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Fresh update on "virginia" discussed on All Things Considered
"You're listening to all things considered. In West Virginia today, a former nursing assistant who worked out of veteran's affairs hospital pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder. A surprise plea comes after federal investigators spent almost two years looking into a string of eight suspicious deaths at the medical center in Clarksburg. Prosecutors say the veterans died from lethal injections of insulin that were administered unnecessarily. Save Mystic of West Virginia. Public Broadcasting joins us now from Clarksburg Welcome. Either. Hey, So tell us a little bit about this woman who pleaded guilty today. Who is she? And what happened at that Va hospital? So the woman is read, amaze. She's a 46 year old from the small town of Reynolds Ville, West Virginia. In 2015 she was hired as a nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson, Va. Medical Center right here in Clarksburg. She worked on overnight shift from 2015 to 2018 That was on a surgical unit known as Ward three A. According to papers filed in federal court. The VA hospital did not require her to be certified in any way. When she was hired, and she was not authorized to administer men of medicine. Prosecutors say that beginning in 2017 she was involved in a string of homicides in which she injected veterans at the hospital with unneeded insulin, causing their blood sugar to drop which killed them. And I understand that Maze personally appeared in federal court today. Tell tell us what happened in the proceedings. So May's enter the courtroom this afternoon around two PM and stood in front of the judge. The proceedings were live streamed via zoom because of the ongoing Corona virus pandemic. The judge asked Meza Siri's of questions to determine her competency to enter this plea. On then prosecutors red count after count that detailed her administering the insulin to these patients. She faces seven life sentences on the murder accounts and even more time for an eighth related death. She was not sentenced today, but will be later and after court. She was taken into custody. And federal officials who helped in the investigation, and they spoke to reporters about the case afterwards. Tell us what they said. The U. S. Attorney, William Powell said the investigation was long. It was complicated. It was intensive. We should point out it took two years hospital. The hospital had 1200 employees and a lot of visitors. There was plenty for them to sift through. But he says they quickly zeroed in on Maze is the suspect in this case, and importantly, pal says they haven't yet learned why she did it. One of the FBI agents involved in this case, Doug Olson. He was very blunt about what happened. These veterans and their families put their trust in this nursing assistant, and she betrayed that trust and decide to pick and choose who lived and who died. And let's talk about these victims. What do we know about them? Well, you know, we had known some about them, but we learned ah lot more. Today. The U. S attorneys spoke about each of the eight men who died. Hey, got rather emotional when talking about some of them. They were from the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, among other branches. Most of them were in their seventies and eighties, and they had served either in the Korean or Vietnam War's. But actually, two of the victims were in their nineties in foreign War, World War two salsa and really hits home that these veterans served their country in many ways. But ended up dying in a government hospital where they went for routine medical care on we should point out that the VA is still looking into how this all happened to begin with, and what Khun be done to prevent this ever in the future. Horrible story. That is Dave Mystic of West Virginia. Public broadcasting. Thank you, Dave. You're welcome..
Fired VA staffer facing 7 murder counts in insulin deaths of veterans
"Staffer at a Va hospital in Clarksburg, West Virginia, is being charged with killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. Rita Meyer is a former nursing assistants faces second degree murder charges in the deaths of seven people and assault with intent to commit murder of an eighth person. The
Fresh "virginia" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Enterprise dot Verizon dot com slash yes, we're glad you're here tonight 7 30 traffic and weather on the H. And when it breaks, let's check in with Bob Miller in the W. T o p Traffic center in Montgomery County to 70 North bound me a Route 28 Exit six. There's a medical emergency on the left shoulder Fire department is there and they are blocking the way. Blaine North bound to 70 before Route 28 South bound to 70 at Watkins Mill. It is the work zone set up along the left side of the roadway. And then after Falls Road in Montrose, you're getting by to the left headed toward the lane. Divine now for going on the 2 70 spur toward democracy Boulevard are going to get by one lane to the right there, checking on the Beltway near 95 believer looking for a crash. They're not sure which direction but watch your mirrors. For the responders. Thereupon down 95 in the B W Parkway. Traffic continues to run well on each 50 out to the Bay Bridge. There are no delays to report and in Virginia, Things are pretty quiet on both 3 95 and 95 66 runs well, both inside and outside the Beltway. Tonight, Traffic is brought to you by Navy Federal Credit Union proud to serve members of the armed forces, Dio d veterans and their families. Their members are the mission. Learn more at Navy, federal dot org's Bob Inland GOP Traffic Storm team for four day forecast with meteorologist Amelia Draper a really pleasant evening out there with low humidity levels. Dry conditions in only a few clouds around as we head on into.
Fired VA staffer facing 7 murder counts in insulin deaths
"Jim Krystle, a tells us a former staffer at a Va hospital in West Virginia is facing murder charges read a Maze has been charged with seven counts of second degree murder in the deaths of patients that the VA hospital in Clarksburg, West Virginia, investigators say she illegally administered insulin to eight patients in 2018. Seven of them later died. Mays did not have the authority to dispense medication as a nursing assistant checking
Fresh "virginia" from Robert Pratt
"Fees, limitations and exclusions. Apply. C plan for details on the five powered by bounds over there, open for business Once again, Scott Still Good evening, Scotty. Good evening, Rob. Good news on Mount Washington. They clear that accident Mary Mack at Virginia Avenues. We're good to go up there and we're good to go in the parkway's right now. No significant delays on the parkway's east western north. 28 is up to speed in both directions. 65 looks good at the West End Bridge. You have a traffic light. The lay at the McKees Rocks Bridge. And no problems on the outbound side of Liberty Bridge. Just a traffic light delay at McCardle Roadway. Our next report at 705 from the Presbyterian Senior Care Network Traffic Center. I'm Scott Stiller on NewsRadio. 10 20 K T. K. Meet Chuck. Now meet Chuck's personal information..
Why Do Flying Snakes Wiggle In The Air?
"Madison Safai with NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce. Hey, now. Hey, Mattie, so now you have. Both weird and amazing for us today which I feel like is Kinda right in your wheelhouse. Aright well I hope my repertoire is a little more expansive than either but I'll take weird and amazing Yeah, so you know how snakes kind of undulate or slither when there are moving around serpentine baby, let's go I like it, so this undulating is how they get around like on the ground or in trees. And in fact it turns out snakes that fly even do it when they're sailing in the air snakes on a plane. No, please sorry I just had to get one of it out. And now we can focus so okay. Okay? All right I'll give you I'll give you one. Yes, but we're not. We're not talking that kind of thing we're talking about. You. Know flying snakes like that live in south and Southeast Asia. You're aware of these snakes right? Yes, I am very aware, but I don't know necessarily that our listeners are so. Yes, there are real snakes that hand fly which I feel like for some people is the stuff of nightmares, but to me. It's just amazing now. I definitely have heard people say like. Do we really need to talk about flying snakes range. Twenty. Seven things gotten bad enough like can't. This is just like yeah, if you're not a snake person, this is a problem, but in the real world these snakes exists not to torment us, but to just live their lives. They cruise along the tree branches. You know up hunting things up in the trees, and sometimes to get down to the ground or another tree, these snakes actually launched themselves into the air, and they kind of glide down at an angle. The snake looks like swimming in the air. And when it's swimming. It's undulating. So that's Jake so high and he's a researcher at Virginia Tech and he's been studying these snakes for nearly twenty five years and one of the things he's been wondering about is like why snakes do these movements in the air. Why do they undulate and you know he thought? Maybe they're just doing it out of having. You know because like snakes when they propel themselves on the ground up a tree or in water. They do wiggle like this right, so it's not to think that when the snake jumps into. into the air, the snake goes. Hey, snake I under late. That's what I should be doing I'm just GonNa undulate snakes got undulate. Now. You know that's what they do. Yeah, they're in the air and they're out. What do I do? What do I do you know snake I snake. It seems plausible on the other hand. It's possible that these motions actually might have purpose like. Maybe they're doing something to help the snake. Why through the air
Fresh "virginia" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Girl who's in the high risk category for Corona virus, is sharing a public service announcement about masks. Abby Cafiero is four years old, and she has a rhyme to help her remember to put her mask on. And that's especially important for Cafiero because she's being treated for cancer in Baltimore, and she's hoping to get the message out. So her mother and Dr helped her put together a short slide show called How to Wear a Mask that they hope Baltimore County public. Rules will use an instructing kids to wear a mask when they go back to school in the fall. See videos and photos of Cafiero is Public Service announcement at w t o p dot com Nakai Nelly w. T. O P. News the federal government may not have the capacity to supply medical professionals with personal protective equipment amid the latest surge in Corona virus cases. This comes from an internal Trump administration document obtained by NBC News, the strategic national Stockpile and FEMA have fewer than 900,000 gloves and reserve after shipping about 83 million of them at 83 million is just a fraction of what was requested by state, local and tribal government since the crisis began. The network reports. Two out of 10 nursing homes Tell the CDC they have less than a one week supply of PP and more than half of assisted living communities have less than a two week supply and 95 masks and gowns. But the chief supply chain leader for the White House Corona Virus Taskforce is telling NBC the supply situation is in his words, just not that dire and that more supplies have been ordered. Some state and local leaders agree they are getting what they need right now. 60 43 Could Richmond's statue of a Confederate general J. B. Stuart be moved to Southwest Virginia. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports Richmond orthopedic surgeon Dr James Eby Stewart, the fifth As asked Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and the City Council to allow him to transfer his ancestors statue. He wants to bring it to general student Stuart's birthplace. Known as Laurel Hill in Southwest Virginia, now J B Stuart statue was removed from its Monument Avenue pedestal last week and a Confederate monument that's been a divisive symbol of the University of Mississippi is being moved today from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus. The monument will be taken to a Civil War cemetery in a secluded part of the campus. Students and faculty. You pushed the university for years to move the statue. Well, they're criticizing, though the administrators draft plan for a new site and includes a lighted pathway to where the figure will stand and the possible edition of headstones over what for decades had been unmarked graves. 6 44 DCs Broccoli City Music Festival was cancelled because of the pandemic, so organizers have turned their attention to showing drive in movies that are F. K Stadium..
