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3
Sep

Out d’Coup | Invasion of the Taco Trucks; Corruption in Philly District Attorney’s Office; Philly Copy with White Nationalist Tatoos; APSCUF strike authorization vote and more!

We took a little break as the new school year got underway. But, it’s just freaking great to be back. Today in Trump DeFiles - Trump courting the black vote in Philly, Taco Truck invasion, & To Mexico or Not to Mexico. We’ll get into the district attorney scandal in Philly and new photos suggesting there’s at least one cop in Philly with White Nationalist sympathies. And let’s not forget the strike authorization vote this week by the faculty at PA’s State System of Higher Education. All that and so much more!


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18
Aug

Out d’Coup | The Trump (De)Files; PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane Convicted; Senator Toomey Stays Cozy With Trump; APSCUF Sets Strike Authorization Vote; and, more!

Today on Out d’Coup we take another dip into the Trump (De)Files for the latest filth and craziness that is the Trump campaign. This week Trump encouraged voter intimidation, finds out his campaign manager is carrying water for Russian-backed dictators, and more stuff from his visit to PA that makes you want to take a shower.


If that wasn’t enough, PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is convicted on all charges. She’s got 90 days of freedom before she is sentenced. Oh, what could have been if she did not take the bait and break the law. On the other side of the aisle, right-wing Senator Pat Toomey stays in the Trump camp despite pressure. We also look at good and bad examples of progressives going after Toomey and other right-wing Senators across the country. Here’s a hint: You win by tying those folks to Trump, not the opposite.


Then Kevin talks (too much, I know) about next week’s vote by APSCUF representatives whether or not to authorize their first ever strike.


Finally, Sean gives us the low-down on a new beer available in Eastern PA markets - 
Wicked Weed out of Asheville, NC; and, Kevin waxes nostalgic about his cans of Pizza Boy’s Murren River IPA that are off to the recycling center. All that and more on today’s show!

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12
Aug

Out d’Coup | Trump off the rails again; new polls good news for Democrats; police shooting in Harrisburg; craft beer now at PA farmers markets, and more!

On today’s show we talk about some of the new national and statewide polls that are causing headaches in the Donald Trump presidential campaign. We also dub our weekly discussion of all the insane things Trump does each week, “The Trump (De)Files.” We also take a look at some of the PA polling that shows Katie McGinty taking the lead against the right-wing incumbant, Pat Toomey in the PA Senate race.


In the second segment we talk about a police shooting of Earl Pinckney, a 20 year old African-American man with a history of bipolar disorder. Pinckney was shot through his window in his home on August 7th following reports of a domestic dispute. While the details our complicated, we discuss what we know of the case and what it might mean for policing in this Capital city.


Finally, we talk about PA’s new “liquor modernization law,” Act 39, which, among other things, will allow for PA-based craft brewers to sell their wares at farmers markets. Then Sean gives us the lowdown on the latest Pizza Boy cans that he brought me from the brewery.


This is a special edition of the podcast in that we did it sitting in the same room as we ran a live Google Hangout for the first time!



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4
Aug

Out d’Coup | Trump Tests Out Derailing His Campaign; Bernie Launches “Our Revolution”; Big Progressive Win in Washington State; New Poll Shows Hillary With Big Lead in PA

Today we talk about Trump's increasing efforts to derail his own presidential bid and blame others for his demise. We take a look back at a week that saw Trump attack the family of a U.S. soldier who lost his life in Iraq; the release (some say by the Donald himself) of naked pics of Milania Trump; uneasy "sane" Republicans begin to speak out against Trump; and, the Trumpster's inability to keep his fingers off the Twitter. 

This week also saw the launch of Bernie Sanders's new organization, "Our Revolution," which promised to continue the fight to bring a political revolution to American politics, advancing a progressive agenda. The organization plans on supporting at least 100 candidates for local, state, and national office this fall. Have progressive finally learned that we need to invest in building our institutions for the long term? We shall see. 

