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.
It's a new week and a new month, yet the fights just keep on coming. This week, the fight to fund the DHS continues, SCOTUS takes up a big challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Netanyahu inserts himself into American politics, and more! Today, Nicole Sandler talks about those issues, plus what happened at CPAC this weekend. Guests include Trita Parsi (President, Nat'l Iranian American Council), and Nick Steffens of Awake the State Broward.
We covered a lot of territory on today's show... First up, the situation in Ukraine is horribly sad and tragic. And hearing American politicians on both sides of the aisle proclaiming, as John Kerry did, that "in the 21st century, you don't invade another country on completely trumped-up pretext," is hypocrisy defined. Sickening. The Bobsey Twins, McCain and Graham, couldn't be any more sickening in their sabre-rattling in the name of criticizing Obama - going against the previous tenets of "foreign policy ends at the water's edge." They don't stand for anything other than leading that charge that whatever Obama [...]
I am Woman. And the GOP has it in for me. Oh yes, they twist everything around and claim that the Democrats and the Obama administration are the ones waging war on the fairer sex, but we know better. We know who wants being a woman to continue to be classified as a "pre-existing condition and having given birth as one too... even having been raped! (Yes, that's the party that sides with the for-profit health insurance industry (extortionists). We know who voted against the Violence Against Women Act and even the Lilly Ledbetter Act that would require equal pay [...]
Florida has been the land of apathy for far too long. The heat and humidity have now given way to activism. Today marks the start of the 2012 Florida Legislative Session, and criminal Governor Rick Scott's second State of the State address. We the people of Florida will not sit back silently and watch those up in Tallahassee impose their will on the rest of us. Nineteen cities in Florida are hosting Awake The State rallies today. You can find one near you here. I've been invited to speak at the one in Palm Beach; I'll be delivering the response to Scott's [...]
I've heard that some group is considering launching a "worst state government" contest. Certainly, there are lots of contenders. Wisconsin surely comes to mind, as Scott Walker apparently believes he was elected dictator rather than governor. Of course, the Wisconsin state senate is full of lawmakers so disliked by the electorate for facilitating Walker's union-busting plans, that paperwork has been filed to recall all 16 of them who are eligible for recall this year (those in their second year in office). And then there's Rick Snyder in Michigan, who also thinks his powers as governor allows him to kill democracy [...]
Florida is in serious trouble. The people here voted a criminal into the governor's office, and he's doing his best to destroy the state. So today, all over the state, there are rallies planned to Awake the State. Click on the link and find a rally near you today. This morning, I spoke with Ray Seaman, online director of Progress Florida, and the guy who came up with the idea for Awake the State about the background and the many reasons we need it! Here's some info: Today is a big day for Florida. The 2011 Florida legislative session begins, [...]