Primarily: 2020

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Buckle up, it’s time to start thinking about the 2020 Democratic primary. (Yes, really.) This podcast is for Democratic activists, patriotic Americans and concerned global citizens who are searching for an electoral saviour - or at least a damn good candidate. We’ll be discussing how the primary works, checking in with all the candidates considering a run, and looking into congressional races. But mostly we’ll be asking "who can evict Donald Trump from the White House?"

This podcast expresses personal views only, and is not affiliated with any organisation.
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Buckle up, it’s time to start thinking about the 2020 Democratic primary. (Yes, really.) This podcast is for Democratic activists, patriotic Americans and concerned global citizens who are searching for an electoral saviour - or at least a damn good candidate. We’ll be discussing how the primary works, checking in with all the candidates considering a run, and looking into congressional races. But mostly we’ll be asking "who can evict Donald Trump from the White House?"

This podcast expresses personal views only, and is not affiliated with any organisation.

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Iowa!
This week, Karin speaks to Pat Rynard, Managing Editor of the Iowa Starting Line blog, about what is happening on the ground in this vital state. He'll give us a sense of what the candidate rallies and events feel like on the ground, why some candidates seem to be taking off there while others are slow to catch fire, and talk us through the pluses and minuses of having Iowa go first in the first place.  Also this week, we'll cover the primary news, paying particular attention to the exit of Kamala Harris from the race, and asking where her supporters might go from here. 
42:25
December 6, 2019
Don't Blame the Messenger!
This week, Karin speaks to Joseph Marks, a Doctoral Researcher in behavioural economics at University College London about his research showing what kind of people make compelling messengers. Joe explains the difference between hard messenger characteristics like status, dominance, attractiveness and competence, and softer messenger attributes like warmth, trustworthiness and charisma. And, he reveals to listeners the findings of his original research looking specifically at the 2020 Primary candidates - so do stay tuned for the 2nd half of the interview to findout which candidate is underperforming on competence, which one is seen by people as clearly the most attractive, and why the "best" messenger from this point of view is a person you might not have expected. Also this week, we play the Gut Check Game with testing some arguments the candidates themselves have made for why they are the right messenger for the moment, and of course we do a News Roundup covering the shift in the polls away from Elizabeth Warren, the Bloomberg's refusal to investigate Mike Bloomberg, and some new allegations of gender based workplace discrimination against Andrew Yang. 
1:13:47
November 29, 2019
Debate Watch 5! (The Birthday Episode)
On the week that marks the 1 year anniversary of creating the podcast, Karin sits down with Journalist and longstanding friend of the pod Emma Burnell to recap the 5th Democratic Primary debate. We check in with some former guests throughout the episode sending their birthday wishes to the podcast. And, of course, in the News Roundup we cover this week's historic impeachment hearings and much more.  
1:03:06
November 22, 2019
The Perfect Candidate!
This week, Karin is joined by comedian Erich McElroy, who helps her run through all the candidates currently in the race to pick the best attributes of each and assemble the theoretically best candidate available. In the News Roundup this week, Karin talks you through the first week fo the impeachment hearings in the House, the possible entry of Mike Bloomberg into the race and the certain entry of Deval Patrick, and she discusses the LA Time's misquote in a Pete Buttigieg interview. 
1:04:30
November 15, 2019
Crystal Ball! One Year To Go...
One year out from election day in 2020, Karin catches up with Nicky Woolf, Editor of the New Statesman America to catch up on all the primary news, including:  * This Tuesday's state and local elections, with big victories for Democrats in the Virginia State legislature and in the Kentucky Governor's race * Beto O'Rourke's departure from the race * Some troubling swing state polls for Democrats from the New York Times * The Liberty and Justice Dinner in Iowa, where all the candidates spoke. Also this week, Karin and Nicky gave their predictions for the race - who did we guess would win Iowa and New Hampshire, who did we think would win the primary and of course, the big one: Who will win the Presidency in one year's time.  And finally, this week, Karin also answered a listener question about the electoral college. 
1:33:52
November 8, 2019
The Facebook Fight! The Twitter Troll!
