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  • Barnstorming PA
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2021 PA Primary Pod NO NO YES YES. And A new GOP Senate entrant who wants you to fight about something…(s3e46)

Check our our amendment discussion and our breakdown of the new GOP candidate Sean Parnell’s video. GREAT CONTENT! vote May 18! 7 am – 8 pm polls open Sean Parnell Ad

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Tierra Williams, Poet and Advocate for Ferguson Township Supervisor-Centre County

Tierra Williams is running for Ferguson Township Supervisor in Centre County. You can support her directly here. She is part of the PA United “We Can’t Wait” slate of candidates. Tierra was fresh off of a poetry and politics events which we certainly heard more about it for being cool and innovative. Townships, in PA,...

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Lewisburg Democratic Mayoral Debate: David Heayn-Menendez and Kendy Alvarez (s3e44)

Lewisburg, PA has it’s very own Democratic primary for mayor! Taylor Lightman sits down with both David Heayn-Menendez and Kendy Alvarez and talks about the issues. They first cover their backgrounds, their reasons for running, and three things they’d change about the borough. Next, they play a game about their favorite things about the borough...

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Gopal, Rich, and Divine for State College Borough Council (s3e43)

Jordi Comas interviews a PA United slate of candidates running for State College Borough Council: Gopal Balachandran, Richard Biever, and Divine Lipscomb. Collectively, they are running on a progressive platform of racial justice, mental health support, and economic stability. The conversation spans housing policy, accessibility to prosperity, and how to reinvest, reimagine, and renew State...

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Amanda Green-Hawkins for Commonwealth Court (s3e42)

Jordi and Taylor interview Amanda Green-Hawkins who is currently running for Commonwealth Court in PA. We begin the conversation by talking about the role of the Commonwealth Court and the responsibilities of a judge. We then talk about Amanda Green-Hawkins’ personal and professional background. Afterwards there is a discussion about equity in the judicial system,...

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Can We Imagine the Next Chapter of the Pandemic? It’s Hard to Prioritize Both Speed and Equity with Aaron Troisi, Nathan Alan Lund, and Sam Pearson (s3e39 )

This is our second episode looking back at a year of pandemic and looking forward. Thrilled to invite long-time friend of The HUB for Progress (www.thehub4progress.org) , Aaron Troisi, Lead Political Organizer with SEIU Healthcare PA. 60% of nursing home employees have resisted getting vaccines. Aaron describes that is a problem of the left and...

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100 hours of work a week and standing in line for food. One year into the pandemic with Home Health Care Worker with Hillary Rothrock, Sam, and Dwayne.

We mark a year since the pandemic began wit special guest Hillary Rothrock, a home healthcare worker, union leader, single mom, and excellent guest. She recently led a “Fast for $15” with other comrades to draw attention to how our most “essential workers” are shockingly horribly underpaid. Twitter #Fastfor15 (https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/5368692-caregivers-asking-lawmakers-to-increase-minimum-wage-end-48-hour-fast/ https://twitter.com/hashtag/fastfor15?src=hashtag_click&f=live) Want to help? CallDOH...

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Naughty Words and Big Sighs: Talking Rural Reproductive and Sexual Health with Jess Brittain and Kate DiPasquale. Plus, stupid shit men say through the ages- a game. (s3e35)

  Kate DiPasquale and Jess Brittain join Taylor and Jordi to talk about reproductive and sexual health in terms of access (read this), politics (read this), and culture. We also get our first installment of “Heard in the Kitchen” from Jess. We learn about Kate’s journey to becoming an organizer. Find out why Jess says...

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Black Voices Matter: KJ Williams — Oral History of the (Rural) Uprising (s3e33)

Jordi and Nathan sit down with KJ Williams, one of the leaders from “If Not Us, Then Who” (INUTW). INUTW is “a community organization started in Milton, Pa that is committed and dedicated to spread awareness about injustice, inequality, and racism.” In the interview, they talk about how the organization started and what their process...

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F%&! White Supremacy Emergency Pod (s3e25)

This episode was recorded on the Friday after the J6 insurrection at the Capitol. The full crew (Jordi, Taylor, Sam, Dwayne, Nathan, and Jess) talk about our thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the event, how we can effectively talk about what happened (including how to deal with all the “whataboutism”), and actions we can...

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It’s Not A Disaster, It’s A Crime Scene or Innumeracy Reigns (s3e21)

Taylor, Sam, Dwayne, and Jordi chat about the situation with COVID-19 and how you can help by downloading PA’s COVID Alert App. Next, we talked entirely too much about a bad joke made by a local right-wing elected official. We analyzed the joke and briefly talked about how we can navigate degrading remarks about other...

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Coffee With The Candidates (s2e24)

Here is the audio for the Coffee with the Candidates hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. The event allowed Dr. Jenn Rager-Kay and David Rowe to contrast their vision for the future of PA’s 85th district.  This was the first candidate event jointly hosted by the League...

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Quick! Let’s Make Progressivepalooza! (S2e23)

This is a gem! Taylor and Jordi are joined by Firefly hosts Dwayne Heisler and Jess Steward Brittain after another amazing Columbia County Indivisible meeting. Laura Quick, former and future candidate for Congress join us to share her experiences running and to talk about the splendid idea of Progressiveapalooza- a gathering for rural PA, the...

