Podcast — August 14, 2018 at 6:40 am

Republicans want to debate, Democrats want to WIN! with special guest Carolyn Fiddler of Daily Kos


Unlike Trump, physics follows laws.

This misogynistic presidency has inspired an equal and opposite reaction from women of the United States. And voters are rewarding them. Women have outperformed men in primaries, with just their appearance on a ballot often seen as a rebuke to Trump, who ironically judges women exclusively by their appearance.

A total of 185 women have been nominated so far for a House seat, breaking the previous record of 167 in 2016. But that number is deceptive. The previous record for Democratic women House nominees was 120, two years ago. This year, there are 143. Meanwhile, just 42 Republican women have secured House nominations, the smallest number in a decade.

“If that fucking schlub can be president, I can run for office,” is how Daily Kos’ Carolyn Fiddler summed up the “The Trump Effect.” But he’s not only encouraging Democratic women, he’s discouraging Republican women. And who can blame them?

Carolyn Fiddler is the first ever Communications Director at Daily Kos and the author of This Week in Statehouse Action. We wanted to talk to her about the Trump effect, what we’re seeing in the states and what we can do about it.

Carolyn Fiddler on Twitter: @cFidd

The Good– If Michigan is a bellwether for the rest of the country (and it often is), November is looking VERY good for Democrats. IF we can keep the momentum.
Chris Savage at Eclectablog: Michigan’s primary shows that Democrats are fired up, mobilized, and unified (and mostly behind women)

Real Clear Politics: MI-GOV primary polling

The Washington Post: Michigan Primary Results

Paul Egan at The Detroit Free Press: Voter turnout shatters recent records for Michigan primary elections

Susan Demas at Eclectablog: The Pink Wave Crashed in Michigan this Week

Ian Millhiser at Think Progress: If Gretchen Whitmer is ‘the establishment,’ progressives are winning

The Bad — We still haven’t come to terms with how bad voter suppression is.
Alexander Burns at The New York Times: Trump Endorses Brian Kemp Over Casey Cagle in Georgia Governor’s Race

Greg Bluestein at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Trump endorses Brian Kemp in Georgia GOP gov race

Mark Niesse and Greg Bluestein at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Black and Democratic voters gain on Republicans in Georgia

Thomas Wheatley at Atlanta Magazine: How redrawing districts has kept Georgia incumbents in power

Spencer Woodman at The New Republic: Register Minority Voters in Georgia, Go to Jail

Carol Anderson at The New York Times: Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy

Ari Berman at The Nation: There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act

German Lopez at Vox: 7 specific ways states made it harder for Americans to vote in 2016

The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — New voters in Florida or Nah?

Ed O’Keefe at CBS News: New coalition plans seven-figure campaign aimed at Puerto Rican voters

Marc Caputo at Politico: Now about that ‘blue wave’…

Marc Caputo at Politico: Where’s the blue wave, part 2

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Music clips
Intro and transition music: You Dress Like an Asshole by Not The 1s
Progressives Everywhere intro/outro: They’re Everywhere by Jim’s Big Ego
Flint Water Crisis Update intro: Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins