Monday, July 11, 2011

Updates from

Yesterday in this space I noted a number of articles I have written on based on interviews I have conducted with candidates for the U.S. Senate from Virginia, including former governors Tim Kaine and George Allen, who were guests at the Crozet Independence Day celebrations in western Albemarle County during the Fourth of July weekend.

In the past few months, I have had the opportunity to interview a wide range of policy makers, political analysts, and policy experts on various topics.  The interviews were published on under the umbrella of the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner.

Reaching back to February -- I know, I've been remiss -- I had several interviews at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference:
Webb withdrawal irrelevant to Virginia GOP Senate race, says Morton Blackwell
Gary Johnson wins RLC straw poll, places third in CPAC poll
LNC executive director Wes Benedict takes Libertarian message to CPAC

GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia talks about CPAC and gay conservatives
Is Barack Obama the best recruiter for College Republicans?
Historian Paul Kengor on Ronald Reagan and the collapse of the USSR - Part I

Historian Paul Kengor on Ronald Reagan and the collapse of the USSR - Part II
Author Paul Kengor talks about Communist manipulation of liberals, progressives
That same weekend I attended the Republican Liberty Caucus national convention in Arlington and was able to nab a couple of interviews:
RLC member Dan Halloran promotes government transparency on NYC Council
Law professor Randy Barnett reveals the origins of the ‘Repeal Amendment’
In March, I attended a couple of events at the Virginia Festival of the Book. At one of them, I talked to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, former Iowa Republican Congressman Jim Leach, and the president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Robert Vaughan.
Va. Foundation for Humanities increases private funding, helps mark Civil War
NEH chairman Jim Leach talks about ‘civility’ in Charlottesville
April 15 was a significant day. It marked the day that the long-awaited movie version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was released and it also was an opportunity for local Libertarians and Tea Party members to vent some steam.
Charlottesville-area Libertarians use 2011 Tax Day to argue against taxes
'Atlas Shrugged' movie: Audience reactions mixed, box office returns respectable
Charlottesville radio host Rob Schilling says Tea Party is 'just a beginning'
City Council candidate Bob Fenwick challenges ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘trickery’
Charlottesville radio host Joe Thomas assesses two years of the Tea Party
I have also been able to interview people about transportation issues, arts education, criminal justice, journalism, gay marriage, alcohol Prohibition, and libertarian activism.
Former U.S. Transportation Sec’y Mary Peters: ‘not not convinced’ on high-speed rail
Higher gas prices won’t change American car culture, says transportation expert

Kennedy Center chief Michael Kaiser touts economic benefits of arts education
Nigel Ashford to address liberty in today's world at University of Virginia

Sorensen Institute chief Bob Gibson assesses the state of news media in Virginia
Attorneys Ted Olson, David Boies discuss Proposition 8 and gay marriage at Cato
Historian Garrett Peck looks back on ‘Prohibition in Washington, D.C.’ – Part I
Historian Garrett Peck looks back on ‘Prohibition in Washington, D.C.’ – Part II
Reason editors discuss criminal justice system: ‘America’s national disgrace’

S4L president Alexander McCobin recruits ‘community organizers for liberty’
I have quite a few interviews still "in the can," waiting to be transcribed, and I'll be posting links to them here in the future.

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