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02:54 min | Last week

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"60s. Stimuli Draper. DuPont circles 67, Germantown 60, annandale 65, and down to the 40s in a few suburbs late tonight. 7 40 Campaign 2022 on WTO P, Maryland's board of elections can start counting mail in ballots as early as this Saturday, following a judge's decision last week, but now one of the candidates for governor is appealing that decision. Lawyers for the campaign of Republican Dan Cox are appealing a circuit court ruling that would allow ballots to be counted as they come in. This has already been addressed in the proper domain, which is a General Assembly. So to all of a sudden allow the circuit courts to take over the role of the legislatures, fundamentally unconstitutional. And Hartman is a lawyer for the Cox campaign. Yes, there may be a real problem, but this is not how the proper way gets handled on the wall. He says they're also asking Marilyn's second highest court to stay the decision until a ruling on the appeal is issued. Once they begin opening the mail in ballots, then at that point the cat's out of the bag, if you will. John dome in WTO P news. Has reached out to the Maryland board of elections for comment, but so far we have not gotten a response. We are, as we've been mentioning about a month and a half away from the election, perhaps the most hotly contested race in our region is Virginia's 7th district congressional race between Republican Vega and democratic congresswoman the incumbent Abigail spanberger, one of the country's most closely watched campaigns. In fact, in the battle for control of the House, sparks have been flying, Stephen farnsworth, political science professor, and director of the center for leadership and media studies at the university of Mary Washington was with us earlier. This is really one of the key races in the entire country, Virginia 7. It's a totally redrawn district. And so there doesn't really have an incumbent, even though congresswoman spanberger previously represented the 7th district. The old 7th is so much different than the new 7th. And with all those new voters, you're really spending a lot of money on both sides to get the message out. During redistricting, Richmond area suburbs that were considered span burgers base were completely drawn out of that district. There's a lot of speculation that Republican Virginia governor Glenn youngkin may run for president in 2024 and an event this week is sure to keep the gossip going. The Washington Post reports that youngkin will host top GOP donors at a luxury resort outside Charlottesville on Thursday and Friday, although donations will not be required to attend, it's called the red vest retreat, a reference to the vest, the governor often wears and will feature a speech by former House speaker Newt Gingrich. When asked about the event, gingrich said that youngkin is clearly a national star with a great future. Some sources tell the post, the main goal of the event is to assess youngkin's readiness to launch a presidential campaign. So we know the commanders have not had a great start to their season here losing to a division rival over the weekend. They've got another one. The dreaded Dallas Cowboys coming up in a few days will dak Prescott their Cuba

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

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04:04 min | 3 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"Forecast from storm team four is Mike's. Be prepared for some active weather this day after there's a flood watch for the western suburbs from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m., quiet for the rest of the morning, but it will be warm and muggy. Thunderstorms becoming likely this afternoon storms they produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall are a high 85 to 90. Showers and storms and ice storms could be severe, especially before 10 o'clock. It could be heavy rain into the early morning hours, our lows loaded mid 60s, Charles will end by noon on Thursday some afternoon clearing high side of mid 70s. I'm storm team four meteorologist by Jennifer. Right now we're looking at 83 in buoy, we're up to 83 in Rockville and 88 in Ashburn, temperatures today will be rising to near 90. Brought to you by long fence, 20% off savings on fences decks and pavers. Go to lawn fence dot com and schedule your free estimate today. More now on campaign 2022, yesterday's primaries in Virginia set up two of the most competitive U.S. House races in the nation. Those are the races in Virginia's second and 7th, congressional districts. Yes Liga won the district 7 Republican primary, and will now face democratic congresswoman Abigail spanberger, Vegas says she's the first conservative Hispanic to win in a Republican congressional primary in Virginia. Vague as asset is clearly her compelling personal story. Political science professor Stephen farnsworth with the university of Mary Washington says district two could be even more competitive. State senator Jen kiggins won a Republican primary there and shall now face democratic congresswoman Elaine luria. That creates a very, very challenging environment for congresswoman luria. That's going to be a district to watch. Nick, I know. WTO news. Democrats in D.C. have spoken when it comes to who they want to serve as the city's next attorney general. The winner is longtime D.C. trial attorney Brian Schwab. I'm feeling a sense of gratitude right now. He was endorsed by outgoing AG Carl race scene and his win comes in a race during which ward 5 council member Kenny mcduffie was disqualified because of how much time it's been since he practiced law. Schwab on his opponents, Ryan Jones and Bruce biva. I did speak to mister spiva who called me and I think both Bruce and Ryan ran terrific races. I've got a lot of admiration and respect for both of them. Right now Schwab has no challengers declared for the general election. Mike Murillo P news. The Department of Homeland Security is making some big changes to its disciplinary processes. Homeland Security secretary Alejandro mayorkas is directing DHS components to centralize disciplinary actions. Allegations of serious misconduct will be handled by a dedicated group of trained professionals who are not the employees immediate supervisor. DHS is also refining its disciplinary guidance to ensure penalties match the severity of the misconduct. Mayorkas directed the changes after unpublished inspector general findings came to light, showing sexual misconduct in domestic violence going overlooked or largely unpunished at some DHS law enforcement components. Justin Doubleday, federal news network. Drivers should be on the outlook in I 95 in Virginia, starting today, variable speed limit signs will be fully activated. It'll tell motorists that they can drive between 35 and 70 mph. The LED signs will be on display from exit one ten in ladysmith to exit one 30 in Fredericksburg. The traffic flow on this part of the I 95 north breaks down often here, especially on weekends. The engineering concept has been shown to improve the overall movement of traffic. You can think of it as smoothing out the congestion and taming the shockwaves that come with stop and go. WTO's Dave dildine there, V dot says there are 48 new variable speed limit signs, positioned every half mile to one mile along that corridor. Coming up, a look at sports, 1113. I became a member of local 26 when I joined the union in 2019. Since then, my goals and interests have changed tremendously. After about a year in the

