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30
Jun

Out d’Coup | GOP Senate Ready for Next Health Care Attack; NRA Calls for War?; Antifa new Boogeyman; PA Budget with No Way to Fund; Guns in School; Body Cam Bill; and More!

Senate Republicans face round two in their repeal and replace health care debacle. The resistance heats up as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell horse-trades to push a vote before the August recess. Will opioids do the trick? Trump floats Repeal then Replace later plan. Mika Brzezinski fights Trump’s sexism with Cheerios. Cable News is, of course, thrilled at finally being able to cover a story it is trained to cover. Good thing the travel ban still partially in place, right? Are anti-fascists the new right-wing boogeyman? If they are, the NRA seems to have a plan. PennLive provides a “Guide to Antifa,” but misses the story.

It’s budget deadline time. Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to vote on a $32 billion spending plan, even though they have no idea how to pay for it. Apparently, that’s enough for Lt. Gov. Mike Stack to invite state senators to his office for a party. We’re going to wait until we see where the money for the budget will come from before popping the cork. Will we see severance tax on natural gas? Closing Delaware loophole? Will this be another budget that gets enacted without the Governor’s signature? Meanwhile, across the river in New Jersey, Chris Christie’s insistence upon restructuring the state’s largest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross. Pennsylvania passes Guns in Schools bill...taking their cue from the NRA apparently. Two Democrats join Republicans in voting for taking one more step toward turning schools into Westworld training centers. And, Governor Wolf gets on board to limit public access to police body cam and dashcam recordings.

In today’s last call we’ll talk trailer hitch hell, Fourth of July celebrations, and what we’ll be drinking!  

Mahoney's tip: Check out North Slope Brewery if you're near Dallas, PA. 

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23
Jun

Out d’Coup | Killing Health Care; Surprise, Ossoff loses; Time for Universal Basic Income?; PA Dems and Plastic Bags; RCP’s Intercept Shout Out; Protests, Space News, and More!

Senate Republicans emerged from their dark lair to unveil their goal to return millions of American’s to the dark ages of pay or die health care. The repair and replace bill is brutal. So-called Republican moderates cry crocodile tears ahead of their vote to strip health care from the neediest. Pennsylvania’s own Senator Pat Toomey is, of course, running point on the health care debacle. Ossoff loses to the surprise of no one on this show. Has Universal Basic Income’s time come? Concerns about automation and a resurgent left put that question front and center. Missouri votes to fire people who use birth control - HULU provides the cultural reference for protest.

Gov. Wolf vetoes plastic bag bill that would have prevented municipalities from banning plastic bags. Some in PA Democratic Party leadership not happy because they love plastic bags. Neither is the American Progressive Bag Alliance - yes, there is actually a trade group with this name. Radio host quits after being told not to criticize Trump. Raging Chicken gets the mention in a great piece the Intercept on an attempt by the gas industry to suppress pipeline protests. Kudos to Sean’s investigative work on that!  Delaware County Memorial Hospital nurses continue their fight against corporate health care. Prospect Medical Holdings now in court. As we are recording, protests break out at PA Senator Scott Wagner’s sham hearing on the soda tax in Philadelphia:

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KFC in space? This is the future of galactic capitalism. New Portugal The Man album is out and Sean is basking in his glory.

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16
Jun

Out d’Coup | Fantasy Politics of the Right; Tactics of Resistance; Victim Blaming; Anti-Fascists; Oath Keepers; and, Space News

Last weekend - big contrast between reality-based politics and fantasy-based politics. It was the People’s Summit v. Anti-Sharia protests. Political tactics become the subject of heated discussion on the Left. Republicans shot at baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. The shooter’s apparent progressive politics raises the specter of a crackdown against anti-Trump protests. Victim blaming and false equivalences dominate discussion of confrontation between LGBTQ protestors and big white troll. In the absence of effective political power, we should expect more people to say, “ENOUGH!” Today we’re reflecting on the strategies and tactics of protest.

We close out with Space News, beer, and summer plans. Elon Musk gives his vision for a permanent city on Mars. How about that. The biggest question facing a sustainable city on Mars will certainly be whether or not we can brew beer in space. We’ll find out later on this year!

 

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5
May

Out d’Coup | Raging @ GOP ACA Repeal; Echoes of Amidala; Repressing Protest; Scott Wagner Assaults Media; PA GOP Clown Party Shit Show; Krazner Catches Fire; and, More!

It’s Friday, May 5 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. It’s Cinco de Mayo. 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.

Nothing unites Republicans like kicking people off healthcare and giving the richest 1% a huge tax break. Bud Light now the the official beer of repeal. Rocky revisioned Wall Street Trust Fund White Guy. Echos of Senator Amidala heard around the world. Screws tightened on freedom of assembly as crackdown on protesters deepens. Plus will the last vestiges of neoliberals be able to hold out against fascism in France?

