Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), “will lead a new political action committee aimed at ending the GOP’s longtime majority in the commonwealth’s House of Delegates. … The organization will not only raise money, he said, but also will help candidates find ways to use technology to campaign more effectively.”
“The Win Virginia group has already raised $260,000 from four wealthy donors, three of them longtime Democratic supporters from Fairfax County: .. financier Edward Hart Rice, … tech executive Shashikant Gupta … and government contracting executive Dario O. Marquez Jr. … The fourth, San Francisco venture capitalist and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, gave $50,000.” (Washington Post)
TREBLE WITH THE BASS. Prince William County Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart (R) said Wednesday that former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) have not spoken to each other since the primary election and will have base turnout issues if he doesn’t speak to his voters.
Stewart: “I’m going to be voting for Ed Gillespie and I hope that all of my supporters vote for Ed Gillespie. But, you know, this is not old-style politics. There’s 155,000 people who voted for me and they voted for me because of … my strong positions on … historical monuments, cracking down on illegal immigration. … And, you know, they’re going to vote for Ed Gillespie if Ed Gillespie has strong positions like I did on those issues. They’re not just people who are just going to blindly follow whatever I say.” (John Fredericks Show)
Stewart “had loads of free advice for the nominee, who he called ‘boring’ and lacking in passion. … Stewart says Gillespie should ditch the ‘dorky Mister Rogers’ sweater that is a staple of his campaign ads.”
Stewart: “Ed, if you’re listening to this: Nobody cares that your dad owned a grocery store. Nobody cares that your ancestors were immigrants. Nobody cares about that because everybody in that room has a similar story. I haven’t met any person who has been inspired by Ed’s story of growing up in a grocery store.” (Washington Post)
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"The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely."
Referring to the AUMF introduced by Sens. Tim Kaine and Bob Corker Monday evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday "he won’t allow any bill to come to the House floor that he thinks would restrict military commanders’ ability to fight." Ryan "defended the legality of U.S. military strikes last week against chemical weapons-related sites in Syria, saying President Trump had the authority to order them under the Constitution’s Article II commander-in-chief powers."
Attorneys for both President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen lost a court challenge today, as they sought to suppress evidence gathered in a raid of Cohen's office and hotel room. "U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood denied the requests and ruled that prosecutors will get first access to the information, followed by Cohen’s defense team ten days later. Wood noted that she has not yet decided whether she will appoint a special master in the case at all."