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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, January 8.

  • Another Democrat about to throw her hat in the ring for the chance to take on – and defeat – Rep. Scott Taylor (R) in November.

    ​Elaine Luria, Small Business Owner and 20-Year Navy Veteran, to Launch Run for Congress

    VIRGINIA BEACH – TODAY, retired Navy Commander and small business owner Elaine Luria will launch her campaign for Virginia’s Second Congressional District from the Virginia Beach location of her small business, Mermaid Factory.

    Elaine retired from the Navy last year following a 20-year career that included six deployments to the Middle East and the Western Pacific and command of an assault craft unit. Elaine now owns and operates Mermaid Factory, which her family built from a block of clay into a successful local business.

    WHO: Elaine Luria, Candidate for Congress in VA-02
    State Senator Lynwood Lewis
    Dave Belote, Veteran
    Arielle Griffin, former naval officer
    Dozens of friends and supporters

    WHEN: TODAY, Monday, January 8, 2018
    11:00am – 12:00pm

    WHERE: Mermaid Factory
    510 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    • Jason Peterson

      Glad to see someone else jumping into that race, but in an era where the President seemingly exists to promote his own for-profit businesses, I wish this announcement was being held somewhere else.

  • Former Congressman and Candidate for Governor Tom Perriello Endorses Ryan Sawyers For Congress

    Perriello: ‘Ryan Sawyers has been a great public servant and will be a powerful progressive voice in Congress’

    Tom Perriello served his country as a member of Congress before being appointed by President Obama to serve as as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa where he helped prevent mass atrocities and brokered a historic peace deal to turn the page on a decades-long conflict in the Congo. He previously ran non-profit organizations that tackle inequality, corruption, racial injustice, and climate

    In the latest sign of momentum for Ryan Sawyers’ campaign in Virginia’s First Congressional District, today former member of Congress and candidate for Governor of Virginia Tom Perriello is endorsing Ryan in the Democratic primary.

    “Ryan Sawyers has been a great public servant and will be a powerful progressive voice in Congress, and I am happy to give Ryan my full support” said the Honorable Tom Perriello. “Ryan is an absolute champion of equality and civil rights. He believes in access to high quality education with dignity for all of the children of Virginia and he was a fighter in Prince William County before Trump was elected.

    Ryan has taken that same approach to fighting against a Republican agenda that prioritizes corporations over small and local businesses, leaves rural communities in Virginia’s first district behind, and is threatening to take away healthcare from working families. Ryan knows how to get things done and I’m ready to stand with him in that fight this year and in the years to come.”

    “I am proud to have Tom, who has been a champion for equality and peace in Virginia and around the world, join our progressive campaign,” said Ryan Sawyers. “This campaign is about fighting for working families and putting people before corporations. The momentum is on our side, and that’s because Virginians know when we get involved we can hold politicians accountable.”


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran immigrants displaced by natural disasters, impacting thousands in Virginia:

    “Our country has always welcomed and protected people seeking refuge, but in one year’s time we’ve seen the Trump Administration trample on those American values by demonizing immigrants and refugees. This latest heartless decision targets Salvadorans despite the life-threatening violence that continues to force them from their home country, and it ignores the countless contributions their community has made to Virginia and our nation since they were displaced by natural disasters.”



    WASHINGTON, D.C. – El Senador estadounidense Tim Kaine emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre la decisión de la Administración de Trump de eliminar el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) para los inmigrantes salvadoreños desplazados por desastres naturales, impactando a miles de personas en Virginia:

    “Nuestro país siempre ha bienvenido y protegido a las personas que buscan refugio, pero en tan solo un año hemos visto a la administración de Trump pisotear estos valores estadounidenses demonizando a los inmigrantes y los refugiados. Esta última decisión despiadada afecta a los salvadoreños a pesar de la violencia que amenaza sus vidas y que continúa obligándolos a abandonar su país de origen, e ignora las innumerables contribuciones que esta comunidad le ha hecho a Virginia y a nuestra nación desde que fueron desplazados por desastres naturales.”

  • Beyer Statement On Trump’s Decision To End Temporary Protected Status For 200,000 Salvadorans

    January 8, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would end protections for an estimated 200,000 Salvadorans in the United States, in place since 2001:

    “Donald Trump’s open hostility to immigrants runs against the values and history of this country,” said Rep. Beyer. “His xenophobic policies are already hurting our standing in the world, and implementation of these policies will do significant damage to our economy, and worst of all to the thousands of human lives for which he seems to have no regard. Congress must fight back against these attacks on immigrants and refugees.”

    Beyer is a cosponsor of the American Promise Act, which would codify Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans and other refugees. Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region are home to a thriving community of Salvadorans who contribute significantly to the regional economy and culture. Nationally, the Center for American Progress estimates that ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadorans will result in over $100 billion in lost GDP over the next decade.


    El Congresista Don Beyer emitió la siguiente declaración sobre el anuncio que hizo la Administración Trump quitándole protecciones a unos estimados 200,000 Salvadoreños en los Estados Unidos, en vigencia desde 2001:

    “La hostilidad de Donald Trump hacia los inmigrantes corre contra los valores y la historia de este país,” dijo Beyer “Sus pólizas xenófobas están dañando nuestra posición en el mundo, y la implementación de estas pólizas harán daño significativo a nuestra economía, y lo peor de todo a miles de vidas humanas por las que parece él no tiene respeto. El Congreso tiene que luchar contra estos ataques hacia los inmigrantes y refugiados.”

    Beyer es un copatrocinador del American Promise Act, lo cual codificara el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) para los Salvadoreños y otros refugiados. El Norte de Virginia y la Región Capital Nacional es el hogar de a una comunidad próspera de Salvadoreños quienes contribuyen significativamente a la economía y cultura de la región. Nacionalmente, el Center for American Progress estima que terminando el Estatus de Protección Temporal para 200,000 Salvadoreños resultara en más de $100 billones de PIB perdidos sobre la próxima década.

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