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Thursday News: Good Riddance “Fanatic, Fraud, Factotum” Paul Ryan, Who “Personifies the Devil’s Bargain the GOP Struck With Trump”; Medicaid Expansion, But On What Terms?


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, April 12.

  • From Elaine Luria’s VA-02 campaign for Congress:

    Elaine Luria Raises More than $370,000 in First Three Months of Campaign

    VIRGINIA BEACH – Today, Elaine for Congress is announcing more than $370,000 raised in the first three months of the campaign. With nearly 1,500 individual contributors, Elaine Luria is well-positioned to take on Republican incumbent Scott Taylor in November’s election.

    “I am humbled and grateful for the tremendous support our campaign has received in these first few months’” said Elaine Luria. “Since we launched on January 8th, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk to working families across the district who join me in the belief that Washington is in chaos. It’s time for new leadership in Washington, and I look forward to communicating to voters my vision for the future of this district and our communities.”

    In addition to having raised the most resources in the Democratic primary to date, Elaine has also benefitted from strong local support. She recently announced the endorsements of 45 community leaders in coastal Virginia, from educators and small business owners to local elected officials and military leaders.

    Launches the First of Nine Town Halls on Thursday in Leesburg

    McLean, VA- Paul Pelletier, Democrat candidate for Congress in VA-10, today announced that he would hold nine town halls across the congressional district between Thursday and June 12, 2018. The first of the nine town halls will be held on Thursday, April 12th in Leesburg.Pelletier is the first candidate in the Democratic primary to hold districtwide town halls.

    “This year, more than ever, voters want to learn about and know who they are voting for,” said Pelletier. “We have all seen what can happen to our country when people are reckless with their vote.

    “Holding these town halls across the district will allow for Democratic primary voters to voice their concerns, get to know who I am, what my experience is, why I am running for Congress and what I want to do for them when I get there.”

    The first town hall will be held at the Senior Center of Leesburg on Thursday from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Subsequent town halls will be held in Winchester, Sterling, Chantilly, Ashburn, McLean, Herndon, Burke and Manassas. The Paul for Virginia campaign is sending a postcard invitation to homes and using social media to inform voters about the town halls.

    “I spent 27 years as a federal prosecutor, and I am used to making my case,” stated Pelletier. “I believe that when the people of the 10th CD hear about my background and understand that I am the only candidate in the race who has addressed the serious problems in our healthcare system, actually taken guns off the streets and held people in power accountable for their wrongdoing, they will support my candidacy.

    “We may get ten people at our meetings, or we may get 100. Either way, the people of VA-10 have a current Member of Congress who hasn’t held any town halls, demonstrating that she could care less about being held accountable to those she represents. I want voters to know that when they elect me, I will always be accessible to them and want to know what they think of the job I am doing,” concluded Pelletier.

    After serving as a federal prosecutor for over 27 years, Pelletier retired from the Department of Justice in 2011. While at Justice, Pelletier developed a reputation as a fearless fighter who would successfully prosecute the biggest and baddest criminals, including international drug kingpins, Wall Street and banking executives and corrupt politicians, on both sides of the aisle.


The 10th Congressional District is located in Northern Virginia and includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties and the cities of Winchester, Manassas and Manassas Park. A primary for the Democratic nomination will be held June 12, 2018.

  • From the DCCC:

    Tom Garrett’s Debt Hypocrisy is Going to Cost Seniors

    Rep. Tom Garrett talks a big game on the debt and deficits, but words are one thing, actions are another. When it comes down to it, Tom Garrett has been part of Washington Republicans exploding the national debt, and now his hypocrisy is threatening to cost seniors in cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

    Tom Garrett voted for the GOP Tax Scam – a handout to millionaires and large corporations – that is going to add $1.9 trillion to the national debt.

    The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently projected that after just over a year of unified Republican control of Washington, the annual federal budget deficit is expected to exceed $1 trillion by 2020.

    Now Washington Republicans are voting to advance a plan that AARP says could potentially lead to deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits. No one should be surprised, this is what Speaker Paul Ryan promised to do when he passed the tax scam.

    “Seniors have spent a lifetime paying into Social Security and Medicare and don’t deserve to have their benefits exposed to cuts just because hypocritical Washington Republicans like Rep. Tom Garrett can’t keep their word.” – DCCC Spokesperson Jacob Peters