Washington Redskins shedding name after 87 years
"Is changing its name. In a statement today, the Redskins confirmed they're retiring that name and their logo NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman is following this story time. Good morning. Morning, Steve. I've paid attention to the city where I lives football team for some years and I remembered a quote went looked it up and it was accurate in 2013. Dan Snyder, the owner, said quote We will never change the name of the team. So what changed? Yeah, And he also said all caps. You can write that in all caps. So Steve in all caps were were saying today that Washington Redskins are retiring that name. As you said a very brief statement. The team released the name The logo are will be gone. So after 87 years of having this name and decades of protest against it, it is gone. Don't know the new name. We don't know yet, You know in this brief statement, It also said that Washington owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design an approach that will enhance the standing of our proud tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years. The delay right now reportedly is having to work out trademark issues. Some of the most popular names, though, that have been mentioned the red wolves, the Warriors, the red tails in honor of the Tuskegee Airman, the African American fighter squadron that flew in World War two. Their planes had crimson tails, so those could be possibilities. Well, let's remember what the argument was about here. For many, many years, the team had been accused of having a racist name and a racist logo. They had resisted and said they were honoring Native Americans and In various ways and clear the clearly There was a lot of money at stake on that would be one reason that Dan Snyder had said We're not going anywhere with this name. What made this moment? Different? Well, as you well know, there have been, you know, as you say, protests reaching back to the 19 seventies, but obviously the pressure really mounted since the police killing of George Floyd in late May. You know, we have seen a number of symbols, flags and statues change and come down and the Washington team wasn't immune to that pressure, but But, you know, I hate to be cynical here, Steve. But what really got them thinking hard was when sponsors made it clear there needed to be a change FedEx whose name is on the stadium. In Maryland, Pepsi, Nike to name a few All said they wanted changed another important factor The team has wanted to relocate to Washington, D. C. It's original home. FedEx Field is in Maryland. The team practices in Virginia, DC politicians say we'd love to have you back, but you've got to change the name of your team. So that that factored in as well. Our other teams facing similar pressure. Yes, they are, whether they will respond the same way. We don't know. The Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball report earlier discussing a change the Atlanta Braves of Majorly of Major League Baseball say they won't change their name, but reportedly, they're mulling whether or not to prohibit the Tomahawk chop. The chant and the chopping motion that fans used during games. You know, lots of college teams over the years of jettison controversial names with not a lot of pushback. There will be a long time. Washington fans upset about this because it is changing a long held tradition, but the team will go forward. Tom. Thanks very much.
"Work that you do is fascinating to me on so many different levels, not the least of which is. That I came really close to following a really similar path. And then ended up backing away for reasons that still are not entirely clear to me. Lifelong fascination with sort of a not just the human condition, but for why people do what they do, and how they go to the extremes of their potential wondering, if if this touches down at an early age for you, if this was sort of like a a later fascination, cool The first exposure I had to this is. Was In high school and I realized that the thing that I wanted to do. It was a surfing experience, so I grew up surfing. and. I could do what I wanted to do. As a fifteen year old kid, you don't Infre- surfing, but then when it came time to compete. He was completely different for me and it wasn't that my physical skills went away. It wasn't that my technical skills went away. It was that my mind by mental skills like the way that I was thinking about things was choking off access. To buy abilities and I didn't know there was a discipline called psychology as the first person to go to school my family, so we didn't come from. Condition where was like sophistication in structure in theory? We're just trying to figure it out as we along. And, so I bumped into it at an early age and I, said Oh. My goodness thing inside me. It's my mind like what is this and so it started there at an early age and I didn't know until it was like my first year in college. That there was even a discipline in a study of psychology, really because in high is exposed to it at a class action. I had a class and. It didn't make any sense. It was like Freud skinner. All the kind of classics which I came to appreciate later. I didn't understand it, so then it was through a pain is how I came exposed to it in sent me down a path. It pain in the context of you seeing something that you to do, but somehow couldn't figure out how to get there does exactly right. Yeah, I had something inside may wanted to express is the way I think about it like I had a physical thing i. I wanted to do a wave, and every time that there's a competition with the people were judging, and there was people on the beach, watching I became a shell of myself, and I couldn't express. It wasn't so much about I couldn't do the thing I mean. That's part of it, but I couldn't express what I was wanting to be able to express I, mean changing their own lapping, but really two distinct things like one is really tapping into the fullness of what you perceive to be your potential, but. The other is sort of it. It's it's a stifled expression. It's it's like I have a sense for who I am on an identity level, and how I want that to be put out into the world and I can't get it. It's like when you hear when you play Guitar, and you hear the dream ref. In your head. But your fingers can actually make it happen on guitar. Yes, so that's close to what happened to me. Is that I knew I could do it? Though because I had done it in free surfing plenty of times, and so it was actually there, it was just stage. Friday was performance anxiety. So it wasn't, it wasn't the mechanical part of it was the psychological part, so you mentioned that you were the first to go to college your family. Curious about that also, what was the background in your family? That sort of said okay, world good without going the route of higher education. And then what was it that happen in your mind? That said that's actually not good enough for me. Co question is so set. The context here is that I grew up in on a farm in Virginia, and I should say I grew up with nature, not necessary on. It is a big distinction you know in that way, and so I grew up with it until the age of about. Ten. In my parents were very lazy fair, they had very little structure if I was out late, and it got dark, not eat until very late. You know like it was super. Figuring, out kid, you know, and they let me just kind of play with nature. And my parents pretty much dropped out so I'm forty eight ends. They were young parents and they this was during the Vietnam revolt. So they're like okay. We're dropping out some more of the hippie life, but it wasn't. It wasn't an angry approach. It was like hey, let's go find a little sanctuary that we could build you build a family, so it was very myopic in that sense. In My dad came from a large family, he was had his first job fourteen, supporting his family in some respects, so they came blue-collar hard-working. Christian valued family, and they instilled inside of me strong values, and then this kind of freedom to explore. But there was no formal structure to any of it. But saying well, my mom's side, you know, and so her father came over to America at the age of fifteen by himself from Italy and so it's just a blue-collar, hard-working approach life and I, it was I was. Surfing a lot as I mentioned, and then due north, the PSAT's are of course also. I got a zero on those and then on the sat. With those are I got zero on those. I went surfing on both of them. And My parents pulled me aside my senior year and they're like Hey Mike. We tried a lot of your friends are going to college. We didn't know really to help you, but at this point. Get a job and get out. Or Mrs my senior year in high school or you could go to community college and you can stay here. Thought I'm not moving out like I'm I'm not done surfing like. How can I go? How can I have a job? Nine to five and surf so still real young in my church life, and so I said okay. Let me. Do the school thing so? I knew that the school that I was going to go to. Was I. don't know two miles away from a close to world class surf break. It sounds like I know how to do this. So! I love the decision. Making criteria has like perfect perfect, and so I really thought that I was going to extend my high school experience for a couple more years I was not interested in academic academia or becoming an academician in any respect. So a second semester and there was three professors who are really good friends now. This is the junior college right? So this was this isn't. I didn't have to get in I just had to apply. I just had to show up.
