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Out d’Coup Podcast

20
May

Out d’Coup | Quick update from the Left Coast. What a crazy week it has been.

Quick uodate...we'll be back with our full episodes next week!

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12
May

Out d’Coup | Comey Craziness; DeVos Booed at Commencement; AU Student Protest; NY Going Single-Payer?; Wagner Investigation; Criminalizing Pipeline Protests; Perry and Smucker Protested; & More!

It’s Friday, May 12, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

What the…????? Oh, nevermind, just another week in Trumplandia. Comey Craziness as Our Supreme Ruler fires the head of the FBI. Whitehouse Press Secretary Scott Spicer holds “no cameras” press conference in the dark from the bushes. Betsy DeVos gets the reception she deserves at the commencement address at Florida historically black college. American University students rise up against white-supremacists. NJ Congressman Tom MacArthur is home to face the music for being THE GUY who stripped out pre-existing conditions out of GOP ACA repeal. NY State may go single-payer. West Virginia reporter arrested for asking Tom Price questions.

Scott Wagner getting investigated for assaulting cameraman as he launches ad proclaiming he will be the next Governor. Is Sean Kitchen a tracker? Pipeline legislation proposed by Scott Martin and Mike Regan seek to make pipeline protests a class 2 felony. New body camera legislation throws roadblocks for citizens. Major protests at the offices of Scott Perry and Lloyd Smucker. What’s up with the Philly District Attorney race ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Planned Parenthood Keystone to hold an awesome celebration and fundraiser on June 11 at the Allentown Brew Works. We’ll be there. Will you?

And Melissa McCarthy goes out for a spin on Sean Spicer’s podium through the streets of NYC. This week’s SNL looks to be must-see-TV. Plus our weekly beer recs from PA’s craft beer scene!

Tune into the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7 pm EST. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the FSTV section at the Rick Smith Show.

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

Music in the second break: “The Resistance,” by Invisible World. Play and download their song HERE. Donations support Planned Parenthood and the Midwest Music Foundation.

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2
May

Out d’Coup | May Day!; People’s Climate March; Eichelberger Caught on Tape; PA Pipeline Cover Up; APSCUF + PA Student Power Network; and, more!

It’s Monday, May 1, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

TODAY:

  • May Day

    • Philly Teachers
    • Morning in Allentown
    • Afternoon in Harrisburg
  • Climate Rally
  • Eichelberger
  • Friday more complete recap of Trumplandia
    • Correspondents Dinner
    • North Korea
    • 100 days
  • Karen’s piece
  • Faculty and students PASSHE

This week’s Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV is preempted for Democracy Now’s special Earth Day coverage. It’s the perfect time to catch up on past episodes where you can check out Raging Chicken’s weekly weekly #Resistance Report. Check out all Rick’s archives right HERE.  

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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21
Apr

Out d’Coup | Mass Marches Signal Spring Has Sprung; Fox News in Frenzy; Dark Charter School Money in Harrisburg School Board Election; Capitalism and Space; Free Will and Pizza Boy Releases

It’s Friday, April 21, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

Spring has sprung. Last weekend saw more than 120,000 people take to the streets across the nation to demand Trump release his tax returns. Tomorrow is the March for Science, where tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC and in sister marches across the county in defense and celebration of science. Next weekend will be the People’s Climate March followed two days later by what are shaping up to be huge May Day strikes. No hiding from #TheResistance during the April Recess as even Democratic politicians face the music of a renewed progressive, left movement.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organization plays “where’s the armada” and increases tensions in the Korean peninsula. Congratulations go out to Turkish President Erdogan for “winning” new dictatorial powers. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visit with Chinese President begins to pay off - for Ivanka.

Fox and Friends goes all in with Freedom Fascism, getting all tingly watching bombs explode to Toby Keith's, "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue." Bill O’Reilly kicked to the curb - apparently even sexual harassment factories like Fox have their limits. Today is the National Day of Silence a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, colleges, and universities to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment.

