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Jonnie Williams, snake oil salesman

Snake oil salesmanBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Jonnie Williams, protected with blanket immunity by the federal prosecutors in their quest to bring down someone who at one time was the most popular governor in America, has come across to many as a snake oil salesman. Remember those traveling quacks in the Wild West who offered their bottles of elixir that could cure everything from a hang-nail to pneumonia? Williams’ Antabloc sounds like a modern day version.

The Washington Post, covering the trial taking place in Richmond that accuses former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of wrong-doing, pointed out the obvious (see Government’s key witness against McDonnells is an irrepressible salesman):

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Photos and observations: 2014 VBA Warner-Gillespie debate

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Virginia Bar Association (VBA) President John Walker, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, Democratic Senator Mark Warner at the 2014 U.S. Senate debate at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This is the annual summer gathering of the VBA which usually is held at Virginia’s Homestead Resort but rotates every few years to WVa.

??????????Ed Gillespie post-debate as candidates listened to closing remarks by Mr. Walker.

??????????Judy Woodruff from PBS’ “NewsHour” kept the debate moving.

??????????Pre-debate in the hallway with News-Virginian political reporter Bob Stuart, former McDonnell communications director Tucker Martin, and Ed Gillespie.

??????????Paul Logan, Chris Leavitt, Tucker Davis

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Cochran certified winner, McDaniel battles on, Milbank finds humor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The heels-dug-in-the-sand campaign of Chris McDaniel, who recently lost the Mississippi Republican primary to Senator Thad Cochran, is the subject of the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank who found humor in the political situation currently taking place in the Deep South (see The tea party’s embrace of martyrdom):

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Derecho spread destruction 2 years ago tonight

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Widespread destruction. Downed trees and power lines. No ice. No electricity. Soaring heat. No air conditioning.

Was that just two years ago? In some ways it seems longer.

A storm headed toward western Virginia and the East Coast on June 29, 2012, with a name most of us had never heard: derecho. At our home west of Staunton, we knew something was different when a strange-sounding wind blew into the area just as dark was falling. Looking out the window into the dusk, silhouettes against the darkening sky revealed wildly gyrating trees which made us wonder if a tornado was about to hit our part of the Shenandoah Valley. Trees bent over almost to the ground and we began to worry about the possibility of them snapping off and falling across the house.

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Mississippi … sounds like what Brat did in Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Thad Cochran’s win in Mississippi Tuesday sounds like Dave Brat’s win in Virginia … courting Democrats and others:

There is no Republican primary in Mississippi.

That’s because state law allows any Democrat who didn’t vote in the Democratic primary (which means most Democrats) to vote in the Republican primary…and they did. In fact, Sen. Thad Cochran vigorously pursued Democrat votes, and if anecdotal turnout figures are correct, he got them in numbers adequate to squelch the insurgent campaign of state Sen. McDaniel.

A big difference in the reactions of the two who lost, however. While Majority Leader Eric Cantor was gracious in losing and threw his support behind Brat, Chris McDaniel is refusing to concede and has threatened a recount. Politico wrote (see Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to reporters):
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McAuliffe and Howell: Showdown in Richmond

Richmond capitolIt was a showdown Monday evening in Richmond between Governor Terry McAuliffe and House Speaker Bill Howell over Medicaid. From Michael Martz and the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, refused on Monday to allow the House to consider McAuliffe’s veto of budget restrictions on his ability to use federal funds for health coverage without the approval of the General Assembly.

Howell ruled the governor’s veto unconstitutional and out of order. That prevented a vote by either the House or Senate on whether to override the veto of budget amendments Republicans rammed through June 12 to prevent McAuliffe from unilaterally expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“I cannot idly allow unconstitutional actions to be considered by this body,” the speaker said in a statement. “To do otherwise would be an unacceptable acquiescence of legislative branch authority.”

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Supreme Court to look at case of online threats

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Where does freedom of speech stop? The Supreme Court has decided it will look at that in what could be a landmark case. From the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether violent images and threatening language posted on Facebook and other social media constitute a true threat to others or simply the protected rants of someone imbued with what one advocate called “digital courage.”

The court accepted the case of a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for posting the ominous photos and making the violent rants on his Facebook page against former co-workers, law enforcement officials and especially his estranged wife.

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Democrats help tea party take down Eric Cantor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It has been a lingering question some have asked for a couple of years: could the Democrats have infiltrated the tea party and libertarian ranks to drive the internal takeover of the Republican Party and defeat Republican elected officials?

An interesting article in Friday’s Washington Post (see I’m a Democrat and I helped the tea party unseat Eric Cantor) seems to confirm those suspicions.  Democrat Brian Umana wrote:

The truth is that Cantor’s electoral demise did not occur overnight. It was the culmination of more than four years of grass-roots organizing, from both the right and the left, to unseat him. Behind the scenes, Cantor opponents who otherwise had little ideological common ground cooperated in his demise. I know, because I helped engineer it.

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Jennifer Rubin asks, ‘Why is Jeb Bush gaining momentum?’

People are noticing a difference in Jeb Bush lately, even in the way he has stopped hedging quite as much about his chances of running for president to the point that he has admitted “thinking about it.” Add to that the family’s public support and this week Condoleezza Rice joined in with her support.

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Cantor challenger Brat stands up Grover Norquist

tea party flagBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Mr. Brat didn’t go to Washington on Wednesday.

The Dave Brat campaign set up a schedule of events for Wednesday in D.C. that included a meeting with Grover Norquist and made sure to spread the news to the press and social media and even the Washington Post.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa wrote:

Brat, a primary challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), made arrangements to attend two exclusive meetings Wednesday: anti-tax activist Grover Norquist’s weekly breakfast at the Washington offices of Americans for Tax Reform, and the Weyrich lunch, a Capitol Hill gathering of hard-right operatives named after the late conservative strategist Paul Weyrich.

Calls were made, details were confirmed, and on Monday, Brat said in an interview that he was excited … He was ready to make his pitch to the grassroots power brokers who have lifted conservative unknowns with their mailing lists and social-media reach.

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Congressman Cantor honors life of 8-year-old Martin Cobb on House floor

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

On Thursday U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor honored the life of 8-year-old Martin Cobb from Richmond who was killed last week while protecting his sister. The news of his heroic actions have spread across the nation with Congressman Cantor’s remembrance of a brave little boy.

His remarks from the House floor are below and can be viewed on the C-SPAN video.

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Cantor, Ryan, and friends – ‘Leading Globally: Why America Cannot Keep the Peace Alone’

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

In today’s CNN Opinion, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is joined by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Aaron Schock (R-IL), and Paul Cook (R-CA) — the contingency that recently traveled to Asia — urge America’s continued presence as a Pacific power.

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post broke it down into several noteworthy sections — be sure to read her post “U.S. economic and political stature in Asia don’t come cheap.” Good read.

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Vance Wilkins’ last hurrah

??????????By Lynn R. Mitchell

The road back for former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Vance Wilkins was rocky but he was a determined warrior as he tried to return to relevance in Virginia Republican politics. But it wasn’t to be. On Saturday he lost his bid to become chairman of the 6th Congressional District.

Earlier this year a slight shock wave was felt in the party when it was announced that Wilkins, 77, was going to challenge incumbent chairman Wendell Walker who had problems of his own. He had alienated some in his district during his three years in office but if he was to have a challenger, no one expected it to be Vance.

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