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American politics from a Heartland perspective. Focusing on facts and fundamental fairness, but not afraid to embrace the funny where it exists. Dedicated to the quiet heroes of America's Heartland who are making a difference every day. Monday: The Heartland POD with host Adam Sommer's opening statement & Talkin' Politics with co-hosts Rachel Parker & Sean Diller. Wednesday: a rotation of High Country, a report from the Mountain West with Sean Diller, and The Delta with science teacher Nicholas Linke and spouse Kristina Linke, an ASL interpreter and mother, bringing their experience and midwest family life to the issues of the day. Friday: The Flyover View for news & views from the Heartland with host, Kevin Smith. On most Tuesdays and Thursdays catch an interview show called "Let's Have A Chat" with politicians, authors, musicians, and folks across the country. Hosts: Adam Sommer, Sean Diller, Rachel Parker, Nicholas Linke, & Kevin Smith (All opinions shared are those of the speaker, and are not necessarily the adopted organizational views of Mid Map Media, LLC.)

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Let's Have A Chat | Energy, Renewables, and The Decentralized Grid with James Owen of Renew Missouri
00:33:22

Host: Adam Sommer

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Guest: James Owen with Renew Missouri

https://renewmo.org/

Twitter: @RenewMO

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Clean Air Moms

https://www.cleanairmomsaction.org/

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Find Their Podcast on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-renew-gurus/id1418737016

Renew Missouri was founded in 2006 to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state of Missouri. In that time, Renew Missouri has advanced legislation, passed statewide ballot initiatives, crafted local ordinances, and represented these interests before state regulators on hundreds of cases. Renew Missouri works through lobbying efforts as well as public advocacy to change the conversation around renewable energy in rural areas. 

Nov 29, 2022
Talkin' Politics Nov. 28, 2022 | What's Next? Moving On From The 2022 Midterms
01:05:38

Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD 

Co-Hosts
Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

https://heartlandpod.com/

“Change The Conversation”

Nov 28, 2022
Thanksgiving 2022 Family Feast: "Eating Is A Spectrum"
01:05:40

Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD 

Co-Hosts
Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

Kevin Smith @KevInMidMO

Nicholas Linke  @nicholaslinke

https://heartlandpod.com/

“Change The Conversation”

Our entire podcast family comes together to talk about some Thanksgiving related topics including:

Favorite Wednesday night before activity

Early meal or late meal

One item you have to have or it isn’t Thanksgiving

Something you’re thankful for this past year

Bonus: The “but why” dish

Nov 22, 2022
Talkin' Politics | November 21, 2022
01:00:08

Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD 

Co-Hosts
Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

https://heartlandpod.com/

“Change The Conversation”

  1. True or False
    1. Dems replacing Pelosi is an opportunity to fold in the middle of the map that Dems will squander
      1. https://www.axios.com/2022/11/17/congress-house-democrats-minority-leaders-plan
      2. Hakeem Jeffries - excellent politician but what is the signal to folks in Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa? 
      3. https://americanprospect.bluelena.io/index.php?action=social&chash=a941493eeea57ede8214fd77d41806bc.1772 From American Prospect: “Keeping cool, making specific requests to authorities who could provide police reinforcements, determined to resume the announcement of the Electoral College votes, Pelosi stood out as the one leader in the Capitol, let alone the White House, who knew what had to be done and how to do it. That encapsulated her strengths as party leader and Speaker; it stands now as her valedictory.”
      4. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3730173-neguse-running-for-democratic-caucus-chair/
  2. Yeah…No: 
    1. The Trump Media Industrial Complex - CNN says they won’t cover his every move, days after covering his every move
  3. Buy or Sell: 
    1. The Kentucky abortion result is the most important result of the 2022 midterm cycle to set up the 2024 argument
      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/15/kentucky-supreme-court-abortion-laws-00066994
      2. https://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-supreme-court-hear-arguments-reinstate-states-abortion-ban-temporarily-1668531238/41968544
      3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/11/15/kentucky-abortion-ban-supreme-court/
    2. Ballot measure lost - a lost by a TON in population centers
      1. ​​https://www.cnn.com/election/2022/results/kentucky/issue-1
  4. The Big One: 
    1.  FTX was a Ponzi scheme and now lawmakers have to back peddle as the too good to be true crypto scheme implodes with bankruptcy filing
      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/15/lawmakers-return-ftx-money-00067009
      2. (note for myself, from Rachel): lawmakers have all the framework they need right now with actual laws to go after all of these people
    2. We talked about this several months ago that Sam Bankman-Fried had the money to life the Dems up as a mega donor 
    3. GOP snowflakes freaking out about a tech bro mega donor - will the real slim shady please stand up
      1. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article268921592.html
  5. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/crypto/ftx-freefall-was-oversight-rcna57098
  6. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/15/ftx-says-could-have-over-1-million-creditors-in-new-bankruptcy-filing.html
  7. Crypto impacts https://www.axios.com/2022/11/15/crypto-businesses-brace-for-ftx-aftershock
  8. Relate it to the heartland - another way to extract money from folks who have little to spare and will take the “rocket ship” chance on a ponzi scheme like this 
    1. From Rachel: St. Louis is home to maybe the biggest crypto bro of them all (Yes, I mean “Bloc” CEO Jack Dorsey)
  9. Tom Brady to the Bahamas for FTX?
    1. https://thecomeback.com/nfl/ftx-theory-tom-brady-training-camp-bahamas.html
Nov 21, 2022
The Flyover View, November 18, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views
00:18:27

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Nov 18, 2022
Talkin' Politics/Flyover View Crossover | Kevin Smith, regular host of "The Flyover View" on Fridays, joins Rachel Parker for a crossover session of Talkin' Politics
00:46:18

"Change The Conversation"

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Nov 17, 2022
Government and Politics News from the American West - November 16, 2022
00:10:51

Song plays

Intro by host

Welcome to High Country - politics in the American West. My name is Sean Diller; regular listeners might know me from Heartland Pod’s Talking Politics, every Monday.

Go to heartlandpod.com for information on all our political podcasts, and a link to support our work on Patreon. Sign up as an Official PODhead for just $5 per month to access all our premium podcast segments and political writing. To join the conversation on Twitter, find us at THE Heartland POD. 

Alright! Let’s get into it: 

NEVADA CURRENT: The Cowardly Lombardo.

In his first public event since being elected governor of Nevada, Joe Lombardo refused to allow the Nevada Current and the Las Vegas Sun to cover what was billed as a victory speech. 

Shutting the Current out of his celebratory event was an extension of the Lombardo team’s practice throughout the campaign – along with multiple Republican candidates nationwide – to refuse to provide campaign statements, notices of events, or other information to the press. 

The campaign told the Current Monday morning that they couldn’t be allowed to cover the event because it was “at capacity for press right now.” Subsequent photographs of the event showed that statement from the campaign was patently false - with row upon row of empty seats in the sparsely populated high school auditorium where Lombardo gave his victory speech.

Such mendacity from Lombardo and his team comes as no surprise. 

But most concerning going forward, is the prospect that as governor, Lombardo, his office, and publicly financed executive branch government offices under his purview, will refuse to provide independent journalists and other media organizations with public information.

Lombardo’s campaign presented its candidate to the public as an upright lawman of character, honesty, integrity and strength. But subverting the people’s right to transparent and accountable government, and hiding from the press is just cowardly.

COLORADO NEWSLINE: With Lauren Boebert slightly ahead in Colorado, the race to cure ballots is on.

The extremely tight race between MAGA darling U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and moderate Democrat Adam Frisch became a contest of cured ballots this week, as the two candidates worked to rally their voters and ensure every one of their ballots is counted.

On Tuesday afternoon, the difference between the candidates’ totals remained at over 1,000 votes: a narrow spread for sure, but still above the threshold that would trigger an automatic, state-funded recount. At the current numbers, if Frisch comes within about 830 votes, then a recount would be triggered.

Vote tallies will change through the end of Wednesday as ballots continue to arrive from military and overseas voters, and as flawed ballots are “cured'' by voters. 

When tabulators reject a ballot, often due to a discrepancy between the voter’s signature on the ballot and the official state voter registration records, the voter has an opportunity to resolve, or cure, the problem and have their vote count.

The Frisch team is trying to win cured ballots this week by getting the word out to voters about the curing process, encouraging use of the state’s TXT2Cure mobile phone-based curing system, and on-the-ground voter engagement.

A Frisch campaign spokesperson said “A lot of the curable ballots tend to skew a lot younger, and others who don’t have as much experience voting. We think that we probably will perform better among younger voters, so we think that probably there’s more curable ballots for us than for Lauren Boebert.”

The Frisch campaign also believes cured ballots from unaffiliated voters, not just registered Democrats, will skew their way.

That sentiment was seconded by Matt Crane, a Republican who heads the Colorado County Clerks Association.

Crane said. “Unaffiliated voters wanted to punish the hell out of the Republican Party in Colorado this year. And they sure did. It’s probably a better pool for Democrats to go and try to cure unaffiliated ballots than it is for Republicans, just based on the way the election went.”

A spokesperson for Boebert did not reply to a message seeking comment.

Ballot curing must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, and updated results are expected to be available Thursday.

Colorado law requires an automatic recount, also known as a statutory recount, if the apparent winner is ahead by 0.5% or less. During such a recount, the secretary of state’s office would delay certification of the race and neither candidate would be declared representative-elect until resolution of the recount, which must be completed by Dec. 13.

COLORADO NEWSLINE: Congresswoman Caraveo focused on healthcare and climate change.     

Yadira Caraveo, a Colorado state representative, stood at a lectern Thursday in the backyard of her childhood home in Adams County north of Denver. Her parents, who immigrated from Mexico and moved to the Denver-area home when Caraveo was in second grade, watched from a balcony as their daughter addressed reporters for the first time as the Democratic U.S. representative-elect from Colorado’s 8th Congressional District. And the first Latina to represent Colorado in Congress.

Dr Caraveo said “This hill behind me is where my siblings and I used to slide down and make mud piles, and the house behind us is where I spent many, many hours studying to get through high school, through college and through medical school,” Dr. Caraveo is a pediatrician in the community. She went on to say she was able to do this because of the hard work of her parents.

The new 8th District was the state’s most competitive based on previous elections, and unofficial results show Caraveo won by a margin of less than one percentage point. The district also has the highest concentration of Hispanic residents, at 39%, and includes the northern Denver suburbs, extending into parts of Weld County and Greeley. 

Caraveo said her top priorities in Congress include health care and climate change. She cited the obstacles she faced as a doctor trying to treat young patients.

“The medical training that I had was not enough to beat the system that we had,” she said. “And so a lot of my effort is going to go into that system to make sure that it’s not about insurance companies or drug companies.”

Caraveo alluded to striking a balance on her environmental agenda. The 8th District includes parts of Weld County, which produces the most oil and gas in the state, by far .

“We have a very important oil and gas industry that gives people like the families at my clinic great jobs, but I also see kids struggling to breathe every single day and I’ve had to send them to the hospital to be put on oxygen.” she said

The Colorado delegation from Colorado that will join Congress in January will also include Democrats Diana DeGette from the 1st District, Joe Neguse from the 2nd District, Jason Crow from the 6th District and Brittany Pettersen from the 7th District; and Republicans Ken Buck from the 4th District and Doug Lamborn from the 5th District.

The race for the 3rd District between Republican incumbent Lauren Boebert and Democratic challenger Adam Frisch is still too close to call.

ARIZONA MIRROR: Republicans are falsely claiming that Arizona used to know final election results on Election Day.

Republicans in Arizona and elsewhere have insisted that the days-long tabulation of early ballots, particularly in Maricopa County, is a sign the election might be being stolen. 

They’re flat wrong about the history, however: Final election results have never been available on Election Night in any Arizona county. 

What’s changed isn’t anything about the vote-counting, but that Arizona has gone from a ruby red state where Republicans dominated most elections — to a deep purple state where races up and down the ballot have been extremely close. 

Those close races mean candidates, voters, pundits and the national media are focusing intently on Arizona’s post-Election Day tallies.

For example: in the Nov. 2, 2004 presidential election, the final results came on November 15, 13 days later.

In the Nov. 7, 2006 midterm election

Final results: Nov. 19

Lag time: 12 days

Nov. 4, 2008 presidential election

Final results: Nov. 21

Lag time: 17 days

Nov. 2, 2010 midterm election

Final results: Nov. 17

Lag time: 15 days

Nov. 6, 2012 presidential election

Final results: Nov. 20

Lag time: 14 days

Nov. 4, 2014 midterm election

Final results: Nov. 18

Lag time: 14 days

Nov. 8, 2016 presidential election

Final results: Nov. 18

Lag time: 10 days

Nov. 6, 2018 midterm election

Final results: Nov. 20

Lag time: 14 days

Nov. 3, 2020 presidential election

Final results: Nov. 13

Lag time: 10 days

None of that has stopped Arizona GOP candidates and their allies across the country from crying foul about the process that has existed in the Grand Canyon State since the early 1990s, when Republicans here pioneered no-excuse early mail-in voting.

Kari Lake, the GOP nominee for governor, has insisted that Arizonans knew the Maricopa County results and the overall result of their elections on Election Night - until 2020.

Records from Maricopa County elections over the past 22 years show that has never been the case. Media outlets, like the Associated Press, might have called races in the past when election night returns showed that one candidate would clearly win, but the fastest the county has released final results in a midterm election since 2000 was six days, in 2002. 

In Maricopa County, a record 290,000 people dropped off their early ballots on Election Day this year. Elections workers didn’t even begin to start counting those ballots until Wednesday morning. Before those ballots are tabulated, their barcodes are scanned to ensure that they came from a registered voter who hasn’t cast another ballot in this election. Then elections workers check the signature on the envelope against past signatures from the voter. After that, a bipartisan team separates the ballot from the envelope and checks that the voter received the correct ballot. 

Once all those steps are completed, the county can tabulate the ballot. All the ballots have never been counted in one day.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS: Colorado legalizes psychedelic mushrooms.

Ten years after leading the nation in legalizing the sale of cannabis, Colorado became the second state in the U.S. to permit psilocybin, or "magic," mushrooms. Oregon was the first state to do so.

As of 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, data from the Colorado Secretary of State's Office showed the Natural Medicine Health Act — voted on as Proposition 122 — was on the path to a slim approval, with 51.6% of voters supporting the measure.

The measure will allow people 21 and older to grow and share psilocybin mushrooms, as well as create state-regulated centers where people could make appointments to consume the fungi. The proposition will also create “healing centers” to give clients mushrooms in a supervised setting, but will not create "mushroom dispensaries," in the same way cannabis is sold and purchased.

Proponents of the ballot measure claim mushroom consumption has helped address their mental health issues in ways traditional pharmaceuticals did not, particularly when the mushrooms were taken in small doses, a method called microdosing. 

Gov. Jared Polis has until Jan. 31 to appoint 15 members to the Natural Medicine Advisory Board, which will report to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

CONCERT PICK OF THE WEEK: Next Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving - The Last Waltz - with Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kathleen Edwards, and more. Tickets at FillmoreAuditorium.org

Welp, that’s it for me! From Denver I’m Sean Diller. Original reporting for the stories in today’s show comes from the Nevada Current, Arizona Mirror, Colorado Newsline, Rocky Mountain PBS, and Denver’s Westword

Thank you for listening! See you next time.

Nov 16, 2022
Wisconsin, Missouri, and Midterm Lessons & Outcomes | Ada m Sommer has a chatwith Anders Hanhan of "Our Wisconsin Revolution
00:37:13

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"Change The Conversation"

Adam Sommer - @Adam_Sommer85

Our Wisconsin Revolution

Anders Hanhan is a college student living in Appleton. He is currently majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University. Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, after being activated by Bernie Sanders' run for president, Anders became involved with the Sunrise Movement and advocating for a Green New Deal in Wisconsin. He is particularly passionate about climate change issues as well as Medicare for All, and labor rights. Anders is excited to help Our Wisconsin Revolution's endorsed candidates and particularly interested in building the organizations power by getting more strong voices into local elected offices.
 

Our Wisconsin Revolution is about making Wisconsin a true democracy — with a government & economy that are of, by and for the people.

Shake up the system. Challenge the establishment. Stand for progressive principles. Work for fundamental change. Fight for the working class. Join us.

Our Wisconsin Revolution is a homegrown movement started here in our state by people living here. OWR’s formation was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ run for president in 2016 and his call for a political revolution, and is part of a national movement. Our name connects us to that national movement of people all over the country supporting a new generation of progressive leaders and empowering millions to fight for progressive change and transforming our political and economic systems to once again be responsive to the needs of working families.

Our Wisconsin Revolution is about countering money power with people power. It’s about revolutionizing our politics by mobilizing the power of organized people against the reckless abuse of power by rich elites. We’re sick of what’s happening in this country and this state, where public life has been coarsened and corrupted by a swarm of greedy, rules-rigging, billionaire takers. We believe our state and nation can be set right by organized citizen action. Our goal is to do everything we can to make Wisconsin a democracy—with a government and an economy that are of, by, and for the people.

Nov 15, 2022
Talkin' Politics | Post Midterm 2022: The Purple Drank, Our Main Takeaways From 2022 Midterms, Our Victory Laps, MAGA Death Rattle, JoRsh Hawley Runs Scared (AGAIN) and more!
01:35:29

Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD 

Co-Hosts
Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

https://heartlandpod.com/

“Change The Conversation”

True or False:

  1. Sharice Davids is the brightest star in the heartland for Dems
  2. WHOMPING in that race, 12 points 
    1. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article268253557.html?ac_cid=DM722608&ac_bid=1312587918
    2. Did she carry Kelly?

 

Yeah… NO:

  1. Missouri GOP returns the super majority 
  2. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/09/democrats-prevail-in-hotly-contested-missouri-legislative-races/

  3.  

Buy or Sell:

  1. The date of death for “MAGA” is November 8, 2022?
    1. Is DeSantis Is Now The Presumptive GOP Nominee for 2024?
    2. McCarthy’s new world
      1. Continue to cowtow to Trump?
      2. Work with Dems to pass a VERY restricted national abortion law? 
        1. Gets to blame Dems for being too extreme and failing to compromise
    3. JoRshua Hawley running from Trump/MAGA faster than he ran from insurrectionists? 
    4. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/live-blog/midterms-results-trump-livid-midterms-democrats-republicans-house-senate
    5. Trump may need to invest in some “oops I crapped my pants”
    6. Trump is in the corner - danger for all 
    7. Where does it leave the Kris Kobach’s of the world? 
      1. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/11/08/us/elections/results-kansas-attorney-general.html  

The Big One:

  1. Red Wave, Blue Wave… more like Purple Drank
  2. RACHELS’ LOSING BETS
  3. VICTORY LAPS
    1. Colorado: Boebert is still there(?) - Pollis wins easily, CO is overall BLUE BLUE BLUE https://coloradosun.com/2022/11/09/8th-district-results-yadira-caraveo-barbara-kirkmeyer/
    2. Pennsylvania - Gov, Senate
    3. Michigan - Gov, State House and State Senate - Witmer mops floor with Dixon
    4. Arizona - Kelly straps Masters to a rocket
    5. Fontes beats Fonchman in AZ SOS race 
      1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/12/arizona-secretary-of-state-election-winnner-adrian-fontes

LAST CALL: Way too early look at 2024

Nov 14, 2022
The Flyover View, November 11, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views
00:17:52

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

  • Post Election National Scene
  • Big Ag champions Climate Fix
  • Marijuana Legalization 
  • Post Election Local Scene
  • Kelly wins Kansas
  • Dems surprise in Wisconsin
  • Ohio man shot for being a Democrat
  • Illinois' Amendment 1
  • Ron vs. Don
     
Nov 11, 2022
The Delta, E37 - Blue Dots in a Red State
00:29:47

Following the midterm maps, Nicholas (educator) and Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) reflect on how their family is reframing views on being "blue dots in red states."  From drawing a comparison to squid skin, they ask: Are we defeating ourselves because being unique requires loneliness?

Family Projects: www.glassroomhive.com

Nov 10, 2022
2022 Midterms LIVE (Audio Replay POD)
02:13:21

Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD 

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Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

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“Change The Conversation”

 

  1. Final MIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK IN FOR 2022 MIDTERMS
    1. Five thirty eight updated shows GOP with edge to win Senate as of Friday Nov 4th at 2pm central
      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/?cid=rrpromo

      2.  
    2. Each of us with picks
      1. Your “LOCK” race 
        1. Adam: Mark Kelly, Sean: Ron Johnson, Rachel: Meghan Green (STL)
      2. Your underdog you like to win
        1. Adam: Warnock, Sean: Cortez Masto, Rachel: Tim Ryan
      3. Biggest surprise outcome
        1. Adam: Cindy Axne (Iowa 3rd), Sean: Fetterman wins early and big, Rachel: Kari Lake wins in Arizona (Gov)
      4. Who takes HOUSE majority?
        1. Adam: GOP, Sean: GOP, Rachel: GOP
      5. Who takes SENATE majority?
        1. Adam: Dems, Sean: Dems, Rachel: Dems
Nov 09, 2022
Adam's Final Midterm Message for 2022
00:14:20

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Nov 08, 2022
Talkin' Politics | Lawyers, Guns, and Money & Our Midterm 2022 Best Bet Predictions & Last Call Preview!
01:47:02

Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD 

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Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

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“Change The Conversation”

  1. Missouri Gun Laws - T/F: Are gun manufacturers about to get the tobacco treatment? (10 -12 min)
    1. STL Post Dist article: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-republicans-likely-to-block-any-push-for-red-flag-gun-laws/article_264ab532-fe40-5699-8c5c-f90de0a3a218.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_stltoday
    2. Mayor Jones in STL talks school safety: https://www.ksdk.com/video/news/local/st-louis-mayor-tishaura-jones-talks-student-safety-and-gun-laws-after-cvpa-shooting/63-792b2859-31fc-4078-9f9b-b288094a570f

 

  1. Yeah… NO - There was a MIchael Flynn lead White Christian Nationalism summit in Branson (5-8 min)
    1. The “Reawaken America” tour: https://mypatriotmarketplace.com/events/reawaken-america-tour-with-clay-clark-and-general-michael-flynn-at-the-rock-church-virginia-beach-va-3/
    2. I thought being woke was bad?
    3. MO Independent article: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/04/missouri-leaders-should-condemn-this-weekends-christian-nationalist-rally-in-branson/
  2. Final MIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK IN FOR 2022 MIDTERMS
    1. Five thirty eight updated shows GOP with edge to win Senate as of Friday Nov 4th at 2pm central
      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/?cid=rrpromo

      2.  
    2. Each of us with picks
      1. Your “LOCK” race 
        1. Adam: Mark Kelly, Sean: Ron Johnson, Rachel: Meghan Green (STL)
      2. Your underdog you like to win
        1. Adam: Warnock, Sean: Cortez Masto, Rachel: Tim Ryan
      3. Biggest surprise outcome
        1. Adam: Cindy Axne (Iowa 3rd), Sean: Fetterman wins early and big, Rachel: Kari Lake wins in Arizona (Gov)
      4. Who takes HOUSE majority?
        1. Adam: GOP, Sean: GOP, Rachel: GOP
      5. Who takes SENATE majority?
        1. Adam: Dems, Sean: Dems, Rachel: Dems
      6. Will MO Dems win enough seats statewide to break GOP super majority? - MAP https://www.mohousedems.com/
      7. Awesome article by Galen Bacharier https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/05/17/missouri-statehouse-races-2022-election-candidates-maps/9614683002/

      1. Parson didn’t fill spots, could have had super maj in 2022

LAST CALL: HOLY SHIT, DOING A POLITICAL PODCAST IN CYCLE - WHAT WE LEARNED

Nov 07, 2022
The Flyover View, November 4, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views
00:19:37

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland with a Special Midterm Election Report

  • Intro: What's on the ballot
  • Reproductive Healthcare Rights
  • Midterm effects on Food and Agriculture
  • Red Flag Laws
  • Energy and the Climate
  • Voting Rights
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Marijuana Legalization
     
Nov 04, 2022
MO Votes! | Missouri Ballot Initiatives for 2022 Midterm Ballot Explained
00:50:31

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Guest: Reece Ellis

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All Ballot Measures: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/petitions/2022BallotMeasures\

Amendment 1: This one comes to us FROM the Missouri general assembly, in other words Republicans wanted to put this on in order to add it to the constitution. 

The question: Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:

  • allow the General Assembly to override the current constitutional restrictions of state investments by the state treasurer; and
  • allow state investments in municipal securities possessing one of the top five highest long term ratings or the highest short term rating?

This basically shifts greater discretion to the State Treasurer to make decisions on how to invest money. It COULD have a monetary benefit to the state of a couple million dollars, but that is not a guarantee. The reality here is that there is a huge push by the GOP to end what they call “woke” investments - basically divest all public money from anything that looks like green energy or touches a company that might be friendly to equity and equal rights. 

This one is an EASY NO for me, we don’t need this change. It’s a political move - not a public benefit move. Just another way for the GOP to fight a culture war that they have invented. 

Current Text of Constitution in question: https://ballotpedia.org/Article_IV,_Missouri_Constitution#:~:text=Section%2015,-Text%20of%20Section&text=The%20state%20treasurer%20shall%20be,by%20the%20department%20of%20revenue.

Proposed Change: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills211/hlrbillspdf/0587H.03T.pdf

Amendment 4:  this one is really simple - yet again we have the missouri GOP majority trying to take over local control wherever they can to keep democrats from having any say in policy - Amendment 4 would change a current provision of law that requires the city of Kansas City to provide 20% of its city budget to the city policy department by requiring that be a 25% allocation. Why? Because the KC City counsel, a local government body made up of locally elected official took money from the budget and that made people made. It’s really that simple. Republicans from hours away want to tell the folks in KC how to spend their money. Another very easy NO vote for me. 

Amendment 5: This amendment moves the control of the national guard into amore direct line from the Governor’s office. I’ve seen democrats opposed to this one, I’ve also talked to folks involved with the national guard and overall this amendment seems to make Missouri’s set up similar to nearly every other state - I understand the argument from some Democrats that this is just a political power move here, I’m not so sure that argument holds water. That being said, I’m also not sure I see the point of this amendment OTHER than to give the Governor more power. And for that reason alone, Im a NO vote on amendment 5, but I’m not sure in the end it truly matters which way this goes. 

Constitutional Convention: Missouri law requires that every 20 years the voters have a chance to vote to have a constitutional convention. The law provides for procedures and, in reality, would be quite a show. It would be interesting, but unlikely to be worth much. Even IF the convention came up with proposals, all of those proposals would then have to go to the voters for ratification. I’ve seen a handful of Dems pushing this issue as a chance to use the ballot box for issues - in a reliance that MO voters continue our streak of supporting more progressive measures when they are not tied to a political party - but I think that is a drastic miscalculation of how the parties will interact with proposed amendments. I’m a  NO  on this one. 

Amendment 3:

Perfect or good? https://empowermissouri.org/amendment-3/

Reece Ellis very smart thread on twitter: https://twitter.com/TheReeceEllis/status/1587421773624229892



 

Emerson college pollWhen it comes to Missouri Amendment 3, legalizing the recreatiooters-back-marijuana-legalization-ballot-initiative-in-new-poll-but-support-is-tightening-a-week-before-election-day/nal use of marijuana, 47% of the respondents plan to support the measure. Meanwhile, 39% plan to oppose it, and 14% are still unsure.

https://emersoncollegepolling.com/missouri-2022-republican-eric-schmitt-maintains-double-digit-lead-over-democrat-trudy-busch-valentine/

Summary Articles:

https://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/01/st-louis-mayor-tishaura-jones-announces-opposition-to-missouri-marijuana-amendment/

https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2022-11-02/missouri-amendment-3-legalize-marijuana-recreational-pot-cannabis-election-2022

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/missouri-v

Nov 03, 2022
High Country - Politics, Government and Elections News from the American West - November 2, 2022
00:10:29
Follow the money in Colorado's U.S. Senate race | Sen. Michael Bennet smacks down dishonest attack repeated by GOP challenger Joe O'Dea | Arizona cannabis sales set to top $1 Billion for 2nd year in a row - monthly tax revenue is about $20 Million | Flagstaff Arizona bond issue would provide $20 Million for affordable housing | Smashing Pumpkins and Jane's Addiction tour wraps in L.A. on November 19
Nov 02, 2022
Let's Have A Chat | The Kids Are Alright - Truman State Students Discuss Their Political Science Projects Looking at Missouri Elections
00:35:32

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

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“Change The Conversation”

 

Adam Sommer is joined for a chat by  Truman State students, Jack Eichholz, Megan Nesbitt, Emily O'Leary, and Colleen O'Reilly. The group are all part of a class project looking at Missouri political races in the midterms for 2022 including fact checking both Republicans and Democrats along with a project aimed at blogging in favor of Trudy Busch Valentine, for Senate. 

 

Nov 01, 2022
Talkin' Politics | Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics; Record Oil Profits During Crisis; 2022 Early Voting Advantage for Dems?; Paul Pelosi Attack and Ratcheted Up Political Rhetoric
01:29:56

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  1. Lies, Damn Lies, & Statistics   - Single polls - and data reliance: Is Sharice Davids really up 14 points? 
    1. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article267967122.html?ac_cid=DM717884&ac_bid=1222525714
    2. fivethirty eight 80/20 in favor of Davids
      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/house/kansas/3/
    3. Why don’t outlier polls share info on cross tabs and sampling? 

 

  1. Yeah… NO 
    1. Exxon mobile exec says that they have been returning profits to the people because they payed out a dividend 
    2. Exxon made a $20 B profit in Q3, Shell 9.5 billion, Chevron 11.2 BILLION
    3. Record setting profits amid inflation issues
    4. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-28/exxon-cites-dividend-in-response-to-biden-attack-on-oil-profits?sref=ZOgFhNqs#xj4y7vzkg
    5. Record profits: https://thehill.com/policy/3709759-oil-companies-rake-in-huge-profits-amid-consumer-squeeze/

    6.  
  2. Buy or Sell
    1. Voters on the left will treat 2022 differently than 2016 & 2018
    2. Early voting seems to be way up 
      1. https://twitter.com/simonwdc/status/1586744022789505026?s=46&t=8JfsL2uvjtueWoJ8mF49qw
        1. Is early voting jump just due to carryover from Covid changes? Does it mean something more?
      2. https://www.salon.com/2022/10/25/norman-say-no-to-fascism/
      3. 2016 breakdowns were fairly normal, statistically speaking - if turnout is not accounted for
        1. https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2018/08/09/an-examination-of-the-2016-electorate-based-on-validated-voters/
      4. Enthusiasm gap?
        1. 10% of Bernie supporters voted for Trump
          1. https://www.npr.org/2017/08/24/545812242/1-in-10-sanders-primary-voters-ended-up-supporting-trump-survey-finds
        2. Is that group enough to swing 2022?
  3. The Big One 
    1. Paul Pelosi attacked
      1. GOP has spent a decade creating a fictitious villain out of Nancy Pelosi
      2. Treating politics as a battle of culture creates greater animosity
      3. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/30/rnc-chair-gop-rhetoric-pelosi-assault-00064129
      4. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/29/pelosis-gop-campaign-ad-villain-violent-home-invasion-00064112
      5. Elon helped push some bull shit reporting too 
        1. https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1586799992978776065?s=46&t=8JfsL2uvjtueWoJ8mF49qw
      6. NY times article https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1586781288660623360?s=46&t=8JfsL2uvjtueWoJ8mF49qw
      7. Rachel reminder: the reason it’s easy to hate on Nancy is because she is the most widely recognizable and successful house speaker since Tip O’Neil (and that guy was on Cheers ffs, and part of where the “coastal liberal elite” myth); kind of shocking the party of “grooming” NEEEEVVVVEER ever brings up Denny Hastert (how long was that sentence for criminal sexual assault again?)
Oct 31, 2022
The Flyover View, October 28, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views
00:18:57

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

  • #MOLeg obsession with deregulating guns, and the fallout
  •  Right-wing misinformation effort goes local in Normal IL
  • Ohio Issue 1
  • Theft of frozen beef in Nebraska uncovers crime ring
  • Arkansas struggles to vote
  • TX goes permit-less on guns, and police face an armed public
  • 2 conservatives accused in hoax robocall scheme plead guilty
Oct 28, 2022
Disinformation, Propaganda, and Dark Brandon | With Guest Julie Hotard, PHD and Disinformation Expert
00:27:24

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Adam Sommer chats with Julie Hotard, an expert in disinformation. Julie, a PHD, helps us better understand the messaging happening right now coming from the extreme right wing and the dangers of allowing lies, propaganda, and disinformation to go unchecked. Plus, learn about why she thinks "Dark Brandon" is a great lead and example of how we can all push back. 

