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EW Jackson: Planned Parenthood "ripping apart and selling" black babies "on the auction block"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 01, 2015 at 11:26:15 AM EDT

It will never cease to amaze me that E.W. Jackson, a crazy person and also someone who's as extreme as you can get in this country, was the 2013 Virginia GOP's nominee for Lt. Governor of our state. Jackson's constant ravings are disturbing, although amusing in a twisted way. But his latest lunacy is...well check it out and decide for yourself.
BLACK MINISTERS GROUP: "MARGARET SANGER WAS A RACIST AND IT IS TIME FOR AMERICANS TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HER AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD"

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA- A national group of predominantly black ministers - MINISTERS TAKING A STAND ("MTS") - has denounced Planned Parenthood as a racist organization. Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder, has a history that includes support for eugenics as well as racist motivations to limit the number of births of black babies. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, supported eugenics and was a devout racist who sought to limit the number of black births. Bishop E.W. Jackson, National President of the group, said, "If Planned Parenthood is trafficking in baby body parts, you can be sure that many of the babies they are ripping apart and selling on the auction block are black. Yet the liberal media fails to expose this truth. If black lives truly matter, the lives of unborn black children matter."

In fact, FactCheck.org looked at this charge (by Herman Cain back in 2011), and found "no support for that old claim." None. FactCheck.org further noted that just "9 percent of abortion clinics in the U.S. are in neighborhoods in which 50 percent or more of the residents are black." On the other hand, Planned Parenthood DOES provide important health care services to poor and minority women, which means cutting funding for Planned Parenthood simply means that many "poor women will go without breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV tests and sexually transmitted disease treatment," which is both "wrong and hurtful."

Not that E.W. Jackson and his ilk care about any of this, nor do they care about perpetuating insane falsehoods about Planned Parenthood (e.g., that the organization is racist, hell-bent on aborting - and even selling - black babies) that have been debunked over and over again. Of course, that didn't stop E.W. Jackson's 2013 running mate, Ken Cuccinelli, who "said he won't defend the statements of lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, including his assertion that Planned Parenthood has 'been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK,'" but who also "has drawn similar connections between Planned Parenthood and racism." Amazing.  

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 01, 2015 at 06:29:51 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news  headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 1. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he celebrates "the fiftieth birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives."

*Stop the vendetta against Planned Parenthood ("No federal money is used by Planned Parenthood to provide abortions except in some rare exceptions. So cutting off government funds, mostly through Medicaid and grants, would only hurt the thousands of people, most of them low-income women...")
*Senate Republicans accidentally promote abortion ("...antiabortion forces, in their zeal to slay their bĂȘte noire, are actually attempting something sure to increase the number of abortions: Denying women access to birth control. ")
*Million-dollar donors fuel 2016 presidential race (Is this democracy? I don't think so.)
*Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race (And rightfully so.)
*Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions (This guy is utterly demented.)
*Why Jimmy Carter Thinks The United States Isn't A Real Democracy Anymore (There's a lot of truth to what Carter's saying here.)
*No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting (That's bull****.)
*More Than 180 Evangelical Leaders Endorse Obama's Carbon Reduction Plan
*Hundreds of businesses promote climate rule to governors
*Not ready for state policy ("A plan to simplify Virginia's voter registration form by making responses optional to questions about felony convictions and citizenship status - while preserving their essence in an affirmation - has set off a partisan firestorm." Translation: Republicans are upset that more people might vote.)
*Sen. Kaine Asking FERC to Consider Changes to Pipeline Projects
*Judge says Virginia can block Confederate flag from future license plates
*Gov. McAuliffe asks residents to prepare for the worst this hurricane season
*Va.'s top lawyer: Robert McDonnell should lose his state pension ("Mark Herring points to a law relating to felony convictions, which the former governor himself signed")
*AG: Dominion owes Virginia customers a collective $11.2 million
*Navy sub named after Sen. John Warner commissioned Saturday
*Grand jury investigating John Geer police shooting hears officers' testimony
*Proposed baseball stadium deal in Spotsylvania off the table for now
*Extra dramatic: Nats fall in 12 innings
*D.C. area forecast: August arrives with a gift of more heat

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Federal Judge Rules Virginia Can Remove Confederate Flag From License Plates

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 12:56:53 PM EDT

Good news from AG Mark Herring's office: 


~ AG Herring  filed papers in June to allow the Commonwealth to remove the flag from Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates following the Supreme Court's ruling in Walker v. Texas ~

 

DANVILLE (July 31, 2015)--Today in federal district court in Danville, Judge Jackson Kiser ruled from the bench that he will dissolve his 2001 injunction that had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia. On June 26, Attorney General Mark R. Herring filed motions (see below) to dissolve the injunction and vacate the order that had required placement of the flag on SCV license plates. The Commonwealth will now be able to enforce its existing law regarding SCV plates which states "No logo or emblem of any description shall be displayed or incorporated into the design of license plates issued under this section."

