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MLK Day News: “John’s Gospel of Trump’s Illegitimacy”; Far-Right Radio Host Laura Ingraham to Run Against Tim Kaine in 2018?

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16, 2017. Somehow, “We Shall Overcome” — We MUST Overcome — Donald Trump and all that he represents. No doubt, MLK, Jr. would have been in the forefront of this struggle. I just wish he were still alive today to lead us through these dark days…

  • Quizzical

    Trump says the pharmaceutical companies are politically protected but no more. So he plans to have Medicare and Medicaid negotiate drug prices.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-vows-insurance-for-everybody-in-obamacare-replacement-plan/2017/01/15/5f2b1e18-db5d-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html

    But it was just last week that there was a vote in the Senate against importing drugs from Canada.
    http://bluevirginia.us/2017/01/democrat-vote-cheaper-priced-drugs-canada

    We live in interesting times.

  • Quizzical

    Russians call Obama administration “geopolitical losers.”
    https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/01/15/russia-awaits-trump-presidency-calls-obamas-team-geopolitical-losers.html

    I think all of this talk about geopolitics is a cover for petro politics.

  • From the Virginia House Dem Caucus

    House Dems Welcome Ward, Price to Leadership Team

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today elected two new members to fill vacancies on their leadership team.

    Delegate Jeion Joyner Ward will serve as Vice Chair of Operations and Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price will serve as Secretary.

    Both women hail from the Hampton Roads area. Ward represents the 92nd District, which encompasses a portion of Hampton. Price represents the 95th House District, which includes parts of Newport News and Hampton.

    “We are honored to welcome Delegate Ward and Delegate Price to our leadership team,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “Jeion and Cia have both been fierce advocates for the working people of their districts, and we appreciate the fresh perspective that they bring to the table. I look forward to working with both of them in this upcoming legislative session.”

    “Delegate Ward and Delegate Price are known for their relentless work ethic and dedication to their constituents,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “Jeion and Cia bring even more diversity to our leadership team, which is an excellent reflection of the Commonwealth we represent. I welcome their perspective and experience as together we work to create jobs and build an economy that works for everyone, not just those as the top.”

  • From the Virginia Senate Dems:

    SENATE COMMITTEE FAILS TO REPORT BILL THAT WOULD AMEND THE CODE OF VIRGINIA TO REFLECT REALITY ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

    RICHMOND – This morning, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee failed – for the third year in a row – to address inconsistencies in the Code of Virginia with regards to marriage equality as a result of the Bostic v. Schaefer decision. Senator Adam Ebbin’s (D-Alexandria) bill, SB782, aimed to correct language in the Code that prohibits same sex marriage. The bill was referred, again, to the Code Commission, in spite of the fact that the Code Commission has declined to address this specific issue.

    Said Senator Ebbin, “Marriage equality is the law of the land, plain and simple. Our Code needs to reflect that. Legislation keeps going back and forth; Senate Courts refers it to the Code Commission; the Code Commission refers it to Senate Courts to take action. It is an unnecessary game of ping pong and a legislative charade. In contrast, it took only a year for the General Assembly to amend the language in the Code after Loving v. Virginia.”

    Said Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), “We are not asking for a change in policy; we are attempting to streamline the Code. This is a continuation of the same rhetoric we’re seeing out of the other side: While Governor McAuliffe is working around the clock to attract businesses and jobs to our great Commonwealth, our Republican colleagues are erecting barriers that prevent the kind of inclusive society that many of these businesses are looking for. Marriage equality is the law of the land and it is time for this to be reflected in the Code.”

  • Video: From the Virginia House Dems – “Delegate Roslyn Tyler today called on her colleagues to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by standing up in support of civil rights hero John Lewis, who was viciously attacked by Donald J. Trump over the weekend. As Democrats rose to their feet, Republicans remained in their seats. Please SHARE this post to show your support for Congressman Lewis!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeYXzX2BuAA

  • Quizzical

    What expanding Navy to 350 ships would cost
    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/314311-trumps-navy-build-up-comes-with-steep-price-tag
    Do we really need to up our defense spending? Trump beat the drum for increased defense spending during the campaign, but nobody really made a case for it.

    • Another dumb idea by Trump.

  • I’m with Robert Reich on this…

    The Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders contest continues to divide the Democratic Party — in gubernatorial primaries, in the race for Democratic National Committee chairman, and in state party leadership contests from Hawaii to Maine. It’s hobbling Democrats’ ability to unite.

    Can we get a grip? Democrats have to recognize 5 things:

    1. The Democratic Party is on life support. It has lost Congress, the presidency, and most state governments.
    2. The Party’s Washington establishment – big funders, major lobbyists, retired members of congress who have become bundlers and lobbyists – are one big reason for the Party’s demise.
    3. The life of the Party – its enthusiasm, passion, youth, principles, and ideals – came to the fore in Bernie Sanders’s campaign. Stop trying to deny that.
    4. The Democratic Party must change from being a giant fundraising machine to a movement uniting the poor, working class, and middle class — who haven’t had a raise in 30 years, and who feel angry and powerless — to take back our economy and democracy from the oligarchs who now run both.
    5. Squabbling over any of this is nuts. Democrats have to be tough, have backbone, and fight like hell against Trump and the regressive forces that are about to destroy everything Democrats have built since the New Deal.