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Wednesday News: FBI Rebuts White House on Porter; Senate Hits “Wall” in Immigration Debate; Kirk Cox Laughably Claims He’s Being “Bipartisan”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, February 14.

  • From CASA in Action:

    STATEMENT FROM MICHELLE LARUE, VIRGINIA DIRECTOR OF CASA IN ACTION, ON: How David Yancey avoids doing his Job in Richmond, killing driver’s license for immigrants bill

    “As we end today’s session in the Virginia General Assembly, the last day for each House to complete work on its own legislation, except the Budget bill, we are confronted with the lack of leadership by Chair Yancey. As Chair of the Transportation Committee in the House of Delegates, David Yancey refused to allow discussion in the transportation committee on a bill that would give undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

    “This is one of the most commented bills in Richmond, yet the Chair uses his power to hide himself instead of doing his job; he used his power to sidestep the democratic process.

    “Hundreds of people from across the Commonwealth have lobbied the legislature to advocate for access to driver’s licenses for immigrants. What did the Chairman do? Nada. Absolutely nothing. It is OK to disagree on an issue. It is not OK to use your power to hide behind a desk without listening to other legislators and community members who care to have safer roads in Virginia, people who need to drive a sick child to a clinic, people who need to be able to get to work or school and do so many things that are essential in society.

    “Because undocumented motorists, particularly in rural areas, don’t have access to licenses they lack access to the tools to be safe, insured drivers. Having a driver’s license is a necessity, not a luxury. The statue needs to be reviewed and revamped.

    “Undocumented immigrants in the state paid $240.4 million dollars in state and local taxes in 2012 and, together with other immigrants, compose 15% of the state’s workforce and are more than 17 percent of the state’s business owners. Having access to driver’s licenses would only help immigrants contribute more to Virginia’s economy.

    “Unlike twelve states across the nation and the District of Columbia, Virginia does not allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. The licensure process is the way that states ensure that drivers know the rules of the road and have auto insurance.

    “This bill didn’t pass the committee in the Senate, but it was presented and discussed. It is important to note that we were disappointed to have Senators Chase and DeSteph vote against the bill, but we will keep working hard so they – along with other members of the legislature – understand that access to driver’s licenses for all residents in our Commonwealth is about make roads safer for everyone.

    “What Chair Yancey did this session was to avoid a vital discussion that impacts our roads. Putting an issue as important as this on a drawer to avoid finding a solution is not what leaders do.”

    Michelle LaRue lives in Arlington and she is the Virginia Director of CASA in Action. With 98,500+ members, CASA in Action is the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights. Visit CASAinAction.org.

  • Quizzical

    US Post Office rolls out imaging of mail
    https://www.voanews.com/a/us-postal-sercive-virtual-mail/4251952.html
    Not sure what this is good for, but it sure would be useful for every office receiving absentee ballots by mail.

  • Getting kinda worried about Ewwwww Jackson – he hasn’t tweeted in 10 days, very unlike him!

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ewwwlasttweet.jpg

  • Quizzical

    Bert Mizusawa on paper seems like a much more formidable candidate than Corey Stewart. Not even close in fact. Is he automatically the front runner for the Republicans?

    • Hard to say; he’s getting a late start, but the GOP field is such a pathetic joke, you never know!

      • Quizzical

        What has Mizusawa been doing lately?

        • bluevirginia

          Waiting for a job in the Trump admin?

  • Jim B

    Wasn’t that kind of stupid for Trump’s lawyer to admit paying to hush porn doofus? If anyone was doubtful about that story, they be shouldn’t now.

  • Ha! So that’s where Ewww has been, hanging out with Trump and good old Herman Cain (known, if at all, for his idiotic 9-9-9 tax plan; don’t ask!)

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ewcain.jpg

  • From Rep. Gerry Connolly:

    Connolly Statement on Florida Shooting

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on today’s shooting in Florida:

    “My heart breaks for the families of those affected by today’s senseless gun violence in Florida. As a nation, how can we continue to allow this to happen? How many more moments of silence must we hold before Republicans in Congress act? We are not powerless. There are measures we can and must take to make our communities safer.”