Episode 2750: The Lies Of The WHO; The Failure Of AZ On Election Day
It's 77 weeks before Election Day and over half a dozen people have already thrown their hats into the G.O.P race. On our new podcast, “Matter of Opinion,” Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen take a tour of the 2024 Republican primary field to understand what it takes to survive in the present-day Republican ecosystem — and maybe even beat the Trump in the room.(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp.
Matt, Ryan, Drew, and Shannon talk Election Day and all the latest UK sports news.
Happy Monday From YOUR KC Morning Show!On the show today, we're once again joined by City Council candidate, Johnathan Duncan, running in the 6th District - In District. Election Day is June 20th!LINKS: https://www.duncanforkc.com/We wrap with a beat, courtesy of the Street Beast himself, DJ Diehard McClain Johnson!LINK: https://www.mixcloud.com/mcclain-johnson/ A Good Day To Be A Kansas Citian. Always.xoxo - @hartzell965, @holeyhearts, @kcmorningshow
This week host Negin Farsad is joined by comedian Brian Babylon O'Neill from the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me universe and artist/filmmaker Danielle Durchslag. In Episode 8, "America Decides." its Election Day! Tensions are high and the backstabbing is even stabbier. The FTN team battle election PTSD as they dissect this stressful episode of electoral shenanigans. ——Rate Fake The Nation 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review! Follow Negin Farsad on Twitter Email Negin email@example.com Support her Patreon ——Host - Negin Farsad & Danielle Durchslag ——Producer - Andrew McGuire ——Theme Music - Gaby AlterSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In today's episode Carl breaks down 5 reasons former Obama strategist, Ruy Texeira, believes President Biden, the likely Democratic nominee, could lose to former president Donald Trump in 2024. Additionally, you can hear and watch Carl's hot take on the the NYC subway protests over Jordan Neely's death.Finally, he tackles some of the latest and biggest headlines hot off the press today. Tune in for an exciting and informative show! WATCH AND SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/@carljacksonshowandblog More: www.TheCarljacksonshow.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecarljacksonshow Twitter: https://twitter.com/carljacksonshow Parler: https://parler.com/carljacksonshowSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Live from the Heart of America—I'm Steve Gruber—ready to deliver an inclusive and diverse discussion on the most important topics of the day—giving you better analysis and insight that anyone else—shining a spotlight on the cockroaches of the swamp—and delivering truth and justice just when hope was starting to fade— Here are the 3 Big Things you need to know to start today— Number One— A horrible weekend in Texas as a mass shooting and a rampaging driver—both leaves several dead and many more hospitalized in critical condition— Number Two— A new AI chatbot has arrived on the scene—this one however is conservative and named to honor President Ronald Reagan—its called Gippr— Number Three— This could prove to the be the toughest week yet for President Joe Biden—in fact this week could prove to be pivotal in the race for the White House that is setting up next year— The week will begin with President Biden staring straight down the lens of his worst polling numbers ever—and this has been the trend over the last month—one major poll after another show the American people no longer trust Biden— CBS, Reuters and Gallup have been among those giving failing grades to the Administration on just about every major issue—in fact you would be hard pressed to find a positive number anywhere on critical issues that people care about—like the economy, the border, national security or the war in Ukraine— And even worse for team Biden is that most Americans don't believe he is even capable of doing the job—mentally or physically— Americans have seen too much—this time it's the ABC News/Washington Post Poll showing that Biden has fallen to his lowest numbers yet—And how bad is it? Well… But despite the rejection of his Administration's policies and the President himself—Biden will admit no wrong—it seems he is just too arrogant to take responsibility for anything—with Biden its always the blame game—AND that is something that isn't working anymore either— He has consistently tried to blame former President Donald Trump for his failures at the border and on the economy—but he is willing to blame his friends in the media for his flagging polls numbers too— However like I said a moment ago—his friends in the media also seem sick of taking the blame for all of it—and they are actually asking some questions that matter—which is strange considering they didn't do that once on the way to Election Day 2020— If the Presidential Election were held today—according to the new ABC News Washington Post poll—Donald Trump would win the National Popular Vote by 6 points—and Governor Ron DeSantis would beat Biden by 5 points— And we haven't even gotten to the reasons—why this could turn out to be his worst week yet— Lets start with Hunter Biden—the First Son—who was in an Arkansas courtroom last week for a child support dispute over a child he refuses to acknowledge— the President also ignores that grandchild—to be clear, its not a good look— But that will be child's play for real, if the Whistleblowers we are told are ready to testify before Congress come out—In fact Congressman James Comer is telling the Department of Justice to hold off on any indictments of Hunter until the Republicans hold a press conference on Wednesday that could blow the lid off the entire Biden family—and the allegations of selling government policy for cash—which of course means taking bribes—and those allegations are aimed at both Hunter and his dad— So that by itself would be bad enough—but now there are even bigger problems coming on Wednesday in the form of a human tidal wave at the southern border— Some reports say as many as 700,000 illegals could overrun the US/Mexican border in just a few days—and this comes after everyone that is paying attention says were are already in a dire situation that is threatening our national security and some say our very existence as a nation— It is creating a political firestorm—because it has already created a humanitarian disaster in Texas— And like always—the soon to be 81 year old President takes no responsibility at all—for anything he has done—he just smirks and slurs—and fills his diaper— Yeah this is going to be a tough week for Joe Biden—and you have to wonder—if its not exactly the escape hatch the Democrats have been searching for—
We're seven weeks away from Election Day in Toronto - and we want you to hear from the main players in the mayoral race! Host Alex Pierson is joined by former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes and columnist Anthony Furey for this week's mayoral candidate panel. Issues on the table are getting around Toronto, fixing the city's finances, and public safety. Have a listen and have your say! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We have our first crime report of the year and the statistics are promising. Plus, two major Houston institutions are hiring for jobs that impact Houstonians. It's time to talk about those stories and more with political contributor and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz and culture contributor Antre'chelle Dorsey. Want more info on these stories? Check out these links: More trees in Gulfton Katy ISD race Bellaire Mayor race Fort Bend Bond The Onion Houston jab Offshore Tech Conference United Airlines Job Fair Kids in car heat Metro job fair Crime report Cinco de Mayo Fun Keep up with what's going on in Houston by subscribing to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston! Keep up with us by following us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook! Keep us up with you, by leaving us a text or voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 Interested in advertising with City Cast? Let's Talk! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This is the WFHB Local News for Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023. In today's feature report, WFHB News Correspondents Abe Shapiro, Kathryn Lewis, Grace Romine and Kade Young spoke with voters and poll workers on Primary Election Day. More in today's feature report. Also coming up in the next half hour, we have Lil Bub's Lil …
It's Election Day, and Tom has some choice words about some of the local races; Tom participates in an auction, and it doesn't go as planned; Hammond's 6th District Councilman Scott Rakos stops by to talk about his campaign and a train overpass project in his district that has become a hot button issue; DeSantis versus Disney.
