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Heartland Politics with Robin Johnson
29 minutes | Oct 1, 2022
Mike Thoms: Frustration With State Roadblocks to Economic Development Led to Candidacy for State Senate
Mike Thoms: Frustration With State Roadblocks to Economic Development Led to Candidacy for State Senate.
26 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
Mike Halpin: MICRO Act Will Help Bring Tech Jobs to Illinois
36th District State Senate candidate Mike Halpin talks about the state budget, manufacturing, schools, taxes, crime, abortion and much more.
31 minutes | Sep 17, 2022
Jacob Rubashkin: Tight House Races in QC Region Could Determine House Control
Jacob Rubashkin, reporter and analyst for Inside Elections, a nonpartisan newsletter, looks at the nationwide battle for control of Congress, and focuses in on key local races for Congress on both sides of the river, as well as Iowa and Illinois campaigns for Governor and the US Senate.
29 minutes | Sep 10, 2022
Rob Sand Goes Against the Grain in Pursuing Nonpartisanship in Highly Partisan Era
Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand makes the case for his reelection to a second term by highlighting his accomplishments and agenda for a second term.
29 minutes | Sep 3, 2022
Labor Day special: Authors Look Back at Strike That Shook the Meatpacking Industry
Dave Hage and Paul Klauda, former Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporters and authors of No Retreat, No Surrender: Labor’s War at Hormel, look back at the strike that divided not only the company against workers, but also stoked divisions in the union and community. They also discuss the strike’s continuing legacy to this day.
28 minutes | Aug 27, 2022
Paul Begala: “You Can’t Be a Good President Without Knowing the Midwest”
Paul Begala, former top advisor to Bill Clinton, CNN commentator and Georgetown Professor, talks about the upcoming midterm elections, divisions in both parties, the role of the Midwest and working class voters, and which key races to watch.
28 minutes | Aug 20, 2022
Dan Brady Top Priority: “Cutting Wait Times at Driver’s License Facilities”
Dan Brady, Republican candidate for Secretary of State in Illinois, talks about his priorities for the office, texting and driving, election fairness and security, driver’s education, local library development, and much more.
28 minutes | Aug 13, 2022
Deidre DeJear: Education is Top Priority for Iowa if Elected
Deidre DeJear, Democratic candidate for Iowa Governor, talks about her candidacy including her views on schools, workforce development, the economy, small business growth, health care, rural revitalization, and much more.
28 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
Author Kuhn: “Hard to Overstate How Much Damage Phrases Like ‘White Male Privilege’ and ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Have Done to Democrats With Male Voters”
David Paul Kuhn, author of The Neglected Voter: White Men and the Democratic Dilemma, talks about the ‘white male gap,’ how Democratic problems with White men are spreading to African-American and Hispanic men, how male voters are misunderstood by leaders of The Left, why they are necessary to winning elections, and much more.
27 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
Iowa Republican AG Candidate Brenna Bird Prioritizes Battle Against ‘Ruralization of Drugs’
Guthrie County Attorney Brenna Bird also discusses her support for law enforcement, vow to protect against federal overreach, modernizing the AG’s office, supporting crime victims and much more.
29 minutes | Jul 23, 2022
From The Illinoize: Patrick Pfingsten on the Illinois Governor’s Race
Patrick Pfingsten, author of the Daily Illinoize newsletter, analyzes the Pritzker-Bailey race and also looks back at the failed Richard Irwin campaign and how he would have approached it.
30 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
January 6 Hearings “Softening, Not Changing Opinions”
Legendary Democratic consultant James Carville provides his colorful thoughts on the political landscape, midterm elections, the Democrats male voter problem, and some very strong opinions on the far left of the Democratic Party.
29 minutes | Jul 9, 2022
Shia Kapos: Surprises in Illinois primary but fall race is Pritzker’s to win
Shia Kapos, author of the Illinois Politico daily newsletter, reviews the Illinois primary results, looks ahead to the fall general election, and assesses the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings and the Highland Park tragedy on Illinois politics.
29 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
FROM KANSAS TO WASHINGTON TO HOLLYWOOD: DAN GLICKMAN’S NEW BOOK A TRULY AMERICAN STORY
Dan Glickman, former Congressman, US Secretary of Agriculture and Chair of the Motion Pictures Association of America, talks about his recent book Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm and at the Movies. Among his insights are the value of experience in local government for those serving in Washington, the importance of bipartisanship, how campaigns went wrong and maintaining a sense of humor.
28 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
BAILEY: “BEST THING FOR THE STATE IS TO STAY OUT OF AGRICULTURE”
Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, State Sen. Darren Bailey discusses his reasons for running, crime, schools, jobs, taxes and much more.
29 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
US-China trade: New study finds China far outspends US on industrial policy
Scott Kennedy with the center for Strategic and International Studies discusses their recent report, Estimating Chinese Industrial Policy Spending in Comparative Perspective, important research into how China’s targeted investments in its economy far exceed other countries, the consequences, and what the US can do in response.
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
Expert Analysis from Iowa’s Primary Night by Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy, Des Moines bureau chief for The Gazette, looks at the Mike Franken big win for the Democratic nomination to face Chuck Grassley, GOP primary battles with incumbents toppled, turnout and the impact of Iowa’s new election law, the forecast for November’s election and whether the Iowa caucuses will hang on for another presidential cycle.
30 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
RFK’s Transition From “Ambassador of Grief to Oracle of Change”
Much is known about Robert Kennedy’s life prior to his brother’s assassination and the 1968 presidential campaign but less on the important period in between. On this weekend commemorating RFK’s death, John Bohrer, author of The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK, talks about how RFK emerged from his brother’s shadow, won a US Senate seat, and set the stage for a campaign that still has many wondering “What if….?”
28 minutes | May 31, 2022
Hurst: “Medicare for All Would be Rural Revitalization Act”
Glenn Hurst, a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Iowa, talks about why he’s running, economic issues, health care, climate, the partisan divide, globalization and much more.
28 minutes | May 24, 2022
Ray Long: Madigan legacy dependent on outcome of ComEd trial
In part two of my interview with Ray Long, he continues the discussion of his book, The House That Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer, including the former Speaker’s political skills, ideology (or lack of one), lessons for today’s Democrats, and his legacy to the state.
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