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22 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Working Hard to Get Working Moms into Office
In 2018, Liuba Grechen Shirley made waves when she successfully petitioned the Federal Election Commission to allow her to use campaign funds to pay for child care. The Long Island Democrat ultimately lost her race against then-Congressman Peter T. King, but now her full-time job is to make it easier for mothers to get elected across the country.Shirley founded the Vote Mama Foundation and she speaks with podcast hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad about the many obstacles that prevent working mothers from running for public office. Greg and Kyle also go over the most recent campaign finance disclosures and find that anti-Trump Republicans seem to be raking in the dough.
23 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
A Centrist's Plan to Save the Democratic Party
Last year's elections didn't go quite as well as Democrats had hoped, and one group of centrists in the party just issued a report looking at why. On this episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux speak with Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) about how he thinks his party should avoid losing its slim House majority next year. Also, Greg breaks down exactly what ranked-choice voting is and why it seems to be catching on.Have feedback on this episode of Downballot Counts? Give us a call and leave a voicemail at 703-341-3690.
22 minutes | May 10, 2021
Redistricting to Pit Incumbent Against Incumbent in the House
On this episode of Downballot Counts, Kyle and Greg look at the political ramifications of redistricting and reapportionment, which will merge some congressional districts and force incumbents to battle each other to stay in power. Also, we hear from Tom Lopach, the CEO of the nonprofit nonpartisan Voter Participation Center, about recent legislation in the states to restrict voting access.
16 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Wave of Senate Retirements Test GOP Luck in 2022
Nearly half a dozen Republicans Senators will not be seeking reelection next year, with more retirement announcements potentially on the way. On this episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux look at whether this is a good or bad thing for the Grand Old Party. And we also feature a special St. Patrick's Day-themed political trivia question. Erin go Bragh!
13 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Senate Retirements Means 2022 Cycle Will Be Extra Spicy
We're just a few months in to the 2022 election cycle and the dynamics at play are already starting to look fascinating. Democrats have two special election winners running for full terms in the Senate, while Republicans are dealing with at least three open Senate seats--and possibly more. Downballot Counts hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux break down what we know so far and talk about why, at this moment, neither party appears to have the upper hand.
13 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Democrats Have Senate Now Thanks to Turnout in Georgia
Downballot Counts hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux break down the results from last week's Georgia Senate runoff elections. They say Democrats were victorious because turnout in these contests far exceeded anything previously seen in a runoff so soon after a general election.
18 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Georgia Runoffs With Stratospheric Stakes Grip the Nation
Bloomberg Government's Emily Wilkins is in Georgia covering tomorrow's all-important Senate runoff elections. She talks with hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux about how we got here, the similarities between Democrats' and Republicans' closing messages, and the challenges of holding campaign rallies during a pandemic.
2 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Introducing: Black Lawyers Speak
Despite decades of work to educate more Black lawyers, the percentage of Black associates and partners in firms across the U.S. remain very low, and well below those of other professional careers. Big Law firms across the board are ramping up social justice efforts as the nation engages in a renewed dialogue on race and equality. But some have accused firms of using minorities as “diversity props” to impress clients and misrepresent their inclusiveness to potential employees. So what are law firms doing to fix their lack of diversity?Hosts Adam Allington and Lisa Helem, along with reporters Ayanna Alexander, Ruiqi Chen, and Meghan Tribe, interviewed lawyers across the industry, from corporate general counsels to top Am Law 200 lawyers to current law students, each sharing their experience navigating the legal space as a person of color. We try to answer what law firms are doing to recruit more diverse classes of lawyers, and how they are addressing barriers to entry for Black lawyers.
17 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Thin Margins to Make Life Difficult for Political Leaders
Regardless of the final outcomes of the still-uncalled House races or the two upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, it's clear both chambers of Congress will have razor-thin partisan margins next year. On the latest episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux talk about what this will mean for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and whoever it is that will become Senate Majority Leader in the new Congress.
19 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Political Future Becoming Clearer Despite Uncalled Races
It's Nov. 16, and there are still a handful of uncalled House races. But it's becoming more clear, now that a few weeks have passed since the elections, that partisan margins in both houses of Congress will be razor thin.On this episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux discuss where there are still undecided races and why Democrats underperformed in this year's Congressional elections.
21 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
'Something Has to Be Wrong,' Democratic Pollster Says
Contrary to popular belief, the results of last week's elections weren't as far off from final polling projections as they initially appeared. But the discrepancy was large enough that it indicates a fundamental flaw in the way polling is conducted, according to Democratic pollster Jefrey Pollock with the firm Global Strategy Group.On this post-election episode of Downballot Counts, we speak with Pollock about his industry's painful soul-searching and about what this election says about where the country's two parties are at.
17 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
On Election Eve, a 'Pre-Mortem' Analyzing This Year's Races
We're about 36 hours or so before polls close and election results start to come in. But it's not too soon to start analyzing what this historic election cycle has meant.On this episode of Downballot Counts, Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux talk about the forces that shaped 2020's congressional races and about which races they'll be paying close attention to tomorrow night.
19 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Tracking the Candidates in the Election's Final Days
You can tell a lot about the shape of an election by tracking where candidates are spending their time in the race's final days. That's according to Nathan L. Gonzales, a political prognosticator and publisher of the Inside Elections newsletter. We speak with Nathan about how this election cycle has turned out and about what one can glean from watching the movements of the President, Vice President, and other senior administration officials in the coming days.
22 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
GOP Faces Wide-Open Senate Map in Final Weeks
We're two weeks from election day and roughly a dozen GOP-held Senate seats are competitive, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad speak with the Report's Senate editor Jessica Taylor about how we got here and whether Republicans' hopes for holding on to the Senate really are as dim as they seem.
22 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Lindsey Graham's Opponent Touts Stratospheric Fundraising Totals
Recent fundraising disclosures confirmed what polling numbers have hinted at: South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham is in the fight of his life. On this week's episode of Downballot Counts, we talk about how Graham's Democratic opponent, Jamie Harrison, shattered fundraising records during the third quarter of this year.
17 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Carolinas, Both of Them, Have 2020's Tightest Senate Races (Podcast)
Political handicappers long predicted that North Carolina's Senate race would be one of the closest of the 2020 election cycle. But almost no one could have foreseen that its neighbor, South Carolina, would also see a Senate race turn into a dead heat.On today's Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux examine the difficult reelection campaigns of Republicans Senators Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham, and also breakdown a campaign ad playing right now in Colorado.
17 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
'Wind Is Not at Our Backs,' GOP Pollster Says
With five weeks to go before the election, polling data is looking pretty grim for Republicans up and down the ballot. Today we hear from Glen Bolger, a major Republican pollster and founder of the firm Public Opinion Strategies, on what his party needs to do to turn this trend around or at least mitigate it heading into Election Day.
19 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Biden in Stronger Position than Hillary Was, Dem Pollster Says
On this episode of Downballot Counts, we speak with Joe Biden's top pollster. He says comparisons between current polls and those from four years ago indicate there are fewer undecided voters now than there were back then.
16 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Election Begins Final Act With Democrats at Center Stage
Primary season is all but over and now Democrats and Republicans face off against each other in earnest. Hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad break down the state of play with less than two months to go and they explain why Democrats are in a favorable position heading into the home stretch.
23 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
All Eyes on Massachusetts as Incumbents Fight to Survive
The Bay State is the center of the political universe this week, with several primary elections there that may unseat incumbents with decades of experience in Congress. We speak with Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic consultant in Massachusetts, about what's at stake in tomorrow's primaries and about who is likely to come out on top.
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