The Republican Party isn’t immediately positioned to profit from its unexpected good fortune. The GOP’s state affiliate is in shambles, and the Trump campaign, although it has time to ramp up, isn’t entrenched on the ground. That could hinder Republican gains in upcoming elections, even as a Democratic meltdown loosens what appeared to be a liberal vise grip on Virginia voters.
“The state party is in no shape to take advantage of any of this,” said John Fredericks, a conservative talk radio host in southern Virginia who was chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign there. “But I’m going to make the case to the president’s 2020 team that Virginia is now a winnable state.”
Virginia politics was turned upside down this month when it was revealed Northam’s page on his mid-1980s medical school yearbook included a racist photograph of two people in costume, one dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member and the other wearing blackface. A few days later, Herring admitted to donning blackface as part of a costume, which also happened decades ago.
Read the full report from The Washington Examiner.
Imagine for a moment that someone in your family experiences a sudden medical emergency. It’s happened to my loved ones. It’s probably happened to someone dear to you.
In that moment, your first reaction is a mix of fear, anxiety, and sadness. And then, in an instant, one thought takes over: The urgency of finding the best care without delay.
When the crisis is over, you feel a sense of relief and gratitude that your loved one received timely, skilled medical care when it was needed.
But sometimes, there’s a post-emergency shock that arrives when people learn the insurance company won’t pay its fair share of the bill for their emergency care.
That leaves the patient on the hook for the unpaid amount. This is commonly known as “balance billing.”
It typically occurs when an insured patient receives care from a health care provider who is not in-network with their insurer.
This year, the General Assembly is considering legislation to protect patients from balance billing. President Trump is also focused on it; he recently called for a solution that shields patients from harm in those situations.
Del. Lee Ware of Powhatan County is leading the way on this issue by carrying a bill to protect patients from the hardship of unexpected medical bills. His proposal simplifies a complicated situation by asking more of health care providers and insurers.
In emergency situations when patients don’t have a chance to check if a provider is in-network prior to treatment, Ware’s HB 1714 establishes a fair standard for all parties involved.
The bill specifies that patients won’t be required to pay an out-of-network provider more than their typical cost-sharing payment (such as an out-of-pocket deductible or a co-pay) for in-network treatment.
Rather than leaving patients on the hook for the balance of an unexpected medical bill, it would require insurance companies to pay an equitable share of treatment costs that are consistent with the in-network value for a service.
Another protection in the bill would apply to patients who seek emergency services believing they are experiencing a serious medical episode that later turns out to be less serious than initially feared. In such cases, an insurance company would be prohibited from denying coverage for a patient’s medical claim after the fact.
Ware’s bill has widespread support. The only significant opposition to it comes from mammoth insurance companies. They prefer HB 2544 from Del. Kathy Byron of Campbell County, which may be well-intentioned but it gives insurers more leverage in balance billing situations.
The idea that a person with insurance should be covered for medical care they receive seems so obvious that you might wonder why this is even an issue.
The fact is, there are several market factors at play.
One is a shift in how people pay for health care services. You may have noticed that more insurance plans have moved from co-pay plans to high-deductible plans with health savings accounts.
The goal of that is to limit insurance costs by shifting them to patients and decreasing health care utilization.
Another consideration is the complex relationship between commercial health insurance and how providers, including physician specialists and the hospitals in which they work, are reimbursed.
Although you might assume that the doctors who treat you in the emergency department are employed by the hospital, the reality is that many of those physicians who specialize in things like radiology and anesthesiology staff the hospital under contract agreements.
The hospitals that work with those doctors want to uniformly be in-network with all the same insurers as the doctors on staff.
Yet insurance companies ultimately determine which providers are in-network and the rate at which they are willing to reimburse providers for services.
That means they have the power to deny insured patients’ claims, to limit patients’ access to providers who aren’t in-network and to set rates that don’t fairly reimburse health care providers for care rendered.
Ware’s HB 1714 is a common-sense solution that protects patients and families from surprise medical bills while respecting the roles that providers and insurers play in the health care delivery system.
