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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Dr. Alice Louise Kassens – Virginia Economy 2021

Episode 93 of The J.R. Hoeft Show welcomes Dr. Alice Louise Kassens.

Dr. Kassens is a professor of economics at Roanoke College, as well as a senior analyst at the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research. She is also an advisor to the governor.

Dr. Kassens gives us a rundown of the current economic situation in Virginia, including consumer sentiment. Not surprisingly, depending on what side of the political spectrum one sits, one’s optimism/sentiment is considerably influenced. That said, there are trends to be seen.

We also talk about the recent hiring struggles, how society is changing because of the pandemic, the national debt and government spending.

However, to conclude our conversation, we dive into her new book “Intemperate Spirits”, which is about Prohibition.

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Jason Miyares, candidate for Virginia Attorney General

Episode 92 of The J.R. Hoeft Show welcomes Del. Jason Miyares, GOP candidate for Attorney General in Virginia. Jason tells us about why he decided to run for attorney general, the importance of family and our freedoms, the differences he has with the incumbent, how he handles personal attacks and mischaracterizations about him, and what he thinks of the Republican ticket of Glenn Youngkin for governor and Winsome Sears for lieutenant governor.

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Jim Gilmore Returns

Ambassador Jim Gilmore has returned from his post in Vienna representing the United States to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. An organization forged from the tension of the Cold War, Gilmore comes on the show to describe his role at the organization, what it hopes to accomplish, the realities of our relationship with our allies and Russia during the Trump administration, and America’s position on the global stage, especially in light of the recent withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.

Gilmore also has plenty to say about current domestic policy, including on issues such as the national debt, energy, and spending. He also has the pulse of Virginia’s political climate and offers some suggestions for a GOP-winning message.

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Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips is the president of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization that aspires to help Americans live the American Dream. Their goal is to give individual Americans the chance to have their voice heard by their elected officials – and they have done so for at least 3.5 million Americans and counting.

Tim talks about our national appetite for spending, including the recently passed infrastructure bill and mammoth $3.5T spending bill currently undergoing reconciliation. He also explains why the national debt is a very real problem, why fiscal policy matters, why partisanship shouldn’t matter when it comes to national and state spending, and what he’s learned about himself and America as he has traveled the country for nearly two decades. He also reveals which ice cream is truly the best and why!

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Michael Ginsberg

Episode 89 of the podcast is with Michael Ginsberg, author of “Debt Bomb.”

Ginsberg, a Washington, DC-area attorney, writes his first novel, “A political thriller, tied in to real events, about an apocalyptic threat to America that is ticking remorselessly in the background while Americans continue their daily routines, oblivious to the danger.”

In this podcast, Ginsberg and I talk about the book, its characters, his motivation for writing, how he managed to write it with a busy career and family life, going about getting the book published, and more! We also go into the very all-too-real events going on today between China and the United States.

The book, released at the beginning of July, is drawing rave reviews from across the country and internationally.

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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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