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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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Sep 28, 2017

We are back from our summer hiatus with a very interesting conversation with the authors of the new book "Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want." Find out how these two authors and activists of different generations met up and were transformed by the Democracy Spring, encouraging each other and all of us to display the "civic courage" we need to transform our country so it works for all of us. 

Links from this episode:

BUY THE BOOK: http://www.beacon.org/Daring-Democracy-P1297.aspx

Small Planet Institute: http://smallplanet.org/

Jul 21, 2017

Meghan Faulkner joins Laura this week to talk about how and why she organized a big petition delivery to the Department of Justice asking them to investigate Donald Trump Jr. They also discuss how the consumer finance industry in North Carolina has bought itself some terrible legislation, and they take a look at the package of democracy reforms House Democrats introduced this week, and the importance of fighting for something, not just fighting against things. 

Links from this episode: 

http://www.everyvoice.org/get-involved

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article161008309.html

https://democracync.org/

You can send us your comments or suggestions to podcast@everyvoice.org. Don't forget to rate and review us on iTunes!

Jul 13, 2017

With Donald Trump Jr. releasing some of his emails this week, Laura and Adam needed to talk about the campaign finance laws he has potentially broken. There's also health care legislation moving through the Senate, net neutrality in jeopardy, and big giveaways to donors in the name of infrastructure improvements. But it's not all bad news, there's some new and positive developments in Maryland to get excited about. 

Links from this episode:

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51152/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22842

https://maplight.org/story/for-every-1-net-neutrality-comment-internet-cable-providers-spent-100-on-lobbying-over-decade/

http://www.everyvoice.org/posts/trumpcuomo-infrastructure-plan-just-handout-big-donors

http://www.everyvoice.org/featured/howard-county-votes-raise-voices-everyday-people

 

Jul 7, 2017

This week we're bringing you a deep dive into how an intersectional approach to money in politics brings new voices to the movement and helps those who are most harmed by big money politics take a stronger leadership role within the movement to stop it. Allie Boldt of Demos and Jasmine Gomez of Free Speech For People talk to Laura about their new framework for ensuring that historically marginalized people -- like people of color, LGBTQ, low income folks, people with disabilities, and more -- are centered in the movement for a stronger democracy. Allie and Jasmine have been grappling with these issues for a long time and recently put on some events to center LGBTQ voices in the money in politics fight. And they'll explain how and why you should host a similar event wherever you live. 

Links from this episode: 

https://freespeechforpeople.org/lgbtq-issues/

http://www.demos.org/publication/centering-marginalized-communities-framework-intersectional-money-politics-events

https://freespeechforpeople.org/centering-marginalized-communities/

https://policy.m4bl.org/political-power/

https://freespeechforpeople.org/

http://www.demos.org/

You can follow us at @everyvoice; Laura at @laurafriedy; Demos at @Demos_org; Free Speech for People at @FSFP; Allie at @allieboldt; and Jasmine at @jasminegomez528.

Jun 29, 2017

No episode this week, but we are hard at work putting together a great show for you next week with very smart guests who are going to talk to us about centering the experiences of marginalized communities and people in the campaign against big money politics. 

In the meantime, be sure to rate us and review us iTunes or whatever podcast app you use! And visit everyvoice.org for the latest updates on our work. 

Jun 23, 2017

Crystal comes into the studio this week to talk with Laura about the newly unveiled Senate health care bill (written with plenty of input from lobbyists), the spending in the special election in Georgia, and an exciting new case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear that could end partisan gerrymandering as we know it. All this and more!

 

Jun 15, 2017

Chris Tallent of MAYDAY joins Laura to talk about the secret health care bill in the Senate and his experience marching on Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Plus, lots of ways that you can get involved to support a stronger democracy!

Links from this episode:

Subscribe to our daily clips: http://publicampaign.us1.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=d77d4a197583f647063d7317c&id=b1a758974f

https://mayday.us/

http://www.marchonharrisburg.org/

https://www.facebook.com/MarchOnHarrisburg2/?ref=br_rs

 

 

Jun 8, 2017

Jessica and Laura stepped away from the Comey hearing to talk about Paul Ryan's agenda that serves his rich donors. After holding more than 50 fundraisers in a month (and not a single townhall), his worldview and priorities are skewed toward the donor class, not regular people. Then they discuss government oversight, with the ethics commission in Wisconsin going easy on the politicians its supposed to oversee. And finally some good news out of Howard County, Maryland, where citizen-funded elections were passed with a veto-proof majority. 

