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HOUSE OF REPS/LGBTQ/POLITICS: “With Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official preparing to take her seat in the House of Delegates, the Republican leader of that chamber says it is time to end a tradition of addressing lawmakers by formal male and female pronouns.
Instead of the ‘gentleman’ or ‘gentlewoman’ from a given jurisdiction, lawmakers will all be referred to as ‘delegate’ if Republicans maintain control of the chamber, House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights) said through a spokesman Tuesday.
Conservative lawmakers hailed the change as a way to avoid what they said could be a potentially awkward situation. But one of the longest-serving House Democrats called the decision ‘shameful’ and said lawmakers ‘ought to be big enough to get over these hang-ups we have.’
Cox’s office said he had been considering the change since shortly after he was chosen as the party’s designee for speaker, a title he would assume if the GOP retains control over the House after three close races are decided.”
-Antonio Olivo, “After Roem’s election, Va. GOP leader wants to do away with ‘Gentlewoman’ title,” The Washington Post online, Nov. 21, 2017 07:02pm
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS: “Concern is growing in both parties that a clash over the fate of Dreamers will trigger a government shutdown this December.
House conservatives have warned Speaker Paul Ryan against lumping a fix for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors into a year-end spending deal. They want him to keep the two issues separate and delay immigration negotiations into 2018 to increase their leverage — which both Ryan and the White House consider reasonable.
But many liberal Democrats have already vowed to withhold votes from the spending bill should it not address Dreamers, putting Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York in an awkward spot if they don’t go along…
Ryan told reporters in early November that there was no need to address DACA by year’s end because the program expires in March under President Donald Trump’s orders…
But privately, both sides are worried — fearful of either enraging the party’s base or getting punished at the polls for a government shutdown.”
-Rachel Bade and Heather Caygle, “Congress speeds toward shutdown over Dreamers,” Politico, Nov. 21, 2017 05:07am
LEGAL/POLITICS: “As the outcry against sexual misconduct ripples from Hollywood to corporations to Washington, D.C., it also is growing in a realm long plagued by such behavior—state capitols.
Allegations of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by state lawmakers have surfaced in at least a dozen states, prompting investigations, changes in reporting and investigation protocols, and new or improved employee training. At least seven lawmakers face interim or partial suspensions from committees or leadership posts.
Reports and allegations of abusive workplace behavior have dominated headlines, and awareness of the problem is growing while tolerance for such behavior is wearing thin. Yet in U.S. statehouses, where dozens of women have recently alleged misconduct by male colleagues in some cases dating back years, corrective responses have been patchy.
Accused lawmakers have resisted calls to relinquish their elected seats, and many legislative leaders face criticism over how they have dealt with allegations. The range of reactions highlights how unaccustomed state legislatures are to acting on a problem that was once swept under the rug, according to lawmakers and current and former legislative staff, both men and women, in several states. ..
State legislatures from California to Rhode Island have been grappling with claims of sexual harassment or misconduct. Although no state lawmaker has been expelled, some face calls from colleagues and leaders to resign.
Most legislatures have procedures that can lead to expulsion. In a minority of states, voters can attempt removal with a recall petition. Such attempts have been largely unsuccessful, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures overview.”
-Nour Malas, “Fight Against Sexual Harassment Moves to Statehouses,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 20, 2017 10:00am
DEMS/POLITICS/TAXES: “If Democrats were not such obstructionists and understood the power of lower taxes, we would be able to get many of their ideas into Bill!”
–Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 17, 2017 06:00am
BANKING/DODD-FRANK/POLITICS: “On Halloween, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio huddled with fellow Democrats in his Senate offices to make an announcement: months of talks between Mr. Brown and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo to roll back post-financial crisis rules had ended in failure.
Unfazed, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Donnelly of Indiana—all moderate Democrats—said they would press for their own agreement with Mr. Crapo. What followed were nearly two weeks of frenzied behind-the-scenes talks, according to people familiar with the deliberations, as lawmakers worked to cut a deal before they left town on Thanksgiving break…
The deal, announced Monday[11-13-17], marked the first significant bipartisan agreement to relieve small and regional lenders from a number of restrictions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law. A similar effort in the prior Congress, led by Sen. Richard Shelby (R., Ala.), the then-chairman of the banking panel, ended in a bill no Democrats backed, dooming its chances to advance through the Senate…
The deal includes provisions that could drastically cut the number of banks subject to heightened Federal Reserve oversight by raising a key regulatory threshold to $250 billion in assets from $50 billion. Lawmakers at one point considered raising the $50 billion asset threshold to as high as $350 billion, the people said, before eventually settling on $250 billion.
