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Jeb Bush's Failed Policies Have No Place In Hampton Roads

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A man trailing Donald Trump by 21 points will visit Hampton Roads today, reminding Virginia voters of his terrible record for veterans and middle class families. Jeb Bush, fresh off a rousing endorsement from the ashes of the Virginia GOP establishment, will try to convince Virginia veterans that his plan for voucherizing healthcare will go better than the last time he tried it. That's right: his big plan for veterans includes privatizing healthcare, a system that failed in Florida and was ultimately discontinued.
 
In addition to tanking Florida's veteran healthcare system, Bush's term as governor was marked by policies making it harder for military families and the middle class to get ahead. He cut taxes for the wealthy and opposed raising the minimum wage, presiding over a tremendous increase in income inequality.

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WEEK IN REVIEW: The GOP Political Temper Tantrum Rages

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It was a bad week for Virginia Republicans, whose political antics with Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush went south. They not only failed to fire her, but also shut down any hope of legislative redistricting in the process. With Republicans failing to propose any serious solutions, responsibility for re-drawing Virginia's Congressional districts now falls back to the courts.
 
Despite their legislative loss, Speaker Howell, Leader Norment and Republicans in the General Assembly have continued to throw the year's biggest political temper tantrum. A look at statewide coverage suggests that Virginia voters aren't buying any of it.
 
 
Coverage across the Commonwealth:
 
 

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ICYMI: Senator Dick Saslaw on the John Fredericks Show [TRANSCRIPT]

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Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw joined the John Fredericks Show yesterday to discuss the Virginia GOP's political temper tantrum in trying to fire Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush. 

Some key quotes:
  • Saslaw: "I can tell you for a fact that George Allen never consulted me, and I’m pretty darn sure given the relationship at the time, he didn’t consult Cranwell when he appointed Cynthia Kinser. And Tim Kaine never, I want to repeat, never, consulted me or anyone else when he made judge appointments. I don’t know where they get this, that 'he didn’t call us.'"
  • Frederick (host): "I want to inform my audience also that Dave Albo is a Republican legislator, House of Delegates member from Fairfax County, and Dave is a pretty serious guy. I mean he’s not one of these guys that throws bombs or anythingHe’s a pretty serious House of Delegates member. Dave Albo, Republican, sits on the committee, wrote a letter on Judge Roush’s behalf."
  • Saslaw:  "What I believe is driving this thing, John, more than anything else, is there in the leadership: Senator Norment, Bill Howell, Kirk Cox. The intense dislike of the governor. There’s a lot of jealousy in there. This guy is highly successful, he’s brought in more investment to this state in his first eighteen months than the two previous governors did in their first two-and-a-half years. And these guys resent this, and they resent the publicity that he gets, and they decided they were gonna go after him and they picked a petty reason like 'he didn’t call us.'"
  • Saslaw: "Let me tell you this, [RPV  Chairman John Whitbeck] must have just arrived from Mars. Um, is he aware that the Republicans, who run the show, who run the show, never drew up any redistricting plan?"

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Your Vocabulary Word of the Day

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Political Temper Tantrum

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Virginia Democrats Call on John Whitbeck to Denounce Party Insider's Racial Slurs

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It's been over a week since Jeanine Martin, a prominent Virginia Republican activist, went on a tirade against immigrants, using racial slurs to describe, in particular, Asian-American immigrants. Martin's remarks were met with disgust and condemnation from a wide variety of Virginians. Yet, John Whitbeck, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, has not said anything on the issue.
 
In response to his silence, Dewita Soeharjono, Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia's Asian-American Caucus, released the following statement:
 
"It is extremely disappointing to see such a delayed and lackluster response from the Republican Party of Virginia to the use of racial slurs by one of their party leaders. It is particularly disappointing that Chairman Whitbeck has been completely absent from the conversation, especially given his own troubled relationship with inappropriate remarks about minorities.
 

We've heard a lot of talk from the RPV about becoming friendlier to minority voters, but that effort rings hollow if Chairman Whitbeck can't even condemn racial slurs from his own ranks. Where does he stand? Does he tolerate this kind of behavior?"
 

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ICYMI: WaPo: Democrats target Virginia as they push to break down voting restrictions

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The Washington Post explored Virginia Democrats' voter protection and expansion efforts, spearheaded by the Voter Protection Council. From voter registration assistance to troubleshooting hotlines and national databases, Virginia Democrats are leading the charge to protect and expand the vote. And a telling point: "The GOP, however, has no plans for a constant push on par with Democrats."
 
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What Do Norment & Howell Have in Common With Donald Trump?

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They all put their misogyny on full display last week.

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ICYMI: Desperate Dick Black Lies About Opponent, Earns "Pants On Fire" from PolitiFact VA

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Politifact VA (Sean Gorman)


 

Undercover videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss harvesting fetal tissue appall state Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun.

A staunch opponent of abortion, Black is seeking to link the controversy to his Democratic opponent this fall, Jill McCabe, a pediatric emergency room physician.

McCabe "supports selling late term abortions for bigger body parts," Black tweeted on July 28. He renewed the charge on Aug. 4, tweeting that McCabe "supports late term abortions. Larger baby parts are more profitable."

So we decided to examine Black’s charge.

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TONIGHT: Democrats Host Debate Watch Parties Nationwide, Four in Virginia

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TONIGHT, August 6th, Democrats will hold dozens of debate watch parties from Florida to Alaska for the first Republican debate of the 2016 cycle. This is an early opportunity for the DNC to engage and mobilize supporters in key states nationwide, looking ahead to the 2016 election. 

Democrats will ensure that Americans understand the choice between a Democratic presidential candidate who will fight for middle-class and working families, and the 17 Republicans in the race who will all fight for the wealthiest Americans and most powerful Washington special interests.

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Virginia GOP Seeks to Fire Qualified Female Supreme Court Justice In Favor Of Male One

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Virginians are used to hyper political temper tantrums from Virginia Republicans like Tommy Norment and Bill Howell, but their dark of the night announcement that they will be kicking a qualified

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