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Statement from Virginia Democrats on the President's Immigration Action

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Following President Obama's speech outlining his executive actions on immigration, the Democratic Party of Virginia issued a statement from Monique Alcala, President of the Virginia Democrats Latino Caucus: 

"Virginia Democrats are proud to stand with President Obama as he takes important steps to alleviate the pain caused by our broken immigration system. His action is the right thing to do for our communities, our businesses and our national security. While obstructionists in Congress have wasted years refusing toact, President Obama has done everything in his power to protect millions of families living in fear of being torn apart.

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Kathleen Murphy Kicks off Campaign for Delegate with Crowd of Fired Up Supporters

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McLEAN -- Kathleen Murphy and several Democratic lawmakers fired up a packed McLean house Wednesday night to kick off her bid for the House of Delegates. Murphy, a small business owner, former senior Congressional aide and community leader, is running for the open seat in Virginia's 34th House District, covering Fairfax and Loudon counties. Murphy assured supporters she would fight for Northern Virginia priorities including security, transportation and education.

"This isn't my election, it's ours," said Murphy. "From day one, I'll fight for what matters most to our community -- good schools, a safe place to raise our children and the infrastructure we need to grow our economy."

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Kathleen Murphy Kicks off Campaign for Delegate with Crowd of Fired Up Supporters

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McLEAN -- Kathleen Murphy and several Democratic lawmakers fired up a packed McLean house Wednesday night to kick off her bid for the House of Delegates. Murphy, a small business owner, former senior Congressional aide and community leader, is running for the open seat in Virginia's 34th House District, covering Fairfax and Loudon counties. Murphy assured supporters she would fight for Northern Virginia priorities including security, transportation and education.

"This isn't my election, it's ours," said Murphy. "From day one, I'll fight for what matters most to our community -- good schools, a safe place to raise our children and the infrastructure we need to grow our economy."

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ICYMI: WaPo: Virginia’s Republican House speaker stands accused of insufficient conservatism

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Virginia Republicans' Tea Party problem just won't go away. Despite Speaker Howell's self-proclaimed "real legacy" of blocking Medicaid expansion for hundreds of thousands of Virginians and general opposition to anything resembling progress in the Commonwealth, it looks like right-wingers still aren't satisfied with his conservative credentials.

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Speaker Howell's Legacy: Blocking Medicaid, Getting Primaried

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Speaker Howell's Legacy: Blocking Medicaid, Getting Primaried
 

The Republican Party of Virginia has become a playground for Tea Party extremists to run amok, pushing the party farther and farther right. As if replacing Eric Cantor with Tea Party radical David Brat wasn't enough, Speaker Bill Howell, the poster child for conservative obstruction and dysfunction in the General Assembly, is facing a primary challenge from the far right - the unflinchingly extremist Susan Stimpson.
 
Speaker Howell is already letting the Tea Party pressure get to him - just last week, he nearly let extreme Tea Partiers tank a vital transportation deal in a failed attempt to appease the right wing. And far from looking for common-sense solutions to give 400,000 uninsured Virginians access to the healthcare they deserve, Speaker Howell boasts about how he's stood in the way of progress. In a Washington Post article this week, Howell says that through 26 years in the House of Delegates, blocking Medicaid expansion is part of his "real legacy."
 
"After seeing the Tea Party run ramshod over Eric Cantor this summer, Virginia Republicans are running scared," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "They're sprinting to the far right with the likes of David Brat and Susan Stimpson. Bill Bolling said it best himself - 'If Bill Howell is not conservative enough for you, you’ve got a problem.' And it's clear that the Republican Party of Virginia has a problem."

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Republican Leadership, Afraid of Extreme Tea Party Faction, Scrambles to Change Terms of Budget Deal

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Virginia Republicans are once again threatening to hold the state budget hostage as today's special session morphs into the latest demonstration of Republican extremism. Despite widespread bipartisan support for critical transportation funding, right-wing House Republicans are trying to sink the transportation budget deal -- and Speaker Howell is kowtowing to their demands.

