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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 11.

  • The Virginia Professional Fire Fighters Endorses Karrie Delaney for House of Delegates

    Delaney picking up steam in race for Virginia’s 67th House District

    CHANTILLY, Va. — Community leader Karrie Delaney today added the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters to the list of organizations who have endorsed her to represent Virginia’s 67th House District, which stretches from Chantilly and South Riding to Fair Lakes and Oakton.

    “Ms. Delaney has shown keen awareness and support for the resources needed to keep our communities safe,” said Robert L. Bragg, President of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters. “She also supports the resources needed for keeping firefighters safe. We look forward to working with her toward making Virginia a safe place for our citizens, visitors, and fire fighters.”

    “I am humbled to earn the endorsement of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters,” stated Delaney. “As former Chair of the Fairfax County Citizen Corp Council, which dealt with emergency preparedness, I recognize that our fire fighters put their lives on the line everyday to ensure the safety and security of others, and I am dedicated to working with them to keep our families and communities safe.”

  • Sierra Club Endorses Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

    ARLINGTON, Virginia– The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor. With over 20,000 members working to build healthy, livable communities, to conserve and protect our climate and environment, the Virginia Sierra Club is a part of the national Sierra Club, which is the nation’s largest and most influential environmental grassroots organization. Some of their victories include helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

    “We are very pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorsed Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor,” Corrina Beall, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Legislative and Political Director, said. “We are confident that Justin will work to protect Virginia’s families’ health, air and water and build a clean energy economy that works for the Commonwealth.”

    “Justin’s support for restoring and cleaning the Chesapeake Bay, reducing carbon pollution, addressing climate change and rising sea levels show that he will be committed to fighting for Virginia’s environment as our Lieutenant Governor,” said Kate Addelson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia chapter.

    Upon news of the endorsement, Justin Fairfax released this statement:

    “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and have great appreciation for their activism and advocacy. I look forward to working with them to protect our natural resources, promote the health of our park system, waterways and communities, and help to ensure a safe environment in our Commonwealth.”

  • Video of what Trump was dreaming about last night?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcRStTd1rRQ

  • Richmond Monument Avenue Commission – Public Meeting Aug. 9, 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QulYNr6I_fI

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Planned Rally in Charlottesville

    RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe released the following statement on the planned rally in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12th:

    “This morning, I was briefed for the second time this week by public safety officials in my cabinet, the Virginia State Police, the National Guard, and the Department of Emergency Management on their preparations for tomorrow’s rally in Charlottesville. I have directed them to coordinate with federal and local authorities and take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of their personnel, the Charlottesville community and rally attendees. Virginia State Police is leading the Commonwealth’s planning and response for these events and will be on the scene in a support capacity before, during and after the planned rally. At my direction, personnel from the Virginia National Guard are also standing by to respond if needed.

    “Virginia is the birthplace of the rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly that make our country great. I expect that most of the individuals who participate in tomorrow’s events will honor that proud legacy by expressing their views safely and respectfully. However, in advance of tomorrow’s rally there have been communications from extremist groups, many of which are located outside of Virginia, who may seek to commit acts of violence against rally participants or law enforcement officials. In the event that such violent or unlawful conduct occurs, I have instructed state public safety officials to act quickly and decisively in order to keep the public and themselves safe.

    “Finally, as we prepare for tomorrow’s events, I want to urge my fellow Virginians who may consider joining either in support or opposition to the planned rally to make alternative plans. Many of the individuals coming to Charlottesville tomorrow are doing so in order to express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent. As long as that expression is peaceful, that is their right. But it is also the right of every American to deny those ideas more attention than they deserve. Men and women from state and local agencies will be in Charlottesville tomorrow to keep the public safe, and their job will be made easier if Virginians, no matter how well-meaning, elect to stay away from the areas where this rally will take place.”

  • Statement from Dr. Ralph Northam on Anthem Announcement

    Richmond, Va. — Today, following the news of Anthem pulling out of the Virginia health care marketplace, Dr. Ralph Northam released the following statement:

    “This is a direct consequence of Donald Trump’s deliberate effort to destabilize and sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — efforts Ed Gillespie has consistently supported. If anything, this now makes it clear that Ed would be nothing more than Donald Trump’s top lobbyist in Virginia advocating for the same disastrous policies without regard to how they hurt Virginians.

