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Happy Earth Day, GOP!

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Climate change is a problem every day, but on Earth Day it's especially salient. According to a recent poll, there's strong support in Virginia for more action on the environment, not less. Yet, from the top of the 2016 presidential field to legislators in the General Assembly, Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to downplay this critical issue and block desperately needed action to protect our people and our environment.

 

 

 

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Statement From DPVA Chair Susan Swecker on Virginia Tech Remembrance Day 2015

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On Virginia Tech Remembrance Day, honoring the 32 lives taken senselessly on April 16, 2007, Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker released the following statement:

"Eight years have passed since Virginia Tech experienced the unthinkable; yet this tragedy still feels so fresh in our hearts and minds. As we continue to heal we have been constantly reminded of the spirit, dedication and perseverance of the Hokie community, here in Virginia and across our country. 

The Virginia Tech family has stood strong to make the world a better place in the wake of that tragic day We will never comprehend the senseless acts of eight years ago, but  we honor today and every day the 32 lives taken too soon.

Today, just as eight years ago, we are all Hokies."

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Statement from New DPVA Chair Susan Swecker On The General Assembly's Reconvened Session

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Chairwoman Swecker, in her first statement since taking the helm at the Democratic Party of Virginia, issued the following quote on the General Assembly's Reconvened Session: 
 
"Virginia Democrats are pleased to see that for the second straight year, all of Governor McAuliffe's commonsense vetoes were sustained by the General Assembly. He took a careful and practical approach to combating harmful legislation that would loosen our gun laws, restrict the right to vote and use cheap political tricks to unfairly redistrict on behalf of incumbent Republicans. We are proud that the Governor  acted in a pragmatic way to stop these bills and are pleased to see that the General Assembly sustained his vetoes."

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Here's Where The Virginia GOP Stands On Equal Pay

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On Equal Pay Day, Virginia Democrats have been clear that equal pay is a top priority. When women earn less than men for equal work, it’s harmful to our economy. From bills introduced in the General Assembly to the larger movement nationwide, Democrats have consistently been the party of inclusion, empowerment, and equal opportunity.

During the 2015 legislative session, Republicans in the General Assembly had the opportunity to pass several bills that would help level the playing field for Virginian women. Sadly, rather than support these economic boosters, Republicans stuck to partisan politics and killed several important bills. Here's some of the economic opportunities that Republicans blocked this year:
 

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Marco Rubio: Nothing New, Just Wrong for Virginia Families

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Marco Rubio announced today that he is running for president, joining a crowded field of Republican contenders like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. What makes him different from the rest? Well, as it turns out, not much.  Rubio is not exactly a fresh-faced leader with new ideas -- he's stuck depressingly close to the worn-out Republican playbook.
 
His is a story of policies that would be disastrous for Virginia families. Rubio's tax plan would slash taxes for the super wealthy and corporations and experts say his plan would mean a tax increase for middle class families. He promised to vote to restrict access to health care for women even if 100 percent of his constituents opposed it. And remember the government shutdown? Marco Rubio voted for it, keeping thousands of Virginians from their jobs for over two weeks.

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ICYMI: Dave Brat earns another "FALSE" on healthcare

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Is Dave Brat even trying anymore? This is the fourth time he's earned a rating with "False" in it. His crusade against affordable healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Virginians is going nowhere.

 

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Will Republicans Rise to the Occasion on Ethics Reform?

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With less than a week until the General Assembly reconvenes, Virginia has a chance to enact meaningful ethics reform. Governor McAuliffe has led on this issue, from convening an ethics commission in the fall to proposing a series of bills aimed at curbing corruption in the Commonwealth.

While Republicans almost tanked ethics reform during the legislative session (see: blaming the media instead of taking the problem seriously), a watered-down version made its way to Governor McAuliffe's desk. In return, Governor McAuliffe has proposed real, common-sense amendments to the ethics bill, including a true $100 aggregate cap on gifts. And he's not going at it alone. There's widespread support for ethics reform in Virginia, from recent polling to opinion leaders across the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Democrats Respond to Rand Paul’s Announcement

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In response to Senator Rand Paul’s announcement today, Virginia Democrats released the following statement from press secretary Morgan Finkelstein, detailing how terrible Rand Paul’s record and policies are for Virginia:

“Rand Paul’s announcement today should be alarming for every Virginian, including women, college students, those who need health insurance, and hardworking people all across the state. If Rand Paul had his way, more than 700,000 residents would not benefit from increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Virginia women make 78.9 cents for every dollar a man makes, and yet Rand Paul opposes efforts to close the pay gap. 
 

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Barbara Comstock Conveniently Forgets She's Barbara Comstock

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Barbara Comstock is infamous for avoiding the media at all costs. However, in a profile yesterday, she let the New York Times in just enough to glimpse a carefully-crafted moderate schtick. We've translated her deceptively-benign answers into a more realistic picture of what it means to be Barbara Comstock -- something Barbara Comstock can't hide from so easily.
 

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ICYMI: WaPo: McAuliffe invites Indiana firms to ‘open and welcoming’ Virginia

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Governor McAuliffe took a strong stand for equal rights yesterday in an open letter to Indiana businesses, inviting them to re-locate to Virginia in light of Governor Mike Pence's hateful new anti-LGBT discrimination laws.  

Key quote: “In Virginia, we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity."

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