How can the Democrat leader of the Virginia Senate be in lock-step agreement with the Republican leader in the US Senate? Gas Tax Holiday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22 de junio | San Juan, ArgentinaMe gustaría ser él. Bienvenido a La Wikly.🙌 En la columna de hoy contamos con la colaboración y participación vía podcast de Brandon Ortiz, periodista y editor de La Gaitana. La Gaitana es un medio independiente de la ciudad de Neiva en Huila, Colombia. Puedes encontrarlos aquí.⚠️ Esta edición de la newsletter electoral suele ser para suscriptores premium, pero la hacemos pública para que conozcáis un poco mejor lo que ofrecemos a los suscriptores de pago de forma diaria. Si quieres recibir más entregas como esta, ya sabes:Leer esta newsletter te llevará 14 minutos y 56 segundos.🇨🇴 Entender ColombiaPor Anita PereyraLo importante: Gustavo Petro y Francia Márquez se consolidaron el pasado domingo como presidente y vicepresidenta electos de Colombia. Por primera vez en su historia, el país latinoamericano tendrá un gobierno de izquierda.La fórmula de la coalición Pacto Histórico venció en segunda vuelta al candidato independiente Rodolfo Hernández con una diferencia de apenas tres puntos porcentuales.En esta otra edición, hablé sobre las diferencias entre los proyectos de país que tenía cada candidato, por lo que el estrecho margen de diferencia entre ambos candidatos abre la puerta a pensar en dos Colombias.El objetivo de esta newsletter es explorar lo que estas elecciones significaron para la ciudadanía colombiana y hablar tanto de aquello que los une como aquello que los divide.🗺 Victoria de periferiaUna expresión que se leyó bastante en redes sociales tras la victoria de Petro contiene la clave de una de las categorías de análisis a la que puede someterse estos comicios: el factor geográfico y productivo.Desde su independencia, Colombia se ha debatido entre un modelo centralizado y uno federal. Las zonas del país que se vieron más beneficiadas económicamente, sea por las plantaciones de azúcar y café o por el proceso de industrialización, configuraron un eje cuatripartito entre las ciudades de Bogotá, Medellín, Cali y Barranquilla.La periferia se construyó por oposición como una suma de todas las regiones que quedaron excluidas del eje urbano, más desarrollado. Las agrociudades protagonizaron esta exclusión en los 90, cuando la liberalización de la economía provocó una crisis de materias primas.En este artículo, nuestros colegas de El Orden Mundial exploran el reflejo de esta regionalización en la red urbana de Colombia y su déficit en materia de transporte.En la Colombia rural, la distribución de la riqueza es menos equitativa. Según el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD):Del 90,9 por ciento de la población que vive en las áreas rurales de Colombia, el 42,9 por ciento era pobre en 2020. El 48 por ciento se encontraba en condición de vulnerabilidad.Además, el PNUD señala que estas cifras son contextuales: mientras que en las ciudades el porcentaje de pobreza se ha ido reduciendo, en las zonas rurales ha aumentado.La élite económica se tradujo en una élite política que gobernó el país durante décadas haciendo oídos sordos a las necesidades del electorado que no representaba: pobres, pueblos originarios, ambientalistas, trabajadores, y así."Una de las nadies, de los históricamente excluidos, se pone de pie para ocupar la política porque la élite que nos gobernó nunca nos permitió vivir en dignidad, en paz y con justicia social", dijo en su momento Francia Márquez, ahora vicepresidenta electa, para defender su candidatura.La fórmula de Gustavo Petro y Francia Márquez es la consolidación de décadas de militancia desde la periferia para conquistar una participación política real que atienda a sus demandas.Por esto, una de las propuestas de la fórmula presidencial electa es mudar la economía colombiana del actual modelo extractivista a uno más sostenible basado en la agricultura y la industria.“Es hora de dejar la estupidez del extractivismo, de pensarnos como un país petrolero y carbonero, tal cual Venezuela, y pasar a construir la compleja tarea histórica de industrializarnos desde la equidad”, dijo Petro.Esta evolución hacia un sistema productivo más eficiente podría, por ejemplo, incluir un aumento impositivo para los terrenos cultivables que no estén produciendo.La propuesta, aunque sin duda ha causado rechazos entre terratenientes del país, va alineada con el objetivo general de lograr una mejor redistribución de la riqueza a través del pleno aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales.“Los poseedores que ven la tierra como poder y no como instrumento productivo tienen que retroceder y deben liberar la tierra. Yo propongo comprárselas, no para que quede en propiedad del Estado sino para aquellos que la ven como un instrumento de producción”, explicó el entonces candidato.🕊 Proceso de pazPor primera vez en varios años, el debate político en torno a estas elecciones ha podido separarse del contexto de guerra y del presupuesto del Ministerio de Defensa, dando oportunidad a que se hable de otras necesidades como la educación, el medioambiente y la economía del cuidado.Aunque está lejos de ser pasado sepultado, el capítulo de violencia que en 2016 cerraron los acuerdos de paz firmados con las FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo) permitió a la ciudadanía colombiana poder empezar a mirar al futuro.¿Cómo se relacionan con las elecciones presidenciales de este año? Para hablar de eso, primero es necesario recapitular brevemente la historia de las FARC y su relación con la tercera fuerza política de estos últimos comicios: el uribismo.A mediados del siglo XX, en Colombia se vivía una época conocida como “La Violencia” que enfrentó a liberales y conservadores. Era una lucha por la tierra; los campesinos se rebelaron contra el dominio de los terratenientes y los altos precios en la tenencia de propiedades.Los conservadores contaban con el apoyo del Estado, mientras que los liberales se agruparon como autodefensas campesinas en varias regiones del país. En ese contexto, en el año 1964, nació en las montañas del centro de Colombia un sentimiento de resistencia que duraría más de 50 años; el germen de las FARC.Álvaro Uribe llegó a la presidencia de Colombia tras las elecciones de 2002 con un discurso abiertamente intolerante con las FARC. Su política de seguridad democrática buscó intensificar el combate a las guerrillas, aumentando el financiamiento a las Fuerzas Armadas con ayuda del capital extranjero: el Plan Colombia.Estados Unidos invirtió entre 2001 y 2016 más de 10.000 millones de dólares en ayuda militar, el segundo mayor presupuesto estadounidense para un aliado después del concedido a Israel.💥 Fin de FARCEl Plan Colombia comenzó a dar resultados en unos años y las FARC vieron reducidas sus fuerzas. Después de contar con un promedio de 20.000 integrantes en el año 2000, pasaron a tener poco menos de 9.000 en 2010. Sin embargo, el coste humano de la estrategia fue devastador.Cerca de 4 millones de personas fueron desplazadas durante el Plan Colombia, un promedio de 300.000 al año, según la Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y Desplazamiento (CODHES).Más de 7.000 sindicalistas fueron amenazados, torturados o violentados, y por lo menos 1.000 fueron asesinados entre enero de 2000 y enero de 2016, según datos de la Escuela Nacional Sindical.Alrededor de 400 defensores de derechos humanos fueron asesinados entre 2010 y 2015. Según Frontline Defenders, Colombia tuvo el mayor número de asesinatos selectivos de defensores de derechos humanos en 2015.Durante la presidencia de Juan Manuel Santos, exministro de defensa del expresidente Uribe, se puso sobre la mesa la posibilidad de negociar un acuerdo de paz con las FARC. Para la guerrilla era una oportunidad de transformar la lucha armada en una lucha política, mientras que para el gobierno era una oportunidad de lograr un control efectivo en materia de seguridad.El pacto con la guerrilla fue sometido a un referendo. Con un 60 por ciento de abstención, la opción del “No” se impuso por una diferencia mínima de menos de un punto porcentual.Tras la derrota en pleibiscito, Santos decidió aprobar los acuerdos por vía de decreto presidencial y el proceso de paz se refrendó en el Congreso.Finalmente, las FARC y el gobierno de Colombia firmaron la paz en el año 2016. Además del cese del enfrentamiento armado, la guerrilla se incorporó institucionalmente al sistema político al convertirse en un partido.La Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común actualmente tiene aseguradas diez curules en el Congreso que les asegura representatividad en el proceso democrático de construcción de la paz.👻 Una guerrilla fantasmaCinco décadas de conflicto armado en el país han dejado su marca en el pueblo colombiano. Ahora, existe un profundo rechazo a una clandestinidad armada que todavía no se ha visto del todo erradicada pese al acuerdo de paz.A Colombia le llevó mucho tiempo conseguir la paz y esa tranquilidad conquistada proyecta sombra sobre el pasado de guerrillas: existe un miedo arraigado a que el país vuelva a estar doblegado al poder de los grupos armados y las redes de narcotráfico.Ese miedo social a volver a épocas más oscuras de su historia fue el combustible que alentó a los grupos de derecha a intentar construir discursivamente a Petro como un candidato “peligroso” por su activismo como guerrillero en su juventud.En 1978, Gustavo Petro entró en la guerrilla a los 18 años cuando todavía cursaba segundo grado de Economía en la universidad. Se unió al M-19, un grupo que nació tras el fraude electoral denunciado por los seguidores de Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, un candidato que perdió las elecciones presidenciales de 1970 contra el conservador Misael Pastrana.Petro asegura que nunca tomó parte activa en las acciones armadas, sino que participaba en tareas de distribución de propaganda ideológica y otras iniciativas pacíficas como el reparto de alimentos en comunidades desfavorecidas.En 1990, el M-19 y el gobierno colombiano firmaron un acuerdo de paz, el primero de América Latina entre un Estado y una guerrilla. El grupo se incorporó a la vida política del país bajo el nombre ‘Alianza Democrática M-19’ de la que Gustavo Petro fue uno de sus cofundadores."Esta era una concepción completamente diferente a la del ELN, las FARC, el Partido Comunista o los diversos grupos de izquierda universitaria que entablaban un diálogo con modelos como el soviético, el cubano o el chino, mientras que nosotros pensábamos en un proyecto propio nacionalista y democrático", dijo Petro sobre las motivaciones que en aquel momento lo llevaron a unirse al M-19.Tras conocerse los resultados de primera vuelta, el candidato Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez, representante del uribismo y tercera fuerza política en estas elecciones, anunció su apoyo a Rodolfo Hernández con un discurso petrofóbico.