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Monday News: Mass Shooting in Las Vegas; Trump Publicly Undercuts Own Secretary of State; “Divert, Divide, Destroy”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, October 2.

  • Nice.

    Dan Ward Raises Over $260K for Congressional Race in VA’s 7th District
    Strong fundraising numbers show groundswell of support for Ward’s candidacy

    ORANGE, VA – Dan Ward for Congress, the campaign committee for Virginia’s 7th Democratic congressional candidate Dan Ward, today announced that Ward has raised $263,000 since he launched his campaign to unseat Congressman Dave Brat on July 7th, 2017.

    Ward’s performance represents the biggest fundraising quarter ever recorded for a 7th District Democratic primary candidate, according to FEC filings.

    “The strong support I’ve received shows that people are ready to take Congress back from extremists like Dave Brat. They want real leadership in Washington that gets things done for working families and represents all Americans,” Ward said.
    Ward raised $263,000 from more than 800 supporters, half of which came from donations of $100 or less. These fundraising totals, including over $227,000 cash on hand, will be part of the third quarter report which the campaign will file with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for 2017.

    “I served my country for 25 years in the Marine Corps and I know that as a nation we are strongest when we work together. I’m running for Congress because the people of Virginia’s 7th District deserve a Representative who will work hard every day to create jobs and improve access to affordable health care. Congressman Brat is more interested in supporting Donald Trump’s divisive policies and mimicking his dangerous rhetoric than working for his constituents. When I’m elected to Congress, my only priority will be fighting for the people of the 7th district.”

    Dan Ward was raised in Central Virginia and attended Virginia public schools before graduating from Vanderbilt University on a ROTC scholarship. Dan spent 25 years in the Marine Corps, flying in combat missions over Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and later serving as a senior military advisor at the Department of State, where he was promoted to Colonel and managed operations in Syria and Ukraine. Dan retired from the Corps in 2014 and began flying Boeing 777’s. He lives on a farm in Orange with his wife and two children, where he raises cattle and runs a small sawmill.

  • Quizzical

    Gun violence stats at end of third quarter
    http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

  • VA Dem nominee for governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, nails it

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/northamlasvegas.jpg

  • Beyer Statement on Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

    October 2, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement this morning after the mass shooting in Las Vegas which killed 50 people and injured over 200:

    “This morning’s news is horrific. Again, and again, and again, people in the United States, going about their daily lives, are subject to gun fire and to potential injury or death. It is unfathomable and unacceptable.

    Our hearts are with the many, many families whose lives were shattered by this massacre. We have a moral duty to honor their lives with action. We must not, and we will not, become desensitized to gun violence.”

  • Video: Every time I hear the opening of this song I flash back to the 2006 Webb campaign. RIP Tom Petty, such a superb musician and icon…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlTJrNJ5lA

  • Video: Tom Petty sings a verse of one my favorite Dylan songs, “My Back Pages”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGEIMCWob3U

  • Quizzical

    From the beginning of 2014 to now, we have suffered roughly 51,000 deaths due to gun violence in the US, and that doesn’t include the wounded or suicides.

    The sad truth is that this is a price the NRA and the gun geeks are willing to continue to pay in order to enjoy their 2d Amendment rights as they understand them.

    • Quizzical

      On second thought, why not count the wounded? As Steve Scalise would probably agree, the wounded are just as important.

      During the same time period, from 2014 to the present, the number of wounded was 104,389.