There’s an interesting subtext to the protests against Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, whom Big League Politics exposed for wearing blackface or a KKK hood during his days in medical school.
Monday, protestors gathered outside the State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, not just to call for Northam’s resignation over his racist past, but also for his ties to Dominion Power, the state’s energy company. The power company wields a great deal of influence over Northam, and is the single largest political donor in the state of Virginia.
One of its plans is to build a 600 mile natural-gas pipeline through three states, including Virginia, which is a point of contention for environmentalist-type leftists.
Dominion is one of the reasons for Northam’s staying power. The company donated a total of nearly $200,000 to his gubernatorial campaign in 2017. It was one of his largest single donors. Not only does the company want a return on its investment, but if Northam resigns he cedes power to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
Fairfax, embattled in his own right due to multiple allegations of sexual assault, is not a friend of Dominion. The company did not donate a single penny to his campaign for lieutenant governor, despite the fact that he and Northam are both members of the Democratic Party. In fact, Fairfax very publicly denied Dominion’s cash. He is part of the environmentalist crowd seeking to deny Dominion influence over Virginia politics.
All three Democratic candidates for Virginia lieutenant governor have pledged not to take campaign contributions from utility giant Dominion Energy, another sign of how some politicians are distancing themselves from the state’s largest political donor.
The Democrats — former federal prosecutors Justin Fairfax and Gene Rossi and lobbyist Susan Platt — said Tuesday night that they were also skeptical about two planned natural-gas pipelines, one of which is a Dominion project and major priority for the utility.
Dominion’s proposed pipeline would run 600 miles from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. While final approval of the project lies with federal regulators, state environmental officials appointed by the governor can deny permits for the project if they determine it would violate clean-water protections.
These facts were not lost on Monday’s protestors.
“F*** Ralph Northam, F*** Dominion,” was a popular chant among the leftist group of “environmental racism” protestors.
“Group of environmental racism/ justice advocates rally at Monroe Park over Union Hill pipeline, slated for African American community. They’re calling for Northam resignation,” said local news reporter Kelly Avellino.
Group of environmental racism/ justice advocates rally at Monroe Park over Union Hill pipeline, slated for African American community. They’re calling for Northam resignation. #Nbc12 pic.twitter.com/MyWjvFKqK7
— Kelly Avellino NBC12 (@KellyAvellino) February 18, 2019
Another popular chant, “I stand with Union Hill,” refers to a largely black neighborhood where Dominion wants to build a compressor station which protestors fear will pollute the community.
During the protest, the group did call for Fairfax’s resignation, too.
They also drew criticism for chanting “We got the guillotine, you better run!” in a menacing threat towards the elected officials.
Watch the full protest:
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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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