“Gustavo Petro, por todo lo que ha dicho y por todo lo que ha hecho, no le conviene a Colombia. [...] Consideramos que esa opción sería un peligro para el país”, dijo Gutiérrez.Sin embargo, Fico Gutiérrez quedó fuera de la contienda en primera vuelta. Pese a décadas de gobiernos de derecha, se vio superado en porcentaje de votos por un candidato con una propuesta apartidaria y un discurso básico de valores anticorrupción. Es decir, el voto de la gente fue bastante en contra de lo que él representa. “¿Exguerrillero o ingeniero?” Así presentaba a los dos candidatos del balotaje del domingo la Revista Semana, uno de los medios más importantes del país, en su portada del día anterior a los comicios.“Le comunico que soy economista” respondió Petro en una cita al tweet de Vicky Dávila, directora de Semana, con la portada en cuestión.Resumiendo, el voto a Hernández y el estrecho margen de diferencia con Petro no necesariamente deben leerse como un voto en contra de la propuesta de país que ofrece la fórmula de Pacto Histórico.También puede leerse como un voto de miedo por lo que pudiera pasar si…, un miedo infundado por esta conceptualización de Petro como un candidato potencialmente peligroso en un país donde la paz se ha convertido en el bien más preciado.🔥 Gobernar la fragmentaciónIván Duque, actual presidente y miembro del partido del expresidente Uribe, está cerrando su gestión con uno de los peores porcentajes de apoyo a la gestión en la historia del país. En junio de 2021, una encuesta de la consultora Datexco reveló que un 79 por ciento de los habitantes desaprobaba su mandato.En 2021, tuvo lugar el Paro Nacional, una estallido social desencadenado por el anuncio del proyecto de reforma tributaria propuesto por el gobierno de Duque.Las manifestaciones terminaron condensando todos los reclamos de la ciudadanía por condiciones de vida más dignas y fueron violentamente reprimidas por miembros de la Fuerza Pública.Con su victoria, Petro asume el desafío de estar a la altura de las grandes expectativas de su electorado: reformar una economía perjudicada por la pandemia de coronavirus y la guerra en Ucrania, controlar las disidencias delictivas armadas y garantizar el acceso a la educación en todas las regiones del país están entre los tópicos más apremiantes.Además, es el último período presidencial con la representación congresual de las FARC garantizada por la Constitución. ¿Aguantará este grupo de presión la transición de una representación política garantizada por el acuerdo a una que dependa exclusivamente de la legitimación del pueblo?“Queremos una, no dos Colombias. Y para que sea una Colombia, en medio de esa enorme diversidad multicolor que somos, necesitamos del amor. Entendida la política del amor como una política del entendimiento, como una política del diálogo. [...] No tendría sentido un gobierno de la vida si no llevamos a la sociedad colombiana a la paz, objetivo central. ¿Qué significa poder hacer la paz? Significa que los 10 millones y pico de electores de Rodolfo Hernández son bienvenidos en este gobierno”, explicaba Petro a la multitud tras la noticia de su victoria.Con este mensaje, Petro no solo acepta formalmente el compromiso de ser una gestión reparadora en un país donde el daño es grande y duele mucho.También abre la puerta a una verdadera reconciliación nacional, una donde los ciudadanos puedan votar según sus convicciones y no por miedo a que el pasado se vuelva presente.Una Colombia unida en la victoria compartida de gozar de instituciones democráticas firmes, que logre recuperarse del sufrimiento histórico a través de una política pública nacional empática y compasiva.Más información en esta entrevista que Emilio hizo este lunes a la periodista colombiana Andrea Aldana, y en este podcast de La Gaitana.🗳 Dos carreras intensasLo importante: dos congresistas demócratas de Virginia ya conocen a los rivales republicanos que intentarán arrebatarles el escaño el próximo noviembre. Ambas carreras congresuales se anticipan como dos de las más duras e intensas del país.Contexto: Abigail Spanberger y Elaine Luria representan distritos bisagra en Virginia, un estado en el que el redibujo de distritos las ha dejado en una situación peliaguda.En el distrito 7, Spanberger pierde a sus constituyentes a las afueras de Richmond, ciudad cerca de la que se crió. A cambio, tendrá que lograr nuevos votantes en el norte del estado, cerca de Washington D.C. y en un condado donde su rival Yesli Vega tiene raíces familiares y políticas y donde podría lograr el apoyo de la comunidad hispana a la que pertenece.En el distrito 2, Luria deberá enfrentarse a su rival republicana en un mapa más difícil que en 2020 con muchos votantes que bien sirven o han servido en las Fuerzas Armadas (hay varias bases de la Marina en el distrito). Ella es excomandante de la Marina. Su rival, Jen Kiggans, expiloto de helicópteros.Explícamelo: Luria y Spanberger tendrán muy complicado revalidar sus victorias tras dos elecciones en 2018 y 2020 en las que ya ganaron por poco. Si consiguen superar las expectativas en un momento económico difícil y de popularidad demócrata baja, sus historias recibirán merecida atención mediática.¿Y ahora? A diferencia de otros estados, sus rivales no han destacado por ser excesivamente pro-Trump, sino por abrazar la estrategia electoral del gobernador republicano de Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, cuya carrera en 2021 fue un reflejo de lo que otros candidatos de su partido podían explotar en otros comicios.Más información en The Washington Post.🔥 Sin pruebasLo importante: al comité congresual especial que investiga el Asalto al Capitolio reveló este martes que Donald Trump y sus aliados lideraron una campaña de presión para lograr que distintos funcionarios estatales les ayudaran a revertir los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales de 2020.En concreto, la sesión se centró en los estados de Georgia y Arizona.Contexto: el comité celebró este martes la cuarta jornada de audiencias públicas con las que pretenden demostrar que Trump estuvo directamente implicado en esas estrategias antidemocráticas que culminaron con la insurrección del 6 de enero de 2021.Explícamelo: trabajadores electorales, legisladores y líderes ejecutivos de Georgia y Arizona testificaron sobre las presiones que recibieron por parte del expresidente y de algunos de sus consejeros más cercanos, incluidos el congresista Andy Biggs y los abogados Rudy Giuliani y John Eastman.Lo más grave lo reveló el presidente republicano de la cámara baja de Arizona. Dijo que cuando le pidió a Giuliani pruebas sobre el fraude electoral a gran escala, el abogado de Trump le dijo: “Tenemos muchas teorías, solo que no tenemos las pruebas [para demostrarlas]”.El senador republicano Ron Johnson también tuvo protagonismo porque intentó entregar al vicepresidente Mike Pence documentos con una serie de electores falsos de Wisconsin y Michigan.La intención era usar esos electores falsos pro-Trump como votos alternativos a los que había logrado Joe Biden por ganar los dos estados del Midwest.Pence rechazó seguir la estrategia de rechazar los votos de Biden y certificar los de Trump durante el 6 de enero. Al final, ideró la ceremonia que acabaría confirmando la victoria de Biden.¿Y ahora? Las siguientes citas del comité prometen revelar cómo las palabras de Trump posibilitaron que tuviera lugar el Asalto al Capitolio.Más información en The Washington Post.🗳 Monitor electoral🇺🇸 Un dúo poco probable: los demócratas de Pennsylvania aspiran a un frente únicoAssociated Press (en inglés; 8 minutos)🇨🇴 Con Petro en Colombia, ¿se consolida un nuevo giro a la izquierda en América Latina?France 24 (en español; 7 minutos)🇮🇹 El ministro de Exteriores italiano abandona el M5S que lideró y provoca su escisiónEl Confidencial (en español; 4 minutos)👾 En el DiscordUn retazo de Maricopa Land@fedefer comparte un hilo sobre la industria del periodismo en España:En otro orden de cosas, este miércoles vuelve Miércoles Gringo para hablar sobre el buscador de Google a raíz de un ensayo que cuestiona su utilidad, la llegada de los drones de Amazon a un barrio near you y la mayor preocupación actual en el mundo cripto.Y sobre mí, ayer fue mi día favorito del año. En el hemisferio sur, cada 21 de junio es el solsticio de invierno. El día más corto, la noche más larga y siempre, de alguna manera, el clima ideal para disfrutar un libro y una taza de café. Si yo fuera presidenta, sería feriado nacional.Feliz miércoles, This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lawikly.com/subscribe
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin joined WMAL's "O'Connor and Company" radio program on Tuesday to discuss what he accomplished in his agenda in the state budget. School choice https://twitter.com/deangeliscorey/status/1538911823814176769?s=21&t=dNPJ6amqG1G5iWHE8GTSkw Youngkin to sign budgets, ending six-month battle with assembly over priorities For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the third hour of the morning show, Larry O'Connor and Julie Gunlock talked to Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Cato Institute's Daniel Raisbeck and discussed the new woke Navy ad. For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This episode opens with Matriculation Day at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington – the start of school for first-year students. Racial justice protests in 2020 promoted a state-ordered independent investigation documenting an institutional culture of racism and sexism. What has changed at VMI since then? Have the changes gone far enough in addressing systemic racial inequality? And will the new governor, Glenn Youngkin, threaten VMI's progress?
