Rob Wittman goes all in for China against the U.S.

On August 1, Virginia House Republicans, Rep. Cline, Rep. WITTMAN, Rep. Griffith, and Rep. Good, voted against the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act – choosing to side with Big Pharma and China instead of voting to create jobs in America and secure our domestic supply chains. Republicans voted against the bill because they oppose Democrats’ efforts to lower prescription drug costs.
With yesterday’s vote, Virginia Republicans made it official – they’ll side with anyone, even China, except for hardworking Virginians. The CHIPS and Science Act is a popular, bipartisan bill that will help create jobs and make us less dependent on China, but Rep. Cline, Rep. WITTMAN, Rep. Griffith, and Rep. Good are so extreme that they’d rather try and score political points than strengthen our economy – Virginians deserve better.
The bill that Virginia Republicans voted against would provide $52 billion in subsidies to domestic semiconductor manufacturers…in a bid to strengthen the United States’ competitiveness and self-reliance in what is seen as a keystone industry for economic and national security. Incentivizing the manufacture of computer chips in America and being less dependent on China for chips will help to lower the cost of everything from cars to household appliances that use these chips and protect our national security by working to ensure we aren’t relying on China and other countries for these critical components

Read this . . . it is important. Pass it on to your Trump-loving friends.

Season of Treason: A Recap of the First Eight January 6th Committee Hearings

Trump spearheaded a seditious conspiracy to overthrow our democracy. What comes next?

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Join Congressional Candidate Herb Jones on August 6 !!


From the Henrico County Democrats Facebook page:

Join us at our biggest fundraiser of the year on August 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! We are looking forward to a bigger and better than ever Blue Bash! This year we need to hold the House of Representatives by protecting Congressman McEachin and electing Herb Jones. Your ticket price ensures a strong Henrico County Democratic Committee, able to help our leaders take on any challenges. We look forward to seeing you there!
For Northern Neck Democrats: REMEMBER — redistricting moved certain areas of Henrico, Chesterfield, and New Kent counties into Virginia’s First Congressional District.  While VA-01 is still strongly Republican,  redistricting will mean that Rob Wittman must face voters who never heard of him.  We need to support Herb Jones of New Kent County in every way we can!!

GOV Youngkin’s first six months are marked by far-right culture-wars appointments; dereliction of duty; destroying Virginia’s business climate

Richmond, VA – This past week marked Governor Youngkin’s first 6 months in office. After inheriting the strongest economy in Virginia’s history, Gov. Youngkin’s first 6 months were filled with far-right culture wars and outright incompetence. From ditching his duties to run for President, to losing Virginia’s coveted “Best State for Business” status after three straight years at the top, one thing is abundantly clear: Governor Youngkin is an extreme culture warrior and has failed to govern Virginia.

Governor Youngkin is no moderate. These past 6 months have shown that Governor Youngkin is a far-right culture warrior who is out of touch with Virginians:

Rather than run a competent administration, Governor Youngkin is spending his time traveling around the country running for President. In his first 6 months, Governor Youngkin has shown Virginians the meaning of incompetence:

“If Governor Youngkin’s first 6 months in office is a glimpse of what the next four years are like, Virginians are in trouble,” said DPVA Spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “6 months on the job and what are Virginians seeing? They’re seeing a Governor who has instilled chaos, sown divisions, and flat-ditched Virginia for higher political aspirations. If Virginians had any doubt before, they know now that Governor Youngkin isn’t some mild-mannered fleece vest-wearing moderate, he is an incompetent far-right culture warrior who puts our Commonwealth at risk.”

GOV Youngkin appoints a Confederacy apologist to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources — just another Youngkin appointment of a hard-core rightwing radical

Richmond, VA – Governor Youngkin’s Appointee to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, Ann McLean, said several disgusting comments on WRVA Radio comparing the union during the Civil War to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, praising Robert E. Lee, and defending secession.

BLUE VIRGINIA: Gov. Youngkin’s New Appointee to the VA Board of Historic Resources Says Robert E. Lee Was a “Morally Fine Human Being”; “Secession Was NOT Treason”; the North’s “Invasion” of the South Was “just like we see Russia invading Ukraine”; etc.

According to McLean:

Robert E. Lee was a “morally fine human being who understood the constitution of 1787.”

The constitution was “broken when Lincoln called up 75,000 troops to fight against secession.” And, she added, “secession was not treason…each state was allowed to secede, we all had seceded from Britain…each state was like its own country, so Lee considered Virginia his country.”