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Oct 27, 2022
The Delta, E36: Voting for Vacuums
00:29:46

Are they really gonna make us vote for these vacuums? Nicholas (educator) & Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) tie polls about the general election to predictions in science classes and door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales.

Oct 26, 2022
Trish Gunby Is Back For a Chat About Her Run For Congress In The MO-2nd District
00:28:48

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Adam Sommer chats with Trish Gunby, Missouri State Rep. and current Democratic nominee for the Missouri 2nd district Congressional race. Trish is putting in the hours and the miles and building a team that is ready for the home stretch in her attempt to unseat the incumbent Republican, Ann Wagner. Trish talks about town hall meetings, the messages she's hearing from voters, and the "something's in the air" kind of energy out there on the campaign trail. 

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Oct 25, 2022
Competent State Leadership Is A Luxury | Bannon Sentenced, Trump Did Crimes With His Lawyer | Increased Abortion Education | Bold Midterm 2022 Predictions | Last Call Preview
01:25:52

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  1. TRUE OR FALSE
    1. Competent state leadership is NOW a luxury item
      1. Gov. Parson recent media love fest toward teachers will result in something real
      2. https://twitter.com/BigElad/status/1582717235486785536?s=20&t=iXXjg7vynQpeRr7xogemrw
      3. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/10/18/commission-recommends-salary-increases-to-address-missouri-teacher-shortage/
      4. https://twitter.com/GovParsonMO/status/1582170175624728576

      5.  
  2. You don’t F***ing say
    1. Steven Bannon is going to prison & You don’t get to have privilege with your lawyer when your lawyer is helping you do crimes
    2. Bannon https://www.npr.org/2022/10/21/1130327514/steve-bannon-sentencing-jan-6-committee
    3. Trump and Lawyer: https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/invoking-attorney-client-privilege-fails-donald-trump-john-eastman-n1300095
    4. Trump singed the law suit knowing it was false
      1. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/judge-says-trump-knew-voter-fraud-numbers-false-orders-ex-lawyer-give-rcna53047
      2. Girl…this, too: https://news.yahoo.com/judge-expects-steve-bannon-wall-154713375.html
  3. Buy or Sell 
    1. The real silver lining of the Dobbs case is the way it has changed the conversation around women’s health in general
      1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/18/pregnancy-weeks-abortion-tissue?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
      2. RE: images of fetal tissue that measure less than an inch: “I have been in the training field, and medical students and clinicians who see it are also shocked. That is how pervasive this misinformation is,” Fleischman says.
      3. https://myanetwork.org/the-issue-of-tissue/

      4.  
  4. BOLD PREDICTIONS!
    1. Biggest surprise WIN for dems in midterms 
      1. (for rachel) Leaving my notes here, for both a and b:
        1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/23/michael-moore-democratic-party-win-midterm-interview
        2. “Reached by telephone last week, Moore, 68, told the Guardian that his purpose, in effect, is to puncture herd-thinking. He points to three recent examples where political norms were wrongly interpreted.“If I said to you six months ago, ‘you know Kansas, right? It’s a huge pro-abortion state and this summer by a margin of 60% they’re going to keep abortion legal’ you’d think I had made a crazy statement,” he says.”
    2. Biggest surprise LOSS for dems in midterms
    3. What is the thing that no one sees today that will be crystal clear on November 9th? 
      1. (For rachel: people will start giving all the fucks about governor’s races even more than they are right now in preparation for 2024; to wit, check out the date I wrote this, and look how far we’ve come since then: https://www.imadeyoulook.net/look/governorscheckandbalance)
      2. It seemed revolutionary to me anyway to write articles like this in 2019, and now I’m on a reasonably popular podcast about this very type of thing. If these states were up in 2020, they’ll be up in 2024. And we will give way more fucks than we did in 2020.

LAST CALL

The Media Trump Darling Complex

Kari Lake https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/10/kari-lake-arizona-governor-trump-2022-election/671679/

“Trump has been laying the groundwork”...is a drinking game now?

Tulsi is back

The great Taylor Branch gets it: https://twitter.com/taylorbranch/status/1583807655067324418

Oct 24, 2022
The Flyover View, October 21, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views
00:17:26

HEADLINE 1: Contamination in Springfield’s groundwater, and Missouri knew for Decades - STLPR

An investigation by the Midwest Newsroom and St. Louis Public Radio has found that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the company Litton Systems, a former defense contractor that had employed thousands of people in Springfield to make circuit boards for the Navy and telecommunications industry, knew as early as 1993 that contamination beyond the company’s property into the surrounding community “had undoubtedly occurred,”. Litton used a toxic solvent called trichloroethylene (TCE) to wash the circuit boards and for years improperly disposed of it. The pollutant leached into the groundwater and into aquifers deep below the ground. It then spread to nearby properties, where it made its way into wells that supplied water to those who lived and worked near Litton. 

A review of thousands of pages of government records and interviews found that DNR employees raised concerns about the contamination and implored the agency to force Litton to investigate further. But in the years that followed, neither the company nor DNR sought to determine the extent of the problem or alert the public about the potential risks, our examination found. Instead, both relied on a remediation system to remove the TCE, a measure that the government later determined did not work to effectively contain the contamination.

The problem was not broadly known in Springfield until TCE was detected and publicized in 2018 at Fantastic Caverns, a tourist destination about five miles north of the former Litton site. As a result, some people bought property without knowing that they would be exposed to a chemical linked to cancer and other medical conditions. Others are left wondering how long they’ve been drinking and bathing in water tainted with TCE. And people are upset that an agency tasked with protecting the environment did not do more to warn the public about the risks of contamination. 

When you hear a story like this there’s a lot of anger and frustration to be had. The carelessness of Litton cannot be overstated, but we have come to expect a company to hide in the shadows on issues like this. The thing that hits me hard is the fact that the DNR failed to adequately do its job, and there should be consequences. It may be tempting to point to the failure of the DNR as an example of how government doesn’t work, but take a step back and realize without that governmental body, this would have NEVER come to light. Yes, it functioned poorly, but that can be fixed and hopefully better handled in the future. Leave it to private enterprise and we never find out.

HEADLINE 2: Joplin, MO woman left helpless with non-viable pregnancy - Springfield News-Leader

At 6:30 a.m. on August 2, nearly 18 weeks into her pregnancy, Mylissa Farmer experienced what doctors call a preterm premature rupture of membranes — her water broke before labor, followed by vaginal bleeding, abdominal pressure and cramping.

She went to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, where she'd been just the day before. Everything had been normal then. She and her boyfriend, Matthew McNeill, had already picked out a name for their daughter: Maeve.

But the doctors had devastating news for them on Aug. 2.

If Maeve was delivered right then, chances of survival at 17 weeks and 5 days were zero, according to the assessment and plan section of Farmer's medical records outlining the visit. And the outcome wasn't much better if they tried to hold off on delivery.

The doctors recommended terminating the pregnancy, but 39 days after the state of Missouri banned abortions, that wasn't an option, at least not in Missouri.

A year ago, the hospital could have offered a chance for the couple to say goodbye and hold their daughter, even though they knew she wouldn't survive outside the womb.

Instead, Farmer and McNeill were left to make a series of trips across three states and countless phone calls.

The couple wanted to be able to grieve the loss of their daughter, not sit at home or in a hospital "with a baby dying inside me," Farmer said.

"I know it sounds horrible, but we just wanted to finish the process," she said. 

In the end, Farmer didn't just lose Maeve; she lost her friends and her trust that Missouri would allow medical professionals to do their jobs.

"It was hard. You could tell the doctors were trying to tell us what we needed to do, but at the same time, trying to protect themselves. We’re not angry with them," Farmer said.

If her vitals plummeted or infection set in, or the fetus' cardiac activity stopped, the doctors could intervene, but not before then.

At 41, Farmer worried that by the time there was an emergency, it would be too late for both her and Maeve. And even if Farmer did live through it, she worried about what her recovery would be like. She was already at "risks of maternal thrombosis given her history of (deep vein thrombosis during a COVID-19 infection), infection/sepsis, severe blood loss, hysterotomy, hysterectomy and even mortality," according to the medical record.

Farmer then did something she, who describes herself as "pretty pro-life" and Christian, never thought she would do: She began to look for abortion clinics.

Farmer and McNeill set out for Granite City, Illinois. Early in the morning on Aug. 5, Farmer began to have back pain while on their way to the place just 15 minutes outside of St. Louis. When she got to HOPE Clinic, she was in labor.

After the fact, Farmer said it was almost reassuring that the labor came on. Friends in Joplin who knew of the situation had been telling her that she "could give birth at 17 weeks, that they knew people who have done it, that I was killing my child."

"It did my heart good to know I was doing the right thing," she said, as if her body was telling her that it was OK.

But still, the experience was harrowing. Protesters in front of the clinic echoed the things her friends had told her, "saying we were killing our baby and that we were evil."

"It was awful, you know? We were just going through so much. We didn’t want this ... but at the same time, we had no choice," Farmer said.

Since their ordeal, Farmer has lost trust. While she still feels her obstetrician at Freeman Hospital in Joplin is a good doctor, she's worried about whether medical professionals in Missouri will be able to offer patients necessary care.

Despite reaching out to various legislators, she has yet to receive an answer that satisfies her: Why is this law written this way? If it's to protect women, why did she have to be in danger before she could get care in-state? Why is it such a binary law?

"The world is too nuanced to put such strict rules in place," Farmer said.

HEADLINE 3: Supreme Court Considers Pork Producers’ Plea - The Intercept

On Tuesday, oral arguments will begin in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, a case in which the pork industry is challenging the constitutionality of a California law regulating the worst cruelties of mass meat and egg production. The pork producers are arguing that California’s law ends up forcing them to change their procedures outside California’s borders at significant cost.

If the justices rule on the side of the pork producers, it will be only the latest case to expose the illusion of so-called states’ rights that conservative legal forces have spent 200 years pushing on the public.

There would also be widespread implications: Ruling in favor of industry would set yet another grim precedent, potentially curtailing the ability of states to enforce progressive industry regulations and protections. Everything from state laws on workers’ rights to environmental standards to further animal welfare issues could be challenged. Meanwhile, there could be another layer of irony: With the court’s provenselective federalism, we can be sure that any such precedent would be no barrier to conservative states enacting laws with economic consequences far beyond their state lines in future.

THE LAW IN question at the Supreme Court this week is California’s Prop 12, passed through a resounding 2018 ballot victory. The law bans the sale in California of meat and eggs from animals raised in extreme and brutal confinement, including in gestation crates where pregnant pigs are held, barely able to move, for most of their lives.

Such confinement has been condemned by all major animal welfare and veterinary organizations, and has been deemed a “profound danger to food and public health,” given the rife spread of disease, according to a brief written by the American Public Health Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, among others, for the case.

The pork producers contend that the law creates unconstitutional constraint on their business, as farmers in other states must change their practices to abide by Prop 12’s standards if they hope to sell pork in the nation’s most populous state and since most of the pork consumed in California is indeed produced out of state, and that the state is a market too big for major producers to forego, there’s little doubt that the Californian regulations would indeed affect interstate practices. It’s not a foregone conclusion that a majority of justices will side with the National Pork Producers Council. Both conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have, from an originalist stance, previously criticized the dormant commerce clause. And, of course, all six of the court’s right-wing justices have ruled in favor of state laws that have significant economic effects on the lives of those outside those states — such is the nature of living in an entangled national body politic. Just ask the abortion clinics now overwhelmed by out-of-state travel. Yet we should never underestimate the conservative majority’s pro-business bent, and its unabashed desire to quash any and all liberation struggles — be they for human or nonhuman lives.

If the pork producers succeed in overthrowing Prop 12, many millions of animals will continue to live and die in the most appalling suffering. The message will be sent too that when big business wants to challenge democratically passed state laws, they have several right-wing Supreme Court justices — those storied defenders of states’ rights — on their side.

This situation on the Federal scale reminds me immediately of Missouri’s own quashing of local politics. The Missouri GOP claims to be the protector of local politics but when CAFOs in Missouri began polluting groundwater the State told counties they couldn’t enact regulations locally to hinder big business. It’s certainly evident the Right favors big government when it serves them.

 

LIGHTNING ROUND:

LR 1 - Lone Candidate shows up for Missouri’s 3rd - News Tribune

Only one candidate was present for the News Tribune's election forum Tuesday night, but two issues emerged to dominate the discussion: the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and federal student loan forgiveness. Bethany Mann, agricultural scientist and the Democratic challenger for Missouri's 3rd Congressional District, said the pandemic is ongoing and that student loan forgiveness isn't the ultimate solution to skyrocketing higher education costs, but a good policy nonetheless. Mann states that The country's student loan system is predatory, because it traps financially inexperienced young people into accumulating mass amounts of debt they don't know they can repay. The real issue is a lack of regulation on the banking industry, she said. Mann said more corporate regulations can insulate consumers from market shocks.

"We need to fix the root cause and not penalize people for trying to make a better life for themselves," she said.

As far as Blaine Luetktemeyer, he couldn’t be bothered to show up to the conversation.

LR 2 - Kansas ranks among the worst in the country on both mental illness and its treatment - NPR

A new report by Mental Health America tracking mental illness and the ease of accessing care found high rates of addiction among young people and mental illness and suicidal thoughts among adults put Kansas in last place.

The report, based largely on data from 2019 and 2020, found 9% of Kansas youth had a substance use disorder, more than any other state. Over a quarter of adults had a mental illness and over 6% had serious thoughts of suicide, both well above national averages. In part, that’s because the state doesn’t have enough psychiatrists, therapists and other mental health care workers to go around. Compared with a national rate of one provider for every 350 people, Kansas only had one for every 470 people — and experts say the shortfall is particularly dire in rural areas. 

Kansas also got low marks on insurance rates and the ability to afford mental health care.

Around 18% of adults with mental illness in Kansas had no insurance, compared with 11% nationwide. And only around 7% of youths with severe depression received consistent treatment for it, compared to 28% nationwide.

LR 3 - Commission recommends salary increases to address Missouri teacher shortage - Missouri Independent

A state commission Tuesday laid out its recommendations to improve teacher recruitment and retention in Missouri, including a push to raise starting salaries that currently rank among the lowest in the nation. The State Board of Education approved the commission’s nine recommendations and pledged to bring the findings to the public and lawmakers. Nearly 8% of available full-time teaching positions in the school year 2020-2021 were vacant or filled by not fully qualified individuals, according to the report. One of the commission’s immediate recommendations was for the legislature to amend the state’s base teacher salary, which is currently set by state law at $25,000 for a beginning teacher, to “at least $38,000” and to conduct annual reviews of the starting salary level.

According to the National Education Association’s review from earlier this year, Missouri’s average teacher starting salary ranks second-to-last in the nation, at $33,234, higher only than Montana. At a public hearing in August, educators recounted taking on second jobs to get by.

Per the Report, the legislature should also establish a state fund to help local school districts pay more competitive salaries overall, the report recommended. 

The average teachers salary in Missouri ranks 47th in the nation, at $51,557, according to the National Education Association. It’s good to see that last bit tacked on, the focus on teacher pay in Missouri almost always centers on starting pay, which… is admittedly terrible, but we want to retain teachers too. A pay bump for every teacher in Missouri is way overdue.

LR 4 - Will the next Farm Bill be climate friendly? Depends on the Midterms - Mother Jones

This year’s midterm elections will decide the direction of a massive legislative package meant to tackle the nation’s agricultural problems. Ahead of the November elections, House Republicans have already released insight into their priorities for this upcoming legislation. The Republican Study Committee, whose members make up 80 percent of all Republican members of Congress, released its draft budget in July. This draft document outlines a plan that completely defunds federal programs that support conservation efforts, as well as slashes federal food stamp and crop insurance programs. As Farm Bill debates continue, a group of over 150 progressive, agriculture, and environmental groups, from the nation’s largest federation of labor unions to the Sierra Club environmental group, have urged President Joe Biden to add climate reforms in the upcoming legislative package. In a letter to Biden, organizations urged the President to pass a Farm Bill that would help mend economic and racial divides in the industry, increase access to nutrition, support fair labor conditions in farming communities labor conditions, as well as tackle the climate crisis with a focus on agriculture. 

LR 5 - Kansas Republicans downplay abortion in legislative races. Some change campaign sites - Kansas City Star

Mike Pence recently tweeted out “I’ve got news for President Biden. Come January 22nd, we will have Pro-Life majorities in the House and Senate and we’ll be taking the cause of the right to Life to every state house in America!” Which sounds a little funny when hearing reports of   Multiple Kansas House GOP candidates removing anti-abortion material from their campaign sites in the wake of voters’ rejection of the constitutional amendment in August. We keep seeing this play out, the Republicans, the proverbial dog in this idiom, have caught the car on Abortion and frankly don’t know exactly how to move forward. Hopefully a full blown referendum is coming down the pipe in November!

Oct 21, 2022
Deb Lavender for Representative | Mo 98th State House District
00:20:07

Deb Lavender Website: https://www.upballot.com/deb-lavender

 

While serving in the legislature, Deb found her place working on the Budget Committee to find and distribute hidden money to the areas throughout our state that needed it the most. She was able to work across the aisle to increase funding for people living at home with disabilities, mental health needs, utility assistance, and was able to amend the budget to include 15 million for broadband expansion. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to assure our tax dollars are working for Missourians, and Deb is widely recognized as the best person to get this done.
 

Deb takes an active part in the community, working as a health care professional and local businesswoman. As a physical therapist and sole owner of an outpatient physical therapy clinic, Deb has built her professional reputation based on results. She is recognized as a leader in her field, receiving referrals from around the region.

Born and raised in New England, Deb put herself through college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Soon after graduation, Deb moved to St. Louis and now has deep roots in our community.

Deb's interest in politics was first sparked as a teenager when she participated in Girls State, a program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. There, she learned the importance and value of democratic government. In the following years, she put her energy and enthusiasm for politics to work by becoming involved in local and state issues.

Before being elected, Deb worked the halls of the state capitol in Jefferson City to garner support for issues important to her and the people in her community. In 2006, she channeled her passion and skill for government into an internship for State Representative Barbara Fraser.

Deb had the great opportunity to participate in raising her nephew, Griffin, and is very proud of the man he has become and enjoys time with him and his growing family.

As an active leader and consistent volunteer in community service and community improvement endeavors, Deb participates in the following organizations:

  • Member of Rotary International since 1985
  • Women’s Political Caucus
  • Board of Directors, Mary Culver Home for the Visually Impaired 2010-2020
  • 50 Trees for 50 Years, Volunteer - (Kirkwood – 2011-2019)
  • Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member
  • Missouri Physical Therapy Association, Member
Oct 20, 2022
High Country - Politics and Government News from the American West
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COLORADO NEWSLINE: RINO hunters looking for a bloodbath

As county clerks across Colorado prepared to send out mail ballots to voters on Monday, former President Donald Trump weighed in on one of the state’s most-watched 2022 races.

Trump blasted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, a Denver construction CEO, as a “RINO,” or Republican in name only, over comments O’Dea made about a potential 2024 Trump presidential campaign.

In a Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, O’Dea was asked whether the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol should disqualify Trump from running again. O’Dea called the events of Jan. 6 “a black eye for our country,” though he has previously said he doesn’t believe Trump deserves blame for the Capitol attack.

“I don’t think Donald Trump should run again,” O’Dea said Sunday. “I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we’ve got four or five really great Republicans right now — Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott. They can run and serve for eight years.”

Trump responded in a post on his Truth Social website: “MAGA doesn’t Vote for stupid people with big mouths”

O’Dea faces an uphill battle against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who is seeking his third full Senate term, in a state that has trended increasingly blue in recent elections. Bennet has led O’Dea in recent polling by an average of eight percentage points, according to FiveThirtyEight.

A first-time candidate who has pitched himself as a moderate on social issues, O’Dea has walked a tightrope throughout his campaign as he seeks to win over moderate voters without alienating the conservative Republican base.

He did not publicly state his opposition to a Trump 2024 bid until after the June GOP primary, when he defeated far-right state Rep. Ron Hanks with 55% of the vote. His campaign clarified that O’Dea would still support Trump in the general election if the former president wins the GOP nomination, but O’Dea has since backed off of that position in interviews.

GOP state Rep. Dave Williams, a far-right election denier who mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn earlier this year, reacted to Trump’s comments in a Twitter post.

“Ouch,” Williams wrote. “Maybe Joe’s campaign shouldn’t alienate the base 3 weeks before an election.”

Trump’s criticism follows Ron Hanks’ endorsement of the Libertarian in the Senate race, Bryan Peotter, who has put election denial and total opposition to abortion at the center of his campaign. 

The Libertarian wrote on Twitter that Trump’s attack on O’Dea “reads like an endorsement for my campaign pretty clearly.”

In an Oct. 7 appearance on the conservative “Chuck and Julie Show,” Ron Hanks, who received just under 45% of the vote in the GOP’s June primary, said neither Peotter nor O’Dea have a chance of beating Bennet - and that Republican voters should vote for Peotter to send a message to party leaders.

“It’s our time now as grassroots Colorado conservatives to step in. We have a big battle ahead to try to reform this leadership,” said Hanks. “It’s got to be a bloodbath.”

COLORADO NEWSLINE: Will Colorado legalize psychedelic mushrooms?

Ten years after Colorado voters made history by approving the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana, this November’s Proposition 122 would allow licensed ‘healing centers’ and decriminalize personal use of some hallucinogens. 

The Natural Medicine Health Act would establish a regulated market for psilocybin and psilocyn, the psychoactive compounds found in psychedelic mushrooms. Placed on the 2022 ballot by a citizen initiative, it will become law if a majority of Colorado voters give their approval.

The measure would allow licensed “healing centers” to provide access to psilocybin and psilocyn for therapeutic purposes. It would also decriminalize the “personal use” of the substances, allowing people to possess and grow psychedelic mushrooms in their own homes.

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Natural Medicine Colorado, the group backing the effort says “Natural psychedelic medicines are non-addictive, and can have profound benefits for people struggling with mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, opioid use disorder, and those struggling to find peace at the end of their lives.”

Proposition 122 qualified for the ballot in July after organizers submitted more than the required 124,632 valid signatures to the secretary of state’s office. An issue committee backing the measure has reported more than $2.8 million in contributions, according to campaign finance disclosures.

Nearly all of that funding came from New Approach PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based PAC that advocates for drug policy reform. Top donors to the group include the van Ameringen Foundation, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps.

New Approach PAC supported successful mushroom decriminalization measures in Oregon and Washington, D.C., in 2020. If voters approve Proposition 122, Colorado would become the third jurisdiction in the country to legalize psilocybin.

Denver voters took a more limited step towards the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms in 2019, approving a measure that directed police to make possession of psychedelics the city’s ”lowest law-enforcement priority.”

Legalization advocates point to a vast body of existing research showing that psychedelics can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. 

The federal Food and Drug Administration has designated psilocybin as a “breakthrough therapy” for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

Luke Gruber, an initiative backer and a Marine veteran who suffered from PTSD and depression after serving in Afghanistan, says psilocybin therapy “changed his life.”

He said, “I can’t really describe the experience, but I can describe what it was like after my first treatment with natural medicine. It was like being reminded of what hope felt like.”

If passed, Proposition 122 would establish a 15-member Natural Medicine Advisory Board to oversee the regulation of psychedelic substances. The first licenses for regulated providers would be issued beginning in September 2024. Pending recommendations from the advisory board, other substances, including DMT and mescaline, could be added to the program in 2026.

I WILL BE VOTING YES. 

COLORADO NEWSLINE: SHE’S JUST BLOWING SMOKE

Kirkmeyer repeats false Colorado oil and gas claims in 8th District debate against Caraveo

In a recent debate in the race for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, right-wing GOP State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer took the opportunity to repeat a series of false claims about the oil and gas industry, and the impacts of a 2019 law sponsored by her Democratic opponent, state Rep. Dr. Yadira Caraveo.

Kirkmeyer called the package of new health, safety and environmental reforms a “de facto ban on oil and gas. We went from 5,100 permits approved in 2018 down to about, I think, 22 — 22 permits this year, something approximately in that area,” she claimed.

So, it’s not 22. It’s actually 842 new drilling permits that have been approved this year. Nearly 40 times higher than what Kirkmeyer claimed. In total, there are 1,314 active drilling permits held by Colorado oil and gas producers as of last week.

She made a similar false claim in March, asserting that only four permits had been issued at that point in the year. The true figure was 125.

Colorado’s oil production levels have dipped slightly from their 2019 peak, but remain near historic highs. Producers within the state are on pace to pump more than 156 million barrels of crude oil out of Colorado this year. That’s higher than every other year prior to 2018, and it’s more than five times the volume being pumped in Colorado ten years ago. 

Drillers have reduced growth plans and capital budgets in large part due to the demands of Wall Street investors, who flooded the industry with cheap credit amid the 2010s fracking boom, but have since sought to prioritize more profitable streams of revenue.

Kirkmeyer claimed that SB-181 “killed thousands of jobs” in the 8th District, which encompasses an area in north metro Denver and Weld County that is home to the vast majority of Colorado’s oil production. 

Asked why the same trends were observed in drilling-friendly states like Texas and Wyoming recently, Kirkmeyer said, “I have no idea what other laws, or what other kinds of regulations, or what else was going on in those states.” Kirkmeyer also denied the scientific consensus on fossil fuels and climate change. 

Dr. Caraveo, the Democratic candidate, is a pediatrician who has seen the impacts of drilling and refinery operations in the lungs of the innocent kids who come into her clinic. The Suncor refinery, one of Colorado’s largest sources of air pollution, is located within the new district. 

Dr. Caraveo said 2019’s oil and gas reform bill was moderate, and incorporated industry input. 

The 8th District, the boundaries of which were drawn last year by Colorado’s first-ever Independent Redistricting Commission, is the state’s most competitive. According to the commission’s analysis, former President Donald Trump would have won the district by 1.7 percentage points in the 2016 election, while Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper would have carried the district by the same margin in his defeat of former GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020. Nonpartisan elections analysts rate the race as a toss-up.

ARIZONA MIRROR:

Oath Keepers are planning to watch drop boxes in Arizona, spurred by conspiracy theories. The groups’ violent rhetoric has advocates worried, and some local politicians are stirring the pot. 

The increased attention to ballot drop boxes comes in the wake of the debunked film “2000 Mules” about a completely made up ballot stuffing operation supposedly benefitting Democratic candidates.

 

Now, groups are organizing events to keep an eye on drop boxes in Arizona. One of those groups is connected directly to the Arizona chapter of the Oath Keepers, a known white supremacist group. 

They’re calling their midterm voter intimidation efforts “Operation Drop Box.” 

On its website the group members describe themselves as “conservative patriots” who say the country has been hijacked global elites, communists, leftists, deep state bureaucrats, and fake news.”

Jim Arroyo, the leader of the Arizona Oath Keepers said the group sent emails to everyone in the group’s roster, about 1,000 people. 

In an Oath Keeprs meeting, Arroyo said “For the November election we would like to post people at drop boxes to have eyes on target to be able to notify law enforcement. We have already coordinated with Sheriff Rhodes and he told us that if we see somebody stuffing a ballot box and we get a license plate number, that deputies would make an arrest and there will be a prosecution.” 

County Sheriff David Rhodes has spoken to the Arizona chapter of the Oath Keepers on two separate occasions. In an August 2021 meeting, he said “I’ve got to tell you, this is one of my favorite groups. It is great to be with friends” 

When asked about coordination between the Sheriff, Lions of Liberty and the Oath Keepers. County spokesperson Kristin Greene said “Sheriff Rhodes has zero to do with their effort to watch the drop boxes.”

Rhodes also spoke to the group in late September, a meeting which the Sheriff’s Office said was to educate the group on what was legal and what was not legal for the group to do. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office told the group members that as long as they stay 75 feet away from the drop boxes, they are within their legal rights, but any closer and they could be violating the law. 

The county is also at the center of another effort led by former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack, who leads the so-called Constitutional Sheriffs Association, an extremist anti-government group.  

CSPOA and the Oath Keepers have long had close ties.

State Sen. Kelly Townsend, a Republican, called on “vigilantes” to camp out on drop boxes. 

At a legislative hearing all about indulging wild conspiracy theories, she said, “I have been so pleased to hear about all you vigilantes out there that want to camp out at these drop boxes. We’re going to have hidden trail cameras, we are going to have people parked out there watching you and they are going to follow you to your car and get your license plate, so don’t try it. Don’t try it anymore.” 

Lake Havasu Republican Sonny Borrelli has also made similar calls while at an election security forum. 

“We need to be force multipliers,” Borrelli told the crowd in Tempe. “We need to have people camped on unmanned drop boxes and camp on those and keep an eye on them and take down that data, license plates, pictures and so on and so forth.”

Concerned voter advocates are advising that .ocal law enforcement may not be the best option for a voter to turn to, if you end up feeling intimidated at the polls - instead suggesting contacting local election officials, the election protection hotline, or federal law enforcement. 

Voter intimidation is a federal crime, one that is enforced by the FBI and Department of Justice. 

When asked for comment about the situation with white supremacists camping out at ballot drop boxes, 

United States Attorney for Arizona Gary Restaino said “Enough with the election deniers and fear-mongers, who only seek to undermine our democratic process. I’m proud to live in a state that endeavors to remove barriers to voting, and that has long believed in vote-by-mail. Working in partnership with our state and local election officials, the Department of Justice will do its very best to ensure that every eligible voter who chooses to vote can do so easily and efficiently, without interference or discrimination.”

Most importantly, voters shouldn’t let wackos like the Oath Keepers and so-called Constitutional Sheriffs keep you from participating in American democracy. 

ON THAT NOTE:

Arizona’s General Election has officially begun, with ballots being sent out across the state to voters who have signed up to receive them by mail, and with polling places opening up for early voting. 