Though Republicans and some Democrats increasingly favor abandoning an arbitrary asset threshold in favor of giving the Fed more discretion to decide which banks to reel in for stricter oversight, Democrats involved in crafting the deal insisted on an explicit threshold, as a signal of where Congress thought the Fed should draw the line.”
-Andrew Ackerman, “Two Weeks of Frenzied Negotiations Led to Bank-Relief Deal,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 17, 2017 05:30am
DEMS/GOP/POLITICS: “Democrat Doug Jones, who hopes to pull off an upset in Alabama’s Dec. 12 special Senate election, is gaining traction as Republican Roy Moore is being weighed down by sexual-misconduct allegations.
On the campaign trail, Mr. Jones is running an under-the-radar campaign, compared with the television klieg lights surrounding his rival. His campaign message isn’t designed to energize his party’s progressive activists, but rather to connect with more conservative Alabama voters.
He is trying to keep his campaign’s focus on kitchen table issues like jobs and health care. ‘I want to be a voice for reason in the turmoil of modern Washington,’ Mr. Jones says on his website. ‘I’m running for the Senate to return dignity to the citizens of Alabama.’
His campaign centerpiece is his record as a straight-shooting U.S. attorney in Alabama. ‘We’re staying in our lane,’ Mr. Jones, 63 years old, told reporters in Birmingham earlier this week…
To win, Mr. Jones will need to draw Republican votes. One of the biggest potential obstacles to that might be his strong support for abortion rights. In an MSNBC interview in September, he said he would oppose legislation barring abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
-Joshua Jamerson and Janet Hook, “Democrat Doug Jones, Roy Moore’s Rival, Gains Traction in Alabama Senate Race,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 16, 2017 11:21pm
LEGAL/POLITICAL FIGURES/WOMEN: “Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) faced allegations of sexual misconduct Thursday [11-16-17], after a woman said he kissed her against her will during a 2006 rehearsal and he posed for a photo in which he appeared to grope her while she was asleep.
Mr. Franken said he didn’t recall the rehearsal events occurring the same way but offered his ‘sincerest apologies.’ He said the photo was a failed joke and he ‘shouldn’t have done it.’
The allegation comes as the Senate Republican leadership is grappling with the claims of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the GOP nominee in the Senate race in Alabama. Mr. Moore has denied the allegations and refused to step aside in the race, but Senate Republicans say they plan to try to expel him if he wins the election.
Mr. Franken is the only sitting senator to currently face a public accusation of sexual misconduct. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) called for a review of the Franken matter…
Both the Senate and House of Representatives have recently amended policies to require sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and staff.”
-Natalie Andrews, “Al Franken Accused of Sexual Misconduct,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 16, 2017 12:41pm
LEGAL/POLITICS/WOMEN: “Two things have become painfully clear on Capitol Hill this week: Lawmakers and staffers say sexual harassment is ‘rampant’ — but even members of Congress have no idea just how widespread the problem is.
The controversial and sensitive issue has taken center stage in Congress this week, with female lawmakers making fresh allegations of sexual harassment against unnamed members who are currently in office, and the unveiling of a new bill on Wednesday to change how sexual harassment complaints are reported and resolved.
So far, there’s been little specific data to help illuminate just how pervasive sexual harassment is on Capitol Hill, but one figure has emerged: More than $15 million has been paid out to victims through the Office of Compliance, the office that handles harassment complaints. That $15 million figure includes all settlements, not just related to sexual harassment, but also discrimination and other cases.
CNN has also learned that during the current Congress, no settlement payment approval requests have been made to the congressional committee charged with approving them.”
-Mj Lee, Sunlen Serfaty, and Juana Summers, “Congress paid out $15 million in settlements. Here’s why we know so little about that money.,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Nov. 16, 2017 12:12pm
GOP/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/POLITICS/TAXES: “Senator Susan Collins is back in the spotlight as a crucial swing vote in the U.S. Senate as she raises questions about how combining a Republican tax-cut plan with a partial repeal of Obamacare will affect middle-class Americans.
A day after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell decided to link the two issues in a risky strategy, Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, was citing data that she called worrisome, casting new doubts over the tax plan’s outlook.
