WHAT VIRGINIANS SAW THIS WEEK: Terry McAuliffe Attended Labor Day Events in Northern Virginia; Terry McAuliffe Hosted a Press Conference in Richmond on Glenn Youngkin’s Plans for a Texas-Style Abortion Ban; Terry McAuliffe Visited Marymount University with Todos con Terry Co-Chairs; Terry for Virginia Released New Ad “Good Life; Terry McAuliffe Released His 19th Plan And Called on Residential Facilities Serving Virginia Seniors to Require Employee COVID-19 Vaccines - Terry McAuliffe

WHAT VIRGINIANS SAW THIS WEEK: Terry McAuliffe Attended Labor Day Events in Northern Virginia; Terry McAuliffe Hosted a Press Conference in Richmond on Glenn Youngkin’s Plans for a Texas-Style Abortion Ban; Terry McAuliffe Visited Marymount University with Todos con Terry Co-Chairs; Terry for Virginia Released New Ad “Good Life; Terry McAuliffe Released His 19th Plan And Called on Residential Facilities Serving Virginia Seniors to Require Employee COVID-19 Vaccines

MCLEAN, VA – On Monday, Terry McAuliffe attended Labor Day events in Northern Virginia. On Tuesday, Terry held a press conference in Richmond on Glenn Youngkin’s plans to bring a Texas-style abortion ban to Virginia. On Wednesday, Terry visited Marymount University with the co-chairs of Todos con Terry to discuss the critical work of keeping students safe and Virginia’s economy strong through vaccinations. On Thursday, Terry for Virginia released a new ad “Good Life” on bringing jobs to Virginia and making Virginia an open and welcoming state to all. Terry also released a statement on President Biden’s executive order requiring vaccination for all federal employees. On Friday, Terry released his 19th plan for seniors and called on all nursing homes, assisted living and residential facilities serving Virginia seniors to require employee vaccines against COVID-19.


On Monday, September 6, Terry McAuliffe Attended Labor Day Events in Northern Virginia


Terry McAuliffe attended events in Northern Virginia to celebrate Labor Day. Terry knows a strong workforce is essential to Virginia’s recovery from COVID-19. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, which Glenn Youngkin opposed and called “unnecessary,” workers and small businesses across the Commonwealth received much needed support throughout the pandemic. As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will focus on building a stronger post-COVID economy by creating good-paying jobs, raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, and getting all Virginians paid sick, family and medical leave.


On Tuesday, September 7, Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala, Mark Herring Held a Press Conference in Richmond on Glenn Youngkin and Republicans’ Plans to Bring Texas-Style Abortion Ban to Virginia


Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe, nominee for lieutenant governor Hala Ayala, and nominee for attorney general Mark Herring held a press conference in Richmond to discuss Glenn Youngkin and his fellow Republicans’ plans to bring a Texas-style abortion ban to Virginia. The statewide Democratic ticket leaders were joined by Senator Jennifer McClellan – sponsor of the Reproductive Health Protection Act that recently became law – to talk about what’s at stake for Virginia women in this election.


On Wednesday, September 8, Terry McAuliffe Visited Marymount University to Discuss Vaccine Requirements to Keep Students Safe and Virginia’s Economy Strong


Terry McAuliffe visited Marymount University to highlight its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all students and staff, and discuss the work the school has been doing to get its community vaccinated. Terry was joined by co-chairs of Todos Con Terry, the campaign’s Latino coalition, to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on Virginia’s Latino community. Marymount University is the first hispanic-serving institution in Virginia, with more than 25% of the undergraduate student body identifying as Latino.


On Thursday, September 9, Terry for Virginia Released a New Ad “Good Life” and Terry McAuliffe Released a Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order Requiring Vaccination For All Federal Employees


Terry for Virginia released a new TV ad “Good Life” highlighting Terry McAuliffe’s strong record on bringing jobs to Virginia and making Virginia an open and welcoming state to all. The ad features CoStar Vice President Corey Durant praising Terry’s work as Virginia’s 72nd Governor to bring CoStar to Virginia, which created over 1,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. Terry recruited CoStar from North Carolina after the state passed now infamous right-wing, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation – highlighting the importance of keeping the Commonwealth open and welcoming for businesses. Similarly, after the draconian Texas abortion ban passed last week, Terry made it clear to major companies that he will never allow such dangerous and divisive social agendas to pass here in Virginia.


