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Fresh update on "virginia" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Health officials say sequencing 5% of positive cases is enough to catch an emerging variant Even though dos hasn't found in any D.C. tests she says the new variant is likely here A positive COVID test takes around a week to sequence in the D.C. lab You can hear more on how sequencing works this Monday on the is it normally at podcast Well as we have reported dozens of people in Northern Virginia became sick recently after eating contaminated oysters served at two locations in loudon and fauquier counties well now officials in Maryland say that they're working to ensure it doesn't happen again Those oysters were harvested after a sewage spill in Maryland that seeped into Northern Virginia the louden times mirror reports officials are blaming a miscommunication for the incident after this bill happened the Maryland department of environment reported it but that report wasn't transmitted to officials at the shellfish program who would have closed the harvesting area had they known Preliminary testing is found petroleum and the drinking water of a military base in Hawaii The tests were ordered after people experience symptoms like headaches and rashes Water samples at joint based Pearl Harbor hiccups show that drinking water going mostly to military children is contaminated with petroleum The Hawaii health department is advising service members to avoid using water for drinking cooking or oral hygiene the basis providing a gallon of potable water to service members a day the Hawaii health department says it's received 175 complaints of odor coming from the water Meanwhile service members notice pets and children falling ill the base is holding town halls in his created an emergency call center on the issue Scott mascioni federal news network Still to come here we're expecting the results of a recount in a Virginia House race today as control of the House of delegates hangs in the balance It's 7 14.
Update on the latest sports
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Fresh "Virginia" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"11 apartments were affected Investigators are still working to determine a cause Look looker WTP news While it won't help for this morning's commute but there may someday be more express lanes on the beltway Virginia Department of Transportation is studying the idea of adding 11 miles of express lanes on I four 95 It would extend hot lanes from the 95 three 95 interchange in Springfield through Alexandria across the Woodrow Wilson bridge to Maryland to ten New York national harbor This would be the last stretch of beltway in Virginia with the express lanes where cars with three or more people can ride for free or drivers can choose to pay a variable toll construction will start soon on the three mile extension from the dulles toll road to near the American legion bridge More half days have been added to this year's Montgomery county school calendar and some parents and members of the school board aren't happy about it Parents concerned about changes.
Democrats Know They're Going to Lose Elections, but Still Play the Long Game
"Every single thing that the left is doing it's a very it's all planned out Bernie Sanders and AOC and these other people in Congress they really believe that the ultimate goal here is transformational change of our country And they don't just mean by having Democrats elected Like it's not the goal here It's really not I know it sounds like it is but it isn't In fact they would rather lose than have moderate Democrats I use quotes around the word moderate They're not moderates but they've moderate districts that have them win in control things You think I'm kidding They believe this is a long game for them They do Long game they have plenty of time Change is hard change shakes time It's not about winning It's not about power It's about change It's about control and change If they wanted to just be in power then they would just shift whichever way the wind was shifting on things But they're not doing that You realize now they know they're going to lose in midterm elections They're not changing anything They're going full war Sensible rational people We look at the results of the election the last election we had They look at the school board elections Moms and dads coming out Speaking out saying I don't want this critical race theory I don't want you shutting down schools I'm tired of masks I'm tired of vaccine mandates They would look at what voters said in Virginia They'd look at what voters said in New Jersey They look at my man Ed durn south Jersey beating a Democrat who nobody thought could be beaten They would see what happened there and they would readjust I mean for everything you can say about the guy Bill Clinton and Democrats of the mid 90s were smart enough to realize if we don't if we don't change here we're gonna get decimated so they did They played ball with new gingrich They balanced the budget They went with this These Democrats aren't changing anything They're going full it They're actually they want to spend more money than they did the day before the election You know why Because they know they're going to
Fresh update on "virginia" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Let's check in with Scott this morning Virginia suddenly searching for a football coach at Bronco mendenhall announced that he'll step down from the job after the team's bowl game and 6 seasons with the Cavaliers Ben and hall at 36 and 38 Capitals were able to pick up a .43 shootout lost at a Blackhawks at Capital One arena on Thursday night Garnett Hathaway Niko doughty of Getty kuznetsov all scoring goals for the capitals Cowboys beat the saints by the final 27 17 a touchdown pass from dak Prescott to Michael Gallup in a Tony powered 58 yard touchdown run the difference there When the scabbards basketball number 8 Maryland beat Miami in the Big Ten ACC challenge 82 74 terps head coach Brenda phrase liked the way her point guard actually a usu played Ashley is our floor general took command in the second half They had no answer for her and to get to the free throw line 14 times and step up the way she did 34 free throw attempts on the glass The rebounding difference I thought was big The NFL announced the suspension of Buccaneers Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards for three games as well as free agent John Franklin for misrepresenting their vaccination status Scott Jackson WTP sports Thanks Scott is always four 46 on TLP Here's what's happening this early Friday morning CBS News special report 5 cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant have been found in New York State governor Kathy hoku says most of the cases are a New York City and I suspect they'll be more cases emerging and the best thing that everyone can do is.
Glenn Youngkin and Ron DeSantis Are Proof That Local Elections Matter
"Let me ask you something Look at the Commonwealth of Virginia We're going into that if you really want your main focus is who's going to be the next president of the United States That's all you care about As Trump going to run if he runs he's got to be Biden His Biden gonna want Is it gonna be Kamala Are they gonna get rid of her and put in Pete Buttigieg All these things If you're main focus is who's gonna be the president of the United States Let me ask you something Do you think Glenn youngkin And the Republicans sweep that we just saw in the Commonwealth of Virginia three weeks ago Do you think that improves the chances for a Republican to win the Electoral College votes in Virginia Versus should Terry mcauliffe had one Do you think maybe Moving this state the state of Virginia into the red column with regard to its governorship and its statewide leadership at lieutenant governor and attorney general do you think that that may be moves Virginia a little closer to being in play and being a purple state Do you think that governor Ron DeSantis winning a very close election Three years ago In Florida do you think that helped Move Florida more solidly into the red column Do you think that his policies and the way he's governing in Florida moves it even further into the red column where maybe when we get to 24 Florida might not even be the toss up state that it has been Maybe whoever the Republican nominee is won't even have to focus as much energy and time and money as they have in years past in Florida Because desantis and the Republican Party has done such a good job in that state that it's more solid or Republican state than it would have been Do you see what I'm saying Do you see how these local elections actually help put together that puzzle that gives you your Electoral College map
Fresh "Virginia" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Com slash Medicare And on that moment when I wake up you're with WTO and team lane Friday morning December 3rd at four 38 I think whether all the Yates and what it breaks good morning to rich hunter the WTO feature traffic so I got a couple of things going on First from one of our listeners in Virginia north found dumfries road Virginia two 34 right near the intersection with mini ville road had a broken down truck stopped in the right lane state left to get by 66 west approach and pass over top of the bellway the work sound cleared all lanes have been reopened They've also cleared the work on both the Internet of the cramps to go west on 66 Those ramps are now free and clear as well Add a loop of the bellwether and the ramp to route one in Alexandria X and one 77 that offer closed by the crash following a pursuit Again you can not make the exit Dara as results would be careful The through lines are local lanes there are open as are the true lines headed toward the Woodrow Wilson bridge New crash in the district northbound D.C. two 95 north of Pennsylvania avenue before you get to the on ramp for east capital street There were crash vehicles according to our list on both sides of the roadway but one of the vehicles with straddling the guardrail on the left side so again with caution at D.C. fire rescue headed that way again it's two 95 northbound north of Pennsylvania avenue for now traffic was getting by but again that could change once response arrives on scene rich hundred W two traffic It will not be quite as a mile this afternoon as it was yesterday Northwest winds are back They'll be averaging around 15 to 20 mph all day That'll keep afternoon highs in the.
Larry O'Connor: Stop Worrying About Who Sits in the White House
"And what we saw in Virginia with the election of glencoe in the first Republican elected statewide since 2009 was exactly the power and organization and political message that we need to spread far and wide between now and election day next year Stop worrying about who's sitting in the Oval Office Does it matter of course it matters But right now what matters more How do you win this country by changing the president and then everything gets fixed Come on You're smarter than that you know better You know your founders the founders didn't want that You'd think James Madison and Alexander Hamilton and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson wanted us to wring our hands and worry about who would sit in The White House every four years Our entire country was built on the premise of divesting power from the federal government in the nation's capital The most important decisions that happen in our lives should be made at the local level and there's nothing more local than school boards Fix your house fix your neighborhood fix your community fix your town fix your county fix your school district That's how you change a country I've got more to say about that coming up in a little bit But that's what we need to focus on right now
Fresh update on "virginia" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"The right still haven't seen any visual evidence that started to pick that one up yet so just be careful headed over that way Ballet and Virginia is still working in an analog ramps to go west on I 66 still getting by a single file left on each of those ramps and 66 west punish you approach a pass over top of the ball by your down to a single left lane there as well 66 east Spanish approached the bell way to work on their remained in a single right lane you were getting by without delay Good start on 95 in Virginia between Fredericksburg and the bellboy in Springfield No early concerns along three 95 north between the Belle in the 14th street bridge Maryland two 70 south from Frederick down to the belly looking good No early issues so far along the I 95 of the Baltimore Washington park were getting down to the bell way and even inside the bell way the Parkway was looking good headed down toward the district so far and getting into the district on I two 95 north and D.C. two 95 south so far without early incident or delay Can't find the new car you're looking for a try Fitz way used car next to a new car or Fitz way car as best as it fits small dot com for reliable pre owned vehicles you can trust That's the Fitz way rich hundred W two traffic Storm team four tracking those temperatures as you make our way through the next couple of days First off on your Friday morning a warm start at least for this time of year We'll see temperatures in the low to mid 40s across the area and we should be in the upper 20s low 30s but a nice start 55° for high in the afternoon A little breezy some sunshine not a bad day a little bit cool but not too bad at all On Saturday high temperature in the mid to upper 50s even near 60° with sunshine Sunday much cooler highs upper 40s to around 50° with cloud covering on Sunday will definitely be the colder of the weekend days I'm storming for a chief meteorologist on camera Well the reason this.
