DPVA Weekly Top 5 for August 2, 2011

  1. Crisis averted – Congress passes a debt ceiling increase
    As with any compromise, it wasn’t perfect, but President Obama and congressional leaders finally got together and passed a debt ceiling increase that will allow our nation to meet it’s obligations, avoid the economic catastrophe of a default and preserve the possibility of reducing our deficit through a balance of spending cuts and additional revenue. To read more about the recent debt deal click here.
  2. McDonnell continues disingenuous promotion of phantom surplus
    Governor Bob McDonnell never lets the truth get in the way of telling a good story about himself. Fortunately, many Virginians and news outlets understand the considerably more complex story of a budget filled with gimmicks, unpaid bills and unmet obligations to working families. Click here to read the Washington Post’s takedown of McDonnell’s disingenuous budget rhetoric.
  3. Moran, state leaders urge voters to focus on this year’s races
    This is a unique time in Virginia politics with so many state races coming up this year and such critical statewide races happening next year including a Senate and President race. As easy as it is to get excited about next year, this year’s elections will mean a lot for Virginia families, particularly if we lose a Democratic Majority in the Senate and Bob McDonnell is allowed to push his anti-middle class agenda unchecked. To watch a news clip about the importance of next year’s elections click here.
  4. We’re on iPad and iPhone!
    In case you missed it, the DPVA released it’s first ever mobile app last week, giving our activists another way to stay up to date with the latest in news, events and local Democratic activities. If you have an iPhone or iPad, download the app and watch out for updates in the near future. To download the DPVA iPhone or iPad app click here.
  5. Virginia budget cuts continue to hit home
    This week the News-Leader examined how cuts to Virginia’s human services budgets are putting further strain on our already crowded mental health facilities, an issue that “takes on a whole new danger you’re talking about acutely mentally ill patients.” As Governor Bob McDonnell talks about a phantom surplus, it’s important to remember the dangerous cuts we have made to education, human services, infrastructure and other key investments. To read about the building mental health crisis click here.