On Thursday, September 9, Terry McAuliffe released the following statement on news that President Biden will sign an executive order requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated:


“This action by President Biden today is great news for us in Virginia. As the state with the second largest federal workforce in the nation, this decision is critical in our fight to end this pandemic and keep our economy growing,” said Terry McAuliffe. “We have more than 140,000 federal employees in Virginia, and ensuring that every single one of them who is eligible is fully vaccinated puts us one step closer towards defeating this virus. This is why I have called for school divisions, hospital systems, and businesses to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees. My opponent Glenn Youngkin continues to peddle anti-vaccine rhetoric, and opposes vaccine requirements for schools, businesses and hospital workers. Simply put: when it comes to this pandemic, we are facing a leadership test – and Glenn has already failed.”


On Friday, September 10, Terry McAuliffe Released His 19th Plan And Called on All Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Residential Facilities Serving Virginia Seniors to Require Employee Vaccines Against COVID-19


Terry McAuliffe today called on all nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other residential facilities serving seniors in Virginia to require their staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of his new plan, “Supporting Virginia’s Seniors: Ensuring Quality and Affordability Later in Life,” to lift up seniors as he rebuilds a stronger post-COVID economy in the Commonwealth. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Terry’s previous calls for all health systemsschool divisions, and colleges and universities in the Commonwealth to institute the same requirement. Terry for Virginia was also the first campaign in the nation to require its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


WHAT VIRGINIANS READ THIS WEEK


The Hill: Virginia Democrats look to tie GOP to Texas abortion law

By Julia Manchester, 9/6/2021


Virginia Democrats are sounding the alarm over abortion rights in the commonwealth ahead of November’s general elections, seeking to tie the state’s Republican candidates to a new restrictive Texas law banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.


Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe hit his opponent Glenn Youngkin on the issue in a press call Thursday, calling the Republican the most “anti-choice candidate in the history of Virginia.”


“If Glenn Youngkin is elected and he gets the House, there is a good chance that Virginia could go the way of Texas and women will lose their rights here in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said.


Down the ballot, the state’s Democrats are also capitalizing on the issue in a bid to keep their 55-45 majority in the House of Delegates.


“There’s no doubt in my mind if the same Republicans take back the House and the governor’s mansion in November, it would be no shock or surprise that they will do everything in their power to pass the same law, the same draconian law that just passed in Texas,” Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D) told The Hill. “They will make that a reality here in the commonwealth.”


Democrats pointed to a poll from the left-leaning firm Change Research released last week showing 59 percent of the state’s voters said they wanted abortion to be legal in all or most cases.


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Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Winsome Sears said Friday that she would support a heartbeat bill, but her campaign told The Hill on Saturday they believed a bill like the one in Texas could not pass in Virginia’s General Assembly.


The Texas law went into effect Wednesday and the Supreme Court declined to block it. The law makes abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can take place as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The measure makes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.


In July, the left-wing news site the American Independent surfaced footage from a campaign event in which Youngkin was recorded telling a voter that he could not take the risk of talking publicly about his anti-abortion stance for fear that it would turn off independent voters in Virginia. But Youngkin added that he would “start going on offense” when he was governor and had a majority in the House of Delegates.


Youngkin’s campaign said the video was deceptively recorded, but Democrats have used it to raise the alarm over the importance of the more local House of Delegates races.


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WDBJ: Virginia Democratic ticket pledges support for abortion rights

By Joe Dashiell, 9/7/2021


RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – The Democrats running for statewide office in Virginia say their Republican opponents will ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood.


During a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Richmond, they argued new abortion restrictions in Texas should tell Virginians what’s at stake in the November election.


The controversy over the Texas restrictions, and the Supreme Court’s decision not to block them, has increased the focus on abortion rights at the state level.


“For years we have said that Roe v. Wade is under attack. Roe v. Wade has ended in Texas as we know it,” Terry McAuliffe said.


McAuliffe stood with his running mates: Hala Ayala, the Democratic party’s nominee for lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring, who is seeking another term as attorney general.


Their first joint news conference of the campaign was a warning to Virginians who support abortion rights.


“I want every single voter to know this,” Ayala said. “Reproductive rights are on the ballot this November, and there is only one ticket who will protect your rights.”


“Texas’s abortion ban is a clear warning of what is at stake here in Virginia if any of the Republicans on the ballot are elected,” added Herring.


“And we are going to continue to make this state opening and welcoming,” McAuliffe said. “We are going to respect women’s individual rights to make decisions about their own body. And so we’re going to stop what they’re trying to do.”


We requested an interview with the campaign of Republican Glenn Youngkin, but he was not available to speak with us Tuesday. A campaign spokesperson shared a statement which described McAuliffe as “a pro-abortion extremist” who is “out of step with a strong majority of Virginians.”


“Forget creating jobs and lowering costs for families,” the campaign statement said. “First Terry McAuliffe was all about Donald Trump. Now it’s all about dividing Virginians over abortion.”


NBC 29: Terry McAuliffe visits Abemarle County to discuss abortion and upcoming gubernatorial election

By Dominga Murray, 9/9/2021


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A new law in Texas bans abortions after six week of pregnancy, about 16 weeks before fetal visibility in an ultrasound.


“Now we’ve seen in Texas that Roe v. Wade has ended, and Glenn Youngkin the candidate that I’m running against wants to do that here in Virginia,” Terry McAuliffe said.


Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe visited Whole Woman’s Health of Charlottesville to talk with employees about what these claims could mean for women in Virginia.


“Many women do not know they’re pregnant within 6 weeks,” said McAuliffe.


He worries women won’t have access to legal abortions by the time they show signs of pregnancy, and he’s not alone. 57th district delegate Sally Hudson agrees.


“I hope that Virginia voters are wide awake right now, and understand just what’s at stake,” said Hudson.


McAuliffe says if Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is elected, an abortion ban in Virginia and a hefty punishment could become a reality.


“They [in Texas] have a $10,000 bounty. At least $10,000 to turn in the Uber driver, the neighbor, the husband, anyone who may be involved in assisting a woman to go to an abortion clinic,” McAuliffe said.


He says voting for him would ensure legal abortions in the commonwealth, if he wins.


“I respect women to make their own decisions about their own personal health choices,” McAuliffe said.


WUSA 9: Federal vaccine requirements on federal employees, large employers drawing different reactions

By Matthew Torres, 9/9/2021


WASHINGTON — As many as 100 million Americans will feel the effects of new federal requirements issued by President Joe Biden to increase the number of vaccinations amid the battle against the growing spread of the delta variant.


The president announced that employers with more than 100 workers are required to have vaccinations or tests for COVID-19 every week, which would impact about 80 million people in the country. Roughly 17 million employees at health centers that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid must also be fully vaccinated. 


Another executive order would mandate vaccines to most federal employees under the executive branch and contractors who do business with the government. There would be no option to test out. 


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The vaccine mandate has been a topic of political debate among Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin.
McAuliffe agreed with the president and said, “We have more than 140,000 federal employees in Virginia, and ensuring that every single one of them who is eligible is fully vaccinated puts us one step closer towards defeating this virus.”


Youngkin’s campaign spokesperson said, “he made the choice to get vaccinated himself and he encourages people to get the vaccine, but it should be left to the individual to make the decision.”


Politicians including Senator Mark Warner also agreed with the mandates.


WDVM: Governor candidate Terry McAuliffe works to strengthen VA businesses

By Kelsey Jones, 9/9/2021


CHANTILLY, Va. (WDVM) — Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is highlighting his plans to support businesses.


McAullife said he plans to create hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs. His plan is to raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour by 2024 and make sure all Virginians have access to paid sick, family, and medical leave. One business owner said she’s ready to see change.


“I would like to see everyone be able to live a life where they’re not living paycheck to paycheck. It’s really not logical to think that you won’t live paycheck to paycheck, but living and being able to put some in your savings, have everyday life needs and treat yourself. That’s what I think everyone should have the opportunity to do,” said Jakala Hamiel, a business owner.


Hamiel says traveling to and from her nail shop weekly costs her $55 to fill her tank. When it comes to McAullife’s plans she said, she hopes he executes.


McAullife said he also wants to create a more inclusive environment that does discriminate against women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.


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