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Fresh "virginia" from Chris Plante
"Inspire find yours. Discover the forest or brought to you by the U. S. Forest Service and the count 905 w e mail, traffic and weather at least debate in in the heady carpet cleaning traffic center. Well, man, stop and go in the heat of the 95 Virginia crash. It's after the Stafford Center Port Parkway exit, But before you get to the exit for warrant in that 17 only one light has been getting by to the right. North on 95 going freely through the area just to look and wonder what's going on. I'll tell you what's going on in 66. Not much. That looks pretty decent for us. Between Manassas in Vienna, Maryland, looks better that clean debris out of the road in North fanatic five easier between D C and Baltimore Let's go now from garage Door Hailstorm. Art seven forecast today will hit 94 degrees around 45 PM Heat index topping out at 100 degrees and higher. Look for ways to stay safe in the heat Storm chances to between one and 9 p.m. Today will have less of a threat of storms for Tuesday. Wednesday Thursday, higher chance for Friday on ABC seven meteorologist Monica Johnson and this one with seven right now it is 75 in Springfield, 79 in Love. Laida 80 at Reagan National. I'm John Matthews on 105.9 FM. Washington Mall. W M. A L plan. Hello, America. Michael, Sitting in for my friend Chris plant on the crisp plants go happy to be here. Thrilled to be back to take a little time off. I'll be here all week. Try the veal as the.
Duke Energy, Dominion scrap plans for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
"Natural natural gas gas project project that that has has drawn drawn criticism criticism from from landowners landowners and and environmentalist environmentalist has has been been canceled canceled by by its its developers, developers, despite despite of of victory victory last last month month at at the the U. U. S. S. Supreme Supreme Court. Court. Over Over a a critical critical permit. Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have announced that they have scrapped the $80 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline project due to a quote now legal uncertainty. The project was first introduced back in 20 Fortin was set to run across West Virginia and Virginia to North Carolina.
Fresh "virginia" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"41. This is CBS News. Never miss a moment. Top news from w T. O p 24 73 65. Listen on air on Alexa and on the W T o p AP 93 on Monday, July 6th 80 degrees going up to the nineties with scattered storms this afternoon. Good morning. I'm John Aaron. Top local stories we're following this hour. A controversial pipeline project that was set to run across Virginia will not be happening line would have extracted natural gas from shale fields in West Virginia. And tunneled under the Appalachian Trail serving customers in Virginia and North Carolina. Environmental groups filed lawsuits and work was stopped in 2018. Now Virginia based Dominion Energy in North Carolina's Duke Energy's say there's growing legal uncertainty for large scale energy projects. Dominion now says it's selling its other natural gas pipelines last week had finished the first phase of what will be the largest wind farm project in the country. Milord Unstained W GOP News Police are asking for help in finding those responsible for the shooting death of an 11 year old over the weekend Divine did Neal stopped by his aunt's house in the 1400 block of Cedar Street in southeast to pick up a phone charger his grandfather posted on Facebook, saying he got out of the car and walked toward the bill. That's when he was hit in the head by a bullet. Devon, just 11 years old, died at a hospital, D C. Police chief Peter Newsom says it happened just after 9:30 p.m. A group of about five men in a black sedan began shooting up in the air before getting away through an alley. MacNeill was a student at Kramer Middle School and Play Football Museum says they are expected to release more details and photos as the investigation continues. Melissa how w. T OBY news More now on a story you heard about at the top of the hour, has storms rolled through the area yesterday, one brought a tree down onto a garage that had more than 20 people inside and Anna Randall County. Had been attending a child's birthday party and had sought shelter in that garage in Lake Shore along done road. Six people were initially trapped but were rescued by firefighters. One person is said to have critical injuries and five others were seriously hurt. In all 19 people were taken to the hospital. 17 adults and two Children, teachers, unions and Fairfax County are making their preferences known for fall classes. They want them held remotely virtual town hall meeting, Elementary school librarian Tiffany Dowling said. For her going back to class would be a threat to her family. I get the flu most years for my students, which means my sons get it catch the common cold from the students every few months, which means my sons get it a swell and this virus is no different while the district has sent parents and enroll That letter to state their preference for the fall classroom format. Fairfax Education Association president Kimberly Adams says the only correct decision is virtual learning. Many of us have lost family members and friends to this pandemic. We would prefer that in hindsight, we were overcautious rather than a grief stricken parents have until Friday to send their choice to the district. Michelle Morello, w T. O P News and at the college level George Washington University is asking health officials to sign off on its plan for fall classes, much like the rest of society. We have no experience with this. George Washington University President George La Blah says they will look to have students and faculty who are comfortable doing so come back to campus in the fall. But Thean person learning will end by Thanksgiving. That way. We don't have students traveling home and coming back and possibly bringing a recurrence of the virus back to campus. For those on campus. They'll be tested for the virus and masks must be worn. Also, the school's rearranging some classrooms to make physical distancing easier. We have some factor who may not be comfortable coming back and teaching in the classroom. And they will likely be offering some online courses and for concern students online learning will be available. Mike Murillo w T. O P News still ahead, Some people happen to be in the right place at the right time for a weekend rescue. It's 907 Here's Ivan.
Companies Cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline After Years of Delays
"Atlantic Coast pipeline say they are cancelling the multi state natural gas project. As NPR's Joel Rose reports, the energy companies blamed delays and cost uncertainty. Minion Energy and Duke Energy say they're pulling the plug on the proposed $8 billion pipeline that was designed to carry natural gas across 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Just last month. The two companies want victory at the U. S. Supreme Court over a critical permit needed to tunnel under the Appalachian Trail. But the company's cited uncertainty and delays around the project, which was already several years behind schedule. Pipeline met with fierce opposition from landowners and environmental groups. We say it would encourage the further use of fossil fuels. The Trump administration is trying to make it easier to build pipelines and energy infrastructure. Opponents have succeeded in slowing and blocking some major projects. Joel
Fresh "virginia" from Glenn Beck
"Are getting sick and going to the hospitals has exponentially increased lords cases of top 200,000 in total in Idaho, the wreckage of two small planes at the bottom of a lake the day after a miracle Two bodies have been found. Investigators believe six others were killed. Americans listening to Fox News Staying connected continues with 1061 FM talk Plans for a natural gas pipeline to run down. Several East Coast states, including North Carolina, have been scrapped. Matt Matt Johnson report. So many in Energy and Duke Energy announced they've called off the Atlantic Coast pipeline development because of continued legal challenges. The 600 mile pipeline would have carried natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Environmental advocates and landowners have been suing over it. Since its proposal in 2014 an elderly Durham woman dies after someone shoots a gun into the air on the fourth of July 74 year old Paul it's Thorpe killed Saturday night by celebratory gunfire. Police called the shooting reckless, asked anyone with information in this case to come forward Authorities are calling a fire at a Durham auto dealership that destroyed several cars the work of an arsonist and happened Sunday morning at D. J. L. Auto Center. Durham, Vyron Rescue says the deliberately set fires torched eight cars on the lot, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Police are reviewing surveillance video in hopes of identifying suspects. President. Trump endorses Lieutenant Governor Dan Forests in the race for governor. Trump says Democrat Governor Roy Cooper made it impossible to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte. That event now set for August in Jacksonville, Florida. Fools in Raleigh re opening today, with restrictions covered, 19 cannot spread in the water, according to the CBC. But swimmer still need to be cautious facilities were goingto have reduced capacity social distance sings in place Guest have to reserve a spot online sessions were reduced to just 75 minutes. Plus masks are required, and guests are subject to wellness checks before entering pools. And covert 19. Testing begins this week in every senior living community in the state. I mean, Gene Orville. Makes the clouds and sunshine here today. In another hot, humid one low nineties. This afternoon 71 tonight.
Companies Cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline After Years of Delays
"Coast pipeline project has been called off as the companies continue to face mounting opposition from environmental groups. Duke Energy and Dominion Energy say they're dropping the proposed $8 billion pipeline that would have carried natural gas through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina and also underneath the Appalachian Trail. Companies blamed continuing regulatory delays and uncertainty about the project, which was announced in 2014 is an easy way to get energy into underserved parts of the country.
Fresh "virginia" from Chris Plante
"Between sessions. The pool will be closed, Our staff will be going through and disinfecting all the high touch surfaces. Heather Curtis Sandoval, Alan W. E mail dot com developers of a proposed 600 mile natural gas pipeline to run from West Virginia to North Carolina took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, and they won. But now the $8 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline project being scrapped. The two companies that wanted it built, including Dominion energy projects become too costly in the regulatory environment to uncertain to justify further investment. Dominion says it will sell its natural gas pipelines and get out of that business altogether. Checking your money. The Dow futures up 375 points Jack futures up 1 30 up next traffic and weather on the people.
Protesters Tear Down Christopher Columbus Statue, Throw It Into Harbor, Baltimore, Washington DC
"Protesters pull down a statue of Christopher Columbus yesterday and threw it into the city's inner harbor and in Virginia Long Monument Avenue. Dozen showed up to salute the Confederate General Robert Idly. Some came to observe while others like this man protest it the effect of colonialism. And the effect of racism that has permeated our culture. It's important for us understand that we have to make a change.
Fresh update on "virginia" discussed on WBBM Morning News
"You begin these times, 7 40 with the British socialite facing charges she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit underage women in a sex abuse scandal. People are wondering what she'll say about Prince Andrew's connection to the latest convicted pedophile. Dylan Maxwell's friend Laura Goldman is sure Maxwell would never rat out her royal friend. She's always told the she would never For ever say anything about but I've seen accuser Virginia Roberts do Fry telling Australia's 60 Minutes program friends. Andrew should be panicking at the moment because Dylan doesn't really care about anyone else. But you.
Protesters in Baltimore pull down statue of Christopher Columbus, throw it into harbor
"Protesters pulled down the statue of Christopher Columbus, Demonstrators use the rope to topple the monument in the little filly neighborhood. Then through It into the city's inner harbor. They say the Italian Explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native people in the Americas. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities like Miami, Richmond, Virginia and Boston.
