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Judge Jim Gray, seeking the LP nomination for President | May 20th, 2020
Andrew Interviews Jim Gray, a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President. 
43:03
May 23, 2020
Are tax increases due to Corona virus or bad governance? | May 19th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin talk about the slew of local tax increases coming our way, ostensibly because of Corona virus. They also talk about federal bailouts for state and local governments. 
43:26
May 23, 2020
Should police arrest you for not wearing a mask? | May 18th, 2020
Andrew Hollister discusses mask wearing laws and whether police should arrest you for not wearing a mask. 
42:57
May 19, 2020
Phase 1 Friday | May 15th, 2020
Kevin and Sean talk about Phase 1 opening of NYS. What's open, what's not, what should be open, etc. Plus, the Senate votes to spy on your internet use and Fake News Friday. 
42:59
May 17, 2020
Guest: Bob Confer: What does it look like when a business opens safely? | May 14th, 2020
Kevin interviews Bob Confer, President of Confer Plastics and Opinion Columnist at the Batavia Daily News, Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Niagara Gazette. They talk about his business, whether state policy on corona virus makes sense for companies in New York, and how his company came up with a safety plan that could be a model for manufacturers across NYS. Resources put together by Confer Plastics: https://t.co/kibvyZVtY6?amp=1 Follow Bob Confer on Twitter @bobconfer Read his opinion columns at bobconfer.com
42:54
May 14, 2020
Will corona virus forever change the jobs people seek? | May 13th, 2020
Andrew talks about corona virus and the changing nature of work, including Elon Musk. 
43:34
May 14, 2020
Cuomo says we're allowed to play tennis now | May 12th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin talk about New York's reopening process in the Finger Lakes Region, including allowing drive ins, lawn work, and tennis. Phase One Business Opening info here: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase
42:25
May 12, 2020
Long term care facilities forced to accept COVID positive patients and is NY closed until June 6th | May 11th, 2020
Andrew Hollister talk about the latest Andrew Cuomo dictates
43:03
May 11, 2020
Vigilante Killing in Georgia: death of Ahmaud Arbery | May 8th, 2020
Kevin and Sean talk about the death of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of Gregory and Travis McMichael
42:45
May 8, 2020
Guest: Kevin Warmhold, The Exchange Podcast | May 7th, 2020
Kevin Wilson is joined by guest co-host Kevin Warmhold from the Exchange Podcast to talk about life on the other side of New York. Find his work here: https://www.facebook.com/libertycaster
43:04
May 8, 2020
Congressman Justin Amash | May 6th, 2020
Congressman Justin Amash joins RFNY to talk about his campaign for President
42:57
May 7, 2020
How badly did NY screw up it's corona virus response? | May 5th, 2020
Kevin Wilson and Bob Savage talk about all of the ways governor Cuomo's covid-19 response led to more people infected and dead. 
43:06
May 7, 2020
Parallels between COVID-19 response and Communism | May 4th, 2020
Andrew discusses some interesting and concerning parallels
43:02
May 4, 2020
Open up and say "Ahhhh I've had enough of this" | OpenUP NY, Worker Protests, and Fake News Friday | May 1st, 2020
Kevin and Sean talk more about the OpenUP NY protests and whether they're a good idea. Plus, essential worker protests and fake news Friday that includes UFOs. 
43:03
May 4, 2020
Guest: Andrew Brady | What moral obligations do businesses have during a pandemic? | April 30th, 2020
Andrew Brady, the founder and chair of Conscious Capitalism ROC joins Kevin Wilson to talk about businesses and ethics in a pandemic. They talk about the benefits of decentralization, whether corporations are too short sighted, whether big businesses should be regulated differently than smaller businesses, price gouging, and whether gig workers are trapped in jobs they don't want. Conscious Capitalism Rochester Website: https://consciouscapitalismroc.org/ Andrew Brady on Twitter: https://twitter.com/atbrady
43:08
April 30, 2020
Does Cuomo have an all time high approval rating? | April 29th, 2020
Andrew talked about the latest polling numbers from Sienna and they look really good for Andrew Cuomo. Poll: https://scri.siena.edu/2020/04/27/coronavirus-pandemic-pushes-cuomo-to-record-high-ratings-voters-trust-cuomo-over-trump-on-ny-reopening-78-16/
43:04
April 30, 2020
How are governments laying off workers? What do private companies do? | April 28th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin talk about how the City of Rochester and other local governments are thinking about laying off workers in the wake of a budget shortfall. How do they decide who goes? It doesn't make as much sense as you'd hope.  Plus, should the city stop testing workers for marijuana usage?
