Episodes

Ben Loyola

Navy vet Loyola seeking Republican nomination for Congress in VA-2. Norm and J.R. talk about masks.

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

Congressman Denver Riggleman describes his campaign to be renominated and reelected to Congress. We also talk about his work to support the economy during this pandemic.

Jack Wilson Returns

Jack Wilson, chairman, Republican Party of Virginia, provides the state of the party. Norm and J.R. talk about re-opening Virginia.

Sidney Powell

Sidney Powell, attorney for former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, comes on the show to discuss prosecutorial abuse and her new book “The Conviction Machine.”

Scott Lingamfelter Returns

Scott Lingamfelter discusses his book “Desert Redleg” and Virginia’s current political climate. Norm Leahy and I talk about the opening hours of the reconvene session.

Daniel Gade

Daniel Gade joins the podcast to discuss his campaign for U.S. Senate. Gade, a scholar, professor, war veteran, public servant, father, and more is seeking the Republican nomination to take on two-term U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D).

Gade, who was seriously injured in Ramadi, Iraq, has served in both the Bush and Trump administrations, but the North Dakota native and professor at American University thinks now is the time to retire Virginia’s senior senator.

“In the particular case of Mark Warner – he’s not a good Senator – he’s not good at that work…He doesn’t ever propose bills; he doesn’t ever do anything for the people of Virginia. He likes the title. What is a rich man going to do when he’s gotten his money? In this case, what this particular rich man is going to do, is to try to get titles and that’s what he’s done; he’s gotten himself the title of ‘senator.’”

In the podcast, we discuss:

  • His background, injury, and the role of faith
  • Why run for Senate now? Why against Mark Warner?
  • U.S. Government Checks and Balances and his view on the War Powers Act
  • The Second Amendment and Gun Control
  • Trying to get his message out with President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed at full volume
  • “Investing” $2 trillion to stimulate the economy
  • Legislation he will propose first if elected: The “SIT” Act.

Before speaking with Gade, Norm Leahy, columnist with The Washington Post, joins me to review the week’s current events, including:

  • Gov. Ralph Northam pumping the brakes on the state budget and extending the business shutdown to May 8
  • Northam doing a victory lap on a host of progressive legislation signed into law, including new election laws designed to make voting easier and
  • The three Republican U.S. Senate candidates certified to be on the primary ballot.

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Liz Mair

Norm and J.R. talk changing budgets and changing elections. Liz Mair discusses the importance of free speech.

Voting Absentee During COVID-19; Interview with Eric Wilson

Norm and J.R. discuss absentee voting during the age of coronavirus. Eric Wilson talks online campaigns and “Build and Grow RPV.”

Shaun Flanagan: U.S. Prosperity Index

Norm and J.R. discuss Virginia’s continuing response to the Coronavirus. J.R. interviews Shaun Flanagan of the Legatum Institue about U.S. and Virginia prosperity.