Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics

Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics

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Suing Both Parties
Aug 21
Our first podcast features two topics: first, on data for nonpartisan reform groups. We welcome Paul Westcott from L2 political to provide an update on data and modeling, as well as how NANR’s relationship with L2 can help level the playing field with the…
Unbreaking America: How Just 3.5% of Americans Can Defeat a Rigged Political System
Aug 7
In the latest episode of Toppling the Duopoly, an Independent Voter Podcast, host Shawn Griffiths and his guest talk about a short RepresentUs film starring Jennifer Lawrence that gets to the heart of all the political problems in the US, and what YOU can…
Ross Perot: The Legacy of an Independent Candidate
Jul 24
Russ Verney and David M. Walker join Deconstructed’s host, T.J. O’Hara, to discuss the political legacy of H. Ross Perot. Mr. Verney was a top advisor and spokesperson for Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential campaign in which Mr. Perot garnered 19% of the…
How Our Political Duopoly Suppresses Your Right to Vote
Jul 10
We have come a long way as a country in terms of securing and protecting voting rights in the US. Still, the fight continues to give all voters, regardless of party affiliation, equal access to all stages of the taxpayer-funded election process. Touro Law…
IVP Attorney: Why Not Give Independent Voters a Meaningful Choice in Presidential Elections?
Jun 27
Independent Voter Project (IVP) attorney Chad Peace joined public radio host NPR’s Libby Denkmann on KPCC 89.3 to discuss the confusing and unconstitutional semi-closed presidential primary in California and IVP’s nonpartisan solution to fix it.
California RNC Rep Says He Supports IVP’s Solution to Unrig CA’s Presidential Primary
Jun 27
California Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel was included in the latest episode of KPCC’s “AirTalk” to discuss the Independent Voter Project’s (IVP) public ballot solution to California’s confusing and unconstitutional presidential…
NPR Partner Features IVP’s Nonpartisan Fix to CA’s Confusing Presidential Primary
Jun 27
Independent Voter Project attorney Chad Peace was featured on KPCC’s “AirTalk” to discuss IVP’s nonpartisan solution to California’s confusing and unconstitutional presidential primary: the public ballot. Initially proposed ahead of the 2016 presidential…
The Fight To Make The Presidential Debates Competitive
Jun 26
Level the Playing Field Chairman Peter Ackerman joined our podcast to discuss the efforts to allow more than just two-party candidates to compete for President. Ackerman noted, “Instead of 15% based on 5 inaccurate polls, if anyone collects signatures…
Homeland Security’s Role In 2020 And Ending Voter Confusion In CA’s Presidential Primary
Jun 19
Worried about election security? Does the party-focused primary system leave you confused about your voting rights? Will we run into the same issues we saw in 2016 that disenfranchised and frustrated millions of voters in 2020? In the latest episode of…
NPP Voter Education: Sacramento Registrar Preparing For “Big Undertaking”
Jun 5
NPP voters in California are likely going to be confused when their ballot arrives for the March 2020 presidential primary as they will have no option for president. Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Courtney Bailey talks about the huge effort…
SMART Elections: Reaching Across the Political Spectrum to Secure The Ballot Box
May 29
Is it time to dump hybrid voting machines? A new nonpartisan election integrity watch guard group, SMART Elections, wants to make sure the election security issues that continue to come up nationwide in elections don’t happen again. “Deconstructed” host…
Giving 6 Million CA Citizens Their Right to Vote in the 2020 Presidential Primaries
May 22
California is headed for a disastrous presidential primary in 2020. Nearly 6 million registered citizens are denied a meaningful vote. Half a million voters have no idea they are registered with a third party, meaning they cannot cast a ballot for any…
UT Columnist Michael Smolens Talks Mark Kersey and Solving the CA NPP Ballot Issue
May 7
San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Michael Smolens joined us on the IVN Podcast to discuss City Councilman Mark Kersey going independent, the battle to expand the convention center, and the need to reform the CA primary ballot so NPP voters can select the…
A Brief History of the Rigged Presidential Debates
Apr 24
US voters have overwhelmingly said they want a third candidate in presidential debates. As we look ahead to 2020, it seems the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates will deny them the opportunity once again.. IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths and…
Has Joe Biden Missed His Window of Opportunity?
Apr 18
Kitty Kurth joins T.J. O’Hara to discuss Joe Biden’s potential presidential run, how he might be challenged, and by whom. They also discuss a few political issues that are specific to Chicago but that have national implications: Jussie Smollett’s…
Unrigging America’s Failing Political Industry
Apr 4
IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with RepresentUs Co-Founder Joshua Graham Lynn about the 2019 Unrig Summit, which celebrated a historic year in political and election reforms during the 2018 midterms. Shawn and Josh break down the 3-day event, the key…
Howard Schultz: The Centrist Savior In Our Political Crisis?
