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Free Lance-Star: An opportunity for Virginia to earn a reputation for energy efficiency

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Governor McAuliffe knows that energy efficiency is good for business, good for the environment and good for the economy. His Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency and consumption goals provide major tools for growing the Virginia economy while taking real action on environmental issues.

Editorial | May 20, 2015
 

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Dave Brat One-Ups Barbara Comstock, Compares Undocumented Immigrants to ISIS

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Virginia Democrats' Latino Caucus Responds to Brat's Offensive Comments
 
Immigrants in Virginia just cannot catch a break from their conservative representatives in Congress. As if Barbara Comstock reducing New Americans to FedEx packages wasn't bad enough, Dave Brat's reminding folks that he, too, is offensive. He argued on the John Fredericks Radio Show yesterday that undocumented immigrants who want to join the military weren't actually showing their patriotism, because "ISIS is willing to serve in our military as well."
 
Yes, Dave Brat thinks undocumented immigrants who would put their lives on the line for our country are no more patriotic than ISIS. 
 

"Rep. Brat's comments equating DREAMers to ISIS are both reprehensible and sadly predictable. It's sad, but unsurprising, that he's managed to top Barbara Comstock's insensitive comments comparing immigrants to FedEx packages," said Monique Alcala, President of the Virginia Democrats Latino Caucus. "Comparing hard-working American patriots in our workforce and schools to terrorists is offensive fearmongering. Theare not terrorists; they are Americans."


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Jeb Bush To Remind Everyone Of How Awesome The Indiana Discrimination Law Is In Liberty U Speech

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Jeb Bush will take the stage at Liberty University today to unabashedly pander to the evangelical right-wing, the backbone of today's Republican Party. Yesterday, excerpts of his speech were released, showing that Jeb will focus on defending extremely socially conservative policies -- including the Indiana right-to-discriminate law.
 
Jeb has made his priorities clear from the get-go. He was the first GOP presidential candidate to defend the anti-LGBT law, and today will blame "coercive federal power" for getting in the way of those who wish to discriminate. But that's not all: he'll reference his staunch opposition to a woman's right to choose. As Governor, he infamously intervened in controversial abortion cases, including those involving children. 

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Barbara Comstock Wants You To Think She's All About The Silver Line, But She Voted Against It As Delegate

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Already on the NRCC's most vulnerable incumbents list, Comstock is proving she will say or do anything if it will trick voters into thinking she's a moderate. While she may be gung-ho on Metro for the cameras, let's be perfectly clear: Comstock, in the General Assembly, voted against funding the Silver Line. Yet, when the photo ops come up, she's first in line to claim victory.
 
Comstock can't have it both ways, and Northern Virginians are not impressed.
 

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Major Newspapers Show Strong Support for AG Herring's Health Center Ruling

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"Mr. Cuccinelli, a crusading culture warrior, advanced a rationale as flawed as it was novel" - Washington Post

"If they had any sense of shame, conservative Republicans would feel some in the wake of Attorney General Mark Herring’s recent opinion about abortion-clinic regulations." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
Earlier this week, Attorney General Mark Herring released a landmark opinion protecting women's health centers from excessively burdensome and discriminatory regulations. He reversed ideologically-motivated "twisted legal logic" from former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli,  a move that was immediately celebrated in the major newspapers around the Commonwealth.

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Comstock Added to NRCC Most Vulnerable List One Day After Voting To Invade Women’s Privacy and Health Care Rights

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One-Term Wonder Congresswoman Barbara Comstock found herself added to the NRCC’s most vulnerable members list just one day after voting to invade women’s privacy and their personal health care decisions. 

 

Comstock joined her Republican colleagues to advance their anti-women’s agenda by overruling a common-sense law in the District of Columbia that would protect women from invasive questions and discrimination from their employers based on their personal health care decisions.

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Virgina Democrats Decry Hal Parrish's Sneak Attack on Women's Health

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MANASSAS -- Proponents of the anti-woman agenda have found a new place to sneak in attacks on women's healthcare -- municipal zoning laws. The Manassas City Council, aided by a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Hal Parrish, approved a new zoning measure that singles out women's health centers for discriminatory restrictions.
 
The Manassas City Council is expected to confirm these zoning updates tonight at their regularly-scheduled meeting, amid community protests. Ahead of this meeting, all three Democratic candidates for Senate in the 29th District released statements harshly criticizing this anti-women measure.
 

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Happy Earth Day, GOP!

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Climate change is a problem every day, but on Earth Day it's especially salient. According to a recent poll, there's strong support in Virginia for more action on the environment, not less. Yet, from the top of the 2016 presidential field to legislators in the General Assembly, Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to downplay this critical issue and block desperately needed action to protect our people and our environment.

 

 

 

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Statement From DPVA Chair Susan Swecker on Virginia Tech Remembrance Day 2015

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On Virginia Tech Remembrance Day, honoring the 32 lives taken senselessly on April 16, 2007, Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker released the following statement:

"Eight years have passed since Virginia Tech experienced the unthinkable; yet this tragedy still feels so fresh in our hearts and minds. As we continue to heal we have been constantly reminded of the spirit, dedication and perseverance of the Hokie community, here in Virginia and across our country. 

The Virginia Tech family has stood strong to make the world a better place in the wake of that tragic day We will never comprehend the senseless acts of eight years ago, but  we honor today and every day the 32 lives taken too soon.

Today, just as eight years ago, we are all Hokies."

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Statement from New DPVA Chair Susan Swecker On The General Assembly's Reconvened Session

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Chairwoman Swecker, in her first statement since taking the helm at the Democratic Party of Virginia, issued the following quote on the General Assembly's Reconvened Session: 
 
"Virginia Democrats are pleased to see that for the second straight year, all of Governor McAuliffe's commonsense vetoes were sustained by the General Assembly. He took a careful and practical approach to combating harmful legislation that would loosen our gun laws, restrict the right to vote and use cheap political tricks to unfairly redistrict on behalf of incumbent Republicans. We are proud that the Governor  acted in a pragmatic way to stop these bills and are pleased to see that the General Assembly sustained his vetoes."

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