February 28, 2016

Phil Keisling on the merits of voting by mail … Theda Skocpol on how Democrats forgot about state politics … and Bill Press discusses the Supreme Court vacancy with Congressman David Cicilline.

What if you could vote by mail instead of trekking down to your precinct’s polling place? Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says it would dramatically increase turnout, especially among progressives. Professor Theda Skocpol explains how the Democrats ceded control of state government to Republicans. And Bill Press interviews Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline about the Supreme Court vacancy and guns.

Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling used to be the secretary of state for Oregon, one of three states that allows people to vote by mail. He said the practice increases turnout, especially among younger and more diverse voters.

Theda Skocpol

Government professor Theda Skocpol says Democrats think the presidency is the biggest political prize and, unfortunately, ignore politics at the state level.

David Cicilline

Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about the Supreme Court vacancy.

Jim Hightower

Who should pay Mitch McConnell’s salary?

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February 21, 2016

Steven Hill exposes the problems of “the gig economy.” Professor Danielle Allen warns Democrats about complacency. And Bill Press interviews privacy expert Patrick Tucker about Apple versus the FBI.

Progressive author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation says the old New Deal economy and its safety net guarantees are crumbling for millions of U.S. workers. Government professor Danielle Allen says Marco Rubio is the most thoughtful of the GOP candidates and warns that Democrats cannot always take their current popularity among minorities and the young for granted. And Bill Press interviews Patrick Turner, a privacy expert with the publication “Defense One,” about the battle between the FBI and Apple.

Steven Hill

Steven Hill advocates for rights of all the millions of part-time workers in this “gig economy” but says Donald Trump is an economic populist who is articulate in his understanding of the undeserving rich.

Danielle Allen

Government professor Danielle Allen believes that fixing criminal violence and bad policing starts with ending the drug war.

Patrick Tucker

Bill Press interviews Patrick Tucker about the battle between Apple and the FBI.

Jim Hightower

Mitch’s squirrelly effort to rewrite our Constitution.

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February 14, 2016

Richard Hasen on plutocrats in politics … Chuck McCutcheon on what the politicians really mean … and Bill Press interviews Charles Lechner of “People For Bernie.”

Law professor Richard Hasen is an expert on campaign finance law. He says the problem isn’t money in politics. The problem is BIG money in politics. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon has written a book essential to understanding the 2016 campaign: a dictionary of euphemisms politicians use to hide what they really mean. And Bill Press interviews Charles Lechner, an ex-Occupy Wall Streeter who now heads “People for Bernie.”

Richard Hasen

As Bernie Sanders denounces the effect of money in politics, campaign finance expert Richard Hasen says money doesn’t corrupt an office-seeker, but it does make a candidate viable.

Chuck McCutcheon

What does it mean when a politician says an idea is “counterproductive”? Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes this and all the other doubletalk of a political campaign.

Charles Lechner

Bill Press interviews the head of “People for Bernie,” Charles Lechner.

Jim Hightower

The inequality of TPP.

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February 7, 2016

Sheila Simon on the corporate takeover of the Illinois governor’s mansion … former ambassador Michael Ussery on Republicans and foreign policy … and a Bill Press Show interview with conservative commentator Michael Graham.

The Republican governor of Illinois is working for billionaire businessmen trying to break unions and the middle class. Former Democratic lieutenant governor, Sheila Simon, explains how that happened. President Obama visited a mosque, and former Ambassador Michael Ussery says anti-Muslim rhetoric by some of his fellow Republicans makes things harder for American diplomacy. And conservative radio host Michael Graham talks politics with Peter Ogburn on the Bill Press Show.

Sheila Simon

Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon explains how her state has been taken over by a Republican governor operating not on ideology but on helping his business buddies make more money.

Michael Ussery

Michael Ussery is a Republican and a former political operative. He says the establishment, in both parties, has to go away.

Michael Graham

Coming up, Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show interviews conservative radio host Michael Graham about the GOP candidates.

Jim Hightower

Executive excess getting excessive

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