Links from this episode

http://www.everyvoice.org/featured/paul-ryan-attends-50-fundraisers

http://www.everyvoice.org/posts/house-gop-will-gut-wall-street

http://www.everyvoice.org/solutions

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/critics-deride-secrecy-limits-on-investigations-by-state-ethics-commission/article_71a61d2b-702e-584e-8790-7d27afde4a32.html

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-hoco-campaign-20170607-story.html

http://fairelectionshowardcounty.org/

http://www.fairelectionsmaryland.org/

 

Jun 1, 2017

Laura invited Meghan Faulkner, Every Voice's digital manager, on to talk about some of the attacks on state public financing systems we've been fighting back against. From Maine to Connecticut to Minnesota to Arizona, Meghan explains what's going on and how you can help. And we finish the episode with some great news from Illinois, where they are making it a lot easier to get registered to vote!

If you like what you're hearing be sure to rate us leave us a review! And you can always send us your feedback at podcast@everyvoice.org

May 18, 2017

There has been SO MUCH political news lately that we wanted to call your attention to some stories that may have slipped under your radar: Trump is selling his Caribbean hotel, Elizabeth Warren gave a barn burner of a speech, Ben Cohen wants to stamp out big money in politics in Maine, Oregon, and Florida, and the Supreme Court did a great thing by deciding not to do anything. 

Links from this week: 

everyvoice.org/fightback

 

Apr 13, 2017

Jessica Washington is back in the studio to talk to Francoise about why our tax forms are so darn complicated. Plus: tax marches across the country, citizen funded elections in Howard County, Maryland, working with activists in Virginia, and Millenials running for office.

Links from this episode:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/29/521954033/stanford-professor-loses-political-battle-to-simplify-tax-filing-process

http://taxmarch.org/

 

Apr 6, 2017

Laura and Crystal give you a brief update on where the Gorsuch nomination stands and what a 'nuclear option' is. Then they discuss why Trump visiting his properties so often (and giving them all that free press) is a problem. Did you know bipartisanship exists and is working at the state level? Laura and Crystal run through a heartening list of bipartisan initiatives at the state level that tackle money in politics. And finally, a successful public financing system for candidates in Montgomery County, Maryland, is letting new candidates run without being beholden to special interests. 

Links from this episode:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/26/nearly-one-out-of-every-three-days-he-has-been-president-trump-has-visited-a-trump-property/?tid=pm_politics_pop&utm_term=.f1cd3be0be22

https://medium.com/@ReThinkDemocrcy/in-break-with-congressional-republicans-statehouse-republicans-advance-bipartisan-campaign-finance-aad575f80584

http://www.mymcmedia.org/nine-candidates-so-far-have-signed-up-for-public-election-financing/

 

 

Mar 23, 2017

We took a little bit of time away from obsessively watching C-SPAN to bring you the highlights so far from the confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch. In a nutshell: there are lots of questions about money in politics that Gorsuch has refused to answer. Then we bring you some very good news from the local political scene in DC: a bill to empower small donors through fair elections has been introduced to the city council with 10 co-sponsors! 

Links from this episode: 

http://everyvoice.org/posts/money-in-politics-gorsuch-hearing

http://everyvoice.org/press-release/gorsuch-refuses-answer-critical-questions

http://www.dcfairelections.com/

See our snaps! We're now on Snapchat at every-voice

 

Mar 16, 2017

Jessica is still thawing out from her below-freezing morning at a Supreme Court rally when she and Laura sit down to talk about the many groups that don't want to see Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and why. Then there's TWO good news stories this week! The first is in New Mexico, where bipartisan majorities have passed an update to the state's public financing system. The second is in Seattle, where democracy vouchers are lowering the barriers for homeless people to participate in local politics. 