IN THE NEWS:The General Assembly passed a budget and now it's on Gov. Glenn Youngkin's desk to sign or line-item veto.1. Gov. Youngkin's proposal to give oil companies a tax holiday is out of gas. Will Republicans find electoral success accusing Democrats of voting against a bill to lower gas prices, or will Democrats win because they blocked hand outs for oil companies?2. Senate Democrats also rejected an amendment from Governor Youngkin that would have denied state funding for abortions. Specifically, state funds for abortions are limited to extreme cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk, and it was limited to low-income people who couldn't otherwise afford these procedures. 3. One of the governor's amendments pitted Black college students against brown college students. The idea was to redirect $5 million that would have gone to undocumented students and instead give that money to financial aid for students who go to HBCUs.GUEST:Chaz Nuttycombe, director of CNalysis, evaluates the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Republican primary challengers vying to face off against Rep. Abigail Spanburger in CD-07. It's one of the hottest races in the country this year, so we break down the candidates and their issues.Learn more at http://linktr.ee/JacklegMediaSponsored by the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia
As Governor Glenn Youngkin's budget amendments include a return of the gas tax holiday with a bonus, President Biden has called the heads of the oil companies to the White House to, as Joe calls it, "get his Chavez on". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
IN THE NEWS:Our first story: The VA House Democrats have a new leader: Del. Don Scott from Portsmouth was elected by his peers to get the party out of the wilderness and take back the majority for Democrats.Our second story: After months of secret negotiations, the House and Senate cut a deal on the state budget. One of those items re-criminalizes marijuana possession. Now, Gov. Glenn Youngkin will consider signing a measure that creates a new felony for possessing more than 4oz of cannabis. The Family Foundation says that's a good thing, but advocates for legal weed call it a step backward.Our third story: Republican candidate for the 8th District Karina Lipsman first said that Fauci should be jailed. However, she's shaking her etch-a-sketch and walking back that statement now that she's the nominee. However, when asked about it, she refused to answer reporter's questions. Why would a candidate do that?GUEST: Brian Moran is the former Sec. of Public Safety & Homeland Security for Gov. Ralph Northam and also a former delegate who was part of a successful leadership coup to remove fmr. Del. Frank Hall in favor of Ward Armstrong in 2007. He explains the expectations and responsibilities of a caucus leader, what distinguishes a good leader from a bad leader, and takes you behind the scenes into his conspiracy to overthrow a former leader.Learn more at https://linktr.ee/JacklegMedia.Sponsored by the Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia. See more at www.saara.org
A new law in Virginia that goes into effect in a month aims to keep parents in the know when it comes to violence or threats at school. Before now, principals only had to report crimes that would be considered felonies to law enforcement. Now, they must also report misdemeanors. WTOP's Neal Augenstein explains why some think the law will prevent violence, while others are concerned over who it singles out. Then, we turn to a bald eagle nest at DC's National Arboretum where an eaglet known as DC9 now has a new name. WTOP's Kate Ryan tells us how he got the name, some of his quirks and the details of his parents' love story.
Valerie Slater is the executive director of RISE for Youth, a Richmond-based nonprofit that advocates for dismantling the youth prison model and ensuring every space that impacts a young person's life encourages growth and success. Slater joins "Street Knowledge" to discuss Gov. Glenn Youngkin's new Violent Crime Task Force, and how it will need representation outside of law enforcement to address the root causes of inequality.
A Virginia school system is standing up against an executive order from Governor Glenn Younkin instructing his Attorney General to investigate how Loudoun County's school board handled two sexual assaults last year. The county contends the governor is overstepping his bounds. The government says there's clearly a cover-up going on. WTOP's Neal Augenstein helps us navigate the complicated local case. And the woman behind the plan to redesign Pennsylvania Avenue shares the three leading options and how everyone from skateboarders to national performers are weighing in on the makeover of America's Main Street.
For this One on One, Sebastian talks to economist and author Stephen Moore about how bad Biden's economy can really get, what a GOP majority can do after 2022, and how a second Trump Administration can reverse the economic decline; for the monologue, he then tears into RINO governors like Glenn Youngkin, who refuse to use their authority to fight back against the Left on abortion and the SCOTUS rioters Support the show: https://www.sebgorka.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Virginia's Governor joins Joe to discuss the Crime Commission he and Attorney General Miyares have started the budget stalemate, cutting the gas tax and the baby formula shortage. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the third hour of the show, Larry O'Connor and Bethany Mandel talked to Dave Bossie, VA Governor Glenn Youngkin, ABC7's Tom Roussey and VA-10's Caleb Max. For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. Show website: https://www.wmal.com/oconnor-company/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin joined WMAL's "O'Connor and Company" radio program on Wednesday to discuss his Violent Crime Task Force, the progressive Commonwealth Attorneys in Virginia hindering law enforcement and talked about Larry's status as the Virginia Wine Country Ambassador. Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces Violent Crime Task Force https://www.wmal.com/2022/05/17/press-release-governor-glenn-youngkin-announces-violent-crime-task-force/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/GovernorVA For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. Show website: https://www.wmal.com/oconnor-company/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin making sure there is enough police present to protect Supreme Court justices and the Senate funding more security for the family members. They also walk through the multiple factors leading to severe shortage of baby formula in the U.S. And they react to tweets […]
Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin making sure there is enough police present to protect Supreme Court justices and the Senate funding more security for the family members. They also walk through the multiple factors leading to severe shortage of baby formula in the U.S. And they react to tweets showing the incoming White House Press Secretary publicly called the 2016 presidential race and the 2018 Georgia governor's race to be stolen elections.Please visit our great sponsors:Omahahttps://omahasteaks.comUse code MARTINI when ordering the Spring Grill Pack and get 4 Omaha Steak burgers and 4 chicken breasts FREE.Bambeehttps://bambee.com/martiniSign up today for your free HR audit. My Pillowhttps://www.mypillow.com/martiniIt's a BOGO Extravaganza! Buy One Get one on MyPillow Bed Sheets, Giza Elegance MyPillows, 6pc Towel sets, and Roll & Go Anywhere MyPillows and more!
HEADLINES: A leaked Supreme Court document revealed the justices are poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Might such action backfire on Republicans?Delegate Patrick Hope is asking an informal working group of official government entities and stakeholders to study a bill vetoed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin that would study whether the Department of Juvenile Justice should be re-homed under the Department of Health and Human Services. It's an interesting idea, but would Youngkin allow executive agencies to participate?INTERVIEW: Congressional elections in 2022 are on track to be rough for Democrats unless SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade can energize their voters. Chaz Nuttycombe, the Director of CNalysis sounds off on the most competitive elections in VA02 (Luria), VA07 (Spanberger) and VA10 (Wexton). Which Republicans stand the best chance of knocking off an incumbent Democrat?Sponsored by www.saara.org.More at https://linktr.ee/JacklegMedia.
Right now, Republicans of all stripes — Ron DeSantis, J.D. Vance, Mike Pence, Glenn Youngkin — are trying to figure out how to channel the populist energies of Donald Trump into a winning political message. The struggle to achieve such a synthesis is the defining project on the American right today. Its outcome will determine the future of the Republican Party — and American politics.To understand what the post-Trump future of the G.O.P. will look like, it helps to have a clearer understanding of the party's past — particularly the chapters that many conservatives prefer to forget. Traditional histories of American conservatism view Donald Trump's election as an aberration in the lineage of the American right — an unprecedented populist rejection of the conservatism of Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley Jr.But Matthew Continetti's new book “The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism” flips that conventional history on its head. In Continetti's view, the “populist” energies that Trump harnessed in 2016 aren't anything new for the American right — they have always been central to it. The American right has always been defined by a back-and-forth struggle — and at times a synthesis — between its populist grass roots and its elites.I wanted to bring Continetti on the show because this history is crucial to understanding where the Republican Party could go next. And also because this is the first episode in a new series we are producing called “The Rising Right.” Over the next few weeks, “The Ezra Klein Show” will feature conversations with conservative writers, scholars and thinkers who are trying to harness the forces that Trump unleashed and build a superstructure of ideas, institutions and policy around them. But to see where that movement is going, you have to take seriously where it came from.Mentioned:“Can Reaganism Rise Again?” by Ross DouthatBook Recommendations:Let Us Talk of Many Things by William F. Buckley Jr.Making It by Norman PodhoretzThe Prince of Darkness by Robert D. NovakThoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.“The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris, Mary Marge Locker and Jenny Casas; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Jeff Geld; audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Our executive producer is Irene Noguchi. Special thanks to Kristin Lin and Kristina Samulewski.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin praises CodeRVA High School during a visit; a Henrico man is murdered in New York City; how legislators and volunteers are working to reduce food insecurity in Virginia.Support the show (http://www.henricocitizen.com/contribute)
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signs new literacy standards into law; a Short Pump shooting sends one to the hospital; how state localities are trying to fill more than 1,200 vacant teacher positions; Henrico students participate in Student Government Day; our weekly Restaurant Watch; a new option for owners of fuel-efficient vehicles in Virginia; your chance to visit the Executive Mansion and its historic garden today. Support the show (http://www.henricocitizen.com/contribute)
Sara is joined by National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera to discuss how the border crisis will get much worse if President Biden removes the Remain in Mexico policy next month. Cabrera also states that the Biden administration doesn't really want the border patrol to catch anybody coming in illegally and is frustrated that Biden and other administration officials cannot admit they were wrong to accuse border agents of whipping migrants back in September. Cabrera also says the root causes of the crisis are obvious and doesn't need exhaustive study from the Biden administration. Finally, Sara unloads on MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace for comparing GOP governors Ron DeSantis and Glenn Youngkin to Russian war criminals over their education policies.Please visit our great sponsors:The Association of Mature American Citizenshttps://amac.us/carterThe benefits of membership are great, but the cause is even greater.Healthycellhttps://healthycell.com/saraUse promo code CARTER for 20% your first order. Journey to better health with Healthycell. EdenPurehttps://edenpuredeals.comUse promo code SARA3 to save $200 on the Thunderstorm 3 pack.Lear Capitalhttps://learsara.comGet up to $10,000 in FREE bonus coins based on the value of your gold coin purchase.
