Episode

10/13 Zachary Roth: The Great Suppression: Voting Rights & Corporate Cash (M)

October 13, 2016

On today’s show we have Zachary Roth (@zackroth,) a national reporter for MSNBC and author of “The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash & the Conservative Assault on Democracy.”

Alexander Hamilton’s anti-democratic leanings. The waxing and waning of elite opinion on who should vote and why. Backlashes against previous expansions of democratic participation. Is democracy a means to an end or an end in itself? Why it’s so revealing we don’t have a federal right to vote. Why a right to vote would have far-reaching implications. Buckley v Valeo and “money=speech.” How the Denton Fracking Ban was immediately undone by the oil and gas industry.

On the fun half – What was behind Trump’s trial balloon attacks FDA? The flood of Trump sexual harassment begins; Katrina Pierson, Ben Carson, Mike Pence, and Rush Limbaugh struggle with the revelation. Megyn Kelly and Dana Perino discuss, on Fox News, why women might hesitate before making allegations of sexual assault. Plus your calls and IMs!

 

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