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  • Virginia Gov Ralph Northam unveils plan to combat inequities amid statewide unrest after George Floyd death

    06/03/2020 6:03:53 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    FOX 5 DC ^ | June 2, 2020
    Some of the changes Northam said they’ve made include expanding voting laws, making election day a holiday, decriminalizing marijuana and eliminating a holiday commemorate Confederating generals. Going forward, the Governor presented four pillars of a plan for going forward with reforms that address racial inequities:
  • Richmond Police Chief Chokes Up Explaining How Rioters Set Fire to Building With Child Inside

    06/02/2020 8:36:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | June 2, 2020 | Cortney O'Brien
    The riots in response to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd don't seem to be diminishing. In fact, they're getting more dangerous and deadly in certain parts of the country. Two people were killed at a Davenport, Iowa protest Monday night. That same evening in Buffalo, three police officers were run over by a perpetrator in an SUV.  These scenes have been hard to witness. But I have to mention one more in Richmond, VA, where a group of agitators set fire to an occupied building on Monday. And then blocked a fire crew from getting inside the building to...
  • Gov. Northam Can’t Help Himself, Picks Gun Control Over Virus Control

    06/01/2020 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 1, 2020 | Lawrence Keane
    Gun control legislation has been all the rage in Richmond since Democrats took over the Virginia General Assembly last November. The Democratic majority teamed with Gov. Ralph Northam in their ambitious efforts to cross items off the gun control checklist, such as enacting a “red flag” law, banning private firearm transfers, reviving a handgun purchase limit, and even implementing a modern sporting rifle ban that was thankfully defeated in committee — for now. It should come as no surprise, then, that the governor who wouldn’t let his past use of blackface stop his political pandering would also not let a...
  • Synagogues In Los Angeles And Richmond Vandalized During Protests

    06/01/2020 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | May 31, 2020 3:46 pm | Marcy Oster
    A synagogue in Los Angeles was vandalized with graffiti reading “F— Israel” and “Free Palestine” as protests against the police killing of George Floyd swept the city. Also Saturday, the window of a synagogue in Richmond, Virginia, was smashed during protests in the city. Protests have continued for several days in dozens of cities across the United States. In Los Angeles, the graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of Congregation Beth Israel in the Fairfax district, the Jewish Journal reported. Amid particularly intense protests in the district, several Jewish businesses and restaurants were damaged and looted, Haaretz reported. …
  • NYPD’s Terrorism Official Says Unnamed Groups Planned Protest Violence in Advance

    06/01/2020 6:35:52 AM PDT · by karpov · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 31, 2020 | y Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein and Jonathan Dienst
    New York's top terrorism official says there's evidence that members of anarchist groups from outside the city intentionally planned to incite violence at protests calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said there is a high level of confidence within the NYPD that these unnamed groups had organized scouts, medics, and supply routes of rocks, bottles and accelerants for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence. There are strong indicators they planned for violence in advance using at times encrypted communications, he said. One out of every seven arrests, of...
  • Virginia declares state of emergency over protests

    05/31/2020 6:16:02 PM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2020 | Justine Coleman
    “This emergency declaration will provide the necessary support to localities as they work to keep our communities safe,” Northam said in a release. “There are many voices speaking out for justice and healing across the United States and in our Commonwealth, but others are exploiting this pain and inciting violence.”
  • Police chief details emotional rescue amid Richmond riot [Protestors set fire to a home with a child inside. Then they blocked the fire engine.]