Yesterday, the progressive Pramila Jayapal, won the Washington State primary. If her victory is any indication of a shift in the political wins in the country, that's good news for Zephyr Teachout's campaign in New York and Jamie Ruskin's in Maryland. A more progressive Congress in 2017? Just might be. 

We also talk about a newly released Franklin and Marshal poll showing Hillary pulling away from Trump by 11 points in PA. We're seeing similar results across the rust belt states. 
Finally, Sean fills us in on the latest Pizza Boy can release and Kevin "discovers" a hilarious hipster word...a couple years late. All this and more!

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28
Jul

Out d’Coup | LIVE (sort of) We talk GOP Convention, DNC Convention in Philly, Protests, Social Movements and More! #DemsInPhilly

Welcome to a SPECIAL EDITION of Raging Chicken Radio's Out d'Coup podcast. Today we talk about the end of the Republican Convention in Cleveland and the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Philly. We get into the #Wikileaks controversy regarding the DNC chair (now former chair) Debbie Wasserman Schultz; splits in the Democratic Party; protests in the street of Philly; and, directions forward for progressive political movements. 

We recap Kevin Mahoney's on-the-ground reporting from the streets of Philly at the beginning of the week and the great work of left organizing by groups like Socialist Alternative. Finally, we close out with Sean's announcement that he has just become an Uncle! All the more reason to get into some of the latest beer news to keep the celebrations going. 

Why is this a "SPECIAL EDITION"? Well, because we did this show in the same room for a change and attempted to stream the podcast live. Facebook Live failed us (three times), so we switched over to Periscope for the last two segments of the show. We'll get the kinks worked out for next time...still, let us know what you think!
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22
Jul

Out d’Coup | Today: RNC Craziness, DNC Protests, Social Movements, Pokemon Go, Coffee, & Beer

Today on Out d'Coup, we talk about the craziness at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the upcoming protests at the Democratic National Convention in Philly. What's this all mean for the country and the future of social movements? And Kevin Mahoney lays out why he thinks the Ted Cruz "fiasco" on Tuesday night was actually coldly orchestrated by the Trump campaign. 

Plus, we discuss the PA legislature's decision to move forward on anti-woman, anti-abortion legislation and some questionable alliances between some key politicians and the Catholic Church that are lurking behind the scenes. 

If that's not enough for you, we also talk Pokemon Go, PA roasted-fair-trade-organic whiskey barrel aged coffee, and...of course...beer. 

And believe it or not, there's more. Leave us a note and let us know what you think!
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14
Jul

Out d’Coup | Back from Vacation! Police Shootings, #PABudget, Bush Memorial Jig, and Craft Beer

It's a HUGE welcome back from vacation show! Kevin Mahoney goes away for a week, goes internet free for a week (after going for a swim with his phone), and the world goes nuts. We have lots to talk about: the poloice shootings of Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling; the shooting of five police officers in Dallas; a #PABudget funded through regressive taxation and one-time gimmicks; no APSCUF contract yet; PA Dem introduces a "Blue Lives Matter" bill; and, let's not forget the on-going fallout from Brexit. Whew! And what the hell was George W. Bush doing dancing with a shit-eating grin on his face at the memorial for the Dallas police officers killed by a sniper? 

After a heavy dose of politics, it's all craft beer. Kevin Mahoney talks about two new Central NY/Adirondack craft breweries that he visited on vacation last week: the Fulton Chain Craft Brewery in Old Forge, NY; and, Woodland Hop Farm and Fermentation in Marcy, NY. A cucumber lime saison? A dandelion farmhouse ale? Beer that tastes like and Adirondack camp fire? You bet! Plus, Sean Kitchen gives us an update on some great new releases at Pizza Boy Brewing

All this and more!

