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Fresh "Virginia." from WTOP 24 Hour News
", it's good medicine. At 9 38. Traffic and weather on the 8th, and it's back to Jack in the traffic center. All right, riding in Maryland and Virginia the bellway's pretty much cleared out we'd had a little heavy traffic in Maryland on the inner loop passing the John Hansen highway. There was some police activity down your central avenue. I think that's cleared so the delays are easing back very quickly. Ways users had some trouble in Rockville, two 70 looked great out of Frederick all the way to the lane divide. They had stated there may have been some car crash debris down your montrose right along the left side. So be careful you'll be kind of approaching it at speed. You're in pretty decent shape between the beltways 95 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Inside the beltway watch for the work, northbound BW Parkway after four 50. 50 west out at the bay bridge, follow those overhead lane control signals. We've got work today, westbound span, blocking the left lane. All right, the good news, Virginia into the district, on the freeway, eastbound or north on three 95 before the entrance to the third street tunnel, the earlier crash cleared. It had been blocking two right lanes We're still slow back on three 95 in Virginia near The Pentagon. Staying in the district were fine on I two 95 north and south between ox and cove in the 11th, still a little bit of a delay D.C. two 95 southbound, nanny Helen Burroughs avenue toward east capitol street. There's a delay, Virginia, George Washington Parkway north, leaving one 23 toward turkey run, the work zone as a right lane getting by. Checking now out of annandale, Columbia pike, east to backlit road in your Tom Davis tribe, that's a reported crash, had a woodbridge one 23 south near Devils reach road, listeners said there is a crash you're under police direction. 95, a little bit of slow traffic, going south across the aka kwon toward woodbridge. It's the only delay north or south between falmouth and Springfield. Little update on the rails. Mark Camden train 8 51 had been on hold because of CSX freight train interference. It's now on the move, but operating with a 45 to 55 minute delay. Ready to bake, select 360 five by whole foods market baking essentials are 25% off with prime through December 13th, while supplies last. Shop in store or online. Terms apply. Jack Taylor TOP traffic. Mike's Jennifer has got a pretty good day for us ahead. A good-looking day across the area, lots of sunshine, a little bit warmer, and the winds will be lighter, look for a high end low to mid 50s, increasing clouds tonight
West Virginia to end COVID-related emergency order in 2023
"West Virginia's governor is quietly ending their virus related state of emergency. Governor Jim justice, says West Virginia's state of emergency related to COVID-19 will end at the start of the new year. Justice said quietly issued a proclamation about it on November 12th, but waited until Wednesday to make a formal announcement, saying he saw no reason to make a great big hoopla about it. He says he held off ending the emergency so that officials could check that the state would lose out on any opportunities for federal money, justice says the truth is the state of emergency doesn't affect a whole lot, and now we need to move on. The state ranks 31st in the country for new cases per CAPiTA. And in the last two weeks has seen a decrease of 14.6%. I'm Jennifer King
Fresh "Virginia." from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Michael and sons peting tune up for only $69. We check traffic and weather on the 8s. Let's go to Jack now in the traffic center. All right, in the district, you've got delays, unfortunately the beginning in Virginia off three 95 going in the northbound direction to cross the 14th street bridge delays north of The Pentagon, headed on to the freeway before you get to the exit ramp for the third street tunnel to right lanes are blocked, staying left to get by. There's a little rubber necking on the westbound side, but you're traveling are open. In the third street tunnel going northbound. There was a wreck before Massachusetts avenue along the left side. That has now cleared lanes open. There was an earlier crash dealing with ice inbound canal road in your Fletcher's boathouse. There had been a wreck along the right side of the roadway. Some slowing, unusual delay, Maryland, beltway inner loop, near 50 the John Hanson highway, you're heading down to police activity down near central avenue, unclear hoping it's out of the roadway. I think we've got to work zone going north on the Baltimore Washington Parkway after four 50. Icy conditions where west found on the east west highway in Chevy Chase near meadow brook lane that wreck had been along the right side of the roadway. Top side of the beltway outer loop does remain delayed New Hampshire toward Georgia, two 70, pretty much cleared out south out of Frederick, you were a little heavy approaching hyattstown. That's it all the way into Bethesda. You're looking good. In Virginia, the George Washington Parkway north, there is a work zone between one 23 and turkey run the right lanes getting by. You'll find delays on the beltway inner loop approaching and passing two 36. It's about the only slowdown between Alexandria and mcclain. 95 you're looking good, Stafford north into Springfield. However, the delay, southbound crosses the aka Kwan as you head down toward one 23. For over 65 years, giba, the government employees benefit association has been trusted by federal employees to provide dental, vision, and other insurance benefits. Choose geba, visit GEBA dot com. Jack Taylor, WTO P traffic. And Mike steinfeld has our forecast. Mostly sunny skies today. It's going to be a little bit warmer. We'll get out to a high in the low to mid 50s, but for an increase in cloud cover tonight, there'll be a chance of some right after midnight
Virginia Walmart mass shooting survivor files $50M lawsuit
"A Walmart employee who says she barely missed being shot and gunfire that left 6 coworkers dead is filed a $50 million lawsuit on Norman hall. The lawsuit filed in court in Chesapeake, Virginia says Walmart allegedly continued to employ the shooter, a store supervisor, despite what it calls Andre beings known propensities were violent threats and strange behavior. The plaintiff has done you preload, she alleges that she has experienced post traumatic stress disorder, including physical and emotional distress. Walmart, which is headquartered in Bentonville Arkansas, said in a statement that it was reviewing the complaint and will respond as appropriate in court. On Norman hall
Kyle Seraphin: FBI Waited a Year to Investigate Jan. 6 Bomber
"The first one was a story yesterday I was making the rounds I was going to get to it on my show unfortunately I didn't It was a story about a whistleblower and the January 6th bomber case And the whistleblower has told someone in the media that apparently the FBI the Washington field office specifically he took a year to open up a case on this alleged bomber who was alleged to have planted bombs in front of the DNC and the RNC that day before the January 6th incident there Well what would take so long to do that I mean I thought this was a big national security case I mean the insurrection and all that stuff They seem to be really interested in everyone else who showed up on January 6th What are your thoughts on that Well I mean it's pretty troubling So you may already know this but I was assigned to Washington field office on January 6th 2021 And I was there for a few more months until I left That was full 5 years of being there And at that time I was assigned to a surveillance squad in the second or maybe the third week of January My team was put on a potential subject of the pipe bomber case and we followed him for maybe a week and a half and change And then we were pulled from that assignment which we were told was a high priority assignment at the time to go and sit in our office and re January 6 leads that came in from the dregs of society that got forwarded over from West Virginia at what's called end talk And so I was always shocked by that I reached out to my buddies recently to find out if that ever got you know if they ever got retasked to that assignment and they didn't And so I'm wondering if they just dropped the ball so dramatically for a nefarious purpose or for incompetence but either way it's bizarre because that was the most terrorist like activity that we saw on that day And that was the thing that I'd be the most concerned about just as a regular citizen let alone being a law enforcement professional
California police: Virginia man killed family, took teenager
"California authorities say a Virginia man killed three members of a family and took a teen, I Norman hall. Police in riverside California say the suspect drove across the country to meet the teenage girl before killing three members of her family. He was identified as 28 year old Austin Lee Edwards. He was in law enforcement. Edwards was a Virginia state police trooper and was recently hired as a sheriff's deputy. He was portraying to be someone younger and probably someone different. Edwards obtained information, including her address, he took the teen, but was killed in a shootout the same day as the homicides. The girl was not harmed. I Norman hall
Mark Levin: Glad J. Michael Luttig Did Not Serve on SCOTUS
"J Michael ludik used to be a friend of mine I've been talking to him in a long time I have no interest in talking to him now quite frankly At first met him when I was 20 Going to law school And I was interning for the administrative assistant To the chief justice of the United States back then Warren Berger He had had the same position at one point later on I believe he went to the University of Virginia law school he clerked for chief justice burger not once but twice And there were very very close Each somebody who I supported way back when To go on the U.S. Supreme Court And all I can say is I'm glad he didn't I'm glad he didn't Because in the end he left the circuit court he went to work for Boeing as general counsel for some period of time And now he's busy writing things And it's too bad when you allow your politics in my humble opinion To affect your straightforward understanding and reading of the constitution
Walmart shooter left 'death note,' bought gun day of killing
"New details have emerged about the Walmart shooter in Chesapeake, Virginia. Investigators say the Walmart supervisor who shot and killed 6 coworkers left behind what he called a death note. Andre Bing blamed others for mocking him and said he wishes his parents would have paid closer attention to his social deficits. Bing also said he did not plan the shooting, but that, quote, things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan. Coworkers who survived the shooting say was known for being difficult and for being hostile with employees. Police say Bing legally purchased a 9 millimeter gun he used, the day of the killings. He had no criminal record. Bing died at the scene of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. I'm Mike Hempen.
Scott Powell Talks the Relevancy of Thanksgiving Today
"Are the other reasons that you give to say why Thanksgiving is relevant today to us today? Well, it's the qualities of character really, I think we all need a we can all do well to look at our lives as adventure. And not be afraid of doing something new and going on adventure. We have to have vision about what it is we really want. How do we want to live, we have a vision for that. And then we have to have the courage to pursue that. And in the case of the pilgrims, they wanted to live biblically. They wanted to live their lives according to the Bible as they understood it. So it was pursuing the truth, and they were persecuted for that. So we have to be willing to endure persecution. And then I think that the other important qualities include tolerance for people of different beliefs. Remember that the Mayflower had half pilgrims in half non pilgrims, some of them may have been Christians. I think some were, but then there were a lot of non believers on the ship. They had to have tolerance to live together, and when they were blown off course, and some of the non believers were ready to mutiny, it was the pilgrim elders who got together and said, we've got to we've got to save our save this. We've got to stay united if we're going into, you know, into a place we don't know about. They couldn't go to the Virginia company territory. They were then in Massachusetts. And
Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders
"President Biden vacationing in Nantucket for the Thanksgiving holiday, spoke out against a recent spate of mass shootings in the country and calls on Congress to do more to limit assault weapons. 6 people killed in a southeast Virginia Walmart 5 dead in Colorado Springs in just a week and President Biden says more must be done to prevent these killings from taking place. The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It's just sick. He tells reporters he'll take it to Congress, even though the sessions almost over and Democrats soon lose control of the House. Meanwhile, the president reached out to the owners of club Q in Colorado Springs, offering support and condolences, while a worker at the Virginia Walmart, whose life was spared, says she doesn't think the victims were randomly chosen. He was going hunting. He was looking, he was picking people out. Jesse will chesky on the job just 5 days, says the gunman who apparently killed himself aimed at her and then told her to run. I'm Jackie Quinn
NYPD: No known threats to Macy's parade, but tight security
"Police in New York say their planning tight security around the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia. Police say there is no known credible threat to the event, but they say they'll deploy additional resources to ensure the festivities across the city are safe for all. The parade comes just two days after a manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, shot to death 6 people, and then himself, and four days after 5 people were shot to death at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Macy's is promising that the parade will be bigger and better this year than ever before, and the event is starting at 8 45 a.m. this year instead of 9 to accommodate all the balloons, floats, marching bands, and other participants. I'm Donna water
US DOJ Seizes 7 Seven Domain Names Used in “Pig Butchering” Crypto Schemes
"9 p.m. Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022. U.S. DoJ seizes 7 7 domain names used in pig butchering, crypto schemes. The U.S. attorney's office for the eastern district of Virginia has seized 7 domain names used in committing pig butchering cryptocurrency crimes.
Walmart Shooting: Manager Kills Six at Virginia Store
"Authorities in Chesapeake Virginia released an image Wednesday of the suspected shooter, they say gunned down 6 people inside of a Walmart where he was employed and injured several more in a deadly rampage authorities have identified the gunman as 31 year old, dumb, dumb, McDonnell DOM, Walmart previously told Fox digital that this dude was an overnight team lead and he's been employed with us since 2010. Chesapeake police responded to the Walmart on Tuesday night amid reports of an active shooter just before ten, 15 p.m. once inside officers began to evacuate the big box store, at least 50 people were inside, the building, according to police, three people, including his fool, were found dead, and an employee break room, another found dead, I need the front of the store, three other victims were taken to the hospital where they later died in total 6 people were killed and several others were wounded, employee, Breonna Taylor, said that overnight stock team of about 15 to 20 people had just gathered in a break room to go over the morning plans when shots rang out. She said, meeting was about to start and her team lead said, all right guys, we have late night ahead of us. When her manager turned around and opened fire on the staff, that's which is crazy. How many God dang? He was just shooting all throughout the room. She said, it didn't matter who he hit. He didn't say anything. He didn't look at anybody and he's specific type of way, a witness also told the news that she heard the suspect laughing at one point and that she believed that the shooting was planned.
Razorfirst and Sebastian Discuss the Mechanics of Collecting Ballots
"I have drawn the following conclusions. Tell me if I'm off base or what's missing, raise the 5th. My take is the following. Where we have normal elections, let's say, two weeks of voting, we should do politics. We should campaign on a message, build a platform, get that candidate in front of as many people as possible and have rallies. Everywhere else, like Pennsylvania with 50 days, Virginia with 45 days. I mean, a Republican government, 45 days of voting, it's not about elections anymore, razor fist. It's about the mechanics of collecting ballots, not votes collecting ballots, and we just have to build that machine. And policies, platforms really don't matter because if Pennsylvania can vote for federman, then this isn't about politics. What do you think? Well, and some states come right out with it. They even venerate. I mean, California law venerates the practice, just explicates it is actually legal to ballot harvest. Right. Which makes it makes it a really tough sell in all the states where the Democratic Party is pretend that ballot harvesting does not exist and is a conspiracy theory. California doesn't seem to think so. They actually passed a law passing it. The thing that's hilarious about what you mentioned was Katie Hobbs, of course, the candidate that Carrie Lake was running against. It's bigger than that. People outside of Arizona only know Carrie Lake is the charismatic person that they've caught maybe an advertisement or a speech from. But here in Arizona, she had been a journalist and very, very visible here for over two decades. She was in the biggest markets from north to south for 25 years. She was a phase, right? Absolutely. And what's worse, her opponent was in charge of the election,
What Have We Learned and What Is Our Strategy?
"Says Charlie, this is actually a really good question. Charlie, what have we learned and what is our strategy? Look, a movement that does not adapt. A military that does not adapt. An organization that does not adapt will die. It's that simple. You must always constantly be adapting and improving. And one thing that we have to learn from is in Maricopa County, if we just all broadcast election day election day election day, it doesn't go well. You can sabotage ambushes all this nonsense. So instead, and I want to make sure I'm very clear about this. The ideal, the ideal way, how we want elections to operate is different than what we have to navigate. The ideal I would love to have a national day where everyone goes and votes. Voter ID, one day of voting, that's it. The way France does it, you know the winner by the election night, but that's not the world we live in. So if you live in Georgia, I would not recommend voting by mail. But in person early voting. In person early voting, go get your vote banked. We need the entire America first, the entire conservative movement in Georgia. I could tell you there's going to be shenanigans and nonsense and all of this, but we have got to get Herschel Walker across the finish line. This is the difference between the Democrats, having reliable 52 48 Senate or a 50 50 Senate. And with a 50 50 Senate, you're going to have cinema in a tough reelection fight and cinema with hopefully a tough primary challenge that seems to be bubbling up in Arizona with congressman gallego. And also Joe Manchin, who's going to have a very difficult race if he decides to proceed. Joe Manchin just might go become a lobbyist. Where it looks as if the popular governor justice might run Morrissey might run. There's a lot of different people in West Virginia that will keep pressure on Manchin. So this Democrat 50 50 majority won't really even feel like a majority.
Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6
"A Walmart manager opened fire on coworkers in the break room of a Chesapeake, Virginia store, killing 6 people last night at leaving several others wounded. Walmart employee Brianna Tyler says she was standing in the break room with 15 to 20 other coworkers, starting the night restocking shift when her manager just walked in and started shooting. He just opened fire on everybody in the break room, and it is by the grace of God that a bullet missed me, not gonna lie. I literally looked at him, I saw the smoke leaving the gun and I literally watched bodies drop. Chesapeake police say he used a pistol then apparently killed himself their investigating motive, Tyler says he had issues with almost everyone. He was already kind of rocky with people, but to this extent I would have never, yeah, I would have never guessed this. Walmart identified the gunman as Andre Bing and says he's been with the store since 2010. I'm Julie Walker.
Police: 6 people and assailant dead in Walmart shooting
"Another mass shooting in America, this one last night at a Walmart in Virginia where 7 people, including the shooter, are dead according to police. Police say the shooter went into the Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia around 10 p.m. and opened fire officer Leo Kaczynski says they're investigating that person's connection with the store. We're looking into the relationships and all that. He says, when police went into Walmart, they found the shooter dead along with the victims and the injured. It's sad, you know, we're a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday. I mean, anytime it's a set of it's just a bad time all around. You know, it just for everybody involved. Especially the victims. This is horrible. That audio courtesy wvc, there have been 40 mass killings in the U.S. so far this year, according to a database by the AP USA Today and northeastern university. I'm Julie Walker
Police: 6 people, assailant dead in Walmart shooting
"Police in Chesapeake, Virginia say a gunman walked into a Walmart Tuesday night and began firing, killing 6 people. Police say they believe the gunman stopped shooting when officers arrived at the scene. They say the gunman is also dead, and that they don't believe officers fired any shots, a spokesman forced centaur a healthcare, says in a text message at 5 patients from the Walmart store or being treated at Norfolk general hospital, their conditions are not known. Walmart tweeted a statement saying we are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store, were praying for those impacted the community and our associates. I'm Donna water
Virginia police: Multiple people killed in Walmart shooting
"Police in Chesapeake, Virginia say there are multiple dead and injured after a shooter walked into a Walmart Tuesday night and began firing. Police say officers entered the Walmart store and found several dead and wounded, and that the shooter is among the dead, Chesapeake police say they believe the shooter stopped firing when officers arrived. They haven't said whether the shooter is dead from a self inflicted gunshot. Walmart tweeted a statement saying we are shocked at this tragic event and our Chesapeake Virginia store, where praying for those impacted the community and our associates were working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates. I'm John water
Who Is DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith?
"What happened here In this case several years ago about The Republican governor Bob McDonnell who had a hell of a political career ahead of him Bob McDonald took a lot of gifts Mostly his wife did too At the time there was not a legal in the state of Virginia Was a wise No Did he commit a federal offense That's the issue The public integrity section of the criminal division of the United States Department of Justice was headed by this guy Jack Smith Jack smith's wife just done a documentary on excuse me Michelle Obama And is donated heavily to the Biden campaign So these are radical Democrats very very partisan You can assume this U.S. attorney or this head of the public integrity section is the same So what happened Well there's a definition in federal law in terms of bribes official bribes There's a definition for it In the bribery statutes in the interpretation of it Basically it's an official act The official act done on behalf of somebody as a result of receiving a gift a quid pro quo There is no evidence whatsoever The governor MacDonald had done an official act for anybody That there was any quid pro quo But that didn't stop Jack Smith the new special counsel investigating Trump From expanding it
"virginia." Discussed on Transition Virginia
"It's worth thinking about the alternative history when there were not to debates but there were three debates and that first debate happened over the summer at the omni homestead in hot springs where the virginia bar association was hosting that debate that traditional debate. That happened in the dead of summer when there wasn't a huge spotlight on the candidates and they could hone their talking points. And so now we're sort of forced to do that and you know the fall campaign season. Yeah also i. I thought it was interesting. Where the candidates were distancing themselves from their own base. We saw that with terry mcauliffe in two areas where he said that he would preserve qualified immunity for police officers so he disagrees with the democrats that want to get rid of qualified immunity and he was specifically asked once again about overturning right to work once again he did not answer the question of overturning right to work which means he supports right to work Once again distancing himself from the democratic base which is interesting and noteworthy we also saw duncan surprisingly distance himself from the republican base on election integrity. He said that he believes virginia. Has legit elections does not have questions about the legitimacy of virginia elections. And if he lost the election he would concede the race mccullough. So like that's distancing himself from trump who specifically said the opposite about virginia in particular junkin did not was given the opportunity but did not take the opportunity to distance himself on this issue of critical race theory. He once again said critical race. Theory is being taught in virginia classrooms. Which it's not it's illegal theory. It's like saying that. The theory of equitable distribution in divorce cases is being taught in the third grade. It's not. What do you make of that disparity thomas like. Why would you choose to distance yourself from the trump iast of trump issues which is election integrity but then maintain this idea that critical race theory is being taught in classrooms. Virginia what why the disparity there. Well yeah i couldn't tell you what glenn youngins team is thinking or telling him preparing to do. But what i can tell you. Is that those. Two things aren't equivalent supporting right to work or not supporting right to work as a legitimate policy position. And saying that you have trust in. The electoral system is a prerequisite to run for office for any party. So like the fact that that is what we're talking about as having young and separate himself from the base like who the heck is his base and mike. When i say that they're still working on their talking points. When i mean is terry mcauliffe is still running a message campaign about like send a message to donald trump. We don't want people like donald trump in this state and on young inside. It's and a message to joe biden. Then that's why you're voting me. I think ultimately neither one of those tactics are going to work because neither joe biden nor donald trump are running in this race and this is historically not what encourages people to come out and vote in these kinds of off year elections. The california recall election is proof positive to democrats that. Running against trump is still successful strategy in twenty twenty one. Like i'm not saying it's not going to carry them over the hump. What i am going to say is that it's not going to carry.
"virginia." Discussed on Transition Virginia
"Well that rendition. Of god bless america. Sounds like something my so hurts but that duct tank does sound like a good fundraising idea michael but that was the one and only award. Winning editorial cartoonist steve arly delivering yet another masterpiece this time inspired by the justice for j six raleigh last weekend also i thought that idea about the dunk tank was really solid. We should have a transition. Virginia dunk tank. I'm sure there are lots of people who would pay top dollar to dunk. Michael pope you that will be an exclusive patron benefit seeing. I don't know which tier to add that to but once a minute here at the dunk michael pope. That's right it doesn't currently exist yet so don't go looking for it. We'll let you know when it's out. But i think i know that amanda chase would probably want to sign up just dunk you michael and maybe the glenn young campaign raising money all over virginia. Okay let's get onto the news last week. The two major party candidates for governor met for the first of two debates out at the appalachian school of law in grundy former governor. Terry mcauliffe says he will preserve qualified immunity for police officers and mandate vaccines for kobe. Nineteen his opponent in the race. Republican glenn junkins says. He's worried critical race. Theory is being taught in virginia classrooms. And he says mccullough is trying to recycle the politics of the past. We have a twenty year high in murder rate and yet my opponent embraces radical groups that want to de-fund police enclosed prisons. We watch our education system fail our children because he has sold out to the teachers unions and the cost of living in virginia is absolutely running away from us..
"virginia." Discussed on Transition Virginia
"Was first proposed. But it's really problematic that they don't have the ability to even bargain discipline. And i'll tell you why Many times people say. Oh this is an issue where the union wants to protect bad workers. That's totally untrue. And it's an anti-worker lie. Why it's important is workers need to feel safe that they can speak out when something is going wrong. And we saw this. During the pandemic in nursing homes nursing homes that had collective bargaining where people could speak out because they bargained safe transparent discipline processes. They were able to say what was going wrong. Get with they needed and it unionized. Nursing home saw thirty percent fewer deaths among clients and workers than nonunionized nursing homes. This is literally a matter of life and death and we need everything to be on the table for frontline workers everything on the table so you have an ordinance that sets the rules of the game then the workers themselves is assuming that ordinance passes the workers themselves have a vote. Do we want to be represented by a union and you need thirty percent of workers to vote in favor of entering into this when thirty percent of workers sign membership cards. It triggers a union election. And then the union is one when a majority of those in the election. Vote yes for the union just the same way that we pick our elected leaders. It's that same open. Transparent democratic process that workers us to choose whether or not they wanna have a union represent them. Then you have your collective bargaining agreement negotiations and those as you were saying what include things like discipline or it should pay working conditions benefits. Tammy i'm wondering if there's been a time in your role with. Sei you five twelve with that. You can speak to where the union has directly improved the situation for these workers. One situation that we can talk about and we're very proud of it. Is the paid family. Leave prior to pay family. There was only roughly two weeks of leave for the workers whether they became new parents or it was mainly for people who have given birth but there was nothing else for the other workers so we fought and we put forth before the border supervisors stating that pay. Family is very necessary. Leave know due to aging parents in sickness on the job because you cannot work when you're sick of course but that six weeks of pay family would be alive changer and it has been a life changer for many of our workers just having that cushion there for if they exhausted current legal they have. They can move over into the paint family. Leave so you know that is one item that we raised and we presented. We fought for it and we wanted. We talked about why a worker might want to be represented by a union. But it's not just the workers who can benefit from a union representing them right. Why would a locality like fairfax or like richmond or like buckingham county. Why would one of these localities want to do that. So the benefits to communities are so clear and tammy can talk about the amazing work that she has done with families and children and older adults and how that's made the community richer but here is why it's so important. Here's why when. I take my union off as a dad of two young kids in fairfax county public school system who used the local libraries and the local parks. Here's why i care about it. When frontline workers have a seat at the table they can improve the services for everybody. They know best. what's needed. They know best how to deliver great services they know best where to find cost savings They know best how to keep the community whole and safe. When localities pass collective bargaining they see their recruitment and retention dramatically improved which is another area that we can lower costs for local governments and put that money put those savings into better services and into livable wages and benefits so that workers like tammy can do what she does best for our regions families. And i also would like to add that i have been employed for thirty two years in the county and i started as a sack worker. Many of those children are now young adults with their own families. And the beauty of what. I can see that they have gone off to school and came back and have taken jobs in the county. So it's just that they didn't leave to go to another state or another jurisdiction. They came back home after receiving education started their families where they are now raising their families. And giving back to fairfax county as fairfax county. Gay to them as they were coming up as as young children. That's what you want to do. You want to retain and they need to come back. Give back work in their community and grow old in their community in l. Best best more or less what we're looking for him. I can attest to see many families. Even the older adults being able to thrive in their communities without having to be placed outside of jurisdictions because their money's is not enough but you know what services will put their. They can stay in stay within the communities where they affordable for them because that's where they raised their family and that's where they were but now they need to age in place and that needs to be their final resting place. I'll tell you one other reason. Real quick why it's important for local governments to pass collective bargaining. We are all seeing in the news. How hard time businesses are having attracting workers back to work in the pandemic and it's impacting local services. My children go to the school aged childcare program. It's an amazing program in fairfax county that provides after school education for local students. We have one daughter who got in and our other daughter was on the waiting list because the county has had a hard time recruiting enough educator. She just got it and so providing a contract having clear benchmarks pay and benefits. That workers can count on is gonna make it easier for local governments to recruit the educators and the first responders that all of us rely on. And we're never going to get out of this pandemic if we don't have them in place so we've been talking about employees of local governments. You guys represent employees of local governments. But what about st workers so when the general assembly was considering the legislation back in two thousand twenty the house wanted to allow collective bargaining for state workers but the votes were not there in the senate. David broder should state workers also be able to engage in collective bargaining. And if so should that be on the agenda for the future yes. Every single worker deserves collective bargaining rights every single worker so state workers deserve collective bargaining rights. Homecare workers deserve collective bargaining rights. Higher end employs deserve collective bargaining rights. The legislature absolutely needs to come back next january and pass a comprehensive bill to ensure that every worker has the right if they want to to join together with her co workers former union and bargain a contract. The law that they passed in twenty twenty really sets up. Virginia is a wild west for localities. That can pass whatever the ordinance is going to be. And there's no set. Your collective bargaining shall include at least right a outlined what changes what. Sei you like to make to improve the state law if any and the process of collective.
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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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"Out. They said that about everything. Well you kind of just hit on something. Probably a little bit more interesting. As far as the show goes which is. How do you become a judge and like walk us through that process because we would like to know who these candidates death alleges considering. Is there anybody that's going to be controversial genuinely controversial potentially and why they might be doing it in secret or is this setup why it set up this way so we don't know who the people are. Outside of the public candidate lists. When i spoke to legislators ahead of it they made it sound like the public meeting would have a larger are large ish like the leadership would meet and they would whittle it down to a certain number and then that number of like fifteen or something like that. I didn't get a specific more than the exclusively open seats. And instead so this eight open seats right made it sound like lead series of both to ahead. It's made it sound like we'd get like fifteen people at a public meeting that the public. Let's get to ask questions up now. We're hearing that. They're going to present a people for that public meeting. Which essentially means those are the people who will become the next judges on the Steak or repeals and all of that has happened. Allegedly behind closed doors. I mean gas officially behind closed doors which has brought the ire of those on the right because they are feeling like they've left out but as jeff shapiro noted in his headline democrats behaving as a majority party. Should there's a long history net oliver over at the mercury to the nice right up on. Just how partisan the judicial selection process. You're asking about controversial judges. We don't know who they are yet so we don't even know if they have the capacity to be controversial The list i've seen in public have been existing judges from across the state which goes back to the geographic concerns. there's also individual lawyers I reached out to some of them and they denied interview requests which keeps in the virginia tradition of judges not talking to the press ever. We don't know what's going on. Republicans don't know what's going on. I'm guessing there's five people in democratic leadership who knows what's going on and then a lot of folks are just gonna show up. Vote yes brad. You mentioned that. The republicans are upset about the lack of transparency. I think what they're really upset about is the lack of ability to participate in this because if they were behind closed doors doing it. I think it would be fine with that. So i think people who are concerned about lack of transparency. Probably should be worried that all of the conference committee stuff happens in secret and members of the public are not allowed to be in the room when they're making these decisions and all of these the process for electing these judges all happens in secret and so why is it. People in virginia have this fetish for secret government. I think that's all governments. Michael but no i mean well. This is going back to what i was saying before with. The are part of my job is like in order to see a civil documented court opinion in the state of virginia. You have to physically go to the local court to see a copy of the document. There's a long history of keeping things obscured from the public in the judicial system in the state and shouldn't people be outraged about that. The ensure i mean we spent the first fifteen minutes of this conversation trying to explain. What are the court of appeals is and i'm not sure any of us are better off now if we still have anyone listening like these are very complicated intricate things that there's a reason the process exists. Trust me. i'd like to more but even if you had a list of forty people to look through Is that going to offer more insight. I i mean you can say the following some abidance stuff you say. This person has background in public. Defending you have You know Civil rights law. They're all going to be civil rights attorneys at some point. I'm sure so. Yeah i mean do we want to know sure. Does anybody actually care. Unless they're a lawyer probably not And we will get at least a similar arca of a hearing with the public one that happens with with these eight candidates like you're totally right. This is a completely hidden behind shade. I just don't know how much people actually will like. Are they going to go to this meeting now. Because because they're mad they didn't get to go before. I don't know brad points for using the word simular on transition virginia. I think you're probably the first podcast to do that. So one last question before we wrap this thing up. Republicans have made the argument. That democrats are trying to pack the court. Is that an accurate way to look at what's going on with this. I was a bipartisan process. Every bar association every legal group and the state has been asking for this for years open. Chain said what you said earlier that it was expensive and just increasing bureaucracy and blah blah blah. When i spoke to stanley he took to bill. Stanley senator bill stanley he spoke he took issue with the capacity for partisanship in the selection process. He said had there been guardrails. He would have voted in support of it whether or not that's true is up for for them to say. But yeah the as we've mentioned beforehand you know the republicans bed in charge For real long time to have the capacity to fill almost every judgeship in the state. There's good stories about a mcauliffe appointing of the state supreme court getting removed by republicans. Six months later so there's a long history of partisanship On the bench. Is it any worse or better now because democrats are doing it. I guess it depends on what side of the ion pat. I'm glad you mentioned that. Because i think that's great fodder for a future episode if we can get judge Sean though that'd be funny. I was going to just push back once again on the republican narrative. That democrats are packing the court one. They're doing the job they were elected to do. Which is make government run more efficiently and fill positions which the republicans deliberately chose not to do and then the other thing is the republicans had thirty years of power to fill an appoint all the judgeship set are currently there except for the ones appointed in the last couple of years and so the judicial bench is already heavily. Skewed to the right and We learned in a previous episode of from michael that they're overwhelmingly white males and older so the courts are already packed. We are unpacking the court. And i think that is the message that should win the day because people know like the average person knows that government is not working. It's not functioning properly and this is one of the reasons why so your argument. Thomas is yes. The democrats are packing the court. But they're reacting to decades of republicans packing the court there unpacking the court. They're bringing balance back to the force when they when they when they appoint current judges to these to the court of appeals to fill those vacancies. And that was one of the questions. I had for one of the Legislators interviewed i said. Does that mean that if they open these seats by with these new appointments will they have to immediately or will. They want to immediately turnaround and fill the vacancies. They created themselves because the house is up for grabs this fall. If i was them i would fill the seats as soon as possible. Just in case there might be a veto session on the other side of the special session so there could be a version where we see if any current sitting judges are appointed. We might come back in a month. After post veto and appoint those judges fillers again so continued. Quarterback never ends so. That's all for this episode. Support us on patriot or send us an email to transition. Va podcastone gmail.com. Like follow at transition. 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"Lopez won this primary with more than seventy percent of the vote. So once again. Sarah keeps the top spot as predictor in chief here on transition virginia and this idea that democratic socialists of america is a force to be reckoned with in fairfax thomas. When did you make of that. Well definitely not in fairfax michael. Look the reality is as northern. Virginia especially while it is very liberal. This is the home of the establishment people who work for big corporations. The defense industry the military the elected officials themselves often. They all live in northern virginia and many of them vote in northern virginia. So yes it's liberal but it is not a bastion of super progressivism as far as the desa's concert. And i actually have an interesting story about that. So when i was a union lobbyist i had the privilege of sitting on one of the amazon. Hq to hearings for the arlington county board and desa showed up in mass and disrupted the hearings twelve hours later at the end of that hearing turns out most if not all of them shipped in from dc. They weren't actually northern virginia residence at all. So yeah you've got a. You got a little bit of presence of the say in parts of northern virginia and they certainly go out and turn up and marches. They're all over twitter. But the reality is you know as a voting block. Maybe small growing but northern virginia is the establishment home. The one place where an incumbent did lose to a challenger from the left. Is steve heretic now. Mark levin loss because of alexandria city politics ebrahim samarra lost because of russian politics. A heretic loss. Because he was a alleged financial predator in a district that does not have a lot of wealth and so yeah he had a lot of bilton advantages one being the incumbent having to opponents that in theory could split the vote but he did himself and by having all of these negative news headlines unfortunately right after we published so neither one of us got the memo. That steve kerr dick was going to lose until of course our episode was already out so i think i actually had some of my own comments about the race in that episode. Do you remember what i said. I can pull the audio right now. This is what you said on our episode. Back in april i will be watching the lopez reyes closely as a former constituent of alphonsus but i think ultimately. He's going to be fine as you catch that last part play that again i think ultimately he's going to be fine on more time i think ultimately he's going to be fine so yeah look. I didn't say that he was going to win by a lot or a little. But i did say he was going to be fine and he was more than fine at seventy percent so affonso sarah predicted you would have seventy percent of the vote and i predicted you at win. Jazz got it wrong. I think it's worth noting here for the record. Most of comes predictions were actually spot on I think the parts of the show. That may have been a problem. In retrospect is when he's talking about incumbents who ended up losing. Let's remember here for the record. We had a number of incumbents. Lost steve heretic. Lee carter mark levin and also ibrahim samara. Now i think thomas there was a point of the show where you were talking about that race. Here's what you said on our show back. In april ebrahim samarra irene chen i think irene chen is an incredibly strong challenger. She got the endorsement. Janet powell and that district and that is it easy to get when you are trying to take on an incumbent and so she is absolutely one to watch. Yeah so what. I didn't say there. Michael is that i knew that she was knocking. Doors and raising money the entire time. And it's funny because shortly after published that i actually got a call from abraham samaya who told me he thought it was cute that i thought his race is going to be close cute. He's the word cute he is. And so yeah. I knew that she was working hard. And then i knew that abraham wasn't and so okay like people lose and so the one i didn't see coming necessarily was harder. The reason i don't. I didn't see carter. Losing is because lee. Carter is kind of the every man of manasseh city. He is working class far left but at the same time like salt of the earth. And that's exactly who votes in manassas city But what. I didn't know at the time was that carter was not knocking doors. And he wasn't letting his campaign. Volunteers knocked doors on his behalf. Either why was that. The reason league carterton do that is because he understood. The science around cova did not want to risk exposing him other people that were his constituents or his campaign volunteers or staff to the corona virus. That was obviously not a good call. If you wanted to come back to richmond at least but that's the decision he made. I would also point out. That lee is now a father of four. And he's got a young baby at home and it's a lot more preferable to be a dad with an enjoy that time with the new kid than it is to go knock doors and this guy has gotten death threats by the way multiple times every day of his life. So i'm sure lease kind of thinking. Good riddance to you guys here. Also it's worth pointing out that he was a double filer and his name was literally on the ballot twice. Voters hate that right. Yeah and so same thing. Hurt mark levin in in his race who got right to and that claim the other person who had the same situation but totally different dynamics is jay jones who is an extremely popular incumbent in his name was on the ballot twice and he won one of those races and lost the other. You and nutty comb actually had that all of that spot on in terms of jay jones winning despite the fact that his name was on the ballot twice but yeah levin and carter actually suffered from the same problem which is their name was on the ballot twice and they weren't as strong as they should have been in their own districts and they got knocked off. Yes and levine's case. He was running against incredibly popular candidate and relative newcomer. Elizabeth parker who's now delegate elect presumptive i should say delegate presumptive elizabeth parker there is a republican challenger who has lots of yard signs up all over alexandria. So yeah. she's got to make it through the general i mode. It's good that they're paying attention to their constituents and or potential constituents in alexandria city the republican party there is but anyway so get mixed bag. Predictions are always risky game. But they're fun and that's why we play right. Lopez did win with seventy percent.
