Mornings on the Mall
Friday, November 1, 2019
Hosts: Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese
Executive Producer: Heather Hunter
WMAL hosted a special diner tour broadcast on Friday ahead of Tuesday’s election in Virginia. Various friends of the morning show, Virginia candidates and listeners stopped by to join our broadcast on Friday!
The Virginia elections are on November 5th this year. The General Assembly is currently held by Republicans by a 51-49 margin in the House of Delegates and a 21-19 margin in the State Senate, respectively. Tom Steyer, George Soros and Hollywood liberals have been pouring money and influence into the Virginia General Assembly races, Sheriff races, Board of Supervisors and District Attorney races in hopes of full blue control of Virginia. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
5am – A/B/C House approves impeachment inquiry rules after fiery floor debate. A sharply divided House voted Thursday to approve a resolution setting “ground rules” for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, putting lawmakers on record over the contentious process while setting the stage for proceedings to move into the public eye after weeks of closed-door depositions. The measure passed largely along party lines, 232-196. Two Democrats defected on the vote. The first formal floor vote in relation to the impeachment probe announced a month ago by Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed a fierce debate in the chamber, where Republicans accused Democrats of launching a de facto “coup” against the president in a “pre-ordained” bid to overturn the results of the 2016 election.
5am – D/E FAIRFAX COUNTY ELECTION FOCUS:
- IMPORTANCE OF THE FAIRFAX BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RACE: Next Tuesday, Fairfax County will hold transformative elections, with five open seats on the Board of Supervisors and a chance for the board to go completely blue for the first time in at least 50 years. Republicans warn that the county board, where Democrats hold an 8-2 majority, is becoming too liberal. (via Washington Post)
- INTERVIEW – JOE GALDO – a former Defense Department analyst, is running for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The contest for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair — the highest elected office in the county. Galdo’s opponent is Supervisor Jeff McKay. https://galdoforchairman.com / https://twitter.com/galdoforchair
- INTERVIEW – Srilekha Palle – the Republican nominee for Sully District Supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Her official website is PalleForSully.com; follow her on Twitter: @PalleForSully.
- INTERVIEW – Eric Jones – the Republican nominee for the Providence District running for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Eric Jones is a retired foreign service officer in this race for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Providence District seat and he formerly worked for the U.S. State Department in 1990 and retired in 2016.
- INTERVIEW – Jason Remer is running for Braddock District supervisor. He is an engineer with 36 years of experience in the energy and homeland security industries, Remer got his first glimpse of the political world in 2000 when he moved to Fairfax County to serve as a Congressional fellow for Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). Remer’s priorities include transportation and infrastructure investment, clean energy, career and technical education, and reducing the cost of living in Fairfax County.
- INTERVIEW – Ed Martin is a Republican vying for the Dranesville District supervisor seat. He is the president of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, which advocates for conservative positions on multiple issues. Martin laments what he described as inadequate action to fix the region’s traffic woes.
6am – A/B/C PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY CANDIDATES:
- In Prince William County, Democratic Del. Hala Ayala faces a challenge in District 51 from former Del. Rich Anderson. Del. Elizabeth Guzman faces a challenge from Republican D.J. Jordan in the 31st District. Republican Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy is battling Democratic Socialist Lee Carter. In 2017, there was a blue wave that saw most of the Republican representatives in Prince William County replaced with Democrats.
- INTERVIEW – RICH ANDERSON – is former Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (2010-2018) and is a current Candidate for Virginia 51st House District (2019) https://richanderson.com
- Rich Anderson is running again for the House of Delegates seat he served in from 2010-2018 in Prince William County races. Prince William is a typically Republican-leaning, although it has increasingly been turning a purple area. His opponent is Hala Ayala, and she’s leaning on outside liberal celebrities to rev her base. She recently had Elizabeth Warren do a short iPhone video endorsing her, brought in Stacey Abrams and Corey Booker to door knock with her. She’s bringing in a lot of outside money and outside political celebrities to try to keep her seat
- Background on his opponent: Hala Ayala (Democrat) is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and her experience includes working as a cybersecurity specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She founded and has served as president of Prince William County’s chapter of the National Organization for Women. She has served on Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) Advisory Council on Women. Hala Ayala (D) defeated incumbent Richard Anderson (R) in the last Virginia House of Delegates District 51 general election.
- Interview – IAN LOVEJOY is challenging Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, for the 50th District House of Delegates seat. Lee Carter is a radical socialist who has tweeted support for Antifa and boycotted President Trump’s speech at the Jamestown Assembly anniversary. Carter was elected in the blue wave in 2017 that saw most of the Republican representatives in Prince William County replaced with Democrats. https://votelovejoy.com/about-ian
- Republicans have their own seats they have the highest hopes of flipping, including District 50 in parts of Prince William County and Manassas. The seat is currently held by Democratic Socialist Lee Carter, and the area only recently began consistently voting for Democrats in statewide races. Republican Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy is challenging Carter.
- INTERVIEW – DJ JORDAN – Republican running for the 31st District of the Virginia state House of Delegates, challenging Democrat Elizabeth Guzmanhttps://votedj.com/
- ABOUT D.J. JORDAN: D.J. starts his campaign with the support of the 31st District’s former Republican Delegate, Scott Lingamfelter, who represented the District for 16 years from January 2002 to January 2018. D.J. also has the endorsement of former gubernatorial GOP nominee Ed Gillespie, former U.S. Senate candidate and current Delegate, Nick Freitas (R-30), and also Delegate Michael Webert (R-18), who represents part of Fauquier County. D.J. was born and raised in the Tidewater, Virginia area by parents who escaped poverty because of strong family commitment, education, entrepreneurship, and hard work. D.J. earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Liberty University, and played on the football team as a student-athlete. He also earned a Masters in Public Management from The Johns Hopkins University. D.J. worked in the United States Congress for ten years in several offices, including the House Committee on Small Business. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill in 2008, he worked in broadcast journalism at CNN and also Fox News. D.J. now works for a public relations firm in Alexandria, Virginia. D.J. currently serves his community as a volunteer with the Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative, and he is an Alternate Commissioner appointee on the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), a transit agency that runs the local OmniRide bus system. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Virginia’s Kids Belong, a nonprofit that helps foster children. D.J. and his wife, Glorya, have four children, and have fostered and also adopted from foster care. They live in the Winding Creek Estates neighborhood in Woodbridge, and are members of Move Church in Lake Ridge.
- Prince William County Republican Committee Facebook post: Yesterday at 7:56 PM: In February, Delegate Elizabeth Guzman demanded that Governor Ralph Northam resign due to his blackface scandal. Remember that? However, she accepted $9,000 in political contributions from Northam in July, so I guess she no longer thinks he should resign. And today, Guzman brought Northam to Woodbridge for a photo-op to help her re-election campaign. Political hypocrisy at its best!
6am – D INTERVIEW – VA DEL TIM HUGO — representing the 40th district, which includes the municipalities of Catharpin, Clifton, and Fairfax Station and is the Majority Caucus Chairman for the Virginia House Republican Caucus https://timhugo.com
- Incumbent Republican Tim Hugo and Democrat Dan Helmer are running in the general election for Virginia House of Delegates District 40 on November 5, 2019. His opponent Dan Helmer is getting massive celebrity Dem support – Alec Baldwin, Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden and more.
- In District 40, longtime Republican Del. Tim Hugo hopes to hold on again in parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties. In statewide races, the district last tilted Republican in 2013, and Hugo won by just 99 votes in 2017. This year, Hugo is facing Democrat Dan Helmer, both are Army veterans.
INTERVIEW – LARRY MICHAEL – Voice of The Redskins — previewed this weekend’s game: Sun 11/3 at 1 pm – Redskins vs Bills.
- Trent Williams failed physical, had discomfort when putting on helmet. Redskins Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams failed his physical and will not rejoin the team at this time, interim head coach Bill Callahan explained on Wednesday. Callahan said that Williams experienced discomfort when he put his helmet on to prepare for practice and that constituted the failed physical. Williams dealt with a tumor in his scalp last year and this offseason and it seems that could lead to the helmet discomfort.
6am – F Trump, Lifelong New Yorker, Declares Himself a Resident of Florida. (NY Times) –The president filed a “declaration of domicile” last month saying that his property in Palm Beach will be his permanent residence. He came of age in Queens, built Trump Tower, starred in “The Apprentice,” bankrupted his businesses six times, and drew cheering crowds and angry protesters to Fifth Avenue after his election. No longer. In late September, Mr. Trump changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Fla., according to documents filed with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Melania Trump, the first lady, also changed her residence to Palm Beach in an identical document. Can Trump avoid taxes by leaving New York? It’s not so simple. Each of the Trumps filed a “declaration of domicile” saying that the Mar-a-Lago Club, Mr. Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, will be their permanent residence.
7am – A/B/C INTERVIEW – KEN CUCCINELLI – acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services — discussed the latest fiscal year border migration numbers, his sparring with Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Capitol Hill and MS-13 threatening a local high school in Montgomery County.
- DHS Expands MPP Operations to Eagle Pass: Department of Homeland Security has begun processing migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, in Eagle Pass, Texas. This brings the total number of ports of entry where MPP returns will be made to six.
- U.S. and El Salvador Sign Arrangements on Security & Information Sharing; Give Salvadorans with TPS More Time: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, El Salvador Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, and Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli announced the two countries have signed a number of documents to implement greater collaboration on information sharing, border and aviation security, and international diplomacy, and announced additional time for El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to repatriate.
- CBP Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Southwest Border Migration Stats: Of note— CBP personnel took more than 1.1 million enforcement actions nationwide in Fiscal Year 2019, a 68 percent increase over the preceding year. The surge in enforcement actions was driven largely by activity on the southwest border, where CBP personnel: – Apprehended 851,508 migrants between ports of entry, including a record-breaking 473,683 family units; Encountered a record 126,001 inadmissible individuals at ports of entry; and Rescued more than 4,900 migrants. CBP addressed the unprecedented migration flows in part by constructing 76 miles of new border wall system in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An additional 156 miles of wall are currently under construction, with 276 miles in the preconstruction process.
