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Now displaying: April, 2018
Apr 27, 2018

The Virginia House of Delegates seated a record number of women in January, and those women aren't messing around. We attended The Blue Victory Dinner in Arlington, Virginia and spoke to some of them about their successful campaigns and the importance of women in political leadership. 

Thanks to our sponsors: SmartNews and Brandless.

The Delegates:

Jennifer Carroll Foy, 2nd district: A public defender, Jennifer is a graduate of the third class of female cadets to ever attend the Virginia Military Institute. She has a masters from VSU, a JD from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and twin boys, to whom she gave birth while on the campaign trail.

Wendy Gooditis, 10th district: An educator and local business operator, Wendy co-founded the Clarke County chapter of Indivisible following the November 2016 election. Her successful 2017 run was her first electoral campaign, which focused on education, jobs, health and the environment.

Danica Roem, 13th District: An award-winning journalist and Manassas native, Danica is the first transgender politician to be elected to Virginia's General Assembly. She out-raised her Republican opponent--a 25-year incumbent --by 5 to 1 with a campaign focused on economic and transportation issues.

Elizabeth Guzman, 31st district: A Peruvian-American public administrator and social worker, Elizabeth came to the United States as a single mom looking for a better future for her eldest child. She delivered the Spanish response to the 2018 State of the Union address at the invitation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Kathy Tran, 42nd district: Kathy is the first Vietnamese-American to be elected to the General Assembly and a former federal government employee. She came to the United States as a refugee and has spent her career advocating for workers, working families, and immigrants.

Hala Ayala, 51st district: A public servant and cyber security expert, Hala is one of the first Latinas to be elected to the General Assembly. A former vice president of the National Organization of Women (Virginia chapter), Hala has also served on former Governor McAuliffe's Council of Women and is an advocate for women and families.

Karrie Delaney, 67th district: A long-time local civic leader, counselor for sexual assault survivors, and advocate against human trafficking, Karrie beat a four-term Republican incumbent with a campaign focused on economic growth & innovation, education and health care.

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Apr 24, 2018

The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, and speculation about Michael Cohen is reaching a fever pitch. We also discuss the Waffle House shooting and share our interview with the gracious Mark McKinnon of Showtime's The Circus

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Apr 20, 2018

Barbara Bush passed away this week and Trump administration officials are making headlines. We discuss this week's news and the importance of student civic engagement in a live recording from Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Thanks to today's sponsors: SmartNews and Martha Stewart Wine Company.

Thanks also to Walsingham Academy who graciously hosted us in their classes and for the recording of this podcast. Walsingham Academy is the only Coed Pre-K through 12th grade Mercy School in the nation for students and families who seek a holistic approach to learning, grounded in the Mercy Core Values. If you want to learn more about Walsingham Academy you can visit Walsingham.org. An enhanced education and community engagement is only possible through the generosity of our donors. Please consider making your gift today at Walsingham.org or contact the Office of Advancement.

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Apr 17, 2018

The weekend brought a military strike in Syria, breaking news about Michael Cohen, and a bombshell interview with James Comey. We also talk with David Singleton, the Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center after its work on criminal justice reform in Ohio.

Thanks to our sponsors: Acer, TomboyX, Forto Coffee, and SmartNews.

Syria:

Debates Ensure After Missiles Hit

Obama's Red Line Led Here

What Was Hit in Syria?

Michael Cohen:

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

Mueller Confirms Part of Dossier

Cohen's Lawyers Set Court Appearance

Government Opposes Cohen's Restraining Order Motion

Compliment the Other Side:

Sarah - Thom Tillis

Beth - Tim Kaine

Ohio Justice and Policy Center 

Tyra Patterson's Case

Outside of Politics:

Beth's Leadership Class

Beth's Group Coaching

The Story Behind Molly's Game 

Apr 13, 2018

A description of this week's headlines would sound a little like "We Didn't Start the Fire" lyrics. We tackle some of the many news stories of the week including the FBI raid of Michael Cohen's office, Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress, and Paul Ryan's resignation announcement. Plus, we share the second half of Beth's conversation about military policy with Air Force Major Jason Baker. 

Thanks to our sponsors: Acer and Tripping.com.

Recommended Resources: 

Donald Trump Relied on Michael Cohen

Mark Zuckerberg Hearing Highlights

Good Riddance, Paul Ryan

How Donald Trump Upended Paul Ryan's Plans

Apr 10, 2018

On Saturday, an apparent chemical weapons attack killed 25 people and injured more than 500 in Syria. Major Jason Baker adds his experienced voice to the conversation. Plus, Beth shares an update on the Mueller investigation. 

Thanks to the sponsors of this episode: Acer and Forto Coffee.

Veterans Affairs and Ronny Jackson

Mueller Investigation:

Government's Response in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Paul Manafort's Lawsuit

Manafort's Motion to Suppress Evidence

Manafort's Trial

Alex van der Zwaan's Sentence

Van der Zwann's Sentencing

It's Mueller Time

Mueller Rattles the Oligarchs

Trump Named as Subject of Investigation

Compliment the Other Side:

Sarah - Trey Gowdy Interview

Beth - Connecticut Democrats and Elizabeth Etsy's Resignation

Etsy Resigns

Jason Baker Interview:

Syria, Chemical Weapons, and Trump

McCain, Trump, and Syria

Recruitment of Violent Extremists

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Apr 6, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like trade wars? We continue our discussion of ongoing trade issues with China as well as some of the negative patterns within the current administration. 

Thanks to today's sponsor, Acer.

China Strikes Back

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Apr 3, 2018

March for Our Lives and the Parkland survivors continue to dominate public debate. We also cover the Kentucky pension crisis, our trade tiff with China, and the responsibilities that come with a public platform.

Thanks to our sponsors: Breach and Forto Coffee.

Kentucky Pension: 

Teachers Rally in Frankfort

Kentucky Schools Shut

China and Trade

China Tariffs on U.S. Products

Tariffs and Intellectual Property

Trump Country and China Tariffs

Alton Sterling & Stephon Clark

The Stephon Clark Tragedy

Sacramento Police Cruiser Hits Woman

Alton Sterling Police Videos (content warning)

Compliment the Other Side:

Sarah - Chris Christie and Scott Pruitt

Beth - Mark Warner and the Russia Investigation

March for Our Lives:

Gun Control and Children

Dr. Dana Fisher

American Resistance

Outside of Politics

Sarah - Wild Wild Country 

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