#403 : Seizing the moment for change.

Midterms, ballot measures and a “progressive wave. “ Plus how a new Congress can change the agenda on immigration. And Bill Press with Congressman Dan Kildee (MI) on the Democratic majority in the House and what to do with it.

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How voters used ballot measures to mandate an agenda for progressive change. And what Democrats need to do to end the policy of fear on immigration. Plus, Bill Press talks with Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) on what the Democratic Party should stand for now.


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Chris Melody Fields Figueredo

Across the country, voters used ballot initiatives in the midterm elections to take democracy into their own hands. Our first guest says it is a story about progressive change that still needs to be told.

Justin Gest

The rhetoric of fear over immigration dominated the midterm elections. Our next guest says Democrats now have an opportunity to turn that around.

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) on what’s next for progressive democrats on Capitol Hill.

 

Jim Hightower

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January 24, 2016

Business expert Jere Glover has the numbers to prove that Democrats are better at running the economy than Republicans. Americans have always been ambivalent about admitting refugees, explains professor Maria Cristina Garcia. And, with the Supreme Court about to take up the president’s immigration powers, Bill Press interviews Huffington Post’s Elise Foley.


  • January 24, 2016 January 24, 2016 Jere Glover proves that Democrats are better for the economy … immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been wary about admitting refugees … and Bill Press interviews Elise Foley of Huffington Post.
  • Jere Glover  Jere Glover Jere Glover has been collecting data for decades and has the numbers to prove that under Democratic presidents, the economy does much better than under Republicans.
  • Maria Cristina Garcia Maria Cristina Garcia Historian Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been ambivalent about refugees – sympathetic but not necessarily accepting.
  • Elise Foley Elise Foley Bill Press interviews Elise Foley about the Supreme Court taking up President Obama’s immigration actions.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The real story of Ted Cruz's "heroic" daddy.


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January 17, 2016

Hispanic leader Cristobal Alex says the road to the White House will go through the Latino community, and right now Hillary Clinton is far ahead. Food expert Robert Paarlberg says low-income people do have access to healthy food, but they don’t have the time to fix meals. And Bill Press interviews Move-On leader Ben Wikler about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.


  • January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Cristobal Alex says Hillary Clinton pretty much has the Latino vote locked up … Why are so many poor people obese? Robert Paarlberg explains.… and Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On.
  • Cristobal Alex Cristobal Alex Cristobal Alex heads a new Latino political group, and he says his community will determine who the next president is.
  • Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg Contrary to common belief, low-income people in urban areas do have access to healthy food but they don’t have the time to prepare it, says professor Robert Paarlberg.
  • Ben Wikler Ben Wikler Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Why has nefarious corporate behavior become so commonplace?


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December 20, 2015

Republican debate craziness should help the Democrats, says Brookings scholar Elaine Kamarck. FDR scholar Richard Moe compares the plight of Syrian refugees with that of Jews denied entry into the United States in the 1930s. And Bill Press interviews Morris Pearl, a businessman who wants the rich to pay more in taxes.


  • December 20, 2015 December 20, 2015 Elaine Kamarck on those wacky Republicans … Richard Moe on refugees … and Bill Press with Morris Pearl, a patriotic millionaire.
  • Elaine Kamarck Elaine Kamarck Public affairs scholar Elaine Kamarck thinks the wackiness of the entire Republican presidential field can only help the Democratic nominee.
  • Richard Moe Richard Moe A scholar who has studied Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration says FDR could have done more to save European Jews and that America should now take in Syrian refugees.
  • Morris Pearl Morris Pearl Bill Press interviews Morris Pearl, the head of Patriotic Millionaires.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Merry Christmas, right-wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus.


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