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Wednesday News: “It’s (Still) Never Trump’s Fault”; Trumpcare Collapsed Because GOP “Cannot Govern”; “Obamacare Is Working”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 19.

  • Fairfax County Public School Board Work Session on J.E.B. Stuart Renaming Question. Personally, I’d rename all schools that are currently named after Confederate officers…


  • From Rep. Donald McEachin:

    WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) issued this joint statement following passage of H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act:

    “The ‘Smoggy Skies Act’ is an irresponsible and dangerous attack on the Clean Air Act. With this bill, vital protections against pollutants would be lifted, years of hard-earned environmental progress would be reversed, and the health and wellness of millions of Americans would be put at risk – especially communities of color, low-income families, and other marginalized groups.

    “Eliminating common-sense regulations will increase the number of Americans exposed to harmful smog and polluted air. Already, too many communities of color live in counties consistently in violation of federal air pollution standards. Children in minority areas, in particular, have been hit hard by increased rates of asthma stemming from poor air quality. Direct exposure to air pollution results in higher death rates, and great number of emergency room visits and hospital stays due to repository diseases like asthma.

    “This bill seems especially abhorrent in light of recent attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As the Republicans work to strip away millions of Americans’ affordable, accessible healthcare coverage, they vote on legislation that would send people to the hospital. It is clear to us that we must fight against all forms of environmental injustice and harm.

    “We voted no on this bill because we have a moral obligation to our constituents, the American people, and future generations. For the sake of all Americans, we must protect clean air.”

    The United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force was co-founded by Reps. McEachin, Jayapal, and Barragán to address the disproportionate environmental impact on communities of color, low-income families, and other marginalized groups.

  • Fake news

    You quote an article that says Jay Fisette is resigning this fall.

    That’s news! Or is it fake news?

    I thought he merely decided not to run for reelection..

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s first meeting:

    “The ‘so-called’ voter integrity commission is nothing more than a distraction from the Administration’s misdeeds. Let’s be honest here – it is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and attempt to validate the President’s baseless claims of ‘mass voter fraud’ in the last election. I strongly urge President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mr. Kris Kobach, and the other members to abandon this witch-hunt and prioritize the very real needs of the American people. Let’s commit to enabling same day registration; expanding early voting; creating a national voter protection hotline; and mandating a verifiable paper trail. I am committed to instilling trust in our democratic election process, not fear.”


    ~ In letter with 19 fellow state attorneys general, Herring urges Secretary DeVos to maintain the Department of Education’s commitment to protecting students, engage with AGs on ways to do even more ~

    RICHMOND (July 19, 2017)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined his fellow state attorneys general in writing to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to maintain the Department of Education’s commitment to protecting college and university students from sexual violence on campuses. The Attorneys General also called on Secretary DeVos to work collaboratively with them to ensure that members of university communities can live, learn, and work free from the fear of sexual violence. In 2015, Attorney General Herring chaired Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, which developed 21 policy recommendations that helped make Virginia a national leader in the movement to end campus sexual violence.

    “Campus sexual violence deserves more serious and respectful consideration than we’ve seen from Secretary DeVos’s department in recent weeks,” said Attorney General Herring. “Gov. McAuliffe, our colleges and universities, and I are working each and every day to prevent sexual violence and turn the page on a time when it was not treated with the seriousness it deserves. Comments like those from Secretary DeVos’s staff and an equivocal commitment to maintaining protections for our students makes that job even harder. Blaming survivors or using alcohol to excuse sexual assault is unbelievably uninformed and disrespectful and has no place in a serious discussion about making our colleges and universities safer. Our students and schools are counting on the Department of Education to be partners in creating safe, welcoming learning environments.”

    The Attorneys General’s letter was prompted by recent indications that the Department of Education might be planning to step back from its recent work to help universities prevent and respond appropriately to reports of sexual violence. Of particular concern were comments from Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson, who claimed that 90 percent of campus sexual assault allegations “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that, on average, 20.5 percent of college women had experienced sexual assault since entering college, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in five women experienced sexual assault in their lifetimes. Moreover, the vast majority of these incidents go unreported.

