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In These 13 States, Gas Is Selling for Below $2 a Gallon

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This is from The Daily Signal.

In my part of Indiana gas is still $2.39.9 per gallon.

Yet 92.4 miles away in Franklin, Indiana gas is $1.87.9 per gallon. 

 

 

Just two weeks ago, a sole gas station in Oklahoma swept headlines for dropping gas prices below $2 a gallon. Today, 13 states have joined that list, and the trend is expanding.

Gas for less than $1.90 a gallon can be found in at least one station in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio, according to CNN. CNN cites 10 additional states– Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia– that now have gas below $2 a gallon.

“What we’re seeing is markets at work,” Heritage Foundation economist Nick Loris said. “Significant increases in supply and a relatively weak demand is lowering prices not just at the pump, but for most of the goods and services we pay for.”

The national average has dipped to $2.55 a gallon, marking the lowest drop since October 2009, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Just a year ago, that average was $3.23.

“Oil prices are plunging because there is so much oil in the market,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a press release. “It’s unclear exactly how long this will continue, but gas prices will keep falling as long as oil prices do.”

Jenkins said oil prices are predicted to continue dropping through the first half of next year, increasing the “likelihood of $2 gasoline.”

CNN partially attributes this drop in prices to decreased oil demand because of the “economic slowdowns” across Europe and Asia along with increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles.

Another key reason for the drop is the increase in U.S. output. Domestic oil production is at a three-decade high, contributing to the increase in supply and driving down costs.

But Loris cautions against celebrating too soon.

“The falling prices are certainly a welcome relief,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean policymakers should ignore the government-imposed regulations and restrictions that artificially inflate prices and prevent markets from working more efficiently.”

 

 

 

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30,000 Indiana Residents To Lose Their Insurance Due To Obamacare [VIDEO]

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This is from The Daily Caller.

I hope every one of them is a Obama supporter.

But it will be sadly the average mom and dad that will take the hit.

 

 

Notifications have been sent out to 30,000 residents of Indiana informing them their health insurance plans no longer meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and will be cancelled at the end of this year.

Indiana joins Virginia (the hardest hit with 250,000 cancellations),Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee and Maine, among the more than dozen states and the District of Columbia that are experiencing another round of health insurance cancellations this year.

School Car Wash Fundraisers Banned in Virginia County

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This is from The Foundry.

What in the name of all that is Holy has happened to Virginia?

What would our Founding Fathers say about this out of control government?

I can tell you they would say get off of your lazy backsides and do

something, We started a Reveloution for a whole lot less.

 

 

For years, car washes have been a fundraising staple for high school sports teams, marching bands and youth groups.

Just get some kids together with buckets and soap, rent out a parking lot, put up a sign and hope it doesn’t rain.

But in Arlington, Va., you also have to hope the government doesn’t catch you.

Charity car washes and car wash fundraisers are now banned on school property there, after the Department of Environmental Services issued new rules for stormwater and water runoff.

The county pins the blame on the Virginia General Assembly, which approved more stringent water regulations last year.

“There is an underlying reason why most types of car washing are not allowed under state and federal stormwater regulations,” DES spokeswoman Shannon Whalen told the Arlington News.

Those important reasons: washing cars can cause chlorinated water and soap to wash into local streams, which flow into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

But Whalen found a silver lining in the new regulations.

“There are educational and environmental benefits that come with finding new and environmentally friendly ways to raise money for extracurricular activities,” she said.

One of those educational benefits: high school kids get a first-hand civics lesson in how government shuts down just about any activity it doesn’t like. Try finding that lesson in any textbook.

Coaches told the Arlington News they’re concerned about how the ban will affect sports and other activities. After all, the market can only handle so many bake sales.

The new stormwater regulations in Virginia have consequences beyond Arlington.

By the letter of the law approved in July 2013, all car washes that aren’t for personal use require a permit from the state government, even charity car washes held on private property.

82 DemocRat Tratiors

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This list is by a commenter on Guns Save Lives.

I can say there are no Indiana DemocRats on the list.

It seems there are several names we all know and revile among them Jim Moron Moran of Virginia.