Apr 3
In this special episode of “Toppling the Duopoly,” we air the one-on-one interview Independent Voter News Editor Shawn Griffiths had with former Starbucks CEO and potential independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz. It’s an interview you won’t get…
A Million Dollar Reform to Unrig Our Elections?
Mar 15 • 26 min
IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with Center for Election Science Executive Director Aaron Hamlin about a new voting method that he says would ensure no candidate is ever a spoiler and every vote counts. It’s called approval voting, and it was adopted for…
Tim Canova on the Fall of Democracy in Florida’s 23rd District
Mar 5 • 28 min
Tim Canova joins T.J. O’Hara to discuss election integrity and the threat it faces in today’s environment of big money, political power, and electronic voting. Tim is a law professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, who twice challenged…
Gathering Leaders of a Historic Nonpartisan Revolution
Feb 27 • 17 min
“If we don’t band together to unrig the system, there will not be a country passed to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren…” The largest gathering of nonpartisan activists, organizations, reformers, mixed with plenty of entertainment, is happening in…
Does ‘The Perot Legacy’ Apply to Howard Schultz?
Feb 25 • 28 min
Pat Benjamin, author of “The Perot Legacy: A New Political Path,” discusses Ross Perot’s two presidential campaigns with T.J. O’Hara and what elements might apply to Howard Schultz’s potential presidential bid. Pat was a member of Ross Perot’s “inner…
Introducing A Less Destructive Presidential Primary
Feb 13 • 41 min
IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths discusses a new bill in New Hampshire with Equal Citizens communication strategist and author Adam Eichen that would implement ranked choice voting in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. There is an emerging mainstream…
College to Congress: Getting low income, high-achieving students internships on the Hill
Feb 4 • 28 min
CEO Audrey Henson and her team are disrupting the way internships on the Hill are staffed. They’ve created a pipeline for top students who have overcome major adversity, and who lack valuable connections, to gain access to these valuable internships.…
A Mainstream Appetite to End Dysfunctional DC Politics
Jan 30 • 28 min
“There is such an appetite and an interest and a growing mainstream recognition that if we don’t fix our system, we’re going to get the same crappy results out of Washington.” In the first episode of Toppling the Duopoly, IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks…
A look at the 2020 Race for San Diego Mayor with UT Columnist Michael Smolens
Jan 29 • 14 min
UT Columnist Michael Smolens joined IVN San Diego’s Jeff Powers to discuss the 2020 Mayoral race. The 2020 primary has been moved from June to March so the candidates are quickly ramping up their campaigns. Smolens shares his views on Councilwoman Barbara…
Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie Tells IVN: “The Gatekeepers are Gone.’
Dec 6, 2018 • 28 min
Reason Magazine is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The first issue of this well-known libertarian monthly publication was printed in 1968. It was the brainchild of a 20-year-old Boston University Student named Lanny Friedlander. As you may guess, the…
“Sour Grapes”: Maine Rep Asks Judge for Do-Over Election after Loss
Nov 30, 2018 • 70 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” independent author Wes Messamore, IVN Business of Politics Editor Lindsay France, and IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths discuss the latest development in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where US Rep. Bruce Poliquin…
Judge Denies GOP Rep’s Effort to Subvert Voters’ Rights
Nov 16, 2018 • 58 min
IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths and IVN Author Wes Messamore take the Friday before Thanksgiving to talk about civility among Americans, and the ability to forgive and lend a hand to those in distress, exemplified by Lt. Commander Dan Crenshaw’s response to a…
The Frivilous Lawsuit Against Maine Ranked Choice Voting
Nov 13, 2018 • 37 min
In this special episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths and IVN Author Wes Messamore discuss breaking news out of Maine, where US House Rep. Bruce Poliquin has filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop the ranked choice voting count in his…
Polling in 2020: The Industry’s Problem with White, Rural Voters
Nov 10, 2018 • 0 min
The following is a IVN Byte from the Business of Politics episode, “Mishaps of Polling: What the Midterms Taught Us.” Polling expert and president of Ipsos Public Affairs, Cliff Young says that current polling methods are like using a saw when you should…
Hold On to Your Seats: This Wild Election Is Not Over Yet
Nov 9, 2018 • 42 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths and IVN Author Wes Messamore discuss the elections that have still yet to be called, and the controversies arising that could drag these races out longer. Meanwhile, a US House race will…
Mishaps of Polling: What the Midterms Taught Us
Nov 9, 2018 • 24 min