Virginia Republicans urge governor to reopen schools 5 days a week
"Republicans Republicans pushed pushed for for school school buildings buildings to to reopen reopen five five days days a a week. week. I'm I'm Nick Nick in in l l e e w w t t o o P P NEWS NEWS time. time. 3 3 31 31 CBS CBS NEWS NEWS UPDATE. UPDATE. The The number number of of new new US US cases cases of of Corona Corona virus virus continues continues to to rise. North Carolina reporting more than 1900 with Florida at 15,300 California Congressman Adam Schiff on ABC. I'm concerned that the Republicans in Congress will not rise to the challenge of this virus. And we will have mohr. Economic suffering and and more more death death in in Oregon. Oregon. Health Health officials officials blame blame large large gatherings. gatherings. Joan's Joan's Jennifer Jennifer Dowling, Dowling, the the Oregon Oregon Health Health Authority Authority reports reports that that since since Oregon Oregon began began reopening, reopening, health health officials officials have have seen seen daily positive cases of the the virus virus shoot shoot up, up, especially especially when when family family and and friends friends get get together together for for graduations, graduations, birthdays, birthdays, weddings weddings and and holidays. holidays. It's It's also also spreading spreading more more rapidly rapidly among among young young people people with with specific specific outbreaks outbreaks in Oregon linked to exercise classes of fraternity party at a bachelor party surgeon general Dr Jerome Adam spoke to CBS. We're in a very different place than what we were in February and March. We have over 300 within increase and available pp. And that's not the famed mission accomplished. But
Virginia speedway: Driver dies following crash during race
"A driver died Saturday night in a crash during the race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Speedway, officials say the driver Sean Balu, Zo died following a crash during the second of two modified division races. The Virginian Pilot reports. The 64 year old Blues, A was the winningest driver in the history of the track. He'd finished second in the first of Saturday's twin 50 lap race. This is
Plucky Watson, Serena's Escape
"And welcome one last time this fortnight to the tennis podcast and Wimbledon relived on. What would have been men's Finals Day of the twenty twenty championships have finally. The Sun is out. It's been a frankly miserable. What would have been Wimbledon fortnight, which is made the the pain of? Missing out on Wimbledon slightly easier to bare certainly for me personally, but it's A. It's a lovely summer's day today. And it would be a nice day to be enjoying. The men's final especially is the The flying ants have the memo that Wimbledon didn't happen. they are out in force which is. A Wimbledon tradition. Hadn't done well, that's. Today's the first I've I've probably missed it and I think maybe the weather is part of that. And we've we've just watched a match with an amazing atmosphere which I think probably also stirs that feeling a little bit, and probably because it's the last day of what would have been Wimbledon and us is the last day of Wimbledon relived for now. What a pointed addendum to that sentence David. Wouldn't next one planned for us. When should we brace also? Developing! Certain Olympic week looming on the horizon A. I feel like I. DO actually need a week off now. I feel like doing relieved of all of the sports. The Olympics will be doing archery relived. Staging two thousand eight. She's just ain't doing on this fate going. Stop the Autry podcast. Doing the end is near. You can have asleep seen. Yes well I'm going to hold David to even I want a week off now that is that is is not my writing, but if it said. We need to on that. You know it doesn't apply to middle of the night. What's absolute? There's a moratorium on on that. today, folks. We take you to the year. Twenty, fifteen. And a third round match between eventual champion Serena Williams, and then British number one had the watson a much which ended up defining that Wimbledon Fits Serena in in some ways defining the extraordinary and dramatic year that she had on tour in twenty, fifteen and much that kind of. Defines Wimbledon in some ways we'll certainly encapsulates Wimbledon the the sun, setting over just resplendent center court with. British ten tennis fans out in force getting behind a plucky Brit that half in the mid never heard of that morning. It's. It's Wimbledon all over. Isn't it? And I think I don't WanNa. Put words in your mouth David. That's probably what made you miss it because what we've just watched so sums up so many of the things that we love about tennis I would say that's true. I also think it's it really does encapsulate the the Wimbledon that I knew as a kid, and as a teenager before Tim Henman came along when British though there was a big gap where? I had not known British contenders for the title. In on the women's side in before my time to be non-journalist Virginia, Wade and Sue Barker, won the French Open, but would never really perform to that level at Wimbledon. So, Strapped my formative years following the sport, Jeremy Bates had a good run in ninety two got to the second week had match points didn't manage to tighten them against gay full Jay. And there were a lot of those sort of moments. There are a lot of single standout moments of a player. Would make them. National News as back page. front-page news even plays like Andrew Castle. You got to eighty in the world that had a match against mats. Wilander that back then was hyping him to to a level. The even he didn't think was was appropriate. Time member in in the Post match press conference that that he did he. He guys this great line. After losing the final against Philander, he was two. It's one up for landing world number, one, nine, thousand, nine, hundred sixty, says he said. Let's just take it easy here I. Mean I lost and. That's that says a lot. Ready I think you know he. He was realistic enough to know and I remember Chris Bailey in nineteen ninety-three. Playing Goran Ivanisevic and the whole nation just stopped, it was nine seven in the fifth set twenty tonight night, the whole nation, stopping for about four hours just to watch this moments, and and he became a national celebrity in a single day. People had I mean it's way more than what Heather Watson inexperienced here in terms of going from somebody nobody had ever heard of Watson was on the map to some degree. This took it to another level question, but Bailey was an complete unknown and then suddenly. I remembering, going on BBC grandstand the next day with death Lynam the presenter who? Asking about his life and said, what did you go friend thinkable list and he said. I'm. GonNa go. I haven't got a girlfriend. And then suddenly the BBC was just inundated with letters from people offering their services his girlfriend. Services! Okay maybe that wasn't quite. Home. He told me he told me because he covered the Australian. Open with us for BBC radio for number years, and he told me that that night he went into Wimbledon village walked into a restaurant with a friend of his and the entire. Pub and restaurant just stopped what it was doing and turned around and just stead at him. and. He'd never experienced anything like like not at all until. Four ask before he'd never been heard of by so many people.
Off-Duty Washington DC Officer Shoots, Kills Man in Reston
"A man was shot and killed last night during an armed confrontation at an apartment complex and rest in Virginia and incident that involved in off duty. DC police officer hearing a disturbance outside attendant of the complex. The officer opened his door and encountered the man who police identified as 29 year old Reston resident Daniel Matheson. According to police. Matheson then raised the gun toward the tenant. The tenant who was also armed, fired one round striking Matheson in the upper body D. C. Police chief Peter Newsom confirms the apartment dweller who shot Matheson is a DC police
Virginia sees 943 new coronavirus cases
"Has covered 19 cases surge in much of the country. As we've described. There's been a recent uptick in this region as well. D C. Maryland and Virginia Virginia saw its largest number of new Corona virus cases in more than a month, recording almost 950 of them the highest count since the seventh of June. The latest daily numbers show more than 1400 new cases over a 24 hour period with a dozen more people dead in Maryland and 21 more people who lost their lives in
Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with civil unrest after George Floyd death
"Defense Secretary Mark Casper defended his decision to use National Guard soldiers in support of law enforcement agencies during the civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd. Yesterday, he testified before the House Armed Services Committee. The guard did not advance on the crowd. At the guard did not shoot rubber bullets. At the guard did not employ chemical agents of any type. Under particular scrutiny is the handling of the situation at Lafayette Square June 1st when peaceful protesters were cleared of the area. Tens of thousands of troops were immobilized around the country to help with crowd control, including thousands from 11 states sent into the D C area and another 700 active duty troops who are stage in Maryland and Virginia in case of emergency
Appeals Court Pauses Lawsuit Over Trump Washington DC Hotel Profits
"Wanted. The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, rule that financial records related to the presidents Washington D. C hotel can be kept on hold while the president tries to get the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the lawsuit that accuses him of illegally profiting off of the
NIH Chief Gives Update On The Coronavirus In The U.S.
"Day, another record set across the United States 59,000 new Corona virus cases recorded yesterday, breaking the record again for a single day high for new infections, and that number capture surges in states from Texas to California, Florida to West Virginia. So where are we in the ark of the pandemic? Is there any glimmer of hope going to and how to square disconnects in the guidance coming from our political leaders and our most senior scientists? Questions we're going to put to one of our country's most senior scientists were going to spend this whole segment of the program questioning Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr Collins, Welcome back Good to speak with you again. Nice to be on your program. Mary Louise, So 59,000 new cases in one day. If I had told you back in March there February that that's where we would be as a nation in July, Would you have believed me? I would certainly have hoped not. We knew back in March and April that we had hit a terrible peak of infections, and we worked really hard across the nation to try to figure out How to flatten that curve and to bring that down, and we never really got it down. And now it's certainly headed up again in a way that is really quite alarming. I mean, hindsight always is 2020. But if there were one thing you wish we could go back and redo what would it be? You know, I think we learned what we needed to do in terms of social distancing in terms of wearing masks in terms of being very careful about public gatherings, especially indoors. But those were applied in a somewhat spotty fashion. People basically got tired of it, but the virus didn't get tired of spreading. And I'm afraid as things over the course of the last couple of months opened up. They weren't always following the CDC guidelines in the way that we would have hoped, and now we're starting to reap the consequences. And I particularly concerned that younger people feeling that maybe they're not so much a risk have felt much less likely to adhere to those guidelines. And have therefore been getting infected in larger numbers and then spreading it on to their neighbors, their families and particularly vulnerable people who we now are quite worried about to to where things might go next, Dr Anthony found. She warned last week that we could be on track to see 100,000 new cases a day. I interviewed him right after that, and he told me he dropped that number to jolt people to try to get our attention what she did. But have you seen anything in the weeks since he said it That suggests we are not heading for that outcome. Well, Dr Fauci is my colleague and I both worked at the National Institutes of Health. I'm actually his boss, although he is, of course, the most highly regarded public health spokesperson about this Outbreak. So when he speaks, people listen and well, they should. If you look at the shape of that curve and just do your extrapolation like you would in math class, you would say, having now hit just about 60,000 that there's no sign that that's topping out. And so his prediction I fear might in fact, turn out to be true, But we have things we condone about that. And that's where I'm hoping, Despite the anxiety that now spreads across the land again that we should not feel powerless that we are in a circumstance where we could try once again to flatten that curve by taking all of those recommendations about masks about social distancing about avoiding Being close together, especially indoors and see if we can do something to prevent this from going even further, obviously particularly important in places where we can see the community spread has gotten really quite out of control. Like Arizona. Ah, like California like Texas like Florida. But other places should not feel immune. The time to make those actions most effective is before you have a really widespread community problems. So I look in your own community see what's happening. If there's a hint that things were starting up again, everybody should take action. And so should the government leaders that have a chance to do something at that. Woo that to your earlier point, though, which is the guidance was out there in the spring and Individuals weren't paying attention. We got tired of it and elected officials were reopening anyway, Do you What gives you confidence that the advice that the best guidance from the CDC and another on other agencies will be heated now? Well, I guess I'm an eternal optimist. And so I will say when people are faced with reality, and you can't look at the current circumstance and not admit we've got a real problem. That perhaps this hope for sort of outcome that okay, it's summertime. And maybe this won't be such a problem. We've gotten past that. That's no longer the case. Anybody who's trying to Pretend we can just fake our way through this. We're not succeeding at that. So it's time to wake up. Look at those recommendations get serious again recognize that it's up to all of us, and we're Americans, and ultimately, we usually do the right thing. This is the right time to do that. Speaking of recommendations, I do want to ask you about schools and the debate raging over whether to reopen them. President Trump and other administrations have been downplaying the recommendations of their own health. Experts who will have seen the president tweeting that safety measures recommended by the CDC. Things like you just nodded to, like wearing masks and spacing. Student desks apart, he says. These air expensive they're impractical. Do you stand behind the CDC recommendations? I think CDC is our nation's expert group in public health, and we should take their recommendations as the recommendation we should follow. I mean, it is. It is complicated. Let's be clear if you're talking about students going back to school in Casper, Wyoming, where there are very few of any cases. That's a very different story than if you're talking about students going back to school in Houston, which is in the middle of a very serious outbreak, so blanket recommendations, saying everybody should do the same thing fly in the face of the reality of where we are with this outbreak, But CDC has recommendations to try to adjust to that. I think most of the school experts are looking at those Also worth looking at the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Here is a very distinguished group. That is worried as I am, as we all should be about the consequences of kids not being in school. That's a serious issue. Kids are basically being harmed by the absence of social interactions, losing up all kinds of time in terms of their learning curves. We do want kids back in school where those good things can happen, but everything in life is a benefit and a risk. And the risks are going to depend a lot on where you are at this point and how much that virus is spreading around, and that just has to be factored into the decisions. Ultimately, it's gonna have to be the local authorities that make That kind of judgment. I hear you're choosing your words carefully on. I do want to ask you since since we already brought up Dr Fauci. You and he streamed an online conversation earlier this week, which I watched. It was informative. Thank you for that. It also got some buzz because a lot of journalists have been complaining that they cannot get an interview with Dr Fauci. Here's a taste of that We have not been able to get our requests for Dr Fauci approved by the Trump administration. In the last three months, high profile figures from the task force, including Dr Fauci have been unable to secure White House permission to appear on American TV networks. I just want to let you respond to that, because, as you noted, your Dr Fauci is boss to your knowledge is here. Anybody else who's message on public health conflicts with the administration's message? Are they being prevented from talking freely? I think every administration has always had an interest in making sure that people who work for the government if they're going to make a presentation to the public, that there is some consultation about that. I do that as well. When I'm going to have this Kind of a conversation like we're having right now, but I have not been canceled feelings that you can't speak to a TV network. I need to run. That invitation passed to be sure that the administration is aware of it and that they don't have any particular issues with the request. That's been the case for every administration since I've been in the government, which is 27 years. Return you to vaccines in a couple of minutes we have left this week, The government announced $1.6 billion contract to a company to manufacture a Corona virus vaccine. This company. Novavax, though, does not have a product that has been proven. Toe work, which made me think that feels like an awfully big bet to place on something unproven. Why is that the right path if you think that is the right path. Oh, I think it is the right path. Mary Louise. I think What we're trying to do here is to have a lot of potential shots on goals. This vaccine is going to be our best hope to get past this terribly difficult year of 2020 And the more that we have multiple different scientific strategies, the more likely we are that at least one and maybe several of them will work. The Novak strategy is basically to make a protein sub unit. It's different than what's happening with the other vaccines that are about to get started in the next month or two with their phase three trials. And so it is hedging their bets. It's trying as you would, I think, want to when something is a really serious issue, and you want to be sure you succeed. Make sure you've tried several things that you have a menu of opportunities that's going to cover all of the scientific basis, and Novavax brings another one. To the table, so we're glad to have them in the team. If I hear you right? It sounds like it's it's possible. This might be money thrown down the drain. But at this point we don't have something proven, and we have to work towards something. So we're goingto as you said, had hedge your bets. That's exactly right on. I think that's probably what the public would want us to do At a time like this, where I mean, if it wasn't such a rush, we might try one vaccine. And then six months later go Oh, that one wasn't quite what we wanted and then try another one. And it could be five years or more before we actually had the answer. We don't have time for that. Think the public doesn't expect us to be doing the slow boat here, so the idea is to have several of these to invest in them expect that some of those monies are actually not going to pay off. But one of them will maybe more than one will. Ultimately, I think that's what the public is expecting. And what we're trying to deliver. Speaking of operation Slow boat and not wanting to go there. We just have 30 seconds or so left. But how do you reassure people that With the speed that this operation is being developed. The whole thing is called Operation Warp speed to try to get a vaccine that it will also be safe. Well, I want to assure everybody about that The speed is being done by basically doing in parallel things that otherwise would have been done in a Siri's of steps, but every step is being carried out with rigor and intensity. Before we have to go. Let me just say anybody who's interested by the way and signing up for a vaccine trial because they're about to get under a going to give you a Uriel Carell correctness prevention network dot org's okay. Francis Collins Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, many things
World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva
"Jon Wertheim here. Sports illustrated tennis podcast. Let us start by pausing for a second of silence to acknowledge that this ought to be the second week of Wimbledon one of the great pinnacles of the tennis calendar. We'll have to wait till next year, but meanwhile we have a good podcast this week. Our guest is Carlos, Silva Carlos as the CEO of World Team Tennis, which has perhaps you know we'll have a twenty twenty season a little bit different, but there will be a series of sixty three matches from July twelfth to August first at the greenbrier. The resort in West Virginia where all the players and all the teams will effectively be bubbled This is tennis's version of. Of what we're seeing, the NBA and this is a a prelude of sorts to the twenty twenty us open but world team. Tennis persists Carlos. Talks about where how and when you can see the matches, but they will be televised on a variety of networks and platforms, and World Team tennis stalwart in the sports since the early seventies will persist, so we talk with Carl's about world team tennis about staging an event amid corona where his league fits into this crazy mosaic, we call tennis and his experience with the sport as well as a former player so good conversation with a guy I've known for for a while. Here's Carlos Silva. Doing Oria I'm good I'm good. Things are good. Where are you? Where are we getting you? I'm in I live in Potomac outside of DC our. Okay so you're you're not far from. The greenbrier of these things go yet now I've been. I've been a few times over the last of the last few weeks, so yeah, it's like it's like three and a half hours from Dallas. All right, so you can, you can You can drive that. So! Yeah, let's start there I feel like. Talking about TV shows like a succession or Ozark but tell us about season forty five. What are we expecting a year? So. I mean as you know we. We have nine teams in season forty five. We had a new expansion team in Chicago there. Unfortunately, not comply in Chicago. Sloan Stevens is anchoring that team along with her coach out Murray. and. And so yeah, we're bringing everybody. We looked at a lot of different states John in Texas Florida. Nevada California, but But West? Virginia felt good It still feels good in the grand scheme of things was based on everything. That's happening, so we're out. We're bringing all night teams the Greenbrier, but we're GONNA. Play a complete season, and so the season will still be fourteen regular season, seven home and seven away. If you will, which will really only consists of. You, know whatever jersey, they're wearing that day home or away. On one court right at the writing a great low stadium that the Greenbrier Scott. I was GONNA. Say I. Commend You on a not picking Florida California. Texas Arizona, you. you picked well. I guess I think other sports are going to be looking at this as a real sort of. Canary in the coalmine to use the West Virginia and. Nobody I think whether it's dope, it or whether it's the Orlando in this NBA bubble. Do you feel pressured to sort of do this? Right for world team, but also I. Suspect a lot of other sports. Outlets are going to be looking at this. Yes we feel pressure? I mean in an I. Think you're right I. Don't think it's just tennis. I think it's sport. You know all of us. I mean the one thing you may have found it to John. I've found that over the last three months. Everyone's been very collegial in. In a weather we're on white. House calls whether we were all together. I mean I talked to Jay Monahan you know about a month ago before before their season started because they were GonNa go to tech says, and he gave me some great feedback on what they were doing with testing, and so yeah, we do we. We're We're trying to be very diligent and we're also trying every day to make sure that what we're doing. We're still analyzing it every. Every day, no as I told my team and we've told the players you know until August second when someone raises the King Trophy we gotta be diligent every day, so we've. We've even made a few adjustments as you know we're. We're going to have five up to five hundred fans in the stadium right halls, twenty, five hundred, and originally those fans were only required to have a temperature check, but about five days ago before everything a little bit. A little crazy over last five days we decided that we would add masks in for the fans as well and so all all. All the fans will also have mass in the stadium. And you know with the way we thought about that as you can always take the masks down at feel better, but better to be a little safer so Yeah, there's there's definitely a low pressure. I think we're up forward and I think we're going to show everyone how how we can be safe and be. Operationally smart every day. It's a five hundred fans as of today is the number you're working with. It is yeah. Yeah, and what? We got I don't know if you've ever been to that stadium, but it's a great little Horseshoe Horseshoe stadium around the court with a lower bowl at an upper bowl, and so the you'll either by a lower bowl, general admission, ticket or bowl, general admission ticket, and then every other rose blocked, and then the Oscars will social distance. Distance when you come into the stadium, so if you came John with your family, you'd be able to sit with your family. But if I came with my family, we'd sit together but I wouldn't be able to sit next to your family. We'd be six feet away and so and so that that works and we'd. We'd all at mass in the in the stance.
Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits
"Mark Herring says the state has eliminated the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits during a news conference today hearing said the project to test rape kits that in some cases were decades old, began in 2015. Since then, just over 2600 rape kits had been tested. 851 new DNA profiles uploaded into a national DNA database, and he says 354 hits have been sent to law enforcement agencies for further investigation. The Jefferson
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"Like statues and holidays bursts the delivering of hey stop. Stop doing these things so I can't even imagine what the psyche of a protest is right now that you're fighting against the police brutality that you are experiencing on a daily basis for more than thirty days now so I wholeheartedly agree, but in addition to giving the money support by sharing their message in getting the actual narrative out there that this multilayered and complex. It's not. It's easy to just write off a bunch of people as like rebels out of control like that's the easy part. The hard part is listening and seeing that they have actual concerns, and they have video to back it up but then in addition to that reaching out to the elected officials. There are so many emails that I'm getting right now. That are dripping with the racism that we are trying to fight in breakdown calling me all kinds of things out of my name and telling me I'm a Marxist, the communist and all of this. But who I haven't heard from the people that elected me on this same platform, because I've been consistent in my message about what needs to happen and so this idea that what we sent you to Richmond to do your job. Go do it. No, I need to hear from you every single step of the way so that I can say I might have gotten twenty emails against it, but I got four hundred emails, or if I never hear from the people that are supporting the work that I'm doing, it just feels imbalanced in so no matter what you think, your representative feels about racism. Yes, you would assume all black legislators who are black. And navigate. The world is black. People think racism is bad. That does not mean that you give us a past. That does not mean that you just go off without accountability. You still have to check in with us and make sure that we're doing the things that we said we would do when we were trying to get your vote awesome. Just making sure that you're reaching out to all of your representatives on local and state levels and unlikely disclose with one more thing. Thing, I just say the lowest the lowest. The easiest thing that an ally can do is to check their interpretation at the door into sat their judgment Asai because a lot of the messaging that I am seeing on our social platforms are people interpreting behaviors emotions in action without fully understanding the the reason why they are seeing this level of emotion and reaction, so take some time in figure out. How did you form your interpretation of this moment? What history do you? Are you aware of that? You have exposure to what books have you read to understand the black experience the disparities that exist, both in Virginia, and around our country, and if you have not done that work, there is no shortage of resources available, and you need to start there before you think you know enough to put an opinion out there, and then the last thing I would say is everyone likes to. To go to any black person, they know to ask questions to get educated and to get informed, but every person is a pro and an expert on their individual experience, but do not assume that because you have a black friend or a black person that you can go to comfortably and asked that they have enough information to educate you. Go read a book. Go and actually try and find this. This information because I did not go to school. Four African American studies to give you the real academia of the information that you probably should be aware of I know what I learned along the way I know what my experience has been, but stop asking me questions like I'm here to provide you with this information. No, go and do some work and ally. I hope you would be willing to. To do so I love it? It is not the responsibility of the random black person. You know to educate you on how to be a good ally. Necessarily right, ask those questions of the people who know how to answer it and also do your own research. We're about to wrap up this segment, but I want to ask you guys one more question. At least give you all an opportunity real quick. We've talked about affections. We've talked a little bit about criminal justice. Are there any other emerging crises within communities aren't necessarily in the news right now that you're noticing maybe among constituents that needs to be addressed in a special session as well. I will just say this is I personally. Don't believe it's just in my community. I think my community is just the underneath a flashlight, regarding it, but water justice is a real thing. I think the fact that there are a number of in rural communities that you will have individuals that cannot afford their water utility expenses is going to be a real problem here in Virginia. as we have have the support of. Of in the past the SEC making ruling that provide sort of a cushion for people who could not afford those expenses wants. All of those things are Those moratoriums are no longer in place. I think you will see a flood of individuals who needs something as much as they did. During covid nineteen equally even after to continue to just have the ability to wash their hands and adhere to proper safety measures. Really struggle and I think we not talking enough about it in Virginia I. Don't think it's even on our radar as much as it should be. but I think that as an another sleeping emerging crises that if we're not deliberate about trying to address, it's going to sneak up on us and be worse than where we are right now. Again I would just add that I think in. In the news, you're hearing a lot about elections and vote by mail, but what you may not be hearing about are the things that needs to be done in order for vote by mail to be equally accessible across the Commonwealth, and so just you know there might be somebody in the suburbs right now. Listening that's just like yeah, you just grab a stamp and you grab somebody to signed. And then you just put it in the mail. But what about the communities, where male is not the most reliable way of sending things or the access to stamps? The cost of a stamp being you know the residuals of a poll tax there are ways that there are people who do not have trust in systems need to also have the availability to show up and vote in person if that is their choice, but still be saved depending upon what the covid nineteen situation is in November. And so that's GonNa Resources it's going to take intentional outreach. There's some people that have never done absentee ballot before. So are we touching them and teaching them? One more thing before we go into our break looking ahead to the special session here, lightning round. What is the low hanging fruit? That is the easy thing to do, and then what is the? Eight hundred pound gorilla that is really important and should happen but man. That's going to be difficult to accomplish delegate Airedale, start with you codifying excessive force. In the code is going to be the lowest hanging fruit that we can address I think that is at the core of some of these issues.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"What cove it was, but there had been this instance of federal furlough when people were not getting their check, and they still needed to pay rent, so we were able to use that situation in order to amend the bill to include people that had lost income odd due to to Cova so there's some things that we could do legislatively I think the conversation now is. Because, we won't be into special session so August, but there are people that need help now. What is it that we're doing in order to be able to keep people in their homes? And delegates aired really in a moment here and people are thinking about the criminal justice system in a way that sheds new light on these longstanding problems, and they're thinking about policing differently, and they're thinking about race relations differently. What would you like to see the General Assembly pull out of this moment that we're in right now. Yes, I think it's too old if I can just speak to both from the Criminal Justice Alabama, but also the covid nineteen element I would say that we are seeing that S- Pity and black. Virginians are being disproportionately impacted by this pandemic alterable fronts delegate price has laid out eloquently what that has looked like on the housing front, but from the standpoint of access to healthcare generally, which is already a challenged off from the education standpoint, there was an achievement gap that long existed in multiple parts of Virginia that will now be exacerbated particularly in rural Virginia and your urban centers. In addition to that the people who were already working jobs that were paying very minimally now, not having those jobs at all. You are seeing the populations of people who are experiencing that hardship the most. Black and Brown communities and so this special session I think that as legislators and as leaders we need to fully lean in and embrace the fact that this is happening. We can't dance around it. We can't try and offer pleasantries and try and make sure we are doing a one size fits all because that's not the environment that we're in, and we need to put policies in place policies in place that specifically recognize the fact that you have categories of