 

 

1. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY)

2. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)

3. Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA)

4. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL)

5. John F. Tierney (D-MA)

6. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)

7. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)

8. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY)

9. George Miller (D-CA)

10. Danny K. Davis (D-IL)

11. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA)

12. Corrine Brown (D-FL)

13. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)

14. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

15. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

16. Katherine M. Clark (D-MA)

17. Jim Moran (D-VA)

18. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

19. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

20. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA)

21. Brad Sherman (D-CA)

22. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

23. Gwen Moore (D-WI)

24. Elizabeth H. Esty (D-CT)

25. Hank Johnson (D-GA)

26. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)

27. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

28. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY)

29. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)

30. Paul D. Tonko (D-NY)

31. Steve Israel (D-NY)

32. Donna F. Edwards (D-MD)

33. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY)

34. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)

35. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

36. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)

37. Albio Sires (D-NJ)

38. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)

39. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

40. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ)

41. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

42. John Yarmuth (D-KY)

43. Janice Hahn (D-CA)

44. Karen Bass (D-CA)

45. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)

46. Jim McGovern (D-MA)

47. John Lewis (D-GA)

48. Tim Bishop (D-NY)

49. Betty McCollum (D-MN)

50. Michael Honda (D-CA)

51. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

52. Niki Tsongas (D-MA)

53. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

54. Donna Christensen (D-VI)

55. John Larson (D-CT)

56. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

57. Matthew A. Cartwright (D-PA)

58. Grace Meng (D-NY)

59. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

60. Bobby Scott (D-VA)

61. Rush Holt (D-NJ)

62. Sander Levin (D-MI)

63. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

64. Juan Vargas (D-CA)

65. Mike Quigley (D-IL)

66. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)

67. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

68. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

69. Jim McDermott (D-WA)

70. Bradley S. Schneider (D-IL)

71. Jackie Speier (D-CA)

72. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

73. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA)

74. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL)

75. Jim Himes (D-CT)

76. David N. Cicilline (D-RI)

77. Robert Brady (D-PA)

78. Jim Langevin (D-RI)

79. Sam Farr (D-CA)

80. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA)

81. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY)

82. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA)

Virginia: McAuliffe’s First Attempt to Roll Back the Rights of Gun Owners

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This is from the NRA/ILA.

It seems that Terry The Punk McAuliffe(Gov(D.Va) is starting to penalize legal gun owners in Virginia.

Just think of the anti gun legislation yet to come.

Does Virginia have a recall option the deal with the Punk?

With only two days left in the 2014 regular legislative session, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has made his first attempt to limit the legal use of firearms in Virginia by returning an amendment to House Bill 962 that would further restrict how handguns may be stored in vehicles.  Sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), HB 962 would codify an Attorney General opinion from 2012 (see here), and a decision of the Virginia Court of Appeals from last year, Doulgerakis v. Com., 737 S.E.2d 40 (Va. Ct. App. 2013). House Bill 962 has passed in the House of Delegates by a 70 to 27 vote as well as in the Senate by a 27 to 13 vote.

This opinion and decision both found that a handgun in a vehicle doesn’t have to be in a locked compartment in the motor vehicle to fit within a statutory exception to the concealed carry prohibition that allows for a person without a permit to conceal a firearm within a secured compartment or “secured” container within a motor vehicle.

The McAuliffe amendment seeks to contradict the opinion and ruling by forcing drivers to keep firearms in a “locked” container rather than being allowed to secure those firearms in a container without a lock as they have lawfully been doing for years.  What began as a simple clarification bill would be turned into legislation that is worse than current law.

The House of Delegates is expected to vote on this amendment tomorrow.  Please contact your Delegate and respectfully urge him or her to vote against this restrictive amendment.

On a brighter note, as of July 1, hunters in the Commonwealth will finally be permitted to hunt on Sundays on private property with written landowner permission.  House Bill 1237 was signed into law yesterday and its Senate companion, Senate Bill 154, is expected soon to be enacted as well.

Please contact the sponsors of these bills,Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) and Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), and thank them for their leadership to expand and protect the Commonwealth’s rich hunting heritage and providing greater opportunities to hunt that will strengthen recruitment and retention.

Crucial Hearing in Virginia

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This is from Convention Of States.

Attention Virginians make your voice heard.

We can use this convention to bring the runaway government back under control.

The Article Five Convention can be used to make our Senators follow our wishes by repealing the 17th Amendment.

