A new series brought to you by Issue One that dives into political reform with a conservative lens. It follows our host Weston Wamp — millennial Republican and former candidate for Congress — as he shines a light on the swampiest practices in Washington that repulse Republicans and Democrats alike: Slush funds in Congress, dark money in elections, gerrymandered districts, foreign interference in our elections, dialing for dollars, and more. Voices from the left and right are accompanied by leading reformers who discuss bipartisan solutions to fixing the broken political system and how to take back our government. Swamp Stories is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what's broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of everyday life, including the way many Americans are voting. Because of this, people have increasingly begun to wonder about delayed election results, or contested outcomes, or even the possibility that a candidate may not concede. But in the middle of all this, a group of well-respected Americans has come together to defend the integrity of our elections, ensure that every American's vote is counted this November, and instill confidence that we can hold a safe, secure, and successful election this year — just like we did through both world wars and another pandemic. Listen to Weston speak with two of them in this episode.
19. Recounting 2000
This year, many Americans are worried that the 2020 elections will be contested, chaotic, and drawn out, leading to comparisons with the infamous 2000 Bush vs. Gore election that was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court.
Weston sat down with Leonard Downie Jr., Executive Editor of the Washington Post during the 2000 election, to unpack what happened in 2000, what if any parallels there are to this year's election, and how politics and journalism has changed since 2000.
18. Conversations: Justin Giboney
This is the second episode in a periodic series of conversations between Swamp Stories host Weston Wamp and leaders in the political reform movement.
This week, AND Campaign’s Co-founder Justin Giboney joins Weston to discuss the intersection of faith and politics, separating identity from political party, and how people of faith can put their faith in action in this election and beyond.
17. Setting the Record Straight
Running an election amidst a pandemic presents historic challenges — a problem made even more difficult by a new and unprecedented controversy about absentee voting, a well-established method of casting a ballot which is expected to double this election. Voters on both sides of the aisle are left wondering what the facts are, and whether or not we'll be able to trust the outcome because of it.
Host Weston Wamp sets the record straight by talking with two election experts about absentee voting, fraud, and the Post Office’s ability to handle the increase in mail-in ballots.
Bonus Episode: "People of Faith: Engage 2020"
Issue One leaders hosted “People of Faith: Engage 2020,” a virtual summit that examined the intersection of faith and democracy, and explored the role the faith community can play in fixing our broken political system.
A unique bipartisan group of over 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials has come together to build off their experiences while in office and advocate for solutions to fix our broken political system. Weston chats with a few of these ReFormers about their time in Washington, their personal swamp stories, and what they’re doing to help increase transparency, improve civic participation, and make our political leaders more accountable to the American people.
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Insightful, Detailed & Easy Listen
I've listened to every episode. Most episodes 2 or 3 times. I was referred to this podcast by a lady who works at followthemoney.org, and I have to say it's one of the best recommendations anyone has ever given me. This podcast teaches you a lot about how the swamp works. Little loopholes and shady practices. Each episode is only 18-25 minutes, and it honestly flies by. If I could rate this podcast 50 stars, I would!
The swamp is deep
Weston Wamp has an insider perspective of the deepest and darkest excesses of the government. This podcast is worth a listen!
Blue or red, the government is not working for the people when it is hiding in swamp shadows
Weston Wamp shines light on the dark corners of the DC swamp. He calls out corrupt behavior of both blues and reds. If you care about self-government, you should listen regularly.