Protesters in Baltimore pull down statue of Christopher Columbus, throw it into harbor
"Baltimore protesters pull down a statue of Christopher Columbus Late last night, Demonstrators use rope to topple the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood, then threw it into the city's inner harbor. They say the Italian explore is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native people in the Americas. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami, Richmond, Virginia and
Washington, DC - July Fourth visitors to Shenandoah National Park cause concern of coronavirus spread
"Shenandoah Shenandoah National National Park Park Open, Open, Some Some local local businesses businesses and and restaurants restaurants are now concerned about a surgeon travelers. We were completely booked this weekend. Joan Gents manager at Brookside Gift Shopping Cabins in Luray, Virginia, says his travelers flock to Shenandoah National Park and the Luray Caverns for the holiday weekend. She's worried about potential Corona virus cases. For me. I feel like it's a concern because people coming from other places. You know, might be bringing it here. Eric Smith, owner of the West main market, says he's not planning on starting indoor dining anytime soon. His staff feel safer that way. They're happy that we're still not letting people indoors because again, it gives them a little bit more safety Valerie von w. T o P. News
Esther Terry Oral History Interview
"Her role in the planning and participating in the 1960. Lunch counter shouldn't protest in Greensboro, North Carolina when she was a student at Bennett College. She very reserved US president of Bennett College Thie interviews conducted by Joseph Martini, a of the Southern oral history program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I know. I think I think I know that your parents drove you to the college here in the fall of 57. Yes, they did. But what did you discover here and driving in at college? He was a big day for me. But for the whole community came from someplace, Justin, but I came Being supported by the whole community. They prayed for me a church. They gave me a few pennies here and there, I said, we didn't have a lot of money and had a little scholarship. I had taken the there and so I had done well enough to have in grandiose thousands money. And I was going to work a little bit. But there there was. There was always that. Let me give you a few pins. I came being born as a good wishes of the community. And off. We came to college. I'd never been to college before. I'd never been to greens for before, and I arrived here to have cells just swallowed up my parents and 1,000,000 all of us that a lot of parents and a lot of students. All being deposited by parents and was a lonely feeling when they said goodbye and left this fair, lonely about some people who you know, in short order, become persons who are important to you here on the campus back up. I met when I as my parents were getting me situated in my room, there was a woman who was bringing her daughter. There was a girl Roscoe Smith being deposited from West Virginia and her mom met my mom and they talked And vases, mother told my mom how they talked, and just only so much, And so the time I'll never know. But here's what got established in that that little while rises. Mother had other Children in college at the same time, and so she immediately knew. She told Razzle immediately. She wouldn't be coming home rods that his rise wouldn't be coming home. There was gonna be money to bring rising home except at Christmas time and in the summertime, my mom Told Mrs Smith that we lived a couple of hours up the road and they would be driving back to see me often and they become I could come home quite often. I could come home for Thanksgiving. I could come home with him, you know and advised could come home with me anytime. So Mrs Smith and Mrs Alexander's soda bonded that day, and they exchange Children. My mom became surrogate buys his mom and Guys. This mom became sort of my mom although it would take a long time before I got to West Virginia to me rises. Mother rise went home with me that very, very first break that we had, and she went home with me through all four years. My very best friend To this day this Ross and Smith. She is actually living in Greensboro. And so it's she retired here some 10 years ago from New York, where she had been working in social work, so she came back. She retired to green throughout that they want to come back to greens for Bennett have anything to do with it, But she came to things girl and then was when I took the job here. I was delighted she's here. So we are where we met. She was. I think I understand. She was really kind of a different part of casks in classrooms. Yes, she said. Sociology and political science. I was English. Tell me Aboutthe big name of student theater student fifties. Oh, my goodness. It was wonderful. It was when my English professor was Hoback, Jerry. Well, I had several, but Dr Jarret was me who taught me literature. Dr. Jared, what a wonderful man. What a brilliant man. All of all of my faculty where Dr Jarod was hard. He was tough. He exacted absolute perfection and and we were arrogant enough to think we could give it to him. You know that He really had us just charmed into thinking that we could write anything we could articulate in and we could debate anybody. But he was just a wonderful teacher and And he empowered us big deal but no nonsense. So I was very much engaged with him. He would walk on campus and say this, Alexander I I'm going to pick up a ball. What about the book? And I'd say literary history of the and he'd say Yes. You know, I mean, those little games. You know, Haywood, he was set to show off about health area that he wass and we reveled in it. He lost. It was a very handsome man and smoked a
The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June
"We approach jobs day, I can speak for Caroline myself when we say and think we want to know what Krystle who thinks about all of this, no matter which way it goes. He is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia Millar Centre, Of course, a former deputy deputy secretary of labor, I get that I sort of trip on that almost every time. I'm sorry, Chris formy, former deputy 60 of Labour under President Obama. He's on the phone with us now, Chris, How are you? I'm doing good. Thank you for having me. Alright, Well, it's good to have you back. So your initial reaction like your gut reaction to this and and maybe more important as you saw it all sort of filter through. What do we need to take away from this job's report, both monthly and on and then the weekly jobless claims. So there was a lot of data today. Gut reaction was good with a lot of caveats. You know, we always tell people the monthly jobs data is really kind of looking way back. And in this case, it goes back really, to the PE period that began on June 8th. So in that second week of June 3 economy clearly was recovering. But when you add that with the weekly jobs claimed you sort of get kind of a mixed Picture because we're continuing tohave again, if you add in Not only the people applying under the normal unemployment program, but the new pandemic program for gig workers, it's about two million people applying for unemployment every single week. New people apply. And you know, total right now, but 31 million people on unemployment, which is not really going down. So if you put all of this together, you get a sense of an economy that was reopening. By the beginning of June. Jobs are coming back. And that recovery may have slowed and we don't really know how much of this float and again as we always say, we're still in the middle of a public health crisis and until you resolve that You really can't get a good sense about words that the economy is going right. We're
The Difference Between Tests for COVID-19
"The same when it comes to testing for the Corona virus. Michael Doherty of any lab tests now in Stirling says consumers need to do their homework. There's two categories right? There's the swab, which is Do I have active these? That's not an antibody test. Okay, so if you don't have symptoms by and large anyway, having this swab is relevant to see if you were just recently contaminate, which is highly unlikely. That's different than anybody. So anybody's are like you get the flu shot. You build up a defence Philip antibodies that shows you've been exposed. Antibodies will fight things off and you never know exactly how affected anybody's. They're going to be because every human beings different Now there's a ton of different antibody testing. You're gonna have to do a little more homework. Basically, you should ask your lab What antibodies test for because there's more than one and you should ask them what they use. For more information, Visit Covad test Virginia dot com or call any lab tests now at 7034446633 from
Stonewall Jackson statue removed in Richmond
"Several 100 people watched in Richmond yesterday as the Stonewall Jackson statue was removed with a crane and the Virginia Capitals. Mayor says more articles not clear which Confederate statue will come down next here on Monument Avenue. This bronze statue to Jeb Stuart is one of three statues still standing. Richmond Mayor LeVar Stoney issued an emergency order yesterday that all Confederate statues on city land would be Removed as soon as possible. Last month, the Jefferson Davis statue was Thorne down a long block from here. The statue to Robert E. Lee remains standing. It's on state property. And while Governor Ralph Northam wants it removed, a lawsuit has the future of that statue still to be determined in Circuit Court.
Richmond starts dismantling Confederate statues from city land after mayor's order
"Protests of racial injustice. The mayor of Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy, orders the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land.
Which states are closing again Due To Coronavirus Spikes
"Weeks after states began easing their covert 19 restrictions, many are now re imposing them Your CBS's Jim Crow Sula. Infectious disease. Experts say several southern states did not adopt a strong enough measures to control Corona virus outbreaks and are now paying the price in California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of bars and indoor restaurants in Los Angeles and 18 other counties We anticipate expect will remain in place for atleast three weeks. Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Delaware, Arizona and Texas have also closed or further restricted bars. And rolled back restaurant capacity. Jim Krystle is CBS New Public
Richmond Mayor Says He Wants City-Owned Confederate Monuments Removed Immediately
"First day a state law allowing localities to remove Confederate statues on their properties to remove them, and Richmond Mayor LeVar Stoney wasted no time in ordering those removals against the advice of the acting city attorney. In a meeting set for tomorrow, during which City Council is scheduled a vote on a resolution, Stoney says there's nothing that requires the statues to remain on their pedestals while their future is decided Section Sea off the coast of Virginia and the city's emergency operations plan specifically authorizes the director of emergency management to protect the health and safety of persons and property. Further allows me to bypass so time consuming administrative procedures, like a 60 day waiting period. Especially when an open public process could be conducted while the statues in storage stony indicated the Jackson Monument is just the first of the city's Confederate monuments that will be coming down.
Richmond mayor orders Confederate statues on city land removed
"Virginia's mayor's ordered the removal of all Confederate statues standing On city land there,
New law aimed at racial profiling requires police to collect new data at traffic stops in Washington, DC area
"Law takes effect today requiring police officers in Virginia to record the race and ethnicity of every driver. They make a traffic stop. Supporters of the law say it'll help shed light on whether certain groups of people are disproportionately targeted by police stops. The measure was passed during the legislative session earlier this year. Delegate looked O'Ryan explains what police need to do now officer collects collects the the following following data. data. Race, Race, ethnicity ethnicity age age engender engender another another person person stopped. stopped. A A similar similar law law passed passed by by the the D D C C council council led led to to data data that that prompted prompted the the EU to issue a report last month, claiming that black people are disproportionately likely to be stopped in almost every police district in D. C.
Washington, DC - Virginia orders bars to remain closed as it prepares to enter Phase 3 of reopening
"Virginia steps into Phase three of its reopening today this Wednesday to help reduce the risk of Corona virus restrictions. Virginia's governor Ralph Northern, keeping off limits bar seating in restaurant the governor has decided restaurants in the state may not fully reopen their bars as previously planned. The idea is to reduce the likelihood of people congregating without the six feet of social distancing. Tony Rivenbark, manager ofthe Freddy's Beach Bar and restaurant in Arlington, understands the state's caution, maintaining social distance in a bar setting. Can certainly be very challenging, especially when you consider that many of the patrons go out specifically for the social interaction. Any bar seating must be similar to other parts of the restaurant. Table separated separated by by a a distance distance of of at at least least six six feet. feet. Ridiculous. Ridiculous. Yano Yano w. w. T T o o p. p. New New
Keeping in Check: Maintaining Spirituality in the Influencer Space (ft. Omar Shahid)
"Salaam welcomed another team via podcast brought to you by the Vibe as always I'm your host. Salim Qasim and this week I'm joined by from the Muslim influence and network. The Muslim infants networker, celebrating their third birthday. And I've known Omar for for quite a few years now. And we discuss or about to discuss I guess the general landscape of of influences and the whole space Muslim influences and representation and also I guess how. Influences can. Maintain that sincerity. We spoke a lot about sincerity. which I think is a really important point. When thinking about the the the the digital space and people growing their own platforms. And why they're doing it and whatever else? We also talk a lot about evenly. Miller who was on a previous podcast with us? I can't remember the episode number. It was called a slum in the hood. It was just a few weeks actually before the whole lockdown and Shenanigans took place. We had a fantastic conversation. Please do inside podcast. By. Yeah, so this time almost was actually on the podcast that time he came into office. This one's conducted over zoom I'm, but we didn't get much time to speak to. And delving deeper into will these topics around the influences and the burden responsibilities term I use quite in the podcast. And various other bits so yet without further ADO, here's my conversation with Oma. Consummating! I'm good very much. The Virginia nuns focused Ab. Regulations for yourself on on three years of influence network. You were not us. A few have lost track of time in Kobe, but if you. And January a jury. When the world was normal than you could be office so yeah you with. that. And we were at all about at story. I guess if people do listen back to that in check out the Compensation, we had the shed so much and shows guests like for me. These people uninfluenced should be especially in the kind of in space. But we also discussed on their the fact that we should probably have a separate compensation yourself. Because I think there's a lot to discuss generally around this space. But I staw- off with. Can you share with us with myself? Whatever a little bit of background is the to how you saw at out in Western influences I'm wet weather. The idea came from just a is the genesis of that was the funds the network? Yes so. I'm. Twenty years old colleagues on the. I've been working with influences for. Seven years now. and. It started when I was. Using my. Sheet Autism who approached me and said you know what we don't want to us. Seem that used to be a journalist and use? Oh, Amid if we have some insights into what we're trying to do. So I, said you know what I don't know anything about influence. A management I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to advise you, but you know what s give it a shot. Silently? We started with them some. In music, the sheet industry. Led to another working with a comedian photographer. You and then someone in school it's. And the previous manage people like cottage city can. Become Allah talked about. cross poss with managing advisers are not. The. Is and what? What specifically is your role? I guess in order the because I can imagine what it is now would be very different when it's not is How how did that come to beats it to be in the place that you guys aren't now because I think. We'll get onto about some of the some of the campaigns, and whatever else now you guys. What would some sizable? Brands and I think on the Rubicon mangoes took my head I. Believe Prime off I could be wrong. Yeah like huge huge names, and and you guys full front of kind of working with them and influences in doing campaigns. How did it will stop? What trump to even want WANNA. Get involved in this space. Yes, I was working with influences story people when I was working at a charity. I'm my business on a safe and we actually worked to name. She wants a campaign together and off to the campaign will be realizes up is actually no one to represent. These guys know into the the cough to them. That will being. No one to think about the future and it's kind of like wild wild west. It's no one nobody really knows what they're doing. Just kind of screwing industry that nobody knows what's what's going on,
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"They, have one business model. These folks that are against it, and that's all they WANNA do. Although it is important to also note that advance America for example also operates in Colorado under the Colorado Motto, which is actually less profitable for them in Colorado than the bill that we proposed in Virginia. Well, actually three of the biggest payday lenders in the country. Lobbied in the General Assembly told legislators that they they could not do these loans under this new law, but in fact they were already doing loans, and to other states Ohio and Colorado, and so that was just not truthful and in Colorado. It was they had been doing it for the last ten years. It wasn't like Ohio where it had. Only been a year and a half since they're law had passed in Colorado. They had been doing it for the last ten years, so it was. It was definitely a truth on their part. How did the General? Assembly react to that kind of testimony? Well I think. They were smart to say that they were going to have to go out of business because there's a lot of legislators that are. Are can say that they're very concerned about putting a business a company out of business and the consequential loss of jobs with that. So I think that is a. that's a good ploy on their part, but the fact is that we had letters that are already here. That are willing to of the states, plus we have new lenders who will come to Virginia and are happy to operate under the new law. That's a fascinating point, so you've got. New businesses that you've been able to create by regulating an old business. Testify during the committee hearings, those actually one of the of the committee hearings is that you had all these businesses come and say look. We would come to Virginia and we'd offer loans at thirty six percent, but we cannot do it now. The way the law is structured. You have to create this law so that we can come do business. Jay was your read on how lawmakers were reacting to that testimony. They were hearing from these businesses that wanted to come to Virginia and wanted to have jobs. At least two companies hire their own Lobbyists News Association of consumer finance. Companies lobbyist to when they met privately. Legislators I think they were really interested in less and talked about what they were GonNa with the loans are going to be in that sort of thing and and I think it was very helpful unfortunately when they testified in the committee. You Know Virginia's got crazy legislative system where these. These bills are heard. Maybe one time everybody has one or two minutes to say something, and so the the the payday and the car title owners try to pick us off by criticizing other loans, and saying that they weren't good loans and stuff like that, but so that they may have hurt us a little bit in the committee hearings, but private meetings we. We think they were very helpful. Yes I at one of the things that I. Think is really like hypocrisy. At its height was in the house when the payday lenders were getting some legislators to ask questions of these new lenders at wanted to come in, and they were picking apart their business. You'RE GONNA directly debit from Somebody's bank account and I was like jets exactly what they do already. Twenty twenty works. And so, it was really it was like kind of. It bordered on madness to be honest for me to hear a legislator accusing new lender of coming in that they may. deign to debit. Somebody's bank account when that's exactly what all these other terrible winters doing in Virginia for quite some time, so it would have boggled my mind that like. I they clearly wanted and understand the business models of the lenders that we already have, and they were just easily convinced, somehow that like somehow these new lenders coming in couldn't possibly be doing the right thing by advocating for this law change. It's not like the law change for example was like only beneficial for borrowers, lenders were still able to make money I. think these other lenders saying we would like to come in was a sign that it's not like borrowers walking away with free money. It's a sign that like we were trying to be balanced. Balanced at least I hope that the sign that we were trying to get one thing. The Dan and I had to be convinced about was that this was This was a good model because it wasn't just an interest. Rate Cap at allows them to charge some other fees and we then and I decided that you know we've talked to so many borrowers over the years that don't really WanNa. Get rid of payday loans, and that sort of thing they just WanNa have a product that they can afford to repay..
