Another round of Government Shutdown and restart starring Rand Paul and Nancy Pelosi. Ryan Grim and Lee Fang exposing the disease infecting the Democratic Party in the Intercept. The good news is that at least six progressive movement candidates just out-raised the DCCC backed establishment candidates for House races across the country. Krystal Ball from the People’s House Project confirmed as much at this year’s Keystone Progress Summit. Amazon gets in the healthcare biz. That’s right Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon from JPMorgan Chase are teaming up to new healthcare company with the aim of “reducing healthcare’s burden on the economy while improving outcomes for employees and their families,” according to Bezos. Trump wants a North Korean style military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Watching the stock market this week was fun. Japan wants robots to care for the elderly. Coming to a nursing home near you.
Yes, we’ll talk about THE EAGLES, Sean’s appearance at the Eagles’ Parade and the Fog on Broad Street. Last weekend was also the Keystone Progress Summit...we’ll give you a round-up. Lou Barletta looks like he’s locked up the Alt-Right vote. Can’t wait to see the door knockers for that campaign. Got hoods? Sean finds out first hand why Republicans go apeshit over gerrymandering. Rep. Chris Dush wants to impeach the PA Supreme Court (Cry, Dushie, Cry). Despite GOP tears, PA will get new maps after US Supreme Court refuses to hear PA Republican’s case to overturn PA Supreme Court. Rep. Dush believes that the PA Supreme Court justices should have to visit Buchenwald to see the “inevitable ends of violating the rule of law.” Gov. Wolf wants to speed up oil and gas permitting process as he takes one more shot at a decent budget.
Fight heats up over PASSHE/Kutztown University independent budget analysis commissioned by a group of Kutztown University faculty. Howard Bunsis, the author of the report, will be on Kutztown University Campus next week to discuss his findings. Kutztown University President Kenneth Hawkinson releases “sky is falling” budget numbers to faculty in an attempt to preempt Bunsis’s talk.
In today’s last call, we talk Eagles win and Sean’s experience at the victory parade in Philly. SpaceX successfully launches its Falcon Heavy Rocket for the first time - now officially the world’s most powerful rocket. And, yes they did. SpaceX launched Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster into orbit around the sun with “Starman” in the driver’s seat. Kevin opened an amazing 2016 bottle of Oak LB Lives, an English barleywine from Woodland Farm Brewery and boy was it amazing. Free Will gets ready for a barrel aged beer tap takeover in honor of Mardi Gras. Saucony Creek plans for its own Fat Tuesday festivities. And, Pizza Boy is canning Turkey Burglar, a nice Berliner Weisse, on Monday.
Kevin Mahoney had a chance to sit down with Reid Stever from March on Harrisburg at this year's Keystone Progress Summit. March on Harrisburg has brought a creative mix of lobbying, education, and direct action to the fight against corruption in our State Capitol. What's next on the agenda? Take a listen and find out!
Sean Kitchen sat down with Elizabeth Fiedler, Sara Innamorato, and Summer Lee at this year's Keystone Progress Summit in Harrisburg, PA. Fieldler, Innamorato, and Lee are running primary campaigns against three moderate/conservative Democrats this election season.
Given this one a listen folks. We have a new breed of movement candidates for a progressive PA.
Ursula Le Guin has died at the age of 88. That one hits hard. Huge marches on one year anniversary of the Women’s March. Democrats have no strategy. End shutdown and suck coverage of the Women’s March. Schumer says a bird in hand is better than...SQUIRREL!!! Davos can keep Trump. Immigration “deal” has white supremacist agenda. Pat Meehan is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. Meehan will not run for reelection in wake of sexual harassment scandal but still refuses to resign from Congress. The brother of Joe Gale, Montgomery County’s whackjob Republican County Commissioner, promises to run in Pat Meehan’s vacancy and he’s just as nuts. Rick Saccone, the torture candidate in PA’s 18 congressional special election.
