Episode

2/15 High School Massacre and What a Battle Over VA’s Most Powerful Monopoly Can Teach Democrats w/ Daniel Marans

February 15, 2018

On today’s show: Sam addresses the horrific school shooting in Florida. Teenage survivors of the massacre speak to local news about the need to take action on gun control. Ted Cruz claims Democrats are trying are trying to “politicize” a tragedy. Chris Murphy speaks on Senate floor: “this happens nowhere else.” Marco Rubio claims “we need to know all the facts” before we can formulate a political response to the eighth shooting to have resulted in death or injury during the first seven weeks of 2018.

Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) of The Huffington Post joins us to discuss his latest article, What A Battle Over Virginia’s Most Powerful Monopoly Can Teach Democrats Everywhere. Fueled by massive donations, Virginia Democrats have long tolerated the monopolistic business practices of Dominion Energy, “a longtime foe of state consumer advocates, anti-corruption activists and environmentalists.” Recently elected Governor Ralph Northam did not make the company an issue in his campaign. But an up-and-coming group of progressive Democrats like Sam Rasoul have pledged not to take any money from the company and fight back against predatory practices, like double-charging customers for the same service, and winning state-level elections. Marans breaks down what this shift in local politics can teach the Democratic Party going forward.

On the fun half: Josh in Chicago shares his experience of living in London where guns are banned, ICE issues a fascistic statement on a preliminary version of an immigration bill a group of Senators are working on, students in Austin protest to free their classmate from ICE, Trump says he’s “totally opposed” to domestic violence, Jeff in GA on Meghan McCardle and the capitalist roots of the gun problem, Ben Shapiro triggered by the “identity politics” of Black Panther, Bari Weiss gets in trouble for a tweet, basketball coach Steve Kerr says “nothing has been done” to protect us from gun violence, Ronald Raygun on ICE’s terrorism, some callers from Florida lend their perspective on the tragedy, and a Kansas politician is doing an AR-15 giveaway.

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