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The Moderate Podcast

By Jimmy Davis
Join Jimmy Davis as he explores the politics of the week from a centrist, pragmatic point of view. He also uses his expertise in local government to provide an insider's perspective of how our government works. New shows every Sunday! 🇺🇸🐘🐴⚾️🏈🏒
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118: Setting Limits
The theme this week is limits, in that we talk about term limits and the potential limiting of gun ownership (after the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder). We also discuss the media's coverage of President Biden's trip going up the stairs of Air Force One versus its coverage of President Trump's walk down a ramp back in June, Trump's statement during an interview regarding the Capitol riots, and the CDC's new guidance on social distancing in schools. This week's episode is presented by PODGO. Podcasters: please visit today to sign up, and make sure to type in The Moderate Podcast in the "How did you hear about PODGO?" box!
March 28, 2021
117: On the Border
This week, I dive into the issue of illegal immigration and the current "crisis" along the border. Also, I discuss the latest in my new home woes, the Tiger Woods crash, a graphic posted by a relative that has me simply shaking my head in shame, and some revealing (but not very earth shattering) text exchanges between Bay Area county health officers.
March 21, 2021
116: America's Vote
This week, I discuss the Right to Vote Act (H.R. 1) and some new approved or proposed voting laws in Georgia and Iowa. In that context, I also discuss the ramifications of voter ID laws. I also discuss more cancellations, a "shocking" article on coronavirus cases, some lesser reviewed aspects of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and tweets from UTLA and 365Diversity.
March 14, 2021
115: Stimuli
This week, I get into the stimulus package that's in the works, the Dr. Seuss "controversy", COVID deaths, the COVID economy, and minimum wage.
March 7, 2021
114: Tit for Tat
This week, my kids join me to talk about what they have been up to lately, how they have liked Zoom school and how it has changed over the last year, and what they are looking forward to when going back to school in person for the first time in over a year. We also talk about the sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, more news bias, and CPAC and the direction of the GOP and conservatives.
March 1, 2021
113: Powerless
This week, we dive into the Texas cold snap and related power issues, and why it's not too surprising that something like this happened. We also talk about the death of Rush Limbaugh and a school board that inadvertently got itself into some hot water.
February 22, 2021
112: Ross Benes - Rural Rebellion
This week, I am joined by Ross Benes, author of "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold". We talk about the book and how modern politics and social media have widen the ideological gap rather than narrow it. We also talk about the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the latest Q-Anon conspiracy, Trump's actual COVID condition, and the CDC's guidance on school reopening. To purchase a copy of Ross's book "Rural Rebellion", please visit
February 14, 2021
111: Hypocrisy is Perfectly Acceptable Now
We have talked about this before, but we are addressing it again: hypocrisy. Now, people are now openly hypocritical and NO ONE CARES. I point out a number of examples on the left and right of this phenomenon. Also, we talk about an article in Time that supposedly outlines the "rigging" of the 2020 election. Here's a link to the full article: The Secret Bipartisan Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election This week's episode is brought to by Clarks. Visit for up to 30% off select items!
February 7, 2021
110: The Little Guy is Winning
Here's the rundown for this week's show: History and context of impeachment and how it might apply to Trump The GameStop stock phenomenon What Biden said previously about executive orders Some of the executive orders related to climate change, and some of my thoughts about climate change My Super Bowl prediction Please remember to rate and review the show, and share it with your friends and family. This week's episode is brought to by Kind Bar. Visit to get 10% off your next order!
January 31, 2021
109: A New Era Begins
This is our first episode of the Biden era, and we talk about his first few actions as President, as well as some of the last moves of the Trump administration, a talk about COVID and related historical context, and where both parties go from here.
January 24, 2021
108: Misconceptions
This week, we talk about some of the continued fallout of the January 6 riot at the Capitol, including reaction from some senators, impeachment, and banning on social media. We also look at some common misconceptions of the 1st Amendment, 25th Amendment, and Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934.
January 17, 2021
107: Disunity
I get into the Trump-Georgia phone call, which was a sign of things to come on this past Wednesday. Hypocrisy is running amuck in this country! Visit for 15% off for first responders!
January 11, 2021
106: Happy New Year
Happy New Year! This week we discuss the upcoming certification of the Electoral College vote and the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and how current conditions compare to some of our more severe flu outbreaks. Visit to get 25% off your next purchase of fan gear for your favorite team!
January 3, 2021
105: Looking Back
In the last episode of 2020, we take a look back at what can only be described as the year of Murphy's Law. And speaking of which, we get into what the heck Murphy's law even is. And I respond to a very thoughtful e-mail from a listener. To take advantage of our offer from Fanatics, visit to get 25% off your next purchase!
December 28, 2020
104: Holding Out Hope
This is my first live show in a few weeks, and the first one on my new equipment. I'm hoping to get all the kinks figured out over the next couple of weeks.  This week, I get into the latest on COVID and how our response has affected children. I also talk about the next step in the election process (no, unfortunately it's still not over).
December 21, 2020
Best of TMP - So Cal Freeways
This week, I'm not able to do a normal episode, so please enjoy a look back at one of my favorite episode, in which I talk about the So Cal freeway system and how road funding works in California.
December 13, 2020
103: Alexanders
This week, we take a look back at the election of 1800, which had its election stealing saga of its own.  Also, my son Alex joins me to talk about a variety of things.
December 6, 2020
102: Fairy Tales
This week, we cover a spectacular interview with Michael Flynn that will...well, just listen because it's really hard to describe how you will view it unless you listen to me break it down.  We also talk about some of the infighting with the Democrats and how that all might play out in the Biden Administration. 
November 30, 2020
101: The Kraken
This week, the kraken was released (I think?).  We talk about the explosive and convincing press conference of Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, as well as one of their experts' affidavit.  We also talk about the new Coronavirus vaccines and a recent appellate court decision regarding Harvard University and affirmative action. This week's show is sponsored by  Visit for 50% off your next purchase!
November 22, 2020
Episode 100 - Reflections and Lawsuits
On this special episode of The Moderate Podcast, I reflect back on the first 99 episodes of the podcast and how I am still in awe of how I have stuck with this and made it this far. I also offer a slight correction in my analysis of the Maine Senate race and talk about all of the President's lawsuits. This week's episode is brought to you by Visit to get 50% off your next purchase!
November 15, 2020
Episode 99 - Post Game Analysis
Well, although President Trump is challenging the results (shocker), it looks like we have a winner. I talk about the Presidential race, as well as results in some of the California propositions I had talked about previously, the race to control the Senate, and I finish up by talking about where we go from here. This week's episode is brought to by Save 50% off your next purchase by going to!
November 9, 2020
Episode 98 - My 2020 Predictions
Okay listeners...this is it!  This is the last episode of The Moderate Podcast before the 2020 Election. I give my final predictions on a dozen Senate races and on a dozen battleground states.  Who will win? Will anyone even get to 270? Find out right here! Also, let me know your predictions! This week's episode is brought to you by  Visit for 50% off your next purchase!
November 2, 2020
Episode 97 - Battleground: Arizona
This week, we talk about a state that finds itself in the national spotlight of Presidential politics for the first time since possibly 2008 (and that was only because the Republican nominee was from the state). Arizona is finding out what it's like to be a swing state.  Will it swing the other way, or do what it has consistently done since 1952?  We also talk about the absurd and virtually impossible threshold to open amusement parks in California, Republican Senators and their relationships and ties to Donald Trump, and the second and final Presidential debate. This week's episode is brought to you in part by Visit to save 50% off your next purchase!
October 25, 2020
Episode 96 - Battleground: Michigan
As we continue our Battleground series, we take a look at the race in Michigan.  Was Trump's victory a fluke?  Will he be able to pull off a victory again?  Also, we talk briefly about the dueling town halls, Hunter Biden's e-mails, Amy Coney Barrett's Senate Judiciary Committee, and a follow up on last week and how political tribalism is running rampant in America. I also mentioned the podcast California City.  Check it out here. This week's episode is brought to you in part by  Visit for 50% off your next purchase!
October 18, 2020
Episode 95 - Battleground: Ohio
This week, in our Battleground series, we explore the bellwether state of Ohio. Will Ohio once again go with the nation, or will Ohio finally lose its status of a determining factor in the Presidential election? We also discuss the Vice Presidential debates, where national discourse has lost its way, and we explore California Propositions 16 and 18.
October 11, 2020
Episode 94 - Battleground: Wisconsin
In this week's episode, we continue our Battleground series as we explore the surprise victory for Donald Trump in Wisconsin in 2016, and what 2020 is shaping up to look like there.  We also explore California Propositions 16 and 19, and touch upon the President's tax returns and COVID diagnosis. This week's episode is brought to you in part by Visit to get 50% off your next purchase!
October 5, 2020
Episode 93 - Battleground: Pennsylvania
This week, we begin our Battleground series, reviewing the states that will likely decide who will be the next President. Pennsylvania was one of three surprise states in 2016, with Trump becoming the first Republican to win it since 1988. We get into how he did it, and whether he can pull it off again on November 3. We also talk about the Senate committee report that came out this week about Hunter Biden. This week's episode is brought to you in part by Romer Skincare. Visit to find out more about their products!