The Florida House Bill 1557, popularly known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, continues to stir controversy. The bill has been criticized by advocates of the LGBTQ community as discriminatory, while others believe that this gives parents the right to know what their children are being taught in school and that it would help protect their children from being exposed to gender ideology at a young age. As the "Don't Say Gay" bill has brought to light many questions about free speech and LGBTQ+ rights, is the bill oppressing gender expression or does it give parents the basic right to raise their children?In today's episode, Jim and Dan talk about how the mask mandates are still a topic of great interest, what Jen Psaki has to say about Florida's Parental Rights in Education Bill, and why Elon Musk no longer owns the largest stake in Twitter.Enjoy!In This Episode02:53 - What to look forward to in future episodes of the Pod Bless America Podcast06:45 - How the mask mandates are still a topic of great interest12:15 - Jen Psaki to leave White House for MSNBC15:07 - What Jen Psaki has to say about Florida's Parental Rights in Education Bill21:30 - Jim's trip to Florida for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in 202324:52 - Psaki's interpretation of the Parental Rights in Education Bill30:41 - How Nicolle Wallace accuses Ron DeSantis and Glenn Youngkin of dehumanizing people as a political strategy37:07 - Why Elon Musk no longer owns the largest stake in Twitter54:05- The story of Taylor Lorenz and Libs of TikTokFavorite Quotes24:53 - "California, New York, everybody should reverse course and say, hey, come on back. If you want a bunch of teachers teaching your six-year-old about sex and sexual identity, and you know what, telling your six-year-old son that he can be a girl, come on back. We got the teachers for you. They're all here waiting. You know who's not going to come back, every single person who lives in Florida" - Jim Larkin and Dan Wilkinson Jr.33:19 - "If these kids feel like they want to be transgender, that is an issue for the parents to take care of. Those kids can go and those parents can nurture them and they can love them and they can bring them up and tell them, look, you are okay. But you know who can't do that? The teachers. The teachers are not allowed to take your kid and say, you can be like this it's okay. And you know what? We're not gonna tell your parents." - Jim LarkinFollow the Pod Bless America Podcast on GETTREngage with Pod Bless America PodcastEmail: email@example.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebookListen to more episodes of the Pod Bless America PodcastApple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts
Three months into his tenure as Virginia's attorney general, Jason Miyares is delivering on his promises to promote parental rights and punish violent criminals. Those issues animated voters last November and they're now front and center for the state's top law enforcement officer.Miyares is part of a trio of Republicans who sent shockwaves through Richmond, unseating a two-term Democrat attorney general—the first to beat an incumbent for the job since 1885.Just days after taking office, Miyares found himself defending Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's executive order empowering parents to decide if their kids should be masked in school. He hasn't slowed down since.Miyares joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss parental rights, rogue prosecutors, and his family's escape from Communist Cuba. Read the lightly edited transcript at DailySignal.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin wedged some big rafts o' stories into the dock today! Emmanuel Macron remains France's least-worst option, because Le Pen couldn't be less worse for all the people. Over in Ukraine, Putin's genocide isn't exactly going as he planned. That won't stop Vlad from declaring “Mission Accomplished” in Mariupol, ignoring those obstinate Ukrainian Troops hanging about. Russia does completely control the gravel that used to be Mariupol however, which seems to be the essence of the Russian army strategy for the next couple of weeks in advance of their big victory party. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to be a great leader that plays one on TV. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz offered Ukraine a billion euros worth of arms… but he seems to have misplaced the requisition form somewhere. Graphic schmuck on schmuck violence erupted on the set of Piers Morgan Uncensored recently. Sadly, both survived. In fact, this bromeopathic therapy will probably do wonders for our former guy's macho image. Trump can't lose, as long as he keeps winning. Steve KG Bannon first harnessed the power of angry assholes in large groups but needed Trump to be their king. Alex Jones, once the prince of pricks, has fallen from grace, and is reaching out to the Justice Department to snitch away some jail time. The throne is never empty for long and Chaya Raichik of Libs of TikTok is the newest ass in it. The New York Times is certain there must be somebody on the left just like each of the above examples. Ron DeSantis wrecks vengeance upon the Happiest Place on Earth to bring it a bit closer to Florida levels. Desantis' other crusade is against dangerous math textbooks, and for their replacement by one single publisher linked to Virginia's Glenn Youngkin. Marjorie Traitor Greene might be one of the first Reb officers to be questioned under oath, but she won't be the last. Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy were shocked to their senses for a moment after January 6 but slid back quickly under their respective rocks. Donald Trump says that if New York really wanted those subpoenaed documents, they should have called before he ate them.
Join Jim and Greg as they congratulate the Virginia legislature and Gov. Glenn Youngkin for passing common sense, bipartisan bills that outlaw formal or informal quotas on arrests and tickets by Virginia police. They also continue to be surprised at the messaging failures of the Biden White House, often with the President himself out of […]
Join Jim and Greg as they congratulate the Virginia legislature and Gov. Glenn Youngkin for passing common sense, bipartisan bills that outlaw formal or informal quotas on arrests and tickets by Virginia police. They also continue to be surprised at the messaging failures of the Biden White House, often with the President himself out of the loop, with transportation masking as the latest example. And despite no obvious constituency or hope of beating Donald Trump or Gov. Ron DeSantis, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger floated his name as a potential candidate in the 2024 presidential race.Please visit our great sponsors:My Pillowhttps://www.mypillow.com/martiniUse code MARTINI for the 6-piece My Pillow Towel set for $39.99. SAVE $70!
Ian Prior, Executive Director of Fightforschools.com and Senior Advisor for America First Legal, joined WMAL's "O'Connor and Company" radio program on Wednesday about the latest Loudoun County Schools news. Fight for Schools is in COURT TODAY at 10 PM to force LCPS to release the so-called “Independent review” of how they handled those two sexual assaults last year LOUDOUN SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION: APRIL 12: Youngkin Seeks to Force Loudoun School Board Elections this Fall. During last year's General Assembly session, the Loudoun County School Board sought and won state authority to transition to staggered terms starting next year. On Monday, Gov. Glenn Youngkin amended an update to that bill, seeking to trigger snap elections for all nine School Board members this fall, cutting short the terms of seven elected officials by one year. Under Virginia law, the amended bill would become law with a majority vote among members present in both houses. If two-thirds of members in both houses vote to oppose the amendment, the original bill becomes law. If neither action occurs, the original bill returns to the governor's desk. Ian's tweet on a "White Privilege" book: https://twitter.com/iandprior/status/1516465275880849411 For more coverage on the issues that matter to you, visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 FM from 5-9 AM ET. To join the conversation, check us out on Twitter: @WMALDC, @LarryOConnor, @Jgunlock,and @patrickpinkfile. Show website: https://www.wmal.com/oconnor-company/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are back, baby. In Ukraine, Russia had its flagship shot out of the water like a Muscovy sitting duck. (China should worry that someone might develop a taste for Peking sitting duck.) Russia didn't plan on bad roads and weather for their war, and their U-haul is almost out of rentals. Slovakia is sending Ukraine a Soviet-era air defense system as it does seem that they are fighting a Soviet-era army. Slovakia is a NATO country, as Sweden and Finland will be soon. Russia threatens the Baltics with whatever they have left once they are finished with Ukraine. Meanwhile, Latin American countries volunteer to take one big step back from this thing. It seems that Russia's only remaining friends are too tied up in their 2022 election campaigns to really help. Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden have had a hard time enthusing their lefties. Mitch McConnell knew about Donald Trump's plan to overthrow the United States, but you didn't know about that because these two guys wanted to sell a book. Time for some traffic problems on the Texas border as Governor Greg Abbot tries out New Jersey politics on Joe Biden. North Carolina is taking steps to keep Mark Meadows from committing voter fraud, a crime so vile hanging would be too good for him, unless he's a Republican, and then Civics class would be more than enough. The upcoming trend in conservative thought is to kill public school teachers, or at least call for their deaths, which is hardly as bad, right? Glenn Youngkin wants a piece of that action, which he likes to call “transparency and accountability”. He also likes to pick fights with Loudoun County, every Virginian red county's idea of woke commies. Loudoun School Board Elections happen every four years, but Glenn says why not three, just this once? Youngkin pulled that idea right out of his tip line... or not. Why would you think transparency and accountability pertained to him? When not pwning Loudoun, Glenn Youngkin spends his time vetoing bills and cutting taxes to whip inflation. 88-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein's reelection plans might have hit a stumbling block, as she becomes less and less available in this reality.