 

"This ruling will allow Virginia to remove a symbol of oppression and injustice from public display on its license plates," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Virginia state government does not have to and will not endorse such a divisive symbol. I appreciate Governor McAuliffe's leadership in calling for the removal of the flag and those on my team who moved quickly to get it done."

 

Judge Kiser's ruling will not be official until he enters his order, which will also address whether the decision will apply prospectively to new license plates, or retroactively to include existing ones. Deputy Attorneys General Rhodes B. Ritenour and Jeffrey M. Bourne and Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Westbrook handled the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  

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Companies with $350b in Annual Revenues Urge Gov. McAuliffe to Strongly Support Clean Power Plan

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 12:43:39 PM EDT

For anyone who thinks that the Clean Power Plan (coming out Monday) specifically, and transitioning from dirty to clean energy generally, are "bad for business," they might first want to talk to the 365 (!) companies - with 340,000 U.S. employees and $350 BILLION in annual revenue, who signed letters "to more than two-dozen governors across the United States voicing support for the EPA Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the states' 'timely finalization' of state implementation plans to meet the new standards."

Those two-dozen governors include a letter to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe by 24 companies and investors with " a significant presence in Virginia" - including Mars, Nestle, VF Corporation, Wespath Investment Management, Calvert Investments, etc. Highlights from the letter (see the "flip" for screen shots) include:

*The companies and investors "strongly support the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Carbon Pollution Standards for existing power plants," as they are "critical for moving our country toward a clean energy economy," with a "flexible approach [that] provides an exciting opportunity for states to customize their own energy portfolio, expand clean energy solutions, attract new industries to the state, and create thousands of jobs."

*They emphasize that their support for clean energy is "firmly grounded in economic reality," which is why "60 percent of Fortune100 companies have set their own clean energy targets and have saved more than $1 billion a year in the process."

*They "are seeking long-term policies that provide businesses the certainty needed to transition to a clean energy economy."

*They correctly note that switching to energy efficiency and renewable energy "will allow you to mitigate the risks of climate change and the volatility of fossil fuel prices," while combatting global warming that, among other problems, puts "trillions of dollars of institutional investors' assets at risk."

*They also explain that "emissions reductions can be achieved without long-term economic harm or damage to the reliability of our electricity system," but that clearly measures should be put in place to "ensure a just transition for impacted workers and communities during this shift toward a low carbon economy" (e.g., coal workers here in Virginia).

The bottom line: these companies and investors "encourage your timely finalization of Virginia's implementation plan and offer the support of the business community in [Gov. McAuliffe's] pursuit of cost-effective clean energy solutions." Let's make it happen ASAP, as there's truly no time to waste.

P.S. Great job by Ceres pulling this together!

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Alpha Natural Resources (Coal) Going Bankrupt; How Will Coal's Decline Impact Virginia GOP?

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 21:16:05 PM EDT

I saw this article earlier today and immediately thought of Virginia Republicans. I'll explain in a minute, but first the news.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is planning to file for bankruptcy protection in Virginia as soon as Monday as the biggest miner of U.S. coal used in steelmaking struggles amid the worst commodities slump in more than a decade, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter...

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural would follow rivals Walter Energy Inc., Patriot Coal Corp. and James River Coal Co. in filing for bankruptcy during the past 15 months as met coal prices dropped 72 percent since 2011.

Alpha Natural, despite reporting $1.8 billion in cash and available credit at end of March, hasn't turned in a profit since 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The thing is, it's not just Alpha, but the entire coal industry that's getting pounded by a variety of forces: cheap natural gas, the rise of wind and solar power, and the recognition that coal is cooking the planet to death.

So how does the decline of the coal industry potentially impact Virginia politics? First, as VPAP reports, the energy/natural resources sector has donated around $52 million to Virginia politicians since 1996. Of that, around $14 million has come from "Coal Mining/Processing," with another $16 million from heavily coal-powered utilities. And where has that money gone in terms of partisan distribution? Here are a few examples just to give you a feel for how lopsided it's been in favor of Republicans.

