In November 2020, all roads really did lead to and through Pennsylvania. Besides for providing its crucial 20 electoral votes, suburban counties like Delaware and Chester highlighted exactly how Biden-Harris won–while more rural counties like Fayette and Lawrence, which Trump-Pence improved in, show the epitome of the Democratic problem. This podcast looks at the shifting tides in every corner of the Commonwealth, but it does so through an untraditional lens. We won’t just be interviewing elected officials and experts (don’t worry we’ll have plenty of those too). Instead, we also talk to campaign operatives, party officials, community organizers, and everyday citizens whose stories are an integral thread to the nuanced web of our complex Commonwealth.
Christina Proctor on Washington County
Christina Proctor is the new Chairwoman of the Washington County Democrats. Four years ago, she wasn't even active in politics. She shares her on-the-ground perspective on the March 2018 Conor Lamb special election and how the Biden-Harris ticket built on that grassroots energy.
Mayor Dwan Walker of Aliquippa
We sit down with Mayor Dwan Walker of Aliquippa, Beaver County. This iconic Pennsylvania community along the Ohio River has changed tremendously over his lifetime. The Mayor walks us through these changes starting with the closure of the steel mill when he was nine and how that still affects voting behavior more than three decades later.
Pittsburgh Post Primary w/ Silas Russell of SEIU Healthcare
On May 18th, State Rep. Ed Gainey made history. Silas Russell was an integral part of this historic Mayor's race. He gives us an in depth perspective on the endorsement process, GOTV operations, key policy concerns and what to expect in 2022.
SPECIAL EDITION: AAPI Heritage Month w/ Koh Chiba
May is Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month. As we celebrate and recognize the role of the AAPI community across Pennsylvania, we sit down with Koh Chiba, longtime senior adviser to Congresswoman Madeleine Dean. Koh has worked with her in Montgomery County, Harrisburg and Washington. He reflects on the last decade sharing his unique journey to the highest levels of Pennsylvania politics.
Pittsburgh Post Primary w/ Councilwoman Erika Strassburger
For Part 1 of our Pittsburgh Mayoral Primary post-mortem, hear from a City Councilwoman who has been a close ally of Mayor Bill Peduto. We discuss her switch from grassroots advocacy to government service and her specific thoughts on what happened in this historic election.
SPECIAL EDITION: AAPI Heritage Month w/ Rep. Patty Kim
Patty Kim, the State Representative from the city of Harrisburg, made history as the first Asian American in the State House. She shares with us her untraditional yet inspirational story of how she ended up in Harrisburg politics, some of the most pressing issues facing the embattled City, and what it means for her to be an Asian American in Pennsylvania politics.
A great listen!
Very insightful look at local politics and how they translate nationally.
Diversity of guests providing unique perspective broken down region by region is spot on
Great guests, great analysis
Finally, a pod all about PA politics.