Speaker Newt Gingrich Pinpoints the Watershed Moment in Glenn Youngkin's Campaign
"Speaking English as a resident of Virginia, I am, of course, buoyed. I am very excited by the recent victory of Glenn young of his lieutenant governor of his attorney general. What is, can we read a broader significance into this for next year and for 2024 or is it rather sui generous as a resident of the Commonwealth, I look at what happened here. And I see a businessman not unlike president Trump with no political background. He brought a business like attitude to the campaign, talked about getting Virginia back to work. But in the last few weeks, because of those mothers you mentioned at the school boards, he very adroitly pivoted to this culture war issue of fighting critical race theory and vowed to ban it on his first day in office. Is that a model or should Virginia be dealt with this as something unique? No, I think I watched lens campaign closely and talked frequently with his campaign manager. And I believe that the turning point of the campaign actually was when he went to a loudon county rally of a thousand people who were upset about the schools, and then in the debate when former governor Terry mcauliffe said that there was no place for parents in schools, and that was electrifying and as you pointed out Glen is a businessman and built a good campaign team and they actually had something up on the air. By the next morning. And just throw home for everybody in Virginia, the term of thought that there was no place for parents and schools. And that, I think became the signal moment that began to change everything. No, young can also did a very adroit job of having Trump's help in rural and southern Virginia where he's extraordinarily popular without having Trump campaign in Arlington and fairfax county where he's unpopular. And so junkin was able to pick up all the support in the suburban counties from people who were upset about the schools while picking up all the support in rural and small town Virginia from everybody who was pro
The 'Moderate' Democrats We Need to Defeat Next Election
"Tom milanowski Democrat New Jersey Lauren Underwood Democrat Illinois Sidney axe need Democrat Iowa Abigail spanberger Democrat Virginia Conner lamb Democrat Pennsylvania Carolyn Bordeaux Democrat Georgia Ron kind Democrat Wisconsin Lizzie pennell Fletcher Democrat Texas Hele Stevens Democrat Michigan Tom O'Leary Democrat Arizona Sheri bustos Democrat Illinois Matt Cartwright Democrat Pennsylvania Jimmy Gomez Democrat California Susie Lee Democrat Nevada Susan wild Democrat Pennsylvania Kim schrier Democrat Washington state Elise a slot Nick Democrat Michigan Stephen horsford Democrat Nevada Chris Pappas Democrat New Hampshire Colin allred Democrat Texas Elaine lauria Democrat Virginia Mike Levin Democrat California Charlie Crist Democrat Florida Peter defazio Democrat Oregon Tim Ryan Democrat Ohio And as they say the Amnesty provisions in the filibuster proof reconciliation package which only needs majority support the
Rep. Jim Jordan: Republicans Have to Win the Next Midterm to Turn Country Around
"It's obviously this is a kamikaze party because they feel they're going to lose in 2022 I don't talk that way because I want our people to come out and fight like we're behind I don't take anything for granted what these people do That's the right answer Yeah And so they're like a kamikaze party They think okay we've got two years We control the government Let's get everything in We have It's like ObamaCare So we'll lose a cycle will lose two cycles but we're setting in place for enshrining forever our agenda Here's my concern This is supposed to be a republic So the Democrats it's 50 50 in the Senate And by the quirk of the constitution they have the vice presidents who can break a tie They want today effectively by three or four votes And so they can fundamentally alter our economic system our immigration system our governing system Fundamentally altered Here's my question to you That's not what a republic is supposed to be about in one election We can't win every election Congressman So every election where they're in a majority they're going to be able to turn this country inside out That's what they're up to When we win it back we're going to have to turn it right side up We're going to have to put things back in the property And yes we will We have to We have to And look I think it's growing I mean I think mom's a dad showing up at school board meetings What happened in Virginia What happened in the rittenhouse case where again if that wasn't self defense I don't know what is Where the due process the system our court system it worked and freedom mattered and that stand up for the second all those things So I think it's going to come back in the right direction and Republicans Now again I'm like you I don't take anything for granted and we got to work hard to make sure we win next year but when we do I think we're going to stop everything that we can and then we're going to reelect Donald Trump as president in 24 and get a chance to put the country back on
Democrats Passed the Phony $5T 'Build Back Better' Bill
"So folks the Democrats passed this phony build back better act build back better it's tear down forever act They say it's 1.75 trillion The CBO says it's hundreds of billions in debt Other outside organizations that don't have their hands tied the CBO is only free to do certain kinds of analysis Like the Wharton school says it's actually closer to $5 trillion The vote was two 20 to two 13 One Democrat in a swing district in Maine voted against it But that's it Every other Democrat like God heimer God Heinrich Schmidt In Bergen county New Jersey All these frauds and Virginia New Jersey all across the country Oh I'm a moderate California Every damn one of them voted for this
Rep. Jim Jordan: Conservatives are Winning
"Democrats object to more states in 2017 than Republicans did last week, but somehow we're wrong. Democrats can raise bail for riders and looters this summer, but somehow when Republicans condemn all the violence, the violence this summer, the violence last week, somehow we're wrong. It's very easy to lose faith my Friends to give up and say that's it. The crazies, the radicals are taking over. But then you hear speeches like that and you are reinvigorated and you realize there are some good men and women left in the swamp who are fighting and fighting to save our republic. That, of course, was congressman Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the judiciary committee representing the beautiful fourth district of Ohio and we are deeply honored to have him with us for one of our one on one discussions here on America first. Congressman Jordan welcome. Good to be with you, Sebastian, and thank you for having me, and thank you more importantly for all you do to protect freedom in our constitutional system and this great country. So it's good to be with you. Well, thank you for those kind words. We have so much discuss. You've got a new book coming out next week. We'll talk about that as well. But I'm going to do things a little bit differently on this one on one. I usually wait until deeper into the conversation to ask this question. But because of your role as an inspiration to those who, you know, fighting at school board levels of fighting across the country. Let me ask you this question right now. Are we finally beginning to win are the results in the Commonwealth of Virginia, maybe a taste of what is to come congressman? I think you're exactly right. I think it's going to build. I said this when Merrick Garland, Merrick Garland came in front of the judiciary committee a few weeks ago, I said, what you did when you guys spied on parents set up this snitch line on parents. I think that's the catalyst for a great reawakening for freedom in this country for the judeo Christian ethics and values and principles in this country that make us the greatest, the greatest nation ever. So I do feel confident and then we saw those results in Virginia sparked by moms and dads, having the courage. And one thing we all know courage is contagious. One mom stands up and defends her son or daughter and says, I don't want this racist hate America curriculum taught to my kids. One mom does it, then it's two moms and it's dads and it's and pretty soon you have a Republican governor in Virginia. And that is going to spread across this country. So yeah, we're Americans. We got to be optimistic and I am very optimistic. Yeah,
Democrats Plan to Swing Back Aggressively at Republicans on Critical Race Theory Claims
"Democrat strategists say the party should hit back harder against GOP critical race theory claims. On a political level, it's a real threat one strategy is insider, but strategists say they shouldn't lose sight of economic issues at the top priority. Okay, a little bit of back and forth even in the header in the subhead. They called it a racist dog whistle and a lie. But those messages haven't helped Democrats tamp down on the uproar Republicans are fueling over critical race theory. Now a misuse catch all term for teaching on race and diversity in K through 12 schools that's firing up protests at school board meetings around the country. In Virginia, Republican governor elect Glenn young exploited the term. Interesting word choice exploited. Exploited the term pledged to ban it and classrooms on his first day as governor, and even though critical race theory in academic approach to examining racial bias, that's very nice of an academic approach to it's white racism. It's anti white racism, pure and simple. It's resegregation. It's backwards. It's the most regressive ideology that you will ever encounter. It's cultural Marxism, but under the guise of racialism of racial justice. Okay? That we're justice. It's the word that left claims. And they don't have any idea of who gets to define what justice is. It's basically their topic du jour, their morality du jour that continually moves. It's not rooted in anything eternal. It's not rooted in any type of faith. Tradition that is eternal or long-lasting that has tradition behind it. It's whatever they think justices that day, but they'll use the term, and then you are the person that they're going to contend with to get the justice that they deserve. You conservative, you Republican, you racist, parents all across the nation? So they go and say that it's just CRT is just examining our history of racial bias and is most often taught in law schools. Well, that was true. Until George Floyd and Floyd a palooza. Democrat strategists say the party should hit back harder against divisive GOP claims, while not losing sight of the priority of voters in the economy. Okay, at least they want to talk about the economy that they're running into the ground. On a political level, it's a real threat that has allowed Republicans to claw back the inroads, the Democrats have made in the suburbs over the last couple of election cycles that Jim Manley, a longtime aid former Senate minority leader Harry Reid. Democrats haven't yet pushed back on this issue enough, but the good news is the party's response is effective. They just need to make the case
Federal Investigators Launch Civil Rights Probe Into Southlake, Texas Schools
"I want to pivot here to a story that is, it's really, it's a massive story. It's out of southlake, Texas, federal investigators, this per NBC News launched civil rights probe into southlake, Texas schools. Now you will remember that south Lake became one of the hotbeds in this CRT school board battle that has been raging across the country with concerned parents. Now yesterday Charlie did an amazing job covering memo gate as we are thus dubbing it. Where it is now become clear that despite Merrick Garland's claims that there was no FBI, you know, surveilling of parents, that is indeed the case, a whistleblower has come forth. Some of our favorite representatives like Jim Jordan out of Ohio have been leading on this issue, actually, we have Jim Jordan's going to be joining the show here soon for a long form discussion here shortly. It's also got a great book out, recommend everybody checking it out. So Jim Jordan's been out front on memo gate. Now, we find out that there's something brewing. And I don't love the direction. There's two simultaneous concurrent streams that are running counter to what we all thought we learned after Virginia. After even New Jersey was too close to call an election night. After Republicans swept races all across the country. Even in Seattle. What were the messages? That we thought we learned? Well, that CRT is dumb, and that parents don't like it, and that it's a losing issue for Democrats. And that Republicans get rewarded when they fight things like CRT. When they don't take a neutral stance in the public square, but fight it with everything they've got and they say, listen, I'm going to exercise state power and not cop out on some, you know, we believe in small government, which we do, but these are not mutually exclusive things. The government as constituted in the United States of America is designed fundamentally to protect the rights of its citizens. And to predict the right to protect the rights of parents. And what conservatives too often do is they hide behind that as a excuse to do nothing
What's Your Civic Responsibility to 'Stop the Steal'?
"Welcome back to one on one with hands once again of the heritage foundation. Hans, we have to look forward. We have to hope that the states do what is incumbent upon them to make fraud as hard as possible. What is what is the role of the individual who's concerned? My wife is a trained election officer. So, you know, she does her bet. Every day we get calls here at this show. I get DMs, I get texts from people who say, that's it. I'm done. I'm not voting again. I'm a conservative, but they stole it last time, and there's no point. Now I can say to them, oh really? Did they steal Virginia? So this isn't just job a job for you or for state secretaries. Everybody has a responsibility do they not? Oh, oh, yeah, they do. And look, one of the reasons Georgia passed an election reform bill was because of a group of grassroots activists, some of whom I know, they all got together and said, we gotta have Georgia fix some of the problems we saw in last year's election, and they started besieging. Their state legislators down there and the legislators got interested. And that resulted in that election reform Bill, getting past. Look, the other thing that folks ought to do, besides being a poll watcher, working in a polling place is this. What has started happening, especially I know you've covered this. What has started happening at school board meetings across the country. Parents have started showing up at these meetings that normally they're always open to public, nobody shows up. Right. But Dave started showing up and they've started asking questions about the critical race theory propaganda being taught to their kids. In the county governments that run elections across the country, they have county election boards, and their meetings are public meetings. I was on two, one county such county board in Georgia, one in Virginia, we would have public meetings and hardly anybody would show up. Start showing up at those county board meetings and start asking questions. Are they doing basic things like comparing their county, voter registration list to the states, DMV list? To find people who've moved. It's all need to be taken off the list to find checking with state vital records departments of how people who have died so you can take them off the list. Start asking questions. And if the folks on the county election board aren't doing their job, get them replaced. Or run yourself.