With the 17th Amendment being repealed the state legislators will decide who serves as Senator.

You vote against the will of the people in your home state you can and will be fired.

The Article Five Convention can be used to impose terms limits to stop life time House and Senate members.

 

COS Project Team

This just in from our Virginia state director!

“THIS IS IT!! THE TIME IS NOW!! THE RESOLUTION IS SCHEDULED FOR DEBATE!!

The Virginia House Rules Committee will hear debate and vote on Delegate Lingamfelter’s Convention of States Resolution—HJ9—this Friday.  The hearing will begin ½ hour after the House adjourns, and will also include other legislation.  The hearing will take place in the Speaker’s Conference Room on the 6th Floor of the General Assembly Building.

If it is possible for you to make it to Richmond this Friday to attend the hearing, please come in person!  But whether you can attend in person or not, please, please take just a few minutes right now to call or send an e-mail to each member of the Committee.  It does not matter whether you live in their district or not (although if you do, please be sure to point it out).

Please do not underestimate the importance of YOUR call, e-mail and personal visit, because it can absolutely make the difference as to whether this measure passes or not.

Below is the list of committee members, along with their e-mail addresses and phone numbers.  You don’t have to say much—the important thing is to request that they vote for Delegate Lingamfelter’s HJ9, calling for an Article V Convention of States to limit the power of the federal government.

Del. Steve Landes, DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1025
Del. Kirk Cox, DelKCox@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1066
Del. Terry Kilgore, DelTKilgore@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1001
Del. Lee Ware, DelLWare@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1065
Del. Chris Jones, DelCJones@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1076
Del. Bobby Orrock, DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1054
Del. Barry Knight, DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1081
Del. Riley Ingram, DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1062
Del. Jimmie Massie, DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1072
Del. Greg Habeeb, DelGHabeeb@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1008
Del. Johnny Joannou, DelJJoannou@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1079
Del. Ken Plum, DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1036
Del. Algie Howell, DelAHowell@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1090
Del. David Toscano, DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1057
Speaker Bill Howell, DelWHowell@house.virginia.gov, (804) 698-1028

Thank you for your efforts for the cause of liberty!”

If you live in Virginia, we need you to call these committee members today.  If you don’t live in Virginia, you can still voice your support!  With your help, the COS application will be one step closer to passing in Virginia.

Virginia Democrat: I’m Going to Fight the Tea Party Like I Fight Rapists

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This is from The Independent Journal Review.

This is the mentality the DemocRats and the Establishment

Republicans have concerning the Tea Party.

2014 Mid Term election and the 2016 Presidential election

is going to be an ugly fight to save America.

 

Horrible logic: I’m good at fighting rapists, therefore I’ll be good at fighting the Tea Party. If you can’t get into office without making an implicit comparison of people with a different point of view to rapists, you don’t need to be in office in the first place.

Top 13 gifts politicians (and bureaucrats) gave to Virginians in 2013

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This is from the Virginia Bureau of Watchdog.org.

Now Virginia you have elected Terry The Puck McAuliffe as

governor the taxpayer giveaways have only begun.

What would Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Robert E. Lee about their beloved Virginia? 

 

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

 

                              13 WONDERFUL GIFTS: As you celebrate the holiday season, don’t forget the top 13 generous gifts Virginia officials gave the Commonwealth in 2013.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As you finish Christmas shopping, using all those hard-earned dollars, take comfort in knowing Virginia politicians and bureaucrats have been spending your money just the same.

In 2013, Virginia leaders used taxpayer dollars and time to give back to the commonwealth and the people who put them in power. They’ve doled out millions to an NFL team with a losing record; millions on state equipment that’s gone missing; and hundreds of thousands on the governor’s legal bills, to name just a few.

Of the many ways Virginia officials gifted the commonwealth in 2013, here’s are our top 13 picks:

13. Doling out millions in taxpayer money to an NFL team with an atrocious record 

The Washington Redskins may be embarrassing all their NFL fans this season with a losing record, but don’t blame their malfunction on Virginia government. Richmond city taxpayers forked over $11.2 million to help build the team a new 17-acre practice facility, which it has been using since July. On top of that, Gov. Bob McDonnell handed the team a $4 million grant to keep its headquarters in Virginia. So much for all that taxpayer assistance.

