The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman
The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman
Brad Friedman
'BradCast' 6/29/2018: (Guest: Dan Vicuna of Common Cause)
58 minutes Posted Jun 29, 2018 at 5:54 pm.
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On today's show: What appears at first to be good news of a court striking down Kentucky's cruel new work requirement for Medicaid recipients may not end up being quite as good news, after all. Trump's tariffs and trade wars are beginning to cost jobs in the U.S., especially among Trump supporters, as Congressional Republicans refuse to put any brakes on this out-of-control and dangerous presidency. The next victims could be those who work in the U.S. automobile industry. The final two weeks of the U.S. Supreme Court's term have been disappointing for many democracy advocates, including opponents of both partisan and racial gerrymandering. One of the most disappointing cases was 'Common Cause v. Rucho,' in the closely divided swing-state of North Carolina, in which the federal appeals court found a clear case of egregious, intentional partisan gerrymandering on the part of state Republicans, but SCOTUS “punted” and sent back to the lower court for rehearing – all before Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.  Common Cause's National Redistricting Manager Dan Vicuna explains the outcomes and current status of cases in TX, WI, MD and NC, and how opponents of gerrymandering plan to move ahead now that Justice Kennedy, their greatest hope for ending the practice nationally once and for all, will no longer be on the Court when those cases ultimately return. Finally, the extremist Republican legislature in NC is on the verge of adding an initiative to the 2018 ballot to amend the state constitution to require Photo ID voting restrictions at the polling place, after their attempt to pass a similar law was struck down in by an appeals court that found it "target[ed] African-Americans with almost surgical precision"...