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

01:48 min | 8 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"A new Christopher Newport university poll shows 41% approved of the job youngkin is doing while 43% disapprove Youngkin's first two executive orders involve banning what he called divisive concepts including critical race theory in schools although it is not taught in Virginia schools And banning mask mandates by locally elected school boards 57% of respondents supposed the first order about concepts 56% opposed the ban on mask mandates The latter band eventually was passed by the state legislature The university of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen farnsworth says new governors usually have higher poll numbers than what junkin has right now I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that the way that he's been governing is very much answering to the concerns of more conservative virginians rather than trying to reach an accommodation with Democrats on many of the issues that are out there But farnsworth says before Democrats start celebrating Joe Biden the president does even more poorly in this poll than Glenn youngkin The poll of about 700 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or -4% Since last fall give or take a few weeks you have been required to mask up indoors in Montgomery county But once the clock strikes midnight here in less than four hours masks will be optional indoors with the exception of school facilities and public transportation Of course businesses in Montgomery county can make their own rules not moving in lockstep with the county Gaithersburg Rockville and Tacoma park they announced mass must continue to be worn inside city facilities As for prince George's county mass will remain on through at least March 9th Coming up here on WTO AT&T is about to shut down its three G network tomorrow meaning many older devices will no longer work We'll hear from the consumer man Herb Weiss bomb coming up Virginia tech.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

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01:59 min | 8 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"And I'm Shayna stool in the top local stories we're following this hour since last fall giver take a couple of weeks You've been required to mask up indoors in Montgomery county but once the clock strikes midnight tonight masks will be optional with the exception of schools and public transportation where you got to keep wearing them Businesses can also set rules for mask wearing Now not moving in lockstep with the county or the cities have to come apart Gaithersburg and Rockville they've announced masks must continue to be worn inside city facilities as for prince George's county masking rules will stay in place through at least March 9th A month into his term Virginia Republican governor Glenn youngkin's job approval is mixed support for his signature policy proposals is low Those are the findings of the annual state of the Commonwealth poll that was done by Christopher Newport university 41% of people responding say they approve of the job youngkin is doing 43% disapprove His first two executive orders both issued on his first day in office involved the banning of what he calls divisive concepts including critical race theory in Virginia schools as well as banning mask mandates by locally elected school boards Solid majorities of virginians answering the poll say they oppose both initiatives University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen farnsworth those says this is not necessarily good news for Democrats They're pretty negative numbers for Joe Biden in this survey too I think that one of the things that comes out of the fact that we've now entered the third year of the pandemic is that a lot of voters are pretty angry about a lot of things And that's going to basically impact incumbents wherever they might be The poll involved about 700 registered voters They were interviewed from late January to the middle of this month The margin of error is plus or -4% In 2019 a man was paralyzed during an arrest in prince George's county tonight his family announced they filed a lawsuit against the county alleging civil rights violations The family of damonte ward Blake is suing prince George's county asking for $75 million in damages alleging federal civil rights violations They're represented by Billy Murphy They simply.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

02:59 min | 9 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"WTO P news 103.5 FM At four 51 Tuesday morning At least 7 school boards in Virginia filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of new governor glennon's executive order in the statewide school mask mandate The legal action now includes 5 school boards in our listening area and represents more than 350,000 students across the state Stephen farnsworth Professor of political science at the university of Mary Washington with a deeper dive this morning The lawsuit offered up by school boards in Northern Virginia and elsewhere makes the argument that the governor's executive order does not control this process Rather it's controlled by the constitution of Virginia which gives school boards authority to make these decisions And it's controlled by a law that was passed by the legislature and signed by the previous governor that does say that the CDC guidance should be followed And so they argument basically as the governor's executive order falls in contrast to more stronger decisions by the legislature by the governor previously and of course by the constitution of Virginia Ultimately we're going to need judges to sort this out And could this be a lengthy process which means there could be quite a bit of confusion in some school districts and for parents and students As you've been reporting there is some disagreement in terms of people parents outside school boards and school districts So there's no doubt about it This is going to have to be resolved relatively quickly And until it's resolved there will be this confusion because ultimately in our divided political times people hear what they want to hear And so if you support the governor's approach then you're going to think that that's what the decision should be If you're going to support the yes mask movement by school boards and parents and some of the suburban districts in Northern Virginia then you're going to think that's what it should be But ultimately these decisions have to be handled by the judges they have to be handled by the courts And that's why we're waiting for a word from a judge somewhere about an injunction or hearings on this Yeah because in the meantime we're in this gray zone where parents and schools are battling it out and the kids are the ones that will be suffering What's your best guess on the outcome of when we're going to hear something about this You can never really predict how quickly a court might act It would certainly be wise for there to be an injunction right now to stay the decision the executive order until there is time to have further hearing and legal arguments put forward on this question This would be the best approach it seems to me in terms of how to proceed If the governor is right well maybe he's going to be delayed a few days in terms of getting this resolved and if he's wrong then the court will determine that as well So I think the best scenario would be a court injunction today because as you say this is really a bad situation when it's pitting one set of parents versus another set of parents when it's paying the school boards against.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

03:11 min | 9 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"7 school boards in Virginia have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of governor Glenn Jenkins executive order ending a statewide school mask mandate which is an effect right now Stephen farnsworth Professor of political science at the university of Mary Washington joined WT Mark and Debbie on Skype for a deeper dive The lawsuit offered up by school boards in Northern Virginia and elsewhere makes the argument that the governor's executive order does not control this process Rather it's controlled by the constitution of Virginia which gives school boards authority to make these decisions And it's controlled by a law that was passed by the legislature and signed by the previous governor that does say that the CDC guidance should be followed And so they argument basically as the governor's executive order falls in contrast to more stronger decisions by the legislature by the governor previously and of course by the constitution of Virginia Ultimately we're going to need judges to sort this out And could this be a lengthy process which means there could be quite a bit of confusion in some school districts and for parents and students As you've been reporting there is some disagreement in terms of people parents outside school boards and school districts this morning So there's no doubt about it This is going to have to be resolved relatively quickly And until it's resolved there will be this confusion because ultimately in our divided political times people hear what they want to hear And so if you support the governor's approach then you're going to think that that's what the decision should be If you're going to support the yes mask movement by school boards and parents and some of the suburban districts in Northern Virginia then you're going to think that's what it should be But ultimately these decisions have to be handled by the judges They have to be handled by the courts And that's why we're waiting for a word from a judge somewhere about an injunction or hearings on this Yeah because in the meantime we're in this gray zone where parents and schools are battling it out and the kids are the ones that will be suffering What's your best guess on the outcome of when we're going to hear something about this You can never really predict how quickly a court might act It would certainly be wise for there to be an injunction right now to stay the decision the executive order until there is time to have further hearing and legal arguments put forward on this question This would be the best approach it seems to me in terms of how to proceed If the governor is right well maybe he's going to be delayed a few days in terms of getting this result And if he's wrong then the court will determine that as well So I think the best scenario would be a court injunction today because as you say this is really a bad situation when it's pitting one set of parents versus another set of parents when it's paying the school boards against the community Members who disagree with them Whatever the case may be we are not going to have this resolved until their courts take action No word of an injunction so far tonight but we're keeping a close eye on it of course Here on WTO P that's Stephen farnsworth a Professor of political science at the university of Mary Washington We've got cap's hockey tonight against Vegas let you know how that's going and the rest of the.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

