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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:35 PM

W.Va. candidate removed from hearing after speaking out against oil and gas drilling legislation

Source: The HILL

A candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was reportedly cut off and removed from a hearing last week in the state's lower chamber on a piece of legislation regarding oil and gas drilling on private land.

During her testimony, Lissa Lucas spoke about her opposition to a bill that would require the approval of only 75 percent of landowners for oil and gas companies to drill on private land, according to the Huffington Post.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/373391-woman-removed-from-west-virginia-hearing-after-speaking-out-against



The Congressional News credits HuffPo original story
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5a812a88e4b0c6726e14cb0b

That reported...


Lissa Lucas ventured to Charleston to voice her objections to the proposed bill, HB 4268, ..as Lucas, also a Democratic candidate for West Virginia’s seventh district, used her testimony to read a list of donations that lawmakers had received from oil and gas companies, information that was publicly available. But shortly into her allotted time, Lucas was ordered to refrain from making “personal comments” about members of the House Judiciary Committee.

The people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry,” Lucas said, noting that “the people who are going to be voting on this bill are often also paid by the industry.

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Reply W.Va. candidate removed from hearing after speaking out against oil and gas drilling legislation (Original post)
laserhaas Feb 2018 OP
Staph Feb 2018 #1
FakeNoose Feb 2018 #6
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jalan48 Feb 2018 #3
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yellowcanine Feb 2018 #7

Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 07:09 PM

1. And here's Lissa's personal description of the hearing

including the text of her entire speech and the video of what happened.

As I tried to give my remarks at the public hearing this morning on HB4268 in defense of our constitutional property rights, I got dragged out of House chambers.

Why? Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee.

This is, of course, public information.

Allow me to point out that if Delegates genuinely think that my talking about who their campaign donors are—and how much they’re receiving from corporate lobbyists/corporate PACs—is an ad hominem attack… then they should be refusing those donations.

Yeah, refuse any donation that, if someone mentions it, makes you feel personally attacked.

Because that’s not an attack. That’s guilt. And you SHOULD be feeling that. Let that guilt about who you’re really working for inform your votes; don’t let the corporate money do it.



https://lissalucas.com/2018/02/09/i-was-dragged-out-of-the-wv-house-chambers-because-i-listed-delegates-campaign-donors/


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Response to Staph (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:58 PM

6. She sounds like a woman with principles

I applaud her and wish her well. But West Virginia is sadly, a very misguided state now.
It's going to take something major to wake them up.

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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 07:19 PM

2. I sent her some money on her ActBlue link:

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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 07:29 PM

3. We need more like her.

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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 07:34 PM

4. as a famous comedian once said perhaps all congress critters and state

legislatures should wear nascar like uniforms with all their doners names on them . good for her.

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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:55 PM

5. West Virginia print media took a hit in January with the bankruptcy of the Charleston Mail Gazettte.

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Response to laserhaas (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 03:33 PM

7. And yet she persisted!

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