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"All these groups donate a ton of money to mainly to Republicans, but also two very key Democrats. Especially Senate Democrats. Chief among them, was Lomax that handed over a quarter of a million dollars just this most recent campaign cycle. Going into the session this year, what were the political dynamics in terms of the law of the campaign dollars and the whole? These businesses had on lawmaker. That it's not necessarily that a dollar given equals a vote right, but it is about you know. I mean so for example. We can't necessarily go to every legislators like fundraising events right, but for those businesses that can they go to every single events and they spend the maximum amount of time. They have at least them, and maybe a few other of their staff there to or their lobbyists there in all of those things that are about raising money. It just gives them time and access to talk with them. You know the more I mean. I probably would be able to convince anybody of anything if I had enough time to do it. On so, you know the more time you spend with somebody in there in your ear, just talking about that and maybe a few other things if they have other clients that they're working for, and they become people that you trust their opinion, because they've given you information about things you need to know about maybe for other of their clients over time I mean when you think about. The main lobbyist for advance America at one time you know he was the main lobbyist for the Credit Union League and it wasn't until when the payday lenders picked him up the Credit Union. League got forced by their largest member to give him up as their lobbyists, but he didn't stay with the Credit Union League. He went with the payday lender and he continued to do that. You know he's was still their main lobbyist. He wasn't registered for them this year, but he was there lobbyists this year. Year, so lawmakers like to tell themselves that they write legislation, but in reality. What happens a lot of times? Is People like you guys and up writing legislation J. tacos takes on the inside of the creation of the fairness in lending act, and how it was put together and what you were trying to accomplish, and also I'm kind of curious about strategy where there's some sort of Easter, eggs planted in there that you thought well. Maybe we could take this out as negotiation that ended up staying there. The Pew Charitable Trust folks came to us in I. Think August and wanted to know if we're interested in trying to pass legislation. And it was gonna be different kind of legislation that we have pushed in the past. We've tried to cap the interest rate. We've tried to close. The loopholes of this was gonna be. They were suggesting a really comprehensive law that would not only cap interest rates, but allow lenders to charge extra fees that they knew that the lenders needed to in order to make these loans so that when we say fairness lending, we mean fairness that borrowers and the lenders. And, but of course we knew that the folks that are already making these exploitative loans like the painting. The car titles we're going to totally against it to the Pew Charitable Trust Folks Really Helped US draft the law. We worked really. We spent a Lotta time drafting this law with them and with the Attorney General's office and getting it right in without with consumer finance companies, people who are good lenders, so we we spend a Lotta time draft in this. This forest was that the idea didn't necessarily come just from Pew. Charitable trusts though so in the sense that the Colorado actually had a very similar thing. pass. Back in two thousand ten, and so we and we looked for over many p period of years at the Colorado Model. We just weren't sure that anything like that would work in Virginia and then Pew Charitable. Trust tried the Colorado model in Ohio. They took that idea to Ohio where they had a super majority Republican legislature and governor, and tried to do it there and were successful, and they weren't sure, but asked us if they thought that that seem Colorado type model could work if it worked in Ohio could also work in a place like Virginia. So the other interesting strategy thing here is that we. We hired a private lobbyist group to help us to come, and we'll strategy group. We felt like that was necessary to have somebody with boots on the ground all all the time, because we knew they'd come at us with a lot of other lobbyists, and then we also had a lot of heartburn over putting in a long detailed bill close all the loopholes and The different things to different standards which we thought was necessary. Politically the danger in that is that when you put a big bill in like that, it's easy for people to attack it and say well you know I just pick things out of it, and and talk about them by itself and say well. This is just too complicated. You need to study this more. So we did have a lot of anxiety about that but as far as putting stuff in there that we were willing to take out, we felt like this was a fair law for lenders and borrowers. Sure if the penny lenders cartoon lenders had asked for some changes. That we didn't think would hurt people that we thought was necessary to get the bill passed. We probably would have considered that, but they never asked for any changes. It was all or nothing for them I think they just thought they were going to roll over a like the do every year and so they were just surprised. They didn't feel like they.
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"In the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. So that kind of coincides with the governor's press conferences on the three days that I'm in and the kids are here and they and they do a pretty good job of Doing work and not driving US crazy. But it's It's definitely wear then at this point. How do you feel about doing this? Press conference is. We're going to talk about Kobe later. But I feel like every time. They don't know the answer to something they say. Let's bring up Clark. And he knows the interest everything. You're sort of like the pinch hitter. That is my role. Is I kind of stand off to the side? And if there's an oddball question that we don't have the right subject matter person. Therefore the governor's communication styles unique. It's different than mine and so a lot of time. Energy goes in to get everything ready for each one of those and we have a seven thirty meeting every morning to go over the Cova numbers to go over. Cova data depending on what specific thing that week. We're focused on. We have different folks. Come in and brief the governor. Sorry days start out at seven thirty to cover. It gives us a break on Saturday and Sunday tonight. Am but on Monday Wednesday Fridays. Where typically the night before we kind of have the outline for the press conference? It's it takes a lot of time and and sometime prefer to be digging into other things. I especially in a post General Assembly session in reconvened. The Governor had twelve hundred ninety two bells. It was a record number of bills general pass and even without Cova. The average for our policy staff in council was something between fifty and seventy five bills day that they had to do a legal review of policy review and recommend to. The governor signed veto a man then also the budget record number of amendments with us on allotment strategy. See at all that and it's made for some some long weeks. Well let's get into those bill. Let's talk about each and every one of those one thousand two hundred ninety two bills now just getting so. This is transition. Virginia would like to talk about the transition of power normally for our previous episodes. That's been the transition of power in the General Assembly. You though Clark were around for the transition of power at the executive mansion the transition from former governor Terry McAuliffe to our current Governor Ralph. Northam this is a process that goes on kind of beyond the of public site and people don't really know what this looks and smells like explain for us with the transition of power was like in the Executive Mansion. Sure the morning. After the governor was elected he's interested. It gives us transaction press conference in. Then you basically give them the keys to an office building. That's empty and some it support for your email laptops. And that's it you have from November to January higher entire administration every agency had every deputy agency had a policy advisor at each agency. All your secretaries deputies your staff or counsel end you don't have any money though the Commonwealth doesn't provide any money or staffing or a Typo. Hr helped identify folks. You might need for those positions and the Legislature Virginia. Bounce a power. They're very hesitant to give any power to the decorative branch and so you start your administration. After they've already begun they're legislative session. They filed all their bills. The governors introduced the budget. That you can't a man. And all that is designed for the new governor to start out a little bit slower behind all live out with the legislature. So you say was designed for the governor to be behind the eight ball. Do you know that's the reason it was designed that way or is it just the good question? I don't know if that was originally. Why if you ask folks now? Could we swear? The governor and before the legislative session starts the answer of your resounding no and you know. They don't allow amendments to the budget. There's a lot of things that are tilted. For whatever reason whatever the impetus was for that the result is that it favors the legislative branch and so the governor came in at first session with with Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate and the the point that I make us over. Mind folks out were. Democratic majorities is that it doesn't matter if it's a one seat majority are a twenty seat. Majority me your committees are stacked against you and it's very difficult to move legislation out of those committees to ever get him to the floor. And so you know Medicaid. Expansion was the governor's priority working with the Republican legislature at the time. And so that's one transition that we've worked through from kind of talk about how we worked with the legislature on issues and then of course this past November when the legislature flip its present a whole new dynamic in terms of what's possible new challenges new opportunities to one party having all three of those bodies in control so you mentioned the transition of power. That happened this year. I'm wondering how you would describe the difference from your office in the executive branch. How did it look and feel differently with the Democrats being in the majority versus how it was when Republicans were in control of the entire legislative branch? Yeah I mean you know. We got the the driver's license suspension issue. The Felony Larceny threshold for two hundred. Five hundred. We got Medicaid expansion. Those with three really big wins democratic priorities done with Republican majorities. And you have to compromise. You know going into it that Medicaid expansion. He said it was pretty resolute in their opposition to it with the exception of really hang a couple of other. Republicans came along so he was a real leader from day. One on that and in the House. I think they're Republican leadership. I think I decided to take that issue off the table for future elections and work with us to get expansion. I think that was their motivation. And we had a pretty reliable and strong. A staffer elected in Chris. Jones time WHO's villava legislature Cox supported that but they did have uniform in in their in their caucus and we ended up getting the house. Republicans onboard support expansion the Senate Republicans really worked there so we. We ended up kind of the House and the executive branch teamed up on this the Senate to try to leverage them to get there and we were able to send our normal was opposed very very loudly so the leadership of the Senate on the Felony Larceny threshold. We wanted to get a thousand dollars working to be able to get there so the compromise was five hundred dollars there was some restitution legislation that was passed victim rights which was seen as a compromise. Although it's important that victims of restitution that's an important topic with Medicaid expansion. There was a work requirement. That conversation issue has matured and evolved from UCLA lawsuits throughout the country. But originally that discussion was part of the package and then the driver's license suspension in the in the Senate we had a republican champion of that of Bill Stanley. So those were three things we were able to do. There's a lot of the democratic control. You know what the democratic priorities are. You know you're going to be able to move those pieces of legislation much more easily and you have staff that that you know the staff kind of work for the leadership so a lot of the same staff are around but now they're working for democratic leadership in the Democratic leadership have different priorities so no good. Staffers are able to work and be responsive to their members. And we've got really great staff in the House and Senate budget committees and much more easy to work with now because we know that they are priorities are lined with ours you know. We had things in the amendments the previous budgets. And you always had to think you know this is something that the Republicans are going to support. How do we place device it in a way that doesn't call attention to our compromises? I mean there's legislation at the governor's that a big supporter of Lart so long acting reversible contraception and. That's been an item in the budget. That's caused you know concern for Republican than this time around. We knew we have reproductive choice. Champions in the legislature so it was a lot easier this time around and some people say. Be careful what you wish for. You're going to have all of these Democrats with all these new ideas and some of them are GonNa push the Commonwealth too far left. I mean those problems that that I don't use those as problems at all. I mean yes. There may be pieces of Legislation Ideas. That people have that we might not be on with. We might not be all the Democrats might not be there but those are much better problems to have than having a body. That's fundamentally opposed to some of the worker rights. Some of the some of the you know you mentioned minimum wage before we started the show. Things that we knew were just non starters. Minimum wage is a great example You know for years and years and years folks would would advocate for minimum wage respond. Let's tie it to CPI heightened flation. Let's do this. Let's do that and the answer was always no no no now this time around. You know the same folks at Shut the door to any discussion of a minimum wage increase. Kind of came to the table and said well let's compromise. Let's something that we can all compromise on and it was. It was a kind of fell on deaf ears but I don't think it was as genuine. That they they had decades to have these conversations that they didn't entertain. And so you're the governor obviously with Kobe. Nineteen there's a couple of these bill that have fiscal impacts to small businesses Hugely supportive of one two CDs things move forward not debate them again next General Assembly session and so he put delay clause on a couple of those that the legislature agreed with the minimum wage. They weren't going to start that until January of next year. Anyway so they're already was delayed built into it. Which is a little bit of miscommunication when the governor proposed going to May people need the minimum wage increase right now and that was never envisioned by the General Assembly always January and the idea there was to give some of these small businesses a few more months to get up and running and Post Cova did and also for us to figure out where federal dollars are going to be spent and how we're going to structure the budget but it was You know stuff like you know I. I've been a big proponent of getting rid of Lee Jackson Day and that has taken a whole new dynamic we have one hundred thousand people in our workforce that worked for the Commonwealth and to tell anybody that works for me whether they're white or black. You're required by law to stay home today. And when you look at the code doesn't say honored individuals for their long histories of their military promises that they were defenders of lost causes. That's all the code says about it and you know particularly to employees of color to tell them. You're forced tally children. You're going to be at home today. Because you're supposed to be honoring someone that thought to Enslave You. Maybe sick to my stomach. And you know with Republican majorities that issue with nowhere and we were able to not only jettison Lee Jackson Day but replace it make Election Day a holiday Aso to not you know some folks what you're punishing state employees by not giving them another often and we'll we'll give them election day off and that certainly allows folks at work blue collar jobs where they're not able to take off and go vote in the middle a day the opportunity to do that and so there was something kind of built in the this legislative session. That got me really excited that I've been waiting on frankly for years to do. And so the transition you know the Democratic leaders. Yeah I'm originally from Alexandra. No sender SAS law while I know delegate herring well Speaker Filler corn and we can pick up the phone and call these folks and hey here's an issue that we have let's work through it and you know. Cova good example of whether folks are really genuine and their desire to work two issues. We get press releases set almost every time. The governor has a press conference it is followed by a press release by Republican leadership and we have calls with Republican with all the members of general simply a couple times a week and and opened a Florida questioned. And we don't get a single question comment and our cell phone numbers are readily available. And they don't get used and then there's a press release calling on the governor of new X Y and Z your courtesy him doing excellent Y and Z and we have some Republicans. Pick up the phone and call and say hey. Here's an issue that I'm having. Can you work with? We do but with our democratic readers. It's a much more. They're much more willing to pick up the phone. And say hey. I've got a concern. Can we work this out rather than sending out a press release and just try to make an example political so yeah especially during? Kovin it strikes me as something that's particularly bad taste where there is no rule book on how to respond and the game is just make sure as few people die as possible. Right yeah the last couple of weeks have gotten overtly partisan and it didn't start out that way it started out I think much more collegial folks really recognizing that Virginia's a huge states very diverse. There's a lot of things to factor in but for whatever reason and maybe that's coming out of DC. Maybe that's coming out of Congress. I think folks have decided that they're going to make it into more of a partisan issue and it's it's it's disappointing. I'll get calls sometimes a heads up. We gotta send this press release. It's going to be crappy but we gotta do it. Okay and then you know. The press corps is blind copied in the letter to the governor's office in Times. We don't even get letters. There'll be a press release. Act that the governor that we don't just get sent to the press we read about it you know.
