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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!

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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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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.

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6
May 2022

Out d’Coup | Friday Politics Roundup for May 6, 2022 - SCOTUS draft to end Roe, Democratic Party Fails, and PASSHE’s slow destruction

On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, we'll be talking look at this week's SCOTUS draft opinion set to overturn Roe v. Wade. We'll also start taking a hard look at deep problems in the Democratic Party leaning on the Courts and the Media to do their political work for them. We'll also take look at some of the concrete consequences of PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein's austerity policies. We'll also be taking your comments and thoughts.

 
Links: 
  • Rebecca Traister, "Democratic Leaders Are Getting the Abortion Story Wrong — Again," https://bit.ly/37qbhqe
  • Ian Milhiser, "If Roe v. Wade falls, are LGBTQ right's next?" https://bit.ly/3LOar5s
  • Ian Milhiser, "The case against the Supreme Court of the United States," https://bit.ly/3MToOpl
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22
Apr 2022

Out d’Coup | Friday Politics Roundup for April 22, 2022 with Guest Host Amy Knecht

Biden administration is teasing a new round of student debt cancellation and relief. The Education department said on Tuesday that this could mean debt cancellation for about 40,000 borrowers and three years of additional credit for more than 3.6 million borrowers seeking income-driven repayment. That could add another boost to the economy and the long-term well-being of tens of thousands of Americans. Bankrate study.

The woman behind the “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account has been outed in new reporting by Taylor Lorenz in the Washington Post. Lorenz reports that Chaya Raichik, a real estate salesperson in Brooklyn, is behind the account which has spread “groomer” conspiracy theories on social media and has the ears of right-wing lawmakers such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

Jeffrey Yass, the head of Susquehanna International Group, and the deep-pocketed right-wing political funder is officially the richest man in Pennsylvania, according to a new analysis by ProPublica. He has collected an average of $1.3 billion a year in annual income from 2013 - 2018. Only five other Americans earned more. 

This morning the New York Times released a report that reviewed 21 of Florida’s rejected math books. Florida’s Dept. of Education reported that the rejected books contained “prohibited topics” such as critical race theory and social emotional learning. Only four pages were released by the Dept as examples; one contained a problem set that used statistical data from the Race Implicit Association Test. 

Court challenges were filed by a Lycoming County resident calling for the removal of Doug Mastriano and Scott Perry from ballots for next month’s primary because of their participation in the January 6th Capitol insurrection.  

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is looking to sell off two of the luxury dorms at Edinboro University that were completed just 10 years ago and featured quite prominently in my early reporting at Raging Chicken. “Wall Street on the Susquehanna: PASSHE Bond Scheme Bleeds Education Budget for Beautiful Buildings

Palisades made headlines again! The Herald ran a piece last week about Palisades reconsidering a live streaming option for school board meetings! The option to live stream meetings would cover both regular bi-monthly board meetings as well as committee meetings. 

And Amy was doing some phone backing last night for Alexandra Hunt. We’ll see how that went.

What books are we reading?

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4
Apr 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Rick Smith - A ”Which Side Are You On” moment for PA’s labor movement

On this special episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Rick Smith to the show. Listeners to Raging Chicken's podcasts know that Rick is the Founder and Host of the Rick Smith Show. For those who don’t know, The Rick Smith Show is by working people, for working people. It’s a place that serves up a heaping portion of democracy with a side of fairness, the grit of a Teamster, and no apologies. Where facts are the center, where science is real, and where everyone gets a seat at the table. 

I think you'll find today's show will only underscore Rick's commitment to building a strong, democratic, inclusive, and equitable union movement for and by working people. 

On his show last week, Rick blew the whistle about a history of allegations of sexist and abusive behavior by the newly appointed President of the PA AFL-CIO, Frank Snyder. As a result, there is now an investigation into the history of those allegations.

Rick is calling on out-going AFL-CIO president Rick Bloomingdale to "take responsibility for enabling the abusive behavior of the person who is replacing him as the most powerful labor voice in Pennsylvania." He is also calling Bloomingdale to release the women workers from their NDAs and "issue a statement allowing former employees to talk to the investigators and reporters about the abuses without fear of being sued for violating any NDA or confidentiality agreement." 

Links:

  • Rick Smith Show: https://www.thericksmithshow.org/
  • Follow Rick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RickSmithShow
  • Call on out-going president of the PA AFL-CIO, Rick Bloomindale, to

    release women workers from their NDAs of confidentiality agreements and "issue a statement allowing former employees to talk to the investigators and reporters about the abuses without fear of being sued for violating any NDA or confidentiality agreement." Tag Rick Bloomingdale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RWBloomingdale

  • Tell the PA AFL-CIO to make public the findings of their investigation into allegations of sexist and abusive behavior by Frank Snyder. Tag them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaAFL_CIO

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1
Apr 2022

Out d’Coup | Amazon Labor Union; Don’t say gay bill; OK’s abortion ban; West Chester Dem school board members removed; Pennridge ends DEI; Moment of reckoning for PA labor movement; The Dungeon Run

Amazon workers' bid to unionize is looking pretty good. At the end of yesterday’s vote count at Amazon’s Staten Island facility, YES votes for the union stood at 57% according to Reuters. Vote counting continues today and union organizers are feeling pretty good. UPDATE: Amazon Labor Union WINS!!!!

Meanwhile, new information shows that Amazon spent $4.3 million in their anti-union campaign just this past year. So, is that why the costs of my packages are going up? 

