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Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for June 24, 2022. We're back at our regular time and there's a lot going on. We're here to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. It’s a dark day in America. The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court rules that we must all return to the Wild West, arm…
 
January 6th hearings are doing an exceptional job making it abundantly clear that Trump and those close to him were consciously planning a coup. And yet, the hearings also seem to have a side project of rehabilitating the Republican Party. Maybe Nancy Pelosi will get her wish of an even stronger GOP after all. Key takeaways Day 2 and Day 3 AFL-CIO …
 
It's a special Wednesday show that's not THE Wednesday Show. We've had some scheduling craziness this past week and a half, but we're finding out way through. Can things get crazier? Yes. Yes, they are about to. What's on your mind and what's happening in your neck of the woods? LINKS: "The Future of Public Education in Pennsylvania Rests on the Go…
 
Biden gives prime-time speech call for a ban on assault weapons (sort of). He said: “After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done. This time, that can’t be true. This time we must actually do something.” Thanks to video tapes obtained by Heidi Przybyla [Prezbella], invest…
 
On this episode of the Wednesday Show, Cyril and I will take a look at what's happening with the Bucks County Beacon and the decision by Gannett News to cut the columns of Cyril and other community voices out of the the Bucks County Courier Times & The Intelligencer. What does that tell us about the corporate takeover of local newspapers and what w…
 
Tonight, I welcome Kierstyn Zolfo back to the show. Kierstyn is the PA Indivisible Legislative Chair and Bucks County organizer. We'll be ripping the moderate mask of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick by digging into is anti-abortion record, his "election integrity" gaslighting, his use of "alternative facts" to cover his unpopular votes, and his relationship…
 
On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, I'm joined once again by special co-host, Amy Knecht. The past week have been pretty nuts. It's been devastating, really. And now we are being forced to repeat the Republican dog-and-pony show defending guns over kids. It's sickening. But that's not all. We'll down more of the good, the bad, and the ugly in s…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Sara Aniamo to the show. Sara Aniano is a researcher who recently graduated from Monmouth University with a master’s in communication. Her work on social media misinformation and the rhetoric of the far-right has garnered nationwide media attention. She aims to use her expertise in the future to clean u…
 
On this week's special Thursday edition of our Friday Politics Roundup, I'm joined once again by special co-host, Amy Knecht. The past couple weeks have been pretty nuts. We'll be talking about this week's PA Primaries, take a look at organizing in defense of abortion rights, and so much more. Join us as we break down the good, the bad, and the ugl…
 
On this episode of the Wednesday Show, Cyril and I take a look at yesterday's PA primary elections and what the results tell us about Pennsylvania, Republicans, and Democrats. We'll also take a look at the latest reporting over at the Bucks County Beacon. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreo…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, we'll be taking a deep breath before tomorrow's PA primary. There is a lot at stake. I'm interested in what's on your mind and how you're going to be spending your Election Day. Taking your comments and thoughts. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/r…
 
As Kev departs for Spanish shores to work on his Vegan Farm, the lads draw near to discuss Matt's TEC list. Shamelessly pretending to be informative Kev is forced to listen to Matt justify Wretched Ones and Feldraks inclusion en masse for the Stockport Showdown. And no Chosen Lord in a move that will surprise no one. Alea iacta est.…
 
On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, we've got a bit of an abbreviated show. Still breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. Links: Doylestown Abortion Justice Rally, Sunday 5/15 @ 11am: https://buckscountybeacon.com/2022/05/the-truth-of-our-abortion-stories-need-to-be-shared/ Chris Ullery, Lenape Middle Schoo…
 
On tonight’s show, I welcome Jonathan Kassa to the program. Jonathan is a Director on the North Penn School Board. He is also a national expert in school and campus safety. North Penn has experienced the same kind of right-wing extremism flooding school board meetings across Bucks County. North Penn found its meetings disrupted by members of Moms f…
 
On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, we'll be talking look at this week's SCOTUS draft opinion set to overturn Roe v. Wade. We'll also start taking a hard look at deep problems in the Democratic Party leaning on the Courts and the Media to do their political work for them. We'll also take look at some of the concrete consequences of PASSHE Chanc…
 
By popular demand the lads drag themselves back to the podding desk to review the upcoming BCTB. Joined by a veritable sage the boys consider the might of the Old Boys Club, revel in the mystery of an 1100 point character and wonder if Dr Dan wrote all the lists. You never know!By Matt Perris + Kevin Stonebanks
 