people that are being impacted differently. I think the same is true when we began to think about. The criminal justice reform that needs to occur so number one i. sort of have embraced the idea that in Virginia have we fully acknowledge the role that we have played as a common well or the racism that exists here, but also the racism that exists throughout our entire country as the home of the confederacy, and we have long talked about reconciling reckoning with. With our path, but have we fully acknowledge how we got there and I believe that you cannot acknowledge you cannot reconcile. You cannot reckon with until you fully embrace your role in getting there, and I think we're seeing some of that occur with these symbolic gestures of removing symbols in Monument Avenue and you know even in other parts of the Commonwealth. The next is your hearing buzzwords like defunding police. You're hearing popular policies being yelled out, not just an hour street, but the streets around the country, but as quality make good. We can't just fly to those popular idea that are being talked about right now. We have to do the really difficult worst of saying what are those systemic barriers that are deeply rooted in Virginia's systems and our code and our processes, especially around policing that are unique to us, and we're deliberately put there to perpetuate some of the barriers that we see in place right now, and so you'll hear some of this talked about probably from delegate price, but when you look at our systems. Systems training for our police when you look at how our police are even our law, enforcement officers are allowed to be admitted into our academies. There are just a number of at the very foundation of it all that we can't ignore either and so for the special session I want to see us as legislators dig deep to lay a new foundation that then will support some of these easier policies like banning a chokehold or prohibiting the use of tear-gas. We've got to go to the very bottom and the foundation of this and build up if we really wants to erotic eight, some of these barriers and some of this discrimination policing that we're witnessing. Let's talk about that real quick because they're Of course, this isn't a fun time to have just moved to Richmond and to finally see the improvements happening on monument avenue. I gotTA. Say I'm I'm thrilled, but what are some ways that people who maybe they're high risk, and they don't feel comfortable going to a protest or maybe Maybe they don't really understand what's going on, but they're generally sympathetic. What are some ways where? People staying at home can be good supportive allies. Jump in row quick before del. Ends as the lowest hanging fruit is to give donation to some of these organizations that are fighting for protesters that are being arrested. That are knee in Mita Bell. Bunny you know everyone is experiencing hard times, but literally these people that we see porn. Industry they putting themselves at risk physically mentally in legally so number one. If you are able to contribute, thank about given to some of these organizations are on the front lines, and are ultimately the reason why we're even able to sit here and talk about going into special session because they're out there demanding it, and so you have to support those people, so I would say if you're a realize that stuff. And I would add to that. Make sure you're following. Journalists who are out there as well covering these stories Unfortunately there is a disconnect from what I'm seeing on twitter from the streets of Richmond, versus what I'm seeing in the paper about what's happening in the streets of Richmond. So you know there is national talk about the pet. The monuments that are coming down in the statutes that are coming down and Richmond thought on National News, but haven't seen on national news are the civil rights. That are happening with the protesters and journalists on the same streets, the same park right there at the statue. That that's being removed, so we need to also elevate so from home. You can read sweet. You can repulsed. You can share the stories. I am baffled as to why the national media does not want to cover the zoo Alexey of performances..
Vincent Brown discusses his new book, ‘Tacky’s Revolt’
"Vincent Brown welcome to meet the rices. Slavery is war. Tell me what that means. Well. In the book. I tend to think of slavery itself as a state of war, and in that I'm following the enslaved themselves who often discuss slavery as a state of warfare amongst themselves, most famously allowed Equiano who we know as one of the most famous formerly enslaved abolitionists of the late eighteenth century British Atlantic. said in his autobiography that when you make people slaves. Them to live with you in a state of war. Now in that he was echoing the philosopher John Locke. Who said that what is slavery? But the state of war continued between what he thought was a lawful conqueror and the concord now John Locke was trying to legitimate slavery. He was an investor in the Royal African company, and he actually helped to write the constitution for the colony of south. Carolina, which became a slave state. State, but equiano was doing something a little bit different than John Locke. He was actually commenting upon the conditions of slavery, the violence that was required to maintain people in slavery and the kind of response that was bound to come by those people who had been subjected so violently so for him, slavery was a state of war, and there were other enslaved people who echoed. Seeing slavery that way helped me frame the slave revolt in Jamaica. In seventeen, sixty, seven, sixty, one, which was the largest in the eighteenth century, British Empire as a war itself right as one of a series of wars, all around the Atlantic world that then ed up in this conflict in seventeen sixty Jamaica I'd like to look at your own life, and where that intersects with war, because you grew up in San Diego, and in fact, it was very early on that. You became aware of conflicts. I did well. I'm an American citizen. I grew up in the United States. I was born in the late sixties at the height of the Vietnam War and I I'm sorry to say that I can't name a five year period when the US military hasn't been abroad somewhere engaged in conflict with somebody over the course of my entire life, which seems to me like a half century of war having. Having grown up in San Diego I grew up in one of the largest terry garrison towns really in the history of the world the US Navy is as a major base in San Diego. The US Marines just north of San Diego have a major base and so coming through high school. A lot of my friends would join the military because it was the big industry in town, right. And of course, you know, my family had been had served in the army. My father served in the army. My Uncle A. Brother had done three combat tours I. Believe one in Korea and two in Vietnam, so the history of the military, the engagement overseas abroad in military campaigns was very much a part of my thinking growing up, and so when I thought about the history of slavery. It just jumped out at me that this history was itself a history that was embroiled embedded in a world of warfare, especially in the eighteenth century win. You have got Great Britain struggling in a century long campaign against its its greatest global enemy France, and all of those European wars then topped onto. The wars of enslavement that sent people out across the Atlantic into the European colonies in America, and what you have is a world of wars within wars, which looked very familiar to me like the campaigns at the US was fighting within the larger ambit- of the Cold War so by the time I grew to adulthood in the late eighty S. I was seeing these these late cold war campaigns in these post colonial states as as part of the larger Cold War, and then you see these proxy wars between the US and the Soviet Union fought out in places like Afghanistan right, and then of course by two thousand one, you see those kind of proxy campaigns between the US and Soviet Union growing into something else what we now call the terror wars, the war on. On Terror in Afghanistan and elsewhere I didn't see those things as continuous. I didn't see the terror war something uniquely different from most proxy wars of the late. Cold War period and my thinking historically has been to ask the question. How is it that one connects these longer histories of warfare together? And I do think that I was inspired to think that partly by having grown up in San Diego in a military town. And what about your, your family's personal history with war and with slavery? Well an african-american! My parents grew up in Virginia, and so they are descended from people who are enslaved probably as far back as the eighteenth century the Chesapeake Bay area. What's now? Virginia and Maryland was one of the largest importers of slaves in North America now I say north. America because the British empire imported the vast majority of its enslaved peoples into the Caribbean but for North America the territories that became the United States, the Chesapeake and South Carolina with a major importers of enslaved African peoples, and my family is descended from. Those people probably brought to North America in the eighteenth century. History was big in your life obviously, but also the arch. Yeah well. When I was in high school I I became very involved in theater and went to college thinking that I was actually going to do a theater degree. But at some point I thought well, you know I could probably do theater without a theater degree, but maybe I should have a backup plan and my second love in college was history, and that ended up being my career.
