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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 1.

  • From the Dan Ward for Congress campaign:

    VA-07 Democrats and Candidates Endorse Dan Ward

    Dan Ward announces personal endorsements of candidates and former party officials

    ORANGE, VA – Today, a slate of candidates and party officials announce their personal endorsements for Dan Ward’s candidacy for US Congress. Ward has also received the Mom’s Demand Action Gun Sense Distinction, as well as endorsements from VoteVets, a veterans advocacy organization, and the Carpenters Local 205.

    These endorsements by former and current candidates, and party officials, show momentum building for the Ward campaign. “I am so humbled and thankful for all this support,” Ward said, “I will try to honor this support by continuing to fight for what’s right across the 7th district.”

    Personal Endorsements Below (All endorsements are as individuals and not on behalf of any Democratic Committees):

    Katie Sponsler, former House of Delegates (VA-66th)candidate

    Having run for office in a district that overlaps with the 7th congressional district I have been asked by both Democratic candidates for a formal endorsement, despite not being a resident in that district. I have resisted formally endorsing as I carefully wished to parse my personal loyalties and bias from this decision and in a race that finds them split that is difficult. Both Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward represent the best in American ideals and integrity, and I have shared my adult life in service to those ideals with them, and to endorse one is not to disparage the other. No matter how the 7th district votes in the primary, I genuinely feel you will be moving from having one of the worst legislators in America to having one of the best.

    After attending multiple forums and having the opportunity to speak with both candidates privately on a few occasions I am formally endorsing Dan Ward in the Democratic Primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. My endorsement is based on personal issues of primacy, in that I believe Mr. Ward to have a stronger stance on the issues I care most about in labor and the environment. I have found Mr. Ward’s campaign as well as Dan himself to be more receptive to input which I believe will be important in winning the general election. In other words, he knows what he doesn’t know. When I pressed him regarding Women’s Healthcare at the VA and Military Sexual Assault and Trauma, he invited me to help write policy and educate him and his campaign on these issues. While my input might not win an election (notably I convincingly lost mine) the ability of a campaign to not only listen, but to internalize voter concerns and recognize a perspective is important to gaining voter trust.

    Finally, an issue I do not like addressing, because it often betrays internalized sexism and classism, but as a working class individual that knows many independents, open-minded Republicans, and voters who do not often vote in mid-term elections (all demographics that a Democratic candidate in the 7th will need to win in the general) Dan speaks and presents himself in a way that is approachable and relatable to these demographics. I appreciate and deeply admire Ms. Spanberger’s careful, reasoned, and analytical approach to the issues and hope it finds its way into the way that all of us approach these issues, but Mr. Ward’s passion and conviction are palpable in his responses and that gets people excited, and we need to be excited.

    My deepest respect and regards to both amazing candidates in the 7th district and I hope all of you will join me in supporting and working to elect whoever wins the primary, because both individuals are so very worthy of the title of Representative, and both are so much more than “better that Brat” they are dedicated servants and true patriots.

    Al Durante, Former House of Delegates Candidate (VA-54th) and Former Chair of the Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee

    Dan Ward is running to address the issues facing all residents of the 7th Congressional District, from the populated urban centers to the rural expanses of the District. As a small business owner and resident of Orange County, Dan understands the issues faced by all residents of the District. As a combat veteran and retired Marine Corps Colonel Dan knows how to lead effectively in the face of the most difficult challenges. I am endorsing Dan Ward as the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 7th District because he is the progressive candidate who will fight for our future, and to protect the rights of all Virginians. Most importantly he is the candidate who can beat Dave Brat in November.

    Annette Hyde, State Senate Candidate (VA-24th)District in 2019

    As a candidate myself, I know how challenging it is to campaign as a Democrat in rural communities. Dan’s childhood roots in Madison County, his military experience and his strong commitment to stand up for what is right and help others lead better lives is why he is the best choice to represent the Democratic Party in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

    Fitzgerald Barnes, Louisa Board of Supervisors

    I’ve been on the Louisa County Board of Supervisors for 20 years and I’ve never endorsed anybody. But there is a candidate running here in the 7th this year that so perfectly embodies the district that I feel compelled to break that streak. Dan Ward is the candidate that can beat Dave Brat. And I know he will represent us.

    Henry Carter, Former Chair of 7th District Democratic Committee

    I have been a resident of the 7th District of Virginia since 1973 when I moved to Orange. And have served as Chairman of the 7th District Democratic Committee and the Orange County Democratic Committee. Over these years I have seen good and weak candidates run for Congress on the Democratic ticket, getting between 31 and 42% of the vote. The only competitive race was in 1974 in the aftermath of Watergate when the Democratic candidate got 48% of the vote. Now in 2018 we have two strong candidates who have and can raise sufficient funds to get their message out. I am supporting one of these candidates: Dan Ward. Among his attributes is his service not only as a Marine Corps pilot, but his service in the State Department. In my opinion he has the talent and intelligence to represent all of the 7th District both rural and urban populations. His drive to succeed seems inexhaustible. If elected, he will lead the 7th District out of the forest of negative leadership so aptly shown by our present representative. The 7th District needs leadership that looks forward with courage, not backward with fear. Thus, I ask your support for Dan Ward on June 12th to move us forward.

    Diane Fraser, Former candidate for 7th Congressional District

    I first encountered Dan at the Orange County Dems picnic in October, and realized I had met the best possible individual to not only defeat Dave Brat in November, but to represent the interests of ALL citizens of the 7th District. I believe he shares my passionate commitment to a broad range of issue, and is quite simply “the Real Deal.”