Cleveland's Morning News with Wills and Snyder
Bill & Mike Got Your Tech Tuesday Connected With Guardians Steal A Win From The Yankees - 3-2-Guards Jim Rosenhaus - Cleveland.com Terry Pluto-Browns Draft - Election Day-Oh Sec Frank LaRose - Tech Tuesday-Agent Meister-Geek Squad-Study Apps for Students - Apps to help get you through your next class - Gordon Lightfoot - Singer-Songwriter Dead At 84 - Kentucky Derby 149 Post Positions - It appears Hollywood writers will drop their pencils and pick up picket signs in a strike to start Tuesday-NBC Radio Rory O'Neill - The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates to their highest level in 16 years this week, as the US dollar is rapidly losing ground against other currencies-NBC Radio Erin Real
A push in the state Legislature to end countywide voting on Election Day. Nearly 100 counties in Texas allow voters to cast their Election Day ballots anywhere in the county. But now a move to require voters to cast their ballots in specific district locations. Why the push, and why it matters. The Veterans Administration […]
President Biden has announced that he will seek another term in the Oval Office, despite the fact that he will be 81 on Election Day 2024.Not everyone is overjoyed about that prospect — more than half of Democrats don't want him to run again. Nonetheless, the party's leaders are increasingly confident about his chances. Jonathan Weisman, a political correspondent for The Times, explains why.Guest: Jonathan Weisman, a political correspondent for The New York Times.Background reading: Mr. Biden has acknowledged that he has not accomplished all he wished to. But that, he maintains, is an argument for his re-election.Although his poll numbers remain low, structural advantages have Democrats insisting that Mr. Biden is better positioned than his Republican rivals.For more information on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
EPISODE 187: COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN A-Block (1:43) SPECIAL COMMENT: The Corruption is coming down so heavy I feel like I need to wear a HAT. Now we have to indict a SECOND Supreme Court Justice. Nine days after he got onto the Court, Neil Gorsuch sold his part of a Colorado house for at least $250,000 to the head of a mega-law firm that has since been involved in 22 CASES before Gorsuch's court. Gorsuch has voted for their side in 7 of 10 cases. And of course:THE DISCLOSURE FORM FOR THE SALE? GORSUCH LEFT THE BOX FOR THE NAME OF THE BUYER, BLANK. The Senate Judiciary Committee can't subpoena Gorsuch or the buyer or Clarence Thomas or anybody because Dianne Feinstein is still MIA and can't provide the clinching vote. And John Roberts has finally replied to Chairman Dick Durbin's "invitation" to testify, and he said no way. He might as well have said "GOOD LUCK... DICK." Meanwhile Ted Cruz confesses, on tape, to the Dueling Electoral Slates/Grand Commission/Let's Party Like It's 1876 Coup that he and other Senators and Congressmen started to run on January 6th before they were interrupted by the OTHER coup. And remember, as the trial begin, when Trump defends himself in the E. Jean Carroll rape case by saying "she's not my type" what he's really saying is "she's not my type TO RAPE." B-BLOCK (19:44) POSTSCRIPTS TO THE NEWS: Biden is too old? He'll be 81 on Election Day and Trump will be 78. And he failed to do...what? And your younger choice who can keep the Serial Killer out of the White House is... who? And why Fox didn't collapse at 8 PM after firing Carlson, why he hasn't said anything, and why he seemingly turned from the moderate he appeared to be on CNN and MSNBC into the monster on Fox (Frankly: the success of Maddow, Scarborough and I broke him). THE WORST PERSONS IN THE WORLD (28:13) Saluting Alito at Harvard; the far right host now hoping to ban books, trans, and "weird sex" did his own sex film just a decade ago; and the woman over whom NBC's Jeff Shell destroyed his career reportedly was also hooking up with the now 80-year old billionaire owner of Hockey's Seattle Kraken. Hey, Babe, wanna ride on my Zamboni? C-BLOCK (34:40) EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY: Titus, on death row in New York (35:50) THINGS I PROMISED NOT TO TELL: My appendix burst and not only did I not know it for two days, but I kept working - AND beat CNN in the ratings (today, my burst appendix by itself could beat CNN in the ratings).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy
riday's West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Podcast for our especially special Daily Special, Blue Moon Spirits Fridays, is now available!Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, Democrats would be wise to follow Michigan's example in standing up to the tyranny of the MAGA minority.Then, on the rest of the menu, Kansas governor Laura Kelly vetoed four anti-trans bills, but Republican lawmakers appeared to have the votes to override most of her actions; the Texas Senate moved to end countywide voting on Election Day; and, California will provide 100% of the water requested by cities and farms for the first time in years, thanks to winter storms that filled the state's reservoirs.After the break, we move to the Chef's Table where the Steve Bannon partner and self-exiled Chinese businessman charged in a $1 billion fraud case, will remain behind bars after a federal judge rejected a proposed $25 million bail package; and, Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dropped his defamation lawsuit against Australian news website Crikey.All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam.Bon Appétit!The Netroots Radio Live PlayerKeep Your Resistance Radio Beaming 24/7/365!“Structural linguistics is a bitterly divided and unhappy profession, and a large number of its practitioners spend many nights drowning their sorrows in Ouisghian Zodahs.”― Douglas Adams"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"
0:00 RFK, Jr. and Donald J. Trump 6:31 TikTok Censorship 10:40 Breaking News 11:20 Alec Baldwin 18:19 Interview with Kevin Fretz 37:52 GIVERS vs. TAKERS - Why RFK Jr. and Donald Trump are both the best candidates for their respective parties - How America WINS merely from these two men being part of the debates - Will America MAKE IT to Election Day without something big breaking? - Why Alec Baldwin shouldn't be prosecuted for manslaughter, even if he's a horrible person - Cross-dressing Biden admin luggage thief wierdo ordered to undergo mental health evaluation - TikTok censors anyone disagreeing with CLIMATE CULT lunatics - This is part of China's WAR against America, to force USA to shut down energy infrastructure - Interview with Patriot Green Products, an update on GROWING FOOD at home - Special report: Givers vs. Takers - which philosophy do you choose? For more updates, visit: http://www.brighteon.com/channel/hrreport NaturalNews videos would not be possible without you, as always we remain passionately dedicated to our mission of educating people all over the world on the subject of natural healing remedies and personal liberty (food freedom, medical freedom, the freedom of speech, etc.). Together, we're helping create a better world, with more honest food labeling, reduced chemical contamination, the avoidance of toxic heavy metals and vastly increased scientific transparency. ▶️ Every dollar you spend at the Health Ranger Store goes toward helping us achieve important science and content goals for humanity: https://www.healthrangerstore.com/ ▶️ Sign Up For Our Newsletter: https://www.naturalnews.com/Readerregistration.html ▶️ Brighteon: https://www.brighteon.com/channels/hrreport ▶️ Join Our Social Network: https://brighteon.social/@HealthRanger ▶️ Check In Stock Products at: https://PrepWithMike.com
Marietta Daily Journal Podcast
Michael Owens has won the runoff election for Mableton mayor in Cobb County beating Aaron Carman. The former Marine veteran and cybersecurity executive will become Mableton's first mayor since it existed as a city between 1912 and 1916. Owens secured 56% of the vote compared to Carman's 44%. Both advanced to the runoff after no candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the first round of voting on March 21. Owens was endorsed by third- and fourth-place finishers LaTonia Long and Michael Murphy in the weeks following the first round. The low-turnout election saw just under 13% of eligible voters cast ballots.Top of Form Marietta City Schools has announced an 8.5% salary increase for district employees after completing their first review of the 2023-2024 budget. The raise includes the $2,000 for teachers approved by Gov. Brian Kemp, and the proposed budget maintains a millage rate of 17.97, which is lower than several other metro Atlanta districts. Additionally, the school board had approved hiring 40 full-time reading specialists for grades 1-5 earlier this year. The public can provide their input on the proposed budget at public hearings scheduled for June 13 and June 20, with the final budget adoption scheduled for June 20. In a Class AAAAAAA second round soccer match, Walton defeated Mill Creek 2-1 in a closely fought game. Mill Creek had led for most of the match, but two quick goals from Walton in the 69th and 71st minutes changed the course of the game. The win puts Walton through to the quarterfinals, where they will host Parkview. Walton head coach Bruce Wade was full of praise for both teams, saying that it was unfortunate that they had been matched up against each other so early in the tournament. Despite the loss, Mill Creek head coach Stephen George was proud of his team's season and what they had achieved. Voters in Cobb County, Georgia trickled into the South Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday to elect a mayor and four council members for Cobb's newest and largest city. However, some voters eligible to vote in the District 3 runoff did not have the contest on their ballot, an issue that is currently being investigated by elections officials. Although early voting last week saw 2,741 people cast their ballot in-person, as of 4:20 p.m. on Election Day, only around 1,800 people had voted. Some voters expressed concerns over the lack of information about the new city and how it will work, as well as the need for the new government to listen to its citizens. The School of Health Sciences at Georgia Highlands College recently hosted an Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, where second-year students in the Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs presented research posters focused on medical treatments and practices aimed at improving patient outcomes. Evidence-Based Practice, which involves reviewing and analyzing scientific evidence, is considered a cornerstone of clinical practice. The symposium provided an opportunity for students to share their research with peers and healthcare partners. Nursing students presented research on a variety of topics, including decreasing delirium in patients, while Dental Hygiene students presented on topics such as using virtual reality to alleviate dental anxiety. Habitat for Humanity of NW Metro Atlanta and Genuine Parts, a Cobb County-based full house sponsor, started their second home build of the year on April 15. The one-story house will be a home for single mother Artavia and her two children. After working as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Piedmont Healthcare for 15 years, Artavia is excited to move to a larger home in a neighborhood where her family can spend time outdoors, which they don't feel comfortable doing in their current apartment. Genuine Parts Company Director of Employee & Community Relations, Venitia Smith, said they engage their employees in volunteer opportunities to fulfill the company's commitment to local communities. The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Joseph Priester for the murder of Genaro Rojas-Martinez at a Smyrna gas station in 2017. Priester had appealed to the court after being found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Priester's lawyers argued that the trial court improperly admitted evidence that Priester had robbed someone and shot at their car the day before the murder, but the Supreme Court ruled that the evidence against Priester was strong enough to convict him without it. Priester was identified through surveillance footage, cell phone records, and possession of the car seen at the scene of the crime. #CobbCounty #Georgia #LocalNews - - - - - The Marietta Daily Journal Podcast is local news for Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, and all of Cobb County. 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Election Day is tomorrow! Jorge is out today. Flea and Chris are in. POLL: How important is Tuesday's (presidential) election to you?