This week, Karin interviews digital and social media expert Mat Muir about the raging debate over Facebook's political ads policy. This week, a group of Facebook employees published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg calling on him to reverse his policy of allowing false information in political ads, and setting out some suggestions for how they could better manage political ads on the platform. We talk through each of their suggestions and explore the legal and technical mine field of political ads on social media, including Twitter's decision to terminate political advertising on the platform altogether.  In a fully packed news roundup this week, we also cover the House's vote to move forward on the impeachment inquiry, the upcoming local elections, and the court ruling ordering a new congressional map in North Carolina. 
1:04:23
November 1, 2019
It's All About Turnout!
This week, Karin speaks to Alex Morgan, Executive Director of the Progressive Turnout Project, and gets some organiser training directly from Regional Field Director Alicia Stott. We get a sneak peek at how left leaning PACs are trying to combat Trump's $100Million cash on hand by getting organized early to get our voters to the polls. In the News Roundup, we also take a look at the current polls, recap the spat between Tulsi Gabbard and Hillary Clinton, roll our eyes at Republican House members storming a secure hearing room, and much more. 
1:12:32
October 28, 2019
Debate Watch 4!
This week, Emma and Karin take a wine-filled tour through the 4th Democratic primary debate, exploring Warren’s new status as the joint front runner, whether Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer deserve their newfound slots on stage, what the impact of Sanders’ recent heart attack has been, and much, much more (including some random Buffy related fan girling at the very end).
1:16:17
October 17, 2019
Trump is the Worst
This week, Karin is joined by author, Sarah Churchwell in an attempt to pin down exactly why Donald Trump is unfit for office. Also this week, we play the Gut Check Game, checking in on our visceral reaction to some of the things Trump says, and of course there's a news roundup covering Warren's fundraising, Sanders' health and the updated polls. 
1:07:44
October 11, 2019
Corps Strength
This week, Karin speaks to Rachel Haltam-Irwin, about the DNC's grassroots recruitment initiative. Organizing Corps works to recruit and trin on the ground organizers across the country in advance of the 2020 election. Also, in this week's News Roundup, we've  added a new segment to the podcast - Poll Watcher - in which we quickly round up the state of the polls over the week. We also cover Bernie Sanders heart pains, the Q3 fundraising numbers, Trump's attempt to collude with the Chinese government on camera from the front lawn of the White House, and much more. 
31:42
October 4, 2019
BONUS: Inside Trump's Facebook Campaign
In this special bonus episode, Karin talks to journalist Judd Legum about his research into the wierd world of pro-trump activity on Facebook. He has discovers that a huge Facebook group with over a million followers recently began resharing pro-Trump content. And the owners of that page were based in... Ukraine. Listen to find out what happened when he actually was able to interview these guys.  We also take a look this week at the dodgy Facebook ads being run by Donald Trump - and compare it with what's the major Democratic candidates are doing. 
38:14
October 2, 2019
ITMFA!
This week, Karin does an epic news roundup with Emma Burnell, discussing impeachment, the role of the Biden family in Ukraine, Elizabeth Warren't steady rise in the polls, COry Booker's fundraising gambit, Bill De Blasio's departure from the race, the LGBTQ forum, the Iowa Steak Fry and so much more! Warning, includes random Hamilton singing at intervals. And as always, we play the Gut Check Game - testing our reaction to quotes and comments from US politics over the past week. 
1:17:55
September 27, 2019
Climate Strike!
For the global climate strike on Friday September 20th, organizers have been calling on workers to take 30 minutes off work to support the climate. To support the climate strike, therefore, the first 30 minutes of this podcast are dedicated to a discussion with Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment focussed 9 useful actions you and I can take to help save the climate. Later on in the podcast, we look at the climate policies of some of the major candidates. 
46:09
September 19, 2019
Debate Watch: Third Debate!
This week, Karin recaps the third Democratic Primary debate with lawyer and friend of the pod Asha Subas and journalist, Pod Delusion podcaster and Trumps Alerts bot creator James O'Malley. 
1:08:58
September 14, 2019
Why can't we all just get along?
This week, Karin talks to Ali Goldsworthy, founder of the Depolarization Project, about why our politics has become so polarized and what we can do about it. Why can't we seem to talk to people from "the other side" anymore? Should we worry that the Democratic Party itself will be divided and polarized after a hard fought primary? Why is that that the data suggests liberals are actually the least likely to befriend people on the the other side? Why is it actually smart politics to exacerbate polarization? Also this week: A news roundup covering the Republican candidates running against Trump in the GOP primary, the exit of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz from the race, and more. 
1:06:00
September 6, 2019
Report from the DNC...
