Archives November 2017

Mary Jones, Republican Candidate for Congress, VA-2

In this episode, Mary Jones, a Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, joins J.R. to talk about her background and candidacy. Jones is challenging freshman Congressman Scott Taylor for the nomination.

She is a two-term member of the James City County Board of Supervisors where she served as chairman. She talks about some of her experiences and achievements, including being the lone voice to change how I-64 expansion through the peninsula was planned and how she regularly opposed tax increases.

Also on the podcast, she details why she is challenging Taylor and it pretty much boils down to one reason: She feels Taylor does not support President Trump. Republicans, she says, despite being in the majority in Congress, are unable to get major legislation enacted that was promised during the last campaign and she explains why she holds Taylor accountable. She feels Taylor is not being a strong advocate for conservatives or the district.

Jones also describes the top issues motivating her to run for office, including the repeal of Obamacare, immigration reform, the economy, jobs, and taxes, and national defense.

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Advancing Technology in Virginia with Gabe Venturi and Wayne Ozmore

From artificial intelligence to drones, broadband to wifi, workforce development to public safety, and much more, Gabe Venturi and Wayne Ozmore come on the show to talk about the current state of technology in Virginia, how it’s advancing, and some things to consider.

Ozmore is a technology advocate, futurist, and Navy Vet. Venturi is the chief commercial officer of Inmarsat Government and has spent about twenty consecutive years working for technology and telecommunication companies in Virginia.

Technology is such a huge topic, but we wanted to get the conversation started. Here are just some of the topics we cover this podcast:

  • What do we need to do to be leaders in technology development? “We’ve been at this for decades,” says Venturi and he goes further to discuss the current state of Virginia technology and the opportunities for growth.
  • As technology advances with the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, neural programming, drones – is Virginia’s law enforcement, education, government, and business community keeping pace with the developments? Are these communities not only understanding the benefits of implementing the technology in their organizations but how their organizations will also evolve (like teaching technology, enforcing cybersecurity, maintaining rights and privacy, etc.)?
  • What is going on with “The Skills Gap” where we have many technical jobs available, but certification levels are low? How is that remedied? Will soft skills remain important in the new economy? What is happening with workforce development in Virginia and who is leading the charge?
  • What is the Internet of Things? Is there value of objects being connected or connected to the Internet?
  • What is the importance of the connectivity and what is the likelihood that broadband will expand to rural Virginia? What about the lack of a wireless signal in certain pockets of Virginia? “Unless we have leadership, it isn’t going to happen,” said Ozmore. The Tobacco Commission, Del. Danny Marshall, and Senator Frank Ruff are expected to play key roles.
  • Is there politics associated with broadband expansion? What does it mean to be technology agnostic?
  • What should be our concerns regarding personally identifiable information (PII) and what things can we individually do to protect our identity?
  • How is drone technology advancing in Virginia? How is Virginia leading in workforce development at repair and manufacturing of drones and what is the “highways in the sky” program?
  • What types of drones are out there and where are they being built? What are some of their functions? How will humans possibly use them for transportation? Will there be something like a taxi service?
  • Also, what about drone piloting and licensure schools?
  • Finally, Gabe and Wayne also make some predictions for what might be in store for us by 2025.

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2017 Virginia Election Recap with Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director, CNU Wason Center

Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Judy Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, enjoyed this post-election interview knowing that his center’s polling was spot-on when it came to predicting Ed Gillespie’s final total.

Kidd explained that he noticed a trend among voters called the “shy Tory” (h/t Garren Shipley) that he incorporated into CNU’s polling beginning in 2016. To account for them, he asked questions to draw them out so that Republicans would not be under-sampled. Also in this podcast, Kidd describes how Ed Gillespie was perceived by the electorate, the Trump effect, the mood of the voters to create a wave election, how northern Virginia is changing Virginia politics, whether issues had anything to do with the results, how the down-ticket races were perceived, how parties should communicate with the electorate, and what all this means going forward to the as of yet undetermined General Assembly.

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2017 Virginia Election Preview with Gov. Jim Gilmore and Norman Leahy

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, also elected as Virginia’s attorney general, and president of American Opportunity along with Norman Leahy, columnist at The Washington Post and reporter for Real Clear Investigations, joins J.R. to preview and predict the 2017 Virginia General Election. We take a look back at the key moments for each campaign – governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and Virginia House of Delegates – and also analyze their strengths and weaknesses. Gov. Gilmore also looks back on his campaigns and offers insights on how elections have evolved. We also discuss some other political heavy-weights, like former Gov. Doug Wilder and U.S. Senator John Warner and their role this election cycle. And, Gov. Gilmore reflects on redistricting (some very interesting thoughts).

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