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ICYMI: WaPo: McAuliffe invites Indiana firms to ‘open and welcoming’ Virginia

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Governor McAuliffe took a strong stand for equal rights yesterday in an open letter to Indiana businesses, inviting them to re-locate to Virginia in light of Governor Mike Pence's hateful new anti-LGBT discrimination laws.  

Key quote: “In Virginia, we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity."

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ICYMI: Lynchburg News and Advance: Keep Up the Push for Redistricting Reform

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Lynchburg News and Advance


Editorial | March 29, 2015

In true Terry McAuliffe fashion, Virginia’s governor — the ultimate political partisan going back to the 1990s — dramatically made the case Thursday that Virginia needs to embrace nonpartisan redistricting reform.

The stage was Gov. McAuliffe’s monthly live, call-in show on a Richmond radio station. He brought with him half a dozen bills passed by the General Assembly, three from the Senate, three from the House of Delegates.

Reaching out and borrowing a pen from the show’s host, the governor signed the vetoes live on the air while delivering an impassioned called for nonpartisan redistricting in the commonwealth.

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Democratic Party of Virginia Announces New Chair

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The Democratic Party of Virginia elected today a new Chair, Susan Swecker of Richmond and Monterey. Swecker was confirmed on Friday evening and will immediately assume all duties of the position. She will be formally sworn in at the party's next Central Committee meeting in June.

"From creating jobs to protecting the rights of all Virginians, Democrats have made incredible progress for the Commonwealth," said DPVA Chair Susan Swecker. "Virginia will be in the spotlight nationally this year as we work to grow our numbers in the House of Delegates and take back the majority in the State Senate. And, of course, in 2016 we will campaign tirelessly to ensure that a Democrat continues to hold the Presidency. We have incredible opportunities ahead of us and I'm eager to continue moving Virginia forward."
 

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Shutdown Ted Un-Ironically Announcing Campaign in Virginia

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Ted Cruz couldn’t have picked a worse place than Virginia to launch his soon-to-be-failed campaign for president. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that over 80% of Virginians overwhelmingly disapproved of his government shutdown – a political tantrum Cruz still threatens to repeat today. Virginia, home to thousands of federal workers and military personnel, was more affected than any other state by his dangerous antics.

Cruz would happily keep thousands of Virginians from their jobs and paychecks just to show his opposition to affordable healthcare. Meanwhile, in the Lynchburg area alone, there are over 11,000 Virginians languishing without access to quality care thanks to his national right-wing movement against closing the coverage gap.

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ICYMI: Disability Scoop: ABLE Accounts Get Green Light In First State

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"Words cannot express how much this will mean to people with disabilities and their families," said Monica Wiley, member of the Democratic Party of Virginia's disAbility Caucus. "To be able to open up the ABLE account is a huge step forward thanks to Governor McAuliffe's leadership."
 
Disability Scoop
ABLE Accounts Get Green Light In First State

Three months after federal law established a new way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the legislative hurdles are over in one state.
 

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Democrats "Jack and Jill" to Challenge Right-Wing Loudoun Republicans

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Virginia Democrats announced last week two strong candidates, Dr. Jill McCabe of Leesburg and Jewan "Jack" Tiwari of South Riding, to take on some of the General Assembly's most extreme members. Both challengers know that area voters are not well represented by hard-line right-wingers Senator Dick Black and Delegate David Ramadan.
 
Dr. McCabe, a pediatrician and mother of two, is challenging Dick Black, who has earned a reputation in the General Assembly as a far-right ideologue. He's pushed legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children, argued that sexual assault in the military was "as predictable as human nature," and has consistently sparked outrage with his attacks on women's healthcare decisions. Black's positions fall outside of mainstream Virginia values.

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Oops! Virginia Republicans Forgot To Pretend Benghazi Investigation Isn't A Partisan Sham

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For once, the Republican Party of Virginia may have been too honest when it came to promoting The Fundraiser Formerly Known As "Beyond Benghazi." Apparently the featured guest, Rep. Trey Gowdy, is still trying to convince America that his House Oversight Committee's umpteenth Benghazi investigation is legitimate. After press caught wind of the RPV's plans to fundraise off of this partisan witch hunt, Gowdy canceled his Richmond appearance to save face.
 
Of course, more than half a dozen investigations have turned up no nefarious activity -- just more and more taxpayer dollars being used to fund Gowdy's political ambition. It's painfully obvious that these partisan investigations are simply partisan red meat to throw to the GOP base. Getting caught red-handed admitting that, however, was clearly just too much for Gowdy to take.
 

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ICYMI: WaPo: Virginia's Toothless Ethics Reform

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Washington Post 

AFTER MUCH huffing and puffing, and more than a little whining and blaming the media, Virginia lawmakers passed a state ethics bill last month so anemic you almost wonder why they bothered. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) can, and should, offer amendments to give it some muscle.

True, legislative luminaries such as Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) will be deprived of hunting trips to Canada and Maine, worth tens of thousands of dollars, courtesy of friendly, favor-seeking lobbyists. That change, thanks to legislative language capping the value of “intangible gifts” to lawmakers at $100 a pop, counts as a step forward in Richmond’s disgracefully lax culture of entitlement.

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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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