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Virginia Elections 2017

Everybody has been talking about the 2018 Elections, and while those are important, several states have elections in 2017. The most vital one might be the race for Governor in Virginia.

A friend of mine brought to my attention that we will be voting for a new Governor along with local positions in Virginia this year. We absolutely need the Virginia Governor seat to stay out of Republican hands, because if they get it and keep their other ones, they will have a majority that allows them to amend the constitution however they see fit.

It is so important that Virginia voters turn up this year and vote in a Democrat, whoever that may be. We can’t afford to give the Republicans more power. They are trying to get everything they can, and we can’t give them this.

Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democratic Senator to vote YES for Jeff Sessions to be confirmed as our new Attorney General.

If you live in West Virginia, please call his office to make sure he knows how pissed you are. 

His office number is  (202) 224-3954.

Also, Manchin is up for re-election in 2018. Be sure to support primary candidates running against him! 

Cop with pro Nazi views kills an unarmed black teen under very suspicious circumstances,

Just after he’s returned from suspension for killing an immigrant cook (he was also unarmed) in equally suspicious circumstances.

WTF? How can this guy still be on the force? Ridiculous.

This evening’s face-off between the 2016 vice presidential hopefuls certainly won’t have the pizzazz — or inevitable enmity — that last week’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had.

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence are two mild-mannered, affable politicians who will certainly present themselves differently than their running mates. Moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News will try to engage them in their only debate, at Longwood University in rural Farmville, Va., but ultimately their sparring is likely to revolve as much around the principal candidates as around the vice presidential contenders themselves.

4 Questions Kaine And Pence Face Heading Into The VP Debate

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Two-hundred-six thousand Virginians will newly have the right to vote this year. That’s according to the office of Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who signed a bill on Friday that would allow felons who had completed their sentences to vote.

State laws differ on whether felons can and cannot vote. In only two states, Maine and Vermont, all felons — whether in prison or not — can vote. And in three — Iowa, Kentucky, and Florida — no one who has been convicted of a felony can vote, according to the ACLU. Here’s where the laws stand in states nationwide.

Altogether, around 2.5 percent (or 1 in 40) of Americans were disenfranchised as of 2010, according to the U.S. Sentencing Project. And that group is disproportionately African American — by the same data, more than three times the share of blacks (7.7 percent, or around 1 in 13) couldn’t vote. Here’s how many voting-age people in each state were not able to vote, as of 2010, the latest year for which data is available.

Virginia’s Governor Just Gave 206,000 People The Right To Vote

Maps: Danielle Kurtzleben/NPR

Bernie Sanders wins West Virginia primary

Bernie Sanders defeated Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary Tuesday, an outcome that won’t halt Clinton’s march to the nomination but underscores the persistent resonance of Sanders’ inequality-focused campaign. Clinton may have made her bed in West Virginia weeks ago with three words on the coal industry.

Here’s to all the great work that the Virginia Democratic Party is doing to get new voters registered this year!

nytimes.com
Hillary Clinton Visits Virginia, a Bellwether State in 2016 Race #vapol #vadems
As the headliner at a Democratic Party dinner in Virginia, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks will likely cover the Supreme Court justices’ decisions on major issues, race relations and gun control.
By Amy Chozick

Hillary Rodham Clinton will make the first stop of her presidential campaign in Virginia on Friday to headline the local Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson dinner.

Her remarks will come against the backdrop of major Supreme Court decisions. She celebrated on Thursday the court’s ruling to affirm a key part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, writing on Twitter: “Yes! SCOTUS affirms what we know is true in our hearts and under the law: Health insurance should be affordable & available to all.”

And she has implored the justices to rule that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

Mrs. Clinton will likely address both cases in the Virginia address, but the state, with its large black population, will also present her the opportunity to continue her remarks on race and what she calls “common sense gun control” in the aftermath of the attack at a black church in Charleston, S.C.

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~ The New York Times

Among the taxes levied by Congress in 1794 at Hamilton’s recommendation was a tax on carriages. Since it affected only those who kept carriages for pleasure or for hire – vehicles employed in agriculture and transport were exempt – it could be regarded as a luxury tax. As a congressman observed, although not all men who possessed a carriage were rich, none was poor.

If any further evidence was needed of Hamilton’s unique ability to infuriate Virginians, the carriage tax provided it. While they talked like democrats, the Virginia planters rode like aristocrats in their carriages, many of which were emblazoned with coats of arms. In their eyes, the carriage tax was “soak the rich” legislation especially aimed at the southern gentry. The fact that it had been recommended by Alexander Hamilton removed all doubt that the measure was inimical to the South. Would Hamilton never rest content, it was asked, until he had reduced the planters of the Old Dominion to walking as well as to famine and nakedness?

—  John Miller, Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation