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2
Dec 2022

Out d’Coup | Friday Politics Roundup for December 2, 2022

Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for December 2, 2022. Amy Knecht is back! We're here to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. 

Today: Railway workers & Democrats' debacle; UC #highered strike; Twitter in tatters; Magnolia Mothers; Dimock win; Palisades teachers contract; & much more!

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11
Nov 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | Abortion rights wins the day; the youth are coming and they mean business; huge PA victories; and more!

Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for November 11, 2022. Did you see that coming? Woah! Counter to all the "Red Tsunami" predictions, Democrats showed up in BIG numbers this election and scored huge victories in PA and across the country. We're here to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

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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28
Oct 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | UN climate report sounds the alarm; C02 emissions to increase over 10 percent by 2030; Musk takes over Twitter; Fetterman-Oz debate; GOP able-ism on display; House of Dragon

The United Nations environment agency issued its Emissions Gap Report ahead of this years COP 27 Climate Summit in Egypt. The report states that there is “no credible pathway to 1.5 degrees Celsius in place” - the target agreed upon in the Paris Climate Agreement. They now say that the only way to limit the most catastrophic effects of climate change is a “rapid transformation of societies.” Given current policies and commitments, the world is on track to reach a minimum of 2.8 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100 - which means significant portions of the planet will become uninhabitable. 

The UN climate report also find that the world is on pace to INCREASE emissions 10.6% by 2030

Elon Musk finalizes his takeover of Twitter. On day one he tweeted that the “bird is free,” and marked the occasion with the firing of several key executives at the company. Musk says he’ll remove lifetime bans which will pave the way for the return of Donald Trump, QAnon, and science denying conspiracy theorists to the platform. 

And, Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul was attacked with a hammer in his home this morning. 

Montgomery Township Dems flag weird Mastriano “voter fraud” door hangers. 

PA candidates for Senate, John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz, took to the stage this week in their first and only debate ahead of the rapidly approaching midterm elections. The midterms are just over a week away and the polls are showing a virtual dead heat. Real Clear Politics has Fetterman ahead by just .3%, which is well within the margin of error. 

Of course, it didn’t take long for national Republican leaders to take to the airways to mock Fetterman who is still recovering from a stroke. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel jumped on right-wing radio to joke that maybe between Biden and Fetterman, they could get a full sentence out. This is just another example of how Republicans have no shame in weaponizing their discrimination and cruelty. 

Democrat Josh Shapiro is still holding a six point lead in the race for PA Governor against Christian Nationalist Republican, Doug Mastriano. 

The International Space Station had to dodge some Russian space junk this week. 

The House of Dragon finale.

14
Oct 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS takes on affirmative action; unions get the goods; PA’s ’Don’t Say Gay’ bill; Proud Boys at Penn State. Rings of Power, House of the Dragon, Wheel of Time.

Trump gets subpoenaed by the January 6th committee. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to take a wrecking ball to higher education admission policies designed to help level the playing field for Black students and students of color. 

According to a bombshell report in Bloomberg by Josh Eidleson, a former manager at Starbucks in Buffalo, NY testified under oath to the National Labor Relations Board that he was “instructed to single out and discipline pro-union employees.” The manager, David Almond, testified that “Starbucks higher-ups listed names of employees the company had determined supported the union, and told him to punish them.” 

Leonard Leo begins to get the national scrutiny he deserves in a New York Times report on his influence and powerful right-wing network. 

A new study published in the ILR Review shows that “unionization throughout one’s career is associated with a $1.3 million mean increase in lifetime earnings, larger than the average gains from completing college.” 

Pennsylvania Republicans have introduced their own version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which is even more restrictive than Florida. 

ACLU has filed a complaint against the Central Bucks School District with Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. The complaint argues that the district is in violation of both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment for creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students. 

The Proud Boys can be heard yelling “We are Penn State!” Yes, a Penn State group calling itself “Uncensored America,” founded by former president of Penn State’s chapter of Turning Points USA and a field organizer for Trump in 2020, is bringing the founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, to Penn State on October 24th. Billed as a “comedy show,” Nittany Lions will certainly be treated to all the hilarity of McInnes’s misogyny, racism, and advocacy for political violence. 

Former Central Bucks school board member tweets out a thread about the ongoing trauma resulting from her time on the school board during the rise of extremism in the district. 

The Rings of Power finale is streaming now.  House of the Dragon is closing in on the end of its first season, too. We can look forward to the coming of season 2 of the Wheel of Time

7
Oct 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS is back; Independent State Legislature Doctrine; Biden pardons; right-wing sues over student loan cancelation; ACLU sues Central Bucks over LGBTQ discrimination

The Supreme Court is back in session. According to Ian Milhiser of Vox, “The Supreme Court’s new term could be even more consequential than its last one.”  “A single case, Moore v. Harper” Millhiser writes, “threatens to fundamentally rewrite the rules governing federal elections, potentially giving state legislatures…nearly limitless power to skew those elections.” 

A right-wing legal organization based out of Wisconsin, the Institute for Law and Liberty, is suing the Biden administration over plans to cancel some student debt.  Because the Biden administration has stated that his student loan cancelation plan will help narrow the racial wealth gap and advance racial equity, the Institute for Law and Liberty argues that the action constitutes an “improper racial motive.” 

Biden announced that he is pardoning thousands of people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, saying in a statement that “Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It's time that we write these wrongs.” The executive action will apply to more than 6,500 people convicted of simple possession under federal law or under the D.C. code. 

Reporting in the Atlantic, Robinson Meyer gives an uncharacteristically upbeat report on how the Inflation Reduction Act could prove to have a much bigger effect on a shift to a post-carbon economy than most people expected. That comes in response to a surprisingly cheery report by the investment bank Credit Suisse. 

Hundreds of youth activists from the global South gathered in Tunisia to prepare for a collective fight for justice and demand climate action at next month’s COP27 meeting in Egypt. 

As promised, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Central Bucks School District arguing that the district is creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students. We’re waiting to see when we see similar moves against Pennridge. 

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP) and other major medical groups are urging the U.S Department of Justice to investigate threats of violences against the hospital because of they provide care to transgender children. 

While the right-wing yams on about teachers unions’ influence on elections, it turns out that one man - Jeffrey Yass - has spent more than 5 times what PSEA has spent during 2022. Yass’s spending consistently dwarfs that of teachers unions as shown by Philly Power Research.. 

There will be a protest in Philly next Thurs. 10/13 @ 11:30am to protest Jeff Yass' ongoing funding of far right politicians and efforts to redirect resources from public to private schools. The protest will take place outside Yass’sSusquehanna International Group's City Ave office 401 City Ave 220, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. You can get all the details here: https://www.mobilize.us/pa-wfp/event/523232/

Got my COVID booster and have I got a story for you.

30
Sep 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | Hurricane Ian wrecks Florida; Biden admin dials back student debt cancellation; Joan Cullen “Worst Person in the World”; Pennridge SD bans Banned Book Week; Yass money; NASA

Hurricane Ian devastates Florida and is set to make landfall again this afternoon - this time in South Carolina as a category 1 storm.  At least 19 people are currently reported dead in Florida, but the numbers are expected to rise considerably. As one council member in Fort Myers Beach - one of the areas hit worst by Ian - put it, “90% of the island is pretty much gone.” 

Biden’s Department of Education quietly changes rules for some student loan borrowers who were initially promised relief under the recently announced student loan forgiveness program. Fearing Republican lawsuits and Republican talking points, Biden’s plan will no longer allow borrowers with privately held federal student loans to consolidate those loans into Direct Loans to qualify for the $10,000 - $20,000 debt cancellation. 

The Dallas Morning News reports on a right-wing takeover of North Texas schools that may signal a new chapter in the National Republican playbook to expand their power. And, it might sound familiar to listeners of this show. 

An excellent new report by Aly Shaw from the grassroots watchdog group, LittleSis, tracks the roll that PA-based billionaire Jeffery Yass has played in fueling Pennsylvania’s right-wing machine. 

On Wednesday, Pennridge School Board president, Joan Cullen, was named the worst person in the world by Keith Olberman on his podcast after Pennridge High School banned Banned Books Week displays - ending a 15 year tradition taking part in the annual national awareness campaign. 

