Episode

10/5 What Upcoming Elections In Virginia Foretell For The Midterms w/ Aaron Kleinman

October 5, 2021

Sam and Emma host Aaron Kleinman, director of research for the States Project at Future Now, to discuss the upcoming elections in Virginia and how they serve as a testing ground for how the Democrats can get out the vote in the upcoming midterms. First, Aaron, Emma, and Sam dive into the recent revelations in the VA legislature, as for the first time in decades they’ve had a majority that genuinely acts to help people, passing bills bolstering voting rights, expanding school breakfast and lunch, capping insulin prices, and generally serving to improve the lives of Virginians. They also walk through the state of the Right in VA, as the Big Lie and Critical Race Theory have seriously energized their base, with a member of the Big Lie legal team likely to win a seat in the House of Delegates. Looking forward, Aaron explores the similarities we can see and the lessons we can learn from Gavin Newsom’s success in the CA Recall and the value of negative partisanship, discussing the importance of capitalizing on Trump ties while still centering actual issues and policy platforms, and exploring the role of Democrats on a national level in setting the narrative heading into both these VA elections, and the 2022 midterms as a whole. Lastly, they cover the recent revisions on redistricting and what they suggest about the future blueprint for the Republican Party, before they cover actions we can take to help bolster the democratic candidates running in key VA elections. Emma and Sam also cover the disgusting bully of Sinema by constituents attempting to speak with her despite not donating massive amounts to her campaign, and touch on Facebook’s social media monopoly in the shadow of yesterday’s whistleblowing and their six-hour outage.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki, Emma, and Sam discuss the inappropriate actions of activists that have been accosting Sinema and Manchin without first donating five figures as well as Joe Biden’s response, before they take on the dog-whistling behind the emphasis on “means testing,” and explore how Biden has been responding to Manchin and Sinema’s undermining of his agenda. They also touch on the debt ceiling, Dave Rubin’s off-brand Tucker Carlson shtick, the FBI’s raiding of the NYPD Sheriff’s Union office, and the horrendous handling of refugees and immigration by the Biden Admin, plus, your IMs!

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