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Blue Wave Pod
47 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Ep 25 - The Blue Wave
We did it? The blue wave happened? We’re not sure. No one’s sure. But we did learn a lot. Check out our final episode as we dig into the midterm results and the lessons we learned from our year trying to catch the blue wave.
22 minutes | Nov 4, 2018
Ep 24 - 'Twas the night before midterms
'Twas the night before midterms And all through the House The Republicans were stirring, Because they ran on racist policies and are about to lose. OK, so it doesn’t rhyme, but after all the heated language and constant debates, the midterms are finally here. As we head into the end of this elections, lets talk about what to look for in the next few days. There are a few stories that stand out, and if these Democrats win, like Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Richard Cordray, etc., they could tell us a bit more about what it will take to win back our country.
25 minutes | Oct 7, 2018
Ep 23 - Trump is winning
Your favorite Negative Nancys are back and this time we are predicting a whole new type of doom and gloom - Trump winning in 2020. As it looks right now, Trump is winning and owning the libs. He has two Supreme Court appointments, he has his tax bill, he has his NAFTA re-write, and every single one of his abnormalities has seemed to have become the new normal. We only have one month until the midterms and there is no second chance. Ranting and protesting isn't enough. We have to get people to the polls and make this election count.
38 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
Ep 22 - Immigration and religion in Tennessee
A candidate with strong religious ties running on a platform of faith and community. Why can't that be a Democrat? For decades, we've heard about the "religious right" and their devotion to the Republican party, but are things changing? The Republican standard bearer can hardly be said to possess Christian values with stories of porn stars and policies going very much against the Bible's teachings, particularly on immigration. Maybe it's time for Democrats to talk more about religion. That's part of what Wade Munday, executive director of Tennessee's Justice For Our Neighbors - a group that provides free legal advice to immigrants, is trying to do in his race for the 25th District of the Tennessee Senate. He's running as a Democrat, but he's willing to talk to anyone and everyone in his community. As a first time candidate, he's driven by his faith and a call to service so many have heard recently. Listen to our conversation with him as we talk about how religion has been misused for so long in our political debate and how there is a way to take back the middle ground. Learn more about Wade at www.wademunday.com and follow him on Twitter at @wadelmunday.
24 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
Ep 21 - On the campaign trail
Time to catch up with some of our favorite candidates on the campaign trail. Ken Harbaugh was the very first guest we had on the podcast and he is now one of the best fundraisers and campaigners in the state of Ohio. Tim Piatt is a personal friend that is running for the Ohio State House in a district that should be Democratic, but has had a locally-well-known Republican as their representative for years. Ground games, fundraising, best talking points, and lots of discussion about the recent special election in the Ohio 12th Congressional District are all on the table for this episode. You can follow and help Ken Harbaugh's campaign on Twitter at @Team_Harbaugh or on Facebook at @KenHarbaughforCongress. You can follow and help Tim Piatt's campaign on Twitter at @PiattForward or on Facebook at @PiattForward.
30 minutes | Jul 15, 2018
Ep 20 - Where the hell have ya been?
We're back! But where the hell have we been? Peru and Maine. And a little bit of Canada. Plus one of us has a new job as an elected official. It's been a busy "month off" from the show, but we're excited to catch up on everything we missed and jump right back into making sure that this Blue Wave becomes a reality in November!
43 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
Ep 19 - Learning from a loss
It is never easy to lose, but we can learn quite a bit from those races and candidates who just don't make it this time. Is there really a split in the Democratic party? What messages are working? Is this Blue Wave really going to happen? In this episode, we asked these questions to two campaigns that worked hard, but fell short of their respective nominations. First we talked to Rachel Coyle, who was the communications director for Sen. Joe Schiavoni's run for Ohio Governor, and then we talked with Councilman Tom Bullock, who ran for a seat in the Ohio State House. Each had a different experience in their fight, but both are still optimistic of what is coming in November. You can follow Rachel Coyle on Twitter at @RRuby44 and Tom Bullock at @tombullock3.
29 minutes | May 24, 2018
Ep 18 - Where are all the Ohio Democrats? Part 2
In our last episode, we depressed ourselves and many of you with our reading of the Ohio primary numbers. To cheer us up and tell us why there are still many great signs that the Blue Wave is still coming, we called David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.David takes us through his reading of the numbers and explains how Democrats have narrowed the gap on Republicans while facing a machine that has controlled the state for years. While we all agree there's more to do, David tries to set us straight on why Democrats are in a better position than ever in Ohio. You can follow David Pepper on Twitter @DavidPepper.