Sean Kitchen gains a nemesis after he calls out the role of dark money and charter schools lobbyists in heated Harrisburg school board fight. Digging in the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Report. Republican State Senator Don White introduces bill to allow guns in schools. The PA Senate Education Committee vote 9-3 move the bill out of committee and ready it for a full vote. PA Republicans establish their own “Area 51” in the State Capitol. We’ll call it Area 461. Unemployment compensation bill passes - we’ve got a short-term fix. Bill McKibben speaks to crowd in the Lehigh Valley, issuing a call to action and some sobering news ahead of Earth Day.

More on the first protest in space and the Autonomous Space Agency Network. Recalling Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy - will space exploration simply be an extension of capitalist expansionism? Great new beer release from Free Will Brewing; new canning at Pizza Boy.

This week’s Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV is preempted for Democracy Now’s special Earth Day coverage. It’s the perfect time to catch up on past episodes where you can check out Raging Chicken’s weekly weekly #Resistance Report. Check out all Rick’s archives right HERE.  

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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14
Apr

Out d’Coup | Trump Calls on Mommy (of all bombs); More Cabinet Controversy; Sessions Cleans Filth; PA DEP Sues Rural Towns; PASSHE cuts; and, Space News!

It’s Friday, April 14, 2017. Another not so good friday - at least if we’re talking about the future of democracy. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: Americans learn a new vocabulary word. Say it with me now: MOAB. Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. But you call call it Mother. In order to avoid protesters so she can more effectively destroy public education, we are paying almost $8 million for federal marshals to protect Betsy DeVos. Safely past Women’s History Month, Trump signs bill (behind closed doors) that may leave as many as 4 million women without access to medical services. Another former Trump campaign staffer registering as foreign agent. Carter Page...really, Carter Page…is STILL in the news. Supreme Court now armed to repeal 20th Century. Gorsuch will cut his teeth on voting rights. And Jeff Sessions heads to the border to announce that he is weaponizing the Justice Department to take a stand against “the filth” - his words from his prepared remarks. Oh, and let’s not forget North Korea. Can you say….ah, shi-bal?

Closer to home, Anti-EPA Director of the EPA Scott Pruitt, heads to PA coal mine to announce his plans to remove environmental protections. The coal mine he chose to speak at was recently fined $3 million for dumping mine wastewater into tributaries of the Ohio River. And it seems like Pruit has a friend in PA as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sues two small rural towns for passing local laws banning underground disposal wells for fracking wastewater. You heard that right. The EPA is suing towns because they tried to protect the environment. According to a new report from PA Budget and Policy Center, PA taxpayers are footing the bill for teaching creationism in charter schools. PASSHE’s hired consultants visit campuses to determine how to give Chancellor Frank Brogan a green light to gut public higher education.

And what’s that? The first protest in space?

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. I’ll be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

We need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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7
Apr

Out d’Coup | Syria Strike; Gorsuch Confirmed; Bannon v. Kuschner; Philly Airport Workers Vote Union; PA Student Power Ramps Up; PASSHE Cuts; More Mandatory Minimums?

It’s Friday, April 7, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: The big news of the day, of course, is that last night the US military attacked a Syrian military base with 59 tomahawk missiles. The attack was a response to the Assad regime’s brutal chemical weapons attack in Kahn Shaykhun, a town between Damascus and Aleppo that is held by forces opposed to Assad. Trump has not hesitated to order the use of military force since he took office. Awed by the first pictures of the Tomahawk missles being launched from US Destroyers, MSNBC’s Brian Williams calls the pictures “beautiful.”

No doubt that the airstrikes will dominate the news, even as the Senate moves to approve Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court today [Gorsuch was confirmed right as we were finishing recording]. In order to break a Democratic Party filibuster, Senate Republicans changed Senate rules. The repeal of the 20th century is now on the menu.

Bannon v. Jared aka the Tramp v. the Cuck. Jared does Iraq. Dons flak jacket over his blue sport coat - digging that stuffed sausage look.  Drama in the big house. Nunes out. You know, for the good of the whatever. Carter Page joyfully admits he was Russian agent. It was was very exciting.

Meanwhile, here in the Keystone state, many state Democrats join Republicans in the PA House to vote to bring back mandatory minimums. House GOP want to cut fire services in Harrisburg, apparently to speed their plans to burn down the government. No movement yet on so-called “right-to-work” package. PASSHE moves forward in plans to gut public higher education in the state. Philadelphia airport workers vote to unionize. PA Student Power ramping up their fight. Students at West Chester University join nationwide actions for Fight for 15 on Tuesday.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  

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31
Mar

Out d’Coup | Destination Climate Crash; Flynn to Testify?; Scott Wagner is Not a Scientist; Ithaca Adjuncts Win Big; Philly Troublemakers; and, more!

