Issues & Audibles: Ed Gillespie for Senate

Today on Issues & Audibles on Andy Parks live from the Washington Times, I was happy to announce Susan and my endorsement of Ed Gillespie to be Virginia’s next United States Senator!

It is past time to unleash American ingenuity, creativity and energy. America is not reaching its full potential because of government impediments and policies that hinder growth. That is why Susan and I are glad that our longtime trusted friend and neighbor Ed Gillespie is running for the U.S. Senate.

Susan and I are confident that Ed will run a courteous, issues-oriented campaign, and as Senator he will work to improve opportunities for Virginians with tax, regulatory and energy policies that foster job growth, encourage innovation and allow hardworking people to keep more of what they earn. We know Ed will earnestly work to make sure every person has an equal opportunity to compete and succeed and help get our country confidently moving in the right direction.

Whether it is a more vibrant economy, personal control of health care, affordable energy, or national defense, Susan and I are certain Ed will vote the best way for Virginia and America. That is why we are endorsing Ed and respectfully ask our fellow Virginians to unite for Ed’s campaign for a better future.

Tune in on Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in the D.C. area, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Super Bowl Picks

On “Issues & Audibles” today, Andy and I discussed the great news for Barbara Comstock with State Senator Dick Black dropping out of the 10th District Congressional race to keep his vital seat in the evenly split State Senate. Del. Comstock will now be better able to save money and attract more voters to her unifying campaign. Meanwhile, for a change, the Democrats will have an intense 4-way intra-squad nomination contest.

In the lead by 2 over Ann, with only one more game to go, after going 6-0 over the past 2 weeks, I have 58, Ann has 56 and Andy has 46. For the Super Bowl, Andy and I preliminarily pick the Denver Broncos, and Ann is picking Seattle.

Tune in on Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in the D.C. area, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Championship Weekend, 2014 Campaigns in Northern Virginia

On this week’s edition of “Issues & Audibles”, Andy and I discussed the three big Congressional races in Northern Virginia this year. There are some good potential Republican candidates in the tough, open 8th District (Jim Moran announced his retirement this week), and Barbara Comstock is picking up important endorsements in the open 10th. Also, Suzanne Scholte – a strong, recognized, energetic leader for promoting freedom abroad and here – is moving forward to serve the people in the 11th Congressional District.

We also discussed two proposals in the General Assembly: one would legalize real fireworks here in Virginia – which I favor for fun, jobs and revenues; and a nanny bill, which thankfully was defeated, would have made seatbelt enforcement a primary offense. Finally, I don’t think any of Governor McAuliffe’s proposed gun restrictions will get much traction in the General Assembly, but it’s important that we citizens let our elected representatives know what we think about these and other issues.

Heading into Championship Weekend, having gone 4-0 last week, I’m in the lead with 56, Ann is in a close second at 54 and Andy has 48 46. Here are our picks for this weekend’s great conference championship games.

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Tune in on Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in the D.C. area, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Playoffs and New Leadership

On yesterday’s episode of “Issues & Audibles”, Andy and I discussed the Redskin’s new head coach, Jay Gruden. He will bring passion and energy to motivate and prepare his players. We also discussed Barbara Comstock’s positive candidacy for the 10th District Congressional seat. With the right ideas, a strong record of leadership for her constituents, and the common sense conservative credentials to win, Susan and I fully support her! Then, we discussed the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

Finally, we ran through the upcoming General Assembly session, which will focus on ethics reform to rebuild confidence in the integrity of Virginia governance and restore the trust of Virginians. Mental health services and Medicaid reform will also likely be addressed.

Heading into the Divisional games, I’m in the lead with 52, Ann is in a close second at 51 and Andy still in range at 45. Here are our picks for this weekend’s playoff games.

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Tune in on Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in the D.C. area, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Wild Card and National Championship picks

On today’s “Issues & Audibles”, Andy and I discussed security concerns at the upcoming Olympic games in Russia, and the need for cooperation between all nations’ counter-terrorism intelligence agencies. For example, the Russians warned us about the people responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. I also forecasted a positive 2014 political landscape for Republicans, who can win elections with a positive, motivating message for personalized health savings accounts and more choice in health insurance rather than just saying what they’re against in Obamacare.