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"Of democratic power before the Republicans even took control in the late nineteen ninety s talk about the previous era of democratic leadership and their opinion on gun control. Well it was not favorable to gun. Control the Democrats that time still dominated South West Virginia Northern Virginia Hampton roads but we had a very diverse membership with respect to the Democrats in the legislature. I'll just tell one story from Nineteen ninety-six lose my very first year and I was approached by gun control advocacy group to asked to carry legislation and legislation was merely to post The requirements the legal requirements with respect to gun purchases so for instance a minor shall not purchase certain firearms hunting. You can only hunt at a certain age so I thought it was fairly straightforward something that would easily pass. I showed my naivety when I presented it before the committee and was promptly shot down and so I realize well no wonder freshman was asked to care this bill. Stout going to be Thesis Successful Legislation. So that kind of gives you a measure of where we were in nineteen ninety six and and then when Republicans took control of ninety seven certainly became a more partisan issue but even in the ninety s gun control just wasn't You know there were Democrats running for statewide office. That sought the endorsement of the NRA. But you know with the advent of mass shootings Really and the use of firearms both for domestic violence cases in particular but Certainly in the mass shooting cases at Columbine and others subsequent to that certainly the attention changed in in the action by the legislature changed significantly. At least the temps the attempts to change it during the two thousands in even right up until this year we're all unsuccessful but a changed significantly after columbine and other mass tragedies columbine was fulcrum and things kind of changed after that we saw Virginia Tech We've solved many mass shootings including the one in Virginia Beach. Very recently Lori. Haas talk about your own personal involvement with this issue. How did this issue becomes something that you became so focused on it? It's very personal for me. The morning of April sixteenth. Two Thousand and seven. We've got a phone call from my daughter. She then a sophomore at Virginia Tech and her French class. And she said hi. Mommy I've been shot. It was watershed moment for the. Commonwealth is a big moment for my family and change the trajectory of my work and my career and the work. I still do to this day. Which is to prevent gun violence in all its forms the Commonwealth Experienced at the time. Which was the largest mass shooting? It was the largest mass shooting for many years until the pulse nightclub shooting The assault weapons ban in the mid ninety s that was allowed to expire in two thousand four kind of ushered in this era of mass shootings and these high capacity magazines and these semiautomatic weapons that have been used in many many of the cases. The shooter Virginia Tech You semiautomatic pistols with high capacity magazines. My daughter survived but there were too many families affected and too many communities affected and you know citizens across the Commonwealth and that began what I called moderns gun violence prevention in Virginia. And it's only groans exponentially since Senator Tim. Kaine who was governor at the time often refers to that moment as the hardest thing he ever experienced and he recounts the story. Often secretary. Miran you're in the legislature at the time. And you just tell us a little bit about what the Virginia Tech tragedy had on you and the legislature on how it changed the discussion moving forward. Well it did I. I remember it well as it turns out I was on a trade mission with the Governor. I asked as I was the Democratic Caucus Chairman and the governor was taking a trip to India for an economic development. I asked to come along. Nobody asked to come along before and I paid for the trip and I went. I thought it was very educational but it was the trip at. The governor actually flew back from two to address the Virginia Tech Situation. And he did it so well his leadership. Then it's still an inspiring to this day how he was able to speak to the issue what we did immediately thereafter. He formed a group. I served on it We did actually pass a number of pieces of legislation to clear out mental health. And you know after may the beach shooting Roanoke Times wrote an editorial and said well before you try to propose all this new legislation. Why don't you go back to the Virginia Tech Study and find out what they recommended? And where the status is in. So Secretary Kerry Secretary of Health and human resources and I actually did that. With the help of our staffs we went through their seventy two recommendations and as it turns out we implemented them all most implemented immediately after the tech tragedy. Tim Kaine working with the Republican legislature. That time actually came up with a number of good pieces of legislation around school and campus. Safety what really taken the lead. Communications healthcare how they respond. There were two glaring at least one glaring recommendation. That was not adopted out was having to do with the universal background. Check the shooter in that case show is actually able to purchase far There was also a a loophole with respect to that. If you're involuntarily committed you shall not be able purchase well that was interpreted to mean involuntarily committed a residential treatment in this case he was receiving outpatient treatment and so he was able to legally purchase those firearms that got changed immediately after. Say if you're involuntarily committed regardless outpatient inpatient you would be prohibited from purchasing a fire but then the other recommendation was universal background check. That's why no Laurie is so pleased that pass this year and it took a long time but the effort was worth it and when it's just thrilled that finally That recommendation has passed though though thirteen years later. That shooting in Virginia Tech is just so pervasive and society. Today there are more and more families affected by Gun Violence Laurie. We've talked about this when we were trying to set up the podcast but you and I realize that we have a very unfortunate connection via the Virginia Tech tragedy. I went to Westfield High School where the shooter attended. And also we lost two other of my classmates Reema and Erin and it was tough to do that one year after the mass shooting at the police station. Right next to that high school where to Fairfax County. Police officers were killed and going from year to year where gun violence which seemed like it only happened in the movies or not. It was not in society. And then you have Columbian in nineteen ninety eight and then you have Virginia Tech in two thousand seven. It has become something that every American Child. has had to deal with now at some point in their life and I don't think it's something well understood by the people who are in charge Secretary Miran back in the nineteen nineties. Yeah I don't I think that it is front and center and was on for many many years on people's mind in Virginia. You know after the shooting. I mean you can't go anywhere and and don't know someone whose son brother father sister on uncle cousin neighbor you know went to Virginia Tech. It's it's a land grant university. It's large dinner has a large enrollment. The Commonwealth rallied around those families. Too many people knew too many people who had been injured or or killed but sadly the legislature. At the time you know didn't see fit to work on. You know reason that gun violence that we have violence problem that becomes a gun violence problem when someone has access to a firearm. The secretary talked about it. Chose access was the reason you know you can speculate all day long. What may or may not have happened. But you know I speculate. If he didn't have that firearm. What amount of harm he have been able to inflict you know and you can debate that all day long. But they're far less lethal forms of violence than gun violence and that is why the reason I got involved in this work looking at what is gun violence. Look like what is it involved. You know what are the risk factors? Can you identify in a person hits risk? It's it's why we continue to seek too much gun violence when I started. This work The average number of gun dozen Virginia was right around nine hundred thirty five. It were up to well over a thousand I think last year secretary. One thousand thirty six or some right around there so. The numbers are only increasing in nationally. When I started work it was thirty. Two thousand annual gun deaths back in two thousand seven and two thousand eight two most recent year. We have numbers for was thirty. Nine thousand seven hundred and seventy-six almost forty thousand so gun violence is increasing In many forms homicide suicide and an accident so in this era when gun violence was spiraling out of control in Virginia Tech. Changed the way people thought about this issue and what can be done about it. There were many bills that were introduced in the General Assembly during the era of Republican power and they went nowhere. Secretary Moran when you were in the house. What was it like to present a bill? In one of these Republican controlled subcommittees. I guess it was a Ken to send lambs to slaughter are the the Coliseum in Rome literally. We're it'd be a small room either. Seven o'clock in the morning or Tuesday afternoon meeting so the advocates pro and con couldn't fit in the room was Much too small. And it was really surreal. It present the bill with witnesses. A lot of passion Lori and Horr- advocates would get up and talk about their personal tragedies and it was Really passionate and In your listen and then you know you'd wait for the committee to take action and there'd be a motion to pass by indefinitely and it would pass three to one because typically they're only four members there it'd be one Democrat who had opposed the motion. And so it was. You know who's really tragic and that would go. I mean we did that for literally years over and over and a lot of the same bills but you keep pushing every year you bring in maybe same witness or similar. I remember case We had after Las Vegas and we were trying to pass the bump stock now. This was not when I was in the legislature but when I was secretary and we thought the bump stock law would you know the the shootout in Las Vegas used this to to increase repeatedly of the weapons in this young lady who had actually attended. The concert testified with tears and tremendous emotion. Well Move to pass by definitely seconded. The motion passed three to one. I mean it was just. Here's this woman who traveled a great distance and gave this emotional appeal. And of course optimally that you know. Even president trump finally took action on the bump stock. But that was that's just one example Over and over though These bills would come up and just summarily dismissed by four members in one hundred and forty members of the legislature so one hundred members in the house four percent were acting all these gun legislation and most of them did not have these votes on their public records. So let me just address that one even if they did. They're fine in their districts whether it's mathematics or Lunenberg or Halifax faulk year culpepper that would benefit them. They know vote on some of these bills were beneficial to them. There were yeah. They were selected to serve on the Militiamen police subcommittee on on guns. So they would kill these bills summarily. It was beneficial to them. A vote on these bills so again..
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"His name was Casey Archer. He lives in Arlington. And this is what he told me about. North flip-flopping on the issue. Initially I was disappointed that he wasn't standing up for emigrants. I feel like that's a strong part of his campaign But the reality is that everyone swings towards center heading into a general election so it wasn't necessarily surprising to hear that statement trump. What did you make of north of changing his position in the last minute the campaign? So we have. I mean we endorse governor north. In that election cycle. We supported him. We turn out a lot of voters for him when I heard that and I think I heard it because it was. I read it in some news article and I was like that must be a mistake right like I don't I don't I don't know if he actually might understand have understood what he said and so we actually reached out to the campaign and followed up and I. I honestly think that and what I appreciate about. Governor northbound is that when he doesn't fully understand an issue he is willing to listen And so we had an opportunity to actually engage with him in conversation around like this whole notion of a sanctuary city and I really hate that term because I think people misunderstand. We'll have all of these assumptions around what it means to be. A sanctuary city and the reality is Virginia doesn't have anything sitting at least as people define in their minds and so I think Of course you know when we saw that in the news we were upset and You know we were disappointed but in an ongoing conversations with With the campaign and with Governor North. I think it's a lot more complicated in nuance than that. And I think that in his in his term governor at least when it comes the immigration immigration issues. He's been supportive We don't anticipate any issues with the bill that passed the General Assembly You know becoming law this year and so you know but but it is hard to hear right Coming from the immigrant community when you hear things like that report and the news it. It's it's it's like a punch in the stomach Lopez. What was your reaction in the closing days of the campaign will I I will. I'll be honest with you. I didn't actually believe it when I heard when I heard it. Because he had said the quite the opposite in personal meetings with several folks symbol. Latino groups with a meetings in my district in the forty ninth district on my district forty-nine sister where he goes back with trauma saying I think the squishy definition of what a sanctuary city is such that it means things to different people and so I didn't put much stock into that statement of that report Especially with everything that's going on in the last days of the campaign north. Remember that in the last days of that campaign. The Republicans may the immigration issue so toxic and so ugly and they can toward it and so many different ways. That was the first time that we all have in the public. Saw those images of POPs up again in twenty nineteen to be clear and in two thousand eighteen of Equating Lat next folks as gang members and criminals and that image. That actually was taken from Salvador in prison right That was plastered on the TV flashed on Naylor's And so it was. It was a really toxic environment in those closing arguments. In the two thousand seventeen election and again at popped up in eighteen at popped up. Nineteen and I think this new Disney political landscape ran. The New Democratic majority has shown that Virginia can be different Virginia can be a welcoming place for emigrants and that you know. They put that into action by the ills that they passed. So the Democrats had the wave election You didn't quite take the majority initially but then there was a second way election and you were able to take the majority in the House and the Senate and you were able to get through a huge amount of bills on immigration. We WanNa go through them now. One of them was a bill. That has come up. I guess a lot of these bills have come up year after year but one of them. That's received a lot of attention year after year. Is this issue of drivers licenses for undocumented drivers or you could say driver was the worthy ease term of art permits driver cartilage cards so this is an issue that came up year after year when. Republicans were empower. She routinely shot this bill down one of the key people and that was Bill Carrico. Who was chairman of the committee that would routinely kill this bill on the Senate side? I talked to him about this issue of driver privilege cards for undocumented drivers when Republicans were still in the majority and this is how he defined his opposition. Give the impression to law enforcement officer that this is a legal individual here.