Voters who have registered for mail-in ballots will begin receiving their ballots soon, and can check the status of their ballot at my.arizona.vote

Those who have not yet requested a mail-in ballot have until Oct. 28 to do so. 

NEVADA CURRENT:

Nevada launches opioid task force as fentanyl overdoses increase

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Attorney General Aaron Ford and Gov. Steve Sisolak have launched an opioid task force designed to provide technical assistance, guidance and resources to local and state jurisdictions amid the rise of opioid overdoses. 

The increase in overdoses is associated with fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl is often found in other drugs like cocaine and pills and is not detectable without a chemical test. 

Between July and August in Nevada, emergency department visits from suspected opioid-related deaths increased by 66% - and emergency department visits from suspected stimulant-related overdoses increased by 50%.

For those looking for help, visit: behavioralhealthnv.org in Nevada, or can call the free, confidential, national treatment and referral hotline at 1-800-662-4357. 1-800-662-help

To find free naloxone or learn about using fentanyl test strips in Nevada, visit nvopioidresponse.org

Last year, 107,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. 

Concert pick of the Week: Todd Snider at Washington’s FOCO

Todd Snider is an American singer/songwriter who is 1000x more fucking badass than implied by that term. He’s got a new Live album called Return of the Storyteller, with extra resonance in our post-pandemic era. 

Snider says laughingly, “This was really only my second tour – because I went out on the road in ’94 and never went home until the pandemic.  And I’m so glad I recorded those shows for this album. Because that was the sound of the country getting to see live music again. Everyone just hugs at the start of a concert-you can tell folks are glad to see each other, and then they get more excited than they used to be about just being out and seeing music. I’m sure that it will go back to normal, but it hasn’t yet.”

So go to the show! Todd Snider is playing next Wednesday Washington’s Fort Collins - tickets at washingtonsfoco.com.

Next Friday - October 28 he’ll be at Knuckleheads in Kansas City - on Saturday November 19th he’ll be play the Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis, and in between he has near daily shows in Des Moines, Eau Claire, Omaha, Iowa City, Chicago, Madison, Grand Rapids, Ohio, Illinois, Raleigh, Knoxville.

Closes out the tour in December with 5 dates in Texas, last of which being Luckenback, on December 10.

If you can’t tell - I’m definitely hoping to catch a couple of this extraordinary storyteller’s shows. God willing.

Welp, that’s it for me! From Denver I’m Sean Diller. Original reporting for the stories in today’s show comes from the Nevada Current, Arizona Mirror, Colorado Newsline, Source New Mexico, and Denver’s Westword.

Thank you for listening! See you next time.

Oct 19, 2022
Natalie Davis with United States of Care
00:29:45

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85
Guest: Natalie Davis

https://unitedstatesofcare.org/



Natalie Davis has worked for nearly two decades shaping and implementing American health care policies to improve the lives of all people. In 2018, she and fellow national health care leader Andy Slavitt launched United States of Care to ensure that everyone in the country has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income. She is relentless in her person-centered approach to building health care solutions and has a history of building partnerships – with organizations, patient advocacy groups and everyday people – that work to create positive change in our country’s health care system.

From 2010-2016, Natalie served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with the final two years as Senior Advisor to former CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt. At CMS, she was deeply engaged in the implementation of one of the country’s largest expansions of health care in modern history. Natalie provided strategic and tactical support during the development of the agency’s internal and external priorities, and served as a liaison between CMS and stakeholders across the country.

In 2017, Natalie served as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the Bipartisan Policy Center. There she worked to launch the Future of Health Reform initiative which serves as a resource to policymakers by developing effective and politically viable solutions to our nation’s health care challenges. This effort is led by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, as well as by Andy Slavitt, Gail Wilensky, and other leaders. Natalie knows firsthand that it is possible to bring the smartest minds together to innovate and get things done — regardless of political party.

A social entrepreneur, Natalie also helped found Town Hall Ventures and The Medicaid Transformation Project, both of which focus on bringing the best of innovation and care delivery to diverse communities. An advocate and a mother, Natalie currently serves on the board of directors of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Natalie believes that it has never been more important to make our health care system work better for everyone. She is dedicated to bringing together leaders and advocates from across the country who can help create meaningful change in our nation’s inequitable health care system. She brings all her personal and professional experiences to the fight for better health care, working to expand access to quality, affordable health care to help people right now, while working towards durable federal policies centered on the needs of people to provide real and lasting solutions for everybody.

Natalie holds an M.A. in Social Policy from George Washington University and is an alumna of Salisbury University schools of Sociology and Art History. Natalie lives in Washington, DC with her amazing husband and four children.

Oct 18, 2022
Climate Activists Embrace Soup Season; Eric May Need To Wipe Trump's Schmitt Off His Nose; Midterm Decision Desk Check In - Ticket Splitting Coming?; PLUS Adam does an Alex Jones Impression For Five Seconds
01:19:34

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  • Opening Statement - 2min 45 sec
  • True False - 13 min 15 sec
  • Yeah ... NO - 26 min 40 sec
  • Mid Term Check In - 49 min
     
  1. TRUE OR FALSE - 
    1. Climate activists with “Just Stop Oil” throwing soup on a priceless work of art was low key brilliant
      https://twitter.com/damiengayle/status/1580864210741133312?s=20&t=DgeaKW1bq-hHwYYW4svXaQ
    2. Best things to throw on something? 

 

  1. Yeah… NO
    1. Eric Schmitt was born to follow
      1. https://twitter.com/TheHeartlandPOD/status/1580921223927644162?s=20&t=SolFnJrWPSTuTJ8UUQYI3g
    2. Bonus: ALEX JONES OWES A BILLION $
      1. Oof, the judge: “willful non-compliance” in the discovery process. (I would like the attorney to talk about what an appeals process for a default judgment looks like, please).
      2. https://www.npr.org/2021/11/15/1055864452/alex-jones-found-liable-for-defamation-in-sandy-hook-hoax-case
  2. MIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK IN
    1. Quick rundown - according to Cook Political Report of the ratings of all of the close races
      1. https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/senate-race-ratings
      2. BTW Missouri in that list is in the SOLID R rating
        1. Easy way to understand this race - if you are a Missouri voter, w/o using your computer or phone at all, just right now, can you tell me the name of the Republican running against Tammy Duckworth in Illinois 
          1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/
          2. MO and IL are basically statistical flips of each other
    2. Grassley in a tight race against former U.S. Navy Admiral https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2022/10/15/iowa-us-senate-race-chuck-grassley-mike-franken-poll-election/69562063007/
  3. Picked three states that are good snapshots of national trends
  4. If the polling and predictions hold appears there will be a LOT of ticket splitting, or at least folks who vote in one race but perhaps not another
  5. Wisconsin Senate and Governor’s Race
    1. Ron Johnson (R) v. Mandela Barnes (D)
    2. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/wisconsin/
    3. Tony Evers (D) v. Tim Michels (R)
    4. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/wisconsin/
      1. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/laura-kelly-ap-donald-trump-pennsylvania-democrats-b2173311.html
  6. Georgia Senate and Governor’s Race
    1. Rapheal Warnock (D) v. Herschel Walker (R)
    2. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/georgia/
    3. Brian Kemp (R) v. Stacey Abrams (D)
    4. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/georgia/
  7. Kansas: Laura Kelly doing well: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/kansas/
    1. FiveThirtyEight gives Senate Dem candidate Mark Holland a >1 in 100 chance of beating out Jerry Moran. 
  8. Tim Ryan doing better than Nan Whaley (governor, D) in polls: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3685481-ryan-vance-locked-in-dead-heat-in-ohio-senate-race-poll/
Oct 17, 2022
The Flyover View - October 14, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views
00:12:24

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

  1. GOP points the finger on gas prices, but makes no sense

    1. https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2022/10/09/politics/us-oil-drilling-opec-gas-prices-biden-climate/index.html

  2. Missouri Auditor Nominee Jumps On The Culture War Wagon

    1. https://news.yahoo.com/republican-nominee-missouri-auditor-wants-103000151.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cDovL20uZmFjZWJvb2suY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJ9wC2JP4P85_ZF_BQd3br0mtiKa12iZ68-8KDzCBUR0jMUp-gggrueYLpSizXZm6dS0NuuBmOrnH3Ec2F0t7HokgKTogJkqH5whZTrReNAkF2N7uup6IwrWweLFntoC4k5fxQZaLYAUn_Xc-LzKoMTtVdDdtFNCDkG-8tmQidpV

  3. Idaho, or in this case, Idapick - to mine for cobalt

    1. https://www.npr.org/2022/10/08/1127310649/in-idaho-americas-first-and-only-cobalt-mine-in-decades-is-opening?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=nprnews&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social

  4. Down in OOOOOKlahoma the Governor issued a veto after a special legislative session, and it’s gonna stand

    1. https://tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/legislature-wont-try-to-override-gov-kevin-stitts-vetoes-from-recent-special-session/article_37e054a6-48ec-11ed-98c0-4b25a564ad2b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share



LIGHTNING ROUND

  1. The Farm Bill Is Coming Back In 2023 and spiking midterms concerns even higher - if that’s possible

    1. https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2022/10/farm-bill-fate-climate-depends-who-wins-midterm-elections/

  2. Does Eric Schmitt Hate Education?

    1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/10/11/invading-academic-freedom-missouri-ags-probe-for-university-emails-raises-concerns/

  3. ALL ABOARD! RailRoad Strike Could Be back On

    1. https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/10/business/railroad-union-vote-strike-threat/index.html

  4. Trump’s Losing Streak Continues

    1. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/13/supreme-court-denies-trump-bid-to-void-ruling-in-mar-a-lago-raid-documents-case.html

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Oct 14, 2022
Rep. Sarah Unsicker Talks Agape and the record of Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt
00:34:19

Host: Kevin Smith @KevINmidMO


Gust: Rep. Sarah Unsicker @SarahUnsicker

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Oct 13, 2022
The Delta, E35 - On Cannabis with Rachel
00:21:33

Does pot change your DNA? Rachel Parker (main POD co-host) joins Nicholas (former science educator) to clarify her comments from Monday's show that cannabis does not change your DNA. Could your parents be right about weed for the wrong reasons?

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Oct 12, 2022
Dr. Alan Green (D) for Missouri Auditor, 2022
00:35:12

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Guest; Dr. Alan Green, Democratic campaign for Missouri Auditor

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Oct 11, 2022
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse Is Retiring; Elon Musk Is A Smart Dumb Dumb; Do Missourians Want A Constitutional Convention?; Biden's Big Pot Pardon & Missouri Amendment 3
01:14:24

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  1. TRUE OR FALSE

    1. The retirement of Sen. Ben Sasse holds greater meaning beyond his simply leaving the job.

    2. Sasse well known as a Trump critic

      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/06/sasse-expected-to-resign-from-senate-00060812

      2. https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/06/politics/ben-sasse-resigning-senate/index.html

    3. Taking a job as President of University of Florida

    4. Anything here other than naked ambition of a Presidential run, set up by getting to base from Florida instead of Nebraska?

    5. Sasse said he and his wife have been “pursued by wonderful institutions the past two years, but we’ve resisted being a finalist. This time is different because the University of Florida is different: I think Florida is the most interesting university in America right now.”

    6. Gov. Ricketts could appoint himself to the seat

  1. Yeah… NO

    1. Elon Musk

      1. He’s buying twitter, he lost, he’s a loser, and he might also be a russian troll farm come to life

  2. Buy or Sell

    1. Missourians will vote to have a constitutional convention

    2. How is this a real thing?

      1. ​​https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/ArticleXIISection3a.pdf


  1. The ballot measures for 2022

    1. https://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=10056


  1. https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2771168638614/all-missouri-voters-will-see-these-five-questions-on-the-ballot-here-s-what-they-mean

  1. Every 20 years the question is posed to voters - do you want to have a constitutional convention for the State

  2. Some Dems support it because all changes would have to be approved by voters


  1. Big One:

    1. Biden’s Big Federal Pot Pardon

    2. Just in time for the midterms

    3. MJ is fully illegal - meaning there is NO form, not even CBD that is legal, in 4 states.

      1. https://disa.com/maps/marijuana-legality-by-state

      2. Kansas, Wyoming, Idaho, South Carolina

    4. What about banking? Sen. Durbin calling that out as something that has to be fixed

    5. Just announced a few days ago, will be interesting to see Biden approval

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?ex_cid=rrpromo

    6. Missouri Amendment 3 - seems to be a LOT of push back on it

      1. Democratic party officially took NO position on it

      2. Have seen a few Dems out actively campaigning against it (not gonna call anyone out)

      3. TBV endorses amendment 3

      4. https://twitter.com/buschvalentine/status/1570854204956377091

      5. “If we pass Amendment 3, we are righting most of the wrongs that should have been dealt with some time ago”, says St. Louis NAACP President.

      6. This is one of those times where I really, really have been trying to make sense of these arguments but I just cannot

      7. https://www.marijuanamoment.net/missouris-largest-labor-union-backs-marijuana-legalization-ballot-measure/

      8. Actual language of proposed change

        1. https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/2022-059.pdf

        2. Language actually PROHIBITS use of MJ as grounds for a search warrant if you hold medical or caregiver card


  1. Updated language that keeps courts from penalizing a parent in a custody case simply for MJ use

  2. Most of the complaints are things that are ALREADY in place, it’s already illegal to smoke pot in public and that isn’t changing

    1. And yet… take a walk in a crowded area and tell me you don’t smell it

  3. MOST of the convictions for MJ in MO will be immediately

  4. expunged w/o further action


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Flyover View - October 7, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News and Views
00:16:58

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

  • Biden's Pardons
  • Wisconsin loves the Big Lie
  • CAFO Stink on Schmitt and Parson
  • Gas prices
  • Planned Parenthood rises to the occasion
  • Nebraska Wildfire
  • Abortion Ban Violates Religious Freedom in KY
  • Missouri tax cut...shrug

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Oct 07, 2022
Kristen Radaker Sheafer MO-07 For Congress "Investing In My Community"
00:35:17

Host: Adam Sommer, twitter: https://twitter.com/Adam_Sommer85?s=20&t=nVpK5tX8idvZNlQAIVMkjg

Guest: Kristen Radaker Sheafer, twitter: https://twitter.com/KristenRSheafer?s=20&t=nVpK5tX8idvZNlQAIVMkjg

Kristen For Congress

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Kristen Radaker Sheafer was raised in rural northeast Oklahoma, where she used to watch cows grazing in the pasture behind her backyard from the kitchen table. In 2006, she graduated from her small public high school and headed to a small town in Arkansas for college. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic and Web Design from John Brown University and returned to Oklahoma for a few years. In 2013, Kristen married her husband Luke and moved to Joplin, MO. After spending more than 7 years working in graphic design and marketing, she quit her web design job to pursue her dream of starting a bakery specializing in custom cakes for weddings and other events. Over the past six and a half years, she has grown the bakery has grown into a strong and successful small business.

For the last decade, Kristen and her husband, along with their two giant dogs, Eleanor "Nori" Roosevelt and Ira Glass have established deep roots in Southwest Missouri. She decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to use her creativity, problem solving skills, collaborative attitude, and ability to find common ground to help the people of Missouri's 7th district.

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Oct 06, 2022
High Country - October 5, 2022 - Government and Politics News in the American West
00:13:29

Democratic Secs of State spending big on ads in battleground states | Nevada GOP Governor candidate Lombardo struggles with abortion in debate with incumbent Gov Steve Sisolak | ACLU of Arizona and Arizona Medical Association sue the state over unclear abortion bans and penalties | Marist poll has U.S. Sen Mark Kelly 10 points up on Trump endorsed Blake Masters - Mark Kelly up by 20 points with women voters | AZ Governor candidates Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs in a dead heat | New Mexico has its first unionized Starbucks location, the 34th state now to have at least one | Denver concert pick of the week

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Oct 05, 2022
Pat Garafalo with American Economic Liberties Project, Author: "The Billionaire Boondoggle" and Boondoggle newsletter, joins Rachel Parker for a chat
00:57:20

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Guest: Pat Garafalo @Pat_Garofalo

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The American Economic Liberties Project launched in February 2020 to help translate the intellectual victories of the anti-monopoly movement into momentum towards concrete, wide-ranging policy changes that begin to address today’s crisis of concentrated economic power.

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Oct 04, 2022
MO GOP "tax cut" Midterm Theater | Italy Elects A Fascist While Some GOP Celebrate | Abortion Continues To Move The Needle | Senate Electoral Count Act Set To Pass
01:12:44

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  1. True Or False

    1. Missouri GOP Extraordinary Session tax cut could rebound, adding to the ROEmentum of Dems and make MO seats more competitive than thought before?


  1. Cost of the cut too high for some, even in GOP? Tax cuts passed, watered down a lot - Dan Houx said they passed farm credits in house already

    1. Bronbackification of MO? https://www.kansascity.com/article266571201.html

  2. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/28/cost-of-tax-cut-swells-as-missouri-house-committee-seeks-to-eliminate-corporate-tax/

  3. Forget “defund the police” these people want to “defund the state”
    https://twitter.com/MaggieforMO/status/1575248140223107074?s=20&t=8RxrQd4bd0WVR59uxdAhFg

  4. New Tribune article: ​​https://www.newstribune.com/news/2022/sep/29/missouri-house-committee-moves-to-end-corporate/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_NewsTribune

  5. Toder response to Schmitt: https://twitter.com/SpencerToder/status/1575313998551162881?s=20&t=8niXUjVyuMPB6oZ9iQcECA

  6. KUNCE - out knocking doors for MO State House candidates


  1. Yeah… NO

    1. US Republicans taking victory laps for the fascist’s election in Italy

    2. Mary Elizabeth Coleman “nothing is more terrifying to the left than a conservative woman.”

    3. https://twitter.com/meaccoleman/status/1574393885748613121?s=20&t=plCDh4I3kSC_DWC1OKr-tA


  1. Buy or Sell

    1. GOP can walk it back on abortion

    2. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/27/republicans-in-congress-say-theyd-keep-federal-abortion-funding-in-cases-of-rape-incest/

    3. NPR Poll https://www.npr.org/2022/09/08/1121535686/poll-abortion-inflation-midterm-elections


  1. Big One:

    1. Senate's Electoral Count Act

      1. Is this an actual nail in the coffin of the Trump era?

      2. Bill could be named the “Trump to Biden Transition Was A Nightmare Act”

      3. One Page: https://www.collins.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/one_pager_on_electoral_count_reform_act_of_2022.pdf


  1. From July: https://www.axios.com/2022/07/20/electoral-count-act-reform-bipartisan


MORE READING - CURRENT STORIES

  1. https://www.axios.com/2022/09/27/electoral-count-act-reform-senate-bill

  2. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/3665869-trump-mcconnell-feud-takes-new-turn-with-electoral-count-act/

  3. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-electoral-count-act/

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Flyover View - September 30, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views with host, Kevin Smith
00:16:31

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

  • Smithfield Pays for fixing Pork Prices
  • Missouri Tax Cut Carnival
  • Smith and Wesson face lawsuit in 4th of July Mass Shooting
  • Ohio strives to keep boot on back of minor pregnant rape victims
  • Ken Paxton does his best Benny Hill impression
  • Orange is the new inaction
  • Biden on Hunger
  • Alito complains about the bed he just made

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Sep 30, 2022
Missouri Prison Reform, Founder and Executive Director, Lori Curry Joins Rachel Parker For A Chat
00:39:43

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Guest: Lori Curry @MissouriPrison

Website - https://moprisonreform.org/about-us/

Missouri Prison Reform: Advocating for those incarcerated in Missouri’s Department of Corrections by elevating their voices, advocating for their needs, and exposing harmful policies that undermine our overall goal of harm reduction, healing, and rehabilitation.

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Sep 29, 2022
The Delta, E34 - Pride & Embarrassment
00:31:33

Nicholas (educator) and Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) talk about their experiences with PrideFest, the perspectives of their children and how they are raising them with open minds and hearts, as well as their utter disdain for the “dum-dum” known as Jorsh Hawley.

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Sep 28, 2022
Bethany Mann for Congress, MO-3rd: Let's Send a Chemist To Congress
00:39:44

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Bethany Mann @Mann4Congress


Bethany Mann joins Adam Sommer for a chat about Bethany's run for Congress in Missouri's 3rd District.

Bethany's Website:
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About Bethany

Bethany Mann grew up in Foristell, MO, and currently lives in Brentwood, MO. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in Springfield, IL, and started her career working as an intern at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Today, Bethany is a technology specialist who provides instruments, research and development, and education for agriculture, food and beverage, energy, oil and gas, nuclear, and pharma labs for research or regulatory compliance.

Bethany is passionate about education, science, and bringing people together. Her goal is to make the 3rd District and Missouri a state leader when it comes to important issues that build the middle class and strengthen Missouri families.

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Sep 27, 2022
MO Midterms 2022; Josh Hawley Is F***ING EMBARRASSING; Independent Voters Turn The Tide?; Trump Had A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
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  1. Mid-Term Decision Desk Check In - Missouri Edition

    1. 8 House Races

      1. 1st - Cori (lock)

      2. 2nd - Wagner v. Gunby

      3. 3rd - Luetkemyer v. Bethany Mann (interview out Tuesday)

        1. Blaine Luetkemyer https://luetkemeyer.house.gov/

        2. Bethany Mann https://bethanymannforcongress.com/about/


  1. 4th - Mark Alford v. Jack Truman (reached out has not followed up to schedule)

    1. Truman: https://truman4congress.blogspot.com/

    2. Alford: https://www.alfordforcongress.com/

  2. 5th - Emanuel Cleaver v. Jacob Turk https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri%27s_5th_Congressional_District


  1. 6th - Sam Graves v. Henry Martin https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri%27s_6th_Congressional_District


  1. 7th - Bye Bye Billy

    1. Eric Burlison v. Kristen Radaker Schaefer https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri%27s_7th_Congressional_District


  1. 8th - Jason Smith v. Randi McCallian https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri%27s_8th_Congressional_District


  1. Senate Race: Eric Schmitt v. Trudy Busch Valentine

    1. https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_election_in_Missouri,_2022


  1. Yeah… NO

    1. Josh Hawley is a fucking embarassment

      1. https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/josh-hawley-says-theres-one-gender-gets-roasted-on-twitter/Slideshow/38548870


  1. Buy or Sell

    1. There are enough Independent Voters To Swing Governors Races

      1. https://www.kansascity.com/article266109836.html

        1. Kansas IND heavy to Gov. Kelly

        2. 538 shows Kelly up

          1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/kansas/

      2. Biden’s approval rising still seems to be a good indicator on independents

        1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?ex_cid=rrpromo

      3. Texas - Beto is a huge name but is national celebrity enough?

        1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/texas/

        2. DAILY texts from Beto on my phone, just constant

      4. Wisconsin - Evers is up https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/wisconsin/

      5. Pennsylvania - Shapiro is up over Mastriano

        1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/pennsylvania/

        2. Senate race tigher in PENN than Gov https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-pa-muhlenberg-poll-senate-governor-september-2022-20220922-n2hvqzd7n5cepa4iqxfkoqgzii-story.html

        3. Opinion on Mastriano - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/25/mastriano-danger-pennsylvania-governor/

        4. Insane woman-hating false prophet joins Mastriano on trail https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-mastriano-campaign-preacher-20220920-uz2gbld7avba7owuzhxp5jppia-story.html


  1. Big One: Trump Had A Bad Week

    1. https://www.democracynow.org/2022/9/22/david_cay_johnston_trump_legal_setbacks

    2. WAPO still focusing it as a 2024 question

      1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/09/22/trump-legal-danger-investigations/

    3. “Nonsense on Stilts” about Trump legal team arguments

      1. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-declassify-thinking-about-it-legal-experts-weigh-in-185400147.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMbu514FFl9kr8gGm9gbar47eyNgTlQ3BOr0mhKYlkJ4bjA70gxlbW5E8c8MEdeZvEHeogvkHJwbNzpAmngFoo8XvIwtiKO1jyd-3TRqRnknufPySni1IUQq41IM20XEJUZY-bKO6qyg6p5MZ73gx2qhP78s8gD5JQIRnOlz_-pG

    4. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/23/politics/trump-legal-strategy-classified-documents-analysis/index.html


  1. LAST CALL (PREVIEW) - Victor Faust: The Apology After The Punishment

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Flyover View - September 23, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, & Views
00:21:08

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

  • Matthew Franck @mattfranck on Abuse in the name of Reform
  • Gov Tony Evers @GovEvers says give voters a chance to speak out on Abortion
  • Farmers get help from Dems on climate change but still lean Right
  • Gov Parson says No to sports betting
  • Ohio Rep Candidate fibs on serving in Afghanistan
  • Lankford vs. education
  • Texas Students told to wait on more diversity education
  • Missouri DSS struggling under no MOGOP Support
  • Mike Lind-LOL

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Sep 23, 2022
Michelle Smith with Missourians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty
00:39:45

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Guest: Michelle Smith with Missourians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty

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Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) is a statewide organization working to repeal the death penalty in Missouri by educating citizens and legislators regarding the costs and consequences of capital punishment. We seek to empower murder victim family members, exonerees, communities, racial justice advocates, various faith and conscience traditions, as well as individuals, to collaborate in creating new opportunities for abolition. With coalition partners, we address root causes of capital punishment by soliciting direct advocacy to oppose individual executions and the systemic conditions which permit them. Through alerts to our members, media placements, and educational events, we work to stop executions and to make lasting change to the criminal legal system.

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Sep 22, 2022
High Country - September 21, 2022 - Politics, Government and Elections News from the American West
00:16:16

ADL reveals public officials who have paid dues to the Oath Keepers | Blake Masters slammed by veterans group in Tucson | Tribal leaders applaud federal climate change funding | Asian American Pacific Islander advocates keep momentum from soaring 2020 voter turnout | Arizona law banning recording of police is blocked by judge on First Amendment grounds | US Sec of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits Denver, announces millions in federal funding projects

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Sep 21, 2022
The Increasingly Anti-Democratic Push Against Ballot Initiatives in America, with Jenna Spinelle from Penn St McCourtney institute for democracy
00:46:27

Jenna Spinelle is a podcast producer based in State College, Pennsylvania and recently released a series called When the People Decide (http://thepeopledecide.show) that looks at how ballot initiatives and the people who organize them are changing American politics. She has talked with Benjamin Singer of Show Me Integrity for one episode and several others feature the heartland in some way (Nebraska, Cincinnati, and South Dakota just to name a few). Jenna joins Adam Sommer and Rachel Parker to talk about the power that the initiative offers everyday citizens — especially at a time when it feels like the courts and the legislature are not going to save us. Plus, the threats to the initiative process and how grassroots organizations like Show Me Integrity and Reclaim Idaho are pushing back against them.

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Sep 20, 2022
Missouri's (Not So) Special Session w/ Rep. Peter Merideth; Kansas Gets Help From Feds With Criminal Officer; Patagonia owner's altruistic ends?; What's Your Tipping Point Race in 2022?
01:31:08

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  1. True Or False

    1. Missouri Special Session Will Be A Failure

      1. MO GOP (shockingly) having trouble finding consensus

        1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/14/multiple-plans-emerge-as-missouri-lawmakers-begin-governors-tax-cut-special-session/

      2. The imagery of legislators meeting with temporary tables on a concrete floor in a state with serious issues - MO Dept of Health Services wildly understaffed

      3. Peter Merideth via twitter:

https://twitter.com/PeterforMO/status/1570391147138138112?s=20&t=xDkLgvO8TBBZhl8KBpqLqA

  1. Yeah No

    1. Missouri not along needing the Feds to clean up, former Kansas police officer picked up by Feds

      1. Golubski retired in 2010 from the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department as a captain after 35 years on the force. After leaving KCK, and collecting his pension, he went to the Edwardsville Police Department, where he worked as a detective until 2016.

      2. Wrongful convictions, sexual assault of prisoners

      3. https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article265850391.html?ac_cid=DM697886&ac_bid=884144940

  2. Buy or Sell

    1. Patagonia Company donation in inspirational story of Billionaire with virtues

      1. Patagonia is donating the company, putting it into a Trust for management and pledging to use funds to fight climate change, at least that is the initial story here

      2. Strikingly different headlines

      3. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-15/patagonia-billionaire-who-gave-up-company-skirts-700-million-tax-hit

      4. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/climate/patagonia-climate-philanthropy-chouinard.html

      5. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/patagonia-founder-gives-away-company-225355735.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAILl-4aAYvs4GzXIIBKYtUl9FdWUWiS9wBmbpMYqOBuvoo1RJSYBk3wHACLKStYNKsZt_BnQsJGxxayweCFBWnPfnOudbKpCOabMiyc5-AwQrbtmZdVaIDaHeSNxBrhsv90vDenthoCurWnXYtYwoABADVyjttfp7a46j8Sd573k

      6. Meanwhile, Bezos, Musk, Buffet…

  3. Big One - What’s The 2022 Tipping Point Race?

    1. Lindsey Graham wants national abortion ban

      1. Tennessee story

        1. https://tennesseelookout.com/2022/09/16/waiting-for-the-test-case-lawyers-say-prosecutions-inevitable-under-tennessee-abortion-ban/

    2. Ted Cruz is killing anti trust legislation

      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/08/content-moderation-blows-up-journalism-antitrust-bill-00055556

    3. Meanwhile Biden is seeing resurgence in approval and policy goals are happening in many areas

    4. Dems letting GOP up on marriage equality vote

      1. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/15/politics/same-sex-marriage-senate-vote/index.html?adobe_mc=TS=1663345542%7CMCMID=90606959783237357658733234927130763901%7CMCAID=216C424628A0424C-127F0E3347AC616F%7CMCORGID=7FF852E2556756057F000101%2540AdobeOrg

    5. Imagine a race that if it went to a Democrat would mean that Dems have had a truly good midterms

      1. EXAMPLE: Missouri would mean that the GOP has collapsed like supernova

      2. Expecting Pennsylvania gore Dem

      3. What about Florida Governor?

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Sep 19, 2022
Flyover View - September 16, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:19:31

Agape boarding school still open | Lindsey Graham wants a 15-week abortion ban | President Joe Biden announces tentative deal to avoid railroad strike | Idaho high school senior beats right-winger in school board race | Teen who killed her alleged rapist is ordered to pay $150K to his family | Missouri Amazon workers walk out over low pay and punishing work conditions | SIU-Carbondale aviation program partners with United Airlines for pilot training | Nebraska public employees rally for better pay | Texas sized power outages

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Sep 16, 2022
Mo House Dem Candidate Chats: Jessie Shepherd (MO 114) - Kyle Kerns (MO-94) - Ginger Witty (MO-156)
00:37:31

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guests

Jessie Shepherd @ShepherdForMO

Kyle Kerns @KernsForMO

Ginger Witty @wittyfor156

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Sep 15, 2022
The Delta, E33 - Zombies: Inclusion and Activism
00:26:43

Nicholas (educator) and Kristina (ASL interpreter) unpack the conversations they have with their children about inclusion, activism, and entertainment after watching the Z-O-M-B-I-E-S trilogy on Disney+.

