Podcast — June 18, 2018 at 10:36 am

EPISODE 86: The Purge has begun – with special guest Ari Berman


The show notes for Episode 86 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/06/episode-86-the-purge-has-begun-with-special-guest-ari-berman.html

Ari Berman on Twitter: @AriBerman

Ari Berman at Mother Jones: ACLU Sues Trump Over Census: “A Naked Act of Intentional Discrimination”

Ari Berman at Mother Jones: North Carolina Republicans Want a Constitutional Amendment to Require ID to Vote

Ari Berman at Mother Jones: Republicans Want to Use the Census to Radically Change Political Representation

Ari Berman at Mother Jones: The Supreme Court Is Helping Republicans Kill a Key Voting Rights Law

Ari Berman at Mother Jones: We Now Know Why Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach Lobbied for a Citizenship Question on the Census

Ari Berman at Mother Jones: Wisconsin Democrats Win Election That Scott Walker Tried to Keep From Happening

The Good:
25 GREAT ideas for Democrats from Bruce Bartlett:

  1. End gerrymandering.
  2. Raise taxes on the wealthy.
  3. Limit campaign spending.
  4. Constitutional amendment to outlaw Citizens United decision.
  5. Make voting easier with automatic registration and early voting.
  6. Support gun control.
  7. Protect the environment & take concrete actions against global warming.
  8. Allow felons to vote if they have served their full sentence.
  9. End or restrict payday lending.
  10. Spend more money on public works.
  11. Support DACA.
  12. Fix student debt problem.
  13. Prioritize production of alternative energy such as solar over fossil fuels such as coal.
  14. Fight corruption by the president, Congress and government officials.
  15. Oppose foreign government interference in US elections.
  16. Force presidents to release their tax returns.
  17. Guaranteed government job for all who want one.
  18. Increase regulation of tech companies & social media to protect privacy.
  19. Raise pay for teachers.
  20. Legalize marijuana.
  21. Oppose tariffs & trade protectionism.
  22. Support paid family & medical leaver for workers.
  23. Support labor unions.
  24. Support prison reform.
  25. Single-payer health insurance for all.

The Bad:
Rogue elements within the FBI actually did collude to swing the 2016 – FOR Donald Trump.

The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:
Goodbye Sit and Spin Room, hello GOTMFV Show!

Steve Carmody at Michigan Radio: Lawsuit filed in dispute between two Flint water crisis researchers

Koch brothers corporatist front group and State Policy Network affiliate Mackinac Center press release: Mackinac Center and Virginia Tech Professor Dr. Marc Edwards Sue Wayne State Over Flint Water Documents

Chad Livengood at Crain’s Detroit Business: Dr. Mona’s new book tells how tide turned on state in Flint water crisisds

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Music clips
Intro music: Zoolookologie by Jean-Michel Jarre
Do I Wanna Know? by The Arctic Monkeys
Leaving LA by Father John Misty
Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins