and had a previous career in journalism and public relations. She met her husband, a mechanical engineer, at Stanford University where she earned a master’s degree in communication. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University where she earned Phi Beta Kappa academic honors and speaks fluent Spanish after studying at the University of Chile on a Rotary Fellowship.