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Friday News: “Everybody Hates the Trump Tax Plan”; “The Bipartisan Pastime of Harassing Women”; Wait, What? Sexual Predator Trump Is Tweeting About Franken???


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, November 17.

  • It says a great deal (nothing good!) about Ed Gillespie and the ugly campaign he ran that his best college precinct was…yep, Jerry Falwell’s Liberty U! It also says nothing good about Liberty U.


  • Governor McAuliffe Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6%

    ~ Virginia’s unemployment rate ranks 2nd lowest among major U.S. states and in Southeast; Lowest rate in nearly 10 years ~

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in October to 3.6 percent, the second consecutive monthly decline, and was down 0.5 percentage points from a year ago. October’s unemployment rate of 3.6 percent was the lowest rate since the March 2008 rate of 3.6 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was down 0.1 percentage point in October to 4.1 percent.

    In response to today’s announcement Governor McAuliffe said, “When this administration began, our unemployment rate stood at 5.4 percent. After nearly four years of attracting new businesses and rebuilding our economic infrastructure from the ground up, it has fallen all the way to 3.6 percent. I am so proud of the work this team has done to grow and diversify Virginia’s economy and lay a foundation for decades of economic growth to come. This is great news, but we still have nearly two months in office and we’re going to spend every single moment building a new Virginia economy for the families we serve.”

    Virginia is tied with Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida for the second lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states, behind Tennessee. In addition, Virginia has the second lowest unemployment rate, along with Florida, among major U.S. states behind Tennessee.

    Since the beginning of the McAuliffe Administration, average hourly earnings and personal income in Virginia have increased by a total of 7.4 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In addition, average weekly wages for the private sector have increased 8.1 percent year to date, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

    Household employment expanded slightly to 4,181,517, the 34th consecutive monthly increase and a new record high. The labor force contracted slightly, by 961, as the number of unemployed declined by 1,891, exceeding the 930 increase in household employment.

    “I’m pleased to see Virginia’s unemployment rate decrease to the lowest rate since March 2008,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Working with our private sector partners, the General Assembly, localities, and others, we are providing more Virginians with the tools necessary to get good-paying jobs in the new Virginia economy. We are expanding job opportunities and pro-business initiatives across the Commonwealth, positioning Virginia to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

    Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment is 33,700 jobs higher when compared to October of 2016. Over-the-year employment growth in Virginia has been positive for 43 consecutive months. In October, Virginia’s over-the-year growth was 0.9 percent. Nationally, total nonfarm employment was up 1.4 percent from a year ago.

    In October, the private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 36,000 jobs, while the public sector recorded an over-the-year loss of 2,300 jobs. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, eight of the eleven major industry divisions experienced employment gains.

    For a greater statistical breakdown visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website.

  • From the VA House Dem Caucus:

    Statement on Federal Court Decision Disenfranchising 55 Voters

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus issued the following statement from our attorney Marc Elias of Perkins Coie in light of the Eastern District Court of Virginia’s decision today:

    “We are disappointed with the court’s ruling that effectively disenfranchises 55 voters who submitted their ballots correctly but whose voices remain unheard due to an error of the United States Postal Service. We are currently assessing our options on that issue as we also await a response from the State Board of Elections regarding the voters in HD-28 who appear to have been given ballots for HD-88 on Election Day.”

    House Democrats won at least 15 seats last week in a wave election, bringing our current numbers to 49. In addition to HD-28, where only 82 votes separate Democratic nominee Joshua Cole from Republican nominee Robert Thomas, HD-40 and HD-94 also remain in recount territory. The majority is in play.