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The findings of an independent investigation into 2022 Election Day ballot-printing issues in Maricopa County were released, and Barry Markson joins the show the break down the report. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Now we have a full report on what happened to the ballot printers on election day!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta Premier Danielle Smith's shifting approaches to the Pawlowski recording and a no-good, very-bad idea to ban polling in the last two weeks of Ontario elections. Why can't Smith stick to a story? Will Ontario go forward with the recommendation to do away with public opinion polls during the closeout to elections? And when is AFL season over? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. Get Thursday episodes and bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On today's Hacks & Wonks week-in-review, Crystal is joined by political consultant and principal partner at Prism West, Riall Johnson! Crystal and Riall discuss a controversy in Burien following a homeless encampment clearing, because another encampment (predictably) reappeared a block away because the people without housing still lacked housing, and homelessness is caused by a lack of accessible or affordable housing. The King County Council approved a $3.5M contract to rent 50 beds from the SCORE facility in Des Moines, WA, despite Executive staff saying that it won't make much of a difference. They also discuss the seemingly lackluster results from the new bonuses designed to attract more SPD officers. They end with a discussion of the over 30 Seattle City Council candidates and how the upcoming election might unfold. As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at officialhacksandwonks.com. Find the host, Crystal Fincher, on Twitter at @finchfrii and find today's co-host, Riall Johnson, at @RiallJohnson. Riall Johnson Riall began working in political campaigns in 2012 after he retired from a 9 year career as a professional football player. His first campaign was as a field organizer in Cincinnati, Ohio for President Obama's re-election campaign, which was also where he started his professional football career when he was drafted to the Bengals in the 6th round in 2001. Riall's focus in politics has always been on the field side of grassroots campaigns. He has knocked thousands doors for campaigns in six different states, organized the collection of over 900,000 signatures, and created grassroots volunteer groups that are still self-sustaining today. For the past few years, Riall has been focusing his work in his home state of Washington, where he has led impactful campaigns focused on gun violence prevention, police accountability, and criminal justice reform. After directing ballot initiative I-940, Riall founded Prism West (formerly Prism Washington) in 2018 to focus on getting progressive candidates of color in office to increase representation in government and bring real transformative policy to fruition. Many of his clients have broken many barriers by becoming the first of their demographic to be elected to their offices. He is currently working on bringing rent control back to the State of California. Resources The Case for the Crisis Care Centers Levy with King County Executive Dow Constantine from Hacks & Wonks “After Removing Encampment, Burien Considers the Options: Provide Shelter, Ban Camping, or Both?” by Erica C. Barnett from PubliCola “Burien faces hard choices around homeless encampment” by Anna Patrick from The Seattle Times “King County Commits Millions to Make Jail Slightly Less Crowded” by Ashley Nerbovig from The Stranger “Slog AM: Trump Indictment Drops Today, Harrell Drags on Police Alternatives, Election Day in Other Places” by Ashley Nerbovig from The Stranger “Slog AM: SPD Hiring Lags Despite Big Bonuses, WA Stocks Up on Abortion Pills, More Cringe from Elon” by Vivian McCall from The Stranger Transcript [00:00:00] Crystal Fincher: Welcome to Hacks & Wonks. I'm Crystal Fincher, and I'm a political consultant and your host. On this show, we talk with policy wonks and political hacks to gather insight into local politics and policy in Washington state through the lens of those doing the work with behind-the-scenes perspectives on what's happening, why it's happening, and what you can do about it. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get the full versions of our Friday almost-live shows and our midweek show delivered to your podcast feed. If you like us, the most helpful thing you can do is leave a review wherever you listen to Hacks & Wonks. Full transcripts and resources referenced in the show are always available at officialhacksandwonks.com and in our episode notes. If you missed our Tuesday midweek show, Executive Dow Constantine filled me in on why King County voters should support the Crisis Care Centers Levy by voting Yes on Proposition 1 this April. The proposed levy would raise funds to address our urgent behavioral health crisis by building five new crisis care centers across the county, stabilize and restore residential treatment beds, and cultivate the behavioral health workforce pipeline. Today, we're continuing our Friday almost-live shows where we review the news of the week with a cohost. Welcome back to the program, friend of the show, and today's cohost: Principal Partner at Prism West, Riall Johnson. Hey. [00:01:28] Riall Johnson: What's up? [00:01:29] Crystal Fincher: You have been jet setting all over the place. You're an - certainly an interstate, maybe an international man of mystery at this point in time - just working all over. What have you been up to? [00:01:42] Riall Johnson: I'm Canadian, so I guess I'm international - or half-Canadian - and currently I'm in California, Southern California, working on bringing back rent control to the state of California. That's been, that's my most - my recent project. But also, I'm still involved vaguely in Washington politics - I'm still keeping a little track. And I plan on returning - probably next year for some more - help with some of my clients getting reelected as well, and trying to push things further, finish the mission that we set out to when we started Prism. [00:02:17] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. There's a lot of news that has happened this week. We cover local government. There's a lot of national federal news that broke out this week, whether it's the arrest and arraignment of former President Trump, to a litany of anti-trans legislation, to the unjust expulsion of two Black members of the Tennessee legislature, to Biden backtracking and issuing a betrayal of sorts and saying that, and not being equivocal about trans people being able to participate in sports and saying that maybe there are some situations where they shouldn't be allowed to, or may not be allowed to - which was a completely unnecessary action to take. I do not know why that happened - it's pretty disappointing. But in the midst of all that, we have a lot happening locally. There's been conversation in the City of Burien - and we have talked to councilmembers from the City of Burien - really interesting city to follow. And right now, they recently cleared an encampment at a site. And as predicted, as we have seen after encampment clearings in Seattle and many, many other cities - because we're not actually providing any meaningful housing, people just relocate to another location. In Burien, they relocated to another location just like a block away to another city-owned property, which caused consternation from a number of people there. Some residents concerned that - Hey, we still haven't done enough to provide these people with housing options that make sense for them and that can help them out of their situation. And other people predictably - seemingly being more worried about the visible part of the homelessness, not necessarily what people who are unhoused are going through - but mad that they have to see that and feeling that it's somehow them being spurned by people who have no place to stay moving to somewhere else where they're allowed to exist. How do you read this? [00:04:27] Riall Johnson: It's just - it's typical city behavior. You see this nationwide - they think that if you bully these folks, you push them out of their immediate space, they're gonna just be gone forever. They're gonna disappear. And we have this constant attempt of disappearing the homeless - of trying to - and not realizing they're actually people and they have to live somewhere. They're going to live somewhere, so they can't just drive across the state or somewhere so you don't see them again. And if they're still homeless, they're gonna be homeless somewhere else. So all we're doing is taking turns pushing them back around, like a pinball machine. And it's sad to watch 'cause people need to realize - if you don't wanna see them - if you gave them homes, you wouldn't see them. Or you wouldn't know they're homeless 'cause we still have to live - when you have a home, you have to leave your home and go work and do things, even though - people don't realize about 47% of homeless people have jobs. So the whole get-a-job narrative is stupid 'cause they get a job and they're still homeless 'cause we simply can't afford homes. And that's the main problem - is that housing is just not affordable. Even when they call it affordable housing, it's not affordable 'cause the AMI is skewed all wrong. So we need to build public housing. We need to go back to how we had - before Reagan cut the housing authority in the '80s - where we actually had federal funding for these houses, for housing for people. And we could actually treat it as a regional solution, which - I hate that term, but actually - 'cause we could provide housing throughout the country in spaces, not just in the City of Seattle. 