Ralph Northam Shoves Virginia To The Left
Ralph Northam Shoves Virginia To The Left
Virginia has been shoved to the left by Governor Ralph Northam and a Democrat-led legislature. Over Easter weekend, he served up a slew of rotten eggs by signing over 1200 bills into law.
“Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), caught between an economy cratering from covid-19 and the ambitions of newly empowered Democrats, froze all new spending in the state budget and delayed an increase to the state’s minimum wage, part of a flurry of amendments his senior staff announced Sunday.
Northam signed and amended a mountain of legislation over Easter weekend, up against a midnight Saturday deadline to act on all 1,291 measures passed during this year’s General Assembly session
Wearing a medical mask as he worked with staff in his Capitol Square conference room, Northam grimly reined in the Democrats’ two-year, $135 billion spending plan while happily signing landmark gay rights, environmental and criminal justice bills backed this year in a Capitol that was fully under Democratic control for the first time in a generation.”
Life is grim in Virginia says the WaPo, but that certainly didn’t stop Northam from “happily” signing all sorts of progressive leftist pieces of legislation into law! Let’s take a look at some of the new laws Virginia has to deal with.
Gun control and a Red Flag law. Because of course, in a time when people are uncertain and scared, in a time when criminals are being let out of jail willy nilly, purchasing a gun for protection or practicing at a shooting range is way worse than criminals roaming around freely!
Gov. Northam just signed 5 gun control bills into law and plans to sign two more. The arrogance of politicians never ceases to amaze me. Northam enjoys taxpayer-provided security as he signs bills which make it harder for law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves. #2A— Nick Freitas (@NickForVA) April 10, 2020
It’s already been shown that releasing criminals isn’t a safe thing for the community. But oh well, control those EEEEVIL guns and we’ll all be safe! Right? Wrong.
What else did Northam sign into law?
The minimum wage increase is still in play. Never mind all the small businesses that are totally shut down during this virus crap. Once they reopen they will have to raise their minimum wage threshold whether they can afford to or not. Hint: many won’t be able to sustain that so either won’t hire people or will close down altogether. Oh well…it’s for the people! Or some such crap.
The dairy industry got shafted as well. It’s ok for almond milk to be classified as actual milk because freedom of speech! Yeah, that’s some interesting logic there.
A version of California’s horrendous AB5 gig worker legislation
Bills devoted to so-called “clean energy” and closing down those icky fossil fuel plants
Remove those awful Confederate monuments that, just by being there, ensure racial discrimination is alive and well. Who knew statues had so much power? Masks? Not so much.
Lots of protections for the LGBTQ community
How about elections? Oh yes, let’s have fair elections everyone!
“Virginia will no longer require voters to show a photo ID prior to casting a ballot and the state will join a handful of states across the nation in making Election Day a state holiday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Sunday.
Northam said he signed a series of bills aimed at expanding access to voting.
“Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” Northam said in a statement Sunday. “No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I’m proud to sign these bills into law.””
Of course, Virginia democrats are THRILLED with this news. It seems they firmly believe that access to voting has been consistently denied to those (read illegals) who want to vote, and this will magically solve everything!
What really made me laugh in disbelief is the legislation that provides for early voting to start FORTY FIVE DAYS before the November election! Yes, you read that correctly. As I asked yesterday, what could possibly go wrong? Well…this thread highlights a history of major changes that happened during national campaigns within that 45 day window. It’s worth scrolling through it all. Two examples:
If Virginia had 45 day voting in 1964 people would have been voting for a full month before Herbert Hoover's death changed the tone of the campaign.— RRH Elections (@RRHElections) April 13, 2020
Don’t forget about the Willie Horton ad, or Dukakis and that tank ride! Oh wait, it’s in there. As is this.
And most importantly, in 2016, people would have voted before the Access Hollywood tape, the Comey letter, and 43 other days of abject insanity!— RRH Elections (@RRHElections) April 13, 2020
Exactly! However, if those pesky little facts are pointed out to the Democrats who happily shoved Virginia to the left, their battle cry will be “but that’s DIFFERENT BECAUSE!”
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