Archives 2020

Nick McGee

Episode 88 of the podcast is a timely update from Nick McGee, a member of the public affairs team for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), brings us up to speed on the progress the biopharmaceutical industry is making towards treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19.

Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, and I discuss in “Shouting Along the James”, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’ impending announcement to run for governor and what this Independence Day means to us in the era of COVID-19.

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Amber Northern + Daniel Gade Extra

Episode 87 of the podcast is jam-packed with a newsmaker interview with Daniel Gade, fresh off his nomination win; Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, and I discuss in “Shouting Along the James” the recent nomination contests from around the state; and Amber Northern of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute describes the correlation between where you live, your education, and income.

Also, Norm focuses his column this week on Terry McAuliffe’s now unlikely second term and Mark Herring’s regrets about not running for governor when he had the chance in 2017. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy may have spiked both their dreams. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax likely isn’t even a factor.

Read Norm’s Comlumn: Terry McAuliffe may not see a second term

Amber Northern gives a great interview detailing why incomes deviate based on education in Virginia. You need to check out their specific info on the commonwealth. There are differences between how NoVA, Richmond, and Hampton Roads relate to advanced education. Her interview begins at the 33:00 mark and lasts for the remainder of the podcast.

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3rd Congressional District Debate – Yacus and Collick

Episode 86 of the podcast features a debate between two Republican candidates seeking the congressional nomination in VA-3.

Dr. George Yacus goes head-to-head with Mr. John Collick on a host of issues revolving around congress’ expressed powers as listed in the U.S. Constitition, Article 1.

Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, focuses his column this week on some historical tidbits you might not know about the Lee Statue in Richmond. Would you believe it was put up to attract a subdivision and home buyers?

Read Norm’s Comlumn: Mark Herring’s court brief reminds us of some useful history about Richmond’s Lee statue

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John-Henry Doucette

Episode 85 of the podcast welcomes John-Henry Doucette, publisher, Princess Anne Independent News. Norm Leahy discusses Doug Wilder’s plea for us to examine all history.

In an era where newspapers are closing, changing their print production model, and going more and more online, would you consider starting your own independent, community paper? Our guest this week has done just that. Doucette publishes the community newspaper of The Princess Anne Independent News, a paper that serves the people of southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, NC.

John walks us through why he began the paper, its purpose, and some of the challenges he’s faced. We also discuss some of the major events he has covered, such as the mass shooting last year at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center and how these events have affected his reporting.

“So, newspapers made a terrible business decision not to sell their content [online] and now people think news is something that magically appears out of the air.”

Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, focuses his column this week on the ongoing topic of conversation dominating Virginia’s news: statuary. His piece is a fascinating reflection on Virginia’s troubled, often white-washed, history.

Wilder said what’s needed most is “telling the damn truth in all our history about what has happened for the 400 years black people have been here!”

Read Norm’s Comlumn: Virginia’s Confederate statues betray the commonwealth’s claimed gentility

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Rich Anderson

Rich Anderson

This week’s guest is Rich Anderson. Anderson wants to be the next chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

On the show we talk about his background as an Air Force colonel, member of the House of Delegates, and being an advocate for Veterans and science and technology issues while in the House. But we also talk about how he feels the Republican Party of Virginia needs a refresh, and how he intends to be personally invested to get the job done. This interview was recorded last week.

Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, joins me to talk about the unrest currently in Virginia. He writes this week about the violence and challenges that lie ahead toward having a more peaceful union.

“An open ear is an open heart, and it shows the public that you can do more than just govern.”

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Ben Loyola

This week’s guest is Ben Loyola. Loyola is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District where he hopes to challenge the incumbent, Congresswoman Elaine Luria.

Loyola escaped from Cuba as a child, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, deployed with the USS John F. Kennedy during Libya’s “Line of Death” claims, and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves as a captain. He also founded Loyola enterprises, a successful company offering the warfighter state-of-the-art Simulation, Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Knowledge Management for training, analysis, and operations.

On the show we talk about his amazing history, being a small business owner in today’s economy, lessons learned from his State Senate campaign in 2011 with then-State Sen. Ralph Northam, and how he is the best person to win the nomination and defeat Luria.

Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, shares with us the secondary effects of Gov. Northam’s new mandatory mask order.

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Tina Ramirez, U.S. Congress

Tina Ramirez

This week’s guest is Tina Ramirez, a candidate seeking the GOP nod in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and hoping to defeat first-term Congresswoman, Abigail Spanberger.

Ramirez, whose work promotes religious freedom throughout the world, was born and raised in the 7th and worked in Washington for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a foreign policy advisor for various members of the U.S. Congress. She helped start and direct the bi-partisan Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus.