The Democrats Have Learned Nothing From Virginia
"And again we got a lot of breaking news. An FBI whistleblower saying that the Justice Department is absolutely tracking parents and weaponizing the DOJ parents standing up and speaking out against critical race theory. This garbage and you know what Democrat strategists are telling axios, the Democrats plan to double down in support of critical race theory. Good, good. Keep doing it. They're tone deaf they didn't. They didn't learn anything from Virginia. They don't listen to the American people. They don't recognize that Americans don't want our kids to be taught that we're all a bunch of filthy racists in a filthy racist nation that was founded by filthy racist founding fathers. Worthy of having their statues torn down. Because they're so evil. Knock it off. Knock it off. This is the greatest country in the world. And critical race theory indoctrinates our kids to believe that we are the worst country in the world. So, you know, good things are
California Gas Prices Soar to Record Highs
"Let me ask you about this. Joe Manchin said this yesterday play cut number 20 for me, Ben. You just back home for a week. Do your voters want this bill, this big massive bill right now? I think my voters in West Virginia, but I don't speak for the whole country. My brother is a lot differently, but they're very much concerned. Inflation has hit them extremely hard. I hear it when I go to the grocery store, or if I go to the gas station, they say or use Matt as I am, not as absolutely. Do you know that gas got up to $4 and I guess 35 cents a gallon in California, senator Blackburn? Oh, yes. Absolutely. I talked to people in California every day that have decided to vote with their feet and to leave that state. Because you've got gas that is through the roof out there, people are paying well over a dollar 50 more than they were paying in January for a gallon of gas. And in Tennessee, it's 1.23 a gallon more. So what you're seeing is this rise and rights for energy cost at the grocery store, you are seeing the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost you more transportation to get to Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost you more. And people are fully aware of what this administration is doing.
Curry hot, Durant not...Managers honored...Curley Culp dies
"AP sports I'm Josh Rowntree will start in the NBA the stars were out in full force in Brooklyn as Stephan curry scored a game high thirty seven points as the warriors down the next one seventeen to ninety nine Baden Bogdanovich scored twenty seven points and the jazz crush the seventy Sixers one twenty eighty five the clippers ran away from the spurs one of six ninety two in the NHL the Panthers are now eleven two and three on the year as Florida topped the New York Islanders six to one record quest with a goal and an assist in the win Toronto goalie Jack Campbell made twenty four saves as the maple Leafs blank Nashville three nothing Carolina doubled up Vegas forty two in college hoops to upsets of top twenty five teams Tuesday Jared Rhoden scored sixteen points and honoring scene all stunned fourth ranked Michigan sixty seven sixty five in Ann Arbor twelfth ranked Oregon got blasted home by B. Y. U. eighty one to forty nine and in college football Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente mutually agreed to part ways ending twenty six year run with the Hokies I'm Josh Rowntree AP sports
Virginia's Incoming Lt. Governor Winsome Sears Shares Her Story
"I've got so much to ask you and I know we have a limited amount of time together, but I first of all, just an amazed that the messenger in this case wins some Sears has a story. And where you came from and the history of how you do you mind for people who they love the way you speak and they love the message you have for America, they love what you're going to do for the Commonwealth of Virginia. But for the benefit of people who don't know your life story, would you mind sort of taking us through your journey? Very quickly, I had said before that my story starts with my father, but it actually starts with my grandfather who came to America back in the 30s as a fruit picker because some extra money so that he could help his family. So he came pick some fruit and went back to Jamaica. And he did that a few times and then my father came in 1963 from Jamaica after, you know, he could prove who background check who he is, who he said he was, and everything else that he had to do and then he was allowed into the country. That was August 11th of 1963, just 17 days before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his I have a dream speech. And so I asked my father, why would you come then? You know, it was a bad time for us and because this is where the jobs were. And I said, yeah, but you came at the height of the civil rights movement. He said, this is where opportunities were. He came with, took any job he could find, but himself through school started as American dreamer. Now he's comfortably retired, and by the way, this house that he's in. It's the second one he's built since retirement. I said to him, it's too big for you. You know what? He said, leave me alone. It's my money. Imagine that. Leave me alone. It's my money. I
Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin: Stop Treating Republicans Like Normal Politicians
"You hear it. This is a Washington Post columnist. And she used to call herself a conservative. I don't think she even bothers anymore. She's not. She's a conservative Republican Trump hating angry, angry little woman. I mean, man, is she nasty? And I remember seeing her on Tucker Carlson one night and it was so embarrassing the way Tucker just sliced and diced her. And this is what these folks need to keep doing because it confirms what we suspect that they really don't get it. They don't New Jersey, Virginia meant nothing to them. They think it was a blip on the radar. They think that Biden's 38% approval rating in The Washington Post ABC News poll? This week, pay no attention to that. They doubled down as evidenced by one gen Reuben. The mainstream media is part of this. They cover these issues. And then they go right back to having Republicans on talk shows asking them about other issues. Allowing them to air their phony grievances. Rather than grilling them incessant about why they tolerate this behavior. This is fascistic behavior. This is what fascist regimes do. They use extra outside the balance of reasonable democratic small D methods of getting their way. They intimidate they threat. They use the threat of violence. And this is absolutely intolerable. And it's been going on for years now in the Republican Party. And I think number one, the House should do something about it. And by the way, I think they might get a couple of Republican votes at least, both congresswoman Liz Cheney and congressman Adam kinzinger have said they might be inclined to go along with it, which I think would be very healthy. But I think you also have to have some new ground rules for the media. I think they have to stop treating Republicans like normal politicians. They're not normal politicians. This is not normal conduct. This is a party that spends its entire time cooking up these ridiculous cultural memes, fanning violence. And coming up with outright lies. We ought to just get out of their way. We ought to just get out of their way and let them keep spewing that kind of garbage and that ridiculousness let them keep doing it. Because we're going to win in such a massive
Hey, Democrats, Its Not About Trump Anymore
"Let's go to the Virginia lessons because I live in Virginia. And I want to know what you think the Democrats don't know after they stepped on the rake and it hit him in the face and they're wondering what happened. Well, I think they don't know is what we've been talking about for months. And the simplest and most important things to begin with is they don't understand that it's not about Trump anymore. They tried so hard to make this election. This cycle, their entire narrative was about Trump. And what they don't sort of understand about voters is that voters don't look in the rearview mirror. They look going forward because the things they vote on are about their lives. Their communities, their children, their grandchildren. And so that's the big thing. That's the number one thing. I think they missed. And so did the media. I mean, our profession believed that this was the most important thing on the minds of voters. And as we've demonstrated, it's not.
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"Epic be here. Tell us about carl news. What was the impetus to start. This organization is a nonprofit nonpartisan new psyched that will cover indepth journalism south west. Virginia basically from cumberland county. Go the cumberland gap if you wanted to think of it. That way the impetus ford was a changing media landscape in which we did not see much indepth reporting from mexico. The state and the goal is to provide that to fill those gaps. Talk about that changing media landscape. So you've been in journalism for a number of decades explain how the media landscape has changed in a way that's disadvantageous to south west and south sud disadvantages to laga places. South west outside just happens to be where we're from. The short merging is the newspaper readers or everyday vogue in the marketplace to consume their muse. Online that she got be a problem because every newspaper has a website..
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"In traffic is nowhere near as fast they thought it would be therefore they want to get more passengers and they want people to be able to fly to get on planes easily. Offer planes easily with minimum disruption. So on that side. I presume do not like the idea of testing on the other hand off. People won't fly unless this testing will evidence One has been vaccinated blows. I think you have to look at the longer term picture if people do get any form of a transmission flights and has demonstrated. The airline industry will herald problems in the longer term so the airlines are in a tricky position but buyer might also be an a tricky position because as bill if it becomes law would be challenged in court. Here's what virginia legal expert rich kelsey says about the potential legal challenge. He has to brew that his bill which he says will help prevent the spread of cova that the vaccine actually does that. And i'm not really sure. I know a lot of people feel that way but i'm not really sure that anyone has ever actually said that with the vaccine does according to the cdc is. It helps to prevent the severity of an outbreak of kobe. But everybody knows that a person that has been vaccinated can a get covert and be spread. Covert and so. I think the problem that we're going to have here is this idea that merely being vaccinated prevents the spread of. I do think he'd have a better chance. If he just simply said you wanna fly. You have to show that you've been tested in the last seventy two hours because that goes to whether or not a person has covert and so. I think there's a legitimate challenge there so thomas. What do you think about this debate here. In terms of requiring a testing mandate instead of a vaccine mandate for domestic flights people who are unvaccinated are eleven times more likely to get cove and there is a long legal history of vaccine mandates across the spectrum for hundreds of years in american history. So any thought that it wouldn't stand up in court is just wrong. The supreme court has already ruled on the legality of vaccine mandates and found that absolutely. It's legal and they did that over a hundred years ago. Schools have vaccine mandates in fact win the covert vaccine gets recommended for school. Children by the cdc then. It will automatically become part of the regimen for virginia school children. Thanks to a law. That the virginia democrats passed in two thousand nine hundred thousand nine before cove. It was even on the scene so because of that yes. The vaccine. Mandates will absolutely stand up in court. Anybody who tries to fight it is absolutely wasting their money and these vaccines are absolutely effective at preventing the spread of kobe. In the first place in addition to making it far less likely that you would have a severe case or hospitalization or god forbid even death. As far as the airlines go michael the airlines actually have incentive to mandate vaccines for their passengers. And there's a few reasons for that one the people who don't want to get vaccines are also the people who don't wear masks in many cases who are presenting problems to airline workers and they're having to actually ban them from flying altogether on their airline. The other thing is that they've already lost customers and the reason that they've already lost customers is because they perceive flying as an unsafe activity in this pandemic and rightly so because we know the science if you are in a contained area with covert around and for an extended period of time and by the way delta allows for fleeting transmission. So somebody can literally just walk past you even outside and transmit cove to you. That's how quickly. It transmits compared to the original wild strain of kobe. Michael which used to take about fifteen minutes of exposure so yeah airlines are not frankly safe right now. So people are more likely to travel on an airline where they know for sure that everybody around them is vaccinated and this is not rocket science right so they had like for example in the past polio vaccine mandates to travel on airlines smallpox vaccine airline mandates You have to show your smallpox vaccine card or your polio. Vaccine card as recently as the sixties or seventies so. This is not a new thing. This is not something that anybody can legitimately challenge because in order to legitimately challenge that you have to prove that you were harmed by the policy and by definition there will be not a single human being that can prove they were harmed by vaccine mandate so i think it would just get dismissed outright from core or just completely shut down so i mean michael. These airlines know that they can attract more passengers by having these vaccine mandates. You're already seeing some airlines starting to do this specifically i can think of qantas is the first airline to mandate vaccines for all their passengers. And i know other airlines are considering it including american southwest and some very big carriers in the united states so And now it's more likely that you're your fellow. Travelers going to be vaccinated. With biden's new mandate that requires a vaccine for workers in businesses with over one hundred employees. So we're going to get there. We need to get there faster and people like rich kelsey. Who are trying to throw up false legal arguments. And i'm not sure why. But the science is available the case histories available. You don't have to be an expert to know it's going to stand up just fine. So the point he was trying to make. Is that if your concern is that you don't want to catch co vid on the flight and there's this person sitting next to you that you're worried about there are sort of two choices that we're presented with here and this sort of discussion one is that person has been vaccinated in which case kelsey makes makes the argument. That person actually could have cova. Despite the fact they've been vaccinated or the alternative is that person has had the test within the seventy two hours and tested negative so from his perspective that you know you would rather want the person sitting next to you to have tested negative and probably be negative versus having been vaccinated and potentially could be positive but wouldn't know therapa zip or not. Yeah but why does he think it's gotta be a binary choice to science is very clear that you should be doing both will. The legislation buyers legislation is a binary choice to get on a domestic flight. The choices a or b. Either you haven't been vaccinated