Archives May 2020

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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