    05/31/2020 3:58:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies ^ | May 31, 2020 | Scott Wise
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Rioters blocked a fire truck from responding to a burning home early Sunday morning in Richmond, according to Richmond Police Chief Will Smith. “Protesters intentionally set a fire to an occupied building on Broad Street. This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days. But they prohibited us from getting on scene,” Smith said. “We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protestors intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department’s access to the structure...
  • Numerous businesses set on fire, damaged & looted overnight in Richmond [VA] [ed]

    05/31/2020 7:54:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    WWBT NBC News 12 ^ | May 31, 2020 | Staff
    Multiple businesses in Richmond were set on fire, damaged and looted during overnight protests that turned violent. The damage was still being assessed Sunday morning, but businesses that experienced broken windows and looting include the CVS on Broad and Arthur Ashe and the ABC store on Broad, where people were spotted stealing bottles of alcohol.
  • Northam’s Mask Edict Puts Suffering Businesses in a No-Win Situation

    05/29/2020 4:07:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | May 29, 2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Northern Virginia finally entered Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” reopening plan after meeting four key metrics. After delaying our region’s entry originally scheduled for May 15th, residents here in this politically blue haven can now breathe a sigh of relief. Though our region is getting a semblance of freedom, there’s a big caveat: the entire state is subject to a mandatory mask rule, effective today. On Tuesday, Governor Ralph Northam issued an edict mandating mask-wearing statewide. Virginians must wear them in public indoor places—despite Northam being caught maskless and not adhering to his own social distancing recommendations in Virginia...
  • Family of 12 Challenges Virginia Restrictions On Worship Services Of Over Ten Persons

    05/28/2020 5:44:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 5/28/20 | Howard Friedman
    Suit was filed last week in a Virginia federal district court by a Catholic family of 12 challenging the provisions in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's COVID-19 order that bars worship services with more than ten people. (The state is loosening these requirements in its reopening plan.) The complaint (full text) in Diaz-Bonilla v. Northam, (ED VA, filed 5/22/2020), alleges in part: As a result of the Orders, the Diaz-Bonilla family is able to take their entire family of 12 to: restaurants to order food; any number of retail stores (such as Walmart and Target) that sell food or pharmaceuticals among...
  • Coronavirus job losses are hitting these 3 states the hardest

    05/28/2020 10:49:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 05/28/2020 | Zack Guzman
    The number of jobs lost due to the coronavirus shutdown continue to mount, with the latest weekly total of Americans applying for unemployment benefits topping 2 million, yet again. The latest swath of applications brings the total amount of jobless claims to more than 40 million over the past 10 weeks, wiping out the 20 million jobs added over the last decade by a two-to-one margin. But some states have been feeling the impact of job losses more than others. A Yahoo Finance review of jobless claims data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that Georgia and other states...
  • Trump Proven Right Again! Mail Carrier Charged in West Virginia Voter Fraud Case in Connection with Manipulation of Absentee Ballot Requests

    05/27/2020 7:39:21 AM PDT · by Coffee_drinker · 25 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/26/2020 | Christina Laila
    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell and Secretary of State Mac Warner announced a criminal charge against a rural mail carrier Tuesday in a voter fraud case related to absentee ballot requests. President Trump recently accused the Democrats of using the Coronavirus as a vehicle to rig the election with mail-in voting. “Trying to use Covid for this scam!” On Tuesday morning, President Trump said “There is NO WAY (ZERO) that mail-in ballots will be anything less than fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed.”
  • Grenell: Revealing Flynn unmasking requests posed 'absolutely no risk' to intelligence community

    05/26/2020 6:15:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies ^ | 5/26/2020 | Daniel Payne
    The outgoing intelligence director thinks Sen. Warner's philosophy of transparency is 'based solely on political advantage' Outgoing acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell is dismissing a top Democratic senator's insinuations that he had harmed the U.S. intelligence community by declassifying the names of individuals who had requested Michael Flynn's unmasking. Last week, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner asked Grenell in a letter to explain why he had revealed the names of numerous Obama administration officials, including Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, who had requested that Flynn's name be unmasked in intelligence reports. Flynn has been at...
  • Dozens of Democrats plan to vote remotely in a first for the House