September 27, 2020
Episode 92 - The Notorious RBG
This week, my dad joins us to talk about the late, great Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as The Notorious RBG.  We also talk about what comes next for the SCOTUS, what some prominent senators are saying now versus 2016, and how this may shape the election.  My dad also tells us about his trip to Idaho and some of the difference on how the pandemic looks in California versus Idaho.
September 20, 2020
Episode 91 - The Woodward Tapes
We get into a bunch of stuff this week, including some of the things said in President Trump's interviews with Bob Woodward.  We also talk about the wildfires on the West Coast, remembering 9/11, diplomatic developments in the Middle East, LA County's fun police, and some of the more notable things that happened on Big Brother this week. Check out our new and improved website at  While you're there, visit our blog and sign up for updates.  I will include links to all of the material I used on this week's show on the blog.
September 13, 2020
Episode 90 - The Gig is Up
On this Labor Day Weekend, we are talking about the state of the gig economy in California and how Proposition 22 hopes to change that.  We also talk about Trump's alleged remarks about troops, Nancy Pelosi's hair, Trump "encouraging" election fraud, Big Brother, and the latest Presidential polling numbers.
September 6, 2020
Episode 89 - The Card is Set
This week, we talk about the Presidential matchup now that it is officially set, including each of the candidate's acceptance speeches.  We also talk about the officer-involved shooting in Kenosha, WI, the protester clash in Portland, and some data about police shootings by race.  We also talk about election security briefings, Big Brother, and I end the show by giving you my prediction on what will happen with the Presidential race.
August 30, 2020
Episode 88 - What is Q?
No, we are not playing Jeopardy! this week.  In this episode, I discuss the surprisingly little-discussed Senate report on Trump campaign discussions with Russia, a controversy with Goodyear, and the hidden issue with Trump's payroll tax holiday.  I also get into the whole QAnon thing and where it came from and my own "conspiracy theory" as to who is actually behind it.  Finally, I talk about Memphis's reign in week 2 of Big Brother.
August 24, 2020
Episode 87 - Taking the Heat
This week, we talk about a ridiculously optimistic electoral vote map, the SHOCKING pick for the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, challenges for voting by mail, and this past week's Big Brother activity. Don't forget to check out our YouTube special!
August 16, 2020
YouTube Special - By the Numbers COVID Edition
This episode is to let our listeners know about a new YouTube special that I have posted.  Please click the link below to check it out, and please COMMENT on and SHARE this very important video.  Thank you! YouTube Special - By the Numbers COVID Edition:
August 16, 2020
Episode 86 - Who's the VP?
My dad joins me to talk about some of the history and ramifications of getting a lack of a majority in the electoral college.  We also speculate on who Joe Biden's VP candidate will be (which we thought we would have a decision on by now), and we talk about this week's return of Big Brother!
August 9, 2020
Episode 85 - Too Close to Call
This week, we dive into some early numbers on the 2020 election, but as the 2016 election would remind us, it is way too soon to make any predictions on where this will go, especially given how close the swing states are.  And since it is almost a guarantee Trump will dispute the results if he loses, we talk about the closest election in our nation's history...and I'm not talking about Bush v. Gore. Please check out the Swear to God podcast by Sophie DeWitt.  Visit to subscribe, or visit Sophie's YouTube channel at
August 2, 2020
Episode 84 - 100 Days to Go
We are 100 days out from the 2020 General Election, so we talk about politics, including Joe Biden's leading VP hopefuls, how the House is shaping up, and a look at some of the tossup Senate races.  We also talk about the Big Brother premiere, baseball's return, the new Seattle NHL team, and actual deaths in 2020 (from all causes) compared to the past 5 years. 
July 26, 2020
Episode 83 - Disingenuous
This week, we pointed out several examples of leaders being disingenuous...which can only mean we are close to an election!  We talk about what people are missing about wanting to send kids back to school, the status of suburbs, and school choice.  We also touch upon the passing of civil rights icon John Lewis, how Coronavirus has hampered my travel plans, and Big Brother. Link to Episode 23:
July 19, 2020
Episode 82 - Historical Perspectives
This week, my dad joins the podcast to talk about the #cancelhamilton movement, and cancel culture in general, as well as some of the history around the electoral college, Civil War, and California statehood.  We also talk about the possible return of Big Brother and the return of the NHL, NBA, and NFL.
July 12, 2020
Episode 81 - Rage Against the Mask
I don't know what it is, but people have all of these (stupid) reasons why they don't want to wear a mask.  Is it because they simply don't like to be told what to do?  Is it because they only care about themselves and "aren't afraid of the virus"? Is it because of some vast left wing conspiracy?  Who knows!  But we talk about it all on today's program. Also, we talk about President Trump's speech at Mt. Rushmore and, as a special treat, my kids come on to talk about their Zoom learning experience and how they see the next school year going.
July 5, 2020
Episode 80 - Conflicts and Confusion
This week, I address a video sent to me by a listener about the switch in the parties.  Also, I talk about the confusion involving Bubba Wallace and the hangings in the High Desert region of Southern California, a new encryption act introduced in the Senate, Trump's COVID testing joke, and the return of Major League Baseball.
June 28, 2020
Episode 79 - Do We Really Want to Solve the Problem?
WARNING: This week's episode contains contains some strong language and content, not suitable for kids.  Listener discretion is advised. First of all, I apologize for the length of this episode...but when you're trying to tackle such a complex issue, it's going to get long.  This week, I dive deep into racism and what the left and right are saying the problems are.  But do they offer solutions?  Do they even agree what the problems are? Or how to solve them? I get into all of it, and how this issue might get fixed once and for all.
June 21, 2020
Episode 78 - A Little Bit of Everything
It's the second weekend of the month, which means my dad is on the show this week!  Coming to a day earlier than normal, we talk a little bit about a variety of subjects in terms of what's going on the world right now, including police brutality, the Coronavirus, presidential politics, and the Confederate flag.
June 13, 2020
A Match Made in Podcasting Heaven
This episode was recorded with the RØDE PodMic and submitted to the host of The Moderate Podcast, Anchor.  In it, you will learn what The Moderate Podcast is all about. This episode is also being submitted to the My RØDE Cast 2020 contest...which is being hosted by Anchor. It's a match made in podcasting heaven!
June 12, 2020
Episode 77 - Reflections on Realities
This week, I go into a deep discussion about the debate on racial inequality, and attempt to get to the root cause.  I also reflect on how we can perhaps try to begin solving the true root causes of the divides that we see.
June 7, 2020
Episode 76 - Going Nuckin' Futs
As if it wasn't crazy enough, the world has gotten even crazier in the past week.  We talk about Trump going off the deep end on several subjects, some of the activity at the State Department, and of course, the murder of George Floyd.
May 31, 2020
Episode 75 - The Instincts of Politics
This week, I get into the instincts and psychology of politics and why there is a difference between what's happening in blue states versus red states during this pandemic. I also talk about the myths from the "documentary" Plandemic and the latest Joe Biden gaffe.
May 24, 2020
Episode 74 - The Curious Case of Mr. Flynn
This week, we dive deep into the Michael Flynn, including the original events that led to what is going on today.  We also talk about the Survivor finale, which was a nice bow to the best season of Survivor yet.
May 17, 2020
Episode 73 - Adventures in Quarantine
Dad is back this week, and he had to make up for lost time apparently!  We didn't get to a lot of what we wanted to talk about, but we did share some quarantine stories as well as more 'rona talk.
May 10, 2020
Episode 72 - By the Numbers
This week, Jimmy is flying solo, talking about Justin Amash and his bid for the Libertarian Party candidacy, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, and the flu numbers in recent years that are supposedly as bad as the COVID numbers (spoiler alert...they aren't).
May 3, 2020
Episode 71 - The SLO Call with a Rant Twist
This week, we talk about the new revelations in the alleged Joe Biden/Tara Reade sexual harassment (assault?) situation and how/if we should apply the Kavanaugh standard.  We also talk about the whole Trump disinfectant fiasco, when the Coronavirus started, and what the next round of stimulus packages might look like.  I also rant about Mitch McConnell's take on state and local government funding.
April 26, 2020
Episode 70 - Freedom and Anarchists
On the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we reflect on the tragedy that, at the time, was the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil in history.  We also talk about the historic relationship between the President and the press and its place in our freedom, So. Cal protestors, and some of the economic impacts of COVID-19.
April 19, 2020
Episode 69 - Corona Conspiracies
This week, we get back to talking about the Coronavirus, talking about some of the "theories" out there about the virus, including whether California has already faced the virus, and what else might be causing us to be sick besides the virus.  Also, we talk about the chaos in Wisconsin leading up to their primary this past Tuesday.  Speaking of chaos, we talk about the latest tribal council on Survivor.
April 12, 2020
Episode 68 - COVID-Free Zone
This week, we take a break from the craziness that is COVID-19 and instead focus on the craziness that is Tiger King.  The kids also come on for an entertaining segment you won't want to miss!
April 5, 2020
Episode 67 - Corona and the Media
This week, we talk about the impacts of our work lives as a result of the coronavirus, as well as the role the media has played, Trump vs. the media, and what's in that $2 trillion CARES Act.  Next week, we plan on making it a COVID-free zone on the show!
