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Thursday News: “An Unhinged Trump Is a Normal Trump”; Brennan Gilmore Is a Hero; Massive VA GOP #FAIL

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 24.

  • Quizzical

    A Trump Slump in gun sales
    https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/24/gun-sales-decline-trump-controls
    It is estimated that 3% of gun owners own 50% of the guns – an average of 17 guns each.

  • Quizzical

    Northeast States Just Delivered A ‘Major Victory’ Against Climate Change – HuffPost
    https://apple.news/AJgWQE6QxRNS06c24mF6KUQ

  • Quizzical

    Rain bomb to hit Texas

  • True Blue

    Where are the “adults in the room?” The revenge presidency is forever intent on causing harm to America with threats of shutdowns and attacks on non-supporters, his own party, and any media who challenge him. It’s obvious that the birther-in-chief is amused by erasing President Obama’s legacy and what this unhinged clown show has always been about:

    “President Donald Trump today retweeted a meme that showed a picture of his gradually blocking out an image of former President Obama with the caption “The Best Eclipse Ever.””Meghan Keneally, ABC News, Aug 24, 2017

    • woodrowfan

      so he’s a lifeless, airless body that temporarily blocks out the source that sustains life on earth?? 😉

      • LOL, exactly!

      • True Blue

        Indeed. I recall that Monday’s eclipse only shaded the sun for 2 minutes; so my takeaway from the rather ridiculous retweeted image is “Here Comes the Sun,” “Walking on Sunshine,” “You are My Sunshine,” “Ain’t no Sunshine when You’re Gone,” etc.

        The Occupant of the White House will never eclipse President Obama in terms of intellectual curiosity, thoughtful deliberation, diplomacy, communication skills, likability, trustworthiness, support for our Constitution, interest in policy, and so much more.

        The Occupant’s a walking zombie apocalypse; retweeting those who post anti-Semitic or white supremacist comments, with no vetting. The Occupant is still trying to pick a fight with his popular predecessor, to destroy a legacy of one who has the credibility to challenge him, but

        “Don’t get me wrong — I’ve enjoyed your few public engagements so far this year. You spoke meaningfully on climate change in Milan. You eloquently repudiated the continuing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was heartening to see the people of Berlin receive you so warmly, and to watch you speak with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr. Obama, you were, as ever, subtle, insightful and measured. But I know that you know that we can’t be hiding behind walls.”

        “As a rule, I do not speak back to the television when I am alone. Or I didn’t used to. And then, around the time of James Comey’s firing, I listened to Alan Dershowitz basically announce that the apocalypse we’ve been dreading is upon us. I started to feel actual panic. I found myself yelling at the screen, and into the universe: “Barack! Where are you?””

        https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/opinion/obama-trump-charlottesville-moral.html?mcubz=0

  • True Blue

    I also am mildly curious about the Freudian Slip last week:

    “Heal” is clearly a very difficult word to spell if you’re president of the United States in 2017, but Merriam-Webster is here to help. Following a so-called “free speech” rally in Boston on Saturday, Donald Trump tried to call for unity on Twitter but instead told America twice that it needs to “heel.”

    ““Heal” can be a difficult word when you’ve been defending white supremacists all week.”

    Trump is a champion of spelling things incorrectly ― from “covfefe” to “counsel” and even “lose” ― but many thought of Trump’s original “heel” tweets as a Freudian slip. “Heel,” for example, is a command some dog trainers use to get a dog to obey and stop pulling ahead of their owner.

    And as one user pointed out, heel is also a term used in pro-wrestling circles to describe a bad guy or antagonist, such as WWE’s famed villain “The Undertaker.” Carla Herreria in HuffPost, 8-19-17

    We will never “heel!”

  • Virginia House of Delegates Candidate Kathy Tran (D-42) endorsed by Northern Virginia Realtors® Political Action Committee

    FAIRFAX, Va. – The Northern Virginia Realtors® Political Action Committee (NV/RPAC) and the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) of Virginia have endorsed Democrat Kathy Tran for the House of Delegates in House District (HD) 42 today. This endorsement was made because of Tran’s support for private property rights and understanding of issues that affect buyers and sellers of real property.

    Tran, a workforce policy expert, received the endorsement based on answers to a candidate questionnaire and in-personinterviews with the NV/RPAC Trustees, a group of dedicated Realtors® who evaluate candidates for office based solely on their positions relating to the real estate industry.

    “I believe Ms. Tran will be a great influence in our community as we continue to work through transportation, tax, education and other issues that affect the ability and desirability of living in Northern Virginia,” said Katharine Kratovil, 2017 NV/RPAC Trustees Vice-Chair and a constituent of the 42nd District. Tran demonstrated her support of proposals that facilitate the American Dream of homeownership, be it quality of education or the avoidance of unnecessary regulation.