02:22 min | 9 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"COVID-19 mass mandate in K12 schools beginning Monday January 24th The order specified that parents have the right to exempt their children from such mandates but there's an apparent growing list of Virginia school system pushing back Against that order this week fairfax Arlington Prince William counties as well as the cities of Alexandria manassas Fredericksburg say they'll all keep their mask requirements underway This morning Stephen farnsworth Professor of political science at the university of Mary Washington on where we go from here on this one You'll like any contentious issue in American politics This is going to end up in a courtroom The mandate may or may not be consistent with the governor's authority And so those communities like Arlington county and Richmond city that have already said that they will keep their mask mandates in place will be challenged I'm sure as well as the governor's order itself This is certainly giving him more of a national profile He's getting played on cable TV on the networks Are you surprised that this was one of his first actions or did he sort of signal that he was going to be doing this Most politicians try to keep the promises that they make during the campaigns especially the high visibility ones because they'll be attacked if they don't And so it seemed quite likely that right out of gate the new governor would do something with respect to dealing with the issues of mask mandates and schools as well as the critical race theory It's what you do when your governor But it's not clear exactly what authority that the governor has in these areas We are really in an unprecedented environment here with COVID And so that's why these decisions will end up in front of the courts And the ultimate decision will be made by judges How common is it to see something like this from a brand new legislator Obviously these are issues as you said that he promised during the campaign And frankly many people will say these are the issues that helped get him elected Right And that's what you have to do Remember Virginia governors can only serve one consecutive term And so it's really important for any new governor to hit the ground running They only have so much time And in the case of governor junkin he may very well with the redistricting being a difficult environment with the House of delegates two years from now And so the situation that he has now a Republican majority in House of delegates may be temporary and of course the democratic.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

03:03 min | 9 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"Statewide COVID-19 mask mandate in K through 12 schools beginning Monday January 24th that order specified parents have the right to exempt their children from such mandates Joining us live as we dig a little deeper Stephen farnsworth Professor of political science at the university of Mary Washington professor always great to have you many school districts especially in Northern Virginia have said that they're going to ignore that executive order Does the governor actually have the authority to do this And what's the fallout for parents teachers and school districts Well like any contentious issue in American politics this is going to end up in a courtroom The mandate may or may not be consistent with the governor's authority And so those communities like Arlington county and Richmond city that have already said that they will keep their mask mandates in place will be challenged I'm sure as well as the governor's order itself This is certainly giving him more of a national profile And he's getting played on cable TV on the networks Are you surprised that this was one of his first actions or did he sort of signal that he was going to be doing this Well most politicians try to keep the promises that they make during the campaigns especially the high visibility ones because they'll be attacked if they don't And so it seemed quite likely that right out of the gate the new governor would do something with respect to dealing with the issues of mask mandates and schools as well as the critical race theory It's what you do when your governor But it's not clear exactly what authority that the governor has in these areas We are really in an unprecedented environment here with COVID And so that's why these decisions will end up in front of the courts And the ultimate decision will be made by judges How common is it to see something like this from a brand new legislator Obviously these are issues as you said that he promised during the campaign And frankly many people will say these are the issues that help get him elected Right And that's what you have to do Remember Virginia governors can only serve one consecutive term And so it's really important for any new governor to hit the ground running They only have so much time And in the case of governor junkin he may very well with the redistricting being a difficult environment with the House of delegates two years from now And so the situation that he has now a Republican majority in House of delegates may be temporary And of course the democratic majority in the Senate will be there to block some of his actions If they have to go through the legislature Well I guess we're just getting started Stephen farnsworth Professor of political science at the university of Mary Washington thank you so much for joining us Thank you It's 1114 We made USAA insurance for veterans like Liz and Mike an army family who's always at the ready Someone Liz's ultrasound showed twins Hold on two babies They didn't panic They.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on The J.R. Hoeft Show

The J.R. Hoeft Show

04:01 min | 11 months ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on The J.R. Hoeft Show

"We've had a lot of close races right. I mean even if you go back to twenty. Four cain the last big election before the trump era That was a A narrow win for senator. Mark warner That that race like the race that we're looking at now under a two percentage points or settle in so that creates a very very powerful dynamic. I think for virginia's you think about it state wide. It's a it's a state that's probably going to be getting a lot more attention again from presidential candidates if rethinking ahead to twenty twenty four. Yeah absolutely a lot of attention from presidential candidates but also a lot of attention up on capitol hill and. I don't know how much time you've had today. But i certainly had the tv on in the background. And i know that They have they nationalized this race You know within the last few months and they certainly haven't stopped national seeing this this race. they're talking now. I think i heard kevin mccarthy for the house representative saying that any democrat who had a sixteen point advantage. You know in their last race now needs to be considered that to be considered a competitive seat I don't know if politics has changed that much. But do you have any any thoughts on that. Were were the margins just really that much anti-trump in twenty twenty. Well i think part of it too has to do with the specific factors here in virginia. I think glenn young was a very effective candidate. I think the young campaign had a clear vision of how to secure victory and that involved keeping arm's length from from donald trump in evolved connecting. Those two very disparate parts of the republican party. The people who are really all in on trump but also the people who might have voted in the past for romney or mccain but didn't think much of president trump and that's a challenging thing and reverse time politician to really sort of navigate. Those difficult waters. I think really speaks to how effective young was as a candidate. I'm not so sure though that that's necessarily a message that can be replicated around the country. I mean some things clearly. Can i think you've been talk about education. Parental controls schools in a lot of places and have success with that. But when you're thinking about the young campaign in particular. The republican party virginia went out of. Its way to make sure that the most pro-trump possibilities did not become the nominee. And i'm not so sure that other state republican parties around the country are going to be as indulgent as willing to allow that kind of latitude for For republican candidates for office who are not willing to fully totally holy embrace donald trump Virginia's republican party was very tired of losing and they made sure that they put forward a candidate who had maximum appeal to republicans who weren't entirely in the donald trump camp so there is a ap news report out there regarding the top issues and with their reporting. Is that thirty five percent of virginia. Voters said it was the economy and jobs as the most important issue facing the state while seventeen percent said cove in nineteen and then fifteen percent of the big education issue There was a lot of conversation. At least i thought coming from the republican camp on those issues. While at the same time we heard a steady drumbeat coming from the mcauliffe camp regarding trying to associate young men with donald trump. Was you know. Do you think that the mccollum campaign over emphasized the last president. While i think they absolutely did. I think that the democrats were in some ways fighting the last war but donald trump was no longer president. I think that mcculloch needed to do more to get people convinced about reasons..

