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Who Is Mark Obenshain Serving– When It Comes to the Destabilization...

In previous posts, I've shared here two examples of the ad campaign I am running against my opponent, Republican incumbent Senator Mark Obenshain, in...

“Who Is Mark Obenshain Serving?” — Calling Him Out on His...

I’d like to share with you a major part of my approach in my campaign challenging Mark Obenshain for the SD-26 seat in the...

April Moore Launches Her Challenge to Mark Obenshain (SD-26)

Here is the text of the speech I gave on Tuesday, at a press conference in Harrisonburg, to launch my campaign against Mark Obenshain...

Tim Kaine’s Superb Speech Illuminates Why All Americans Should Want a...

by Andy Schmookler Last night, Senator Tim Kaine delivered a speech at the annual Labor Day Banquet of the Democratic Party in Harrisonburg and Rockingham...

If Virginia Medicaid Expansion Passes – Hopefully This Week – Who/What...

It's looking increasingly likely - although of course nothing's over 'til it's over, don't count your chickens before they hatch, etc. - that Virginia...

GOP-Controlled Virginia House Votes Overwhelmingly FOR Medicaid Expansion; Senate GOP Votes...

So much for the Virginia House of Delegates being the hyper-partisan, far-right chamber while the Virginia State Senate is supposedly the body of more...

Medicaid Expansion Isn’t an Entitlement. It’s a Smart Investment.

By Larry Barnett, candidate for Virginia House of Delegates, HD-27 If you understand why it’s important to get your oil changed every 6,000 miles, you’ll...

Medicaid expansion will help 3,100 residents in the 50th district

Tomorrow, the Virginia General Assembly will reconvene in Richmond for a session to determine the fate of bills that have either been vetoed or...

Are Republicans Responsible for VMI Student’s Death?

 photo Virginia_Military_Institute_Keydets01_zpsh9knbb0w.jpgThey certainly have done nothing to deliver health care to rural Virginia. Cadet Hoang collapsed during training on Monday, treated at the scene, transported to the school's infirmary, then transferred to the local Carillion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. The question begged: what if millions had been invested in local healthcare infrastructure?

Tragedies like this occur. It is not that the young cadet collapsed during training from what well may have been a congenital condition; it is that the standard of care available in rural Virginia is subpar. At least Lexington has a hospital of sorts. Much of rural Virginia has no immediate facility. There is demand; it is just not operationalized in the marketplace. But this situation draws attention to the fact that even those who have health insurance suffer from the failure to expand Medicaid. You can have the best insurance in the world but if there is no facility in reach, it does not matter. What would have been different if $2.5 billion dollars had provided the incentive to expand service across the state?

Every step in the decision making process during crisis is guided by the conditions extant. What would the response during Hoang's emergency have been if those responding weren't faced with the fact that the closest urgent care facility wasn't an hour away from Lexington in Waynesboro and that the goal for being seen by a physician after triage at the local hospital emergency room in Lexington was something more impressive than 40 minutes; yes, that is from the hospital's website. The young man might have been taken directly to a facility actually staffed and equipped for immediate emergency intervention rather than to the school infirmary.

We will never know. What we do know is that the options for everyone living in Lexington and the rest of rural Virginia would be different and significantly better with the infusion of millions of those billions of dollars locally. But Republicans are dead set against allowing the marketplace to function. And Lexington is far from being as isolated as many localities. Thousands of Virginians are suffering and dying unnecessarily as a direct result of Republican intransigence.  

Video: Governor McAuliffe Kicks Off 2015

It was Creigh Deeds' event, but guest Terry McAuliffe ran with it, ringing out the first and in the second year as Virginia's 72nd Governor. McAuliffe made his first campaign stop of 2015 supporting his former gubernatorial rival and using the opportunity to tune up on this year's legislative agenda.

A year after taking office, the Governor took the opportunity to climb on the soapbox to emphasize the issues he ran on and report progress. He enumerated a number of issues, but jobs and healthcare were the bookends claiming substantial progress on one and frustration with the other. On jobs, he pointed out that the state faced strong headwinds, losing nine billion dollars in defense contacts the last three years; more than any other state in the country. So, he has set out re-purposing Virginia's economy to make it less reliant on the federal government. That is what he thinks about every single day.

Additional issues addressed:
  • Women's rights
  • Marriage equality
  • Responsible gun ownership
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Reformed Standards of learning
  • Daycare centers
  • Restoration of rights
  • Building broadband

McAuliffe announced that there would be a booklet published today, the first anniversary of his inauguration, outlining accomplishments during his first year in office. Highlighting successes on jobs, he said his whole emphasis is on how to build that new economy. And in that effort he has become the most travelled governor in our nation's history. The results so far include 265 economic deals and $5.4 billion in direct investment; double what any governor has ever done on job creation.