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Daily Kos' The Brief
63 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
45. You can survive conservative family members this holiday season with this great advice
Today, we’re going to talk to Monica Guzman, journalist and author of the upcoming book I Never Thought of it That Way, now available for pre-order. There are clear challenges reconciling our partisanship with Guzman's desire to “be curious” when talking to our political foes, but the advice is wise and applies far beyond politics to business and our personal relationships. This podcast could very well save your holiday gatherings if you must deal with … difficult relatives.
60 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
44. Talking to the guy they has been tracking COVID since well before lockdowns: Mark Sumner
We at Daily Kos were prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic from the very start thanks to comprehensive and relentless coverage by Mark Sumner. He wrote his first story on the emerging pandemic on Jan. 23, 2020, and has since written 382 additional stories, including a recent update on the omicron variant. Today, Mark joins me and Cara Zelaya to talk about the evolving face of the pandemic and why we can’t allow COVID-19 to become endemic.
60 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Breaking down all things Texas with special guest Julián Castro
This episode first aired on August 25, 2021. On this week’s episode of The Brief, hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld unpacked the current state of COVID-19, voting rights, and electoral politics in Texas with special guest Julián Castro—as well as whether Castro himself is preparing for a run against Gov. Greg Abbott next year. Castro, a Democrat from Texas, served as the mayor of San Antonio and was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama. He has offered critiques of the Texas governor's lack of leadership throughout the pandemic and shared his thoughts with Moulitsas and Eleveld on how Abbott’s failure to adequately respond to the COVID-19 crisis and protect Texans’ lives is one of many reasons why the Texas Republican Party is experiencing rapid losses from their ranks.
58 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
43. Arizona is critical in 2022—in every way possible
Arizona will be a critical battleground on every possible level. We are still waiting on new maps in Arizona, but we are guaranteed competitive House seats and should have a chance at picking up the state legislature. Our guest Montserrat Arredondo of One Arizona, which worked with partner organizations to register over 250,000 new voters in the 2020 cycle.
61 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
42. How can Democrats avoid 2021-like results as we try and hold Congress in 2022?
Today, we take a look at last week’s electoral wreckage and what it means for next year’s 2022 midterm elections. Joining us are Drew Linzer, who runs Civiqs, our data and research arm, and David Nir, who runs Daily Kos Elections. We’ll look at the results, the data, and the current polling, and explore whether Democrats have any chance of holding Congress next year.
63 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
41. Election Day edition of The Brief: Does Virginia really presage anything for 2022?
Virginia isn’t the only state with key races on the ballot, but it’s the one everyone is watching. How Virginia goes today, goes the nation next year! Or does it? Join us as we discuss Tuesday’s elections with Virginia elections expert Carolyn Fiddler, and we examine our chances of prevailing, as well as what the results (good or bad) mean for the country.
62 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
40. Daily Kos experts talk about the Senate bottleneck, and the state of redistricting
Today we’re talking to two of our in-house experts: Joan McCarter will join us to give us an update on Democratic efforts to … get anything out of the Senate, where Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia remain intractable, insufferable a-holes. The delays and chaos have helped drive President Joe Biden’s numbers below 40%, making a difficult 2022 election cycle even more challenging. And speaking of 2022, we’ll talk to Daily Kos Elections’ Stephen Wolf about the status of the redistricting process. With Republicans in greater control of the drawing of new districts following the 2020 Census reapportionment, are the early results as dire as we feared they might be?
60 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
39. Pennsylvania is critical to making Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema obsolete... and winning in 2024!
Markos and Kerry are joined by Jamie Perrapato, Executive Director of Turn PA Blue, an organization dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania state legislature by training and mobilizing grassroots groups and volunteers to support candidates in Southeastern PA and beyond.
63 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
38. A true Senate majority runs through North Carolina, a tough state. Can we win it in 2022?
North Carolina is a purple state, but one that leans red. Today, on The Brief, we talk to Marcus Bass, Deputy Director for the North Carolina Black Alliance. Also joining is La’Meshia Whittington a campaign director from North Carolina Black Alliance. This organization advocates for North Carolinas historically black institutions of faith, education, and civic service across the state. In 2020 the North Carolina Black Alliance launched SafeVoterNC, a resource for Voter Safety and Protection for underrepresented Black and Brown residents. To donate to North Carolina Black Alliance and help them in their important infrastructure work please check out: https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/102616
62 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
37. Michigan's critical 2022 elections will have an impact on who the next president is
Arizona and Georgia’s big 2020 flips have gotten a ton of attention, and they were undoubtedly dramatic. But they weren’t the only states to flip based on dramatic Democratic gains. Today, we will talk to Art Reyes of We The People Michigan about their work to organize their community on the ground. He will be joined by one of his grassroots organizers, Kamau Clark. We will discuss how Democrats managed such a dramatic turnaround in 2020 and how 2022 is shaping up.