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"Thing I want to say in the right direction was when Congressman Riggleman married a gay couple and put it in the Washington Post a lot of people in the Republican Party at first for like maybe this is a bad idea. I'm like no. This is really good and now it's time it's needed data. It's absolutely needed. I was literally like I remember. I got to write the article about it bearing drift and I was like yes finally we have Republicans. Who were saying. You know. We're not GONNA fight the culture war anymore we're going to embrace you know the Lgbtq community and we're going to say we love you re except you and we value and that's what we need is to accept every single person. I don't care if you're black or white or gay or straight or Jewish gentile. I don't care who you are. The conservative message matters a free markets and free people the message that you should have the right to protect yourself from someone who wants to take your life or property should matter to people. And that's so I think about the good people like dinner. Riggleman I think about you know the good guys who are running like Glenn Davis who you know Glenn's my body because we have some conversations about you know how we can move this party into the party into the twenty first century by not talking about this. I was having this conversation with Glenn last night. We've been friends for four years and I don't know Glenn Davis goes to Church because we don't we talk about economic issues and we talk about you know how to make the economy better and honestly. I could care less where you go to church. I care that you care about free markets and free people so I'll just say this just to wrap up the segment speaking as northern Virginia Liberal Democrat. I temporarily displaced in Arlington. Hopefully if we ever really this quarantine I can move down to Richmond. But I I will say this I don't believe one. Party rule is good You know the Democrats have the TRIFECTA right. Now we're going to have a little bit of fun with it but ultimately I really believe that we need to have a healthy two party system in this country In order to have productive dialogue. So on that note. We're going to take a break when we come back. We're going to go off topic and we're going to talk about something other than politics and we're back Matt. You are from Roanoke Virginia and that is your hometown and you really like to tell us a little bit more about South West Virginia. So let's talk about that for for a bit. What do you want us to know about South West Virginia? So there's this really interesting fact that when I tell it thrown to northern Virginia people they are so bizarrely thrown off if you are standing in Lee County. Virginia you are.
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"We're back so Sarah talk about shopping carts. So I know that Senator Scott Serravalle has been on this issue for many many and I know his mother also has been on this issue for many many in the very well known environmental activist in Fairfax County. Yes has been on this topic for many many in fact booth has ended my ear on this topic many times because there is one particular Walmart on the route one corridor. That is the chief offender. And it's those Walmart shopping carts that ended up in Little Creek and Servile volunteers his time with a bunch of Environmental Activists Fairfax County and they go down into hunting creek and rip all these shopping carts out there and they're like hundreds of them right there really are. I mean it really is a problem in Centerville district. It is very. It's not a problem. That is specific to his district but he sees it very clearly and he is worshiped personally to deal with impacts of the of the shopping carts in the waterways and so when he brought the idea to us he said. Hey there's something I want to do. I'll do it for urban counting former government do Fairfax honey or interested. And we really sure like we are always four. Additional tools aren't locks localities. May Big Fan anything that says localities. May We are in for. We like options. We like. We like tools in our toolbox for dealing with any of the problems in our community. And while we don't have a giant problem with shopping carts in waterways or in in public areas we thought having learned was having a you know a stick that we can use in or if we have if we have a big box retailers for the most part who are being responsive to our concerns about the shopping carts about winding up places. They're not they're not implementing ways to keep the shopping carts on their on their property. Here's them that we can use to kind of nudge them along to do better. What exactly does the bill allow local government to do? The bill allows local government to fine the shopping cart owner. The the place that it comes from should this shopping cart wind up in some public right of way in a stream a medium. Whatever it is you can find where it came from. That is the intent of the bill. There's there's some other little complications in that I know that the center's work on mitigating but That is the intent of the bill intent is to allow localities to go after these folks because this interval always told story that that you know he has a retailer. Costco who could who used to have The shopping carts this stop at the border there gio fence the the wheels lock and they can't get taken off and change behaviors changed. We're shopping carts wound up in that area and then Either they changed shopping cart vendors or the shopping cart vendor. They were using the longer. Did the lockable wheel GIO fence. This is important point. I would actually put an underlying this here a little bit because the the offensive Walmart gets on the route. One quarter Had All these shopping cards little hunting creek Servile who is a delegate at the time this is this story goes back to several years. Delegates serve made a big stink about this. He introduced a bill. It didn't pass but like the effort and all the noise that he made persuaded Walmart to put the technology on the shopping cars that lock the wheels and so it temporarily solved the problem. I say temporarily because for whatever reason Walmart stopped doing it and the shopping carts ended up in the great. And so here we are now senator now. Senator and here we are with this bill and there was some drama like it failed. And then they brought it back again then send servewell's in the back of the Senate chamber like Jenkins arms and so it actually now has passed right like what is the status. Is it going to yet another conference or is it actually headed to the governor? I'm actually not sure. The last item checked on it. It was it had gotten revived and passed by for the day in the house. But I don't know if they got back to it in our thirty six hour thirty yes. I believe it passed the House yesterday. We got yeah they probably. I'm assuming it probably meant it. Sort of back to back to the Senate for them to read. Consider so it's Of all the things that have been dealt with here for this to be one of the most controversial is just the fact that these probably spent more time and this is actually like. This is real like frustration. The fact that they have probably spent more time talking about local authority maze not shelves to deal with shopping carts. Then they have on collective bargaining or you know a big perimeter. There are a lot of really big issues that they spent significantly less time at least publicly facing dealing with then. They did with shopping carts than they did with public spitting than they did with the deal with elephants than they do it. Milk or or law library fees. Birds don't you Susan and if that is what the public sees this and that's why the joke is. Oh we're moving Virginia forward. You know one four negation bill at a time like this is. This is what the public sees. And this is the board facing look and to to know how much of the work is done behind closed doors. You know how much of the work is done in committee to know how much of the work is done. in in your off time or whatever but what the public sees is thirty minutes on the floor milk and an hour on the floor on shopping in the sixteen minute or sixty seconds soundbites on the news and the papers in this podcast that four people are actually listening to besides the four pay sixty. Okay we'll maybe six but it's that but I do agree with you. There's been a lot of times spending on bills but is just like what the fuck are you doing talking about spending forty hours on the floor? What are those forty hours spent doing? What is spent being talked about? What is what. Are you spending your time in your your energy on? I mean y'all only have three three re y'all have three resources when you're you've time you've money and you poke capital monies out the door because you're not kit right into it so it's time and his political capital and if you're wasting either of those as a member or if you're a staffer and wasting those for your for your folks or if your lobbyist smell this podcast for an activist wasting that You know forcing a member to waste those two things. You're probably not doing the right stuff here. So it's that is a frustration of mine. This talk now. The shopping cart bill passed yesterday. Passed the Senate. They agreed to the House amendment. Twenty two to seventeen. So now now we can go after Private businesses and stuff like that for their shopping carts that they might not know is this is in the creek or anything problem in Bedford County or elsewhere to point out. The bill actually visit specific planning. And he's only talking about. I would point out that that the Senator Stanley did have very significant Concerned with the bill which was that. He didn't know what a shopping cart was. 'cause they're really called bug you want. You should know this because you know from Oklahoma. It's either Soda Pop. Only right. It's one of the other. It's not wait. Wait what what is so. Yeah exactly but so on the list of issues that the city of Alexandria is interested in your here talking about to lawmakers about Sarah saw shit. Shopping cart is one thing but as as Krause's pointing out a human waste is another so sewage has been a longtime problem in Alexandria aware make river right and how many gallons per day less than we used to denote. I actually don't know what the number is. It only happens when there is significant rainfall. That's not true. That is not true. I spent some time. Look where a lot of people eat at Taco Bell Foley. It's not a lot of rain. It's like zero point. One inches of rain will trigger the switch and one of the fall so the outfalls actually have different different rain. Triggers one of them is zero point one inches of rain? So don't find Ron about all this. Is You know you sons a bitches from northern Virginia and everywhere else I wanna come down and like. There's been a significant of a debate in the committee.
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"I didn't even know he was in town so he he was in town. This mishap happened and it was all over the paper I was like how sloppy can be refunded to the president. And you're running for a national election urinetown and you'RE GONNA Commonwealth Virginia or South Carolina North Carolina. Wherever you're at you don't even know what state you're in what locality. You're in or anything like that Whitney. We've seen lots of candidates. Come here to Richmond Right. Yeah I mean club. Chart was just here on Saturday. Obviously she's dropped out Sanders win was sanders here last week after Thursday and then this really surprised me because I was actually there for P. Buddha judge and I was so I was actually surprised that he I mean. He wasn't doing as well as he could but like. I was kind of surprised he dropped out. He got such a strong showing in northern Virginia. So many people came out and it seemed like there was just so much energy around him for for those who you know who supported him. It seemed like there was so much energy and people loved that he sounded and reminded reminded them of President Obama. You know on that on that same token And so I thought that he was gonNA. I thought he was going to be a little bit stronger than he was But I don't know I don't know what was I sanders Virginia. Yeah a couple of times. Andrew was in northern Virginia recently. And here's in Norfolk as well I was that crowded northern Virginia Norfolk do does he had eight thousand people in Norfolk Just the other day and some something crazy like that and then He had not as big Vigna limitations and I can't remember the specific number. Hit a very large crowd in northern Virginia. But that's expected you've got. I think it's one point. Two million voters in northern Virginia You can fill a room pretty easily with somebody who believes anything. I'm curious about the the timing here with all of these candidates dropping out at the last minute you know. Virginia infamously does not have early voting. You have to have an excuse to early. So there's been lots of people who have yet to cast their ballots And you have to think about like the alternative universe. Virginia did have early voting. And you had all these. Many many people voting for cloture judge in sort of casting their votes away. I can't remember another election cycle or so. Many people dropped out and the four days leading up to the election. Three days leading up to the election. The timing of this is just seems really yes. Yes is kind of bizarre because the Super Tuesday. I mean. Come on go. Thank you who Super Tuesday and then reassessed reevaluated. Delegates where you're at in the in the positioning in the polls and stuff like that. But he's dropped out well before and even come to Virginia speaking so the put the bill unanswered questions here is what are the effect of Bloomberg He probably essentially hurts Biden. What so what about Warren staying in the race like what are the dynamics there. Does she hurt or help anybody staying in the race? I would think that Liz Warren would be doing very well in a county like Arlington where it's a high high education spewed female and older and wealthier and and Liz Warren would be a very attractive candidate to people who are part of the system. They want to change it to make it more progressive. But they don't WANNA burn it all down between Biden and Bernie think well probably philosophically. Unfortunately I think most people are going to look at her going into the election day. Say or Primary Day and say well you know she doesn't at this point really have a pet the viability? She's been not to not been doing very well overall I like her. My heart might be with her but she's not a viable candidate and and a very educated democratic electric is GonNa come to similar conclusions in northern Virginia. So I think that's to be determined. You know I'm interested Thomas in your internal monologue here. I didn't realize that you were an undecided voter. So when you go to the polls on Super Tuesday you actually right now at this hour that we're recording this. You actually don't know who you're going to vote for. Yeah I can make an argument for any of them and I. I'm one of those never trumpers I wanted to seventy seven percent of Democrats. Who just want somebody who can beat Donald Trump So I don't think I'll be voting for Mike Bloomberg But the the the final vote is To be determined. I like Liz a lot. I think she she. I think she could do well. Especially contrasting against Donald Trump. Who would get distracted by just calling your poke hottest the whole time But then you've got Biden who's mental acuity issues are going to be his biggest vulnerability in my mind. That's ages Thomas. No I don't can do if the worst trump can do is call out Warren by calling her pocahontas than I think she's a city for Bet. Then yeah either either Biden or sanders the middle acuity talking about trump the way that she went after the Bloomberg love to see that on the stage. Yeah Yeah and to be clear with mental acuity. What I'm talking about is making reference to Richards earlier statement about Biden. Forgetting where he is he. He'll be probably the oldest person will help he'll be the person who presents the oldest. Yes Bernie Sanders is. I think older but Biden has struggled and some of the early debates and if we see that Biden come back post Super Tuesday. That could present a really big problem for the Democratic Party. I definitely think Thomas you're not alone in that still somewhat undecided but you will throw support behind anybody who the party ultimately chooses. It sounds like a lot of Virginians. Feel that way one hundred percent. That's correct you. It's lot easier to do this when we're the same room. This is like this is totally Jack leg. Richard is this more or less jack leg than last time. Don't have earpiece in my ear so that's good. It's positive in that respect but it's negative because I don't have a drink in my hand. Yes we'll we'll have to remedy that sometime later this week or maybe after session after I have a strong cup of coffee rather than rather than like a couple of glasses barred. Lamey you ten so okay. Let's do this. And then let's wrap up. Richard what is your top three prediction. What are one two three finish in Virginia on on Super Tuesday on in? But it's going to be close than sanders mourn but I think it's GonNa be close so when you win and I don't make predictions Thomas Beck around to you. What are your top three predictions? One two and three. You know what? I'm actually right on board with Richard. Here I think it's going to be a Biden Bernie and Warren following up. Pete had been doing well but now that he's gone. I think Biden's got the edge. The question is would you WANNA do? Is he going to continue the edge? Or YOU'RE GONNA lose the edge after Super Tuesday flounders. You know like he's done in the debates and he's come back he's done that. Several Times were extends east two incomes by and you know locally you know for Democrats. It hasn't been fatal Republicans have poundstone enough. But you know I don't think he's going to be able to come back from you. Know if he's got a pretty You know bad loss on Super Tuesday..
