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2 minutes | 8 days ago
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 | 12 days ago
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 | 19 days ago
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 | a month ago
'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.
19 minutes | a month ago
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 | 2 months ago
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 | 2 months ago
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 | 2 months ago
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 | 2 months ago
'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 | 2 months ago
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 | 3 months ago
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 | 3 months ago
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.
17 minutes | 3 months ago
GOP Needs Ticket Splitters, Ex-Lawmaker Says
To avoid a blowout in this November's elections, Republicans will need to revive the nearly extinct tradition of ticket splitting, former GOP congressman Tom Davis says. That's because many GOP candidates are running in swing states that Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to win.On this episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux speak with the former Virginia lawmaker about why ticket splitting is such a rarity these days and about why he thinks some threatened GOP incumbents are not in as much trouble as many believe.
15 minutes | 4 months ago
With Biden Way Up in Polls, "Coattails" Come Into Play
The campaign season shifts into a new phase with the political conventions starting this week. And despite running against an incumbent president, Joe Biden has a very strong lead, according to a recent cluster of polls. Hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux look at whether Biden could have a so-called "coattail effect" and about who to watch during this week's Democratic convention.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Rebroadcast: Quentin James on Black Political Power
Quentin James, the founder and president of The Collective PAC, discusses his organization’s effort to elect more black candidates to federal, state and local offices. He also talks about the generational change taking place among black political leaders. (Note: This interview originally aired on the June 29 episode of Downballot Counts.)
15 minutes | 4 months ago
Incumbents Dropping Like Flies With Possibly More to Come
Primary season is far from over, but we’ve already seen an above-average number of incumbent congressmen fail to win their party’s nomination. We may see more in the coming weeks, with two members of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called “Squad” facing strong intra-party challengers, and a member of the Kennedy family dynasty going after a sitting Senator.Hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux break down the dynamics at play here and also look at the primary for an open Senate seat in Kansas, where the campaign ads are no-holds-barred.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
Virtual Fundraising Outperforming Expectations in Covid Era
Bloomberg Government politics reporter Emily Wilkins discusses second-quarter fundraising reports and how Democrats’ benefit from significant fundraising advantages in the House and Senate races.
16 minutes | 5 months ago
Jeff Sessions Squares Off Against Trump Favorite in Alabama
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting for his political life in this week's Alabama GOP primary runoff. Hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad breakdown this race along with other primaries in Texas and Maine.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Quentin James on Black Political Power
Quentin James, the founder and president of The Collective PAC, discusses his organization’s effort to elect more black candidates to federal, state and local offices. He also talks about what it would mean for Joe Biden to choose a black woman as his running mate.
20 minutes | 5 months ago
Tuesday Is Make-Or-Break for Several Longtime Incumbents
Austin Chambers, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, joins the latest episode of Downballot Counts to discuss the GOP's heightened focus on state legislative races this year. And Hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad talk about Tuesday's primaries, with several longtime incumbents struggling to win their own party's nomination.
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