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Pantsuit Politics

For anyone discouraged by our current political discourse, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced and grace-filled perspective to discussions about politics and news.
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Oct 31, 2016

In today's special episode, Beth moderates a debate between Robin Laverne Wilson (Green Party) and Alex Merced (Libertarian party), candidates for U.S. Senator from the State of New York.

Thank you for your patience with the audio -- we recognize it's not perfect, but we love the content and hope that you will, too.

Show Notes:

Alex Merced - Website

Robin Laverne Wilson - Website

Oct 28, 2016

Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next has suggestions for our fans for political fiction and other great reads!

Oct 25, 2016

Sarah gives a campaign update and we address tough political conversations we've had with other adults, before turning to how we handle these conversations with our kids. During one of the most polarizing presidential elections in an already polarized time, how do we talk to our kids about the news, our political values, and what the heck the electoral college does. Plus, we talk about our new favorite Facebook group.

Oct 20, 2016

We're bringing you an early edition of the Briefcase and a late night conversation following the third and final presidential debate. 

Oct 18, 2016

We gave our best efforts to focus The Pearls on non-election events (by focusing on the FBI's thwarting of a bombing in Kansas, violence in Baghdad, a gun manufacturer liability ruling, and the Wells Fargo fallout). But, the 2016 race pulled us back in. In The Suit, we talk about the role of the Supreme Court today and how Trump and Clinton might approach the court. Finally, in The Heels, we talk about much-needed self-care during the election season. 

Show Notes: 

Ideological Leanings of SCOTUS Justices

The October Term 

Heritage on Important Cases in the 2016-2017 Term

FiveThirtyEight: Two Candidates Promise an Extreme Court

The HRC Short List

The DJT Short List 

Judicial Politics

Oct 17, 2016

Spend 20 minutes with Beth brushing up on the authority, composition, and cases pending before the Supreme Court in advance of Tuesday's episode. 

Oct 14, 2016

We catch up on the latest round of upsetting campaign news and share incredibly insightful feedback from our listeners on flawed women, the patriarchy, and Columbia's peace deal. 

Oct 11, 2016

We discuss the Trump Tapes and the fallout within the GOP and beyond. We also offer up our instant analysis on Sunday night's Town Hall Debate and the ugliness before, during, and after. Also, on a lighter note, Sarah shares about her vacation and outrunning Hurricane Matthew.

Oct 8, 2016

In this special episode, Beth interviews libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate (New York) Alex Merced. Alex talks about his background, why he's a libertarian, the current presidential and his positions on a "lightening round" of issues.

Here's what you should know about Alex

Name: Alex Merced - Libertarian Party US Senate Candidate (NY)

Age: 31

Married to wife for 2 years (together for 7 years)

Profession: Corporate Trainer in Financial Industry, former retail store owner (Gamers Lounge in Bowling Green, oh), Podcaster/blogger, event promoter, social media consultant

Education: BA from Bowling Green State University

If Elected Would Be...

- Youngest Serving US Senator (dethroning Tom Cotton)

- First Puerto Rican or Guatemalan Elected US Senate

- First Libertarian Elected to US Senate

Main issues:

- Rolling Back Regime Change to reduce new

Instability abroad

- Ending the drug war and the overcriminalization and violence that comes with it

- Increasing families disposable incomes and ability to save with tax reforms and reforming the policy drivers of inflation in healthcare, housing and education

- increasing visibility of Transgender issues and using the pulpit to bring attention to suicide, homelessness, and structural unemployment within the transgender community (have very close transgender issues, so this is more a personal thing than a policy issue)

Economic Policy Proposals:

- Rainy Day Account: rolling IRAs, HSAs, Coverdells into one tax favored savings account for all of life's events such as Unemployment, education, retirement, healthcare, parental leave, etc.

- The America Corp: a new corporate designation with 0% corporate tax rate but requires all assets and employees be in the US and that employees vote for one member of the board of directors to give labor more of a seat in corporate governance.

- 20% flat tax: instead of a complex tax code and complex web of aid programs, have a 20% flat tax with a refundable tax credit that will provide aid to anyone for anything. The amount of the tax credit amount changes with age (25k 18-26,65+ - 10k 27-64)

Interesting facts:

- Son of a immigrant from Guatemala in which regime change created instability in the 1950s which led to decades of civil wars and dictators and has contributed to the frustrations over the border (stability abroad effects border security, so regime change is very much against the countries national interests)

- parents are divorced so mainly raised by mother who after divorced lived in poverty working multiple part time jobs, going to school, raising two kids but worked her way to the middle class by the time I was 18 and has been my inspiration for my belief that anything is possible with hard work and determination

- grew up in suburban CT, went to school in Rural Ohio, and has lived in urban NYC so has experience the different setting Americans live in

Oct 7, 2016

While Sarah wraps up her family vacation, Beth brings you a special interview with former Congressman and Executive Director of republicEN.org Bob Inglis. Bob is a "climate realist and energy optimist." Hear his story of learning about the realities of climate change and advocating for conservative solutions. Bob also gives his take on the current election and the future of the Republican party. 

Show Notes: 

republicEN.org

Bob talks with Chris Hayes about the 2017 race

Clip of Bob from Merchants of Doubt 

Clip of Bob from YEARS of Living Dangerously

A Carbon Tax is a Conservative Solution to Climate Change 

Bob Inglis Rallies GOP on Climate Change, One Lawmaker at a Time 

Oct 5, 2016

Sarah's on vacation, but I watched the debate with many of you on Twitter. Here are a few quick thoughts. We'll talk more next week. 

Oct 4, 2016

In the wake of Congress passing, overriding President Obama's veto on, and then regretting the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, we're examining the roles of our representatives. In 2016, should our leaders act as trustees, exercising independent judgment, or delegates, conforming to the will of the populace? But first, we talk about Colombian voters' rejection of the FARC peace agreement, the continued violence and breakdown of diplomacy in Syria, and, of course, Donald Trump's taxes. We end on a much lighter note: Sarah's trip to Disney World. Can you help her family find a better trip hashtag? 

Show Notes:

Colombian Voters Reject FARC Peace Deal

Diplomacy Breakdown in Syria

Donald Trump's Taxes

International Lawyers: Don't Let Americans Sue Saudi Arabia

The Consequences of JASTA

Congress Somehow Blames President Obama for JASTA

The Unbelievable Idiocy of Congress

Trustees vs. Delegates

Majority Vote Rules: Advocating for the Delegate Model

The Reality of Modern Representation

Was Obama vs. Romney a Trustee vs. Delegate Contest?

Trustee vs. Delegate: A False Binary?

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