- CUCCINELLI PUSHES BACK ON DWS: Cuccinelli tangles with Wasserman Schultz after ‘white supremacist’ claim: ‘That’s defamatory’ (Fox News) — Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli clashed Wednesday with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., after she accused him and President Trump of following a “white supremacist ideology” by allegedly trying to block non-Caucasian migrants from entering the U.S. “My constituents, Americans across this country aren’t fooled by this administration’s specious attempts to distinguish between documented and undocumented immigration,” Wasserman Schultz told Cuccinelli at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing on the treatment of migrants. “You and Mr. Trump don’t want anyone who looks or talks differently than Caucasian Americans to be allowed into this country,” she added. “That’s false,” Cuccinelli shot back. He was then interrupted by the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, who told him not to interrupt her, but he carried on: “That’s defamatory.” “Excuse me, there’s nothing defamatory about it,” she said.
- Sanctuary County: MS-13 Gang Threatens ‘Retaliation’ at High School. A Maryland school located in a sanctuary county needed extra security on campus this week after being threatened with “retaliation” by the violent El Salvador-based MS-13 Gang, according to officials. The Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Maryland — a sanctuary county that shields illegal alien criminals from deportation — was forced to increase security this week after authorities said the violent MS-13 Gang made credible threats of “retaliation.” Police said the retaliation threat by MS-13 gang members was in relation to an incident last week, though they would not provide details on the incident.
7am – D House approves impeachment inquiry rules after fiery floor debate. A sharply divided House voted Thursday to approve a resolution setting “ground rules” for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, putting lawmakers on record over the contentious process while setting the stage for proceedings to move into the public eye after weeks of closed-door depositions. The measure passed largely along party lines, 232-196. Two Democrats defected on the vote. The first formal floor vote in relation to the impeachment probe announced a month ago by Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed a fierce debate in the chamber, where Republicans accused Democrats of launching a de facto “coup” against the president in a “pre-ordained” bid to overturn the results of the 2016 election.
7am – E INTERVIEW – DR. DOUG LIVORNESE, M.D – a Pulmonary Internal Medicine Doctor and also AKA “MR. MARY WALTER”
- BREAKTHROUGH… Long-awaited cystic fibrosis drug could turn deadly disease into a manageable condition. A new cystic fibrosis therapy dramatically improved patients’ lung function and showed clear signs of targeting the genetic root of the disease, instead of just alleviating symptoms — a breakthrough so long-sought that many doctors and patients are moved to tears when talking about it.
8am – A/B/C FOCUS ON FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION:
- WASHINGTON POST: “The Nov. 5 election will see unusual turnover, with six of 11 incumbents not seeking reelection. Lee District representative Tamara Derenak Kaufax is unopposed, but there are fierce contests for three at-large seats and eight district seats. The Democratic and Republican parties each endorsed a slate, which is not unusual. What is out of the norm is the poisonous tone that, by and large, has been set by the Republican-backed candidates. They seem to have taken a page from President Trump’s playbook of trafficking in fear, misinformation and demonization. “Take back our schools” is their theme in a campaign that distorts the reality of Fairfax schools and the work of the current board. The 190,000-student system faces challenges — including retaining teachers, narrowing the achievement gap and modernizing overcrowded facilities — but the high-performing system is among the country’s best. Contrary to GOP claims, no one is proposing lowered standards or massive, cross-county busing. Attacking the board for renaming J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High, updating the sexual health curriculum to include lessons about transgender issues and seeking to promote equity is wedge politics at its worst.”
- INTERVIEW – ELIZABETH SCHULTZ – is a Springfield District member of the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia. www.schultzforschoolboard.com
- Schultz has been on the front lines of the transgender debate while on the Fairfax County School Board. Fairfax County led the way in pushing the transgender agenda across the country and she stood up as a lone voice and advocate for concerned parents. She also has been a forceful voice on the board asking about the impact of busing, budgeting and legal impact of the One Fairfax policy.
- INTERVIEW – Steven Mosley – black Liberty University grad, college professor, pastor/church planter, running for Mount Vernon seat against current School Board Chairman Karen Corbett Sanders https://www.stevendmosley.com
- INTERVIEW – Priscilla DeStefano – First generation American daughter of El Salvador immigrants, young mom of current FCPS students, running for one of three at-Large seats http://priscillaforfairfax.com/
- INTERVIEW – Anastasia Karloutsos – Greek mom of current FCPS students – running for Dranesville (McLean; Langley, Great Falls) open seat, Janie Strauss retiring after 27 years on the School Board https://anastasia4kids.com
8am – D/E INTERVIEW – MATT SCHLAPP – chairman of the American Conservative Union and MERCEDES SCHLAPP with the 2020 Trump-Pence campaign – discussed the impeachment push in Congress and the efforts to turn Virginia blue.