Today marks the anniversary of the day when Democracy was dealt a deadly blow- The Supreme Court handed down its awful ruling on Citizens United. Later that day, Air America radio ceased operations. Nicole shares her memories of learning she was, again, unemployed! Harvey J. Kaye weighs in on the last Democratic debate, and Howie Klein gives us all the political dirt and introduces us to some great progressive candidates too...
It's a busy day on the show, as Nicole Sandler hosts The Clash over Campaign Cash, a debate between Move to Amend's David Cobb and Shaun McCutcheon, who won his suit claiming aggregate limits on the amount of money an individual can contribute to a political party or the number of Federal candidates is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court. In the first hour, Nicole welcomes Tim Canova, the law professor and political activist challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the primary. And Deborah Newell joins in for our Wednesday morning dip into the Oy FloriDUH files too.
It's our first show of the new year, and we kick it off with Move To Amend's David Cobb, who's heading back to Florida for another barnstorming of the state. And Nicole got married!
It's a day of dueling stories - hope and joy at the Supreme Court as the justices hear the case that could lead to marriage equality across the land. And Baltimore burns, as protesters mourn the loss of another unarmed black man to police. GottaLaff joins in to discuss the dichotomy. And David Cobb of Move to Amend on the fight to get money out of politics...
Today, the Florida legislative session convenes, and Awake the State rallies are planned in every county to get people involved. Nicole Sandler attempts to awaken progressives around the country with her daily program, today talking with Huffington Post's Ryan Grim about the effect of the Citizens United SCOTUS decision on politics five years later. Plus media strategist & trainer Joel Silberman on the Hillary Clinton email problem, Netanyahu's speech, and more.
“Every time you vote Republican, you probably are voting against your self-interest.” #CitizensUnited
Michael Hiltzik is a top notch columnist, and some of his readers who commented on a recent Los Angeles Times post of his apparently agree. He wrote about something that is destroying what's left of our democracy: Campaign finance, specifically the Supreme Court Citizens United decision that legally transformed corporations into people: In the wake of Citizens United, the voice of the ordinary citizen has all but disappeared from Capitol Hill. It doesn't matter whether the donors are Democrats or Republicans; money becomes a political interest on its own. Nor is it a virtue of Citizens United that it took contribution limits [...]
As the DoJ is expected to clear Ferguson's shooter cop of violating Mike Brown's civil rights, video surfaces of a NJ cop shooting a man with his hands up. Nicole talks with Congressman Alan Grayson about the SOTU, Citizens United 5 years later, the TPP and lots more. Amy Simon is back with some fabulous female facts we probably didn't know
On the fifth anniversary of The Nicole Sandler Show's move from Air America radio online (due to the demise of AAR) and the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United, Nicole begins the next five years recapping last night's State of the Union address by wondering how different things would be if President Obama governed as he spoke last night! Guests are Susie Madrak and Cliff Schecter
Cartoon via TruthDig.com Quantity versus quality? What a waste of ill-gotten USD. For a 'political party' that publicly disdains Free Stuff (like basic nutrition and shelter for the folk they happily let languish in poverty and Social Security earned by those who worked two or three jobs to get their families by), Republican presidential candidates are lining up for campaign lucre with vulgar dispatch. And in vomitus variety and number. It appears that the loudest dog whistle of all for the Right Wing, is the one that alerts them to bags and bags of available campaign cash [...]
Nicole Sandler speaks with Ken Vogel about the effects of Big Money in politics in the final week of election season 2014. Plus the Gliberal Goddesses reconvene to talk about catcalls on the street, unrealistic waistlines, Gamergate and lots more.