or take the test okay. But it shouldn't be a binary choice the best policy that would actually be rooted in science is to be vaccinated and show up with a test. In fact they have rapid tests that you could actually if you wanted. Take in the airport. That's what the school guy said. Actually when i interviewed him. Is that buyers. Bill would be better if instead of being a or b was a b. Yeah well then. I would agree with that is. That's where the sciences. What maybe congressman buyers people are listening to this and they make make an amendment do their legislation. Okay so let's move on to the next part of our show where we check our messages. This one comes from at like. I give a damn on twitter he asks. Can we get some update on how the legislative races are shaping up. Well thanks for the question. Adam and thanks for being a regular listener and an og fan of the podcast from way back in the day before the pandemic even so adam. Republicans are targeting about a dozen incumbent. Democrats the republican state. Legislative committee actually has a list like a published list. The thirteen democratic incumbents that they're targeting for defeat so the most competitive races are roz. Tyler and south side and chris hurst in blacksburg in northern virginia. They're targeting wendy godiva so josh cole. Elizabeth goose mon- dan helmer and the richmond area. They're targeting dawn addams scholar van. Valkenberg and rodney. Willett down in virginia beach. They're targeting kelly converse fowler. Nancy guy alex. Ask you and martha mugler thomas. What do you think about this. List of specific incumbents that republicans are targeting well from the republican perspective. This is exactly who you want to target because these are the people who are most likely to lose if you feel too high quality candidate against them and to they're to have very expensive races just because you're fielding a candidate against them. Nothing is for sure in virginia politics and so these are the people. If you're the republican party that you want to go after because you stand the best chance of winning and you can potentially just beat them by having more money than the incumbent does and michael. I also on this issue checked in with a member of the house of delegates about these races and this delegate said they were particularly worried about six races in particular. Josh cole kelly fowler nancy guy chris. Hurst rose tyler. And alex ask you. These are some of the most competitive races. And that's six seats. And that is enough for the fifty-five that are currently in the majority to lose that majority the bare minimum right. That's the bare minimum. They would need right like so they were. That gives them no room for error. Correct now the democrats believe that they might be able to flip a seat or two and they're targeting Glenn davis in virginia beach. Some republicans in the richmond suburbs. And exurbs like kirk cox in colonial heights roxanne robinson in chesterfield and rob block some in apac county on the eastern shore. Now the problem is that they go after these republicans every year. So i don't really feel comfortable saying whether or not they're like easy ones because the democrats already have the easy wins. They're sitting on them. So the good news for some of these people is that they're not all running against strong republican challengers particularly. I can think of when they died is running against what many people consider to be a week republican candidate and loudon county and most observers that i've spoken with think that she should be able to hang on but like i said my god. There are no guarantees in virginia politics. So the democrats have had two election cycles. Were they picked up a lot of seats. most notably the one in two thousand seventeen where they picked up a whole bunch of seeds. So i guess the real question is are there any democratic incumbents out there who are actually in. What should be republican seats. Roz tyler comes to mind. She just had her District redistricting did after the racial packing court case and she is now in as lean republican district very slightly. Lean republican one. That some buddy who was an active candidate could potentially hold on for the democratic party. But roz tyler. She is not as active compared to like. I can think of a candidate like irene hsien. Who's knocking doors all day long even in a democratic district. She's not necessarily doing that so that is going to be one. That is very difficult for the democrats to keep Not impossible and certainly given enough turn out. They could keep it. But that's going to be a tough one. I think that's the one that they are most likely to lose chris hurst in blacksburg to is one where they're likely to lose because again turnout. Margins are not amazing there and you need a very activated democratic base in order to keep a seat like that so we'll see it's not impossible they could of course just keep everybody but there are also could lose some people and some of the reason for that. Michael is fundraising. Now that democrats have the majority and the trifecta even it's a lot less compelling of a pitch to donors to say help us keep the majority then to help us take the majority so when they were trying to take the majority they had partners like mike bloomberg and a lot of money pouring in from california and new york democratic donors who wanted to assist with that but those people are gone. Now michael now that democrats have that majority. There's no incentive for them to try to take it so what we're seeing is that a lot of lobbyists money becomes more important and normally for the average members at least twenty to forty thousand dollars depending on your rank and your committee positions of lobbyists money available. Where all they have to do is call. But i'm hearing that. Some lobbyists are refusing to contribute especially to the leadership. Pacs the speakers. Pack and the reason that i'm hearing for this is because they're playing footsie with unions. Luke torian specifically came out in favor of a number of union pro union issues including the repeal of right to work on his labor day edge. Yeah i actually thomas. That was a huge moment. Because luke taurean such an influential member he's part of the legislative black caucus. He's chairman of the appropriations committee. He's an extremely influential member. Do you think. Thomas luke torian moving in the direction of overturning. Right to work will bring other democrats along with him. Yeah i think it does. And luke torian by the way was never previously known for super progressive policy. Stances and i think that this reflects a couple of things one luke torian as a pasture and so he believes in doing things because of the right thing to do luke torian is also a relatively high ranking in the black caucus and because we know right to work history as a jim crow law this could potentially be an issue that the black caucus decides to take on and i think it would be who've them to do so and that could absolutely shift the tide in virginia because the black caucus has often been very cooperative with the republican party when they were in the majority and so they've built up a lot of credibility among some of those people in those with those relationships that they have and it could at the very least cindy signal that it is time to consider such a policy and michael because he's chairman of house appropriations because he's so high ranking that could very well send a message to people like terry mcauliffe who's running statewide. That says come on. We're ready for this. Let's do it This is a bill. That would likely pass the house if they thought it could pass the senate which right now. I mean unless something changes with the senate. That's not going to happen. Thomas i mean like i. I've interviewed these. Senators are not on board with it and it's for unless things change and things of course could change but the way things are now the senate just not gonna go for this at least the current senate and so you would really need to wait until after the next senate election to get any movement on this. That's right michael. The virginia senate is a far more conservative institution. Just all around and there are a lot more. It's not fair to call them southern dem's because they're not southern dims the way that they would be known colloquially but they have the inherited spirit i would say of the southern dams and they're they liked to be far more pro business. I can think of at least like people like monty mason and lynwood lewis and cree deeds would not support this or would only support it under arrest. It's gonna take something like terry mcauliffe coming out in favor of repealing to work in this campaign. i don't get. That sense was gonna happen. Thomas even if the senate decides they want to go for this or or let's even say after the election after the senate election and enter in the next governor potentially mccullough or potentially glenn youngin is in the second half of his term. I get the sense that a governor mcauliffe a potential future governor mcauliffe would sort of use his powers of persuasion to prevent that bill from ever arriving on his desk. I just don't think he's in the cab of people that want to overturn right to work. And so you know. I'm kind of wondering about torrens movement here. Does this actually change the potential course of future events or is terry mcauliffe's unwillingness to move forward with this. Just going to put a stop sign on that. I would consider to shot across the bow michael. Most of the lobbyists in richmond are republicans and they represent nonunion or anti union organizations. These people are in their ears all the time. They have a purse that they can use as a stick or a carrot if they don't like the things that the democrats are trying to do and they are overwhelmingly in favor of big business. So if you support any of these policies what you need to do is get in touch with your elected representative or someone like chairman torian and you need to tell them one that you're glad that he's taken the stance or that they've taken the stance that you want to see the right to work repeal. Because they need to hear from more people than just the ones who are lobbying them representing big businesses. All right we gotta take a break because when we come back. We're gonna talk to david broder. 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"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"When we pass the clean economy act. I literally want to jump out of my chair. Shout the eagle has landed. Because this bill is going to ask transformative in virginia as landing on the moon was in nineteen sixty nine on this episode of transition. Virginia the future is now getting to one hundred percent. Renewable sources of energy a cleaner or prosperous and more affordable future for virginia. We take a look at the virginia clean economy act. You can't win a race until you've got the car on the track from eliminating carbon emissions to allowing people to profit from rooftop solar panels we dig into the new law and how it works clinic codemax not only helps us make the transition to energy but does so in a really cost effective man. We're joined by senator jennifer mcclellan. It is a massive shift. That takes virginia from the bottom of the pack of the fifty states as far as clean energy policy to one of the top twelve in the country and number one in the south and harry godfrey at virginia advanced energy economy. There are absolutely opportunities decade clo to whether it's deep blue northern virginia off or deep red central virginia or south western virginia. This does not need to be a partisan dynamic the transition from being a retrograde commonwealth to being on the vanguard of states actually doing something about climate change. We had to make sure that we were doing this transition in a way that still allow the lights stay on every single year. We need to see those emissions. Go down year over year over year. If you're not looking at both the supply side and the demand side then. It's going to be very difficult to meet your clean. Energy goals wants to build a solar farm. Wants you build a wind farm. The cost of that power does not change. Because there's no fuel risk and we also asked senator mcclellan. Are you planning to run for governor again on the answer to that question and so much more on this episode of transition virginia. Okay.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"What what needs to be reviewed and one and one would note that Just in terms of nuts and bolts of of campaigning. That institutionalizing many steps. That were taken to you. Know make for easier voting during the plague. This past fall mean that An important aspects of of of politics will actually start a lot sooner and probably cost candidates more money. And that's voter mobilization getting out your vote because we were all accustomed to voting in person boast of What we saw and heard from the campaigns where you know people showing up at our doors telephone calls leaflet drops In the final. Run up to in in-person balloting. Now that that's going to be going on for days and days and days It means that Candidates are going to have to spend dollars dollars and dollars a really pretty much from mid september foreword on On an expense that traditionally was made much later in the campaign. Okay real quick because we're running out of time for this segment. Let's talk about what. The legislature did finally to remedy some of the circumstances around covid after multiple attempts across multiple sessions. They finally extended some type of paid sick. Leave this time though to home. Healthcare workers and healthcare workers generally. Amy can you tell us what the general did around paid sick leave. Yeah this is something that Delegate elizabeth monarch who is running for lieutenant governor has been pushing for quite some time and she always had a a much broader bill covering a lot more workers across virginia and she had been gradually wittling Down mostly because she needed to pass the senate which is a lot more friendly a to to the business community than the house has been and so it looks like it's going to be certain home healthcare workers. What is it. You might have to help me here on. It's like the sort of narrowed this bill. In a way that it does not apply to the private sector so it only applies to home. Healthcare workers that money from the federal government so it basically says to the private sector. Hey we're not asking you to do this at any impact of that is also it it potentially has a is a big help for For home healthcare workers who are dealing with you know A lot of lower income clients as well. I think that. I think that will essentially be the limit of that. I think that's all the able to get through. I believe during the senate debate. Senator norman Maybe senator mccain had asked if what if what if governor northbound census back with amendments to.