56 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
36. Virginia’s Governor’s race is tight. Worrying isn’t enough, what can we (and you) do?
Virginia is one of a handful of states with statewide elections this off-year. We are exactly five weeks from Election Day, with Republicans hoping to flip what has been an increasingly reliable blue state in recent years. Joining us to talk about this critical election on our podcast, Daily Kos The Brief, are two on-the-ground experts. Gwen Mills is secretary-treasurer of UNITE-HERE. She was the architect of the union’s Take Back 2020 program—the largest labor field program in the 2020 electoral cycle, focused on safe, contactless canvassing. Also joining us is Tram Nguyen, Tram is the co-executive director of New Virginia Majority. The organization has registered nearly 300,000 new voters and has knocked on over 3.5 million doors to get people of color and young people to the polls.
59 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
35. Democrats win big in California recall. What does that mean heading into 2022 cycle?
Is California a bellwether for the epic incoming 2022 cycle, or is it its own blue bubble, with its own dynamics divorced from the rest of purple America? To discuss this topic, today’s guest on The Brief is Nick Rathod. He is the founder of the State Innovation Exchange, a progressive answer to ALEC—the right-wing group that writes model conservative legislation for state legislators to adopt.
59 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
34. With Texas abortion decision can Democrats get electoral revenge?
Markos and Kerry talk with Jodi Hicks, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood California to talk about the awful Texas law, how it may have helped Democrats during the California recall election, and her experiences on the ground with voters facing a radicalized Supreme Court and Republican Party.
63 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
33. The Texas anti-abortion law, and how we can fight it
September promises to be exhaustingly jam-packed. What can Democrats actually accomplish in a Senate where their margin of error is zero? Meanwhile, Texas has just passed the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion law, and the Supreme Court allowed it to be enforced while the law works its way up the court system. For the second half of the show, Elie Mystal will join us. He is the justice correspondent for The Nation. and one of the most interesting and fun guests in the biz. If only this topic was fun.
58 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
32. The war is over, now what?
At 20 years, it was America’s longest war. So what now Republicans are trying to take advantage of Biden’s slide in the polls to stop what’s left of his legislative agenda. They’ll try to make an issue of it in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Will it work? Today’s guest is Jon Soltz. Soltz did two tours of duty in Iraq and is the chairman of VoteVets—the nation’s top progressive veterans’ rights organization.
60 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
31. Breaking down all things Texas with special guest Julián Castro
This week we talk to former Democratic presidential candidate, mayor of San Antonio, and Obama-era secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro. Castro has recently been pounding Gov. Abbott's lack of leadership on the pandemic among other failures such as the "big freeze" of February 2021. We'll unpack the current state of COVID-19, voting rights, and electoral politics in Texas with Castro—as well as whether he's positioning himself to run against Abbott next year!
61 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
30. So, how about that census? The future of America is less and less white.
It’s a story of transition, from an old America that was white-majority and white-dominant, to one that is increasingly Black, brown, Asian, and multiracial. It’s an America where small rural towns are dying while most cities are growing and thriving.Today on The Brief, we will be talking about the Census, what it means for redistricting efforts, and how it impacts the politics of 2022 and beyond. Our guest will be Cristina Tzintun Ramirez, the new executive editor of the youth-focused NextGen America.
57 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
29. Gerrymandering crash course: Making sense of the census data and how it will be distorted
Today, we will explore what to expect both politically and legally as the process unfolds with two experts in the field, Daily Kos Elections redistricting analyst and gerrymandering savant Stephen Wolf, and Simone Leeper, legal counsel at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. The Center also just launched PlanScore.org, a free online tool to help voting rights advocates measure partisan gerrymandering and demand fair maps.
61 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
RERUN: How important are women to the Democratic Party and its 2022 chances?
Longtime Daily Kos readers might remember Emily Cain, as she was a Daily Kos-backed candidate for Maine’s 2nd congressional district in 2014 and 2016—the swingy rural Maine district that Democrats currently hold, but was won by Donald Trump in both his presidential races. We’ll talk to Cain about Emily’s List 2022 recruitment efforts, our chances to hold Congress, the importance of women when it comes to winning, and the double standards that women candidates and elected officials (like Vice President Kamala Harris') face.
54 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
RERUN: Can the Republican Party be saved? What about rural America?
On this week's The Brief we replay our episode with Matt Hildreth, the Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org, a national "boldly progressive and proudly rural" organization based in Columbus, Ohio, working locally and nationally to build a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and fair. And Daily Kos communications director, Carolyn Fiddler to discuss state legislatures and whether or not the Republican Party is salvageable.
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