This week, Karin speaks to Democrats Abroad Global Chair Julia Bryan about the DNC meeting in San Francisco last week. She also does a news roundup, covering the serveral candidates that have recently withdrawn from the race (Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, Seth Moulton) and reflects on her observations from her vacation in Oregon and California.
1:00:47
August 30, 2019
Report from the Farm
Karin checks in from her vacation in Oregon to do a news roundup on Hickenlooper’s exit, the weakening economy and Trump’s apparent desire to buy Greenland (?). She also gives folks a bit of a pep talk on what is possible, wise and helpful in dealing with life in the Trump era.
14:51
August 17, 2019
Vote for Your Lives!
This week, in the wake of two devastating mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Karin talks to former Congressional Candidate, DNC member and gun violence survivor Khary Penebaker about why and how Democrats can get serious about ending gun violence in America.
40:31
August 8, 2019
Debate Watch: Round 2, Night 2
Emma and Karin watch the second night of Presidential debates. We discuss everything from Tulsi Gabbard's strange background in the anti-gay marriage movement to Cory Booker's potential as a TV talk show host to Joe Biden's technology flubs. And as always, we play the Gut Check game testing our reactions to this things said in the debate. 
54:13
August 3, 2019
Debate Watch! Round Two: Day One
In the first of 2 episodes recapping the 2nd round of Democratic debates, Karin is joined by friend of the pod and frequent guest Emma Burnell. We discuss everything from Pete Buttigieg's military service to Bernie's finger wagging to Elizabeth Warren't school teacher aspirations. And of course we play the Gut Check game testing our reactions to some quotes spoken during the debate.  The second of these two episodes will go live tomorrow - Saturday, August 3rd.
51:49
August 2, 2019
A New Statesman in America?
This week, Karin talks to Nicky Woolf, the Editor of the New Statesman America for a general round up on the state of the race covering everything from what it's like to explain American politics to British people to why no one seems to want to run for Senate. We discuss Robert Mueller's testimony in front of Congress this week and analyse the political implications for Democrats. And we play the Gut Check game - this week, Nicky told us what story he would assign out as editor for randomly selected names pulled out of the trusty Red Sox baseball cap.  
1:18:21
July 26, 2019
Allies of the People?
This week, Karin explores the changing nature of the media landscape the Democratic candidates will be competing in. She speaks with Amy Bree Becker of the Department of Communications at Loyala University in Maryland about popular culture and news media, how Democrats can get their message heard over the Trumpian shouting, and what the media is doing right or wrong in covering politics in today's world. She also does a news round up covering Trump's racist attacks on female minority Congresswomen, Sander campaign staffers complaints on pay, the forthcoming Democratic debates, and Susan Collins' declining poll numbers. 
46:31
July 19, 2019
Will Trump Win Reelection?
This week, Karin talks to the political forecaster Rachel Bitecofer, of the Wason Center for Public Policy in Virginia. Dr Bitecofer has developed a predictive model for US politics that was exceptionally accurate in the 2018 midterms, and she is going to tell us whether she thinks the Democratic candidate, whoever they might be, is favored to win in 2020. We'll talk about the rise of negative partisanship in America, which electoral strategy Democrats should be pursuing, and what her model says makes for a stronger or weaker candidate for the Party in this cycle.  We also play the Gut Check Game, testing our reactions to some of the main media narratives around the race. 
52:41
July 12, 2019
Independence Day for Immigrants?
This week, Karin is joined by Friend of the Pod Asha Subas to take a look at the politics and policy of immigration. Why does Trump think this is a winning issue for him when polls show Americans are mostly positive about immigrants? How can the Democratic candidates talk about this issue in a way that avoids polarising the country on it? What's actually in Julian Castro's and Beto O'Rourke's immigration plans? Also we play a version of the Gut Check game to check which candidate's July 4th barbecues we most want to attend. 
54:05
July 5, 2019
Debate Watch!
This week we're watching and recapping the key takeaways from the first round of Democratic debates. Joining Karin on the panel is political journalist Emma Burnell and lawyer and immigration expert Asha Subas. Who broke out? Who went under? Were there winners and losers? Who was surprising? Inspiring? Authentic? Compelling? And who even managed to get heard at all? 
1:06:19
June 29, 2019
Power to the People!
