Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LG Northam Accidentally(?) Exposes Reality to VA Dems

In a rare turn, we must applaud LG Northam for his realism (a virtue not shared in the laughing-gas-infused echo chamber of DPVA) when he acknowledged and complimented Speaker-designee Kirk Cox at last night’s dinner for VirginiaForever, and looked forward to working with the certain Republican majority in 2018. This exposure to reality, accidental or not, for Virginia Democrats must be painful.

Unfortunately, the polls are sinking for LG Northam, and while he may not get to make good on his olive-branch, we appreciate it all the same.

His good nature, however, does not seem to extend down the ticket. Justin Fairfax has been cut from Dem literature targeted to NORTHERN VIRGINIA. So, just to be clear, the only non-white-dude on the ticket, in the most diverse region of the state, from which flow the majority of democrat votes, has been canned. It’d be sad if it wasn’t such good farce.

The reins holding the bit in the mouth of the ticket are being held by an international, DC-based union group, LiUNA. Apparently they are not fans of Fairfax’s opposition to the ACP, putting a union *gasp* on the clear opposite side of the Dems’ base. This will be a great topic for conversation when Sullivan, Levine, Simon, and company return to Richmond to crow about Republicans bowing to their donors, and the “party of old white men.”

VA GOP Caucus

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

VT and Radford Students, Do You Know Tom Steyer? Cuz He Knows You

In today's Roanoke Times, Carmen Forman details how NextGen, a California-based liberal PAC (admittedly, legally) extorted the identities of thousands so that they can continue their annual season of spamming your cellphone. 

You may remember PAC Chairman Tom Steyer from his previous and extensive meddlings in VA politics, as is his tradition in election years that could benefit him. 

Even knowing who that is, it's hard to reconcile that a blatantly, and vitriolically, political special interest group can simply send a letter and receive tens of thousands of involuntarily volunteered cell phone numbers, then funnel it to political campaigns being run by twenty-somethings who will, in all likelihood, be in a different state campaigning next year. 

At the very best, this is an overt intrusion on Virginians' privacy, but at its worst, it could open them up to identity theft. It can happen to anyone, but it's becoming more and more in vogue to hack political organizations these days.

Ask the DNC...

Has anyone asked Mr. Steyer how he plans to protect their data, now that he has it without their consent? Have they asked Chris Hurst, now that we know that he has the data as well? 

VA GOP Caucus

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Hemorrhaging" in Kentucky

"Medicaid is hemorrhaging. It's not bleeding, it's hemorrhaging," [Kentucky Cabinet Secretary] Glisson said. 

Another one bites the dust. Didn't Virginia Dems tout Kentucky's exchange as a world class example of Obamacare at work? Well, in a way, they were right. 

This article from the Lexington Herald-Leader details how the Bluegrass State's healthcare exchange will face a $611 million deficit by the end of next year. 

And the best part? The Secretary in charge of the program actually has no idea how to cover the cost. 

"Glisson could not tell lawmakers how she planned to make up the deficit. She promised to have details next week."

VA GOP Caucus

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Largest Healthcare Provider

 UnitedHealth Group, Inc. has announced today that they are considering pulling out of Obamacare.

They are expecting losses as high as $500 million on the plans in 2016. It’s almost as if ignoring the economics of legislation and focusing on how good it makes you feel about yourself leads to bad policy…

It has been 5 years. Is patience still supposed to be a virtue?

VA GOP Caucus