22 minutes | May 16, 2018
Ep 17 - Where are all the Ohio Democrats?
Trump's approval rating is on the rise, Republicans voters are showing up in droves, and Democrats are mostly missing in action in Ohio. In the 2018 primary, the statewide turnout numbers show that Republicans beat Democrats by over ten points. But how can that be? This is supposed to be the year of the Blue Wave! Democrats are supposed to be more energized that ever before! But in many states, including Ohio, the Republican turnout machine is in good order while Democrats can't even beat the numbers from 2010. To sort through this, we look at the numbers coming out of Ohio, our home state and a bellwether for the rest of the country. From voters to money - the numbers do not look good. If a Blue Wave is going to happen, Democrats need to find a better way to get people to the polls. If Republicans win this year pushing a pro-Trump message, what does that say about the future of the party and our country? Find all our episodes on bluewavepod.com and follow us at on Twitter and Facebook.
30 minutes | May 2, 2018
Ep 16 - First time, long time
Before we started this podcast, we didn't know what to do. The 2016 election happened and everyone said "get involved" - whatever that meant. All we could think of was to go to meeting after meeting to try and figure it out. At one of those meetings in early 2017, we met Tim Piatt - a labor attorney from Uniontown, Ohio. Like us, he was searching for a way to "get involved." Do you work on a campaign? Do you start a podcast? (Great idea, by the way). Or do you take on the mantle of leadership fully and run for office yourself? Well, Tim has bravely chosen the last option and is now running for the Ohio House in the 36th District, a district covering most of Summit County and one that might be the best example of a district gerrymandered to elect Republicans. Tim doesn't care about that and is running when he thinks it's most important. And the district might not be as red as you think with its strong labor identity. Listen to our conversation with Tim Piatt and hear how he's seen that Democrats can compete anywhere. Learn about Tim Piatt's run at www.timpiatt.com and follow his campaign on Facebook or Twitter @PiattForward.
30 minutes | Apr 25, 2018
Ep 15 - It's time to fight dirty
One thing you have to say about Republicans - they know how to work the system to win. Whether it's taking a solidly obstructionist stance against President Obama's legislative priorities or blocking liberal appointments to the Supreme Court even when it seems wholly unfair, the right has never been afraid to do what it takes to promote their ideals. What if Democrats learned how to fight like that? Forget working under the rules set up by Republicans. And don't worry about going through a near impossible amendment process. How about dividing California into seven separate states to flood the Senate with liberal voices? Why not push harder for statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington DC? Shouldn't we consider enlarging the Supreme Court when we have power or passing a new Voting Rights Act that actually protects voters? David Faris, Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University, is pushing all of these ideas and more in his new book - It's Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. Listen to our conversation with him and hear why he thinks it's time for Democrats to think bigger. We spend so much time focusing on the next election or news story, but locking in progressive policies will take more than winning the day-to-day news cycle battle. Hear how David Faris thinks Democrats can work within the current Constitutional framework and win the war. You can find his book on Amazon and follow him on Twitter @davidmfaris.
25 minutes | Apr 19, 2018
Ep 14 - Run with Pride
There are seven current members of Congress who openly identify as part of the LGBTQ community. Since the 2016 election, Run with Pride has been helping to increase those numbers by supporting LGBTQ candidates across the country in red and blue districts. While some may think that LGBTQ issues were effectively solved with the legalization of same-sex marriage, those in the community know that the fight for equal rights continues on a state and federal level. From statutory to everyday discrimination, Run with Pride has been working to find candidates that understand that discrimination and have the drive to push legislation to protect LGBTQ rights. Listen to our conversation with Jordan Valerie Allen, Communications Director for Run with Pride, and hear how Run with Pride is another great example of how people and organizations are harnessing the energy after Donald Trump's election to sustain a new movement for the future. You can find out more at https://www.runwithpride.org/, on Twitter @run_with_pride or on Facebook @runwithpridepac. You can follow Jordan on Twitter @jordanvalallen
29 minutes | Apr 11, 2018
Ep 13 - Dennis the Menace
Dennis Kucinich is considered a political outsider, but this unabashed progressive has been involved at almost every level of government for 50 years. With strong ties to Ohio, he has served as City Councilman, Clerk of the Municipal Court, Mayor, State Senator and U.S. Representative. In 2004 and 2008, he ran for the Democratic nomination for President and pushed his strong brand of liberalism on the national stage. He has shown throughout his career that he's willing to stand up for his principles, including against members of his own party. In fact, the Democratic platform has never quite defined the Congressman. From being one of the first proponents for universal health care to now supporting President Trump's trade policies, the Congressman has always taken his own path. Now, Dennis Kucinich is eyeing the Governor's Mansion in Ohio as he faces a full field for the Democratic nomination, including Richard Cordroy, the former head of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, Joe Schiavoni, minority leader in the Ohio Senate, and Bill O'Neill, former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. With the primary election only weeks away, the polls are tight. While most considered Richard Cordroy the front-runner when the race began, the Congressman's message seems to be resonating with Ohio voters and Democrats looking to redefine the party. As Democrats search for new messaging after losing heavily in 2016, the race for Governor in Ohio is a true test for the future of the party. Hear why Dennis Kucinich believes the time is right for his political vision and why he's not buying the criticism from those within his own party. Find out more at www.kucinich.com, on Twitter @kucinich or on Facebook @denniskucinich.