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"Do we have? A as an alternative. And if Biden's if Biden's people are welcoming and Bernie's people have been just polluting The airwaves with with hostility. That's going to drive a lot of Warren's orders right over to Joe Biden what Richard Crouse thinks about these the democratic field. Here so for if you're Republican if you're trump and you want to go up against a Democrat which is the best democratic go up against the easiest Democrat and which one is the most difficult to problematic. I'd say Sander would probably be the easiest one How can hit him with that? Label over and over again right over and over and over in fact on the on the floor of the House of delegates we recently saw discussion unless where they were talking about. Communism and the spectre of Communism was delegating mirrors. I think it'd be about this And then Lee. Carter gave another speed about the face. The good side of racialism and So we've seen that sort of play out correct so I think that's GonNa be one Baden. I think he will be a tough opponent. But again you're running bonding was VP's to you're running on Obama's eight years. Because he was vice. President in question is is do. The people remember Obama's eight years and it's been four years ago and things that he's done and things hasn't done and everything else It's GonNa be tough as you know. I mean a tough nut to crack either way because running for president is not like you know a walkin apart I think sanders is going to be the easiest one For trump to defeat and I think is going to be more of a fight with everything else biden minds. Problem IS What he signed and all that You know accusations and everything else Out there so that's GonNa placate him throughout the whole campaign if he's the nominee you know my thing is is instead of dropping out before she for Tuesday what you're trying to Jewish cure all the delegates. I mean you might pick up delegates here of air or something like that. But you're going into a convention you know you're going into a convention where delegates flip and everything else and I mean you know. One of these candidates could be a kingmaker. You're not I mean if you think about it but you know what do I know? I mean well so far. We haven't seen one. I hear what you're saying about sanders potentially being the easy candidate to beat however I would counter that by saying. Don't don't forget about two thousand sixteen when you had all many many Democrats were saying. Gosh GIVE US TRUMP. Give us down for. Trump went to run against them and that thinking clearly was in error so I mean it's sanders might pose a similar situation where you think he's the easiest candidate but then he he but we do have some evidence. We do have some evidence that that the vote that the voters are susceptible to this message of Anti Socialism. You know in Virginia is specifically where in this latest Watson poll voters the majority of voters while they favored reducing student loan debt. They don't They don't want to cancel it. They don't believe. In cancelling it outright. Same with healthcare they you know they. The vast majority of them want to maintain the current Private Health Insurance System rather than completely replacing it with something like Medicare for all so. I think this this this message. Antisocial ISM would really resonate with voters especially in Virginia yet at the two biggest industries in Virginia our energy and healthcare so. It's not surprising that a lot of a large portion of Virginia would not be receptive to a universal healthcare message. I would say though that it's interesting. pointed out how well Bernie did in Some of the more rural parts of Virginia And small towns down up and down. Eighty one You know Richard Does is. Maybe the Republican Party underestimating the message of Bernie Sanders does Bernie potentially get people's attention in rural America. Do you think in in a way that Donald trump might be turning them away now. I think its college towns. I think it's that I think it's the new generation coming up listening. You know because when you promised free education and everything else you know. Get RID OF THE STUDENT LOAN DEBT. You gotTA consider a Somebody coming out of college here in the Commonwealth Urine Dad. Fifty to seventy five hundred thousand dollars. was student loans. And you can't get a job or if you get a job. It's not in your field. You're struggling even doctors. You know you come out of Med school here in the Commonwealth. You're a quarter million dollars in debt. So where are you going to go? You're going to go out in the roads or Richmond. You're not want to go to the areas veteran need they? Hey to help even pay down your student loans and yet you be able to live so are thinking. Then as that. The under forty's or the millennials will probably break for Bernie is that your hypothesis. Then that's Mon Mon. Unless you're northern. Virginia millennials the millennials and Arlington. I don't see them really leading percenters all that much looking at the training and the General Assembly bills are coming out too. So I mean that's kind of gauge. Their great some of them have been killed. Some of them hasn't but I mean that's something that you're going to look at too is the type of legislation being introduced and being powerhouse is kind of a gauge as well it was like which way is the Commonwealth one. I'm not as intimidated by the socialism argument as some people are who have been around the block tro awhile because I at thirty years old I was born the year that the Soviet Union fell never once in my life. Have I ever been afraid of socialism? I I've heard it more in my experience as something that a blood in that a lot of Republicans used to say. Oh no you can't go with that. It's socialism or we can't do this or that and it's used as a way to stop progress at least in my experience I don't know how compelling the socialism argument will be against Bernie Sanders. These days I don't think it's a compelling argument like you mentioned I don't think it's a compelling argument the against socialism for a for folks who are our age. You know for millennials. I think you know. Socialism is not as much of a dirty word as it is to our parents Through the room. But don't forget who votes in the highest numbers and it's not millennials own writers and the interesting thing here in Virginia. This is kind of a shocking statistic but millennial voters actually. I shouldn't say it this way. Voting Age millennials outnumber older voters and people who are older however because older people vote and higher numbers they far of the influence of millennials so people that do have this sort of built in fear of communism and remember the Soviet Union. And those are the people who are susceptible to this argument. And it's it's GonNa get vicious. I mean we've already. We saw this week in the house. Delegates with communist the spectre of communism and people Being sent to the Gulag and the the rhetoric is going to already getting really hot about this issue and this is a club that they're gonNA beat Bernie Sanders and the entire Democratic Party with over and over again for the rest of this campaign cycle Unless it's Biden and choose a different club. Which is the son. Yes on it and you know some of the failed policies of Obama or or policies of Obama that that has come out because again yes to run on that tech because he was VP. Under Obama President Obama but he thinks someone like Joe Biden's major vulnerabilities are from the Obama years. Richard please both of you sir. Yeah that's I mean that can go so many different ways and can go but again I mean it kind of goes back. I mean I would have to sit and think about it because it's been four years ago going on for years and I would have to sit and then he can be like okay and you know it kind of reminds me if I have to think about it for a little bit. What does the average voter has to do to think about what I can tell you this based on the poll based on the polls I do have all night lift and Uber. Drivers people have people have really people have a really good memory of the Obama Administration and from some of the folks that I've spoken to. I really think that there should be like part of this. Podcast is what might lifted uber drivers say about the current a load because it's all different legs. It's all different Like segments of the population. And I think a lot of listeners and I ever more than once I've heard more than what's that folks like. Joe Biden is they liked the OBA Obama Administration. They have good memories of the Obama. Which is good or bad feelings? It's going to be on the coattails of Obama and and that but I guess what strikes me as has been doing this so long and you know for a long time and with you guys interviewing politicians politicians regardless of our Republican or Democrat. They have a certain or about them that they can come across thanking kind of connect with voters and I you know I guess with me. Baden and sanders. They obviously connect with voters. But to me Sir you know a lot of people that come off his bitter old yet like real better them. Because I feel like the I see what you're saying about sanders and he does seem like a cranky old man cranking But you know people one one thing that I think people like about `binding is that he does come across as empathetic sorta he feels your pain. He's got that content he kind of makes. But it's you know it's just I know a couple of times he's been to Danville and he mispronounced. Dan Believe thought he was somewhere else and it was just like in granted. That's sloppy campaign. Stop and I know. That's my new but when you have the United States you need to know where you're going you need to know what state you're in. What town you're in and some of the regional issues and stuff like that. I'm Richard. I'm glad you brought up. People campaigning in Virginia. What an open question here to the floor. What do we make of the candidates coming to Virginia? Who Do we see the most? Who Do we see lease? Has it been as WHO's been the most successful all? Who Screw things up. We hear of Joe Biden mispronouncing. Dan How did he he he was he said something? Also tough and Dan will say there was four year it was about it was four years ago it was four years ago. Yeah so I mean it was. It was a while ago sticks out in my head because I was down there at that time.
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"Welcome to transition. Virginia podcast that examines the transition of power from Republican to Democrat in Virginia. I'm here with my co host. Thomas Fomin Democratic strategist. How're you doing Thomas? Great how are You Doing Michael? I'm doing great. And we're joined via skype by Whitney Evans of BPM. Are you witnessing? I'm Super Michael Super. Well we're all doing super because it's Super Tuesday. Which is the point of our podcast today. We're also joined by Republican strategists and base. It all around note Richard. Crouse how you doing Richard carrying okay so As Whitney's sort of telecast Super Tuesday is upon us and Richard Newman start with you so we've had a number of candidates dropout here very last minute. Buddha judge dropped out on Sunday and club charge dropped out on Monday. Sort of voters. Many voters have already cast ballots. That are meaningless. I got a A newsletter from from Mark Levin saying that he had already sort of pre cast his vote for judge before he dropped out so he was kinda angry that he essentially wasted his vote Richard. Crouse what is the state of the Democratic primary on Super Tuesday? I think it will be interesting to watch. you're gonNA see different pockets. Come up I think We are watching pretty much. You know what happened to the Republican several years ago with Tea Party and all of the Conservatives and tea party people coming out and cracked Pushing the party to one direction of another. You're basically seeing that now with Bernie Sanders and these other candidates. Kind of move you know. Move the needle because again it's a problem there But what you've got to look at is once you get through. The primary whatever set in primary can be used in general so you know this is just food for fodder for Republicans. I'm not sure I fully understand that the tea party the metaphor that you're you're creating here so explain how this is in any way like the tea party movement that happened after. Obama's like president. This basically came about after Obama but it kind of it was a slow moving where they were against everything against taxes. They were extremely her life. It was they were ultra conservatives Which is great for the party is part of the Wing of the Republican Party as you know as both of the major parties are supposedly big tent parties. We went to encompass everybody with like minded ideas and philosophies though But when a large number gets elected or gets involved at the local that kind of swings the party for moderate to lean right to ultra-right. And that's GonNa fill this is what's GonNa Happen to Democrats. Instead of moderate is going to go to progressively luck. I you know that might happen. I see this more as JOE BIDEN STATE TO LOSE TERRY. Mcauliffe endorsed him Just the other day as well as Bobby Scott Lavar Stony And everybody's just kind of starting to pile on here in Virginia Bridge. There's always been exactly. Yeah so Virginia's always been an establishment state and the northern Virginia suburbs will be dominating this primary this week and that's going to be very friendly territory for Joe Biden. If you think about the northern Virginia suburbs are the establishment the very definition of it. So Joe should do very well. You will have some of the more liberal urban areas like. Richmond where we're GONNA do well possibly in Hampton roads to But this is going to be. Joe's primary long-term I would think I think this has always been a contest between between Bernie and Biden ultimately. But now we're going to see in in real time where Bloomberg fits into all of this when he actually actually you know jumps into the race. Starting starting Super Tuesday but it definitely. It definitely looks like Virginia is is Is leaning more towards the establishment versus this the ideas writing this this establishment versus the the revolutionary? That is that is Bernie Sanders But I think it's clear from the polls that we've seen in recent days that this contest to lose will. Yeah I mean especially after South Carolina in the bump dare and what Cnn and others called that pretty much immediately after the post collars right around seven seven and five or something like that If I remember correctly I mean it was pretty much right after the polls close But going on what you said. I'm curious to see how Bloomberg's GonNa fit into it because you have you know the Bernie Sanders Movement In a lot of young people aren't following Bernie college students and stuff like that so I guess we'll see what happens in college. Not Younger voters come out and vote. It'd be interesting to see about Bloomberg because being in Richmond from the General Assembly Pretty much seeing nothing but Winberg commercials. Yeah stuff like that. So it's easy over. He's over six hundred fifty million dollars on on his campaign. He's yes saturated all the airwaves all over the place. That had a super Tuesday has way less to do with the kind of support that that Bloomberg has in Virginia right now and more to do with how much money Bloomberg CAS with you but it is going to be interesting to see if that had an impact and so are my firm actually agreed to host an event for Bloomberg's campaign as I get to know you things three days before the debate where where it was revealed that he had three indy as he was sitting on and it was just probably the worst debate performance of anybody in the world and ever in the history televised debates right right and so says three days before that line this up and now I have to go recruit people I. It was like pulling teeth. It was worse than pulling teeth because at least people will do that. Nobody in Virginia wanted to come to this Bloomberg van. And I don't and the problem is there's no poll that are gonNA come out between South Carolina and Super Tuesday. So the best we have to go on is what came out over a week ago before. Buddha dropped out and before club which are dropped out. Does anybody else that the only thing Bloomberg is is going to do at this point is to blunt the momentum of Biden moving moving forward and in these contests. Yeah if he has any impact at all. Yeah and you know. You're a second before about Virginia being establishment state and especially northern Virginia. I went back to look at the Last primary back in two thousand sixteen and found a couple of interesting trends still so cl- Hillary Clinton won statewide with sixty four percent of the vote but sanders actually one in sixteen different jurisdictions. Listen to these jurisdictions I'm not going to name all sixteen FM. But you'll see a pattern here. Montgomery County Charlottesville Harrisonburg Rockingham Augusta Stanton Williamsburg so college towns and also though Northern Virginia places at all on the opposite side of that. The two thousand sixteen Republican primary Trump one was thirty. Five percent of the vote. But Rubio Marco Rubio got thirty. Two percent of the votes of it was really close. Actually between trump and Rubio and Virginia thousand sixteen. Listen to where Rubio won Fairfax Loud Chesterfield. And Reiko Prince William Arlington Alexandria. So that sort of underlines this point that you're making before Thomas About Northern Virginia being the capital of establishment thinking So I'm not exactly sure what that or tells about this election other than you know Biden. I think we're probably can expect to see Biden showing strong in northern Virginia. But then when you get out to places like Charlottesville and Williamsburg we're GONNA see Sandra performed so strongly there that he overtakes Biden. That's that's a fascinating question and sanders does have a base of support and I'd say he's coming in at about thirty percent or so Maybe a little bit less by the time people actually get into the polling places but he's he's got his loyal following because he's the only one in this race talking about the things he is talking about and he's got a very avid fan base on social media who have actually been burning a lot of bridges with other Progressive Democratic candidates and their supporters like for example is Warren. I've been seeing on twitter A lot of black activists who are supporting her are just getting abused on on social media by Bernie Sanders people. So I think that's going to have effect a lot of people now even though I like her Liz. Warren is not really is not likely to be a viable candidate. Especially coming out of Super Tuesday. So I'm not sure that I WANNA waste my vote or risk wasting my vote so people are. GonNa look at that and say okay. Well who.
