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  • Senator Mark Warner joins Tim Kaine in supporting the Iran Deal.

    “I believe that supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China is the best option for advancing the goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,

    “While I believe there are several areas of concern with the agreement, the choice I ultimately had to make was between accepting an imperfect deal or facing the serious ramifications if Congress rejected a deal that has the support of the rest of the world,”

    Congressman Bobby Scott also announced his support of the deal.  More here. 

  • The outsiders continue to dominate. In the latest Monmouth Poll released today Trump is at 30% nationwide and Carson is at 18%, up from only 5% a month ago. Bush and Cruz are at 8%, Rubio at 5% and Fiorina and Huckabee are at 4%.  Full poll details here. 

  • FLORIDA SENATOR MARCO RUBIO NAMES FAIRFAX DELEGATE TIM HUGO AS VIRGINIA CHAIRMANThis is a solid pick-up for Rubio.  Hugo is a senior member of leadership in the House of Delegates, tends a good network in his vote-rich Fairfax County, and has ties around the state.  Also, his vote against the 2013 tax increases means he retains the ability to connect with conservatives who Rubio will need in the spring.  No word yet on staff or other members of the leadership team, which we’ll pass along when such information becomes available.

  • FEDERAL COURT SOLICITS INPUT ON NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAPS.  In an Order arising out of a conference with the parties yesterday, the federal court hearing the redistricting case involving Virginia’s Third Congressional District has asked interested parties to submit suggested new maps to a Special Master to be appointed by the court to oversee the process.  The deadline for submission of suggested maps is September 18.

    Might I suggest that House Republicans plan to reconvene on September 16?  This should give ample opportunity to forward a plan to the court with at least partial legislative imprimatur, to which the court and the Special Master are likely to assign at least some weight.  I can assure you that it is pure coincidence that September 16 is the last day of Justice Jane Roush’s interim term on the Supreme Court.  😉

  • IF TRUE, THEN GOOD FOR HIM.  Politico is reporting that, apparently so people will take his campaign more seriously (and to remove a line of attack for the upcoming debate), that Donald Trump will pledge to support the GOP nominee and not run an independent bid for the White House:

    “[A] close associate said Trump has decided to give the completed pledge to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during a meeting at Trump Tower shortly after 1 p.m. today. Trump is scheduled to hold a news conference on an unspecified topic at 2 p.m.”

    That’s the right move for Trump, and for the Party.  If this pans out, I take back my criticism of the effort to secure this from him, which in hindsight will have proven wise; even if the pledge is unenforceable, it creates a public opinion hurdle for Trump should he try to go back on his word.

  • Erick Erickson is explaining why our party is dying, and why it won’t change.  And he’s naming names.  It’s worth a read:

    The party, as we know it, is going to die because the party leadership is incapable of changing. We should examine part of this from one side that rarely gets mentioned — consultants.

    The consultant class within the GOP has arranged their deck chairs on the Titanic of the RNC so that they win whether the party wins or loses. But if the party were to reform and reconnect with its grassroots, the opportunities for much of the consultant class currently in power would shrivel up and die.

    Read the entire article here.  Erickson makes some excellent points. Disgusting but true.

  • REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CIRCULATES LOYALTY PLEDGE AMONG ALL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.  According to Politico, every candidate is being asked to sign a statement committing to backing the eventual nominee and to not mount a third-party or independent bid.  Given the preponderance of “sore loser” laws, this seems like it has some potential to backfire.  I say, let Trump put himself on the primary ballot in places (like Virginia) where doing so means he can’t appear on the general election ballot unless he wins the nomination.  Doing things that force his hand now increases the likelihood that he’ll jump ship for an independent bid before that happens.  Ask yourself, “Cui bono?” and the logic becomes clearer.

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