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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, October 4. Also check out Stephen Colbert mocking Donald Trump for giving himself an “A+” for his disastrous Puerto Rico response.

  • Gillespie goes “full Trump” in new mailer


  • Video: Renewable energy hitting new records


  • Video: Jimmy Kimmel Goes After “Nuts” Who Claim It’s “Too Soon” to Talk Gun Violence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeHY2MWYPbI

  • Quizzical

    Suppressors do provide advantages in combat, especially at night. They reduce muzzle flashes and sound.

    • Quizzical

      Given the way the shooter in Las Vegas planned his attack, it is likely that if he had suppressors his tactics would have changed accordingly.

  • Video: Liberal Redneck – On Guns


  • Video: Sens. Burr, Warner hold news briefing to update Russia investigation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njaBYpo228w

  • Video: Tillerson does NOT deny calling Trump a “moron”


  • From Rep. Don Beyer:

    Beyer Joins Reps. Price and Deutch, 180+ Representatives Urging President Trump to Uphold Iran Nuclear Agreement

    October 4, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) joined Reps. Price (D-NC) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in a letter to President Trump signed by more than 180 Members of Congress urging the President to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Announced in July of 2015, the JCPOA is an international agreement negotiated by the “P5+1” (United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and Germany), the European Union, and Iran that sought to cut off Iran’s path to nuclear weapons capability.

    The Representatives wrote:

    “We are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran’s destabilizing activities.

    The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) requires the President to provide to Congress credible evidence of Iranian noncompliance should violations of the JCPOA occur. We have received no such information to date. On the contrary, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and career US military and intelligence officials continue to verify that Iran has honored its obligations under the agreement…”

    The letter comes in response to recent suggestions by President Trump that the administration may withhold certification of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, which must be re-certified every three months under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA).

  • From the Abigail Spangerger for Congress campaign:

    Abigail Spanberger Demonstrates Impressive Early Momentum and Local Support, Raising More Than $240,000 with the Majority of Donors from Virginia

    GLEN ALLEN, VA – Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA operations officer and current Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, announced today that she has raised more than $243,000 from mostly Virginians in her first quarter challenging Rep. Dave Brat. This initial, early support demonstrates the incredible momentum of her campaign and highlights her strong ties to the community. Spanberger collected more than 900 individual contributions, and more than 70% of Spanberger’s donors are Virginians, with the greatest concentration in Central Virginia.

    “I am inspired and energized by the outpouring of support from Virginians and others committed to bringing new leadership to Washington,” said Spanberger. “Each contribution is an investment in what,I believe, is a new and better direction for the families of our district, and I’m truly humbled by the support.”

    Since launching her campaign on July 10, Spanberger has attended dozens of community events and meet and greets across the district’s 10 counties. Her experiences in federal law enforcement, as a CIA officer, and in the private sector are resonating with Virginians.

    “I’ve been listening to what’s on the minds of voters throughout our communities. People want and deserve a representative who will listen and work to find solutions to the challenges we’re facing,” Spanberger said. “I entered this race to be a voice for the people in my hometown, and I’m excited and proud that the majority of our initial supporters live right here in Virginia. The families of the 7th district deserve better leadership than they’ve gotten, and I plan to continue to work hard to earn their faith and support.”

    This successful first quarter adds to the momentum generated earlier this fall when former 7th Congressional District candidate, Kim Gower, ended her campaign and threw her full support behind Spanberger.


    Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases. She then joined the CIA as an operations officer. While with the CIA, Spanberger collected intelligence, managed assets, and oversaw high-profile programs abroad, in service to the United States. In 2014, she left public service to begin a career in the private sector and bring her family back home to Central Virginia. Spanberger left EAB-Royall & Company when she launched her full-time Congressional campaign in July.

    Spanberger grew up in Short Pump, in Henrico County. She attended J.R. Tucker High School, served as a Senate Page for US Senator Chuck Robb (D-VA), and graduated from the University of Virginia. Abigail earned her MBA from a dual-degree German-American program between the GISMA Business School and Purdue University.

