Out d’Coup | Warren Takes Down Bloomberg; Bernie Rising; NV Polls and Beyond; Trump Pardons; Keystone Progress Summit; Allegheny Co Dems; PASSHE Warnings; APSCUF Concerns; Free Will Releases
Bloomberg takes a beating at his first Democratic Presidential Debate in Nevada. As Ryan Bort wrote in Rolling Stone, “The billionaire had his ass handed to him in his first showdown against his fellow candidates.” Elizabeth Warren led the charge right out of the gate. As Krystal Ball put it on her show, Rising, Warren “gutted him like a fish.”
The latest Nevada poll released early this morning has Bernie Sanders with a 13 point lead ahead of tomorrow’s caucuses. That puts Sanders at +14 in the Real Clear Politics average. Sanders continues to take on a frontrunner status in state and national polls. We shall see how things shake out after the debates and the results of tomorrow’s caucuses.
Roger Stone gets sentenced to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress. Trump opens the gates of Arkham Asylum, pardoning a crew of grifters and corrupt officials. Erik Prince, founder of the private military service company Blackwater (now called Xe Services) is under federal investigation for attempting to modify two crop-dusting planes into attack aircraft, according to new reporting in the Intercept.
The Keystone Progress Summit is coming up! It will be held on March 6 and March 7 in Philadelphia. You can find a link for your tickets in today’s show notes.
Democratic Politics in Allegheny County went nuclear this past weekend and the fallout of embarrassing media stories is still happening. The Allegheny County Democratic Committee voted to endorse trump loving Democrat Heather Kass over labor organizer and disability rights advocate Jessica Benham. The committee also snubbed Summer Lee for an oil and gas and building trades backed mouthpiece.
Sean explains the Lindy Li saga that unfolded over the past week and why he was featured in Chris Brennan’s Clout blog.
The tensions between pro-fossil fuel unions in the Building Trades and the climate crisis is coming to a head, especially in Western PA.
Leaders of APSCUF, the union representing faculty at the PA State System of Higher Education, were caught flat-footed as the Chancellor went public with warnings of major structural changes at state system schools. In a letter to University presidents, a blog post and media releases, Chancellor Greenstein seemed to say the ax is coming. Apparently, he forgot to tell his new friends in APSCUF what he was planning to do.
Next week, a group of faculty, staff, and students will be holding a town hall to build on the newly launched Healthy Campus Bill of Rights.
We did not get into LV Podcast Festival. :-(
As the Verge reported this week, a new deepfake video posted by TheFakening puts Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk in the pilot episode of the original Star Trek, “The Cage” “In this particular AI-powered face swap, Bezos plays a Talosian alien with a huge bald head, while Musk plays Captain Christopher Pike (who is the captain of the USS Enterprise before James T. Kirk).” Loved it.
Speaking of Star Trek, Picard is still rocking it.
And speaking of Elon Musk, Tesla just got environmental waivers to cut down a forest outside Berlin, Germany to build a new Gigafactory producing batteries for Tesla cars.
Kutztown University launches a new eSports arena.
Free Will Brewing has some amazing releases coming out this weekend: Saturday - Coconut Chocolate Sharing Size - Imperial Oatmeal Stout with coconut, chocolate, and milk sugar. Chocolate Caramel Cookie Sharing Size - Imperial Oatmeal Stout with Chocolate, Caramel, Graham Cracker, and Milk Sugar. Sunday - Benjamin 1832 - Cream Ale brewed with flaked maize and hopped with Mandarina Bavaria.