LCV to Spend Seven Figures for Northam

Pence canceled two appearances with Gillespie.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 17, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

The state League of Conservation Voters PAC “on Thursday will announce a $1.1 million field effort to boost” Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D). “The PAC said 35 organizers will start right away, a number that will build until the November election.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Northam also released a TV ad that “will air across the commonwealth and focuses on … Northam’s career as a pediatric physician and his plan to ensure that all of Virginia’s children have the chance at a promising future.” (release)

MIKE DROPPED. Vice President Mike Pence “has canceled his weekend events, including a scheduled trip to Richmond,” where he “was set to attend a fundraiser” for former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) “and to keynote an Americans for Prosperity volunteer summit at the Richmond Marriott, where Gillespie also is scheduled to speak.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC endorsed Gillespie on Thursday. (release)

CHARLOTTESVILLE. “Northam … called for relocating [Confederate] statues to museums. … It’s a firmer stance for Northam, who previously treated debates over Confederate memorials as a local issue. … Gillespie urged a nuanced approach to the statues that emphasizes education, not glorification. In an essay on his campaign website, Gillespie said he opposes removing Confederate statues but understands the issue is freighted with emotion.”

“Supporters of Confederate heritage often point to a state statute that says Virginia towns have no authority over war memorials inherited from past generations. But a Danville judge ruled legal protections do not apply to memorials erected before 1998. … Last year, [term-limited Gov. Terry] McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have strengthened protections for Confederate monuments by prohibiting cities and counties from removing war memorials.” (Washington Post)


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