'Cause you see this - in Burien, or any other city outside of Seattle, has no right to complain about homelessness because you look at the numbers from the regional housing authority - Seattle and I think one other city are the only ones that contribute to the fund. And Seattle contributes 95% or 98% of the funds to the regional solution. So the only ones that even put any money up, the only ones who even put any services up - so of course people are going to gravitate there 'cause there's services, but they put in the fund and then the other cities don't kick in anything. And they just push everything to Seattle and then point at Seattle like they're the problem - Look at all the homelessness. Well, you push all your people there constantly. So it's just typical. And you see this - I see this in LA, I see this in Long Beach. You see this in bigger cities and you see it in San Francisco. You see it in New York and Denver, Miami - the bigger cities carry the load of it and then everyone wants to crap on the big cities - Look at these Democrat run cities 'cause they're, look at all the homeless people. They're the only ones that actually treat them like humans in any sense - remotely, 'cause you don't see, when you get up close, it's like they're not even treated well here - but it's the lesser of many evils that they have to face. And they're just going to where they're going to be bullied the least. [00:07:22] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, it's a challenge. And I think it is just a continual reinforcement that - as you said, this is a problem that is caused by a lack of housing. There are lots of people who try to suggest that homelessness is really an addiction problem. It's really a crime problem. And if we just treat these people like they're addicts or we treat these people like they're criminals, that that will clean everything up. We have been trying that and that approach has been failing - truly for decades now, for years and years and years. And the question really is - when are we going to stop doing the thing that has been failing and start doing the things that have been shown to be much more effective? This is a problem with the affordability and the accessibility of housing. If homelessness was primarily a crime problem, places with the highest crime rates would have the most homelessness - that's not the case. If homelessness was primarily an addiction problem, places with the highest addiction rates would have the highest rates of homelessness - that's not the case. What is the case is that areas with the highest level of housing that is unaffordable to the local populations have the highest rates of homelessness. It's because people cannot afford to live where they're at. It really is that. And so we have to provide housing to people to get them off of the street. We have to help people transition back into permanent housing. And money that we spend on criminalizing this solution, on locking people up, on putting up fencing, on making areas unavailable, on paying for security and park staff and police officers to kind of police these encampment sweeps and move people all around - it's just a recipe for failure. We know that. Why do we keep trying that? Let's provide housing and follow the evidence for what other people are doing that is working, what other cities are doing that's working. We can and need to do better. And so I did not find it surprising at all that if you sweep one location without providing people with any path to permanent shelter - yeah, you're just moving the problem around. And it sounds like the people are unhappy - a lot of people who testified were just unhappy that they didn't move the problem far enough away. But we can't keep punting to other jurisdictions, to other cities, to other counties, to other regions to help solve this problem. Every city needs to kick in and do things to meaningfully allow and provide more housing, and to keep more people in their homes, and to keep people from being evicted. [00:10:11] Riall Johnson: Yeah, I think the other - and on top of that, this is an American problem where we just need to get over - of not accepting poor people having nice things. And then we just - 'cause we have the money for it. We always have the money. It's the richest country in the world. Always have the money. Seattle's one of the richest cities in the world - has the money. Bellevue and all these other cities around - are richest suburbs and suburban towns in the world - they have the money. The thing is, and it's funny how even when you explain to people who want these sweeps or are pro-sweep - which is mind-boggling - if you ever talk to someone who really just wants them swept and kicked out, you tell them how much more it costs to sweep them, and to jail them, and to do the cleanup, and all that stuff - and it's gonna cost us more. Because essentially - hopefully we can organize all the homeless folks that are being swept all the time to sue the cities for all the possessions that they've lost and been stolen - 'cause we're really robbing these people of their stuff. 'Cause you give them no notice, you show up, you clear them out, and they don't get to get all their things, or they literally take it from them half the time and throw the stuff out. And I think there was another city - I forget which one - that actually successfully sued the city for millions of dollars as a class action lawsuit, which I hope Seattle does at some point. And I would definitely help organize that. The thing is - we spend so much more doing this cruel stuff, and people have said this before - that the cruelty really is the point. People relish in treating these people so badly, knowing that they would save more money if we just provided homes for them. But they don't wanna spend money on that - even being told and shown straight data that it costs more doing what we're already doing - to sweep them, and jail them, and assault them, and clean up the stuff. It costs us more money. Just give them homes and we save money. And bonus, you don't have to see them anymore. At least - and that's the problem - you'll see them. You just won't know they're homeless, so you won't be able to label them as such. And that's - we just have to get over just giving poor people nice things, which is a home. But we don't want - we just don't want to. We can do it, we just don't want to. [00:12:30] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. Speaking of another situation where it seems like there may be other better options of what we can do, but we don't want to - is this week, the King County Council voted to extend a contract or to enact a contract with the SCORE Correctional Facility in Des Moines, Washington, to offload some of the King County jail population to that Des Moines Center - in the wake of studies, calls from employees who work there, the Public Defenders Association and many others saying that the jail is overcrowded, understaffed, a hazard to the health of the people that are living there, and there just is not enough staff support to keep anyone safe, and it's a mess. And so you had an unusual alliance of corrections facilities employees - the jail guards - in addition to public defenders saying, This is untenable and unsustainable. We need to lower the jail population. You also have a prior promise from King County Executive Dow Constantine to close the jail. Yet, it seems like policy is moving in the opposite direction, and they're spending millions of dollars to offload - what was it - 50 people to that facility. And really saying - Okay, is this meaningfully addressing this problem? Or are we just once again kicking the can down the road here to figure this out? - to spend $3.5 million to rent 50 beds in Des Moines. It was a 7-2 vote with King County Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Girmay Zahilay voting against the measure to transfer the inmates, really saying that they don't have enough information to really determine that this is the best alternative and that there are functionally deeper problems than this is going to solve, and we're spending money on this kind of stopgap solution that could be really, really helpful to spend in areas that may be more likely to keep people more safe. How do you read this situation? [00:14:49] Riall Johnson: It's funny. I think - it's not funny. It's ironic that it was just Girmay and Jeanne Kohl-Welles. And I would expect Girmay Zahilay to vote No on this 'cause - knowing him. I didn't expect Jeanne Kohl-Welles to vote for this, but it's amazing how principled some elected folks get when they're not running for reelection and they're not looking for - or higher office. And the funny thing is - this is what I've said in politics overall - is you don't have to trust people in politics, you trust their ambitions. And I had a very interesting conversation while - up in Snohomish with a prosecutor - and it opened my eyes because, and we're talking about bail reform - just letting them out. Why are we even putting these people in jail for minor stuff? Why are we even putting - they don't even have to be there. And that's the thing - why is this conversation, are we having in the "most progressive county" - I'm quoting, you can't see me - that we have a full jail? And it's because we have to just redefine what crime actually is. These people that they're bringing in for "crimes" aren't crimes in most other parts of the world. So they shouldn't even have to be there. It's minor offenses that they're in there, that they could just either pay a fine or not be a crime in the first place. And so we should - if we just redefined that, we wouldn't do that. But we're already stuck in this narrative that we're not tough on crime at all. We're the toughest country on crime in the world. And this is what this prosecutor told me was, and it shows - 'cause he's gonna, obviously he was gonna run for reelection at the time - when he said, I want to let these people out, but all it takes is one. All it takes is one of them to recommit and do something egregious and do something really bad. And the whole thing is gone. And it made me realize that - Yeah, he's not right. He's right about himself - his world is turned up now. His reelection chances are gone. His job, it's - his future is in jeopardy if that happens, not everyone else's. Because the thing is, no matter - the longer you hold people in jail, they're gonna - and you can't put people in jail for life. You're gonna get out at some point. They're worse off - they're gonna be - and more likely going to commit something more serious because they're in a worse situation than before. They're more damaged than before. So the effect is that we're even - why we're even putting these people in the jail, or most of these people in jail, in the first place is trivial. So we shouldn't even have to vote to relocate them or borrow beds from other states, other counties - because they shouldn't be in jail in the first place. And they're not realizing that solution. But every one of those people - all seven that voted for it - are all still planning on running for something in the future. And that's what they're scared of. They're scared of that one person that gets out of jail, commits something bad, worse, and they get blamed for it. They don't - and this happened to Chesa Boudin - 'cause he let a lot of people out of jail. And one person assaulted someone in the - actually, I think in the Asian community - and they used that as a cudgel, and just - [00:18:23] Crystal Fincher: And that was in San Francisco, right? [00:18:24] Riall Johnson: Over and over and over - yeah, in San Francisco. And that's what - they're all scared of that - you can see. And that's my theory, 'cause you talk to them one-on-one - they all wanna vote No, they all wanna do this, the right thing - but they know they can't because they're scared of the reelection chances, or further election chances, including Dow Constantine. [00:18:47] Crystal Fincher: It's something that we commonly see, and unfortunately they're afraid of - they're afraid of following the data for fear of weaponization of the anecdote. Because yes, there are certainly people who are invested in the status quo in our current system, who are salivating to use anything to help bolster their position or discredit others. Because they know that they have to rely on the anecdotes, because the data is not on their side. But there's a lot