And it is in line with the goals articulated by President Trump to bring more transparency and affordability to the health care system.
Read the full report from The News & Advance.
If you turned on the television in December the week before Christmas, you would have thought the U.S. was heading towards economic apocalypse. The legacy media seemed jubilant in reporting record one-day losses on Wall Street and bemoaned President Trump’s America First trade policies.
But a strange thing happened. In record numbers, Americans let their feet and their pocketbook do the talking. They spent, and they traveled.
As the U.S. economy continues to hum under President Trump’s leadership, a record number of Americans are expected to have traveled this holiday season.
AAA forecasts that about 112.5 million people will travel by train, car, or airplane between Dec. 22 and Jan. 7, an all-time record that represents an impressive 4.4 percent increase over last year.
There’s a very good reason so many people have hit the trail this Christmas: thanks to President Trump’s middle class tax cuts, the typical American family is saving more than $2,000 per year.
For many people, those tax savings alone are enough to cover gas and airfare, with plenty left over for some extra Christmas shopping — which is exactly what Americans did during this year’s record-breaking Black Friday.
According to Fortune, consumers spent a record $6.22 billion in online shopping on Black Friday, a 23.6 percent increase over 2017. Days later, Americans set another record by spending $7.9 billion online during Cyber Monday, a 19.3 percent jump from the previous year.
The return of America’s prosperity is undeniable and is now clearly evident in almost every sector of the economy.
President Trump’s insistence on slashing burdensome regulations and cutting taxes has led to the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, and the economy is on pace to exceed 3 percent growth for the year — the first time it has hit that milestone since 2005.
The President’s aggressive stance on international trade is also having a positive economic impact by ending unfair trade arrangements that gave foreign workers an advantage over Americans.
Trump’s critics call it a trade-war with our allies. Trump says we’re done with letting working Americans get screwed on bad trade deals, regardless of the geo-political alliance at hand. A bad deal is a bad deal.
While the uni-party political establishment did nothing to address the challenges posed by the outdated NAFTA treaty, President Trump wasted no time in scrapping that agreement and replacing it with an updated trade deal, the USMCA, that finally gives American workers a level playing field.
The President also made stunning progress in the decades-old trade dispute with China, sticking to a hard-line policy that recently forced Beijing to lower its tariffs on American-made cars by 25 percent.
Sadly, the Democrats, Never-Trumpers and the mainstream media are obsessed with portraying our economy in a negative light because they don’t want President Trump to get the credit he deserves for salvaging our economy from the mess of the prior decade.
Instead of supporting the President’s job-creating tax cuts, for instance, Democrat lawmakers blatantly misrepresented the broad-based tax reform to falsely accuse Donald Trump of giving handouts to the rich and abandoning the poor. Then, after the Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Nancy Pelosi arrogantly sneered that the $1,000 bonuses many workers received were just “crumbs.”
When President Trump slapped much-needed tariffs on certain foreign products, the out of touch elites in Washington and their pressroom lackeys were quick to label the strategy “reckless,” inaccurately predicting it would lead to a “trade war” and economic devastation. Instead, we have record jobs, a burgeoning GDP and rising wages.
Even when the President signed an executive order aimed at rebuilding some 8,000 economically distressed communities across America, the talking heads were quick to imply that the initiative was designed to somehow benefit the Trump family.
The legacy media may distort the truth to advance a naked political agenda, but the prosperity created by President Trump’s policies speaks for itself.
The more than 112 million Americans who spent money to travel to see family and friends this holiday season equal the record-setting number of Americans who now have jobs in this thriving economy. President Trump’s policies are clearly having a profound impact.
Come April 15, the great lie of the Left and the legacy media-that Trump’s tax cuts will not benefit lower income and middle class Americans—is about to be exposed when lower taxes are due and bigger refunds are filed.
Average Americans, however, know this already. That’s why they purchased-and traveled, in record numbers this holiday season.
Read the full report online from The Roanoke Times.
Sources close to the President confirmed to JFRS that former Trump for President deputy campaign manager David N. Bossie has moved near the top of President Trump’s choice for White House chief of staff.
Bossie, who joined the Trump campaign during the general election and reported to campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, is also the co-author, with Corey Lewandowski, of two recent New York Times bestseller books on Trump: “Let Trump Be Trump,” chronicling the campaign, and the recently released “Trump’s Enemies,” detailing what the authors view as deep state conspirators undermining the President’s agenda.
The whirlwind of candidates emerging to replace outgoing chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, who President Trump announced would leave his post at the end of the year, reached a fever pitch this week when perceived successor Nick Ayres, of Pence world, reportedly withdrew himself from consideration.
Bossie, a confidant of Trump, has emerged as an overwhelming favorite of the President’s base supporters, many of whom believe the West Wing has been infiltrated with Republican operatives who don’t believe in Trump’s America First agenda and are not loyal to the President.
Trump’s Base Fired Up For Bossie
The Bossie boom-let has been met with a social media explosion of support and enthusiasm from Trump’s most ardent backers.
The choice of Bossie would be seen as a huge nod to Trump’s core supporters, who he needs to hyper-motivate in 2020 for his re-election campaign to be successful.
Many told me for two years they’ve felt betrayed or “punched in the teeth” as one Trump campaign director put it, by professional Washington Republicans who took over the Trump Administration. “Some of them didn’t even vote for Trump, and got key jobs and influence,” said a battleground state director who got “kicked to the curb because I’m a true believer.” Both asked for anonymity to speak candidly.
Others told me if they were an early Trump supporter they were “blacklisted” by the RNC who wrestled control of the White House PPO [personnel office] early on and booted out agency applications from Trump campaign workers.
Bossie told us he would be “honored to be offered the position,” and confirmed that he has a luncheon with President Trump on Friday to discuss the matter.
Lewandowski Weighs In
In an interview on my radio show on Tuesday, former Trump for President campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who serves as an informal adviser to President Trump, and who was a Kelly antagonist, gave a full-throated endorsement for Bossie.
“Number one, you need a person who understands Donald Trump. And what I mean by that is not somebody who thinks that Donald Trump should be behind a desk, not talking to people. You have to let Trump be Trump. Dave Bossie knows something about that,” Lewandowski said.
“Number two, you need someone who’s looking at the 2020 election cycle and knows what’s at stake—and how every decision that the White House is making now may or may not impact the 2020 election,”Trump’s former campaign manager added.
“Number three, you must have an experienced leader who understands the investigative unit of Congress now that the Democrats have taken over. And who better than the former chief investigator for Congress, Dave Bossie?”
“Number four, this job requires a person who is unselfishly willing to give up everything that they’re doing to put their career on hold, their family on hold, and go and put their time in to help this President be successful. I know Dave would do that,” Lewandowski said.
On motivating Trump’s base:
“There’s no question, Dave Bossie is a loyal Trump supporter, and he was before Donald Trump was ever a candidate, and he’s continued to be. And I do think there is a frustration amongst people from the outside who helped get Donald Trump elected, that saw the swamp take over, that saw individuals coming in making decisions that excluded those people from getting jobs in the administration. Look, there were plenty of jobs to go around, but what we’ve seen is people who’ve been loyal to the president at some level have not been given those opportunities, and I think it’s very disappointing. And I do think if you want to keep that group of people engaged, the people who were there early, you have to give them one of their own. That’s Dave.”
“I’m okay with people who came to the campaign after it started and after their candidate dropped off. That’s perfectly fine, and that’s normal. But you shouldn’t overlook the people who were there from the beginning, and Dave is a person who understands that group of people. He’s one of the people who I relied on when I was running the campaign on a regular basis to ask advice and counsel for. He’d be a great choice,” Lewandowski concluded.”
Trump Focused on Meadows, Bossie
For his part, as reported by Reuters, President Trump said on Tuesday, “I have at least 10-12 that want it badly. I’m making a decision. Great people. I could do it immediately. I’m in no rush. A lot of people want it. [Mark] Meadows is a great guy. Dave Bossie’s a great guy. Friend of mine.”
