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Monday News: Trump to Foolishly Scuttle Iran Deal?; In Today’s GOP, ‘The fringe guys are no longer fringe’”; Will Sen. Barbara Favola Host “Red” as Her Guest for a Day in the State Senate?


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, May 7. As for the Sen. Barbara Favola story, it’s very funny IMHO. As Ben “Not Larry Sabato” Tribbett explained yesterday afternoon: “Tonight is big dinner- and various elected officials donated items to the auction. Horrified at what Senator sent in- she is literally auctioning off an *official* introduction on the Senate floor and inside access to her office for the day.” Favola responded on Twitter, “I am horrified as well. I never approved this auction item and I asked that the item be pulled!” So then a guy named Brian White “submitted the winning bid and am requesting that honor my bid and give Red introduction from the senate floor, access to committees and her office for the day.” LOL!

  • Alison Friedman first VA-10 Dem to go up wit TV ad. Subject: guns.


  • Rustbelt Democrat

    My family and I left church because of Republicans before Trumpty Dumbty came along

  • From the VA Sierra Club:

    Over 100 Attend Rally Calling on Virginia Leaders for Climate Policies that Protect Children’s Health

    Over 100 Northern Virginia families, clean energy supporters and youth activists attended a rally to advocate for a rapid transition off all fossil fuels on Sunday, May 6. The rally highlighted Virginia public officials and local leaders supportive of climate action, and the new generation of activists who are giving this movement a burst of youthful energy.

    “Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet and the impacts of it are apparent here and now,” Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), who spoke at the rally, said. “The science does not lie; we are impacting our planet and the threat is dire. The continuation of our species depends on our actions as legislators right now and we must move swiftly towards a clean energy renewable future. Coastal Virginians are in particularly vulnerable communities and will face disproportionate impacts. The effects on our clean air and water quality make it a public health problem and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to prioritize acting on climate change.”

    Also included in the speakers line-up were Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and a statement from Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), read by Paula Clements with Climate Reality Project.

    “Women’s first focus is on where they live, and they do their homework,” Del. Watts said. “This combination has brought renewed and effective energy to environmental concerns as a result of the 75 percent increase in the number of women in the House of Delegates.”

    Other speakers included Allison Kole, attorney at Our Children’s Trust working on the landmark youth climate case, Juliana v. U.S.; Dr. Timothy O’Mara, Pediatrician, Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action; Youth speakers from Fairfax County include student Emma Layton from Woodson High School, involved in the Solar on our Schools Project, Erin Phillips, from GMU Forensics Team.

    “Our Children’s Trust elevates the voice of youth, those with most at stake in the climate crisis, to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere,” Kole said. “By supporting young people, we can help achieve systemic and science-based climate recovery.”

    The event was a collaboration on NOVA Climate, 350 Fairfax; 350 Loudon; Sierra Club Great Falls Group; Sierra Club Virginia Chapter; Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions; Moms Clean Air Force; Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Climate Reality Project NOVA Chapter and others.

    “Today we called on all Virginians to join the call for leaders who will protect the health of our families, our climate, and our democracy,” Julie Kimmel, co-founder of 350 Loudoun, said. “Standing together, working together, we can use our collective power to ensure that our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren will flourish on a healthy, verdant planet.

    Local co-sponsors provided activities for kids including face painting and chalk art and live music from M4TR, an environmental justice indie rock band.

    Mother’s Day became an official National Holiday in 1914, but its origins lie in the Mother’s Day Proclamation, written in 1870 by abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe who sought to mobilize mothers around the world to protect future generations of children by outlawing war. The second Annual Mother’s Day Climate Rally at Fairfax Amphitheater renewed the holiday’s activist spirit by mobilizing people around the most pressing issue of our time, climate change.

  • Dave Arlington

    HAHAHA Oh poor Barbara Favola. /s

    But some of this trade war talk, this NAFTA endangerment, is just by God unhinged. Marshall Cheeto is feeling the heat coming for him in November.

  • Common Cause VP on Barbara Favola:

    “The idea that a member of the state legislature would auction off access to the Senate floor and committee meetings, and the opportunity to spend the day with the legislator, is an outrageous example of ‘pay to play’ politics,” Ryan said by email. “Preferential treatment for those who can afford to write $400 checks to legislators is unethical and undemocratic.”

  • Video: Tom Perriello “proudly endorse[s]” Leslie Cockburn for Congress