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Saturday News: “What’s the Matter With Europe?”; AHCA Even Worse Than You’ve Read”; Trump Is the “Grin Reaper”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 6.

  • Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Endorses Erik Gutshall in the
    Democratic Caucus for the Arlington County Board

    Arlington, VA, May 5, 2017 – The Sierra Club is endorsing Erik Gutshall running in
    the Democratic Caucus on May 9, 11 and 13, for the Arlington County Board.

    We are pleased to announce our endorsement of Mr. Gutshall based on his clear
    understanding of the broad range of environmental issues facing the County,
    including energy and sustainability, transportation, development and smart growth,
    green space, and recycling. “In making our endorsement, we recognize
    Mr. Gutshall’s extensive background in environmental policy and
    energy related issues in Arlington. He has demonstrated a clear, indepth
    understanding of those issues and has expressed innovative
    views on how to meet those challenges,” said Dean Amel, Chair of the local

    Mount Vernon Group of the Sierra Club. Mr. Gutshall has a detailed understanding of
    the Community Energy Plan and fully supports the Arlington Initiative to Rethink
    Energy (AIRE). He sees a future that has opportunities for our County to sustain and
    improve our environment. He calls the goal of moving Arlington to 100% renewable
    energy by 2035 “very achievable” and supports energy efficiency initiatives in both
    the County government and schools.

    Mr. Gutshall is an advocate for long-term planning to achieve smart growth goals,
    including those to reach County affordable housing targets. He supports effective
    mass transit, from Metro to ART buses, and is well known for advocating bike and
    pedestrian improvements. Mr. Gutshall also has a detailed, six-part, strategy for
    preserving and expanding green space in Arlington. He supports ambitious actions
    to maintain the leadership on environmental issues and tangible results that our
    County has become known for nationwide.

  • Video: Arlington Dems monthly breakfast


  • Andy Schmookler

    Just read the piece noted above (“but will it resonate”) where CNN talks about the ad from Perriello that’s making news, the one with the ambulance being crushed. The piece seems to contradict itself in two successive paragraphs. They read, after talking about Northam’s having secured the endorsements of the state’s major Democratic figures before Perriello had entered the race:

    “Perriello’s campaign, however, has gotten off to a surprisingly quick start. He has raised more than $2 million, has pulled even or ahead in most public polls, and is drawing big crowds of enthusiastic supporters. Perriello is even pulling support
    from popular, national progressive figures like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

    “Despite his momentum and support from outside Virginia, Perriello is not making
    much progress with Democrats in the state, whose support for Northam remains strong.”

    So which is it? Should we believe the first of those paragraphs, which says that Perriello “has pulled even or ahead in most public polls…”? Or the second paragraph, where it says that Perriello “is not making much progress with Democrats in the state”?

    (Shouldn’t we assume that those polls are of likely voters in the Democratic primary?)

    One wonders just how such a story got composed, for such an apparent contradiction to be laid so blatantly side-by-side.

    • Wow, you’re right, that is crazy bad writing, even by CNN’s low, low standards. Those two paragraphs are completely contradictory, right next to each other as well. WTF???

  • Video: Cliff Hyra Nomination Acceptance Speech to Libertarian Party of Virginia