Y R We so Awesome? ft. YRFV Chair Jessi Rapelje Blakely!
Description: In the debut episode of the new season of Grand New Podcast, Mike and new cohost Kimmy Kruskamp sit down with YRFV Chair Jessi Rapelje Blakey to discuss how to grow the GOP, how to appeal to young people , and the unique obsession of crime shows amongst women.
May 27, 2021
The Tea from WV! (ft. Sammi Brown)
Mike sits down again with Former WV Delegate Sammi Brown (D), to close out Women's History Month! Mike and Sammi discuss all things West Virginia, how to come together as millennial leaders, Populism becoming the future of both parties, strange bedfellows, and how she joined the Air National Guard after losing her race to continue in her life of service.
March 26, 2021
Getting Chatty with Patti!
Mike sits down Patti Hidalgo Menders of the Loudoun Co. Republican Women's Club- to discuss how to win over suburban women, her Cuban Heritage, Politics running her family, and being a "Republican who gets shit done".
March 20, 2021
The Better Kim K!
Mike sits down with Youngkin for Governor Field Director and fellow YR Kimmy Kruskamp, to talk about her Political Journey in Central VA politics, attracting diverse voters and young voters to the GOP, and how Youngkin is in it to win it.
March 12, 2021
Sarah White gets it Right
Mike sits down with Sarah White, who is running for the 53rd District House of Delegates seat. Mike and Sarah chat about their experience running for the House of Delegates, her background in the Restaurant business, and the key to winning over suburban women and voters.
March 7, 2021
Can the GOP Win Some with WINSOME?
Mike sits down with Former Del. Winsome Sears to talk about her bid for Virginia's LG, how to make inroads in the Black Community, how to grow a diverse party, and living the American Dream.
February 25, 2021
Jason Miyares for AG-and Jedi Master!
Mike and Matt sit down with Del. Jason Miyares, to talk about his run for Virginia's Attorney General, his Cuban heritage and the dangers of Socialism, and nerding out over Star Wars!
February 19, 2021
Gen Z and The GOP!
Mike sits down with Ashton Willcox and Ryan Doucette of Gen Z GOP, and Brady Hillis and Josh Lyon of the Teenage Republican Federation of VA, to discuss their viral letter of Courage standing up to the Q Cult. These Gen Z'ers discuss ways the GOP should reach out to young people, what they can do to fight extremism, and VA (and Massachusetts) Political prognostications.
February 11, 2021
Virginia runs on Youngkin!
Mike and Matt sat down Friday evening with former CEO of the Carlyle Group and Gubernatorial Candidate Glenn Youngkin, Matt with Bourbon in hand and Mike with a seltzer! Glenn discusses his run for Governor, his college basketball career, and his faith.
February 7, 2021
Special Episode: Mike runs for Delegate!
In this Special Episode, Mike's friend Sophie sits down with Mike to discuss his bid for the House of Delegates. Mike lays out his plan for Affordable Pre-K, raising Teacher pay, and bringing bold ideas to the Republican Party.
January 24, 2021
Mike and Matt are back for a New Season of "Grand New Podcast"! To kick it off, they sat down with Puneet Ahluwalia, who is running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Puneet explains why he's running for LG, his career in Business, his story as an immigrant making it in America, and how he can inspire more to do the same.
January 24, 2021
All I Want for Christmas is...to flip Virginia's 83rd!
Mike and Matt are back in action after an election Hangover to hang out with Attorney Tim Anderson to talk about his run against Nancy Guy for VA-83, what the Republican Party can do to win, how to fight against Bloomberg, and if he's good enough for Santa to bring him a Colt 1911.
December 10, 2020
WV, Sammi looks good on you!
Mike, who has just announced for the Republican Nomination for VA's 50th House District, sits down with emerging Progressive leader Del. Sammi Brown of WV! WV vs. VA- which is truly the BEST Virginia? Together, they talk about how Millennials can come together to solve problems Boomers can't, how to comprise while standing firm on principle, why it should be the DMWV, and the Best food in Charles Town. Tune in!
October 27, 2020
Mike and Mike in the DMV!
Mike sits down with Mike Ginsberg of State Central and the SUVGOP to talk about the future of the GOP in Virginia, why the Suburbs are crucial to 2020 and 2021, and what Virginia can learn from Mike G.'s home state of Maryland.
