AmericasDemocrats.org–March 4th, 2012

Andrew Baumann

Andrew Baumann is a pollster with the firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and has studied the electorate carefully. He believes that while voters are with the Republicans on cutting spending and job creation, Democrats can win by crossing a threshold of credibility on spending with independent voters.

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Fred Rotondaro

A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, says “American exceptionalism” is a lot more than what today’s Republican candidates say it is. And he gives credit to Richard Nixon for clean air and clean water laws, proving, as he says, “not all Republicans at all times have been lunatics.”

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Brian Schweitzer

An interview from the National Governors Association meeting February 27 with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer by Bill Press. Governor Schweitzer explains that 85 percent of what he and his colleagues do is “educate, medicate and incarcerate.”

Bill Press

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AmericasDemocrats.org–February 19, 2012

Charles Postel

Historian Charles Postel has studied the value and successes of various political pledges throughout history – against slavery, for prohibition and for woman’s suffrage – but he says the Republicans’ universal pledge to oppose any new tax is different because it is destructive … and forever.

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Fred Rotondaro

A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress says Mitt Romney’s claim that Democrats are envious of the rich is the “most extreme and stupid comment” he has ever made. In reality, he says, by attacking government so much, the rich actually get benefits from the government that keep them from having to compete fairly.

Center for American Progress

Cecilia Munoz

The director of the White House Domestic Policy Council says President Obama made some hard choices in his budget … a budget that asks all Americans to do their fair share.

Bill Press

AmericasDemocrats.org-October 16, 2011

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Lisa Gilbert

Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, discusses Citizens United’s potential impact on the 2012 election. She says Americans should expect to see more corporations getting into the political arena and more attack ads on the airwaves.

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Citizens United information on Public Citizen

 

 

Fred Rotondaro


Regular guest Fred Rotondaro gives his take on Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by Paul Pierson and Jacob Hacker. He tells us why attacks on labor are largely responsible for America’s growing inequality.
Fred at Center for American Progress

Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

Sherrod Brown


Bill Press interviews Senator Sherrod Brown. Republicans in his state of Ohio are attacking labor and trying to end collective bargaining, and he says their attacks could spread to other states soon.

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Sherrod Brown

We Are Ohio

AmericasDemocrats.org-October 2, 2011

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Cliff Guffey

Cliff Guffey, president of the American Postal Workers Union, tells us about the United State Postal Service’s plan to solve their budget crisis. The postal service has proposed cutting 120,000 jobs, but Guffey says employees are not the cause of the organization’s financial woes.

American Postal Workers Union

Save America’s Postal Workers

 

Fred Rotondaro

Regular guest Fred Rotondaro discusses the ideologicial rigidity found in the Tea Party. He says Tea Partiers are so concerned with the nation’s spending that they’re ignoring Americans and their needs.

Fred at Center for American Progress

Ideology Rigidity is a Recipe for Disaster

Sheila Simon

Sheila Simon, lieutenant governor of Illinois, talks about Illinois’ unique education reform goals. She defends the state’s decision to implement the controversial DREAM Act and offer incentives to teachers.

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