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"The governor could really handle the problem. It's clear to me reading the cup. President constitution that the governor has the power to restore the rights voting rights of former felons as a of people he can do it wholesale as well as retail. That's my reading of the constitution. It happens that in a case that was brought when governor terry mcauliffe set out to to to restore the vote to about two hundred thousand a former felons. The supreme court of virginia read the provision talking about much more narrowly that i would have liberated and they said no sorry. The governor has to restore voting rights. One at a time each one on its own own facts. I don't say. I don't agree with that reading of it but the virginia supreme court after all does have the final word on what the constitution means so that that ruling has simply heightened the i think the fact that looking to the governor to solve. The problem isn't enough. I think what's now needed is to change the language of the constitution itself on other remove felony disenfranchisement all together or at the very least make it clear that once a former fellow has served his or her time in prison. Once they're restored society they should become a citizen in every sense of the word. They should be offered radically at that point of the resources to the ballot. If i could just jump into. I think it's important to remember that. The nineteen seventy-one constitution also did not anticipate the war on drugs which has exploded the prison population. Why don't we take a quick break so that we can come back and discuss the nineteen seventy-one constitution in depth. We've got one of those. Founding fathers here joined by. At dick howard from uva as well as paul levin good of the george c marshall foundation. We'll be right back if you want to benefit from pay to play. Now you can buy joining transition. Virginia's exclusive patriotic community chip in as little as three dollars to help us produce. This podcast sustaining members. Get their questions asked on the show. Which means you know the next guest before the episode comes up so if you want us to ask questions or even if you just want to support the show up over to transition. Virginia dot com and click. The orange button to become patriarch patron today and were back on transition. Virginia were talking about the long and complicated felon disenfranchisement in virginia tracing all the way back to its roots in eighteen thirty and how developed in the eighteen. Hundreds and of course was weaponized era of jim crow so we arrive at nine thousand nine hundred seventy one and mr howard. Your their president the creationist. They say Talk about the discussion. If there was any on felon disenfranchisement You and your compatriots chose to keep it in the constitution. So we've got in our current constitution of course What was there discussion of getting rid of felon disenfranchisement and nineteen seventy-one. Well not not the way you would have today. The they certainly. The the revised stores went through the constitution of line by line section by section reconsidered. Consider all of them to see if any changes ought to be made. And i think it was felt at the time the president the drafting was done in actually in the late sixties leading up to the nineteen seventy-one constitution. I don't think the weight of the felony disenfranchisement questioned fellas heavily on their shoulders as it would today. I would like to think they would take a different approach of it if they were at work today. As opposed to fifty years ago it was cut Pointed out a moment ago that We didn't have the war on drugs. News in the clinton years in the nineteen nineties that some many persons of color of fell under the weight of going to prison. At that time there was just an enormous increase in prison population. I would point out that the commission on constitutional revision. The one that was afforded by governor mills godwin was a bipartisan. Headed had a ted dalton leading republican of that period. It was racial. it had oliver hill. Who was the leading civil rights attorney of that generation. He was the thurgood marshall virginia. So you had voices at the table. Who would have pointed out the need for change if it was necessary. And as a say i think they didn't realize that they didn't predict at the time. How much would drag. On the african american population the felony disenfranchisement provision would be and they probably also were part of that sub. Lingering notion that goes back to the very beginning in virginia that you have certain people who have not earned their place it at a citizenship table that if they are convicted of a felony. That's pretty serious stuff and that they are going to be removed from the ballot until at least They're they're they're back in the general population again. And i mentioned a moment ago. That i thought i think the revised stores understood that the governor's power to restore the voting rights of former. Felons was the safety valve in that that that would suffice as it turns out. It has not sufficed It is true that you've had the reinstatement by number by governors like mcauliffe. North them the. Reinstatement of a number of former felons. But that power in the governor is no better than whoever the incumbent is you could have another governor who was much more strict in these matters and chose not to act. So that's was as i in my judgment. That's why amending the article. Two provisions that deals with disenfranchisement felons Needs to be to be undertaken. So there's a pretty significant of virginia history that we've glossed over somewhat enabled by that nine hundred ninety two constitution where you see the progressives Sees in a way sees the means of production behind political organizations right. They didn't stop any of these corrupt practices. They adopted them and they molded them. And what you get then is the byrd organization a few decades later and then it exists into this era that you're talking about In a lot of ways the nineteen seventy-one constitution is a reaction to forty fifty years of bird organization control on virginia politics. mr howard. Can you explain how that bird era played into some of the reforms that you and your compatriots made in that nineteen seventy-one.
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"Virginia. The podcast that documents the ongoing transition of power in virginia. I'm michael lapoma. And i'm thomas bowman today on the podcast felon disenfranchisement controvercial constitution straight. The democrats have wanted to undo for years. Now the general assembly considering a constitutional amendment to ditch the provisions and allow former felons to vote without petitioning the governor to restore their rights. Now you may think felon disenfranchisement as something that was created during the era of jim crow. You're not alone. Many people have talking points. They say something like felon disenfranchisement was created in the constitution of nineteen o two but felon disenfranchisement actually stretches all the way back to eighteen thirty during the age of jackson. That's seventy years before the jim crow constitutional so felon disenfranchisement was not created to exclude black voters during the era of jim crow but it was undoubtedly weaponized during the convention that brought back the poll tax and made a new literacy tests specifically to black voters and poor white voters spa and it worked. The electorate was cut in half today. One and five virginians are permanently. Disenfranchised african americans make up about one-fifth virginia's population but more than half of those disenfranchised virginia is one of only eleven states. That common lead disenfranchises voters. That's why the general assembly is considering a new constitutional amendment. That would be on the ballot next year to ditch felon disenfranchisement and we've got a fantastic panel to dig into this issue. Joining us is the founding father of virginia's current constitution. He was executive director of the commission. That wrote the nineteen seventy-one constitution. That's the one that we still have today. He's the water booker. distinguished professor of international law. Movie a a e dick howard. Thanks for joining us. It's great to be here also. Joining the transition team is the former president of the virginia historical society. He's currently george. C marshall foundation president at is making a return appearance on the podcast. Paul levin good. Thanks for joining us again. It's great to be back. This is such an exciting panel. I'm really glad that i talked both of you to actually doing this today. To to walk through these different constitutional issues and talk about felon disenfranchisement and perhaps we should set the stage here by talking about the very first constitution. The which happened in seventeen seventy six. So let's set the stage here and talk about that that founding document and and who was able to vote so obviously we're not talking about women voting right and african americans can't vote and even poor whites can't vote right so like back in that seventeen seventy six constitution who was able to vote. Well that's an interesting document was drafted in williamsburg and may seventeen seventy six by george mason and his his distinguished colleagues and that declaration famous declaration of rights opens on a very inclusive note. It seemed talks about constitutions being made for the common benefit talks about the natural rights of all men so it opens on a note of inclusiveness but then when it charged to the question of who can vote It's rather more qualified. Because the drafters who met in williamsburg would not interested in enlarging the elected at that time. Indeed they talk about health. If you won't vote you have to show that you have some permanent interest in an attachment to the community language of that sort and of course what they were talking about was property owners back in those days it was even among the white male population. If you didn't own property you didn't vote. It's interesting turning to our topic today. It's interesting that the seventeen seventy six constitution does not explicitly talk about people who are disenfranchised because of crime at something that actually appears later when that first constitution was ultimately revised there was a great convention at eighteen twenty nine and thirty the first rewrite the constitution that's when they begin to include constitutional language about who's not allowed to vote so in the intervening years between seventeen. Seventy six and eighteen. Thirty disenfranchisement was a matter. Statute would be only in the code not in the constitution. Apparently in eighteen twenty nine and thirty at the convention they begun to think well maybe ought to make clear in the constitution itself. Though that's so that's when they they don't yet use the word felony but they use something very like it they talk about disqualifying people for what they called infamous offenses leaving that as opposed to judicial interpretation or legislative implemetation. mr levin. good. I want to bring you in here. And and sort of set the stage in terms of what was going on the political environment and eighteen thirty. So we're talking about a time period here. The age of jackson as we as we mentioned in the intro where This was a time when you had more and more people who were wanting to be part of the process so you had white men who did not own property but they wanted to vote and so there was sort of a movement and can we sort of view the eighteen thirty constitutionists kind of a reaction to that. Yeah i think in a lot of ways. that's true. I mean just to put a little bit of context around us by the time the convention sits virginia is one of only gosh. I can't remember exactly but it's very few states that had still limited voting to landowners That was in some ways very much. An antiquated notion and obviously in the age of jackson the move toward more popular participation in electoral politics is a hallmark of the era. So i think the other thing that you have to remember. Is that virginia. In some ways in the early nineteenth century really into the mid nineteenth century is a tale of two states. It's eastern virginia which is still dominated by large plantations big planters kind of entrenched power. That went back. Generations and then western. Virginia which is more newly settled less dominated by the plantation system and large scale slavery at. And so it's i mean maybe it's a little overly simplistic to call it. Planters versus yeoman farmers but always a little more complicated than that but it really was a question of whether virginia would continue to be dominated by those who had held.
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"If you want to benefit from pay to play now you can buy joining transition. Virginia's exclusive patriotic community chip in as little as three dollars to help us produce. This podcast sustaining members. Get their questions asked on the show. Which means you know the next guest before the episode comes up so if you want us to ask questions or even if you just want to support the show hop over to transition. Virginia dot com and click the orange button to become patron patron today. And we're back on transition virginia. It's question time. This is part of the podcast. When we take questions from you our listeners. You can send us an email. You can hit us up on twitter or facebook. You can become a patriotic and support the work that we do here on the podcast. Our first question comes from friend of the podcast. Alex van wants to know about charter schools. How do charter schools. And perhaps even private schools generally affect school segregation. I'll open that up to other of you. That want to answer. We have strong evidence A variety of states and just nationally that charter schools are linked to increase segregation in schools. And when you have a geographic area where multiple school choices proliferate segregation tends to be worse. That's because information and resources are not distributed equally across the population so families with more information in more resources including the ability to get their kids to and from school are more likely to exercise choice which increases stratification now in virginia. Our current state charter. Laws have guided against the rapid increase in charter schools. In that is a good thing. Both of these reports would likely show much deeper levels of segregation if we had more expensive use of charter schools across the state at the same time. We do have some charter schools and fair many states in a very different situation across the country and so i think that it's really important for existing charters rules to incorporate civil rights protections those include deep and extensive outreach re transportation for students and admissions policies that prioritize student interest in the school not the schools interest in the kid charter slows. Shoot get rid of in renell involvement requirements that they might have and examine other policies. That may set up barriers tax as a think charter. Schools sometimes come up in the conversation about how to address segregation charter. Schools have impacts in terms of improving. Student outcomes and can result in higher levels of socioeconomic racial segregation. So that is why. We did not consider that as a policy option to address segregation in terms of private schools. Again i think building a strong public school system is integral to the democratic access of education to students in the state and i would also say that private schools again also have a history that increased segregation in the past range. So during the time outs resistance private. Schools were created to draw white students into the schools. In order to circumvent integration rate the creation of private academies known as segregation academies tuition grants or vouchers were given to white students found themselves in integrated school. these are really ways to circumvent integration. So i don't think that there's necessarily something wrong with the existence of private schools but that the priority should always be to create a very well resourced diverse robust system of public education because that is a social good as one that we've attempted to guarantee to every student so our focus our resources. Our attention should really be on building a system of public education and virginia that works for all students another question. Friend of the pod. Rachel she says students of color are often disproportionately placed in separate special education classes in virginia. Twenty seventeen report from henrico county showed that black male students are significantly more likely to be placed in special education than white students meaning that segregation can still happen within on segregated schools. She asked how do you think that factors into your findings and what should be done to fix this problem genevieve. Let's start with. You is such an important.
