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  • Insects invading Virginia and Pennsylvania could be 'most destructive species in 150 years'...

    10/20/2018 8:20:18 AM PDT · by caww · 81 replies
    .foxnews ^ | 10/20/2108 | Madeline Farber
    An invasive insect species native to China, India and Vietnam is posing a problem in at least two states.... 'The Spotted Lanternfly' is harming crops in Winchester, Virginia, WDVM reported. The Pennsylvania-based Churchville Nature Center said the creatures were also spotted for the first time on its property Thursday. "If it is new to you, this invasive plant hopper is threatening the forests of the northeast as well as the lumber and agricultural industries. Please keep an eye out for the insect." The species poses a threat to agriculture and “has the ability to greatly impact the grape, hops and...
  • A Virginia politician’s novel approach to personal scandal: Tell all before opponents do

    10/19/2018 4:22:09 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/19/2018 | Paul Schwartzman
    The history of American politics abounds with examples of leaders sunk by scandal, the dark details excavated by their enemies. Lee J. Carter, a Virginia state lawmaker with enough proverbial skeletons to crowd a graveyard, has taken it upon himself to beat any potential rival to the punch. In a whiplash-inducing confessional on Twitter, Carter, a Democratic delegate from Prince William County, recently told his 18,000 followers he needed to share details of his past before unidentified foes “try personal smears.”
  • Tomb of the Unknowns Guards Begin Use of Custom M17 Pistols

    10/18/2018 9:20:50 AM PDT · by shove_it · 44 replies
    SoldierSystemsDaily ^ | 13 Oct 2018
    Yesterday, Tomb Guards from the US Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were presented with 4 ceremonial M17 pistols at Arlington National Cemetery. These works of art were created by SIG SAUER specifically for use by the Guards. This ceremony marks the first use of the M17, which will accompany the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers as they stand guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The unique distinguishing features for the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols include: • Pistol Names: each of the four pistols bears...
  • *2018-2019 Winter Outlook...looks like a cold and snowy winter*(I95 Corridor)

    10/17/2018 6:23:34 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    perspectaweather.com ^ | Oct 12, 2018 | Meteorologist Paul Dorian
    ...The bottom line A detailed analysis of many different factors suggests to me that much of the eastern half of the nation should experience a colder-than-normal winter with more snow than normal. Coastal storms in the eastern US will be much more of a threat this winter as compared to last year when La Nina conditions dominated in the equatorial Pacific. Overall temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region are likely to end up about 1.5-3.0 degrees (F) below-normal for the winter season and perhaps an even more dramatic chill will take place in the Southeast US where overall temperatures may average...
  • Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race

    10/16/2018 1:03:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | ARIS FOLLEY - 10/16/18 | ARIS FOLLEY - 10/16/18
    Former FBI Director James Comey donated the maximum legal amount to Democratic candidate Jennifer Wexton as she campaigns to unseat vulnerable Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in November. Comey donated $2,700 to Wexton's campaign in September as the Virginia Democrat continues to gain momentum in the state's hotly-contested 10th congressional district race, Federal Election Commission filings show. The former FBI head has traditionally donated to Republican campaigns, including Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. However, Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017, revealed earlier this year that he was leaving the...
  • Sen. Tim Kaine: 'We've Got' to 'Fight in the Streets'

    10/16/2018 10:31:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 93 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/16/2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    Commenting on how Democrats can strengthen their party by effectively targeting Trump administration policies they oppose, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said liberals must "fight in the courts, fight in the streets" and "fight at the ballot box." On Tuesday morning's Morning Joe (MSNBC), co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, "So, broad question about the future of the Democratic Party, especially given your firsthand experience with what we've all been through. There's so much going on here that we clearly see, you know, places where you -- we can criticize what the administration is doing, but how does the party rebuild? How do...
  • Left Horrified as Trump Calls Robert E. Lee a 'Great General'