It’s Friday, March 31, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: The drama and stakes ramp up in DC. Michael Flynn to testify if given immunity. Nunes subplot thickens. Senate intelligence committee says they won’t play games with investigation. Bye-bye to your limited privacy protections on the Internet. Farewell, to the clean energy plan. On the other side of the ledger, Maryland bans fracking. But in PA, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA DEP approves two new injection wells - think Oklahoma earthquakes and becomes a booster in favor of bring four more ethane cracker plants to the Keystone state.

Pennsylvania upping the ante on anti-climate crazy. Wanna-be Governor on PA, Scott Wagner, says people just need to take a cold shower, and we’ll be fine. Wagners campaign manager wants to make sure we know that Scottie is not a scientist. I repeat not a scientist. Philadelphia DA race getting interesting - civil rights attorney throws his hat in. Right-wing, billionaire backed think tank hacks in PA beg Sean to take their picture. Lancaster Stand keeps the trainings going, but postpones occupation as pipeline tied up in court. Ithaca college contingent faculty win big. Great weekend at Philly Labor Notes Troublemakers School. I talked APSCUF strike. Meanwhile PASSHE starts the retrenchment ball rolling.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  Look for new t-shirt release this coming week.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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27
Jan

Out d’Coup | Massive Protests Continue; Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight; Trump’s State Run Media; PASSHE; Sanctuary Cities, and More

It’s Friday, January 27, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press and Raging Chicken Media. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

One week out from the inauguration of the Trump Organization and the Doomsday Clock has moved 30 seconds closer to midnight according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Looking questionable if Democrats really have the spine to seriously resist. The Trump organization continues to crackdown on journalists as it gets ready to launch State Run Trump Media. Meanwhile people are not waiting around as millions of people take to the streets and STAY THERE in the days following the inauguration.

Meanwhile here in Pennsylvania, Republican lawmakers pushing a bill that would punish Sanctuary Cities and Counties. The Chancellor of the PA State System of Higher Education looking to deepen the austerity by closing or merging universities. Thousands take to the streets in Philadelphia to protest the GOP retreat. It’s been quite a week. All that and more on today’s show.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep progressive, activist media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” . We are also on Patreon. If you want to be a member through Patreon just click, click “Be a Patron” under the same tab.  Or, if you are not ready to become a member, you can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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31
May

The Sit Down | Interview with Paul Ricci from CSI Without Dead Bodies Blog. It’s Statistics and Politics, Hate Groups and Forgotten Towns of PA

Editor's note: My apologies for the distracting audio. There was a lot of noise on Paul's end of the call. 

Today on The Sit Down, we talk with Paul Ricci who blogs over at CSI Without Dead Bodies. We're talking the 2016 election, organizing in the forgotten cities and towns of PA, and how the presidential candidates do in regions with lots of hate groups! It's stats and politics today on The Sit Down.

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27
Apr

Out d’Coup | Episode 8

It's Primary Day in Pennsylvania! On today's episode, we talk about the latest in the presidential and state races, where the Bernie Sanders campaign activists go from here, and the need to build on the amazing organizing that has characterizes this presidential election season. 

We also talk about the importance of independent journalism in the wake of deep cuts in investigative reporting nationwide. Sean also accuses Kevin of "getting all NPR" on the podcast in his call to support Raging Chicken Press. 

In our last segment we dip into Harrisburg Beer Week and why Sean felt like a rock star at one brewery's limited edition bottle release this past weekend. All this and SO MUCH MORE!

A couple of program notes...we pre-recorded today's episode on Monday, April 24 because both our schedules are FREAKING NUTS right now. We didn't want to miss a week, though. Kevin had a crazy media day making an early afternoon appearance on Nate B.'s West Coast "Stressing the Point" podcast and a return to the Rick Smith Show for RAGING MONDAY later that after noon. It was a Raging Chicken day from Philadelphia to Los Angeles!
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