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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.

    2024 Senate: Democrats Have a Lot of Defending to Do ft. Kyle Kondik

    2024 Senate: Democrats Have a Lot of Defending to Do ft. Kyle Kondik

    The Crystal Ball released its 2024 Senate Ratings this week. With 34 Senate contests, Democrats are defending 23 of these seats, while Republicans are defending just 11. That Democratic tally includes the 3 states with independents who caucus with the Democrats. In this episode, Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, provides an overview of the initial ratings and why Democrats will be playing defense. Links in this episode: Initial Senate Ratings: Democrats Have a Lot of Defending to Do Michigan’s Open Senate Seat: Democrats’ Swing State Retirement Drought Ends

    • 17 min
    A First Look at 2023 & 2024 Gubernatorial Contests Ft. J. Miles Coleman

    A First Look at 2023 & 2024 Gubernatorial Contests Ft. J. Miles Coleman

    J. Miles Coleman, Associate Editor of Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, discusses the 2023 gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi. Kentucky has a popular Democratic governor, and Republicans will likely retain control of the executive branch in Louisiana. In Mississippi, Democrats have not won a gubernatorial contest this century, but a credible Democratic candidate joined the contest last week. Miles also shares an early forecast of 2024 gubernatorial contests and predicts that North Carolina will be the most contested election.
    Links in this episode: 
    2024 Governors Races: A First Look The 2023 Governor Races

    • 22 min
    How the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attacks Impacted Politics ft. Luke Broadwater

    How the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attacks Impacted Politics ft. Luke Broadwater

    The biggest impact of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attacks was on public understanding to realize that it wasn't just a single day, says Luke Broadwater, a Congressional reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.  Broadwater has written hundreds of articles covering the causes and consequences of the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol and the House Select Committee’s investigation. 
    Prior to joining The Times, Luke worked for nearly a decade at The Baltimore Sun, where he covered the Maryland State House and Baltimore City Hall. He broke a story last year about a self-dealing scandal at the state's largest hospital system that resulted in the resignation of Baltimore's mayor and top hospital officials and the passage of sweeping reform legislation. That series of investigative articles won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting and a George Polk Award for political reporting.
    Links in this episode: 
    Jan. 6 Transcripts Detail Failures in Surveillance and National Guard Response January 6 committee wraps up, withdraws Trump subpoena Jan. 6 Transcripts Reveal Disagreements That Divided Trump Camp Jan. 6 Committee Withdraws Its Subpoena of Trump Jan. 6 transcripts shed new light on how Trump considered blanket pardons With Detailed Evidence and a Call for Accountability, Jan. 6 Panel Seeks a Legacy Inside the Jan. 6 Committee Jan. 6 panel’s final report blames riot on ‘one man:’ Trump The Capitol Police and the Scars of Jan. 6 How the Jan. 6 committee used TV tactics and dark humor in its case against Trump House Select Committee Archive (links to Final Report, Witness Testimonies and Hearings) 