She told reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday [11-15-17] that her staff’s research showed pairing tax cuts with an effective repeal of the individual mandate of Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could be a mistake…
Collins was one of a handful of Republicans who voted in July to block a broader Republican attempt to dismantle Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
The failure of the final repeal effort, in which Collins was joined in opposition by fellow Republicans John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, was a stinging defeat for President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders eager to fulfill their campaign promise to scrap Obamacare.”
-Susan Cornwall, “Moderate Collins back in prominent role in Senate tax drama,” Reuters, Nov. 15, 2017 09:20pm
POLITICS/TAXES: “State and local governments could suffer hits to revenue collections under the tax reform bills being considered in the U.S. Senate and House because of the potential loss of a federal subsidy applied to bond issues and because a proposed increase in the standard taypayer deductions would affect some states.
These additional risks to state and local governments are coming to light as lawmakers and experts sift through the bills before the two chambers.
State and local governments have already been grappling with the potential revenue-raising risks of provisions in the two bills that would eliminate or cap taxpayer deductions of state and local income, sales and property taxes from their federal tax bills.
Analysts on Wednesday [11-15-17] said that the U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was unveiled Nov. 2, could knock out a federal subsidy applied to billions of dollars of bonds sold by states and local governments in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
The threat to the subsidy was disclosed in correspondence this week between the Congressional Budget Office and Representative Steny Hoyer, a Democrat who was seeking more details about the effects of the House tax bill.”
-Karen Pierog and Laila Kearney, “U.S. tax reform poses more risks for state and local governments,” Reuters, Nov. 15, 2017 03:14pm
NATIONAL SECURITY/NUCLEAR/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. senators on Tuesday [11-14-17] took a rare look at the decades-old presidential authority to launch a nuclear strike, posing questions at a hearing about the process President Donald Trump would follow if he were to order such an attack.
Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee committee chairman and a critic of Mr. Trump, didn’t explicitly criticize the president throughout the two-hour session, and many of the lawmakers present focused their questions on possible scenarios and the legal authorities involved in launching nuclear strikes.
But after an hour of testimony with little overt reference to Mr. Trump, Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), said Mr. Trump’s presidency is what has prompted a renewed focus on the presidential authorities. Tuesday’s hearing was the first time lawmakers took up the issue since 1976, Mr. Corker has said.
‘We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests,’ Mr. Murphy said. ‘So let’s just recognize the exceptional nature of this moment and the discussion that we’re having today.’
The White House didn’t immediately respond to questions about the hearing or Mr. Murphy’s comment.”
-Felicia Schwartz, “Senators Pose Questions About Trump’s Nuclear Attack Authority,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 14, 2017 04:30pm
LEGAL/POLITICS/WOMEN: “Two female lawmakers, one Republican and one Democrat, shared stories at a hearing Tuesday [11-14-17] about male members of Congress who engaged in sexual harassment, though they declined to name them.Two female lawmakers, one Republican and one Democrat, shared stories at a hearing Tuesday about male members of Congress who engaged in sexual harassment, though they declined to name them.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who has long pressed for a stronger congressional anti-harassment system, testified before a House Administration Committee hearing on misconduct that she is aware of two sitting lawmakers, one in each party, who have perpetrated sexual misdeeds. Before Speier spoke, however, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) said a member ‘decided to expose himself’ to a young female aide sent to drop off materials at his home…
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), a veteran employment attorney, proposed that lawmakers be required to pay for resolving workplace misconduct disputes that occur in their offices, a change from the current system that spends taxpayer money on confidential settlements.
The Senate last week approved a resolution instituting mandatory harassment training for members and aides, a shift from the current voluntary standard. The House is expected to follow suit but has yet to make the shift, and Speier called for a sweeping overhaul of a system that can force harassment victims to wait for months, and undergo mandatory mediation, before filing a complaint.”
-Elana Schor, “Members of Congress engaged in sexual harassment, lawmakers say,” Politico, Nov. 14, 2017 12:04pm
BUSINESS/DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/LOBBYING/POLITICS: “Large U.S. businesses and their lobby groups are redoubling a push for legislation to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, urging lawmakers to act before the year is out.
On Wednesday [11-15-17], executives from about 40 companies plan to travel to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress, with some of them bringing along so-called Dreamers who work for them. Also this week, the advocacy group Fwd.us, which is backed by tech companies, is releasing a study documenting the number of people who will lose their jobs if Congress doesn’t act.
Early next month, a group called New American Economy is planning a day of pro-Dreamer events across the country, involving local chambers of commerce and business leaders.
