#358 : Progressives turning the Tide

How voters in Maine turned a corner or Medicaid. How legislators in Kansas turned around a bad tax cut bill. And how democrats in Alabama turned red … into blue.

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This week, healthcare organizer Jennie Pirkl on how Maine became the first state to expand Medicaid by a ballot initiative Tuesday, Nov. 7. . Kansas State Senator Anthony Hensley on how legislators in his state confronted a bad tax cut bill and …. ended it. And Bill Press with Jess O’Connell, CEO of the Democratic National Committee, on the role of women in electing Doug Jones in Alabama and the DNC strategy to keep winning elections in the era of Donald Trump.


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Jennie Pirkl

Last November, voters in Maine went to the polls and  overwhemingly voted YES to a ballot measure to expand Medicaid, allowing many more low income residents to receive health insurance. That makes Maine the first in the nation to use a citizen’s initiative to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  It took an enormous on-the-ground campaign and Jennie Pirkl was in the middle of it. She is a Healthcare Organizer with Maine People’s Alliance and served as the Campaign Manager for  Mainers for Healthcare

Anthony Hensley

In 2012, Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback enacted a massive tax cut plan with a promise that supply side economics.  Five years later, faced with an exploding deficit, Democrat AND Republican legislators in Kansas voted to roll back the tax cuts.  The “ experiment” was a failure … and now, it’s a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation. As Senate Minority Leader in Kansas, Democrat Anthony Hensley was pivotal in the roll back success.

Jess O’Connell

Bill Press talks with  Jess O’Connell, CEO of the  Democratic National Committee

Jim Hightower

Back to the tomato future

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