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Hector and Mike are political experts with 50+ years of experience who look at politics, society, and government decisions and give their take on what is missing, lacking, or what is done right. They provide common sense solutions in an uncommon world. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hectorandmikeexperience/support

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Hector and Mike are political experts with 50+ years of experience who look at politics, society, and government decisions and give their take on what is missing, lacking, or what is done right. They provide common sense solutions in an uncommon world. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hectorandmikeexperience/support

    Biden vs. Trump Debates Are Sent, & The End of Ladies Night Promotions

    Biden vs. Trump Debates Are Sent, & The End of Ladies Night Promotions

    Join Hector and Mike in this episode of "The Hector Mike Experience: Common Sense in an Uncommon World." This time, our hosts dive into the hot topic of the unprecedented upcoming debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Breaking tradition, the candidates have taken charge, bypassing the Presidential Debate Commission, which both parties unanimously criticized. 

    Hector and Mike discuss the implications of these early debates scheduled for June and September, even though neither candidate will be their party's official nominee by the June 27 debate.

    How will Trump’s ongoing legal troubles and Biden’s health impact the debates? 

    This episode also touches on a strange story from Fresno, where a lawyer, Alfred Rava, sues the minor league baseball team, the Grizzlies, for gender discrimination over a Ladies' Night promotion. Hector and Mike highlight how this attorney has turned suing over gender-based promotions into a lucrative business.

    As discussed in this episode, here are the links to the Biden/Trump debates and the Ladies’ Night promotion lawsuit. Biden/Trump Debate: 

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/15/politics/joe-biden-debate/index.html 

    San Diego Lawyer Suing ‘No Boys Allowed’ Comic Claims 100% Win Record:

    https://timesofsandiego.com/business/2017/12/29/last-laugh-san-diego-lawyer-suing-no-boys-allowed-comic-claims-100-win-record/

    Grizzlies sued for ladies’ night promotion: 

    https://sjvsun.com/sports/grizzlies-sued-for-ladies-night-promotion/


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    Biden’s Uncle Eaten by Cannibals & Equity Grading - Getting Rid of D's & F's

    Biden’s Uncle Eaten by Cannibals & Equity Grading - Getting Rid of D's & F's

    Hector and Mike discuss Dublin Unified’s new grading policy next year: “Equity Grading.” 



    This new grading system will eliminate D's and F's. You show up, and you get passed. If you want to nap in school or don’t want to do homework or in-class assignments, we have “Equity Grading.” 



    Is this really equity? Or is it a way for the school to boost graduation numbers? 



    Where is the commonsense? 



    In addition, Hector and Mike review President Joe Biden’s recent campaign trip to Pennsylvania. In following President Trump, he ordered milkshakes at a fast-food place and repeatedly said that cannibals ate his uncle. 



    Should President Biden be out campaigning or back in his COVID basement? 

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    Huntington Beach Ignites Voter ID Debate

    Huntington Beach Ignites Voter ID Debate

    "Dive into the heart of controversy with our latest podcast episode: 'Identity at the Polls: The Voter ID Debate Ignites in Huntington Beach.' With the 2024 primary election around the corner, the residents of Huntington Beach stand at the crossroads of a pivotal decision: the potential implementation of Measure A, a groundbreaking charter amendment mandating voter identification at the polls.

    This proposal has sparked a firestorm of opposition from high-profile figures such as California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Secretary of State Shirley Weber, alongside legislative maneuvers by State Senator Dave Min to forestall such measures through Senate Bill 1174. But what lies beneath the surface of this heated debate?

    Our episode peels back the layers of this complex issue, challenging the narratives that have dominated headlines. Is the call for voter ID an act of suppression or a step towards securing the sanctity of our elections? Does it disproportionately impact communities of color, or are these concerns masking a deeper issue within our society? And ultimately, who stands to gain or lose without voter ID laws?


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    • 14 min
    Shake It Off with Taylor Swift, Elections, NYPD Attack, and Super Bowl Fever

    Shake It Off with Taylor Swift, Elections, NYPD Attack, and Super Bowl Fever

    In the latest episode of "The Hector and Mike Experience," dive into the universe of Taylor Swift, the intricate dance of politics, and the gritty streets of New York. Taylor Swift, the queen of shaking off the haters, finds herself at the heart of our sports and political discourse. Hector and Mike weigh in on the Swift effect: Can her star power really swing an election by a staggering 10-15%? Their advice?