    “I am very proud to receive this endorsement, and for all of the support we have received from business leaders across Northern Virginia,” said Tran. “I am committed to advancing mainstream, bipartisan solutions to support homeowners, Realtors®, small business owners, and all working families by strengthening our public schools, reducing traffic congestion, and growing our economy.”

    Said Donn Irby, 2017 Chair of the RPAC of Virginia Trustees, “The goal of RPAC is to identify and support candidates who understand the impact of real estate issues on our members, property owners and consumers. Kathy Tran has demonstrated that she will be a strong working partner with Realtors® to promote homeownership and property rights in the Virginia House of Delegates.”

    HD 42 stretches from West Springfield southeast to Mason Neck and was previously held by Delegate Dave Albo (R) who is not seeking re-election.

  • Governor McAuliffe Creates Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order Number 69, creating the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    “In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, it is important for the people of Virginia to have an honest discussion about what we can do to combat hatred and violence and continue our work building a Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to everyone,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The white supremacists and Klansmen who descended upon Charlottesville do not represent the values of the vast majority of Virginians, and the problems of white supremacy, religious intolerance, discrimination against LGBT Virginians, and other forms of hatred and violence are not unique to this Commonwealth. But those events should be a wakeup call for every citizen about the need to work together constructively to examine the origins of racism, discrimination and radicalization and what steps we can take to drive those pernicious forces from our Commonwealth and our country.”

    Created in the wake of the violent white supremacist events on August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, the commission will be charged with assessing how hatred and discrimination against racial minorities, religious groups and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals led to those tragic events.

    The commission will identify policy changes that can be made at the state level to make Virginia more open and inclusive to people from every walk of life, as well as steps the federal government can take to support state efforts to combat intolerance and expand opportunity for all. It will also examine how people become radicalized and what steps can be taken to prevent political violence in the future.

    The commission’s membership and first meeting will be announced soon. The full text of Executive Order Number 69 is below.

    NUMBER SIXTY NINE (2017)

    ESTABLISHING THE COMMONWEALTH COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

    Importance of the Commission

    This Commonwealth is home to people from every race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. That diversity is an essential element of what makes Virginia a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but like much of the nation, the Commonwealth has an unreconciled relationship with its past.

    Since the beginning of my administration, we have worked every day to make Virginia a more open and welcoming place for families and businesses from every walk of life and we are proud that those efforts have resulted in greater equality and prosperity in every corner of the Commonwealth. We must continue to address poverty, educational inequality, housing disparity, environmental injustice, religious intolerance, LGBT discrimination and many other important issues, but every Virginian can be proud that their Commonwealth is moving forward rather than standing still.

    From record investments in education, to significant reforms in Virginia’s criminal justice system, to expansions of health care access and efforts to protect the right to vote, this administration and our partners have made real progress to break down barriers to opportunity for every community across the Commonwealth. We have restored the rights of over 161,000 Virginians – more than any other Governor in the history of the United States. And, we have put a stop to divisive legislation that would have limited the rights of women and LGBT Virginians, and would have further restricted the right to vote in Virginia.

    However, as the ugly and tragic events of August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville demonstrated, we still have work to do to confront hatred, bigotry, and violence. The Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who incited violence, injury, and death in one of Virginia’s great cities, did so to advance racism and discrimination against people based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

    If Virginia is to heal and move past those terrible events, we must evaluate the circumstances that led to them and identify the steps that we can take together to stamp out hatred and violence before they reach a dangerous boiling point again. These issues are not exclusive to Virginia, and the vast majority of Virginians reject the actions and the ideology that were on display in Charlottesville. However, in the wake of these events, we have a responsibility and an opportunity to examine and learn from them. By asking tough questions, embracing perspectives that are different than our own, and leaning on the wisdom of experts, we can better understand the impediments to inclusion and equality that exist in our society today and make recommendations for how to knock them down.

    We can have an honest discussion about the history of our Commonwealth and our country and the way it is taught in schools and represented in the public square.

    We can evaluate how technology and our modern culture of political division and social alienation may be contributing to the radicalization of people from all walks of life.

    We can work together to show the world that, as the place where the ideals of our nation were born, Virginia is perpetually engaged in the difficult work of extending true equality under the law to all of our citizens, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Our history stands as a complicated story, along with the rest of our great Nation, with many triumphs and yet many sins that remain unreconciled.

