Month: October 2017

10-25-17 – What Once Was Old Is New Again

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“A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation”  – Anon

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently said that in order to get on with the business of Congress he suggested, “All this stuff you see on a daily basis on Twitter this and Twitter that, forget about it”.  That would help but only if the Presidents’ Twitter feed was not tied to official statements made by him.

Why does this matter?

Because the President doesn’t just get into twitter feuds with Democrats and Party members. Some argue he, along with his administration are fundamentally changing the way we view our political system. Adele Stan, columnist for the American Prospect and winner of the 2017 Hillman prize for opinion and analysis journalism has been following the Trump administration since his candidacy. She will join me to talk about her analysis of the current administration and the ways in which they are changing democracy in the US.  The picture painted is troubling to say the least.

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10-18-17 – SPOTLIGHT: Justin Fairfax

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“I may have been born yesterday, but I stayed up all night” – Spike Lee

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I had the opportunity to meet Justin Fairfax, the Democrat running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia recently to discuss his positions on issues like education, healthcare, the economy and criminal justice reform and I am pleased to have him on the program. Fairfax, a native of the DC metro area, has been a public servant for over a decade.  From his official website:

“Justin has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, developing a keen insight into solving the challenges that face Virginia families todayAs an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Justin saw the power that law enforcement and criminal justice reform can have to keep communities safe, while providing appropriate second chances, saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and changing communities and lives…As Lieutenant Governor, Justin will work every day to build the foundation of economic and educational opportunity that every Virginian deserves and that will make our Commonwealth an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business.”

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10-04-17- Yes We Can

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“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” – Alice Walker

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If I can be quite honest, these last couple of weeks have been too much for me to take in and I needed a bit of self-care to deal with them. Hurricane devastation with response to the areas most affected lacking in empathy and action and a recent mass shooting with gun control not even part of the discussion makes me grieve while being angry with no appropriate measured response.  So I had to take some time.

Time to think.  Because chasing the shiny new piece of news rarely gets you the answers you are looking for or need. Ta-nehisi Coates recently wrote a piece on the president and many praised the detailed analysis and historical aspect of this presidency because he took his time before opining about him.

An administration many say remains tone deaf to the needs of it’s citizens. I can never stress how important it remains to vote for the elected leaders you feel will have your best interests at heart. Lives are literally on the line. Quentin James, co-founder of the Collective PAC, has been echoing that sentiment since he founded the organization a year ago.  I am pleased to have him on the program to talk about the work he has been doing to build black political power.

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