Bossie Vs. Dem’s Subpoena Cannon
Many observers say Bossie is the one choice who could marry the President’s legislative agenda with his re-election message in a seamless fashion. Having served as a chief congressional investigator in the Clinton impeachment fiasco, he is potentially the only candidate who can navigate around the Democratic House subpoena cannon, which is loading up.
Bossie remembers how U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, a ranking Democrat insulated President Clinton from Republican fire. “He was relentless,” Bossie said.
It will be an experience worth its weight in gold –- and a 2020 re-election.
City of Rats
The best thing about living in Washington, D.C. during the week is Friday…when I leave the swamp to go back to my family in Tidewater. Forget driving, after two years and thousands of dollars in parking tickets later, I scrapped that mode of transportation for Amtrak and Metro. The D.C. parking meter cops must have secret radar, they know exactly when your pay-to-play meter expires and pop a $30 ticket on your windshield. Plus, I’m convinced they work on straight commission.
Ever noticed the rat problem in D.C.? Not the leaker rats in the White House and the deep state…I’m talking real rats. Big ones. They roam the city at night like they own the place. I’m thinking about bringing my alpha-cat Sammy @SammyTrumpCat here for a week and let him out at night. He’ll eat like a king!
The Poor Man’s CPAC
I broadcasted my radio show today from the first ever American Priority Conference at the swanky Marriott Wardman Park in the Adams-Morgan section of the District.
It’s like the poor man’s CPAC. Many of the conventioneers are younger and appear to represent the totally unorganized faction of fervent grassroots Trump supporters. Many have been shunned or ousted by their local GOP committees. Sort of like the land of MAGA misfit toys. So Priorities is rallying them together via social media. The organizers say the Conservative Political Conference (CPAC) has become too big and too corporate. They invited me to do radio row–and I was a gang of one. You have to start somewhere so I’m happy to be a part of their inaugural voyage.
Sidebar: I ran into a Lyndon LaRouche supporter! Do they still have those?
The abundance of my contacts in the State Dept. and the United Nations viewed the much-anticipated Trump nomination of former FOX News television anchor and State Dept. spokeswoman Heather Nauert as downright silly. Everyone I talked with told me she is woefully underqualified and will be immediately viewed as a made for TV lightweight, not to be taken seriously on the world stage.
Nikki Haley is a tough act to follow. Advocating, articulating and applying President Trump’s America First vision to the global scene is not a task suited for the squeamish or faint of heart. I know this as a senior contributor to the Al-Jazeera Arabic Network defending President Trump to millions of Middle Eastern viewers every night.
Nauert is very smart; with a good team around her, she may very well grow into the role.
On the flip side, the reviews on Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr, a former A.G. under Bush 41 was met with universally laudable comments like “brilliant” “checkmate” and “savvy.” Barr brings street cred, relationships, experience and a dislike for protracted special counsels to the table. He’ll likely sail through the Senate’s confirmation process.
Barr is the perfect AG to get Trump through 2020. The President’s focus needs to be on legislative accomplishments, not investigations and creepy deep state shenanigans.
Chief of Staff-Game of Thrones
See you, General Kelly! Thanks for coming! And thanks for your service. We have an election to win. Time for change.
The President needs to marry his legislative agenda with a 2020 re-election campaign message.
If not, we’ll end up with Paul Ryan’s riveting doozy of the mid-terms: “A better way…” Wow, if that didn’t knock your election socks off. It was almost as good as: “I’m with her.” A better way to do what? Cut my grass? Good riddance, Mr. Speaker, and don’t let the water pitcher hit you in the keister on the way out.
Trump needs a political consigliere, not a taskmaster.
Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayres is the front-runner and the clear favorite. But former Trump for President deputy campaign manager David N. Bossie, the dark horse in the race to replace Kelly, is making a late move.
Ayres is gaining favor with the Boss, the family likes him, and he’s got quite the political resume for a 36-year old. He’s served the Vice President admirably.
I first met Nick Ayres in Atlanta in 2001 when he was campaign manager for Sonny Perdue, a long shot gubernatorial candidate in a five-way GOP primary with the hapless winner set to face a popular incumbent Democratic governor.