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

01:41 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

"With fencing. Last seen in the protest over the summer. We want to be able to identify deal with people who might come here for mayhem and destruction. Every police officer in the cities on duty this election day John Matthews on male and male dot com in Maryland Deputy Administrator Nikki Charleston with the state election board, providing an update as those 3 30. The number of voters that had voted today is 311,355. So we're seeing voters moving through the process smoothly. Charles and asked about how that compares to earlier election. We've never had an election where 1.6 million people have asked for a mail in ballots, so it's really Comparisons to prior elections with this one or just really difficult. The polls close in Maryland and D. C at 8 p.m.. They close in Virginia. Seven, of course, and mail in ballots have to be postmarked, not put in mailboxes, says Charleston, Virginia. Democrats are hoping they can keep two seats they stole away from Republicans in 2018 District to win seven Democrats Rushman, Elaine Loria and Abigail's fan Burger are defending their seats against Republican challengers Scott Taylor and Nick greatest, respectively. Political science professor Stephen Farnsworth. The Democratic candidates are fortunate that the attention has focused so much on President Trump because, he says it's energized suburban Democrats and district that will back a Democrat, but wouldn't historically have done so. He says the Marquis congressional Race of the night will likely be District five, where Democrat Cameron webs running against Republican Bob Good. Heather Curtis on w W e mail dot com Checking your money The Dow is up 554 points. NASDAQ Up 200 to W..

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WTOP

02:26 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"6 ft, apart for voters to stand on as they wait in line, except there are no voters standing on them. He had a very small line when we first opened at 7 A.m.. But really no line Since then, Christopher Davis is the election coordinator at Guy Mason and says they have seen a steady stream of voters come in. But nowhere near what a typical election day looks like. There have been such a huge volume of people that took advantage of using the drop boxes and going to the early voting centers and some folks mailing their ballots in. It's just taken a lot of the pressure off election days. And if you haven't voted, we're open until eight o'clock. People who are in line at eight o'clock Get to vote. Look, look. W GOP news. So what's on the ballot in the district D. C. Voters will choose for more than 20 candidates running for two at large seats on the D C council, the two top vote getter Sze will get those open seats. Voters are also filling council seats and wards to 47 and eight Award for race has no incumbent since the Democratic nominee Ginny's Lewis, George upset Brandon Todd. Back in the primary in June. D C's longtime congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes. Norton is facing six challengers. And D C. Voters will also be weighing in on initiative 81, which would make psychedelic plants, including magic mushrooms among the lowest law enforcement priorities in the district. Let's take a look at the ballot question that would decide whether to create a bipartisan commission to take over some important political power that is currently held by Virginia's General Assembly. Question. One on the Virginia ballot is a proposed constitutional amendment that would shift from the General Assembly to a commission. The authority to redraw Election District's University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth says redistricting has been used for generations by the General Assembly has been tit for tat I friend and I and Virginia politics for decades whether it's the Republicans in charge, and the Democrats losing out are the Republicans in the minority and the Democrats making sure that the Republicans the proposed amendment would establish Really Bipartisan Commission on redistricting. The other proposed amendment on the ballot would exempt disabled veterans from paying the vehicle tax on one vehicle. Ridiculous. Yano w T o P News Reminder. Virginia's polls close at seven tonight and stay with us coming up at 12 40 will take a look at the issues facing Maryland voters. That's a 12 40 for a complete guide on the issues, visit. W t o p dot com Search.

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WTOP

01:56 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WTOP

"Day 2020 and in Maryland, More than half of the state's eligible voters cast their ballots before today. Those who are headed to the polls today, masks and social distancing are required. Ballot in Maryland includes the races for president and Maryland's eight representatives to the U. S House. Two questions are on the statewide ballot. Should sports betting be legalized? And should the General Assembly in Maryland have more power over the budgeting process now to Virginia. In addition to the presidential race, voters in Virginia will decide between two candidates for Senate. Democrat Mark Warner is running for reelection against Republican Daniel Gayed. All 11 of the state's US House seats are being decided as well, including two that flipped from Republican to Democrat two years ago. Voters will also decide on two proposed constitutional amendment. The first would create a bipartisan redistricting commission. The second would exempt totally disabled veterans from property taxes. On one vehicle. Let's take a closer look now at the ballot question that would decide whether to create a bipartisan commission to take over some important political power that's currently held by the General Assembly in Virginia. Question. One on the Virginia ballot is a proposed constitutional amendment that would shift from the General Assembly to a commission the authority to redraw election districts. University of Mary Washington, Political scientist Stephen Farnsworth says redistricting has been used for generations by the General Assembly. This has been for tat eye for an eye and Virginia politics for decades. Whether it's the Republicans in charge and the Democrats losing out are the Republicans in the minority and the Democrats making sure that the Republicans proposed amendment would establish the bipartisan commission on redistricting. The other proposed amendment on the ballot would exempt disabled veterans from paying the vehicle tax on one vehicle. Dick Uliano w T o P News Virginia. Polls are open until seven o'clock tonight. Coming up, We'll take.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