    10/16/2018 7:26:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/16/2018 | Rick Moran
    Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, Friday and decided to give a little Civil War history lesson to illustrate a point about native Ohioan Ulysses S. Grant. It's not surprising that Twitter exploded in rage: Robert E. Lee was not a great general, President Trump. He waged a war to hold onto the legal institution of white supremacy. https://t.co/TZvUood3kg — Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) October 13, 2018 And now that Lost Cause "history" is being perpetuated by President of the United States. Robert E. Lee was not an incredible general. And monuments to his name are...
  • Young Virginia Voters Aren’t Sending In Their Ballots Because…

    10/16/2018 7:27:57 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    12160 ^ | Oct 16, 2018 | Diana. Is Hotair
    Democrats are already worried about turnout this November, particularly because polling shows that the youngest voters – college students in particular – are the least enthusiastic and the least likely to show up at the polls. That gap extends up through the age bracket of the youngest millennials but mostly focuses on what’s now being called Generation Z. In Virginia, however, it appears that enthusiasm isn’t the only problem they have. Young voters there are complaining that they can’t mail in their absentee ballots. Why? Because many of them can’t figure out where and how to purchase stamps to send...
  • Virginia Couple Threatened With Eviction for Holding Bible Study File Complaint With HUD

    10/14/2018 8:06:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/14/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    An elderly couple facing a possible eviction from a Virginia-based retirement community for hosting a Bible study has taken their fight to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In July, the Community Realty Company sent a notice to Kenneth and Liv Hauge, who live at the Evergreens at Smith Run in Fredericksburg, informing them that they must either stop holding Bible study or be evicted. First Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm representing the Hauges, filed a complaint with HUD on Tuesday, arguing that "CRC and Evergreens' actions violate the Fair Housing Act and its accompanying regulations." "The...
  • THREE WEEKS OUT: No Blue Wave, Not Even in the Pacific!

    10/15/2018 5:18:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 41 replies
    bigleaguepolitics.com ^ | Oct 15, 2018 | Larry Schweikar
    With two weeks to go until the midterms, Republicans are virtually guaranteed to win the Senate. As of today, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, and Missouri appear safe. Just today, the third consecutive poll showing Dean Heller up in Nevada came out (Emerson) and he has expanded his lead now to seven. This would mean that as of today, the GOP would gain a net of two seats in the Senate. Races still supposedly up in the air are Montana, Indiana, West Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Ohio. Races where the Democrat has a lead outside the margin of...
  • Poll: Republican Scott Taylor Leads in Virginia Congressional Race

    10/16/2018 2:16:21 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 October 2018 | Sean Moran
    Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) leads by seven points in a crucial race for the Republican House majority, according to a poll released on Monday. Congressman Taylor leads by seven points — 50 to 43 percent - against Democrat Elaine Luria in the 2nd congressional district, according to a Christopher Newport University (CNU) survey released on Monday. Five percent of Virginia voters remain undecided, while the margin of error for the poll is four points, making Taylor’s lead beyond the margin of error. Taylor also leads by six points — 50 to 44 percent — with “committed voters” or voters who...
  • Democrats Advised Not to Speak About Unpopular Open Borders Policies (tr)

    10/15/2018 8:16:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 14, 2018 | John Binder
    Democrats running for re-election in the 2018 midterms are being advised to not speak about the issue of immigration as consultants admit the zero-enforcement, open borders positions of the Democrat Party are unpopular with swing voters. In a memo obtained by the New York Times, left-wing consultants with the Center for American Progress and the think tank, Third Way, advised Democrats running for election to spend “as little time as possible” talking about the immigration issue facing the nation, where more than 1.5 million immigrants are admitted to the country every year. The New York Times reported: “Sanctuary attacks pack...
  • Democrats in swing districts advised to avoid talking about immigration

    10/15/2018 3:38:37 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/18 | JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
    Left-leaning groups are advising Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections to steer clear from discussing immigration in states and districts that President Trump won in 2016. A strategy memo co-authored by the Center for American Progress and Third Way -- two Washington-based think tanks -- recommended that certain Democrats speak about the topic as little as possible and instead focus on topics that will better resonate with their voters. Navin Nayak, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action, said that even though the memo was sent to a broad set of districts, it excluded ones with large...
  • Young Virginia Voters Aren’t Sending In Their Ballots Because…

