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Republicans are staking their electoral hopes this November on using fear and hatred to get their base out to the polls. Instead of talking about getting our economy back on track or ensuring that all Americans have access to quality affordable health coverage, Republicans like my opponent Frank Wolf, want the debate to be focused on topics like the motives of Justice Department lawyers, voter intimidation efforts of “The New Black Panther Movement” or a “government takeover of your daily life”. They are staking their efforts on this idea that you can drown out reasonable debate and treat the entire electorate like tea party protestors or listeners of right-wing radio.

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We've known for some time now that Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) had no intention of engaging in the hard work of moving this country forward.  Instead, Wolf has been content to simply take cheap shots from the sidelines.  So I guess that it comes as no surprise that with all the free time that comes with not doing your job, Frank has decided to sink to a new low by joining Liz Cheney and dragging the good names and reputations of 9 Justice Department lawyers through the mud. It comes as no surprise to those of us who have been closely watching Mr. Wolf and his criticisms of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. The attack by Cheney and Wolf on these lawyers - and, more broadly, on our nation’s legal system and rule of law – was over the line and unacceptable, modern-day McCarthyism at its worst.

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This morning, the Washington Post reported on the latest outrage by Virginia Republicans.  One day it’s global warming denial, another day it’s tearing up the social safety net for our most vulnerable citizens, and another day it’s rejecting federal money for unemployment benefits for Virginia citizens. Well, today, it’s Republicans attempting to turn Virginia into Uganda on anti-gay discrimination.   According to the Washington Post:

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As most of you know by now, last Thursday, at a press conference calling for the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, Virginia State Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) said that God punishes women who have had abortions:

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

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I had an interesting conversation the other day with a Democratic voter.  It’s a conversation that I feel like I’ve had a million times already.  It goes something like this.  

Me:  “Hi, my name is Rich Anthony and I’m running for Congress this November,” which is followed by my two-minute pitch about who I am and why I’m running.  (I’ve learned that if you can’t explain it to people in two minutes or less, they will stop listening.)  

Democratic Voter:  “You know you’re going to lose, right?  I mean its nothing personal.  I like you and what you have to say and I think you're absolutely correct, but your opponent is unbeatable.”  

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Earlier today on MSNBC with David Shuster, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA-10) not only showed himself to be a mouth-piece for the far right, he also demonstrated that he’s willing to demean the honorable men and women of the military if it helps him get re-elected.  Over at Think Progress, they explain what happened:

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Good evening, Daily Kos! My name is Rich Anthony, and I’m running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

David Plouffe’s op-ed in this morning's Washington Post was a dose of common sense to Democrats and Progressives as we move closer to the mid-term elections.  One particular paragraph really stood out to me:

No Bed Wetting - This will be a tough election for our party and for many Republican incumbents as well. Instead of fearing what may happen, let's prove that we have more than just the brains to govern -- that we have the guts to govern. Let's fight like hell, not because we want to preserve our status, but because we sincerely believe too many everyday Americans will continue to lose if Republicans and special interests win.

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Good evening, Daily Kos! My name is Rich Anthony, and I’m running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

Last week, I told you what I stood for – pragmatic progressive values like quality health care for all Americans, aggressive action on clean energy and climate change, economic fairness and social justice, and of course “jobs, jobs, jobs.”  I also wrote the following:

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Good evening, Daily Kos! My name is Rich Anthony, and I’m running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

As a Progressive, I’m encouraged by the wins of fellow Democrats Tim Kaine, Jim Webb, Mark Warner and Barack Obama, each of whom carried the 10th. For years now, demographics have been pushing the district inexorably into the “blue” zone politically. So, this race is very winnable for the right Democrat with the right message and the resources to get that message out.

What is that message? In part, it’s that Congress spent the last decade robbing the middle class in broad daylight and nobody bothered to call the police.

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