The scoreboard, heading into the playoffs, has me leading with 49, Ann in second place with 47 and Andy with 43 at the end of the regular season. Here are our Wild Card Week picks and the college championship game:

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Tune in on Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in the D.C. area, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Week 16 and Comstock for Congress?

On today’s “Issues & Audibles”, Andy and I discussed the many good people who may be interested in running for the open 10th Congressional District seat, from which Frank Wolf has announced his retirement. The one person that I’ve heard the most positive enthusiasm for is Delegate Barbara Comstock. Her House district is made up of parts of Fairfax County and Loudoun County. She has proven her fundraising abilities, having gotten through a tough election this last year where she was targeted by many well funded, out-of-state groups. And she received 8% more votes than the top of the ticket this last election. Many people have told me over the last couple of days how excited they are at a prospective Comstock for Congress campaign! I also hope the 10th District Committee will choose a primary to select the nominee for this crucial, competitive seat. A primary is the best way to get more people involved.

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After I went 0-5 last week, Ann has caught up and we are tied in first place with 42, ahead of Andy with 38. Here are our Week 16 picks:

Tune in every Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in Northern Virginia, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues and Audibles – Week 15 Picks, Budget ‘Deal’ & Ukraine

On today’s “Issues & Audibles”, Andy and I discussed the Budget deal. The “deal” provides some certainty – a good thing for businesses – rather than irresponsible, temporary, stopgap crisis governance. It is probably the best Congress can do under divided government, but what we truly need is a growth agenda. We also discussed the protests in Ukraine, and whether the nation of 50 million people will move closer toward the freer European Union, or stay with its announced move into Russia’s orbit. Russia will want to keep their access to their Black Sea port.

We then made our NFL Week 16 picks. Heading into this week, I’m still in the lead with 42, Ann has 40, and Andy 35:

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Tune in every Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in Northern Virginia, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Week 14 Picks

On today’s “Issues & Audibles”, Andy and I discussed the missing radioactive materials in Mexico – which thankfully have been found – and the double standard in Sen. Harry Reid’s staff being exempt from the Obamacare law they drafted and imposed upon the rest of us.

With Ann now only 1 game behind me – we then made our NFL Week 14 picks, of games that have playoff implications:

AndyParks Show Week 14 PicksTune in every Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in Northern Virginia, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Week 13 Picks, Thanksgiving, and Iran

On today’s “Issues & Audibles”, I happily educated Andy about the first Thanksgiving taking place in Virginia – not present day Massachusetts – and we discussed our favorite means of cooking Turkey (I like it fried). We also discussed the Iran Nuclear Deal, which seems to ignore allowing hostage victims of Iran’s theocracy to attach frozen Iranian assets to satisfy their judgments – something I worked on in the Senate with Tom Harkin. I am skeptical about releasing assets to Iran before all of the details have been worked out, which the White House admits has not been done.

Heading into Week 13 I have 36, Ann has 34 and Andy crawled back in after last week and now has 30. Below are our picks for this week.

Susan and I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

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Tune in every Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in Northern Virginia, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.

Issues & Audibles – Week 12 Picks, Energy from the States

On today’s “Issues & Audibles”, we discussed the revitalization of American manufacturing due to the increased availability of low-cost natural gas. This benefit is due to innovative, private sector technology and from allowing the States to be laboratories of innovations, particularly in the production of “game changing” natural gas from hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. We need to keep the federal government regulators from creating costly, needless additional regulatory burdens on energy production, over which States currently have responsible oversight. Yesterday, the House passed the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728) by a 235-187 vote. This bill prohibits the federal government from imposing burdensome new regulations on hydraulic fracturing in any State that already has an environment and health regulatory structure in place for such activities. Now, action is needed in the Senate.

Heading into Week 12 I have 35, Ann has 32 and Andy continues to slip and has 26. Here are our picks for this week:

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Tune in every Thursday at 11:44 am to 1260-AM in Northern Virginia, or at Washington Times Radio, to hear “Issues & Audibles w/ George Allen” on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times. Click here to hear this week’s edition.