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Response from Youngkin's campaign after attack ads, Senate Democrats beef, Chase's lawsuit is dismissed, and Carroll Foy talks about the CROWN Act.
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Youngkin responds to attacks from PAC
In case you missed it this morning, Chris Jankowski is using a PAC to attack GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. The mailers that Jankowski mailed to GOP voters try to link Youngkin to the Clinton family in a clear attempt to dissuade Republicans from trusting him.
Jankowski has yet to reveal if he is doing this work at the behest of any particular candidate in the race.
Youngkin campaign spokesperson Macaulay Porter responded to the mailers on Friday. “This mailer is full of lies, and the political insiders and previously failed candidates who are behind it are going back to their old political playbook and hiding behind a shady PAC because they know their dirty games are rotten to the core. They are scared of Glenn, a conservative outsider, man of deep faith, and successful leader from the private sector who can beat the Democrats in November.”
Lowell Feld posted a video of a heated debate between Democrats in the Senate education video yesterday.
Continuing her string of interviews with national publications, Jennifer Carroll Foy spoke with Allure about the CROWN Act, a bill that she helped champion through the House of Delegates.
Cruel: "Jennifer, Virginia is one of the states where the CROWN Act has passed. What were your first thoughts when it came across your desk?"
Carroll Foy: "I was excited to co-patron the CROWN Act and then also to take it to another step by carrying a bill called [Dress Code Equity Act]. [Ed note: This bill limits public school dress codes in Virginia from prohibiting locs, braids, and other significantly religious headgear, like hijabs and headwraps.] It really comes back to sometimes you have to legislate what's right. First you change the law, then you can change hearts and minds. I told my fellow legislators, 'I need you to trust me.' You may not understand or see or feel the effects of someone thinking your hair is unkempt or unprofessional, but I do. There are so many little girls who are told, 'When you grow up and you go for that job interview, let's go ahead and relax our hair so everyone else can relax.' It is a form of racial discrimination based upon our texture, our style. I can't tell you how many times legislators said, 'This isn't a thing. How do you prove that it was actually someone's hair that someone was discriminated against and not just because it was a distraction?' And I say, 'Listen, when my hair is natural, it's big. It's kinky, it's curly, and it's a huge distraction.' And that's the point because that's how God made me, and I am fine with that.
Mark Herring signs on with a coalition of states calling for the cancellation of federal student loan debt - Virginia Scope
Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has joined a coalition of states led by New York and Massachusetts calling for the U.S. House and Senate to adopt resolutions that call for the cancellation of up to $50,000 in federal student debt.
“We therefore urge you to adopt Senate Resolution 46 and House Resolution 100 calling on President Biden to act swiftly and to discharge up to $50,000 in Federal student debt owed by each and every Federal student loan borrower,” the letter reads.
According to the letter, many borrowers already owed more than they originally borrowed and as many as one in five Federal student loan borrowers are in default.
“Hundreds of thousands of Virginians are suffering under the crippling weight of federal student loan debt, which in turn affects almost every other aspect of their lives,” said Attorney General Herring. “Black and Latinx communities in Virginia are particularly affected by the burden of student loan debt and giving them this relief could substantially increase their household income. Too often, a Virginian is held back in life because of student loan debt and it’s time they get the help they deserve.”
GOP gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase’s lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia has been dismissed by a judge.
I will provide an update with comments from Chase on Friday afternoon.