David Waldman is still “out”, but never out of things to say! Thus, while David's wife and kid are treated to a LIVE Kagro in the Car this morning, we likewise score an ALL-NEW hour of pre-recorded KITM! The State Department reports that the White House gift records for Donald Trump and Mike Pence are MISSING! Whaaaaaaaa? If only somebody had done something when they said we couldn't instead of waiting until now when they say we can't! Idiots, sycophants, and lunatics flock to Mar-a-Lago in order to leap into bullshit so concentrated that it has collapsed into a spacetime singularity focused on late 2020. However, even Donald Trump can't believe how long and how far Wisconsin Michael Gableman has been able carry his farce. Ron DeSantis wastes everyone's time screwing with people probably just to bait reporters into accusing him of wasting everyone's time for partisan reasons. Glenn Youngkin vetoes 25 bipartisan bills and looks forward to working together with the members of the General Assembly by vetoing whatever else they come up with.
04/13/22 Gov. Glenn Youngkin Vetoes Target Sen. Ebbin; Gov. Youngkin signals support for facial recognition technology; Richmond City Council and School Board appear to come to agreement on George Wythe High School, and other local news stories.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin signs new legislation; Youngkin appoints former former Trump official to be Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Education; Richmond Mayor proposes new ordinance around George Whythe; and other local news stories.
nOne teen is shot and killed in Eastern Henrico, another juvenile shot and injured in the West End; a developer has apparently abandoned plans for a 650-home community on a Civil War battlefield in Eastern Henrico; Gov. Glenn Youngkin signs a number of education-related bills into law; a man eats at a Short Pump taco restaurant for 56 straight days.Support the show (http://www.henricocitizen.com/contribute)
Four Henrico students win national art, writing awards; friends and family remember fallen Henrico Police Officer Trey Sutton; a new early childhood learning center is opening near Innsbrook; Gov. Glenn Youngkin signs and executive order to promote recycling, but an environmental organization is opposed; Virginia War Memorial officials seek photos of Vietnam War veterans; the Social Security Administration reopens local offices.Support the show (http://www.henricocitizen.com/contribute)
A Varina store sells a big winner in the Virginia Lottery; U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger introduces bipartisan legislation to address substance use disorder; Sheetz is hosting a hiring event today; Gov. Glenn Youngkin forms the “Safe and Sound Task Force;” Henrico County plans its ‘Brain Health and You!' conference later this month; Youngkin signs a bill to allow local governments to provide tax relax for spouses of Armed Forces members killed in duty.Support the show (http://www.henricocitizen.com/contribute)
There are over 7.9 billion people on the planet, an orbital body that moves around the sun at a speed of 66,660 miles per hour. On any given day there are so many human actions as we all go about our individual lives. Is there a number to capture a snapshot of what’s happening in any given moment, or is it best to focus on a handful of stories at a time? Charlottesville Community Engagement seeks to make sense of some of the activity across an increasingly expanded geographic space. I’m the host, Sean Tubbs. The program is free, but your financial support will help Town Crier Productions grow and expand! On today’s fast-moving program:Area transportation officials learn about how a mobile app is seeking to make using transit in Dallas easier and more cost-effectiveA new climate change report has been published by the IPCCCharlottesville announces a campaign to increase energy efficiency and save water in public buildings The Virginia General Assembly convenes to begin finalization of the budget, consider suspension of Virginia gas tax Need a tree? Charlottesville Area Tree Steward sale is this Saturday! In today’s first Patreon-fueled public service announcement, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are preparing to hold their first in-person tree sale since 2019. On April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will open up their tree nursery at the Fontaine Research Park and will sell saplings of native trees, some of which are hard to find from commercial sources for between $5 and $15. There will be large trees from Birch to Sycamore, smaller trees from Blackgum to Witch Hazel, and shrubbery! Visit charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org to learn more!Governor Youngkin’s gas tax holiday is before the Virginia General Assembly Both Houses of the Virginia General Assembly met very briefly in special session on Monday to complete work begun earlier this year. Governor Glenn Youngkin issued a proclamation in late March convening the session, as read by the clerks of both the House of Delegates and the Senate. “A proclamation that in accordance with the provisions of Article IV, Section VI and Article V, Section V of the Constitution of Virginia and the powers thereby invested in the Governor to call a special session of the General Assembly, I, Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia do hereby summon the members of the Senate and the House of Delegates constituting the General Assembly of Virginia, to meet in Special Session commencing the Fourth Day of April of 2022 for the purpose of completion of the 2023-2024 biennial budget.”Both the House of Delegates and Senate adopted bills to establish the rules for the special session. Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-1) explains House Joint Resolution 6001.“Basically it allows us to consider House Bill 29 and House Bill 30 and any other conference reports that were continued and still ongoing as we adjourned the 2022 regular session,” Kilgore said. “It would also allow legislation as may be communicated from the Governor.”Some Senators objected to the Governor’s ability to suggest legislation. “It’s up to us to decide what we want to consider in special sessions, not the Governor,” said Senator Scott Surovell (D-36). “I think that’s been the prerogative of our chambers forever. I think it’s important to protect that prerogative not only for this session but the for the future.”Surovell made an amendment to ban this, but later withdrew this request. Memorials and commendations are allowed, as well as confirmation of judges. Any legislation sent down to the legislature from the executive branch would need to go through the committee process in both Chambers. So far, Governor Youngkin has introduced one bill to eliminate the statewide gas tax from May 1 to July 31, as well as other provisions. This has been referred to the House Finance Committee. (HB6001). The Virginia Senate received the resolution from the House of Delegates, as confirmed by Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears. “Senator Saslaw, the senior Senator from Fairfax County, is ordered to inform the House of Delegate that the Senate is duly organized and ready to proceed to business,” said the Lieutenant Governor. Budget conferees met immediately after the meeting. Delegate Barry Knight (R-81) gave an update from the House’s perspective. “Budget negotiations are ongoing,” Knight said. “We are talking to them a little bit back and forth. They are kind of taking their time and we are ready to meet any time they are.” Both Houses can reconvene by giving 48 hours notice. Stay tuned!IPCC releases new report seeking quick action on greenhouse gas emissionsA new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that production of greenhouse gas emissions across planet Earth were at their highest levels in recorded history, but suggests the rate may be slowing. “Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach,” reads the press release to mark the approval yesterday of an IPCC working group’s report called Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change.The report states an 85 percent drop in the costs of solar and wind energy, as well as a push in many countries for laws and policies to reduce energy efficiency, limit deforestation, and create new forms of renewable energy. The report encourages creation of compact, walkable cities, a transition to electric fleets for public transportation, and further development of technologies to capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it.According to the release, the IPCC’s overall strategy is to reduce warming to 1.5°C requires the greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025, and to begin to have them reduced 43 percent by 2030. View a message from the IPCC on YouTube:What are local governments doing?Charlottesville Charlottesville City Council will have a work session on April 18 to discuss efforts by city staff toward a climate action plan. (visit the city’s website)This morning, the city announced the hiring of a company to review over forty public buildings to see how energy and water use can be reduced. CMTA Energy Solutions will perform the audit, which includes city schools. “The Technical Energy Audits currently underway are part of the first phase of an Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) process that aligns directly with fulfilling the City of Charlottesville’s commitment to climate action and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions,” reads the news release that went out today. The city’s public buildings cover an area of 1.7 million square feet. The audit will inform plans to upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, upgrade lighting, and install new plumbing. AlbemarleThe Albemarle Board of Supervisors adopted a Climate Action Plan on October 7, 2020. The Facilities and Environmental Services Department releases a quarterly report that includes updates on steps Albemarle is taking to reduce its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s some highlights from the latest report:The grounds crew that takes care of county buildings are switching to all electric tools and vehicles. Albemarle will launch an “environmental stewardship hub” online to collect county resources for community members on county programs to promote biodiversity, clean water, climate action, and reduced waste. This should happen around Earth Day, or April 22Solar powered lights have been installed at electric vehicle charging stations at the McIntire Road County Office Building. County staff in the Environmental Services Division have developed a mapping resource to assist property owners with flooding issues, sinkholes, poor water quality. There’s a whole article in the report about how collecting this information in one place can identify causes to specific problems such as blocked drainage pipes. University of VirginiaThe University of Virginia’s reductions emission plans are documented in the 2020-2030 UVA Sustainability Plan. The UVA Sustainability Office’s report to the Board of Visitors is available for review in the March meeting packet for the Buildings and Grounds Committee. (page 20 of this document)Some examples:Student programs include the Zero Waste Ambassadors program which seeks to increase composting across UVA Grounds, the Cville Solar Project, and something called the Shut the Sash ChallengeProfessor Ben Laugelli has a course this spring called Science, Technology, and Contemporary Issues: Designing for a Sustainable World that will seek to direct further ways UVA can reach its goals Other recent courses include Professor Kate Stephenson’s Writing about Food Justice, and Designing a Carbon-Neutral Future, Sustainability Leadership: From the Grounds Up, and Write ClimateSecond shout-out: RCA wants your photographs for a new contest!In today’s second Patreon-fueled shout-out, the Rivanna Conservation Alliance wants wildlife and nature photographers to enter their first-ever photography contest! They want high-resolution photos related to the Rivanna watershed and the winning entries will be displayed at the 2022 Riverfest Celebration on May 1. The two categories are 16 and under, and those over the age of 17. You can send in two entries, and