Links from this episode:

See Jessica at the Supreme Court: https://www.facebook.com/everyvoice.org/posts/1336817163030749

Three reasons to stop Neil Gorsuch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSo0tBWqI0Q

Our letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee: http://everyvoice.org/press-release/120-groups-ask-will-gorsuch-defend-rights-everyday-people-heard-big-donors

Demos report: http://www.demos.org/publication/court-cash-2016-election-money-resulting-directly-supreme-court-rulings

Good news in New Mexico: http://krwg.org/post/campaign-disclosure-public-financing-fixes-go-governor

Democracy vouchers in Seattle: http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/jon-grant-says-hes-signing-seattles-homeless-up-for-democracy-vouchers/

Mar 9, 2017

Laura and Crystal bring you the money-in-politics news of the week, starting with the women's strike and why Every Voice is participating; how and why the House Judiciary Committee killed a resolution of inquiry into Trump's foreign business dealings; how Arizona is trying to make it harder for people to be heard at the ballot; and finally some great news out of Oregon as they introduce small donor elections. 

Links from this episode: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/28/republicans-vote-down-attempt-to-force-debate-on-trump-russia-allegations/?utm_term=.2581980a8101

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2017/03/02/roberts-why-arizonas-legislature-so-afraid-arizonas-voters/98643404/

http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/capital-bureau/20170228/bill-give-scrutiny-to-small-donors-provide-public-campaign-financing

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=22650 (click on bill 2578 in the media player to watch Susan's testmony)

 

Mar 2, 2017

We took a field trip this week to the Federal Election Commission to interview Commissioner Ann Ravel the day before she left the FEC. Laura asks her about her time at the FEC, why the commission isn't working as intended, how it can be fixed, and what she plans to do next. And we still find a way to end with some good news. 

Thanks to Ann Ravel for taking time out of her last week to speak with us, and to Steve Spaulding for inviting us to do it. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.fec.gov/members/ravel/ravelreport_feb2017.pdf

Feb 23, 2017

Adam is back to talk to Laura about Ann Ravel leaving the FEC at the end of her term, and the many approaches Donald Trump could take to fill the vacancy -- some better than others. Then there is good news out of Kansas where the legislature voted down loosening donation limits. And more good news! There *is* something that most Americans agree on, and we have the poll numbers to prove it. 

Links from this episode: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/opinion/dysfunction-and-deadlock-at-the-federal-election-commission.html?_r=0

http://cjonline.com/news/state-government/2017-02-21/kansas-house-knocks-down-bill-raising-campaign-contribution-limits

http://everyvoice.org/posts/new-poll-supreme-court

http://everyvoice.org/supremecourt

 

Feb 16, 2017

Laura and Jessica discuss the Betsy DeVos vote, plus a story you may have missed in Congress: they're trying to repeal some basic protections for pre-paid debit card users and wealthy special interests may be to blame. There's an update on the shenanigans in South Dakota and Arizona, and in good news for the week: people are showing up to meet with their representatives, and we've made it really easy for you to do so, too.

Links from this week: 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/republicans-are-moving-to-scrap-rules-on-overdraft-charges?utm_term=.cgRxOJwYV#.tqPlxk2j4

http://bit.ly/courtkit

http://capitolheel.org/

 

Feb 2, 2017

This week Laura and Rahna have a chat about the newly nominated candidate for the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch. They are worried about his views on who should be heard in our democracy! They also check in on the money pouring into Maryland as they legislature debates reforming the bail bond industry. And some good news: there's a wave of new candidates training up to fix our flawed democracy. 

Do you like what you hear? Rate us! You can also email your feedback and suggestions to podcast@everyvoice.org

Links from this episode:

Fact sheet on Gorsuch

This woman spent five nights in jail because she couldn't afford bail. 

Maryland Common Cause report on pay to play politics in Maryland by the bond industry

Fair Elections Maryland

Emerge America

She Should Run

New American Leaders Project

Run For Something

 

Jan 26, 2017

Our hiatus is over! New year, new president, new format, new host! Laura and Adam sit down to discuss the money-in-politics news of the day. At the national level, Betsy DeVos has spent a whole lot of money hoping to be hired as Secretary of Education. They also discuss the shenanigans going down in South Dakota, before we close out with some good news from Seattle. Do you like the new format? Tell us what you think! Leave a review or email podcast@everyvoice.org.

Links and resources from this episode:

TAKE ACTION: http://recuseyourself.org

TAKE ACTION: http://represent.us

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/south-dakota-ethics-reform_us_588684ebe4b070d8cad4e9bc

http://honestelectionsseattle.org/

https://www.facebook.com/honestelectionsseattle/videos/1823255091283071/

 

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