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"On transition. Virginia were talking about the lingering problem of racial segregation in virginia schools and are these to research organizations virginia commonwealth university and the commonwealth institute. That have both done some research on this and had some findings. Both of these reports also have some recommendations on how to fix the problem. Genevieve seagal hollywood to start with you and the virginia commonwealth university suggestion that the state establish a new office or department inside the department of education. One that could support voluntary integration reduce segregation collaborate housing policy explain how the sort of bureaucratic potential solution to this. Why create a new office. A new department. What what good would that actually accomplish. So the officer department video. He should happen in tandem with a number of our other recommendations but in essence you know if if the state doesn't define what school segregation as and then set up a system in perhaps the department the hold school divisions in regions accountable addressing school segregation. It's hard to imagine. Further work happening without those baseline measures in place need to define it need to evaluate it. And then you need to start holding school districts. Hannibal department could help that work and it could also offer technical assistance around whatever plan. School visions are school regions. Come up with to address school segregation given the current legal context. I think technical assistance would be important for school districts. They need support thinking through these issues. So that's why we propose creating a new small department within the existing bureaucracy. Kathy mendez your report here at the commonwealth institute. Points out that it's going to take a system of intentional actionable an anti-racist policies to make high quality education a reality for virginia students. So can you describe what are some of those policies. Virginia should be exploring. Yeah so we outline a few different areas of policy solutions ranging from local level policies. That would kind of adjust school boundaries to housing policies that could even address housing segregation ranked. 'cause there's a link there so in terms of local and regional integration policies that could take the form of regional magnet schools that could pull students across traditional boundary lines district rezoning which would have been on the local level of course with the individuals will certain manning that effort and then also managed choice systems should be equity focused choice system where it can kind of look like families. Submitting a set of school preferences and their students assigned school could be based on a variety of goals that could include proximity diversity among others and that is a system. That's houston several school districts. Nationwide like the louisville jefferson county kentucky school district. A second piece is including diversity on the school quality postcards in virginia so the virginia board of education could include levels of integration diversity on our school quality report cards. Those light now few different things about school divisions in virginia like chronic absenteeism climates teacher quality. That sort of thing. Dr include integration and diversity as well so you could really gonna change the narrative on what a quality school looks like and sort of build that more on strengths rather than deficiencies are third. Point is fair funding. So we gonna advocate for funding to make sure that students who have the greatest need for resources. Get the greatest amount. So policy makers should reform. Virginia's primary school funding formula to take into account student need and they should fully fund the newly prescribe standards quality for forward by the board of education. Which would bring crucial resources and staffing to schools like counselors and mental health professionals. Anyway take into account student socioeconomic status when allocating money to local divisions in the primary formula and lastly policies to address housing segregation so a more equitable approach to housing vouchers. inclusionary zoning laws home ownership in wealth building opportunities like down payment assistance or increased on human assistance and increase investments in the housing trust fund and fiction diversion programs cancer have begun to separate that link so one similarity in both of these reports is a sort of carrot and stick approach. But i think you take your two different reports. Take a slightly different approach. And i'd like to open this up to both of you The vcu report talks about certification requirements so new requirements for certification superintendents. School boards are teachers or principals the commonwealth institute report talks about the accreditations system. And i'd like to open this up to both of you. Is there sort of looking at certification requirements and accreditation requirements. Is that a good way to encourage behavior and sort of a carrot and stick model. Where you you're discouraging. Certain kinds of behaviors and encouraging other kinds of behaviors in terms of the certification or accreditation. The tenor of this entire conversation points to the need for certification requirements. That help people understand the history of racial discrimination in virginia's public education system and how that history as laid the groundwork were ongoing racial discrimination in the And so that was at the heart of recommendation around the certification china help but the the stakeholders who wield power over these contemporary policies. Trying to help them understand our history. And what would be needed. In order to address the.
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"If you want to benefit from pay to play now, you can buy joining transition Virginia's exclusive patriotic Community chip in as little as $3 to help us produce this podcast sustaining just get their questions asked on the show, which means you know, the next guest before the episode comes out. So if you want us to ask for questions, or even if you just want to support the show pop over to the church in Virginia. And click the orange button to become a patreon patron today. And we're back on transition, Virginia were talking about marijuana decriminalizing it legalizing it and it's question time where we take questions from you if you have any questions for transition, Virginia hit us up on Twitter. You can send us an email. You can join our patreon community where you can support the work we do here on the podcast. And in fact, our first question comes from one of our patreons Pete Gibson of Gibson printing Virginia's favorite Union printer. He asked this girl now open it up to the panel. What role is there for Virginia? Tobacco companies to play in legalization. And will there be incentives for former? Tobacco Farmers to grow Virginia college rules there toward tobacco. Look I don't think anyone is really jazzed about the idea of ultra dog. In cannabis and the Commonwealth even ultimately that may one day be a reality as long as it remains federally illegal. I think we're going to see legalization Virginia roll out or similar to the way it has in other states where it's not you know, Titans of Industry, you know, perhaps outside of those multi-state operators or even the canvas pack and and will there be a role for Virginia's? Tobacco Farmers for those books absolutely Equity can be looked at through a very large lens and and part of that conversation that Equity conversation here in Virginia and specifically within the Virginia marijuana legalization work group is about that brought that broader question of of equity in life. Not just about Equity licenses for those who may want to work in the Cannabis industry, but how can we wage? Provide opportunity and we're sort of justice to all of those who have been impacted by the failed policy. How can we incentivize opportunity for Virginia Norfolk, Virginia Farmer's or certainly part of that and to piggyback on that but also to take it away from Big tobacco and let's just go straight at the jugular a big Pharma will not let me just one cynic lease a as bought-and-paid-for both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. We're now starting to see even Purdue Pharma member that I've heard and I haven't done this story yet. But members of the Sackler family are investing in marijuana companies have tried to take the 10 or whatever billion dollars that they hid from the families who they killed with their opioids with their Oxycontin. They're now trying to get into the Cannabis market and so like there is fear within the industry wage. For lack of a better term that can go amateur ization of the industry, you know, the big takeovers people in Wall Street at the start of the recession and all these jobs in capital firms were literally thinking like who after a few months this is going to be the time to buy all these cannabis firms. Well what happened we've seen sales Spike wage cuz when people are sitting at home, I guess they like joints or bowl or an edible. So sales have been up. So all these firms avanta like rethink that just bought a rabbit capitalistic approach, which I'm fine with capitalism. I want people to make money but these pharmaceutical companies and big tobacco as well these companies that have killed hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens now want to get in on this just to I don't know to feed their bottom line, but I'm nervous about that because I don't think these companies dog. Or even Industries have proven themselves to be good actors who actually care about Americans for many people in the marijuana industry. Actually do this is medicine for millions of Americans right now while I don't disagree with you Matt, I'll remind our listeners that we should all be so fortunate as to one day have the luxury of choosing between Marlboro greens at the corner store and crafts cannabis at the boutique dispensary pharmaceutical eyes cannabinoids at CVS a message. I just want this companies owned by the people currently in prison, and I know you agree with me on that. Okay, we could keep exploring the Garden of Eden forever. But go to our next question here from Sarah Ingram Taylor Sarah is the lobbyists for Alexandria City and she has a question that comes in through Twitter at Sarah Taylor. Okay, see she points out that Alexandria substance log. Use prevention commission brought something to her attention. She wants to know will the quote social host unquote liability law extend to marijuana. Okay, social host liability line just looked it up. Google Google is a wonderful thing. It states in part that anyone who furnishes or sells alcohol to a minor is guilty of a misdemeanor and if that's acquaint consumption of the alcoholic liquor by the minor is a direct and substantial cause of that person's death, then there's criminal penalties. So so what they're asking is, you know. To give weed to minors or they're going to go to jail some many decades ago normal adopted what are called the principles of responsible cannabis use and the first point that is adult-only cannabis consumption is for adults only it is irresponsible to provide cannabis to Children. Amen, and that's industry-wide like it's not even a dog. Call a red herring. This is something that opponents bring up. Nobody in the industry wants kids consuming this stuff. Just like we don't want kids consuming alcohol. All right, Sara, if you've been listening at sounds like Alexandria has Substance Abuse Prevention commission needs new members. Amen activate Virginia on Twitter activate. Virginia wants to know should legislators package is an advisory referendum this coming session that would put legalization and Taxation on the twenty one November ballot to demonstrate public support. No, I agree with you Jim Michelle why no pets lived in a stall tactic Virginians have been vocal in their support for legalizing responsible use of money to buy a dolt. So I don't see how a referendum does more than illustrate what poll after poll after poll has already demonstrated our, New Jersey. Question comes from Bill in Richmond. He wants to know how National policy from a President Biden might influence the legalization process in Virginia. Any thoughts on that page, Virginia legislature is not swayed by the policies of neighboring states or frankly, even the federal government Virginia, like the majority of United States and territories is in violation of federal law by legalizing medical cannabis and decriminalizing personal possessions. So federal policy doesn't seem to be impeding progress here progress has been slowed but not because.
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"Samples and if so, how long Max be served nasty curve legal. Just asking for a friend. Yeah. Yeah, Jen Michelle Panini explain what the workgroup did and what the meetings were really like so I think they'll made that joke just for me as part of the decriminalization legislation. We added an estimate language that ordered some number of secretaries to convene a legislative work group. That's what Senator was speaking to and I am a member of the workgroup and it has very similar objectives to what we outlined in the legislation initiated to jail or study and so it isn't a Shedd Virginia legalize marijuana, it is a how should Virginia go about it. And what are the major policy considerations that we would like to address off in such legislation and ultimately the work group ended up forming three subcommittees fiscal and structural subcommittee.