the work may be used to supplement Rivanna Conservation Alliance publications. For more information, visit rivannariver.org.Dallas transit official briefs transit partnership on mobile app trip planningThe Jefferson Area Regional Transit Partnership was created a few years ago to serve as a clearinghouse to improve the efficiency of public transit in a community with multiple service providers. At their recent meeting in March, they learned about how Dallas Area Rapid Transit has benefited from having an office of innovation. “We now have the largest on-demand offering in North America,” said, Greg Elsborg, who has been Chief Innovation Officer since 2019 Since that time, he has focused on a few areas. “One was to try and drive a culture of innovation across the agency and pull ideas from our employers and from communities and us, and that’s been an exciting activity set,” Elsborg said. “But another area has been the continued development and scalability of a mobile trip-planning and management application that we have for our transit providers.”Dallas Area Rapid Transit covers 760 square miles including Dallas, and twelve other cities. On-demand service is available in a third of the service area. Part of their funding comes through a one cent sales tax, an idea that has been floated in this community but is not authorized by the General Assembly. (view the presentation on the GoPass Mobility Platform)The DART system includes light rail and community rail, as well as a large bus fleet. The first mobile application was created in 2013 to help make it easier for people to travel across multiple transit systems. There is a regional fare. “So I can pay to travel across the entire region and pay a reduced fare to travel through the commuter rail and to get point to point in Fort Worth, as well as in Denton County in the north, as well as DART’s 13 cities,” Elsborg said. To unite it all, DART built its first mobile app in 2013. There have been several iterations of the GoPass Mobility Platform to add more capabilities over time. In 2018, they added a feature to allow riders to transfer cash to their mobile phones at local retailers.“So if I’m an individual that doesn’t have a debit card or a credit card but I’d like to use the mobile app, then I could use trip finding in the app and some of the other features, but to buy tickets, I could go and load cash at a retailer,” Elsborg said. “They would scan a barcode on the app and then this loads the funds into the app directly.”In 2018, DART also introduced a fare-capping system where an individual user would no longer be charged after they’d paid a certain amount. The app tracks this information. “And there’s a really nice tracker inside the app that shows you how much you spent to get toward that fare cap total,” Elsborg said. The next year, DART introduced Multimodal Microtransit to the system which introduced on-demand services that can be used in conjunction with fixed routes. Soon there will be a new feature.“We have a partnership that we’re working on with Uber so that we can direct people to Uber rides as on-demand mode through our app without having to have an Uber account or pay for your ticket through Uber,” Elsborg said. “You do it throughout our app. And that will be an industry first when that comes out.” Elsborg said DART is seeking to add other transit agencies so that there can continue to be more investment into the platform. Currently they are running the mobile app functions for over 50 cities, including Charlotte, North Carolina. One of the agencies is the one for Tulsa, Oklahoma, which until recently was run by Jaunt CEO director Ted Rieck. “I kind of call this the Swiss army knife for mobile apps,” Rieck said. “I think as we look for ways to bring our region together on transit, a mobile app like this could be a starting point.” The platform also has connections to e-scooter services as well as bike-sharing programs. 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Featuring:Welcome: Jessica Mann, Symposium Chair, University of Virginia School of LawOpening Remarks: Dean Risa L. Goluboff, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of LawKeynote Address: Gov. Glenn Youngkin, 74th Governor of Virginia
TODAY'S STORIES: First, Gov. Glenn Youngkin called the legislature into Session to resolve the budget despite the House and Senate not having an agreement on how to resolve a $3 billion gap between each chamber's version. Wile the Governor can call them into session, they can gavel in and gavel out until neegotiators have a deal.Second, Youngkin is pressuring the leegislature to pass a gas tax holiday to ease the pain at the pump. The only problem is that gas tax savings would put that cash back in the pockets of the oil companies, not stay in yours. It would also deprive funds for public transit and public infrastructure improvements.Third, Republicans are forcing the state government to purge reference to equity from their websites. The Virginia Education Association is stepping up to preserve their important work, announcing it will serve as a clearinghouse for diversity training materials and other resources that might be purged from state websites. GUEST - Chaz Nuttycombe, director of CNalysisChaz discusses the new state senate districts that have two or more incumbents in them and how those incumbents might fare. He also covers other interesting races like Sen. Joe Morrissey v. former Del. Laschrecse Aird, and former delegates Hala Ayala vs Jennifer Carroll Foy. See more at https://Linktr.ee/JacklegMedia. Learn more about our sponsor, SAARA of Virginia, at www.saara.org
Gov. Glenn Youngkin met with stakeholders yesterday to talk about legislation he is deciding whether to sign into law; A federal court dismissed an appeal by Mountain Valley Pipeline in an Air Pollution Control Board case; Students at Atlee High School in Hanover County have been suspended for a school walkout a couple of weeks ago; and other local news stories.
After today, the year 2022 will be 22.7 percent complete, a statistic that appears both appropriate and confounding. This is the 353rd edition of Charlottesville Community Engagement, a program that only contains a fraction of the stories that I would like to be telling, but efforts to increase efficiency are on an upward trajectory. I’m your host, Sean Tubbs. Sign up to make sure every installment makes it to your inbox! CCE is free but your support helps keep it going! On today’s program:Charlottesville City Council appears poised to approve a 28 unit apartment complex on a cul-de-sac in FifevilleGovernor Glenn Youngkin summons the General Assembly to return to Richmond on April 4 to complete a budget The Charlottesville Human Rights Commission holds a town hall meeting tonightAnd the Great Eastern Management Company offers the public a chance to weigh in on a plan to redevelop Seminole Square Shopping Center to add 352 apartmentsFirst shout-out goes to a March 29 event happening at MorvenIn today’s first subscriber supported shout-out, the Morven Summer Institute at Morven Farm wants you to know about a seminar coming up on March 29. How are UVA students, faculty, and community partners collaborating to tell the stories of Morven? Researcher Scot French has spent over ten years studying Morven’s history and will provide glimpses into a course he’ll be teaching this summer on Recovering the Stories of Morven’s Enslaved and Descendant Communities. The March 29 event is a chance for the public to get a preview of the four week course. If you’re interested, visit morven.virginia.edu to fill out an interest form. Governor Youngkin calls special session to resolve Virginia’s budgetThe Virginia General Assembly adjourned earlier this month without completing work on a budget. They also left several bills pending. Now the head of the executive branch has called them back to Richmond to complete the work early next month.“I, Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia, do hereby summon the members of the Senate and the House of Delegates, constituting the General Assembly of Virginia, to meet in Special Session commencing the 4th day of April, two thousand and twenty-two for the purpose of the completion of the 2023-2024 biennial budget.In a statement, Youngkin said he wants the budget to include a tax cut, but also an increase in spending on education, law enforcement, and the behavioral health system. Youngkin also wants the General Assembly to pass legislation that would suspend Virginia’s 26-cent gas tax for three months. Graham Moomaw reported in the Virginia Mercury last week that that could cost $437 million in transportation funding. The Legislative Information System lists 48 bills still pending, including the budget bill. A total of 166 bills were carried over to the 2023. Youngkin has signed 31 bills into law including one that makes switchblade knives legal again. Other blackjacks such as throwing stars remain illegal. Another approved bill will change the process by which “accommodations intermediaries” pay their transient occupancy taxes, though guidelines won’t be published by the Department of Taxation until August 1, 2022. Human Rights Commission Town Hall tonightThe nine-member body appointed by City Council to “provide citywide leadership and guidance in the area of civil and human rights” wants you to consider attending a meeting tonight. City Councilor Michael Payne made this announcement at Monday’s Council meeting.“The Human Rights Commission would like to hear from the public on Emergency Housing Access and the quality of affordable, public, and subsidized housing,” Payne said. That will take the form of a virtual town hall meeting to be held tonight at 7 p.m. They’ll be working off of a community survey that got 128 responses. The top two responses are the subject of the meeting, where people will have up to three minutes to discuss. Learn more in a press release. City Council adopted an affordable housing plan on March 1, 2021 as the first step in the Cville Plans Together initiative. The three major themes in the plan are a commitment to spend $10 million each year on affordable housing programs, reforming the governance for how that funding is allocated, and to adopt reforms to encourage more housing all across the city. (read the plan)Council supportive of rezoning for 28 units on Valley Road ExtendedCharlottesville City Council appears willing to support three land use applications to allow 28 units to be built on about two thirds of an acre on a cul-de-sac in Fifeville. Lorven Investments needs a rezoning, a special use permit, and a critical slopes waiver. “The development being proposed are for four low-rise apartment buildings with eight one-bedroom units and 20 two-bedroom units for a total of 28 on site,” said city planner Matt Alfele. By right, the developer could have gotten three duplexes, but only with a boundary line adjustment. “Six houses down there versus 28 when we desperately need housing?” Councilor Sena Magill wondered. “It’s very hard to say no to.”However, both Magill and City Councilor Michael Payne had questions about the terms of affordability provisions, and the item will come back to Council for a second reading at their next meeting on April 4. The out-ot-town developer has agreed to contribute $48,000 to build pedestrian improvement somewhere off-site, as well as to commit eight of the units to be income-restricted for a period of at least ten years. The Planning Commission voted 4-3 earlier this month to recommend approval.