29 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
Ep 12 - Let me tell you a story
Good storytellers win elections. Since 2013, Organizing for Action has been using that very idea across the United States to encourage citizens to become educated in political issues, share their personal stories with others and lead their communities. Before 2013, OFA worked to elect President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Now, the organization is taking on a much more non-partisan role to seize the newly found energy in red and blue districts and help community organizers find ways to take action. In this episode, we speak with Rachel Sosnowchik, a field organizer for OFA. She has been leading workshops that focus on having people tell their stories to form a connection to others. We know arguments can be made in many ways, but as OFA has learned, sometimes there is no better way than a story. Listen about the great work they are doing on the ground and the challenges our country faces in mobilizing our citizens to become politically active. You can find out more about OFA at https://www.ofa.us/ or on Facebook or Twitter @OFA, and you can follow Rachel on Twitter @RSosnowchik.
29 minutes | Mar 28, 2018
Ep 11 - March for Our Lives - 3/24/2018
Join Eric on his personal march from the very spot that Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech to the front of the Capitol building where a stage full of gun violence survivors was set up for one of the largest protests in American history.
21 minutes | Mar 28, 2018
Ep 10 - A bus full of teachers
A group of teachers from Ohio chartered a bus, loaded up, and headed to Washington D.C. for the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. School security, mental health, poverty, and more come up as the teachers talk to our host and each other about why they are marching and what they would like to see done next.
26 minutes | Mar 14, 2018
Ep 9 - A newer generation of leadership
Since Parkland, there's been quite a bit said about young Americans and their voice in the national conversation, particularly when it comes to gun control and school safety. But we wanted to dive a bit deeper and hear not only about their views on the Second Amendment, but also the challenges young Democrats face in organizing. In this episode, we talk to Larkin Cleland, Clara Vorndran, and Dylan Cox, three seniors at Highland High School who are members of the Highland Young Democrats, a re-energized group with a real political voice in a deep red district. Even when facing a much better funded Republican counterpart, these high schoolers are looking for ways to have an direct impact in the political arena. You can follow and support the Highland Young Dems on Twitter at @highland_yda.
26 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
Ep 8 - A new generation of leadership
If elected as Ohio's Governor, Senator Joe Schiavoni will be the youngest governor in the country. This former Gold Glove boxer and Senate Minority Leader is now in one the biggest Democratic primaries in the country. In this episode, we speak to Senator Schiavoni about the importance of a new generation of leadership and get a rare look inside how running a statewide campaign can affect family life and how Senator Schiavoni balances it all. You can find out more about Sen. Joe Schiavoni on Twitter at @JoeSchiavoni, on Facebook at @JoeforOhio, or at his website JoeforJobs.com.
29 minutes | Feb 25, 2018
Ep 7 - You run. No, you run. Let's all run!
Facebook is a double-edged sword. It has been Russia’s main source for spreading misinformation in the US, but it also became the place where shell-shocked progressives went to find communal support after the political earthquake that was 2016. Lorraine Wilburn was one of those that felt lost, but after founding a Facebook group focused on her community's needs and gaining almost 1,000 members, she is now setting off to run for Ohio House District 48. Find out more about Lorraine Wilburn and her campaign at bluewavepod.com
29 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Ep 6 - Flippin' pancakes and flippin' districts
For Rick Neal, it is all about running towards the problem, not away from it. This former Peace Corp member who has worked in public health in Morocco, Cambodia, Congo and Afghanistan, is now running for Congress in Ohio to try and take out the GOP's head fundraiser for the house.
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