Coal company Alpha Natural Resources: $3.0 million, of which $2.3 million has gone to Republicans.
Coal executive Richard Baxter Gilliam: $2.7 million, of which only $1,000 has gone to Democrats, while $1.6 MILLION has gone to Republicans and $1.1 million to "other" (I believe a lot of this went to right-wing SuperPACs, like American Crossroads, that might not be classified as "Republican" by VPAP, but are clearly pro-Republican).
Coal/natural gas producer Consol Energy: $1.2 million, of which the overwhelming majority - $940k - went to Republicans.
Virginia Coal Association: $1.1 million, of which $740k went to Republicans.
Coal executive Marvin W Gilliam, Jr.: $683k, all but $3k of which went to Republicans.
Coal company United Co.: $519k, of which $324k went to Republicans.
Massey Coal: $466k, of which all but $8.3k went to Republicans.
Coal miner Cumberland Resources: $453k, of which all but $30k went to Republicans.

We could go on, but I think you get the picture: the vast majority of Virginia coal industry $$$ has gone to Virginia Republicans over the years, with only a small share going to Democrats. Which could mean, at least in theory, that as the coal industry goes down the tubes financially, the impact will be disproportionately negative on Virginia Republicans. We'll see, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on...

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 06:29:10 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 30. And yes, as you can see from his tweets, 2013 Virginia GOP Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson is STILL off his meds. Sad.

*Planned Parenthood strikes back (It's about time, given that Planned Parenthood is acting fully within the 1993 law passed overwhelmingly - including "aye" votes by people like Mitch McConnell and many other conservatives - by the Senate and House, making everything the group's been doing 100% legal. Don't believe it? See here, here, here and here.)
*Change your gun laws, America
*Christmas comes early this year - the gift of a Trump-fueled GOP debate
*A GOP led by Donald Trump will fail, and deserve it
*Krugman: China's Naked Emperors ("The big news here isn't about the Chinese economy; it's about China's leaders. Forget everything you've heard about their brilliance and foresightedness. Judging by their current flailing, they have no clue what they're doing.")
*Activists Hanging From A Bridge Force Arctic Drilling Ship To Turn Around (Excellent, we need a lot more non-violent civil disobedience to protect our environment from destruction.)
*After the death of Samuel Dubose, an officer is indicted in Cincinnati (It's about freakin' time. Now what about the officers who helped cover up this cold-blooded murder? And what about all the other cases in this country?!?)
*Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion (Yep, and make an example of this guy to all the other psycho "trophy hunters" out there.)
*Why Cecil Was Such an Important Lion
*Debris "very likely" part of missing Flight 370
*Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People (Absolutely.)
*More than one reason to sweat ("A hotter planet is almost certainly going to be an especial problem for coastal communities like Hampton Roads, since warmer temperatures mean melting ice, which means rising seas")
*Democrats found a brilliant way to troll the newest Republican presidential candidate (Nice!)
*Wingnuts are gearing up for another government shutdown - this time over Planned Parenthood (When is the corporate media ever going to cover this story accurately, which means no "both sides" false equivalency for starters?)
*McAuliffe avoids budget promises as he, Kaine and Warner push Medicaid expansion
*Rand Paul attributes Trump's rise to a 'loss of sanity' (As if Rand Paul's any saner?!? LOL)
*Poll finds seven shades of red and blue among Virginia voters
*Our view: Do [natural gas pipeline] opponents have an obligation to propose an alternative? (Yes! Energy efficiency, weatherization, rooftop solar, wind turbines, etc. Those will create FAR more permanent jobs than a natural gas pipeline or even two natural gas pipelines - not even close.)
*Chesterfield has most Confederate license plates in Virginia (Something most definitely NOT to be proud of.)
*Jonathan Papelbon picks up his first save as a National in 1-0 win
*McAuliffe helps launches broader weatherization program for the needy (Much better would be if Dominion made a serious effort towards improving energy efficiency, and if the General Assembly "decoupled" Dominion's profits from how much power it produces and instead incentivized energy SAVINGS.)
*D.C. area forecast: Sun and heat dominate as July turns to August

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"So You Googled Jim Gilmore?"

