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Get smarter about Virginia politics every week with Journalist Michael Lee Pope and Strategic Consultant Thomas Bowman so you can engage like a political insider.

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Get smarter about Virginia politics every week with Journalist Michael Lee Pope and Strategic Consultant Thomas Bowman so you can engage like a political insider.

    Last Minute Allegations, Attack PACs, and Veteran Candidates

    Last Minute Allegations, Attack PACs, and Veteran Candidates

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    IN THE NEWS:
    Any time big news breaks right before an election, that’s a big red flag. So the story we are about to talk about has a huge timing problem.
    The Democratic primary in the 10th Congressional District is being rocked at the last possible minute by allegations from an anonymous woman who was a member of the Loudoun Democratic Committee who says the frontrunner in the primary, Delegate Dan Helmer, groped her breast at a political event in 2018. The first outlet to report on the story was NOTUS, which is associated with the Allbritton Journalism Institute. The Loudoun Times-Mirror also laid out all the known facts and the timeline. And now five of the other Democrats in the congressional primary are calling for Helmer to drop out of the race.

    In this primary election, a PAC for Republican candidate Hung Cao has become a source of controversy for how it spent its money; another PAC has attracted attention because it was created to attack Democratic candidate Eileen-Filler-Corn. What's going on with PACs and their influence in Virginia politics?

    In the 7th Congressional District, the candidates who have raised the most amount of money are veterans--Democrats and Republicans alike. Same thing in the neighboring 10th Congressional District in Loudoun County, where a bumper crop of candidates is vying for attention. We're actually in an era of comparatively few veterans in office, so what does this surge mean for the next generation of lawmakers?

    TRIVIA: Which Virginia senator got into a duel with Henry Clay?

    At the Watercooler:
    - More on Lauren's experience with allegations against office-holders--and her critiques of the large media outlets that fail to do their due diligence.
    - Secret recordings from Lauren Windsor of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, his wife, and Chief Justice Roberts. What are the ethics of secret recordings, how should media outlets use them, and is Windsor a journalist or an activist?

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    • 58 min
    Tom Davis: A Republican Perspective on Next Week's Primaries

    Tom Davis: A Republican Perspective on Next Week's Primaries

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    This week, Michael is joined by Tom Davis, a former Republican Congressman and former Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, to break down the statewide and local primary races now underway. Who are the Republicans vying to challenge Tim Kaine, and will they have a chance in November? How is the Good vs. McGuire race affected by the switch to a primary system over conventions? Could Virginia be in play for the presidential race in November?

    • 32 min
    Executive Overreach, Texting Voters, and Hot Economy Summer

    Executive Overreach, Texting Voters, and Hot Economy Summer

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    IN THE NEWS:
    Don't California My Virginia--that was the platform Republicans ran on last year, and now the governor is following through by ditching California emission standards, even though Democrats who control the General Assembly don't agree. Members of the General Assembly are also clashing with the governor about whether Virginia should be part of two multi-state groups, one to combat climate change and another to update voter information.

    A text ding might be the sound of modern campaigning in Virginia. Campaigns for everything from Congress to your local City Council are increasingly embracing a new way to reach potential voters. But does this kind of campaigning get too personal?

    Virginia's unemployment rate is 2.8 percent, and inflation is going down. But are ordinary people actually feeling these economic trends?

    TRIVIA: Who was the first member of Congress to represent the 10th Congressional District?

    At the Watercooler:
    - Jonathan Haidt's Anxious Generation and the effect of cell phones and technology on younger Americans
    - Major news for friend of the show Sarah Taylor--congratulations on her new job at Capitol Square Strategies!

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    • 34 min
    Teo Armus: The Candidates in Arlington and Alexandria

    Teo Armus: The Candidates in Arlington and Alexandria

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    This week, Michael is joined by the Washington Post's Northern Virginia reporter, Teo Armus, to break down the candidates in Arlington and Alexandria's Democratic primaries for Mayor and City Council—with the winners all but guaranteed to win the general. With housing as a key issue (the Missing Middle and Housing for All) and the fallout of the Arena Deal, which candidates will differentiate themselves?

    First up, for Alexandria Mayor: up Alyia Gaskins, Amy Jackson, and Steve Peterson
    For Alexandria's City Council (6 seats total): John Taylor Chapman, Kirk McPike, Jesse O'Connell, Abdel Elnoubi, Canek Aguirre, Jimmy Lewis, Sarah Bagley, Jacinta Greene, Jonathan Huskey, and Charlotte Scherer
    For Arlington County Board: Natalie Roy, J.D. Spain, Tenley Peterson, Julie Farnam, and James DeVita

    • 39 min
    Presidential Deadlock, MAGA Appeal, and the Bullying Breakdown

    Presidential Deadlock, MAGA Appeal, and the Bullying Breakdown

    SPONSOR:
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    LINKS:
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    Check out Black Virginia News

    IN THE NEWS:
     A new poll from Roanoke College has the presidential election tied in Virginia, with Biden at 42 percent and Trump also at 42 percent. The poll was conducted right before the guilty verdict in the New York hush money trail, but points to a murky presidential year ahead. The poll also shows that Democrats are not all that positive about the Biden years, but nine out of ten Republicans view the Trump years as mostly good.


    Former President Donald Trump lost Virginia in 2016 and in 2020,  but Republicans across the state are clamoring for his endorsement. Now two candidates are receiving just that from the leading Republican candidate for president. One is Hung Cao, a Republican running in the U-S Senate primary against four other candidates; the other is state Senator John McGuire, who is running against incumbent Congressman Bob Good in the 5th Congressional District.


    Are some students bullied more than others? Delegate Joshua Cole wanted to change the definition of bullying to protect the most vulnerable--students with disabilities, Black and brown students, and LGBTQIA+ students--but Governor Youngkin vetoed the bill, saying it might cause confusion.


    TRIVIA: Who was the New Deal Democrat who defeated Congressman Colgate Darden in the 1936 Democratic primary? (Hint: he was the publisher of the Portsmouth Star)

    At the Watercooler:
    - Biden's Black Voter Engagement event...that almost nobody heard about. So what's the plan for Black voters in Virginia?
    - Can you run for President from prison? Socialist Eugene V. Debs managed it in 1920, getting 3% of the vote.

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    • 34 min
    Sam Shirazi: The 1st District Primary to Unseat Rob Wittman

    Sam Shirazi: The 1st District Primary to Unseat Rob Wittman

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    This week, Pod Virginia favorite Sam Shirazi joins Michael to break down the Democratic primary in Virginia's 1st Congressional Distict, a longtime Republican seat that includes the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Democrats Leslie Mehta and Herb Jones are facing off to see who will face incumbent Republican Rob Wittman in November. Who are these candidates, and how will the presidential race factor into their chances for the general election and beyond?

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

LAKeiser ,

Ryer brings balance to PodVA

Changing my review back to 5 stars. Keep Ryer on the show!

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Great podcast!

Having recently moved to Virginia, this podcast has helped me get up to speed on politics here. Lots of interesting guests, a great host, and I always look forward to it every week.

Listening4now ,

Too often off base

I value this podcast for its ability to connect me with information I wouldn’t have otherwise. But too often it’s leads detract too much from that conversation. Information is the value add, not milquetoast moderate takes or lamentations about media access.

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