On the show we talk about her passion for religious freedom, why she is running for Congress, and why she believes she the best person in a crowded GOP field to defeat the incumbent.

Norm Leahy and I talk about the scourge facing Virginia farmers – potato theft; the latest Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion Research Poll that shows a dreary outlook for the GOP this fall, however, even Sen. Mark Warner’s numbers show some vulnerability; and former Democratic Party of Virginia chairman, Paul Goldman, throwing his hat in the ring for lieutenant governor in 2021.

Read Norm’s column this week, which also covers some of these topics.

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Denver Riggleman Returns

Rep. Denver Riggleman (VA-5) returns to the podcast to explain his campaign for reelection and the fiscal policy work he is doing as a member of the House Financial Services Committee in the face of this global pandemic.

Norm Leahy and I look in detail at what a May 15 reopening of Virginia looks like. Norm, columnist with The Washington Post, has an important account regarinding unemployment.

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Jack Wilson Returns

Jack Wilson, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. On this show, Jack explains how the reaction to the pandemic has affected the party and how they have been managing to accomplish party business; the impact on campaigns and elections in this era of the virus; the prospects for the GOP’s congressional candidates; online fundraising; and much more!

“I think our candidates for congress, as well as for the United States Senate, really need to run on the ticket with President Trump. In the past, we sort of had candidates run away from the president and it didn’t really bode well for them. So, I think this is the year that it is going to have to be unified, top-to-bottom; we’re all on the same team; we all have to re-elect the president…[You are] seeing the president’s popularity in Virginia going up and you got Mark Warner who voted to impeach and convict. And, so, that impeachment vote – while not now with all the COVID-19 stuff going on – that impeachment vote will come back front and center in the fall election cycle. I have no doubt.”

Norm Leahy and I look at the governor’s plan to reopen Virginia and the prospects of three straight years of House of Delegates elections (2021-2023). Norm, columnist with The Washington Post, wrote this week about reopening:

There’s plenty of reason to believe in the optimistic case. Virginia has overcome revolution, civil war, depressions, panics and pandemics before. It won’t be different this time.But expecting a quick, easy, painless rebound to life as it was back in early March is foolish.

The question we need to ask isn’t when the gym will be open or the school will be back in session. It’s what sort of Virginia emerges from the long, difficult process that lies ahead.

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Sidney Powell

Sidney Powell (Licensed to Lie) is known today as being the dynamic attorney for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former DIA director during the Obama Administration and former National Security Adviser for President Donald Trump. Powell joins the podcast to discuss her book, co-authored with Harvey Silverglate (Three Felonies a Day). You will be amazed at what you don’t know prosecutors can do to you after reading this book.

Norm Leahy and I look at two recent court cases in Virginia – one affecting one’s right to practice the use of firearms and the other the ability to get physically fit, purportedly to fight off viruses. Both cases challenge the governor’s authority to pick and choose who gets to work and who doesn’t during a pandemic. Norm, columnist with The Washington Post, gives us some great insight into the 1918 Pandemic.

From the interview Powell:

Jim: Shouldn’t there be rules or regulations against the FBI doing this? Isn’t this somewhat like police entrapment?

Sidney: Yes – it’s worse than that. It was a setup and a frame job. There was no crime, they made it all up. And if anyone wants to look at some of the actual documents then can find them on my website sidneypowell.com. There’s a page of the Flynn Briefing and we attach a lot of emails and information that demonstrates what we’re talking about. It’s absolutely outrageous what the government has done to Gen. Flynn.

During the interview with Sidney, she and I discuss:

  • Why being a prosecutor is important and having a focus on seeking justice is the primary goal/li>
  • Why two decades ago marks a shift in when prosecutors went from simply upholding the law to desiring convictions/li>
  • Why does the FBI discourage recording of witness/suspect interview, including by the FBI/li>
  • Explaining the “False Statements Statute” and how it’s very easy to violate, perhaps even entrap, suspects/li>
  • How Grand Juries can be manipulated by prosecutors to bring an indictment and how they have evolved from the original Constitutional meaning/li>
  • What is “The Brady Rule” and how does it apply to exculpatory evidence/li>
  • 5k+ federal criminal statues and 300k+ federal regulations with criminal penalties – how that leads most of us to commit “Three Felonies Per Day”/li>
  • The concept of “mens rea” (guilty mind), general intent v. specific intent, and prosecutorial manipulation/li>
  • 95 percent of all “guilty” verdicts come from plea agreements and why/li>
  • Why reforming is important and how there is little danger of the pendulum swinging too far/li>
  • The chances of reform in today’s political environment, why Congress is intimidated by the Justice Department, and President Trump’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice/li>
  • The entrapment of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, USA, ret. and the case going forward

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