01:51 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

"Tracking about a half dozen permits for First Amendment demonstrations. Rodriguez with DCs Office of Homeland Security, says the National Park Police have requested the National Guard for support, but so far the city has not requested that assistance. Maria Leave fun W E Mail and w e mail dot com Virginia Democrats were hoping they could hold on to to congressional seats they took from Republicans in 2018 in District two and seven. Democrats. Freshman Elaine Loria and Abigail Span Burger are defending their seats against Republican challenger Scott Taylor and Nick greatest, respectively. Political science professor Stephen Farnsworth. The Democratic candidates are fortunate that the attention has focused so much on President Trump because, he says it's energized suburban Democrats and district that will back a Democrat, but wouldn't historically have done so. He says the Marquis congressional Race of the night will likely be District five, where Democrat Cameron webs running against Republican Bob Good. Heather Curtis. W W e mail dot com w e mails. Coverage of campaign. 2020 continues all day with Larry O'Connor hosting our wall. The wall analysis. Starting at nine. Tonight, one of the major election issues has been Corona virus. So it seems fitting that Election day coincides with an all time high for new cases in the D. C region, with seven day average now at 2270 for breaking the previous high mark that had stood since May 31st Virginia's driving that average while Maryland is running about 2020% below its May peek and D C About half So the city's number of cases has more than doubled the past month. Health officials here the numbers are only going to get worse is more people head inside and celebrate Thanksgiving together. Checking your money. The Dow futures up 363 points. The NASDAQ futures up 67 up next traffic and weather on 105.9 FM W M A L Where Washington's.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

02:11 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

"Proposing to add Hindu, Muslim and Jewish holidays to the calendar moves that would short in both winter and spring breaks. The survey of parents and staff found 65% prefer to stick with what they already have. The school board will decide whether to take their advice at a meeting next week. The election just a week away what races they're drawing attention in our region. There are Three close congressional elections to watch in Virginia. Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, political science professor at Mary Washington University's says first term Democrat Congress woman Abigail Span Burger face his GOP challenger in a crate is This is an area where Republicans air hoping to take that seat back the fifth District where GOP and come in Denver, Riggleman lost the Republican primary and Virginia's second district first term. Democratic incumbent Congress Malaria he's facing on energetic Republican for a Brit w, a male and female dot com A federal judge has cleared the way for a Georgetown University football player charged with the murder in D. C is pet Worth neighborhood to be freed from jail into the custody of his parents at their home in Georgia as he awaits trial, Dijon Williams was among a group of four men accused of orchestrating a robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a man this past July. Williamsattorneys concede he was likely at the scene of the crime, but they maintain his innocence will remain on home detention and wear a tracking device if you requested an extension for your 2019, Virginia taxes, your time's running out the tax extension deadline is a week from today. November 2nd Stephanie Benson with the Virginia Department of Taxation says there's an update from previous years, Standard deductions have changed $4500 for individuals. And 9000 for married couples filing jointly. Vincent's does its best to file your taxes on line because it's the quickest and easiest way to do so. Maria leave fun. W M a Alan W e mail dot com Checking your money. The Dow futures down 287 points this morning, the NASDAQ futures down 108 in sports the Dodgers a game away from winning the World Series, they beat the raised in game 5 42. Inside, gets it coming around the edge. He finds.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on Transition Virginia

Transition Virginia

09:46 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on Transition Virginia

