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As the 2018 midterm elections approach, comedian Justin Cross conducts entertaining interviews with congressional candidates vying for office in key swing districts throughout the country. Other guests include journalists, comedians, athletes, musicians, and his friend and the lifeblood of the show, Jake "The Snake" Craney.

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As the 2018 midterm elections approach, comedian Justin Cross conducts entertaining interviews with congressional candidates vying for office in key swing districts throughout the country. Other guests include journalists, comedians, athletes, musicians, and his friend and the lifeblood of the show, Jake "The Snake" Craney.

    2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Trish Zornio

    2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Trish Zornio

    Justin talks with U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, Trish Zornio. If she wins, Trish would be the first scientist and first female ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Colorado. Trish is running to unseat Republican and part-time Trump masseur, Cory Gardner. She talks about the 5-year plan that got her to this point, visiting all 64 Colorado counties twice, dealing with Republican trolls, and her love for music and Sara Bareilles.







    * 0-7 minutes: Why Trish decided to run and bring her science background to politics* 7-11 minutes: Trish talks about the power of special interests and why deregulation has caused so many problems* 11-20 minutes: Her 5-year-plan to run for U.S. Senate* 20-25 minutes: The hardcore trolling from the GOP* 25-30 minutes: The complicated Caucus/Primary process* 35 minutes-end: Trish sings! And talks about the value of arts education in her life, along with some of other stuff

    • 58 min
    2020: Interview with Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Democratic Primary, Registering Voters, and Advice for 1998 Andrew Gillum

    2020: Interview with Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Democratic Primary, Registering Voters, and Advice for 1998 Andrew Gillum

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum returns to the the Just In News Podcast for the first time since his historic run for Florida governor in 2018. Mayor Gillum talks with Justin about what it will take to flip Florida blue in November and his efforts with Forward Florida Action to register and engage 1 million voters throughout the state. In a wide-ranging discussion, Mayor Gillum also talks about the unhealthiness of the campaign trail, how to get people to care about politics who never have, what advice he’d give to 1998 Andrew Gillum, his go-to karaoke song, the purpose of Black History Month, who will claim victory in the Iowa Caucus, his prediction of a possible floor fight at the Democratic convention in July, and more. Here are some of the show highlights:







    * Around 0 – 5 mins: Opening, shout-outs, shameless self-promotion* Around 5 – 11 mins: Mayor Gillum on Chris Cuomo’s workout routine and the unhealthiness of running for office* Around 11 – 24 mins: Why Republicans don’t want to get out the vote, how get people to care about politics who never have, and what Forward Florida is doing to flip Florida blue in November* Around 24 – 28 mins: Mayor Gillum on Black History Month. What does it mean today, and what does Mayor Gillum say to those who acknowledge our shameful history of slavery, segregation and discrimination but want to simply move on from it.* Around 28 -37 mins (the end): Justin’s super lazy questions he wrote in 5 minutes: What advice 2020 Andrew Gillum would give 1998 Andrew Gillum? Who will win the Super Bowl, San Francisco or Kansas City? Who will win the Iowa Caucus? How will the Democratic Primary unfold? What is Mayor Gillum’s go-to karaoke song?

    • 37 min
    2020: Interview with Former Iowa Congressional Candidate Austin Frerick on what will go down at the Iowa Caucus

    2020: Interview with Former Iowa Congressional Candidate Austin Frerick on what will go down at the Iowa Caucus

    Justin talks with former Iowa congressional candidate Austin Frerick. Austin gives his prediction as to what will happen at the Iowa Caucus, how the whole thing works, whether food fights happen in the gym where these events are held, and his current work as Deputy Director of the Thurmond Arnold Project at Yale University. We also discuss Austin’s love for gas station pizza and the likelihood he’ll run for office again (he should).

    • 38 min
    2020: Interview with Texas Congressional Candidates Kim Olson and Donna Imam

    2020: Interview with Texas Congressional Candidates Kim Olson and Donna Imam

    Justin talks with Texas congressional candidates Donna Imam and Kim Olson about their campaigns, barbecue, beer, and what it will take to turn Texas blue. In the first half of this episode, Justin talks with Donna about her background as an engineer and how that informs how she takes on issues like healthcare and gerrymandering in Texas’ 31st congressional district encompassing part of Austin and the surrounding area. In the second half, Justin talks with Kim about her background as a fighter pilot in Iraq, what it was like to film a viral commercial requiring her to walk and talk to a camera for two minutes straight, and why authenticity rules when connecting with voters. Kim also discusses the issues on the minds of voters in Texas’ 24th congressional district which encompasses the burbs of Dallas.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff

    2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff

    Justin talks with U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia, Jon Ossoff. Jon talks about exposing corruption as an investigative journalist, as well as what it was like to be mean-tweeted by President Trump during his run for the U.S House in 2017. Jon also discusses the issues he’s fight for in Georgia and how his potential Republican opponent is selling access, including $35,000 photo ops. Finally, Jon opens up about his hair product, his love for the 90’s TV show, “Doug”, and how he likes to belt out a certain Mariah Carey song during karaoke.

    • 26 min
    Musician Mike Stocksdale on writing political songs and his musical man crushes

    Musician Mike Stocksdale on writing political songs and his musical man crushes

    Justin talks to musician Mike Stocksdale about his political side project, $idequest. Mike also talks about his upcoming show at the Troubadour in LA, his love for lowly open mics, why he doesn’t have a tattoo and who his musical man crushes are.

    • 1 hr

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