PG59: GOP Convention, Clinton’s VP, Voter ID Laws, Ailes Ousted, NBA & Charlotte

This week’s show starts with a look at the Republican National Convention. Things were calmer than expected on the streets but there was some controversy in the Quicken Loans Arena, thanks in large part to Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech. After discussing the convention, Mike and Jay talk about Hillary Clinton’s VP pick – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – followed by an important appeals court ruling on Texas’ strict voter ID law, Roger Ailes’ removal as CEO of Fox News, and the NBA’s decision to not hold the 2018 All-Star Game in Charlotte, NC because of a recently state law widely seen as anti-LGBTQ.

2 thoughts on “PG59: GOP Convention, Clinton’s VP, Voter ID Laws, Ailes Ousted, NBA & Charlotte”

  1. Hi Jay and Mike, I have a question about Peter Thiel. Why is no one talking about the fact that a man who seems to be against women’s suffrage was invited to speak at the RNC? “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women – two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians – have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.” I cannot for the life of me figure out why no one thinks that’s a big deal? Not that he espoused the opinion, but that he was allowed to speak at the RNC without explaining this opinion? Thanks for all you do!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Antoinette. Here’s a link to the 2009 commentary by Theil that is the basis of claims concerning his anti-suffrage views. My take is that Theil isn’t really against women having the vote. I believe what he wrote was certainly unclear and poorly worded. I can see where it could lead one to reach the conclusion that he is not a fan of women’s suffrage. I think is addressed in the explanatory addendum to his commentary, which you’ll find at the end of it. – Mike

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