of money to be made from the existing system and what they're doing. There's a ton of money to be made in a variety of facets, but really the impact of that - and what we need to not pepper over - is that you're selling out the rest of the community, you're harming the rest of the community. Because the data is what it is. We know that overall, fewer people are going to be harmed and victimized if we change the approach that we take, if we stop focusing on these punitive, punishment-based approaches - based on us not feeling like people are worthy of humanity, or we need to personally feel like we punish them. Does that feeling justify the increased likelihood and increased events of harm that are really happening to real people? It's a challenge and it's a shame. You said Jeanne Kohl-Welles - also not running again and seeming to be a little freer in her comments and considerations - she did call on Dow to follow through on his promise to close the downtown jail. And she also expressed, as did Girmay and some other council members, expressed concern that because this appears to be such a stopgap measure that doesn't seem to be robust enough to solve the actual problem, that they're concerned about getting another request for funding, and a request for an extension, and a request for expansion of this - because this doesn't actually solve the problem, even though we're forking over millions of dollars to make that happen. So they took some votes to ensure that an automatic extension or an automatic expansion couldn't happen, that their approval is gonna be required for that. But also if you're approving this - even if that does happen, what is the logic of voting No if you voted for this? Again, I'm not quite sure what that is, but it'll be interesting to follow. We will continue to follow this, and it's a conversation that we continue to have. Also this week, we got news that bonuses so far have not shown to recruit many new officers. And for the amount of money that's invested - not just in salaries and benefits for police, but also these signing bonuses - certainly I think most people were hoping, who viewed this as a solution, to get much more bang for their buck as they did. It's interesting in that we have heard the Harrell administration talk about data and dashboards and all that information. And the data that we have received on this doesn't seem to be too promising, yet that doesn't seem to be deterring many people. They said it's too soon to figure out that this is a failure, or to conclude that this is a failure. We did see an uptick in some of our hiring and have a bit of a larger class, so maybe there's some benefit that we're getting from this. Although we have heard from officers themselves who've said - These signing bonuses don't make a difference. If someone is leery to come, and especially given the salary, throwing an extra $10,000 at them isn't really going to be big enough to make the difference here. Now it could with a lot of other positions that have shortages in the City, but we seem to be focused on police right now. And so it is just going to be interesting to see if it's just - well, the data didn't look like we wanted it to, but we're just going to keep pushing forward and not adjust - while expressing the importance of better performance and getting data and metrics from other public safety initiatives or things that are running behind, like alternative response. And really this is money that could be invested in other areas. How do you see this? [00:23:48] Riall Johnson: It's just another - I feel like I'm repeating myself - it's typical. It's typical American exceptionalism - thinking that the country with the most police than any other military force, with more police than any other military force, is going to solve this. There's never been a correlation of more police and less crime - never. If anything it's gone the opposite - less police, you get less crime. We're so invested as a country - that more police is going to solve our stuff. And we have more police than ever, always. And it's just never affected crime. And if anything, it just affects more arrests - and it's just arrests for bull crap - told you I wasn't going to cuss. So I think it's - sarcastically speaking - if we were just nicer to cops in Seattle, more of them would come 'cause that's what - don't take this out of context 'cause like someone's clips this, 'cause it's - that's the narrative you see in the newspaper. Cops don't want to be here 'cause they're not nice to us here. There's too much protest, and too liberal, and it's too progressive. You hear this narrative outside - that's what's deterring - if that's deterring cops, it's too bad. Your job's tough, I'm sorry. You completely say - We're proud, we support the blue, and it's the toughest job - f*cking do it. They don't want to do it. They want an easy job where they can bully people and get away with it more often. So they're not afraid of being - and it's not so much being treated bad - they're afraid of accountability 'cause they feel like Seattle might hold them more accountable. I think it just doesn't matter 'cause - and I'm happy actually that less and less people want to be cops because probably - you see this generation's growing up - seeing more and more of what cops are doing, less of them want to be that. And I hope that's gonna be a nationwide trend overall. Gen Z and Gen A, I think are growing up - they're seeing more and more police violence. We didn't get to grow up seeing those constant videos. All we saw was a Rodney King video - we didn't have the cameras. I'm turning 45 this month. I didn't see constant police violence growing up. I grew up - I was 16 when Hillary and Joe Biden and Bill Clinton brought us the crime bill. I was a super predator in their eyes. And we were sold on that - me and my generation and everyone else - was sold on that stuff that more police is gonna solve this. And all it did was just lock more people up - for the same stuff I saw at Stanford University, tons of kids do. And boy, they weren't kicking down those doors. So it's never - more police has never solved crime - is not going to. So I'm actually happy that it's failing because it's going to show - and you see the stats of crime is still staying the same or going down, even with less cops. If we invest more in the communities and provide more housing and more services, we'll have less crime - 'cause we'll have less poverty and we'll have less need - because most of them is just crimes of poverty. So I think this is something I want to see nationwide - is just less cops, people wanting to be cops, because we're opening people's eyes to the culture of it. And a lot of younger generation growing up don't want to be part of that culture. And I hope that - so I say, keep filming people, keep filming them all the time, put them on blast, hold them accountable as best you can. And hopefully this is a trend that we see nationwide. [00:27:33] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, absolutely. And it will be interesting to see where these trends follow. It'll also be interesting just to see the electoral trends. We also saw this week, the City of Chicago opted to elect a progressive mayor who the police union was vehemently opposed to. They said that they would walk off the job if this person were elected and they're just going to do that. And well - the city's voters called their bluff. [00:28:02] Riall Johnson: Please leave. Please don't go - oh no. We'll see if they do - they won't, they won't. [00:28:11] Crystal Fincher: Maybe a couple might, but once again, I think this is an area where residents continue to be out ahead of elected officials in this area. Residents don't seem to have the hang up over conversations about comprehensive public safety, and public safety being much bigger than policing and having to be much bigger than policing. We have to have conversations about meeting people's basic needs. We have to have conversations about poverty and homelessness and all of that. And really addressing the roots of those problems - making sure people's basic needs are met - that impacts our public safety, that impacts how many people are victimized, it reduces the amount of people who are victimized in a variety of ways. And that really is the bottom line - we become safer when we do that. Think voters are there - there's certainly a large percentage of them - winning percentages of voters are there. And we just need actions by our elected officials that reflect that. [00:29:15] Riall Johnson: It's funny - unless you've been in a situation where you can't afford food, can't afford rent, can't afford a place to stay, you can't judge people if they're taking from major corporations. Meanwhile, corporations are committing exponentially more wage theft than you could ever steal from the cosmetic aisle. And it's very hard to combat the narrative as a consultant or in politics when they only have to show one or three videos - one to three videos - of the same shoplifting over and over and over, and then say it's a crime spree. They have the illustration advantage to do that. It's very hard. It was very hard to combat that in 2021 and to this day. So apparently, if you listen to the right narrative - the narrative on the right - crime has been skyrocketing for so long. But the stats show it's lower or the same - it's apparently gone through the graph and come back up to the bottom to go right back where it was. But every year, crime's skyrocketing. So where is it skyrocketing to? Apparently, everyone's a criminal at this point if you say - what is skyrocketing and what is actually crime. I used to do crime all the time when I was in college. I was at Stanford University, one of the richest schools in the country, and I shoplifted all I got, all I could 'cause I was broke. I couldn't work. I wasn't allowed to work. This is before the NIL [name, image, likeness] stuff. I stole groceries constantly. I'm admitting to the crime. I testified on this during the whole, and when we were trying to legalize college athletes getting paid. 