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"Church welcome to transition Virginia the podcast that examines the transition of power from Republican to Democrat. My name is Michael cope and I'm Thomas Bellman today on the podcast off for Badness. The devil's weed Mary Jane. Yes, we're going to talk about pot earlier this year Virginia decriminalized marijuana and the Old Dominion will soon legalize marijuana to dig into this issue. We have a dynamite panel. We're joined by the leading force behind decriminalization the Voice who made it happen the executive director at Virginia normal genma Chef. Adini. Thank you for joining us. My pleasure Thomas. We're also joined by a journalist. Whose work you might have heard on NPR or whose work you might have read in The Daily Beast or in Rolling Stone. He's just log A new site called the news station that's a national alt-weekly exploring. The intersection of the War on Drugs social justice and National politics Matt. Laslo. Thanks for joining us. Anytime brother is a great. So the big picture here for Virginia is that after years of fighting and struggling the Commonwealth has finally decriminalized marijuana, not legalized marijuana, at least not yet but decriminalized. Marijuana Jim Michelle Panini, you were the force that made that happen. This Thomas said what exactly does decriminalization meaning of Virginia that's a very generous characterization of me. But thank you so decriminalization. And in this context, we're using it as a state policy word. It means choice to substitute a criminal penalty with some type of generally civil penalty could be a fine could be a warning could be dead. And something like community service, but generally it means to remove a criminal penalty and substitute it with some lesser civil penalty. And Matt. Laslo. I'm wondering about the experience in other states when other states have decriminalized marijuana, what kind of pitfalls have happened or what kind of benefits have they seen and that's the funny thing about. You know, I'm here in Washington like everything these days just gets sucked into this stupidly hyper-partisan lands. So like if you talked to some conservatives from some of these states that have decriminalized quote unquote legalize locally, you know, there's just these talking points that are out there that are stale and one thing we're doing with our site. The news station is we're really trying to like actually do it normal has been doing for years like really hone in on those research studies cuz like new science and new data and research is coming out all the time. So it's basically we've seen from Most states wage. He was sounding you know success does not attend the kids using it. That's a false talking point. Every state is actually actively working to make sure that just like alcohol. You can't imbibe unless you're Twenty-One et cetera. And also now Criminal Justice Reform has become a part of this Illinois was kind of a leader on that. So now off of other states are going back like Colorado and Oregon some of the initial states to decriminalize they are now kind of kicking themselves and saying who we put a lot of that money into local police forces which right now as you may have heard is not quite in Vogue any longer, so I think Virginia coming in when it's poised to come in is I'm going to bode well because you guys are set up to really learn from everyone else's mistakes. Gen Michelle. What kind of decrim numbers are you seeing at Virginia normal decriminalization, you know, yep. Not a solution for prohibition but it is an incremental step that frankly Most states are willing to take before they get to legalizing of don't use and what we are seeing is roughly a 50% reduction in arrests post decriminalization. What we aren't seeing is any shift in the disparate enforcement of those thoughts on the laws between black and white Americans that that disparity that racial disparity in arrests still lingers after decriminalization and in Virginia what this translates into age to hopefully it's about 15,000 fewer arrests per year prior to this law taking effect on July one, Virginia was spending over $100 million taxpayer dollars enforcing the policy that frankly they didn't support and arresting upwards of 30,000 Virginians every year for marijuana possession. So the Democrats took control of the House of delegates in the states anyway, Earlier this year and took action on decriminalizing after you know, assuming power after a generation of not being in power. This is sort of the theme of our podcast transition, Virginia is about that transition of power. One thing that Democrats tried to do though is walk this line of saying they were going to decriminalize marijuana, but they're not encouraging anyone to use it. In fact, it is still illegal took two House Majority Leader Charnel Herring about this it was her bill that accomplished all of this and this is how she explained it. Well, I mean, there's still a civil penalty. I don't think it encourages drug use, but the reality is that people are using marijuana and the arrests are disproportionate. And so this is an attempt to address that might Las Lomas curious about the politics of this and Democrats trying to walk this line of, you know, trying to be in favor of Criminal Justice Reform and yet at the same time not seem Like they don't care about Law and Order. How do they how are Democrats trying to walk this line? When you asked me about the politics of it? I almost laugh because when you look at polling even in Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, if you look at his home state of Kentucky one poll that came out showed that ninety percent of Republicans in Kentucky supported medicinal marijuana wage. So right there this isn't a partisan issue at all and few studies show that about two-thirds of Americans support legalization or more for another mostly medicinal and it's not really split on a part in line, which is why the politicians here in Washington are so far behind all these states and voters on the ground who just bypass Washington cuz Washington's gridlocked and worthless. So now we have 11 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational weed because they gave up on Congress like many other advocacy groups have done for a list of other issues. We're not giving up here in Virginia. And and not only did we decriminalize personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana on July 1st. The state also took legalized participation in its medical cannabis program on July 1st. It's a pretty to extraordinary steps forward for the Commonwealth and and all in one Fell Swoop. Once that sort of Trifecta of power was in place in the legislature Jim Michelle. Can I ask you a question about strategy here for D? Crab? Why go for decriminalization life first before legalization? This is a public policy issue that had been before the legislature many many times. I mean there was a multi-year hall to get this issue serious face time and and ultimately was one that Governor Northam ended up campaigning on so it was a priority for his administration and what time You do here in Virginia is take any win we can get one of the topics of debate when the house of delegates was considering. This was the potential pitfalls of decriminalizing without legalizing and they precarious situation that put Virginia in one of the Republicans home voice to this was delegate Nick rush and I spoke to him during the session.
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"Couldn't vote. Let's go and take a break. We are talking with Dr Paul Levin Good. The former president of the Virginia Historical Society and current president of the George C Marshall Foundation, and also our friend delegates. Schuyler van Valkenburgh from Henrico. And we're back on Transition Virginia Brunell going to talk about the fall of the readjustment. So this is a group that we talked about earlier had a meteoric rise to power eighteen, seventy nine. The party is founded in the early part of the year. By the election in November, they were able to gain a majority in both house of delegates and the Senate. They had fifty six out of the one hundred seats mouse twenty, four out of the forty seats and the Senate and the next election cycle and eighty one they kept the general assembly and elected their own Governor Governor Cameron, and then the. Next year and the congressional election they had six out of the ten house seats meanwhile, the General Assembly of course, at this time is picking the US senators. So they pick Mahone who went to the Senate and ran the political machine from his US Senate office and they also picked the other US senator. So they had both seeds of the US Senate. They had six out of ten house of representative seats. They had the house ability. They had the state Senate, they had the governor's office when that's all within three years and then it all falls apart doctor Levin. Good. What happens to the readjustments? It's a really.
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"Levin. Good. I wouldn't start by setting the scene here. So when the readjusts are formed and take power in the General Assembly in. Seventy nine give us the setting here. So this is like we're not even talking about reconstruction anymore. Reconstruction is like nine years past give us a window of what was going on in the late eighteen seventies that allowed this to happen. Well, I guess you're right to point out that reconstruction was over ended in Virginia and eighteen seventy when Virginia was readmitted to the. Union. But there was kind of this interim period questions were being determined as to who was going to be allowed to hold power. you it enfranchised the state, African American population. There were African Americans winning local offices. So the political social kind of setting was was really kind of a bit in flux. You know when you had some politicians and figures from the prewar Arrow returning and trying to get back into power and you had new voices being heard. So it was just a lot of tumble at the time and it created I think this unique situation in Virginia history where there was this. Void and the void in some ways was really filled by as you mentioned, the adjuster what comes to be called a readjust her party, and also it is important to point out that one of you know the key debate in this entire period is a financial debate. The the Commonwealth's finances are really hamstrung by the issue of prewar debt which sounds really boring except this is we're talking about more than probably half of the State's budget is being paid in interest payments. For the debt that it incurred. In. The antebellum period mainly building things like roads and railroads and canals, all sorts of internal improvements which. I'm sure. Delegates. Van. Valkenburgh, you know talks to students about sometimes in that in that pre war era that era of improvements the Virginia had invested in these things borrowed money to do it. And then of course, there most of them are destroyed by the civil war, and now they're left trying to figure out how they're going to pay this massive debt this in these interest payments and do everything else they need to do. And this question really lingers and hangs over the head of all this politics. We're going to get to the legacy later on in the podcast but delegate van. Valkenburgh. I'm GonNa sort of hinted that right now at the top of the show, which is how we think about the readjust now in the modern world, like what is their legacy? How do we think about this time period today? Yeah, that's a good question and I think there's there's two things that I think we should address when we talk about it I think. One thing we have to note is that the reason why they were even possible is kind of the structure that allowed them to come into power. In. So when you look back kind of the history of of Virginia politics, you look back at the history of Virginia Governance we we've had many constitutions you had the constitution seventeen, seventy, six constitution of eighteen, thirty, the constitution, eighteen, fifty one, and it's really only with the constitution of eighteen sixty nine which provided African Americans the right to vote which I did not have a poll tax was added. It was done by the readjusting now, but it was only within the context of that of that constitution that this moment could even rise and I think that speaks to how important it is to have a constitution that facilitates. Democratic participation whether that's in the vote or how you draw the lines. You Know Rep Tartar talks about the Great Gerrymander of eighteen thirty, which was basically baking into our constitution, the legislative power for the eastern part of the state, and what that did was give slave owners the power in Virginia all the way through until eighteen, eighteen, sixty, four in the nineteen, sixty, nine with the kind of postwar constitutions I? Think. That's one thing that's really important to know is how the fundamentals help lead to different policies in different politics, and then the second thing is it is an interesting moment is an interesting moment about what matters to people. Coming out of this, the debt was the important thing. There's this huge conversation around school debt. So the Eighteen seventy eight, the general MB passes a school appropriations bill and the Governor Vetos it. When you look back at the language of his veto and why he vetoed it is incredibly inflammatory but it's basically talking about we're GONNA pay off this debt and schools is optional thing. And then that kind of folds in that leads to Mahone the confederate general turned egalitarian who calls a conference and says, you know this conferences for anybody who wants to come in makes kind of explicit call to people from both races and out of that. You could this coalition that exists in almost you know immediately after once they're successful, the rug is kind of pulled out from under them because the debt is no longer the important thing in race kind of respect to the forefront, and so I think it speaks to. The contingency of politics as well and how coalitions will change, and you know how you guys talk about the transition from Republican to Democratic power and how maybe this General Assembly. Assembly was the most progressive in history and maybe it was. But you know what that means in two years is going to be a lot different because some of these issues have now been taken off the table or have been or maybe have been taken off the table on what does that mean for politics in two thousand and twenty, two to twenty four, right So I think. The lesson is both structural but also the kind of day today politics in what issues drive people in eighteen seventy, eight poor white folks poor black folks were incredibly concerned about schools in the debt issue didn't play. five years later. Everybody agreed that the readjusts did the right thing debt or seemingly right. They put it to bed in the issue became about race again. and. So I think those are two kind of interesting lessons. And I think what? Telling you know Michael Getting back to your question. There is how are the readjusts remembered today? We'll. They're not. I mean they they.