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"Law brings about consumers. You know and the future is now on this issue. Because if you're a dominion customer. At least like i m you can go to your account online and you can choose an option that all one hundred percent of your power generated and used comes from renewable energy and you can also opt into their existing solar net metering program and so there are more than one way to skin this cat but for energy efficiency conscious environmentalists. Listening to our program. You can do some of this right now. I've always thought the concept of net metering suffered from a marketing problem which is the phrase net. Metering doesn't give you enough information in fact it seems kind of perplexing net metering. What the heck is that. Maybe they should call it cash money panels or rooftop windfall like that but one thing one part of this that is perplexing to some is that there is a cap on the amount of energy that can be generated from rooftop solar which i think is like six percent right so like it. Caps at the total amount of energy at six percent explained this cap. And why you wanna go about doing it this way. Yeah let's be clear that that cap was a negotiated agreement under the law that captured previously been at one percents of total generation the marketplace that i'd cap represents a sixfold increase upon the the limit that had been imposed before. So you know. Is it everything that solar advocates a would necessarily want absolutely not to expect it. We're gonna continue working to continue expanding. provide more access to folks absolutely but it is a dramatic evolution from where we were in virginia just a year ago senator. I'm wondering about the future of that cap. Is that something that can be tweaked by a future general assembly and i think that You will you will see conversations on that going forward. Would you care to elaborate in terms of. Are you going to introduce something. Not sure yet. You know we're were gearing up for special session than are just beginning to think about the twenty twenty two session as you alluded. I thought i would have had a different job so Still in the beginning phases of what i'm going to introduce specifically until two thousand two and beyond but i think more broadly that is definitely a conversation that is happening as we go forward now. The last pillar of clean economy act is reducing carbon emissions. So that that is a very broad and expansive goal senator. How does it clean economy. Act force us to reduce carbon emissions. Well you know. It's simple as when you are transitioning right now. I think about and i'm going on. Memory about sixty percent of the electricity generated in virginia is from fossil fuel based sources that coal or gas that emit carbon into the air and so going from that sixty two zero and replacing that with solar and wind Emit zero carbon emissions is police span torches by having that renewable energy mandate is the first step but the second step goes back something eluded to earlier of when you are looking at what is the least cost way to generate electricity. Part of that is not just looking at the facility that in place or the facility. That's being bill. But what is the broader impact that has on society and we've sort of through the clean economy act us market incentives to ensure they're gonna be no more emissions in the air and again. This is part of larger puzzle so when you combine that with joining the regional greenhouse gas initiative which was the first step to put us to one hundred percent carbon-free power the to work very well together to ensure that we're not only reducing carbon emissions. But eventually we're eliminating them here. In virginia 'electricity generation easiest way. I think for your listeners. To think about this is that there are two glide pads in the clean economy act. There's a glide path. We talked about which steadily ramps up. The amount of clean generation were using to power grid. And we're requiring the utilities to go out and acquire at the same time as we're ramping that up we're ramping down the emissions that any individual power plant in the state of virginia can actually mitt as well as having and this is a belt. Suspenders approach as well as having specific retirement. Dates for a set of emitting power. Plants in by emitting power plants coal oil natural gas so were setting those off line in the ones that remain online. Had you get cleaner and cleaner over time. They've got shut down by twenty forty five. We've gotten to a system where we really have one hundred percent clean power in that regard but it's both of those glide pants working in tandem moving in the opposite directions in research which he what rolled is carbon reduction in carbon offsets. Play in the click to me. I can we expect to see companies like planning more trees for example right now. Those emission reductions specifically based upon looking at emissions at that point of emission. You know how many tons of co two does this plant put out this year. You have to go about admitting less than that. The regional greenhouse gas initiative which the center alluded to before parallel initiative. That basically looks at the entirety of virginia's power emissions and steadily shrinks. Those would allow those plans to go about trading between each other in order to go about achieving those reductions. But in this particular case we're talking about the clean economy act. This is saying every single year we need to see those emissions. Go down year over year over year so to answer your question. No the idea of saying only this powerplant running but we're gonna find an offset over here. That's not something that's envisioned the clean economy. There's another interesting part of the clean economy act which surprised a lot of people. Which is the all this social equity. That's built into the bill which people don't naturally associate with energy policy. Senator talk about the social equity piece of this. I know if you talk about like the net metering where you can make money on the solar panel. That's on your roof. There's part of that. That's set aside for low income households and there's another part of this where there's a fee that's in your energy bill and that money goes to subsidize low income people so that they don't pay more than six percent of their income on energy. Explain the social equity. Part of virginia clinic. Comedy act yeah so it recognizes the intersection of many different issues and many different policy lovers going all at the same time and we wanted to ensure that win. We are expanding access to renewable energy and clean energy. That transition doesn't overburden one part of virginia or one community or one income bracket over another. And so we sort of built the concept of environmental justice in by. I require review that we're going to actually annually look at the implementation and make sure that there's not one community that shouldering a disproportionate burden of this shift because we know now. There are certain communities that are disproportionately bearing the burden of fossil.
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"Like that. But that's kind of what we need. Is those policies in state law that disincentivize or make it more difficult or outright prohibit the installation of rooftop solar utility grade solar or wind projects. This bill got rid of him. In addition to that the other thing the bill puts place is clean energy standard. And what that says really simply is every single year. Our utilities need to go out and get an ever-greater share of the energy. We use from clean energy resources. That's wind solar hydro end. If in the future new technologies are invented that are zero emission clean resources they too can be part of that mix as well so utilizing those starting from our existing sort of base load nuclear generation. That's your look about thirty. Percents of virginia's energy system is already powered through zero emission resource. That's nuclear generation. This law keeps that in place and builds upon that foundation with wind solar and other renewable resources. But that's what it really means to harness the wind and down and build that out over time or creating a clear. Pathway that steadily steps up our state every single year giving us time to make that transition in the least cost possible with maximum transparency in competitive bidding through that process. Lots of different ways. The utilities can go about acquiring that generation. So it's the least cost to customers but ultimately doing that every single year so that we're getting steadily more and our grid gets cleaner and cleaner one of the criticisms you hear about solar power. Is that these. Solar panels are made in china with toxic chemicals which are reaction to that criticism. Senators start with you. Well i think by opening up a market. You also will open on hair kind of touched on this. In the beginning you open up a demand for more solar panels to be built here and creating that market for manufacturing here if you don't have a marketplace for those to be soul it doesn't incentivize anybody to even internet market so i think that's the first response to that you know. In addition to that a couple of things noting here the vast majority of the soul of that we're talking about here is polysilicon. Sounds really technical and complex but it's basically refined sand and then with glass. Aluminum steel frame racking structure on it so the claim of toxic chemicals doesn't seem to be based in a factual analysis of the actual technology being utilized and deployed here. This is not a toxic risk. And certainly that's only one type of renewable generation that we're talking about here. and then i would reinforces centers. Point is well on this. Were seeing a domestic. Solar industry steadily grow as we do more in virginia and the nationally with things like the american jobs plan that president biden has proposed. We're going to see more of that. Industry come here but until we make these commitments and demonstrate a long-term growth trajectory like the virginia clean economy act. does there's relatively little reason for solar manufacturers to locate closer to sources of demand. Because they just don't know whether it's to the clean economy helps to change that. Yeah i would add one quick thing that is there is there is no question that the fossil based generation whether it's coal or natural gas clearly has toxic byproducts and the social cost of carbon as you see not only increased sea levels in the higher higher temperatures and climate change but asthma and higher incidence of asthma in the areas where these plants are that is also something. You've got to take account you've got to look at that. Broader holistic impact and cost of continuing to use fossil fuels going forward and the impact on communities and the environment of solar and wind. This just by far less so it strikes me that with all of the empty factories and warehouses in dying or depressed towns including danville bristol. Martinsville places that are republican strongholds traditionally. What the democrats and the people who voted for the vce are proposing is to put more money eventually and the residents pockets. Who live there and that is just putting on my political consulting hat. Literally the most popular policy any politician can propose. Yeah thomas absolutely. I was just at at just under a month ago. I was actually at a solar unveiling at palate. elementary school. at. If you've been to pout in county outside of richmond about forty five minutes outside it. This is a deeply conservative area but thanks to provision like those in the clean economy act the school district. And it's not just intel mentoring some powder in the middle and a couple of other schools in the district has been able to take a share of their energy load and move it over to solar in the process. They're going to save over three million dollars of the lifetime of those projects in their school budgets dollars. They can put back into the classroom dollars. They can return to tax payers and so there are absolutely economic opportunities that can flow to. Whether it's you know. Deep blue. Northern virginia or deep red central virginia or southwestern. Virginia this does not need to be a partisan dynamic and indeed when the clean economy talks about historically economically disadvantaged communities. We are talking both about communities in the south side where there has been issues of environmental injustice. But we're also talking about communities in central and south western virginia where changing energy landscape is making increasingly difficult to sustain their way of life and that grades an economic impact as well now solar energy. The generation of solar energy has been so controversial. And you hear people say all kinds of things about you know as i was saying earlier. Solar panels are made in china. they got toxic chemicals. They might give you cancer another thing. You hear critics say is that all these requirements and the clean economy act will require the clearcutting of forests and farmlands and the number. They always use his five hundred square. Miles which is a huge amount of trees. That would be cut down. What do you make this. Criticism that requiring the solar generation will in turn require the clearcutting of forests and farmlands in virginia which will be replaced with like a hundred million solar panels. In what used to.
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"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.
