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Friday News: “The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill”; Trump Says More than “Bonjour” to French First Lady


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 14. Also check out Stephen Colbert talking about how “Donald Trump is putting past presidents to shame when it comes to overseas faux pas.”

  • DPVA Statement on Senate’s Updated Trumpcare Bill

    RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker today issued the following statement on the release of the Senate’s updated version of Trumpcare:

    “The reality of this bill is simple: Republicans want to take health care away from millions of Americans. Nothing about this new version demonstrates otherwise. Senator McConnell’s obsessive vendetta against President Obama’s accomplishments and the Affordable Care Act will cause thousands of Virginian families to suffer if left unchecked. The Majority Leader is willing to go to any length to gut programs that support working families – which raises the question: shouldn’t this be called Trump non-care?”

  • Delusional, off-his-meds Ewwww Jackson calls Tim Kaine “delusional”


  • Huffstetler Raises More Than $335,000 in First Filing Period

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – In his first 70 days as a candidate, Roger Dean Huffstetler raised over $335,000 to defeat Congressman Tom Garrett next November. Kicking his campaign into gear with a strong first fundraising quarter gives RD the tools he will need to speak with voters throughout Virginia’s Fifth district about what he will do to build an inclusive economy in Central Virginia. This filing shows that RD is the only candidate who can build the fundraising program necessary to make Mr. Garrett a one-term Congressman.

    “I am very proud to receive the support of so many small donors all across the Fifth District and this great Commonwealth,” RD said earlier today. “The overwhelming grassroots support for our campaign is a testament to our vision of building an inclusive economy for all Virginians.”

    With the first filing period under his belt, RD hit the road this past weekend and made seven stops around the Fifth District. Folks in Danville, Farmville, Charlottesville, Nelson County, and Madison County, among others, came out to hear RD’s positive message for Virginia and shared their concerns about the direction our country is heading.

    • Roger Dean Huffstetler


  • Southern Liberal

    News is that 6 people were in Jr.’s meeting.
    The 5th person is a Russian lobbyist who is a former spy.
    6th person hasn’t been announced yet.

  • Political newcomer Dan Helmer raised $370,000 in his bid for VA-10
    Democrat Helmer has $330,000 cash on hand

    Fairfax, VA – Today, Dan Helmer, Iraq/Afghanistan War Veteran and lifelong Democrat, announced he has raised $370,000 in his bid to unseat Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in VA-10. Helmer raised $250,000 in the 2nd quarter from 700 individuals, bringing his fundraising total since he began raising in March to $370,000.

    More than half of Helmer’s donations in the 2nd quarter were for $100 or less. Helmer’s report shows he has $330,000 in cash on hand, giving the first-time candidate an impressive war chest in his run.

    “What makes Dan’s fundraising numbers stand out is he served on active duty in the Army Reserves during this period and was prohibited from fundraising or campaigning for several weeks during this time,” said Sarah Rivin, finance director for Helmer for Congress. Rivin also noted the large number of first-time political donors, evidence of Helmer’s ability to draw new participants into the political process.

    “Everywhere I go in our district, people tell me they’re fed up with politics and what they’re seeing in Washington right now. Instead of politics as usual, I will bring fresh perspectives and new leadership to Congress to fight for our values and serve the people of our district,” said Dan Helmer. “I’m excited so many people believe in our vision to bring a problem-solving attitude to Washington and actually make change.”

    Dan Helmer is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Rhodes Scholar, business strategist, and father of two.

  • Quizzical

    Hmmm, if the Trump administration doesn’t believe in the validity of climate science, why are they trying to cut FEMA’s budget by 11%?

    • Quizzical

      They don’t believe in it as a reason to curtail burning oil, gas and coal, but they do believe in it when it comes to avoiding the bills coming due for disasters caused by climate change. Nice!