43:11
April 30, 2020
Cuomo says if you want a job become an essential worker | April 27th, 2020
Andrew Cuomo continues to show how little he knows about what's going on in New York, by saying if you want to go back to work, just become an essential worker. Andrew Hollister talks about this and more. 
43:00
April 27, 2020
Did Terry Dade betray the Rochester School District? | April 24th, 2020
Kevin and Sean are talking education today. What is going on with the Rochester School district, whether it can be fixed, and what we need to do in education. Plus, fake news Friday. 
43:13
April 25, 2020
Why are we seeing farmers dump thousands of gallons of milk? | April 23rd, 2020
You've probably seen a few news stories on this; dairy farmers dumping out literal tons of milk. Vegetable farms letting huge amounts of produce rot in the field. What on earth is happening? Kevin discusses the issue with Dan Steward, a field crop advisor from Chautauqua County who works closely with mostly dairy farms on all aspects of crop production and environmental planning.  Background info provided by Dan: https://www.dairycarrie.com/2020/04/03/why-are-farmers-dumping-milk/ Another interesting podcast on the topic: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/covid-19-food-supply/ Special thanks to Dave Reynolds and Gerrit Cain for making this podcast possible. 
42:55
April 23, 2020
Will NY open up the economy? | April 22nd, 2020
Andrew Hollister and Bob Savage interview Armando who is helping to organize a protest where businesses open up and operate safely.  They also talk about hospital utilization in upstate and the possibility of allowing elective surgeries in upstate hospitals again. 
43:06
April 23, 2020
Can you get married over zoom now? | April 21st, 2020
Andrew and Kevin talk about some of the ways that local government is using technology to keep their functions (and revenue streams) moving. From pistol permits to marriage licenses, how is local government changing in a pandemic?  Andrew and Kevin also talk about some of the "open the economy" protests. 
42:55
April 21, 2020
How similar is Corona virus to the Spanish Flu? | April 20th, 2020
Andrew talks historical comparisons. 
43:10
April 20, 2020
Would you even go back to work if everything opened up? | April 17th, 2020
Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan, "Agent of Chaos" talk more about the mask rule, about whether or not essential employees are "forced to work" and whether people would start going back to work and participating in the economy again even if government lifted restrictions.  Cato article on economic participation: https://www.cato.org/blog/who-will-reopen-economy-president-governors-or-people
42:54
April 18, 2020
Guest: Tony D'Orazio, new chair of the Libertarian Party of New York | April 16th, 2020
Kevin interviews Tony D'Orazio who just because chair of the Libertarian Party of New York. They talk about the biggest challenges facing the party, what some of the candidates are up to, the national convention, and what's going on with Andrew Cuomo, 
42:59
April 16, 2020
Why are some hospitals cutting staff in a pandemic? | April 14th, 2020
Kevin and Andrew talk about some governments preventing drive-in chruch, whether drive in movies or car washes should be open, why some hospitals are cutting staff right now, and a controversial memorial gathering in Rochester.  Why models are tricky: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-comic-strip-tour-of-the-wild-world-of-pandemic-modeling/ Hospital info: https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/04/closures-bankruptcies-possible-as-coronavirus-cripples-cny-hospitals-experts-warn.html Some info on that gathering: https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/rochester-city-council-member-eviscerated-for-post-about-black-people-and-coronavirus/Content?oid=11666588
42:59
April 14, 2020
Who has the power to close schools? | April 13th, 2020
Andrew Hollister and Bob talk about who has the power to close (or open) schools. State government or local government?
43:04
April 14, 2020
Is the media fear mongering? | April 10th, 2020
Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan talk about whether the media is fear mongering or misrepresenting parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also talk about the ethics of calling the cops on people who are breaking social distancing rules. Plus, fake news Friday.  NYC mass graves: https://reason.com/2020/04/10/no-nyc-is-not-running-out-of-burial-space-due-to-covid-19/
43:12
April 10, 2020
What is going on in other states? Guest Kevin Fortune | April 9th, 2020
Kevin Wilson interviews Kevin Fortune, a libertarian activist from Atlanta, GA about what is happen in his states and other states throughout the south in response to corona virus. Are other states doing things better? Or worse? Find Kevin's show, The Liberty Show on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thelibertyshowkevinfortune
42:52
April 9, 2020
New York blew it on the budget | April 8th, 2020
Andrew Hollister and Bob Savage talk about how NYS may have blown it on the budget. There are so many things wrong with it. 
43:05
April 9, 2020
What local governments can do in a pandemic with Rochester city council member Jose Peo | April 7th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin discuss some of the ways local governments can respond to the corona virus, what they should be doing more of, what they should be doing less of, and more. They're joined by Rochester City Council Member Jose Peo, who also goes on to address whether corona virus, or it's impact and response, are racist.  Find more from Jose at his Facebook Page. 
42:36
April 8, 2020
Has COVID-19 taken away the American freedoms we thought were protected? | April 6th, 2020
Andrew Hollister and Bob Savage ask, has COVID-19 taken away the American freedoms we thought were protected?
43:02
April 6, 2020
Andrew Cuomo will use the national guard to seize upstate medical supplies | April 3rd, 2020
Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan talk about Andrew Cuomo's latest executive order: he says he will use the national guard to force upstate hospitals with "too many" supplies to "share" with downstate hospitals. Plus, some budget talk and fake news Friday.  Cuomo Executive Order about seizing supplies: https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1246095130991476749 Info on the budget: https://buffalonews.com/2020/04/02/final-deals-on-new-coronavirus-slammed-state-budget-come-together-in-albany/
42:39
April 3, 2020
Guest: Larry Sharpe | April 2nd 2020
Kevin interviews Larry Sharpe, former Libertarian Party candidate for governor of New York and host of the Sharpe Way.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sharpe4Gov YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp2EegvSGEsgc-diPwc0ZHQ
42:52
April 3, 2020
Guest: Duane Whitmer for Congress, NY-27 | April 1st, 2020
Kevin interviews Duane Whitmer, a Libertarian running for Congress in New York's 27th Congressional District.  Website: https://duanewhitmer.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DuaneforNY27
43:07
April 1, 2020
Am I being detained? Escape from New York | March 31st 2020
Kevin Wilson and Bob Savage talk about all of the states putting restrictions on travelers from New York state. Rhode Island https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/politics/coronavirus-rhode-island-governor-new-york/index.html Florida https://nypost.com/2020/03/29/florida-setting-up-checkpoints-for-new-yorkers-fleeing-coronavirus/ Trump https://www.forbes.com/sites/sergeiklebnikov/2020/03/28/cuomo-new-york-quarantine-would-be-federal-declaration-of-war/
43:04
April 1, 2020
Stimulus Packages and States Quarantining New Yorkers | March 30th, 2020
Andrew talks more about the big stimulus bill/CARES act plus what states are putting New York residents under quarantine. 
43:16
March 30, 2020
What is a noble lie? | March 30th, 2020
Sean and Kevin discuss whether it's every okay for governments and experts to lie to people if there is a good reason. Was there a good reason to tell people that masks aren't effective when that wasn't true? We talk about whether or not this erodes trust in government and what harmful impact that might have.  Much of this is based on the article found in Cato: https://www.cato.org/blog/against-noble-lie-covid-19-edition Most Americans should be wearing masks: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/health/us-coronavirus-face-masks.html More info on masks and their limitations: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/homemade-face-masks-may-not-protect-from-coronavirus-like-n95-cdc-suggests-as-last-resort/
42:50
March 30, 2020
The Federal Government is about to spend over $2 Trillion | March 26th, 2020
Kevin and Sean talk about the Trillions in spending coming down the pipe from the federal government, plus whether or not NYS is actually making hand sanitizer or just slapping a label on it.  Vice article about whether Cuomo is actually making hand sanitizer: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5dma4k/cuomos-prison-workers-say-theyre-not-actually-making-hand-sanitizer Big stimulus bill summary https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-stimulus-bill-updates-whats-in-the-2-trillion-relief-plan.html The actual 880 page bill: https://assets.bwbx.io/documents/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/rSVHQuPeCB_g/v0?fbclid=IwAR3PfOxVPtkRBnkk_ALDqgzpf4KAzqNc9YDTlHUfelu3AUufZ363qjTkLBs
43:18
March 30, 2020
Ballot access update for New York | March 25th, 2020
How do candidates get on the ballot? Why are local committees so important? Andrew and Bob talk the mechanics of ballot access and elections in NYS. 
43:12
March 30, 2020
How will the 100% shutdown impact our economy long term? | March 24th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin talk about Andrew Cuomo's 100% shutdown order and how that will impact the economy. How do we balance safety and letting people work during a pandemic? How do we talk about the economy without sounding like ghouls? Plus some solutions to this. Targeted back to work approach FDA blocks home testing
42:38
March 24, 2020
General Wellness Check! | March 23rd, 2020
Andrew talks about general wellness and some activities you can do at home. 
43:10
March 24, 2020
Alex Merced, Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee | March 20, 2020
Alex Merced - Libertarian, Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, joins Kevin Wilson on a prerecorded Radio Free New York to answer: What on earth is the Federal Reserve doing? We go over some basic terms and whether or not all this stuff will help. 
44:35
March 21, 2020
Personal safety and defense during a crisis with Dave Jenkins from Rochester Personal Defense | March 19th, 2020
A lot of people are suddenly getting more interested in personal defense and buying firearms. This is great! But it's important that people are safe too. Andrew speaks with Dave Jenkins from Rochester Personal Defense about how you can defend yourself in a crisis situation. 
43:08
March 20, 2020
Presidential Candidate John Monds | March 18th, 2020
For this week's Whitehouse Wednesday, Andrew Hollister interviewed John Monds, who is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President.  Facebook Website: https://monds2020.com/
42:34
March 20, 2020
What does a state of emergency mean for local government? | March 17th, 2020
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob talk about what it means to be in a state of emergency. Can travel be restricted? Can firearm sales be restricted? We talk about it all. 
43:01
March 17, 2020
Are there positive takeaways from the COVID-19 situation? | March 16th, 2020
There are a lot of changes happening really fast, but Andrew is wondering, will anything positive come out of this pandemic? 
42:17
March 16, 2020
The Fed wants to do WHAT with $1.5 Trillion? | March 13th, 2020
Sean and Kevin talk about Gov. Cuomo's new order to limit gatherings of more than 500 and cutting restaurant capacity in half.  Is this what we need to do to flatten the curve? Plus the Federal Reserve is putting up some big numbers to help the stock market and Fake News Friday. 
43:07
March 14, 2020
Are we overreacting or under-reacting to COVID-19 (Corona)? | March 12th, 2020
Kevin and Bob talk about the federal government response to COVID-19, a little bit more of Andrew Cuomo's response, and whether we should be taking this serious. Is just media fear mongering or is there something to this?  Plus, the world keeps moving on; FISA abuses continue with the renewal of the USA Freedom Act. 
43:32
March 13, 2020
Gov. Cuomo declares emergency, suspends laws, creates government hand sanitizer
Andrew, Bob, and Kevin go over Governor Cuomo's new ability to suspend laws and take other actions to combat the covid-19 virus and discuss the Governors bizarre plan to produce hand sanitizer. Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-202-declaring-disaster-emergency-state-new-york Government Hand Sanitzer: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/ny-gov-reveals-state-hand-sanitizer-amid-price-gouging-fears/2318446/
42:55
March 10, 2020
Some countries don't have property tax | March 9th, 2020
Turns out, property taxes aren't the only way to fund a government. 
42:38
March 10, 2020
A discussion about whether or not laws save lives | March 6th, 2020
Sean Phelan joins Andrew Hollister for this episode of RFNY to talk about whether or not laws can save lives. 
42:53
March 10, 2020
Did the NYS Legislature just give Cuomo too much power? | March 5th, 2020
The NYS Legislature voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday just past midnight to give Governor Cuomo broad sweeping emergency powers to deal with the COVID-19 virus. Was this a necessary measure to keep a disease in check or did we just create a dictatorship? https://amp.democratandchronicle.com/amp/4936360002 https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-cuomo-coronavirus-20200303-5kxocftsvrhptolsu32ipzznvi-story.html
42:42
March 5, 2020
Super Tuesday Recap | March 4th, 2020
Andrew and Bob go over some of the results from Super Tuesday Democratic Primary Process. 
42:28
March 4, 2020
Why you should care about zoning | March 3rd, 2020
Zoning isn't the sexiest topic, but it's one of the most pervasive parts of government happening at the local level. It controls what you can build on your own land, how you can build it,  what it looks like, and what you're allowed to do there. Your town, village, or city has a complex network of rules about all of these things in their zoning code. We wanted to do an introductory show on zoning with Rochester area developer and zoning aficionado Matthew Denker, owner of LBLD Living.  We cover a lot on this show, but if you want to do a deeper diving into zoning history Matthew Denker wrote a great series on zoning here: http://www.rochestersubway.com/topics/2015/09/filling-in-zoning-part-1-introduction/
42:48
March 3, 2020
Does Occupational Licensing Keep us Safer? | March 2nd, 2020
Andrew talks about the government imposed barriers on being an entrepreneur. 
42:38
March 3, 2020
Why does NY want to teach sex ed to Kindergartners? | February 28th, 2020
There's a new bill in NYS to teach sex education to Kindergartners. There are other bills that would allow kids to get STD treatment and vaccinations without parental consent.  It's even upsetting some Democrats including Rochester Mayor Warren. Andrew and Kevin talk about some of the details of the bill and whether NY is stripping the rights of parents with these bills.  Mayor Lovely Warren opposes this Text of the Sex Education Bill: https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A06512&term=2019&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y Text of the Vaccine Bill: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s4244 Text of the STD Bill: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a973/amendment/a
43:10
February 28, 2020
Presidential Pardons: How do they work and who did Trump pardon? | February 25th, 2020
After taking a little detour to talk about some local political processes, Andrew and Kevin talk about the pardon power. What does it mean, how can it be used, and how have Presidents used it in the past. Then we they talk about Trump's pardon of Blago, possible pardon of Stone, and his pardon of people caught up in the war on drugs. Is Trump just pardoning his buddies or is he advancing criminal justice reform?