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Interview with Sarah Donnelly (s2e15)

Taylor and Jordi interview Sarah Donnelly who’s running for State Rep. in the 107th.  Check out her website here: https://donnellyforpa107.com/

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Interview with Airneezer Page (s2e14)

Taylor sits down with Airneezer Page, who is running for PA State House in District 83.  Check out more on her candidacy here: www.page4pa83.com

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GOTMFV Pre-election snippets 2018 (s2e13)

This episode is snippets of an interview with Dwyane and Taylor with a little bit of Taylor monologue (and Taylor playing the banjo for the first time in pod history!).

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GOTV is Occupational Therapy for Democracy. And the Sidious Horizon. (s2e12)

The astoundingly tall and articulate Bill Haynos joins Sam and Jordi for a discussion of GOTV and canvassing. Bill brought some Singlecut beer for us to enjoy.  We discuss the NPR article discussing the likelihood of a record turn-out in the 2018 Mid-Terms.  A weird tangent about frog metaphors gets us to the idea of...

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Drive For Five “Making East Buffalo Stronger” — Interview with Jim and Tina (S2E11)

Taylor Lightman sits down with Jim Buck and Tina Prowant to discuss the Drive For Five, a ballot referendum in East Buffalo Township, Union County, Pennsylvania that asks voters if they would like to add two additional township supervisors to the board.  They discuss why they are all involved in a push for 5 supervisors,...

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Dr. Jenn Rager-Kay vs. Representative Fred Keller – Post-Debate “Good at not saying words…” (s2e10)

Chris Martine, professor biology and creator of the AMAZING “Plants are Cool, Too!” on YouTube joins regular Jordi Comas as we reflect on the debate between incumbent Fred Keller and challenger Dr. Jenn Rager-Kay.  Both are running to represent the 8th district of the PA house.  While Fred Keller likes to claim that they had...

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Crazy.Middle-Class.Whites. Plus Education with Abe Feuerstein

Sam and Jordi are joined by FoP (Friend of the Podcast) Abe Feuerstein, Professor of Education at Bucknell University.  We talk for awhile about our kids in college, about recent primaries in Florida, a horrid ad by Republican Nominee Ron DeSantis, and education funding, especially in PA.  This includes a discussion about progress in the...

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Mama Bear Dr. Jenn Rager-Kay is for Healing our Valley and Protecting our People Valley S2e8

“Running Whole-Assed All the Way to the Finish Line” may be a good attitude even if it, sadly isn’t Dr. Jenn Rager-Kay’s campaign for her 2018 run for the PA-85.In her words “Running isn’t something I want to do, but feel compelled to do.” “They see her as a hero” says campaign manager and former...

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Trailblazing in Blossburg S2e7

Taylor and Jordi traveled to Blossburg PA in Tioga County to meet Leslie Danks Burke, Shane Nickerson, and Josh Marshall.  We had a nice lunch at 242 Coffee Company. Want to run for local office?  Check out TrailblazersPAc’s resources. Show Notes TrailblazersPAC 2017 annual report NPR reporting Blossburg 242 Shane Nickerson

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“I’m all about Queer Liberation, not Rainbow Capitalism.” s2e6

Sam Terry of the Human Rights Campaign sat down with Jordi and Will at DemFest at Knoebel’s (Taylor pops up later) to talk about his work on queer or LGBTQA+ rights; the NDO in Lewisburg; Gov Wolf’s LGBTQ commission; PA Congressional races including Matt Cartwright in Sam’s part of the state (PA-17 around Wilkes-Barre); and...

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“The Biggest Gathering of Snowplows. Ever.”

“My inner saboteurs are unionized.” [Jordi]  This is a special pod. Brought to you by Mondragon Books. For the FIRST TIME Ever, all of the co-hosts of Lightning Bug and BarnstormingPA get together for a good-bye podcast for Taylor Lightman, co-founder and co-host of BarnstormingPA who is headed for Sweden.  Will Hayes, our smashingly handsome and...

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July 4th and a Chat with Young People (S2e2)

Jordi is joined by Jane Jordan and Henry Harrison, our summer interns, and also Elijah X Comas.  We discuss the 4th of July and it’s meaning, early memories of politicization, and some other fun stuff. This episode is edited by Henry Harrison.

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John Fetterman For Lt Governor- His “No Label” Approach, Fighting for what is Right, and Sheetz v Wawa (S2.1)

At Demfest, the North Central Caucus of the PA Democratic Party, we enjoyed a long sit-down with John Fetterman, candidate for Lt. Governor. Make sure you register to vote! John and our crew sat down by a lovely creek and covered this time in our politics, the weirdness for John of being attacked from the...

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Crystal Balls, Crumhorns, and Coalition Fallout (ep40)

We start with a discussion of what the changes at Wellstone Action mean for organizing, conversations about justice, and coalition-building.  Dwayne “Spyke” shows us his wicked renaissance instrument collection including the Crumhorn, and we offer up some predictions about the PA Primaries for state-wide and also the 12th and 9th congressional primaries.Our opinions are our...

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Williamsport Debate PA 12th (ep36)

THis episode took awhile to construct.  We had some audio problems with the debate portion.  Taylor and I ventured up to Williamsport, the second largest city in the 12th to hear Judy Herschel and Marc Freidenberg debate at an event organized by the Lycoming County Progressives! This episode starts with our post-debate chat on the...

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