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Wednesday News: Trump Says His “Button” Is Bigger; “New year, same Trump”; “Questions remain as 94th District tiebreaker nears”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, January 3.

  • The 4Q17 fundraising numbers start coming in (although they’re not due until the end of January)…impressive numbers by Democrat Dan Ward in VA-07.

    In VA-7, Dan Ward Breaks Fundraising Records

    Strong fundraising numbers show groundswell of Democratic Support

    ORANGE, VA – The campaign for Marine Corps veteran and airline pilot Dan Ward, a candidate for Virginia’s 7th Democratic congressional district, today announced that Ward has raised over $284,000 in the 4th quarter of 2017, and over $547,000 in total since he launched his campaign to unseat Congressman Dave Brat on July 7th, 2017.

    Ward’s last two fundraising quarters were the highest back-to-back fundraising performances ever recorded for a 7th District Democratic primary candidate, according to FEC filings.

    “November’s tremendous election results and the unprecedented support we’ve received for our campaign shows: Democrats in Virginia are fired up to take Congress back from extremists like Dave Brat,” Ward said. “ I think people are hungry for real leadership in Congress and want a Representative who is willing to stand up for the values that truly make this country great.”

    This quarter Ward raised over $284,000 from more than 900 supporters, over 50% of which came from donations of $100 or less. These fundraising totals will be part of the fourth quarter report that the campaign will file with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for 2017.

    Dan Ward was raised in a small, rural community in central Virginia and attended Virginia public schools before graduating from Vanderbilt University on a ROTC scholarship. After graduation, Dan spent 25 years in the Marine Corps flying attack jets in combat missions over Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Colonel Ward later served as a senior military advisor in President Obama’s State Department where he ran cooperative defense programs in Syria and Ukraine before retiring in late 2014. As a civilian, Dan pilots 777s and until he became a candidate for Congress, he advocated for increased aviation safety on behalf of the Air Line Pilots Association. Dan lives on a farm in Orange with his wife where they raise cattle and run a sawmill repurposing historic lumber. They have two children in college and two dogs running around the farm.

  • Video: Democrats Doug Jones and Tina Smith sworn in to the US Senate.


  • Video: Congratulations to Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey, now the Chair and Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board. Also congratulations to Erik Gutshall, who joins the County Board following his election in November.


  • More loony, bigoted, anti-Obama crap from 2018 VA GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ewwww Jackson


  • Quizzical

    Bannon quoted in upcoming book, Fire and Fury, as saying Trump campaign’s meeting with Russian operatives was “treasonous”


  • Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments

    RICHMOND — Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced at Richmond Electricians’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center in Ashland that Megan Healy will join his administration as Chief Workforce Development Advisor.

    The role of Chief Workforce Development Advisor will be elevated to the cabinet level in the governor-elect’s administration.

    “As the commonwealth’s 73rd governor, I know how central workforce development will be to building on the progress we’ve made on the New Virginia Economy,” said Governor-elect Ralph Northam. “If we are going to connect Virginia workers with the skills employers need, we need to bring everyone, from unions and businesses to students and parents, together build a world-class 21st century workforce development system. Virginia has the most talented and productive workers on the planet – when we invest in them, we get our money back and then some. That’s why I’ll spend the next four years fighting for an economy that works for everyone, no matter who you are, no matter where you live.”

    Appointee Biography

    Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor

    Dr. Megan Healy currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Employer Partnerships for the Virginia Community College System. In her current position, she helps oversee transfer and career and technical programs at 23 community colleges while working with K-12, higher education institutions, and businesses to build pathways to good jobs. Previously, she was the first Virginia Director of STEM-H where she advised the Governor’s Office and stakeholder groups on building a workforce for the 21st century. Dr. Healy started her career in Danville and Martinsville as a professor of health science, anatomy and physiology and microbiology. Dr. Megan Healy received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and continued graduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University and finished her doctorate at Old Dominion University.

  • Trump says when Bannon was fired, “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Of course, that assumes Bannon wasn’t bonkers when Trump – also bonkers – hired him in the first place.


  • Video: Sen. Mark Warner on Steve Bannon’s “treasonous” comments