Archives December 2017

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, if husbands should worry about him kissing their wives, working with North American Air Defense, and more!

Santa also gives us a glimpse as to who’s been naughty or nice in Virginia politics, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Attorney General Mark Herring, Senators Warner and Kaine, and others.

Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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

As Christmas quickly approaches the question on everyone’s mind is obviously the state of the Virginia economy!

Ok…maybe not. Perhaps that’s just me. But making the dismal science a little less dismal is Dr. Alice Louise Kassens, senior analyst for the Institue for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College.

In this podcast, Kassens explains not only the important elements of Virginia’s economy, which includes consumer sentiment and the real estate markets, but we also discuss the labor market and consumer price index. However, the big question is whether or not consumer spending is going to increase this holiday season? I also ask her why this is important.

Additionally, and this shouldn’t be a big surprise, but consumer behavior is actually tied to politics. Kassens explains why and how it’s been tracking.

I also ask her about the federal tax cut legislation and whether the concern should be about increasing debt or growing the country’s GDP.

That said, it’s not just all about the economy. Kassens describes her interest in economics, the path she took to becoming a professor, the growth of studying the social sciences in Virginia, and her enjoyment of running and blogging. And we try to answer the incredibly pressing question of whether the subject is pronounced “ee-conomics” or “eh-conomics”.

Links of Note:
The Running Economist
RC Poll: Consumer Sentiment reverses year long slide
University of Michigan Survey of Consumers
RC Poll: Real Estate Markets Continue Retreat, Inventories Continue to Fall
Virginia Economy at a Glance (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Consumer Price Index
TNSTAAFL

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Patrick Wilson, political reporter, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, talks with J.R. about growing up in Michigan and becoming interested in journalism, becoming a journalist, his transition to being a political reporter in Virginia, his relationship with sources and the new media, how to tell a good pitch from a bad one, what a typical day is like for a political journalist, the importance of building good and trustworthy sources, the tools he uses to do his job, the current state of political reporting in Virginia, and the story of 2017 (beyond the election) that had the greatest impact and his thoughts on the most important issues heading into 2018.

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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. That said, he also mentions how Washington DC disproportionately affects Virginia’s politics and how the state electorate tends to nationalize our politics differently than other states. Regarding that messaging, he says that calls to “Drain the Swamp” are unlikely to be effective in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. However, that doesn’t mean candidates should abandon conservative principle; rather, they need to work on finding the right tone that reflects the Virginia Republican creed for new and diverse voters.

Whitbeck also addresses Corey Stewart’s call for Whitbeck to be replaced. He says that this was a “media stunt” and “garbage” because, despite the recent drubbing, the party as an organization is very healthy financially, has growing field and grassroots operations, significant digital/online activism, and excellent relationships with affiliated organizations. He recognizes the concern and knows that winning elections will go a long way to unifying the party. He says it’s his job to roll with the punches and ensure fairness in the nomination process.

Ultimately, Whitbeck says the party is far from dead and has no intention of rolling over going into 2018 and 2019.

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