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The Future of Rural Democratic Voters- Not What You Think- and Electile Dysfunction (s4e10)

We dig into a NYT piece about the loss in Virginia and pull out what is meaningful from what is overblown media obsession with Democrats-are-on-the-brink-of-collapse.

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Straight Ahead- Prison Reform Badly Needed in PA- Interview With David Garlock and Tyree Little (s4e11)

Ahead of a public forum in Williamsport on Saturday, Nov 3 at 1 in Brandon Park, Jordi was honored to have David Garlock (https://twitter.com/DavidLeegarlock) and Tyree Little of the newly formed Straight Ahead organization in PA (https://twitter.com/TowardAbolition). Thanks to Jennifer Black for helping to produce this episode. David and Tyree share their stories of being…

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Election 2021 Hot-ish Takes- The Smorgasbord Edition (s4e9)

We pulled together smart people from all over PA to cover local races we each had an eye on as well as the results from the PA-wide judicial elections. We, too, fell into the trap of not waiting for all the votes to be counted. Since this was recorded, Judge Lori Dumas has pulled ahead…

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Build Back Better Framework is Good News- with panel of Healthcare Workers (s4e8)

Biden released on Oct 27 his framework for the Build Back Better reconciliation bill (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/10/28/build-back-better-framework/). Along with the already-passed physical infrastructure bill, these two are the centerpiece of the very agenda Biden and Democrats ran and won on at the national level. With Dwayne Heisler (SEIU Healthcare PA https://twitter.com/dwayneheisler ) and Jeff Garis (The 99%…

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Local Elections, Judicial Elections and Atavistic Vexillology (s4e7)

Please support us! https://www.patreon.com/BarnstormingPA Is your PA-themed costume a Rocky Balboa Butter Sculpture? Aside from costumes, it’s election season. We are joined by first-timer Jenna Henry (https://twitter.com/End_LWOP), the director of Better Pennsylvania (http://www.betterforpennsylvania.org/), a newer organization fighting to secure democracy and promote the welfare of ALL people. Sam Pearson (https://twitter.com/samzpearson), a leader in community development,…

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Dan Greak for Union Township Supervisor (s4e6)

Election day is just around the corner and today we release an interview with Dan Greak who is running for Union Township Supervisor in Union County! Dan has lived in the area for most of his life working as a contractor and teaching Tae Kwon Do first in East Lewisburg and now in Winfield. If…

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Judge David Spurgeon for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court (s4e1)

Welcome to Season 4! We start the season off by interviewing Judge David Spurgeon who is currently running for Commonwealth Court. We begin the interview by talking about his upbringing in McKeesport in the Monongahela Valley and how his background led him to a successful career in law. Next, we talk about his decision to…

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Judge Lori Dumas for PA Commonwealth Court (s4e5)

Judge Lori Dumas (https://www.judgedumas2021.com/) is running for the PA Commonwealth Court, one of the three major courts in PA (with Superior- parallel to Commonwealth and Superior- the highest). We whole-heartedly support her candidacy, and you can see why in this interview. Be sure to vote November 2! It’s an opportunity year. Judge Dumas’ website is…

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Judge Timika Lane for PA Superior Court Vote NOV 2! (s4e4)

This is Why Courts Matter! We get to elect our highest justices in PA. Judge Lane is the ONLY candidate for superior court who has, ya know, been a judge! Us PA voters have one vote for Superior Court (and one for Supreme Court and TWO for Commonwealth Court. Judge Timika Lane (https://judgelane.com/) discusses her…

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Labor Matters Every Day- Hillary Rothrock, Dave Kamper, Jeff Kennedy and Labor Today

Huge thank you to Dave Kamper (labor organizer and historian), Hillary Rothrock (SEIU PA member and leader), and Jeff Kennedy (political consultant and broadcaster) for joining Jordi on this deep dive into labor today. Aaron Troisi makes a special “guest” appearance via a prior recording. We also discuss Jane McAlevey’s critique of the Bezmer strike…

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