On today’s show, I welcome Garen Meguerian to the show. We'll be talking about his three-part series in the Bucks County Beacon on how defamation lawsuits can be used as weaponized tools of censorship. He digs into how a "rash of defamation suits filed by prominent local Republicans underscores the need for stronger laws protecting the right to fre…
 
On this week’s show, we’ll catch up with Cyril about all the amazing stuff happening under his leadership at the Bucks County Beacon and his latest article calling out the Bucks County Courier-Time's hard-fail in their editorial about Bucks County Dems blunder in planning a fundraiser for Ukraine with the deep-pocketed right-wing funder, Jim Worthi…
 
On today’s show, I welcome Daisy Pitkin to the show. We'll be talking about her new book, On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women’s Epic Fight to Build a Union. On the Line is a first-person account of a five-year campaign to unionize the industrial laundry factories in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a book for every current or future u…
 
Biden administration is teasing a new round of student debt cancellation and relief. The Education department said on Tuesday that this could mean debt cancellation for about 40,000 borrowers and three years of additional credit for more than 3.6 million borrowers seeking income-driven repayment. That could add another boost to the economy and the …
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Brett Wilkins to the show. Brett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Prior to joining Common Dreams in 2020 his articles, focusing on issues of war and peace and human rights, have been published on Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, Asia Times, teleSUR, Mondoweiss, and Venezuela Analysis. He is also the commu…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Shanna Danielson back to the program! Shanna is a middle school music teacher in south-central PA. She is a former candidate for state senate and state house, and a 2019 graduate of Emerge PA. Shanna currently serves as Secretary of the Democratic Party of York County, vice-chair of the Northern York De…
 
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned this week that the Earth is “firmly on track toward an unlivable world,” saying that unless dramatic and radical action takes place in the next few years, it is next to impossible to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and makes even 2 degrees warming unlikely. The IPCC said they have “high conf…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome David Backer to the show. David is an associate professor of educational foundations, policy studies, and leadership at West Chester University. He writes a weekly newsletter called Schooling in Socialist America and tweets at @schooldaves. We'll be talking about his recent article in Dissent Magazine, …
 
On this special episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Rick Smith to the show. Listeners to Raging Chicken's podcasts know that Rick is the Founder and Host of the Rick Smith Show. For those who don’t know, The Rick Smith Show is by working people, for working people. It’s a place that serves up a heaping portion of democracy with a side of fairness…
 
The lads drag themselves back to the microphone from their various RL and Total War commitments and promise never to be so naughty again. So, please stop emailing, texting and shouting at us in the street! We're back with more ill informed chat and even the occasional T9A thought. Enjoy!By Matt Perris + Kevin Stonebanks
 
Amazon workers' bid to unionize is looking pretty good. At the end of yesterday’s vote count at Amazon’s Staten Island facility, YES votes for the union stood at 57% according to Reuters. Vote counting continues today and union organizers are feeling pretty good. UPDATE: Amazon Labor Union WINS!!!! Meanwhile, new information shows that Amazon spent…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Jessica Corbett to the show. Jessica is a staff writer at Commondreams.org. We'll be talking about two of her most recent articles focusing on the fossil fuel links to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Biden's problematic LNG (liquified natural gas) plan to ease European energy needs in the wake of the c…
 
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, weathered three days of Senate confirmation hearings. Of course that meant she had to endure, QAnon infused conspiracy theories; Sen. Lindsey Graham storming out of the hearings in a hissy fit - twice; and, as Gabrielle Gurley from the American Prospect put it, “The Ted Cruz CRT Minstrel Show.” Jackson i…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I am joined by William Horne. William is an Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University who writes about the relationship of race to labor, freedom, and capitalism after the Civil War. He holds a PhD in history from The George Washington University and is co-founder and Editor of The Activist Hist…
 
On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, Cyril Mychalejko joins our Monday night show! Cyril is a progressive columnist at the Bucks County Courier Times/The Intelligencer & The Bucks County Beacon. It's been a bit since we've been able to catch up on all that Cyril is working on, so we thought a Monday night would be ideal! We'll be talking about the e…
 
The invasion of Ukraine continues. In response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, TikTok extended its maximum video length to 10 minutes, as a response to increased pressure on the platform for its role in spreading misinformation and disinformation. However, Media Matters for America warns that rather than providing a solution to misinformat…
 
On this episode, I welcome Alyssa Bowen to the show. Alyssa has a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently senior researcher and managing editor for the progressive watchdog group True North Research where she tracks and writes about dark money in U.S. politics. She has written for The Nation and is a re…
 
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