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Thursday News: Republicans “Rush for the Exits”; Trump SOTU “Worse than Willie Horton”; Trump vs. FBI; “I Stand With the ‘She-Devils’”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, February 1. Happy birthday to my dad, the optimist (unlike his son, the realist – lol)! 🙂

  • From Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria/Arlington)



    A bill introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30, Alexandria) to ban Bump Stocks and similar devices failed to advance from the Senate Finance Committee on a 6-10 vote.

    SB 1, introduced by Senator Ebbin, would have prohibited the use, sale, purchase, and distribution of Bump Stocks or any device designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm to that of a machine gun. Possession and use of machine guns are heavily regulated by Virginia and Federal law.

    Cortney Carroll, a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting who lives in Richmond, testified in support of the ban at both the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and a Finance Subcommittee. A Republican and gun rights supporter, she warned of the potential for Bump Stocks to be used in future mass shootings. SB 1 had successfully passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on January 15th by an 11-4 vote. With the defeat of SB 1 in the Senate Finance Committee it is assured that there will be no ban on Bump Stocks enacted this year.

    Senator Ebbin introduced multiple gun violence prevention bills, SB 2 and SB 5, for the 2018 General Assembly session. Despite over 300 mass shootings that occurred across the United States in 2017, they have now all been voted down.

    “Use of a Bump Stock allowed a single shooter to discharge 1,100 rounds in minutes” said Senator Ebbin. “These attachments have no practical purpose for hunting or self-defense and put the public and our law enforcement agents at unnecessary risk.”

    Said Cortney Carroll:

    “If Bump Stocks were banned, I truly believe we would have not lost so many that night. We would have had time to run and hide, we would have had time to take cover…. We were untrained in a war zone.”

  • Quizzical

    The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has made news again. CMP is the quasi-government entity tasked with creating citizen soldiers in the US by teaching marksmanship and gun safety. I have no problem with that. Trouble is, Congress didn’t think these goals were important enough to fund directly, so the CMP is being allowed to raise money by “aquiring” military surplus guns fo free ( I guess), the refurbishing them in their CMP armories and selling them to the public. The news is that they have acquired 99000 M1 Garands from the Philippines and Turkey and 8,000 .45s from the US Army, and the CMP is going to fix em up and sell them.

  • Perriello to Launch ‘New Virginia Way’ PAC to Support Next Generation of Virginia Leaders

    Initial Efforts Will Center on the New ‘Clean 16’ Class of Delegates

    Former Congressman, 2017 gubernatorial candidate and WinVA CEO Tom Perriello is launching a new political action committee, New Virginia Way (NVW PAC), to support the next generation of Virginia leaders. The PAC will focus on supporting candidates who advance bold ideas that address seismic threats from corruption, hate, structural discrimination, and automation.

    “Virginia’s 2017 elections are often mislabeled a ‘wave,’ when the reality is that they were a turning of the tide toward a new generation of politics,” Perriello said. “What we saw from winning statewide and legislative candidates was a platform of innovation, inclusion and service for Virginians from every ZIP code. This initiative will support candidates, organizations and campaigns with bold ideas for addressing corruption, injustice, and the rising threat to our jobs from automation and monopolies.”

    The inaugural New Virginia Way project is a dedicated fund to support the re-election of the new class of Delegates—dubbed the “Clean 16” for their willingness to reject campaign contributions from many corporate special interests, including companies they are tasked with regulating or overseeing in the legislature.

    “These Delegates are among the most diverse and dynamic leaders ever elected in Virginia,” Perriello added. “I am utterly inspired by the leaders who stepped up and won seats last year—and by how they continue to fight in Richmond for a new Virginia Way. They have set the bar high, and we want them to know that the people have their back.”

    New Virginia Way will be co-chaired by a diverse group of next-generation leaders in Virginia, including Tara Gibson of Planned Parenthood of Virginia; small business owner, Air Force Veteran and former candidate for Delegate Donte Tanner; Alexandria Wheeler, community organizer with VA-BLOC (Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative); Maggie del Castillo of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; and, Kellen Squire, a UVA Emergency Room Nurse and former Delegate candidate.

    “Our plan is to make sure that what we saw in Virginia in 2017 is the new normal – an electorate and set of candidates that look like all of Virginia and all of America,” said Maggie del Castillo.