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Sep 14, 2022
Running For MO State House with Jenna Roberson (MO-63) and Eric Nowicki (MO-65)
00:20:37

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85


Guests:

Jenna Roberson @JennaForMo

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Eric Nowicki @ericpnowicki

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Sep 13, 2022
Donald Looney Guest Co-Host: Ranked Choice Voting; Agape Boarding School "Ordered To Shut Down" (Not Really); A Magic Message On Abortion for 2022?; 2022 Mid-Term Desk Check In
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  1. True Or False:

Ranked choice voting is a scam to rig elections

  1. Alaska’s real time case: Mary Peltola wins, no candidate was over 50% on first line

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/31/alaska-special-election-mary-peltola-wins

    2. https://twitter.com/TomCottonAR/status/1565139540834222080

  2. Massachusetts Governor race

    1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/07/mass-ag-nears-historic-first-as-state-becomes-latest-trump-test-00055142


  1. Yeah No: Agape Wasn’t Actually Ordered To Close

    1. Multiple headlines make it seem like Agape has been ordered closed - it hasn’t been

      1. https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article265452271.html

      2. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/08/court-order-would-close-agape-boarding-school-after-years-of-abuse-allegations/

    2. Hearing Monday morning, so as you listen to this we will know the answer on if the order is put into operation or not

    3. Folks have to look past the flash in the pan, headlines are not stories


  1. Buy or Sell:

There is a “magic message” on abortion that Dems can use to win in November

  1. TBV in MO, what kind of language can actually work?

    1. https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/kevin-mcdermott/mcdermott-path-to-an-unlikely-win-for-valentine-starts-in-kansas/article_553e9293-723e-54a2-a800-cf46c88fd0ae.html

  2. Email from John Human, he’s a moderate democrat and he sends me emails about abortion, and he has written an op ed in the KC star about it as well - basically arguing that Dems in MO can embrace a moderate pro-choice stance and ride that to wins

    1. Moderate aboriton language op-ed from John

      1. ​​https://www.kansascity.com/article264909304.html

      2. Email language:

        1. Candidates should be calling for a voter petition just like Kansas had

        2. What incentive does a candidate have to have the petition on the ballot instead of making the case that the candidate can do this IF elected?


  1. Does compromise language actually matter or is the issue itself what matters?

  2. Pair it with marriage equality?

    1. https://analytics.twitter.com/mob_idsync_click?slug=K6RAg9bFoA&idb=AAAAEIB3Asyh0zTJ1GI-4iOU-uDCTGUk8GvPuQpb8i_GZR1mXHkHbNSnvFIFqLRsaNdnYMqBoBqJPO3lSLY3ZI84wadpH-bbGh1d6L_U1-x_-O8ntpinQPBtXBZejvC6ZnMHYdyhL1xEEGNbgmia6zIx4UW9bCXzzfk7NZ4uK2V60-AVme1tYupeylMSfHurgdM_Wry6Kfq5gVQjPHFL8HuA7Q0vm6yATj5ahTJ_Ol9JFJi2aPETrd-jRw0szDv0tn0xB3bY0X7IRZI_FHagjEH2Gw&ad_tracking=false&tailored_ads=false


  1. 2022 MIDTERMS CHECK IN

    1. Which Senate Seat will be closest?

      1. Focus: Ohio, Penn, Wisc, Iowa, Missouri, AZ, Georgia
        https://www.predictit.org/markets/detail/7634/Which-2022-Senate-race-will-be-the-closest

      2. Fundraising issues for GOP?

        1. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republicans-frustrated-with-peter-thiels-refusal-to-fund-his-hand-picked-senate-candidates/ar-AA11oSK8

    2. 538 current Senate forecast

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/?cid=rrpromo

    3. Cook Political house races: https://www.cookpolitical.com/analysis/house/house-overview/house-rating-changes-five-races-move-democrats-direction-including?check_logged_in=1

    4. Cook Political Senate races:

      1. https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/senate-race-ratings

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Sep 12, 2022
Flyover View - September 9, 2022 - Government, Politics and Elections News from the American heartland
00:17:43

Agape Heat gets to MO Gov Mike Parson and AG Eric Schmitt in developing story about abuse at Agape boarding school in rural Missouri | Eric Schmitt uses office to attack free press | Oath Keepers among us | Insurrectionist removed from office | MO Sec of State Jay Ashcroft wants to to undermine federal elections | Communities against Big Pork | Chris Mann for Kansas AG | Texas sized bill to taxpayers for Gov Greg Abbott busing stunt

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Sep 09, 2022
Rachel Parker, A Live Mic, & A Few Thoughts About Our Current State
00:25:49

Host: Rachel Parker @RaitchetP


Rachel Parker takes a turn solo for this episode where she dives into the current state of the GOP, in her own words. Long time listeners know that Rachel delivers a blazing critique, and this is no exception. Join her as she traces the evolution to the way things are now, and connects that to our fellow voters, right here in the heartland.

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Sep 08, 2022
High Country - September 7, 2022 - Government and Politics News from the American West
00:16:50

Latinos in NV overwhelmingly support right to choose | Open primaries and ranked choice voting on the Nevada ballot | Democrats Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Gov. Steve Sisolak lead GOP challengers in AARP poll | New citizens could be swinging Arizona's elections | AZ Senate candidate Blake Masters pays two fake electors for campaign consulting | Arizona vouchers for wealthy kids who have always gone to private school | Colorado Governor Jared Polis launches $3.4 Million in TV and streaming video ad campaigns

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Sep 07, 2022
Dan Schaefer , host of "Democracy On The Move" a podcast out of Missouri, joins Adam Sommer for a Chat
00:39:28

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Dan Schaefer @allonthemove


Democracy on the Move is a podcast dedicated to the people and organizations building a better democracy. We interview people who take action and get their perspectives.

https://democracyonthemove.org/about


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Sep 06, 2022
Rural America's True Crime & Real Tragedy: The Story of Vicky, Chris, & a Determined Sister's Unanswered Questions
00:45:14

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

REPLAY - Catch part of this interview on the Netflix show "I Am A Killer" Sn. 3, Ep. 1 which features a small excerpt from this very interview.

Adam Sommer brings back an interview with author, investigator, former officer, and sister, Betty Frizzell - author of "If You Can't Quit Cryin' You Can't Come Here No More" - a book about the family history of poverty, and the horrible events in rural SE Missouri that lead to her sister's incarceration and Betty's hunt for the truth.


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Sep 05, 2022
Flyover View - September 2, 2022 - Heartland Politics and Government News
00:14:09

Agape Updates | Red States Taxing Student Loan Forgiveness | Columbus OH Police shoot unarmed black man in bed | MO Gov Mike Parson rolling back sunshine provisions | Drinking water crisis in Jackson MS | Sports Betting in Now Legal in Kansas | Win for Voting Rights in Wisconsin | Kentucky loses $4 Million in Fed Housing Funds | Alaska sends first Alaska Native to U.S. Congress, handing a Sarah Palin another election loss

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Sep 02, 2022
Laboratories Of Autocracy - A Chat With David Pepper About The Importance Of State Gov. To Secure The Future By Cleaning Up Our Own Back Yard
00:54:10

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: David Pepper @DavidPepper

http://davidpepper.com/ - to buy David's book and learn more about him

Book: Laboratories of Autocracy - A Wake-Up Call From Behind The Lines

David Pepper joins Adam Sommer for a chat about a topic we have been raising at The Heartland POD, along with others, for months. David's book is framed by Ohio but can be easily applied across the heartland as a way to change the conversation, and reframe the debate around the future of our democracy in America.

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Sep 01, 2022
The Delta, E32 - Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
00:28:30

Nicholas (educator) and Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) push back on Sith Lord Ben Shapiro and his extremism against the Left. Instead, they argue, diversity is not only the goal for progress and inclusion but the main ingredient in breeding creativity.

Ben Shapiro Video: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/ben-shapiro-responds-to-podcast-movement-says-the-left-is-cruisin-for-a-bruisin-im-a-dangerous-person-to-the-left/

Our Family Projects: www.glassroomhive.com

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Aug 31, 2022
The Illusion Of Safety, The Promise Of Choice
00:19:43

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85


Adam Sommer breaks down the safety we feel in the illusion of choice, and how the Dobbs decision has caused a major ripple because for once, in a long time, the choice impacted is more than merely superficial. It is fundamental.

See also: George Carlin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZsKy5yGC7A


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Aug 30, 2022
Galen Bacharier Covered Mike Lindell's Traveling Circus In Springfield | St. Louis "Politician" Transphobic Mishmash Of Words | Kansas Close Up for 2022 | Democrats Trending Up?
01:38:54

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POD Pal - Galen Bacharier from Springfield News Leader @galenbacharier


Adam's Open: The Why Behind The What

  1. True or False: The National GOP party has broken into pieces

    1. Galen attended an incredibly interesting event in Springfield

    2. Article about Mike Lindell’s conference in Springfield, MO

    3. https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/08/21/marjorie-taylor-greene-my-pillow-ceo-mike-lindell-moment-truth-summit-election-fraud-springfield-mo/10340151002/


  1. Sort of a model for the anti-federalist argument that has grown, interestingly, mostly out of the folks who like The Federalist Society

  2. Trump calls out Mitch

    1. https://thehill.com/homenews/3614769-trump-calls-for-mcconnell-to-be-ousted-as-gop-leader-immediately/


  1. Yeah, No… STL Republican calls vaccines a trans human alteration

    1. Literally trying to make vaccination a trans issue

    2. https://twitter.com/stltoday/status/1562617023439376385?s=21&t=smDtmhPvmqwYN9evT55uOA


  1. Kansas Is A State Also: Gov. Kelly drops a new advertisement
    https://twitter.com/LauraKellyKS/status/1562448364783816706?s=20&t=IMkg3DKhdZ5opAtLkgNzcA


Sharice Davids in a competitive race, talking Medicaid expansion

https://twitter.com/RepDavids/status/1562530183361478656?s=20&t=IMkg3DKhdZ5opAtLkgNzcA

Kris Kobach is trying to become AG of Kansas - yeah, that Kris Kobach




  1. The Big One: Are Dems, kind of… doing okay right now?

    1. Dems got the MOJO https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/26/democrats-have-their-mojo-has-the-tide-shifted-for-biden-and-his-party

    2. Rachel - Dems are in array (tweet source?)

    3. PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA!!

    4. Biden’s student loan measure

    5. Inflation reduction act

    6. Economically things continue going favorably

    7. Dobbs case animation appears strong

    8. Some special elections last week on the east coast in which Dems overperformed the expectations by several points

    9. People trying to ban books

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Aug 29, 2022
Flyover View - August 26, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:18:12

Biden Administration announces $10K student loan forgiveness | OK Teacher resigns in protest over book bans | Advocates sue to block Missouri voter photo ID law | TN Republican Former House Speaker Indicted | Teacher Strike in Ohio | Dry Pastures in TX | Iowa school letting staff carry firearms to prevent school shootings | Psychedelics to help alcoholics | MO Gov. Mike Parson sticks it to hungry kids

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Aug 26, 2022
Mo House Dems pt. 3 | Jessica Slisz (MO-49th) around Calloway County || Amy Freeland (MO - 140th) Christian County, around Ozark, MO || Jessica DeVoto (MO 69th) Southern St. Charle's Co. area
00:40:18

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guests:

Jessica Slisz - MO House 49th - @SliszHd49

https://www.upballot.com/jessica-slisz

Amy Freeland - MO House 140th - https://www.facebook.com/electAmyFreeland

https://www.upballot.com/Amy-Freeland/

Jessica DeVoto - MO House 69th - 94 down to the river @DeVotoForMO

http://jessicadevoto.com/

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Aug 25, 2022
High Country - Politics in the American West - August 24, 2022
00:43:09

DOJ indicts Trump supporter who threatened Maricopa County Recorder over Big Lie | AZ hauls in $177 Million from cannabis excise tax so far in 2022 | DSCC running ads in Arizona for Mark Kelly, attacking Blake Masters | Teacher pay gap is worst in Colorado | CO State Sen Kevin Priola switches from Republican to Democrat over Big Lie and climate change | GOP Sen nominee Joe O'Dea wants to have it both ways on abortion | Denver Fair Elections Fund disburses $1 million to grassroots candidates | Nevada polls show Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto and Steve Sisolak in far batter position than before | Rachel Parker talks with Dave Raithel about running for State House as a Democrat in rural Missouri

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Aug 24, 2022
MO Amendment 3 | Legalize Marijuana: Yes, or No? Some say the devil is in the details, even those who are in support of legalization in general
01:06:49

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Adam is a lawyer in west-central Missouri and long time political commentator

Guest: Eapen Thampy @eapenthampy

Eapen is a lobbyist working in the Marijuana and Hemp industries.

MO Amendment 3 SOS info:

https://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=10056

Not all are for it: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/some-cannabis-advocates-not-on-board-with-amendment-3-legal-missouri-2022

Mo Independent basics: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/08/09/missouri-voters-will-decide-whether-to-legalize-marijuana-this-november-election/


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Aug 23, 2022
Dr. Oz Is A Cruditidiot | Eric Schmitt's Duplicitous Statements | Trump Tower Tumbling Down | Liz Cheney's Next Act
01:09:55

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Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

  1. True or False: Dr. Mehmet Oz is the worst GOP Senate candidate since Todd “legitimate rape” Akin?

    1. Dr. Oz’s trip to the super market turned into one of the funniest, saddest, and most unifying political memes of the 21st century

      1. https://twitter.com/umichvoter/status/1559011904076529664

      2. Trying to relate to the boys “Ugh, my wife wants all the vegetables…”

      3. Has anyone that doesn’t own a horse or a restaurant ever bought that bag of carrots?

      4. Our own slack

      5. My buddy in PA - this already made the cycle there and he’s enjoying the second life

      6. Dr. Oz getting dragged in all headlines

        1. https://nypost.com/2022/08/20/dr-oz-mocked-after-poop-tweets-resurface/

        2. https://newrepublic.com/article/167457/humiliation-mehmet-oz-fetterman-pennsylvania

        3. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/dr-oz-gaffes-pennsylvania-senate-campaign-1234578169/

    2. Happy 10 year anniversary to Todd Akin’s legitimate rape remark

      1. https://twitter.com/jrosenbaum/status/1560633558053560323?s=20&t=D7FVxFRYrGuY8UNLeoL0kw

      2. Daily KOS archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20120819181804/http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.php

  2. Yeah..NO: Eric Schmitt’s blaming China for hoarding “life saving masks”

    1. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-missouri-s-eric-schmitt-is-now-arguing-that-masks-save-lives-no-really/article_654bd7bc-a2dc-539d-ae09-72f059000a66.html

  3. Buy or Sell: The DOJ will indict former President Donald Trump by Labor Day?

    1. Odds on Predictit - which is going away being shut down by Feds in 2023

      1. https://www.predictit.org/markets/detail/7774/Will-Donald-Trump-be-indicted-by-Sept-1

    2. Other President’s took docs? https://theintercept.com/2022/08/11/trump-fbi-mar-a-lago-classified-documents-lbj/

    3. Tucker says it is gonna happen: https://thehill.com/homenews/3603784-tucker-carlson-trump-obviously-going-to-be-indicted/

    4. NY Post says Garland has conflict of interest: https://nypost.com/2022/08/15/merrick-garland-looks-set-to-indict-trump-despite-his-conflict-of-interest/

    5. News week: https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-being-indicted-would-cause-fire-burn-professor-says-1733421

    6. Trump declaring for 2024 saving him: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/15/donald-trump-2024-election-indictment-mar-a-lago

    7. Trump can’t find a lawyer https://trib.al/sRzDsF8


  1. Big One: Liz Cheney, 2024 and the fight for sanity

    1. Does Cheney camp simply underestimate how much we all remember the iraq war?

    2. https://fivethirtyeight.com/videos/what-liz-cheney-might-do-next/

    3. https://www.wsj.com/articles/liz-cheney-says-new-political-group-will-target-trump-allies-11661108619

    4. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/21/liz-cheney-work-against-republicans-who-embrace-trump-election-lie

    5. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/08/21/liz-cheney-interview-2024-election-deniers/7859643001/

    6. Cheney v. Cruz v. Desantis v. Hawley?

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Aug 22, 2022
Flyover View Aug. 18, 2022 | News & Views From The Heartland
00:24:07

Host: Kevin Smith (@KevINmidMO) Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Guest: Colin Lovett

https://votelovett.com/

  • Introducing the true face of Missouri GOP Politics and where we stand under the Supermajority!
  • Buy and Bust for Rural hospitals
  • IRA Benefits to Climate Friendly Farming
  • MO Lost $1.35 Billion bc we can't care for kids
  • LAYOVER with MO 100 Candidate Colin Lovett @Lovett4MO
  • Back to School Lightening Round!
  • Anti-Equity Leg
  • Book Bans
  • Gagging Laws
  • Teacher Shortages
  • No Free Lunch!
  • and More!

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Aug 19, 2022
Mo Dem House Candidates Special, Ep. 2 | Leslie Derrington in MO 96th - Douglas Mann in MO 50th - Bernadette Holzer in MO 143rd
00:34:32

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85


Donate To the Mighty MO Funding Project to help fund EVERY candidate running:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/showmeblue

Guests

1. Leslie Derrington in MO 96th
https://www.upballot.com/Leslie-Derrington/

2. Douglas Mann in MO 50th @MannForMo50
https://www.upballot.com/douglas-mann

3. Bernadette Holzer in MO 143rd @Holzer4Mo
http://www.holzerformissouri.com/


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Aug 18, 2022
The Delta, E31 - Back to School
00:33:45

Nicholas (former science teacher) and Kristina (Educational ASL Interpreter) return with a casual comical talk on the trip back to MO from DC, his new career beyond the classroom, and their kids going back to school with packages glue sticks and markers because we have underfunded public schools.

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Aug 17, 2022
Mo Dem House Candidates Special, Ep. 1 - Andy Leighton, Adrian Plank, Ann Zimpfer
00:31:44

Host: Adam Sommer - @Adam_Sommer85

Donate To the Mighty MO Funding Project: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/showmeblue


AndyLeighton andy@leightonfordemocracy.com

Adrian Plank adrianplank47@gmail.com


Ann Zimpfer az4rep95@gmail.com




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Aug 16, 2022
The Heartland POD Aug 15, 2022 | MO Marijuana MO Problems? - Gov. Goldfish Is Back In The Bowl - A New Middle Ground In Politics & John Wood in MO - Trump's Bad Week & Biden's Positive Momentum
01:39:20

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  1. True or False - “MO Weed MO problems?” Missouri’s MJ Ballot Initiative Is The Right Answer For MO Weed in proposed Amendment 3

    1. https://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=10056

    2. Crossing Paths PAC

      1. https://www.crossingpathspac.com/post/legal-missouri-2022-wants-to-continue-incarcerating-marijuana-offenders-and-other-terrible-ideas


  1. Yeah…NO - The Goldfish is BACK! Gov. Mike Parson is on a heater this week

    1. Rachel - please do the honors

      1. Trump search warrant https://twitter.com/GovParsonMO/status/1557126835535843328?s=20&t=4IqTEYihWNz7_F15BBRG2w

      2. Tax Cuts Instead of Using Surplus https://twitter.com/GovParsonMO/status/1557114667796930562?s=20&t=4IqTEYihWNz7_F15BBRG2w

      3. The crown jewel here - Parson’s admin needs bailed out by Biden Admin

        1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/08/09/federal-government-steps-in-to-help-pull-missouri-out-of-medicaid-backlog/

        2. The scary liberal administrative state - to save the day?

  2. Buy or Sell - John Wood v. Eric Schmitt is the story of the 2022 Senate Race, post primary in Missouri

    1. Impact on down ballot - New competitive districts in MO

    2. Any chance that Andrew Yang and the “Forward party” play a role here?

    3. New PAC - Missouri Stands United - clearly the John Wood pac

      1. https://mostandsunited.org/


  1. Wood on twitter going pretty hard at Schmitt

    1. https://twitter.com/JohnWoodMO/status/1557085059814924288?s=20&t=5RtcGMW-eLEgRYPwwJ2C-g

    2. https://twitter.com/JohnWoodMO/status/1542101365186613248?s=20&t=5RtcGMW-eLEgRYPwwJ2C-g

    3. https://twitter.com/JohnWoodMO/status/1557104182708019202?s=20&t=5RtcGMW-eLEgRYPwwJ2C-g

  1. Big One - National picture, quite a whirlwind week for President Biden and former President Trump

    1. compare and contrast - Biden’s last 2 weeks v. Trump’s last 2 weeks

    2. Part of the GOP wants desperately to move on from 2020, but Trump is like the the one good scene from Godfather III - everytime I’m out, they pull me back in

      1. - Trump had candidates win,

      2. Biden passing legislation,

      3. inflation numbers are good,

      4. job numbers are good,

      5. gas prices coming down,

      6. Trump gets the FBI in his house and then pleads the 5th in a deposition.

      7. Ann Wagner is still a see-you-next-Tuesday: https://twitter.com/RepAnnWagner/status/1557072554791157760

      8. Laura (super fan) FTW: https://twitter.com/LauraAnnSTL/status/1557081846546108418

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Aug 15, 2022
Flyover View - Aug 12, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:26:12

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Inflation Reduction Act and What it means to you | Getting by with a little help from the feds on Medicaid backlog | CAFO Deregulation | Tracy Grundy, Democrat for MO State House | Facebook Privacy and Women's Health in Nebraska | Climate Change Raising the Cost | Billions into Bioplastics | Wisconsin Dems Rally for Mandela Barnes | Three Down one to go in the Agape Boarding School battle

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Aug 12, 2022
The Servant Leader w/ Rev. Susan Shumway, Candidate for MO-105 House District
00:21:46

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Rev. Susan Shumway @SuzShumway


Rev. Shumway is running for office for her second time. Not content to allow a seat to be uncontested she ran in 2020 against Justin Hill (the insurrection guy who resigned) and is back again, but this time simply being in the race might just be the start. Rev. Shumway chats with Adam Sommer about her view and experience that pushes her to public service, as a true servant leader.

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Aug 11, 2022
2022 Isn't About Trump... Let's Focus Up
00:13:46

Host

Adam Sommer - @Adam_Sommer85


Adam Sommer takes the mic solo to remind us all that in 2022, Trump isn't on the ballot. But progress is.

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Aug 10, 2022
Reap What You Sow: Kiki Hubbard of Organic Seed Alliance joins Kevin Smith for a chat
00:28:48

Host

Kevin Smith: @KevINmidMO

Guest

Kiki Hubbar: @KristinaHubbard

Organic Seed Alliance: @Seed_Alliance

Kevin Smith is joined for a chat by Kiki Hubbard of Organic Seed Alliance. The two chat about the issues facing modern farming, the quality of product and input and how chemically altered seeds and farming practices impact not just the food we eat, but the way of life for the farmers who provide.
For More Info: https://seedalliance.org/


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Aug 09, 2022
The Democrats Did Something Good; C.W. Gardner and his 2,038 Votes; Reece Ellis & Social Media Presence v. Voter Turnout Realities; Kansas's High Turnout v. MO Underwhelming Showing
01:33:07

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NOTE - THERE IS NO LAST CALL THIS WEEK IGNORE ADAM ABOUT THAT!

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Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

Guest Hosts

Reece Ellis @TheReeceEllis

CW Gardner (Gardner 4 Missourah) @cwg18

  1. True or False - Candidate Social Media presence translates to election performance

    1. Guest Reece Ellis - made an excellent thread looking at this issue in Missouri

      1. https://twitter.com/TheReeceEllis/status/1554818826457550848


  1. Yeah…NO - Election denier and ultra MAGA candidates primary wins

    1. Blake Masters in AZ

    2. Finchman https://www.npr.org/sections/2022-live-primary-election-race-results/2022/08/03/1114845378/arizona-secretary-of-state-primary-election-results

    3. Lake


  1. Buy or Sell - High turnout in Kansas on “NO” vote favors Gov. Kelly and Rep Davids , in November

    1. Dem turnout was 250% compared to 2018

      1. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article263946446.html

    2. Vote went 58% to 41% - mirrors basic national polling on the issue of legality of abortion

      1. https://www.npr.org/sections/2022-live-primary-election-race-results/2022/08/02/1115317596/kansas-voters-abortion-legal-reject-constitutional-amendment

    3. County breakdown

      1. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/08/02/us/elections/results-kansas-abortion-amendment.html

    4. Kansas turnout v. Missouri

      1. Kanas blew MO out of the water

      2. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article264147101.html

      3. Voters flocked to the polls in significant numbers Tuesday in the Kansas City area, particularly on the Kansas side of the state line. Statewide, Kansas’ turnout was far greater than Missouri’s: around 47% of Kansas voters cast a ballot, while only around 24% of Missouri voters did. Of the counties that make up the Kansas City metro area, Johnson County saw by far the highest turnout at 53.7%. While not as high as the state’s average of about 47%, Wyandotte County came in second place with nearly 35% turnout—higher than any of the Missouri counties in the metro.

  2. The Big One: Dems passing legislation

    1. Inflation Reduction Act (the IRA?) New Reconciliation Bill survives, and it’s major legislation

    2. https://twitter.com/whcos/status/1556385691759792131?s=21&t=UOe7d3b201anlwuKPyZAVg

    3. Burn pits bill

    4. CHIPS

    5. Passed late afternoon on Sunday

      1. What is in the Inflation Reduction Act? - https://www.npr.org/2022/08/07/1116190180/democrats-are-set-to-pass-a-major-climate-health-and-tax-bill-heres-whats-in-it

    6. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/07/democrats-senate-reconciliation-votearama-00050222

    7. Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/07/inflation-reduction-act-senate-democrats-pass?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    8. Environmental measures

    9. Prescription drug negotiation by medicare for SOME drugs

    10. 15% corp min tax

    11. Republicans stripped out the insulin cap

      1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-07/tax-bill-latest-democrats-dare-gop-to-strip-out-insulin-capl

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Aug 08, 2022
Flyover View - August 5, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:18:09

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Kansas Pro-Choice Referendum | MO Senate Primary Results | Cori Bush wins decidedly | Farm Bill | No Justice in Kansas | Embryonic Dependents in GA | Wisconsin Secretary of State race is high stakes | 13,000 acre Nebraska blaze | Resist STL Infiltrates Pro-Life event

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Aug 05, 2022
Country Music & Congressional Races - Heidi Campbell of Nashville is ready for Congress
00:29:30

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Host

Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Heidi Campbell @Campbell4TN

https://www.voteheidicampbell.com/


Senator Heidi Campbell is a Nashville native, a Mom, a former music industry executive and was the first female Mayor of the city of Oak Hill. As a child she attended St. Bernard, University School of Nashville and Hume-Fogg High School. She’s a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MBA at Vanderbilt University. As a songwriter and musician, she toured and recorded with her band, The Keep, for several years shortly after college.

Now, she's running for congress.

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Aug 04, 2022
The origin story of The Heartland POD - an oral history with Sean Diller and Adam Sommer
00:36:28

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Aug 03, 2022
ERIC...
00:30:16

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Trump finally endorsed in the Missouri GOP Senate primary race. And the lucky winner is... ERIC! Which one? What a great question!

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Aug 02, 2022
The Forward Party Looks Back; Trudy Busch Valentine Gaffes Catching Up?; #MOSEN Primary Pics!; Post Primary Thoughts
01:33:29

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Midterm Prediction Special

Missouri

Greitens sinking ship?

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/26/greitens-drops-to-third-place-in-missouri-senate-gop-primary-after-allegations-of-domestic-abuse-00047813

  1. T/F - The Forward Party is good for progress - 12 min

    1. Yang gang bros

      1. https://twitter.com/andrewyang/status/1553593393288060930?s=21&t=lHbSUAYy7TKqHMyv5_OROw

    2. Somehow will be home to the majority of Americans - it’s a utopian political party

    3. John Wood in MO

    4. Is it actually “centrist”

    5. If the GOP is going full authoritarian is this like when the Republican Party replaced the Whigs in 1850’s

    6. The language on the website suggests a disclaiming of culture war BS

      1. https://fwdtogether.org/


  1. Yeah No - TBV Campaign manager takes to Twitter - 8 min

    1. Covering for a candidate that can’t cover for herself

    2. ​​https://twitter.com/alexandriajwitt/status/1553085344307986432


  1. Buy or Sell: MOSEN primary predictions - 15 min

    1. Sean - ya girl was in Mo https://twitter.com/yamiche/status/1553830185958506497?s=21&t=lHbSUAYy7TKqHMyv5_OROw

    2. Greitens sinking ship?

    3. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/26/greitens-drops-to-third-place-in-missouri-senate-gop-primary-after-allegations-of-domestic-abuse-00047813

    4. Kunce and Schmitt enter as favorites?

    5. Adam’s patreon article

      1. https://www.patreon.com/posts/adams-incredibly-69728173


  1. Dems -who ya got and why?

  2. GOP - who ya got a why?

  3. Any others you’re watching outside of MO?


  1. Big One: Post primary base energy and the AmERicA first strip mallification of Trumpism/MAGA

15 min

  1. Open Senate Seats are RARE

  2. What if YOUR candidate doesn’t win?

    1. No magical candidate, savior isn’t showing up, gotta do the work

    2. Even a perfect candidate doesn't win without the ground game with relies on YOU

  3. Long term AmERicA First plans

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/30/america-first-trumpism-beyond-trump?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

  4. Rachel on Slack: The national picture will probably be shakier than these fucking twits think it will be (I honestly believe w/out Trump, you don’t HAVE a national movement like this) but could these nitwits grab house seats in OK, MO, IN, IA, AK, KS, etc? You betcha.

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Aug 01, 2022
Flyover View: July 29, 2022 - Heartland News & Views
00:17:27

@KevInMidMo brings stories of the week.


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Jul 29, 2022
Deep Dive In Missouri's 1st District Democratic Primary with Akela Lacy & Rachel Parker
00:38:13

Host: Rachel Parker @RaitchetP

Guest: Akela Lacy (The Intercept) @akela_lacy


Akela Lacy, journalist with The Intercept, helps break down the realities in the MO1st District Democratic primary and the forces behind the Steve Roberts candidacy.

https://theintercept.com/staff/akelalacy/

https://theintercept.com/2022/07/21/cori-bush-primary-yachad-pac-steven-roberts/


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Jul 28, 2022
The Delta, E30 - Teaching Kids to Rebel
00:24:35

Kristina (Educational ASL Interpreter) and Nicholas (former teacher) reflect on how teaching their kids to rebel against authority has led to conflict and compromise. They stratal avoiding "because I said so" and enduring rebellious tantrums.

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Jul 27, 2022
Kentucky Blue In 2022 Grass, A Chat with Conor Halbleib, (D-KY5th)
00:26:04

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Conor Halbleib @conor_halbleib


Picture for me a candidate for US Congress in south-eastern Kentucky.

https://conor4kentucky.com/events/

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/conorhalbleibforcongress

This part of the state is miles from what you likely know of Kentucky, hours from Louisville, Frankfort, and Lexington. Sandwiched between West Virginia to the North east and Virginia to the direct East, touching Northern Tennessee. It’s coal country. No major towns, little access to national highways, with the Cumberland plateau and Cumberland mountains as major features.

If you’re a Jason Isbell fan you’ve heard of this area - and my guest for this chat could be a protagonist in an Isbell song himself.

