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 bench and long game in places like North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan.
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 about a 5th grader.
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.
We introduce a new format for the pod with Beth Clayton breaking down Alabama politics. Alabama has been at the center of a political earthquake: All three branches of government have overseen a removal of their leadership in the 15 months. The Governor has resigned, the House Speaker was removed due to felony convictions and the Chief Justice for the Supreme Court was suspended.
So what's next? How do you move forward in a state where there is single party rule and that party has been corrupted?
Snatching defeat from the jaws of likely victory, the nightmarishly incompetent duo of Donald Trump and Paul Ryan didn't even put a bill up to vote and were humiliated. Yes, this victory for Democrats was unexpected and keeps millions of people insured. We talk about how the Greedy Old Party thankfully failed with their Frankenstein bill and what the implications of that failure are. We look ahead to the next items on the GOP agenda, an important race in Georgia and explore the Maryland and Colorado's governor races.
There's no medicine like no medicine according to the #GOP. We talk about the pre-existing conditions that Republicans have set for their legislation, what its impact will be and how to push back. We make a tough decision on GOPutz of the week and we look at the Strange ongoings in Alabama where single party rule is in full effect.
No envelopes needed and no bad last second Steve Harvey jokes required -- Thomas Perez is the first latino leader of the Democratic Party. We talk about what that means for the party, what we think his leadership will look like, why he won and why some groups on the left overvalued and overplayed the impact of this election.
We also talk briefly about some important ongoings in California, Ohio and NY and enjoy Franco getting his Senators wrong in Indiana.
P.S. Go watch 'Moonlight', it's fantastic.
It's been 10 days since he was inaugurated and yet, we're already looking around and wondering what the heck else is next after he's managed to piss off a gender, long time allies and made airports into places of protest. We talk about the immediate successes of #Resistance, how to not burnout, and look in awe at hundreds of thousands of women and allies across the country saying hell no to his agenda. We cover his executive orders, which were about as well planned as a Wile E Coyote trap.
Find out what else the darned GOP is doing, who's standing up to them, and crown a new #GOPutzOfTheWeek. Oh yeah and there's Nazi punching.
P.S. Colorado folks please sign this petition for Sen. Cory Gardner to do his job.
We're thrilled to be joined by Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown this week, as she launches her bid to be DNC Chair during a week where Will needed to be reminded that rebellions are built on hope.
We talk about the Electoral College (3:05), explain why our Big Number of the Week is 66% (7:10), have updates on the DNC Chair race (9:14) then hear from Sally on why she's running and her plans for the party. (15:00) We have our initial Scoop! where we tell you what news happened this week that will have a long lasting effect (36:10), announce our GOPutz of the week (43:01) and say goodbye to 2016 (45:24)
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