    10/15/2018 10:27:22 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 15 Oct 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Democrats are already worried about turnout this November, particularly because polling shows that the youngest voters – college students in particular – are the least enthusiastic and the least likely to show up at the polls. That gap extends up through the age bracket of the youngest millennials but mostly focuses on what’s now being called Generation Z. In Virginia, however, it appears that enthusiasm isn’t the only problem they have. Young voters there are complaining that they can’t mail in their absentee ballots. Why? Because many of them can’t figure out where and how to purchase stamps to send...
  • New details emerge on anti-Trump dossier as House GOP seeks Fusion GPS boss testimony

    10/14/2018 10:57:17 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2018 | Catherine Herridge, Cyd Upson
    House Republicans still want Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier, to comply with their subpoena to appear on Capitol Hill despite his plans to invoke Fifth Amendment protections, a GOP House Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News on Friday. The tension with the Fusion GPS co-founder comes as new details emerge about just how widely distributed the unverified and politically funded dossier was back in 2016. A Fox News review of congressional testimony, British court records, emails and other documents indicate that at least five sources worked through other government agencies or fed the dossier...
  • CNU Poll: Incumbent Scott Taylor posts lead over Democrat in Va.’s 2nd Congressional District

    10/15/2018 4:59:30 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Oct 2018 | Gregory S. Schneider
    RICHMOND —Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) leads Democratic challenger Elaine Luria 50 percent to 43 percent in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, according to a new poll released Monday by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy. Taylor has a 7-point lead among likely voters, suggesting that voters are not troubled by his involvement in a scandal in which his campaign staffers submitted fraudulent signatures in a failed effort to get another candidate onto the ballot. The poll had a margin of error of about 4 percentage points.
  • NBC Issues Correction Two Days After Falsely Claiming Trump Called Gen. Robert E. Lee ‘Incredible’

    10/14/2018 3:41:20 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 83 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 14 Oct 2018 | Caleb Howe
    NBC Issues Correction Two Days After Falsely Claiming Trump Called Gen. Robert E. Lee ‘Incredible’ On Friday, NBC News reported, and tweeted, that President Donald Trump praised Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as “incredible”. But on Sunday, NBC had to correct that tweet since, as it turns out, Trump was actually praising Union General (and future U.S. President) Ulysses S. Grant in the clip. “An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as ‘incredible’ at a rally in Ohio,” they tweeted. “It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee.” That’s a pretty big difference. That was...
  • Christmas songs with “Jesus” excluded from winter concert

    10/14/2018 5:30:40 AM PDT · by blueyon · 42 replies
    NBC12.com ^ | 10/11/19 | Karina Bolster
    MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield parent is concerned after he was told students would not be singing any Christmas songs with the word “Jesus” in them at upcoming concerts. David Allen said he found out about the situation last week from his child who attends Robious Middle School. "It just seems like... everywhere you look everyone's afraid of stepping on someone's toes or everything is being so sensitive," Allen said. This is not the first time his child has taken part in the winter concert; but it’s the first time something like this has happened. "They were unable to...
  • Trump: 'Robert E. Lee was a great general'

    10/12/2018 7:13:42 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 726 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/12/18 | CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO
    President Trump praised Confederate Geader Robert E. Lee as "a great general" on Friday during a campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio. "So Robert E. Lee was a great general. And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee," Trump said before launching into a monologue about Lee, Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. "He was going crazy. I don’t know if you know this story. But Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle. And Abraham Lincoln came home, he said, 'I can’t beat Robert E. Lee,'" Trump said. "And he had all of his generals,...
  • Virginia firefighter dies, several more injured when semi-truck rams into firetruck

    10/13/2018 4:49:14 AM PDT · by madison10 · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/12/2018 | Benjamin Brown
    A semi-truck driver slammed into a firetruck Thursday evening that was assisting with a car crash on a Virginia Interstate, killing one firefighter and injuring several others. The tractor-trailer was traveling south on Interstate 295 around 9 p.m. when it rammed a firetruck, which was providing aid in a two-car crash in Hanover, Va., the Virginia State Police said in a press release. A Message from Career Builder Lt. Brad Clark died at the scene, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday, citing authorities. "Please join Hanover County Fire-EMS as we mourn the death of Lieutenant Brad Clark and keep his...