PA’s gerrymandered congressional maps thrown out the PA’s Supreme court. A new proposal for free college tuition at Pennsylvania’s state community colleges and state universities. PA’s 170th Legislative district gets a strong progressive candidate to run against Martina White. Introducing Mike Doyle. And guess who is working on the campaign! Coming report on PASSHE finances will blow your f'ing mind.
Say hello to Trumpy Bear. Republican National Campaign Committee releases what good be the worst political ad in history: Nancy had a little lamb. Sean takes an awesome photo of a Harrisburg bridge. Trump paves the way to hand over the ISS to private interests.
Sour Sundays are back at Free Will Brewing this weekend. They are filling their tap lines with sours, saisons, spontaneous, wild ales, and all things funky. Food is brought to you by the awesome Down to Earth Cafe. Awesome beer list. Saucony Creek in Kutztown is now hosting local music artists every other Thursday in the brewery. They’re calling it. They also have lots of Check out the schedule on their Facebook page. Next Thursday, Feb. 1, January Noon will be playing beginning at 7 pm at the brewery. That and so much more!
It’s Shut Down Friday! As of this morning, we are on a path toward a government shutdown by midnight tonight unless the Senate agrees to pass the House’s continuing resolution for the budget. The GOP is doing its best to hold children’s health hostage and stage a conflict between children’s health v. undocumented immigrants. So far, Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans are not willing to vote for the CR unless a DACA solution and funding for children’s health care. Will Senate Democrats be able to hold their ground, or will they flinch? In the meantime, Trump seems committed launching mass deportations. Trump’s deportations still have not reached Obama levels, but they are on their way and accompany an overt racist message. Remember, we’re just a week out from Trump’s “shithole” comments. Good thing Stormy Daniels is there to provide for some distraction. She says she can describe Trump’s junk perfectly. Fracking lobbyists plan to spend big at Trump’s DC hotel. No conflicts of interest there. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, announces a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.” Are we seeing the rise of an Appalachian Norma Rae? Paula Jean Swearengin will be taking on Joe Manchin in WV Democratic primary. Department of Justice drops charges against 129 J20 defendants. And Congressional Republicans using US Capitol Police to go after “Alt-Left,” aka constituents, who speak out against their disastrous policies.
Daryl Metcalfe says only Mommies and Daddies can be on birth certificates. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posts Op-Ed defending racism on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Pittsburgh’s largest philanthropic organization, the Heinz Foundation, gives the Post-Gazette the Game of Thrones “shame” treatment. Note to our readers: Sean has not officially made his first Game of Thrones reference. Not sure he’s actually watched the series yet, though. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh pens a letter to the Post-Gazette editors denouncing the racist editorial. The Post-Gazette declines to publish so the Guild published it on Facebook. Pennsylvania Democrats finally drafting a sexual harassment plan in the year and a half since a delegate was assaulted at the 2016 DNC Convention. Pennsylvania Gerrymandering case throwing out the Congressional maps makes it to the heavily Democratic State Supreme Court. PASSHE begins a search for a new chancellor. They are seeking a “Seeks ‘visionary’ leader to guide System Redesign.” And, the Keystone Progress Summit in Harrisburg is right around the corner!
On today’s Last Call: The privatization of space not off to a great start as Space X and Boeing are behind schedule to get humans to the International Space Station. Is Luxembourg positioning itself to be the Mecca for the privatization of space? You can watch the NFC Championship game between the Eagles and the Vikings this coming Sunday in the Free Will Brewing taproom in Perkasie if you’re in the area. Saucony Creek Brewery just spilled the beans on their upcoming Mardi Gras release: “Buckwheat Kingcake.” Pizza Boy releases barrel aged wild sour, Blueberry Permasmile.
