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Statement from Virginia Democrats Chairwoman Susan Swecker on 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

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On the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement:

"Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the most consequential domestic legislation since the New Deal: Medicare and Medicaid. Since then, Virginians have benefited enormously from these public health achievements. Thanks to Medicare, millions of older Americans are able to enjoy their retirement without medical expenses that bankrupt them and their families. And without Medicaid, Virginia's neediest would have no access to affordable healthcare.

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Democratic Party of Virginia Launches SoYouGoogledJimGilmore.Com

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With Jim Gilmore filing to run for president today, many Americans found themselves furiously googling the nation's 17th GOP candidate. The Democratic Party of Virginia, sensing an unmet need, has graciously launched So You Googled Jim Gilmore, a microsite aimed at educating voters on a man who will probably never be president.
 

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MSNBC: Meet the marital rape deniers [ICYMI]

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Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the leading GOP presidential candidate said this week that "you can't rape your spouse" -- inflammatory, untrue words that sadly, he's not the first to say. MSNBC highlighted the unsavory company sharing Cohen's sentiment, including Virginia's own Senator Dick Black (highlighted below).
 
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On Monday night, The Daily Beast reported that Ivana Trump, former wife of presidential candidate Donald, had accused her ex-husband of rape in a deposition during their divorce proceedings. In an interview for the story, Trump’s attorney insisted that there is no such thing as rape within a marriage: “You cannot rape your spouse,” said Michael Cohen. “And there’s very clear case law.”

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Senator Dick Black and Donald Trump's Lawyer Both Doubt Spousal Rape Exists

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Last night, Donald Trump's campaign once again stirred up controversy with wildly inappropriate remarks, this time in regards to the very serious matter of spousal rape. The presidential candidate's lawyer, Michael Cohen, responded to allegations of rape from Trump's ex-wife by saying this:
You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.
Cohen's remarks have already been met with major shock, disgust, and outrage, but he's not the first to push the narrative that spousal rape doesn't count.
 
Virginia's State Senator Dick Black questioned the existence of spousal rape while fighting against its ban in the General Assembly. 

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100 Days Out: Virginia Democrats In Strong Position, Hold Weekend of Action

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Just 100 days from now, voters will go to the polls for all 140 seats in the General Assembly. To mark the occasion, Virginia Democrats participated in a Weekend of Action, canvassing thousands of doors across the Commonwealth. This enthusiasm is one of the many assets Democrats have heading into November. Here's the lay of the land for the next 100 days:

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A New Level of Howell-pocrisy

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From the Washington Post:
"House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) said Monday’s numbers are good news, but more must be done to create jobs. He did not offer ways to accomplish that."

 

This guy passes the budget that created the massive shortfall in the first place, stands around while the Governor brings unprecedented economic development to the state, then attacks a budget surplus saying we need to create jobs, but has no idea how to do it. Not that this is anything new: Speaker Howell sat idly by while the previous administration negotiated disastrous contracts on Route 460 and the Midtown/Downtown Tunnel, but it took Governor McAuliffe's leadership to clean up those messes.

"With the lowest unemployment rate in Southeast, more people working than at any point in Virginia history and record capital investment, Governor McAuliffe and Democrats are working everyday to create jobs," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Meanwhile, Bill Howell is sending out shrill, empty statements. #leadership"

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Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Democrats announce over $2 million raised in Q2

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Governor Terry McAuliffe continues to raise enormous sums for the Democratic effort in Virginia, announcing today that Common Good VA PAC and the Democratic Party of Virginia raised over $2 million in the second quarter. This fundraising haul puts Virginia Democrats in an excellent position for victory in November and bests Governor Bob McDonnell and the Republican Party of Virginia's totals in the comparable period of 2011, who only brought in $1.64 million.

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15 to 1: Republicans Lose Every Key Fundraising Match-Up

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The latest reporting period fundraising totals show the strength of the Democratic effort this November. In every key Senate matchup, the Democrat outraised the Republican. Democrats have the momentum, support, and infrastructure that sets them up to win in November. 
 
The Democratic Party of Virginia outraised the Republican Party of Virginia by a factor of 15:1.
  

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SUNDAY READING: What denying Medicaid expansion looks like

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This heartbreaking read from a Southwest Virginian reveals the agony of life without Medicaid expansion. Key point: "The entire southwest Virginia delegation, Republicans who have thousands of people in each of their districts who could be helped, proudly voted against Medicaid expansion."

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Bob Marshall on gay marriage ruling: "This in not the law of the land, this is the scourge of the land"

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For every step our country takes to progress on equality for LGBT Americans, there's a Virginia Republican to take a huge step in the opposite direction.
 
Last night, in a FaceTime interview, Delegate Bob Marshall ranted and raved against the Supreme Court's same-sex ruling, vowing to keep Virginia's gay marriage ban on the books and inferring that following the Supreme Court's mandate is somehow optional.
 

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