Episodes

Michael Thompson on Health Care, Energy, and Cigarettes

Michael Thompson of the Thomas Jefferson Institue for Public Policy stops by the podcast to talk about the current state of conservative policy and discourse in the commonwealth.

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Dr. Klaus Moeltner, Virginia Tech, on the Economics of Electricity

This week, my guest is Dr. Klaus Moeltner of Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech University. He has been researching the effects of power outages and consumers’ willingness to pay for grid improvements and uninterrupted electricity supply. Interesting and important research, given the context of recent wintry weather in the Mid-Atlantic, a...

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Former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore of Cozen O’Connor

Former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore talks about the law firm Cozen O’Connor and its role here in Virginia. The firm will help businesses navigate Virginia’s political and legislative process.

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Congressman Wittman Reacts to the State of the Union Address, New National Security Strategy

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, joined the podcast to talk about the president’s State of the Union address, continuing resolutions, threats to our national security, Navy readiness and shipbuilding, offshore energy, and Virginia tribes.

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Julian Walker, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, on Medicaid Expansion

This week’s guest is Julian Walker of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) to talk about Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.

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Americans For Prosperity-Virginia Talks 2018 Legislative Agenda

J.C. Hernandez, state director of Americans for Prosperity – Virginia (AFP-VA), and Lauren Toomey, deputy director, joined J.R. on the podcast to talk about AFP, their legislative priorities, and grassroots engagement for 2018.

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David Poole, Executive Director, Virginia Public Access Project

J.R. interviews David Poole, executive director of the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP). David describes VPAP and how they have grown into the central source for political data in Virginia.

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Santa Claus

Joining J.R. for a very special holiday episode to close out 2017 is our good friend, Santa Claus! Santa gives us straight answers about what’s going on at the North Pole with the elves, reindeer, how he prepares for the big day, working with North American Air Defense, and more!

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Dr. Alice Louise Kassens on the Health of the Virginia Economy

Dr. Alice Lousie Kassens, John S. Shannon Professor of Economics at Roanoke College and Senior Analyst for the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research gives an overview of the Virginia economy as we close out 2017.

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Patrick Wilson, political reporter, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for The Richmond Times-Dispatch, talks about the journalism profession and covering politics in Virginia.

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John Whitbeck on the state of the Virginia GOP

John Whitbeck, chairman of The Republican Party of Virginia, chats with J.R. about the clear message voters sent November 8 when they delivered a resounding defeat to the GOP. Republican candidates have lost ten straight statewide contests since 2012, and Whitbeck explains how the GOP needs to change.

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