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Gymnastics Class Day 1

Has everyone started an Al Franken thread yet?

This is mine, so I have that checked off.

bring on the weekend!

Divisive Myths to Bash Ralph Northam and Democrats in VA

Myth #1. He's moderate or conservative because he voted for George W Bush twice.

Here's what Northam said:

Northam’s full statement on his votes for Bush:

Ever since I first ran for public office, I have fought for my values: commonsense gun reforms, protecting our environment, defending women’s access to reproductive health care, fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community, and economic opportunity for all Virginians.

At the time, I didn’t pay much attention to politics. Knowing what I know now, I was wrong and would have voted differently. I became politically engaged after becoming fed up with insurance companies affecting my patients and learning my Republican senator said a child with disabilities was possessed by “demons,” which deeply offended me as a father and a doctor.

So, I decided to run for office on the issues I cared about: fixing our healthcare system and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. I stood up for implementing commonsense gun reforms, ensuring the LGBT community was given equal rights, and defending women’s access to reproductive health care.

If there is a lesson Democrats should take away from 2016, it’s that voters sometimes vote against their values. Usually, they are doing it because they aren’t aware that they actually share the same values as the Democratic party. As someone who made that realization when I became engaged, there is no better person to reach these people than me.

Still not convinced? Consider this: We only know he voted for Bush because he told us. His vote was secret and no one would know. Northam told us the truth even though the truth could have hurt his campaign.

Myth #2. Tom Perriello was more liberal and fought "tooth and nail" for Northam

Tom Perriello wasn't bashed by Bernie haters. Sanders didn't have much support in VA. Most Virginians like Perriello, but he doesn't have as good as a track record in statewide elections and didn't get much support in the primary. Northam is completing a term as Lt Gov and has much better name recognition in the Democratic strongholds (No VA, the Exburbs, Norfolk, Newport news, and Richmond).

Perriello was a help during the campaign, much like Obama and Biden, but "fighting tooth and nail"? He appeared at a couple of events and recorded a robo-call in his district. Hardly, tooth and nail.

Btw nothing Perriello's record shows he is more liberal that Northam. Perriello is weak on women's health issues, abortion, and guns. Both have a mixed record on Democratic issues. Sanders' support was more of a contrarian, "there must be something wrong with elected officials" than anything the candidate's records show.

Myth #3. Northam attempted to distance himself from African American LT Gov Justin Fairfax

It is untrue that Justin Fairfax's "face disappeared from Northam campaign literature the moment it looked like white voters were slipping away."

About 6 weeks before election day, an environmental group paid for a mailing, but only supported Northam and Herring since Fairfax didn't take a position on their issue (I forget whether it was offshore drilling or the NG pipeline). GOP ratfucker Michael Steele and Bierbart attempted to use this issue to strip off black voters from Northam and depress turnout. Fairfax ran on and didn't care about the issue. Fairfax's face and name appeared on all party literature that I saw and they had joint appearances all over the state including rural areas. The extremely likable Fairfax, at age 38, is a rising star. He'll be governor one day.

Myth #4. Northam is against sanctuary cities

Ralph Northam cast the deciding vote in favor of sanctuary cities that let illegal immigrants who commit crimes back on the street,” the narrator says.

But the claim, which suggests Northam cast a vote allowing for the establishment of so-called sanctuary cities, does not provide the complicated context behind the vote.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly considered legislation in February to ban sanctuary cities, or localities that refuse to help detain and deport people who are in the country illegally.

Northam, the lieutenant governor, presides over the 40-member state Senate, and only votes when there’s a tie.

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City) initially voted against the ban. It was an odd move for the GOP leader to break from his party, but it set up a tie forcing Northam to go on record on a contentious issue.

Northam voted against the bill, and Gillespie’s campaign promptly put out a statement condemning him for it.

The bill came for another vote, and passed with Norment’s support. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed the legislation.

Asked if he deliberately voted against the bill to force a vote from Northam, Norment walked away from reporters.

Complicating matters further: Virginia technically doesn’t have sanctuary cities.

Here's a synopsis of how the issue went:

Sanctuary cities (of which there are none in Virginia) are cities where the local police force does not pester residents about immigration or residency status.

The GOP is pretending that Sanctuary City means that law enforcement won't arrest or process warrants for criminals accused of actual crimes because they are in a Sanctuary City.

If a warrant came out for someone accused of assault in a Sanctuary City, that person would still be sought out by local law enforcement and arrested.

Sanctuary cities only provide a respite for people who have overstayed work or tourist visas or who snuck into the country, as long as they are law abiding.

