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Happy New Year.  I’m John Suddarth and I am a Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s Historic First District.   I hereby declare my New Year’s Resolution:

In 2018 I am going to work as hard as I can to be chosen as your progressive nominee in June’s Democratic Primary.  And if I win I’m going to keep on working to beat Rob Wittman in November.  You should have a congressman who does not march in lockstep with the GOP and who does not rubber stamp the Trump Agenda.  If another progressive democrat wins, I’m going to work just as hard for him or her as I would for myself, because my resolution is really about you, not me.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  From a morale perspective things are pretty tough for most of us right now. Trump, Wittman, and their ilk are taking us in exactly the wrong direction just as fast as they possibly can.  I suppose I should try to relax a bit through Monday’s bowl games but the truth is I’d rather already be lacing up my boots, rolling up my sleeves, and hitting the trail to get this done with you and for you.  2018 is the year for each of us to do everything we possibly can to elect the first progressive Democrat in history in Virginia’s First.  Frankly, I am eager to get started. 

I stand for an America where we are all in this together, not where it’s every man for himself.

If you believe the things that I do, I need both your moral encouragement and your financial support. 

I look forward to meeting you out on the trail soon and discussing how together we can make America better than ever and 2019 better than 2017 and 2018.  Let’s roll.

Richmond Times Dispatch Commentary Mirrors John's Position on Basic, Single-payer, Universal Healthcare:

I read with great interest the “common-sense plan for better health-care delivery” by doctors McGuire, Scott, Thomas and Davis and Hullinen W. Moore in the Sunday Times Dispatch on November 26th.  Basic single-payer universal healthcare with supplemental, nice-to-have coverage from private insurers that they promote mirrors my campaign position as a candidate for Virginia’s first congressional district.  This plan would sharply lower our total healthcare costs, and improve our general health and healthcare outcomes.

The authors correctly describe the American healthcare system as enormous, complex, redundant, inefficient and twice as expensive as that of other industrialized democracies.  But they did not detail the incredible damage our healthcare system does to our global economic competitiveness and ability to create well-paying American jobs.  We won’t fix our economic competitiveness until we fix our healthcare system.

Only in the US is the employer primarily responsible for an employee’s healthcare. Elsewhere the government fulfills this role.  An American worker has to be far more productive than a German, Japanese, or other nationality to cover his family’s healthcare costs.   Today, if a company has two factories, one in America and one overseas, and wants to close one, most likely it will choose to close the American factory.  This is because here the employer must pay for healthcare, which costs twice as much as it should. Likewise new factories are built overseas because there the company does not have to shoulder the healthcare burden.

Over time we can reduce our healthcare costs by 50%, to levels common in other industrial countries.  If France and Canada can do it, so can we.  Our expensive healthcare system hurts American economic competitiveness. The difficulty and expense in getting insurance financially ruins families and small businesses, creates incredible anxiety, and fosters unhealthy situations--like not taking needed meds that cost too much.

Guaranteed basic healthcare with single payer will create secure, well-paying jobs and free Americans to start their own businesses or care for an aging parent. Such a healthcare system would also make our economy and our workers competitive again.

http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/veteran-rva-docs-propose-a-common-sense-plan-to-improve/article_4ce6588f-ca8d-5fe9-8ca8-ca93494b2da7.html 

Wittman Marches in Lockstep With House GOP to Rubber Stamp Trump Tax Bill;  All Democrats Oppose.  Vast Majority of Benefits to the Richest 1% and to Corporations. Most Virginians to Face Future Tax Increases.  We Need a Voice in Congress, Not a Shill For Corporate Interests:

See John's opinion on the GOP's fraudulent tax reform:

http://61790.campaignpartner.net/opinion

WASHINGTON — The House passed a sweeping rewrite of the tax code on Thursday by 227-205, taking a significant leap forward as Republicans seek to enact $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals and deliver the first major legislative achievement of President Trump’s tenure.