March 29, 2020
Episode 66 - Homebound
In this first edition under the official stay at home directive, we talk about the latest numbers on COVID-19, the hoarding mentality, and what your local government is trying to do to balance following the Governor's orders while continuing to provide services to the public.  We also talk about the latest Democratic primaries and what's coming up, as well as the latest on Survivor, where Denise made one of the biggest plays probably in the show's history. We are following Worldometer to track the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out here:
March 22, 2020
Episode 65 - Getting Real About Corona
It's impossible to avoid talking about COVID-19, so we of course have to discuss.  But it is a mix of comparing it to past pandemics and, more specifically, coronaviruses, as well as the political aspects.  We also discuss the results of Super Tuesday II.
March 15, 2020
Episode 64 - Super Tuesday
This week, we talk about the latest developments in the panic and uncertainty of the coronavirus . We also get into Super Tuesday results, as well as a look ahead to the next set of primaries coming up this week.
March 8, 2020
Episode 63 - Going Viral
We are back with current event content, talking about the coronavirus, the Nevada caucuses, South Carolina primaries, and a preview of Super Tuesday.  We also catch up on the first three episode of what is likely to be the best season of Survivor yet.
March 2, 2020
Episode 62 - Freeway of Love?
This week, we explore why LA became the traffic capital of the country, why public transportation sucks in Southern California, and what, if anything can be done to alleviate our traffic woes. Here is the link to the unfinished L.A. freeways:
February 23, 2020
Episode 61 - New Hampshire, Influence, and the XFL
This week, we talk about the New Hampshire primaries and where the Democratic candidates currently stand.  We also talk about the Roger Stone sentencing, the XFL, and the new three-batter rule in MLB.
February 16, 2020
Episode 60 - Iowa Blues
No technical problems this week!  We talk more about the new California Prop 13, Romney's impeachment vote, the firing of Alexander Vindman and Gordon Sonland, and the State of the Union.  We also get into the issues in Iowa, why they shouldn't matter as much as they seem to, and what's coming ahead for the Democrats in their process of selecting Donald Trump's opponent.
February 9, 2020
Episode 59 - Correcting Misconceptions
This week, we faced some technical difficulties, so bear with us.  But, we managed to talk more about the impeachment (and hopefully we can finally put this subject to rest), as well as the media calling out the media in a hilarious bit of hypocrisy.  And, we attempt to correct some misconceptions that are out there regarding California ballot initiatives that are coming in both March and November.
February 2, 2020
Episode 58 - The Trial of the Century
This week, we get into another spirited debate about the impeachment trial, and look at some of the history and precedent of impeachment throughout the history of our country.  We planned on talking about other things, but we got a bit carried away...
January 26, 2020
Episode 57 - Heat Being Stolen
We're back after a week of illness.  This week, we talk about the fallout from Iran, we have a spirited debate about impeachment, and we talk about the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
January 19, 2020
Episode 56 - Back in the Saddle
In our first episode of 2020, after a two week hiatus, we talk about my recent road trip to Texas, the current situation with Iran, and the finale of Survivor.
January 5, 2020
Episode 55 - The Davis Kids
We take a break from the news this week to catch up with my kids.  I always enjoy these interviews because they get such a kick out of it.  Hope you enjoy!
December 29, 2019
Episode 54 - Impeachment Omnibus
Happy Holidays!  We put together the pertinent parts of our 3-part impeachment series into one episode.  Hope you enjoy, and we will see you in 2020!
December 22, 2019
Episode 53 - High Crimes and Misdemeanors
This is our last "regular" episode of the year.  This week we talked about the Inspector General report and hearing, the Democratic primaries (including polls from California and Texas), the articles of impeachment and what "high crimes and misdemeanors" actually means.  And, we talk about Survivor and the controversy surrounding one of the castaways.
December 15, 2019
Episode 52 - Finances, Hearings, & Mental Health
This week we are back at full strength, and we talk about campaign financier George Nader's indictment, the subpoenas on President Trump's financial records, the upcoming Judicial Committee hearing, a spirited debate about the impeachment process, and Trump's mental fitness.  We also talk about another crazy Survivor tribal council that had a surprisingly lackluster conclusion.
December 8, 2019
Episode 51 - Weather Impairment
Admittedly, this week wasn't our best work.  Interruptions and technical difficulties played a big role in the show.  But, we were able to talk about some convenient omissions by the MSM, the big snow storm in the So Cal mountains, and Survivor.  Hopefully we get back on track next week.
