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Danica Roem is the first openly trans woman to win Virginia’s General Assembly primaries

  • Danica Roem could become the first openly transgender legislator in Virginia’s House of Delegates, and the third openly trans legislator in the country — she just has to beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall.
  • Roem cinched the nomination for the Virginia Democratic party on Tuesday, winning a challenging primary.
  • She told the outlet she plans on winning the general election by pushing her platform of LGBTQ rights, better-paying jobs and improvements to Route 28 — a perpetually congested road in her district crucial to her constituents’ daily commutes. Read more (6/14/17)
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It is important, now and always, to remember that violence is not the answer. From Rep. Giffords to Rep. Scalise, no politician should be attacked and no innocent bystander threatened because of a political cause or idealogy. My thoughts and support goes out to the victims of this and all violent crimes across the country.

  • Has our political rhetoric gotten too heated?
  • In the wake of the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball practice shooting that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) critically wounded, some in politics and the media are calling for a cooldown.
  • “I think, as a whole, our country certainly could bring the temperature down a little bit,” deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday, the day after James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old former Bernie Sanders volunteer, opened fire on the Republican baseball team as they practiced for the Congressional Baseball Game.
  • This echoed a sentiment expressed by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who earlier Thursday said that the “heated rhetoric in this country has to calm down,” and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who warned Friday of the dangers of political “rage.” Read more. (6/17/17, 11:56 AM)

Democrats start out with advantage in Virginia’s general election
We witnessed a highly competitive race in last night’s gubernatorial primaries — but it wasn’t on the closely watched Democratic side, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam beat former Rep. Tom Perriello by 12 points, 56%-44%. Instead, it was the Republican contest that turned out to be the nail-biter, with GOP frontrunner Ed Gillespie edging Prince William County Chair Corey Stewart by just 4,000 votes, 44%-43%. What was especially stunning is that Gillespie had the money, the establishment support, the higher name ID, and was facing a highly flawed challenger in Stewart (who had made protecting Confederate monuments a pillar of his campaign) — and he barely won.

Democrats start out with the advantage in this fall’s Northam-vs.-Gillespie general election. One, turnout suggests Democrats have enthusiasm on their side: There were more than 540,000 votes in the two-person Dem race, while the three-person GOP contest had 366,000 votes. (That turnout disparity looks like New Jersey, not Virginia.) Two, Democrats today hold a unity event with Northam and Perriello, while Republicans aren’t unified. “There is one word you will never hear from me, and that’s ‘unity,’” Stewart told supporters, per the Washington Post. And three, President Trump’s job approval rating in Virginia is in the 30s. Add them all up, and you’d rather be Ralph Northam than Ed Gillespie, although we still have five months to go.

Virginia is no longer a purple state

One way to look at the closer-than-expected Gillespie-vs.-Stewart race is that Trump’s wing of the party is one the rise; this is no longer your Bush 43 party in which Gillespie served. The other way is that GOP moderates fled the party, with Northern Virginia Republicans voting in the Democratic contest (Virginia voters can pick which primary they want to participate in). “There’s a new name for the voters most people thought of as VA’s moderate Republicans a few years ago: Democrats,” observed the Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman. “VA is not a swing state,” he added. Indeed, Republicans have now gone 1-9 in major Virginia statewide races (for president, governor, U.S. Senate) since 2004.

Seriously, though.

Not to be snooty here, but the way Trump voters act you’d think coal mining was the most important thing that ever existed. Isn’t it quite a hideous, dangerous job too?

And the sad thing is: Trump WAS lying to them.

“I have a tremendous plan for the cool miners!”

Like fuck you have.  Lanley in Marge vs. The Monorail was more convincing. 

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! 

theatlantic.com
The Atlantic: When Prayer Alone Does Not Suffice
Even as Americans keep the latest victims of a mass shooting in their thoughts, they have an obligation to figure out how to prevent any recurrence.
By David Frum

When do we actually begin to take action and figure out how to prevent this kind of mass death and violence? Prayer is not enough. There needs to be action, and that means looking intently at the causes, even if it makes us uncomfortable.

anonymous asked:

Can you tell me anything about the supposed switch of platforms between the dems and republicans in the 60s?

Yes! Both I and others have written on it before.

This is from a previous post. The switch is a myth and democrats are still operating on the same old racist roots.

Woodrow Wilson, democrat president, supported the KKK and helped revive it by popularizing KKK revisionist film Birth of a Nation.