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 14:55:35 PM EDT

How about Republicans nominate Jim Gilmore for President in 2016 (not likely, but they can nominate someone just as crazy!) and replicate this electoral map - courtesy of DPVA's "So You Googled Jim Gilmore" microsite - nationally? Just a friendly suggestion from your Democratic pal(s). :)

P.S. The bigger question is why would anyone Google, let alone vote for, Jim Gilmore, who drove Virginia's fiscal truck into a ditch, or any of his fellow Republicans who think the same way he does?!?

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Interesting Questions by Sen. Donald McEachin About Drones

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 11:01:38 AM EDT

From Sen. Donald McEachin's Facebook page, I think these are some interesting questions, in light of what Del. Scott Surovell points out ("Kentucky man shoots down drone hovering over his backyard"). Here are Sen. McEachin's questions. Also, see Del. Surovell's comments after Sen. McEachin's.
Opinions please! I think you should be able to protect your property if someone (not the state assuming it has a lawful order) has a drone hovering over your property. But what legnth of time constitutes a hover? Is it ok for a drone to pass over your back yard (or front yard) on the way to somewhere else? Are there any rules for if it is just passing over how low it may go? Can you imagine a drone buzzing through your back yard during a picnic? At eye level? If a drone is hovering over your property and you destroy it are you liable to your neighbor for any debri that might damage a neighbor's yard. Time to have a conversation with legislative services.
Del. Surovell: "I predicted this last week at the Drone & Space Law Conference in Wise, VA. I said if you fly one of these over private property outside of NOVA, it's likely to get shot down. People laughed but I was serious. We need to clarify this area of the law soon."
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National and Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 06:21:37 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 29. Also, interesting infographic from ThinkProgress on Democratic 2016 presidential candidates' climate plans. So far, at least, it looks like Martin O'Malley is in the lead...

*As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya's endangered elephants were slain (This s*** needs to end. Now.)
*It's worse than Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion: Inside the sick, bizarre world of trophy hunting (These people are all criminals and psycopaths; the U.S. government needs to crack down hard!)
*Conservative Media Use Cecil The Lion's Death To Attack Planned Parenthood (Speaking of psycopaths...)
*Campus officer charged in death of unarmed man (It's about time!)
*The Sam Dubose Police Report Is Full of Falsehoods From Ray Tensing's Fellow Officers (Those "fellow officers" need to be fired and/or charged with crimes as well.)
*Clinton attacks the GOP on climate change. But her plan has a glaring gap. (I agree that putting a price on carbon pollution is crucial.)
*How will presidential candidates piece together a win in Virginia? ("They will need to build a coalition from seven distinct voter groups.")
*Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Political pundits wrong yet again. As for the people who support Trump...ee gads.)
*Congress
Businesses fume as Congress lets Export-Import Bank stay dead
(""We're at a loss how Congress can literally go on vacation and just say, 'Good luck, guys.'" For starters, it's not "Congress" generically, it's specifically Tea Party Republicans, some of whom I bet those same businesses gave money to!)
*Possible MH370 Debris Found in the Indian Ocean
*You vote, but plutocrats decide: The real story about the GOP primary that even the liberal media won't tell you ("Campaign journalism isn't just the worst -- horserace nonsense actively obscures how the rich bought the system")
*Natural gas pipeline discussion considers combining routes
*McAuliffe pushes back on GOP calls for Planned Parenthood investigation
*Clinton donors also pumped millions into McAuliffe's coffers (Not surprising.)
*Editor who oversaw Rolling Stone's U-Va. rape story to step down
*Former University of Virginia Fraternity Members Sue Rolling Stone
*Jim Gilmore officially files for presidential run (He must need money or something.)
*Portsmouth and its contempt for citizens
*Bernie Sanders supporters come together in Roanoke
*McAuliffe PAC returns $25K donation to Houston oil firm
*Virginia Gov. McAuliffe stands by Maryland blue crabs comment
*Justice Dept. looking into treatment of deaf inmates in Arlington jail
*Wind turbine company seeks Botetourt County's approval for test towers
*With roster evolving around him, Bryce Harper homers twice to lead Nationals past Marlins
*D.C. area forecast: Steamy morning leads to stormy afternoon; weekend hot but dry

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Beyer Calls for Action to Address National Security Threats from Climate Change

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 29, 2015 at 19:27:46 PM EDT

From Rep. Don Beyer's office; I really appreciate his leadership on the #1 issue facing humanity. 