Do you have that candidate in your mind?

Good. Now here is my chat with Conor Halbleib - a Progressive Democrat running in the Kentucky 5th District

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Jul 26, 2022
Sean's Birthday, Hawley's Hawlinass, Harvard study on Jan6th, Biden has COVID, Dems working with GOP to attack Cori Bush in MO, Blake Masters Wikipedia dive, Adam's wife got kicked out of a Hartzler event, & a Last Call preview
01:42:09

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Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Rachel Parker @RaichetP

Sean Diller @SeanDillerCO

A WEEK OF YEAH…NO!

We still have another week until the end of midterm season, which means we can circle back to all of the impactful election analysis

Unpack a week just FILLED to the brim, like a brief case filled with copies of the lawsuits Eric Schmitt has lost, bursting at the seams

But first - a special Birthday Present for Sean - a new mini segment

YOU DON’T FUCKIN’ SAY?!?!?!?

- the Nicholas Cage Meme

A HARVARD study was conducted to figure out the prime motivator of the January 6th attackers - turns out… It was Trump
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/harvard-study-jan-6-rioters-top-motivation-clear-trump-rcna38794?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_mtp

Yeah NO…

Mo Dem party organizes the Iosh Josh Hawley 5k as a joke without processing why it’s not an excellent look

https://twitter.com/modemparty/status/1550495470274887681?s=21&t=fsgD-LmLkcbiIJdPLeLiag

Colorado man votes for missing wife - not in support of her, in place of her https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1550566386371551233?s=21&t=B4H35anX6BZWp7Stfkv_bg

Biden’s “look at me I’m working” photo op https://apnews.com/article/biden-covid-teachable-moment-a3013aa63e6efa4d8130881f0f1b2329

Clay backed PAC attacking Cori Bush https://theintercept.com/2022/07/21/cori-bush-primary-yachad-pac-steven-roberts/?utm_campaign=theintercept&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&scrollnorefresh=1

https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/politics/national-politics/cori-bushs-path-to-re-election-faces-republicans-and-revenge-lacy-clay-aide-gop-operatives-organize-dark-money-groups-to-oppose-her/63-c66a2b10-cbca-4936-bc8d-9d4f4cbaa738?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot

Blake Masters (AZ senate candidate) wikipedia page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Masters_(political_candidate)

Amanda got kicked out of a Hartzler event

LAST CALL

Unpack Rachel’s blog about TBV

Rachel's Blog: https://www.imadeyoulook.net/look

Other reading:

Friday article https://news.yahoo.com/final-days-of-missouri-senate-primaries-feature-controversial-debutante-ball-tight-gop-race-171443329.html

https://theintercept.com/2022/07/20/missouri-trudy-busch-valentine-republican-fundraisers/

https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/14/trudy-busch-valentine-inspired-to-enter-race-for-missouri-u-s-senate-after-family-tragedies/

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Jul 25, 2022
The Flyover View - July 22, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:23:28

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Oklahoma Politics chase away Business | MO Gov Mike Parson ignores his own expert | Layover with MO 3 Candidate Bethany Mann | GOP-aligned Dark Money groups attack Rep Cori Bush | Biden announces new actions on climate change | Republicans keep gerrymandered maps Arkansas and Nebraska refuse critical Federal Rental Assistance | U.S. death toll from drug overdoses is rising fast among Black and Indigenous people | Betsy DeVos says the Department of Education 'should not exist'

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Jul 22, 2022
The Big Corporate Impact On Small Everyday Life: A Chat with Pat Garofalo of American Economic Liberties Project with Rachel Parker, host.
00:46:38

Host: Rachel Parker @RaichetP
Guest: Pat Garofalo @Pat_Garofalo

Pat Garofalo is the Director of State and Local Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. Pat is the author of The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. Prior to joining Economic Liberties, Pat served as managing editor for Talk Poverty at the Center for American Progress.

Previously, Pat was assistant managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report and economic policy editor at ThinkProgress, and his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Week, among others.

You can reach Pat at pgarofalo@economicliberties.us.

Producer: Adam Sommer

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Jul 21, 2022
High Country - July 20, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:12:59

AZ GOP Governor primary a dead heat as early voting starts | Home care workers call for Bill of Rights at the Colorado State Capitol | Biden Administration advances plan for oil transport trains through Glenwood Canyon | Extreme gun rights group sues town of Superior over common sense reforms | Rents out of reach for huge numbers of working-class Nevada residents | US Sen Catherine Cortez Masto blasts GOP for criminalizing reproductive health care

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Jul 20, 2022
High School Musi...er... Activist! - Arthi Kondapaneni, a high school student & community activist, has a chat with Kevin Smith
00:25:56

Host: Kevin Smith @KevinMidMO
Guest: Arthi Kondapaneni
@arthi.kay! (Instagram)

  • Arthi Kondapaneni will be a Senior in High School in Wentzville Missouri
  • With the help of some friends she started an activist club in her school
  • She has now led two Pro-Choice Rallies in O'Fallon and St. Charles, Mo
  • She has ties to the Spencer Toder Campaign for Senate.


Producer: Adam Sommer

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Jul 19, 2022
Manchin kills Climate bill - Polling Shows Abortion Animating Issue - Tim Ryan (OH-D) courting the right? - Midterms 2022 Checkin, The House - BONUS too early 2024 talk
01:25:27

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  1. Adam's Open

  2. True or False: The GOP has caught the Tiger by the tail and the Tiger is pissed

    1. Abortion - Parson clip https://twitter.com/MarkMaxwellTV/status/1547631874033401856?s=20&t=ZfzrmrQ1Lwo1WbJNZ39bvA

    2. Sienna poll - abortion should be legal and SCOTUS is broken

      1. https://scri.siena.edu/

    3. Gerontocracy: Young voters are tired of Grandpa’s rules https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/14/us/politics/youth-voters-midterms-polling.html


  1. Yeah…No… Tim Ryan is trying to beat JD Vance at being JD Vance?

    1. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/democrat-tim-ryan-chases-fox-news-viewers-ohio-senate-race-rcna37558

    2. Have to appeal to wider audience to win, but what’s the cost?

    3. 538 https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/ohio/


  1. 2022 Midterms Decision Desk Check In - HOUSE edition

    1. https://twitter.com/polltrackerusa/status/1548022265203134465?s=21&t=vjeWVCgckKIfaNFg6cyVIg

      1. Looks like generic ballot is close

    2. Missouri - The 2nd is competitive - great folks running in the 6th, 7th, & 8th - 4th has been left on the vine this year

    3. Trish’s farewell speech of the MO House Floor was genuinely touching. https://twitter.com/TrishForMO/status/1548017035623288840

      1. The reason we have term limits is because dark money groups do not want women like her building political careers in Missouri (she’s not termed out, but…)

    4. Toss up races via cook political

      1. https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/house-race-ratings?check_logged_in=1

    5. 538 House Forecast

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/house/?cid=rrpromo

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Jul 18, 2022
The Flyover View - July 15, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:33:03

Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Biden gets Mexico to Pay for the Wall | Toder and Bucklin vs. Agape | Houston Houses Homeless | Jon Karlen for Congress in MO-3 | Gun rights group challenges local reforms | Criminalizing the vote | Schmitt fails again | MO Senate primary rundown | Anti-abortion group wants 10-year-old girl to try and deliver | Invasive worms | MAGA Crisis Actor

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Jul 15, 2022
Ray Reed, GenZ Leader and Congressional Candidate
00:33:07

Host; Rachel Parker @RaichetP on Twitter

Guest: Ray Reed @RayReedMO on Twitter

Ray Reed is running for the Democratic nomination in the Missouri 2nd Congressional district. One of two Gen Z candidates in the USA, Ray has been turning heads and he's back on the POD for a third interview, right where it all started and recalls the best and worst day of his campaign, the Uvalde massacre.

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Jul 14, 2022
The Delta, E29 - Why I Left Teaching
00:38:26

Nicholas (former science teacher) talks with Kristina (Educational ASL Interpreter) about the real reason he left the public education. The struggle with what school became, the strain on their family, & how we change the system to save the world.

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Jul 13, 2022
Missouri Draws Attention - A Chat With Mica Soellner of The Washington Times
00:36:26

Host: Adam Sommer - @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Mica Soellner - @MicaSoellner

Mica Soellner, journalist for The Washington Times, has been paying attention to Missouri. A Mizzou J-School Graduate, Mica's connections to the region and the current rise of progressive candidates have drawn more of her attention to the often overlooked State of "Ol' Missouri, Fair Missouri" - Mica's coverage of Josh Hawley (R - Senate) pulled Adam Sommer's attention and this episode is a chat stemming from that article, and talk about dynamics in modern Missouri politics with the rise of Gen Z progressives like Ray Reed, the "populist" appeal of Lucas Kunce, and all the way to Mica's preferred pizza in Columbia, MO.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jul/8/josh-hawleys-national-political-ambitions-irk-fell/

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Jul 12, 2022
2 YEAR POD ANNIVERSARY! Climate Change; Missouri Is b-a-n-a-n-a-s; 2022 Senate Races; Last Call preview
01:42:51

Hosts Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, and Sean Diller bring their particular analysis and "middle out approach" to issues from and impacting the heartland of America and politics.

1. Adam's Open - "The Decent of Descent"
2. Climate Change Impacting Heartland Voters?
3. Missouri Senate Race, 2022 - Holy Shit, and Trump weighed in
4. 2022 Midterms - Senate update
5. Last Call Preview

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  1. True or False: An very dry and hot June in the midwest helps move the needle for climate change with heartland voters?

    1. People glued themselves to art in London

      1. https://twitter.com/davenewworld_2/status/1544422582337912840?s=20&t=EkRBsMXkzwzjISbSyOOhRA

      2. Lake Mead has become so dried up people are treasure hunting

        1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/06/27/lake-mead-reservoir-drought/

    2. The Midwest resettlement for climate refugees?


  1. Yeah…No… The Missouri Senate Race - Real Clear Politics has moved this race to LEANS GOP

    1. Ad spending is at $10 Million in the primary alone https://missouriindependent.com/2022/07/07/tv-ad-spending-approaches-10-million-in-missouri-u-s-senate-primary/


  1. Eric Schmitt’s desperate flame thrower ad

    1. https://twitter.com/Eric_Schmitt/status/1544331405013942276?s=20&t=qKzOZTBdwxwkB_a5jcx3WA

  2. Friend calls on Greitens to drop out https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/old-friend-calls-on-greitens-to-drop-out-of-missouri-s-us-senate-race/article_ebf2bde7-1cbc-5af1-a743-6e8a8b83d061.html#tracking-source=home-top-story?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_stltoday

  3. “Independent Candidate” John Wood, who supports Mitch McConnell https://www.businessinsider.com/jack-danforth-john-wood-missouri-senate-alternative-eric-greitens-2022-6


  1. Debate for Dems was set up for only Kunce and TBV, excluding the rest of the entire field

    1. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/no-trudy-busch-valentine-no-tv-debate/article_4e3a18ac-1634-5937-9786-7bdedecb1a0b.html

    2. Screen shot of the “polling” used to determine viable candidates paired with having enough individual donors

    3. Great example of the kind of behavior that burns trust in Media and discourages folks from running who aren’t already established with access or the money to buy that access

    4. Our updated twitter polling



  1. 2022 Midterms Decision Desk Check In - Senate edition

    1. Five thirty Eight forecast for reference:

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/

    2. Real Clear Politics Map for Senate

      1. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2022/senate/elections-map.html



  1. Iowa - Grassley looks to have it in the bag

  2. Indiana - Todd Young (R) over Thomas McDermott

  3. Wisconsin - still a primary to finish but looks like Ron Johnson (Trump connected) v. Mandela Barnes (D)

  4. Ohio - JD Vance currently favored over Tim Ryan in about ta 10 pt race but some polling shows different

    1. https://twitter.com/politics_polls/status/1544814878237638657?s=21&t=Wd0W8oZMPnuohGJkzfm2dg

  5. Nevada - Catherine Cortez Masto (D) narrow favorite over Adam Paul Laxat

  6. Pennsylvania - Fetterman (D) v. Oz - toss up state

    1. Oz misspelled his alleged home county

    2. One poll in June from USA today showed Fetterman at +9

  7. Arizona - Rated as a toss up - Mark Kelly, an astronaut, up for reelection after the special election in 2020 which he won, this time against Blake Masters most likely, their primary is in August

    1. Nothing super recent but all prior polling showed Kelly as likely winner

  8. Georgia - Herschel Walker (r) v. Raphael Warnock - somehow a tossup

    1. Other states not mentioned: Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky all have races but would need some kind of massive shift to be in play at all

    2. Reports of Walker lying to campaign staff about his undisclosed children

    3. Recent polling shows from a tie to as much as +10 for Warnock


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Jul 11, 2022
Flyover View - July 8, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:16:29

Host Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Supreme Court halts EPA regulation of carbon emissions | Domestic homicides in Wisconsin are higher than ever | Iowa carbon capture pipeline stalled by grassroots resistance | Abortion rights rallies in Missouri | Huge surge in voter registration on the day Roe v Wade was overturned | DCCC is backing Monica Vallejo in Texas 15th Congressional District | Suboxone and harm reduction activism in Kentucky | Oklahoma executions continue at an alarming rate | STL Mayor Tishaura Jones announces funding for violence prevention initiatives | Rudy Giuliani and Senator Lindsey Graham subpoenaed by Georgia criminal grand jury

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Jul 08, 2022
Rep. Crystal Quade, The State of Abortion Rights In Missouri
00:33:36

HOST: Adam Sommer Twitter: @Adam_Sommer85

GUEST: Crystal Quade Twitter: @crystal_quade

To help:

https://www.mohousedems.com/

ABORTION IN MISSOURI

Confusion across the board

What can we do

What can we expect

What about federal level v. State level?

What’s the most realistic solution you see for Missourians?

Why is a bottom up rebuild so important?

Missouri statute for “Right To Life” of an unborn child https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=188.017&bid=47548&hl=abortion%u2044

Abortion Definitions

https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=188.015&bid=47547

Abortion by Physician ONLY

https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=188.020&bid=9355

Mifepristone with physician only

https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=188.021&bid=34832

Rape Report Requirement

https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=188.023&bid=9357

https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills191/hlrbillspdf/0461H.01I.pdf

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Jul 07, 2022
High Country - July 6, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:07:23

Arizona Attorney General intends to enforce Civil War-era abortion ban with a 2 year minimum prison sentence | Colorado Gov Jared Polis faces questions about his opposition to Rent Stabilization | $135 Million in annual federal funding accompanies approval of new Colorado Option health insurance plan | Nevada Gov Steve Sisolak and Culinary Union Local 226 backing bold action on Rent Stabilization in Nevada

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Jul 06, 2022
Highland Park Reaction, Weekend Review, & best movie draft
00:45:27

Adam Sommer
Rachel Parker
Sean Diller

Adam Sommer gives a reaction to the July 4th shooting in Highland Park, IL - and reflection on the status of things after nearly 2 years of shows. Plus a reply of our 2021 "Most patriotic movie" draft.

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Jul 05, 2022
Abortion Right Rally in Rural, Ruby Red America
00:47:32

Hosts: Adam Sommer & Rachel Parker

Rachel & Adam attend an abortion rights rally in rural Missouri, and Jessica Piper stops by to help galvanize the crowd.

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Jul 04, 2022
Flyover View - July 1, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:28:43

Host Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the Heartland

Kansas ballot initiative on abortion heats up - Missouri maternal mortality rates among worst in the nation, as legislature fails to claim federal funds for postpartum care - GOP considering restricting pregnant women from crossing state lines for abortion care - Democratic candidate Michael Sinclair on his campaign for MO Senate District 2 - New states where abortion has been effectively banned - Where providing abortion care will be a criminal offense

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Jul 01, 2022
Dawnavyn James has a chat, with Kristina Linke
00:48:25

Host: Kristina Linke

Guest: Dawnavyn James

Dawnavyn James, an educator in Missouri, joins Kristina for a chat about classroom management, classroom expectations, and the realities of being a modern day, positive educator.

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Jun 30, 2022
The Delta, E28 - Abortion, Salvation, & Hope
00:25:45

Kristina (host/mother) shares with Nicholas (co-host/husband) her views on how the removal of the right to abortion begins with intense emotions and hopelessness. It reminds her of her privileges growing up and the work to be done for the future generations of the country.

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Jun 29, 2022
Rachel's Story: A journey through trauma, abuse, and choice.
00:49:32

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Rachel Parker

Adam covers the school prayer decision from SCOTUS on June 27th, 2022 and then Rachel Parker joins Adam for a chat about her experience through an abusive relationship, her choice to terminate a pregnancy, and the emotions the Dobbs opinion brings forward as she thinks about women who may not experience the choice and freedom she had when she needed it most.

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Jun 28, 2022
SCOTUS Rulings from New York, Maine, and the Dobbs case on Abortion
01:34:21

Co-Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

Adam's Open

Talkin' Politics

SUPREME COURT TERM ENDING

DOBBS V. JACKSON - STATES CAN MAKE ABORTION ILLEGAL

Missouri is first in the nation: https://www.newsweek.com/missouri-bans-all-abortions-minutes-after-scotus-ruling-overturning-roe-1718967

Josh Hawley Wants You To Move Out: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article262849238.html

What is a “D&C”
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/dilation-and-curettage-d-and-c

Missouri statute Sec. 1.205: Life Begins At Conception, unborn have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being, natural parents have protectable interest in the life, health and well being of unborn child - those are real actual words in missouri law

  • Unborn child is defined to include all unborn children or the offspring of human being from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development


MO Stat, Sec. 188.015 defines abortion, 188.017 makes them illegal, updated June 24, 2022

"Conception", the fertilization of the ovum of a female by a sperm of a male;

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no abortion shall be performed or induced upon a woman, except in cases of medical emergency. Any person who knowingly performs or induces an abortion of an unborn child in violation of this subsection shall be guilty of a class B felony, as well as subject to suspension or revocation of his or her professional license by his or her professional licensing board. A woman upon whom an abortion is performed or induced in violation of this subsection shall not be prosecuted for a conspiracy to violate the provisions of this subsection.

  3. It shall be an affirmative defense for any person alleged to have violated the provisions of subsection 2 of this section that the person performed or induced an abortion because of a medical emergency. The defendant shall have the burden of persuasion that the defense is more probably true than not.

"Medical emergency", a condition which, based on reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of a pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert the death of the pregnant woman or for which a delay will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman;

THOMAS’S CONCURRANCE: “For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including:
Griswold - contraceptive use

Lawrence - right to engage in private sexual acts (same sex)

Obergefell - marriage equality

https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization/

MAINE - PUBLIC MONEY TO RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/carson-v-makin/

Holding: Maine’s “nonsectarian” requirement for otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments to parents who live in school districts that do not operate a secondary school of their own violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

Actual opinion: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-1088_dbfi.pdf

  • Maine residents in places with schools that don’t provide secondary education can use tuition assistance for kids to attend other schools - previously could NOT use that money for religious schools

  • Ruling is that it violates the free exercise clause

  • Allows for use of public funds for religious instruction

  • The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment protects against “indirect coercion or penalties on the free exercise of religion, not just outright prohibitions.”

    • Missouri case Trinity Lutheran v. Comer about using public money for playground equipment in 2017

    • The “unremarkable” principles applied in Trinity Lutheran and Espinoza suffice to resolve this case. Maine offers its citizens a benefit: tuition assistance payments for any family whose school district does not provide a public secondary school. Just like the wide range of nonprofit organizations eligible to receive playground resurfacing grants in Trinity Lutheran, a wide range of private schools are eligible to receive Maine tuition assistance payments here. And like the daycare center in Trinity Lutheran, BCS and Temple Academy are disqualified from this generally available benefit “solely because of their religious character.” 582 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 10). By “condition[ing] the availability of benefits” in that manner, Maine’s tuition assistance program—like the program in Trinity Lutheran—“effectively penalizes the free exercise” of religion. Ibid. (quoting McDaniel, 435 U. S., at 626 (plurality opinion)).

  • BREYER: The First Amendment begins by forbidding the government from “mak[ing] [any] law respecting an establishment of religion.” It next forbids them to make any law “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Court today pays almost no attention to the words in the first Clause while giving almost exclusive attention to the words in the second.

    • In a word, to interpret the two Clauses as if they were joined at the hip will work against their basic purpose: to allow for an American society with practitioners of over 100 different religions, and those who do not practice religion at all, to live together without serious risk of religion-based social divisions.

      • We have previously found, as the majority points out, that “a neutral benefit program in which public funds flow to religious organizations through the independent choices of private benefit recipients does not offend the Establishment Clause.” Ante, at 10 (citing Zelman, 536 U. S., at 652– 653). We have thus concluded that a State may, consistent with the Establishment Clause, provide funding to religious schools through a general public funding program if the “government aid . . . reach[es] religious institutions only by way of the deliberate choices of . . . individual [aid] recipients.” Id., at 652. But the key word is “may.” We have never previously held what the Court holds today, namely, that a State must (not may) use state funds to pay for religious education as part of a tuition program designed to ensure the provision of free statewide public school education. What happens once “may” becomes “must”? Does that transformation mean that a school district that pays for public schools must pay equivalent funds to parents who wish to send their children to religious schools? Does it mean that school districts that give vouchers for use at charter schools must pay equivalent funds to parents who wish to give their children a religious education? What other social benefits are there the State’s provision of which means—under the majority’s interpretation of the Free Exercise Clause—that the State must pay parents for the religious equivalent of the secular benefit provided?


NEW YORK - STATES CANNOT REGULATE GUNS

https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/new-york-state-rifle-pistol-association-inc-v-bruen/

NEW YORK LAW required permit for conceal and carry

Ruling is that BASED ON THE 14TH AMENDMENT (YEAH THAT SAME ONE) it is an individual liberty interest protected by the 14th (that’s not a joke)

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Jun 27, 2022
Flyover View - June 23rd, 2022: Heartland News & Views (guest: Josh Becker for ST. Charles Co.)
00:27:56

Host: Kevin Smith @KevINmidMO

Guest: Josh Becker for ST. Charles County Council @jbeckerforscc5

White parents run black educator out of town over CRT Concerns
Agape continues to stain Stockton, MO
Layover with Josh Becker
Black Drivers in MO Targeted
Prefab Hemp Homes in Indiana
Lead in the Water
SCOTUS Pays Religious Schools
Gun Safety Bill Passes Key Test
Texas GOP Sets MAGA Tone

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Jun 24, 2022
John Woodman (D) for the Missouri 7th Primary, for Congress
00:51:30

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: John Woodman @JohnMWoodman


John M. Woodman was a member of the Republican party for 35 years until he flipped the question around and let the information lead to the conclusion, rather than the other way around. Now he's running for Congress and he has a detailed plan on how to fix things.

https://woodman2022.com/


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Jun 23, 2022
High Country - June 22, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:14:44

Colorado primary elections - Hanks vs O'Dea in GOP Senate contest to take on Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet - Lauren Boebert v State Sen Don Coram in contested 3rd Congressional District GOP primary - Dr. Yadira Caraveo in 8th Congressional District and State Sen. Brittany Pettersen in the 7th are set to win Democratic nominations - AZ GOP works to dismantle popular mail-in voting in use since 1991

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Jun 22, 2022
Randi McCallian for Congress (D) MO 8th District
00:42:54

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Randi McCallian @RandiMcCallian


Randi is running for congress in the Missouri 8th District - the south east portion. The Missouri 8th has been represented by Jason Smith for many years. During that time hospitals have closed, jobs are fleeing, and the opioid epidemic has worsened. Randi brings a breadth of experience in organizing and a passion for the work that comes through in her push for the seat.

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Jun 21, 2022
The Progressive Movement Stalling?; Schumer Blocks Anti-Trust Bills; 2024 Third Party Ticket; January 6th Hearings
01:13:25

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

  1. True or False: Progressives are their own worst enemy

    1. https://theintercept.com/2022/06/13/progressive-organizing-infighting-callout-culture/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

    2. What does “tolerance” mean if people have to conform to one way of talking or behaving to be “in the group”

      1. Exclusivity of activism kills momentum and hinders success

  2. Yeah…No… Schumer blocking votes on Big Tech reform, hiding behind gun legislation hopes

    1. https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1536865778305204226?s=20&t=R7pAugxgrP6PM5HRVfNYQQ

  3. Buy or Sell: 2024 will have a third party ticket emerge

    1. Will it work at all?

    2. Who would be on it?

    3. https://twitter.com/tarapalmeri/status/1537061708929318913

    4. From Tara Palmeri, DC correspondent, very experienced covering the Hill, currently writes on politics for Puck

    5. https://puck.news/author/tara-palmeri/

  4. The Big One: The big lie, January 6th hearings, what have we learned, any bubble up?

    1. https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/17/politics/peter-navarro-not-guilty-plea/index.html

    2. JoRsh Hawley was on FOX on January 4th, 2021 saying “it depends on what happens on January 6th” about who would be president

      1. https://twitter.com/LynzforCongress/status/1537501128488800257?s=20&t=PoVD0dWE54HHsp4EptFaRA

    3. Looks like Ginni Thomas may get a subpoena

    4. https://twitter.com/theliamnissan/status/1537773818105700353?s=20&t=PoVD0dWE54HHsp4EptFaRA

    5. Trump was told all of it was illegal

      1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/06/16/trump-aides-told-him-that-using-pence-overturn-election-was-illegal/

    6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/14/more-than-100-gop-primary-winners-back-trumps-false-fraud-claims/

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Jun 20, 2022
The Flyover View - June 17, 2022: Heartland News & Views w/ guest John Kiehne
00:29:32

Host: Kevin Smith - @KevINmidMO

Guest: John Kiehne - @JohnKiehneForMO

Stories:
1) Missouri gun law SAPA complicates impact of potential Bipartisan gun legislation

2) Farmers Seek Fairness In Fields

3) Kansas & Missouri Both Fail On Medical Debts

4) Interview With John Kiehne - (D) for MOLEG

5) Schools Close Due To Gun Threat

6) Judge Blocks Texas Inquisitor Squads

7) Water Crisis In Colorado

8) Ohio Is For Bettors

9) Hemlock Blooming In Illinois

10) The Blue GRASS State, Man

This week’s episode featured reporting and information from KSHB, KCUR, The Hill, ABC, The Kansas City Star, Texas Tribune, Axios, Legal Sports Report, LEO Weekly, WGN9

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Jun 17, 2022
We Before Me - A Chat With Jutice Horn (D) Jackson County Legislator Candidate
00:27:39

Host: Adam Sommer - @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Justice Horn - @JusticeHorn_

Justice Horn chats with Adam Sommer about Justice's run for the Jackson County MO Legislator - in an at large position.

https://justicehorn.com/


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Jun 16, 2022
The Delta, E27 - Merp: Run Like a Tortoise
00:25:04

Nicholas (science teacher) & Kristina (Educational ASL Interpreter) discuss how feeling Merp is a call to run... Run like a tortoise in the race for the long haul.

Revisiting the news of gun violence and abortion in the new light of the guest panel from the weekend POD Live show.


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Jun 15, 2022
Jenna Roberson - Running for Reason - MO House Dist. 63
00:49:01

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Jenna Roberson @JennaForMO

Jenna Roberson is back! She's running for State Rep in the Missouri 63rd House District and she's asking for something very simple: Be reasonable.

https://www.upballot.com/Jenna-Roberson


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Jun 14, 2022
THE LIVE SHOW! Audio from June 11, 2022, live in Columbia, MO
01:00:22

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

LIVE from the amphitheater in Stephen's Lake Park in Columbia, MO the regular Monday gang brings you a Talkin' Politics.

1. Will January 6th Hearings Change Minds?
2. Schmitt is suing MORE schools
3. Will the gun industry be hit like the tobacco industry was?

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Jun 13, 2022
The Flyover View - June 10, 2022 - Heartland Politics News & Views
00:25:19

Host: Kevin Smith

@KevINmidMO

1. January 6th Hearings and Fox News Cowards

2. MO Sunshine Law Allows For Active Destruction Of Documents By Elected Officials

3. The Real Border Crisis: Red State Guns

4. Texas Attacks On Trans Kids Continue, Lambda Legal Fights Back

5. Michigan GOV candidate Ryan Kelly (R) charged in insurrection

6. Toxic Emissions In Cancer Alley

7. LGBTQ+ In Missouri Means Less Medical Care

8. STL City Gov. Rocked With Federal Bribery Charges and Resignations of Lewis Reed

9. Climate flooding impacts drinking water

10. Dr. Bob Onder Can't Hack It, Quits Race In St. Charles County




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Jun 10, 2022
Charles West for Congress - The Missouri 6th District Dem. Primary Candidate
00:42:03

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Host: Adam Sommer

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Guest: Charles West

@CharlesWestfor1

Charles West is a Missouri farm boy who's never left his roots in rural Missouri. Charles is running as a Democrat in the Missouri 6th district, hoping for the chance to unseat Sam Graves.

https://www.charleswestforcongress.org/


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Jun 09, 2022
High Country - June 8, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:13:37

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs $200 Million homelessness bill into law | ARPA funds go to rail projects in 32 states | Housing Sec Marcia Fudge and US Rep Steven Horsford say corporate investors are pushing up housing costs | Interior Sec Deb Haaland announces BLM is cutting fees for solar and wind projects on public lands | Montana issues fentanyl warning as opioid overdose deaths spike | Democrats battle in Denver state house primary

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Jun 08, 2022
Jean Evans: A Chat About School Funding
00:53:30

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Jean Evans with "American Federation For Children"

"School Choice" can be traced back to 1955 in pre-civil rights southern states. After the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) many white southerners were unhappy that white and black children would be made to attend school together after the policy of "separate but equal" was found to violate the 14th Amendment. While the overall tenor of the movement has changed the base level idea remains the same. Take money designated for traditional public schools and move that money, through a combination of vouchers and scholarship savings accounts, to charter and private schools. While some contend this will help students in impoverished areas gain access to quality education and foster a marketplace of innovation among school competing for students - others argue that the reality of "school choice" leads only to worse conditions for schools overall and is no more than a cleverly disguised scheme to defund public education entirely.
A Brief history: https://medium.com/the-new-leader/a-brief-history-of-school-choice-1955-to-now-3f7dc4a3cb93


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Jun 07, 2022
Guns & Mental Health; Midterm Checkin;
01:10:06

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

  1. 2022 MIDTERMS CHECK IN

    1. Tim Ryan leading JD Vance

      1. JD joining JORSH in the “blame it all on porn” game

        1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jd-vance-senate-pornography_n_628d3ba1e4b05cfc2692705b


  1. Fetterman whomps in PA meanwhile GOP still doesn’t have a candidate

    1. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-senate-race-recount-mail-ballots-supreme-court-oz-mccormick-20220531.html

    2. Oz won: ​​https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/03/politics/dave-mccormick-concedes-mehmet-oz-pennsylvania-senate-republican-primary/index.html

    3. <1,000 votes (hardly a decisive victory)

  2. Toder shows polling that matches our prior analysis in MO race

    1. TBV’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad NRA-day

      1. https://theintercept.com/2022/05/31/nra-fundraiser-trudy-busch-valentine-missouri/


  1. Billy Long is hilarious - slam on Schmitt “last variant” tweet

    1. https://twitter.com/auctnr1/status/1531887173963743233?s=21&t=_G8cJoPhpQ4NB4qC0mjLMw


  1. Yeah…No… State governments are interfering with Doctors on more than just abortion issues

    1. InOhio

      1. https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/06/02/ohio-pediatric-doctors-decry-government-control-of-gender-affirming-care/

    2. In Missouri

      1. https://news.stlpublicradio.org/show/st-louis-on-the-air/2022-05-31/missouri-lawmakers-seek-to-gag-pharmacists-on-ivermectin-hydroxychloroquine-sulfate

  2. Buy or Sell: It’s already time for Democrats to think strategically about 2024 and use 2022 only as a proving ground

    1. Biden is barely above 40%

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?cid=rrpromo

    2. Exceptionally rare for Party in the WH to hold serve in congress

      1. https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vitalstats_ch2_tbl4.pdf

      2. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-presidents-party-almost-always-has-a-bad-midterm/

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Jun 06, 2022
The Flyover View - June 3, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:22:55

Billionaire Koch and Walton dark money groups line up behind so-called school choice | Nephew of gay-bashing GOP Senate candidate speaks up | COVID cases undercounted as hospitalizations tick up | STL Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed indicted on federal bribery charges | Illinois repeals misguided anti-abortion law | Ohio House passes bill to arm teachers | Ford investing $3.7 Billion in EV manufacturing in Missouri, Michigan, and Ohio | U.S. House considers gun reform bill | GOP Congressman blames mass shootings on legal abortion

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Jun 03, 2022
Henry Martin for Congress (MO06) Democratic Primary Candidate
00:30:13

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Henry Martin

Henry Martin joins Adam Sommer for a second time to chat about his run for the Democratic nomination in the Missouri 6th District.