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"I think critical race theory sort of axes an umbrella of fear that conservative republicans have really been able to get behind without actually having to understand what that theory actually entails and what its purposes on this episode of transition. Virginia it's just bursting. Their bubble debate over critical race theory. Racism is a social contract. Whatever you do they will say oh. Lord joined by jatiya right at virginia commonwealth university more diverse leadership and representation actually better fits more people in our democracy and the former head of the fairfax. Cpi who's now a candidate for lieutenant governor sean perryman. Losing critical race theory shorthand. Anything that they don't agree with it. Sort of fifth the boogeyman. And it's the same campbell. Culture it's really the shorthand for openess. Just what is critical race theory. And how's it being used on the campaign trail right away when you say something like we need equity and diversity. Training people are like. I'm not racist. It's not me. Why do i have to sit through this training race and equity in public schools and the public debate. This is not a good faith effort to talk about academic or theory. It's being used as a dog whistle. It does seem like they're hoping that the average listener is going to mistake critical race theory or white people theory on this episode of transition virginia. Welcome to transition virginia. The podcast that examines the ongoing transition of power in virginia on on thomas bellman today on the podcast diving into critical race. Fear blood is it. And why do republicans keep talking about it. We've got an amazing panel to dig into this issue. We're joined by a professor in the department of political science and virginia commonwealth university someone who actually conducts research on black women state legislatures and leadership with an emphasis on intersection. -ality jt ryden. Thanks for joining us. Thank you glad to be here. We're also joined by the former head of the fairfax county n. Double a. c. P. is currently a candidate for lieutenant governor shan perryman. Thanks for joining us. Thanks for having me should be okay. Great well we need to start with the obvious question here. which is what. The heck is critical race. Theory professor writing give us a quick history lesson. when was this term originally created. And what does it mean now. Sure critical race theory actually emerged out of a framework for legal analysis in the late. Nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. So in terms of a theory it's more than forty years old. But scholars who are accredited with this theory are derek bell. Kimberly crenshaw and richard w among others and what it really recognizes and why it was so groundbreaking is. It's this idea that racism is a social construct and what that means is that there are institutions and systemic racism at play and really all of our everyday activities and our institutions and some good examples about that would be something like in the nineteen thirties. Officials drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risk. They were often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. And so it's easy to sort of suggest like well of course. These are financial risk because these areas are these neighborhoods. They don't have as high land value. There's high areas of crime in this area and so sort of just looking at on face value. It's easy to suggest like there's no sort of racism here right. It's just that these are financial risk because of the the land property in the value. While if you take a closer look you see that. There was predominantly black inhabitants in this area. And so you still see some of these same patterns of discrimination through these. What seemed to be braced blind policies right and so what the scholars sort of intended was that when you are studying race and racism that you're looking at it as a system and not just sort of these individual separate instances right and that's really key to critical race theory it forces scholars and it forces academics to take a deeper look of the systemic of race and racism and how those actions and policies affect outcomes that we see today. You know with black families making less than white families. The wage gap that exists for black families in comparison to white families. The education gap you know. All of these things have a deep-rooted history in systemic racism that has existed really since sixteen nineteen since the beginning of the country in terms of its interaction relationship to africans and enslaved africans the way that it has changed more recently. In the way that it's discussed a news media is really a huge disconnect. This is not critical race. Theory being discussed by republicans and being forwarded as sort of this You know we don't want this to be taught you know in k twelve schools. It really doesn't make a lot of sense and the way that i really understand it. It's being used as a dog whistle by conservatives and the republican party i think critical race theory sort of axes an umbrella of fear that conservatives and republicans have really been able to get behind without actually having to understand what that theory actually entails and what its purposes and even for someone who has a doctorate. I'm still learning the ins and outs of critical race theory. And i and. I may not have done it. True justice as it really is understood as this larger theoretical framework and suggest that k. Through twelve is implementing it into their lessons. And they're they're sort of day to day is sort of ridiculous and so it it. It's a huge disconnect And it's false. It's false in the way that it's being portrayed in the media so sean perryman this is something that the republicans every single one of them are running on their opposition to and it does seem like they're hoping that the average listener is going to mistake critical race theory for critical of white people theory and that apparently they think is a big enough threat to get suburban voters and others to vote for republicans this year. Can you explain how this is being used on the campaign trail in the twenty twenty one.
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"But is it likely. Now it's not all right. Let's take another break when we come back we'll talk about who need alleluia and maeve regular. If you want a benefit from pay to play now you can buy joining transitions. Virginia's exclusive patriotic community chip 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 a patriot patron today and we're back on transition. Virginia were talking about the republican candidates. For lieutenant governor now next up is businessman puneet ottawa. Unfortunately he did not participate in the chasing freedom forum. That's where i've been getting all the soundbites that we've been using so i don't have that kind of sound from him but he does have several videos on youtube and this is how he introduces himself on youtube whether you're white black or the first generation going like me we're all responsible to make this wonderful country work. We have to demand our leaders fight for small businesses. Excellence in education and keeping up police funded on neighborhoods are safe yet. Another immigrant story. What do we make this introduction. Pony is an activist who has been involved in republican. Party specially in fairfax virginia for several years actually probably a couple of decades and he has been involved in trying to build the immigrant base Within the republican party and he's done some good work however unfortunately all that work was eroded in the last few years and whatever work he did like the work that i did is no longer a useful or applicable To elections today so again another immigrant story and other feel-good story yet an electorate. That really doesn't care for despite claiming that they do. Yeah i think he's got good instincts on what he wants to care about issues. Small business education know and police funding as a misunderstanding of what the policy is actually is being proposed but you know until the republican party can pivot and be pro-immigrant allies. Just running in the wrong race now in terms of issues thomas. You just mentioned several. He hit up there in his youtube. Introduction one issue that he has a whole separate youtube video about and this is a theme among these candidates is critical race theory. I have a prediction that throughout this campaign season we're going to hear republicans talking about critical race theory. So this is what he had to say about it in his video on this subject. Critical race series. America's hopelessly tainted by the boys of racism. And how does that prepare children to be. Scientists engineers poyet's and teachers doesn't critical race. Terry has been thoroughly discredited. All in does teach children to divide to hate to see themselves as victims oppressors. It leads to lower achievement and more quotas. America conley lead the world when we don't even believe in our values but that's what leftist progressive warrenton. Virginia david ramadan. Is this really an issue that is going to resonate with people on the campaign trail. Why is everybody talking about this Because there is a lack off. Resignation issues This is this is going to backfire. No it's not gonna It's gonna backfire and this reminds me of the fight. The republican side had put up against climate change in accepting the fact that there is climate change. Now we need a new issue so okay. This fits within the this. This charged atmosphere So let's play this once. One of them plays that everybody plays and becomes a snowball effect. It will backfire. It's not it's not a general election issue. It's a it's probably the smallest of the smallest issue that's gonna work four convention as well and I don't think we'll we'll hear much of it after As backfires in general elections Except among the extreme segment of the party which does not want us. He's he's simply here is again plan to the to the atmosphere of today's election which really has been referred to a silly season before and and i agree it silly season and will continue to be silly season until the conventions over. Yeah i mean. I don't know how you could possibly save critical race series been thoroughly discredited when it's white supremacy was the very tenant upon which many institutions were founded in this country and it just is what it is. It doesn't say anything about the generations who are alive today whether they'd benefit from it or they don't benefit from it. It's just a simple fact. And yeah. It was so pervasive as we peel back the onion layers. We come to understand. Just how much it's influenced and to me the strikes me similarly to you. David this is just another republican. Sticking their head in the sand look putting on my shore. School had again. It's a theory by definition is theory is an idea that is open for discussion. You agree with you can disagree with you could show evidence for or against but this is not you know h two o chemistry that you could simply discredit or simply proof. So a claim that it's a discredited theory is not up to par on an intellectual level. Yeah also point out that being on the opposite side of the civil rights movement and activists is not where you want to be in twenty twenty one and yet another shout for the sharks excellent job. David ramadan your check in the mail. Okay so the last candidate we're going to talk about is maeve regular now. She did not appear on the chasing freedom forum and she doesn't have a youtube channel in fact she doesn't appear to have much of an online presence at all. She did run way back in the year. Two thousand so more than twenty years ago she was one of the republicans who was hoping to take on jim moran in the eighth congressional district so she's a lawyer from alexandria and she does have this political history where she was an unsuccessful candidate. Twenty years ago. David roman what would make this last minute entrance.
