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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, October 13.

  • This letter applies to the Virginia Retirement System as well.


    • True Blue

      Wonder why I’m a skeptic regarding when Schultz will change her deceptive Facebook image and condemn her government-subsidized Hollywood Access predator Trump?

      “Did I actually expect that the Republican groups would return Trump’s money? Candidly, I had hoped at least one would consider doing that to send a message that as a nation we are taking a united, non-partisan stand against those who commit sexual assault. But that wasn’t happening.”

      “What we did learn from all of this? Simple. Republicans will believe a woman who she says she is a victim of sexual assault as long as the person who commits the wrongdoing is a Democrat. But not if that person is the head of their own party.”


  • Amazing that this is the president and it’s not satire/snark



    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today following President Trump’s decision not to make the certification required under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:

    “President Trump is making a dangerous mistake. Just last week, the President’s own military and national security advisors testified to Congress that sticking with the JCPOA is in U.S. national security interests. This move puts America at risk by potentially freeing Iran to turn its back on commitments to the JCPOA and undercutting our ability to work with the international community to effectively counter Iran’s destabilizing behavior. This reckless decision damages the credibility of the United States, weakens our alliances, and could hamper our ability to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Since President Trump refuses to be the adult in the room when it comes to foreign policy, the burden is now on Congress to protect an agreement that has made the world safer by preventing a nuclear Iran.”

    Kaine has been a leading voice on Iran, including co-authoring the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. He has consistently supported efforts to push back on Iran’s destabilizing behavior, including supporting the Countering U.S. Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which strengthened sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses, ballistic missile testing, and support for terrorism, including Hezbollah, and voting in 2016 to extend the Iran Sanctions Act.

  • Beyer on Trump’s Iran Deal Decertification: “Temper Tantrums Are Not a Substitute for Careful International Diplomacy.”

    October 13, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement following Donald Trump’s announcement that he would decertify Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal:

    “The President’s decision to decertify Iranian compliance with the JCPOA, with no basis in fact, is shortsighted and foolhardy and will only serve to further destabilize the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. General Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the IAEA, and our European partners all maintain that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement. Decertification undermines US credibility as a negotiating partner, is a slap in the face to our allies, and threatens a carefully crafted international agreement.

    Based on both the President’s public statements and multiple press reports, a critical foreign policy decision appears to have been made, not because it is in the interest of American national security, but in order to mollify the whims of our volatile President. Temper tantrums are not a substitute for careful international diplomacy. Now it is incumbent upon Congress to do no further harm. We must ensure that the JCPOA, our best chance to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, remains in force.”

    Beyer served from 2009-2013 as US Ambassador to Switzerland, which is the “protecting power” for diplomatic discussions between Iran and the United States, which have not had formalized diplomatic relations since 1980. He was a vocal supporter of the JCPOA during his first term in the House, where he worked with the Obama Administration to build Congressional support for the agreement.

  • Humane Dominion Endorses Ralph Northam for Governor

    Arlington, VA (October 13, 2017) – Humane Dominion – Virginia’s only political action committee (PAC) dedicated to making the Commonwealth a safer, more humane place for animals by helping to elect animal-friendly candidates into office in the state – announced its endorsement of Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia.

    “We are proud to announce our endorsement of Ralph Northam. It is essential to have strong leadership for animals at all levels of government and we feel confident that Ralph is the humane leader Virginia’s animals need,” said Melissa Craig, President of Humane Dominion’s Board of Directors.

    Since its creation in 2012, Humane Dominion has worked with animal lovers across the Commonwealth to elect humane officials and enact humane animal laws. In the last Virginia state elections in 2015, Humane Dominion endorsed forty-two candidates, with thirty-seven of them being successfully elected. These efforts were instrumental in passing new laws including curbing the sale of puppies sourced from puppy mills in pet stores, clarifying the definition of private animal shelters, working to support the practice of trap-neuter-return, and curbing roadside sales of animals.

    Lieutenant Governor Northam says “I’m proud to receive the endorsement of Humane Dominion, a group that has worked hard to make the Commonwealth a safer, more humane place for animals. My wife, Pam, and I have a dog and a cat at home, and they make our lives more joyful. Pam likes to run with our dog Murphy in the mornings, and our cat Odysseus is always around to brighten the day. All of our pets over the years have been rescued or from shelters, because we know how many animals out there need a good home. As governor, I’ll fight to ensure that legislation passed in Virginia doesn’t harm the animals that we love.”

    In 2008, as a State Senator, Northam introduced legislation to ban the use of gas chambers to euthanize companion animals, a legislative initiative that was ultimately signed into law in 2008 by Governor Tim Kaine. Ralph also supported making the fighting of any animals, including roosters, punishable by a Class 6 felony, which was signed into law by Governor Kaine in 2008.

    “Ralph’s voting record on important animal issues as a State Senator speaks volumes about his commitment to animals,” explains Sue Bell, Humane Dominion Board member. “We feel confident he will continue his solid leadership in the executive office.”

    Ralph has pledged to continue his efforts in a number of areas including increasing funding for investigations of animal cruelty, working closely with Humane Dominion endorsed Attorney General Mark Herring to support the work of the Animal Law Unit, and supporting the restriction of tethering of dogs, an issue on which animal advocates across Virginia continue to focus.

    Humane Dominion announced its endorsement of Attorney General Mark Herring for re-election on September 6, 2017.