"It's frightening that Speaker Howell can't control the right wing extremists in his own party," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "This latest outburst by the Tea Party faction threatens vital transportation funding that's already been agreed upon. It's just yet another example of Republican dysfunction standing in the way of moving the Commonwealth forward."

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Is Barbara Comstock Dodging Taxes?

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Barbara Comstock has made taxes a campaign issue, lobbing baseless attacks on John Foust while completely ignoring her own tumultuous relationship with finances. What she hasn't said is that not only did her own property taxes go down since John Foust first became Supervisor, but it now appears that she has been mis-classifying campaign staff as independent contractors to avoid paying payroll taxes.

A look through publicly available tax records shows over a hundred thousand dollars spent on payments classified as consulting "staff." Less was spent on payroll or salary payments. By classifying staffers as consultants, Comstock can avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes and contributions to Medicare and Social Security.

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Statement from Virginia Democrats Condemning Hateful Attacks from Top VA GOP Adviser

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Today, senior Virginia GOP adviser Steve Waters unleashed a barrage of unacceptable, offensive and wholly inappropriate attacks on LGBT individuals. Waters has worked for and advised a wide range of Virginia Republicans, including U.S. Senator George Allen, Delegate Bob Marshall, and current Congressional candidate David Brat. In light of his hateful behavior, the Democratic Party of Virginia released a statement from State Senator Donald McEachin:
 
"Senselessly attacking a group of people like this is far beyond unacceptable and cannot go without repercussion," said Senator Donald McEachin. "His open hatred for LGBT individuals bizarrely coupled with blatantly false medical claims has no place in Virginia discourse. Given the progress Virginia has made in recent months towards inclusion and equality, it would be unacceptable for Republicans to allow such ignorant behavior to set the Commonwealth back. Republican leadership and all Virginia Republicans, many of whom have relied on Steve Waters' guidance, should condemn his actions immediately."

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Barbara Comstock Doubles Down on Offensive Insult to Immigrants

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As if offending Virginians last month wasn't enough, Barbara Comstock has doubled down on her disparaging statements comparing immigrants to shipping cargo. In a recent Fairfax Times interview, Comstock repeats her dehumanizing line that "If FedEx can track every package, we can track who comes into this country." 
 
While demographics in Virginia and the 10th District continue to shift to include more immigrants and New Americans, it's clear that tone-deaf Comstock has fallen far behind the times when it comes to basic human respect. Virginians deserve a Member of Congress who will approach the issue of comprehensive immigration reform with seriousness and decorum, not extremist insults.
 
"Virginians need a Member of Congress who respects all people, not ideologues hurtling careless insults to pander to the extreme right wing," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Rather than apologize for her offensive remarks, she's continued to prioritize Tea Party radicals over her own constituents. This type of hurtful rhetoric is far below the standards we expect from our elected officials, and far short of what the 10th District deserves."
 

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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Ed Gillespie Pretends to Care About Hourly Wage Workers, Doesn't Support Raising Federal Minimum Wage

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In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Ed Gillespie, who not only opposes the minimum wage, but has demeaned minimum wage workers repeatedly on the campaign trail, reached the height of hypocrisy, saying "this economy has been great for the top 1 percent, it's been awful for people on hourly wages."
 
Ed Gillespie has gone so far as to say that minimum wage jobs are “where you play on the work softball team or go out for a beer after work. After that out-of-touch comment, a radio station in Southwest Virginia had to remind Gillespie that many heads of households in the region relied on minimum wage jobs despite his insistence that this is not the case.

"Ed Gillespie's feigned concern for hourly workers doesn't pass the smell test. He has spent months campaigning against an increase in the minimum wage by dismissing those who earn it as only there to play softball or drink beer. Gillespie is out of touch with Virginians and should stop using soundbites to try to cover up his partisan positions," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

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