Archives October 2021

Kevin Carroll, Director of Operations and Maintenance, Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, Dominion Energy

A marvel of engineering and technology is happening about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia: The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Project.

Dominion Energy is in the final stages of testing the pilot for the project – two 6 MW wind turbines. These turbines began producing electricity about a year ago – October 15, 2020.

Checking in to explain the project and how it is progressing is Kevin Carroll, Director of Operations and Maintenance for CVOW.

Carroll, a retired Coast Guard captain, shares that Dominion is prepared to begin constructing 180 additional turbines for the commercial venture as soon as 2024.

In this podcast, Carroll explains how the project manages safety, construction, training, and risks (such as to waterfowl, marine life, and shipping).

He also describes how turbines work, how they connect from the sea to the shore’s electrical grid, the economic benefits of wind as an energy source and job creator, and the importance of partnerships and public participation.

Lastly, Carroll shares the general steps that will be taken between now and the construction of the commercial venture in 2024.

Dominion Energy has an ambitious target of having all 180 turbines online and capable of powering 600,000 homes by 2026.

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Russ Harper, candidate, Virginia House of Delegates

Russ Harper is a pastor, small business owner, Army veteran, and father of five. He is seeking to add “member of the House of Delegates” to his list of accomplishments.

Harper is challenging Shelly Simonds for the honor of representing the 94th District, which runs along the James River in Newport News from Christopher Newport University to Fort Eustis. The district is perhaps the city’s most Republican-winnable seat.

Even though there are certainly local issues to be addressed, they are being discussed within the larger context of the state campaigns. Issues like education, parental involvement, school choice, and COVID-19 to name a few, but other issues like funding the police, right to life, protecting constitutional freedoms, fair elections, and growing the economy and small businesses are also part of the debate.

Simonds is primarily running a campaign claiming “Democrats Deliver” on health care, raising the minimum wage, and raising teacher pay.

Simonds, a first-term incumbent, defeated David Yancey in 2019 following the controversial election of 2017 where Yancey won by having his name drawn from a bowl.

Harper and I talk about the issues, his background, and the importance of this election.

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Judge Chad Dotson

Episode 95 is with Judge Chad Dotson, Dean of Students and Distinguished Professor of Law at Appalachian School of Law. The former circuit court judge also writes columns for Cincinnati Magazine about his beloved Reds.

On the show, Dotson and I talk about three of my favorite things: Law, Politics, and Baseball.

We also discuss the role of government regarding the recent Facebook challenges and testimony before the U.S. Senate.

One of his most consequential decisions in 13 years on the bench happened to be his last decision: ruling against Virginia Uranium, Inc. and their hopes to begin mining at Coles Hill. As I am a Uranium mining advocate, he and I have a good discussion about this.

But we also go into how he threw a curveball to first-term Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s blanket policy to restore the rights of felons by the stroke of a pen.

Dotson has always been interested in politics. He was elected to Commonwealth’s Attorney in Wise County. Prior to being nominated for the bench, he taught “Campaigns and Elections” for the University of Virginia-Wise. He also was one of Virginia’s most widely-read political bloggers. So, we also talk about his recent foray into running for the State Senate, and if he is considering campaigning for an office in the future.

Finally, we offer up our analysis of the 2021 Major League Baseball Season, our World Series picks, and whether there is any hope for his Reds or my Tigers.

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John McGlothlin – How to Deal with Damn Near Anything

Episode 94 of The J.R. Hoeft Show welcomes John McGlothlin, author of “How to Deal with Damn Near Anything – The Paratrooper’s Guide to Life.”

McGlothlin, an attorney – and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – shares his insights gained while serving as an Army paratrooper and his research to share with us five inner traits essential to facing any challenge. In his book, he examines each trait in detail: what they mean, how they fit together, how to build them, and why being a paratrooper offers a unique perspective on doing so. And we look at each in the course of this podcast.

“This is a book about the traits that determine how prepared we are for life’s inevitable challenges and how to avoid adding to those challenges unnecessarily,” he writes.

According to McGlothlin, you don’t have to enlist to learn these traits–you just have to embrace the right mix of practical thinking, honesty, and a desire to improve.

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