'Cause when I can afford food, I don't have to steal it. But I have to eat somehow. And I had to eat at a level of a college athlete, of a college football player. So I stole groceries from Safeway constantly, every chance I got. And thank God I was good at it - but also, I had to. What else was I going to do? My parents couldn't send me money, and I couldn't even get a job 'cause it was illegal for me to get a job while I was in college. I was fortunate to not grow up in poverty, and my parents were middle class, but they weren't obviously able to just send me money every week while I was in college - sitting there broke. So I stole - I just stole food. And if they even had it, I was scared to ask them for it. I felt more dignified stealing food than asking for money from my parents - even if it was like 20 bucks, so I can go grocery shopping, which that could actually get some groceries back then, 1998. So we have to understand - it's not about who's doing the crime or what's happening - it's like why? Why is this happening? And they think it's just 'cause people are criminals and we need to lock up more people. Even though as a country, we lock up more people than anywhere else in the world - at four times the rate. And we think doing that more is going to solve the problem. [00:32:11] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, to me - it's just telling - okay, if that's what we have been doing for 30 years, and we feel that things now are worse than they've ever been - maybe that's a signal that it's not the best solution. Maybe that's a signal that that approach has failed and we should try something else. That is not how people invested in keeping things the way they are feel about it, by and large, unfortunately. But I guess the other news is that there - wow, is a whole lot more people who are less and less invested and actually invested in changing the way that things are. And those are becoming majorities in many cities and areas and states. And we're seeing that play out in a lot of these elections. So we will continue to follow that conversation and what happens. Also just wanted to cover - since you're here, since we do elections and politics - so at my latest count, I believe there are 36 declared candidates for Seattle City Council across all of the districts. That is a big number - and there are a lot of people at this point in time. A lot fewer people have qualified for Democracy Vouchers. I think we're gonna get an update on Monday perhaps to see who else may have qualified. But out of everyone, it looks like in District 1, Preston Anderson and Rob Saka have completed the Democracy Voucher qualifying process. In District 2, Tammy Morales has qualified for Democracy Vouchers. In District 3, Joy Hollingsworth and Alex Hudson have completed the qualifying process. In District 4, Ron Davis as well as Kenneth Wilson have completed the qualifying process. In District 5, no one has at this point in time via the publicly available information on the Democracy Voucher website. In District 6, Dan Strauss, the incumbent, has completed the qualifying process - as has incumbent Andrew Lewis in District 7. Those are all of the people who have been reported as successfully qualifying for Democracy Vouchers - obviously a big gate and necessary accomplishment for a campaign. But there are a lot who are in a lot of different positions. There is a sea of candidates. So I guess I'll just open it up to you on your thoughts - about anyone in particular, or this crop of candidates overall, and what this means for the City of Seattle. [00:34:53] Riall Johnson: I think it was - did you say 36? I think 49 ran last - four years ago. I think there was more open seats. I think there was only one incumbent. Debora Juarez was the only incumbent running. So now we only have two - no, three incumbents this time with Tammy, Dan, and Lewis. I used to work with Dan by the way - we were coworkers long time ago. [00:35:23] Crystal Fincher: Really? [00:35:23] Riall Johnson: Yeah, for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. I'm a fan of Dan Strauss - personally. I disagree with him a lot, but a fan of Dan. But either way, this year is gonna be weird 'cause 2019 - going off 2019 - it was a big rally for progressive and it was a big progressive wave there, especially when Amazon dropped that million dollar bomb at the end, on top of the million dollars they already spent through the Chamber. I think this is gonna be interesting. I'm a big fan of Tammy, obviously - she's a client, or former client - I'm not doing any elections this year. So I don't think - she doesn't even need help. She was one of the best campaigners I've ever seen, so I think she's going to - she'll win on her own. She's gonna win. I think she's got - working with somebody, she's in good hands - but I don't see anyone beating Tammy. And in terms of the other races, it's just gonna be weird to see - they're not gonna have this narrative about fighting Amazon and stuff 'cause Amazon actually learned, the Chamber learned to step out of it and then distribute their money through other channels. They're still gonna put the same amount of money - they're just gonna put it so it's harder to track. So I encourage people to just look - you can still find it - look where the money's going. Look where it's going - they're gonna go through another entity. They're gonna distribute through other different donors. They're still gonna be backing the people. So just look where all the rich people, the same donors you see every year putting behind their own corporate police candidates. And you're gonna see that. And then that's gonna tell you all you really need to know - who's in what. 'Cause the thing is this is what - it always irks me about Seattle and a lot of cities nationwide, but especially Seattle - a lot of these races actually in the end are irrelevant unless you get a really super majority. The whole narrative of Seattle being this progressive place is false. Seattle has no income tax. It's a libertarian utopia, in my opinion. But they blame all their problems on a Brown woman named Kshama because she's the only socialist in there. If you're outside of Seattle or the narrative, thinks like Kshama runs the City. No, there's no way any city council member can run the City. The mayor runs the city. And we've had a corporate mayor for the last 46 out of 50 years, I think. The only mayor that actually did anything progressive was Mike McGinn. And it's funny - you look at the stats, you look at the homelessness rate after 2013 - it's gone up pretty - a whole lot since 2013. [00:38:11] Crystal Fincher: As has the crime rate. [00:38:12] Riall Johnson: Exactly. [00:38:14] Crystal Fincher: I think it was lower - McGinn enjoyed the lowest crime rates in the last 40 years, which - he would be the first person to tell you - were not only because of his policies, he did benefit from policies from Greg Nickels also. But numbers don't lie. [00:38:34] Riall Johnson: Yeah, and we stopped investing in housing overall. And the City - and even if the City Council gives and puts money in housing, it's not like - they just give you the money or approve it, the mayor's got to execute it. And Jenny - I remember seeing Jenny Durkan literally just declined to use the money in any sort of way. She promised a 1,000 or 10,000 tiny homes or whatever - she built a hundred. It's - we got the corporate mayor we've asked for - the Chamber's got their candidate for the last two decades, or the last decade. They got Murray, they got Jenny, they got Tim what's-his-name? The guy who was council for - [00:39:10] Crystal Fincher: Briefly, Tim Burgess. [00:39:11] Riall Johnson: Tim Burgess. Bruce Harrell twice now. And it's gonna go the same way every time. As long as you get a mayor that can't do anything unless they get approval from their corporate overlords - we all call it - we're gonna have this problem all the time, no matter who we elect to City Council. So Tammy's gonna win. Everyone else that I see on the table is just gonna be - is some semi-progressive right now that's just gonna go with the status quo. And she's probably gonna be a lone voice, lonely voice on that council. And then she's now gonna start getting the blame because they can't - they're not gonna have Kshama to blame anymore. And so it's gonna be sad to see all problems - even though it's like you got the mayor you wanted, you got the city council candidates you wanted - you're not gonna have Kshama, you're not gonna have Teresa, all you're gonna have is Tammy. And somehow Tammy's gonna be - they're gonna try and blame Tammy for the - all the problems they have when they've caused it. So it's just, it's gonna be funny to watch this after the election, but in terms of who I see - I just don't, I'm sorry - I'm not paying attention enough, but I don't see anyone outside of Tammy Morales that kind of fits my - what I wanna see in a councilmember. That's my biased opinion, so - as much as I love, I like Dan Strauss as a person, and I think he's better than the person that's challenged him obviously. Me and Dan would have disagreements face-to-face if we met, if we saw, if I saw him again. I just don't see it. I see - either you have to get a major majority of veto-proof votes constantly that's going to actually defund the police, that's actually going to provide housing, that's actually going to fund transit. We're gonna be in this cycle over and over and over as long as we have a mayor that refuses to actually do the things and is beholden to the large corporations we have here in Seattle. So I don't see - I see these elections as inconsequential, somewhat irrelevant in the overall scheme of things. They're important, obviously - you want the support, but the one city councilmember in your district is one-ninth of about 15% of power in the City. That's how much the city council pretty much has - 15-20% of the power. The rest of the 80-90% is the mayor's office. And that's - but the overall narrative - it's hard to get that across 'cause you watch local news, you watch Fox News or cable news, you think this radical socialist Brown woman is running Seattle because that's who they put on the face of it. Never smiling, always with her mouth open yelling - when you, if you meet Kshama, she's the nicest person possible, she's always smiling. But they always want to get it - it's just funny how that narrative is painted on these things. And same with Tammy - they're going to put Tammy on there with - it's typical misogynistic stuff you see with - they always put her with - as she's speaking and then they get her at the worst moment possible with her mouth open. And they're going to do this over and over and over to put the blame on them so they can avoid accountability. [00:42:26] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, it is - that trope basically is well-worn. And they do like to pick a favorite progressive person to pick on - that's a lot of P's, but anyway - for me, I need to get more familiar with a lot of candidates, certainly. But I think I'm with you just on the - I'm, I can't say across the board, 'cause there have been a couple that I have heard some conclusive opinions on - taking away almost whether or not I agree with people on issues, it is just hard in this crop to find people really saying where they stand on it. And again, certainly there have been a few who have, but it seems like the majority is afraid to say anything. And to your point that the candidates who have been favored by the Chamber and corporate interests, those candidates for mayor have won for the past decade. And there is no one who has any more power in the City than the mayor. The City Council, to your point, can fund things and can direct policy. But it provides the funding - it actually can't spend that money itself. That is up to the executive. The executive has to spend the money. They manage and implement all of the things in the City. Every department answers to the mayor, including the police department - and what happens there is completely the mayor's responsibility. That is the executive, that is the person with the most power. And it feels like that goes by the wayside because there has been a person on