We recorded this before the hate-filled white nationalist attacks this weekend in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. We're not sure we can even add to the conversation on that.
We analyze debates 1&2, and what we learned as well as the strategy folks coming out of 'em. We talk Hick potentially jumping in the U.S. Senate and about TX Republicans.
What happens when you get 21 Democratic candidates, thousands of pounds of fish, South Carolina's heat in summer and Jim Clyburn? The real start to primary season!
What happens when you get 20 (!) Democrats to qualify for a debate? We have no idea but we preview it in depth. With 25 candidates in total it's going to be bedlam.
We talk South Carolina's Democratic Party Convention, Planned Parenthood's forum and the infamous Fish Fry, what not to write on wedding guest books in the first 21:45 minutes.
Then we give a preview that we're quite proud of. From #WeDecide to #FishKing we get ready for the one event that'll keep Florida's population safe(ish) & indoors for 4 hours this week.
It's finally happened. We go in deep into Colorado, a state that's acting as weird as its weather. Of note: One of the worst run campaigns for a major mayor's race in the country, a Senate primary with 12 candidates, and both the Democratic Governor and Senator running for President by targeting the same people.
We promise you'll laugh, and even if we disappoint it's still less than half as long as the series finale of Game of Thrones. (One of us is still bitter, and it's not Will.)
Somewhere a CNN executive is holding out hope for one candidate to announce so they can just run a whole day of programming. We'll talk about whether these town halls are a good idea and whether going on FOX is a good life choice for candidates.
But first we fear for women after AL, GA, OH (and later MO) pass antichoice-laws to govern their bodies and we fear for humanity as we adopt war footing towards Iran.
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 Franco wouldn't stop talking about it. At 27:47 he tells us the gubernatorial candidate he's voting for and at 32 minutes he does it for FL-27.
At 35:35 they talk about AZ-02 and then there's a quick wrap up.
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!