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"Is the fourth person. It is the progress over no corridor. It is yeah right right and you have rover the rest of Virginia. Okay if you walk into chairmanships okay. This is what gets me. And what is different between the Republicans and Democrats that have taken control and understand why he did it because there are empowered? That's fine. That's their choice. They do what they WANNA do. Is this when when the Republicans in control they had people on committees and stuff that represents different parts of the region? Look it up now. Now that you have the Democrats who control which is fine. They won the election to people. Spoken is what it is. They make the rules. That's fine. I'll play by the rules. All the chairmanships are concentrated into certain areas. The only chairmanship that I can think of off the top of my head and cry from wrong. Amy Is John Edwards. Whose chairman courts. Sorry Judiciary Senator John Edwards from roanoke. Yes is the only one west of ninety five and south of Fredericksburg. This is sort of a fact of the national politics coming to now. The statewide level used to have a lot of Democrats in South West Virginia. Now there's not and so the opportunity to kind of spread around with various parties. All over Virginia is kind of no more. You know what else we talk about. The extreme southernmost Democrat in Rhode. But what I'm thinking about that is the fucking apostasy that we're not governed by the FCC according to say whatever you want is the hypocrisy of it all is that both sides this is not DC. Virginia we do quote Unquote Virginia Way. But you're doing the DC way. Bbc what somebody agrees with you. I doubt that somebody finally got a question. Why Allah but you know. But it's the DC way in trickling down. Virginia because if you think about politics and stuff Fredericksburg it's all all EC media in DC style what's wrong with DC media like you're saying that the negative thing like roanoke media on that. Let's take one more break. We're guess we're GONNA come back. I talk about redistricting reform. We can talk about four..
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"Welcome to Transition Virginia. I'm your host Democratic Strategist Thomas Bowman. I'm joined by my co host journalist. Michael Pope Michael. Good afternoon afternoon. This is not after the well to the guest. Okay we are so it's Thomas that we've got Ab three-member the roanoke times and Richard. Crouse of bills Stanley's office and this is law and uncensored. We're going to have to put an e. next to this pot on this. We're coming to you live. Here is bowels of Richmond's City Virginia. So let's go to the PODCAST. Rishard in amy just out of capital inside working for the record. This podcast so jack leg on what we're doing the John. Frederick's is like two steps so five steps off to gangrene we have to update really an issue on we brought to you on again. So are the theme of our podcast is about the transition of power from Republican to Democrat. Amy Explain how would you explain to someone who does not followed Richard Politics? The transition of power has been seamless. What does it actually looked like from the ground levels the Democrats taking power over the after twenty years out without a I would say it's been pretty exhausting and I think that's what I pretty much covered the renner times Republicans from the Shenandoah Valley into far South West Virginia and a lot of them have been posting messages to their constituents. Emails tired the ready to go home. They're upset third stressed so I think it's been kind of a bumpy ride for them. Kinda chains. I shouldn't be doing legislating minority for the first time some of them. This is the first time they've ever been in the minority cancel. They've been in the minority before I so I think it's been a bit of a struggle. Psychologically and we're GONNA check a logically explained. Why did you say psychologically walked in times kind of on the House floor eve and I'll see you know a handful of Republicans kind of clusters of dust. In the time of the moaning their circumstances that they can't get a bill out of committee that their bills aren't being taken up for consideration at the others being killed they're building left and Ryan don't have they don't have nothing really to do there. There's really not a lot. They can do to stop any of these bills at the Democrats want to hit pushed out of the Glove Power. Cross with what has your. What's your perspective on this? You've a both in the majority and the minority of the Senate. I've been around so long dude. It's not even funny. So how does this? How does this Democratic majority compared to the previous Republican majority and two previous Democratic majorities? I would say the institutional knowledge is. There's a lot of New People. Lot of learning curves not only on the staffs out some staff have left and stuff like that like part you know. Paul NARDO IS ON INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE. So you have to give people are encouraged. Because it's been what years. Sir You ever take twenty years honey. Were Two thousand eight chambers in both chambers Cirque Chambers said that I was actually.
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"So you think that if it's President Bloomberg it's GonNa be a Republican be go and there's lots of history and that brings us perfectly into our segment doesn't it does it does. It does so jeff I understand. You'RE A random woman who's waiting so Gary Numan song called car he how could you not know who jeff tell us about your off topic? Choice of Randy Newman. If you're not listening to his music you're you're missing out. I mean it's it's the best whether it's whether you're listening to the scores or or the songs or the or the album's there is nothing that he does. That is not brilliant. You've been humming and singing short people what it's going to be the Michael Bloomberg theme song absolutely positively convinced. I Want Bloomberg to do our business because I know I know that like the different radio stations will pick it up. As bump music and short people was Randy's biggest hit it made it to number two on the charts and it was not supposed to be released as a single when they when they played They were debut in little criminals which was His album from nineteen seventy eight when they were Debut in a little criminals for the warner brothers executives. They had randy play that song and the people People there went nuts. And it's it's a really cool song. Paul Simon does a backup vocals on that. No wait a minute sure people might be Glenn. Fry Glenn Fry does a backup vocals on Paul. Simon does backup vocals on He's got the blues which from trouble in Paradise Anyway. Reading numerous music is is just the greatest. I mean. There's nothing else like it anywhere. I've act- I've heard I've definitely heard it. I've never heard our Andy Newman's name but I think switching back and forth between public radio and whatever other FM station on the dial. Because I don't even really know at this point. I'm sure Randy Newman has played on that swell for intro music. They used to use a dixie. Flyer for interim music was The Miami blood brothers. Click clack for their show. You hear the The intro from the Intro as bump music from from dixie flyer on that but The natural gets played all the time He of course did the Did the score for that and He has he was for example. I think about this. He was nominated for two Academy Awards this year. Different why this year different films for two different films which he one year he got nominated for Three Academy Awards for three different films. Only perform only artists ever to do that. And of course we millennials would know him as the guy who did toy story of Quality Pixar films not all the Pixar films but most of them he did monsters you and monsters in fact his first Kademi award song was was a monster song he did. They you've got a friend me I know that one yes so well so the house and the Senate while they are frequently because we consider each other as we don't we don't have an ask cap license while the House and the Senate members also often frequently refer to each other as enemies. We know the real enemy here in Virginia Maryland. Now it's Maryland so in one thousand nine hundred seventy eight. The state of Maryland Delegate Isaiah Dixon attempted to introduce legislation to make it illegal to play Short People. On the radio there was there was a lot of bitterness in. Maryland about that album in particular wasn't just in Maryland. It's not just that album. That album contains us on Baltimore. Brian is also has a song called Baltim- Baltimore is a brutal song it starts out. Beat up little siegel on a marble. Step trying to find the ocean looking everywhere and the reprise to the song is the city's dying and they don't know why and in fact back at that time. Time magazine did a story on the song and the city so this is not that we are not living through the first time in which Baltimore has been written off. It's been written off repeatedly throughout its history. Really you can go back to the civil war So yeah so. There was a little resentment about that but short people love it. Short people offended a lot of people. But actually it's as with most rainy newman songs like that to generate controversy it's based on unreliable narrator and it's it's part of It's it's part of You know as part of the satire. Mu Talking about somebody who did the song rednecks which you could never play in radio today. But you know the the intro is about a man discussing how you know fed up. He is being looked down upon by people in North. And it's a it's a pretty effective attack on on northern hypocrisy so neck comes from Massachusetts who has a statue or bust rather general grant on his desk at the General Assembly but without general grant on the top on the topic of off topic. I know that our contributor here over here has a thing about film Nawar now. We were chatting earlier. Whitney you filling large very much. What is your favorite DEMARCO third? Third Man I love the third man. I offended her earlier by saying the Maltese Falcon which apparently is not no. I'm not offended but I'm not offended by this. I just think that I. I don't think Maltese Falcon is good. And it's like the first example of film noir. Is it not well? The guy that wrote his Dashiell Hammett right. So He's like the preeminent author of the Genre wrote silly. It's just so silly I in a lot of Illinois really silly but that particular just like I could not suspend my reality for the from from chatting with Whitney about this issue is that she actually likes films from the nineteen nineties. Well no I look neo noir as well NEO NOIR. Chinatown would include Fargo category. Oh absolutely of those isn't blood simple. The best simplest the best. I love simple so much. One thing I do love because Jeff was talking a little bit about like the heyday of reporters when they were this and when they were that. I love watching film noir and seeing how reporters behaved throughout the years. And it's so fine and I get to see like a lot of this is a farce. It's not but I'm sure some of it. Was you know the of the time it was? It was all sort of like dark and gritty and ethically ambiguous and it's just so interesting to see like some of how things have changed in. Some things have stayed the same. All the other podcasts. I listened to get sponsored by the great courses. Whatever the hell that is eight courses and you must not listen to very interesting podcasts. I listened to you know when your mattress next week as forces that out. Because they're actually not. Oh Yeah we're not going to believe it but we should probably wrap it up. We've covered a lot today. Thank you for listening to transition. Virginia if you want to add two cents citizen email at Transition Virginia podcast edgy. Mail DOT COM. We might featured on the show. You can find the podcast on itunes. Google podcasts spotify. And wherever you get your podcasts if you like the show please leave us rating and share it with your friends. Hold on Thomas Flyer. I saw that you're really is reddish. Virginia I'd be able to work this. Wherever are you. What are these people? Dip believes is like closed in emerging. Dentist you're not understanding what a concept is limited. Brun concept we're GonNa do twenty of these shows Twenty fifteen fifty four navy ships and then that's it. It's a limited run. Say Cereal Rob. You'RE GONNA talk about change for fifteen to twenty show. What's I talk about ten? Let's say it's ten fifteen fifteen fifteen. Okay okay there is a lot of change. That has not been covered. There is any way you can find the podcast. Itn's touch spotify and wherever you get your podcast. If you like the show please leave US rating and share it with your friend. We're on twitter at Transition Va. I'm Thomas Bowman. We ever twitter account to pope is our co host. Thank you Whitney thank you jeff. Thank you and your audio engineers Nate Peterson. Thank you Ross John..