December 1, 2019
Episode 50 - CrowdStrike, Burisma & Biden
The impeachment inquiry hearings wrapped up this week, and a lot of talk surrounded the alleged corruption around two specific items Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into.  But what is CrowdStrike?  And what is Burisma? Who is the prosecutor that Biden pushed to get fired?  We will get into all of that, plus a new study on vaccines and autism, and the latest on Survivor.
November 24, 2019
Episode 49 - Beyond the Call
In another long episode, we talk about the Roger Stone trial and its implications and the first public impeachment inquiry hearings.  We also talk about a new podcast, American Election: Wicked Game, which looks at the history of each election starting with George Washington's election in 1789.  We also talk about the latest from Survivor, which had a pretty fascinating double episode this week.
November 17, 2019
Episode 48 - DJTJ vs. The View
On this jam packed Veteran's Day edition of TMP, we talk about some of my dad's time in the military, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Donald Trump, Jr.'s appearance on The View, and the upcoming public impeachment hearings.  We also catch up on Survivor, talk a little wrestling, and we have some Seinfeld references.
November 10, 2019
Episode 47 - Conspiracy Theories
In this special episode, I discuss the psychology of conspiracy theories, as well as some of the more prominent ones.  I also talk about a couple of political conspiracy theories and where the truth lies in them. In addition, I talk about some of my favorite podcasts.  You can find out more about them in the links below. FritzCast (Twitter / Facebook) Jim Cornette Experience Jim Cornette's Drive-Thru The Lead The City Bad Batch The Mysterious Mr. Epstein
November 3, 2019
Episode 46 - Dad's a Democrat
Hillary is still bitter.  Impeachment is still the top thing in the news, so of course we are talking about it.  We also talk about the Democratic candidates and who Dad, who is still a registered Democrat, will support in the primary.  We catch up on Survivor, the World Series, talk a little golf, and wrap it up with some hockey talk.
October 27, 2019
Episode 45 - Social Media
Twitter has been lit up with #deletefacebook and we'll get into what that all means.  We also talk about impeachments thoughts: then and now, the latest out of Syria, and a new Tesla feature.  Finally, we talk a little bit about the Dodgers loss (or the Nationals win, depending on how you look at it).
October 20, 2019
Episode 44 - ...And We're Back!
After an almost three and a half month absence, the Moderate Podcast is back! My new co-host, my dad, and I get into the Trump impeachment inquiry, withdrawal from Syria, Ellen and George W. Bush, and the first three weeks of Survivor.
October 13, 2019
Episode 43 - Impeachment, Part 3
In the final part of my three-part series looking into impeachment, I take an in-depth look into the impeachment that never was...because President Nixon resigned before it could happen.  We also talk about Mueller's statement and Trump's tariff on Mexico. 
May 31, 2019
Episode 42 - Impeachment, Part 2
 This week, I take a look at the second and, to date, last impeachment of an American president.  But first, I rant a bit on general stupidity. 
May 25, 2019
Episode 41 - Impeachment, Part 1
 This week, I begin a three-part series in looking at impeachment (or, in one case, almost impeachment).  The similarities we are seeing in today's political climate are striking to things we have seen in our history.  In part 1, I talk about what led to the impeachment of our Seventeenth President, Andrew Johnson. 
May 17, 2019
Episode 40 - STILL Nothing Has Changed
 I'm back after a few weeks off talking about "poor shaming" and the Mueller Report.  As we found from the Barr summary of the report, people's minds still aren't changing: if you supported Trump, you probably haven't read it and, therefore, your mind hasn't changed.  If you don't support him, you still don't.  The sad part is that the report actually shows how involved Trump was and all the measures he took to try and kill, limit, or interfere with the investigation, which is curious since the report also found that the Trump campaign did not actually work directly with the Russians to sway public opinion (i.e. "hack" the election). 
May 5, 2019
Episode 39 - Quick Takes
This week, I've got a little bit of everything.  We hit some interesting stories, talk a bit about the request for Trump's tax returns, and look at what the right thinks is a big hit but is more likely a major dud. 
April 14, 2019
Episode 38 - Don't Screw it Up
 It looks like the Democrats are really doing their best to re-elected Donald Trump, by having way too many people running and sabotaging their best chance at victory.  Also, not so fast on those Mueller Report conclusions!  All that, this week on the Moderate Podcast! 
April 5, 2019
Episode 37 - Nothing's Changed
 This week on the show, the theme is nothing has changed.  Charter schools still are allowed to bilk the California taxpayer, and the Mueller Report's release has done nothing to put a close to that "Russia thing". 
March 31, 2019
Episode 36 - CalPERS and the Pension Problem
This week, I take a deep dive into what created the pension hole in California (though it is not as big as some would like you to believe).
