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PODCAST: Jan McDowell, Jeramey Anderson & Paul Theobald (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 130)

Download | iTunes | Spotify Kelly and Sophy speak with three Democratic nominees for US Congress in districts that aren't getting as much attention as they should be: Jan McDowell in Texas-24 (00:29-21:19); Jeramey Anderson in Mississippi-4 (21:50-37:02); and Paul Theobald in Nebraska-3 (37:38-57:09).

The FBI Probe of Kavanaugh is a Sham. Demand a REAL One!

Your Action Call your Senators and tell them to demand the FBI have a free hand to fully investigate the sexual assault claims against Judge Kavanaugh. Background Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of … Continue reading The FBI Probe of Kavanaugh is a Sham. Demand a REAL One!

Senators: Vote NO on Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Your Action Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Background Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of the ACA, affirmative action … Continue reading Senators: Vote NO on Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Dave Brat: Willing to Leave Americans High and Dry in a Hurricane

Dave Brat (#VA07) is up for re-election, facing Abigail Spanberger. His voting record in disaster relief puts his constituents and others at risk and reveals his indebtedness to special interests.

The Mercers, Cambridge Analytica, and Putin’s Internet Research Agency: A Timeline

The Mercers & Steve Bannon formed Cambridge Analytica in June 2014, the exact same month that the Internet Research Agency changed their US influence campaign to include interfering in the US presidential election. In May 2014, Kremlin-backed troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, discussed efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and began … Continue reading The Mercers, Cambridge Analytica, and Putin’s Internet Research Agency: A Timeline

With Kavanaugh, We Have a Chance to Learn from Our Mistakes

In the era of #MeToo, Brett Kavanaugh needs to submit to a lie detector test along with new Senate questioning. Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor at Palo Alto University, has mounted a damning accusation against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  She alleges that in the early 1980's, Nominee Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed … Continue reading With Kavanaugh, We Have a Chance to Learn from Our Mistakes

PODCAST: The Politics of West Virginia (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 122)

Download | iTunes | Spotify In the first segment Kelly discusses the Politics of West Virginia with Jennifer Bryant from Wood County Indivisible Indivisible. Then Sophy and Kelly chat with two Democratic candidates in West Virginia: Kendra Fershee, who is running for Congress from the 1st District (16:08-40:50); and Sammi Brown, who is running for the WV House of … Continue reading PODCAST: The Politics of West Virginia (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 122)

Putin’s Information Operations Spread Discordant Ideologies Abroad

Russia doesn't really have a distinct ideology, instead appealing to base human feelings and instincts to evoke an emotional reaction and control the masses. Sound familiar? This piece was originally published in The Kyiv Post When speaking about modern Russian ideology, most experts agree that it, as such, simply does not exist. I have already noted … Continue reading Putin’s Information Operations Spread Discordant Ideologies Abroad

PODCAST: Alessandra Biaggi, Caitlin Clarkson Pereira & Christina Sappey (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 118)

Sophy and Kelly speak with three women running for their state legislatures: Alessandra Biaggi, who is running for New York State Senate in District 34 (00:35-25:20); Caitlin Clarkson Pereira, who is running for Connecticut State House District 132 (26:30-51:18); and Christina Sappey, who is running for Pennsylvania State House District District 158 (52:09-1:09:00).

How to Make Trump into the Anchor that Sinks Republicans in November

Trump may not be on the ballot in 2018 but he can still drag down his party's chances at the midterm elections. The Navigator has tested several messages and learned that while several work to enthuse Democrats, many have the side effect of not being effective with Independents. If we're going to have a blue wave, … Continue reading How to Make Trump into the Anchor that Sinks Republicans in November

Black and White

With high-profile victories by African Americans in the Florida and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primaries, and as the campaign season heats up – we grit our teeth with the knowledge that this could get ugly. Ron DeSantis and Brian Kemp are Republicans primed to run race-baiting campaigns against Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams. Hopefully the elections … Continue reading Black and White

Tell the Senate NO to the Perjuring, Corrupt Judge Kavanaugh

Your Action Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Background Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of the ACA, affirmative action … Continue reading Tell the Senate NO to the Perjuring, Corrupt Judge Kavanaugh

Blue Wave Status Report: Two Months Left to Flip It Blue

Exactly two months from today - on November 6th, 2018 - Americans will cast their ballots and decide whether we're still serious about maintaining a democracy that adheres to the rule of law. In this article, we present a comprehensive list of US Congressional candidates from the most competitive races. Be sure to click over … Continue reading Blue Wave Status Report: Two Months Left to Flip It Blue

PODCAST: Lorie Burch & Linsey Fagan (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 117)

Kelly speaks with two Democratic nominees for Congress from Texas: Lorie Burch in TX-03 and Linsey Fagan in TX-26. They talk grassroots campaigning with small-dollar donations, running in traditionally Republican districts, transparency and accountability, Elvis, and the less glamorous side of campaigning.  