    Janelle Noble, Former candidate for the 7th Congressional District

    I am very proud to endorse Dan Ward to become the next Congressman from the VA 7th district. I have decided to support Dan because I believe that he is the candidate that will best represent all of the 7th district. I believe he can win over the swing voters that we will need to attract in order to not only unseat David Brat, but hold on to the seat in 2020 and beyond. I believe that his background serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and the State Department, his strong support for unions, and his status in the farming community speak well for the blue collar workers throughout the district that are often overlooked, while his uncompromising support for core Democratic values will help ensure that our most basic rights are protected from ongoing attacks. I believe we have two very impressive candidates from which to choose, and I pledge to support whomever should win the nomination this June.

    Dan Ward spent almost 25 years in the Marine Corps. He flew attack jets in combat missions over Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo. As a colonel, Ward served as a senior military advisor in President Obama’s State Department. 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.

  • From the Jennifer Wexton for Congress campaign:

    Delegate Danica Roem Endorses Senator Jennifer Wexton for Congress

    LEESBURG, VA – Today, Virginia Delegate Danica Roem endorsed Senator Jennifer Wexton for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Roem joins an extensive list of more than 60 Virginia elected officials endorsing Senator Wexton, including Governor Ralph Northam and Congressman Gerry Connolly.

    “Senator Wexton has been, and is, one of my legislative role models; a true example of how Democratic women in Northern Virginia can overcome the odds to deliver results for their constituents. It’s an honor to call her my colleague in the General Assembly and I am proud to offer her my support to become my congresswoman, where I know she will stand up for her constituents in the House of Representatives.”

  • From Rep. Don Beyer:

    Beyer On Departures Of Senior EPA Officials: “Pruitt Should Be The Next To Go”

    May 1, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after the resignations of EPA Senior Adviser Albert Kelly, who oversaw the Superfund program, and EPA security chief Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta:

    “Scott Pruitt should be the next to go. The exodus of Pruitt’s closest aides shows just how toxic his reign at EPA has become,” said Rep. Beyer. “Albert Kelly was never qualified to run Superfund, his banking ban was a huge red flag, and his resignation is a positive development. The EPA needs new leadership from public servants committed to its mission of protecting the environment and putting Americans’ public health first.”

    Reps. Beyer and Gerry Connolly requested an investigation by the EPA’s Inspector General of Albert Kelly’s hiring and work at the EPA one week ago.

  • From AG Mark Herring:

    ~ Auto industry is already on track to meet existing standards, which are estimated to save drivers $1,650 per year in fuel costs and reduce carbon pollution equivalent to 134 coal-fired power plants ~

    RICHMOND(May 1, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 18 states in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to preserve the greenhouse gas emission standards currently in place for model year 2022-2025 vehicles. The standards save drivers money at the pump, reduce oil consumption, and curb greenhouse gases. The states contend that, in dropping the standards without supporting evidence, the EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own Clean Car regulations, and violated the Clean Air Act.

    “Virginia is already feeling the effects of climate change, especially in our coastal areas, and cannot afford a further delay of action to address this urgent threat to our economic and environmental well-being,” said Attorney General Herring. “Yet again the Trump administration has charged forward with a hasty, indefensible, and unlawful giveaway to oil and gas companies at the expense of Americans’ health and wallets.”

    Beginning in 2010, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and California Air Resources Board began working with auto industry stakeholders to establish a single national program of greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2012-2025 vehicles. This program, finalized in 2012, allows automakers to design and manufacture to a single target instead of dealing with multiple targets in different states.

    The federal standards the states are suing to protect, for model year 2022-2025 vehicles, are estimated to reduce carbon pollution equivalent to 134 coal power plants burning for a year and to save drivers $1,650 per vehicle. At present, the car industry is on track to meet or exceed these standards.

    Last year, the EPA affirmed these standards were appropriate based on an extensive record of data. The California Air Resources Board also affirmed the standards were appropriate and that the federal government should continue to support a single national program for all states.

    On April 13, 2018, however, the EPA, without evidence to support the decision, arbitrarily reversed course and claimed that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 vehicles should be scrapped.

    Today’s lawsuit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Joining Attorney General Herring in filing today’s lawsuit were the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania (also filed by and through its Department of Environmental Protection), Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Minnesota filed by and through its Pollution Control Agency and Department of Transportation. This coalition represents approximately 44% of the U.S. population and 43% of the new car sales market nationally.

  • From the VA Sierra Club:

    Sierra Club: “Dominion should put their money where their mouth is when it comes to clean energy”

    RICHMOND, Virginia– Today, Dominion Virginia Power released its Integrated Resource Plan, a long-range forecast of electricity demand and how Dominion intends to meet that demand.

    In response, Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, released the following statement.

    Dominion Energy remains radically out of touch with how Virginians want to power their homes and businesses. More than two thirds of Virginia voters favor a goal of generating 100 percent of their electricity through clean, renewable energy sources by 2030.

    Dominion’s proposal to lock Virginians into decades of further dependence on harmful fossil fuels looks better suited for 1998 than 2018. Despite the company’s hype about solar, Dominion’s long-range plans all focus heavily on dirty, dangerous fracked-gas projects. These include erecting eight new fracked-gas power plants in Virginia by 2033, in addition to the destructive, cross-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

    Dominion should drop the act and put their money where their mouth is when it comes to clean energy like solar and wind.

    Solar is the least expensive form of new power generation to install in Virginia. But because of Dominion’s undue influence on Virginians’ energy choices, residents and businesses have extremely limited options when it comes to solar. The Center for Biological Diversity gave Virginia’s Dominion-approved rooftop solar policies an “F” in their report, named Throwing Shade, released last week.