                                                       GAME PLAN: With the Washington Redskins’ losing record this year, it looks like all those Virginia tax dollars for their facilities went to waste.

12. Borrowing money to fund pension liabilities it can’t afford

What does desperate look like? Taking on bonds to pay for unfunded city employee pensions. That’s what the Portsmouth City Council decided to do in April when it voted to borrow $175 million so it can have 80 cents for every dollar promised to its 1,200 members, instead of the roughly 30 cents per dollar it had before. The taxpayers, of course, will be footing that bill for years to come.

11. Only bungling $19 million in food stamps

This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Virginia a $2 million “high performance bonus” for over-issuing “just” $19 million of the $1.4 billion in food stamps it dispersed in fiscal 2012. Of course, all that is taxpayer money. How would you like a bonus at your job for such a small oversight?

10. Misplacing millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded property

What are state agencies doing with all the expensive assets they buy with taxpayer dollars? Nobody knows. From incinerators to grand pianos, Virginia public universities and agencies have lost track of about $8 million in fixed assets since 2010. Nice to know your money is being well spent, right?

9. Making taxpayers foot the PR bill for corruption charges, controversial projects

In 2013, politicians and bureaucrats managed to spend your taxpayer money to make themselves look good. In the wake of insider deals, cronyism and a lack of transparency within the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in Northern Virginia, the maligned authority decided to pay $90,000 a year for a strategic communications firm to fix its image. Not to be outdone, this fall the Virginia Department of Transportationbudgeted nearly $300,000 to bolster its image and another state agency’s image, and to persuade the public the controversial Bi-County Parkway linking Prince William and Loudon Counties is a great idea.

8. Recording citizens’ license plates and keeping them in a database

There’s no need to fret — the Virginia State Police have your back. And possibly, your license plate information. From 2009 until early 2013, the state police randomly collected license plate data at events such as political rallies. But after Virginia’s attorney general earlier this year said that wasn’t quite legal, the police changed their practice. Now, they destroy any collected data within 24 hours, so long as it isn’t related to an ongoing criminal investigation.

IT’S A BIRD! Virginia is leading the way in drone research, like it or not.

7. Volunteering to pursue (more) drone research

Virginia isn’t only looking out for you on the roads, but from the sky, too. Virginia leaders have volunteered the commonwealth as frontrunners in drone research. Once a moratorium on drone research ends in July 2015, one expert says the technology will invade people’s privacy everywhere.

6. Sticking taxpayers with the legal bills for the governor’s many woes

The governor’s office assured taxpayers everywhere that they were covering Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal bills only in the governor’s official capacity in the embezzlement case against former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider. But when that case finished, the bills continued to come. You can thank the governor for the hundreds of thousands of dollars he’s billing you, the taxpayer, to sort out his plethora of personal and professional legal woes.

5. One of the largest tax increases in memory — from a Republican governor and House

Before he was elected, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell pledged not to raise taxes. But, with the winter 2013 transportation legislation, he has — by about $6 billion over the next five years — and he had plenty of Republican support to back him up. Your pocketbook will probably feel one of the largest tax increases in recent Virginia memory for years to come. PolitiFact gave the Republican governor a “full flop” ratingfor breaking that promise.

4. A state spending list with no real plan to fund it

Everyone wants to have nice things. So, while running for governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe pledged those nice things. But, as debate moderators such as NBC’s Chuck Todd painfully pointed out, McAuliffe has no real way to pay for them. And Medicaid expansion — McAuliffe’s revenue plan — isn’t a reliable piggy bank for funding government, some experts say. The upshot of it all is that if McAuliffe goes forward with his 10-point plan as governor, taxpayers will get the bill someway, somehow.

3. The nastiest election maybe ever  

A NASTY RACE: The nasty race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe couldn’t be over soon enough for voters.

It’s bad enough that Virginia’s two major political parties had to pick gubernatorial candidates with larger unfavorable poll ratings than favorable ratings. But on top of that, largely out-of-state donors funneled millions into some of the nastiest TV ads the Old Dominion has seen. And throughout campaign season, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe focused on attacking each other, rather than honing their own positions. It’s no wonder that 6.5 percent of Virginia voters picked Libertarian Robert Sarvis for governor. And it’s no wonder the most common reaction from people of all political persuasions the day after the election was something along the lines of, “I’m just glad it’s over.”

