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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, April 27. Also, that photo is from Ayn Rand-worshipping, right-wing extremist Rep. Dave Brat’s Facebook page. According to what he calls the “Brat pack,” Trump was “in Richmond Friday to offer his support of Dave’s great work in Congress,” such as “standing up to Obama’s destructive policies on illegal immigration, corporate cronyism, and the endless war on the American middle class worker.” WTF are they ranting and raving about? Who the heck knows, but it gets super weird and super wacky when you get Dave Brat and Donald Trump together!

*Earthquake Aftershocks Jolt Nepal as Toll Surpasses 3,400

*The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America

*Clinton Foundation acknowledges ‘mistakes,’ emphasizes transparency

*The GOP estate-tax folly (“Maybe congressional Republicans really are nuts, suicidal or both. The latest evidence is House approval of legislation abolishing the estate tax, sometimes called the ‘death tax.'”)

*Krugman: Nobody Said That (“Several months into 2014 many leading Republicans – including John Boehner, the speaker of the House – were predicting that more people would lose coverage than gain it. And everyone on the right was predicting that the law would cost far more than projected, adding hundreds of billions if not trillions to budget deficits.” WRONG!)

*Poll shows Bush-Clinton toss-up in Va.

*The Biggest Winners and Losers in Sully District (“The biggest losers in the Sully race were former Congressman Tom Davis, Supervisor Pat Herrity, and Congressman Barbara Comstock.”)

*Cruz warns of ‘liberal fascism’ targeting Christians (“Fascism?” Look in the mirror, Sen. Cruz!)

*Virginia’s equal rights history may sway court’s gay marriage ruling

*Putting brakes on big brother (“State lawmakers ignored Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s revisions to legislation to prevent authorities from collecting and retaining surveillance information from license-plate readers for as long as they want.”)

*2nd Navy SEAL dies after accident in Little Creek pool

*Week will begin on the chilly side, but coming weekend could be fantastic

  • If the 2016 election were held today, Bush is the only Republican who would beat Clinton, but other Republicans are gaining on her: If Clinton’s dominance among Virginia Democrats has grown, her position among Virginia’s general electorate appears to have softened since the Wason Center’s February survey. In February, Clinton beat all Republicans in hypothetical head-to-head 2016 match-ups, most with over 50% of the vote. However, in April’s head-to-head match-ups, Clinton is unable to win 50% of the voters against any of them. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush beats Clinton 48-46. Clinton’s dominance over other announced or potential Republican

    challengers also appears to be diminished from February, now mostly within the margin of error of this survey. She beats Christie by 2%, 47%-45%; she beats Paul by 2%, 49%-47%; she beats Huckabee by 3%, 49%-46%; she beats Rubio by 4%, 49%-45%; she beats Cruz by 5%, 49%-44%; and she beats Walker by 5%, 48%-43%.

  • RICHMOND, VA. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Emily Francis for State Senate in the 10th District. The 10th District includes portions of Richmond and Chesterfield County along with Powhatan County.

    “Emily Francis is a progressive champion who has tirelessly fought for women and families in Virginia,” said Muthoni Wambu Kraal, Senior Director of State and Local Campaigns at EMILY’s List. “An experienced nonprofit executive and community leader, Emily will be an advocate for accessible health care, stronger consumer rights, and work to preserve Virginia’s treasured landscapes. The EMILY’s List community – now three million members strong – is proud to support Emily for Virginia State Senate.”

    As a proven progressive, Emily Francis has built her career fighting for what’s right. For more than sixteen years, Emily has been a force for change through her career and service to our community. Her work with organizations across the country most recently has included the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. Emily has spent the last eight years in and around public policy in Virginia, as such she has worked on both sides of the aisle, and knows what it takes to get things done at the Capitol. She currently advises non-profit organizations in Virginia to advance public policy solutions that are good for all Virginians.

    EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect over 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving.