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Virginia (GOP Club)

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  • The Democrats should be terrified by this governor’s race

    10/21/2017 12:45:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 21, 2017 | Salena Zito
    WINCHESTER, VA. — The melodic sounds of a street musician’s trumpet echo through every corner of this old Virginia town as locals shop or make their way to lunch. Daren Johnson has been blowing his horn at the pedestrian mall in the shadow of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum for over an hour. He performs for two reasons: “To make some extra cash and to share a little bit of lightness. We are exhausted as a country,” he said, “a direct result of last year’s election.” Johnson and his wife were tireless volunteers for Hillary Clinton last year. They...
  • Why Virginia Democrats Are Right to Be Nervous

    10/16/2017 8:32:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jim Geraghty
    On paper, Democrat Ralph Northam holds a small but fairly consistent lead in the polling of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. The most recent survey, from Emerson College, puts Northam ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie, 49 percent to 44 percent (with a margin of error of 5.5 points). But Democrats don’t feel confident at all. Last week Paul Krugman wrote about the race in a tone of panic: For whatever reason, however, Virginia isn’t getting nearly as much play in national media or, as far as I can tell, among progressive activists, as it deserves. Folks, right now this is where the...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Campaigning Again. That Doesn't Seem Like A Good Idea

    09/28/2017 7:24:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 28, 2017 | Harriet Sinclair
    Former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is hitting the campaign trail again — this time to raise funds for Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, faces a tight race against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. Clinton took a break from her book tour to support the Democrat with a fundraiser next Wednesday. Given Clinton’s election loss, coupled with a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports that shows 61 percent of American voters believe the former secretary of state should retire from politics, it is perhaps something of a surprise to see Clinton once again pick up...
  • Insane: Virginia Candidate Wants A $26.80 Minimum Wage

    09/16/2017 9:33:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 13, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Oh, here we go with the minimum wage stuff again. And more proof that the $15/hour initiative really isn’t the end of the road. Frankly, Republicans should ask in response to these Democratic minimum wage proposals why can’t it be $40/hour or $100/hour? We all know that the $15/hour goal is a ruse and for Montigue Magruder, who is running for Virginia House of Delegates, he wants a $26.80 minimum wage (via Brandon Morse):(VIDEO-AT-LINK) He also wants to jack up the minimum wage to $26.80, a height that even Bernie Sanders hadn’t the stones to suggest to his followers. Magruder...
  • When Asked to Denounce Antifa, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Denounces Violence on Many Sides

    08/29/2017 6:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 28, 2017 | Benny Johnson
    Note: This article contains coarse language and graphic content. President Donald Trump triggered an avalanche of criticism for his handling of the deadly violence by far-right white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier in August. Demonstrator Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed through a march in protest of the “Unite the Right” nationalist gathering in Charlottesville. The vehicle was allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., who is now being charged with second-degree murder and is the subject of an FBI civil rights investigation. Trump received political blowback for not calling out white supremacy by name immediately after the...
  • Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

    08/18/2017 7:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2017 | Bill Barrow
    ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming “both sides” for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments. But the party faces a complex task: While addressing race and history in ways that reflect the party’s values, Democrats also need to focus on issues like jobs and the economy that resonate with a wider range of voters, including white independents,...
  • Poll: Plurality believes far-right groups were *not* mostly to blame for violence in Charlottesville

    08/18/2017 5:19:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 18, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Your daily reminder via Survey Monkey and Axios that virtually all issues are partisan now. Since our national future of Antifa reds slugging it out with alt-right brownshirts in running street battles looks increasingly assured, we might as well start tracking reaction polls like this: Watching media coverage, you’d think Trump is nearly alone in believing “both sides” share fault for the Charlottesville violence. Turns out, most Republicans have his back… Far more blame “the far right groups” for Charlottesville (46%) than “the counter-protesters” (9%), but a remarkable 40% concur with Trump’s assertion that both were equally responsible. “Beneath the...
  • GOP senator says Trump needs to start thinking about the nation

    08/17/2017 3:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump’s short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, also said Trump “recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation.” During comments to local reporters after a speech to the Chattanooga Rotary Club, Corker called for “radical changes” in how the Trump White House operates. His remarks, which were posted on Facebook, came two days after Trump declared at a New York...
  • Kay Granger follows Trump’s lead, condemns violence by both sides

    08/17/2017 2:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 16, 2017 | Andrea Drusch
    Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger on Wednesday lined up with President Donald Trump, condeming violence coming from “both sides” and raising concerns about a rush to remove Confederate monuments. Speaking with North Texas conservative radio host Mark Davis on Wednesday morning, Granger was asked whether in the wake of clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters last weekend in Charlottesville, violence perpetrated by left-of-center activists was being ignored. “[W]e need to recognize it and talk about it because it’s on both sides,” said Granger, who said people on both the left and right are guilty of escalating their political activism to...
  • Democrats demand Congress censure Trump after Charlottesville

    08/16/2017 4:06:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 16, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    A group of congressional Democrats wants Congress to officially censure President Trump in the wake of the clashes in Charlottesville sparked by a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally. Led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, the censure resolution says Mr. Trump did a disservice to the country when he blamed “many sides” for the violence that erupted. The lawmakers, though, go beyond Charlottesville, saying the president “has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, alt-Right, racist and anti-Semitic...
  • Portsmouth councilman wants to ban racist groups from protesting

    08/15/2017 3:26:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | August 15, 2017 | Ana Ley
    Councilman Mark Whitaker says he wants city leaders to consider banning racist groups from protesting in Portsmouth. Whitaker sent an email Tuesday to City Council members, City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton and City Attorney Solomon Ashby requesting that the group discuss the issue at the Aug. 21 public work session. The councilman said he made the request in light of “the tragic events in Charlottesville and other issues across the country involving White-Supremacist, White-Nationalist, Neo-Nazi, and other hate groups with a history and pattern of perpetrating violence on citizens.” On Saturday, a white-supremacist gathering in Charlottesville turned deadly when a...
  • Green Party urges prosecution of white supremacist groups for domestic terrorism....

