Out d’Coup | Shutdown Day 35; Stone to the Pokey; Kamala 2020; AOC Shatters Overton Window; LA Teachers Win Big; Sexual Misconduct Scandals Rock H’Burg’; Red Moon; Frye Fest; Ozark; and, Free Will
Day 35 of the Government Shutdown. We’ll do a rundown of some of the major impacts while workers face their second missed paychecks today. Flights out of LaGuardia, Newark and Philly airports halt over lack of air traffic controllers, a result of Trump's government shutdown. [Breaking as this episode gets posted: Trump announces a deal has been reached to re-open government].
Kamala Harris enters the 2020 presidential race. Tulsi Gabbard effectively ends her presidential bid, joining the Both Siders Party instead. A majority of the country support AOC’s to raise the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent, and Elizabeth Warren is proposing a “wealth tax” on the rich. Will AOC’s proposal to tax the rich force Democrats to add “taxing the rich” to their 2020 platform.
Striking LA teachers took on the billionaires and won big. Smaller class sizes, a nurse in every school, more counselors and librarians, steps against charter schools, and a slew of “common good” demands regarding social justice issues like immigrant rights, racial profiling, and green spaces at schools. This was not a spontaneous uprising...Sarah Jaffe’s piece in The Nation this week shows that this strike has its roots in a 2014 take over of the LA teachers union by the progressive Union Power caucus. Is everybody watching? Teachers in Denver, Oakland, and Virginia certainly are.
The U.S. government is trying to return to its Cold War sweet spot by backing coup in Venezuela. China taking the spotlight at Davos, announcing the arrival of a new world political geography.
And Catholic Young MAGA Red Hats decide harassing a Native elder is a great way to cap off their visit to the nation’s Capital.
Sexual harassment scandals are once again ripping through the Pennsylvania Capitol. State Representative Brian Ellis is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Dauphin County DA’s office that is looking into potential rape allegations from 2015.
State Senator Daylin Leach is once again the center of controversy. A survivor who has been trying to tell her story for almost a year hand-delivered complaint about her incident to every Senate member last week. The allegations go back to 1991 when the survivor was 17 and Senator Leach was representing her and her mother in an attempted murder case.
State Senator Rich Alloway shocked everyone last week when he up and quit out of nowhere. He said that he was “tired of politics as usual” in Harrisburg, but is seeking to take on a job as a lobbyist.
Lt Gov John Fetterman will be barnstorming all 67 counties to talk about marijuana legalization!
Two Chinese companies prepare for their first orbital launch, bringing Kim Stanley Robinson’s vision in Red Moon one step closer.
Sean gives a rundown on the competing Fyre Festival documentaries from Netflix and Hulu. Kevin finishes season two of Ozark. Laura Linney rocks. Just sayin’.
Free Will has it’s first Sour Sunday of 2019 this weekend. On Saturday, Free Will releases Angel. Angel was created specifically for BeerAdvocate Extreme Beer Fest (Boston 2019) on February 1st & 2nd. New Age “No Boil” IPA w/Galaxy, Vic Secret, & Mosaic – 6.3%. Brewed with Local Malt from Deer Creek Malthouse and bloody butcher heirloom corn meal from Castle Valley Mill.