October 18, 2020
Manassas for the Masses
Mike teams up with his friend Sophie (to pinch hit for Matt) as they sit down with the Manassas City Council Republican Slate! Councilman Ian Lovejoy, Lynn Forkell Greene, and Harry Clark all join GNP to talk about their plan to move Manassas Forward, bring jobs in, keep city living affordable, and why Sci-Fi and Bravo TV are the best guilty pleasures.
October 13, 2020
It's gonna be-HUGO!
Mike sits down with former Delegate Tim Hugo to talk about his LG campaign, how to win in NoVA, and the clear line between the GOP and the Democrats in VA. Matt joins in in the middle of a Power Outage in the Star City to banter about Sports Rivalries, and how Nats fans are on the sidelines when it comes to blows between Mike's Yankees and Tim's Red Sox.
October 12, 2020
Stan the Man
While Matt roams from Roanoke to Bristol, Mike sits down with former State Senator candidate Stan Scott, to discuss working with Qasim Rashid, advocating for fellow Veterans, closing the gap in the political divide, and Star Trek.
October 4, 2020
The Buzz about Theresa!
While Matt is busy hanging with the Hokies, Mike sits down with Manassas Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis to talk about her run for Mayor, her leadership during COVID-19, supporting local Hispanic businesses during Hispanic Heritage month, and how Bees are key to sustainability in Manassas.
October 1, 2020
It's the Catalina Wine Mixer! (Sans Wine)
With Matt running around Southwest, Mike sits down with Catalina Lauf, "the Anti-AOC" and former Congressional candidate for IL-14! Mike and Catalina discuss the importance of getting Millennials involved in the Conservative movement, her experience working for the Trump Administration and running for Office, forming her own "Squad" with VA-10 candidate Aliscia Andrews, and Politics invading every aspect of life.
September 26, 2020
Rapid Fire with Rastatter
With Matt out of the office, Mike sits down with Fairfax GOP First Vice Chair Sean Rastatter-to talk Trump's path to victory in 2020, Virginia being in play, reaching out to young people, and being bombarded with Fake News.
September 23, 2020
From Glenn to Glenn
Mike and Matt sit down with Delegate Glenn Davis to discuss his 2nd run for Lieutenant Governor, his fellow LG competition, The Mandolorian, and why 2021 is make or break for the RPV.
September 21, 2020
Quick Catch-up with Mayor Pete!
In this Drive-by Edition of "Grand New Podcast", Mike gets to sit down with former Presidential Candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg about his endorsement of Qasim Rashid, why VA is the right place to start a return to civility, and the importance of Broadband and infrastructure.
September 17, 2020
Mike is solo while Matt celebrates his wife’s B-Day! Mike sits down to catch up with RPV Chairman Rich Anderson to discuss the latest vandalism by the far left , his vision for growing the Republican Party in Virginia , and 2021 forecasting.
September 17, 2020
Q&A with Qasim
Mike and Matt sit down with the Democratic Candidate for VA-1, Qasim Rashid, to discuss the immigrant experience, bridging the divide between parties, Medicare for All, Rob Wittman's attacks, and of course, Star Wars.
September 9, 2020
Matching Wits with Wittman
Mike and Matt sit down with Congressman Rob Wittman to discuss VA-1, Criminal Justice Reform, Broadband, Military Funding, and of course, where to eat for Breakfast.
August 28, 2020
No Spin with Dr. Webb
Mike and Matt sit down with Dr. Cameron Webb, the Democratic Candidate for Congress in VA-5. Dr. Webb shares what compelled him to pursue both an MD and a JD, how to effectively combat COVID-19 and Racial Division, why he's the best candidate to represent the 5th, and how he can spar with Bob Good using scripture.
August 20, 2020
Fired up with Freitas!
Mike and Matt sit down with Nick Freitas to discuss his congressional bid for representing VA-7, reopening Virginia safely, honoring our fallen, and basement paneling.
August 18, 2020
Into the Blue!
Mike and Matt sit down with Democratic Party of Virginia Leader Susan Swecker and Democratic Operative Andrew Whitley to talk about how in the world a Virtual Convention is going to work, Kamala Harris joining the ticket, being a rural Democrat, and some good old Americana music.
August 18, 2020