"And we're back and I'm really excited to talk to Stephen Farnsworth about his new book late night with trump political humour and the American presidency. What does this book about? And why did you run? Well I've written a lot of traditional news and how they cover elections how they cover governance but one of the things that I kept hearing for my students was their connection to these comedy programs and there is a time in two thousand sixteen. When I thought there's a book here my co author George Mason Bob Lichter and I thought that Donald Trump win or lose would be an amazing conversation about how political humor has changed how it's evolved because there's no doubt about it. Donald Trump is getting so much more attention as president and as a presidential candidate than the other predecessors democratic and Republican. Both and so we were really really convinced there was something qualitatively different about Donald Trump. Who by the way comes out of reality television himself and the way that he's being treated on late night and basically When trump was elected well. That's another chapter. That's another aspect of this presidency. Because no doubt about it. Donald Trump is fixated by late night humor and late night humorous fixated on Donald Trump. Every time he tweets or complaints about the Alec Baldwin Imitation on Saturday night. Live the ratings. Go up the attention increases. Now we're on radio so people can't see this chart that we're looking at here in your office but it examines jokes. Told about Democratic presidential candidates versus jokes told about Republican presidential candidates. The Democratic Blue Line here on your graph is kind of flat line right around four hundred jokes per year about the Democratic presidential candidates the Republican the red line here represents Republicans goes up every every year with one exception. Looks like two thousand twelve. Goes down a little bit. I guess that would be the wrong Romney election okay. So fewer jokes told about Romney Than than the others but then the next presidential election it spikes way up and I guess that we're looking at the trump effect here. What did you learn from this huge spike in jokes told about DONALD TRUMP? What we learned from that well first of all. It's important to recognize that these folks who are offer up late night comedy. You're not journalists. They don't have any obligation to be objective but they have an obligation to do is make money for the television networks and so this is where I mean. Well that's how they make money. It doesn't get continued right. So what you see here with this with this is a very clear orientation towards late night comedy that is more critical of Republicans that reflects the audience if it were otherwise. Then you'd see a difference but I do think there's a format issue here. I mean I think conservative struggled with late night comedy. They tried to create a program on Fox. News that was sort of like the daily show but even among the Fox News viewers. They didn't watch it and it disappeared after thirteen weeks or so late night. Comedy Hour Half Hour Comedy Hour. What you're talking about this. You could win Trivia night at the local pub with that because it came in when you Larry quickly came and went very quickly but the reality is that liberals have struggled to make a go of it on Talk Radio. I think talk radio and twitter is those vehicles that are very very effective for attacks for personal attacks and Donald Trump in some ways. We could describe him as an insult. Comedian who happens to be president. He I think is a master at those kinds of venues. I don't think he's so effective with respect to the the late night. Conversation on the way up Donald Trump became a reality television star and he was a regular guest on these late night programs but once it became a presidential candidate and then president amount of attacks on him a really really Really really intense and and so all he really does is complaining and his own venues about this but I think ultimately remember good comedy is the saying Goes Punches up pad comedy punches down and so I do think that when you're thinking about the arguments that That Republicans are making in the political environment. Today they're not well suited to late night comedy. They're much more. I think suited to To Talk Radio I suppose one could imagine joking about people on Welfare and people who are homeless and children living in cages on the border but I cannot imagine that there's a mass audience for that kind of humor. It's not very funny but it is funny. If you're taking a bite out of somebody with money and power and influence I mean this goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks when they were making fun of the powers that be when in medieval courts. You know the gesture had this space of play. That allowed the gesture to make fun of the monarch and not get his head chopped off usually and that is a is a dynamic that stays with us throughout time one of the ways in which I think we deal with the fact that politicians often disappoint is that we can make fun of them. At least we can't necessarily remove them. We can't necessarily change their direction but we can at least make a joke. I hadn't really thought about this distinction between talk radio versus late night. I'm interested in that distinction. Because if you think about someone like rush limbaugh he's likes to see himself as kind of funny and Jokester and he's there are gags that he regular gags he does on his show and Is He someone that you've sees the as possibly a comedian that is able to target Democrats and Liberals Well? I think the major theme of Conservative top radio and Limbaugh's included. Is this sense of outrage. There's the change in the world. That is not appealing and that sort of intense. Anger doesn't necessarily play well on late night. Comedy where things are really kind of a joke and that creates a a difficult environment for for that to translate well again if you try if you try it on Fox News and you can't succeed with Fox. News viewers conservative late night. Humor is still a challenge. We know that Donald Trump is a gift that keeps on giving the shows get plenty of viewers and of course. They're not just watching it at late night. They go on Youtube and they look the next day. That clips are part of the political discourse It's how things play in. Peoria the twenty twenty version of Nixon's old admonition. The reality is that if you are being ridiculed on late night comedy. That's a potential problem. You also took a rather analytical look at what? The jokes were about the subject matter of the jokes. What did you learn from your analysis of the actual jokes? Themselves they were about. There are significant number of voters particularly voters under thirty. Who say that. They're learning about politics from these late night. Comedy shows and you know that's not necessarily a bad thing on its own right. I mean if you if you think about people who don't pay much attention to politics and then they hear some jokes and they say well. Maybe I need to learn more about this issue or that issue so that it's I can get the joke. I mean Mitch. Mcconnell is a joke about Mitch. Mcconnell is not funny. If you don't know who Mitch. Mcconnell is or what he looks like or what he does and so there is. Maybe a spoonful of sugar dynamic Too late night comedy. Getting people who don't care that much about politics maybe more interested and more informed but one of the things that we saw pretty consistently across these late night hosts that we looked at is. There was a lot of conversation about Russia with respect to trump. There was a lot of conversation about sexual misconduct is related to trump the paying off a porn stars and all that And there were also of course other areas too. Because I Stephen Colbert wants. Put it The comedy lives in between what is and what the politician says. It is explained that. What does that mean? Well think about North Korea for example. You know once upon a time. The president trump said that North Korea would experienced fire and fury of the likes of which the world has ever seen. Well that sounds like world war three. That's not funny necessarily but then it becomes like a buddy movie a bromance if you will when trump and Kim Jong Un. They have these summits and they have these agreements. And they. They're all buddy buddy and now of course you know North Korea's testing again and so it looks like a romance is on the rocks but the reality is that comedians found something funny about all of these changes all these differences because What Donald Trump does is exactly what. A comedian wants the inconsistency the extreme rhetoric and of course the larger than life persona all. These things are comedy gold. I'm also curious about change over time. Here we're looking at. Your graph starts in nineteen ninety two and ends in two thousand sixteen Obviously the field of late night television changed a lot and that time period. What what did you see in terms of change over time? You know one of the things that I do. Is I show my students a clip of Johnny Carson making fun of Ronald Reagan in the nineteen eighties. And you saw how team it was compared to where we are today. Johnny Carson understood the audience of his time which was far less partisan power less combative than the audience of today and he dealt with and he offered up what worked in his time. It absolutely wouldn't work today and so what you see is kind of a downstream effect if you will as as our political culture has gotten closer as our divisions have gotten greater as our political combat has gotten more intense comedians. Reflect that and so you know a few jokes about Dan. Quayle and how we could spell potato or not Just simply wouldn't cut it today. Now it's all about Donald trump selling the country to the Russian says as some comedians would offer up to us or not having a sense.

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on Transition Virginia

Transition Virginia

08:07 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on Transition Virginia

