Ask The Politics Guys: Holding Politicians Accountable for Lies

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Tyler, in Los Angeles. Tyler asks, “Is there a way to hold our politicians responsible for the words that come out of their mouths? If we have a country where the majority of Americans believe a bunch of half-truths and lies perpetuated by our politicians, I believe it undermines our democracy. How can we make informed voting decisions when there is so much misinformation out there?

PG52: Trump!, Transgender Bathrooms, CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

This week, The Guys start off by looking at how Donald Trump – the Republican Party’s all-but-official nominee – got to this point, what he needs to do next, and what it means for the future of the Republican Party. Next, they discuss the Justice Department’s notice to North Carolina informing them that their recent no-transgender bathroom law is in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Finally, things get unusually heated when Mike and Jay come to entirely different conclusions about the merits of class-action lawsuits against big corporations.

Ask The Politics Guys: Are Liberals Smug?

Here’s this week’s Ask The Politics Guys question:  “I saw an article in Vox.com this week arguing that the smugness of liberals hurts them with voters? Do you think that’s right – are liberals too smug, and does their smugness cost them votes?”

PG51: Trump & Clinton Nearly Clinch, Texas’ Voter Law, Smart Guns, and The Textalyzer

This week’s show starts off with a look at the Democratic and Republican races. On the Democratic site, Hillary Clinton has all but put away Bernie Sanders, while Donald Trump continues his inexorable and, to some, inexplicable, run to the nomination. Next, the Guys talk about a challenge to a voter ID law in Texas which could keep over half a million registered Texans from voting in 2016. After that, Mike and Jay talk about President Obama’s recent push for so-called smart-guns. Finally, the Guys discuss the pros and cons of the ‘Textalyzer’ a new device that would allow police to see if accident victims had been using their phones moments before a crash.

Ask The Politics Guys: Should the U.S. Have Mandatory Voting?

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Perry, in Canberra Australia.

Dear Politics Guys, How might compulsory voting affect American politics? Is voting a civic responsibility, like, for instance, jury duty?

PG50: Presidential Races, Voting Felons, Congress Does Stuff, Earth Day

This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the state of the Republican and Democratic races following the big New York primary, as well as discussing the importance of building mailing lists and data-mining – two ‘boring but important’ things the Trump campaign hasn’t done much of to this point. Next they talk about the implications of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe granting over 200,000 felons the right to vote. Then it’s a look at what Congress has been doing lately – believe it or not, when nobody was looking, some actual bipartisanship seems to have broken out. Finally, the Guys talk about the signing of the UN Climate Treaty, followed by Jay’s thoughts about predictions on the state of the environment from previous Earth Days.

Ask the Politics Guys: Are Banks Still ‘Too Big To Fail’?

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Kate in Chicago.

Dear Politics Guys, What’s up with U.S. banks? After financial system reform, are they still too big to fail? And if they are, does that mean that if banks start to go under that Congress will use taxpayer dollars to bail them out again?

PG49: Verizon Strike, Tax Day, Presidential Races, Hamilton!

This week, the Guys start things off by looking at the big strike by Verizon workers. Surprisingly, Mike, who is usually ready to man the picket line with strikers, is feeling sort of sympathetic to Verizon (as is Jay, which is a lot less surprising). After that, they talk about taxes and some recent proposals to make them a whole lot easier. Then they look at the state of the Republican and Democratic presidential races, before ending with a report on the reprieve of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, thanks in no small part to the musical bearing his name.

Mini-Break

Mike’s at a political science convention, and so the Guys are taking a one-week break from the podcast. They’ll be back with a new Politics Guys on Sunday, April 17, and a new Ask The Politics Guys on Wednesday, April 20. In the meantime, you can always get a mini-dose of PG by checking out the Facebook page. There are also some PG interviews you might want to give a listen to:

Ask The Politics Guys: Trump, Turnout, and the General Election

Our Ask The Politics Guys question for this week comes from Jeff, in New York:

With Trump’s record turnout state after state, could the case be made that if he’s the nominee of the Republican Party they may lose moderate or “liberal” Republicans (if they still exist) but gain a huge segment of the population that until this point have not been active voters?