6 episodes

Welcome to SPF On Air — Voice of the Nation’s State Senate Leaders. The Senate Presidents’ Forum is excited to share this series of candid conversations with state senate presidents, private sector leaders, and experts from think-tanks and institutions across the globe. SPF On Air is a civics lesson, a sounding board, and a study of public policymaking all in one. Because we believe knowledge is the cornerstone of good policy, this podcast explores the priorities, proud moments, and the problems shaping the near future of our fifty states.

SPF On Air Senate Presidents’ Forum

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Welcome to SPF On Air — Voice of the Nation’s State Senate Leaders. The Senate Presidents’ Forum is excited to share this series of candid conversations with state senate presidents, private sector leaders, and experts from think-tanks and institutions across the globe. SPF On Air is a civics lesson, a sounding board, and a study of public policymaking all in one. Because we believe knowledge is the cornerstone of good policy, this podcast explores the priorities, proud moments, and the problems shaping the near future of our fifty states.

    Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson

    Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson

    Ep. 6:  Sen. Ferguson describes how a teaching gig (“the toughest job I will ever have”) led him to a career in the legislature. Fourteen years later, the lessons are still coming. 

    • 25 min
    ‘The Idaho Way’ with Sen. Chuck Winder

    ‘The Idaho Way’ with Sen. Chuck Winder

    Ep. 5:  Idaho is the second-fastest growing state — but is it all good news? Chuck Winder, President of the Senate, describes how a population influx has impacted the budget, schools, and dynamics in the Legislature.

    • 28 min
    New York’s Andrea Stewart-Cousins

    New York’s Andrea Stewart-Cousins

    Ep. 3:  "I don't take for granted being in the majority. Nothing is permanent.” Senator Stewart-Cousins discusses policy priorities and how she wants to use her time as Majority Leader and Senate President Pro Tem.

    • 24 min
    Sen. Lee Schoenbeck’s Rules of Behavior

    Sen. Lee Schoenbeck’s Rules of Behavior

    Ep. 4:  “You have to be an institutionalist,” says South Dakota's Lee Schoenbeck. "It does not matter what happens to you as much as what happens to your institution.” The Senate President Pro Tem talks with host Tom Finneran about accountability in the legislature and why communication is key.

    • 25 min
    Colorado Senate President Steve Fenberg

    Colorado Senate President Steve Fenberg

    Ep. 2: A downside of term limits is the loss of institutional knowledge among lawmakers — so who can a senate president turn to? Sen. Steve Fenberg of Colorado discussed this challenge and more in a substantive talk with host Tom Finneran, recorded at SPF's Summer Forum.

    • 18 min
    Sen. Robert Stivers on Values-Based Leadership

    Sen. Robert Stivers on Values-Based Leadership

    Ep. 1: “You can be flexible without compromising your values."SPF On Air launches with a compelling interview with Senate President Robert Stivers of Kentucky, interviewed by SPF’s Tom Finneran. Civility in the legislature, veto power, intra- and inter-party dynamics, and more are on the agenda in this far-ranging conversation.
     
    Ep. 2:  COMING SOON!  An interview with Colorado Senate President Steve Fenberg 

    • 23 min

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