March 22, 2019
Episode 35 - College Scandal
 Of course we talk about that whole rich people college scandal, as I'm sure many other shows.  Hopefully you find we will come at it from a slightly different angle.  I also touched upon the latest entry into the Democratic primary and the "testicular bill of rights" legislation in Georgia. 
March 16, 2019
Episode 34 - Disasters, Democrats & Whitesplaining
 This week, I talk about accusations of how disasters are handled based on political leanings, the Democratic nomination field, and the "epidemic" of "whitesplaining". 
March 8, 2019
Episode 33 - The Subprime Mortgage Crisis
This week, I take a break from the current news and look back at the subprime mortgage crisis, which led to the Great Recession.  I talk about the things that lead up to the crisis, and how we didn't learn from history and, sadly, might still repeat history in the future.
March 2, 2019
Episode 32 - I Can't Stay on Task
I meant to get to a lot more than I did this week, but I kept going on tangents and spent more time talking about some things than I had expected.  This week, I touch on more Amazon stuff (their pullout from NYC and their tax bill), Mueller vs. Trump, and a couple of other tidbits.
February 22, 2019
Episode 31 - Inconsistencies
This week, I talk about various inconsistencies on various issues such as gun control and abortion, the death of Payless Shoes, Amazon's decision not to locate in NYC, and the deal to avoid another government shutdown with a side of national emergency and subsequent lawsuits.
February 16, 2019
Episode 30 - All Over the Map
This week,  I am kind of all over the place as I talk about Trump and the Mueller investigation, how well AOC's Green New Deal Resolution went over, and the political mess in Virginia.
February 8, 2019
Episode 29 - Local Talk
This week, I talk about local government.  I get into the lawsuit that California Governor Gavin Newsom filed against the City of Huntington Beach.  Also, I talk about the 2019 Financial State of the Cities report from Truth in Accounting.  How much "truth" is there to their accounting?  Listen to find out!  (Hint: This week, liberals nor conservatives are safe this week...)
February 2, 2019
Episode 28 - The End is Near
The government shutdown appears to be ending.  But is the re-opening only temporary?  And is there a better way to deal with immigration?  Also, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez predicts that the world will end in 12 years.  Do I give "zero" f---s?
January 25, 2019
Episode 27 - Quick Takes
It's a quick takes episode!  This week, I follow up on a couple of points from last week's show, the LAUSD teachers' strike, an update on the shutdown and the peeing contest between Trump and Pelosi, what Trump really meant about Mexico paying for the wall, and the new "controversial" Gillette commercial.
January 18, 2019
Episode 26 - Trump's New Equivalent
This week, I discuss the APA's take on "traditional masculinity," Trump's first Oval Office address, and the lofty goal that was discussed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on 60 Minutes.
January 11, 2019
Episode 25 - The "Blue Wave" Cometh
In the first episode of 2019, I get into what I think will happen with the government shutdown, why moderate politics is really the prevailing political philosophy but won't take hold, as well as some other news and notes, including a tribute to the late, great "Mean" Gene Okerlund.  Happy New Year!
January 4, 2019
Episode 24 - Christmas Eve at the Davis House
First we have some business as I follow up on the previous episode regarding charter schools and I cover some of the new California laws coming January 1.  Then, it gets fun with interviews with all three of my kids!
December 24, 2018
Episode 23 - Charter $chool$
I know it's been a's just been a crazy busy time!  Today, I talk about an online charter school in Arizona who's CEO is raking in the cash.  I also talk about a highly successful charter school that my kids used to attend and how it all came tumbling down.
December 21, 2018
Episode 22 - Quick Takes Thanksgiving Edition
I get into a bunch of different issues this week, including a Twitter debate on "voter fraud", Trump firing Jeff Sessions, Trump vs. Jim Acosta, Ivanka Trump's e-mails, and the wild fires. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 21, 2018
Episode 21 - Veterans Day with Dad
In this special episode, my dad joins me to talk about the midterm elections this past Tuesday and the latest fires in California. Thank you to all of our veterans for helping keeping us free. I couldn't do this podcast without the freedom you have fought for!
November 12, 2018
Episode 20 - California Propositions 2018 Edition
In this somewhat extended episode, Jimmy dives into the California propositions. Get the last minute scoop on the potential laws that may or may not change your life. If you don't live in California, well, you can get a glimpse as to why that might not be so bad (it's not all glorious like you see during the Rose Parade).
November 5, 2018
Episode 19 - Handicapping the Midterms
First, a caveat: this episode was actually recorded on Tuesday afternoon, but I was not able to upload until today. Nonetheless, in this brief episode, I do my best to handicap where I think the midterm elections will go for the House and Senate. Enjoy!