    It would be naïve to think that any one commission can solve the problems of inequality, intolerance, and violence that this nation has wrestled with throughout its existence. However, by focusing narrowly on the circumstances that led to the events in Charlottesville, we can develop actionable proposals to bolster the many other efforts happening across this government and this Commonwealth to erase hatred, bigotry, and intolerance in Virginia and replace them with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Establishment of the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Accordingly, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth, and pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of Virginia, I hereby direct the Secretary of the Commonwealth to establish the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (the Commission) shall be responsible for promoting civil rights and fostering an environment of reconciliation and healing throughout the Commonwealth. Moreover, the Commission shall place an emphasis on implicit bias and cultural sensitivity by focusing on community relations and economic justice.

    More specifically, the Commission is charged with:

    · Identifying any Virginia laws, regulations, and agency procedures that perpetuate racial, ethnic, or religious intolerance or divisions, as well as recommending changes in law that can better promote tolerance and diversity.
    · Identifying and recommending ways to partner with non-governmental organizations working to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. Such organizations shall include nonprofits, foundations, and faith and community organizations.
    · Identifying policy changes at the federal level, including funding priorities within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, that will better equip state and local governments to combat domestic terrorism and unlawful conduct arising from hatred.
    · Supporting local government and community efforts by identifying and creating resources including grant opportunities, best practices, and guidelines for social media initiatives. Resources will include guidance for the renaming of schools, highways and other public spaces. Resources will also include guidance on the relocation and replacement of monuments.
    · Hosting events to promote a public dialogue on unity and reconciliation.

    The Commission’s work shall also focus on policy and societal factors that drive individuals toward hate-focused extremist groups. The Commission is charged with:

    · Identifying reasons individuals join terrorist or extremist groups. The Commission may look at factors leading to feelings of isolation or alienation and the impact of technology and social networking.
    · Collecting and recommending best practices on how parents, educators, community and religious leaders can identify individuals at risk of joining terrorist or extremist groups.
    · Identifying policies that can be enacted to prevent individuals from engaging with such groups and behaviors.
    · Collecting and recommending best practices on assisting individuals who have already succumbed to terrorist or extremist groups.

    Composition of the Commission

    The Commission shall include individuals representing the faith, advocacy, nonprofit, local and state government, and education communities.

    The Commission shall also collaborate with other entities as appropriate and seek participation from relevant stakeholders and state and local officials.

    Staffing

    Staff support for the Commission will be provided by the Office of the Governor, and any other Secretariats, agencies, or offices as designated by the Governor. The Commission will serve in an advisory role to the Governor, in accordance with § 2.2-2100 of the Code of Virginia. The Commission shall submit an interim report to the Governor no later than November 15, 2017. A final report shall be submitted to the Governor no later than November 15, 2018.

    Effective Date

    This Executive Order shall be effective upon its signing and shall remain in force and effect for one year from its signing unless amended or superseded or rescinded by further executive order or directive.

    Given under my hand and under the seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this 24th day of August, 2017.

    __________________________________
    Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor

    Attest:
    _______________________________
    Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth

  • Governor McAuliffe Launches Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order Number 68, creating the Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest.

    The task force, which will be chaired by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, will be charged with evaluating the circumstances that led to the violent white supremacist events in Charlottesville on August 11th and 12th and assessing the Commonwealth’s procedures for preparing and responding to events where civil unrest could occur.

    “This commission will be my administration’s vehicle to identify what worked in the local and state response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, what didn’t, and how we can better prepare for similar events in the future,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I am proud of the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to prevent the tragic events in Charlottesville from escalating further. We owe it to them and to all Virginians to examine every element of our operations on that day to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our citizens safe during periods of civil unrest.”

    The membership of the task force will be announced soon. The full text of Executive Order Number 68 is below.

    NUMBER SIXTY EIGHT (2017)

    ESTABLISHING THE TASK FORCE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
    PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TO CIVIL UNREST

    Importance of the Task Force

    Acts of hate and violence like those that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, and similar incidents across the country are becoming more prevalent and are endangering our communities. When large rallies or demonstrations become violent, it is not only the safety of our communities and citizens that is threatened, but also the safety of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect us.

    As a Commonwealth, we are heartbroken and shaken to our core. As we begin to recover and heal from the terrible events that claimed three lives and caused at least 35 injuries on August 12, we must take every step possible to prevent this type of tragedy from ever occurring again in Virginia. While I ordered unprecedented state resources to assist Charlottesville in responding to the Unite the Right demonstration, current law dictated that the state play only a supporting role, with local government officials holding key decision-making authority over permitting and command of the police response. I never again want to be in a position where state resources are needed to protect public safety, but the state is not vested with control over the events that ultimately could lead to a public safety emergency.