“Invasion, just like we see Russia invading Ukraine, invading a new territory was wrong. And so many people want to just flatten the whole Civil War to slavery, and of course we know slavery is not good. But I think…slavery would have been outlawed in the South within 5 or 10 years, but they wanted to do it on their time.”

DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker responded to the latest disgusting remarks from a Youngkin appointee: 

It is appalling to see Governor Youngkin appoint someone to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources who somehow in one radio interview: 1) tried to defend secession 2) completely befuddle the language of our Constitution and 3) try to minimize the horrors of slavery with an inane statement that the south would have “phased it out” – as if one would go to war if that was the plan. And let’s not even get into her bizarre take on Russia and Ukraine.

I can’t believe that Governor Youngkin, as he prepares to launch his 2024 campaign, would knowingly appoint someone this unqualified and ignorant of history. We hope and are confident now that he is aware of this that the Governor will withdraw this appointment. We also hope Ann McLean’s advisers, for her own sake, don’t let her near a microphone again.

Richmond, Va. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued the following statement after Governor Glenn Youngkin appointed “historian” Ann Hunter McLean to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources:

“If there was any doubt that Governor Youngkin is an extremist, right-wing politician, here is another example of his inflammatory priorities in action. Since taking office, his appointments have been divisive and contradictory to the values we hold here in the Commonwealth. His latest pick in Ann Hunter McLean demonstrates a frightening lack of cultural and social wherewithal to effectively lead Virginians or steer our great Commonwealth forward.

“For years – and particularly in the wake of George Floyd – civil rights advocates, community leaders, and elected officials in Virginia fought to dismantle oppressive memorials and monuments that paid homage to the Confederacy. To appoint McLean, who has vocally defended Confederate statues and monuments since the late 1990’s, to serve on the Board of Historic Resources shows a blatant disregard for Virginia’s sordid history with racism and the work we have done as a state to rectify those long-standing harms.

“This appointment demonstrates a complete lack of understanding or empathy for the lived experiences of African Americans. Monuments to traitors have no place in our Commonwealth, and we will not allow Governor Youngkin or Ms. McLean to drag us backwards.”

IMPORTANT: Watch the Jan 6 Committee public hearings!!!

Beginning at 8:00 PM, Thursday, June 9, the House of Representatives January 6 Committee will hold public hearings that will be televised.

It is IMPORTANT that we watch these hearings — pay attention, take notes — because — what happened on Jan 6 was a coup intended to destroy the results of an election and install an illegitimate President.  The coup failed, however, a failed coup is merely a dry run for the next coup.

How to watch the Jan 6 Committee hearings:

The hearings are carried live, in their entirety on CSPAN, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS.

AS OF JULY 30, 2022, the panel has yet to announce dates and times for subsequent sessions, but it is expected to hold two more next week and others the following week.

Check out the Committee’s website for the latest news as well as wrap-ups and highlights of previous hearings.

Virginia Republicans introduce budget that all but destroys public education

Today (Feb 20), Virginia House of Delegates Republicans announced their amendments to Governor Northam’s proposed budget for the 2022 session. Unlike the historic budget proposed by Governor Northam, the House budget plan decimates funding for public schools and will leave our students behind. It is clear that Republicans remain committed to the anti-education platform they ran on and have been pushing since the beginning of session.

While House Democrats have been putting forward legislation to support our students, teachers, and public schools, Republicans have been working to pass legislation to undermine our public schools and this budget is clear evidence of their true motives.

In their first effort to gut public school funding, House Republicans siphoned $150 million away from local school divisions to fund their “laboratory school” legislation, which is nothing but a poorly disguised vehicle for charter schools.

Next, they cut millions of dollars in funding for early childhood education, stripping our children of much-needed support—setting them up for failure. This is a major blow to children across the commonwealth and it will have lasting negative impacts.

Finally, in perhaps the most alarming and least surprising blow to public education, House Republicans slashed funding for long-overdue raises for our hard-working teachers. Virginia has consistently ranked as the worst, or one of the worst, states in the nation for teacher pay, and House Republicans have chosen to turn a blind eye at a time when teachers are overwhelmed and leaving the profession at alarming rates.

This budget is the latest in a long line of attacks as part of the Republican war on Virginia’s public schools.  Republicans have made it clear that they want to cripple our public schools by nickel and diming their funding. The establishment of these charter schools will devastate our local schools by stripping them of $150 million in funding they desperately need right now. Governor Youngkin has made it clear that he is the Anti-Education Governor and the budget put forward by his Republican colleagues only solidifies that fact.