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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June 8, 2014

President Obama is back from Europe, and former ambassador Peter Galbraith says he has had a successful foreign policy. Political science professor Jan Leighley explains why the rich vote in greater numbers than the poor, and what they vote for. And Bill Press talks with Senator Bernie Sanders about his new Veterans Affairs legislation.

  • Jun. 8, 2014 Jun. 8, 2014 Peter Galbraith on Obama’s foreign policy; Jan Leighley on why rich people vote; and Bill Press interviews Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith Diplomat Peter Galbraith says President Obama’s foreign policy has been successful – and that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will enter office with more foreign policy experience than anyone in American history.
  • Jan Leighley Jan Leighley Voting expert Jan Leighley has a warning for Democrats: It isn’t the rhetoric that will matter in defeating Republicans – it is the organizational efforts and door-to-door campaigning.
  • Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Bill Press and Bernie Sanders discuss the senator's newly introduced legislation to reform the Veterans Affairs Department.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A bold shift in America's minimum wage debate.

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April 13, 2014

It’s income tax time, and the inequality of income in America has never been a bigger issue. Economist James K. Galbraith says it is a sign of economic instability. Economic inequality also manifests itself at the ballot box, where the rich vote more than the poor — and vote their self-interest, says political scientist Jan Leighley. And Bill Press interviews Rep. Jim Clyburn about the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Apr. 13, 2014 Apr. 13, 2014 Income inequality: It destabilizes the economy, says James K. Galbraith, and it affects election outcomes, says political scientist Jan Leighley. And Bill Press interviews South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn.
  • James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith is one of America’s foremost progressive economists. He tells us that rising income inequality is a sign of the country’s overall economic instability.
  • Jan Leighley Jan Leighley Political scientist Jan Leighley has studied the effect of income on voter turnout. And, not surprisingly, poor people are less likely to vote – partly because they don’t see any point to it, since the rich vote more frequently in their own economic interest than do the poor.
  • Jim Clyburn Jim Clyburn Bill Press and his guest South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn discuss the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Fast food chains stealing from low-wage workers.

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