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News, politics, and commentary from a Virginia perspective with policy makers and community leaders.

News, politics, and commentary from a Virginia perspective with policy makers and community leaders.


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News, politics, and commentary from a Virginia perspective with policy makers and community leaders.








John Hood, author, “Mountain Folk”

Dwarves, Fairies, and Mermaids might sound like a strange way to teach a history and geography lesson, but John Hood took this challenge head-on and achieved the objective in spades with his book, “Mountain Folk”. John is a newspaper columnist, historian, and foundation executive with a deep passion for both the American Founding and speculative fiction. In this book, he brings it all together in a thrilling tale that not only appeals to a person’s desire for fantasy but also keeps them...


Virginia GOP Chairman Rich Anderson

Election 2021 is almost behind us and, if two recounts in races for the Virginia House of Delegates hold for the Republicans, they will return to the majority in the House and will have won all three statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general). However, as sweeping a victory as that sounds, it’s not. Those two recounts go in favor of the Democrats, the House is split at 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats. Additionally, the largest margin for victory in the statewide...


Meagan LoBuglio, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Regional Program Manager (Southwest)

Meagan LoBuglio, Regional Program Manager, Southwest Region, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program joins the show to celebrate Veterans’ Day with us, as well as to explain the great work being done by V3 throughout the state. LuBuglio, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, not only explains the V3 Program and its importance, but she also uses her personal story to explain some of the great traits most veterans have making them strong candidates for potential employers. Some of the topics we...


Dr. Stephen Farnsworth – Virginia’s 2021 Election

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth is an award-winning professor of political science for the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. His focus area is American Government: The Presidency, Media and Politics, Elections. He joins the podcast today to discuss the results of the 2021 Virginia Election. On the show we talk about single-party voting, demographic trends, the role of the presidency on state elections, issues that mattered to voters, whether prejudice motivated the electorate,...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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. Learn more about: Jason Miyears for Virginia...


Ep. 91 - 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...


Tim Phillips, Americans For Prosperity

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...


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...


Nick McGee

An update from PhRMA on getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Norm and Jim talk independence in the age of a pandemic.


Amber Northern + Daniel Gade Extra

Daniel Gade reacts to winning the GOP nomination for US Senate. Amber Northern talks income, education, and location.


3rd Congressional District Debate – Yacus and Collick

Final debate among Third District Republicans seeking the congressional nomination.


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.


Rich Anderson

Rich Anderson makes his argument as to why he should be the next chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Norm and I discuss this week's unrest.


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...