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Friday News: Congress Votes to End Brief Government Shutdown; “Fraudulence of the Fiscal Hawks”; Market “Correction” Continues; Slimy Dominion Bill Moves Ahead


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 9.

  • Based on this description, and from other sources’ accounts, last night’s 5th CD Dems call did NOT go well….


  • Virginia votes on “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018”

    Senators Kaine and Warner: Aye
    Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Barbara Comstock, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Scott Taylor, Rep. Rob Wittman: Aye
    Rep. Dave Brat, Rep. Morgan Griffith, Rep. Donald McEachin, Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. Tom Garrett: Nay

  • Quizzical
  • Jim B

    The new normal just like the universe keeps on expanding. The Mueller investigation may never indict anyone else because what Trump and his cohorts did is the new normal. Spousal abuse not a crime, just the new normal. On and on.

  • From the VA House Dems:

    House GOP Kills Their Own Bill Allowing Guns in Churches

    RICHMOND, Va. – Following the release of a poll showing broad public support for reasonable gun reform measures, House Republicans today killed a bill that would have repealed a statutory prohibition on guns and other dangerous weapons in places of worship.

    The bill, sponsored by Delegate Dave LaRock, previously passed out of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee on a party-line vote. House Republicans killed the bill by sending it back to the Courts committee to die.

    “The guns-in-churches bill never should have made it to the floor of the House of Delegates,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “House Republicans knew that allowing guns in churches is so out of touch with the will of Virginians that they did not have the votes within their own caucus to pass this bill. House Democrats will continue to fight for reasonable gun reforms that make our communities safer and stronger.”

    “Keeping guns out of churches is a victory for Virginia,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “A recent poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy showed broad public support for reasonable gun reforms such as background checks, which 84 percent of Virginia voters want. We hear all those who have felt or who fear gun violence. House Democrats are committed to fighting for families, and that means working to keep those families safe.”

    “The law to prohibit guns in churches has been on the books in Virginia since 1878,” said Delegate Delores McQuinn, an associate minister. “I don’t know why anyone would feel the need to repeal this law now. As we reflect on the senseless murders of all the people who have already been killed in churches, why would we open the floodgates for more shootings in our sacred sanctuaries?”

    During the 2018 legislative session, House Republicans have killed Democratic legislation to ban bumpstocks and ensure universal background checks. Meanwhile, they voted against a rule change that would ban guns from the gallery of the House of Delegates from one hour before to one hour after each day’s legislative session.

    House Democrats discussed our gun safety priorities at a press conference Jan. 30.

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Republicans Quietly Kill Constitutional Amendment That Would Drastically Change Virginia’s Balance of Power

    RICHMOND, Va. – On the same day they killed their own bill to allow guns in churches, House Republicans also killed their proposed constitutional amendment that would have drastically altered the balance of power in Virginia state government.

    Delegate Chris Head’s constitutional amendment would have usurped power from the executive branch by allowing the General Assembly to suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule.

    “Democrats believe that power is derived from the consent of the governed,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “This amendment would undermine and circumvent protections that are in place to ensure that no branch of government becomes so omnipotent that it takes power away from the people. The amendment flew in the face of the principle of separation of powers that this country has embraced since its inception.”

    Realizing they didn’t have the votes, Republicans quietly sent the proposed amendments back to the Privileges and Elections Committee to die.

  • Andy Schmookler

    Rachel Brand is leaving her job at the Justice Department. She’s been # 3 there, just below Rod Rosenstein, and would ascend to Rosenstain’s job — including supervising the Mueller investigation, if Rosenstein should be ousted. So she is in the position that Ruckleshouse was in during the Saturday Night Massacre.

    It is not known, apparently, why she left. But the discussion I heard on Ari Melber’s show THE BEAT centered on the idea that it was unpleasant to be at the Justice Department, that she didn’t want to be in the line of fire with this abusive President, and that she had a great offer from the private sector.

    I surely hope that there is some better reason, even that there’s some reason that she judges she can somehow play a more constructive role from outside the Justice Department– in terms of being a witness, or something.

    I think it would be a failure of patriotism on her part of she left because it would be better for her to be out. Staying may entail unpleasantness and certain kinds of danger, but she just happens to be situated in a position of some importance in the battle to defend the rule of law.

    The crucial thing right now for the future of the United States is that battle over the rule of law, over whether the investigation will be able to proceed to the proper conclusion, given how the system is supposed to work, or whether it will be blocked by President Trump and his allies.

    Little any of these people will do in their lives can measure up to the importance of the contribution that people like Rachel Brand — a moderate Republican with a reputation for integrity — can make from where they sit.

    Just as we expect a soldier who finds himself at the crux of the battle to be prepared to make personal sacrifice, if such is needed, to help win that battle, so also should someone in Rachel Brand’s position put the good of the nation first. (At least she doesn’t have to risk being maimed or killer.)

    Lately I saw the film GETTYSBURG, a big part of which concerns how the regiment (?) from Maine happens to find itself at a pivotal point at Little Round Top. They sacrificed mightily, and their heroism helped assure that government of the people, for the people, and by the people should not perish from this earth.

    I hope that Rachel Brand has some reason that serves the nation. If she’s a person of integrity, as she is reputed to be, and if there isn’t such a reason, she ought not abandon her post.