    • 27 min
    ‘Our democracy is really at risk’ ft. Sandra Garza

    ‘Our democracy is really at risk’ ft. Sandra Garza

    For the second anniversary of the violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol, we spoke with Sandra Garza, a clinical social worker, veteran, and partner of Private First Class Brian Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who died of injuries sustained during the insurrection on January 6th, 2021. 
    Ms. Garza shares her experiences attending the House Select Committee hearings and what more needs to be done to achieve justice and accountability. She says everybody has a responsibility to ensure this never happens again. Ms. Garza is the plaintiff on a lawsuit filed on January 5, 2023 in the United States District Court in the District of Columbia against Donald J. Trump, Julian Khater and George Tanios for the wrongful death of Pfc Brian Sicknick. The lawsuit includes claims for relief for 1) wrongful death; 2) conspiracy to violate civil rights; 3) common law assault against Khater and Tanios, 4) Negligence Per Se against all defendants; 5) Aiding and Abetting Common-Law Assault (against Trump).
    On January 6, 2023, PFC Sicknick was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for having made “exemplary contributions to our democracy” and shown “courage and selflessness” around the events of January 6, 2021. The medal is one of the country’s highest civilian honors, given to American citizens deemed to have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” 
    PFC Brian D. Sicknick served with the United States Capitol Police from July 2008 until his passing in the line of duty on January 7, 2021 due to injuries sustained during the attack on the United States Capitol. PFC Sicknick spent the majority of his career with the department’s First Responder Unit, where he served as a mountain bike officer as well as a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit.
    Links in this Episode:
    Trump Is Sued in Death of Capitol Police Officer After Jan. 6 06/09/2022 Select Committee Hearing H.R.6943 - Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022 I can’t forgive the people who won’t admit my partner, Brian Sicknick, was a hero  The adverse childhood experiences questionnaire: Two decades of research on childhood trauma as a primary cause of adult mental illness, addiction, and medical diseases  Cult membership: What factors contribute to joining or leaving? President Biden Marks January 6 Anniversary  

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    The Case for Justice ft. Mark S. Zaid

    The Case for Justice ft. Mark S. Zaid

    On the second anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol, we talk with Mark S. Zaid, an attorney with a practice focused on national security law, freedom speech, constitutional claims and government accountability. Mr. Zaid represents Sandra Garza, the partner of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, in a new lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court on January 5, 2023 against Donald J. Trump and two rioters. The lawsuit includes claims for relief for 1) wrongful death; 2) conspiracy to violate civil rights; 3) common law assault against Khater and Tanios, 4) Negligence Per Se against all defendants; 5) Aiding and Abetting Common-Law Assault (against Trump). Mr. Zaid also represents U.S. Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn and Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, and represented Julie Farnam, the Acting USCP Director for Intelligence who warned in the intelligence assessment before the insurrection, dated January 3, 2021 that warned, "Bottom line. Protestors ... plan to be armed." 
    Mr. Zaid discusses the lawsuit, representing law enforcement, the politics of investigating the January 6, 2021 attacks on the Capitol, and the ongoing consequences of the attacks.
    Links in this episode: 
    Mark Zaid on Twitter https://markzaid.com/ Whistleblower Aid Capitol Police intelligence official says she sounded alarm about potential violence days before January 6 riot Inside the Capitol Cops’ Jan. 6 Blame Game Democrats' pick for the top staffer on the January 6 Capitol attack investigation sends an ugly message to potential witnesses Whistle-blower advocates call for a top aide on the Jan. 6 panel to be removed. Aide to Capitol Riot Inquiry Is Accused of Whistle-Blower Retaliation

    • 46 min
    McCarthy’s Headaches & What Rebels Want

    McCarthy’s Headaches & What Rebels Want

    There has not been multiple ballots in a speaker election in 100 years, as Kyle Kondik wrote for the Crystal Ball earlier this week. On Thursday, January 5, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California offered new concessions to a group of conservative Republicans that have prevented him from winning the majority of votes needed to secure Speaker of the House. Mr. McCarthy has not yet been able to lock in the 218 votes he needs to win the Speakership. In the seventh, eighth, and ninth rounds of voting, held on Thursday, 20 Republicans voted for other candidates, and one voted “present.” 
    In this episode, we discuss what the House election for Speaker and McCarthy’s detractors tells us about the Republican governing coalition and what might be in store for the 118th Congress. 
    Links in this Episode: 
    The Political Profile of McCarthy’s Detractors McCarthy, Santos, and a Tenuous GOP Majority

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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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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Enjoyed some of the discussions when the podcast first started but unfortunately one of the recurring panelists is really hard to understand which makes the podcast difficult to listen to. It’s not his fault but it gets really frustrating. Sometimes the overall sound quality/mixing is not very good either. Appreciate everyone who tries to deliver fair and balanced political content in the podcast space, but I don’t think this one will be among my regular listens.

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