This week, we discuss the rise of populism - its different meanings, its origins and causes, whether Trump is a populist himself, and how the critique of global capitalism and concern about inequality fits into the populist conversation. Joining Karin are political sociologist Michael McQuarrie, and financial strategist Wen Wen Lindroth. Also this week: we play the Gut Check game reacting to candidates answers to a series of questions posed by the New York Times, and discuss the news of the week, including the ongoing mistreatment of children arrested at the border and Joe Biden's remark30 about working with Segregationists in the Senate.
52:15
June 29, 2019
This is What Democracy Looks Like!
Karin chats with the political scientist and Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas about the threat that Donald Trump and wider Republican voter rigging, voter suppression and election fraud presents to the future of America as a viable democracy. And on a lighter note (!), Karin explores the emotional tenor of the race by playing a special episode of the Gut Check game where she casts the candidates as family members in a fictional family reunion. 
1:00:20
June 14, 2019
Swing Left!
This week Karin talks to Marisa Kanof, National Field Director for Swing Left about Democratic prospects for retaking the Senate and holding the House in the 2020 elections. 
50:40
June 7, 2019
Mid Atlantic!
This week's episode is a joint production between Primarily: 2020 and the Mid Atlantic podcast in which Karin chats with Mid Atlantic host Roifield Brown about the similarilities and difference between the politics of the US and the UK. Karin is a longstanding US expat based in the UK, Roifield is a UK expat based in the US. What did each of us learn about the politics of their home country from their host country, and vice versa? Why does it seem like the far right is on the rise in both countries and around the world? 
1:20:34
May 31, 2019
Electability?
This week, Emma and Karin have a free ranging conversation covering everything from the resignation of UK PM Theresa May to whether Democrats should be appearing on Fox News. But mostly, we were talking about this whole concept of electability - what does it even mean? Karin runs through her six definitions of what people might mean when they say a candidate is electable and we debate the relevance and usefulness of each. Plus, of course, we play the Gut Check Game. Warning - there's a bit more swearing than usual in this episode. 
1:26:23
May 24, 2019
It's Not Just Alabama...
This week, Karin is joined by Mandu Reid, leader of the Women's Equality Party in the UK to talk about the worrying developments in Alabama and other states around the country where the a 40+ year effort by the right wing to overturn abortion rights is coming to a head as states move rapidly to pass sweeping bans on abortion. Why has this issue energized the right for so long? Why hasn't the broad pro-choice majority in America been able to stop it in its tracks or reverse it? And why are we seeing an increase in anti-abortion activism in other countries around the world, tied to the rise of far right populism. We also play the gut check game, and do a quick news roundup. 
41:30
May 17, 2019
Knock Out Week!
This week, Karin is joined by the American comedian and host of the podcast Pod to Be an American, Erich McElroy. Together, Karin and Erich play a knock out game to explore how they might cut the overcrowded field down to size to end up with about half the number of candidates without sacrificing the quality of the field. We also play a round of the gut check game. 
55:02
May 10, 2019
There Is No Planet B!
This week, Karin talks to Abby Smith, an engineer and renewable energy analyst about the urgency of climate change, the Green New Deal, and what we should expect from Democratic presidential candidates. We dig into the economics of carbon transformation and where the next generation of energy jobs will come from. And, of course, we play the Gut Check Game. We also catch up on the 4 newest candidates to enter the race: Eric Swalwell, Seth Moulton, Michael Bennet and Tim Ryan. 
46:30
May 3, 2019
Kirsten! Joe!
This week, Karin interviews Margo Miller, a friend and supporter of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, about the New York Senator's campaign. She also responds to Joe Biden's entry into the 2020 race, and of course we play the Gut Check game, this time responding to some candidate quotes from the She the People Forum and around the campaign trail.
49:22
April 26, 2019
Impeachment?
This week, Karin checks in from her vacation to update on the release of the Mueller report and to debate the value of policy announcements versus storytelling at this point in the primary. Also, a quick news roundup.
26:33
April 19, 2019
Mayor Pete!
This week we check in with Denise Baron, an organiser for Pete Buttigieg. Denice is coming to us direct from South Bend Indiana, where she's helping to prepare for Mayor Pete's big campaign launch event this Sunday. We talk about why the Mayor seems to be breaking through into the top tier of candidates, about his "gosh shucks" midwestern enthusiasm, about what it means to be a gay candidate and about why this kind of breakout success seems to be harder for female or minority candidates. We also play the Gut Check game, testing our reactions to some quotes tweeted or spoken by the candidates this week. 
