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Sen. Bill Stanley Launches Healthcare Charade after Writing Amendment Blocking 400K Virginians from Health Insurance

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Today, Senator Bill Stanley will embark on a healthcare tour in Southside Virginia in an attempt to cover up the fact that he has done more than anyone in the General Assembly to prevent hundreds of thousands of Virginians from getting the quality healthcare they need and deserve.
 
While nearly 19,000 Virginians in Stanley's district alone would receive health insurance if Virginia closes the coverage gap, Senator Stanley put partisan politics ahead of the well-being of his constituents this session when he introduced an amendment moving the General Assembly further away from coming to an agreement on how to cover 400,000 uninsured Virginians.
 
Senator Stanley has made it clear he has no intention of closing the coverage gap, and this healthcare tour is merely a charade to obscure the fact that Senator Stanely cares more about partisan ideology than the health and economic well-being of the Commonwealth.

Democratic Party of Virginia Executive Director Robert Dempsey stated, "Virginians won't stand for Senator Stanley's political charade that leaves the health of 400,000 uninsured Virginians in the balance. It is clear that Senator Stanley has no intention of closing the coverage gap--in fact, he has done more than anyone in the General Assembly to make sure hundreds of thousands of Virginians remain without healthcare."

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Ed Gillespie's Tea Party Conundrum Receives Widespread Coverage

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Just a few days ago, Ed Gillespie tried to dodge the press, changing his town hall discussion with the Northern Shenandoah Tea Party first to a closed door, private meeting and then (when word got out) to a phone call, in order to keep out "the liberal press," according to organizers. 
In response, the Gillespie camp first told the Washington Post that the switch was because “tele-town-halls are easier for people to participate in who couldn’t otherwise make it out to a meeting.”  But then, Ed Gillespie seems to have changed his tune opting to tell the Northern Virginian Daily that the move was a calculated effort. The tea party organization even stated that their meeting became a private, closed event in order "to have a serious discussion without this being twisted by the press."

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What Does Ed Gillespie Not Want You To Hear?

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Last week, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Patriots Tea Party invited community members to an event billed as a town hall and forum with Ed Gillespie and Barbara Comstock. Oddly enough, just recently, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Patriots felt compelled to make the speaking engagement "more private" due to the possibility of "liberal press" and "supporters of the opponents" who could be in attendance.

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More Questions than Answers

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A full 48 hours have passed since news broke that while Ed Gillespie was chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, the organization conducted an internal investigation into a "risky campaign finance scheme." It appeared that the RSLC was involved in a plan to move hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe through the RSLC to the Alabama Republican Party from January 2009 to March 2011.  Gillespie, who chaired the organization from January 2010 - January 2014 and received $654,000 in payments from the group, declined to answer reporter questions for the story. Two days later, Gillespie is still silent and has yet to tell Virginians what he knew about the scandal.

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Virginia Democrats Call on Ed Gillespie to Condemn RPV Treasurer's Comments

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Republican Party of Virginia Treasurer, Bob FitzSimmonds, is at it again with another downright offensive comment. Well-known for posting a sexist slur to his Facebook earlier this year, FitzSimmons has once again fired ofa bigoted remark on Facebook suggesting Muslim Americans, among other religious denominations, have contributed nothing to America. Virginia Democrats' Executive Director Robert Dempsey released the following statement:

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Virginia Democrats’ Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

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Today marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In response to this historic milestone, Virginia Democrats’ Executive Director Robert Dempsey released the following statement:

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DPVA Statement on Ruling in Bostic v. Rainey Case

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Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, affirmed Virginia’s marriage ban is unconstitutional as it is in violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In response to the decision, Margaret Sacra, President of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, & Transgender Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia issued the following statement:

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Ed Gillespie Can Only Duck, Dodge & Offer Soundbites in First Senate Debate

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It is no surprise that in the first debate, Ed Gillespie could only duck and dodge questions on the issues most important to Virginians: climate change, contraception, immigration reform (the list goes on..). Ed Gillespie made it abundantly clear that all he can offer are soundbites, not solutions, for Virginians. Take a look at what they're saying:

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DPVA Statement on Today's VBA Debate

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RICHMOND -- After Senator Mark Warner's clear victory during today's Vi

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DC Lobbyist Ed Needs to Learn the Economic Realities of Southwest Virginia

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Gillespie cannot identify one thing he would d

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