A little Presidential primary talk (yeah 18 months ish out!) along with pondering the deadline for incrementalist policies to actually work has passed, but can big policies pass the Congress?
A catch-22 for a long overdue podcast.
It's here. Early vote has begun. You know how we said it'd be a good year for Democrats but maybe not a great year? Facts.
So panic stations everyone. (Aka sign up for a canvass shift!)
We talk key races we're watching across the country, can we trust in the Midwest and how we're staying (relatively) sane.
Franco finally gave in and we talk some Colorado politics -- more than you want to know about the state senate, the Gubernatorial Election, and what happens when #WinterIsComing. We also talk about the Arizona and Florida primaries, John McCain's passing, Ted Cruz being a reptile and more.
After covering things at Netroots Nation in New Orleans, Ryan and Franco discuss the premier progressive convention in depth. (Shout outs to Kaili Lambe for helping us cover events & Mary Rickles Conley for allowing us to attend again.)
At 9:45 we pivot to MN politics -- it's not a flyover state! They just had an exciting primary election. After that we cover the NY State Legislature at 17:25 and WA state legislature at 21:38.
Ryan then brought up Florida's state legislature at 23:32 and...
World Cup Fever hits the pod, as do various soccer ailments but it's ok because we're #InOurPrime. We talk US Senate landscape, NY-14 where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (yes Will, there's an i in her name...) shocks Joe Crowley and we cross talk about soccer and how it shows the need for liberal communitarian nationalism.
If those words didn't make sense, it's ok. They soon will.
Will's back on the podcast so we had to get weird.
Here's what's up with today's show:
4:45 : IL-03 and what we can learn from Illinois
13:00 Stormy Daniels
21:10 New Budget Deal
25:00 Quick conversation around March for Our Lives and banning bump stocks.
Don't forget to tweet us at twitter.com/dempartypodcast to #WelcomeBackWill!
We start by talking about Parkland between two South Florida natives, then move on talking about Donald Trump's administration and Betsy DeVos (11:05) then talk a little about PA-18 (17:45) and wrap up by making an endorsement (21:10).
For those loyal folks out there: We're back! We talk about the shitdown (or shutdown, depending on your keyboard) and how Se. Schumer screwed things up, then we pivot to Russia like a desperate Republican campaign and we finish by talking about this years elections.
We talk about the recent victories on health care and in Florida around an important State Senate election -- congrats to Annette Taddeo. We chat about movies, concerts, learning languages and we teach you how to avoid going to jail while recommending some folks go to jail. Lock them up!
Plus a fun chat on whether Trump is a rationale actor in general. I think you can guess what we think after his taking on the NFL.
The pod tries to make sense of a political situation where the President lacks a moral compass and where the Republican party comes to grip with the racist undertones they've fanned for decades.
We also talk about how the Democratic Party should deal with candidates who are anti-choice and Netroots Nation 17.
We celebrate another [probably temporary] victory, this one more dramatic than the last thanks to Sens. Collins, Murkowski & McCain. Franco teaches Ryan how to say "Reince" while the Mooch is brought on to give America the worst visual we've seen in years. We discuss what a change in Chief of Staff could mean in the day to day of this White House.
Before playing this podcast, please give this Cranberries tune a whirl.
Sunday night it seemed as though Trumpcare was dead. Then repeal seemed dead on Tuesday. By Wednesday, Senators were meeting around Trumpcare again. We finally recorded knowing that we know nothing a la Jon Snow. But we can't imagine a bill with 32 million uninsured is going to be more popular.
We learn that Nevada is that friend that shows up to your 7 PM party at 11 PM and California is your friend who goes to...
Let's talk about the sixth, baby.
Georgia's sixth congressional district is a heavily Republican leaning district. Yet, it's now the most expensive race in the history of our country and being presented as a make or break for the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the Trumpocalypse.
We talk with Nse Ufot, the wonderful Executive Director of the New Georgia Project who has been working day and night to turn key groups out and remake the electorate. She teaches us why this district is a...
As Comey prepares to testify and comes out of his quantum of solace. We discuss the potential damage and results from his testimony. Or will it be non-explosive a turn out to give Trump the opportunity to die another day.
This pod goes deep into talking about activism with Kaili Lambe who recently helped lead the People's Climate March of Colorado and has been diligently working with Together We Will in Colorado. What has gone well? What are the challenges? How do we respond to diversity and social differences?
We also spend (32:04) some time with the wonderful Arielle Swernoff, the Executive Director of LaunchProgress who's organization has undertaken the slow, grinding but crucial work of building a...
We move away from all things Trump for an episode to talk with author Dan Ancona about his new book Venus Shrugged. Dan is a long time leader in the progressive movement, always imagining what a better country looks like and what technology and California can do to get us to that place. His new book meets the intersection of politics, race, sexuality and a vision for what the country could look like if progressives win.
Now go get the book!
We knew that Trump believed being President was harder than anticipated, but it doesn't help when you take stupid actions. Trump's 2016 campaign homie, James Comey, the head of the FBI and the man investigating Trump and his ties to Russia has been fired by...Trump. And with every hour that goes by the story gets worse.
It's all been said before but we're just going to repeat it because maybe if we say it three times, we'll wake up and things will be better.
Plus there's a funny story...
Yeah, it's 100 days. Not years. It just feels that way. We dig in on what has worked for our nations first Orange President so far as well as why he seems to be top of the mind at all times.
It's also been 100 days of #Resistance. With no end in sight, we discuss what IS the resistance, what is it doing well and where can it still improve (hint:data). It's a fast paced pod that hopes the odds are ever in your favor.