42:19
February 25, 2020
Andrew's thoughts on the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas 2020 | February 25th, 2020
Andrew discusses the wild Las Vegas debate from last week. 
43:01
February 25, 2020
2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties in NY | February 21st, 2020
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob were all in studio today to talk about Sanctuary Counties for the 2nd Amendment in New York. How do they work? Are they legal? Plus, Fake News Friday. Link to the ordinance for Sanctuary Counties: http://2ndamendmentshow.com/2019%20NY%20SASO.pdf NYS Constitution: https://www.dos.ny.gov/info/constitution/article_13_public_officers.html
43:16
February 21, 2020
Why Americans should start paying doctors in cash | February 20, 2020
Andrew talks about medicare care and why you should always pay your doctor in cash
43:07
February 21, 2020
How local and federal government policies created segregation | February 18th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin discuss how federal government policy created a lot of the segregation we still see to this day.  https://reason.com/podcast/richard-rothstein-color-of-law/ https://reason.com/2019/01/21/washington-forced-segregation/ https://www.democratandchronicle.com/in-depth/news/2020/02/05/rochester-ny-kept-black-residents-out-suburbs-decades/2750049001/
42:41
February 18, 2020
Presidents Day, Virginia 2A Update, & a bill to reject Unconstitutional Federal Laws | February 17th, 2020
Andrew has quite a few things to cover from the last few days. 
42:58
February 17, 2020
Should voting be mandatory? February 14, 2020
We say happy birthday to Frederick Douglas, talk about the new proposal to make voting mandatory in California, and discuss the Trump administrations proposal to have the US government own telecom companies to "compete" with China. Frederick Douglass: https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/self-made-frederick-douglass-tim-sandefur California Voting: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-05/california-lawmaker-proposes-mandatory-voting William Barr wants to own part of Nokia: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-espionage/to-counter-huawei-u-s-could-take-controlling-stake-in-ericsson-nokia-attorney-general-idUSKBN2001DL
43:14
February 16, 2020
What is National Popular Vote Interstate Compact? And a bill to roll back gun control | February 13th, 2020
Andrew talks about the electoral college and a trend among progressives who want to tie their states electoral college votes to the popular vote. 
42:53
February 13, 2020
Mark Whitney, Presidential Candidate | February 12th, 2020
https://www.markwhitney.com/
43:19
February 12, 2020
Calendars, Tenet Rules, and Recycling | February 12th, 2020
Did you know there was a proposal for a calendar that had 13 months with 28 days in it? Andrew, Kevin, and Bob talk about that, whether landlords should be able to see arrest history, and whether recycling programs work.  https://reason.com/2020/02/03/baltimore-county-admits-it-hasnt-been-recycling-glass-for-7-years-it-still-encourages-residents-to-recycle-glass/ https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/06/29/blue-bin-curbside-recycling-losing-money-new-york-plastics-paper-glass-china-bans-imports/715017002/
42:47
February 12, 2020
Day Light Savings Time & Term Limits | February 10th, 2020
Should we eliminate Day Light Savings? There's a bill in New York right now that'll make sure you don't have to change your clocks anymore. Andrew also talks about Congressional Term limits. 
42:59
February 10, 2020
Rent Broker Fees, Gig Workers, and Fake News Friday | February 7th, 2020
Kevin and Sean weren't going to let a little snowstorm stop today's show. They broadcast the show remote to talk about gig worker "protections," landlords paying broker fees, and fake news Friday.  https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/not-all-gig-workers-want-proposed-protections/Content?oid=11385212 https://reason.com/2020/02/06/new-york-regulators-issue-surprise-ban-on-charging-renters-broker-fees/
42:48
February 7, 2020
Thoughts on State of the Union, Impeachment, Pelosi, and DHS / ICE Retaliation against New York State for Green Light Law | February 6th, 2020
Andrew discussed the DHS / ICE retaliation against NYS for denying them unfettered access to DMV records. 
