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Democracy faces a wide range of pressing challenges - from extreme partisanship and divisive politics to persistent inequities in access, voice and participation in public institutions and decision-making processes, from civic unrest to institutions that aren’t responsive to public needs. It's not enough to just identify problems, we also have to locate solutions and work collectively to address them. Welcome to Politics Is Everything, a podcast of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

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Democracy faces a wide range of pressing challenges - from extreme partisanship and divisive politics to persistent inequities in access, voice and participation in public institutions and decision-making processes, from civic unrest to institutions that aren’t responsive to public needs. It's not enough to just identify problems, we also have to locate solutions and work collectively to address them. Welcome to Politics Is Everything, a podcast of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

    Primary Results, Redistricting Shifts, and the History of Senate/Presidential Ticket-Splitting

    Primary Results, Redistricting Shifts, and the History of Senate/Presidential Ticket-Splitting

    Kyle Kondik and Carah Ong Whaley discuss Senator Mitch McConnell’s legacy after he announced his intention to step down from his role as Senate Republican Leader effective November 2024. They also talk about the Michigan presidential primary election results; the impact of district changes after the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed a new New York Congressional map this week that was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul; a preview of the California Congressional primary; and the recent history of split-ticket voting in presidential and Senate elections. 
    Links in this episode: 
    The Postwar History of Senate/Presidential Ticket-Splitting, Part Two Notes on the State of Politics: Feb. 28, 2024

    • 21 min
    When It’s Good Because It’s Not Bad

    When It’s Good Because It’s Not Bad

    Kyle Kondik and Carah Ong Whaley discuss recent political developments and new analyses on the Crystal Ball, including reduced split-ticket voting in Senate elections, updates on 2024 Senate contests, insights from the NY-3 special election results and the significance of New York redistricting for the House of Representatives. They also highlight the decreasing number of competitive House seats and the potential impact on future control of the House.
    Links in this episode
    Notes on the State of the Senate Big NY-3 Win Brings Democrats Ever Closer in the House

    • 20 min
    Is Roe Fertile Ground in 2024? And What’s the Potential Impact of Ticket-Splitting?

    Is Roe Fertile Ground in 2024? And What’s the Potential Impact of Ticket-Splitting?

    In this episode, Kyle Kondik and Carah Ong Whaley discuss the recent Nevada caucus and primary results and dive into the potential impact of ticket-splitting in down-ballot House of Representatives elections this year. Rich Thau, president of Engagious, also joins Carah, Tyler Busch, Zoe Shook, and Etienne Ouellette to discuss focus groups with voters in key states for the 2024 elections. The 2024 Deciders is a project with Sago and Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship,
    In the presidential elections
    The Race for the House, Part One The Race for the House, Part Two Engagious - 2024 Deciders

    • 32 min
    'Huge Election, Huge Stakes': Trump's Trials and Political Implications ft. Darren Samuelsohn

    'Huge Election, Huge Stakes': Trump's Trials and Political Implications ft. Darren Samuelsohn

    Award-winning journalist Darren Samuelsohn joins Carah Ong Whaley and Ella Doddridge (UVA ‘26) to help make sense of the various Trump trials and their implications for politics and the upcoming election, what it’s really like covering the former president, and navigating journalism in the modern media landscapes.
    Links in this episode:
    Love, Journalism Darren Samuelsohn Court Listener

    • 35 min
    How We’re Thinking About Presidential Primary Elections post-New Hampshire

    How We’re Thinking About Presidential Primary Elections post-New Hampshire

    In this episode, Kyle Kondik and Carah Ong Whaley discuss what they learned about voter turnout in the New Hampshire primary election and how they are thinking about the upcoming presidential primary elections. They also discuss the recent decision in Louisiana to create a second Black-majority Congressional district, ending a nearly two-year saga over adequate Black representation in the state. 
    Links in this episode: 
    The Fields Above the Graves: Louisiana 2024 Redistricting Trump Clears the New Hampshire Hurdle

    • 22 min
    A Guide to the New Hampshire 2024 Primary ft. Dante Scala

    A Guide to the New Hampshire 2024 Primary ft. Dante Scala

    Polls suggest that the New Hampshire Primary should be more competitive than Donald Trump's large margin in Iowa's low-turnout caucus. Just 4 of New Hampshire’s 10 counties will likely comprise 75% of the primary electorate. Dante Scala, University of New Hampshire, joins Kyle Kondik and Carah Ong Whaley to offer a guide to which New England hamlets offer the best clues to the outcome on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Kyle also discusses among which key demographic groups Donald Trump did better in Iowa’s low-turnout 2024 caucus compared to 2016.
    Links in this episode
    A Roadmap for the New Hampshire GOP Primary Big Iowa Win Confirms Trump’s Stranglehold on GOP

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Customer Reviews

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DrDK2 ,

Feb 11 Episode was Pathetic

Not sure which man was discussing abortion and the election but he was so ignorant. He interviewed 15 Trump supporting women and seemed shocked they didn’t know Trump was responsible for overturning Roe. Trump supporters are in a cult. Facts are irrelevant to them. Biden is emphasizing Roe to motivate his 2020 and new voters, not to convince Trump supporters. I had to stop listening to this podcast because the “pundit” didn’t have any understanding of who he was “analyzing.” And certainly zero insight. Pathetic.

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Makes sense of the madness

Know that I have shared this podcast, and in fact links to the UVA Miller Center for politics, with so many friends and family, Republicans and Democrats alike, especially when they ask: “I don’t know what to believe” or “Where can I find good news?” In these turbulent times, thoughtful and measured people across the spectrum are calling for calmer heads to prevail. Listening to “Politics is Everything” is a great start. Frankly, it’s how I wish all news was presented: just the facts, letting us form our own opinions.

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