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Tired of a political system that is rigged to serve only those in power? Join nationally-recognized expert in election reform Shawn Griffiths as he follows the historic movement to give power to all voters -- at the ballot box, in state legislatures, and in the court room -- including exclusive interviews with election reform leaders across the nation. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/toppling-the-duopoly/support

Toppling the Duopoly Shawn Griffiths

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Tired of a political system that is rigged to serve only those in power? Join nationally-recognized expert in election reform Shawn Griffiths as he follows the historic movement to give power to all voters -- at the ballot box, in state legislatures, and in the court room -- including exclusive interviews with election reform leaders across the nation. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/toppling-the-duopoly/support

    Andrew Yang Is On Board to Topple the Two-Party Duopoly

    Andrew Yang Is On Board to Topple the Two-Party Duopoly

    On this episode of Toppling the Duopoly, host Shawn Griffiths is joined by the leader of the Yang Gang himself, Andrew Yang. Yang is a US business leader, a former Democratic presidential candidate, a former Democratic mayoral candidate in New York City, author of the book "Forward,"and has been featured as a commentator on national media outlets. Now, Yang has founded the Forward Party with a focus on bringing systemic democracy reform to the US political process that will give control back to voters.

    Griffiths and Yang discuss his decision to leave the Democratic Party, register independent, and form his own political party. They also discuss the short- and long-term goals of the Forward Party, and why he supports reforms like ranked choice voting, open primaries, independent redistricting commissions, and term limits. It's a candid conversation on what's wrong with the way the US conducts its elections, why the duopoly must be toppled, and where the country needs to go to move Forward. 

    Note from the host: Apologies for the occasional choppiness in the audio. There were some brief but sporadic connection issues during the interview.


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    • 23 min
    Anti-Corruption Awards to Honor Entrepreneurs Investing in Better Elections

    Anti-Corruption Awards to Honor Entrepreneurs Investing in Better Elections

    On this episode of Toppling The Duopoly, host Shawn Griffiths is joined by Cathy Stewart and Amikka Smith, who are co-hosting IndependentVoting.org's 20th Annual Anti-Corruption Awards on Monday, October 25 at 6 PM EDT. This year, Independent Voting is taking the event national by hosting a virtual event available to anyone who wants to register to attend. The awards honor individuals that span the political spectrum who are working to advance the independent voter movement. This year, the honorees include former Gehl Foods CEO Katherine Gehl, founder of the Institute for Political Innovation and leading advocate for Final Five Voting, which would implement a nonpartisan top-5 primary with ranked choice voting in the general election. The event will also honor Farhad Mohit, founder of Flipagran (which was acquired by the company behind TikTok), who started an open source platform to help independent candidates be more competitive called the Good Party, and Gaby Cardenas, Principal and CEO of the multicultural marketing firm The Colibri Collective, for the strides she has made in connecting independent voters. Cathy and Amikka promise attendees will have a good time as they learn more about the honorees and the growing independent voter movement. You can register for the event here. 


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    • 22 min
    Do California Elections Need Ranked Choice Voting?

    Do California Elections Need Ranked Choice Voting?

    Toppling the Duopoly host Shawn Griffiths is joined by Tom Charron, who is representing a new group called the California RCV Coalition (Cal RCV). At a time when ranked choice voting is having a moment, the group is set to officially launch on September 21 during an online Zoom event that is open to the public. Charron explains why more California cities and the state as a whole need ranked choice voting for their elections and the benefits it would bring to bolstering representation across sociopolitical demographics. The goal is twofold: (1) Work toward a statewide ballot initiative, but also to (2) help local RCV efforts in cities across the Golden State. Charron further explains the nonpartisan nature of ranked choice voting, which now has broad support across the political spectrum.

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    • 26 min
    Ranked Choice Voting Was A Success in NYC

    Ranked Choice Voting Was A Success in NYC

    On this episode of Toppling the Duopoly, host Shawn Griffiths is joined once again by FairVote Senior Research Analyst Deb Otis to discuss the historic ranked choice voting (RCV) primary election in New York City. The election was not without controversy, as a human error caused the initial tally to be off in the hotly contested Democratic primary. Critics and individuals skeptical of RCV used it as an opportunity to raise doubts on the alternative voting method. However, it is widely acknowledged that the error was not a result of RCV, but human error on the part of election administrators. Deb explains exactly what happened in the election that caught the attention of media outlets across the country, and how ranked choice voting was a huge success in the Big Apple. Not only did it prevent a candidate from winning the Democratic primary with 32% of the vote, but voters reported that they found the voting method simple, fair, and easy. Check out this episode to learn more about the NYC primary under RCV and other additional wins in the RCV movement. 


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    • 23 min
    Why It Is Important To Understand What the Duopoly Really Is

    Why It Is Important To Understand What the Duopoly Really Is

    On this episode of Toppling the Duopoly, host Shawn Griffiths takes some time to discuss the purpose of the podcast and what it means when he and others talk about the "duopoly." This is not about dumping the two major parties. Parties have an important role in a democratic process. However, that role should not be to control the electoral and political processes. In any other industry in the United States, we would be outraged if one company or two companies had such an iron grip on their industry that competition cannot emerge. We should be equally outraged that this happens in our political industry. 

    The rules have been rigged to protect the major parties from competition, and thus the incentive at every level is to put party first. We need reforms that shift the incentive to put voters and country first because that is the only way we will see long-term solutions to the nation's biggest problems emerge. This is what it means to "topple the duopoly."


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    • 12 min
    How to Curb The Influence of Big Money in Politics

    How to Curb The Influence of Big Money in Politics

    On this episode of Toppling the Duopoly, host Shawn Griffiths talks with Jeff Clements, the president of American Promise, a nonpartisan group taking on the challenge of big money in politics. Most Americans, across the political spectrum, agree that moneyed interests have too much influence over politics in the US, yet the Supreme Court has made it difficult to do anything about it, which is why American Promise is proposing a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution. It may sound like a tall hurdle to clear, but Jeff explains how it is not impossible. 

    Shawn and Jeff discuss the process to getting to a 28th Amendment, overcoming partisan barriers, and the strength this movement already has, particularly in relation to the broader movement to give voters a fairer, more accountable, and less corrupt political system -- a system that serves the people first, not the parties or special interests.


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    • 35 min

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