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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 2.

  • Teahadist radio ad rips George Soros, the “Godless Leftist Agenda,” “Open Borders” and Teapublican Rep. Scott Taylor. Craaaaaaaaaaaaaazy!


  • Working Families Party endorses Karen Mallard for Congress in VA-02


  • Quizzical

    Miami wonders why climate polluters are not asked to pay up

  • Quizzical

    Norfolk non-profit has a contest to think up solution to sea level rise

    • Quizzical

      There’s a quick deadline so don’t delay getting your solutions in.

  • Video: Capitals-Penguins highlights from game #3


  • Southern Liberal

    Speaking of Facebook, I keep getting a “Content Not Available” message when I try to access a friend’s page. She works at our town’s local Social Services office and local news has been reporting about some infighting going on at the office, so I suspect she took it down because of that, probably people were posting threatening messages on her page. Yet another example that, while social media has its pros, it also has its cons.

  • From Del. Alfonso Lopez:

    Delegate Lopez welcomes DACA ruling, urges DHS to keep program

    RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) today applauded the decision by U.S. District District Court Judge John Bates to order the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accept new applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. According to the Judge’s decision, DHS has 90 days to provide a legal rationale for ending the DACA program and must accept new applications and renewal applications during that time.

    “I’m overjoyed to hear that the Department of Homeland Security has been ordered to begin accepting new applications for the DACA program,” said Delegate Lopez. “DACA has been a lifeline for so many young people who know themselves as Americans and who have known no other home but the United States. The end of the program was a huge blow to the hopes of many of those Dreamers who wanted nothing more than to live, study, and work in the nation they call home. Now that the legality of the cancellation of the program is in question, I hope a deal can be crafted that will allow Dreamers to stay in the United States permanently.”

    This is the third federal judge that has rebuked attempts to end DACA, but the first to order DHS to accept new applications. It is also the first judge appointed by a Republican president to issue such a ruling, which underscores the bipartisan consensus on the legality of the DACA program. The lawsuit was brought by, among others, Princeton University—highlighting the importance of this issue to the nation’s higher education system and economic security.

    Delegate Lopez is the founding member and Co-Chair of the Virginia Latino Caucus, the first legislative caucus of its kind to represent Virginia’s large and growing Latino population. He is also a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), which represents the voices of more than 400 Hispanic state legislators from across the country, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The NHCSL also celebrated the court decision and warned the Administration not to terminate the program until a permanent solution is enacted by Congress and signed into law.

  • Nice endorsements for Dan Ward in VA-07:

    Virginia AFL-CIO and Virginia CWA endorse Dan Ward

    Dan Ward announces the support of labor and veterans groups

    ORANGE, VA – Following a slate of endorsements from local candidates and party officials earlier in the week, today Dan Ward received the endorsement of the Virginia AFL-CIO and the Virginia Communication Workers of America.

    “The Virginia AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Dan Ward for the Democratic Candidate in CD 7,” said Doris Crouse-Mays, Virginia AFL-CIO President. “As a union member, Dan knows firsthand the issues and priorities for Virginia’s working families.”

    “I am a proud union member and honored by the support of my brothers and sisters in the labor movement,” Ward said, “Now more than ever, we need to be fighting for the working people of this country.”

    Dan Ward also received yesterday the endorsement of With Honor, whose mission is to support “principled next-generation veterans to office who will work in a cross-partisan way to create a more effective and less polarized government.”

    Source: https://www.withhonor.org/

    Dan Ward spent almost 25 years in the Marine Corps. He flew attack jets in combat missions over Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo. As a colonel, Ward served as a senior military advisor in President Obama’s State Department. Dan lives on a farm in Orange with his wife where they raise cattle and run a sawmill repurposing historic lumber. They have two children in college and two dogs running around the farm.

  • Dave Arlington

    So happy to see this Arlington business resolved gainfully. And they would have gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for that damn Delegate Hugo hahaha


  • Jim B

    I see our great football team is in the news, but not for their superior drafting of players, but basically for whoring out cheerleaders. They were supposed to be going to Costa Rico for a photo shoot for a calendar. Do not know if it true, but supposedly in NYT. Dkos and Raw Story reporting.

  • Arlington Virginia Civic Federation Adopts ERA Resolutions

    By Women-Matter.org and its collaborative coalition of statewide groups including WofA and the Equal Rights Coalition:

    March 2, 2018, Arlington, Virginia ––On March 1, 2018, the Arlington County Civic
    Federation voted to urge the Virginia legislature to ratify the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) during its 2019 session and to urge the Arlington County Board to place ERA ratification on its list of legislative priorities.

    Virginia Senator Scott Surovell, sponsor of the state Senate bill to ratify the ERA in 2018, stated: “Virginia is moving the ERA forward this year in a bipartisan way. This is the year for women in the Commonwealth. Citizens are stepping forward in amazing numbers to call for ratification. The ERA is a top priority for our constituents, their daughters, and their businesses. I’m glad Arlington’s Civic Association is joining in this effort.”

    Candace Graham, co-founder of Women-Matter, stated: “The Bill of Rights, introduced by James Madison and ratified here in Virginia in 1791, amended the U.S. Constitution to protect the people from government infringement of fundamental rights. I believe it is Virginia’s duty and destiny to lead ratification to protect the people from government discrimination based on sex.”

    Background: The Equal Rights Amendment will provide that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”

    The ERA has been ratified by 36 of 38 states required for full ratification, most recently Nevada in 2017. Although the ERA was accompanied by a deadline for ratification, legal scholars have concluded Congress has authority to extend, remove, or ignore it.

    Women Matter is an organization focused on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia. The group works for constitutionally enshrined gender equality for all US women at both the state level and in Congress. Find out more at Women-Matter.org.