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Friday News: “2017 Ranks in 3 Hottest Years on Record”; “Republicans oppose Republican plan to keep the government open”; Tim Kaine Says “There’s no reason to shut the government down”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, January 19.

  • Quizzical
  • From Progress Virginia:

    Governor Northam Will Join Women To Rally In Support of Reproductive Freedom on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

    Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, Amy Hagstrom Miller, will also be in attendance

    Richmond, Virginia—The Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition will kick off their lobby day of action with a rally in support of reproductive freedom on the 45th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion access a fundamental legal right. Despite the historic decision that cemented a woman’s fundamental legal right to an abortion, women are still fighting for equality, economic opportunity, and reproductive justice in 2018. The rally will celebrate the accomplishments made since the Roe v. Wade decision but also demand full reproductive justice for all women.

    WHO: Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, CEO of Whole Woman’s Health Amy Hagstrom Miller, and 300 members of the Women’s Equality Coalition from across Virginia

    WHAT: A rally in support of reproductive freedom and lifting up women from all walks of life to being full and equal members of society

    WHERE: Bell Tower in Capitol Square at the intersection of 9th St and Franklin St in Richmond, VA

    WHEN: 11:00am Monday, January 22, 2018

    WHY: Everyone deserves the opportunity to work hard and succeed. But that’s impossible for women when they are unable to make decisions about their own bodies and choose how and when to start a family. This rally will send a strong message to members of the General Assembly that women are watching and will not accept any attacks on their reproductive rights and freedoms.

  • From DPVA:

    Heartless Senator Glen Sturtevant Goes EXTREME

    Sturtevant votes against raising lowest-in-the-nation grand larcency threshold, popular “ban the box” legislation

    Richmond, VA – Today, Senator Glen Sturtevant (R-Chesterfield) voted against a landmark piece of legislation – SB 252 – which proposes to “ban the box” forcing those applying for employment with state agencies to declare whether they have ever been convicted of a felony. Today’s vote comes just one day after Senator Sturtevant voted against another landmark piece of legislation – SB 105 – which proposes to lift Virginia’s felony grand larceny threshold (currently tied with New Jersey for lowest in the nation) from $200 to $500. Sturtevant joined only two senators in voting against the bill, which passed 36-3.

    “Today, Glen Sturtevant, who likes to charade as a reasonable Republican, showed his true, extreme colors,” DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker said. “Not only does Senator Sturtevant believe that it’s appropriate to incarcerate Virginians for stealing a pair of shoes or an iPhone – crowding prisons at taxpayer expense – he also wants to make sure that once they’ve served their sentence they are never able to work again. No one is saying that theft is permissible – but denying someone a second chance over one small mistake is fundamentally contrary to who we are as a Commonwealth.”

    Swecker pointed out that Sturtevant’s votes were not only wrong on the merits, but far to the right of many of his Republican counterparts.

    “Senator Sturtevant should be ashamed and embarrassed. His position on the felony threshold was so heartless that eighteen of his Republican colleagues – including Tea Party darlings Dick Black and Mark Obenshain – couldn’t stomach joining him. Simply put, his extreme priorities are wrong for his district and wrong for the Commonwealth. 2019, and the end of Sturtevant’s career as a senator, can not come soon enough. ”

  • Perseus1986


    “And of course, Puerto Rico has no friends in this White House. It’s reported that Trump meant for his “shithole” comments to play well for his base, and if the president thinks that way behind closed doors, it’s always possible that he believes that actually helping Puerto Rico would undercut his credibility with white nationalists. It’s also just possible he still doesn’t know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Regardless, it seems clear that the U.S. government has no intention of giving Puerto Rico aid if they can’t get it all back or make a quick buck.”