the council that they've been able to demonize from the progressive side that - it reminds me just of conversations about racism or sexism or anti-trans messaging where it's like - simultaneously, the people who you're railing against are somehow deficient in their eyes, but also so smart and powerful and numerous that they can do everything and every bad thing is their fault. And there's this big magical conspiracy that is happening that people are, I guess, communicating telepathically to coordinate all of the horrible things that as conservatives would say, liberals want. But it's just - yeah, I don't know. I don't know. I'm not quite inspired by the crop of candidates, but I think it's just - you're gonna have to decide to do something. And we're at the point where we've had now 10 years worth of really mayors painting themselves as the adult in the room, the people who can bring together people who disagree, and bring everyone together and figure out where people agree and can make progress. And that's just messaging to excuse people not taking action. That has not materialized. What that equates to in practice is just gridlock and nothing happening. And I think we're seeing the result of nothing happening for so long. This is why so many - homelessness has skyrocketed, income inequality is skyrocketing - continuing to do so - so many of the things that we have labeled crises have only gotten worse because the people who said that they were gonna bring everyone together and stop making people mad, like those divisive progressives - it turns out you do have to make a decision at some point. And if you don't, the bad thing continues to happen and that happens. And I think lots of people are at the point with Bruce Harrell - you've made lots of promises that sound great. It seems like you forgot about some of those promises and other of those promises are running like late, way behind schedule. Maybe you changed your mind. Maybe that was just rhetoric. But you said things and we want to see you deliver, and we're waiting. [00:46:45] Riall Johnson: Yes. We'll see what Backroom Bruce does in the next two years, which - we'll see. I've met Bruce - actually he's a nice guy, charismatic guy - he wins people over pretty easily. And actually I turned him down. I couldn't do it. 'Cause it's just - you can't, I just can't give in to corporate interests like that. This is the thing - I don't know how much time more we've got 'cause this is - I'm going back to 2019 and my experience. And this is a problem that needs to be said in Seattle about the progressive left - the power players in the progressive left - they don't want change either. They just want power. And if anyone's listening, they can see - I think I have it on my pinned tweet back in 2019 - the problem I saw and I identified it. And I burned a lot of bridges saying this out public. And I'll say it again though, 'cause it needs to be called out. There was a big movement behind progressive candidates. "Progressive candidates." They put about a million dollars behind six candidates for the open seats. There was three white candidates and three candidates of color. They put over $900,000 behind the white candidates and about $23,000 total behind the candidates of color - 18 of that 23,000 went to Tammy. The other 2,000 each went to Kshama and Shaun Scott - it was a literal direct correlation of skin color by who got more money. And they spent more money against Mark Solomon - Tammy's candidate, who was also Black, a Black man - than spending more money for Shaun. That's how anti-Black the Seattle left is. Seattle is 6% black. 20 years ago, it was 13% Black. So somehow this pro-Black, equitable, progressive city has been systematically kicking Black people out of this city for the last 20 years. And I'm one of them. So it's just - it's a false narrative, I think, to think that there's people who claim to be for this. And you'll literally see in Seattle where someone will have a sign saying, "In this house, Black Lives Matter, love is love," blah, blah, blah, all that stuff. And then right next to it, literally it'll say, "Don't rezone this property, make it so historic." Like it's all platitudes I see. And I see it not just with voters, but I see it with the people in power - the people in the "progressive" movements that actually have the money, and they don't put their money where the mouth is. There's never a movement supported by this. They don't put the money behind actual progressive candidates, or abolitionists, or whatever. They just talk the talk. They put all this money behind Dan Strauss, Andrew Lewis, and Lisa Herbold - and they all waffled on all their votes. They didn't do anything. They just did middle of the road stuff. But meanwhile, the candidates that actually were pushing for real progressive transformative policies, like Shaun Scott, Kshama Sawant, and Tammy Morales - they didn't support that way. And the reason - I burned bridges - I'll burn them again, I'll burn the ships. 'Cause it needs to be said. And it needs to be - look where the money's going, and you'll see where people stand. And the funny thing is we just - and this is why you see a lot of these candidates, even this year, waffling on stuff. They're coming out middle of the road. They say they're progressive. They come from progressive organizations that are well-funded, and they're not taking proper stands because they're scared to - because the organizations that support them are scared to as well. So I think this needs to be said and needs to be called out - until we have some real progressive candidates that can stand on their own and stand against even their own backers, like the unions and the progressive organizations that - I'm not gonna name names, I've already done that. But they know who I'm talking about and they know I'm talking about them, and I don't care. But the thing is we need candidates that will do that, and we need more communities to stand up against that, and fight on their own. And it's very hard to do that because - ultimately, you're turning away resources - because these are well-resourced organizations as well and progressive organizations. And it's hard to do that without resources. And once - when you do that, you gotta realize you're gonna be on your own and you're gonna have to do this on just pure human power - with a little bit of money. And just - and I guess, hopefully vouchers - on a minimal budget, that you could, that hopefully you can win by. [00:51:42] Crystal Fincher: Thank you for all of your insight today, Riall Burn the Ships Johnson. Appreciate your insight and reflections and perspective. And with that, I thank everyone for listening to Hacks & Wonks on this Friday, April 7th - it's April 7th already - 2023. The producer of Hacks & Wonks is Shannon Cheng. Our insightful cohost today is Principal Partner at Prism West, Riall Johnson. You can find Riall on Twitter @RiallJohnson, that's R-I-A-L-L Johnson. You can follow Hacks & Wonks on Twitter @HacksWonks. And you can find me on Twitter @finchfrii, that's two I's at the end. You can catch Hacks & Wonks on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts - just type "Hacks and Wonks" into the search bar. Be sure to subscribe to get the full versions of our Friday almost-live shows and our midweek show delivered to your feed. If you like us, leave a review. You can also get a full transcript of this episode and links to the resources referenced in the show at officialhacksandwonks.com and in the podcast episode notes. Thanks for tuning in - talk to you next time.
Tuesday was quite the day in American politics. Former President Donald Trump was arraigned in Manhattan and pleaded not guilty to 34 charges of falsifying business records in the first degree. It was also Election Day in one of the country's purplest states and its third-largest city. In Wisconsin, voters chose the liberal state Supreme Court candidate Janet Protasiewicz by a double-digit margin, flipping the ideological orientation of the court. And in Chicago, voters chose progressive Brandon Johnson as their next mayor in a very close race, ultimately rejecting the tough-on-crime alternative. The crew covers it all in this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kari Lake has one shot left in her attempt to overturn the 2022 election, and it hinges on claims of forged signatures on mail-in ballots. We'll hear how election officials bolstered that process leading up to Election Day. Plus, a national shortage of Adderall is forcing people to ration their medication. That and more on The Show.
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Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson defeated Paul Vallas to become the next mayor of Chicago. John spent the first couple of hours of today’s show taking your calls and texts about the results.
Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson defeated Paul Vallas to become the next mayor of Chicago. John spent the first couple of hours of today’s show taking your calls and texts about the results.
The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week
If all the nonstop and mindless campaign commercials weren't reminder enough, today is not just another Tuesday everyone, today is Election Day in Wisconsin. Top of the ticket is the race for control of the state Supreme Court, which has garnered national attention and millions of dollars from outside Wisconsin - not sure how donors from the East and West coasts think they should be able to pick for us the candidates that represent Wisconsin, but at least those outsiders aren't allowed to vote. Well, at least for now non-Wisconsinites can't vote. The ability to freely vote however we see fit is one of the hallmarks of our great country and something that each and every one of us should cherish. So, take a minute today out of your busy schedule, remember your photo id and vote early and often. Just kidding, you only need to vote once but you do need to vote today.
Dan continues Wisconsin's largest get-out-the-vote drive by urging listeners to text friends and family members and get them to the polls today.
Eight One Sixty w/ Chris Haghirian
We play music from so many genres, it'll be like you're running up and down the aisles of a record store. We spin new music from Kansas City area musicians, and several of them have upcoming gigs. Also, as today is Election Day we hear one from a couple of years back all about making sure you make it to the polls to cast your ballot.Hear from these acts with upcoming gigs:• Bob & Una Walkenhorst - Bob is at Mike Kelly's Westsider on Wednesday night• Savanna Chestnut and The Field Hands at RC McGraw's in Manhattan, KS on Wednesday night• Major Matt Mason USA is at The Rino on Saturday night• Sara Morgan is at The Black Box Theatre on Saturday, April 15 with Kelly Hunt• Emma Jo at Knuckleheads Kansas City on Thursday, June 15• Caley Rose is at Boulevardia on Friday, June 16 at Crown Center• Say That Again is at Boulevardia on Saturday, June 17 at Crown CenterAlso hear new music from CRRNT, Mac Lethal, Justin John Scheck, How To Make A Bomb, and Tha GoonEz & Southside Dame (featuring AyEI).
WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Tuesday, April 4, 2023. On this Election Day, you'll hear about state lawmakers passing a new fertility fraud bill inspired by a Bloomington man's story. Plus, an interview with Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason.
It's Election Day! We'll be back to dig into the results on tomorrow's episode. But for now, we're digging into a whole mess of overlooked stories: First, a mysterious rumor that Denver is home to one of the first fully automated fast food joints. Host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi take on the “Case of the Robot-Run McDonald's” with the help of a listener. Plus, Denver has built parks on top of graveyards, but did you know we're also home to an amusement park built on top of an old power plant? And, the days of ample, free parking near Colfax may be ending, and why a thousand passionate pickleballers got the boot from Congress Park. Here's some of the late-breaking election news we're NOT talking about: “Denver mayoral candidate Lisa Calderón, Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca named in campaign finance violation complaints” [The Denver Post] “Big out-of-state money is flowing to support Mike Johnston again” [Denverite] Voter turnout is looking low! [Denver Elections] Still need to drop off your ballot or you'd like to vote in person? The Clerk and Recorder's office has all the info you need to know! For even more news from around the city, subscribe to our morning newsletter Hey Denver by texting “Denver” to 66866 Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver Or instagram: @citycastdenver Chat with other listeners on reddit: r/CityCastDenver Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: (720) 500-5418 Looking to advertise on City Cast Denver? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Hour 3 - Good Tuesday morning! Here's what Nick Reed covers this hour: Nick shares his thoughts on this Election Day. Remember when Americans asked if the Chinese balloon was spying on us and the Biden administration brushed it off? Turns out, it was spying on us. Three Tennessee state lawmakers, all Democrats, were pulled from their committee assignments and could face expulsion from the legislature after they participated in storming the state Capitol during a protest against guns following last week's school shooting. Hotel of Terror needs 401 more signatures by April 10th. You need to be a registered voter in Springfield city limits to sign the petition for the Hotel of Terror.
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Hour 2 - Good Tuesday morning! Here's what Nick Reed covers this hour: Today is Election Day! Nick takes your calls and thoughts on bonds, issues, and candidates.
Good Morning from the Marc Cox Morning Show!! This morning: Jeremy Cady talks about how the upcoming Prop M, the marijuana tax will impact St. Louis County as well as the surrounding areas. Jessie Jane Duff discusses the Trump Indictment. And today is Voting Day. Be sure to get out there and Vote for your local School Boards. Coming Up: Justin Hauke, John Lamping, And In Other News with Kathleen England
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After interviewing almost all of the original 17 candidates for Denver mayor, host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi have a pretty good sense of the race ahead of Election Day on April 4. So we were delighted when our pals at the Get More Smarter podcast -- Ian Silverii and Jason Bane -- invited us on to dish on the interviews, the ads, and everything else. Please enjoy this bonus look inside Mayoral Madness, and we'll see you for the run-off! For even more news from around the city, subscribe to our morning newsletter Hey Denver by texting “Denver” to 66866 Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver Or instagram: @citycastdenver Chat with other listeners on reddit: r/CityCastDenver Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod McCulloch of Victory Research joins The Steve Cochran Show to share his latest poll for the Chicago mayoral election. According to his numbers, Paul Vallas has made major gains over opponent Brandon Johnson. But will the recent high profile rally featuring Bernie Sanders rile up young, left-leaning voters? McCulloch dives into the data.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Nightly Nuge featuring Ted Nugent
Uncle Ted reminds everyone that tomorrow is an Election Day for many states and municipalities tomorrow. If you live in Wisconsin or other areas with elections, please make a plan to vote and then get out and vote. Your freedom depends on it. The Nightly Nuge featuring Ted Nugent S02-E079 - Elections Are Happening Tomorrow, Are You Ready To Vote? - 230403
The crew previews a big week ahead in politics. Former President Donald Trump is expected to be arraigned in Manhattan on Tuesday, following last week's indictment. Also on Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to decide the balance of power on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the next mayor of Chicago. The crew also discusses former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's entrance into the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The headline is shocking for a reason, because the 2 top stories this week were horrific. The Rubicon has been crossed. The bogus criminal indictment of a former President and a sick, twisted, trannie (girl trying to become a boy, fired up on puberty blockers and SSRI's) who shot up a Nashville private Christian elementary school where she/he used to go. Rant and Rave give their take on how this is the Marxists 2023 version of 2020 BLM.....extremism that will be encouraged/tolerated, and between now and 2024 Election Day, all their violence will be tolerated, just like it was after fentanyl Floyd and BLM. It is a business.
0:00 - Dan & Amy respond to Karine Jean-Pierre who called the GOP cowards at yesterday's briefing 10:59 - Dan & Amy react to Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Thomas Massie getting into it over gun bans in Capitol hallway 31:36 - With 5 days until Election Day, Dan & Amy look at new polling. Also, will there be a clear winner next Tuesday? 48:42 - Dan & Amy listen in as Rep Matt Gaetz grills Austin, Milley about COVID vax mandates, drag queen story hours 01:09:18 - Christopher Whalen, investment banker and chairman of Whalen Global Advisors LLC, discusses Starbucks' “union-busting” and shares questions he would have asked FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg and Federal Reserve Board Vice Chair Michael Barr when they testified before The House Financial Services Committee. Chris is also the editor editor for The Institutional Risk Analyst theinstitutionalriskanalyst.com 01:30:49 - Dan & Amy react to Sen Rand Paul's interview with Sean Hannity: 100% Fauci lied; Fauci still working for the G to prevent being indicted. Also, hospitals refusing transplants to the unvaccinated 01:47:46 - Breitbart News senior writer, John Nolte, discusses the Nashville school shooting and Trump's pending indictment Get John's latest for Breitbart here Rafael Mangual, senior fellow and head of research for the Manhattan Institute's Policing and Public Safety Initiative, discusses the Chicago voter and public safety in his article Will America's “Second City” Finally Put Safety First? Be sure to check out Raf's most recent book too Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Mass-Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong, and Who It Hurts MostSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute. We are now less than one week away from Election Day and the Rascals chat about the mayoral race and the latest polling. What do the latest round of endorsements mean for the […]
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute. We are now less than one week away from Election Day and the Rascals chat about the mayoral race and the latest polling. What do the latest round of endorsements mean for the […]
Robert Treta is the owner of Treta Design and Build Inc., a contracting company, and he wants to be mayor. He talks to host Bree Davies about why he loves electric vehicles, Chipotle vs. Illegal Pete's, how to make Denver less “fugly,” and his plan to build a neighborhood out by the airport to house our unhoused neighbors. We are inviting all 17 candidates for interviews before Election Day on April 4. So far, we've talked to: Renate Behrens Leslie Herod Lisa Calderón Ean Thomas Tafoya Trinidad Rodriguez Thomas Wolf Chris Hansen Mike Johnston Kelly Brough James Walsh Kwame Spearman (Dropped out on March 16) Terrance Roberts Debbie Ortega Keep up with Mayoral Madness on our site! And if you've got a question you'd like us to ask the candidates, or one candidate in particular, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For even more news from around the city, subscribe to our morning newsletter Hey Denver by texting “Denver” to 66866 Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver Or instagram: @citycastdenver Chat with other listeners on reddit: r/CityCastDenver Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: (720) 500-5418 Looking to advertise on City Cast Denver? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Iran hostage crisis consumed the last year of the Carter presidency, contributing to a perception of weakness. Saturday, a new allegation surfaced that Ronald Reagan's campaign worked to prevent the U.S. hostages from being freed before Election Day. Gary Sick, who was the Iran expert on President Carter's National Security Council, joins John Yang to discuss. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
Debbie Ortega is currently an at-large representative on City Council. She has served on council and worked in local government for more than 40 years, and she wants to be Denver's next mayor. She sits down with host Bree Davies to talk about her support for the failed 2021 bond to build a new arena at the National Western Center, her vision for our transportation network, and Casa Bonita. We are inviting all 17 candidates for interviews before Election Day on April 4. So far, we've talked to: Renate Behrens Leslie Herod Lisa Calderón Ean Thomas Tafoya Trinidad Rodriguez Thomas Wolf Chris Hansen Mike Johnston Kelly Brough James Walsh Kwame Spearman (He dropped out on March 16) Terrance Roberts For even more news from around the city, subscribe to our morning newsletter Hey Denver by texting “Denver” to 66866 Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver Or instagram: @citycastdenver Chat with other listeners on reddit: r/CityCastDenver Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: (720) 500-5418 Looking to advertise on City Cast Denver? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Election Day should be one person, one vote but that's not how Democrats want it these days. Sean covers the latest on how Democrats have been able to manipulate laws to harvest votes and control elections in this country.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.