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"To hear somebody talking about it. It's an important issue. Great okay and so. Our last candidate here is paul goldman. Mr goldman has been around virginia politics for many years. He worked for howland henry. Howell who ran for governor unsuccessful several times in the sixties and seventies. He also worked for former governor. Doug wilder now when goldman speaks. You'll hear about henry hall and doug wilder quite a lot just about every time. He speaks campaign finance records show. He raised about three thousand dollars. And this is how he introduced himself at virginia. people's debate. truth is i thought about not participating. Never been more embarrassed by my party. I was henry house campaign manager godfather of progressive politics in virginia. The only white person in virginia willing to be doug wildes campaign mets. They threw a lot of stuff at us. We results we could handle it but last month. Democrats in the house of delegates killed a constitutional limit to take a racial poison pill in the education clause in the virginia constitution. He thought about not participating in the debate because of something. Democrats didn't want to do and henry hall something and doug wilder. What's happening here. yeah. I mean i'm just really afraid of when somebody comes out with the drinking game because if henry how is on it i don't know from make it to the end like every answer talked about wilder or henry. How he wasn't adult in the nineteen seventies when all of this was going on. And if you're somebody who wants to elect new blood. This man's not it one of the things he wants to focus on is education and on the campaign trail. He talks about education every opportunity that he can including this question when he was asked about his support of lgbt. This is how he responded one of the reasons. I'm fighting so hard for these. No school bathrooms particularly for the women in the sports facilities for women in these rundell. Obsolete schools is atrocious. There would have been fixed them up. And i'm surprised. We haven't heard more about education so far that is the great equalizer is education an issue that will capture the attention of voters. Yeah i think. Education is thomas mentioned. That's one of the big issues The bathrooms that some of our schools are atrocious. He ends correct. I really think that was a very good statement by him. It probably would have been better with a henry. How reference though. Yeah yeah he. He's not wrong on the issue at all and people should listen to him and listen to what he says. At this point though i would say that like when when you're somebody who says you debate whether or not you even want to participate. You're not a serious candidate and it's just that simple. I just can't believe he has got mclean virginia money. What's the hold up there. We actually we got a rep this episode. Let's talk about that. So i read off all of the time clean. Virginia had donated to these campaigns which was many. What do we make of the fact that clean. Virginia has given twenty five thousand dollar donations to so many of these candidates. This is what they've said they would do. They said that because they've primary was so large and because there were so many people that identified with their organization that they would give an equal amount to each one of them. I'm pretty sure the only camera soul hasn't gotten it is that he is not taking any pac money. Which clean virginia is a pet now. Obviously a supporter of clean. Virginia could ride an individual's check the same so. I don't think they've done that. So i don't know until benefit from that but yeah they're spreading the money around to support all the candidates that support their organization. Yeah it's a really interesting move from them because you don't usually see organizations split. Their money that way cynical you might just look at it as an interest group trying to hedge their bets right and say well. We've got a lot of friends here and let's make sure one of them remembers that we were there contributor early on trevor one last question before we wrap this up so about eight candidates is they're going to be a ninth candidate. It sounds like there's going to be a ninth candidate getting in the race It's not someone that i know. It's not an elected official. So i guess we'll see. I guess there's still time you know. I don't even know when the deadline is for the petitions but it's the twenty fifth. I we got time to get to an even dozen here michael. I think we should get there. If people just dig down work hard enough you too can get on the ballot and possibly be the next lieutenant governor of the commonwealth of virginia. Yeah that's a nice place to leave. 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"Constitution liquid with the nineteen sixties and. What a period of upheaval. It was it was a period. Where you would assassinations of jack. Kennedy robert f kennedy martin luther king you had riots and arson and some of the major cities but it was also a period during which there were significant changes in federal constitutional and statutory law. You had the supreme court decisions laying down the one person one vote rule. The supreme court struck down the poll tax. You had the enactment of the voting rights act of nineteen sixty five. Which covered virginia as well as other southern states. So there was a massive shift in the way politics would be configured in virginia. It was also. The era of one has to realize the era of toast brown versus board of education so called massive resistance where in virginia for example prince. Edward county closed at school. So you had all of that. As the backdrop so that commissioners among other things set out to step forward get out of that period of massive resistance and opposition to brown into different age. I among the things they did was make it. Clear that there's a constitutional mandate on the general assembly to provide education for every child of school asian virginia coupled with a mandate on all the localities counties and cities to put up their share of the the school money in other words it will not be any more prince edward county's in the future in virginia so they revise rules were setting out. They hope to close the door. That euro virginia history. They put into the constitution the first anti-discrimination provisions that the shelby. No governmental discrimination on the basis of race or color or might add sex. They put education into the virginia bill of rice. They set up the provision for standards of quality and virginia education. It was both an effort at one time to put an unhappy period. Virginia history behind us and at the same time to look prospectively to a more inclusive period. And that's why the felony disenfranchisement rule seemed to not resonate well because they constitution taken as a whole was meant to sort of put the era of harry byrd in his machine rule behind us and look towards a future that one would hope would be fair of more just more and more inclusive. Could i jump in here for a second. I think dick makes a great point. And i think putting all these constitutions that we've discussed context is important and i'd dick wrote a piece in the richmond times dispatch. I think it was last year about the constitution. And he touched on a number of issues including felon disenfranchisement. And i like how you put up dick. In that piece you talked about the various constitutions defining the political community going back to george mason virginia declaration of rights and on through and so. I really think it's interesting to see. We've come to the point where we've as a society said you know. The political community includes all males regardless of property holding and then it becomes all males regardless of race and then it becomes Women and then in more recent days the political community is broadened to include lgbt q. Americans and it seems to me. It's almost of a continuum that we then turn to in some ways one of the the last of groups that sort of lacks that kind of recognition and inclusion in the political community and that is people who have been convicted of felonies. And i just think it's an interesting An interesting sort of point on this spectrum that we that we talk about as we as we enlarge that political community. And i think it's also important to remember that in some ways convicts felons have always been thought of as in As less than full participants in our society in virginia back to the to the pre revolutionary days to the colonial period when convicts are imported into virginia and exploited terribly by those who utilize their labor In a quasi sort of slavery moment. And you know you go through the through the early national period at post civil war I don't know if any of you ever read the book john. Henry is steel driving man by scott nelson. Who used to william and mary but he talks about finding the actual john. Henry who in eighteen sixty six is arrested and sent to the state penitentiary and then leased out as a convict so that john henry story of him fighting against or racing. The machine and digging a railroad tunnel has basis in history and it's convict labour And so this notion that convicts were of of of a lower status in our society could be deprived of rights has long historical roots. And it's finally kind of being addressed but it's not just in the constitution but it's in our society's view and treatment of those people that we get to this point and i think that's just i think it's just an important thing to remember that it's part of that evolving notion and is what what's made this country sort of fascinating and great in its own ways that we make mistakes but we we do what we can for hopefully do what we can to try to write those mistakes as we move forward. You know paul you bring up an interesting point. And if if i can have a little too political philosophy. There's an alternative reading of america's political history where we never outlawed slavery we just regulated it under the thirteenth amendment to people who are imprisoned. And and so if you carry that through line where you know. People who are in prison can be forced to work that can be there. They're not extended a minimum wage. They're they're not extended the ability to vote. What you have is a legacy slave system that basically got regulated and now you have entire populations of people who count for the purposes of a census and they don't count at all for the purposes of being able to vote right. It's interesting by the way that the european conventional human rights that governs human rights in the european scene up actually gives the vote to to those who are in prison that would be very controversial. I think i'd be surprised if that were adopted. In virginia adult that we would necessarily go that far but it does raise the question of are there portions of the community around us. Who really are seeing in. Constitutional terms is not counting. That would change the spirit of politics anywhere that got instituted because one of the through lines we see is that nobody ever scores political points for being soft on crime. This is throughout united states. History a political history. One reason for that is because felons can't vote or people incarcerated can't vote. I imagine if they could vote they might have something to say about the people.
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"Of progressive politics and my sense of what was going on is that the more conservative factions needed the progressives on board to bring about the nineteen two constitution and they were pretty much all agree that that black was a problem because it led to corruption and should be african americans should be ousted from the suffrage but there was also as you say this progressive thread and so among the things they nine thousand nine hundred convention did was to create the state corporation commission Railroads sort of bought and sold legislators. They were that was a corruption of a of a corporate gun worth pointing out here that the martin machine was led by the us. Senator senator martin who was a railroad executive who used money from the railroads to finance his campaign. So this is sort of like the today in our modern context. We think about money from manian in this era. We're talking about railroad money. And of course. That's how martin came to power and maintain power was railroad money. So what you're talking about is. The state corporation commission was a reaction to that right. That's that's correct. I think the creation of that commission was a gesture in the direction of the populace who the more conservative wing needed to have on board. And i think by and large the nineteen ninety-two convention. If you judge it looking back at what progresses hoped would happen was a failure a may despite the creation of the corporation commission. They get to give you an example. It was the nineteen o two constitution that introduced the poll tax as a prerequisite devoting. Now that was only a dollar. A half a year doesn't sound like a lot of money to us today. But in nineteen o two to a working man that was a lot of money and so the combination of the poll tax and fairly complicated registration procedures which were nominally directed at black. Voters turned out to disenfranchise a large number of poor whites. The actual number people voting after nineteen to plunged nearly among blacks. Most of whom were disenfranchised but a lot of poor whites as well so the result was to reinforce machine rule the martin machine morphed into the bird machine. Hurry birds machine and so People who might have been a progressive state of mind. I think we're worse off after nineteen to than they were going into the convention. Say that one more time dick. How much was that. Paul tax dollar and a half dollar fifty so it was also if you didn't pay last year yoed three dollars this year. What's interesting about that is a dollar fifty and nineteen two is worth forty five dollars and sixty two cents and twenty twenty one so imagine basically every year you wanted to vote getting slapped with a fifty dollar charge not only that but the registration requirements were very complicated you to register in that first round of elections after nineteen o two. If you are a property owner you are automatically on the roles. That was not a problem. If you were a son of a confederate veteran you got the. This is the so-called grandfather clause. You've got to vote otherwise you had to register. The registrar could present you with the virginia constitution and open it to any place at random. Show you a section of the constitution. Ask you to interpret it wealth. There are provisions of the virginia constitution. That i can't really interpret so if you're just the average citizen back in those days and the registrar distant. He didn't like the cut of your jib. He could just say sorry. You didn't interpreted Interpretation won't do this again. Was aimed particularly a would be black voters but it could be applied to white voters well with so when you take the poll tax on the registration requirements. And all the rest of it and you're working. Then why would you take off day day lose a day's pay to go in and go through the process which probably was gonna be unsatisfied. Anyway so i think it was all structured in a way that they black voter was the was a nominal and the real of object of these religions but the there was a collateral sort of effect on poor whites. There were some points in the convention debates where delegates would not only saying. We won't black solve the roles but they would say we don't want the rabble we want people who are respectable people to be exercising the franchise and running the state. So i don't think that whereas upfront about that as they were about disenfranchising blacks but they were not uncomfortable with the notion that they ought to keep the hands of the state at has falsely in the hands of the of the right people. Can i just jump in and make a note about progressivism and remember. Progressivism isn't a national