42:58
February 6, 2020
Jacob Hornberger, Candidate for President | February 5th, 2020
Andrew interviews Jacob Hornberger, candidate for President seeking the Libertarian Party nomination.  https://jacobforliberty.com/
43:24
February 5, 2020
Why Democrats Should Oppose Rent Control | February 4th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin talk about what rent control is, the new rent stabilization laws in New York, and how rent control is counter productive to fighting gentrification and keeping housing affordable.  Text of NYS Rent Control law https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s6458 Info on the NYS (from City of Rochester officials) https://drive.google.com/file/d/11vif7_kUOWNChGlprXJn8XwSW3NvTQ6-/view?usp=sharing Freakonamics Episode on Rent Control: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/rent-control/ Stanford Rent Control Study: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/publications/effects-rent-control-expansion-tenants-landlords-inequality-evidence
43:03
February 4, 2020
Why are people leaving New York and should fake information be a crime? | January 31st, 2020
Full crew on this episode! Andrew, Kevin, Sean, and Bob were all on this show for Fake News Friday. The RFNY crew talked about Wegman's bags, why people are leaving New York, Elizabeth Warren wanting to criminalize disinformation, and fake news Friday. 
43:33
January 31, 2020
What do you believe is the number one issue our country faces today? | January 30th, 2020
Andrew Hollister discusses some of the big issues and addresses listener responses on what you think are the most important issues facing the United States. 
43:18
January 30, 2020
Presidential Candidate Sam Robb | January 29th, 2020
Andrew interviewed Sam Robb who is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President.  https://www.facebook.com/Samrobb2020/ https://www.samrobb2020.com/
44:51
January 29, 2020
Government abuse of taxpayer funded mailings | January 28th, 2020
Kevin and Andrew are discussing all of the various ways that politicians at the local, state, and federal level abuse tax payer funded mailings for political purposes. 
42:14
January 28, 2020
Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Part 3 | January 27th, 2020
Andrew Hollister is back! Today he wrapped up his third installment of discussing Andrew Cuomo's State of the State proposals one by one. 
42:36
January 28, 2020
Should government restrict self checkout? & Fake News Friday | January 24th, 2020
Sean and Kevin discuss a new proposal in Oregon to limit the use of self checkout lines to save jobs and reduce alienation. They also talk about the doomsday clock and NY's Stargazing Permits. 
42:51
January 24, 2020
Is John Lewis a Libertarian hero? | January 23rd, 2020
Kevin Wilson interviewed Kevin Fortune, a libertarian activist and the host of the brand new podcast, The Liberty Show. They talked about a wide range of issues including positive vs. negative conceptions of liberty, how government barriers to success impact the African American community, whether John Lewis is a libertarian hero, and how to bring people from different backgrounds into the liberty movement.  Cato Article on John Lewis: https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/john-lewis-libertarian-hero The Liberty Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9BoyCKkZI0&feature=youtu.be
49:37
January 23, 2020
The History of Presidential Campaigning | January 22nd, 2020
Kevin and Sean talked about the history of Presidential campaigning. Back in the early days of the republic, it was considered unpresidential for candidates take the stump and conduct an active campaign. 
48:02
January 22, 2020
Guest: Arian Horbovetz from The Urban Phoenix | ebikes, high speed rail, and transportation options
Kevin Wilson talks with Arian Horbovetz, author of The Urban Phoenix blog and podcast. We talk about finding the good things happening in upstate, ebikes, high speed rail, and why there should be more transportation options than cars.  https://theurbanphoenix.com/
47:43
January 22, 2020
Should Facebook take down political videos containing lies? | January 20th, 2020
Several Democratic candidates have criticized Facebook for taking a neutral stance on political content, including content that contains lies. Should Facebook be the arbiter of truth for political content? We also talk about Section 230 and ways Facebook already policies content. 
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January 20, 2020
Vaping News, Virginia, Police Accountability Board | January 17th, 2020
Kevin and Sean talk about the recent court ruling on vaping as well as the breaking news that there was a "vaping related" death in Ontario County that's being used to justify further restrictions. Kevin and Sean also talk about the emergency executive order in Virginia where Governor Northam is trying to conflate racists with gun owners. We also talk about Rochester's police accountability board for a short while before doing Fake News Friday. 