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Jun 02, 2022
High Country - June 1, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:10:21

CO Gov Jared Polis declares formula shortage state of emergency | 20 State Supreme Courts have no justices who are people of color | State kratom legislation expected to pass in Colorado | Millions in ARPA funding will go to teacher stipends and loan forgiveness | CRT ban in AZ expected to die on State Senate floor | Yellowstone tourist gored by bison

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Jun 01, 2022
Samantha Deaton for MO-134th House District
00:42:53

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Samantha Deaton


Samantha joins Adam for a chat about her run for the #moleg as a Democratic candidate for the MO-134th House District, some personal stories, some favorite things, and more.


https://www.upballot.com/samantha-deaton

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May 31, 2022
Rachel Parker's Call To Action & The MO02 Candidates side-by-side with Ray Reed and Trish Gunby
01:04:12

Hosts: Rachel Parker & Adam Sommer

Guests: Trish Gunby & Ray Reed

Hear Rachel Parker's first opening statement for the show followed by the back to back interviews of the 2 candidates in the MO Dem primary in the Missouri 2nd District.

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May 30, 2022
The Flyover View - May 27, 2022 - Politics and Government News and Views
00:25:18

GOP responses to shootings show they under control of the gun lobby | Rural hospitals - and patients - in real trouble | Oklahoma bans legal abortions | St Charles County MO Dems have a new Executive Director | GA voters looking to oust Marjorie Taylor Greene could boost Democrats Warnock and Abrams | Federal law enforcement officers will be required to intervene if they see fellow officer using excessive force | Max-out donor to MO Republicans accused of covering up sexual abuse | Springfield IL will use ARP funds to reduce homelessness | IA Gov Kim Reynolds fails in attempt to hijack school funding

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May 27, 2022
Trish Gunby for Congress in the MO 2nd District
00:38:36

Host: Adam Sommer

Twitter: @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: Trish Gunby

Twitter: @TrishForMO

Trish Gunby, current state rep and candidate for the Missouri 2nd district joins Adam for a chat to update us on her campaign in the Democratic primary to unseat Ann Wagner.
https://www.trishgunby.com/support-trish

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May 26, 2022
The Delta, E26 - Conditioned for Calamity
00:12:35

Nicholas (science teacher) & Kristina (educational ASL interpreter) discuss the framing of school shootings as we unintentionally condition students for calamity.

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May 25, 2022
John Anthony Castro is running for President to sue Donald Trump
00:52:36

Host: Adam Sommer

Twitter: @Adam_Sommer85

Guest: John Anthony Castro

Twitter: @realJohnACastro

John Anthony Castro is running for President, and he's serious about his mission. A lawyer and software developer, Castro is a Republican who is ready to end the Trump era with legal action. His plan? Sue Donald Trump and bar the former President from holding office ever again. Listen to how he plans to do that and his vision for a Castro Presidency.

14th Amendment Text:
https://www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/14th-amendment#:~:text=No%20State%20shall%20make%20or,equal%20protection%20of%20the%20laws






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May 24, 2022
Hit The Reset Button With The Week of "Yeah...No..." From State Legislators to DNC Messaging - Plus, a Last Call preview
01:53:04

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

Adam's Open - Marathon v. Sprint

The week of yeah no… and a tad more cursing than normal

Georgia gubernatorial candidate says Indians sacrificed to secure our freedoms

  1. https://twitter.com/patriottakes/status/1527315817586900993?s=21&t=hc74RkQUZkCs4nYfQZI-xw


Eric Schmitt suing more schools will change the fate of the MOSEN race

  1. Weird kunce thing

    1. https://twitter.com/LucasKunceMO/status/1527347992231292928


  1. Does it matter.

  1. KMOV poll https://www.kmov.com/2022/05/17/exclusive-kmov-poll-greitens-leads-candidates-ahead-senate-primary-mo-kunce-leads-democratic-ticket/

  2. Newer poll from KY3 out of springfield

    1. https://www.ky3.com/2022/05/17/us-senate-poll-greitens-leads-republican-candidates-ahead-august-primary-mo-kunce-leads-democratic-ticket/

  3. Sean- headline aside the Dem poll shows what’s called a ‘statistical dead heat’. Also Lucas has spent $2.4Million and only 10% of likely MO Dem primary voters support him… ouch

Ginni Thomas sent emails to Arizona elected officials and Clarence Thomas isn’t even pretending to be a jurrist an longe

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/20/ginni-thomas-2020-election-arizona-emails

  2. Ginni v. Clarance - who wore it best? (sedition that is)

Bill Cassidy thinks statistics don’t already include black people as people

  1. “Maternal death rates are only high if you include black women”

  2. https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-senator-la-outlier-maternal-death-rate-skewed-black-women-2022-5

Adam’s state senator is ready to substitute his beliefs for the law

  1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/05/20/anythings-on-the-table-missouri-legislature-may-revisit-contraceptive-limits-post-roe/

  2. Denny Hoskins - my wife sent him emails and called, he NEVER responded until she tagged him on a Jess Piper post and then all he did was troll

Meanwhile - the National Democratic Party Is Up To Its Old Ways

  1. New Comms point person - Eric Adams, NYC mayor

  2. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/20/democrats-calling-communications-eric-adams-new-york-00034180

  3. As usual Dems will take ONE race and try and replicate it across the board instead of focusing on good candidates

The coastal folks - please stop talking this way

https://twitter.com/horsegirl_haley/status/1527679668786057216

Gen Z candidate in Michigan goes full blown handmaid’s tale

  1. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/michigan-gop-extremist-candidate-ban-contraception-1356393/

Finally - your friend’s dad that made everyone feel kind of uneasy and his wife, The Hamburgler, are having trouble completing their probation on their law licenses - Mark and Patty McClausky tried to work with RW media to do their pro-bono work

  1. https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2022-05-19/missouri-supreme-court-wont-let-mccloskeys-work-with-right-wing-media-group-while-on-probation

Heaven forbid these two help a fellow human being

LAST CALL - Full Ep. for Patreon Subs only

The 40 Year Plan By Conservatives

https://theintercept.com/2022/05/10/roe-v-wade-federalist-society-religious-right/

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May 23, 2022
The Flyover View - May 20, 2022 - Government and Politics News and Views
00:16:56

STL Cards owner Bill DeWitt not impressed as MO GOP whiffs again on sports betting | Liz Cheney calls out racism and white supremacy as Ron Johnson, Eric Greitens, Eric Schmitt, J.D. Vance and Blake Masters stoke it | Ste Genevieve County MO residents and officials push back on proposed silica mine | Gas prices will keep going up because of consumers, not politicians | Parents warned not to give cows milk to babies under one year old | TX Gov Greg Abbott admits mistakes in overheated rhetoric from his campaign | IL Gov JB Pritzker signs law to rein in ghost guns

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May 20, 2022
Kristen Radaker Sheafer - MO07 Congressional Candidate "Small Steps for Real Change"
00:37:41

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Kristen Radaker Sheafer.

Kristen joins Adam for a chat about her run for congress as a Democrat in the Missouri 7th district. Kristen is a small business owner and has always lived in "red" areas - which helps shape her view of how a Democrat could reach voters in southwest Missouri.

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May 19, 2022
The Delta, E25 - From Evolution to Abortion
00:31:52

Is a strategic structuring of the end of the school year causing political & scientific illiteracy? Nicholas (science teacher) & Kristina (ASL interpreter) talk about technical terminology in science for evolution and reproduction.

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May 18, 2022
Luke Barber for MO-89 (D)
00:24:32

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Luke Barber

Adam is joined for a chat by Luke Barber, a democrat and disability advocate running for the Missouri House in the 89th district. Luke explains why his diagnosis on the autism spectrum is an asset to his ability to represent the people of the 89th district in Missouri.

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May 17, 2022
Abortion >>> Gas Prices in 2022?; Auggie Busch Gives $ To Dems; Dems Commit $33 million to Senate races; MO Marijuana & Ranked Choice Voting
01:08:28

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Sean Diller

  1. Info on Live Show!

  2. Adam's Open on Establishment Clause

  3. True or False: Gas prices/Inflation will matter more than abortion in 2022 midterms

    1. GOP differring on how to handle issue post Roe

      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/09/republicans-splinter-on-post-roe-world-00031221

    2. Biden flirting with 40%

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/

    3. GOP leads generic ballot

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/generic-ballot/

    4. Dems are running scared from inflation

      1. Better discussion around abortion? Misoprostol

        1. https://vajenda.substack.com/p/stop-talking-about-coat-hangers-and?s=r

    5. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-10/inflation-rate-haunts-biden-democrats-ahead-of-2022-midterms?utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=politics&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic

  4. Yeah…No: August Busch III - TBV sibling - gave over $22,000 to STL “Democrat” Jane Dueker’s PAC last week - he met with Hawley back when JoRsh came to Missouri that one time

    1. https://twitter.com/markkummer/status/1524033023259328513?s=21&t=GJUDmrxQ_6pqJpGxQhSpfw

  5. Buy or Sell: Dems can spend their way to a win in November

    1. $33 million reserve for Senate races

      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/29/dscc-democrats-campaign-advertisements-senate-00028721

  6. The Big One: There is still some democracy left in this world

    1. Weed and ranked choice voting https://missouriindependent.com/2022/05/09/legal-marijuana-ranked-choice-voting-initiatives-submitted-for-missouri-ballot/

    2. MO GOP tried to kill initiative petitions

    3. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/05/11/democrat-filibuster-derails-gop-measure-to-change-initiative-petition-process/

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May 16, 2022
The Flyover View - May 13, 2022 - Politics and Government News and Views
00:21:05

Texas prosecutors pan state abortion ban | MO voters may legalize recreational cannabis | Oklahoma City high-school students open grocery store in OKC food desert | Nebraska voters snub Trump pick for Governor | Misguided anti-teacher bill dies in MO legislature | LAWSUIT: CVS, Walgreens and Walmart created a public nuisance flooding Ohio with opioid pills | Joe Biden visits Illinois to talk agriculture and competition

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May 13, 2022
Tara Anura For Missouri State Senate, Dist. 16 (D)
00:27:32

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Tara Anura running for Missouri State Senate, the 16th District near the Ozark Mts.

https://taraanura.com/



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May 12, 2022
High Country - May 11, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:17:39

CO Gov Jared Polis signs cannabis bills | Trumpworld darling Tina Peters leading her GOP primary | NV Sen Catherine Cortez-Masto calls on Senate to protect abortion rights | Colorado Democrats seek first in the nation presidential primary | Biden Administration feeling the pressure on charter schools | Montana child care workers rally in Missoula | AZ and NM Democrats want to reform federal mining laws

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May 11, 2022
St. Louis Schools: Solidarity SLPS with Gloria Nolan & Ben Conover
01:15:36

Host: Rachel Parker

Guests: Solidarity SLPS and voices for education in St. Louis - Gloria Nolan and Ben Conover

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May 10, 2022
Abortion Politics for Dems; Dr. Oz Gets Booed At His Own Event; Fired Up Base for 2022 Dems?; Is Abortion Issue What GOP Really Wants?
01:15:29

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller


  1. True or False: The Dobbs leak will help Dems see the value of strategic thinking over reactionary thinking

    1. Rachel Bitecofer - author of The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election, where she argued that the election of Donald Trump was not the result of one or two causes, but rather the product of a long process that began in the 1950s

      1. Rejects idea of the swing voter in favor of the coalitional, basically sports team voter motivated only by beating the other side

        1. Article explaining her theory https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/06/rachel-bitecofer-profile-election-forecasting-new-theory-108944


  1. Founded “Strike pac” which she calls a war machine of the left

  1. The sound of one hand clapping

  1. Yeah…No: Dr. Oz Gets Booed

    1. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/dr-oz-donald-trump-booing-pennsylvania-rally-1349483/


  1. Buy or Sell: anti-abortion extremism will fire up the base and lead to down ticket wins in state legislatures in red states

    1. Picture of the woman alone in my town

    2. 2 days later over 100 folks showed up to carry on the message

    3. Rallies all over the place

  2. The Big One: How will republicans replace the golden goose wedge issue of abortion?

    1. Extremely successful wedge issue, most since slavery as a political issue

    2. The principle of abortion regulation/restrictions of all access is at odds with actual libertarians and even many of the “socially liberal, fiscally conservative” types

    3. Will it put GOP into a funk? See above - will dems learn to think strategically?

    4. Dr. Oz - says we have to fight big tech because they are selling babies online, he really did at a Trump rally

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May 09, 2022
Missouri's Trigger Laws, Abortion, IVF, and more with Rep. Sarah Unsicker
00:26:36

Host: Rachel Parker

Guest: Rep. Sarah Unsicker, Missouri

Rep. Unsicker joins Rachel for a chat to deep dive into the web of laws and impacts in Missouri if the leaked Dobbs opinion should become final.

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May 07, 2022
Jewel Kelly on why mental health drives him forward in the #MOSEN primary
00:37:09

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Jewel Kelly

Jewel Kelly is running in the Missouri Democratic Primary for Senate. While Jewel is aware that his name is not one of the top names on folks list, he has an important message to get across. Jewel is continuing to use his opportunity to make sure all of us know the importance of mental health, and how we can help those we love before it may be too late.

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May 06, 2022
The Flyover View - May 5, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:23:04

These 13 states already passed laws that immediately ban abortion when SCOTUS overrules Roe | TX Gov Greg Abbott wants SCOTUS to scrap the fundamental right to a public education | CAFOs and industrial hog farms have killed countless Heartland towns | MO Agape boarding school cases move forward | Tennessee state law blocks Community Oversight of local police | Colorado city projects urban camping ban will cost millions of dollars | Minneapolis Starbucks workers WIN vote to form a union | Democrats in MO and nationally should use cannabis as a wedge against Republicans

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May 06, 2022
The Delta, E24 - No Love in Fear
00:30:40

Nicholas (science teacher) is joined by Kristina (ASL interpreter) to discuss the Real Reel of teaching autonomy and morality to their three children... connected to his reaction to how public education, if privatized, might yield more Agape Board School atrocities,

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May 05, 2022
SCOTUS Abortion Case Leak: Lindsey Simmons and Adam Sommer break down the Dobbs leaked opinion draft as lawyers, citizens, and Missourians.
00:59:33

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: LIndsey Simmons

Lindsey Simmons, former candidate for Congress, attorney, and Missouri native joins Adam for a chat to get deep into the legal realities if the leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization becomes the final law passed down by SCOTUS.

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May 04, 2022
Jess Piper: Dirt Road Democrat, Educator, and Fire Breathing Voice For Reality
00:28:58

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Jessica Piper

Jess Piper is running for office, and folks are starting to notice. Jess joins Adam for the third time to chat about her race, attacks on education, and the odd obsession some folks seem to have with attacking vulnerable kids.

Jess's campaign website: https://jessicapiperformissouri.com/


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May 03, 2022
The Grand Obstructionist Party; George Will , Jo(R)sh Hawley, & The Manly Men Conference; May-be the end of the Trump endorsement?; Last Call: First Rule About Elon Musk, We Don't Need To Keep Talking About Elon Musk
01:22:19

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

Adam's Open: 5min 50 Sec

Talkin' Politics: 11 min 30 sec

Last call preview: 1 hr


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May 02, 2022
Flyover View: April 29, 2022 - News & Views From The Heartland
00:23:51

Host: Kevin Smith

News stories and opinion from or impacting the heartland.

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Apr 29, 2022
Robert Bucklin - Agape Boarding School survivor.
00:28:58

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Robert Bucklin

Robert Bucklin is a survivor of the abuse at Agape Boarding School, in SW Missouri.

Contact the MO AG here:

https://ago.mo.gov/about-us/contact-us#:~:text=You%20may%20contact%20the%20Attorney,submitting%20our%20online%20form%20below.

Daily Mail piece on Agape from April 27, 2022

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10755201/Former-students-aim-close-Missouri-boarding-school-longtime-doctor-faces-child-sex-charges.html



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Apr 28, 2022
High Country - April 27, 2022 - Government and Politics News from the American West
00:15:07

Xcel Energy set to close last CO coal generator in 2031 | Lauren Boebert spoke with Meadows before January 6th | CO legislators hope to help therapists | AZ Gov Doug Ducey signs bill extending orders of protection | Colorado Democrats leave teachers out of bill to extend collecting bargaining rights | Senate Agriculture considers cattle market reforms and new 2023 Farm Bill

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Apr 27, 2022
JD Scholten, Sioux City's own is running for the Iowa State House
00:23:18

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: JD Scholten

JD Scholten, Sioux City native and Iowa politician is running for the State House to bring big solutions to the state level.

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Apr 26, 2022
MId-Term 2022 Desk Check In from Pennsylvania & Ohio; Shumer blocking Anti-Trust Bill; Biden's Approval and student debt; Missouri primary check in; Last Call Preview
01:26:29

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

Intro

Adam's Open

Talkin' Politics

  1. 2022 Midterm State Of The Race Decision Desk Check In:

    1. These Races Are So Hot Right Now

      1. Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia

        1. https://www.politico.com/2022-election/race-forecasts-ratings-and-predictions/

    2. Pennsylvania Senate Race

      1. what's it like to live in a state where the candidates are adults with serious political careers?

      2. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/22/2022-elections-wall-street-billionaires-back-pennsylvania-gop-senate-primary-.html

      3. Primary date is > one month away (mid May)

      4. Fetterman standing tall

        1. https://www.abc27.com/2022-united-states-senate-election-in-pennsylvania/pennsylvania-senate-race-debate-democratic-candidates-spar-for-first-time/


  1. Ohio Senate Race

    1. JD gets the Trump Touch, which is kind of like the Midas touch but it comes with a prescription

      1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/22/vance-ohio-senate-00027183

      2. JD surges?

    2. Most $$ spent so far: https://www.columbusmonthly.com/story/lifestyle/around-town/2022/04/14/ohio-us-senate-campaign-fundraising-explained/7304638001/

  1. Yeah…No: Shumer blocks floor vote on Antitrust Bill

    1. https://theintercept.com/2022/04/19/big-tech-antitrust-chuck-schumer/?utm_campaign=theintercept&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

  2. Buy or Sell: Student Loan Debt Relief Will Fix The Biden Approval woes.

    1. https://www.npr.org/2022/04/19/1093310151/student-loans-income-based-repayment?utm_term=nprnews&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=npr

    2. 538 tracking https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?cid=rrpromo

    3. Not a great group to join: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/energy/how-to-read-bidens-low-approval-ratings-right-now/2022/04/19/c199a624-bfe0-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html


  1. True or False : You can win a primary in Missouri if you don’t show up in person

    1. Adam went to Cass Co dem days

      1. Senate candidates there in person, except TBV

      2. Piper was a killer

      3. Quinton Lucas has “it”

      4. Great to see so many faces in person - Lindsay Simmons being one


LAST CALL

VICTIM SHAMING IN ST - LOUIE, LOUIE

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Apr 25, 2022
The Flyover View - April 22, 2022 - Government and Politics News and Views
00:20:19

Paranoid, delusional, radicalized parents last straw for fed up teachers | GOP in-fighting rages on in Missouri | Foreign ownership of American farmland up 260% since 2010 | IL Gov JD Pritzker admin announces $4K state tax credit on new electric vehicles | Indiana legislature much older, whiter, male-er than average Hoosier | KS Gov Laura Kelly announces $650 Million bio-manufacturing project | Radioactive coal ash used as fill material in Tennessee playground | Afroman joins MO GOP State Rep to call for legal cannabis | Bill O'Reilly is an ugly, petulant child

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Apr 22, 2022
Dr. Ayanna Shivers for Mo Senate - From Counselor, To Mayor, To State Senator
00:46:42

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Dr. Ayanna Shivers (D) MO State Senate Candidate

https://ayannashivers.com/


Dr. Ayanna Sivers returns for a second chat with Adam, this time talking about her jump from rural Missouri mayor to candidate for State Senate.

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Apr 21, 2022
The Delta, E23 - Butt... Toothpaste: Preventative Measures
00:26:51

Nicholas (science teacher) and Kristina (educational interpreter) discuss how school is a preventive measure like brushing your teeth and why this might be a reason teachers are leaving the profession. They also share a story about toothpaste and parenting.

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Apr 20, 2022
Eric Nowicki Is Running For Office - The MO65th House District
00:48:20

Host: Adam Sommer

Guest: Eric Nowicki (D) MO65th Candidate for State Rep.

Eric joins Adam for a chat about his run for Missouri's 65th district Representative, the north streak of St. Charles Co., from his humble upbringing in suburban Indiana and his path to a world view of pragmatic solutions, even to the biggest of problems.

https://nowickiforrep.com/


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Apr 19, 2022
Missouri Politics with Wes Rogers (State Rep, D) - #MOSen, MO01 and MO02 primaries, and more
01:18:44

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, & Sean Diller

Guest host: Wes Rogers

Wes Rogers joins the regular crew of Adam, Rachel, & Sean to go over the Missouri Senate primary races, the troubling development with an alleged rapist trying to primary Rep. Cori Bush, and the interesting choices in the MO02. Then the crew gets into the floor speeches of Rep. Ian Mackey and Rep. Crystal Quade last week and how their rhetoric should be modeled by others in combating the radical right.

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Apr 18, 2022
The Flyover View - April 15, 2022 - Politics and Government News and Views
00:14:51

SCOTUS prepared to overturn Roe v Wade, states move to ban abortion and arrest providers | TX Gov Greg Abbott causes 30-hour delays for truckers at border | Missouri GOP determined to be the absolute last in the nation to receive federal Medicaid funds | Kansas middle school fires coach after he reported racist threats | St Louis tech startup Launchcode offering free courses and re-entry assistance for people who are incarcerated | KY Gov Andy Beshear announces $2 Billion investment by Japanese EV battery manufacturer - 2,000 high-paying jobs

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Apr 15, 2022
The Breaking Left crew - part 2: Podcast Bugaloo
00:41:01

Adam Sommer

Cory Archibald

Troy Hewitt

Bill Ryan

Part 2 - Missouri, and more.

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Apr 14, 2022
High Country - April 13, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:13:16

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Rep Joe Neguse announce projects to receive $130 Million in federal wildfire funds | Public Utilities Commission denies Xcel Energy request to postpone Community Solar projects now moving forward | Indigenous Americans living on tribal lands undercounted by 2020 US Census under Trump | $4 Million in federal COVID aid will help Universal Pre-school take off in Colorado | Mitt Romney declines to endorse Mike Lee in Utah

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Apr 13, 2022
Brand New Congress members Cory Archibald & Troy Hewitt & cohort Bill Ryan: Breaking Left Podcast
00:37:53

Adam Sommer

Cory Archibald

Troy Hewitt

Bill Ryan

Cory, Troy, & Bill have a new show! The Breaking Left Podcast - coming out soon! They joined Adam Sommer for a chat to talk about their work, how they came to find each other, and their upcoming show.

Part 1 of 2

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Apr 12, 2022
Local Elections Matter; JD Vance sucks; Teacher Attacks Tipping Point?; Climate Change Deep Dive; Last Call on Culture Wars
01:13:27

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, & Sean Diller discuss political topics from the week that was.

  1. Adam's Open - The Basics

  2. True Or False : Focus on local elections for Dems will help turn the tide in states like Missouri, Iowa, Ohio


  1. Yeah…No: J.D. Vance is pushing white replacement theory while losing the Ohio senate primary

    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/04/06/jd-vance-immigration-ukraine-great-replacement/


  1. Buy or Sell : The teacher attacks are reaching the tipping point and are rubberbanding against the attackers

    1. Teacher fired in Missouri for “teaching CRT”

    2. It made the news in New York

      1. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-missouri-teacher-fired-refusing-discriminate-lgbtq-students-20220316-4h5x5xhb7vgtlpms44wdwvqtj4-story.html

      2. https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2022/04/07/greenfield-missouri-teacher-kim-morrison-accused-teaching-critical-race-theory-crt-loses-job/7264924001/

    3. Folks are standing up to it, teachers are refusing to even interview for the jobhttps://twitter.com/CRileyNL/status/1512094528290889732?s=20&t=gqqCh8B7QAWttWJtYsN5BA

  1. Tucker Carlson says men should go to schools and attack teachers

  1. The Big One : The world is burning down and America wants more oil

Nebraska is on fuckin fire, yo (shits on fire meme)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/nebraska-wildfire-continues-to-blaze

Tennessee is on fire, Dollywood is in the possible path

Climate Scientists are pleading, and getting arrested

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/06/climate-scientists-are-desperate-were-crying-begging-and-getting-arrested

But… gas is more expensive this year.

The Last Call - culture wars

Disney has planted a flag, that flag is lgbtqi+

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/05/america-politics-culture-wars-republicans-democrats

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Apr 11, 2022
The Flyover View - April 8, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:13:09

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed to the United States Supreme Court | MO School Board elections elevate some wing-nuts | Red states rush to pass anti-choice bills | Kansas lawmaker calls out colleague for misogyny | Tennessee considers creating a new heteros-only marriage certificate they can give out | President Biden announces student loan payments will stay paused | Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel is the smarmiest dude in the Buckeye State probably

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Apr 08, 2022
Rep. Robert Sauls (D) MO 21st for a Chat with Adam
00:26:31

Adam Sommer is joined by Missouri Rep. Robert Sauls (D) from the 21st district in Missouri. Rep. Sauls talks about his work in support of unions, some of the issues in the Missouri Legislature you should be following, and even a little BBQ love for Harry Truman.

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Apr 07, 2022
The Delta, E22 - You're a Wizard, Harry... Wait! There's a Line.
00:41:02

Kristina and Nicholas relive last week's humorous vacation to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a family of five full of slushie reboots, train station tears, and endless lines.... and reflect on the political participation lines teach children.

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Apr 06, 2022
Sara Sirota (The Intercept) Is Back For MO Politics
00:49:46

Sara Sirota, investigative reporter from The Intercept, is wading into the world of Missouri Politics. Rachel Parker is here to guide her, and help change the conversation in Missouri. https://theintercept.com/2022/03/30/missouri-senate-trudy-anheuser-busch-ball/

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Apr 05, 2022
The #MOSen Race Is Drunk (get it); Ben Shapiro Wants To Groom Kids; Term Limits Pop Up In Kansas; Mitt Romney Wants To Take Your Retirement Away... Again
01:22:51

HOSTS: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, & Sean Diller

Adam's Open: The Circus, The Church, & The Pothole

Talkin' Politics:

  1. True Or False: The Entry of Trudy Busch-Valentine actually provides a useful contrast that boost’s Kunce’s populist messaging?

    1. https://theintercept.com/2022/03/30/missouri-senate-trudy-anheuser-busch-ball/

    2. Fox article: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/missouri-senate-democrat-busch-beer-heiress-enters-race-trudy-busch-valentine

    3. Kunce’s burglary and shift in his language - now he can attack the elite class directly

    4. Does this new addition open a lane for Toder, Dr. Gena Ross, or Jewell Kelley? Sifton and Shepard are out - already endorsed

    5. Our twitter poll - Kunce from 1st on Monday to 3rd by the end of this week https://twitter.com/TheHeartlandPOD/status/1509983025928540164?s=20&t=dkEJ2K3_I4NgWEw2vR6Auw


  1. Yeah…No… : Ben Shapiro… that’s it, that’s the Yeah…NO.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/03/31/daily-wire-kids/
    Counter programing! Who needs Disney when you’ve got the Daily Wire!
    Let’s spit ball some funny movies/shows/characters they will develop

    1. Daily KOS: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/3/30/2089175/-Why-Pizzagate-Disney-and-Why-We-Should-Care


  1. White Plight - the story of a young boy who’s embracing difference and tolerance but spends the weekend with his uncle who teaches the young boy that his white and therefore his way of life is under attack



  1. Buy or Sell : Kansas Senate candidates signing term limit pledge is something important

    1. Mark Holland, a Democrat and former mayor of Unified Government of Wyandotte County, and Joan Farr, a Republican who ran previously for Kansas governor and an Oklahoma seat in the U.S. Senate, agreed to support a limitation of three terms in the U.S. House and two terms in the U.S. Senate.

    2. https://kansasreflector.com/briefs/two-u-s-senate-candidates-from-kansas-sign-term-limit-pledge/

    3. Average service report from 2021 https://sgp.fas.org/crs/misc/R41545.pdf

    4. Over time, trends have been to stay longer than 200 years ago


  1. The Big One : Mitt Romney proposes changing social security retirement benefits - Gerontocracy strikes again

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/31/mitt-romney-cut-back-retirement-benefits-younger-americans

    2. https://www.usa.gov/about-social-security

    3. For anyone born 1960 or later, full retirement benefits are payable at age 67.

This is not a new thing from Romney; https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/20/social-security-reform-could-move-ahead-after-trust-act-is-introduced.html

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Apr 04, 2022
The Flyover View - April 1, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:19:48

Missouri Supreme Court takes CAFO case | TN might stop shackling pregnant women | Gov Mike Parson's plan to raise teacher pay gets nixed | Ohio Governor candidates Nan Whaley, John Cranley, and Gov Mike DeWine debate | Missing Trump phone records from Jan 6th | Far-right candidates have some wins in MN, Fully inclusive amusement park in St Charles County MO | Nebraska and Iowa experiencing bizarre cat rumor phenomenon

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Apr 01, 2022
"A Year In A Day, Everyday" plus Claire's Deep Twitter Dive - Talkin' Politics w/ Rachel & Adam
00:28:34

Rachel Parker and Adam Sommer hop on the mics for a mid-week session of Talkin' Politics to cover the madness of the last week in Missouri's political scene. Plus, Adam did a tweet and got a response that was unexpected.