Blacks began voting blue in 1936 in the proposal of the New Deal, not because they aligned with democrat party values but for political expediency.

“I’ll have them niggers voting democrat for the next 200 years.” - Lyndon B. Johnson, democrat president.

Democrats continuously filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it was passed in spite of democrats, not by democrats.

Democrats voted 61% and Republicans 24% against the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which passed 333-85. The Senate passed with the support of 94 percent of the Republican caucus and 73 percent of the Democratic caucus.

From the National Review:

The Democrats have been sedulously rewriting history for decades. Their preferred version pretends that all the Democratic racists and segregationists left their party and became Republicans starting in the 1960s. How convenient. If it were true that the South began to turn Republican due to Lyndon Johnson’s passage of the Civil Rights Act, you would expect that the Deep South, the states most associated with racism, would have been the first to move. That’s not what happened. The first southern states to trend Republican were on the periphery: North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. (George Wallace lost these voters in his 1968 bid.) The voters who first migrated to the Republican party were suburban, prosperous New South types. The more Republican the South has become, the less racist.

From Liberty Voice:

All but the redoubtable Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the Southern Democrat who managed to stay Democrat for well over 40 years; despite all the mythical ship-jumping which is supposed to have occurred. All of the modern liberal Democrats who adored him, like Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama and Al Gore, must not have been told Byrd was a Grand Klegal in the KKK before he ran for the Senate as a Democrat. Byrd was a celebrated member of the Democrat party up til his death, in 2010. So it is not as if the discussion of his affiliations is somehow ancient history.

buzzfeed.com
BREAKING: Senate Democrats Will Try To Filibuster Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday that he will force Republicans to find 60 votes to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. If they can’t, it will set up a showdown over whether Republicans will move to get rid of the filibuster for high court nominees.
By Zoe Tillman

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday that Democrats will try to mount a filibuster against President Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court.

The move will force Republicans to find a supermajority of 60 votes to advance Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to a confirmation vote. If they can’t, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans will have to decide whether to take the dramatic step of changing the vote threshold and essentially eliminating the filibuster.

The news came in the midst of the confirmation hearing for Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Schumer made his announcement from the Senate floor as members of the judiciary committee heard from witnesses for and against Gorsuch’s nomination. (Gorsuch finished his testimony on Wednesday evening and wasn’t at the hearing on Thursday.)

It takes a 60-vote supermajority to end a filibuster over a Supreme Court nominee, if mounted, and move to a confirmation vote. This cloture vote would end debate on the nomination. If Republicans don’t have the votes, though, they could attempt to change the rules — the so-called “nuclear option.” If that rule change is made, going forward it would only take a simple majority to advance a high court nominee.

Senate Democrats invoked the nuclear option in November 2013 to change the supermajority rule for lower court nominees, in order to push through President Obama’s nominees to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The effort was successful in getting Obama’s nominees confirmed, but it also means that it is now harder for Democrats to block Trump’s nominees to the lower federal courts.

Schumer announced the move by highlighting that recent past Supreme Court nominees reached a 60-vote threshold.

“To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules I say: if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees, and President Bush’s last two nominees, the answer isn’t to change the rules – it’s to change the nominee,” Schumer said in his prepared remarks on Thursday.

Noting that Schumer had announced he would attempt to block any nominee before Gorsuch was even nominated, a McConnell spokesperson pushed back.

“After spending much of last year lamenting the consequences of a vacancy on the Supreme Court, he’s now arguing to keep the seat vacant for the next four or eight years. Try to figure that one out,” Don Stewart told BuzzFeed News via email. “I guess #WeNeedNine only applies when there’s a Democrat president.”

Stewart also pushed back against Schumer’s claim of the 60-vote “bar,” noting that the norm is not requiring a cloture vote on Supreme Court nominations.

“Historically, there are just simple up-or-down votes [on Supreme Court nominees]. Yes, Dems took the unprecedented step of attempting a partisan filibuster of Justice Alito. But that was the anomaly,” he said, highlighting that Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed with 52 votes — and no cloture vote.

Nonetheless, several Democrats on Thursday announced plans to oppose Gorsuch and to vote “no” on cloture, including Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. At least one Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, has said he will not support a filibuster, according to Yahoo News.

Asked about Schumer’s plans at Thursday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer deferred to the Senate leader.

“I am not going to start to tell Sen. McConnell what to do from here,” Spicer said.