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January 17, 2020
Do states have rights? | January 15th, 2020
Do state's have rights? Where do "state's rights" come from? Are state's rights the best way to preserve individual liberty? Is the federal government a better way to preserve individual liberty in some situations? Where do state's rights and nullification apply today? Resources: https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/ Fugitive Slave Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Act_of_1850 Gun States Rights Case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald_v._City_of_Chicago
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January 15, 2020
NY Criminal Justice Reform Part 2: Are witnesses more vulnerable? | January 14th, 2020
Kevin talks about the other part of criminal justice reform; discovery. What info does the defense have a right to and when? Should witness info be kept secret? Does this law mean an accused criminal return to the scene of a crime? Need for Discovery Reform: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/08/07/undiscovered What Discovery Reform Does: https://www.courtinnovation.org/sites/default/files/media/document/2019/Discovery-NYS_Full.pdf  
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January 14, 2020
Discussion on Iran and the Libertarian perspective on war | January 10th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin discuss what's going on with Iran, whether the President had the authority to kill Qassem Soleimani , and what Congress is doing to assert it's authority to take the United States to war. Show ends with Fake News Friday War Powers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Powers_Resolution House Resolution saying President Trump violated the War Powers Resolution: https://www.wxxinews.org/post/house-passes-war-powers-resolution-effort-restrict-trumps-actions-against-iran An interesting podcast on the history of Soleimani: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-behind-the-bastards-29236323/episode/qassem-soleimani-and-the-bastardful-history-55268117/
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January 10, 2020
Cuomo's State of the State Part 2 | January 9th, 2019
Andrew goes over more of Andrew Cuomo's legislative priorities
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January 10, 2020
Adam Kokesh - White House Wednesday | January 8th, 2020
Andrew interviews Adam Kokesh, who is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for President on a platform of abolishing the federal government. 
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January 9, 2020
Bail Reform | January 7th, 2020
Andrew and Kevin are talking about the bail changes in criminal justice reform. They'll cover the history of bail, it's legal uses, and it's current uses, and how NY changed it's bail laws in response to systematic abuses. Bail Reform Info Additional Bail Reform Context Tyquan Rivera case https://www.whec.com/news/tyquan-rivera-drug-charges-released-without-bail/5596320/?cat=565 Colony Manslaughter Case https://m.timesunion.com/news/article/Colone-bank-robbery-suspect-released-without-bail-14941830.php https://t.co/ReT6mh9UGC?amp=1
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January 7, 2020
Does the First Amendment apply to Edward Snowden? | January 6th, 2019
Andrew talks about several situations where the first amendment applies (or doesn't apply!) Including, Snowden, boycotts, social media and more. 
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January 6, 2020
Cuomo's State of the State Proposals | January 3rd, 2020
Kevin and Sean were hosting today's episode and went over several of Andrew Cuomo's state of the state proposals. It's mostly bad, but we bring up a couple proposals that are surprisingly good.  List of Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Proposals: https://www.governor.ny.gov/2020-state-state-proposals
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January 4, 2020
What you need to know about creating a 2A Sanctuary | January 2nd, 2020
What does having a sanctuary county mean? How does it work?
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January 3, 2020
Bicycle registration laws & is this the best decade ever? | December 31st, 2019
Andrew and Kevin talk about Bike registration laws for Talk of the Town Tuesday, the look at the data to see if this was the best decade in human history. Andrew and Kevin also make predictions about 2020 and the next decade.  Bike Registration law: https://reason.com/2019/12/17/this-bicycle-registration-law-gives-police-yet-another-excuse-to-punish-insufficiently-meek-citizens/ Best decade: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/weve-just-had-the-best-decade-in-human-history-seriously/ Human Progress: https://humanprogress.org/
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December 31, 2019
A Conversation about Government Security Theater vs Reality | December 30, 2019
Do government policies designed to keep us safer actually work? 
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December 31, 2019
What is the Pink Tax? And Fake New Friday | December 27th, 2019
Andrew was out today for his birthday, so he let Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan host. Kevin and Sean discussed the "pink tax," the national debt, and Cuomo vetoing the ebike bill before playing Fake News Friday.  Gov Cuomo's Pink Tax Proposal: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-unveils-10th-proposal-2020-state-state-eliminating-pink-tax Pew Poll on biggest issues facing Americans: https://www.people-press.org/2019/12/17/views-of-the-major-problems-facing-the-country/
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December 27, 2019
Is ride share helping solve food desert problems? | December 26th, 2019
Andrew discusses a study saying the most common destination for ride shares is the grocery store. 
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December 27, 2019
How to talk about Politics without ruining Christmas (Christmas Eve Special) | December 24th, 2019
Andrew and Kevin talk about some of the ways you can talk with your family about politics this Christmas without you looking like a huge jerk.  (Maybe!)
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December 24, 2019
How to run for office in NY | December 23rd, 2019
Andrew discusses what you need to do to prepare yourself to run for office in NYS from building a team, getting your family on board, to winning. 
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December 23, 2019
The Afghanistan Papers Part 1 | December 20th, 2019
Andrew and Kevin dive into one of the biggest news items that isn't getting enough press coverage: the Afghanistan papers. And we only scratch the surface. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/
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December 20, 2019
Post Impeachment Discussion and Updates in New York | December 19th, 2019
Andrew Hollister introduces Sean Phelan. They clear up some more issues surrounding impeachment then talk about a few New York issues including pay hikes and RCSD budgets. 
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December 19, 2019
White House Wednesday: Ken Armstrong | December 18th, 2019
Andrew talks with Ken Armstrong, who is seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination for President. 
