Thoughts, opinions, and ideas of Martin Nutty, a Dublin-born and New York resident podcaster. Covering matters political, economic and social with a smattering of literature thrown in.
10: Cruelty Is Not Cool
Thoughts on Governor Ron De Santis of Florida, how he shipped migrants to Martha's Vineyard, and the long-troubled, painful relationship America has had with many arriving migrants to its shore
NPR: On the Martha's Vineyard Migrant Story
9: The Problem With Primaries
Primary elections frequently result in highly partisan general election candidates. I think Alaska has figured out a better way to produce candidates that better represent voters. Alaska may be The Last Frontier state, but it's leading the way in creating a healthier American democracy
8: Ranked Choice Voting
How can somebody with only 26% of the vote win an election?
That happened this week in the New York Democratic Primary for the 10th Congressional District.
Is that good for democracy? I don't think so and I think Ranked Choice Voting provides a better way to produce a result more closely aligned with the will of the people.
Ranked Choice Voting Links
How it works from BallotpediaWhere Ranked Choice Voting is used in the United States
7: The Republican Coalition - Financiers and Foot Soldiers
All American political parties are made up of coalitions, or voting blocks, that are cobbled together to support either the Republican or Democratic Party. Looking at the Republican party I see it as broken down into two major groups which in turn can be subdivided. Understanding this particular coalition is to understand some of the peculiarities that make up the GOP
6: The Senate Filibuster - Jul 5, 2022
Why the Senate Filibuster needs to be eliminated. Why it's invoked more frequently by the Republican Party - the party of Non Governance. Understanding the 3 legs of Non Governance rule
Josh Marshall June 6th OpEd in the New York TimesBrookings Institute article on the filibuster contains a chart mapping the invocation of cloture votes to end Senate filibusters over the last 100 years
5: A Brief History of the Republican Party
How did the Republican Party become what it is today? Here's a quick sketch of its long, strange and troubling journey
Off to a great start!
Martin offers well reasoned, well informed insights on the big issues we confront in this world today, delivered with a deft turn of phrase and a voice that would make Liam Neeson green with envy.