July 29, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DoD) Report on the National Implications of Climate Change:

 

“Today’s report from the Defense Department is another emphatic statement that climate change is not only real, but is a national security threat," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Sea level rise, drought and severe weather, natural disasters, food insecurity, and competition for scarce resources jeopardize our security, here and abroad. Unless we commit now to addressing this problem, we risk catalyzing conflict and adding to instability around the globe. The DoD recognizes the severity of this crisis - it is time for Congress to do the same.”

 

The report finds that climate change is a security risk, Pentagon officials said, because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.  The DoD found that “global climate change will have wide ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems.” Communities and states that already are fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges, they added.

 

“The Department of Defense's primary responsibility is to protect national security interests around the world,” officials said in a news release announcing the report’s submission. “This involves considering all aspects of the global security environment and planning appropriately for potential contingencies and the possibility of unexpected developments both in the near and the longer terms.”

 

Find more information on the DoD’s report on the security implications of climate change here and here. 

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Redistricting Compromise: What Are Howell and Norment Afraid Of?

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 29, 2015 at 16:01:16 PM EDT

From DPVA. I'd say we know what they're afraid of.

House Speaker Bill Howell and Majority Leader Tommy Norment rejected a meeting with Governor Terry McAuliffe yesterday to compromise on a deal to set the state’s congressional elections map. 

The congressional map needs significant changes to alleviate the Supreme Court's issues and to better comply with the principles of equal representation and geographic balance that are essential to democracy. Forging a map early, as Governor McAuliffe suggested, would save taxpayers money and increase transparency in the process.

But Howell and Norment decided to play politics instead of doing what's best for Virginians. 

"Hiding under the bed isn't going to fix Virginia's racially-gerrymandered congressional map -- but bipartisan leadership will. Good things happen when leaders get together to make public policy decisions in good faith and we can do that with congressional redistricting," said Morgan Finkelstein, Press Secretary at the Democratic Party of Virginia. "We can only assume that Howell and Norment are simply hoping to stall until the last minute in order to preserve as much of their gerrymandered map as possible."
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Video: Janet Oleszek Says John Cook is "Passionate About UNDERFunding Education"

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 29, 2015 at 11:22:59 AM EDT

The headline refers to a great line by Janet Oleszek at a fundraiser last night in McLean (see video below), regarding just one of the reasons why current Fairfax County (Braddock District) Supervisor John Cook (R) needs to be shown the exit door this November. Janet added that John Cook is a seriously "flawed public official" who, "time and again...has benefited personally...by taking cases in which he has a clear conflict of interest...This is unacceptable for a public servant and I will introduce ethics legislation at once to ban this practice." Finally, Janet noted that John Cook had done a poll to find out if voters wanted their Supervisor to work with the School Board or "act as a check on it." Need any more reasons to vote John Cook out of office this November? Go Janet! :)

P.S. For video of Tim Kaine speaking last night, click here.

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Strike While the Donald is Hot

by: Andy Schmookler

Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 15:02:18 PM EDT

Today's Republican Party is a disgrace like nothing ever seen before at center stage of American politics.  From 2001 to 2009, it gave us the most lawless presidency in the history of the nation, and then from 2009 till now, it has given us the most obstructionist opposition party the nation has seen. Unprecedented, for a major American political party, in how consistently it is damaging the nation.

For well over a decade, this should have been the main topic of our national conversation.

No, let me correct that: Had the Democrats made it the main topic of our national conversation earlier, the dark force that has taken over the Republican Party would not still need to be brought to the attention of the American people. Calling it out forcefully enough would have either driven out this dark force from the one-time "Grand Old Party," or have driven that Party into oblivion.

But the Democrats have been weak, and have never pressed the battle. And the combination of Republican destructiveness and Democratic weakness has been a disaster for America.

Today's rise of Donald Trump gives the Democrats, and Liberal America generally, an unusually good opportunity to launch the long-needed attack on the Republican Party for the morally degraded force that it has become.

That opportunity arises from two factors.

First, Trump has thrown the Republican Party into disarray. Most of the time - largely because of the weakness and passivity of the Democratic Party - the Republicans have been able to control their narrative. But, with Trump lobbing his attention-getting rhetorical bombs and dominating virtually every news cycle, the Republicans are caught up in a story beyond their control. This leaves them weakened, distracted, disjointed -- generally less able to fight back in a cohesive way.

So strike while the Donald is hot.