Everybody said Ayers was way too young back then.
Governor Perdue came from nowhere to win the primary, defeated Roy Barnes in a stunning upset with no money, and served two terms. Every subsequent job Ayres has held – from executive director of the Republican Governor’s Association to campaign manager for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign in 2012–he was called “too young.” I don’t believe age is the issue.
Sidebar: Ayres readily acknowledges that the Pawlenty for President campaign was a train wreck. They pulled out after losing the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll-as silly now that it sounds. But to their credit, they gave out DQ Blizzards in their tent, which was a huge hit!
Knights Of The Long Knives
There are a few White House knives out for Ayres. Some detractors say he’s power hungry and blind with ambition. A few West Wing Trump loyalists worry he’s too tied to Pence’s massive political operative machine, and others fret that he doesn’t believe in President Trump America First vision for America.
Bossie, on the other hand, is mature, proven, tough and he really gets Trump. He’s a true believer. While an adept veteran manager he’s also demonstrated keen political acumen throughout his career.
Ayres is the odds-on favorite to replace Kelly.
But not so fast…
I had Anthony Scaramucci on my radio show today, and I asked him what he thought about Kelly leaving.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” Mooch said. “I’ve heard this before, and he’s still there, right?”
Mooch’s new book, “Trump: The Blue Collar President” is a good read, as he melds together his Italian blue-collar roots with Trump’s base. I didn’t realize until today he went to Harvard Law School. Too bad he had that ill-advised convo with the New Yorker magazine that he thought was off the record. Welcome to the Swamp, Mooch. Listen to the full radio interview
More Books on Trump
Ran into former White House advisor Cliff Sims last week, who got a multi-six figure advance on a new book about his days in the West Wing: “Team of Vipers.” When will there be Trump book overload? Cliff was on my radio show several times during his tenure with the White House and also during the election when I was broadcasting live at Trump Tower in New York City. We’ll see.
Virginia Politics: BlueGinia
How is BlueGinia? I attended Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s (D) correspondents Christmas Party Thursday night at the fabled Mansion and ran into two of the four Democratic candidates for governor 2021.
Quick Guide to “Virginia politics for dummies:” It’s blue. Democrats win. Republicans lose.
Morning Line odds on four Dem candidates running for the top prize in 2021 (complete with nicknames)
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax – 2:1 – “The Package” A man of the people. He has it all.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney — 5:2 – “The Slasher” He’s a street fighter with a powerful base
A.G. Mark Herring – 3:1 –“The Silver Fox” – He’s going to run, he can’t be AG forever, right?
Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander 12:1 “Mo-Joe” – I love this bet at 12:1! Can you say Creigh Deeds 2009?
Republicans – No line. It’s Blue.
Corey Lewandowski says read his new book: Trump’s Enemies
John Fredericks Announces Addition of Democrat Susan Platt to the WJFN News Talk 100.5 FM Virginia Political Commentary Programming Lineup
The ‘Find Your Roar’ show hosted by Platt, a Capitol Hill veteran and former Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidate, will air each Saturday morning (9-10 a.m.) at 100.5 FM on the radio dial, and www.WJFNRadio.com online, beginning December 1
RICHMOND, VA – A powerful voice offering a woman’s point of view on politics is joining the airwaves on Virginia’s new home for state and national political news talk in Virginia – WJFN 100.5 FM on the radio dial, and www.WJFNRadio.com online.
Susan Platt, a longtime congressional staff leader and award-winning political campaign manager who previously worked for former Vice President Joe Biden during his U.S. Senate tenure, is bringing her “Find Your Roar” hourly interview and news talk program to WJFN, a recently launched Richmond-based terrestrial radio station.
“Find Your Roar” will air each Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. EST on WJFN 100.5 FM. The new radio show is an offshoot of Platt’s popular online podcast and video series “PLATT-itude: Find Your Roar” that debuted in October.