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and the right-wing doubles-down on their anti-gay and anti-trans culture war. 

Oklahoma’s Abortion Ban sets its sights on completely gutting Roe v. Wade. 

County judge orders 5 West Chester Area School District Democratic board members to be removed. Why? Because they supported a policy to keep the district’s masking policy in place. The case calling for the removal of the board members stems from a lawsuit filed by Beth Ann Rosica the Executive Director of the right-wing PAC, Back to School PA. She is fresh off her landslide defeat in her bid to become West Chester’s mayor. 

Pennridge School District school board puts its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee on hiatus

It’s an inflection point for Pennsylvania’s labor movement. Newly appointed president of the PA AFL-CIO has got some skeletons in his closet and Rick Smith is taking out the laundry. Will PA AFL-CIO take a stand against the abuse of women in the labor movement? 

The Dungeon Run’s “Heroes of Bingle” campaign comes to a close. 

25
Mar 2022

Out d’Coup | Ketanji Brown Jackson; Ginni Thomas Texts; Guaranteed Income Pilot in GA; Antarctic Heat; PA Teacher Shortage; Worthington Sues Ehasz; more!

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, weathered three days of Senate confirmation hearings. Of course that meant she had to endure, QAnon infused conspiracy theories; Sen. Lindsey Graham storming out of the hearings in a hissy fit - twice;  and, as Gabrielle Gurley from the American Prospect put it, “The Ted Cruz CRT Minstrel Show.” 

Jackson is expected to be confirmed by the Senate early next week. But with Mitch McConnell making it public that he will not be voting for her, she may be confirmed without a single Republican vote. 

Ginni Thomas - the right-wing extremist who is married to Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas - was actively pressuring Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and other Trump officials to overturn the 2020 vote. That according to texts recovered from materials Meadows turned over to the January 6 investigation. 

More good news on the guaranteed income front, the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund (GRO) and GiveDirectly are launching the largest guaranteed income program tried in the South. The program will target Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, providing $850 per month to about 650 women with no questions asked. 

As Chris Hayes laid out on his show last night, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine feels like the first armed conflict of a new era. An era in which authoritarianism is on the rise and liberal democracies have been backsliding. 

And Antarctica is seeing temperatures more than 70 degrees hotter than normal this week. 

Jim Worthington, owner of the Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County, is at it again. A staunch supporter of Donald Trump and major financial backer of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, is suing Democratic Congressional candidate Ashley Ehasz for $50,000, because she dared call attention to the fact that Worthington “spent thousands of dollars to organize bus loads of Trump supporters to attend the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that turned into violent insurrection.” 

Pennsylvania is facing a major teacher and school staffing shortage as teachers are leaving the profession due to COVID, lack of support, and contentious politics, according an excellent article by Marley Parish of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In addition, Pennsylvania has seen a 66% decline in Instructional I Teaching Certificates granted - which is the most basic teaching certifications given to new graduates. 

The scuttlebutt is that the President of the Pennridge School Board, Joan Cullen, is floating the narrative that the community is supportive of abandoning all DEI initiatives. 

Pennsylvania remains the only state that does not provide state funding for public defenders

11
Mar 2022

Out d’Coup | Invasion of Ukraine Continues; TikTok and Misinformation; Freedom Caravan Needs GPS; Endurance Found; Right-wing Antics; Bucks County legislative districts; Gwen Stoltz; Central Bucks

The invasion of Ukraine continues. 

In response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, TikTok extended its maximum video length to 10 minutes, as a response to increased pressure on the platform for its role in spreading misinformation and disinformation. However, Media Matters for America warns that rather than providing a solution to misinformation and disinformation, the longer videos may only lead to users taking advantage of the longer format to “spreak longer, more complicated” misinformation as happened when the platform expanded the length of its videos from 1 - 3 minutes in the wake of COVID misinformation. 

China locks down Changchun, a city with a population of over 9 million, due to a new outbreak of the omicron COVID variant, sticking to a strict policy geared on preventing the rapid spread of the virus. Meanwhile, it’s masks off for everyone in the U.S. COVID, after all, is a state of mind, right? 

Trucker Freedom Convoy couldn’t decide what to do or how to get there. 

Colorado-based, right-wing activist Joe Oltmann calls for mass hangings of U.S. senators who voted to avert a government shutdown this week. According to Raw Story, Oltmann said "There's your list of 19 traitors to the American People, along with all the other traitors to the American people," said Oltmann on the Conservative Daily podcast. "I want people to go out there and get some wood. The gallows are getting wider and longer. We should be able to build gallows all the way from Washington, D.C. to California."

They found Ernest Shackleton’s long-lost Antarctic ship almost perfectly preserved at the bottom of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. The ship sunk over 106 years ago after the ship was crushed by sea ice and Shackleton’s entire crew had to be rescued from his failed expedition. 

The PA state legislative maps are locked in. Bucks County Democrats have a real chance of flipping two seats given the composition of the new districts. 

Democratic candidate Gwen Stoltz visited with the Pennridge Democrats last night. She’s a strong candidate with a local background that has a real shot in flipping the 143rd to Blue. 

Central Bucks School Board meets and the extremists are not going to quit. During an extra-long public comment period, former anti-maskers and anti-CRTers took to the mic to read sexually explicty passages from books they want banned from the school library. 

Beginning to think these parents want to control the schools so their own kids don’t start to call them out for their own racism and bigotry. 

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