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Friday News: NRA, CPAC Go Full “John Birch Society”; “Nasty, Brutish and Trump”; Fairfax County School Board Adopts Resolution on Combating Gun Violence

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 23. Also, see below for video of the Fairfax County School Board last night discussing – and voting to adopt (at 1:26 of the video) – Board member Ryan McElveen’s resolution on combating gun violence. Among other things, the resolution “calls upon the United States Congress and state legislatures, including the Virginia General Assembly, to prioritize the protection of students and school system employees by passing legislation that more effectively regulates access to firearms in the interest of public safety, funds public-health research on firearms related issues, and advances mental health supports.””

  • Quizzical

    Virginia students win international competition in designing the city of the future

    https://www.voanews.com/a/middle-school-engineering-students-compete-design-city-of-future/4267137.html

  • Spanberger is definitely impressive…watched part of the VA-07 forum last night and she did a great job.

    EMILY’s List Endorses Abigail Spanberger

    GLEN ALLEN, VA — Today, Abigail Spanberger, former CIA operations officer and Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, received the endorsement of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics.

    “I am proud and honored to receive the EMILY’s List endorsement!” said Spanberger. “Our campaign is the first one in Virginia to receive this incredible endorsement, and I believe it is a true testament to the strong foundation we’ve built with the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors in the Commonwealth and beyond. Thank you, Stephanie, for recognizing the strength of our campaign and my commitment to representing everyone in Virginia’s 7th District.”

    In the endorsement announcement from EMILY’s List, President Stephanie Schriock cited Abigail’s CIA career and her commitment to “taking on the tough fights and serving her country.” Schriock continued, “Dave Brat has shown zero political courage and no ability to do right by working families. Abigail, on the other hand, is not afraid to engage with voters, listen to their concerns, and represent their best interests in Washington. It’s time for Brat to go, and EMILY’s List is ​so proud to be supporting a candidate like Abigail to take his place.”

    The endorsement adds to a growing list of former candidates and community leaders backing Spanberger’s campaign. Earlier this month, Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Shannon Taylor, endorsed. In 2017, former 7th District Democratic challengers Eileen Bedelland Jack Trammell officially endorsed. Other candidates, including former 2018 primary opponent Kim Gower, House of Delegate Democratic nominees Larry Barnett (HD-27), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD62), and Melissa Dart (HD-56), have announced their support of Spanberger.

    Abigail Spanberger is a former CIA officer running for Congress against Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. She believes in leadership that flows from our shared American values of integrity, responsibility, and decency, and she wants to work to move this country forward together. To learn more, please visit AbigailSpanberger.com.

    EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Learn more about their work here.

  • Jim B

    In the gun nuttery debate it seems the gun nuts will go for raising the age limit for obtaining a AR 15 to 21. Would that have stopped the Fla. shooter? Not likely since he could have waited a few more years of Trump maddness and really took it out on those kids or gone to a gun show or got a weapon from probably many sources on the street.