The Weekender (8/13/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: In an increasingly blue Virginia, things are looking bright for Terry McAuliffe. This week, McAuliffe showed his support for small businesses during a visit to Winchester, where he outlined his plans to raise the minimum wage to $15, make child care more affordable, and provide paid sick, family, and medical leave for every worker. McAuliffe’s five-point lead is no surprise as he’s proven time and time again he has every Virginian’s back. Meanwhile, GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin spent his weekend at a conspiracy-ridden ‘election integrity’ rally, once again failing to read the room and cementing his role as a polarizing figure on the extreme right. Youngkin’s far-right lies and unpopular policies are out of touch with Virginians, and he continually proves himself unworthy of the governorship.
New Jersey: Jack Ciattarelli has gone “hard right” since Donald Trump’s presidency, and his running mate Diane Allen is right by his side. Together, the two are singing a tune that turns New Jersey voters away. Ciattarelli’s extreme positions include restricting reproductive freedom, cutting taxes for the wealthy, opposing New Jersey’s LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in schools, and expanding vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren for diseases like mumps and measles. Now Allen is proving to be just as extreme as Ciattarelli. In an interview on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour radio show this week, Allen spewed nonsense about migrants bringing COVID into the country and even embraced the dangerous “good guy with a gun” argument. The Ciattarelli-Allen platform is based on dangerous falsehoods and conspiracy theories when it should be about doing what’s best for New Jerseyans.
|“I ran on fixing the damn roads — and I’ve filled a pothole or two along the way. The bipartisan federal infrastructure investment will be a game-changer for Michigan’s infrastructure across the board and for our economic jumpstart.”