The Pennridge School District administration ordered teachers to remove any “advocacy materials” from their classrooms by next week. The School Board even suspended its own policies to rush the vote. According to reporting in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “advocacy materials” includes LGBTQ pride materials; crosses and other religious symbols; political party symbols; and, even images like the Ukrainian flag signaling support for Ukrainians after the Russian invasion. How long do you think it will take for right-wing religious groups to file their well-funded lawsuits?

In response to the move, the Pennridge Education Association released a rather bland, cookie-cutter statement saying, “While new policies may present changes throughout Pennridge School District, our members - the teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, social workers, and psychologists who server Pennridge students - remain steadfast in our mission of ensuring our students feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to excel as learners.

Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter, just completed its 33rd flight. The original mission - to see if powered-air flight was even possible - was only expected to last about a month with a handful of test flights. Instead, Ingenuity has become an exploratory companion of the Perseverance rover. 

NASA’s Juno spacecraft just sent back some amazing pictures of Jupiter’s ice-encrusted ocean moon, Europa. 

NASA’s DART mission is a success.

23
Sep 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | NYT sounds alarm on US democracy; QAnon-laced Trump rally in Youngstown; Big Oil gaslighting; Banned Books Week; NASA Artemis I & DART news; Happy Birthday to The Jetsons

A new long-form article in the New York Times by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Leonhardt, takes a deep dive into what he’s calling the “twin threats” to American democracy today: First, “a growing movement inside one of the country’s two major parties — the Republican Party — to refuse to accept defeat in an election.” Second, “the power to set government policy is becoming increasingly disconnected from public opinion.”

Last weekend saw the weirdest - and perhaps the most troubling - Trump rally to date. Closing out his Youngstown, OH rally, Trump got dark about the decline of America as creepy QAnon themed music played over the speakers. As he spoke, people in the audience began raising their arms and pointing a single finger in the air. It felt like a Nazi salute mixed with religious signs of devotion. Even journalists who have been covering Trump and right-wing extremist groups for a long time were baffled. 

New internal documents show that Big Oil companies openly admit to gaslighting the public about their commitment to “going green.” Documents also showed that some company officials wished climate activists would get infested with bed bugs. 

It’s Banned Books Week and public libraries across the Commonwealth and the country are shining bright lights on censorship and attempts by right-wing zealots to remove books from our schools. Bucks County has, of course, been front and center of the book-banning agenda. This year alone has seen 681 attempts to ban or restrict library sources, according to the American Library Association. 

As ALA president Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozado put it, “The unprecedented number of challenges we’re seeing already this year reflects coordinated, national efforts to silence marginalized or historically underrepresented voices and deprive all of us — young people, in particular — of the chance to explore a world beyond the confines of personal experience.” 

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at State and Main Streets with the first annual Banned Books Parade. Participants will dress up in cardboard box book costumes to bring banned books to life. 

The educational website Docuseek was blocked by the Central Bucks School District after “concerned parent” Vonna DeArmond complained at a recent school board meeting that some of the materials available on the site made references to sexually explicit themes and were discriminating against Christians. 

Abortion is proving to be a key issue in PA’s 1st Congressional district and Brian Fitzpatrick seems to believe that avoid talking to the media and his constituents is his best strategy. A recent WFMZ’s 69 News story covering the issue featured Ashley Ehasz speaking out about abortion rights, but as the reporter put it: “69 News wanted to talk more to Fitzpatrick about his views, but several attempts to reach his campaign went unanswered.” Duck and cover, Fitzy.

A couple of big things happening in space news. NASA is holding a press briefing today to discuss the status of the Artemis I mission to the Moon following two failed launches. Artemis ! may now launch as soon as September 27. Also, NASA will also be streaming its asteroid-smashing DART mission Monday evening. 

And the cartoon The Jetsons, premiered on this date in 1962.