The push comes as key Senate Republicans work to find a package of immigration measures that can win bipartisan support. A group of GOP senators is close to agreement on a package that includes border security measures along with legalization for a band of young undocumented immigrants who are now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.”
-Laura Meckler, “Business Groups Step Up Push to Protect Dreamers,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 14, 2017 07:00am
GOP/POLITICS/STEVE BANNON: “Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the GOP’s most prominent megadonor, is publicly breaking with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his efforts to oust Republican incumbents in 2018…
The public pronouncement comes about a month after Adelson met with Bannon in Washington.
Bannon has been huddling with major Republican contributors across the country in hopes of building a war chest to take on party lawmakers. Bannon aides said they were not surprised by the news, given that Adelson has a long track record of generously backing establishment causes. They said they never expected Adelson’s financial support.
The former White House chief strategist appeared before the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner on Sunday night. ZOA is heavily funded by Adelson…
At a time when Bannon is drawing headlines for his anti-incumbent push, several people close to Adelson said they had grown concerned about a perception that he was closely allied with the bombastic former White House aide.”
-Alex Isenstadt and John Dawsey, “GOP megadonor Adelson publicly breaks with Bannon,” Politico, Nov. 13, 2017 08:34pm
POLITICS/TEXAS: “Texas Democratic Rep. Gene Green won’t seek reelection next year after serving more than two decades in Congress.
Green, who represents the Houston area, was first elected in 1992 and is a longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Green said he was confident he would have won reelection in 2018 but wanted to spend more time with his family after 46 years in public office, including 20 years in the Texas legislature…
Green’s district, which is more than three-quarters Hispanic, is overwhelmingly Democratic. Green won his last election with more than 70 percent of the vote.
More than a dozen House members, mostly Republicans, have announced they won’t run for reelection or will seek higher office next year.
Green also joins a wave of Texas delegation departures, including Republican Reps. Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling, Lamar Smith and Ted Poe and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.”
-Heather Caygle, “Rep. Gene Green to retire,” Politico, Nov. 13, 2017 06:30pm
DODD-FRANK/POLITICS: “A group of senators have agreed to relieve regional banks from some expensive regulations put in place after the financial crisis, the most significant deal to curb the 2010 Dodd-Frank law in the Senate.
The bipartisan agreement released Monday, between Republicans led by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo of Idaho and a group of moderate Democrats, would exempt banks with up to $250 billion in assets from heightened oversight from the Federal Reserve, up from a current threshold of $50 billion.
Nearly 40 banks must comply with the existing rules. The legislation, if enacted, could reduce the number to around a dozen.
The deal would end the enhanced oversight for all banks with less than $100 billion in assets, including relief from annual stress tests and other stricter regulatory requirements. Banks with between $100 billion and $250 billion in assets would be exempted from the rules after 18 months, though it would give the Fed the authority to exempt some of those banks before that date.”
-Andrew Ackerman and Ryan Tracy, “Senate Lawmakers Reach Deal to Ease Post-Crisis Bank Rules,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 13, 2017 02:25pm
LGBTQ/POLITICS: “Danica Roem knew she had made history this week when former Vice President Joe Biden called to congratulate her… The Democrat’s win Tuesday [11-7-17] means she will become the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature…
While the focus has been on her defeat of a longtime incumbent and social conservative, Roem told anchor Kate Bolduan that she credited a true ‘team effort’ for propelling her to victory in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
During the campaign, Republican opponent Bob Marshall refused to debate Roem or use the pronouns that align with her gender identity…
Promising to be ‘the most inclusive, best delegate’ she could, Roem said she plans to show that ‘a well-qualified, knowledgeable transgender person can do great work in government, whether it’s dealing with transportation policy, education policy, or, yeah, civil rights, too.’ “
-Jacob Krol and Lindsey Ellefson, “Danica Roem: ‘A knowledgeable transgender person can do well in government’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Nov. 10, 2017 02:58pm
GOP/LEGAL/POLITICS: “Alabama’s special election for a U.S. Senate seat was rattled Thursday [11-9-17] by allegations that Republican nominee Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl several decades ago, when he was 32.
The allegations surfaced in a report in the Washington Post just one month before Alabama voters are set to hold a special Senate election to choose between Mr. Moore—an evangelical conservative who is a hero of the religious right—and Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
The Post article also quoted three other women who said Mr. Moore had pursued them when they were ages 16 to 18 and he was in his early 30s and an assistant district attorney in northern Alabama.
