An Honorable Profession: a podcast that features rising Democratic leaders, brought to you by the NewDEAL and featuring hosts Ryan Coonerty & Debbie Cox Bultan. Leaders share their personal stories, and discuss ways to restore trust in government, as well as sanity in politics, in an insane era. Follow us on Twitter @newdealleaders, Instagram @newdealleaders, and facebook.com/NewDEALLeaders/
Rep. Blake Johnson on Having Power in the Minority and Empowering his Constituents
In this week's episode, host Ryan Coonerty talks with Indianapolis, Indiana Representative Blake Johnson. They discuss how to govern successfully in a legislative super minority, and how he has built productive relationships with colleagues with different ideologies by identifying their shared values. They discuss his work to prioritize communication between candidates and citizens by starting a podcast, Sessions, Sessions, which aims to explain in layman's terms the mechanics of how the legislature works and to empower people to participate in a dialogue with their elected officials. Tune in to get an insider's perspective on the changing political environment, and why the front of a brownie box is better than the back.
What to Watch in the States with Legislative Leaders
In this week’s special episode, host and NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan welcomes legislative leaders from blue, red, and purple states for a conversation on their priorities for 2023, how legislative strategy differs when in the minority, and how to find compromise. She is joined by Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, Pennsylvania House Majority Whip Jordan Harris, Iowa Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls, and Florida House Democratic Whip Christine Hunschofsky, who outline their goals for addressing our nation’s most significant policy challenges, including affordable housing, voting rights, economic growth, broadband access, and more. And they offer optimism on the continued national impact of new federal funds approved under the Biden Administration, no matter the politics of a given state. Tune in for this insightful conversation and to hear different perspectives on what we can expect from state legislatures in the coming months.
Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey’s Public Policy Agenda
In this week’s episode, host Ryan Coonerty talks with Fairfield, CT Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, a long-time NewDEALer and brave public policy advocate. They discuss her work from last year's legislative session to increase housing and improve equity measures in her state, her new challenges as the co-chair of the Public Health Committee, and how her experience as a social worker informs her decisions. They also remember her colleague Quentin “Q” Williams, a fellow NewDEAL Leader who tragically passed away at the beginning of the year. Tune in for this insightful and inspirational conversation with a truly engaged public servant.
Supervisor James Gore on Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency Amid California's Historic Rainfall
In this week’s episode, host and NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan talks with Sonoma County, CA, Supervisor James Gore. They spoke in the midst of California’s historic wave of dangerous storms, reacting to the devastation across the state and addressing keys to disaster preparedness and climate resiliency -- issues that have been central to Gore's work. Gore, who serves in leadership at the National Association of Counties, also addresses the affordable housing shortage in California and what makes county government unique in the American political system. Tune in for all of this and more, including why Supervisor James Gore believes you can’t have local control without local solutions and what led him to public service.
Delegate Jazz Lewis' Path to the Maryland Legislature
Recorded at NewDEAL’s 12th Annual Leaders Conference, this week’s episode features a conversation between host Ryan Coonerty and NewDEAL Leader Maryland Delegate Jazz Lewis. They discuss how the impacts of the Great Recession led him to become a community activist and inspired him to work on issues like economic opportunity and criminal justice reform. Lewis talks about his role advising Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, one of the most influential Democrats in Congress, and the decision to run for office himself. Tune in to our first episode of 2023 for an important conversation for anyone concerned about getting good people to enter politics and for Lewis' advice to young activists who dream of inspiring change.
Senator Jeff Bridges on Bringing People Together Around Shared Values
Recorded at NewDEAL's 12th Annual Leaders Conference in Washington, this week's episode features a conversation between host Ryan Coonerty and NewDEAL Leader Colorado Senator Jeff Bridges. They discuss how he is the only state senator with a Master of Divinity, which has given him a unique perspective on campaigns, the role of elected officials, and the future of democracy. Senator Bridges discusses, the importance of engaging meaningfully with the people whose votes you seek to earn, and why bipartisanship is still critical if we want to fight extremism. Tune in to our last episode of 2022 for an engaging conversation that touches on Senator Bridges priorities for the upcoming legislative session and his insights on "winning with the truth," as he so eloquently puts it. See you next year, and happy holidays.
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Still check in every now and then and the quality remains. These are kinds of conversations that weren’t shared in the past and I’m glad Ryan and his team are sharing it.
Just what I need to hear to stay inspired in our country. Thank you
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Great podcast! Brings you in to the hearts and minds of rising star leaders in the Democratic Party revealing their dedication and passion to solve problems and develop a better future across their communities. All politics is local and the Honorable profession brings you into the living room of local politics and inspires us to pay attention, get involved and support our public servants.