    05/26/2020 2:31:22 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 26 2020 | Cristina Marcos
    Dozens of House Democrats are planning to vote remotely this week for the first time in the chamber's history amid concerns about the health risks involved with traveling to Washington. At least 50 lawmakers are planning to vote by proxy, or designate a colleague physically present in the Capitol to cast votes on their behalf, according to a list published by the House clerk's office on Tuesday. Last week, just 18 were on the list. Democrats representing districts in the Washington, D.C. suburbs are the most popular proxies, given their proximity to the Capitol. Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Jamie...
  • Gov. Northam orders masks in businesses, says northern Virginia will move into Phase 1 Friday

    05/26/2020 1:18:45 PM PDT · by topfile · 29 replies
    WHSV ^ | May 26 2020 | Caleb Stewart
    Governor Ralph Northam started Tuesday's briefing by directly addressing the criticism he received after photos showed him not wearing a mask during a visit to Virginia Beach over the weekend. He said he was at Virginia Beach to thank the mayor and city leaders for their work on that effort, thank first responders in the city, and thank ambasadors in the area, all while in open air along the beach with social distancing in each meeting. According to the governor, he was not planning to interact with members of the public while he was there. His account of the situation...
  • Bloomberg aide slammed for using photo from another day to claim Trump golfed on Memorial Day

    05/26/2020 11:52:33 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26 2020 | Morgan Phillips
    Tim O’Brien, a former campaign aide for Mike Bloomberg and a Bloomberg opinion writer, is coming under fire for posting side-by-side photos of Joe Biden at a war memorial on Memorial Day and a photo of President Trump golfing on a different day with the caption, “Different approaches to Memorial Day.” The photo of Joe Biden was taken when Biden visited Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park. It was the former vice president’s first outing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He and wife Jill Biden, both wearing masks, laid a wreath at a memorial wall commemorating war veterans...
  • Parents say MAGA hats led to fundraiser disruption

    03/02/2020 7:19:25 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 50 replies
    Fox 5 DC ^ | March 1, 2020
    FAUQUIER COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia middle school fundraiser ended early after parents said Make America Great Again hats led to a disruption. It happened earlier this week during hat day at Marshall Middle School in Fauquier County, when students were allowed to pay $1 for the right to wear a hat to school, parents said. According to a district spokesperson, “tensions between students caused the fundraiser to end early.” She wouldn’t confirm what caused the tension but did say all students were asked to remove their hats and no one was disciplined. Nevertheless, the issue exploded on Facebook, leading...
  • Virginia Sees Biggest 1-Day Jump In COVID-19 Cases In A Week

    05/25/2020 9:01:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Patch via Yahoo News ^ | 05/25/2020 | Jim Massara
    VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 37,727 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the nearly 1,500 cases added over the last 24 hours constitute the biggest one-day jump in at least a week. Virginia also reported 1,208 deaths and 4,269 hospitalizations. The top five health districts for number of cases are Fairfax, with 9,587; Prince William, with 5,812, Loudoun, with 2,047; Arlington, with 1,897; and Alexandria, with 1754. Fairfax also has the highest number of deaths, with 339. The Henrico health district is a distant second with 118, followed by Prince William with 108,...
  • Virginia Governor Criticized for Not Wearing Mask at Beach After Urging Citizens to Cover Their Faces

    05/24/2020 9:33:45 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    TIME ^ | 05 24 2020 | Staff
    Gov. Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during a weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said Sunday that Northam should have brought a face mask with him during his visit on Saturday to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, news outlets reported. “He was outside yesterday and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone,” Northam spokesman Alena Yarmosky said in a statement. “This is an important reminder to always have...
  • Sunday News Roundup: Sullivan Lawyers Up, Cuomo Deflects Blame, and Trump Tees Off

    05/24/2020 5:57:58 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 25 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    If this surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention. – Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, under fire for his bizarre conduct of the case involving the framing of General Mike Flynn, will not be filing his own response to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ order for him to explain himself by Friday. Instead, the Washington Post reports that he has taken the extraordinary step of hiring “a high-profile lawyer” to do that for him: The federal judge who refused a Justice Department request to immediately drop the prosecution of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn has hired a high-profile trial lawyer...