Donald Trump introduces “shitholes” into the presidential lexicon. That’s gone well. Even the notorious Frank Luntz is piling on saying: “43% of immigrants from ‘shithole’ African countries have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 33% of the overall American population. Nigerian-Americans, for instance, have a median household income well above the American average.” Trump now seems to be locking himself in his TV room and staying in his jammies for the rest of his presidency. He cancels a planned trip to the UK. Sure...it’s about the embassy. Or is it because Obama. Or, maybe, it’s about the hundred thousands of protesters that would have greeted him. The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service say that 245 of the 626 critical executive branch jobs remain without even a nominee. Dossier drama. Senator Diane Feinstein owns Republicans and releases the transcript of Fusion GPS’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And, will it be #Oprah or #NOprah in 2020?
PA Dems hold an event in Del Co as part of their Turn PA Blue campaign. Guests included Leanne Kreuger-Braneky, Art Haywood, and Keith Ellison. The Me Too movement keeps moving forward in PA. Top PA Senate security officer resigns after allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages to female staffers. Former State Senator Tim Solaby resigns from the Wolf Administration after stories surface of him slapping a staffer on the back end. Wolf Administration settles a 900k sexual harassment incident that occurred in the Department of Revenue between 2011-2013. Daylin Leach publishes an Op-Ed explaining his sexual harassment allegations & he appears to still be running for office. What’s up with PA Senate Securities secrecy? Whatcha hiding, huh?
Free Will’s next Sour Sunday will be January 28 from 12-8. They’re also teasing the release of “Peachy McPeachface” a barrel-aged sour ale. More on that when we hear about a release date. Saucony Creek is getting ready to release an Imperial Coffee Stout from their X Reserve line. That promises to be a good one. Pizza Boy has got Sour Frontside Lipslide on tap!
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It’s (finally) the end of 2017. We’ll give the year a big C-YA and look forward to 2018. It’s a little more casual talk today. Sean and Kevin talk about the year gone by, the holidays, and Sean’s on-going saga with buying a new camera lens. You’ll probably hear kids and Minecraft in the background; and, those long silences will be Sean staring at the new poster he put up in the wee hours of the morning. And who is the third most famous groundhog in PA? You can find out! All that and more on today’s podcast.
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Roy Moore. You and the horse you rode in on. Tom Perez, Chair of the DNC, still framing politics in Wall Street language. Says he’s “bullish” about Dems chances of taking back the Senate in the wake of Doug Jones’s win in Alabama. Charles Barkley having none of it. The tax bill is a done deal - or is it? Republicans with presidential hopes put on a good show to get minor adjustments to the bill. I’m betting they come around after they get the spotlight for a couple of days. Chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, drinks from his stupid big Reese’s mug after killing net neutrality on Thursday. And can we talk about his Daily Caller video? I didn’t realize a 13-year-old is running the FCC. Disney is already positioning itself for a post-net neutrality landscape, buying a big chunk of 21st Century Fox. I think it’s time to start talking about the Internet at a public asset. Maybe we should take a look at what they’re doing in Chattanooga. And Paul Ryan wants women to live up to their potential and start having more kids.
Daylight is coming to Harrisburg Capitol. That’s according to State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky. Krueger-Braneky and a bipartisan group of women introduce a package of bills designed to go after a culture of harassment in the Capitol. In an article this week, Jan Murphy of the Patriot-News seems to be forecasting the coming storm of #MeToo allegations in the State Capitol. Pittsburgh DSA does not endorse John Fetterman or any other Democratic Party candidate seeking their support. What a difference a year makes for emerging left politics in the state. PA House passes SB3, the 20-week abortion ban. Wolf promises a veto. Paycheck deception bill fails. We’ll have to wait until the Supreme Court decision to really gut union power.
In today’s last call, we bring back more space news! Sean brought back Voyager last week. This week we’ve got space manufacturing, Elon Musk’s car, and lunar bases! Woo Hoo. Kevin has an awesome lunch at Saucony Creek along with pogo sticks, hoverboards, and misfit toys. And, a new edition of the podcast was hatched. Free Will has got Safeword in cans! Sean saddles up for a busy holiday season at Pizza Boy.