The political landscape keeps evolving. Leaders and all Americans have an obligation to keep up and stand up. The states are the laboratories of democracy. To know where America is going, we must continue to look to the states.Welcome to Gallantly Streaming, a smart and engaging podcast, brought to you by the State Financial Officers Foundation.
Interview: Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball
Derek Kreifels and Jonathan Williams interview Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball. Treasurer Ball has the unique distinction of being one of the few state treasurers in the U.S. that is also an attorney! Treasurer Ball has also several 'firsts' under her belt that you'll hear about. We also talk ESG and what went into her asking her state's attorney general for a legal opinion about the state's sole fiduciary duty statute and the specific question of whether or not "stakeholder capitalism" could be a legitimate factor when making investment decisions with commonwealth tax dollars.
Interview: Polish American Investigative Journalist Matthew Tyrmand
Vladimir Putin has led Russia into a bloody invasion of Ukraine. Millions of refugees have poured into Poland and other neighboring NATO countries in an attempt to escape the war. With a deep understanding of the region, Polish American investigative journalist Matthew Tyrmand has been on the ground in Poland and shares his first-hand account of his experience.
Interview: West Virginia Treasurer Riley Moore
Derek Kreifels and Jonathan Williams interview the 2021 SFOF 'Newcomer of the Year' award recipient, West Virginia Treasurer Riley Moore. Treasurer Moore has led several multi-state efforts to defend the state's economic well-being against the progressive attacks on fossil fuels and reliable energy. In late January 2022, Treasurer Moore rocked the public finance space by announcing he was divesting state investments from Blackrock. This was following Blackrock CEO Larry Fink's continued push for American companies to commit to carbon neutrality while doing everything in his power to cozy up to the Communist Party of China in the name of "stakeholder capitalism." Moore points out the hypocrisy of Fink as China pushes to build more than 40 new coal-fired power plants. And China continues to build coal-fired power plants at a rate that outpaces the rest of the world combined. In 2020, China brought 38.4 gigawatts of new coal-fired power into operation, more than three times what was brought online everywhere else.
Interview: Vivek Ramaswamy, Author, Woke, Inc., and Entrepreneur
Derek Kreifels and Jonathan Williams interview the newest champion of American exceptionalism, Vivek Ramaswamy, author of Woke, Inc. Ramaswamy has taken the freedom movement and cable news by storm making appearances on multiple networks and programs, with his smart, well-spoken, conviction of beliefs that sound the alarm against corporate activism and the threat crony capitalism poses to our democracy.
Interview: OpenTheBooks.com Founder Adam Andrzejewski
Derek and Jonathan sit with national transparency watchdog Adam Andrzejewski of OpenTheBooks.com for their first interview. Hear about how Adam got the idea to put "every dime, online, in real-time" and the current battle for transparency in the state of California.
Podcast Kick Off: Fall Financial Review
Derek Kreifels, Chief Executive Officer of SFOF and Jonathan Williams, Senior Policy Advisor to SFOF and Executive Vice President, Policy and ALEC Chief Economist join forces to discuss their take on the house passage of the BBB plan, the nomination for U.S. Comptroller, Saule Omarova, the IRS Snooping measure proposed earlier this year, as well as ways that the SFOF state leaders are pushing back against woke banks and corporate board rooms.