    Next, they dive into the recent surge in job numbers, juxtaposing it against the plummeting approval ratings of Joe Biden. What's causing this political seesaw? Hector and Mike peel back the layers of complexity, including the incident involving NYPD officers and a clash with illegal immigrants.

    Finally, Hector and Mike toss in their Super Bowl predictions. With stakes higher than just sportsmanship, one host is playing not just for bragging rights but to avoid a night on the couch.

    Tune in, lean back, and prepare for an intersection of pop culture, politics, and sports.

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    Biden Panic Mode, As Harris Has Higher Approval Numbers

    Biden Panic Mode, As Harris Has Higher Approval Numbers

    Hector and Mike discuss the Washington Post story that President Joe Biden is frustrated by his horrible poll numbers (38 percent approving of his job performance, 58 percent disapproving) and demanding
    answers and a plan.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/18/joe-biden-polls-campaign/ 

     Mike discusses how, for months, the president and first lady Jill Biden have told aides and friends they are frustrated by the president’s low approval rating and the polls that show him trailing former president Donald Trump. 

    More from the Washington Post Story: We’ve further
    seen remarks by the Obama-whisperer,
    David Axelrod, to the effect that President Biden should consider bowing out of his reelection bid — and then more recently adding that the president’s record-low approval rating is “very, very dark” news for his campaign. 

    And just this weekend, we found an unidentified source “familiar with [former President Barack
    Obama’s] thinking” telling the Wall Street Journal that Obama knows the presidential race is going to be “close,” “feels the Democrats very well could lose,” and worries that “the alternative” — Donald Trump — “is pretty dangerous for democracy.” 

    NBC News: All come from Democratic strategists whose low-boil frustrations with Biden’s candidacy erupted over the weekend amid bleak polling numbers. No less a party mastermind than David Axelrod, architect of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, suggested in a social media post that Biden consider dropping out of the race and letting someone more electable take his place as the Democratic presidential nominee. 

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/joe-biden/democratic-frustrations-biden-spill-open-five-alarm-fire-rcna123841  

    How bad are things? Harris has a higher
    approval rating than Biden: The Monmouth University survey showed the 81-year-old Biden receiving just a 34% approval rating — the lowest in the poll’s tracking of his administration and down 20 percentage points from its peak in April 2021 — and a 61% disapproval rating.

    Harris fares a little better, but her 35% approval rating and 57% disapproval rating are positively glowing marks compared to her boss.

     https://nypost.com/2023/12/18/news/harris-tops-biden-favorability-as-dems-panic-over-polls/


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    Ohtani Saves $100 Million in California Taxes

    Ohtani Saves $100 Million in California Taxes

    Hector and Mike talk about the latest report from the California Center for Jobs, where they looked at Shohei Ohtani's decision to defer most of his annual salary of $70 million over 10 years and the tax implications. 

    "Shohei Ohtani's new contract with the Dodgers is worth $70 million a year for 10 years, but he will get only $2 million a year while deferring the remaining $68 million to the following decade. In the interim, Ohtani will have to make do with his additional endorsement income of at least $40 million a year, assuming some of that is not deferred as well.   

    "Who gets to tax the deferred income will depend on Ohtani's official residence when the payments are
    actually made. If paid up front, the full $70 million would be subject to California's highest-in-the-nation 13.3% income tax rate plus an additional 1.1% based on the stealth-expansion of the California State Disability Insurance tax rate. … Deferring the income potentially saves Ohtani an additional $9.8 million annually in taxes, or $98 million over the life of his contract."  https://centerforjobs.org/ca/special-reports/special-report-california-strikes-out-on-ohtanis-blockbuster-dodger-deal 

    But on a smaller but equally impactful scale, how many others are retiring to other states to avoid paying California's income tax? 

    With a $68 billion deficit, the California exodus is real, and with it are higher-income earners who can afford
    to pack up and go. 

    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/are-californians-still-taking-over-texas-new-census-data-reveals-where-people-are-moving-most/  

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-12-21/california-cops-firefighters-flee-california-take-pensions-to-eagle-idaho

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/california-exodus-states-move-18438760.php

    Will the legislature and Governor get the
    message, or will they find new ways to tax and increase fees on those left behind? On January 10, 2024, Governor Gavin Newsom will release his latest budget, which should give us a glimpse of how he plans to deal with the $68 billion deficit. 


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