Just a note: Apparently, Kevin's head is still partly on vacation. He had the wrong mic live, so his end of the audio is a little tinny. Sorry about that!
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28
Jun

Out d’Coup | PA Public Park Privatization; New Restrictive Anti-Abortion Bill; and High Tech Wage Theft All in One Week! Sean Kitchen Breaks It Down

Today on Out d'Coup, Sean Kitchen fills us in on why his head nearly exploded yesterday after learning about PA legislators' plans to open up Pennsylvania's public parks to profiteers. And this time we can't just blame the Republicans - almost all PA Democrats were on board with the privatization scheme until Rep. Greg Vitali, a Democrat from Delaware County broke the consensus and came out strongly against the bill. And this one would have passed too, since it seemed that Gov. Tom Wolf was on board with the scheme. 

Then yesterday, a modified version of the high tech wage theft bill that Sean Kitchen has been reporting on passed the Senate yesterday with little opposition from Democrats. Only six representatives with strong records supporting workers voted in opposition. 


And, it wouldn't be Pennsylvania if there wasn't another restrictive anti-abortion bill to talk about. Last week state lawmakers - again, on a bi-partisan basis - were waging more attacks on women's access to medical care and abortion services. Monday's historic pro-choice Supreme Court decision only underscores that PA lawmakers are moving in the wrong direction.


  


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21
Jun

Out d’Coup | Sean Kitchen Back from Vacation! We talk PennLive Grouping Peaceful Anti-Fracking Activists with the Ku Klux Klan; Election 2016 Catch Up; & Legalizing Marijuana in PA?

Today on Out d'Coup, Sean Kitchen is back from his vacation in the great mountain west! Was he lost in the Rockies or in one of Boulder's many marijuana dispensaries? We'll find out.

Plus, we'll talk about his most recent article calling out PennLive for grouping peaceful anti-fracking protesters with the Ku Klux Klan and right-wing white militias under the rubric of "Domestic Terror Threats." We talk about what this says about the state of establishment media and why we need to support independent progressive media. 

In the second segment, we talk about the next round in the fight to legalize marijuana for recreational use in PA. Sean discusses State Representative Jordan Harris's co-sponsorship memo in favor of legalization. We also get Sean's first-hand account of his experience navigating Colorado's marijuana dispensary system.

Finally, we talk Colorado craft beer and some upcoming craft beer events in PA. Hope you'll join us!
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15
Jun

Out d’Coup | Mahoney Goes Solo talking APSCUF Contract Fight. Sean Kitchen Lost in Mountain Wilderness

This week, Sean Kitchen is STILL on vacation in the great Mountain West. We fear he's lost in the wilderness with nothing but his cell phone and Instagram account. So, today, it's Kevin Mahoney going solo on Out d'Coup.


Today is of course the last primary in this year’s presidential election. It will take place in DC. I am sure that we are going to see lots of movement in the Democratic Party after tonight’s results come in and we’ll talk about that next week by way of recapping the road to the Democratic and Republican conventions in July. All eyes are on the next moves of the political movement that coalesced around Bernie Sanders; and, of course, what will be the next great circus act in the show that is Donald Trump.

But today we’re going to go with a little bit of a different format. Last night, that’s Monday, June 13, I was on the Rick Smith Show talking about the APSCUF contract fight with the PA State System of Higher Education. APSCUF is of course 5,500 member union that represents faculty and coaches in the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). This past Friday, June 10, PASSHE basically dropped a 146 page proposal on the table after claiming for months it did not have any formal proposals - just “ideas.” The proposal amounted to a full-frontal attack on public higher education in Pennsylvania. Today I want to get in the weeds a bit and take a look at PASSHE’s contract proposal.

It’s got the makings of all the best right-wing tactics from their now familiar playbook: divide and conquer, destroy job security, shift power to highly-paid administrators, and turn education into a mindless process of producing cogs for the corporate machine. So, we’ll take a quick break now and then we’ll get into the weeds of a contract fight that might just lead to the first-ever strike by the faculty at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania.


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