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

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Welcome to Southwest Virginia, Ed: Bluefield radio host educates Gillespie on minimum wage workers

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A week has passed since Ed Gillespie's condescending remarks that minimum wage jobs are about playing softball surfaced, and Gillespie continues to repeat the same misleading talking points on the issue. Today, during an interview with Bluefield radio station WHIS, Gillespie again ignored the fact that many Virginians earning the minimum wage are supporting families and working second jobs when he described minimum wage workers as "living with their parents." Fortunately for Ed, the show's hosts were there to educate him on what earning the minimum wage in Southwest Virginia is really like.

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Pay Attention Ed: The Realities of the Minimum Wage

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Washington insider Ed Gillespie seems to have been on K Street, not Main Street, for too long. His vision of minimum wage workers participating in recreational sports and drinking is an offensive take on the reality of a minimum wage job, which many Virginia families rely upon to pay the bills, buy groceries and make ends meet.

We think Ed owes hard working Virginians an apology. 

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Ed Gillespie Refuses to Explain His Condescending Remarks About Minimum Wage Jobs

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RICHMOND – After a rash of reports on Ed Gillespie’s condescending comments about minimum wage workers, neither Ed Gillespie, nor his campaign, has clarified whether he still believes minimum wage jobs are “where you play on the work softball team or go out for a beer after work.”

 

This begs the question, why is Ed Gillespie still refusing to apologize, or even explain, his belittling comments? 

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Ed Gillespie Will Lobby For Enron, But Not For Virginia’s Working Class

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RICHMOND – Last night, WWBT, NBC’s Richmond affiliate, reported on condescending comments made by Ed Gillespie that belittle minimum wage jobs as simply a place to learn “the social aspect of work, where you play on a softball league and go for a beer after work.“ The statement reflects the complete disconnect between Ed Gillespie and Virginians on economic issues affecting them across the Commonwealth.

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DPVA Chair Jones' Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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RICHMOND -- DPVA Chair Dwight Jones released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the most pivotal moments in American history and serves as an important benchmark in the fight for equality in our country. Signed during the era of Jim Crow, segregated schools, violence against African-Americans, and blatant discrimination, the Civil Rights Act marked a tremendous step toward achieving equality for millions of Americans.” 

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Ed Gillespie Leaves Virginia Workers Out in the Cold

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In Case You Missed It: Today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie stated that not only does he oppose raising the federal minimum wage, but that he opposes the entire concept of a federal minimum wage. Regarding the federal minimum wage, Gillespie said "well I don't think they should tell any state what their minimum wage should be."

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"Appearance" of Due Process???

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RICHMOND --If there was any doubt that House GOP Delegate Terry Kilgore was complicit in Senator Phillip Puckett’s resignation, look no further than the newly emerged emails that outline just how far conversations began about potential employment--and how Delegate Kilgore at the last minute tried to backtrack to create the "appearance" that his elaborate scheme was all within "due process."

Yesterday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that conversations between Kilgore's Tobacco Commission staff and Puckett began a week before the resignation.

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Democratic Senators Condemn Speaker Howell for his Actions

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RICHMOND -- Democratic Senators are condemning Speaker Howell for breaching security of Governor McAuliffe’s office to undermine the budgeting process and one is calling for the Speaker to apologize for his action--which the Richmond Times Dispatch editorialized was "small, petty, sullen, mean, insulting and about several hundred other pejoratives."

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MISSING: Ed Gillespie's Belief on Whether Climate Change is Man Made

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Ed Gillespie today released his "energy plan."  While the plan mentions President Obama (who is not on the ballot in Virginia this fall) no less than nine times, he fails to make any mention of climate change. As Hampton Roads is one of the areas most heavily impacted by rising seas, we thought this important issue at least deserved a mention. However, this has become par for the course for Ed. Throughout the campaign, he continued to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge on whether he believes that climate change is man made. 

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