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December 18, 2019
The Impeachment Episode | December 17th, 2019
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob finally do an episode on impeachment. We go over what the constitution says about impeachment, what the Federalist Papers say about impeachment, what the articles of impeachment actually say, what the terms being thrown around every new show actually mean, and whether most Presidents should be impeached. We just barely get to what we actually think of impeachment.  Notes: House Powers of Impeachment: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_States_of_America#Section_2 Senate Role in Impeachment: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_States_of_America#Section_3 What an officer of the government can be impeached for: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_States_of_America#Section_4_2 Articles of Impeachment: https://www.npr.org/2019/12/10/786579846/read-articles-of-impeachment-against-president-trump Federalist Papers: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Federalist_(Dawson)/64 About Bribery: https://www.lawfareblog.com/defining-theory-bribery-impeachment House Judiciary Committee Report: https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20191216/CRPT-116hrpt346.pdf
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December 17, 2019
What is going on in Virginia? SB 16, SB 18, SB 64, & HR 67 (2019/2020) | December 16th, 2019
Is Virginia really sending out the national guard to go after 2A Sanctuary counties? What are the new laws all about?
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December 16, 2019
Fake News Friday, New York Renews Vape Ban, and Fire Insurance | December 13th, 2019
We get a little into the latest vaping restriction coming out of NYS, talk about fire insurance, flood insurance, and why we shouldn't subsidize your risky property decisions. Then we get into Fake News Friday: Is Hillary Clinton leading in the polls? Did something fishy happen on the coast of California? Has Walmart taken a bold new stance in the war on drugs? 
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December 13, 2019
Discussion on the Rochester City School District Budget | December 12th, 2019
Andrew breaks down the RCSD budget crisis.
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December 12, 2019
White House Wednesday: Discussion with Dan Behrman Libertarian running for President
Andrew speaks with Dan "Taxation is Theft" Behrman. Dan is running for the Libertarian nomination for President in 2020.  https://behrman2020.com/
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December 11, 2019
Talk of the Town Tuesday: Business Permits, Amazon Subsidies, and eBikes | December 10th, 2019
Andrew and Kevin introduced a new Tuesday segment: Talk of the Town Tuesday, where they talk about local government issues that are likely impacting your town or city too! For the first week, we talked about the new tobacco business permits that the city of Rochester is implementing. Andrew and Kevin also talked about Amazon bringing some jobs to NYC without subsidies, and Andrew Cuomo's vindictive reason for not signing a bill to legalize electric scooters and bikes. Show notes: Rochester Business Permits: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589935988 Amazon https://gizmodo.com/amazon-drags-its-sorry-ass-to-nyc-anyway-no-tax-dollar-1840288575 http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/no-new-york-is-not-getting-an-amazon-headquarters-anyway.html eBikes and eScooters https://nypost.com/2019/12/08/e-bike-e-scooter-bill-stuck-in-albany-cuomos-spat-with-sponsor/amp/
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December 10, 2019
NYS STAR Rebates | December 9th 2019
Andrew takes on NY's STAR rebates. How do they work and why don't we just lower taxes instead?
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December 9, 2019
NY Property Tax Cap & Issues with Uber | December 6th, 2019
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob discuss NY property tax, reassessment, and whether a tax cut really means a tax decrease. We also talk about the Uber sexual assault report, and then end on the lighter note of asking Andrew to guess if stories are real or not.
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December 6, 2019
Martial Arts in VA, Police Annoyance Law |December 5th, 2019
Andrew talks about a law in Virginia stirring up some controversy, the police annoyance bill in Monroe County, NY and the continuing plight of former Judge Astacio. Plus a study about men and socialism.
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December 5, 2019
White House Wednesday: Student Debt Crisis | December 4th, 2019
White House Wednesday: Student Debt Crisis | December 4th, 2019 by Radio Free New York
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December 4, 2019
NY will spend $100 Million on Campaign Finance | December 3rd, 2019
Host Andrew Hollister and new recurring co-host Kevin Wilson do a deep dive into the Campaign Finance Commission's Report that's slated to become law this December. Andrew and Kevin talk about the cost of the program, the barriers to entry for grassroots candidates, and the plot to eliminate 3rd parties. Link to the full report: https://campaignfinancereform.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2019/12/campaignfinancereformfinalreport.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2TP7JxFm-G5yx2apdKacrnJwtpdxFwwrl4cH5lq4tyMBTZVs51uEfh5Rc
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December 4, 2019
New York Budget & Electoral Crisis | December 2nd, 2019
New York Budget & Electoral Crisis | December 2nd, 2019 by Radio Free New York
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December 3, 2019