    Attorney General Herring has worked with Virginia’s colleges and universities, victim advocates, students and law enforcement to transform the way the Commonwealth works to prevent and respond to sexual violence while chairing Gov. McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, which spent more than six months developing policy recommendations in five areas:
    Engaging Our Campuses and Communities in Comprehensive Prevention
    Minimizing Barriers to Reporting
    Cultivating a Coordinated and Trauma-Informed Response:
    Sustaining and Improving Campus Policies and Ensuring Compliance
    Institutionalizing the Work of the Task Force and Fostering Ongoing Collaborations
    Today’s letter reaffirmed the Attorneys General’s commitment to working collaboratively with Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education to address the problem of sexual assault, including suggesting the Secretary engage with a bipartisan group of Attorneys General and other stakeholders to discuss collaboration.

    In addition to Attorney General Herring, the other 19 Attorneys General signing on to the letter to Secretary DeVos are: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan.


    Public School Teacher Crushes Opponent in Fundraising

    Henrico, VA, – Schuyler VanValkenburg has posted another strong fundraising period. As of the most recent filing required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, VanValkenburg has raised a total of $88,341. What is even more interesting is when you compare this to his opponent. Although Ed Whitlock has reported raising over $80,000, the reality is that $65,000 of that total is a personal loan from Whitlock to his own campaign. Furthermore, VanValkenburg has $58,366 in the bank, compared to only $4,620 for Whitlock.

    VanValkenburg issued the following statement:

    I am truly grateful for the thousands of people who have donated to my campaign. These donations will allow us to continue to talk to voters all over the 72nd district and share my vision for how we can move Henrico County forward.

    The finance reports are even more staggering when you look in detail. Ed Whitlock received only 15 total contributions in the month of June. 3 of those 15 were from PACs, companies, or other Campaigns. Only 12 were from individuals and only 8 were $100 or less. Schuyler VanValkenburg received 322 contributions of less than $100 in the month of June and has a total of 1,630 contributions throughout the entire campaign.

    VanValkenburg issued the following statement:

    My opponent has loaned a sum greater than my annual salary as a public school teacher to his campaign whereas our campaign is driven by small donors and voters. I am grateful for the thousands of small contributions we have received. Our campaign is centered around the Henrico Values of strong public education, an economy that works for everybody, and access to affordable and effective healthcare. The response so far has been amazing, and I look forward to continuing to talk with voters in the 72nd district.

  • Governor McAuliffe Invites Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Attend the Remote Area Medical Clinic in Wise, VA

    ~ Free annual clinic attracts hundreds of people seeking health and dental care ~

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to join him on Friday as he travels to the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds, which runs from July 21-23 this year. Governor McAuliffe has visited the RAM clinic every year he has been in office to hear firsthand from patients, medical staff, and volunteers. He has fought to provide many of these Virginians with regular, year-round health care options through Medicaid expansion, which has been consistently rejected by the General Assembly.

    The full text of the invitation to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is below:

    Dear Majority Leader McConnell,

    This Friday, July 21, I will visit the 18th Annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Wise County, Virginia, which borders eastern Kentucky. As you may know, RAM is a non-profit organization that provides necessary quality medical care to rural, isolated, and impoverished communities through annual clinics. If your schedule will accommodate, I hope you will join me to meet these individuals to hear their stories firsthand.

    The Virginians who attend this clinic are hard-working people who do not have access to the high-quality health insurance that you and I do. For many of them, the RAM clinic will offer the only medical or dental care they can access for the entire year. These Virginians live one accident or illness away from financial ruin. If the effort you have advanced to repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement is successful, there will certainly be a strong need for additional clinics like this one. The RAM clinic and similar clinics are not a permanent solution for the lack of affordable health insurance. These clinics are constrained in resources and depend on volunteer doctors to serve patients on a limited basis. In addition, families must travel great distances and wait in long lines to receive basic medical and dental care.

    Many of the men and women you have an opportunity to meet this week qualify to receive access to health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act, through Medicaid expansion. Unfortunately, partisan politics in Virginia have denied these individuals the coverage to which they are entitled, forcing them to rely on the charity of others for basic care. I am told that the number of Kentucky residents who crossed the border into Virginia to take advantage of RAM clinics has declined since your state expanded Medicaid. However, that trend would likely reverse if the legislation you have proposed to repeal the Affordable Care Act passes.

    As you continue to consider the future of the American health care system, I hope you will accept my sincere invitation to join me this Friday. The actions you and your colleagues in Washington take on this important issue can either improve the lives of these individuals, or consign even more Virginians, Kentuckians, and people from across this country to the struggle that they face.


    Terence R. McAuliffe


  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following the news that Senator John McCain has a brain tumor:

    “My prayers are with John McCain and his family. This man has been a true hero, dedicating his life to the service of our country, first in the armed services and then as a longtime senator. I hope and pray for his speedy recovery.”