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Jeb Bush's Failed Policies Have No Place In Hampton Roads

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A man trailing Donald Trump by 21 points will visit Hampton Roads today, reminding Virginia voters of his terrible record for veterans and middle class families. Jeb Bush, fresh off a rousing endorsement from the ashes of the Virginia GOP establishment, will try to convince Virginia veterans that his plan for voucherizing healthcare will go better than the last time he tried it. That's right: his big plan for veterans includes privatizing healthcare, a system that failed in Florida and was ultimately discontinued.
 
In addition to tanking Florida's veteran healthcare system, Bush's term as governor was marked by policies making it harder for military families and the middle class to get ahead. He cut taxes for the wealthy and opposed raising the minimum wage, presiding over a tremendous increase in income inequality.

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WEEK IN REVIEW: The GOP Political Temper Tantrum Rages

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It was a bad week for Virginia Republicans, whose political antics with Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush went south. They not only failed to fire her, but also shut down any hope of legislative redistricting in the process. With Republicans failing to propose any serious solutions, responsibility for re-drawing Virginia's Congressional districts now falls back to the courts.
 
Despite their legislative loss, Speaker Howell, Leader Norment and Republicans in the General Assembly have continued to throw the year's biggest political temper tantrum. A look at statewide coverage suggests that Virginia voters aren't buying any of it.
 
 
Coverage across the Commonwealth:
 
 

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ICYMI: Senator Dick Saslaw on the John Fredericks Show [TRANSCRIPT]

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Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw joined the John Fredericks Show yesterday to discuss the Virginia GOP's political temper tantrum in trying to fire Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush. 

Some key quotes:
  • Saslaw: "I can tell you for a fact that George Allen never consulted me, and I’m pretty darn sure given the relationship at the time, he didn’t consult Cranwell when he appointed Cynthia Kinser. And Tim Kaine never, I want to repeat, never, consulted me or anyone else when he made judge appointments. I don’t know where they get this, that 'he didn’t call us.'"
  • Frederick (host): "I want to inform my audience also that Dave Albo is a Republican legislator, House of Delegates member from Fairfax County, and Dave is a pretty serious guy. I mean he’s not one of these guys that throws bombs or anythingHe’s a pretty serious House of Delegates member. Dave Albo, Republican, sits on the committee, wrote a letter on Judge Roush’s behalf."
  • Saslaw:  "What I believe is driving this thing, John, more than anything else, is there in the leadership: Senator Norment, Bill Howell, Kirk Cox. The intense dislike of the governor. There’s a lot of jealousy in there. This guy is highly successful, he’s brought in more investment to this state in his first eighteen months than the two previous governors did in their first two-and-a-half years. And these guys resent this, and they resent the publicity that he gets, and they decided they were gonna go after him and they picked a petty reason like 'he didn’t call us.'"
  • Saslaw: "Let me tell you this, [RPV  Chairman John Whitbeck] must have just arrived from Mars. Um, is he aware that the Republicans, who run the show, who run the show, never drew up any redistricting plan?"

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