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Thursday News: “Trump’s Whupping”; Northam Post-Election Press Conference; House of Delegates Control Hangs By a Thread

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, November 9.

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  • From the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN):

    Virginia election shows the tide is turning on Dominion’s political power

    Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, stated:

    Tuesday’s Virginia election was not only a rejection of Donald Trump, it was a rejection of Dominion Energy and its radically pro-fossil fuel agenda.

    The evening brought shocking wins in the House of Delegates for Democrats, the majority of whom have signed a pledge refusing campaign contributions from mega-polluting Dominion. Of the 16 House seats that flipped, 12 were won by candidates who took a pledge to reject Dominion money, as well as District 11 incumbent delegate Sam Rasoul who held his seat. Lieutenant Governor-elect Justin Fairfax also rejected Dominion’s money, a first for that office.

    Dominion has had a stranglehold on Virginian politics for too long. But now the tide is turning on Dominion’s political power in the Commonwealth. This stunning election followed a groundbreaking shareholder meeting this spring, when 48 percent of Dominion shareholders voted for the energy giant to show how it would respond to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — an unprecedented challenge to Dominion’s de facto climate-denial business model.

    It’s clearer than ever that Virginians want clean energy and climate solutions, not dangerous pipelines or dirty politics.

  • LARRY BARNETT CONCEDES IN 27TH HOUSE DISTRICT ELECTION

    LOCATION, Va. – Larry Barnett today, concedes and congratulates Roxann Robinson in the 27th House District election.

    “I want to congratulate Ms. Robinson on her victory, and I wish her the best,” Barnett said. “This campaign has been such an unbelievable experience for me. I was amazed at the support we saw on the ground and I want to thank everyone who was involved with our grassroots campaign. Despite our loss, the volunteers and support from the people in my district made this experience worth it. I will continue to be a voice in my community and advocate for affordable health care, stronger public schools, and allowing our community to prosper. I also want to add that while I did not get a win, the Commonwealth of Virginia had an amazing Election Night and we should celebrate the wins of all the Delegates-elect as well as Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring.”

    Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said in a statement, “Larry Barnett’s work as a mental health professional gives him an inside perspective on the importance of access to affordable health care, and his stances on issues such as education and public safety, demonstrate his diligence in improving the future of his community. We thank Larry for his life dedication to public service and his decision to step up and run.”

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    Larry has served Chesterfield County citizens for more than three decades as a mental health manager and leader with Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services. He currently leads crisis intervention training activities with county first-responders in de-escalation tactics for individuals who are struggling with mental health, substance abuse or other challenges. He and his wife Pat have lived in Midlothian for nearly 30 years. Their daughter, Eileen, graduated from Midlothian High School, and now lives in Charlottesville while completing her graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.