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Air Date: 10/23/2018

Today we take a look at various strategies, some institutional and some organizational, for the left to take back power and steer the country back toward small D democracy

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Ch. 1: Talking with progressive leaders on taking back power - We the People with Nina Turner - Air Date 8-13-18

As mid-term elections near, Nina Turner talks with actress and activist Susan Surrandon, political leader Kimberly Ellis and political activist Jim Hightower about what actually makes America great, and what we can change to improve it.

Ch. 2: Should Blue States Make Voting Mandatory? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-03-17

Author and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan joins the show and discusses the notion of compulsory voting.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in NC, TX, & VA! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: Ranked Choice Voting vs The Corrupt Establishment - @RepresentUs - Air Date 3-14-17

What if you never had to vote for the lesser of two evils again? Ranked Choice Voting is a small tweak that would be a huge step towards fixing our broken elections.

Ch. 5: Why ranked-choice voting is a terrible idea - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-18

Brad discusses why, although he is sympathetic to the reasoning behind ranked-choice voting, he prefers the alternative of approval voting for the sake of simplicity.

Ch. 6: Outvote - Getting Dem Friends to Vote: There's an App for That - WNYC - Air Date 8-28-2018

Two Boston-based engineers developed an app that enables people to nudge their friends by text to tell them to go vote. With Outvote, the text comes from someone you know instead of someone you don't.

Ch. 7: David Faris on how and why to fight dirty - Chapo Trap House - Air Date 5-27-18

Political scientist David Faris discusses his book “It’s Time To Fight Dirty”. Faris outlines all the ways a slim democratic majority could and should shortcut norms and the constitution to build enduring power.

Ch. 8: Joe Dinkin of Working Families Party and building progressive infrastructure - The Dig (@thedigradio) - Air Date 10-21-17

Joe Dinkin, of the Working Families Party, discusses the promise and pitfalls of fighting within the Democratic Party.



Ch. 9: Thoughts on Choice as a litmus test - Matthew from Central Valley of Northern California


Ch. 10: Final comments on how to be pro-choice without moralizing and the need to add vote-by-mail to our list of progressive demands







All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

Early Voting Information by State


North Carolina

NC-09: Dan McCready

Red to Blue NC-09

NC-13:Kathy Manning

Red to Blue NC-13


TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Red to Blue TX-07

TX-32: Colin Allred

Red to Blue TX-32


VA-02: Elaine Luria

Red to Blue VA-02

VA-07: Abigail Spanberger

Red to Blue VA-07

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 




Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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