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Friday News: “GOP tax bill may be the worst piece of legislation in modern history”; “Republicans Despise the Working Class”; Ryan Wants Women to Have More Babies, May Be On His Way Out the Door

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, December 15.

  • Video: EW Jackson’s announcement speech for US Senate; basically “up is down,” “hot is cold” and of course “Trump is great!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeOzD6PnmSk

  • From the VA House Dems:

    House Dems Call on GOP to Support Paid Family Leave for Working Virginians

    RICHMOND, Va. – In light of Delegate Kirk Cox’s announcement that if his party were to hang on to the majority he would institute paid parental leave for employees of the House of Delegates, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus today called on the Republican Caucus to support paid family leave for all working Virginians across the state.

    While parental leave only applies to parents who are welcoming a new child through birth or adoption, family leave allows workers to care for sick children or other family members.

    “While we applaud Delegate Cox’s support for paid parental leave for House employees, we believe in paid family leave for working Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth, and we ask our Republican colleagues to join us in supporting it,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “No working Virginian should have to choose between a paycheck and caring for a sick family member. Furthermore, paid parental leave should not be a luxury that is only afforded to those who work for politicians.”

    “I find it interesting that following last month’s election results, House Republicans are suddenly supportive of paid parental leave, albeit for their own employees,” said Delegate Mark Levine, whose paid family leave bill was killed by a Republican-controlled subcommittee earlier this year. “When I presented my paid family leave bill, House Republicans interrogated me on a past comment that was critical of Donald Trump instead of asking questions about the merits of the bill. Perhaps they have learned that voters are more interested in issues affecting working families than in partisan politics. I look forward to their support for the paid family leave bill I already filed for the upcoming session. My proposal — an employer/employee match of just 0.2% of wages — fully funds the program at no expense to the Virginia budget. When your new child is born or your parent is dying, the last thing on your mind is your job.”