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Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia and Delegate Lopez Respond to Barbara Comstock’s Immigration Remarks

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In response to Barbara Comstock’s insulting comments at the recent VA-10 debate comparing immigrants to FedEx packages, the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV)  – an organization dedicated to supporting candidates who embrace policies that benefit the Latino Community of Virginia – and Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez issued the following statements condemning Comstock and calling for her to apologize to the Latino community:  

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Statement From the Democratic Party of Virginia on Barbara Comstock’s Offensive Comments Comparing Immigrants to FedEx Packages

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Following Barbara Comstock’s statement during today’s VA-10 debate comparing immigrants to FedEx packages, Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia, issued this statement:

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Ask Speaker Howell If He Wants Virginia To Reject $39 Million for Transportation Improvements

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Today, as Vice President Biden visits the Commonwealth to highlight the $39 million in TIGER grants that Virginia was awarded to make key investments in its transportation infrastructure, we call on Speaker Howell to tell Virginians whether the Commonwealth should reject that money outright. According to the Speaker’s senseless logic, Virginia "shouldn't rely on federal dollars” to provide healthcare to 400,000 uninsured Virginians, so he must be against receiving federal support for transportation improvements too, right?

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How Not To Distract From Scandals: A Speaker Howell Case Study

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Speaker Howell is in a pretty bad place if he's trying to distract Virginians from the Terry Kilgore scandal by drawing attention to... the other Terry Kilgore scandal.

Let's recap. This weekend, the Roanoke Times revealed yet another catastrophic effect of Terry Kilgore's ineffectual leadership of the Tobacco Commission. Their latest in-depth report shows that Kilgore pushed to continue pumping millions into a controversial project that had shown next to no progress, while legitimate proposals went unfunded. Add that to his past behavior surrounding the suspect multimillion-dollar Commission grants to his family members and you get one headache for Speaker Howell and House Republicans. 

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Bill Howell wants to make sure you don't forget the Kilgore/Pucket Scandal

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Today, Speaker Bill Howell went to great lengths to remind Virginians about the federal investigation into Republican Delegate Terry Kilgore over whether he bought a Senate majority by offering Senator Phillip Puckett a job in return for resigning his seat. 
 
The Speaker's bizarre letter (in which he admits that the Governor's appointments are proper) is most interesting because it chronicles a first in Virginia politics: A conservative Republican admitting that the Obama administration's judgment is more valuable than his own. 

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Bill Howell wants to make sure you don't forget the Kilgore/Puckett Scandal

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Today, Speaker Bill Howell went to great lengths to remind Virginians about the federal investigation into Republican Delegate Terry Kilgore over whether he bought a Senate majority by offering Senator Phillip Puckett a job in return for resigning his seat. 
 
The Speaker's bizarre letter (in which he admits that the Governor's appointments are proper) is most interesting because it chronicles a first in Virginia politics: A conservative Republican admitting that the Obama administration's judgment is more valuable than his own. 

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Shocking No One, Do-Nothing Republican Leadership Does Nothing for 400,000 Uninsured Virginians

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Despite hopes across the Commonwealth for a special session miracle, House Republicans proved that they were never serious about coming to the table and finding a way to insure 400,000 Virginians. Rather than work towards a compromise, Speaker Howell and nearly all House Republicans chose partisan posturing to kill the only bill under consideration, wasting time and taxpayer dollars.

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CNU Poll: Virginians Calling on House Republicans to Close the Coverage Gap

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new poll from Christopher Newport University shows that Virginia voters have taken a keen interest in the fight to expand Medicaid. A definitive majority across the Commonwealth support the idea of Medicaid expansion, begging the question – how can Republican leadership double-down on refusing to expand access to healthcare for 400,000 uninsured Virginians?

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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Myths and Facts for Speaker Howell

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Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates have been hiding behind fake excuses and baseless claims to avoid doing the right thing for 400,000 uninsured Virginians. It makes no sense -- why would Speaker Howell and House leadership fight so hard to block affordable healthcare for hard-working Virginians?
 
It's true that everyone's talking about Medicaid expansion these days. Maybe in all the hubub, Speaker Howell just got a little confused about he rights and wrongs of Medicaid expansion. Here's a helpful cheat sheet that might help House leadership actually come to the table to discuss closing the coverage gap.

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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Still No Plan from House Leadership

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With special session only days away, Virginians are still waiting for Speaker Howell and the rest of House Republican leadership to show that they're even willing to consider a plan to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap. Republican leaders have yet to put forward legislation to ensure that 400,000 Virginians have access to the healthcare they deserve – but they have wasted thousands of taxpayer dollars on political posturing.

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