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 29, 2015 at 06:23:47 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 29. Also see the video of Sen. Tim Kaine speaking last night at an event for Janet Oleszek's Fairfax County Board campaign against Republican John Cook. According to Kaine, "you will make people happier or madder in local government than anywhere else...you get measured by your results, not your slogans." On the other hand, you have the ability to counter voter cynicism by "being a good listener and trying to solve [people's] problems" while "helping your community." Finally, Kaine said there's a "night-and-day difference" between Janet Oleszek and John Cook when it comes to support for schools, teachers, education.

*US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion 'upset' as hunter becomes hunted ("As Zimbabwean police say he faces poaching charges, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer faces furious criticism on social media." He needs to be in jail for a long time, as do all people who do these heinous things.)
*Despite gains, Obama's work in Africa unfinished
*Sarah Palin would be welcome in a Trump administration, the billionaire says (Hahahahaha.)
*Fox lowers threshold for early debate ("The change serves to guarantee the presence of candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.")
*GOP introduces legislation to defund Planned Parenthood
*The People Trying To Destroy Planned Parenthood Have A New Plan: Gross You Out
*New Report Reveals The Severe Economic Impacts Climate Change Will Have In The South
*Republican Presidential Candidate Speaks Out On Marital Rape ("Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday denounced Donald Trump's lawyer's assertion that 'you cannot rape your spouse,' a defense the attorney made against allegations that Trump raped his former wife.")
*Va. Republicans reject McAuliffe's request for redistricting meeting ("The Democratic governor said striking a deal ahead of deadline would save taxpayers money" Since when do Republicans care about saving taxpayers money?)
*Third Planned Parenthood video prompts renewed call for Va. probe ("Republicans put more pressure on McAuliffe and Herring after an antiabortion group's latest effort.")
*Schapiro: Special elections as an alternate reality. ("In Fairfax, potential targets include members of the House Republican leadership - Dave Albo, chairman of the judge-selecting Courts Committee, and Tim Hugo, head of the House GOP caucus. Another Fairfax Republican on Democratic turf is Jim LeMunyon. In Loudoun, there's Randy Minchew and Tag Greason. In Prince William and environs, Republicans include Bob Marshall, among the House's most outspoken conservatives; Scott Lingamfelter; Rich Anderson; and Jackson Miller. Even Speaker Bill Howell's district in Stafford may be shaky.")
*Virginia leaders launch multifaceted initiative for job growth
*McAuliffe: Tired of waiting on deal to rework port's $1 billion-plus lease
*The new Jamestown relic that could rewrite history
*Virginia home sales record strongest second quarter in seven years
*Backlash over boxes: Intent questioned on voter registration form edits
*By withholding jail video, Fairfax County sends a message that it opposes accountability (Inexcusable.)
*Wind turbine foes file lawsuit against Botetourt County (This needs to be thrown out of court.)
*Fairfax board votes to move forward on Seven Corners redevelopment
*Peninsula-area pastors discuss race, community issues
*Nats get Papelbon from Phillies; Storen will move to setup role
*D.C. area forecast: Still sweaty with a chance of storms tomorrow

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Cuccinelli Wrong Again, This Time on Iran; Top Comments on His FB Page Unsurprisingly Appalling

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 13:52:11 PM EDT

Seriously, is Ken Cuccinelli ever right about anything? Apparently not. Even worse are the ugliness he attracts, and brings out, to his extremist demagoguery. For instance, the top comments on Cooch's Facebook page to this post are as follows.

*23 likes: "Why would a deal like this include money being given to Iran? Logically, a deal should say that they will not do so and so, period. Money being given to foreign nations, borrowed from China, is the true death of our nation."

*14 likes: "KILL THE DEAL AND THEN KILL IRAN,,, BOMB THE HELL OUT OF THEM..."

*13 likes: "Some well placed nukes will make for a short war. Sounds harsh but I would rather that than waste our men in the sand over there fighting these lunatics."

Just another day on Ken Cuccinelli's Facebook page, basically. Recall that a few weeks ago, we wrote about the top comment on his post on immigration stating, "illegal immigrant families deserve a ride to the border and if they come back they deserve a bullet." Again,why is it that Cooch attracts despicable people like this? And why is it that Cooch isn't atypical of many Republicans these days, from Mike Huckabee to Ted Cruz to E.W. Jackson to...we could go on all day? As Andy Schmookler writes in his new book, the "political right - and its political arm, the Republican Party - has become an extraordinarly destructive force in the American body politics," one that's "more consistently destructive and dishonest than anything seen before at center state of American politics (except perhaps for the decade leading up to the Civil War." No argument here; the question is what's the rest of America doing to stop this lunacy?

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