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Declared Candidates for the 74th House District Nomination

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Below, find the list of candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 74th District House of Delegates seat:

Lamont Bagby 
Kevin Sullivan 
Floyd Miles Sr.

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ICYMI: Parisot ran for mayor in Maryland town

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Craig Parisot sure has an odd relationship with his own statements. Following last week's desperate attempt to walk back having no position on all-day kindergarten, the Loudoun Times-Mirror revealed today that Craig seems to have forgotten about his last campaign for public office.
 
Wonder why Craig conveniently failed to mention that he's run before -- maybe because it was in Maryland?

What else will we find he hasn't been truthful about?

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Statement from Virginia Democrats on Governor McAuliffe's Budget Plan

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Statement from Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia:

"Virginia Democrats commend Governor McAuliffe for his common sense budget proposal, especially his commitment to protecting Virginia's education system and prioritizing investments that will build a new Virginia economy. From preventing any cuts to K-12 to providing healthcare to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians, the governor's budget plan reflects a pragmatic approach to building a foundation for Virginia's economic success. We're proud he's taking strong, proactive steps to make the Commonwealth a better place to live, work, and raise a family."

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Will Republicans Choose to Protect Virginia's Communities?

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Governor McAuliffe today announced bold steps to protect Virginia's communities and keep dangerous weapons out of criminals' hands. Following through on a campaign promise, Governor McAuliffe put forward common-sense proposals that addresses serious issues such as dangerous gun show loopholes and the stockpiling and trafficking of deadly handguns.  Governor McAuliffe also seeks to protect families and victims of domestic violence by keeping guns out of the hands of those with protective orders or who have committed domestic abuse. 

 Will Virginia Republicans pass these common-sense proposals, or will they allow domestic violence offenders to keep dangerous weapons? Will they put aside their extreme Tea Party agenda to help close gun show loopholes? Or will they continue to defend a broken status-quo where dangerous people can buy as many guns as they please, sometimes without having to even go through a background check?
 

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Craig Parisot Scrambles to Follow Kathleen Murphy's Lead, Waffles on Unpopular Opinion

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After refusing to support all-day kindergarten, Craig Parisot is now scrambling to hide his unpopular position -- and has the chutzpah to expect voters will fall for his empty platitudes.

A WAMU article yesterday noted that "Republican Craig Parisot says he does not have a position on whether or not Loudoun County should offer full-day Kindergarten." Full-day kindergarten, of course, is a very important issue in Loudoun County, as it is one of just four localities that lack this vital service. Kathleen Murphy, Democratic candidate for Delegate, supports funding full-day kindergarten and has said she will make it a priority when elected.
 

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McDonnell Felonies: " A handful of vitamin pills?"

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Virginia Republicans, not content just to usher in an offensive new chair, are rehashing the McDonnell trial to share how little they've learned from the ordeal.  In a Bearing Drift post, Shaun Kenney, the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, dons his tin foil hat to trump up far-fetched smears on a federal judge while downplaying one of the most serious ethics violations in recent Virginia history.

Kenney asserts that the judge assigned to McDonnell's trial was somehow unable to render a fair verdict due to votes cast by the former governor nearly 20 years ago. But even more troubling, he goes further to claim that the whole trial was "based on what amounts to a handful of vitamin pills." If this is Virginia Republicans turning over a new leaf and taking ethics reform seriously, well, they're not doing it right.

"By downplaying McDonnell's serious ethics issues as nothing more than a 'handful of vitamin pills,' Virginia Republicans show how little they have learned from this experience,"  said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. 

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Virginia GOP Somehow Not Embarrassed To Be Seen with Shutdown Cheerleader Bobby Jindal Tonight

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Virginia Republicans have no shame marching straight to the right wing this week. From their extremist chair-apparent to an influx of Tea Party primaries, the Virginia GOP is exploding with extremism. And to cap off this right-wing week, the Republican Party of Virginia will host Bobby Jindal tonight, a governor infamous for building up to a presidential run while simultaneously running Louisiana into the ground.
 
"Bobby Jindal is the consummate obstructionist, and it's sad to see Virginia Republicans embracing his Tea Party tactics," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "His hyper-partisanship and extremist policies have been disastrous for Louisiana, from gutting education to denying hundreds of thousands of citizens health insurance. Virginia Republicans should be moving toward finding solutions for the Commonwealth, not doubling down on failed Tea Party ideas."

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Virginia GOP Somehow Not Embarrassed To Be Seen with Shutdown Cheerleader Bobby Jindal Tonight

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Virginia Republicans have no shame marching straight to the right wing this week. From their extremist chair-apparent to an influx of Tea Party primaries, the Virginia GOP is exploding with extremism. And to cap off this right-wing week, the Republican Party of Virginia will host Bobby Jindal tonight, a governor infamous for building up to a presidential run while simultaneously running Louisiana into the ground.
 
"Bobby Jindal is the consummate obstructionist, and it's sad to see Virginia Republicans embracing his Tea Party tactics," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "His hyper-partisanship and extremist policies have been disastrous for Louisiana, from gutting education to denying hundreds of thousands of citizens health insurance. Virginia Republicans should be moving toward finding solutions for the Commonwealth, not doubling down on failed Tea Party ideas."

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Virginia Republicans To Promote Extremist Best Known for Anti-Semitic Remarks

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The race to lead the Republican Party of Virginia is all but settled and somehow, Virginia Republicans see no issues with elevating one of the most polarizing and insensitive figures in the Commonwealth. They couldn't find a single candidate more qualified than John Whitbeck, whose unique brand of extremism, obstructionism and of course, anti-Semitism shows Virginia Republicans couldn't be less interested in working to move Virginia forward. 
 
"It says a lot about Virginia Republicans that they would welcome as chair someone as extreme as John Whitbeck," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "From his offensive anti-Semitic comments to his extreme positions opposing abortion even in cases of rape and incest, Whitbeck blatantly puts his ideological Tea Party agenda ahead of the citizens of Virginia. By backing someone so polarizing, the Republican Party of Virginia is sending a clear signal that they're only interested in being the party of 'no.'"

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ICYMI: RTD: Va. Board of Health backs move to amend abortion clinic rules

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The Board of Health took an important step forward today in protecting women's rights and access to quality healthcare in Virginia. The vote to move forward with amending clinic rules means Virginians are closer to undoing the Republican political maneuvers designed to close vital women's health centers. Today further affirmed Governor McAuliffe's commitment to being a "brick wall" against attempts to limit women's legal access to healthcare and for protecting women's rights to making their own healthcare decisions.

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