1:03:23
April 12, 2019
Gut Check!
This week, Karin and Emma do an episode length version of the Gut Check game, testing how we feel about every single candidate who's in the race so far - all 19 of them. Phew. We also discuss the state of the race overall and what are the Democrats chances to defeat President Trump. Brace yourself - some of this is sobering. 
51:25
April 5, 2019
Davos Man
This week, we take a look at rising inequality and its effect on our politics and our society. Karin talks to Adrian, Monck, a Managing Director and Head of Public Engagement at the World Economic Forum about why America, like many nations, is becoming less equal and what if anything we can do about it. We also discuss the criticism of WEF itself. 
1:01:07
March 29, 2019
Common Ground?
This week, we explore the question of whether there exists any genuine common ground between Trump resisting Republicans and Independents and Democratic voters hungry for change. Are we doomed to eternal disagreement and failures of consensus, or is there a way forward that allows for a broader coalition? Karin speaks to former Republican and current independent swing voter Marshall Manson to see if there is any common ground. Also this week, a revised version of the Gut Check game in which we are forced to choose between two names randomly drawn our of the hat. And a quick news roundup.
1:05:51
March 22, 2019
Get Organized!
This week, Karin reports back from the 2 very different types of organizing meetings she attended this week and thinks through the difference between the work of a political organization trying to operate effectively and a campaign or movement trying to activate and excite. She also does a news roundup covering Beto O'Rourke's entry into the race and Congress's rebuke to Trump's emergency powers declaration. Plus, as always, we play the Gut Check game.
48:15
March 15, 2019
Build that Brand!
This week, Karin talks to strategic marketing consultant Rob Blackie about how to build an effective political brand, we talk about some of the more clever and innovative ads of the 2018 midterms and we reflect on how the 2020 candidates can create a distinctive and engaging political brand. Also, we do a recap of the week's news, including the announcements that Mike Bloomberg and Sherrod Brown will NOT be running, and the heated debate about Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar and allegations of anti-semitism. 
53:17
March 8, 2019
Trauma Therapy!
This week, Karin talks to Betty Teng, co-host of the Mind of State podcast about the psychological aspects of running for office. Can you be mentally healthy and run for President? What does a toxic political environment such as the one we live in now do to the mental health of candidates and the electorate? How can we keep ourselves health in the midst of the deluge of hostility, toxicity, and partisan rancour? Also this week, Karin does a quick news roundup covering Elizabeth Warren's announcement that she won't hold high dollar fundraisers, Beto O'Rourke's decision, and Trump's terrible week - including Michael Cohen's House testimony and Trump's granting Jared and Ivanka security clearances over the objections of his own Chief of Staff. 
53:10
March 1, 2019
That Berning Feeling
This week, Karin is joined again by political journalist Emma Burnell as they unpack their complicated feelings about a Bernie Sanders candidacy. Also, a news roundup including vote fraud in North Carolina, William Weld enters the Republican primary, and Elizabeth Warren unveils a Universal childcare policy.
1:04:30
February 22, 2019
Theories of Change...
This week, Karin talks to Women's Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer about how we create change within the political system, the structural inequalities embedded in the US political system, and how to use the available levers of power within that flawed structure. Also, we play the Gut Check game, testing out some slogans, quotes or policies being batted around on the campaign trail, and we recap the news including Amy Klobuchar's entry to the race, Elizabeth Warren's launch event and Donald Trump's unconstitutional declaration of emergency. 
1:02:16
February 15, 2019
Embarrassment of Riches!
This week, Karin talks to the political journalist Emma Burnell to look at the race so far, which candidates have already stepped forward and who is yet to come. Karin and Emma played a new version of the Gut Check game in which they reacted to slogans, policies and straplines that have been heard on the campaign trail, and we also here from three Democrats who have already chosen a candidate about why they are supporting, respectively, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.
45:42
February 8, 2019
Vote for Women!
This week, Karin speaks with lawyer David Schleicher about his argument that in 2020 the Democrats should aim to nominate a female candidate. We dig into the role of misogyny in voter choice, the changing role of women in the Democratic coalition, and whether we can make structural changes to support female participation at all levels. We also do a news recap including Corey Booker's entry to the race, Kamala Harris's kickoff, the independent run of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, the end of the government shutdown and more. 