    Abigail and her husband, Adam, live with their children in Glen Allen.

  • BREAKING: NVTC TechPAC Endorses Mark Herring for Reelection

    NVTC TechPAC announcement follows NOVABIZPAC endorsement last week

    RICHMOND, Va. — This afternoon, NVTC TechPAC, the political action committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced its endorsement of Attorney General Mark Herring for reelection. NVTC TechPAC represents the interests of the technology industry in Virginia.

    NVTC TechPAC’s endorsement comes days after NOVABIZPAC, the political action committee for the largest chamber of commerce in Northern Virginia, endorsed Attorney General Herring. Both groups touted his strong record of accomplishments for the Virginia economy, and the endorsements highlight Attorney General Herring’s strong support from Northern Virginia’s business community.

    In endorsing Attorney General Herring’s reelection, NVTC TechPac said:

    “Mark Herring has distinguished himself as a strong champion for our regional and statewide technology community as a state senator and as Attorney General,” said NVTC TechPAC Chairman Jeff Novak, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Oath, a Verizon company. “We are pleased to endorse his candidacy for re-election as Attorney General based on NVTC’s legislative agenda and policy priorities. We appreciate Mark’s continuing efforts to strengthen Virginia’s legal and policy framework to support and grow our technology economy and further increase our competitiveness as a global technology center.”

    In response to the endorsement, Attorney General Herring said:

    “I’m proud to have the support of Northern Virginia’s business and technology communities, and want to thank NVTC TechPAC for their endorsement. Living in Loudoun County, I have had a front row seat to the growth of Northern Virginia’s technology sector, and know how important its work is to the success of the Commonwealth. I look forward to continuing our work together to make sure Virginia is the best place to live, learn, work, raise a family, and start and grow a business.”

  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Announces Third Round of Endorsements for Virginia House of Delegates

    Richmond, Va. — Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia today announced its third round of endorsements for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2017 election, including:

    Delegate David Bulova, District 37
    Delegate Stephen Heretick, District 79
    Delegate Kaye Kory, District 38
    Delegate Mark Levine, District 45
    Delegate Marcus Simon, District 53
    Delegate Vivian Watts, District 39

    Stephen Aycock, District 88
    Bill Bunch, District 3
    Sheila Bynum-Coleman, District 62
    Rebecca Colaw, District 64
    Sheila Crowley, District 98
    Melissa Dart, District 56
    Kelly DeLucia, District 96
    Al Durante, District 54
    Brent Finnegan, District 26
    Kelly Fowler, District 21
    Morgan Goodman, District 55
    Ben Hixon, District 30
    Cori Johnson, District 97
    Angela Lynn, District 25
    Djuna Osborne, District 17
    Shelly Simonds, District 94
    Katie Sponsler, District 66
    Kellen Squire, District 58
    Francis Stevens, District 65
    Kimberly Tucker, District 81

    “Reproductive rights are under constant attack at the federal level. The stakes have never been higher for Virginians and our health. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia is proud to endorse these candidates for House of Delegates who will tackle the health care problems Virginians face in their daily lives,” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia CEO Jennifer Allen said. “The very same 20-week abortion ban bill that just passed in the U.S. House was introduced in Virginia’s General Assembly last year. We must elect champions for reproductive health who will fight against restrictions to abortion access and fight for expanding access to quality, affordable health care for all Virginians.”

    Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia’s endorsed candidates for the House of Delegates will benefit from Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC’s massive grassroots mobilization effort.

    Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC is running a campaign to reach hundreds of thousands of voters at their doors, online, and through the mail. Among other efforts, the program includes mobilizing an army of volunteers and canvassers who will knock on over 300,000 doors.

    Polling shows that 80 percent of voters support Planned Parenthood and reject efforts to block patients who rely on Medicaid from accessing life-saving care at Planned Parenthood. In addition, 20 national polls all show overwhelming support for Planned Parenthood. A PerryUndem poll found that even 57% of Trump voters oppose actions that would prohibit women from accessing birth control, well-woman care, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.