Atheists in Recovery
"When your podcast came out, I was really excited to see another podcast that's devoted to. Really pointed towards secular people in recovery. Because you know not too long ago, I would say about five years ago. More maybe even time goes by, but it was really difficult to find anything online that was. Addressing issues for people in recovery who happened to be atheists agnostic or have a secular worldview, and it's good to see more of this information becoming available now I think it's important. Yes, yeah I. Definitely Agree In fact, the reason that I started the podcast was because clients would come to me and they would say. Listen I don't I. DON'T WANNA I don't believe in the God. Thing I don't feel like a as is a good fit for me. and I need some alternative ways to recover. In so! It was for them, but selfishly it was also for me, because I've met all these amazing Hud casters and people from around the globe that are doing this work that I didn't even know existed a little. Over a year ago, so Pretty Amazing. Let's go to your background a little bit your professional background. If you don't mind, what got you interested in treating people substance abuse to begin with. Well I so, I moved from upstate. New York to Virginia I'll make this short story. But. I moved here for a job in a locked in patients that get your unit and. I would treat individuals on a unit I would do their. Their hearings as well to commit them to the unit in what I saw over and over again, where like these these young vibrant? Children you know thirteen fourteen fifteen years old they come in, and we would treat them during your quotes. Is for as long as their insurance would allow would be five days, and then we would send them out into the world, and it just felt like such a inhumane thing to do because they weren't ready. And so that's why I wanted to to study addiction in deteriorate how I could provide more resources to my community in. I knew that there needed there had been a better way. Than what we were doing that, treat him in. St Them type of mentality. Yeah. That's that's really important it does seem to be actually in mental health. Altogether I have a brother who has mental health issues. Serious ones schizo affective and that type of that type of illness, really requires a lot of follow up and for those people to really have any chance of recovery. because. They're his recovery depends completely on his willingness to take the medication that prevents them from having psychotic episodes, and without regular, follow up. He's not going to take that medication, and unfortunately what happens in our society the way that our? Mental health system is. I. Guess is like you say you. Treat them, and you let them go and. Then, and then they're off their medication. It's impossible to get them almost impossible to get them back into treatment again, so it's really difficult, and I can see that also happening with substance abuse to well I, know it does especially. On the. People that are struggling right now financially anyway, to get treatment and then just to be put out there on their own. So Yeah Yeah. So you're also interested in facing in dealing with or helping women in particular, and that's interesting, of course you know, women have their own. Set of issues and I have a lot of women, friends and recovery, and a lot of them will have groups specifically for women and some of them even tell me that they speak differently in their women's groups and they do in men's group. I wonder if you might be able to talk a little bit about. The specific issues that are facing women in recovery today. So when I did my dissertation Research I'm teen years ago. One of the findings. That coming up one of the themes that could coming out was that. Would only start the recovery process. At at the. Willingness of the of their partners I asked. The women were partners to receive treatment, but then they would be held back by the partners. Will of you if you will get better than that means that I need to look at myself. You'RE GONNA. Leave 'cause you're going to be elevated at the slow down here. So that was one of the challenges, and then of course like all the challenges that come with. With being a woman. In today's society in a childcare yet, sometimes having to be this run breadwinner into hiding, manage all those things and then also. Put your recovery I just really difficult conditions. I also found it interesting that the other areas that you like to work in is on helping children with trauma and also people who to help people manage their anger and emotions better, and both of those are really connected to addiction, and I'm learning more now about the role that trauma plays in a person's likelihood to become an addict later on in
Little Green Jets
"We are going to discuss the situation in Libya so a few weeks ago, we had written about the one thousand Russian mercenaries that had arrived in country there, and the presence. Presence of unmarked MiG fighters, so I wanted to have Tony. Maybe you can set the stage for us. It's a very complicated battlespace that is emerging there with alliances that are very fluid, and what is really become a showcase or a testbed for a war of the future. So why don't you set up the security situation for us? And then we'll dig in and and talk about how the aircraft there are being used. Vive semis up. Pretty Fatty. That Jen. This harks back to the Arab spring, and the and the impact of that event across the Middle East and North Africa and also the fall of Colonel Gadhafi, and since then we've had this. On and off civil war, but now sort of developed into essentially two major sides who got the Libyan national? Army controlled by lethal halftime who made significant gains from his base in Benghazi sweeping across the country, and then we have the government of National Accord, which is a U N backed government which which? Controls Tripoli for a long time. Half ta basic swept across, took control of most of the oilfields on a much control of Libya, but then in recent months we've seen a resurgence of the genie's power, mainly, because it's backed by Turkish took a lot of effort into this campaign, and they've been fighting back, and we've seen sort of the GNA taking control of fields and towns across the area so particularly in the western half of the country the Libyan National Army Khalifa's army. has the backing of countries like the United. I M, Ritz Egypt and of course strain Russia, so it was sort of seeing this strange war. Complicated woman different sides. Some countries are undecided about which side to take. Which side is going to win. It's caught up in cobweb of mercenary groups and. Now introducing high levels of technology we're seeing. UAV's being used these Russian aircraft advance, Ground Base, defense systems, and also mercenary troops, being used in different ways and being bought in from different parts of of the Middle East to come and fight there. It's just it's become a little bit like Syria, but not quite the haphazard situation that has developed the. Brandon. Where is the US in this equation? A good question. It's The the best answer right now is that it's complicated. ostensibly the US does support the GNA because that is the internationally recognized UN backed. Government but It's important to remember that general huff. Tar is a creature of the United States in a sense He did spend eighteen years here in northern Virginia It said that he was working with the federal government for most of that time, if not all of that time and improving their understanding of events in North Africa during the latter years of the Gadhafi regime. So you know there have been a formal discussions between president. President, trump and half tar. They've actually spoken to one another there has there has been some limited at least diplomatic cooperation, but the US has stopped short of endorsing the as legitimate governments over the DNA so one more way Tony kind of had alluded to it a to it already one more way in which this is at all levels diplomatic, military, strategic, a very very fluid, dynamic, strange, complicated situation. That's unfolding there in Libya. Let's talk a little bit about the MiGs. We started to see satellite imagery of Russian aircraft landing on an airbase Dan. Can you bring us up to speed and give some detail about how they arrived in what happened to them after they came in? Yeah, so this is a the great. The great mystery of the conflict right now so in mid May satellite imagery showed that a MiG twenty nine had appeared at L. Giuffra. Airbase in central Libya and anyone that has access to the Internet can quickly find out. That Libya doesn't have MiG twenty nine fulcrum. So, where did this come from remarkably? Remarkably there had been some which essentially called rent a rumor intelligence, and the previous day's out MiG twenty nine, transiting from Russia to Syria, and then they just of stopped, and then a couple of days later. Oh, there it is! There's the MiG twenty nine in Libya and so people have been trying to piece I back, you know. Where did these come from? Who supplied them? And eventually on Africans in the US confirmed that they were rushing that they came from Russia, they flew through Iran and Syria and onwards syllabi. They went it. Was You know they say fourteen MiG twenty nine s you twenty fours. The mixture that is up for debate. There's been at least six twenty nine seen in Syria at the same time there was allegedly transiting. Their markings are painted over so these. Are you know I'm I'm going to be the first one to steal fray. Sorry guys the. Little Green jets. I got there first. So these. Are you know? Plausible deniability, whose are they really you know the most likely operated by Russians some people say that they're Belarusian. But they're almost certainly not. Unless secret training program kicks a long time to train foale. Gen fighter. These are not pilots in there. Almost certainly not Arab pilots in general. They were meant to tip the balance, but we haven't really seen them in action much so far. So what have you seen with them? Since and I understand, there are also some issue twenty fours in the region. Yeah so Brennan and I were talking about this. There's only been one confirmed action. They were used they hit a GNA convoy. Just recently that was transiting. Run the Oil Crescent, but mostly they seem to be kind of flying over top of their their bases, and they're just being held in reserve, almost a most satellite imagery of a Alqadi. That has the twenty fours in shelters. They haven't left. They arrived. They went into the shelters and everytime. Imagery passes over there, so they're not seeing not gone flying mission they just it was like a morale boost, and then they've stopped because I'm assuming losing one of the so soon into the conflict would probably be a PR move than when they arrived.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"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.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"Bill that I was troubled with that. Was the one giving the red flag law giving the police the power to take a search warrant and go into the home. I'm really concerned about individuals rights there. I won't end up voting for that bill unless that that provision is removed from it. What do we make of this concern about civil liberties in the Red Flag Law? It's a concern by some. It's it you know. We don't have those same concerns. We have worked on this bill across the country. It's been law in Connecticut in Indiana for many many years post Parkland as the secretary mentioned. You know over. A dozen states passed some form of a risk order. We extremist laws. They have been upheld in the courts. You know all the way up to the circuit level that they are in fact Constitutional we do the same thing with in domestic violence situations respondents of protective orders. Certain domestic violence misdemeanors so we don't have those same concerns. Different lawyers have different opinions and we Structured the bill in a way that satisfied Senator Moore sees a concerns and he did in fact vote for the bill so It's a process thing. Do you searched you. Have the search warrant when you issue the protective order or do you get the search warrant later if you have caused to believe that the respondent has or has not turned in firearms so it was more of a process concerned by senator more say and we feel very comfortable with the way. The language is the patron feels comfortable. We've had the language vetted with the secretary and others in the law enforcement community. The Office of the executive secretary you know prosecutors. It's a very good bill. We're very proud of it. We include a lot of due process in this bill. You have to go to a magistrate or judge. Only a prosecutor law enforcement can even obtain one of these it's not neighbor versus neighbor. And then it's a temporary deprivation of the firearm up to fourteen days up to a could be less and then it's heard by a circuit court judge and it's Clear and convincing evidence then whether or not this person you know is a threat so it was a lot of due process built into that bill from the get-go what's going to happen now with the language We adopted some Florida at that Senator more season others insistence. It might might cause a delay. We'll just have to monitor that. Because you've I the law enforcement will now go to the home request the firearms. They'll be hopefully. We'll be a surrender. But if they're they believe that they're not surrounding the fire robbed they'll have to go back. Get a search warrant return to the House with a search warrant and search a house for far so we'll have to monitor that you know it's additional due process and we can live with that if we can make sure that does not result to the violence that we're so concerned about it in a in a in a Exigency or some emergency. We want to have access to that far inside the house. Extricate it from dangerous situation so we'll see how that works so speaking of dangerous situations to timely opportunity to talk about corona virus right now. We are seeing unfortunately a rise in domestic violence while people are stuck confined at the home together. What can people do if they're in a situation where they are afraid of their significant other that they are stuck inside with? There are a number of hotlines out there. I don't have the numbers in front of me but I hope that women in these situations will take advantage of local and state and national hotlines. There are so websites that if a person is fearful and doesn't want his or her partner to listen in to a phone call our Online websites where you can converse you know by a keyboard. We know that introducing firearm into the home increases the risk for a person being subjected to domestic violence. It increases the risk of suicide for the persons living in that home and it also increases the risk of assault. A firearm in. Your home does not make you safer. There is no evidence and actually the evidence is is points to the opposite We advocate very very strongly for say storage if it must be on in the premises Unloaded locked up stored separately from the ammunition but a better alternative is to store a firearm off premises especially with children in the home. These are deadly Lisa weapons and you know far too. Many people in the heat of a moment in the heat of a crisis in the heat of despondency or anger or fear or other range of emotion. Some of which we may may be on the rise during this Pandemic you know gives us pause. I will say that gives us pause and concern for persons. He may be at Risk Virginia. Sexual and domestic violence. Action Alliance does have a Phone Number Open Twenty four hours on eight hundred eight three eight eight two three. A we are concerned about those situations We.