42:46
February 1, 2019
Popularity Contest!
This week, Karin talks to pollster and strategist James Morris about how candidates should be using polls, what public polls actually mean at this point in the race, and how a candidate can put across their best case to voters (spoiler alert: policies, even great policies, are not how). We also recap the news of the week, including a couple new entrants into the primary race and one firm no announcement. Also, the President's close friend Roger Stone was arrested today. So that's a thing that happened. Plus, of course, we play the Gut Check game to test our reactions to some possible candidates.  
38:42
January 25, 2019
Halfway There!
This week we mark the 2 year anniversary of Trump's inauguration and of the Women's March by talking to Lan Wu, former Democrats Abroad UK Women's Caucus Co-Chair, about the lasting impact of the March and the growing role of women in the Democratic movement. Karin also recaps the main news of the week, including the entry of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand into the primary race, and we play a round of the Gut Check game in which a couple surprising - and one not so surprising - names come up. 
47:42
January 18, 2019
Shutdowns and Startups
This week, Karin covers the ongoing government shut down and its severe implications for federal workers. She addresses her profound concerns about the President's flirtation with wanting to declare a state of emergency in order to force his preferred outcome, and we use Beto O'Rourke's dental visit as an opportunity to talk about how the media gets social media-led campaigning wrong. All this, plus a roundup of the primary news - and a certain former Presidential candidate's name finally comes up in the Gut Check game.
40:08
January 13, 2019
Can Capitalism Be Saved?
This week, Karin shares her 5 podcast promises for 2019, talks at length about Elizabeth Warren's core belief that American capitalism is currently failing to deliver shared prosperity to Americans, makes some predictions for the year ahead, and plays the Gut Check game.... Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!
45:50
January 4, 2019
One Nation Under God?
In this special Christmas themed episode, we speak to Rachel Burgin of Christians on the Left about the tradition of left leaning Christianity and the role for faith in a secular political movement such as the Democratic Party. Also: as always, we play the Gut Check game, testing our reaction to some randomly selected Democratic candidates. And we do a quick news roundup, this week covering the "Bernie v Beto" debate raging in the media, and the ongoing government shutdown. 
34:00
December 28, 2018
Team Dream!
This week, we speak with the brilliant Sarah Churchwell, Professor of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Studies in London about the meaning of the American Dream, and the white nationalist origins of America First - these are 2 ideas that have been central to our understanding of American political and cultural life for a century and, as we'll see, they are very much informing our politics today. We also talk about a couple randomly selected prospective candidates in the Gut Check game, and do a news roundup on the looming government shutdown, Defense Secretary Mattis' resignation, and the Democratic debate plans for 2020. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!
1:00:03
December 21, 2018
Nation of Immigrants?
This week, we catch up on the primary news - who's in? Who's out - and Karin reports on meeting Alabama Senator Doug Jones. Our special guest Asha Subas, an attorney and immigration expert, helps us understand the troubled recent and not so recent history of US immigration, and helps us think through what the Democrat's immigration policy should be. We also played the Gut Check game, testing our reactions to 3 candidates drawn at random.
1:05:53
December 14, 2018
Power Grab!
In this special bonus episode, we interview Wisconsonite Scott Rogers to catch up on the troubling events in Wisconsin, where Republican legislators have been moving to strip powers from the newly elected Democratic Governor and Attorney General. Also, we play a game of Gut Check, testing Scott and Karin's immediate responses to potential Democratic nominees drawn randomly out of a hat. Trust us, this is actually fun.
1:07:04
December 6, 2018
How does this work?
This week, we look at three important news stories that are likely to define the 2020 election: The President's personal lawyer pleading guilty to lying about Trump's business relationships with Russia, GM is shutting down 5 plants costing thousands of American jobs, and border agents fired tear gas at migrants over the Mexican border. We also chat about the Mississippi special election for Senate. Our special guest this week is Frank Leone, a DNC Member from Virginia and a member of the Rules and Bylaws committee, who helps us understand the Byzantine and occasionally bizarre primary process.
43:16
November 30, 2018
Too soon?
In this first episode we talk about why it’s not too soon to start thinking about the 2020 primary, what we can learn from the way Democrats ran in the midterms, who’s actually even running at this point, and what can you be doing for progressive causes and candidates right now. There is no mention of Beto O’Rourke by name but... yeah, he’s in there to. ;)
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November 23, 2018
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November 22, 2018
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