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Perriello Crushes Ambulance in Health Care Ad

Northam and Perriello clashed on free community college, pipelines, and electability in their second debate.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 5, 2017, 10:18 a.m.

Former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) re­leased a new TV ad Thursday in which he ac­cuses Re­pub­lic­ans of “try­ing to do this to af­ford­able health care,” as a com­pact­or crushes an am­bu­lance.

He goes on to say: “I’m Tom Per­ri­ello, and in Con­gress, I voted for Obama­care be­cause it was wrong that a mil­lion Vir­gini­ans wer­en’t covered, while in­sur­ance com­pan­ies held all the power. … To­geth­er, we can stop Don­ald Trump, raise wages, and build an eco­nomy that works for every­one. And we’ll make sure this nev­er hap­pens in Vir­gin­ia.”

“The ad, titled ‘Am­bu­lance,’ was filmed in one live take. It will be­gin run­ning next week.” (re­lease)

Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) “re­leased a state­ment call­ing the House vote ‘the most spine­less, un­prin­cipled cruelty that I have ever seen come from a le­gis­lat­ive body.’” Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) and state Sen. Frank Wag­n­er (R), “called the vote an im­port­ant first step.” (Hamp­ton Roads Daily Press)

FIGHT NIGHT. Per­ri­ello and Northam sparred over fund­ing for com­munity col­lege in their second de­bate on Thursday. After Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) said re­quir­ing pub­lic ser­vice in ex­change for free com­munity col­lege would pay off the pro­gram by grow­ing the tax base, Per­ri­ello said Northam’s plan “makes it more ex­pens­ive” by cre­at­ing a new “com­munity ser­vice” pro­gram. Northam countered that Per­ri­ello was say­ing vet­er­ans like him­self “shouldn’t serve in the United States Army” be­cause of cost of the after-de­ploy­ment be­ne­fits. “I think you just lost the audi­ence, doc­tor,” Per­ri­ello replied.

Northam chal­lenged Per­ri­ello’s plan to raise taxes and pass a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment pro­tect­ing abor­tion rights, cit­ing Re­pub­lic­an con­trol of the le­gis­lature. (WD­BJ)

“Northam avoided tak­ing a firm stance for or against nat­ur­al gas pipelines. … ‘Re­gard­ing the pipeline, if it moves for­ward, it needs to be done with trans­par­ency and sci­ence,’ he said. Northam ad­ded state law­makers need to be con­cerned with prop­erty rights and the en­vir­on­ment should the pro­ject be ap­proved.” (Roan­oke Times)

“Northam and … Per­ri­ello both claimed Thursday to be Vir­gin­ia Demo­crats’ best op­tion for win­ning over rur­al voters who sup­por­ted Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump in last year’s elec­tion.” (AP)

SNEAK PEEK. A memo pre­pared by the state Re­pub­lic­an Party in­dic­ates it will at­tempt to re­gister “thou­sands of voters in rur­al parts of the state, with the as­sump­tion that they will vote Re­pub­lic­an. … A party data­base sug­gests that there are 200,000 un­re­gistered voters who are likely to vote Re­pub­lic­an in the Shen­an­doah Val­ley, South­w­est and south of the James River. … Vir­gin­ia does not re­gister voters by party, and any­one can vote in either party’s primary elec­tions.”

“Re­pub­lic­an gubernat­ori­al can­did­ates … can’t af­ford to in­vest in re­gis­tra­tion drives, the let­ter says. And out­side groups such as PACs and 501(c) char­it­ies face dif­fi­culties in sign­ing up people for a par­tic­u­lar party … [b]ecause of their tax-free status. … That in­dir­ect ap­proach winds up mak­ing it cost more to re­gister voters through out­side groups — from $35 to $50 per voter, ac­cord­ing to the let­ter. The state Re­pub­lic­an Party, on the oth­er hand, faces no such re­stric­tions and can drive re­gis­tra­tion at a much cheap­er cost — $20 or less per voter. So the let­ter asks donors to help the party raise $250,000 by June 1 and $2 mil­lion by the Novem­ber elec­tion to re­gister and turn out 100,000 voters.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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