16
Sep 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | UN climate report; averted rail strike; NPR’s “quiet quitting” fail; CB West HS orders teachers to be complicit with anti-trans agenda; Republicans for Shapiro; Mars rover

This year’s United Nations climate report states pretty plainly that we are heading into “uncharted territory of destruction” as the world moves in the wrong direction on climate action. The report comes out as ⅓ of Pakistan is under flood water causing upwards of 1500 deaths thus far. Fires rage in Europe and the U.S. West Coast. Droughts deepen across the globe.. Near famine conditions across parts of Africa. As Tasneem Essop, Executive Director of the Climate Action Network told the Guardian, “The terrifying picture painted by the United in Science report is already a lived reality for millions of people facing recurring climate disasters. The science is clear, yet the addiction to fossil fuels by greedy corporations and rich countries is resulting in losses and damages for communities who have done the least to cause the current climate crisis.”

A massive railroad strike was temporarily averted as union negotiators reached a tentative agreement on a contract. But don’t get too comfy. The agreement still needs to be ratified by workers - and it’s not a shoo-in 

Quiet quitting is all the rage. A recent NPR story on the trend had me enraged. How you doin’? 

The founder of the outdoors company Patagonia transferred ownership of the $3 billion company to the nonprofit organization The Holdfast Collective which is devoted to combating climate change. The company’s website now reads: “Earth is now our only shareholder.” 

Central Bucks West High School administrators tell teachers not to use a student’s preferred name or pronoun if it does not match the information in the school’s database unless they have permission of the student’s parents. The school’s new “Gender Identification Procedure” is putting Central Bucks in legal jeopardy once again and teachers are speaking openly about defying the order. 

Bucks County Republicans reluctantly removed January 6 insurrectionist Down Bancroft from her Doylestown committee seat. In now an infamous video Bancroft posted from the riot, she said “We broke into the Capitol. … We got inside, we did our part. ... We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her.” 

A group of former Republican lawmakers and officials under the banner of “Republicans for Shapiro,” held a fundraiser for Josh Shapiro in Bucks County at the home of former Republican U.S. congressman James Greenwood. But don’t hold your breath for a change of course for the Bucks County Republican party. A Bucks County Republican Committee statement about the group called it “disappointing.” The statement continued saying that "While the list may contain former elected officials who once ran as Republicans, these men and women do not represent the values of the Republican Party, especially here in Bucks County." 

NASA Perseverance rover turns up the highest concentration of organic matter on Mars in an ancient river delta in the Jezero crater. Scientists say that while organic matter by itself does not prove that Mars could have sustained life at one point in its history, we are one step closer to an answer. The rock samples drilled by Perseverance will be returned to Earth as part of two missions in 2027 and 2028. 

Giant fireball streaked across the skies of Northern England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland Wednesday night. No, it was not an angel blessing the coronation of King Charles III. Nor was it more of Elon Musk’s space junk. Scientists now confirm that it was a large meteor that may have broken off a larger asteroid.

10
Sep 2022

Friday Politics Roundup for September 9, 2022

Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for September 9,, 2022. We're back at our regular time and there's a lot going on. We'll help to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

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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19
Aug 2022

Friday Politics Roundup for August 19, 2022 | Build Back a Little Bit now law; climate crisis worsens; Bucks Co school boards; Fetterman trolls Oz; big D&D anouncement

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

Joe Biden finally signs the build back a little bit bill, aka the Inflation Reduction Act. Yes, it’s the biggest climate legislation in U.S. history. No, it will not be enough and we are once again putting faith in the market and the tax code, because that’s the only way we do policy in this country. 

Speaking of climate change, the Colorado River is at historic lows. Have you seen the pics? It’s not just the U.S. astounding pictures of the Loire River, France’s longest river, reduced to a trickle is pretty telling of our climate future. 

New study finds the emergence of an “extreme heat belt” in the U.S. By 2053, an area running from Texas to Illinois will hit a heat index of at least 125 degrees at least one day a year. 

Liz Cheney, to no one’s surprise, lost her primary to a Big Lie proponent. 

School Boards are back in session! Palisades held its first meeting of the new school year this past Wednesday night. A few irate parents showed up and demanded answers from the Superintendent over a trespassing incident that occurred at one the elementary schools.  

Fetterman is heating up the troll machine in his race against the Wizard of Oz. How’s shopping at Wegners for crudité - that’s a veggie tray for us plain folk. 

Big D&D news. Wizards of the Coast announced the coming of One D&D which will include an updated rule system, digital and hardcover book bundles, and a digital platform driven by the Unreal Engine…all through D&D beyond.

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 & His Oligarch 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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