“As a Democratic woman who has worked at all levels of government for more than 30 years, and has established two organizations dedicated to helping women seek and win election to public office, I know firsthand the power of women finding their personal roar,” said Platt, a Loudoun County resident who ran for Virginia Lieutenant Governor in 2017 and previously helped create the Farm Team and its successor group, Emerge Virginia, to train Democratic women to run for office. “As recent elections in Virginia have reminded us, there is a diverse and growing chorus of voices yearning to be heard in our political process who want to make our government more representative and responsive to the concerns of the people. It is important that these voices are heard. On ‘Find Your Roar,’ the voices of women, and a few good men, will be welcomed to the conversation, just as John Fredericks has graciously invited me into the WJFN family to add a unique political perspective to the Virginia airwaves.”
Added John Fredericks, the host of the John Fredericks Radio Show and the Managing Director of WJFN 100.5 FM: “Bringing Susan Platt into the WJFN 100.5 FM programming lineup strengthens our roster of Virginia-based news talk and political analysis. This move demonstrates our commitment to offering fresh and diverse perspectives on the news of the day, and explaining what it means for the way our government functions, and how it impacts people’s everyday lives. WJFN provides an engaging, listener-oriented, interactive experience that enables our audience to directly connect in real time with the Virginia-based hosts providing insightful commentary from both sides of the political spectrum to spark lively conversations.”
WJFN formally launched earlier this month. Its programming lineup is headlined by the John Fredericks Radio Show and host John Fredericks, an experienced media executive and conservative commentator who was the Virginia Chairman of the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign in 2016. Fredericks’ eponymous show is simulcast from Washington, D.C. and can be heard in media markets across Virginia including Richmond, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, and Roanoke. The John Fredericks Radio Show is also heard in Jacksonville, FL.
WJFN 100.5 FM is also the broadcast home of The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show hosted by its namesake, Joe Morrissey, a colorful and sometimes controversial criminal defense attorney who previously was an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates and Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney. Morrissey’s program can be heard on WJFN 100.5 FM from 10 a.m.-noon EST each Tuesday-Friday. He is a progressive Democrat who isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics or fight for the rights of those overlooked by society.
Another former state Delegate, Chris Saxman, hosts the Virginia FREE Radio program each Monday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST. Saxman is a former educator, a successful entrepreneur who represented the Staunton area for four terms in the state House, and a keen political thinker, theorist, and strategist. In 2008, he was the Virginia Co-Chairman of U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign. Saxman currently serves as Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (FREE).
Farmer, attorney, policy maven, and conservative activist Martha Boneta of Fauquier County is also a member of the WJFN 100.5 FM team. Boneta is a frequent guest host on the John Fredericks Radio Show, as well as an entrepreneur, an agriculture advocate who successfully lobbied the Virginia General Assembly to change state law to protect property rights, and a sought-after speaker who has made guest appearances on Fox News and many other news stations and national media outlets.
And coming early in 2019 on WJFN 100.5 FM is “The Gene Rossi Hour” hosted by Democrat Gene Rossi from Northern Virginia. Rossi is an attorney in private practice who spent years prosecuting dangerous criminals as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and who ran for Virginia Lieutenant Governor in 2017. Rossi’s show will air on Saturdays.
In addition to its Virginia-based programs, WJFN 100.5 FM will air nationally-syndicated news talk programs including the Dennis Prager Show, the Savage Nation, the Larry Elder Show, the Joe Walsh Show, and Red Eye Radio. The station also serves as the Central Virginia broadcast affiliate for Virginia Military Institute (VMI) football and basketball games.
WJFN Radio 100.5 FM is Virginia’s new home for political news talk, featuring some of the most talented voices in local and national political commentary. Visit the station online at www.WJFNRadio.com. Listen live through this link, and connect with the station through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Listeners can call the station and join the conversation at 804-778-8888.
VIRGINIANS ARE experiencing the best economy they have seen in decades. At just below 3 percent, Virginia has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Jobs are growing in virtually every sector, with manufacturing, construction and mining especially strong.
A good job for a family provider is not about what political party controls what chamber. It’s not red or blue. It’s green.
Read the full report from The Virginian-Pilot.