"You think that's likely or possibly well first of all? I think it's important to recognize Thomas that you the conversation that you're offering is a question of democratic power. Of course the reality is that a lot of Democrats wanted to to Republicans what Republicans did to them. Yes that's exactly what the Republicans did to Democrats wants. The party's flipped and Republicans had contri- so there's no doubt about it but my argument is that the voters lose in both of these scenarios. Because if you do not have a genuine election and you do not maximize the number of competitive districts and you do not have districts that represent real communities but rather artificial thin lies that look like snakes dragons or somebody kicking a soccer ball. You do not have effective healthy political culture. So I'm looking at this from a very different point of view than you are. Of course go and you know that that is a is a good government perspective and so I do think that this improvement would i? If I were writing this amendment I would say no to all elected officials but that wouldn't pass a fan of the delegate Simon Floor Amendment that would have been my personal preference but that is not what could get through the legislature and so the the question over and over again is for for whether people will say that. The good is is is good enough and my personal view. Is that if this doesn't work very well. Then we can try again with another amendment. I mean the real genius of the American political system is the `incrementalist if you something if something is a is a is a policy that is developed maybe it works maybe a dozen you get evidence and then you can change that policy again. You know this isn't a diktat from on high. This is a decision that will be in the hands of the voters and if the voters care about an effective system that listens to them more than the status quo. Then maybe they'll support this amendment. There is also another argument to be made probably an unpopular argument that you would never hear from elected official in favor of Gerrymandering Thomas. What's the argument in favor of Gerrymandering? Live if you're going to have Republican districts around the rest of the country being artificially inflated at a time when you as party need control of Capitol Hill. You're talking about playing with things that are bigger than just state politics. I would also say to that when. Republicans brought computers into the redistricting cycle and Republicans. Just did it. Because they were empower when computers were capable of this as almost breaking the redistricting process. I think it's one thing. When you're using census tracts drawn by hand and you swap a district back and forth every couple of redistricting cycles. That's that's one thing but when you can go and drill down block by block to twenty eleven could see eight Obama voters for for McCain voters and it would make district set zig-zagged across blocks block by block. But when you zoomed out. They didn't look so bad. I think ultimately once again you know you're looking at this through the narrow lens of partisan political power which is what I do which is what you do is Democrats. But that's not my job right and so I'm not looking at it from that perspective. I'm looking at it from the perspective of what works better for the citizenry and I do really feel like gerrymandering creates an environment where citizens don't get the time of day from these elected officials if they don't belong to that dominant party they can be ignored forever. Can you point to any examples of where this has done really well? Well I would say that one of the key Effective places where this is done well as Iowa and what does because again we have the technology to draw these lines a whole bunch of different ways. The Iowa Plan. Is We try to maximize the number of competitive districts in the state. I mean they're obviously no ways to draw Arlington that are going to elect the Republican Unless you just have a district of one Republican on a block. It wasn't that long ago that they had brought hill. I believe is a Republican representing well. But it wasn't like we're not talking about the dark days of reconstruction here. I mean like they did in the modern era have Republicans representing Arlington. Well I don't know that you could draw lines today. In the partisan today with the divisions that exist in this country to elect a Republican in Arlington. If you can you're talking about Gerrymandering lightyears beyond the capacity of today's technology. I think but be that as it may the point that I wanna make here about about this process is the Iowa example. Is a place where you can go and you can say okay. We want to maximize the districts and so sure there will be some districts. I mean you're not going to find a district along parts of interstate. Eighty one that are going to be democratically. Dominant you're not. GonNa draw such lines. You're not going to draw lines like this in the city of Richmond. You're going to see an environment where you have A maximum number of competitive districts and that increases turnout increases the sense of of political advocacy from the voters. They believe the politicians are going to listen to them because the old outcome is not over before begins. And so you know this can be done now. I was one example there about a half a dozen other states that are doing something pretty serious and pretty effective. From the point of view of maximizing citizen participation maximizing turnout maximizing the number of competitive districts. These things all I think serve a better outcome from the point of view of state policymaking because if you end up with a far left. Republican are far right. Republican legislature replaced by far left democratic legislature. You're going to just bounce between two extremes and the great middle where compromise occurs where actual problems are likely to get solved rather than than fought about year after year. That area doesn't get its voice and so you know if I were a consultant for Democratic candidates for democratic interests. You know. I'm not sure that I would say this. Amendment is is great from the point of democratic power but I would also be inclined to note that the changing nature of Virginia is really creating an environment. Where it's going to be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win statewide when we think about where the lines are going to change. We think about how districts are going to have to move from the conservative rural parts of the state to the growing suburban populations of the state your create an environment where there will be more representation from Prince. William there will be more representation from HENRICO and we're democratic parts of Chesterfield. They will be more democratic districts In the range of two or three in the Senate maybe four or five in the House that are gonNA come from rural areas of this state to take account population change. I mean alternately. The rural parts of Virginia the areas that are most conservative and most likely to vote. Republican have relatively flat population. The areas where Democrats have had their greatest gains are also the areas where the population gains are larger than the state average. And so. This is creating an environment where I tend to think the Democrats are going to do relatively well whether this amendment passes or not. So you don't like lawmakers drawing maps. That's a bad idea. That's the current model the amendment though doesn't include these eight lawmakers drawing the maps. But it sounds like you're favorable toward the amendment. Yeah because I think that on balance this would be an improvement on the status quo and the what are the things that you have to remember though with we have a constitutional kind of enshrining it for future generations to something like so. It's a compromise as you pointed out earlier and it's it's better than the current situation but it's still kind of flawed. Is this something you really WanNa right into the constitution? Well I I think it's important to remember that. Virginia Constitution is not the federal constitution which has had fewer than thirty amendments in two hundred years. Okay what has happened in the Virginia Constitution is pretty much every decade. We have several that. We consider on the ballot. Our constitution is much more fluid. In fact we rewrite the whole thing every now and then so when we think about the seventeen eighty seven federal constitution and we genuflect and in respect to that document. That goes back so long. I'm not sure that we want to have that same level of reverence for the Virginia Constitution. That has been amended replaced and otherwise changed in significant ways year after year..

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"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on Transition Virginia

