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Thursday News: “Mass media has utterly failed to convey the policy stakes in the election”; “Trump Is an Existential Threat”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, November 3. Also check out Eric Byler’s report from the Trump campaign front lines. It’s not pretty.

  • Virginia21 Voices Opposition to Governor’s Proposed
    Cuts to Higher Ed in FY18 Budget

    RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced this week that in an effort to combat the current revenue shortfall, he plans to cut 7.5% across the board in General Fund appropriations to Virginia’s public institutions of higher education. The cuts will not include financial aid.

    “We were very disappointed to learn of Governor McAuliffe’s decision,” said Jared Calfee, Executive Director of Virginia21. “While we understand that the Commonwealth is currently facing some difficult financial realities, cutting funding to our public colleges and universities is not a tenable solution. In fact, harming our future workforce is more likely to produce negative economic outcomes.”

    “We strongly support the decision to exclude financial aid from the proposed cuts. But after a budget year in which state support for higher education was finally starting to get back on track, this is a step in the wrong direction. Virginia21 and our student members sincerely hope that Governor McAuliffe will reconsider this decision.”

    Virginia’s public institutions were notified of the coming cuts on Tuesday, in an attempt to give them time to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for saving within their budgets.

    Virginia21 is a nonpartisan non-profit action tank that coordinates advocacy on the issues most important to young voters. With chapters all around the Commonwealth, Virginia21 has engaged thousands of young people in the political process since its founding 13 years ago, making it one of the most successful advocates for young voters in the nation.


  • In Northern Virginia and Richmond, Tim Kaine to Urge Virginians to Vote at Final Rallies Before Election Day

    Joined by Anne Holton, Kaine to Make His and Clinton’s Closing Argument at Evening Hometown Rally in Richmond

    At his final rallies before Election Day, Tim Kaine will return home to campaign in Northern Virginia and Richmond, joined by Anne Holton, on Monday, November 7. Kaine will urge Virginians to make history on Tuesday by electing Hillary Clinton president and embracing an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Kaine will also lay out how the division and dangerous views espoused by Donald Trump in his campaign make him unqualified, unfit and unworthy to lead this great nation.

    With more people voting in this election than any in history, Virginians can visit iwillvote.com to make a plan to vote on Election Day and find important voting information they may need.

    Additional details about these events will be released soon. Members of the public interested in attending these events can RSVP here for Northern Virginia and RSVP here for Richmond.

  • True Blue

    The Staunton VA principal in this story says he’s not heard complaints from the community about his Halloween costume.