2. A governor-elect tied to not one, but two federal investigations

When governor-elect Terry McAuliffe takes his gubernatorial oath on Jan. 11, he’ll be sworn in against the backdrop of not one, but two federal investigations. The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are conducting separate inquiries into actions involving McAuliffe’s GreenTech Automotive company and its use of a federal investor-visa program. Time will tell how those investigations play out during McAuliffe’s term. But Virginians who voted for McAuliffe can’t complain on this one. They asked for this gift when they gave him 47.74 percent of the vote Nov. 5.

1. The stain Gov. Bob McDonnell’s ‘Gift-gate’ scandal leaves on Virginia’s noble name

Above perhaps all else, Virginians value honor. So when the story unraveled throughout early 2013 that Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife had dubious ties to a wealthy businessman and accepted thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of gifts from him, Virginians everywhere lamented. And with that scandal, the “Virginia Way” — the term Virginians associate with the state’s history of honor, trust, mutual respect and compromise — was perhaps forever stained. The scandal isn’t just embarrassing to the governor and to the state’s lax gift and disclosure laws, but also to the entire commonwealth. Perhaps the best true gift Virginia politicians could offer in 2014 arestronger disclosure laws to help mend the state’s transparency for taxpayers and reputation to the rest of the country.

— Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org’s Virginia Bureau, and can be reached at kwatson@watchdog.org.

 

 

BERETTA PASSES ON BUILDING FACTORY IN VA OVER MCAULIFFE GUN CONTROL STANCE

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Yes Virginia elections have consequences.

How many potential companies will avoid Virginia because

Terry the punk McAuliffe’s future tax increases?

 

Until Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) was elected on November 5, Beretta USA had the Old Dominion on a short list of states in which it could build a new factory.

The USA side of Beretta has been based in Maryland, but Governor Martin O’Malley‘s (D) gun control push convinced them to move to a more gun-friendly climate.

According to The Washington Times, Beretta already “has a distribution center in Spotsylvania, VA,” so building the new factory in the state made sense–when Virginia had a pro-gun governor.

Beretta USA’s general counsel Jeff Reh said, “The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive. And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional concern.”

Red added: “All this was a real disappointment because of the great pro-gun and pro-business response we received from the Commonwealth and local political and business leaders throughout our search process in [the state].”

Until McAuliffe was elected VA was “one of six finalist locations” being considered by Beretta executives.

 

CUCCINELLI: MCAULIFFE ‘A THREAT TO LIBERTY’

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This is from Breitbarts Big Goernment.

Ken Cuccinelli is correct about Terry The Punk McAuliffee.

The Punk is a disciple of  ad financed by the Fuhrer of the

Disarming America Micheal Bloomberg.

The Punk is also a big government higher taxation and more

 business regulations.

So Virginia the choice is yours elect Ken Cuccinelli and remain free.

Or elect The Punk and lose your freedom. 

 

On Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Virginia Republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said a Terry McAuliffe administration in Virginia would be a “threat to liberty.” He urged Virginians to “send Washington a message” by voting against McAuliffe on Tuesday.

Cuccinelli mentioned that McAuliffe did not think Obamacare went far enough when he advocated a public option and said President Barack Obama’s appearance in Virginia on Sunday on behalf of McAuliffe was a “blessing” because it brought a “crystal-clear focus to Obamacare in Virginia and what a disaster that is.”

“He wants more of this,” Cuccinelli said of McAuliffe and Obamacare.

Cuccinelli mentioned Democrats in Virginia that now want to force doctors to take Medicare patients. He said this is going to be the next step in the healthcare battle, and “this is what you get with someone like a McAuliffe.”

“This is a threat to liberty,” Cuccinelli said. “This is a denial of liberty.”

Cuccinelli urged listeners to volunteer and help get his message out to Virginians on Monday and Tuesday, reiterating that the commonwealth should “send Washington a message that Virginians say ‘No’ to Obamacare.” He said his campaign was continuing to recruit volunteers in the final days of the race. He also mentioned that McAuliffe is being financed by Michael Bloomberg, who wants more gun control, and radical California environmentalists.

 

 

 

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