On Wednesday, September 20th, Andy Schmookler and I appeared on 550 AM, WSVA for the 50th time. We started off talking about the upcoming election for the governor of Virginia. I offered several reasons why I believe that liberty-minded folks should not vote for Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee, in November. From there, we spoke about efforts to revive the Obamacare repeal and the possible brewing conflict with North Korea.
Although originally scheduled to air today, August 16th, WSVA moved our radio hour to Monday, August 14th, due to pressing events at the time. And despite Andy Schmookler being in Shenandoah County and my recent move to Morgantown, WV, the show will go on!
For our 49th episode, the issues centered around the rally and violence in Charlottesville over the weekend as well as a possible military strike against North Korea due to threats against Guam. We also touched on the failure of Obamacare repeal and the feud between Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump. We would have also spoken about Elizabeth Warren and the fight for ideological control of the Democratic Party, but we ran out of time.
In July of 2013, Andy Schmookler and I got together on the air to talk about politics on 550 AM, WSVA. At that time, who would guess that four years later we would still be discussing the issues of the day?
Well, yesterday marked the four year anniversary. The show was dominated by the news of Donald Trump Jr. and his tweets regarding setting up a meeting with a Russian agent during the 2016 presidential election. Andy brought up Watergate and I spoke a little about the 2017 election for Virginia governor. And then, before you knew it, the hour was over.
In addition, the July 13th show was the last one I’ll be doing in the studio for quite awhile given that I’m moving to Morgantown, WV in a few weeks. But, the station says that the show will go on!
The central focus, as you might expect, was a discussion of the election results. We also spoke about the recent congressional testimonies of James Comey and Jess Sessions.
On the morning of May 3rd, Andy Schmookler and I appeared for our 46th time on 550 AM, WSVA. For the first time, neither of us were live in the studio today as Andy lives a good distance away and although I presently live in Harrisonburg, unfortunately, my car repairs are taking longer than anticipated.
Today, we spoke about Representative Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) and his lack of accessibility to the average person in the Shenandoah Valley, as well as President Donald Trump, his various proposals, and whether what he is doing is constitutional. We also briefly touched on the recent Democratic primary for the 26th district House of Delegates race.
Our next show will be at 9 AM on June 14th, the day after the Republican and Democratic primaries.
In case you missed the show live, you can find it here.
Last night, Will Hammer, Andy Bakker, and I got together online for the twenty-second Freedom Gulch podcast. The conversation mainly focused on Donald Trump and his failures to uphold the Constitution as well as the 2017 elections here in Virginia, including the Libertarian Party of Virginia convention, which is coming up this Saturday.
If you missed it live, you can catch the podcast below.
The main topic of the day was Neil Gorsuch and his appointment to the Supreme Court. As the confirmation vote draws near, more Democratic Senators, including Virginia’s own Tim Kaine, have announced they will not support Mr. Gorsuch. Will he be confirmed? Is this payback for what happened to Merrick Garland last year? Will Senate Republican use the nuclear option?
The next subject we briefly tackled concerned a speech that Andy Schmookler gave outside of Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Harrisonburg office the previous day. At that time, he challenged Goodlatte to a debate or for him to investigate the possible unethical and illegal actions taken by President Trump both before and after he was elected.
On the morning of March 15th, Andy Schmookler and I, Joshua Huffman, appeared on 550 AM WSVA for our monthly radio hour. The topics for discussion included: Obamacare and Paul Ryan’s attempts to craft his own health care law, the 2017 Virginia elections including the increasing number of contested elections for the House of Delegates in the central Shenandoah Valley, and President Trump’s connections with Russia and whether this issue creates a massive conflict of interest with his duties to the Constitution and the American people.
Last night, Andy Bakker, Will Hammer, and Joshua Huffman gathered online for the twentieth Freedom Gulch podcast. Topics for the nearly hourlong discussion included: President’s Trump’s plan to “rebuild” the United States military, an unusual candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, additional discussion of the 2017 Virginia campaigns, and more.
If you missed the podcast live, you can find it below.
In the past, the Rocktown Libertarians have hosted a number of candidates seeking office. In 2012 we had Karen Kwiatkowski, a Republican candidate for House of Representatives. In 2013, there was Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for governor. In 2014, there were many hopefuls: Robert Sarvis again, this time the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, Will Hammer, a Libertarian candidate for House of Representatives, Helen Shibut, a Libertarian candidate for Harrisonburg City Council and me, Joshua Huffman, an independent for Harrisonburg City Council. In 2015, we had April Moore, a Democratic candidate for Virginia Senate as well as Will Hammer once more, this time as a Libertarian seeking a House of Delegates seat. Then, in 2016, Chris Jones, the Mayor of Harrisonburg (a Democrat) stopped by as did Harry Griego, a Republican candidate for House of Representatives.
2017 is shaping up to be an even more exciting year. At the Rocktown Libertarians’ March meeting we will be hosting Delegate Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) to speak about this year’s General Assembly session which should be ending in just a few short days. Then, in April, the Rocktown Libertarians will be joined by Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) to discuss ways to make ballot access more fair for all, including Libertarian Party candidates. We’ll likely have other special guests as well, but they are still in the works.
Sounds like an interesting group, doesn’t it?
Well, if you’d like to learn more about the Libertarian Party of Virginia, work to promote liberty, and meet fellow activists of a variety of political affiliations, I hope you’ll consider attending an upcoming meeting of the Rocktown Libertarians. We get together on the third Tuesday of every month starting about 6:30 PM at the O’Charley’s at 101 Burgess Road in Harrisonburg. Come stop by, say hello, and enjoy some good food and good conversation!