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Monday News: “Republicans Leap Into the Awful Known”; “Trump Savagely Mauls the Language”; Time to #WinVA

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 17.

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  • From the Larry Barnett for Virginia House of Delegates campaign:

    Barnett Campaign Continues Momentum with Three New Endorsements

    Chesterfield County, VA –Larry Barnett, first-time candidate for Virginia’s 27th House of Delegates District, received three more key endorsements this week. Sierra Club, Red2Blue, and Code Blue have all put their support behind the Democratic candidate.

    “These endorsements mean so much to me, and I thank all of the people involved in getting my name out there,” said Barnett. “People in the 27th District and across the Commonwealth are looking for new leadership and a new perspective in Richmond. I hope to be their voice on health care, mental health and substance abuse, as well as public school funding, green job creation and environmental justice. My voice is clear on these issues, which is why I’ve earned the support of these organizations. What you hear from me now is what you are going to get in Richmond.”

    The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club is over 18,000 members strong. They are friends and neighbors working to build healthy, livable communities, and to conserve and protect our climate and environment. The Virginia Chapter is part of the national Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The group focuses on environmental issues and has helped craft some of the country’s most effective legislation: the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

    Code Blue works to rebuild a progressive voting majority in federal, state, and local government and their focus is on Virginia in 2017.

    Red2Blue is a grassroots-oriented group founded in Brooklyn, and is focused on flipping red seats to blue seats to promote a more just and sustainable society.

    Competitive Commonwealth Fund, WinVA, and Flip Virginia Blue have also endorsed Larry Barnett’s campaign for delegate.

    Larry has served Chesterfield County citizens for more than three decades as a mental health professional with Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services. He currently leads crisis intervention training activities with county first-responders for individuals who are struggling to overcome psychological, substance abuse or other challenges. He and his wife Pat have lived in Midlothian for nearly 30 years. Their daughter, Eileen, graduated from Midlothian High School, and now lives in Charlottesville while completing her graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Robert Reich:

    1 in 4 Americans could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to the National Science Foundation (see below).

    To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent answered incorrectly.

    In the same survey, 39 percent answered correctly (true) that “The universe began with a huge explosion.

    Only 48 percent said “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

    Just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.

    Oh, and in the latest political poll, 36 percent said they support Donald Trump.

  • From the VA House Dem Caucus:

    House Dems Report Over $1 Million in Bank

    RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus leadership today announced that the entity has ended the second quarter reporting period with $1,051,316.10 cash on hand.

    “We must build our party from the ground up, not the top down, and this number truly is a testament to the grassroots energy surrounding our House of Delegates races,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “More than eighty percent of our contributions from this period are from donors giving $100 or less. Thanks to their generosity, we can help our candidates stand up to Donald Trump and Republicans in the House of Delegates who mimic his policies – from denying people health care to defunding Planned Parenthood.”

    “Democrats believe health care is a right and that women should make their own reproductive decisions, and our grassroots donors agree,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “With their backing, we are fielding candidates in 88 districts and have assembled a strong caucus staff to support them in their efforts to bring the voices of working people to Richmond. While Republicans remain focused on blocking access to health care, Democrats are focused on building communities in which everyone has access to good health care, a good education and a good job. This is a strong beginning to help us get that message out.”

    A review of records dating to 2004 found that this is the most the House Democratic Caucus has ever filed on hand.

  • Elizabeth Guzman Rally’s Grassroots Supporters in June Fundraising

    Dale City, Va. — Elizabeth Guzman, Democratic nominee for the 31st district, ended the 2nd fundraising quarter having raised over $46,456 since the June 13th primary. Guzman outraised Scott Lingamfelter, her Republican opponent, by a substantial margin of $30,000.

    “Our campaign is building a grassroots powered movement of small dollar donors, ready to take on Scott Lingamfelter in November,” Keith Brannum, Guzman’s campaign manager, said in reflections on the quarter. “Scott Lingamfelter has the support of big corporations and groups like the NRA, the Koch Brothers, and Dominion Virginia Power. Elizabeth has the support of the hardworking Virginia families living in Prince William and Fauquier Counties. As our district’s next Delegate, Elizabeth will ensure all of her constituents have a voice in Richmond.”

    Guzman emerged from the June 13th Democratic primary having raised $86, 279, a strong showing for a first time candidate. As Delegate, Guzman will address the need for affordable healthcare in Virginia, investing in high quality public schools for our children, and creating more diverse transit options for families living in my district. “As a public servant, I want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” said Guzman. “Virginia should be a place for opportunity, and I will work in the General Assembly to give my constituents a place at the table.”

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    Elizabeth Guzman is a candidate for the 31st district of the House of Delegates. She came from Peru as an immigrant looking for opportunities for her children. She is a social worker and public administrator for the City of Alexandria, and a public servant of 12 years. She lives in Dale City, VA with her husband Carlos and her 3 children.

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