    “As I have stated previously, both parties need to work together to find common ground and real solutions to stabilizing and fixing the ACA. Independent Republicans have told the President he must provide certainty to the insurance markets. There is no excuse for Ed to side with Trump rather than Virginians when members of his own party are willing to speak truth to power.

    “I know Senators Kaine and Warner are working diligently to resolve these issues, but we must also take action in the Commonwealth.Virginia needs a Bipartisan Joint Subcommittee, comprised of members from both the Health Insurance Reform Commission and the newly formed Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight to address the concerns of health care costs, specifically for vulnerable communities.

    “By addressing cost, the utilization of federal dollars, the cost of higher care for the elderly and those with disabilities, and the creation of metrics to focus on outcomes, we can ensure all Virginians have access to affordable, quality care. Let’s do what is right for the people we serve and work together to improve the health care experience for all Virginians.”

  • STATEMENT OF U.S. SENS. WARNER AND KAINE ON ANTHEM 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 insurance market, resulting in today’s announcement that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018:

    “As a result of the uncertainty, mixed signals and deliberate sabotage 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. It is unfortunate that others, such as Anthem, are choosing to leave the marketplace altogether.

    “President Trump has been playing politics with health care for months now, and unfortunately, Virginians will be the ones paying the price. A report issued this week by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that the Administration’s actions will lead to double-digit premium increases and more insurers withdrawing from the marketplaces. President Trump has said that he wants Obamacare to ‘implode,’ and his Administration is deliberately destabilizing the health insurance marketplace in order to achieve that goal.

    “Insurers still have no idea whether the Administration plans to follow through on its threats to withhold cost-sharing reduction payments. In addition, there are troubling reports about the Trump Administration’s deliberate efforts to undermine the upcoming open enrollment period, the first under the Trump presidency.

    “Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have already begun working in a bipartisan way to explore ways we can improve the health care system and provide additional stability to the health care marketplaces. President Trump should stop using the health coverage of millions of Americans as political leverage, and demonstrate leadership by working with responsible members of both parties to improve the Affordable Care Act.”

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Anthem Leaving Federal Health Insurance Exchange in Virginia

    RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe released the following statement on Anthem’s decision to leave the federal health insurance exchange in Virginia:

    “Anthem leadership informed me this afternoon about its decision to leave the federal insurance exchange in Virginia, citing the President’s threats to cut off cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers and his deliberate efforts to dismantle the individual insurance market. It’s unfortunate Anthem felt it could no longer participate in the exchange because of the uncertainty created by the President and Congress. Today’s decision will result in more than 200,000 Virginians losing their quality, affordable coverage through Anthem, representing approximately half of the Virginians who purchase insurance on the exchange.

    “I again urge the Administration to stop playing politics with people’s lives and come together in a bipartisan way to provide certainty for insurers that cost-sharing reduction payments will continue to be funded through 2018, in order to stabilize the marketplace in the short term. Congress and the Administration must immediately take action to stabilize the health insurance market in Virginia and across the nation, or risk further harm to the millions of Americans who rely on the exchanges for affordable coverage.”

  • JENNIFER CARROLL FOY RESPONDS TO REPUBLICAN DROPPING OUT

    WOODBRIDGE, VA – Jennifer Carroll Foy, Democratic nominee for Virginia House of Delegates Second District, released the following statement upon the withdrawal of the Republican nominee in the Second House District:

    “I would like to thank Laquan Austion for stepping up to run. I will continue to work to earn the votes of all of my neighbors in the Second District. I will fight to expand Medicaid to 400,000 more Virginians, protect funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health care, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and find solutions to our broken transportation system. I have devoted my entire life to public service — fighting for the voiceless as a public defender and foster mother — and hope to serve all of the Second District as Delegate.”

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    Jennifer Carroll Foy is a public defender, lifelong Virginian, and foster mom. She was one of the first African-American women to graduate from Virginia Military Institute, and she has dedicated her life to public service. Because she believes so strongly that no child should be without a nurturing home, she started the Foundation for Foster and Orphan Children, a nonprofit committed to building better futures for orphan and foster children. She currently works for the Arlington Public Defender’s Office, where she represents the most vulnerable members of her community.