Monday News: "True conservatives support environmental protection"; EW Jackson Defends Bigotry

Monday, September 21, 2015

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, September 21.

*Political Split Awaits a Pope Who Is Hard to Pigeonhole
*Chinese Leader Arrives in U.S. at a Moment of Vulnerability
*Sanders scolds Carson for Muslim remark ("'I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,' Carson said in an interview televised on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday." What Carson said is absolutely unacceptable, not to mention un-American. It should be absolutely disqualifying even for CONSIDERATION for higher office in our country.)
*Right-Wing Media Can't Believe Racist Trump Supporter Was Real (So now they're denying this. In short, right wingers resolve their cognitive dissonance over anything they can't process either by lashing out or by outright denying it ever happened.)
*Pope Francis's actions speak louder than his words ("But seeing Francis only as a player in our political fights is misleading. To begin with, he is - both spiritually and politically - far more radical than most Americans, including most liberals.")
*The Odds of a Shutdown Spike ("A budget expert puts the likelihood at 75 percent." Because Republicans are fanatics on Planned Parenthood. Greeeeaaaat.)
*Trump's nutty gun plan: More guns, more powerful guns, and civilian crime-fighting ("Donald Trump's gun plan embodies some of the looniest fantasies of the pro-gun right")
*The Growing Smear Campaign Against Ahmed Mohamed (Right wingers, appalling bullies as usual.)
*Editorial: True conservatives support environmental protection (Wow, this is coming from the Republican Times-Disgrace editorial board?!?)
*Stemming the tide of drug abuse ("A year ago, with heroin arrests rising in Virginia, the number of deaths nationally from overdoses more than quadrupling in 10 years, and prescription drug abuse increasingly leading to heroin addiction, the governor assembled experts to devise a strategy.")
*Defending one of rural Virginia's last bits of blue ("State Senate race in District 21 could determine which party controls the chamber.")
*City resident joins lawsuit against "gerrymandered" General Assembly boundaries
*'I lost part of my heart': Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned ("Brewer, of Alexandria, was a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House and previously worked as the director of external affairs at")
*Nationals hammer Marlins, keep dim playoff hopes alive
*D.C. area forecast: A damp, gray Monday; Sunshine returns by midweek

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Mt. Vernon, VA- Local and State Teachers Associations announced their endorsement for Delegate Scott Surovell's Campaign for the Virginia State Senate.  The Virginia Educators Association and Virginia Federation of Teachers  revealed endorsements after reviewing the two candidates legislative platforms and conducting an  in depth questionnaire about issues that matter most for educators.  Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Educators Associations recommended Surovell for the endorsement.Surovell stated that, "I am thrilled to have the support of the Virginia Educators Association and Federation of Teachers and every local educators association in the 36th Senate District. Our children are our future and our professional teachers are at the core of our investment in the future.  It is critical that we work with our educators to ensure students are prepared for the demands of tomorrow and are prepared to meet the needs of a 21st Century work force."
Surovell is a product of the Fairfax County Public Schools system and attended Hollin Hall Elementary, Waynewood Elementary School, Stephen Foster Intermediate and West Potomac High School. He went on to attend James Madison University and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996. His father graduated from Mount Vernon High School, and all four of his children attend Fairfax County Public Schools.  Delegate Surovell's' mother was the first in her family to graduate from college after eleven generations in Virginia due to Virginia's transition to free public education at the turn of the century.
"My family would not be where it is today without Virginia's public schools and affordable higher education system.  However, today all of my children attend schools with trailers, teachers paid uncompetitive salaries while teachers are resorting to crowd funding to fund critical needs for tools such as computers.  We must do more to give our teachers the resources they need to ensure our public schools are strong and kids can succeed, regardless of the child's zip code or county."
VEA President Meg Gruber stated, "Delegate Surovell has proven himself to be a friend of public education in the House.  In fact, he is the recent recipient of VEA's Solid as a Rock award, which celebrates his perfect voting record in support of public education in the last two legislative sessions.  He received this award in 2013 as well. We know he will put kids first in the Virginia Senate."
American Federation of Teachers President Steven Greenburg went on to say, "Delegate Surovell is a fighter for our students and our teachers. He consistently works to increase school funding, close the digital divide, make our teachers pay more competitive and reduce class sizes. We are proud to endorse his candidacy for State Senate."
Delegate Scott Surovell is currently serving his third term in the House of Delegates and represents the 44th District.  He won the VEA Solid as a Rock Award in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and received 100% ratings from the VEA all six years he has served in the House of Delegates.