Pennsylvania Senator Scott Wagner assaults media activist then bars media at GOP event. PA House Leader Turzai considers throwing his hat in the Gubernatorial Ring for what would amount to the ultimate Clown Party Shit Show in a PA GOP Primary. Major endorsements for Larry Krazner in Philly Attorney general race from Our Revolution, MoveOn, and other progressive organizations. Republicans in the PA House plan on voting on an anti-Sancturary bill on Tuesday.

Don't forget to Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Rick is in Washington, DC this week for Labor History month. 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 or click HERE.  

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NOTE: Music in 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.  

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24
Mar

Out d’Coup | Rep. Scott Perry on God’s Right to Pollute; Are Pipeline Protesters Jihadists?; Closing in on Trumpovsky and his Bratva; Nunes Freaks Out; Labor Notes; and, Mars

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017. Back out East...this is 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: To Repeal or Not to Repeal...that was the question. Democrats thrown down a Supreme challenge. Do they have the discipline and spine to carry through? Bernie Sanders puts faith in organized resistance in the face of an inept Democratic Party. Pelosi still wedded to losing script. Closing in on Trumpkovsky and his Bratva. Devin Nunes slips out back door of House Intelligence Committee to run and tell Daddy Donald that G-Men are busting the party. Rex Tillerson blows off NATO in favor golf getaway at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with Chinese president. And, of course, Ivanka gets West Wing office as first “adult child” of a president.

Pennsylvania still a great place to be if you love the crazy. Representative Scott Perry claims EPA is infringing upon God’s right to pollute. A Perry spokesperson took to Facebook to clarify that Perry didn’t mean God creates ALL pollution...just most of it in the Chesapeake Bay. PA State Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson says anti-pipeline protesters are engaged in a jihad against natural gas. Will that be enough to get him his sought after Trump appointment? And, still freaked out by fake news and protesting grandma’s, good old boy Daryl Metcalf bans media from press conference on right to work in State Capitol. It was a press conference. Questions still remain if PA GOP used dark magic to open a sinkhole in front of Capitol in an attempt to swallow a bus of citizens prepared to rally against repeal of ACA. Critics say it just might have been years of GOP imposed austerity and neglect of key infrastructure.  

Meanwhile, Senator Casey seems to be growing into his spine. Just in time, too as it looks like conservative rebranded moderate Representative Charlie Dent may be throwing in his hat to challenge Casey in 2018. Tomorrow, Philadelphia hosts a Labor Notes Troublemakers School. I’ll be there and will be part of a panel talking APSCUF strike.

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.  

Music in 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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17
Mar

Out d’Coup | Trump’s Budget Bomb; Gorka Exposed; Sean Kitchen Gets Fake News Cred; Mahoney in Portland, Oregon!

It’s Friday, March 17, 2017. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 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: Last week the Trump organization telegraphed coming cuts to the EPA, NOAA, the State Dept. and other government agencies. This week we got to see Trump drop the GOP’s radical wish list like a bomb. Casualties will include seniors looking for a meal, poor young folks looking for work, scientists looking to cure diseases, and children looking for Sesame Street. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney explains how taking meals away from home bound seniors is a secret plan to help coal miners and single-parents in Detroit. Details of how said plan will work are still being stewed in a White House cauldron awaiting their Amazon Prime delivery of eye of newt.

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, swore lifetime allegiance to Hungarian pro-nazi party. Not making that up.

New DNC head makes leadership debut in response to Trump budget. Still working off failed political strategy. We’ll draw from experience in PA to layout what Trump’s budget is designed to do. Why Democratic leadership can’t see this is astounding. We’re happy to help hold your hands; you can send your donations to Raging Chicken Press.

Sean Kitchen earns his fake news street cred from right-wing nut job legislator Daryl Metcalf. Trump’s budget promises devastating impacts on Pennsylvania’s water and environment. We’ll take you through the details. Governor Tom Wolf goes on the attack on the national level - seems to figure out what a political strategy with a spine looks like. And PA Senator Bob Casey also seems to find a political voice gearing up for his 2018 campaign. And, finally, a huge congratulations to Seth Kahn, Amy Lynch-Biniek, and Bill Lalicker on the release of their book, Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition. Kevin was with them in Portland, Oregon for the celebration. We talk Portland, craft beer, and more in our last segment.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. This week David Yankovich will be on hand to talk about GOP insane health care proposal. 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, if you are on Patreon, click “Be a Patron” under the same tab. 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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10
Mar

Out d’Coup | Goodbye EPA, Goodbye Climate; Sanders Heads South for the Picket Lines; DCMH Nurses and Tech Strike; God Pics PA Senate Hopeful; and Rep. Mike Kelly Blows Lid off Shadow Gov’t

It’s Friday, March 10, 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.

