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Huckabee's Pander-and-Insult Immigration Strategy Won't Fly In Virginia

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Republican Mike Huckabee may have grabbed headlines for pandering on immigrant issues ahead of a potential run for president, but in the same breath he's already showing that he's more interested in riling up his Tea Party base with hateful rhetoric. In a speech to the Family Foundation in Richmond yesterday, Huckabee insisted that immigrants want to "change America," make it "more socialistic" and bizarrely rallied against the idea of having ATMs feature more than one menu language option. 
 
"Huckabee can't have it both ways. He can't pander to the Hispanic community out one side of his mouth and insult and degrade immigrants out the other," said Monique Alcala, President of the Virginia Democrats Latino Caucus. "His troubling record on immigration issues won't just go away because he's running for President, and he'll have to do a lot more to convince anyone in this battleground state that he is on the right side of history. His insensitive rhetoric is not going to fly in Virginia, not now and certainly not in 2016."
 

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Virginia Democrats Statement on 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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On the 42n

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ICYMI: Daily Press editorial urges real action on Governor McAuliffe's common-sense gun proposals

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This Daily Press editorial comes on the heels of a conservative-leaning Roanoke College poll showing overwhelming support for Governor McAuliffe's common-sense gun proposals. Almost 90% of Virginians polled -- including those that own guns -- expressed support for background checks and finally closing the gun show loophole. Public opinion is rock solid across the board when it comes to keeping Virginia communities safe. Republicans in the General Assembly can't ignore that this legislation is something the Commonwealth wants -- and desperately needs.

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ICYMI: Republican Governor Rick Snyder Vetoes Gun Bill Over Domestic Violence Concerns

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Conservative Republican Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan vetoed a gun bill yesterday that would've allowed domestic violence offenders with restraining orders to carry concealed weapons. Rising above strong pressure from the gun lobby, Governor Snyder took common-sense action to protect survivors and families.

Key quote: "We simply can't and won't take the chance of exposing domestic abuse victims to additional violence or intimidation," Snyder said. "There are certainly some reforms that can improve the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses and we support the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, but it's crucial that we leave in place protections for people who already have endured challenges and abuse."
 
If  this conservative Republican governor can stand up to the gun lobby to protect our families and communities, shouldn't Republicans in the General Assembly be able to do the same? Governor McAuliffe has proposed a series of common-sense gun laws, including restrictions against domestic abusers, that will help keep Virginians safe. Republicans in the General Assembly should take a cue from Governor Snyder and do the right thing.

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ICYMI: AP: Sexual orientation won’t be added to hate crimes in Va.

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Well, that didn't take long. The 2015 General Assembly session started at noon and Senate Republicans already voted to kill a bill to designate anti-LGBT crimes as hate crimes. That's right -- if someone is assaulted, harassed or even killed due to their sexual orientation, it still won't be considered a hate crime.

Leading the charge to kill the bill was Mark Obenshain, who shamelessly pandered on sexual orientation in his 2013 campaign. Guess that was then, and this is now.

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It's session showtime - will Republicans rise to the occasion?

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The General Assembly session gavels in today and with it, the promise of legislation growing our economy and improving the lives of Virginians across the Commonwealth. Unless, of course, you're a Republican in the General Assembly. In that case, chances are you might be more concerned with discriminating, disenfranchising or otherwise holding Virginia back from progress than you are with enacting policies to grow Virginia's economy and create good-paying jobs.
 
Here's a few questions worthy of keeping in mind and asking Republican legislators as they return to Richmond to do the people's work -- or not.

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Craig Parisot's Dodging Press – and Apparently Donors Too

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McLEAN -- With less than a week to go, the choice in Virginia's 34th House District couldn't be clearer. While Kathleen Murphy has fired up supporters with her plans for economic growth, education improvements and safer communities, Craig Parisot has refused to answer questions.  And it looks like reporters aren't the only folks Craig is hiding from -- donors are about as absent as his positions.
 
Democrat Kathleen Murphy outraised Parisot by a 2:1 margin, pulling in almost half a million dollars from over 1,100 contributors. Parisot lagged considerably behind, raising just $197,000.
 
Might be time to rethink that strategy, Craig.

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House District 74 Democratic Caucus Results and Statement from Mayor Dwight Jones

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The Democratic nominee for the Special Election on January 13th to fill the vacant 74th House District seat is Kevin Sullivan.

Statement from Mayor Dwight Jones, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia:

"I congratulate Kevin Sullivan on earning the Democratic nomination for the open 74th House District seat in the special election on January 13th. His experience in this community makes him is a strong fighter for our Democratic values and priorities, including investing in our future, keeping our communities safe and growing a new Virginia economy. I look forward to electing Kevin to the House of Delegates on January 13th."
 

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Declared Candidates for the 74th House District Nomination

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Below, find the list of candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 74th District House of Delegates seat:

Lamont Bagby 
Kevin Sullivan 
Floyd Miles Sr.

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ICYMI: Parisot ran for mayor in Maryland town

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Craig Parisot sure has an odd relationship with his own statements. Following last week's desperate attempt to walk back having no position on all-day kindergarten, the Loudoun Times-Mirror revealed today that Craig seems to have forgotten about his last campaign for public office.
 
Wonder why Craig conveniently failed to mention that he's run before -- maybe because it was in Maryland?

What else will we find he hasn't been truthful about?

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