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"Of the entire legislature was dictating the gun policy for the Commonwealth of it's over eight million citizens. Let me ask you about. You mentioned the small size of the room that these rooms were the subcommittee met were extremely small as journalist. I would show up to where the room was and not only. Could I not get in the room? I couldn't get anywhere near the room because there'd be a giant massive people standing outside the door waiting for their turn to go in. Was this done on purpose. Oh absolutely absolutely leadership had determined number one. They wanted the bills killed by choosing the members of the committee who would readily kill the bills and the votes would help them number two they. They got to pick the the room that the committee meeting held there Hearings they got to pick the time of day they. They were an absolute control and support. It wasn't the committee members. It was virtually the entire membership of the Party and with the guidance of the leader. No you are in the room Lori House for almost every time. What was it like being in the room for you? What was your perspective on that you know? At times it was surreal. You know I came to came to expect you know a little bit of a groundhog day. What to expect? Who was going to say what we're which direction the vote was going to go all those things. It was still very jarring at times. I remember a couple of different testimonies one in particular by a woman who had come to talk about her toddler who had been put down for NAP. Found a gun in the bedside table and shot and killed himself and It was just ludicrous that this committee couldn't find it within themselves to weigh the safety of children. The convenience of some gun owner you know they looked at the woman. Said we're sorry for your loss asks for a moment of silence and then Bang gaveled. The bill dead. In a matter of seconds is atrocious. There are unfortunately hundreds if not thousands of vignettes that it seems over the years and we can't really discuss The transfer of power on a podcast like this without discussing the impact that gun violence had on elections and I'm thinking specifically in my hometown of Centerville Virginia suburban read for a long time And then after years of culture wars especially around gun violence it seems to me like something snapped and suburbia and I realize Secretary Moran we Your new capacity does not allow you to get political but think back to your time serving the legislature. Think about how. The suburbs considered guns many of them. Had you know guns themselves and were friendly toward him. But they weren't worried about their children getting shot at school as a matter of course every day the way many families in the suburbs are now unfortunately and is no longer a lifestyle issue for those people and so we have interviewed someone on the podcast before we were talking about the role of guns and pointed out to him that hey look. People in rural areas are afraid of their way of life being encroached upon. And that's a valid concern for somebody to have but people in suburbia specifically white suburban MOMS. Who are now voting in mass for the Democratic Party. Just don't want their kids to get shot. And that's all that's all it is well. Centerville was represented by conclusion. Ellie when I was in the legislature so that gives you a sense of how suburban voters in northern Virginia have changed in the gun. Issue is one reason. Nra refused to respond. Just atrocious. Tragedies I mean you think about Newtown I mean we we. All experienced lawyers described the junior tech. Newtown was kids. Kids got eighties and and you're not refused to allow the Congress to respond. And I think there's a lot of a lot of anger That built up in frustration in so they missed the opportunity to react and respond appropriately and responsibly. And they've had ever since of just absolutely given no credence to any gun control legislation however smaller or minimal. I think what they have gotten now is reaction to what happened in Virginia. We're GONNA take it all you know. We've passed seven out of eight laws. Which is could not be more reflective the change on guns could not better reflect the change in the politics Combo. Which would you rattled off for us? Real quick the left out of those seven new bills that will be in effect in July. Well we got one gun One handgun per month. We got background checks. We got the extreme risk order. Urpo extreme risk protective order otherwise known as Red Flag. We have the protective order bill. That now requires documentation. That you've given up your firearm. After being issued a protective order and domestic violence cases local authorities now with provided local jurisdictions the ability to regulate firearms that's enormous lost and stolen firearms with respect to You have to report a loss to stolen farm within forty eight hours and then the child access prevention which is the one Lori referenced earlier about the daycare. A child was placed in a bed to take a nap had access to a loaded firearm and killed himself so The child access prevention law now increases the penalty. Would a class one misdemeanor in so those are the seven? The governor put an eight so that's seven out of eight. The only other one. That failed was the assault weapons ban which was We we did a lot of work on it actually pass. The version passed the House. So we we got halfway down the field and so that's just enormous and we really is significant in historic. I don't know if you can even to fathom just how far we have come is really quite Quite remarkable but I do think it's a gun this year or two thousand seventeen and then in two thousand nineteen we won you could run against the NRA. A four gun control in win beyond just I represented the city of Alexandria. I received an F. from the NRA. I could win with seventy percent of the votes are just going to make a dumb joke about how I could notice. You're really thick Alexandria city accent. Well the secretaries right. Democrats ran on guns at one on guns and and I go back all the way to two thousand thirteen win the Terry McAuliffe and rouse northern and mark hearing and thirteen when it wasn't conventional thinking that you could run on guns and win and all three did all three ran very very loudly in two thousand thirteen much to the Chagrin of some pundits. Were like. Oh this is. This isn't going to help them. It's going to hurt them. In no way to actually help them. Markarian put a big OP. Ed in the Washington Post after he won that fight in the recount That they ran on guns at one on guns that was in two thousand thirteen. They didn't have the legislature to support the work. Then in two thousand Seventeen Ralph. Northam ran very loudly. He didn't shy away from this at all in any circumstance he stood up and is I call it literally swung from the trees. I'm going to ban assault weapons. I'm going to pass a background check. We're going to get this. We're going to get that. And that's when those winds in those pickups and seventeen cemented in the electorate said you know what in nineteen. We're GONNA finish the job. We're GONNA make sure that Dem's take over the house and the Senate and we have the governorship and we're going to get this done. The voters wanted this. It did seem like that's where the momentum was heading and you definitely saw lots of movement in that direction however I'm fascinated by this special session that happened in two thousand nineteen after the Virginia. Beach shooting the Governor Governor northbound called the members of the General Assembly to Richmond and they had this special session the Republican controlled General Assembly dug in their heels and said No. No No. We're not going to do anything. What was your reaction to that Lori? Start with you. Do you really think they were going to just resist or did you think they were. GonNa try to get something done special session. I honestly I. I suspect that they would pick one teeny tiny measure and pass it and try to say. Oh we did something you know what I mean. And they didn't and I've heard other say and I agree. It was the single one of the biggest political blunders ever committed. They did nothing. They literally were tone deaf. What we haven't talked about a little bit is the Gerrymandering of some of these house and Senate districts that pigeonhole persons into these very very either heavily Republican or heavily Democratic districts and in this heavily Republican districts. If they didn't run against gun control they were going to be primary in order to meet. And that was part of our hurdle and part of the pushback from Republicans. But I still to this day in two thousand eighteen. I spoke with The then One of the leaders in the Republican Party in the House and I said you've got to do something he said I think you're right but My membership won't let me this. Two thousand eighteen after the Democrats had picked up. I think it was fifteen seats in the house in two thousand seventeen and and there were people in the Republican. Partisan we gotta do gotTa do some And they chose not to leadership made a poor decision Secretary Moran. Were you expecting anything to come out of that special session I actually. I was a bit optimistic about at least the law. The risk extreme risk protective order because this was their opportunity to act seventeen other states. Florida passed it after this horrible tragedy by Republican governor Yeah and Mike Pence Vice President Mike Pence hotter than Indiana so it was passing around the country with with some Republican support. The the President School Safety Task Force endorsed it attorney. General Bar endorsed during his hearings to come attorney general so I really thought this was their opportunity to pass that. And and then you know. Universal background checks or they could have written that law rather than the Democrats. I mean you could see the thing changing human. You know you've been in politics long enough. You know the attitudes out there thinks we're GONNA change. This is their opportunity to actually try to put their finger in the dam and hold off in right the laws to their liking and I think they could have passed background. Checks it pulls off the charts. Most people think we already have background checks when you explain it to them. Even the most ardent gun owner so we shouldn't have felons purchasing firearms. And then second on the post so I I actually was bit OPTIMA. All overly optimistic obviously That they were actually GonNa pass some of these. I'm not sure they would have lost the majority of the way they did in nineteen if they had actually acted during the special session but as Lori said they got bad advice and and You know the rest is history..
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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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"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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"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..
"virginia" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"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..