Candidate Interview: Shannon Souza, Oregon SD-01: Poverty, Logging & More

Southwest Oregon is Trump Country. As the Democratic nominee for the Oregon State Senate, District 1, Shannon Souza hopes to buck the trend and join the “Blue Wave.” In one of the most conservative areas of Oregon, Souza will face incumbent Republican Dallas Heard in the general election on Nov. 6. While we have been … Continue reading Candidate Interview: Shannon Souza, Oregon SD-01: Poverty, Logging & More

WATCH: California Democrats Attack the GOP Culture of Corruption

Recent spots from CA candidates Andrew Janz, Ammar Campa-Najjar, Harley Rouda & Mike Levin show Democrats' willingness - and even eagerness - to call out corruption. Conspiracies. Cover-ups. Campaign finance fraud. Ponzi schemes. This election year may turn on Democrats' ability to expose GOP corruption and cast themselves as the sane and principled party that … Continue reading WATCH: California Democrats Attack the GOP Culture of Corruption

How We Start Supporting Workers, Again

In this Labor Day Op-Ed, CA-39 Democratic nominee Gil Cisneros lays out his priorities intended to lift up the American worker. “It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic modern nation that it have free and independent labor unions. . . When union workers assemble with freedom and independence in a convention like this, … Continue reading How We Start Supporting Workers, Again

The Intersection of Racism, Climate Change & Environmental Deregulation

Back in April, I had the fortunate opportunity to speak at the 2018 Democratic Gala of DuPage County. The keynote speaker at this event was the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz. I was blown away by her poise and ability to captivate the entire room. As she recalled the events of Hurricane Maria, … Continue reading The Intersection of Racism, Climate Change & Environmental Deregulation

Democratic Unity – The Only Way to Create a Blue Wave

Associate Editor Keith Pochick walks us convincingly through the critical importance of Democratic unity in 2018. A must-read Op-Ed. “A prison administrator dealing with captured American enlisted men for the first time should be warned: Expect no brotherly love, even between brothers.  There will be no cohesion between the individuals.  Each will be a sulky … Continue reading Democratic Unity – The Only Way to Create a Blue Wave

Why Russian “Soft Power” is Much More Dangerous Than Western “Soft Power”

Analyzing Moscow's efforts to undermine Western democracies, we can identify its several main channels of influence. Among them are propaganda (both broadcasting their own media to foreign audiences and bribing the local media), bribing officials and politicians, building corrupt ties through business lobbies, and working with various segments of the population to exacerbate friction, dissatisfaction … Continue reading Why Russian “Soft Power” is Much More Dangerous Than Western “Soft Power”

Massachusetts: Vote Yes on 3 to Answer the Call of Equality and History

After the 2016 election, my wife and I did a lot of soul-searching, as did many Americans. The election results reminded us of the unpredictability of life and warned us not to take the future for granted. We acted on that and decided to finally move our family to Massachusetts. We wanted our sons to … Continue reading Massachusetts: Vote Yes on 3 to Answer the Call of Equality and History

Lessons of Governmental Failures in Protecting our Water

Half a century ago, Pennsylvania native Rachel Carson authored “Silent Spring” and, for all Americans, stirred the consciousness and brought into sharp focus the environmental destructiveness and widespread poisoning of wildlife resulting from governmentally-sanctioned pesticides. Unfortunately, we are discovering all too late the degree to which our national leadership has lost its focus. And governmental … Continue reading Lessons of Governmental Failures in Protecting our Water

Urgent CTA: Protect Mueller – Reps Must Vote No on Rosenstein Contempt

Your Action Call your Republican representative and tell them to vote NO on Rosenstein contempt. Background Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) never expected their July threat to impeach Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to succeed. It was a procedural move that didn’t require Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) consent. … Continue reading Urgent CTA: Protect Mueller – Reps Must Vote No on Rosenstein Contempt

PODCAST: Ohio’s Aftab Pureval & Dr. Vanessa Enoch – Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 114

Kelly speaks with two Democratic nominees for Congress in Southwestern Ohio: Aftab Pureval in the 1st Congressional District (00:27-17:22); and Dr. Vanessa Enoch in the 8th Congressional District (18:38-41:14). They discuss the concerns of the districts and the state of the races.

Thoughts From Coal Country

Trump intends to roll back regulations on the coal mining industry even farther. Environmental implications aside, propping up coal will economically and socially devastate our communities. If you grew up in the rust belt like me, you know what hopelessness looks like: crumbling infrastructure, charred landscapes, and despondent residents who love to talk about “back … Continue reading Thoughts From Coal Country

The Trauma of Parental Separation Can Last a Lifetime

700 children are still separated from their families. The long-term impacts will devastate them. I know, because it happened to me. When I was a baby I was separated from my parents. The details of the story are lost, but I do know that when I was days or weeks old I was left in … Continue reading The Trauma of Parental Separation Can Last a Lifetime

PODCAST: Senate Candidate Jenny Wilson (UT) – Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 113

Kelly speaks with Jenny Wilson, Salt Lake County Councilwoman and candidate for US Senate from Utah. They discuss Jenny's deep connection to Utah, the changing politics of the state, how big money has a corrupting influence on federal politics, women in Utah politics, and raising children in this political environment. This podcast can also be … Continue reading PODCAST: Senate Candidate Jenny Wilson (UT) – Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 113

Resistance Movements in Russia & the U.S.: Similarities and Differences

Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova explores how vulnerabilities in the American resistance movement are similar to - and different than - those in Russia's opposition movement. This piece was originally published in The Loyal Opposition In 2015, I wrote an article in which I explored the primary methods that Russian propaganda uses to try to discredit the Russian opposition, … Continue reading Resistance Movements in Russia & the U.S.: Similarities and Differences

WATCH: Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s Amazingly Effective Ad

The Oregon Democrat, running a phenomenal campaign in OR-02 to defeat Greg Walden, is showing Democrats across the country how to connect with rural voters. And mean it.   Oregon's 2nd Congressional District is huge, covering well over half of the square mileage of the 9th largest state in the union. Most people think of … Continue reading WATCH: Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s Amazingly Effective Ad

PODCAST: Teachers Running for Office – Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 108

Sophy and Kelly speak with three teachers running for their state legislatures. First Sophy talks to Christine Porter Marsh, who is running for State Senate in Arizona LD 28 (00:30-19:41); then Kelly chats with Carri Hicks, who is running for State House in Oklahoma House District 40 (20:17-41:49); finally Sophy speaks with Craig Hoxie, who … Continue reading PODCAST: Teachers Running for Office – Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 108