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Every Voice Speaks

Every Voice Speaks is a podcast that discusses political news and issues of the day -- especially the different effects of money on politics. Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice, interviews experts on a variety of money-in-politics subjects. This is a production of Every Voice, an organization working to ensure that every voice is heard in our democracy. Learn more at www.everyvoice.org.
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Nov 26, 2015

Adam and Francoise coach you on how best to steer the inevitable political arguments around the Thanksgiving table to a hopeful and happy discussion about money in politics. They also tell you how much money the foods on your dinner table have spent on lobbying and political campaigns (spoiler: your turkey leans Republican). All this plus an update on the status of Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program since last week. Oh, and puns. So. Many. Puns.

Links from this episode:

http://everyvoice.org/posts/thanksgiving-money-politics-cheat-sheet

Nov 19, 2015

We've talked a good bit about the recent wins in Maine and Seattle, but did you know that Connecticut has had one of the best and most successful statewide system for public funding for candidates for 10 years? And that now that program is under attack? We talk to Nick Nyhart about how the Citizens' Election Program works, why it came about, who uses it, and how you can get involved in ensuring that it remains functioning and strong.

Links from this episode:

http://www.demos.org/publication/fresh-start-impact-public-campaign-financing-connecticut

http://everyvoice.org/connecticut

 

Nov 12, 2015

Earlier this week, a coalition of 57 organizations delivered 850,000 signatures to the White House, calling on Obama to sign an executive order that would require all corporate federal contractors to disclose their political donations. We spoke to Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen about the origins of the campaign for this executive order, what the order would do and the impact it would have, and the many ways that people can get involved in the effort. Plus -- Jonah surprises even himself with his favorite kind of Thanksgiving pie. 

Links from this episode:

http://citizen.org/citizensunitednoaction/

http://www.democracyisforpeople.org/

And Jonah's Twitter account really is @jonahmz

 

Nov 6, 2015

It was a pretty great week for money in politics with two big wins at the ballot in Maine and Seattle. Adam talks to Francoise Stovall and Rahna Epting about what the policies were that passed, how they'll empower everyday people, what these wins means for the country as a whole, and what the vibe was like at the doors as they spoke to voters. Plus, some pretty great election day and victory party stories. 

Links from this episode: 

http://honestelectionsseattle.org/

http://www.accountableelections.org/

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/maine-part-i

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/maine-part-ii

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/maine-part-iii

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