Attention now turns to the Senate, which was grappling on Thursday with another setback after a congressional analysis found that their revised tax bill would actually raise taxes on lower-income Americans within a few years.

The Joint Committee on Taxation projected that Americans earning $30,000 or less would see their taxes increase beginning in 2021, if the Senate bill becomes law. The committee also projected that Americans earning $75,000 or less would face large tax increases in 2027, after the individual tax cuts expire. The updated analysis stems from the Senate’s last-minute inclusion of a provision that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people buy health insurance. The repeal would lead many lower-income Americans to choose not to buy insurance, and thus not claim tax subsidies that currently help them defray the costs of health coverage.

From the NY Times:  
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/house-tax-overhaul-bill.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Commentary From Democratic Representatives Courtesy Blue Virginia:

https://bluevirginia.us/2017/11/if-there-was-any-doubt-before-today-the-following-virginia-house-republicans-must-be-ousted-next-november 

Democratic House of Delegates Candidates Outpoll Republicans by 10 Percentage Points Yet Do Not Secure a Majority in Richmond

As evidence mounts that partisan gerrymandering is thwarting the will of the Virginian voter, the republicans retain a slight majority in the House of Delegates even though they lost the popular vote by 10 points, 54 to 44 percent:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/big-vote-totals-dont-convert-to-wins-for-house-democrats/2017/11/15/ce7726aa-c9ea-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html?utm_term=.4bc690241b57

 

Richmond County Board of Supervisors Vote To Ban Fracking

Richmond County has become the first locality in the Taylorsville basin to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting water and chemicals deep into the ground to loosen trapped gas and oil.

Board of Supervisors Chairman F. Lee Sanders said that, after studying the issue for several years, the board voted unanimously Thursday to not allow any type of oil and gas drilling in the county.

“The major concern was our water supply,” Sanders said about the county 60 miles southeast of Fredericksburg and bordered by the Rappahannock River. “The river is so important to us, and we’re just trying to set an example for other people.”

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/richmond-county-becomes-second-locality-in-state-to-ban-fracking/article_2b805bce-d7c5-54d7-aad6-50c282c4425c.html

 

Congressman Wittman Buries Head in Sand, Votes Against Bill for Bipartisan Cooperation on Gun Violence Reduction

Once again Wittman has refused to stand up to the Gun Lobby and do the right thing to address America's serious gun violence crisis.  How can you fix a problem you refuse to even discuss?  We need a congressional representative who is not afraid to stand up to the NRA:

http://www.richmond.com/z-no-digital/votes-of-virginians-in-congress/article_b9cba3a9-0cf8-5ac4-984c-f34b63ce3da5.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 AM

John Suddarth Calls on Rob Wittman to Refuse Donations From the NRA and Do Something to Stop Gun Violence


Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM

The Trump-McConnell-Ryan Tax Scam Continues, Lower Withholdings & Future Tax Burdens

With the rush to pass a Tax Bill without due process comes under withholdings and the false impression of a tax break.  The bill will come due April 15th, 2019.  Meanwhile the federal deficit and trade deficit are ballooning.  It's time for real fiscal responsibility, not phoney gopernomics.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Amazon, JP Morgan, Warren Buffett to Address Broken Healthcare System

"The ballooning costs of health care act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy,” Mr. Buffett said in the statement.  Mr. Buffett, the person said, believes the condition of the country’s health care system is a root cause of economic inequality, with wealthier people enjoying better, longer lives because they can afford good coverage As Mr. Buffett himself has aged — he is 87 — the contrast between his moneyed friends and others has grown starker, the person said.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM

John Speaks at the Lincoln Memorial for the 2018 Women's March on DC


Monday, January 15, 2018 7:33 AM

Stand and March with John at the Women's March

Join John this Saturday at the Women’s March in DC this Saturday. His is a strong voice for equal pay for equal work and elimination of violence and harassment in the workplace and the home. He will fight to preserve reproductive freedom as a basic human right and insure accessible pre-natal care in rural areas to reduce the maternal mortality rate. He will work for single-paper universal healthcare. He also supports an excellent education system for every child in every zip code, regardless of parental income, action on climate change, reduction of gun violence including a national abuser gun ban, and major investment in infrastructure.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Medicaid Expansion & Universal Background Checks Among Northam's Top Priorities.