    On August 18, 2017, I issued Executive Order 67, which temporarily suspended permitting for the Lee Monument in Richmond pending a thorough review of the events in Charlottesville and recommendations for best-practices in permitting. It is critical now more than ever that we are prepared and ready as a Commonwealth, across all levels of government, to respond to future incidents of civil unrest.

    We must engage in a thorough review of the events that took place before, during and after the incident in Charlottesville and identify any existing gaps or issues that need to be addressed, including our permitting process. Following the completion of that review, we must take swift and immediate action to implement any necessary changes that will protect public safety and prevent further loss of life, while protecting constitutional rights.

    Establishment of the Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest

    Accordingly, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, I hereby establish the Governor’s Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest (“Task Force”).

    Composition of the Task Force

    The Task Force will be chaired by the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security (the “Secretary”) and will include representatives from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local law enforcement agencies, local governing boards, the Office of the Attorney General, and any other relevant state and local agencies. The Secretary is granted discretion to compose the Task Force with other members and to seek input from whatever sources he deems fit.

    Task Force Priorities

    The Task Force will conduct a review of the following key areas:

    1. After Action Review: The Task Force will review findings from an independent, comprehensive After Action Review and make recommendations to address any areas of concern. These recommendations shall include any proposed legislative or executive branch actions necessary, as well as any potential private sector engagement.

    2. Policies, Regulations and Procedures Governing Rally Permits: The Task Force will review current policies, regulations, and procedures governing rally and demonstration permits. This review shall include criteria for issuance of permits, the review and consideration process, and any limitations that should be applied to protect public safety, consistent with the protections afforded by the First Amendment. The Task Force will develop a model permitting process that the Commonwealth and localities may adopt.

    3. The Commonwealth’s Preparedness as it Relates to Incidents of Civil Unrest: The Task Force will work with local, state and federal partners to assess our preparedness as a Commonwealth. Incidents of civil unrest are extremely complex, and involve numerous agencies with diverse missions and capabilities, as well as jurisdiction and authority. The Task Force is charged with working collaboratively with agencies across all levels of government to review and make recommendations to enhance the following areas: appropriate lines of authority and control, internal and external communication, planning, coordination of preparedness efforts, capabilities, deployment of resources, intelligence gathering and information sharing, and cyber security issues that could impact our ability to prepare and respond.

    4. The Commonwealth’s Ability to Successfully Carry Out a Coordinated Response: In addition to reviewing our preparedness as a Commonwealth, the Task Force will review our ability to successfully carry out a coordinated response to incidents of civil unrest. As noted above, the complexity of these incidents and involvement of numerous agencies can create challenges. The Task Force will work collaboratively with agencies across all levels of government to review and make recommendations to enhance the following areas: appropriate lines of authority and control, internal and external communication, planning, coordination of preparedness efforts, capabilities, deployment of resources, intelligence gathering and information sharing, and cyber security issues that could impact our ability to respond.

    Staffing

    Staff support for the Task Force will be furnished by the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and any other agencies or offices as designated by the Governor or the Secretary. The Task Force will complete its work by November 17, 2017, with a final report to the Governor due by December 1, 2017. All executive branch agencies shall cooperate fully with the Task Force and provide any assistance necessary.

    Effective Date of the Executive Order

    This Executive Order shall become effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect unless otherwise amended or rescinded by further executive order.

    Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 24th Day of August, 2017.

    __________________________________
    Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor

    Attest:

    _______________________________
    Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth

  • Virginia AFL-CIO Supports Kellen Squire for 58th House of Delegates Race

    BARBOURSVILLE, Va. – Strengthening workers rights and improving labor standards in Virginia helps support Virginia families in achieving their dreams. Kellen Squire (D-Barboursville) has added to his endorsements by receiving the support of the Virginia AFL-CIO.

    “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Virginia AFL-CIO. As an ER nurse, I understand that we need to support the rights of working families and our communities through protecting workers’ rights. As a delegate, I intend to make sure families have the same rights and opportunities, no matter who we are.”

    Doris Crouse-Mays, President of the Virginia AFL-CIO, indicated their support by stating, “It’s time working people in HD 58 had a candidate who understands the sacrifices our families and our communities make each and every day. We’re thrilled to endorse Kellen Squire because we know he will stand with us to create good jobs, strengthen our schools, and protect workers’ freedom to come together to negotiate a fair return on our work.”

    Kellen’s work as an ER Nurse on the front lines everyday and his commitment to working families have helped him receive the endorsements from AFL-CIO and the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF). In the House of Delegates, Kellen will continue to fight for working families rights by supporting fair and equal pay for all, providing the tools, like broadband internet, to succeed in the 21st century economy, and pushing to expand Medicaid in Virginia.