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ResistTV Interview

This interview about Virginia politics took place in April 20017.

Voice of America interview


Democrats Grapple With ‘Bernie or Bust’ Movement

On May 31st, I was interviewed by reporter Michael Bowman about the tensions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Comstock brings Congressional fear-mongering to a new level

The latest message from Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) is something I’d expect from one of those right-wing outfits like NewsMax, or from a more extreme Congressperson like Steve King (R-IA).  But coming from a supposed moderate in a diverse, well-educated district in Northern Virginia, this is a unprecedented.  Barbara Comstock is a very clever politician so she should know better.  If I was one of her supporters, I’d be insulted.

Comstock either believes that federal maximum security prisons are so insecure that terrorists could end up on the loose, or she thinks her supporters are dumb enough to believe it.  Either way, not good.   The truth is that nobody has ever escaped from such a prison, as confirmed by Politifact.

Will Comstock walk this one back?  Of course not.  This is just another cynical ploy to dupe her supporters into giving her money.

Inside Scoop May 16, 2016

On May 16th I appeared on The Inside Scoop, Fairfax Public Access Channel 10, to discuss Restoration of Rights for ex-offenders. Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring rights for every Virginia citizen who had a felony conviction in Virginia or in another state.
Click here to read about the Executive Order
Click here to check the database and find out if your rights have been restored

Republicans fail to nominate an opponent to challenge Congressman Gerry Connolly

cross-posted at Blue Virginia

 

I’m very disappointed in the Republicans of Virginia’s 11th Congressional District.  As it turns out,  they couldn’t get it together to nominate a candidate to lose to Congressman Gerry Connolly.  The ultra-conservative site Fairfax Free Citizen reports on their convention that took place over the weekend:

One Republican candidate, John Michael Wolfe, from the 11th District filed to run against incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly for Representative to Congress from the District. Delegate balloting chose no nominee over his candidacy because he failed to show up at the convention and had previously run as an independent.

You might think that I’d be ecstatic that my Congressman is going to have an easy ride to re-election this year. But actually, I wish the GOP could come up with a candidate so we’d have a competitive race. When you don’t have an opponent, your campaign organization can atrophy. It’s important to have a strong team of volunteers and more so the campaign can sustain itself.

Ever since we reclaimed this Congressional seat in 2008, the quality of the Republican candidates has decreased. Keith Fimian, Chris Perkins, Suzanne Scholte, and now… nobody. The district has been in existence for 24 years and this is the first time this has happened. Understandably, since the district was redrawn after 2010, you’d have to be crazier and crazier to take on Gerry. I can only imagine Tom Davis fuming at the local GOP today.  Maybe there’s still time to install a candidate but I doubt they’ll get it done.  Perhaps it’s best for them to circle the wagons and focus on other races, seeing as how their conservative standard-bearer in the 8th district is imploding right now .

The search for all-in-one contact management tools

I always seem to be shopping around for something that doesn’t quite exist — but maybe it’s out there.  For quite a while now, I’ve been looking for an online tool that will sync together all my contacts from Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other sources.  So far, I’ve experimented with a few but none seems to meet my expectations.  Here’s what I would like such a system to do:

Sync all my contacts from multiple sources (understanding the recent restrictions imposed by facebook – but a field where facebook contact links could be manually added, would be an acceptable alternative)
Pull publicly available information into my contacts
Allow profile photos to be added from URL
Demonstrate the connections between different contacts (for example, if each is a member of an organization, an option to display all members)
Be available across multiple devices
Be affordable
Accept over 2000 contacts

Here’s what I’ve looked at so far:

  • Google Contacts Preview:  (How long will it remain in “preview” mode? )  It’s great for Android users like me, because I never have to worry about losing the contacts on my phone.  Plus you can merge duplicates, import and export, and edit contacts in your browser.  But  while there are custom fields, there is no syncing with Twitter and Facebook.
  • Some phones such as HTC will sync all your contacts, but there is no online component.  And now that I’ve moved on to Samsung, that’s no longer an option.
  • Brewster/FullContact:  FullContact gobbled up Brewster a few months ago.   After trying it, I can say I am impressed with the amount of data it can find and display for me.  But sadly, facebook has eliminated itself altogether from the equation.  I can’t even plug in a facebook link.   Well-written review here.
  • Cloze:  Appears to sync all the contacts, but not completely, as some of my contacts’ social media links are not appearing.  It has a lot of other features such as reminders, but I need full integration so this might not be the one.
  • Contacts+:  Syncs all your contacts but is only available as an app, so you can’t manage the contacts from your computer.
  • Zoho:  According to reviews it has a very clean contact manager, but the free version limits you to 500 contacts, whereafter you pay $15/month.

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