Sunday, January 7, 2018 9:34 AM

Volunteers Needed! Please use the VOLUNTEER button to help turn The First Blue!


Sunday, January 7, 2018 12:00 AM

The Post: Democrats Have to Run on a Progressive Agenda and then Govern that Way. I agree.


Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Get to Know Rob Wittman: How conservative is he? Who likes him and who not so much? How many successful bills has he actually sponsored?


Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Read Congressman Wittman's Report Card


Friday, January 5, 2018 9:56 AM

John Speaks at Indivisible NoVa West


Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:00 AM

New York Times: US Spends Twice as Much as other Countries For the Same Healthcare


Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:00 AM

New State House Democratic Delegates Form Caucus to Refuse Corporate Money. I'd do the same.


Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:21 AM

I am John Suddarth and Here is My New Year's Resolution


In 2018 I am going to work as hard as I can to be chosen as your progressive nominee in June’s Democratic Primary. And if I win I’m going to keep on working to beat Rob Wittman in November. You should have a congressman who does not march in lockstep with the GOP and who does not rubber stamp the Trump Agenda. If another progressive democrat wins, I’m going to work just as hard for him or her as I would for myself, because my resolution is really about you, not me.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. From a morale perspective things are pretty tough for most of us right now. Trump, Wittman, and their ilk are taking us in exactly the wrong direction just as fast as they possibly can. I suppose I should try to relax a bit through Monday’s bowl games but the truth is I’d rather already be lacing up my boots, rolling up my sleeves, and hitting the trail to get this done with you and for you. 2018 is the year for each of us to do everything we possibly can to elect the first progressive Democrat in history in Virginia’s First. Frankly, I am eager to get started.

I stand for an America where we are all in this together, not where it’s every man for himself.

If you believe the things that I do, I need both your moral encouragement and your financial support.

I look forward to meeting you out on the trail soon and discussing how together we can make America better than ever and 2019 better than 2017 and 2018. Let’s roll.


Saturday, December 9, 2017 12:00 AM

The Economy is Strong. Time to Invest; Not Cut Taxes and Create an Inflationary Bubble

Obama Put Us on a Great Glide Path, Let's Not Mess It Up!

The economy continues on the path of steady growth and good job creation combined with low inflation that President Obama set it upon, as you can see from the graph below.  Now is not the time to create another bubble with a huge tax cut like George W. Bush did.  Instead we should be investing in people, fixing our healthcare system and improving our infrastructure.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM

GOP To Use Huge Deficit They've Just Created as Excuse to Chip Away at Healthcare and Anti-Poverty Programs

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce America's deficit.

“We're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” Ryan said during an appearance on Ross Kaminsky's talk radio show. "... Frankly, it's the health care entitlements that are the big drivers of our debt, so we spend more time on the health care entitlements — because that's really where the problem lies, fiscally speaking.”



Monday, December 4, 2017 9:18 AM

John's Letter in the Times-Dispatch on Single Payer Healthcare

Momentum is building for Single Payer Basic Healthcare!


Saturday, December 2, 2017 4:02 PM

Virginia's Historic First Congressional District to Hold a Primary to Select Democratic Nominee!

The First District Committee voted today to select our nominee for the House of Representatives 2018 election using a state run primary, which will be held on June 12, 2018.  We are gearing up to win!


Sunday, November 26, 2017 12:00 AM

RTD Commentary on Single Payer Basic Healthcare


Committee to Elect John Suddarth
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