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Mar 31, 2022
High Country - March 30, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:14:27

Sen Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep Susie Lee run on pro-choice platforms in Nevada | President Biden proposes big funding boost for Interior Dept | New Mexico Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham talks cannabis sales in tribal pueblos | Colorado Gov Jared Polis joins legislators from both parties to announce fentanyl bill | Colorado Charter Schools want special education funding

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Mar 30, 2022
Jeffrey Sites for Congress - Ohio Democrat for the 4th Dist., a seat currently held by Jim Jordan (R)
00:29:58

Jeffrey Sites joins Adam Sommer for a chat about Jeff's run for congress from the Ohio 4th District, a race that will include a head to head matchup against Republican incumbent, Jim Jordan, in November. Jeffrey is a genuine down to earth, everyday sort of hero who's done his duty in military service, and as a family man and community leader. Jeffrey's coming from the warehouse to run for a seat in the halls of power - and attempt to bring a real Ohio voice back to D.C.

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Mar 29, 2022
Missouri's Senate Race Gets Turned Flipped Upside Down; Judge Jackson's Confirmation Hearings; John Fetterman rules; The Cold Civil War Rages; Last Call Preview
01:23:18

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

  1. True Or False : The Missouri Senate primary just had a snow globe flip moment - Greitens assault/Sheena Greitns - and Trump’s statement of “not an endorsement” of Billy Long

    1. Greitens on “War Room” - Rachel

Really troubling behavior

Has denied assault allegations https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/exclusive-eric-greitens-addresses-ex-wifes-abuse-allegations/

  1. Trump’s thing for Billy Long https://www.kmbc.com/article/missouri-senate-candidate-billy-long-hopes-trumps-support-will-shake-up-gop-race/39530780#

  2. Sean - how does this race impact national picture if it slides into the truly competitive column?

    1. 538 polling https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/senate/missouri/

    2. Real Clear politics polling

    3. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2022/senate/Missouri.html



  1. Yeah…No… : The confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and specifically this GIF from the national GOP on twitter: https://twitter.com/gop/status/1506282786843410432?s=21

    1. Hawley’s obsession with porn and sex

      1. https://theintercept.com/2022/03/23/ketanji-brown-jackson-supreme-court-confirmation-child-predators/

    2. Ted Cruz searching his own name on twitter after his question about racist babies

    3. Marsha Blackburn Defining a Woman - I personally defer to the Billy Joel song “She’s Always A Woman to Me”

    4. Cory Booker nice moment cuts through

      1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/03/24/cory-booker-doesnt-let-gop-ugliness-tar-ketanji-brown-jacksons-historic-moment/

    5. Amazing the difference of how Justice Barrett was questioned as a Mother but Judge Jackson was questioned as a black woman

    6. Silver lining - Manchin signals support for confirmation so should be a go

    7. 538 - Public opinion is in favor of confirmation

      1. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/americans-broadly-want-the-senate-to-confirm-ketanji-brown-jackson-to-the-supreme-court/


  1. Buy or Sell : John Fetterman, Lt. Gov. of Pennsylvania - is the absolute model Heartland POD candidate

    1. He is doing well in the race - https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/599666-how-fetterman-is-pulling-away-in-pennsylvania

    2. As LT. Gov he has been working on wrongful convictions

    3. Side note: great website https://johnfetterman.com/

    4. Joined Big Brothers at age 23, winds up joining Americorp, getting his GED and eventual his Masters in public policy from Harvard, started a GED program, then became mayor of his town for 13 years before, officiated one of the first same sex marriages in the state, and opposed a new highway going through his town on grounds of environmental racism

    5. Pro legalization of MJ and not at all shy about it “the idea that we have allowed a plant to be illegal in this country is absurd”

  2. The Big One - Are we in a cold civil war?

    1. We have talked about project blitz - but one thing we have not really touched on is the way it’s being used to pass what amount to federal nullification laws

    2. State’s rights arguments are flying around

      1. The distinction of local control v. states rights

        1. Voting Rights restrictions

        2. Anti-trans rights bills

        3. Gun laws like SAPA in Missouri

        4. State laws to contradict federal laws in trade, forien policy, just about any category you can imagine.

    3. Attacks on schools that teach based largely on the principles of federalism - even through the white washing of the civil war and the South’s war effort based largely on Slavery as the motivator doesn’t do justice to the brutality of slavery it DOES cheer on a President that suspended habeas corpus and intended to use federal power to take property and redistribute it

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Mar 28, 2022
The Flyover View - March 25, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:11:42

Missouri State Senate approves sexual assault survivor rights bill - Indiana Gov Eric Holcomb vetoes anti-trans bill - Sewage flows into Des Moines River - Wisconsin redistricting plan may violate Voting Rights Act - Meta considers Kansas City for new data center - Kansas legislature swings and misses - Eric Greitens thinks he's the victim of a conspiracy somehow

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Mar 25, 2022
Ray Reed (D-MO2) - "Riding With Cori Bush Till The Wheels Fall Off"
00:28:36

Ray Reed, a candidate in the Democratic primary for Congress in the Missouri 2nd district joins Adam Sommer for a chat about the progress of Ray's campaign and his vision for what the youngest and first African-American Representative from the 2nd could bring.

Web: https://www.reedformissouri.com/join?splash=1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RayReedMO

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Mar 24, 2022
The Delta, E21 - Crazy Grandma: The Greying Area
00:25:11

Nicholas is joined by Andrew to discuss the anatomical implications of the Dunning-Kruger Effect on our generation vs. those that are older and younger... and a "crazy grandma" story.

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Mar 23, 2022
Christine Hyman, a concerned parent, an involved citizen, and school board candidate in Missouri's Francis Howell School District
00:27:37

Christine Hyman, running for school board for the Francis Howell School district

April 5th, 2022 election date

https://www.christine4fhsd.com/endorsements

Christine On Twitter https://twitter.com/chrisehyman?s=20&t=eWMfdMk0wQT85MHcGr_YVQ

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Mar 22, 2022
MIdterm Odds Changing?; Missouri's Medicaid Failure; Hawley's Mug Shot; Mittens Warns of Danger, plus Adam's Opening Statement on Public Service
01:06:31
  1. True Or False: The Dems chances of holding the both chambers in 2022 is trending up.

    1. 538 redistricting shows dems with advantage https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/redistricting-2022-maps/?cid=rrpromo

    2. Desperate times call for desperate measures? Schmitt suing more schools https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/schmitt-sues-rockwood-school-district-over-alleged-sunshine-law-violations/article_d078473c-1b3b-5e0f-9b03-023455fbfcc5.html?utm_source=stltoday.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletter-templates%2Flocal%2Fevening-dispatch&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=6b1afea9bd954e56e819832980ede66caa76e94c&recip_id=5763890

    3. Biden approval touched 43% this past week in the 538 tracking

      1. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?ex_cid=rrpromo

    4. Cook house race ratings

      1. https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/house-race-ratings

      2. 187 slotted to the dems (currently 222 w/o delegates)

      3. 169 slotted to the repubs (currently 212 w/o delegates)

      4. 2 vacants

      5. 20 toss ups

    5. The 5 senate seats in the toss up according to Cook: Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona, Penns., Georgia

    6. MISSOURI IS RATED AS A STRONG R SEAT FOR 2022


  1. Yeah…No… Missouri’s medicaid expansion is being left to fail

    1. Mo Ind article

      1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/03/16/medicaid-enrollment-backlog-persists-as-advocates-say-missouri-could-be-doing-more/

    2. Spencer’s program to aid enrolment, nice to see

      1. https://spencertoder.com/medicaid/




  1. Buy or Sell JoRsh Hawley’s $20 mug made in china has triggered liberals so badly that Politico - recently bought by a company known for right wing connections in Germany - wants him to stop using the picture

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/15/josh-hawley-january-6-fist-photo

    2. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/29/business/media/politico-robert-allbritton.html

    3. Axel Springer info https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/01/06/axel-springer-politico-media-scandal-germany-bild/



  1. The Big One - Mitt Romney’s ominous warnings.

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/15/mitt-romney-democracy-extraordinary-challenge-speech

    2. Claire McCaskill and Jack Danforth can fix politics

      1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/03/15/not-giving-up-on-this-democracy-danforth-mccaskill-plea-for-civility-in-politics/

      2. Be subject to one another… Ephesians

    3. Christian nationalists https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2022/03/18/white-christian-nationalism-raskin-tlaib-democracy-freethought-secular/

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Mar 21, 2022
The Flyover View - March 18, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:14:17

More Starbucks workers are organizing to form a union | Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP district maps for third time | US Rep Cori Bush brings Congress to STL classrooms | Kansas legislature could legalize cannabis this session | St Paul MN rent control moves forward | Schools where masks were optional had over 3x as many infections as those where required | Oklahoma legislature considers digital cannabis bank | Nebraska students plead with lawmakers to acknowledge the climate crisis

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Mar 18, 2022
"Do Something Every Day" w/ Dem. Senate primary candidate - Spencer Toder
00:44:38

Spencer Toder joins Adam Sommer for a chat about Spencer's campaign for the Democratic Nomination for Senate in Missouri, for 2022.

Spencer onTwitter:
https://twitter.com/SpencerToder?s=20&t=D5sW6q3U0ujyrTOIbu6jIw


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Mar 17, 2022
High Country - March 16, 2022 - Politics and Government News from the American West
00:09:23

Arizona Gov candidate Democrat Katie Hobbs pitches state child tax credit | Idaho legislature approves Texas style abortion ban | Denver Congresswoman Diana DeGette touts funding for Denver homelessness and health projects | Colorado Governor Jared Polis and law enforcement agencies send supplies to Ukraine | Handgun falls out of CO State Rep's pants on steps into House chamber

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Mar 16, 2022
Eric Woods (D-Mo 18th Rep)
00:45:07

Eric Woods joins Adam Sommer for a chat about Eric's campaign for Missouri Rep., in the 18th District in North KC.

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Mar 15, 2022
Project Blitz Continues; MOGOP anti-Women's life bill; DNC may say so long to I-oh-way; Marijuana Legalization Push Ramps Up In Mo; Last Call Preview on state of the separation of church and state
01:09:27

Hosts: Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

Open - The BS of Both Sidesism

  • Pre-Game: 1-5min 20 sec

  • True or False: 5 min 20 sec - 18 min 30 sec

  • Yeah…NO: 18 min 30 sec - 27 min

  • Buy or Sell: 27 min - 37 min

  • The Big One: 37 min - 53 min

  • The Last Call: 53 min - Patreon Only


  1. True Or False (12min): People realize that the seemingly insane local politics are actually NATIONAL right now

    1. Front page of Kansas Reflector

      1. https://kansasreflector.com/

    2. Politics page of Nebraska Examiner

      1. https://nebraskaexaminer.com/category/gvt-politics/

    3. Iowa Central Dispatch

      1. https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/

    4. Lots of our listeners are in Missouri - we are not unique here

    5. Compare it to other states - it’s all the same stuff

      1. Attacks on public education

      2. Extreme religious in nature legislation

      3. Attacks on abortion

      4. Attacks on LGBTQ population

    6. Project Blitz is a live and well

      1. https://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Religious-Freedom-Analysis-Report-2020-2021.pdf

      2. https://www.blitzwatch.org/



  1. Yeah…No…(8min 30 sec) Missouri State Rep Mary Elizabeth Coleman has picked up the project blitz mantle and has filed, along with her own the libs drink the tears of the liberal friends a new abortion bill that would make everything conected to basically anything illegal OTHER than abstinence and forced pregnancy

    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/08/missouri-abortion-ban-texas-supreme-court/

    2. https://www.kansascity.com/


  1. Buy or Sell (10min 30 sec) Potential change to the Democratic primary selection process is a good thing?

    1. https://twitter.com/briannedmr/status/1502268565738725377?s=21

    2. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2022/03/11/dnc-plan-end-iowa-caucuses-first-place-presidential-calendar-democrats/9433481002/


  1. The Big One (16min) - Legalized Weed coming to Missouri? As one Blunt retires we may be ready to fire up a new one here in the Show Me State

    1. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-house-takes-up-marijuana-legalization-in-push-to-sink-ballot-question/article_cf0fa6e9-46cb-586c-afb5-31e6bed7c2ed.html

    2. Ballot v. Legislation

    3. Legal MJ Map https://disa.com/map-of-marijuana-legality-by-state



THE LAST CALL (25 min)

Is separation of church and state dead?

https://twitter.com/lauraannstl/status/1502326375973367811?s=21

https://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Religious-Freedom-Analysis-Report-2020-2021.pdf

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Mar 14, 2022
The Flyover View - March 11, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:20:45

Drill, Biden, Drill | TN GOP considering more homophobic legislation than ever | Missouri GOP wants to punish women who leave the state to get an abortion | Minneapolis teachers strike while iron is hot | Texas AG afraid transphobic witch hunts might disrupt access to federal health funds | MO Senate Conservative Caucus is all chodes | Colorado Trumpers slapped with lawsuit citing Ku Klux Klan Act | GOP Leader McConnell blocks school lunch funding

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Mar 11, 2022
Policy Wonks with Ian Wroble - a #moleg update
00:34:18

Host, Adam Sommer, has a chat with political consultant and Missouri policy observer, Ian Wroble, about some of the bills moving through the Missouri Legislature in this Spring, 2022 session.

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Mar 10, 2022
The Delta, E20 - Ninja Turtles & the Four-Day School Week
00:23:30

Kristina & Nicholas discuss how the change to a four-day school week affects their kids as students and his career as a teacher. But what do the Ninja Turtles say about a four-day school week?

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Mar 09, 2022
The Parkway 3: A chat with 3 candidates for a board of education race, for the Parkway district in Missouri
00:35:20

Host: Adam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85
ELECTION DATE - APRIL 5, 2022

Jeffrey Spector

Parkway Board of Education

Facebook @spectorforschoolboard

https://spectorforschoolboard.nationbuilder.com/

Rob Riti

Parkway Board of Education

@ritiforparkway

https://www.robritiboe.info/home

Phillip Caldwell

Parkway Board of Education

https://caldwellforparkway.nationbuilder.com/

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Mar 08, 2022
Death Tax Political Theater, 2022 Return To The "Norm" for GOP?, Vicky Hartzler's Twitter Suspension, our SOTU "reaction", the first real look at the 2022 Senate races to watch
01:29:33

Adam Sommer gives and Opening Statement connecting the "Death Tax" to "School Choice"

Rachel Parker and Sean Diller join Adam for a Talkin' Politics session, covering:

  1. True Or False (6-7):Normcore Republicans Will Change The Trajectory of 2022 midterms?

    1. In Missouri - multiple candidates rejected for being just the absolute worst

      1. GOP rejected filing fees from Rep. Derges - the fake sure doctor and
        https://www.ky3.com/2022/02/23/missouri-gop-rejects-filing-fee-indicted-state-rep-tricia-derges/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=kytv

      2. GOP rejected filing fees from Steve West
        https://www.8newsnow.com/news/missouri-gop-rejects-filing-fee-of-candidate-who-once-said-hitler-was-right/

    2. https://twitter.com/Adam_Sommer85/status/1500193806989340672?s=20&t=3M1Ifcr_52sF6fBZqhG3pg

    3. National scene more of the same?


  1. Yeah…No…(3min) Vicky’s twitter suspension for attacking trans people -


  1. Buy or Sell (7-9) People still remember literally ANYTHING about the State of the union as of when this show comes out, Monday the 7th - less than a week later

    1. Policy v. Political theater

    2. Boebert shows her ass

    3. Most salient and clear message was the US resolve against Russia


  1. The Big One (16-18) - 34 Senate Seats are up for election in 2022

    1. Useful link you can hover the state and it gives you information on the seat and it’s 2016 and 2020 margins

      1. https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_elections,_2022#Seats_up_for_election


  1. Some races are obvious and easy to predict, no reason to spend lots of time wondering if Rand Paul will be reelected in Kentucky or if Mike Lee will be reelected in Utah - feel pretty comfy saying Alex Padilla will be reelected in California

  2. Cook political report has 5 of those as toss ups

    1. https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/senate-race-ratings


  1. Penn R - Open

  2. Wisc R- Ron Johnson

  3. Arizona D - Kelly

  4. Nevada D - Cortez Masto

  5. Georgia D - Warnock

  1. 4 seats are in the leaning column

    1. Florida R - Rubio

    2. Ohio - open

    3. North Carolina - open

    4. New Hampshire D - Hassan

  2. Real Clear Politics has a broader map including Missouri as a “leans R” seat and wit 7 in the toss up and 5 more in the leaning - 3 more potentials

    1. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2022/senate/elections-map.html

  3. Sabatos Cyrstal Ball - my favorite of the Crystal Ball

    1. https://centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/2022-senate/

    2. Penn - Georgia - Arizona - Nevada - that’s it for toss ups

  4. Other seats in the Midwest no one is talking about but us:

    1. Kansas - Held by incumbent Jerry Moran

    2. Oklahoma

    3. Iowa






Penn R - Open - 12 Democrats - 16 Republicans - including Dr. Mehmet Oz - whose campaign slogan is ‘scrubs on, masks off!’

Conor Lamb - D - $4MM raised, $3MM cash, $0 debt

Dr. Oz - R - $5.8MM raised, $1MM cash, $5MM debt - my understanding is he loaned 5 million dollars of his own money to his campaign

David Xu Redneck - R - $1,700 raised, all from David except $50 - $1200 cash, no debt

Carla Sands - R - $4MM raised, 3.6 was hers, $1.5MM cash

Eric Orts - D - $244,000 raised, $1700 cash, no debt

Craig Snyder - $38K

Val Arkoosh - D - $2.8MM raised, $1.2 cash, $500K loan

Dr. Kevin Baumlin - D - $600K raised

Sharif Street - D - $400K raised

Malcolm Pac - D - $1.5MM raised, $285K cash, no debt

Jeff Bartos - R - $3.3MM raised, $2.4 cash, $1.2 loans

John Fetterman - D - $11.9MM raised, $5.3 cash, no debt

Kathy Barnett - R - $1.2MM raised, $565K cash, $158K debt

Americans for Parnell - $2MM raised, $330K cash, $73K debt

Citizens for Josh Mandel - $2MM raised, $6MM cash, no debt

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Mar 07, 2022
The Flyover View - March 4, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:16:03

Texas Gov Greg Abbott and fellow RINOs fare well in primaries | Missouri legislature targets trans kids | Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts wants to slash taxes and divert water from Colorado | Kansas Health Dept bows to anti-vaxxers, stops airing COVID vaccine PSAs | MO Gov Mike Parson names new state health director | Illinois legislature tackles teacher shortage | Indiana moves toward closing rape loophole

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Mar 04, 2022
Jon Karlen For Congress - Standing Up, in the Missouri 3rd
00:27:13

Jon Karlen (D-MO3) joins Adam Sommer for a chat about Jon's candidacy in the Missouri 3rd Congressional district.

https://www.karlen4missouri.com/platform


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Mar 03, 2022
High Country - March 2, 2022 - Colorado Politics and Government News
00:14:47

Govs Jared Polis, Michelle Lujan Grisham and more join forces for Clean Hydrogen hub | Colorado state legislature votes unanimously to stand with Ukraine, encourage strong action to punish Russia | Denver Elections unveils new public campaign finance database | Colorado Democrats and Republicans caucus this week | Debate over collective bargaining bill getting heated | CO Sen Brittany Pettersen sponsors universal free school lunch bill

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Mar 02, 2022
Sally Brooks - Dirt Roads, River Water, & Rural Missouri
00:29:26

Adam Sommer is joined by Sally Brooks, candidate in the MO-118th for State Representative to talk about why Sally is running, and the realities facing her neighbors. Sally helps us understand that your political party doesn't mean much when the whole area is being left behind.


Sally's ACT BLUE
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/brooks-for-missouri-1

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Mar 01, 2022
Missouri's Governor Hates Journalists; Tulsi Gabbard goes from Dem. debate stage to CPAC stooge stage; Texas officials are attacking children; Last Call on Lucas Kunce's odd rhetoric
01:25:00

Hosts:

Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

Adam's Opening Statement

Talkin’ Politics

  1. True or False: Parson Doesn’t Understand The Difference Between a Criminal and a Journalist - The Worm Has Turned

    1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/02/23/claim-that-reporter-hacked-state-website-was-debunked-parson-still-says-hes-a-criminal/

    2. Should be spending time continuing to push forward the appropriations that the state senate finally acted on, instead this shit


  1. Yeah…NO: CPAC welcomes renowned conservative speaker Tulsi Gabbard

    1. I’ve been saying Progressive isn’t only a Democratic thing, it didn't used to be and that would mean the same could be true that there could be progressive republicans and conservative democrats - not that long ago that was more common

    2. Your pick for the “best” - could be funniest, or grosest, whatever, lineup of speakers that represents to you the true Mr. Rushmore of this 2022 CPAC group

    3. https://cpac.conservative.org/speakers/


Sean

Matt Gaetz

Eric Greitens

Donald J. Trump

Kash Patel

Rachel

Nigel Farage

Jim Jordan

Kevin Sorbo

Mike Pompeo

Adam

Papa John

JD Vance

Lauren Boebert

Michele Tofoya

  1. The Big One: (15) Texas Gov. Abbott escalates the culture war, direct attacks on parents and children - meanwhile it turns out he was intentionally price gouging Texans during last February’s ice storm

    1. https://theintercept.com/2022/02/24/texas-greg-abbott-trans-kids-reelection/

    2. Abbot take money in Cali https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2022/02/24/texas-gov-greg-abbott-may-criticize-california-but-hes-happy-to-collect-checks-there/

    3. Axios - Abbot energy prices https://news.yahoo.com/ex-texas-power-grid-chief-205148041.html



THE LAST CALL

Lucas Kunce - the shifting sands of rhetoric

Russia has invaded Ukraine and there are lots and lots of hot takes out there

  1. https://theintercept.com/2022/02/22/ukraine-vladimir-putin-martin-kimani-speech/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

  2. Kunce rhetoric https://twitter.com/LucasKunceMO?s=20&t=p3AKGifFkp853SjNjorYjQ


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Feb 28, 2022
The Flyover View - February 25, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:19:14

Severe drought in West attributed to climate change | Ohio Senator Rob Portman snubs Trumpian author JD Vance | Missouri passes budget with $2B in federal funding for schools | Tennessee Republicans introduce raft of misguided legislation | Minnesota Republicans want to move $178 Million from public to private schools | Child poverty projected to worsen in Dallas | TX Gov Greb Abbott and AG Ken Paxton desperately target the parents of trans kids | COVID funds pay for after-school programming in Decatur IL | Missouri waterways polluted by livestock sewage

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Feb 25, 2022
Tim Cutt, director of the Missouri Corrections Officers Association
00:49:32

Rachel Parker is joined for a chat with Tim Cutt, director of the Missouri Corrections Officers Association. Tim explains the untenable conditions in Missouri's prisons and the realities facing these state workers as they continue to go unnoticed by the "debate" in Jefferson City.

https://www.newstribune.com/news/2021/jun/20/Corrections-Department-wrangling-with-severe-staff/


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Feb 24, 2022
The Delta, E19 - Myth of Sisyphus: Privatization and Stagnation
00:21:18

How is teaching like repeatedly pushing a boulder (of dung) up a mountain? Kristina and Nicholas use Camus to explore how "school choice" leads to less choice, empowerment, and autonomy for students, as well as overall stagnation for the nation.

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Feb 23, 2022
Donald Looney - Union Worker, Father, School Board Candidate
00:29:56

Donald Looney is running for the Wentzville, MO board of education. Donald has experienced the reality of equity in education and representation first hand and hopes to bring his experience and representation to the folks of Wentzville. Donald joins host Adam Sommer for a chat ranging from the cultural realities of suburban Missouri to the need for fresh looks at public education in the face of sustained attacks from privatization efforts.

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Feb 22, 2022
Hyperbolic Politics, School "Choice", Jack Danforth Big New Idea, GOP Tries To Shed Trump, COVID Two Years Later - the COVID Limbo
00:56:28

Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, & Sean Diller bring you the weekly talkin' politics roundtable.

Adam's Open

The Politics of Hyperbole

Talkin’ Politics

  1. True or False: Parents will wake up to the reality of school choice and voucher programs before it is too late?

    1. Oklahoma trying to pass law similar to Missouri https://tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/controversial-school-voucher-bill-narrowly-passes-committee-vote/article_7f4ddee2-8e6d-11ec-8ee9-03c04727fafe.html

    2. Missouri law https://apnews.com/article/business-government-and-politics-education-michael-brown-school-vouchers-fb1afe39b572359cc4f1d2b0f9397556

    3. Marketing around school choice - misleading https://edreform.com/2011/11/just-the-faqs-school-choice/

    4. Show Me Institute event on school choice - a notable absence of “the opponents”

      1. https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/education/school-choice-mythbusting-virtual-event/


  1. Yeah…NO: Former Sen Jack Danforth, the one of the architects of JOSHUA HAWLEY has thoughts about the next Missouri Senator and wants to help a centrist Republican win

    1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/02/18/jack-danforth-wants-to-find-an-independent-candidate-to-run-for-u-s-senate-in-missouri/

    2. Guess Schmitt should have waited a bit longer before he jumped into the crazy pool

    3. Danforth 2016 endorsement of Greitens https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2016/08/26/former-us-sen-danforth-endorses-greitens-for.html


  1. Buy or Sell: The GOP will shed Trump completely by 2024

    1. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/18/gop-senators-steer-clear-of-trump-00010006

    2. Shows up in Missouri - Hawley picks Hartzler - Vick Haw - but meanwhile Billy Long, the Eric’s, and the peach shirted yosemite sam himself are all still begging for Trump to bless their campaigns

      1. Great article by Jeff Smith at MO Idependent on the MO primary as a hand of texas holdem poker, which I very much appreciate

        1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/02/16/missouris-gop-senate-primary-as-a-hand-of-texas-hold-em-part-two-the-flop-opinion/


  1. McConnell has been pretty clear - he will go wherever the winds are blowing and he’s currently in the “fuck trump” camp

  2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/02/07/gop-candidates-avoid-choosing-between-trump-and-mcconnell/6693865001/

  3. https://www.wdsu.com/article/is-it-time-to-end-the-all-charter-school-experiment-in-new-orleans/39013696#

  4. Sean and Kevin highlighted the Georgia and Texas splits on the Flyover View this past Friday

  1. The Big One: Two years in, where are we really headed?

    1. The pandemic limbo - Atlantic Article

      1. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/02/covid-pandemic-immunocompromised-risk-vaccines/622094/

      2. How can we have a realistic convo with this: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/02/18/fact-check-no-the-cdc-doesnt-inflate-covid-deaths-in-missouri/


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Feb 21, 2022
The Flyover View, February 18, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:17:05

Bipartisan CO legislative coalition moves $53 Million Special Ed Funding forward | GOP Leaders McConnell, Thune, Haley supporting former football star with history of gender-based violence in campaign against Democratic US Senator Rev Raphael Warnock | Josh Hawley endorses Vicky Hartzler, Hartzler targets transgender student-athletes | TX Gov Greg Abbott is a RINO | Anti-CRT crusade cools in Indiana | Baristas in 54 Starbucks are trying to unionize | Ohio considers shifting education funds away from public schools |

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Feb 18, 2022
Andy Slaughter, director with the National Education Association on Missouri's state of education; then Talkin' Politics special mid-week session, just for LauraB
01:13:18

LET'S HAVE A CHAT

Adam Sommer has a chat with Andy Slaughter, a Missouri teacher and director with the National Education Association, about the state of schools in Missouri.


TALKIN' POLITICS

Rachel Parker https://twitter.com/RaitchetP?s=20&t=KYbiGoUU55M-yj8GnaK8sg

Sean Diller https://twitter.com/SeanDillerCO?s=20&t=KYbiGoUU55M-yj8GnaK8sg

Adam Sommer https://twitter.com/Adam_Sommer85


A chat about the Missouri Legislature's breakdown into primate exhibit at the zoo. Welcome to the hashtag Missouri legislature. You check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article258456798.html

Mike Moon Lost His Committees https://themissouritimes.com/fashion-faux-pas-leads-to-stripping-of-committee-assignments-for-senator/

Feds Sue Over SAPA https://themissouritimes.com/federal-government-sues-missouri-over-controversial-sapa-gun-law/

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-suit-prevent-missouri-restricting-enforcement-federal-firearms-laws

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Feb 17, 2022
High Country - February 16, 2022 - Colorado Politics News
00:09:12

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission considers waiver allowing drilling near homes | GOP Primary for CO Sec of State just got crazier | Denver Policing Alternatives are Expanding | Colorado bill to protect cannabis users employment rights would be first in the nation | FAA says more women enrolling in flight school | Red Rocks has a packed 2022 concert schedule

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Feb 16, 2022
The Social Network Administrator: Before & After w/ Rachel Parker
00:30:02

Rachel Parker walks us through the realities of the intersection of social media, business, & ethics.

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Feb 15, 2022
Palentines Day Fun: Missouri's Legislature Stalls, Virtue Signaling Failures, Inflation & Mega Profits, Josh & Vicky sittin' in a tree, The Last Call preview
01:07:20

Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, and Sean Diller on the panel for a weekly discussion.

Show information

Adam's Opening Statement


Talkin’ Politics


True or False: We are experiencing the failures of term limits in states like Missouri

  • The MO LEG has so far failed to join the other 49 states in spending the COVID relief money from the federal government

  • House has passed a bill

  • Senate remains in session to allow the filibuster on the nancy pelosi loony liberal lefist map

https://www.kfvs12.com/2022/02/09/deadline-fast-approaching-missouri-schools-receive-195-billion-covid-19-money/

The MO GOP voting down a pay raise for state workers as proposed by Gov. Parson will mean consequences from voters?

https://ballotpedia.org/State_legislatures_with_term_limits#:~:text=In%20five%20of%20the%2015,Missouri%2C%20Nevada%2C%20and%20Oklahoma.

Yeah… NO…: Rep Nick Schroer gave up without a fight on his bid to take away control of STL police from STL

  • Rep Rasheen Aldridge bill to do the same to ofallon

  • Good example of Dems focused on national issues while failing to promote local effective work


https://twitter.com/chelseaesquire/status/1492517290725806084?s=21

Buy or Sell: Record profits by meat packers and big oil companies will be an issue Democrats can use for 2022 to help with inflation problem?

Big Oil: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/06/oil-companies-profits-exxon-chevron-shell-exclusive#:~:text=2%20months%20old-,Exclusive%3A%20oil%20companies'%20profits%20soared%20to%20%24174bn%20this%20year,as%20US%20gas%20prices%20rose&text=The%20largest%20oil%20and%20gas,according%20to%20a%20new%20report.

Meat Packing:

https://www.reuters.com/business/meat-packers-profit-margins-jumped-300-during-pandemic-white-house-economics-2021-12-10/

The economy is actually good/inflation is easy to explain if you know how to do it:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/02/economy-biden-jobs-good-inflation/621496/

The Big One: Josh Hawley has endorsed Vicky Hartzler - thoughts and prayers to Eric Schmitt and his mountain of lawsuits that don’t matter any more

  • Hawley’s outfit was adorbs

  • Hartzler’s newsletter THAT morning, I forwarded to you both

  • Officially close the door on Billy Long, Jason Smith took his ladder and went home

  • Eric Schmitt is trying to make America great again by investigating gofundme on behalf of Canadian truckers

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/texas-missouri-gofundme-freedom-convoy

  • Their valentines day celebrity couple name

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Feb 14, 2022
The Flyover View - February 11, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:15:18

US Sen Josh Hawley has big fans at Russian state-owned media | Missouri Senate conservatives want to split KC into 3 Republican districts | Nuclear fusion science moves forward | Texas is rejecting a huge number of absentee ballot applications | Iowa GOP drops plan to require cameras in every classroom | Ohio set to loosen concealed carry rules | Kansas GOP targets Congresswoman Sharice Davids

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Feb 11, 2022
Joe Rogan: Employee Of The Month - A "Last Call" with Rachel Parker and Adam Sommer
00:58:32

NOTE: Regular last call episodes are only available on our patreon page.

In a special, 100% free "Last Call" :

Rachel Parker has recently posted a piece on our patreon page about the intentional use of social media, and the reality of the consumer as both the product and the user. Adam Sommer joins her for a last call looking at the realities surrounding the Spotify and Joe Rogan controversies, and a broader sense of intentional social media usage.

Rachel's post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/to-facebook-or-62171400


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Feb 10, 2022
The Delta, E18 - F-AMI-LY
00:17:18

Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) is literally being inserted into family life. But how fair is a system that depends heavily on how structured home life is on snow days? Kristina and Nicholas talk snow days for their kids and his school's AMI.

After the snowstorm, Kristina and Nicholas discuss the opportunistic political boobytraps of AMI that might be (un)intentionally helping school choice arguments.

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Feb 09, 2022
Austin Frerick: Iowa AF
00:26:17

Austin Frerick, candidate for Iowa State Senate, joins Adam Sommer for a chat about a holistic approach to a new kind of Democrat by connecting the dots between anti-trust issues, commodity farmer, and the food we serve our kids at school.

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Feb 08, 2022
Missouri Politics & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
01:05:42

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Talkin’ Politics

Intro - This week we are dedicating this portion to the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad week that was in Missouri.

  1. True Or False: The Missouri Senate Will Actually Pass a Redistricting Map

    1. https://themissouritimes.com/congressional-redistricting-back-in-senate-next-week/

    2. 7-1 group with the “Conservative Caucus” - Moon

    3. 6-2 map has been passed by the House chamber

      1. https://missouriindependent.com/2022/01/19/missouri-house-sends-congressional-map-to-senate-without-an-emergency-clause/

    4. House has already voted down a 7-1 map

  2. Yeah…NO: Dept. of Health and Senior Services proposed director Donald Kauerauf not confirmed because he didn’t properly bow down to religious and policy extremists in the Missouri Senate - and also there is a religious test to have a job in the Missouri Gov. now?

    1. https://themissouritimes.com/parson-lambasts-senate-as-health-director-resigns/


  1. Buy or Sell: Extremism and party dysfunction will ultimately catch up with the GOP - Missouri then National?


  1. The Big One: Parson’s lack of control of the MOGOP Compared to National GOP splits with Trump/Mitch

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Feb 07, 2022
The Flyover View - February 4, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:20:55

Farmers pleased with President Biden | Tennessee legislature considers cannabis | MO GOP Gov Mike Parson slams Republican state senators | Big boosts in education and child care funding could come to Minnesota | Missouri SB-666 is 'stand your ground' on steroids | Beto and Abbott fundraising filings in TX race for Governor | Cargill chicken merger might get scrambled | Ohio Sen Sherrod Brown touts Surprise Medical Billing law | Another Kansas legislator is picked up for DWI

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Feb 04, 2022
Eric Schmitt Agrees With Dr. Fauci
00:34:18

Adam Sommer goes through one of the actual petitions filed by AG Schmitt against Missouri schools.

Petition: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sl3a1qZ9piOOGw1vzkqPIK9HyfdOVXzE/view?usp=sharing


Show Me Progress Blog - Good information on email portal

https://showmeprogress.com/


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Feb 03, 2022
High Country - February 2, 2022 - Colorado Politics News
00:09:32

US Sen Michael Bennet cruising toward re-election | New CO-8th District seems to be up for grabs | Rep Lauren Boebert raises $800K in Q4 | Dems in CO State Legislature plan $400 million for affordable housing | Brittany Pettersen stacks up endorsements in CO-7 primary | $3.9 million for homelessness in Denver | Mayor Michael Hancock pleads for peace over petulance as mask order is lifted on Thursday

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Feb 02, 2022
Rockwood Board Of Education Candidates: Amy Ryan & Deborah Stine; Plus a SPECIAL mini-chat with the founder of Corn Fed Threads!
00:47:37

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Feb 01, 2022
Presidential Trivia, Anti-Trust For Real?, MO Lawsuits Less Money, MOSEN Race Predictions (kind of), Amazon & Koch Want Legal Weed (and Nancy Mace is interesting), Last Call about Jo(R)sh Hawley's visit to Missouri!
01:10:28

Talkin’ Politics


  1. True or False (5-7 min): Senate Anti-Trust Bill Survives fillibuster

    1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-20/senate-judiciary-committee-clears-tech-focused-antitrust-bill

    2. Bill from Klobuchar and Grassley - Heartland in the house, or the senate

  2. Yeah…NO (6-7 min) AG Eric Schmitt has sued (45 still good?) schools in MIssouri including 0 charter schools - over mask mandates

    1. https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/education/article257710628.html

    2. Becomes pretty transparent the point of it all when you pick on only some schools

    3. Talk about the $$ districts have to spend, Crystal’s proposed bill for the state to cover the costs

    4. If passed, MO taxpayers are literally paying for both sides with nothing to show for it.

    5. Calls for sanctions on Schmitt https://www.newsweek.com/missouri-ag-facing-sanction-call-after-suing-45-school-districts-over-mask-mandates-1672951


  1. Buy or Sell (6-8 min) The Open Missouri Senate Race will be Hartzler v. Kunce

    1. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa endorsed MO Rep. Vicky Hartzler

    2. Sifton did his Missouri tour of all the Counties - the output was less than expected

    3. Our interview with Sara Sirota of The Intercept last week from last week on Thursday - dark money in MO

  2. The Big One (15-20 min) Prime Shipping may be coming to your Pineapple Express

    1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/01/25/republican-congresswoman-nancy-mace-is-on-a-mission-to-legalize-cannabis-and-amazon-just-got-behindher/?sh=15f4917d5450

    2. https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/1486325343615135747?s=21

    3. Koch’s Americans for Prosperity is going hard for this junior Congresswoman. Clear that the Koch’s want an issue that isn’t pro-life or pro-Trump to attract swing voters during the midterms?

    4. She’s very smart, here’s the quote to end all quotes: ““It’s American, it’s uniting,” Mace says. “There are three things that really bring people together—animals, Britney Spears and cannabis. Those are the three things I've found that have struck a chord with the American people and that can bring people together at the dinner table—just like apple pie.” From a purple swing district in SC.

    5. Rachel: If I were Scott Sifton or any of the Dem Sen candidates, I’d endorse this bill right now and blow it up all over my social. Go to SC and talk to her about it. This is Missouri, etc.

  3. Last Call: Joshua Hawley stepped foot in Missouri


Least popular populist, ever.

  1. https://twitter.com/TessYocom/status/1485809071282397184?s=20

  2. https://twitter.com/s_webber/status/1485808300256120836?s=20&t=BizWw7e03Bb3v6bw2-scXg

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Jan 31, 2022
The Flyover View - January 28, 2022 - Politics News and Views
00:19:52

Expanded Child Tax Credit cut child poverty in U.S. | MO AG Schmitt Sues More Schools | Biden Admin ARPA Funds in Colorado | Minnesota Governor and Lt. Gov want to legalize recreational marijuana | Wisconsin electors will not be retracted | IL Gov Pritzker vetoes COVID sick leave bill | IA Senators afraid of the press | Racial gerrymandering in Kansas | Give me Ivermectin or Give Me Death

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Jan 28, 2022
Dark Money In Missouri w/Sara Sirota of The Intercept
00:42:36

Sara Sirota, politics reporter for The Intercept, joins Rachel Parker and Adam Sommer for a chat about dark money in Missouri politics, with a special focus on the 2022 GOP Senate primary. Sara's piece, which provides a deep dive on the known players, is an excellent look at the names and relationships that voters need to know about, and how they interact. Link below:

Sara on twitter: @SaraLSirota

Sara's Article Link:

https://theintercept.com/2022/01/21/koch-missouri-senate-eric-greitens/

Who Is Rex Sinquefield?

https://www.emissourian.com/news/after-quiet-year-rex-sinquefield-donations-start-flowing-in-missouri-again/article_aa712272-7334-11ec-a3db-53ea0980a43c.html

Schmitt's suits

https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2022-01-24/missouri-attorney-general-sues-9-more-school-districts-including-one-for-students-with-disabilities

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Jan 27, 2022
The Delta, E17 - Masks Make It Personal
00:20:32

Kristina (ASL interpreter) & husband Nicholas (science teacher) talk about how masking in schools has become a personal issue: harmful to our health, school closures, & science literacy but also how masks help differently-abled students communicate.

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Jan 26, 2022
Understanding Equity In Education w/ Heather Fleming of Missouri Equity Education Partnership
00:46:29

Adam Sommer is joined by Heather Fleming, founder of Missouri Equity Education Partnership https://www.missouriequity.com/

Heather helps us understand just what equity in education is and joins Adam in the kind of conversation that helps us expand our ability to talk about race relations.

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Jan 25, 2022
Party Labels, Saving Democracy, MO GOP gaslights Missourians, Dark Money Is Running Your State House, 2022 Midterms realities
01:10:13

Adam Sommer kicks off with an update on the POD feed. Then an Opening Statement about the labeling of party politics, and why he uses “pragmatic progressive” to label his politics.

Then Rachel Parker joins in for this week’s Talkin’ Politics, including:

True or False: I was too mean to the Mo Dem Party last week


Yeah…no: Covid is over in Missouri and everything is fine

  • Mo Gov Parson declares mission accomplished over Covid

  • Min. Leader Quade hits back: Kids are a the capital instead of school BECAUSE of Covid

  • AG Schmitt suing all the schools - even some that don’t even have a mandate

    • Claim is psychological damage for having to wear a mask

      • Pretty tall hill to climb

Buy or Sell: At some point voters will realize their states are big run by corporations and PACs

  • Heritage foundation writing legislation to suppress the vote

THE BIG ONE

Mid-Term Polling Numbers Look Bad for Dems - deep dive for the episode with some “call to action”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/poll-numbers-are-pointing-midterm-shellacking-democrats-n1287624

https://theintercept.com/2022/01/21/koch-missouri-senate-eric-greitens/

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Jan 24, 2022
The Flyover View: January 20, 2022 - Heartland News & Views
00:15:22

Kevin Smith delivers the top stories of the week impacting the heartland.

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Jan 21, 2022
2022 Check In: State of The Missouri Democratic Party
00:42:53

Adam Sommer is joined by folks from the Missouri Democratic Party to discuss the state of the party and how things may have lead Missouri to where it is today, and what may need to happen to get where we need to go tomorrow.

Bailey Netsch - (Nayh-ch) - Managing Communications Director for the Missouri Democratic Party

Andy Hatem - Data Manger for the Missouri Democratic Party

Randy Dunn - Executive Director of the Missouri Democratic Party

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Jan 20, 2022
High Country - Jan 19, 2021 - Colorado Politics and News
00:08:13

USDA Sec Tom Vilsack in CO discusses $1B federal funding for independent producers | Colorado legislators lay out 2022 agendas | Environmentalists Pressure Gov. Jared Polis | Nebraska-Colorado Water Dispute | Yak Obstacle Course

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Jan 19, 2022
WTF Is A Variant Anyway? w/ Nicholas Linke
00:44:08

Nicholas Linke (science teacher and host of The Delta) joins Adam Sommer for a chat about the realities and possibilities of the Omicron variant.

NOTE: Contains scientific discussion on some things that CAN occur, but is not meant to be a direct prediction.

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Jan 18, 2022
MLK's legacy, Big Tech Goes To Washington, Missouri Manhood Challenge!, Heartland Redistricting Political Questions, WTF Is Going On In The US Senate, Last Call on 2024 Presidential Field
00:59:53

Adam's Opening Statement: How Did We Get Here?

Talkin’ Politics


  1. True OR False: Tech Company Subpoenas for Jan 6th Committee mean something?

    1. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/jan-6-committee-subpoenas-tech-giants-after-inadequate-response-n1287442

  2. Yeah… NO: Missouri GOP Passing a Resolution To Declare A Manhood Challenge Is Super NOT Manly

    1. Missouri Legislature needs to challenge men to be more manly.

    2. https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/hlrbillspdf/3472H.01I.pdf

  3. Buy or Sell: 2022 Redistricting Will Actually Hurt the GOP More Than Help it?

    1. Missouri 7-1 map failing, caused a lot of talk about the party and infighting

    2. Ohio map is overturned by the Courtshttps://news.yahoo.com/redistricting-ohio-supreme-court-strikes-202432310.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=tw&guccounter=1

    3. Tennessee https://www.newsfromthestates.com/article/house-redistricting-panel-splits-davidson-congressional-map-three-ways

  4. The Big One: WTF is going on in the US Senate?

    1. Graham threatens Mitch? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/lindsey-graham-just-threatened-mitch-mcconnell-over-donald-trump/ar-AASKeZg?ocid=winp-st


The Last Call: 2024 Presidential chatter - Kirsten Sinema?

Kirsten Sinema is running for President in 2024

  1. https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/1481731676669632516?s=20

  2. We talked about this months ago, Manchin/Sinema 2024 as a genuine possible ticket

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/12/west-virginians-child-tax-credits-manchin


  1. Any real chance it would fly for Dems?

  2. Bonus: RNC really pulling out of debates?

    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/us/politics/presidential-debates-rnc.html

Ryan Grim:

https://theintercept.com/2021/12/21/joe-manchin-president-lbj/

https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1480514522351812610?s=21

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Jan 17, 2022
The Flyover View, January 14, 2022 - Heartland Politics News & Views
00:15:58

Senate Democrats fail to unite on filibuster | Missouri legislators likely to preserve KC-area congressional seat currently held by Rep Emanuel Cleaver | State Senator Brittany Petterson running for Congress in Colorado 7th | Police Chiefs question MO federal gun nullification law | Carbon sequestration pipeline in planning stages | Ohio Supreme Court throws out gerrymandered legislative map | Iowa State Senators fire up culture war machine

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Jan 14, 2022
Rep. Sarah Unsicker, MO 91st
00:29:10

Rep. Sarah Unsicker, MO, 91st (D) joins Adam Sommer for a chat about the 2022 Missouri legislative session, now under way, including new developments with foster children, redistricting, and more.

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Jan 13, 2022
The Delta, E16 - 2022: New Stuff Happenin'
00:21:18

Nicholas is joined by his wife and now co-host, Kristina, to comically say goodbye to 2021's last-minute surprises, as well as discuss their hopes for 2022 and the new stuff happenin' on The Delta.

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Jan 12, 2022
A chat about redistricting with Jason Rosenbaum & Rachel Parker
00:33:06

Rachel Parker takes the mic for a chat with local STLPR voice and long time Missouri political reporter, Jason Rosenbaum to go over the status of redistricting in Missouri, and some of the political realities Missouri folks are looking at for the next decade.

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Jan 11, 2022
Voting Rights, Covid Testing Sites, Dick Cheney's Moral Compass, The Filibuster, GOP Jr. High Drama
01:03:19

Talkin’ Politics - Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Sean Diller

  1. True or False

    1. There will be a federal testing site for covid in Missouri

    2. Gov. Paron will take the advice of Rep. Cori Bush on COVID_19

    3. https://bush.house.gov/sites/evo-subsites/bush.house.gov/files/evo-media-document/Rep.%20Bush%20Letter%20to%20Gov.%20Parson%20-%20COVID%20Testing%201.6.22.pdf

  2. Yeah, NO…

    1. Dick Cheney has some concerns about the consequences of subverting and abusing the constitution

  3. Buy or Sell

    1. The filibuster is going to change for voting rights

    2. John Tester - Montana Dem - favors the speaking filibuster https://missoulacurrent.com/government/2021/10/tester-voting-rights/

    3. https://dailymontanan.com/2022/01/05/montanas-jon-tester-backs-filibuster-changes-means-testing-for-biden-spending-plan/

    4. https://www.vox.com/2022/1/8/22866956/chuck-schumer-filibuster-democrats

  4. The Big One

    1. Redistricting/Midterms - where are we?

    2. The Missouri gop is worse than JR drama

      1. https://twitter.com/brianontheair/status/1479516933217214470?s=21

      2. Another example when Missouri isn’t just Missouri, it’s a microcosm?

      3. Justin Hill went to the insurrection, skipped his swearing in, then made it less then a year, and then resigned

      4. Missouri Conservative Caucus

    3. https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/house-redistricting-plan-faces-controversy-looming-deadlines/article_703865b6-7028-11ec-b676-af8ca1f127cb.html

    4. https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2022-01-05/redistricting-and-spending-billions-in-federal-aid-top-missouri-lawmakers-2022-agenda

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Jan 10, 2022
The Flyover View, January 7, 2022 - Heartland Politics News and Views
00:17:37

Biden Administration announces $1B for livestock supply chain resilience and competition | Missouri Legislature eyes Texas-style abortion bill and other culture wars in 2022 | Federal court upholds Illinois redistricting map | Rep Emanuel Cleaver's seat in Congress is most likely safe for Democrats | Missouri Gov Mike Parson wants to talk about herd immunity | Kansas hospital leaders rationing care amid crisis | President Carter is not impressed

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Jan 07, 2022
One Year Later: The Power of Perception w/ Dr. Barry Borgerson on the January 6th attacks, and the Big Lie
00:30:13

Dr. Barry Borgerson is a specialist dealing with behavioral transformations in business. His method, dealing with with the "2 selfs" forces us to look in the mirror and question our beliefs to test them against available facts. Dr. Borgerson's method can help us understand the way the Big Lie took over the lives of some of the folks attacking the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, and how we can deal with those kinds of issues going forward, in a chat with Adam Sommer. Plus, Adam's open about that power of perception.

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Jan 06, 2022
High Country - January 5, 2022 - Colorado News and Politics
00:06:46

Union workers at 87 local King Soopers grocery stores vote to strike | Colorado Governor Jared Polis takes action on marijuana convictions and a hot-button clemency request | Marshall Fire was most destructive ever in Colorado - how to help families | Dazzle celebrates 25 years in Denver

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Jan 05, 2022
Henry Martin (D) for Congress, MO6th
00:48:13

Henry Martin, a veteran, coach, educator, and family man is running for congress in northern Missouri. Many may not know that much of northern Missouri was once known as "Little Dixie" - the twist? Henry is black, and a Democrat in an area that leans Republican. Henry sat down with Adam Sommer for a chat about running for office.

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Jan 04, 2022
January 6th Anniversary; Media Headlines Bury Biden; Biden v. Putin; 2022 Races To Watch; Last Call on Jo(R)sh Hawley
01:13:12

Talkin’ Politics


  1. True or False: The 1 year aniv of the January 6th attacks will actually be the start of something positive as Americans come together to commemorate and reject the attackers


  1. Yeah… NO - Continued chicken little sky is falling coverage of Biden

    1. Dire end to Biden’s first year as Manchin says no on signature bill - the guardian

    2. Biden can change it himself, use the bully pulpit?

      1. https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1476618089273905158?s=20


  1. Buy or Sell: Shit is about to get very real with Russia

    1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-putin-ukraine-phone-call/

  2. 2022 Races That Interest Us


House:

Georgia: Marcus Flowers is running to replace that Paleo diet in human form Marjorie Taylor Green

Kansas: Sharice Davids (redistricting--Sean?--and she crushed her 2020 opponent by a whopping 10 points)

Senate

Iowa: Abby Finkenauer (against Grassley who is a walking statement about why the GOP can’t accuse the Dems of not forcing lawmakers to retire when they should); we’ve asked her team to schedule some time on the POD and we really hope they follow through with that. We’d love to sit down with her. She has history of holding office, etc.

Missouri: I’m calling it now. Hartzler is going to DC as a Senator in 2022.

Governor’s Races:

Kansas: Laura Kelly’s COVID moves may look shady AF if you live on the coast or in a city, but she’s clearly doing what she thinks she has to do to appeal to anti-Biden swing voters in Kansas (aka nearly everyone)

Texas: Beto, duh. Probably tied for first for the most watched governor’s race in history (with GA naturally)

Alabama: I hate Kay Ivy (I just want to say that)

Senate + Governor: Pennsylvania. Maybe the most fascinating races to watch right now.

Gov. Races

  • Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin

Senate

  • Missouri

House

  • MO 2nd, Mo 4th

  • Current Illinois 16th which is Kinzingers seat



Last Call Video Link referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x-vmwqt84Y

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Jan 03, 2022
No Way Out
00:56:33

Adam Sommer lays out a reality of the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Missouri - and revisits the chat with Author Betty Jane Frizzell about the real life story of abuse, drugs, mental illness, and a murder in the home, with a gun.

Domestic Violence Help:

https://www.thehotline.org/support-others/

https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=546

https://everytownresearch.org/report/guns-and-violence-against-women-americas-uniquely-lethal-intimate-partner-violence-problem/


Info on SAPA:


https://themissouritimes.com/missouris-sapa-law-where-does-it-stand-now/



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Dec 29, 2021
A Few Of Our Favorite Things, 2021 A Year In Review
00:47:42

Rachel Parker and Adam Sommer look back on the year that was and some of their favorite things, personal, political, and podcast related. Join us as we close out 2021, a year of amazing growth for the POD, and our hosts.

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Dec 27, 2021
Elad Gross, An Attorney's General Opinion
00:30:22

Elad Gross, a Missouri public interest attorney and former candidate for Attorney General joins Adam Sommer to discuss the way current Missouri AG has misinterpreted a recent court ruling on health regulations in Missouri and the resulting fallouts and attacks on schools.

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Dec 21, 2021
"A Proper King!" - Adam's Opening Statement On Anti-Education Policies; A Deep Dive On January 6th; Our Holiday Wish
01:23:54

Talkin’ Politics - Coup Coup Coupchoo - part 2, electric bugaloo


Liz’s funny tweet

https://twitter.com/soshimshi/status/1472636044357087240?s=21

True or False: The Senate will deal with voting rights in response to the continued push of the big lie

GOP HAS SOLD THE BIG LIE - Now they have to service the product



Yeah… NO: Liz Cheney’s text messages, Don Jr. somehow trying to defuse the bomb he helped build

  • Fox News hosts urged Trump to call them off

  • Donald JR allegedly texts meadows to call them off


  • Never forget, the President WAS NOT EVACUATED during this attack


  • From hearing: Full @RepLizCheney statement on holding Mark Meadows in contempt, including texts from Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and others:

  • "These text messages leave no doubt...multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately. They texted Mr. Meadows."



Buy or Sell: Mitch McConnell giving his public blessing will actually improve the ability of Jan 6th committee to get answers


General Talk:

Rachel’s twitter thread: https://twitter.com/RaitchetP/status/1470452052245549069?s=20

Details in a story with link to the power point

https://www.newsandguts.com/meadows-texts-reveal-depth-of-january-6th-plot-coverup/

New Straka info?

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/12/17/trump-ally-brandon-straka-information-525272


https://www.thebulwark.com/fox-hosts-begged-trump-to-stop-the-january-6-attack-on-the-capitol/

Wikipedia summary (it’s pretty good)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_charges_in_the_2021_United_States_Capitol_attack

Meadows referred for contempt prosecution

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/13/mark-meadows-capitol-attack-committee-vote-prosecution

Social media posts during sentencing

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/13/judges-weigh-social-media-posts-criminal-sentences-us-capitol-attack

Sleep walking into the Coup - Part 2

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/13/america-witnessed-a-coup-attempt-now-its-sleep-walking-into-another-disaster

Details:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2021/dec/14/capitol-attack-panel-mark-meadows-donald-trump-joe-biden-us-politics-lates-news

Holiday Wish: In the spirit of Steve Martin in the spirit of the season, or very own holiday wish.

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Dec 20, 2021
The Flyover View, December 17, 2021 - Heartland News & Views
00:17:58
Dec 17, 2021
Scott Faughn, Let's Keep Having A Chat (part 2 of 2)
00:43:56

Part 2 of the chat with Adam Sommer and Scott Faughn, publisher of the Missouri Times.

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Dec 16, 2021
The Delta, E15 - Just Breathe: Handling Holiday Politics
00:16:26

How does your own anatomy complicate the way your brain is able to handle conflict with those we disagree with during the holidays? And how does breathing really help us to keep our calm during those inevitable political discussions?

Nicholas and Tim pause for a moment from decorating the great family room for the holidays to discuss.

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Dec 15, 2021
Scott Faughn, Let's Have A Chat (part 1 of 2)
00:40:01

Adam Sommer sits down with Scott Faugh, publisher of The Missouri Times, and host of "This Week In Missouri Politics. Faughn has been publishing since 2013, and is one of the most well known media personalities in Missouri politics. In part one Adam & Scott get into the origin of Scott as a media member, and the Missouri 2022 Senate race.

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Dec 14, 2021
BBB for Christmas; Chris Christie Owned By Trump, Again; Legalized MJ in MO?; Schmitt Stains & 2022 MOSEN Update; 2024 & The Reality Of Polling
01:18:55

On today’s Heartland POD for December 13, 2021

Housekeeping Items - 1min to 5 min

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Adam’s Opening Statement - The Role Of Government - 5 min - 9:45 min

Talkin’ Politics - 9:45 min

  1. 14 min 30 sec – True or False: BBB passes before Christmas

  2. 18 min – Yeah, No… Chris Christie’s book tour and attempt at relevance, now blaming Trump for giving him Covid but he still says he would have voted for Trump again

    1. Reportedly sold about 3,000 copies the first week

    2. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/washington-secrets/fans-buy-out-trumps-new-book-sales-30x-chris-christies

    3. Trump fans bought Trump’s new book just to beat Christie’s, so now they are owning the libs and whatever the hell Chris Christie is these days

  3. 22 min 30 sec – Buy or Sell: Missouri will legalize recreational MJ soon?

https://missouriindependent.com/2021/12/06/missouri-lawmakers-must-take-action-to-legalize-marijuana-opinion/

  1. 30 min – MO 2022 senate race: Eric Schmitt threatens schools and asks parents to take nonconsensual pictures and videos of minors - with proper lighting and horizontal orientation please, to report to his office

    1. county heath shutting down on Covid tracking https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article256483746.html

    2. Many schools pushing back (Lee’s Summit letter)

  1. Case was about administrative rule making, and does NOT preclude school districts from doing as they have done

  2. On Dem side appears that Kunce is a very likely winner, he’s almost gone full Beto at this point with his national media tour

  3. Sifton still has lots of state Dem support but what does that really mean in terms of votes?

  4. Spencer Toder is doing good things but isn’t raising money, doesn’t matter how much good he can do or what policies he would champion if he can’t get coverage, did see he had a piece in the Springfield News leader which was nice

  5. The rest of the field appears to simply have not enough name ID and money to matter

    • I will say I think the Dem slate is full of really decent and well intentioned folks and I hope every one of them keeps working for Missouri


5. National: Way too early look at 2024

  • Biden’s numbers are bad, really bad if you go look at Fox reporting, but does it mean he’s already toast for 2024?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/06/tune-out-those-2024-presidential-race-predictions/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F3574da3%2F61ae47f99d2fdab56bb6bc12%2F5ef9f9c6ade4e276b323df8c%2F17%2F72%2F61ae47f99d2fdab56bb6bc12

538 average: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/?ex_cid=rrpromo

– Flavor of the week was to write a think piece about how Biden’s polling numbers, or even VP Harris, are looking bad

  • Polling realities

  • Headlines this week

    • A new poll finds major warning signs for Biden and fellow Democrats - NPR

    • Biden approval hits new low as economic discontent rises, Post-ABC Poll finds - WAshington Post

    • President Biden’s job approval sinking on inflation, crime and covid: POLL - ABC


  • RACHEL - Headlines/copy editing

  • SEAN - the reality of reading polling

  • ADAM - the synthesis as a trial presentation

  • Will it be Biden/Harris again?

  • If Biden doesn’t run, will they give it to Harris?

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Dec 13, 2021
The Flyover View, December 10, 2021 - Heartland News & Views
00:17:49

MO AG Eric Schmitt badgering educators again | President Biden talks infrastructure in Kansas City | Ex-GOP Strategist drops out of Dem primary for Texas Lt Governor | AR ready to slash tax bills for wealthy households | MO Teachers plead for more than $25K base salary | TX book-banning project | Bob Dole | Rupert Murdoch

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Dec 10, 2021
Lights Out, Guerrilla (Politics)! Turn That $*** Up! - a chat with Lori White, copy writer and political volunteer
00:36:30

Adam Sommer has a chat with former Missourian and now Brooklynite, Lori White. Lori is a copy editor who has found a way to help with progressive politics in the heartland, even from all the way in New York, by volunteering to run social media accounts for candidates.

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Dec 09, 2021
High Country, December 8, 2021 - Heartland West Edition
00:07:37

Democratic criminal justice reform advocate Elisabeth Epps and former legislative staffer Katie March in primary for State House District 6 in Denver | UC-Leeds School of Business report projects strong economic growth | Colorado 8th Congressional District primary field grows with new candidates in both parties.

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Dec 08, 2021
Local Media Is Like Craft Beer: A Chat w/ Tony Baranowski, timescitizen.com publisher
00:36:05

Adam Sommer (host) has a chat with Tony Baranowski, a publisher from timescitizen.com about the landscape of media today and the local and independent media growth. Just like the microbrew and craft beer growth of the last couple of decades, the media landscape is shifting from a few monoliths over to smaller, more localized media sources.

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Dec 07, 2021
TX Gov Abbott likely to face Beto, MO Gov Mike Parson kept embarrassing COVID report from public
00:52:05

Talking Politics with Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker and Sean Diller. Critical analysis of politics, elections, and state government news from America's heartland.

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Dec 06, 2021
The Flyover View, December 3, 2021 - Heartland News & Views
00:16:09

MO Gov Mike Parson in another COVID controversy | Iowa GOP Sen Chuck Grassley and Dem Rep Axne bring home $5B in funding from Infra Law | Ohio GOP Gerrymandering despite reforms | MN Sen Tina Smith says BBB bill should clear Senate this year | New Data sheds light on Great Resignation | Arlington TX green-lights drilling wells 600 feet from daycare center | Eric Greitens, Matthew McConaghey and Stacey Abrams updates

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Dec 03, 2021
The Delta, E14 - The School Choice Lie: Say Why Again, Motherf...
00:21:59

Hidden Curriculum 3:
Nicholas is joined by Adam (host of Heartland POD) to give their two truths against the lie told by school choice advocates that use standardized testing to argue how public education is failing... And how teaching students to say, "Why?" again is real education.

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Dec 01, 2021