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24
Jun 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS overturns Roe; SCOTUS OKs guns on city streets; J6; Biden cancels more student load debt; Wheel of Time

Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for June 24, 2022. We're back at our regular time and there's a lot going on. We're here to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

It’s a dark day in America. The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court rules that we must all return to the Wild West, arming ourselves in public in case there is a call for a showdown, effectively turning all our Main Streets into OK corrals. Apparently, Westerns are part of the “American Tradition” in the Constitution. And, as you might imagine, shares of Smith & Wesson rose more than 9% on Wall Street.

Update on January 6th hearings. 

According to a new report by the Education Data Initiative, in Pennsylvania, 661,000 student loan borrowers between the age of 25 and 34 owe an average of more than $35,000 each - more than $23 billions collectively. 35 - 49-year-olds owe an average of $46,377 each, or $20.74 billion. Those between 50 - 61 owe an average of $46,929; and, borrowers over 62 owe an average of $45,539 each. In total, American student loan borrowers owe more than $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. 

The Biden Administration’s Department of Education has agreed to cancel $6 billion in student loan debt for more than 200,000 borrowers who were defrauded by their mostly for-profit colleges or universities. That is on top of the more than $25 billion in student loan debt the administration already canceled for more than 1.7 million borrowers. Supposedly, the Biden administration will decide by August 31 if it will make good on Biden’s campaign promist to cancel at least $10,000 in student loan debt across the board. 

Kim Bedillion of the Pennridge GOP goes all in on her anti-LGBTQ crusade.

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17
Jun 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | January 6 hearings; AFL-CIO minimal organizing goals; bye-bye retirement; gun deal dead?; new leadership for Bucks County Dems; Mastriano signals; Elon Musk sucks; D&D

January 6th hearings are doing an exceptional job making it abundantly clear that Trump and those close to him were consciously planning a coup. And yet, the hearings also seem to have a side project of rehabilitating the Republican Party. Maybe Nancy Pelosi will get her wish of an even stronger GOP after all. 

Key takeaways Day 2 and Day 3

AFL-CIO sets a goal of organizing a million new workers over the next 10 years. However, as Hamilton Nolan explains in In These Times, that’s a nice soundbite but it sets the stage for further decline in union density. 

The Labor Notes Conference gets underway in Chicago today.The Labor Notes Conference is the biggest gathering out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers.

The recent stock market nose-dive has wiped out more than $3 trillion in retirement savings this year. One more example of the consequences of leaving retirement up to a glorified casino. The House always wins. 

And remember that big bipartisan deal on new federal gun reform? Yeah, well, the big GOP “partner” on the talks, John Cornyn from Texas just walked away from negotiation and put any potential deal in question. Their self-imposed deadline was yesterday, before Senators went on vacation. But, vacation comes first. 

The Wolf Administration is still trying to get $2000 checks out to Pennsylvanian, but state Republicans don’t want you to have them. 

State Senator Steve Santisiero becomes the new chair of the Bucks County Democrats. Can his leadership help right the ship? 

Doug Mastriano introduced a bill in the State Senate Government Committee that would make it  law that "the liberty of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, care & welfare" of their child is "a fundamental right."

PA legislature punts bills on gun reform. Gov. Wolf calling the move “shameful.” Democrats are trying to use a procedural motion to get a vote. 

PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein announced a new funding scheme for remaining universities, but no one really seems to understand what the consequences will be. Par for the course, I guess. Space X employees draft letter criticizing Elon Musk. Musk goes ahead and fires at least five of them. 

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover spots trash on the Red Planet, reminding us all that wherever we go, we trash it up. 

Launch of first D&D campaign - Lost Mine of Phandelver!

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

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15
Jun 2022

Special Out d’Coup LIVE for Wednesday, June 15, 2022

It's a special Wednesday show that's not THE Wednesday Show. We've had some scheduling craziness this past week and a half, but we're finding out way through. Can things get crazier? Yes. Yes, they are about to. What's on your mind and what's happening in your neck of the woods?

LINKS:

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

3
Jun 2022

Friday Politics Roundup for June 3, 2022 | Biden for Assault Weapons Ban; GOP plot to corrupt local elections; cancel student debt; PA gun laws; APSCUF new president; D&D; 3D printed ear

Biden gives prime-time speech call for a ban on assault weapons (sort of). He said: “After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done. This time, that can’t be true. This time we must actually do something.” 

Thanks to video tapes obtained by Heidi Przybyla [Prezbella], investigative reporter at Politico, we now have a window into a GOP plot to recruit and train political operatives to run as poll workers so they could more effectively challenge voters and disrupt elections at the precinct level. The tapes also expose a GOP to “build out a nationwide district attorney network” favorable to overturning the will of the majority. 

Direct action gets the goods. Biden administration is canceling all the student loan debt held by former students of the predatory, for-profit Corinthian Colleges. But as Ann Bowers, a member of the Debt Collective and one of those students who had her debt canceled, tells the story…it was organizing and activism that won the day. 

There are cracks forming in Pennsylvania Court’s “preemption” rulings that have prevented municipalities from enacting their own gun laws. A great piece by Angela Couloumbis and Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA breaks it down. 

