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Tuesday News: “Trump Gets No Respect” — for Good Reason; Corey Stewart Blasts Ed Gillespie for Skipping “Guns Save Lives” Rally


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, January 17. Also see State Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • bluevirginia

    From the Virginia House Dem Caucus:

    House Dems Condemn Abortion-Shaming Resolution

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today condemned the advancement of a resolution that would shame women who have had abortions.

    The resolution, which was introduced by Del. Ben Cline of Rockbridge, would recognize Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as a “Day of Tears.” The resolution passed the House Rules Committee by voice vote, over the opposition of Democrats.

    “Shaming women is the end result of this resolution, regardless of intention,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “While the Democratic Caucus is focused on creating jobs and raising wages for all Virginians, the Republicans are focused on divisive social issues that stigmatize women and members of the LGBT community. Legislation that discriminates and stigmatizes sends the message that Virginia is not business-friendly. I call upon all members of the House of Delegates to condemn this insult to women.

    “Within the last week, House Republicans have introduced a bathroom bill even more extreme than North Carolina’s HB2, refused to stand in support of civil rights hero John Lewis, and pushed a resolution out of committee that would shame women who have had abortions. Meanwhile, House Democrats have held rolled out major legislation that would raise the minimum wage, allow borrowers to re-finance student loans, and help ensure equal pay for equal work. The socially divisive sideshow that the Republican Caucus has led this session will do nothing to improve the lives of working Virginians.”

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  • Good question by Tom Perriello:

    Nearly 400,000 Virginians Stand to Lose Health Care Under Disastrous GOP Plan… Where Does Ed Gillespie Stand?

    January 17, 2017—ALEXANDRIA, VA—As Republicans in Congress plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement and block grant Medicaid, Tom Perriello, who supported the ACA as a congressman, released the following statement:

    “Republicans in DC are getting ready to kick millions of Americans off their ACA health insurance without a credible replacement plan. And even Republicans in Richmond are sounding alarm bells about their plan to block grant Medicaid. We know Corey Stewart is fully on board with the disastrous Trump agenda, but Ed Gillespie has been hiding. You don’t get to play Russian roulette with the lives of Virginians, especially our seniors. Will Ed Gillespie stand up to his party’s leadership and oppose this reckless plan or does he embrace it? Will the real Ed Gillespie please stand up?”

    As a result of the ACA, nearly 400,000 Virginians have signed up to purchase private insurance through the health insurance marketplace, and the uninsured rate in Virginia has fallen by more than 30% since its enactment. Repeal of the ACA would affect the nearly 3 million Virginians who previously had health plans with a lifetime limit, almost 60,000 Virginians under 26 who have been able to stay on their parents’ health insurance, and approximately 115,000 Virginia seniors who have saved more than $116 mililon on drugs – an average benefit of $1,015 per beneficiary.

  • GOP Kills Nine Voting Rights Bills in Committee

    RICHMOND, Va. – The GOP-controlled House Privileges and Elections Committee today killed nine bills that would have made voting more accessible to millions of Virginians.

    “The committee turned down several opportunities to make the voting process easier for Virginia’s seniors and working families,” said Del. Mark Sickles. “It’s particularly frustrating that the Republicans would oppose no-excuse early in-person voting, as it’s often difficult for working people to get to the polls within a 13-hour window on a single Tuesday in November. Virginia House Democrats will continue to fight to ensure that voting is accessible to all Virginians, including seniors, college students, caregivers and the disabled.”

    The bills killed were:

    A bill sponsored by Del. Rip Sullivan that would create early, no-excuse voting in Virginia
    A bill sponsored by Del. Betsy Carr of t­hat would create no-excuse absentee, no-excuse absentee in-person voting available 21 days before an election
    A bill sponsored by Del. Cliff Hayes that would create in-person no-excuse absentee voting
    A bill sponsored by Del. Betsy Carr that would make it easier for residents of assisted living facilities to vote
    A bill sponsored by Del. Rip Sullivan that would make it easier for caregivers to vote
    A bill sponsored by Del. Vivian Watts that would make it easier for seniors and people with disabilities to vote
    A bill sponsored by Del. Mark Sickles that would make it easier for child caregivers and people without a means of transportation to vote
    A bill sponsored by Del. Rip Sullivan that would make it easier for Virginia college students to vote
    A bill sponsored by Del. Steve Heretick that would repeal the photo ID requirement

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on the Pending Execution of Ricky Gray

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today with respect to the Commonwealth’s pending execution of Ricky Gray:

    “After a thorough review of the petition for clemency submitted by Ricky Gray and the various letters submitted by other parties, I have decided not to intervene in this case. Mr. Gray was convicted in a fair and impartial trial, and a jury sentenced him to death in accordance with Virginia law. Federal and state appellate courts have extensively reviewed his case and denied his requested relief. Unless a court intervenes, the Department of Corrections will carry out the execution in accordance with the order of the sentencing court.”

    “It is the Governor’s responsibility to ensure that the laws of the Commonwealth are properly carried out unless circumstances merit a stay or commutation of the sentence. After extensive review and deliberation, I have found no such circumstances. I will continue to pray for all of the individuals and families affected by these tragic and horrible crimes.”

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  • Quizzical

    I find it annoying that they don’t just come out and say how much money was saved by President Obama’s commutations and pardons. President Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 individuals. According to the Bureau of Prisons, the annual per capital cost per inmate in minimum security is $16,000 and in low security is $98,000.

    So at minimum, the commutations save 1,385 x $16,000, or about $22.1 million per year. A lot of the drug dealers were probably in low security rather than minimum security.

    Assuming these people are now harmless, I’ll gladly take the savings.