movement but it had quite different terp retations regionally so but but one of the things. I think that you know if you look at the eighth overall goals of the progressive movement it was toward efficiency and against corruption and against waste. And so i think Really in the southern context in a place like virginia the corruption can be interpreted in a way that if you were a progressive in you know chicago and you were. You may be thought that big city bosses controlling immigrant. Votes was inherently corrupt similarly. I think for some progressives in virginia they legitimately thought that black votes were easily manipulated by powerful whites and so i think there may have been some initial impulse toward some of the tenets of the progressive movement. But they take on this starkly racial tone in a place like virginia. That is very much. At odds with maybe a our conception of progressivism today and of course distinguish between the use of progressive in current political terms. With what would have be considered progressive in the early twentieth century. But i do think that's kind of an important thing. When we we learn about progressivism at school we we tend to focus. I think on more on northern locations and less on places like virginia where progressivism kind of had a different variant. Let's put it that way. It was very populist to be progressive back. Then you even have president at the time. Teddy roosevelt getting elected on a progressive platform. So i find it fascinating. Paul your point. Progressivism bore regional characteristics for sure. Absolutely absolutely you know. It's really interesting. That there's this southern flavor of progressivism That was so racist. And it's it's actually difficult for the modern mind to think of progressives as being racist but mr levied you're making this point but it's worth sort of sort of underscoring this. The progressives from this era thought the black vote was inherently corrupt because their view was the black vote was for sale and so preventing black people from voting was a way to in their minds. Clean up elections right absolutely now. I mean obviously inherent in that judgment is that somehow black votes are for sale because blacks are willing to be corrupted So there is a you know. There are assumptions under girding. That but i think that's absolutely the case one other point about nineteen two. That's worth mentioning. This was sort of alluded to earlier. But it's again worth underscoring is how openly willing they were to talk about white supremacy and racism. I mean so today you would. You would try to do dog whistles or try to use other language but they literally are talking about white. They're using the words white supremacy in this in this constitutional convention right. Dick pointed this out. This was not this was not coded language. This was very very overt that the goal the goal of this was to disenfranchise black voters and to although they stated their goal was to not disenfranchise too many white voters a result of this but i think they were very clear what they were doing. And it's as dick mentioned. I think today you would not have been quite so you know bald-faced about it but they certainly were you mentioned. Carter glass the debates. Where he he was floor manager. The franchise provisions and one of the delegates asked him about the poll tax on the registration requirements. And all that and said we won't these provisions. Discriminate said discriminate. What do you think we're here for. We're here. We're here to discriminate justice far. The us constitution will allow us to do and what he had in mind. Was the supreme court in eighteen ninety had decided to challenge to the mississippi post-reconstruction constitution. That was the one that about eighteen ninety started. All this often had the poll tax and the grandfather clause under registration requirements. All that the ones they then used in virginia and the us supreme court had rejected that challenge rebuff that challenge on the grounds that on the face of it. The constitution was looked to to satisfy the requirements of equal protection. And they weren't willing to look into how these laws might be administered in practice so they they basically. We're giving a green light to the post reconstruction conservatives in the in the south generally so each of the former confederate states between eighteen ninety thousand nine hundred two rewrote their reconstruction period constitutions to have a post-reconstruction constitution that set out to disenfranchise blacks. You know what. I find quite fascinating about this point in history as you have one of the few times in history where progressives however you might defined them are in charge relatively of virginia cheryl assembly and they put together this constitutional convention and a point four independent democrats to some of these commissions and committees who in turn appoint conservatives to the rest of them and so one of the criticisms about this era is that you get progressive reformers who they got hoodwinked by corporate interests and to making them even more powerful so you have a few. Let's call them legitimate bones of contention with the existing system so one thing they wanna do is get rid of courthouse rings where the general assembly appoints judges and those judges appoint local officers. Like commonwealth's attorney Sheriffs clerks court who carry out that judges interpretation and at leads to vary cliquish ruling classes in localities. One thing they wanna do is installed the state corporation commission to control rates We still see as a political flashpoint today back then. It was for railroads and insurance today. It's for electric utilities etc. But we see the roots of a lot of today's issues and one of those issues that really start in their modern dialogue and their modern context is felon disenfranchisement. So dick howard explain the through line. Where are we on this through. Line of felon disenfranchisement. Once we get to nineteen o two. Well we've talked a bit about the nineteenth century and helped the word. Felony as grounds for disenfranchisement came into the constitution of eighteen. Seventy in one thousand nine hundred two they drafters of that constitution vestment expanded the classes of people who would be disenfranchised. Not not only felons but all entries are the light but also bribery. Petty larceny Obtaining money under false pretenses embezzlement forgery perjury on and on and on that was clearly aimed at black loaders on the theory that they would be convicted of these petty crimes. and therefore they would be disenfranchised. Right longfellow with felons wealth in the drafting of the nineteen seventy-one constitution the present constitution the commission constitutional revision eliminate all of all those those other categories petty larceny. And the like but kept the felony disenfranchisement. I have to be candidates. Say i don't think they commissioners who worked on the president constitution had the problem of felony disenfranchisement front and center the way we do now Because it's not enough that a constitution be neutral on his face. You run out to think about the impact of it and as you pointed out already so many more african american persons of color who are disenfranchised by the provision is true. The white population vastly disproportionate. So if you think about the actually effective. Felony disenfranchisement is a running sore in virginia politics. I think the commissioners who worked on the draft that became the president constitution. I think they thought it was enough. That the governor could restore the voting rights of felons on distance on application and fifty years ago when the president constitution came into being felony disenfranchisement was far more pervasive among the american states than it is today as a practice. That's happily atrophying. And i think one of the assumptions the commissioners made in.
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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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"Any other bass player at the time and then next on the list is one of the best albums ever made. Master of puppets. Oh it's damaging corporated leper messiah. I mean just really not a dull moment on this thing really amazing stuff this tops. Everyone's list for greatest metal albums of all time for a reason. You know it just it. It is and my favorite happens to be different from their best nassar. Puppets is the best. Metallica album period. It is my second favorite metallica album. But i will distinguish like i do this for a few other. Bands like occurs portrait from soil. Work is soil works best album but my favorite is natural born. Chaos for example. So you know this happens. But measure puppets. What else is there. they achieve perfection the song nassar puppets is degraded heavy metal song of all time and is immediately followed by rain blood by slayer a you know although jose manuel put walk by second but i'll put ramp leads. And then you have the actual jim of cliff burton's career in o'brien that was so profound as an instrumental. They actually played that at close funeral in nineteen six all right so we got to wrap this up so that we don't like go on ridiculously long but let's talk about one of the best albums ever made i like you. I've just got a place in my heart for and justice for all. What is it about this album. That's just so amazing. This is my number one. This is absolutely number one and I think with injustice. For all when i was a kid a teenager in i saw the one video and i think this is really universal. This is the second time. Italico is accused of selling out. Because they had used to stasis like. Oh we'll never do an mtv music video while when the time was right they did it for one and i will still argued that as the greatest heavy metal video. You'll ever seen your life in a low budget used a bunch of clips from johnny. Got his gun a for It will give you chills. It's impossible not to get goosebumps when you listen to the voice. That says you know like when he's doing morse code with his head he's bouncing up down any and the guy translating What's he saying. Kill me over and over again kill me. It's a even right now. I'm saying it in the goosebumps are coming up on my arms right now as i'm talking just just thinking about it. That's what the thought of the video of that song is let alone the fact that it has Kirk hammett's greatest guitar solo ever let alone blackened. When you get a see that open metallica show or like fedex. Field three came back in from the encore with blackened. Oh my god blackens it has all the technicalities of damaging can battery and all the classic thrashers and that it takes it to the next level that critique of this album of course is that the base was too low in this is by it will never be the best metal album ever because the production was not like that production. Here is so disappointing. Because it's an such an amazing of them but it suffers from this horrible production values at that is actually lowers his fault more so than the mixture and the mixture will say that he will say that to the desk to this day onslaught. I don't blame plumbing. Russ misery anyone for but in terms of its songwriting. James hatfield demonstrate himself in my opinion to be parallel to tony. I owe me with his guitar. Majesty keep mine kirk only records the lease james puts down all of the rhythm every layer. That rhythm james's creative songwriting in that point. If you listen to the frayed ends of sanity if you listen to in just the song and justice for all and you're really piecing together you're going through this level of technicality of songwriting. In the world of thrash. That is unparalleled. You don't have Thrash like that where you can have time seen changes everything to such an intense level and then my favorite thrash song ever dyers eve fair mother. Father what is this. How you have put me through. Liberty saver to by two pushed on me. What's wrong or right from this thing that they call my guts intense and raw and when you're in k. School and you hear that. Like i've never i'll never be someone who says negative stuff about my mom and my mom did just she. She went through hell to have to raise her kids. After my dad killed himself in nineteen eighty seven by hearing that in the dear father part on that to in feeling that illumination that was raw in that was real and that songwriting james hatfield field. I thought tapped into something. That will always make him relatable in that he had a broken childhood. That i you know. I could understand in that regard and then when you get into to live is to die those those lyrics very few lurks are on their the spoken-word part from from hadfield that was written by cliff burton. And that's that's also really special because that was like a farewell from cliff. What a man lies. He murdered some part of the world. These are the trigger that switch. Ms color lives all this. I cannot bear to witness any longer. Not the kingdom of salvation. Take me home. Taught my head by the way i don't have the mice creator just for all works as the theme for this entire episode based off legislation. We talked about earlier and the ranking of your favorite metallica albums. So please subscribe to transition. Virginia wherever pods are cast you can follow the transition team on twitter at transition and by us on the web at transition. Virginia dot com. Don't forget to like ads. Subscribe so you can enjoy our next episode of transition virginia. I knew michael was metal. Had the first nova saw him give chain. Said he walks around the aesthetic. Was there the like. I would call metalhead formal it was..
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"I wanted to pay you back on. Michelle said to and just point out that in the expert you pull the whole point of automatic expunge. -ment is there is no more discretion. Left right the charges have been completed. Sentences have been determined. The debt has been paid to society the automatic expunging that are being thrown around inside of the general assembly in the proposal. That's being put forward. But the governor and majority leader charnel herring and get scott and so many others who've been working on this. The whole point of automatic experiment which by the way is not even a partisan issue the majority gop pennsylvania general assembly. Pass this. I think you're a to go full clean lot. Michigan has also done this. Recently the whole point is the debt has been paid to society. There's been a period of time. That's elapsed where somebody has not committed any. There's no recidivism happening. We're saying like you. Deserve to be unburdened from this past mistake and given a second chance because a petition based process one puts additional burden on our already overburdened court system. It mostly benefits the lawyers. Who have to negotiate that petition process and it adds additional resources. Right you have to be able to afford a lawyer. You have to afford the time as you said earlier. In order to pursue that those are inherently inequitable requirements to put upon something that frankly should be a rate as part of you going through the criminal court process and addressing these harms. And the whole point here. And i think it's important to remember especially in a state like virginia that so much of our criminal code system is based upon the criminalization of black virginians and expanded to like just people of color instead of this commonwealth but jim crow and so many things baked into our constitution and then into our laws have been about finding any possible proxy to continue to subjugate non white folks through the law and by creating more hurls and more complex processes. And if we're going to seriously look at how we dismantle the legacy of jim crowds mantle the legacy of slavery. instead of virginia. We absolutely should be fighting for automatic experiment and making these processes as easy as possible for folks navigate while also balancing these public safety concerns. And i think that.