PA Gubernatorial candidate, Doug Mastriano (also known by his super-villain alias “Dog Moth”), sent materials to the January 6th select committee this week - however, there are some serious exceptions to what he was asked to produce. He is also reportedly willing to testify before the committee. We shall see. 

Once again the Teacher Shortage Alarm is sounding. New reporting in the Philadelphia Inquirer echos reporting from earlier this year about the rapid decline in prospective teachers. 

APSCUF gets a new old president following Jamie Martin’s announcement that she would not be running for a second term due to health issues. Ken Mash, Martin’s predecessor, will return as APSCUF’s president as the faculty union enters a contract negotiations year. The current contract will expire June 30, 2023. Given the unprecedented gutting of PASSHE’s universities and consolidating 6 of the 14 state universities into 2, all indications are that faculty and students may need to dust off their 2016 strike manuals. 

Doctor’s transplant first 3D printed ear using human cells of the patient.  

Dungeons and Dragons makes it in the New York Times. And just in time for the release of the new “Monsters of the Multiverse” sourcebook. Woot!

The Wheel keeps on turning.

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Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

1
Jun 2022

The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for June 1, 2022

On this episode of the Wednesday Show, Cyril and I will take a look at what's happening with the Bucks County Beacon and the decision by Gannett News to cut the columns of Cyril and other community voices out of the the Bucks County Courier Times & The Intelligencer. What does that tell us about the corporate takeover of local newspapers and what we need to do in the progressive media community. 

Check out all the great work at the Bucks County Beacon at https://buckscountybeacon.com/

You should also sign up for Cyril’s newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/

You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today’s show possible. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today’s show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

 

30
May 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Kierstyn Zolfo, PA Indivisible Legislative Chair, unmasking Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in #PA01

Tonight, I welcome Kierstyn Zolfo back to the show. Kierstyn is the PA Indivisible Legislative Chair and Bucks County organizer. We'll be ripping the moderate mask of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick by digging into is anti-abortion record, his "election integrity" gaslighting, his use of "alternative facts" to cover his unpopular votes, and his relationship with the Philly Republican ballot harvester. 

What, that's not enough? Maybe we'll add in his "surprise" visit to Ukraine while still refusing to hold town halls for his constituents in the #PA01. We'll also highlight her latest article in the Bucks County Beacon, "Rep Brian Fitzpatrick's Use of Dirty Campaign Money is Shameful." And maybe, just maybe, we'll talk about why re-electing Brian Fitzpatrick this fall will bolster Republican's efforts to repeal many of the gains of the 20th century.

LINK:

  • Channel Your Rage - Info and Resource session by Indivisible Lanbertville/New Hope: https://indivisiblelnh.com/
  • "Rep Brian Fitzpatrick's Use of Dirty Campaign Money is Shameful," in the Bucks County Beacon.

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Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve.

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27
May 2022

Friday Politics Roundup for May 27, 2022 - Horrors of the Uvalde school massacre; the Mastriano threat; Biden prepares to move on student debt; book chat

On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, I'm joined once again by special co-host, Amy Knecht. The past week have been pretty nuts. It's been devastating, really. And now we are being forced to repeat the Republican dog-and-pony show defending guns over kids. It's sickening. But that's not all. We'll down more of the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

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23
May 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Sara Aniano, social media misinformation researcher, on right-wing extremist rhetoric from the People’s Convoy to the Buffalo shootings

On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Sara Aniamo to the show. Sara Aniano is a researcher who recently graduated from Monmouth University with a master’s in communication. Her work on social media misinformation and the rhetoric of the far-right has garnered nationwide media attention. She aims to use her expertise in the future to clean up the information ecosystem online.

Her new article, "Deflection and Denial Following the Buffalo Terror Attack," published by the Global Network on Extremism and Technology," looks at right-wing media's response to the white supremacist that killed 10 people at a supermarket in a black Buffalo neighborhood. 

Aniano was one of the graduate student researchers featured in a recent CNET article, "The Unsung Force Digging Through Misinformation," who have been on the front lines exposing QAnon, anti-vax misinformation, and right-wing conspiracy theories. She also spent extensive time covering the "People's Convoy" of right-wing truckers this past March. 

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You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress/

If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we’ve made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve.

Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

 

19
May 2022

A THURSDAY Politics Roundup with special co-host, Amy Knecht. Talking PA Primaries and What’s Up with Bucks

On this week's special Thursday edition of our Friday Politics Roundup, I'm joined once again by special co-host, Amy Knecht. The past couple weeks have been pretty nuts. We'll be talking about this week's PA Primaries, take a look at organizing in defense of abortion rights, and so much more. Join us as we break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress

Don't Let Paul Martino Buy Our Schools. Help us invest in progressive organizing and candidates in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

18
May 2022

The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for May 18, 2022

On this episode of the Wednesday Show, Cyril and I take a look at yesterday's PA primary elections and what the results tell us about Pennsylvania, Republicans, and Democrats. We'll also take a look at the latest reporting over at the Bucks County Beacon. 

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.

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