    08/15/2017 2:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Green Party USA ^ | August 15, 2017 | Scott McLarty, Media Director
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12. Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist counter-protesters, including a car driven into a crowd that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others, was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism. The Green Party strongly condemns the white supremacists and their rally and violent actions and expressed solidarity with all those who participated in the counter-demonstrations. White supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations thrive...
  • Trump Supporter: 'He Called For Unity, I Never Saw Obama Call For Unity'

    08/14/2017 8:28:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | August 14, 2017 | Brian Mann
    One of the things we've learned over the past year is that events like the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are often viewed very differently in different places. Places like rural white communities that make up President Trump's most loyal base. One such place is Mineville, N.Y., a tiny Rust Belt town in the Adirondack Mountains north of Albany, where on Sunday afternoon we found Christopher LaMothe sitting on a bench. In these small towns, events like what happened in Charlottesville are also portrayed differently in the conservative media. When Trump first responded to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, he blamed...
  • Scaramucci criticizes Trump's reaction to Charlottesville violence

    08/13/2017 2:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 13, 2017 | Meghan Keneally
    Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci had harsh words for President Donald Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. Scaramucci spoke to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News' "This Week" today in his first television interview since his whirlwind 11-day stint in the White House. "I wouldn't have recommended that statement," Scaramucci said of Trump's words on Saturday from Bedminster, New Jersey. "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher." "With the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out," Scaramucci said, referring to Trump's seeming...
  • Charlottesville Mayor Blames Trump for Violence: ‘Look at the Campaign He Ran’

    08/13/2017 1:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    Grabien News ^ | August 13, 2017
    ‘I mean, this is not hard’ The Democratic mayor of Charlottesville, Va., Michael Signer, is pinning blame directly on President Trump for the white nationalist protest and related violence that occurred in his city this weekend. The blame for these events, he said, falls "right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president." On Sunday he appeared on CNN's State of the Union and accused Trump of intentionally courting white nationalists. Here's a transcript: TAPPER: You said you place blame for these terrifying events -- quote -- "right at the doorstep of the White House...
  • Virginia Gov 2017: Poll shows Gillespie [GOP], Northam [Dem] tied in race for governor

    07/24/2017 3:56:59 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 44 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 7/24/17 | PATRICK WILSON
    A new poll shows Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph S. Northam tied in the November race for governor, a significant improvement for Gillespie over a poll last month showing him trailing Northam by 8 points. They each have support from 44 percent of Virginia voters, with Libertarian Cliff Hyra at 3 percent and another 9 percent undecided, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday. A Quinnipiac University poll in June had Northam up by 8. Monmouth University's Polling Institute also found that low approval ratings for President Donald Trump may be hurting Gillespie, because if Trump were not...
  • All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man (Virginia governorship)

    06/22/2017 5:00:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 22, 2017 | Sam Stein
    Having lost a series of tantalizingly close congressional elections, the Democratic Party has now placed the fate of its collective psyche in the hands of an unassuming, soft-spoken pediatric neurologist. Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam says he feels no enhanced pressure to win his gubernatorial race this fall, even though his will be most high-profile contest since Democrats lost the much-watched special election in Georgia’s 6th District. “You always feel pressure,” he told HuffPost in an interview. “If you’re not feeling pressure then you’re not out there to win. And we plan to win in November.” But while Northam may...
  • Pollsters miss mark again on Trump voters in Virginia Republican governor’s primary

    06/17/2017 2:48:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2017 | Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin
    Pollsters had major trouble spotting the surge of support for Corey Stewart in Virginia’s Republican governor’s primary this week, suggesting they still can’t figure out how to successfully survey Trump supporters. Mr. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and onetime Trump campaign chairman in Virginia, ran as the Trump figure in the race, pursuing an anti-establishment message that centered around a tough approach to illegal immigration. Polling — which was strikingly infrequent — showed Mr. Stewart failing to crack 20 percent support, trailing Ed Gillespie, the putative front-runner, by as much as 27 percent. In the...
  • Alexandria shooting: Trump's calm concern vs. Terry McAuliffe's hyperbolic meltdown

    06/14/2017 10:46:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 14, 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Responding to Wednesday morning's shooting in Alexandria, Va., President Trump offered a reassuring message to the American people. He paid homage to the police officers who risked their lives to save those at the baseball practice. "Our brave Capitol Police perform a challenging job with incredible skill. And their sacrifice makes democracy possible." Trump recognized Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., as an individual, as well as a Congressman. "Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend. And he's a patriot and a fighter." And Trump called on Americans to respect those in public service. "Always remember those who serve...
  • Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election, Brother Says

    06/14/2017 10:22:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 14, 2017 | Nicholas Fandos
    The man suspected of opening fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team early Wednesday morning was distraught over the election of President Trump and traveled to Washington in recent weeks to protest, his brother said on Wednesday. The suspect, James Thomas Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., died in a Washington hospital after a shootout with the police. “I know he wasn’t happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff,” his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, said in a telephone interview shortly after he received the news on Wednesday. He added that he was not close to...