“Traffic, affordability of units, [and] scale of the buildings were the main points of focus from the Commission,” Alfele said. “In addition, members of the community who spoke brought up character of the development as it relates to the surrounding neighborhood, anticipated problems with parking, and the poor condition of Valley Road Extended.” Civil engineer Justin Shimp represented the applicant and he said the affordability proffer echoes the city’s housing policy and it is legally binding. “There are terms spelled out within on how much the rent will be, and also the rent limitations in both income and on what the rental price is,” Shimp said. Shimp said there was no subsidy involved and that the developer will assume the costs of providing the units below market. “It depends on what you calculate market rent in the area but I think it’s something like a $250,000 to $300,000 commitment on this project to affordability,” Shimp said. One question is how the city will enforce the affordability. The city has been without a housing coordinator since the summer of 2020. “Whether or not someone is compliant will need to be determined by the zoning administrator down the road,” said City Attorney Lisa Robertson. “This proffer statement does not obligate the city to pay any money.”Vice Mayor Juandiego Wade had a question about the length of the affordability period. “I mean, ten years, is that typically what we use as the time period?” Wade asked. “It seemed kind of short.” Robertson said there is no standard length for Charlottesville, and that in this case the developer was offering the affordability on a voluntary basis above and beyond the minimum requirements of the zoning code. That will change as the zoning code is rewritten to include provisions where this kind of density would be allowed only if units were provided below market. “We don’t really have a standardized program yet,” Robertson said. Wade also wanted to make sure that University of Virginia students do not end up taking units that he thought should go to low-wealth families.“Will [federal housing] voucher holders be able to take advantage of this location?” Wade asked.“Yes,” Shimp responded. “And that’s part of what we were encouraged to look into by the Planning Commission. Part of the units being split is that all eight of them become voucher eligible.” Before the discussion, one member of the public argued that the subsidized low rents that would be provided at Grove Street would outweigh any concerns over traffic. "With more apartments on that street, the cars will drive slower but I think that's okay," said Joshua Carp said.Councilor Michael Payne noted that this use appeared to be in excess of what’s allowed under the new Future Land Use Map that designates this as General Residential. “What justification and where in the project in terms of affordability are we at in terms of justifying going beyond our adopted land use map that did have density increase throughout the city, but had land use designations that we decided on?” Payne asked. Shimp said that was up to the City Council to decide. In this case, he said the undeveloped nature of the three lots are a perfect opportunity to add density. “This site in particular, there’s not a tree on it,” Shimp said. “There’s a degraded stream we’re going to fix. This is one site that clearing it all and building housing on it is 100 percent improvement for all parties involved.” Shimp said the proposal fulfills the spirit of the new Comprehensive Plan. Strategy 1.3 of the Land Use Chapter is to “implement zoning changes needed to support the creation of more housing, including affordable housing opportunities throughout the city.” Mayor Lloyd Snook said the city does not have enough money to make major improvements to Valley Road Extended.“What’s concerning generally is the narrowness of the street or the fact that there’s no street definition on one side,” Snook said. “There is street definition on the other side because there’s a guard rail to keep you from going into the creek.” Snook said if Council approves this project, they should expect that neighbors will report issues in the future. He said on balance, he would support the project because of the provision of new houses. The item will come back to Council on April 4 for a second reading. There were at least three votes to approve. Second Shout-out goes to Mulch Madness! In today’s second subscriber-supported shout-out, are you ready for Mulch Madness? The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority has a free mulch giveaway through April 16. In between all the big games, the RSWA wants you to get your yard ready for spring. If you have a way to transport mulch, head on over to the Ivy Material Utilization Center between 7:30am and 4:00pm, Monday through Saturday, where you can pick up up to two tons free. Rivanna staff are available to help load, but ask that you bring a covering. Mulch is double ground and derived from vegetative materials brought to Ivy for disposal. That’s Mulch Madness at the Ivy Material Utilization Center. Visit rivanna.org to learn more. Great Eastern Management Company presents plans for mixed-use redevelopment of Seminole Square Members of the public had the opportunity Wednesday to ask questions of the developers of Seminole Square Shopping Center. The Great Eastern Management Company has submitted plans to convert the former Giant store and other commercial sites. “What we have here actually are four individual structures,” said David Mitchell is with GEMC. “We’re staying in the existing development area and we’re not going down into any of the slopes or any of the critical areas. We’re staying up on the platform that we built 30 years ago.”Mitchell said this is a by-right plan and will not require a rezoning or special use permit. One structure will be a mixed-use building and the rest will be all residential. Parking would be underneath and Mitchell said the minimum requirements would be met. Another commercial building will be built along Hillsdale Drive but Mitchell said there are no identified tenants. Planning Commissioner Rory Stolzenberg asked how the project was different from the previous plan. GEMC filed for a rezoning in early 2019 for eleven five story buildings with around 500 residential units. “Obviously the building configuration looks a little bit different,” Stolzenberg said. “In particular, what caused the number of units to drop?” Mitchell said the reduced number comes down to parking requirements and construction costs.“When we started to look harder at this after that initial plan you saw three years ago it became obvious to us that these buildings are already going to be five to seven stories with underground parking,” Mitchell said. “To get any more than that… this is not downtown New York. There are limitations on the economics.” The units would either be one-bedroom or two bedroom units. Five percent will be affordable under the city’s existing affordable housing policies. “It’s not required because this is by-right but we’ve just decided we’ve done it on another project that was a special use permit so it was required,” Mitchell said. “We think we can provide that within the economic structure of the project.” Two public streets would be created as part of the project. In addition to Stolzenberg, only one other person actually spoke. Peter Krebs of the Piedmont Environmental Council asked questions about connectivity. Mitchell said GEMC would like to move forward with the project as soon as possible. The company is also offering an easement for a trail connection to the Meadow Creek stream corridor. Talking real estate tomorrow on Real Talk with Keith SmithIt’s been some time since I have appeared on the Real Talk with Keith Smith program, but I will be on tomorrow with Neil Williamson of the Free Enterprise Forum. 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On this week's episode: The court system tells Fox News to go Tuck itself ... A lot of conservatives consider a truck convoy to protest high gas prices ... And Rudy Giuliani unzipped his face again so there's gonna be a flying spider attack. To support our show on Patreon, go here: https://www.patreon.com/skepticrat To hear more from Evil Giraffes on Mars, go here: https://www.facebook.com/EvilGiraffesOnMars Get great deals while supporting the show by checking out our sponsors: https://www.policygenius.com https://www.betterhelp.com/skepticrat https://www.greenchef.com/skepticrat10 Headline Sources: NY judge uses Tucker Carlson's own words against Fox News: https://lawandcrime.com/2020-election/n-y-judge-uses-tucker-carlsons-words-against-fox-news-while-refusing-to-scuttle-smartmatic-defamation-lawsuit https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/09/judge-uses-tucker-carlsons-own-words-against-fox-news/ Judge issues temporary injunction barring Texas from investigating pediatric gender-affirming care as 'child abuse': https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/11/us/texas-transgender-minor-investigations/index.html All of Virginia's educational system asks Glenn Youngkin to fuck off: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/03/11/virginia-youngkin-superintendents-tip-line/ Annnnd we're getting invaded by giant parachuting spiders: https://www.axios.com/local/washington-dc/2022/03/09/giant-joro-spiders-east-coast-may People's convoy is no match for DC traffic: https://www.thedailybeast.com/peoples-convoy-truckers-struggle-to-defeat-dc-traffic-on-beltway-in-protest-over-pandemic-restrictions Madison Cawthorn charged for driving with a revoked license...again: https://www.salon.com/2022/03/10/why-has-madison-cawthorn-been-repeatedly-charged-for-driving-with-a-revoked-license/ After calling Zelensky a “thug”: https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/10/politics/madison-cawthorn-volodymyr-zelensky-comments/index.html
Americans' trust of the media is absolutely in the gutter https://notthebee.com/article/americans-trust-of-the-media-is-completely-in-the-gutter-and-boy-you-just-hate-to-see-it And the Bee notes about the Gallup research: “when political differences are accounted for, the results diverge sharply along party lines: Just 11% of Republicans trust the media, while 68% of Democrats do. But even the Democratic numbers have declined notably in recent years, as have those of Independents.” I can't help but to insert Club plug here. This is sort of self serving, but I cannot think of a better way to fight mainstream media, than by first joining a solid bible believing church, and secondly joining our club. Our goal here, and I hope we are doing a pretty good job of this, is to proclaim the Lordship of Christ over politics, produce quality news and commentary that you can trust, and build a network that surpass unprincipled legacy media like Fox News. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com to sign up and support our efforts. Texas governor bans Covid-19 vaccine mandates by any employer in state https://apple.news/AbFpB3TM-RoeortH-jmAnHA Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order banning all state entities, including private employers, from enforcing vaccine mandates, the latest escalation in the Republican's resistance to public health measures during the Covid-19 pandemic. The order states that "no entity in Texas" can enforce vaccination against anyone in the state who objects "for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19," according to a news release from the governor's office. "The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," Abbott said in a statement. Abbott also called on the Texas state Legislature to pass a law with the same effect. The executive order would be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation, the governor's office said. Southwest, American among Texas businesses defying Abbott to comply with federal vaccine mandate https://www.statesman.com/story/business/2021/10/12/southwest-american-plan-ignore-abbott-comply-vaccine-mandate/8423456002/ Now according to the Satesman, there is a battle of the gods, and it looks like the federal god won: “Two of the national's largest airlines — Southwest Airlines and American Airlines — both based in Texas, said Tuesday they plan to follow looming federal guidelines and require that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, despite an order from Gov. Greg Abbott that attempts to block such mandates. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines last week ordered all of its estimated 55,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19 by Dec. 8. That folowed a directive from President Joe Biden, who in September said all private companies with more than 100 workers must require employees to be vaccinated or conduct weekly tests for the coronavirus. Southwest said in a written statement Tuesday that the president's executive order “supersedes any state mandate or law,” saying the company is required to adhere to it despite Abbott's action “to remain compliant as a federal contractor.”” But listen to this. In the same article: “Amber Gunst, CEO of the Austin Technology Council, said most companies in Texas are unlikely to follow the governor's mandate. Employers don't have the option to defy OSHA standards, both for legal reasons and for insurance-related concerns, she said. "When the federal government comes in with OSHA and they say, 'this is what we need to do in order to keep employees safe,' companies have to follow those rules in order to be in compliance with OSHA, so I don't really feel that most companies are going to look at the mandate that the governor created and want to adhere to that," Gunst said. "Companies don't have an option to choose to not be in compliance with OSHA. They will have a very strict, and steep price to pay if they're not in compliance with OSHA." Gunst said she thinks most companies will see Abbott's order "as a nuisance that the governor has created." The question is a nuisance to who? Who is being the nuisance? Who is forcing people to vax? The Wallstree Journal captures this gem: https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-vaccine-mandate-fight-between-texas-and-biden-has-companies-caught-in-the-middle-11634073605 “The Greater Houston Partnership, which represents some 900 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chevron Corp. and Accenture PLC, said Tuesday that Mr. Abbott's order would make it more difficult for Texas businesses to operate safely. The organization has been generally supportive of Mr. Biden's efforts to require vaccines for large employers.” Texas companies are showing more loyalty to the federal government, than to their state. We be tripp'n. Joe Biden's Vaccine Mandate Doesn't Exist. It's Just A Press Release https://thefederalist.com/2021/10/07/joe-bidens-vaccine-mandate-doesnt-exist-its-just-a-press-release/?s=04#.YV9Ab7sLmEY.twitter According to Joy Pullmann over at The Federalist: “Yes, we've heard all about Joe Biden's alleged vaccine mandate for private companies employing 100 or more people. It was all over the news even before he announced it on September 9. His announcement has jeopardized the employment of millions of Americans and increased worker shortages in critical domains such as health care. There's only one problem. It's all a mirage. Biden's so-called vaccine mandate doesn't exist — at least, not yet. So far, all we have is his press conference and other such made-for-media huff-puffing. No such rule even claiming to be legally binding has been issued yet. That's why nearly two dozen Republican attorneys general who have publicly voiced their opposition to the clearly unconstitutional and illegal mandate haven't yet filed suit against it, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General confirmed for me. There is no mandate to haul into court. And that may be part of the plan. According to several sources, so far it appears no such mandate has been sent to the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs yet for approval. The White House, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Department of Labor haven't released any official guidance for the alleged mandate. There is no executive order. There's nothing but press statements. Despite what you may have been falsely led to believe by the media fantasy projection machine, press statements have exactly zero legal authority. To impose the public perception of a mandate, the Biden administration is following an unusual rule-making process it also employed earlier this year, called an emergency temporary standard (ETS). The spring ETS rule took nearly six months to issue. Meanwhile, companies are telling reporters their vaccine mandates will have at the latest December deadlines. (For those who can't calendar, that's four months after Biden's non-existent mandate was proclaimed. According to OSHA, an ETS takes up to six months to go into effect after the initial mandate is issued in the Federal Register — which, again, for the proclaimed 100-employee mandate hasn't happened yet.) Lawyers for big business were blunt about their love for this mandate mirage: “Everybody loves this cover,” Minneapolis employment lawyer Kate Bischoff told Bloomberg Law in September. “Many were already looking down the road at doing this, but the fact that they get to blame Biden is like manna from heaven.” Using the ETS procedure instead of normal federal rule-making processes both allows the Biden administration to push its demands faster and without any public input or requirement of responding to public input, which is normally required of even legally laughable federal rule-making like this one would be. That is part of why ETS rules have been overwhelmingly overturned in courts. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published a letter from Bruce Atkinson making several excellent observations about the nonexistent mandate, including the following:” “The mandate's nonexistence shields the Biden administration from legal challenges that may ultimately restrict the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's authority. Yet the mandate is still effective at compelling industries and companies into compliance, as it leaves room for any eventual issuance to target noncompliant entities. This implied cudgel is particularly effective on industries and companies that are dependent on federal spending or the goodwill of federal regulators. The nonexistent mandate also allows so-inclined state and local governments and companies to issue their own mandates, seemingly in lockstep with Washington. 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Quits hit a new series high going back to December 2000, as 4.3 million workers left their jobs. The quits rate rose to 2.9%, an increase of 242,000 from the previous month, which saw a rate of 2.7%, according to the department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The rate, which is measured against total employment, is the highest in a data series that goes back to December 2000. Quits have been seen historically as a level of confidence from workers who feel they are secure in finding employment elsewhere, though labor dynamics have changed during Covid-19 crisis. Workers have left their jobs because of health concerns and child care issues unique to the pandemic's circumstances. A total of 892,000 workers in the food service and accommodation industries left their jobs, while 721,000 retail workers departed along with 534,000 in health care and social assistance. “As job openings and hires fell in August, the quits rate hit a new series high, surging along with the rise in Covid cases and likely growing concerns about working in the continuing pandemic,” said Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.” Now two questions for me arise out of this information. Why are these people quitting, and where are they going? I could not dig up the answer for where these quitters went, and the best answer I could dig up for why they are quitting coming from the Business, Insider where they speculate: https://www.businessinsider.com/over-4-million-workers-quit-record-labor-shortage-great-resignation-2021-10 “Workers are likely quitting over work conditions, pay, the virus, or contemplation of their lives.” Bottom line is the government has created a catawampus economy, and screws up all the incentives, this makes it hard to understand what is really going on here. Pelosi signals big spending package will shrink to $2 trillion https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress/pelosi-signals-2-trillion-spending-bill Facing intractable opposition from party centrists, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will have to “make tighter decisions” on a massive social welfare spending package that is stalled in Congress. Pelosi, a California Democrat, acknowledged in a press conference Tuesday that the $3.5 trillion package planned by Democrats will have to shrink to about $2 trillion, telling reporters, “The fact is there are fewer dollars to spend, there are choices to be made, and the members have said let's get the results we need, but we will not diminish the transformative nature of what it is.” Pelosi, in a memo to Democrats late Monday, told them caucus members are calling for a spending package that will “do fewer things well so that we can still have a transformative impact on families in the workplace and responsibly address the climate crisis.” Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, set an Oct. 31 deadline to advance the package. Tight race in Virginia gubernatorial showdown with three weeks until election https://www.foxnews.com/politics/virginia-gubernatorial-showdown-three-weeks-until-election Tuesday marks three weeks to go until Election Day in Virginia, and the top-of-the- ticket race remains an extremely close contest in one of just two states to hold gubernatorial elections in the year after a presidential contest. An average of the latest polls in the race indicates that former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe – who's running for his old job – holds a slight, single-digit edge over Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in a state that President Biden won by 10 points in last year's election and where Republicans haven't won a statewide contest in a dozen years. The margin-of-error race in Virginia – a one-time key battleground but still competitive state which is seen as a key bellwether ahead of the 2022 midterm elections – has national Democrats on edge as they defend their razor-thin majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate in next year's contests. "Folks, the Virginia Governor's race is a big deal not just for the Commonwealth but for our country," Biden wrote to supporters in a fundraising email. And McAuliffe asked in a fundraising email last week, "Are we blowing this?" Virginia and New Jersey's elections for governor always grab outsized attention as they're the only states to hold such contests the year after the presidency's decided. And there's a long-running trend of voters in the commonwealth defeating the gubernatorial nominee of the party that controls the White House. McAuliffe broke with that tradition in 2013 with his election as governor. McAuliffe was unable to run for reelection in 2017 because Virginia governors are barred from serving two straight terms. And the McAuliffe campaign announced on Tuesday that the biggest name of all - former President Obama - will team up with the former governor on Oct. 23. Closing This is Gabriel Rench with Crosspolitic News. Support Rowdy Christian media by joining our club at fightlaughfeast.com, downloading our App, and head to our annual Fight Laugh Feast Conference next fall. With your partnership, together we will fight outdated and compromised media, engage news and politics with the gospel, and replace lies and darkness with truth and light. Go to fightlaughfeast.com to take all these actions. Have a great day. Lord bless
This week, a whole lot of people have a whole lot of things to say: A Jewish member of parliament spars with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who likened protesters to Nazis. To Mary Katharine and Vic's surprise, Rep. Ilhan Omar condemned an outlet that doxxed Canadians who donated to protesters. And on this side of the border, San Francisco parents made their voices heard at the ballot box, voting out school board members who kept schools shut during the pandemic. Times 00:12 - Segment: Welcome to the Show 08:37 - Segment: The News You Need to Know 08:38 - Canadian parliamentarian has some words for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 13:14 - Outlet doxxes Canadian pandemic protests donors, who appeared on a hacked list 17:38 - Segment: You Love to Hear It 17:45 - Rep. Ilhan Omar condemns outlet who doxxed donors 18:51 - Black Lives Matter activist attempts to murder Jewish candidate in Louisville; local BLM chapter pays his bail 24:04 - San Francisco school board members ousted over school closures, "wokeism" 30:34 - Segment: Masks Mania 30:38 - Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin signs bill to give parents right to decide whether kids mask at school 38:22 - Columnist says her daughter enjoys wearing a mask... at home... because it makes her feel safe... 42:29 - Rest in peace, P.J. O'Rourke