Transition Virginia

11:09 min | 2 years ago

"stephen farnsworth" Discussed on Transition Virginia

"During the gubernatorial election in twenty seventeen But that's confederate monuments now that the Democrats have finally been able to act on and they gave local control to localities to decide whether or not to remove them does this blowback on Democrats in any way or is this something that pretty much. Everybody agrees with well. I do think that that was smart politics. If the state government was going to go into every county courthouse square in this Commonwealth and to say out you go this general this general this Johnny Rabb. You're going to have a nightmare on your hands. What you have instead is local option. And so you've you've basically created an environment where those counties that are still pretty sympathetic to confederate veteran monuments are going to be able to keep them and the ones that don't WanNa see them around why they'll be able to remove them and so in many ways you're giving the voters in those jurisdictions what they want. It's not necessarily the Virginia Way to give a lot of local option to these sorts of controversial matters. But in this particular case. I think it's a very smart move because you do not create the resentment and the retribution directed at the state government But that would come from Some sort of mandated removal. But at the same time for the places where it's really a hot button issue like say Charlottesville The local authorities can do exactly what they want and that will be reflected of in terms of constituent views. And so I think it's a very wise choice now. Obviously there would be some activists who would say no no no everything needs to be removed But that's not a strategy for long term success. If you go too far on the front end you create a backlash if you only do this sort of well. I don't want to call it a half measure but local the local option a choice. You do have an environment where you can satisfy the constituents who really want to change and you also give the folks who don't want change the opportunity to fight that battle at the local level not at the state legislature so in many ways for the Democratic majority. It's win win. We make this argument on minimum wage. You know a lot of the house members seemed really frustrated by the Senate because they wanted the fifteen minimum wage. They wanted across Virginia. And that's not what they got. They got this sort of hybrid where it goes up to. What was it twelve or eventually twelve dollars an hour and then they do a study to figure out whether or not they WANNA go regional. Maybe they've got a fifteen minute they don't go to fifteen at its. It seemed like a lot of house. Democrats were very frustrated with the Senate and they're more more business friendly approach. What did you make of that dynamic? Well certainly that's the case you know again and this gets back to the conversation. We had a moment ago about generational change. I mean you saw with respect to the house of delegates a willingness to move much faster much more aggressively on this minimum wage question than you see in the Senate but it's important to remember that majorities depend on winning seats across Virginia. You cannot simply think that the world revolves around Prince William County politics and if you think that you will be disappointed obviously it makes sense to push for something but this is one of these cases. I think once again where you can make the case going back to the voters that half allow loaf is better than none and you can create an environment. Where going forward with the study. That maybe you get that fifteen dollars an hour. You just. Don't get it as fast as you might have wished but politics is about compromise. You have to accept that That you can't get one hundred percent of what you want and it was the same thing in the days of Republican control. It's always a question of course with respect to a governor even governor of the same party. How far can you go without triggering? Some kind of reaction from From the Governor says speaking of slow walking you put out a tweet showing that Mary Washington did a poll of Virginians. That showed that they overwhelmingly support legalization. Verse what we got from the legislature. This year was decrease. Oh what are the implications there? As far as next steps for marijuana legalization and Virginia I I do think that this is an intermediate step again. The idea that half a loaf is better for For compromise than none and so I do think that it will depend on the more moderate members of the Democratic Caucus. Are they going to change their point of view or they're going to be replaced by more Liberal members and then we'll see what develops but but in many ways? I think that Virginia is always comfortable allowing other states to go out there and trailblazer ahead of Virginia. And so if you see what the record is in other places and you see what? The potential issues are then. Virginia's willing to come in not at as a trailblazer but somebody who can follow and learn from the mistakes. Maybe of those sort of pioneering states that make the the first step towards those kinds of issues because clearly there are issues. I mean how do you deal with? impaired driving for example And the issues that That are out there in terms of potential consequences. And so you end up with I think a A situation not unlike many others in Virginia where the legislature decides to move partially in the direction of change Change doesn't come easy to Virginia and this is an example about when change does come. It doesn't come all at once but rather in pieces and famously the black caucus opposed this half step. They pointed out. I think rightfully so that you still leave it open to local jurisdictions to have selective enforcement. Do you think that this is something that the Black Caucus decides that it can live with or do we see the black community just still getting taken advantage of are still having a disproportionate number of arrests or enforcement action? Well I mean we will see over the next couple of years how this works in practice. I think that ultimately there may be strong case to be made about selective enforcement when the data exists to tell us whether or not that is happening so again I tend to think what you see here is as far as the political culture is willing to go among the Virginia. Democrats and that That position is not the final word on this but rather an incremental choice that gives us a moment of Of Change to see where it adds up. I think the real challenge for for For any of these kinds of things has to do with the dynamic of where Virginia is changing. I mean we have to appreciate how rapidly the state has changed in just a few years ago. If you think about two thousand and four you see. Democratic presidential candidate not spending a diamond Virginia. Because it didn't seem like it was worth the trouble. And if you think about just a few years ago when Bill Howell Fredericksburg Stafford was speaker of the House. The Republican majority in the house was almost two to one. And so you're looking at extraordinarily rapid chain over. Just a few years in Virginia's politics when you think about where the balance of is going to be. We saw in many ways the rise of suburban voters and this make no mistake about it is the most Liberal Democratic Caucus in Virginia history. You cannot make the case that the old bird machine or even those sort of windows of democratic majorities in the in the in the Seventies and eighties post spurred or anywhere near as liberal as this this Caucasus. Now the point that I would make though is although is very very liberal. Vibrant genius standards. It's still not very very liberal. By national standards for Democratic Majorities in state legislatures in many other states. It would be a much more liberal caucus than what we see here in Richmond. You can make the case that the Reconstruction Era General Assembly was actually quite liberal and packed with radical Republicans. Did some things that were very liberal for the era. So you can say that. This general sense is maybe the most liberal. You can make that case. We could also say the most liberal since the reconstruction era generals as well. Well we'll note that women didn't have the right to vote then much less than equal rights amendment right but but point taken if you want to say since the civil war I'll I'll I'll call that legislative compromise censor expression since Jim Grows and the Jim Crow era so so let me ask you a question. Let me ask you a curveball doctor. So what's the biggest surprise like? What surprised you that didn't happen that you are expecting to happen or did happen that you didn't see coming. The biggest surprise is the extent to which three statewide officials with immense political scandals? Saint Skating away from all of this trouble if we think back to the moments. I don't folks in Richmond delicately referred to it as the events of February. The reality here is that you saw three politicians careers were finished by any reasonable standard back in the days of the yearbook photo. The the allegations against the governor the admission by the Attorney General. It looked like Virginia may very well be politically speaking decapitated. And certainly when you look at the approval numbers you know. Uv had pull in the field shortly after the scandal first emerged for the governor and approval of the governor was at twenty percent. And so you would think this is the end of it but what it was really was an opportunity for the governor to come back and for people to move on. I guess I shouldn't be surprised I am. I studied the media and I know how short public attention spans are but I'm still somewhat amazed at that a year and a half after these issues we are no closer to knowing what happened and we are no closer to changing The leadership of this state on the basis of this area very significant set of claims of misconduct by the top three Virginia officials on that issue actually got into it with a Republican family member of mine who couldn't understand why Democrats would harpen harpen hard on the things that Donald Trump is doing and then from his perspective. Of course let the Democrats said in Virginia? Just get away with murder rate and the very quickly stop talking about it. I pointed out that it's hard to have a genuine criticism of the three state wise at least from a partisans for perspective when you're president is literally committing treason on television. Well I imagine that message didn't go very well taken but but the reality is that last news cycle. The reality is that people do forget these things and they move on. And if there's one thing we've learned from the Donald Trump presidency is that each new cycle can be replaced by another new cycle with a different bigger issue. Going forward. It is a it is a painful reality to me as a voter that there isn't greater accountability for elected officials of both parties and at all levels of government. I think higher standards would be a wise application speaking personally for For people in public life on that note. Let's go ahead and take a break when we come back and talk about redistricting and we're going talk about Dr finds with new with trump political humor in the Americas..

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Judges Order Maryland to Draw New Congressional Map for 2020

Business Beware

00:30 sec | 4 years ago

Judges Order Maryland to Draw New Congressional Map for 2020

"Appeals court is ordering Maryland to redraw its congressional district map USA's. Chris Barnes has details. That ruling from a three judge panel says the current map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Democrats university of Mary wash. Political scientist professor Stephen Farnsworth, saying both parties do it, but it's bad for the country. So what you get with gerrymandered district is the most extreme Republicans. The most extreme Democrats. These are the people who win the prime

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