This "outrage" is a mental exercise attempting to damage Northam with the Latino community. In reality Northam enjoyed a lot of support from Latinos. Contrast with Gillespie who treated Latinos like murderous animals.

Myth #5. Democratic Socialists won the day.

Despite some last minute ratfucking by Democracy for America (DFA) a group started by Howard Dean who resigned when they attacked Northam, Democrats won big. Yes, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist won, but he appeared on the ballot as a Democrat. Yes, local candidates didn't receive much money from the national democratic groups, but that is the case in every local election. You must be able to raise a certain threshold to prove your worth. Some candidates can do this, but other candidates, replace cash with grassroots action and knock on a lot of doors. This grassroots paid off and it is disingenuous for outside groups to claim victory for other's hard work.

Conclusion, Northam is a decent, honest candidate. He is progressive and has the best interests of Virginians in mind. The Democrats enjoyed a good election and made some unexpected gains in the House of Delegates thanks to awesome candidates, grass root organizing on the local level, and the public's general dissatisfaction with all things Trumpy. We won because we talked about the our issues and the values that are important to us. The GOP lost because they spent their time parroting Trump, talking about how Danica Roam goes to the bathroom, and treating Latinos like dangerous animals.

Bring on 2018, it will be our year if we can avoid the clowns who want to divide us and GOTV.

Need some phone and computer advice

Mrs FSogol takes tons and tons of pictures with her phone (Samsung Galaxy 7 on Verizon). She maxed out the phone storage and extra card, she's filled up the cloud storage that Verizon gives us.

She's on a computer all day at work and won't use a computer at home.

Is there a solution or something that can store her photos for easy viewing? What should I use to back up all those photos?

Any suggestions? Recommendations?

Nice letter of thanks from Chairwoman of VA Democratic party

Dear ------,

Virginia once again led the way and turned out to support candidates who represent the best of who we are as human beings. For governor, you chose a man who has dedicated his life to service, both as an Army doctor and a pediatrician. You turned out for Ralph Northam’s message of economic opportunity for everyone, no matter who you are or where you’re from. You turned out to build on Governor McAuliffe’s legacy of a welcoming and inclusive economy that does not discriminate. You turned out because you believe that everyone should be able to afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. You turned out because you believe that women should be able to make their own health care decisions. You turned out because you believe that equal work demands equal pay. You turned out because you believe that a child’s zip code should not determine the quality of his or her education.

You turned out for Justin Fairfax, who is only the second person of color to ever be elected to statewide office in Virginia. A former federal prosecutor and graduate of Duke and Columbia, Justin is a dedicated public servant who will be the perfect teammate with Ralph in Richmond.

You turned out again for Mark Herring, who stood up for LGBTQ equality before the U.S. Supreme Court caught up. Mark stood up to Trump when he tried to take birth control away from Virginia women, and he stood up to Trump when he tried to ban Muslims from entering this country. Mark truly is the people’s lawyer, and we congratulate him on earning another term.

You turned out for our House of Delegates candidates, as well as those who ran for local office. With your help, we made major gains. These candidates ran with heart and grit. Their work has helped to build a stronger Democratic infrastructure in every corner of the Commonwealth, especially in rural, red parts of the state whose support we will work to win back. Let us never forget that we must build our party from the ground up.

With this election, you turned out for yourselves, your families, and your future. Over the course of this year, our volunteers and staff have knocked on over three million doors, including more than half a million just this last weekend. You have sent a resounding message of hope, love and opportunity across your communities. Let this just be our start.

With gratitude,

Susan Swecker, Chairwoman
Democratic Party of Virginia

LOL: Grab them by the midterms

There has been no better time to get involved.

Now is the time to do it. Find your local Democratic party and go volunteer to help, 2018 is right around the corner and we have a lot of work to do. The local party needs your help.

Posting on DU isn't activism.
Watching MSNC isn't activism.
Getting involved is activism. Go help out. You'll be glad you did.

"Don't Forget Your 'I Voted' Sticker!"

Just voted at my polling place in No. VA.

They had 4 people doing check in and had about 15 stations to fill out the paper ballot. Then they had 2 optical scanners. The scanners retain the paper copies.

Voted at 7 am which is a little later than normal for me. Was voter #179 on the scanner I used.
Translation: big morning turnout.

Go Democrats!

Just voted at my polling place in No. VA.

They had 4 people doing check in and had about 15 stations to fill out the paper ballot. Then, they had 2 optical scanners. The scanners retain the paper copies.

Voted at 7 am which is a little later than normal for me. Was voter #179 on the scanner I used.
Translation: big morning turnout.

Go Democrats!

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