Mr. Moore denied the allegations, calling it a ‘a political attack’ by Democrats. Polls show Mr. Moore leading in the conservative state’s race to fill the seat once held by Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to become attorney general.
On a visit to Vietnam, President Donald Trump said Mr. Moore should quit the race if the allegations are true, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.”
-Janet Hook and Natalie Andrews, “GOP Senators, Trump Say Roy Moore Should Quit Alabama Race If Sexual-Misconduct Claims Are True,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 10, 2017 09:39am
DEMS/POLITICS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Tuesday’s [11-7-17] elections favoring Democrats could give conservative forces more urgency in an area President Donald Trump is already moving on aggressively: reshaping the federal courts.
Trump and his advisers are moving at break-neck speed compared with past presidents. Republicans pushed four conservative US appeals court judges through the Senate last week, and with a total of eight appeals court appointees, Trump has won far more Senate confirmations than his three immediate predecessors did at this point in their presidencies. A hearing on six nominees is scheduled for next week.
The Republican majority, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has been crucial to Trump’s effort to move swiftly on the lifetime judicial appointments and please his right-wing base. Judges exert control over myriad social and business issues, from abortion rights to class action litigation.
Public attention naturally focuses on Supreme Court appointments, yet with the nine justices hearing less than 1% of the petitions that reach their door, the regional courts of appeals constitute a powerful last stop for the nation’s litigants.
Trump’s legal team has taken advantage of the GOP Senate majority while also trying to outpace any major disruption for the executive branch, whether it be a sudden Supreme Court vacancy or more charges arising from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller is exploring possible Trump campaign links to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
-Joan Biskupic, “Election results reinforce GOP urgency to confirm judges,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Nov. 8, 2017 08:50pm
DEMS/GOP/POLITICS: “Republicans scrambled Wednesday [11-8-17] to prevent a potential Democratic wave in next year’s midterm elections after a political shellacking Tuesday fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump.
The results of elections from Virginia to Washington state produced Democratic victories up and down the ballot, prompting both parties to take fresh looks at their plans for House and Senate campaigns next year.
For Republicans in swing districts, the failed campaign of GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia was a reminder of the complex landscape ahead of them. Mr. Gillespie tried to walk a line by embracing Mr. Trump’s agenda but not campaigning alongside the GOP president.
He lost to Ralph Northam by 9 percentage points, the largest victory margin for a Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate since 1985. Mr. Northam notched even wider margins among women and suburban voters who will be central to key House battleground districts.
Bryan Lanza, who worked for Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, said in an interview that the vote should be a wake-up call for Republicans who have not delivered on policy.”
-Janet Hook and Kristina Peterson, “Republicans Take Stock After Election Losses,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 8, 2017 08:22pm
POLITICS/VOTING: “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 7, 2017 08:40pm
POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VOTING: “The governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey usually receive heightened attention because they are the first big statewide races (except for special elections) after a new president takes office. But after all the tumult of Donald Trump’s first months as president, this year’s focus is even more intense — for at least one of the contests.
The Virginia governor’s race has been captivating, controversial and frequently cutting. Republican nominee Ed Gillespie, a long-time party operative and lobbyist, has dominated the campaign dialogue with a succession of racially tinged attacks on Democrat Ralph Northam, the lieutenant governor. Though Virginia has been trending Democratic, and final pre-election polls still show Northam leading, Gillespie’s onslaught has shaken the soft-spoken Democratic nominee and unnerved party activists desperate to record their first big electoral win of the Trump presidency…
Starting on Wednesday morning, both parties will be analyzing the results, but especially Virginia, for lessons they can apply to the 2018 midterm election. Here’s a guide to some of the questions each side will be asking.”
-Ronald Brownstein, “The most important things we’ll learn on Election Day 2017,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Nov. 7, 2017 08:25am
POLITICS/VOTING: “.@EdWGillespie will totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance of VA. MS-13 and crime will be gone. Vote today, ASAP!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 7, 2017 05:56am
POLITICS/VOTING: “Ralph Northam will allow crime to be rampant in Virginia. He’s weak on crime, weak on our GREAT VETS, Anti-Second Amendment… and has been horrible on Virginia economy. Vote @EdWGillespie today!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 7, 2017 05:53am
POLITICS/VOTING: “The state of Virginia economy, under Democrat rule, has been terrible. If you vote Ed Gillespie tomorrow, it will come roaring back!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 6, 2017 04:12pm