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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, October 18.

  • The Collective PAC On Virginia Lt. Governor Candidate Justin Fairfax Being Removed from Democratic Campaign Materials

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Quentin James, co-founder of The Collective PAC, released the following statement in response to Justin Fairfax being removed from democratic campaign materials:

    “Over the course of this campaign, Justin has articulated a vision and a plan that will uplift all Virginians, running side by side with democrats and progressives in a spirit of collaboration. It is sad, disturbing and disheartening that efforts to elect democrats led by progressive partners would intentionally exclude the only black candidate on the statewide ticket, especially when black voters were so critical to democrats winning statewide four years ago.

    Candidates disagree on issues all the time, but after primaries are fought, it is traditionally accepted that efforts to elect democrats should help all democrats on the ticket. While we might not be able to stop subtle racism in 20 days, we can surely help Justin win this election. Between now and election day, The Collective PAC is planning to talk to over 200,000 African American voters in Virginia via text message about the importance of this election and getting out to support Justin.

    As The Collective PAC, we are proud to stand with Justin Fairfax and we call on the Virginia Democratic Party, the Northam campaign and all progressive organizations working in Virginia to support all of the democrats running on the ticket, including Justin Fairfax, in every way possible.”

    About The Collective
    Launched in August of 2016, The Collective PAC has helped 18 candidates win primary and/or general elections at the local, state and federal level thus far, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Representatives Val Demings, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Don McEachin, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Vi Lyles of Charlotte, Yvette Simpson of Cincinnati, Randall Woodfin of Birmingham and Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor in Virginia.

    Through its coordinated and independent expenditure committees, The Collective has raised over $250,000 from over 5,000 individual contributions, with over $50,000 going directly to more than 20 of its endorsed candidate campaigns. In addition, The Collective launched and hosted The Black Campaign School training for 120 candidates and campaign operatives from around the country this past June, organized The Black Political Power Summit in August and hosted a candidate information session with special guest Senator Cory Booker in September. With over 100,000 email subscribers, over 3,000 donors and various mentions and features in The New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC News, The Collective PAC has grown to be the largest and most prominent organization focused on helping elect progressive African American candidates to public office.

  • Human Rights Campaign Endorses Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

    With an estimated 185,366 eligible LGBTQ voters in the commonwealth, HRC has also endorsed pro-equality candidates Ralph Northam and Mark Herring in the crucial upcoming election

    WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced it has endorsed Democratic candidate Justin Fairfax for lieutenant governor of Virginia. With an estimated 185,366 LGBTQ eligible voters and hundreds of thousands more allied voters in the commonwealth, HRC has also endorsed Ralph Northam for governor and Mark Herring for attorney general.

    “Justin Fairfax is the clear choice for Virginia voters who believe in justice, fairness, and equality,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “Fairfaix is committed to LGBTQ equality, and we’re proud to endorse him for lieutenant governor. With so much at stake in this election, it’s crucial that fair-minded voters turn out on November 7 for pro-equality candidates Justin Fairfax, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring.”

    Upon receiving this endorsement, Justin Fairfax made this statement:

    “I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign. They recognize that there is no question which candidate for Lt. Governor will be the stronger advocate for issues that matter to HRC’s members. I look forward to working together with the Human Rights Campaign to fight for equality and opportunity for all Virginians. It is through equality and inclusion that we will continue to create a stronger Virginia economy and a stronger and more just Commonwealth.

    Justin Fairfax is committed to advancing equality for LGBTQ Virginians. The HRC Foundation designated Virginia as a “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality” in the organization’s 2016 State Equality Index. The commonwealth is one of thirty-one states that still lacks basic non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

    Fairfax is also committed to reducing gun violence through commonsense gun safety legislation and protecting civil rights, workers, and the environment. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and has served as Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. If elected, he would become only the second African-American lieutenant governor in Virginia’s history.

    HRC recently announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The expansion is the biggest strategic investment in the organization’s 37-year history.

    The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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