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Rob Anderson is a Democrat in the Deep South. Rob ran as a (D) for Congress in Louisiana, and he currently has an exploratory committee open in anticipation of running again in 2020.
On this podcast we discuss his background as a working-class driller, small-business owner, and now, independent-minded politician.
For those who have traveled around the South (or lived there), having a (D) next to your name can be toxic. Not to Rob, though. He explains how he meets his constituents where they are, and doesn't try to "sell them" on anything.
Rob is known for his sharp-tongue on Twitter, but on this podcast we explore his stances on key issues, the current state of politics, and his background.
Take a listen!
In United States presidential elections, a faithless elector is a member of the United States Electoral College who does not vote for the presidential or vice presidential candidate for whom they had pledged to vote.
Chris Suprun was perhaps the most notable faithless elector in the 2016 election cycle, penning an Op-Ed in the New York Times explaining why he wouldn't vote for Donald Trump, the rightful winner of Texas' electoral college votes.
After declaring he would not cast his vote for Donald Trump despite being a Republican delegate in the Electoral College, Chris and his family were subject to death threats and targeted harassment.
Instead of moving away from the public eye, he has decided to step even further into it by running for Congress.
Take a listen to our interview with Chris and let us know your thoughts!
Roger Misso is a veteran, father, Harvard graduate, and candidate for the Democratic Nomination in NY-24th Congressional District.
NY-24 is one of two districts remaining where Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but the Congressional Seat is in Republican hands.
If Roger Misso has anything to say about it, that will all change in 2020.
This episode is also sponsored by Election Ride Home podcast, learn more here:
Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Josh Mahony joined Nathan on the podcast to discuss the urgency around winning another senate seat in a "red state" like Arkansas. If Mahony were to win the Democratic Nomination, he would be taking on U.S. Senator (R) Tom Cotton in the 2020 general election.
Mahony lauched his campaign with a digital ad against Cotton titled, "Terrible Tom Cotton" and the attack splices together video and audio clips from his Senate colleagues, the news media, and intermixes editorial audio from Josh himself.
On the podcast, Nathan and Josh cover his potential path to victory, what inspired him to run, hot topics like immigration, campaign finance reform, and climate change, and why he believes Arkansas is primed to go blue in 2020.
While the majority of the United States is currently focused on the Presidential election, it's important to remember that unless Democrats take back the Senate and hold the House of Representatives, even if we win the White House in 2020, we won't be able to pass the much-needed legislation to accomplish our policy goals.
On this episode of the podcast, Nathan sits down with State Senator Gustavo Rivera (NY-33), who is the Chairman of the Committee on Health.
If there's going to be any type of healthcare reform in New York State, Senator Rivera is going to be one of the elected officials leading the charge.
In this wide-ranging (and fast-moving) interview, Senator Rivera covers his favorite topics: universal healthcare, the myths behind the criticisms of single-payer healthcare, and his background as a political operative.
This episode was recorded several weeks ago at Senator Rivera's office so some items may have changed by the time you listen. Additionally, at times, the audio volume might vary based on who's speaking. Thank you for understanding, and enjoy the episode!
Congressman Eliot Engel sat down with Nathan on the podcast to discuss his role as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, his investigations into the Trump Administration, the escalating crisis between the United States and Iran, and the domestic priorities which will be a focus for his own personal race for re-election in 2020.
Take a listen as this interview with a high-powered member of Congress is one you won't want to miss.
Nick Guthman, co-founder and Executive Director of Blue Future, joins Nathan to talk about youth organizing and political participation as a whole.
He speaks about the work that his organization has done in the past and what their plans are for the future, including targeting the state elections in VA in 2019 and the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries.
Nick also discusses general organizing, including how Blue Future runs canvasses, phone banks, and brings together youth organizers in states all across the country.
In this pod, Nick gives advice for how to recruit volunteers and arrange successful political mobilization in this day and age.
Always fun to catch-up with, Nick offers keen insights into today's political climate.
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer joined Nathan on this episode of the podcast to discuss his landmark childcare plan, "NYC Under 3."
