Election 2020: Democratic & Republican Challenges, Election Systems, Constitutional Changes, Optimism about the Future?

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In this final installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss the challenges facing the Democrats and Republicans as well as how they can address them, potential changes to elections, if people’s faith in elections can be restored, suggested changes to the American political system, and our optimism (or lack thereof) about the future of American politics.

2020 Presidential Election by County in 3D (Doc’s Recommendation)

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Trump Pardons Flynn, Transition, SCOTUS Religion Order, The Economy & COVID

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Mike & Jay start off the show discussing President Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn, which they both agree was justified. Then it’s a discussion of the transition from the Trump to Biden administration and their thoughts on the people Biden has named to top positions so far. After that they look at the Supreme Court’s recent order on New York’s restrictions on religious gatherings due to COVID as well as the potential for another round of COVID relief in the Trump administration.

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What The Founders Learned from the Greeks & Romans and Why It Matters Today

Mike talks with Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Ricks about his latest book First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks & Romans and How That Shaped Our Country.
Topics covered in their discussion include:
  • how the 2016 election led Ricks back to ancient Greece & Rome
  • why we should care about what a small number of Dead White Males thought
  • the three big things the Founders were wrong about
  • the influences of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison
  • what the Founders would have thought about modern campaign finance
  • why modern Americans shouldn’t panic
  • the importance of waking up Congress
  • whether we can (or should) return to the vision of the Founders
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Election Stealing, Presidential Transition, COVID Stimulus, Judy Shelton

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This week Mike and Jay lead off with Rudy Giuliani —  dangerous demagogue or tinfoil hat on top of a bad dye job? Then its on to the unenviable position of the GSA “ascertaining” which candidate is “apparently successful.”  That’s followed by thoughts on if and when the congressional COVID response shows up and Judy Shelton and Fed independence.

Presidential Transition Act of 1963

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Election 2020: Georgia Runoffs, Biden Priorities, Gridlock & 2022, What We’ve Learned

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss the upcoming US Senate runoff elections in Georgia, top priorities for a Biden administration, legislative gridlock & the 2022 midterm elections, whether Joe Biden and Donald Trump are too old to run again, and what this election has taught us about American politics.

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Runoffs, Mike Pompeo, ACA

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This week Trey and Ken are joined by Mike and start by discussing the US Senate runoff elections to be  Georgia on January 5. They also discuss the ongoing election fallout, including a recent comment by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concerning an easy transition to a second Trump term. Ken and Mike disagree over the extent of the  damage done by Donald Trump before all three hosts move on to discussing the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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This Week’s Recommendations:

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Balance: Meditation & Sleep App

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Do It! and Growing up at 37. Jerry Rubin
The Trial of the Chicago 7. Netflix

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The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of ModernityEugene McCarraher 

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Election 2020: The Aftermath, Part II

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss President Trump’s legal challenges in battleground states, potential Justice Department involvement in investigating allegations of vote fraud, if President Trump should concede, how claims of fraud might affect the perceived legitimacy of a Biden administration, and lots more.

Attorney General Barr’s memo to US Attorneys on vote fraud investigations.

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Election Analysis, Lessons for Republicans and Democrats

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This week, all of the Politics Guys hosts get together for a discussion of where things stand four days after the election, how well the system worked, what Republicans can learn from what looks like the loss of the presidency, and what Democrats can learn from the gap between their high expectations and modest electoral results.

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Election 2020: The Aftermath (Part I)

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss another big popular vote win for the Democrats coupled with an (as of now)  too-close-to-call Electoral Vote, younger voters going overwhelmingly for Biden, the enthusiasm gap between Trump and Biden, Democratic bias in the polls and how that might have actually hurt Biden, how the campaigns have reacted so far, and what Democrats, Republicans, and the media can potentially learn from this election.

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Barrett Confirmation, SCOTUS Election Rulings, 2020 Election

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After some suggestions about how to deal with a tough election loss – something nearly half of all voters will experience in the near future – Mike and Jay open the show by discussing the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, followed by a look at some important election-related rulings the Court has made this last week. Then they turn to the election, discussing who they think will win and what to make of all the conservatives who have made a case for not supporting Donald Trump in 2020.

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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. Gordon Wood
Life on the Mississippi. Mark Twain

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