This week in Trumplandia: Time to cut the government. Trump organization drops the ax on EPA, NOAA, State Department, and possibly HUD. The word “science” is purged from mission statement of the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Founding member of EPA’s environmental justice office quits. Looks like we’re dropping black hoods on climate scientists. And, you could see this one coming, deep cuts proposed for climate research. GOP will replace Obamacare with....Obamacare? Or, what exactly? And then there’s Russia...

Bernie Sanders joins workers on the line at a Nissan plant in Mississippi. CWA gets contract with AT&T Southwest that includes bringing 3000 jobs back to the US. Day Without Women/International Women’s Strike was a day of protest, celebration, and intersectionality. At least three schools districts close for the day due to the number of women who requested leave.

Nurses and technicians at Delaware County Memorial Hospital go on a two day strike and then are locked out by their new for-profit, hedge fund owners for an additional three days. Raging Chicken was there for the first day of the strike. God confirms his preferred Senatorial candidate. Congressman Mike Kelly blows the lid of the Shadow gov’t.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. This week David Yankovich will be on hand to talk about GOP insane health care proposal. 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, if you are on Patreon, click “Be a Patron” under the same tab. Not ready to become a member? No problem. 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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3
Mar

Out d’Coup | #GodlyHeritage with Rick Saccone; Tuesday with Toomey Arrests; Protests at the Chamber; #DemFail; This Week in Trumplandia; and, more!

This week in Trumplandia: It was Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. The ability to read a speech on a teleprompter leads some pretty gushing reviews by the media and several high profile Democrats. Knowing the Democrats have to steel themselves for a long fight, Democrats chose former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to give the response to Trump. Beshear’s address helps insomniacs; but, leads most progressives to yell at their TVs. We’ll talk more #DemFail. Meanwhile, progressives in the states aren’t waiting for the national party to get it’s head out of the sand. More and more progressives looking to run for office and protests have not subsided.

Jeff Sessions first did not and then did have conversations with Russian operatives during the presidential campaign while serving as a surrogate for Trump. Session plays the nice old Klan - I mean man - card, emphasizing his “oh, golly gee...come to think of it” defense. He’s now recused himself from ongoing investigation of Trumps Russia ties.

Earlier this week Rep. Rick Saccone announced he was challenging Se. Bob Casey for Senate in 2018. Saccone helped protesters understand our #GodlyHeritage. Tuesday with Toomey activists arrested in Philadelphia for trying to meet with Toomey. This morning Sean got up bright and early to join activists from Lancaster Stands Up at a Chamber of Commerce meeting with Republican State Rep. Lloyd Smucker who has refused to hold town halls for his constituents. Sean was inside that meeting. And yours truly makes a debut on FSTV, doing the #ResistanceReport on the Rick Smith Show. Tune in to Rick’s show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. You can tune in 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 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.”

For a limited time, you can pick up one of our exclusive “UNPAID PROTESTER” t-shirts over at Teespring. But hurry up, it will available for just three more days. We also rereleased our ALTERNATIVE FACTS ARE LIES tshirt for a limited time. Check out the full store on Teespring. Proceeds from t-shirt sales go directly to support our awesome team of writers. And next week we’ll be launching a new exclusive design! Stay tuned.

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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24
Feb

Out d’Coup | Get It Together PA Democrats; PA Pipeline Protests; Bannon Ramps Up Media Attacks; Make Somalia Great Again?; & so much more.

We’re officially one month into Trumplandia, folks. The Trump Organization kicked off Deportation Nation this week. Jeff Sessions will finally get a chance to squash Reefer Madness. Bannon reaffirms strategy to attack media as the “opposition party.”  Standing Rock evicted as Dakota Access Pipeline green lighted again.

Closer to home, PA Dept of Env Protection gives green light to Mariner East 2 pipeline as protests and legal battles continue. Activists are taking a Stand against Williams Transco Central Penn Line South. Senator Eichelberger steps in it, because he cares about education. PASSHE Chancellor ramps up the Shock Doctrine even the system “self-study” is delayed. Oh, and our friend Eichelberger is all for shutting down a couple universities...because, you know, he cares about education. And thanks to a court ruling, a Republican may take over in a district that is 95% registered Democrat. And Democratic Senator Bob Casey gets his first official challenger - Rick Saccone. Looks like Saccone is getting ready to bring the crazy. And we’ll reflect back on our weekend at Keystone Progressive Summit! All that and more on today’s show.

Check out Women's Political Bootcamp in Kutztown on Saturday 2/24.

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For a limited time, you can pick up one of our exclusive “UNPAID PROTESTER” t-shirts over at Teespring. The will be available for the next 10 days or so. Proceeds from t-shirt sales go directly to support our awesome team of writers. And next week we’ll be launching a new exclusive design! Stay tuned.

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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