If enacted, it would be the largest local investment in childcare in United States history.
Comptroller Stringer also speaks about how he got his start in politics, the recent string of attacks on reproductive rights, and how he thinks NYC can fight back.
For more, visit our Patreon where we have an exclusive Behind The Scenes interview with Scott below.
On today's episode, Nathan sits down with Tiffany Caban, candidate for Queens District Attorney.
They discuss Tiffany's unique background as a public defender, her desire to radically change the way criminal justice is enacted in New York City, her desire to serve as a model for the rest of the country, and the anti-establishment nature of her candidacy catching the attention of politicians like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Jessica Ramos, Cynthia Nixon, and more.
Take a listen!
On this episode of the podcast, Nathan sits down with Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson.
Over the course of their ~25 minute chat, they cover local issues like New York City subways, affordable housing, homelessness, LGBTQ youth, climate resiliency, and the first-of-its-kind historic legislation mandating a Green New Deal-like reform at the New York City level.
In addition to local issues, Nathan and Speaker Johnson dig deep into his personal journey from small town Massachusetts to becoming the only openly HIV+ elected official in New York.
PATRONS-ONLY: Nathan also recorded an exclusive "behind-the-scenes" interview with Corey, and it can be found on the Millennial Politics Patreon below.
NY State Senator Jamaal Bailey joined Nathan on the podcast to discuss the immediate impact of a Democratic trifecta in New York, the 2019-2020 New York State budget, discovery, rent, and campaign finance reform, what it means to raise a family in the same community he was brought up in, and his one-time dream of playing professional sports for the New York Knicks or the New York Mets.
PATRONS-ONLY: Get exclusive access to our "behind-the-scenes" part two interview with Senator Bailey on our Patreon below:
Nathan Rubin is joined by Annafi Wahed, co-founder of The Flip Side, a daily digest email bringing you short summaries of the best Op-Eds from the Right and the Left in a 5 minute read (or less) each and every day.
Over their 30 minute conversation they cover her journey to launching The Flip Side, her work in Democratic politics, how to break out of our echo chambers, and where she fits in in an era of political labels.
Learn more and sign up at http://TheFlipSide.io or follow them on social media @KnowTheFlipSide.
In this episode of our joint podcast series with Brand New Congress on Venezuela, Millennial Politics Politics Editor Jordan Valerie Allen speaks with Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies at Pomona College and author of “Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know and The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela.”
Akinyele Umoja, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University and founding member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the New Afrikan People's Organization, joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of Blackness in Venezuela, Afro-Venezuelan support for the Bolivarian Revolution, the racialization of Hugo Chávez, and more.
In this episode of our joint podcast series with Brand New Congress on Venezuela, Jordan Valerie Allen speaks with Daniel Kovalik, human rights and labor lawyer, former Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO, author of The Plot to Control the World: How the U.S. Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World, and observer of the 2013 and 2018 Venezuelan presidential elections to discuss oil, the Venezuelan electoral process, the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, and more.
Ryan Watts, Democratic candidate for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District, joins Nathan Rubin to breakdown his decision to run, the day-to-day of running for Congress, and what life is like after election day.
Jorge Martin, International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign, joins us for the Millennial Politics-Brand New Congress podcast series on Venezuela why the U.S. is trying to dismantle the Bolivarian Revolution.
Gabriel Hetland, Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies at the University of Albany and author of "The Crooked Line: From Populist Mobilization to Participatory Democracy in Chávez-era Venezuela," outlines three principles with which to approach Venezuela: non-interventionism, self-determination, and solidarity with the oppressed.
After witnessing the corrupting influence of money in politics in the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor's race, Aryanna Berringer founded FightThePower, a PAC dedicated to electing true progressives who oppose corrupting corporate campaign cash.
Progressive Sarah Smith is going up against her Democratic incumbent in the WA-09 general election, giving the left one last chance to pull off another House victory like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's in NY-14.
Colorado's 5th congressional district went to Donald Trump by 24 points and has never been represented by a Democrat before. But Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding is running an unapologetically progressive campaign to flip CO-05 blue for the first time ever.