October 26, 2018
Episode 18 - Democratic Socialism
Bernie Sanders could arguably be called the father of the modern Democratic Socialist movement in the United States, and candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are adding to the numbers in Congress promoting it. The Nordic Model seems to be the thing they are vying for, but can that even work in the United States, much less be a movement that the people of the US would support?
October 15, 2018
Episode 17 - Final Thoughts on Kavanaugh
With the confirmation of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Jimmy gives some final thoughts on the confirmation process and what one of the lessons that ought to be from this whole thing. Also, who can guess the connection to this episode's bumper music?
October 8, 2018
Episode 16 - The Drama Continues
There wasn't much to talk about this week...other than that whole Ford-Kavanaugh hearing. Jimmy also gripes about a couple of things that he didn't like.
September 29, 2018
Episode 15 - Did He or Didn't He
We catch up on the saga that has become the Kavanaugh confirmation process. A showdown is brewing...when will it happen?
September 21, 2018
Episode 14 - Anonymous Hearings
This week, we look back at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and talk a little about that op-ed piece from the New York Times. Yeah, THAT op-ed piece.
September 9, 2018
Episode 13 - Kavanaugh and School
The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings begin tomorrow, so we look into some background on Judge Kavanaugh and how his appointment could affect the country.  Also, we talk about a case that could be heard by the Supreme Court.  Finally, my boys join me to talk about what they've been learning in school so far.
September 4, 2018
TMP Special - Labor Day with Dad
In this special bonus episode of The Moderate Podcast, my dad joins me to talk about John McCain's funeral, Ron DeSantis' "monkey around" comment, and the upcoming November elections and how Trump's Russia problem might play into them.
September 2, 2018
Episode 12 - Quick Takes
A jam packed edition of Quick Takes. A follow up to Episode 10, In-n-out boycott, Trump vs. Google, federal employee raises (or lack thereof), and economic credit...whew!
September 1, 2018
Episode 11 - John McCain: In Memoriam
In this special episode of the Moderate Podcast, we take a detailed look at the life and legacy of John McCain (1936-2018).
August 30, 2018
Episode 10 - The Same Playbook
In an extended episode, we get into how similar the Left and Right playbooks are, depending on the issue at hand.
August 28, 2018
Episode 9 - Trump's Cohen Problem
Tuesday was a tough day for the President, as Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges and Michael Cohen pleads guilty to several charges, including two that would seem to implicate the President. But what does this all mean? Will this be President Trump's downfall? And does this all sound vaguely familiar? We break it all down for you on the Moderate Podcast!
August 23, 2018
Episode 8 - Who is Paul Manafort?
Fresh off of his conviction on 8 financial crimes, we look into who Paul Manafort is. What does this mean for President Trump? Also, we do a quick follow up on our coverage of the "truth isn't truth" segment that we talked about on Episode 7.
August 22, 2018
Episode 7 - What Media Bias?
Jimmy gives some examples as to why people think the media is biased. Which way are they biased, though? Listen to find out!
August 21, 2018
Episode 6 - The War on Plastic
It is looking more and more like plastic straws are going the way of plastic bags. What plastic product is next? Found out on The Moderate Podcast.
August 20, 2018
Episode 5 - Jimmy's Rant: They're All Crazy!
This is our first Jimmy Rant. In this rant, Jimmy talks about the divisiveness of politics today and how each side is trying to out-extreme the other.
August 19, 2018
Episode 4 - Quick Takes
In this episode, Jimmy admits that he's wrong. Also, he does quick takes on Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, the Alex Jones ban, and flag bans at U.S. embassies.
August 14, 2018
Episode 3 - Trump vs. LeBron
With LeBron James taking on the President in a Don Lemon interview, the President went on the offense on Twitter. Also, NFL preseason games involved some protests during the National Anthem. Finally, is it racist if a nonwhite person makes derogatory comments about white people? There's a lot to talk about on this episode of The Moderate Podcast!
August 11, 2018
Episode 2 - Fire and Water
I get to geek out a bit in this episode, talking about one of my favorite topics: water. The President went after California Governor Jerry Brown in a pair of tweets in regards to the California wildfires...but was his criticism on the mark?
August 7, 2018
Episode 1 - Russian Meeting?
In the first real (albeit abbrieviated) episode of The Moderate Podcast, we get into the latest twist in Russian meddling in the 2016 election, with the President now saying the July 2016 with a Russian attorney WAS about getting dirt on "an opponent". Hope you enjoy! Bumper music by Purple Planet (
August 6, 2018