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Chris Christie's in Virginia Tonight For 2016 $$$. Will He Mention Terrible New Jersey Economic Record?

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RICHMOND -- Kissing the ring of the nation's most notorious loser Eric Cantor has become a rite of passage for 2016 GOP hopefuls, and Chris Christie wants in on the action too. Fresh off a day of riling up right-wing extremists at CPAC, where he reminded participants that he voted to defund Planned Parenthood five times, Christie is once again not in New Jersey. While Christie is in town convincing Virginia Republicans that he's a viable presidential candidate, take a look at how his time in New Jersey stacks up with the Commonwealth.
 
"If Virginia Republicans want to seriously compete in 2016, they should stay far away from Chris Christie's horrible economic ideas," said Morgan Finkelstein, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Christie's record reads like a step-by-step guide of how not to run a state. Virginia Republicans couldn't have picked a more polar opposite to the progress made by Governor McAuliffe here in the Commonwealth."

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Virginia Republican Reboot: Celebrating the Failed Policies of Rick Perry

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RICHMOND -- If Virginia Republicans want to distract from the recent drama plaguing their ranks, hosting Rick Perry tonight is not going to help. The former Texas governor is the poster child for policies that throw working families under the bus, and has a disastrous record to show for his 14 years running Texas into the ground. 

What will Rick Perry talk about? Slashing over $5 billion from Texas education funding? Restricting voting rights? Vetoing equal pay? Maybe he'll give Delegate Bob Marshall a run for his anti-LGBT money and wax poetic about how homosexuality is like alcoholism

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ICYMI: Quinnipiac Poll: 62% of Virginians optimistic about Governor McAuliffe's term

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A new poll out from Quinnipiac shows high support for statewide Virginia Democrats -- Governor McAuliffe and Senators Warner and Kaine all earned high approval ratings from voters surveyed. Additionally, a large majority of Virginians feel optimistic about the next three years under the McAuliffe administration. 
 
It's clear that Virginians welcome and appreciate Governor McAuliffe's commitment to common-sense solutions for a new Virginia economy.

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ICYMI: Slate: Why Virginia's Republican Party Is Proud of Keeping Its Poor Uninsured

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Slate Magazine

Alec MacGillis | February 18, 2015

Virginia state legislators, especially the Republicans who control both chambers, are feeling very good about themselves these days. The legislative sessions of the past couple years were marked by partisan acrimony, but this year, things are calmer and more harmonious—a restoration of the “Virginia way,” the state’s proud tradition of gentility that suffered such a shock amid last year’s tawdry scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell, his acquisitive wife, and a chatty cook.

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Flashback Friday: Valentine's Day Edition

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Do Barbara Comstock and Virginia Republicans Agree With New Party Leader's Insane Twitter Rants?

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Do Barbara Comstock and Virginia Republicans Agree With New Party Leader's Insane Twitter Rants?

Terrible Tweets from Jo Thoburn

 

 In case you missed the Republican Party of Virginia's latest controversy today, Barbara Comstock's own 10th Congressional District Chair, Jo Thoburn, got caught penning a stunning collection of insulting tweets, often aimed at at members of her own party. While many people have been quick to denounce these hateful writings, one person has been eerily quiet on the matter: Barbara Comstock. While she's never been a fan of the media, one would think she'd take this opportunity to denounce the terrible, horrible things Thoburn said. After all, not only is Thoburn the top Republican Party leader for Comstock's district, she actually hosted a fundraiser for Comstock just a few months ago.

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ICYMI: WaPo editorial: Republican Medicaid position "begins and ends with the word 'no'"

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Washington Post Editorial

‘Massive resistance,’ again, in Virginia

SIXTY YEARS after Virginia waged a campaign of “massive resistance” against integrating its public schools, the state is once again insisting on a policy that targets its least advantaged citizens.

Even as one Republican-led state after another moves to tap available federal funds for extending health coverage to needy citizens under Medicaid, Virginia stands pat. GOP governors in Indiana , Tennessee,Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Iowa, Arkansas and elsewhere have embraced the expansion, and it’s under consideration in conservative states such asMontana, Alaska, Idaho and Utah.

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Senate Republicans Could Not Take Ethics Reform Any Less Seriously

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It's been a rough week for ethics reform in the Virginia Senate. Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment demonstrated his grave concern for the Commonwealth's ethics issues by declaring them nothing more than a manufactured media crisis. Now today, when given the chance to simply re-affirm the Senate's 2014 unanimous commitment to transparency,  Republicans caved to their special interest bankrollers and voted down Senator Jennifer Wexton's SB924.

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An incredibly unfortunate story about the coverage gap that House Republicans should really read

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The following story of Amy Hedges in Franklin County is a reminder of what the coverage gap means to real Virginians. It's not a political flash point, not a chance to score points, but a very real problem and threat to the financial stability and quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people. You might hear House Republicans try to legislatively sweep this problem under the rug with soundbite-friendly piecemeal solutions, but lip service isn't going to get folks like Hedges the care they deserve. If House Republicans are serious about expanding coverage, the easiest and most effective thing to do is to close the coverage gap, not just tout a few haphazard ideas that avoid the real problem.

House Republicans are willing to take millions of dollars in federal money (and incur costs upon the state, in many cases) for our veterans hospitals, aircraft carriers, roads, bridges, public transportation -- why not for our hardworking friends and neighbors just trying to survive, too?

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