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"The orange button to become a patriot patron today. And we're back. This is my favorite segment. It's question time. So Question Time is where we solicit questions from our patriotic patrons. These are people who actually pay the podcast day support our work and they WANNA see us do more of it. So the very first question is from friend of the PODCAST. Harrison Roadway for those of us who support paid sick leave had we advocate for that goal and get it accomplish in a way that continues to allow the Commonwealth to be a great place for companies to want to locate if they perceive this business Policy to be potentially negative to their bottom lines. The first thing is everyone who wants paid sick day policy needs to contact your legislators particularly your senator you need to tell your senator we want a paid sick day policy that covers all workers in Virginia If you WANNA get into the weeds, you can say we WANNA paid sick they palsy liked the Colorado policy but talk with them, email them right them. If they have a community forum, go to the form and ask questions about paid sick days. Let them know that you care about this? I was going to add that I think we can advocate for this in a way that demonstrates that Virginia is particularly good for businesses to locate a paid sick days. Policy puts businesses especially small businesses on a more even playing field with their bigger competitors at by the benefit I think that a lot of employers be surprised by how little paid sick days policy actually cost him moment because employees really only take it when they genuinely need it. So I, think You know making this the argument that this is actually good for businesses bottom line, and again it's the right thing to do. Is really important as we move forward. All right. Our next question is about a poll conducted by YouGov for Virginians for paid sick days it showed overwhelming support ninety, six percent of Democrat support a paid sick day policy Virginia even seventy, two percent of Republicans support the policy for under the PODCAST SAM is wondering why that kind of support is not moving the. Senate, Commerce Labor Committee with an overwhelming majority of Virginians supporting paid sick leave based on recent polling data and businesses. Especially, the smaller ones strongly opposed to it. It seems that a bipartisan majority of the Senate Committee that voted it down or either tone deaf or are not in step with the transition to a democratic majority in the Commonwealth. Is that a fair assessment? Are, all those senators tone-deaf deaf. While what I would say is that this really comes down again to a vocal minority of very well funded lobbyists getting in the ears of legislators and policy-makers who have tended to be a little bit more deferential to big businesses I think they really haven't had a chance to hear from the vast majority of Virginians who believed that this policy is really necessary and I think it's also become more urgent to Virginians especially with So I think this presents another opportunity for us to rally the grassroots into organize our communities and Organiz, the businesses who are already doing the right thing and who support this legislation to make sure that they're also hearing from those of us who don't have deep pockets. And in fact, eighty four percent of businesses provide this benefit are ready to their fulltime workers. Lower number for part time workers but most businesses are already doing this, and so these lobbyists that suggests that businesses can't do this most businesses are doing it. We just need to make sure that all do it at a very fair and equal way. Our last question comes from Ian Hines in spot. So Vania Virginia he is pointing out the differences in the mostly the construction industry, but between general contractors and subcontractors and often subcontract General Contractors Rather will hire teams of subcontractors to keep their own in house employees below those arbitrary threshold, and so he has a question as to whether those subcontractors working under the direction of the same general contractor would qualify for paid sick leave we'll. Leave payment be subject to the joint employer ruling of the Fair Labor Standards Act for example, the employees of various subcontractors with less than twenty five workers under the direction of the same general contractor potentially qualified for paid leave. That's a really good question I. Honestly don't know the answer. There's nothing in the bill that directly addresses this question of contractors and subcontractors. So we will need to figure that one out. That's a very good question. Thank you. Kim and Audra can you tell our listeners a little bit more about how they can find out more about your organizations? Absolutely, I would say the first place you should go to as va paid sick days dot org, which is our coalition website, and then you can find out more about freedom Virginia Freedom Va Dot Org. And at Virginia Interfaith Center Org all spelled out Virginia interfaith center if you want to be involved in this campaign as well as others but Virginia paid sick days is really the place to get a lot of the background information on.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"A handful of Virginia. A woman voted for her deceased mother. A man voted for his deceased wife and the mayor of Appalachia and Costa spiritual tried to steal his election by buying votes with cigarettes and pork rinds and stealing ballast from the mail. Sender Ebben why are Republicans so worried about election fraud? Well, I think we have a philosophical difference between the parties and a lack of understanding of Some of the realities of everyday virginians lives in Virginia up to a certain point African Americans were not allowed to be born in hospitals in received birth certificates and thus have certain kinds of identification easily and Republicans until recently were asking or special identification just to get registered and. At the polls, they wanted us to be able to show photo I. D.'s and not everyone has a photo id we took care of that but. It's really A. Trumpian issue. If you repeated often enough, they're concerned that for that one person who they suspect may be committing fraud they'd rather make it. For the next ten, thousand people, Democrats would rather make it easier for legitimate voters to vote. and. We don't see a problem with as you heard in that sound bite. So they're just suspicious in think that we're up in good and We think that people should be able to vote in a democracy and that putting barriers in place is a bad idea as we've seen in Virginia's history from years ago. That report that Senator Lock was talking about specifically mentions new Virginia majority was a case back in two thousand, seventeen where a volunteer for new Virginia majority pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying voter registration applications. What was going on with that case sure. So like many organizations obviously know that case well. Like many organizations that tried to register folks to vote we have a lot of volunteers who go out and and and collect applications. I think that example is a perfect example of the systems and the checks and balances working right. So as an organization that collects and delivers absentee ballot applications, we go through our own quality checks in quality control program, and so when applications, for example or incomplete, we stick them in a pile over here complete applications that go through our rigorous chat are put in a pile here and then. We. Hand deliver these applications that Registrar's office in these stacks and we flag the ones that are incomplete or might have some problems for the registrar and the registrars will you know their office in these election officials do a tremendous job of checking every single one of these applications to make sure that only eligible individuals are registered to vote and Ken vote In that particular instance, those applications were flagged and we worked both with the Alexandria city, Registrar's Office and the Commonwealth's Attorney Office to provide all the information we had on. That, particular individual that collected those applications and and worked with them to make sure that the case was resolved in the best way and it did result in that individual getting prosecuted for his actions. So all of these measures to make voting easier for people are happening while the president of the United States. Donald trump is deliberately undermining the US Postal. Service what happens Senator Ebben to Virginia absentee ballots? If the United States Postal Service is undermined. Well, let's keep in mind the the volume that we're talking about the postal service overall. On the job they do the excellent job, they did the last presidential election. There were thirty, three, million Americans voted by mail. This presidential election were expecting as many as one hundred million, and it sounds like a huge number and it is a large number. But when you look at what the postal service handles every day they handle about four hundred, seventy, two, million pieces of mail per day. So we're talking about less than a quarter of what the handle on a daily basis as the totality of the ballots collected a nationwide. They handle twenty million pieces of mail per hour. So one hundred, million pieces of mail is is fine but one question I'd put out there is that people need to when they get their ballot and they can request them now online, they need to return them early don't return them the day before the election, but returned them when they get them you know your research on who you're voting for, and then send the ballot back. Don't just set it down and they can request them online now either from the State Board of elections website or they can request them even.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
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"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"I didn't even know he was in town so he he was in town. This mishap happened and it was all over the paper I was like how sloppy can be refunded to the president. And you're running for a national election urinetown and you'RE GONNA Commonwealth Virginia or South Carolina North Carolina. Wherever you're at you don't even know what state you're in what locality. You're in or anything like that Whitney. We've seen lots of candidates. Come here to Richmond Right. Yeah I mean club. Chart was just here on Saturday. Obviously she's dropped out Sanders win was sanders here last week after Thursday and then this really surprised me because I was actually there for P. Buddha judge and I was so I was actually surprised that he I mean. He wasn't doing as well as he could but like. I was kind of surprised he dropped out. He got such a strong showing in northern Virginia. So many people came out and it seemed like there was just so much energy around him for for those who you know who supported him. It seemed like there was so much energy and people loved that he sounded and reminded reminded them of President Obama. You know on that on that same token And so I thought that he was gonNA. I thought he was going to be a little bit stronger than he was But I don't know I don't know what was I sanders Virginia. Yeah a couple of times. Andrew was in northern Virginia recently. And here's in Norfolk as well I was that crowded northern Virginia Norfolk do does he had eight thousand people in Norfolk Just the other day and some something crazy like that and then He had not as big Vigna limitations and I can't remember the specific number. Hit a very large crowd in northern Virginia. But that's expected you've got. I think it's one point. Two million voters in northern Virginia You can fill a room pretty easily with somebody who believes anything. I'm curious about the the timing here with all of these candidates dropping out at the last minute you know. Virginia infamously does not have early voting. You have to have an excuse to early. So there's been lots of people who have yet to cast their ballots And you have to think about like the alternative universe. Virginia did have early voting. And you had all these. Many many people voting for cloture judge in sort of casting their votes away. I can't remember another election cycle or so. Many people dropped out and the four days leading up to the election. Three days leading up to the election. The timing of this is just seems really yes. Yes is kind of bizarre because the Super Tuesday. I mean. Come on go. Thank you who Super Tuesday and then reassessed reevaluated. Delegates where you're at in the in the positioning in the polls and stuff like that. But he's dropped out well before and even come to Virginia speaking so the put the bill unanswered questions here is what are the effect of Bloomberg He probably essentially hurts Biden. What so what about Warren staying in the race like what are the dynamics there. Does she hurt or help anybody staying in the race? I would think that Liz Warren would be doing very well in a county like Arlington where it's a high high education spewed female and older and wealthier and and Liz Warren would be a very attractive candidate to people who are part of the system. They want to change it to make it more progressive. But they don't WANNA burn it all down between Biden and Bernie think well probably philosophically. Unfortunately I think most people are going to look at her going into the election day. Say or Primary Day and say well you know she doesn't at this point really have a pet the viability? She's been not to not been doing very well overall I like her. My heart might be with her but she's not a viable candidate and and a very educated democratic electric is GonNa come to similar conclusions in northern Virginia. So I think that's to be determined. You know I'm interested Thomas in your internal monologue here. I didn't realize that you were an undecided voter. So when you go to the polls on Super Tuesday you actually right now at this hour that we're recording this. You actually don't know who you're going to vote for. Yeah I can make an argument for any of them and I. I'm one of those never trumpers I wanted to seventy seven percent of Democrats. Who just want somebody who can beat Donald Trump So I don't think I'll be voting for Mike Bloomberg But the the the final vote is To be determined. I like Liz a lot. I think she she. I think she could do well. Especially contrasting against Donald Trump. Who would get distracted by just calling your poke hottest the whole time But then you've got Biden who's mental acuity issues are going to be his biggest vulnerability in my mind. That's ages Thomas. No I don't can do if the worst trump can do is call out Warren by calling her pocahontas than I think she's a city for Bet. Then yeah either either Biden or sanders the middle acuity talking about trump the way that she went after the Bloomberg love to see that on the stage. Yeah Yeah and to be clear with mental acuity. What I'm talking about is making reference to Richards earlier statement about Biden. Forgetting where he is he. He'll be probably the oldest person will help he'll be the person who presents the oldest. Yes Bernie Sanders is. I think older but Biden has struggled and some of the early debates and if we see that Biden come back post Super Tuesday. That could present a really big problem for the Democratic Party. I definitely think Thomas you're not alone in that still somewhat undecided but you will throw support behind anybody who the party ultimately chooses. It sounds like a lot of Virginians. Feel that way one hundred percent. That's correct you. It's lot easier to do this when we're the same room. This is like this is totally Jack leg. Richard is this more or less jack leg than last time. Don't have earpiece in my ear so that's good. It's positive in that respect but it's negative because I don't have a drink in my hand. Yes we'll we'll have to remedy that sometime later this week or maybe after session after I have a strong cup of coffee rather than rather than like a couple of glasses barred. Lamey you ten so okay. Let's do this. And then let's wrap up. Richard what is your top three prediction. What are one two three finish in Virginia on on Super Tuesday on in? But it's going to be close than sanders mourn but I think it's GonNa be close so when you win and I don't make predictions Thomas Beck around to you. What are your top three predictions? One two and three. You know what? I'm actually right on board with Richard. Here I think it's going to be a Biden Bernie and Warren following up. Pete had been doing well but now that he's gone. I think Biden's got the edge. The question is would you WANNA do? Is he going to continue the edge? Or YOU'RE GONNA lose the edge after Super Tuesday flounders. You know like he's done in the debates and he's come back he's done that. Several Times were extends east two incomes by and you know locally you know for Democrats. It hasn't been fatal Republicans have poundstone enough. But you know I don't think he's going to be able to come back from you. Know if he's got a pretty You know bad loss on Super Tuesday..