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"I don't WanNa say we're all you know emotionally stuck at age thirteen or fourteen but you know what the age by the way the emotional pretty much. How would you compare the current democratic majority to the previous Democratic majority? Would you say that they're more more together less together and more of them? More VINDICTIVE LESS INDICATIVE. How do they operate we were? We were in the minority as recently as a night to a two thousand fourteen. Okay So there hasn't been a tremendous amount of turnover in the Senate. I would say the biggest change since. Then he's probably Scott Servile and the reason why I would say Scott. Is the reason why we were there. Until twelve forty. Five full disclosure. I used to work for Scott Servile Communications Director and twenty fourteen. You didn't dress him obvious. Well today say that. He was wearing a Pastel blue jacket. And I'm like you know what if you were in serial mom Kathleen Turner would beat the crap out of you right now. That is so out of seized. You remember his Mr Hollywood picture. I do not remember him this picture. So when delegates serval was Wanted to put in a bill to get rid of the Hollywood tax credit. Would dress like a pimp. He he did. He gave me explicit instructions on what to go to party city to buy. I didn't know that you worked on that task of Scott Servile that I have in my phone like for his text number is I put a photo of him. Dressed like the pimp that you dress them up as when he was on the floor of how it was not my. I DID NOT MAKE ANY WARDROBE DECISIONS. I was I was just a young and the sort of a feather boa scarf and he goes into the point of that was that the film credit was harming Virginia. Yeah it was. His point was that it was a hand out to Hollywood so he believes. And Wow yeah. So well he is. He's the biggest difference right now and the reason why. He's the biggest differences because there is no topic on which got cerebral. Does not think he should be involved. And there is no bill that he can't figure out a way to do a substitute for. And if you're wondering why we were. We were stuck there until twelve forty five. It's because even after Scott would do substitute. He would change his mind a little while later and come back and do another one and it was just absolutely incredible to be clear one thing that he was working on that particular night and I was in the Senate Chamber when he was doing. This is trying to broker some sort of compromise on the minimum wage because there was high drama on Crossover night in terms of whether or not the minimum wage would die and this would have been catastrophic for Democrats if the minimum wage had died on the Senate floor during crossover and so Scott Cerlo was trying to round up votes and there were all kinds of people that were trying to. He was trying to put into a coalition and there were kind of wacky things that people wanted but like these central organizing theme was a regional variation which ended up passing the Senate and is very controversial with Labor groups and libs should that has six dollars an hour in northern Virginia but fifteen dollars an hour in Hampton roads wouldn't happen for like a decade from now fifteen years from now and man that's caused a lot of rift and people are not happy about this but that's one of the reasons that you guys were there until after midnight is that serve was working the room and I actually literally was in the chamber watching him work the room and he would go around to different senators and you could tell he was sort of offering them something that they could vote for and agree with and this is sausage making in the process maybe alone and be an observer in the conference on that Bill. That's a good question. That's you without knowing it. You've hit on one of my favorite topics. Which is the closed door. Secret Nature Conferences. Whitney's heard me talk about this. They're telling me they just really bugs me that these things are closed door. They happen in the dark. There's no government sunshine. There's no transparency. We don't know what happens in these meetings. They should be part of the public record. But they're not you on like a conference room where everybody be lined up when they have these conference committees. I want them to happen in the public with the press their own with the public. They're the ones are you just have to find them but the budget ones are and I understand your desire to to look for them but in my experience into Mike. I don't want you to take this personally but let me tell you something. When I first got here the reporters track down where they were and hung around the rooms and made sure that they force themselves in. They were everywhere. I we would be here during budget conference time until one or two in the morning the budget conferees still are. The reporters aren't knocking on their door to make sure that they know what's going on. They're waiting for the results. You clearly have camps that we know we're talking about here. The room that this happens in is secret is not shared with the MA is not part of the public discussion. No no no no no. Because they're not because they're not announced meetings. All you have to do is go to the right flu. Well what you're talking about not announced meetings. You have to know what the room is. You have to sort of intuit where you're supposed to go on. Christine Knuckles. Didn't have a problem with that. And Bob Lewis never problem with that and Chilean. Davis didn't have a problem with that. And Terry Scanlon. Didn't have a problem with that. And Hank Shaw didn't have a problem with that and Stephen. Dinan didn't have a problem with that. They were all able to do it. Why can't you? It's not part of the public records. I want all I want is for all of this to be part of the public records. Look it is part of the public record. You GET A final bill. But the fact of the matter is you're talking about the final bill being part of the public record. I'm talking about the process. Including the end of the process. Data closed ambitious. Reporters are there and watching. They are they go to the right floors they do it. I was here. I remember and you know what if I had Bob Lewis arm with me right now or I had A. I'm trying to you and I are saying lessig or someone like that and they they were tracking the room. I'm saying it should be. They already know where the rooms different they already. All of. This should be part of the public record. And when they're in the room reporter should be in the room and the room should be announced to the public. The time and date should be announced to the public in advance. I don't think there's there's absolutely no reason but to make it harder on us when it's just as easy to just say where the room is when the meeting is. I mean it doesn't make any sense. Perhaps that and also had the meeting open to the public. Because he's talking about is the actual meeting is closed. Borders hanging out all right. Oh while we're talking about dead things like journalism real. Let's go. Let's go to the assault weapons man you don't you're you're absolutely right and and and I'm sorry but but they just they did not have. They did not have the look when when I would leave a budget conference during the last decade when I would leave a budget conference at one o'clock in the morning I would still be surrounded by reporters would be ready to go out and you know how many I can find after seven at night now. I'm sorry but now we may come to us. Well you know I mean come on I look. I am thrilled to be here. I really am and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the fourth estate.
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"He's the Press Secretary for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus. Hi Jeff Thomas Jeff. Thank you for coming and we also have back with us. Wouldn't Evans of Virginia Public Media? I there hi there. Thanks for dragging me back here. We had to have you. Thanks so jeff as we get started. We've met Whitney today. But can you tell us about yourself? How long have you been with? The Senate caucus was about a decade now and I was with the House caucus before that and In exactly the same role. Been the press secretary for both. Our podcast is about the transition of power. Now in your decade is this every is about the transition of power or just this particular one. That's the theme is the theme of the entire series because that could get pretty dull after a while it's a limited theme. It's limited limited series. Is this guy owns Amazon or something so talk about now you have seen the being in the minority and also being in the majority. Yes explain to people that might not be intimately aware of all this stuff. What is it like to be in the minority after having been in the majority Different I think the biggest change between the two obviously is that you do not have the level of a responsibility for the day to day operations of of the General Assembly which means that your members have a good deal more free time than they did before and when I say free time meaning that they have time to occupy themselves on their own pieces of legislation and making sure that things get passed and get through and also I think the additional time really gets used to critique the legislation of the majority which is what we're there to do you know. The role of the minority is not to help the majority pass legislation the role. The minority is to hold the majority to account. And that's what a good minority does. This is fascinating. How many how many how. Many people are actually listening. Do we have any way to judge? I mean there's few shut in place can't adjust the dial. It's an automatic automatic pushed up. I mean like maybe people's MOMS is that what's really going on here. Is it the show? Our MOMS are very proud. Thank you are they are. I bet they are. I you know I mean we're on Radio. It's not really radio which podcast but it's kind of radio better than radio. It's not better than real radio. Has things like commercial breaks. Real radio has a cough button. Now Whitney and I work in radio actual whether you let me ask you a question the transition. How would you explain the transition that we've seen? Has it been seamless or have there been hiccups? Let me I definitely wouldn't describe it as seamless. I mean there have been obvious issues with things a criticisms of moving a little bit slower a little a little bit like for example relative term. Like for example. The House rules. Yeah House. Rules did not seem to have those about how the Monday after the gunman. How did that go? That went really really great as it took about two hours for most people to get into the building as state workers were stuck outside waiting in line trading jokes with one. Another as they figured out how to work the screeners. There was lots of real good planning that went into that. Or how about for example last Tuesday evening when it took the Senator Virginia until twelve? Forty five to adjourn itself on Crossover Day. And so you'll know the previous year. They got out at four sixteen not to fifty one. Excuse me in the year before that at four sixteen. So let me ask you about major role. Basso the this Virginia Senate did not gavel out. The night of Crossover. Twelve forty five am the following day after midnight almost approaching one. Am Right. That's extreme. While is the exact Septuagenarians. It is so and we should all congratulate. Senators have slot because it was done. Pretty close to his eightieth birthday. Yes he did. He did an absolutely extraordinary job in managing guys out at twelve. Forty eight so the part of this that I'm interested in is like why do you think I didn't mean to Interrupt Whitney? I just couldn't resist look and I just went out that I would really like to hop in a time machine and go back twenty some odd years and see what. The Republican transition was like lucky. You arm here. We brought our time machine with us. I was there and I remember and let me tell you about the first session. You worked with House. Republicans the House Republicans at the time. And let me tell you rip. It was it was. It was now congressman Morgan Griffith then majority leader and not only was successful at completing. All its work for the first time in anybody's memory. Every single bill got a hearing and on top of that. They adjourned that General Assembly. A day early. Yeah I look. Democrats may like government Republicans. Just happen to know how to run it. Ooh fighting words. It's the truth and I mean these example after example of it on the issue of hearing I do find it really interesting that when Republicans were in power. I got the sense that most bills not all. I think there were some in the elbow as chairman of course of justice era. He said we're just not GONNA hearing on this but boy so actually had a press conference about the fact that albo would not here one of her bills and so there are examples of bills not being heard in the republican era however my impression of that general timeframe is that every bill for the most part. I would say ninety. Five percent of bills got a hearing. Well we're actually seeing lots of bills now this year that will receive no hearing at all right but there's a good reason for that the Republicans when they were in the minority and remember the Republicans were in the minority from the time of the formation of the party. There wasn't a period of time when the Republicans had control you know after reconstruction and even then reconstruction for Virginia was not a time of Republican dominance. We have the readjustments which was basically coalition so Republicans had been used to being in the minority for forever. They were an indefinite minority. Well as a result they remembered every single slight that was done to them and as opposed and they did they remembered them all and some of them could recount them. In graphic detail. Harvey Morgan was quite good at that and when they finally got control their goal was was to correct those slides and then to point it out so at the end of that session at the end of the two thousand session which was the first ever. Republican majority session in the House of delegates. Vance Wilkins held a news conference in pointed out. All of the things they had done. That were different. And and how to demonstrate basically that the Democrats had been jerks and that was really the the goal of pointing out. And frankly you know Dickie cranwell is kind of a jerk so I mean he's a nice guy in person three fingers three hours. What is that. What's the three things you're not? You're next three bills are dead will hurt on the floor that he is not like according to legend according to legend and who who is he was holed up three fingers and it didn't matter the next three. Republican bills would die and didn't matter what they were about they could about been about grass cutting they could have been about abortion clinics partisan compromise. They could have been about a bipartisan compromise. That hit that took months to to work together. The next three Republican bill would die and it didn't matter what they were about this Dickey cranwell role three. I actually interviewed Dickey Cranwell and I asked him about this and he denied it. And so there's that of course we giggle about this stuff now but like honestly this is why people so many people hate politics like this shit right here. This is exactly why people hate politics. The why why people don't WanNa get involved because they know stuff like this happens Joe. Of course it happens. It's it's populated by humans. It's units grows and people don't want to. It's no different from being in middle school. What are you talking about ex school? Most of most of our our determinations life or set at that age and we're going to be is set at that age and the pettiness isn't just going to be seen in a legislative body. You can see any workplace in the country you know we..
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"Both Whitney. Thank you so much for coming in today. We really appreciate nine. Db guests on the PODCAST. What are you working on right? Now that you've maybe you WanNa plug or talk about Well I am just like many other journalists in Richmond. Right now following. What's happening with all the gun? Bells following Following As I mentioned before this this issue of The ability for Virginians to get an online Concealed carry permit. That's working its way through the General Assembly right now. I just did a piece on that. You could check that out at vp m dot org slash news And Yeah I think there's lots of fun stuff to be to be to be followed J. Right now. Do we continue to be continued. Well we will await whatever you report eagerly. Thank you for having me. Thanks for joining us. See Michael. Are you working on anything that you want to promote and maybe tease us? So did you know that in the old days if you lived in Old Town Alexandria and you wanted to go to a brothel that the best place to do it was along the waterfront. Because if you got into a houseboat also called an arc if they went just a few feet into the water. You're not in Virginia anymore. You're in Washington. Dc. So back in the eighteen well prostitution actually sort of gained a new prominence right after the civil war so like right from the eighteen sixties all the way well into the twentieth century. The prostitution gig was really popular in Virginia but especially in Alexandria on house boats. Because if you went just a few feet into the water. You're not in Virginia anymore. Virginia authorities could not arrest you and they they had no jurisdiction in so floating houseboats were essentially floating brothels right and so you could tell what you what was going on in the floating houseboats by the color scheme of the boat so depending on what you wanted to happen in your floating brothel you could tell what was going to happen by the color scheme of it and you can read all about this. Thomas in the book wicked Northern Virginia available at your local bookstore for twenty dollars. I love it I love it. Well I'll go ahead and plug it. I've been working on so I just recently started a new strategy firm. So new business is it's busy year You got. I'm getting married this year. I'm getting a moving down to Richmond this year from northern Virginia. So why not add one more challenge on let's start a business too so that That consulting firm you can follow it. Resolute Strat That's on twitter. You can be the sixteenth follower. Do we have that many? And and we're democratic strategy firm. This is just one more outlet to be able to To help and provide as much free content as we can thirteenth follower. Congratulations twelve congratulates. You are twelve. I was number twelve right. So you're staring at me right now. Like I will be birther started from the bottom. You gotTa start somewhere man. So that's good. Congratulations that's really exciting. Well thanks for listening to the very first episode of Transition Virginia This has been Thomas. Bowman Michael Poke and Whitney Evans. And if you like the show feel free to give us a five star rating on itunes and share it with your friends. Don't forget to follow the show on twitter and on Instagram as always. Thank you for listening..