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Wednesday News: Virginia GOP “loyalty oath,” “Ashley Madison” Stir Things Up


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 26.

*China’s Stocks Close Lower as Global Markets Turn Mixed

*Anchor Jorge Ramos Thrown Out of Trump Event, Told to ‘Go Back to Univision’ (Lovely.)

*Latino Media Broadcasts Disdain of Trump

*Murray, No. 4 Senate Democrat, backs Iran deal (Looking safer and safer, despite Republican warmongers…)

*Tim Pawlenty 2.0? (“Scott Walker’s presidential campaign is flailing, and it’s not just because of Trump.”)

*Roger Ailes: Donald Trump should apologize to Megyn Kelly (Popcorn time!)

*Market chaos throws Fed rate plan into doubt

*Biden probably won’t beat Clinton. He should run anyway.

*A policy of paranoia (“The GOP’s penchant for foreign aggression.”)

*Dear Republicans: You could have avoided this whole Donald Trump disaster

*Pollster’s Legs Wobble After Fawning Donald Trump Focus Group (Ha, our old pal Frank Luntz goes wobbly when confronted with the rotten, disturbing core of his party. LOL)

*This Is What Would Happen if We Repealed Birthright Citizenship (“GOP candidates-led by Donald Trump-want to make a big change to our immigration laws. Experts warn it would lead to disaster.”)

*Leavitt to head Walker’s Virginia campaign (“Chris Leavitt, who managed Republican Ed Gillespie’s 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, will head Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 presidential effort in Virginia.”)

*GOP loyalty oath proposal in Virginia may signal trouble for Donald Trump (And for the Virginia GOP!)

*Schapiro: McAuliffe’s unlikely (right-) wing man in parole debate

*Legislators’ names appear in hacked Ashley Madison data (“Customers using the names and personal information of Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, R-James City, and state Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, have made payments to the Canada-based dating service marketed to people in marriages or committed relationships, according to an analysis of the user data by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.”)

*McAuliffe hands over Fort Monroe land to Park Service

*Police must stop hiding behind laws on FOIA

*Follow both science, faith to battle climate change, Catholic bishop says (“Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo told an audience in Norfolk that people must learn about the science of what is happening to the world.”)

*Schools consider regional effort to handle sexual assault

*Union on officer charged in shooting: ‘We could all be Adam Torres’

*Supervisors, public comment on Bedrosian’s fight against United Way, Planned Parenthood

*Strasburg, Zimmerman lead Nats past Padres for third straight win

*D.C. area forecast: Awesome August weather continues; warmer and more humid this weekend

  • Quizzical

    Don’t they usually ask primary voters to sign a pledge that goes something like this?

    “I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for president.”

    I have pretty much made up my mind to vote in both the Republican and Democratic primaries in Virginia this year. The way I read this pledge, if they meant “vote for”, they would have said “vote for.”  “Support” is a very ambiguous word.  I could support a Republican nominee for President by making a wish upon a falling star, if I wanted.  Or mail the nominee a campaign contribution of a penny.

    My thinking is that first, because of gerrymandering, voting in Virginia is rigged, so I don’t owe them a darn thing. Second, the reason they were able to do their gerrymandering is that the collect voter data through these primary elections.  So to me it would be worth it to vote in the Republican primary simply to corrupt their data.  Third, because of gerrymandering (again), the extremist voters who turn out for the Republican primaries have had their electoral voices, so to speak, unfairly amplified.  I can’t see why I would want to just let them get away with that.    

  • blue bronc

    The whole act of Trump is getting very interesting. Manhandling the Walter Cronkite of Hispanic media out of the presser, does not bode well for the Republicans.  Picking up the endorsement of the white supremacists is not surprising though.

    At some point the GOP will have to find a way to stop Trump, or face losing the Senate and a lot of seats in the House.  Done right Trump could hand the Congress back to the Dems.  It is a long stretch, but becoming feasible.

    For some reason I do not see the media comparing the Trump actions to the teabag actions that put the radicals in charge of the House. He is doing the very same things. Lie about non-white people, lie about the Congress, lie about the presidents and lie about how to fix what is wrong and not wrong.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the horrific attack in Moneta, Virginia today:

    “There are no words to express how heartbroken I am by the senseless tragedy in Moneta this morning. My deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, as well as the entire WDBJ family. I ask everyone to join me in praying for Vicki Gardner who was seriously injured in this attack and all of the local authorities and first responders who are working to find the perpetrator of this horrific crime.”

  • Heartbreaking and unimaginable. Our thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families at @WDBJ7 and beyond.