Polling expert and president of Ipsos Public Affairs, Cliff Young says that current polling methods are like using a saw when you should be using a screwdriver. While it’s become tougher to measure white, less educated, exurban Americans, the need to find…
Independent Candidate On The Cusp of History in California
Nov 7, 2018 • 76 min
In a special episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths and IVN Author Wes Messamore discuss the history made in the 2018 midterm elections, and what it means for independent-minded voters going forward: An independent candidate is on the cusp…
Midterm Recap With Union-Tribune Columnist Michael Smolens
Nov 7, 2018 • 17 min
Michael Smolens discusses the reason Measure G won. The shock of how little support Measure E (SoccerCity) received. The historical election of two city council incumbents losing. The changing face of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. And the…
The People vs The Politicians: The Most Overlooked Story in American Politics
Nov 5, 2018 • 18 min
This segment was pulled from the last full episode of “In Full Color,” which would could find here: https://soundcloud.com/independent-voter-podcast/election-day-madness-and-a-nationwide-voter-revolt-heres-what-to-expect-on-november-6 IVN Editor Shawn…
Midterm Madness and a Nationwide Voter Revolt: Here’s What to Expect on November 6
Nov 2, 2018 • 61 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths is joined by IVN author Wes Messamore and IVC Media President Chad Peace to talk about what is on everyone’s mind: Election Day. In the episode, the three discuss a GOP secretary of…
The Flip Side Flips the Script On Media Bias
Nov 1, 2018 • 15 min
Still hungover from the fallout of the 2016 elections, meaning the media circus and partisanship which divides the country, two campaign operatives, one Democrat, one Republican formed The Flip Side. It’s your daily digest of op-eds and analyses from…
Ammar Campa-Najjar’s Consultant Talks the Fight to Win the 50th
Nov 1, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode of Deconstructed, TJ O’Hara sits down with Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist, author, and political commentator. Trippi has worked on some challenging campaigns, like Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, and now, Ammar Campa-Najjar in California’s…
CALmatters’ Dan Walters Talks November Election
Oct 29, 2018 • 22 min
Will Democrats Get Their Supermajority? Will Moderate Republicans survive the Democrats onslaught? Should voters be concerned if Democrats run the table November 6th? And Dan Walters says John Cox’s gubernatorial campaign has been one of the worst run in…
Donna Frye On Her Endorsement Of SDSU West
Oct 26, 2018 • 9 min
For a large number of voters, the opportunity to reimagine and remake the river park in Mission Valley is the most critical, important piece of the initiative puzzle. The fact that environmental and community leader Donna Frye is now supporting the SDSU…
Mail Bombs, Tulsi 2020, and Kavanaugh Revenge: This Week In Nonpartisan News
Oct 26, 2018 • 70 min
Mail bombs spark national partisan-driven blame game; Tulsi Gabbard considers 2020 presidential run; Republicans support a far-left Senate candidate over Dianne Feinstein; and history is being made under nonpartisan election reform. In this episode:…
What ‘Brand’ do Trump, Cruz, and Millennials have in common?
Oct 23, 2018 • 25 min
In this edition of Deconstructed, TJ O’Hara chats with Bonnie Siegel, founder of Political Branding Associates. A well-known and respected brand strategist, Bonnie has more than 30 years experience bringing brands to market, dedicating her career to…
Innovative Tech: Planting the Democratic Seed in Classrooms
Oct 23, 2018 • 9 min
Taking home the 2018 Civvy Award in the National category, iCivics is using new technology to teach school children what democracy is, and how to keep it. Benjamin Franklin would be impressed. American Civic Collaboration Award winners represent…
In the Hot Seat: Kids Become a City Council
Oct 23, 2018 • 8 min
What do you get when you combine a few ambitious kids living in a small rural Alabama Community who are bent on getting things done the right way? You get the Montevallo Junior City Council, winners of the 2018 Civvy Committee’s Choice award! Abigail…
Bridging the Divide with Faith
Oct 23, 2018 • 12 min
Recipient of the 2018 Civvy Award in the Local category, InterFaith Works is dedicated to addressing deeply embedded social divisions. Based in Syracuse, New York, some notable recent achievements include bridging the divide of understanding between the…
First Vote! Civvy Award’s Winner Talks Kids and Ballots.
Oct 23, 2018 • 12 min
Recipient of the Civvy Awards for Youth, First Vote NC is built around a person’s first experience with a ballot, and as you might guess that’s a young person’s vote. American Civic Collaboration Award winners represent outstanding examples of…
Weekly Independent Roundup: The Top 5 Stories In Nonpartisan News
Oct 22, 2018 • 7 min
In a special episode of In Full Color, IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths breaks down the top 5 news stories in nonpartisan news just two weeks ahead of the midterm elections. The nation’s only independent governor suspends his bid for re-elections, while an…
5-Star Ballots: A Way to Vote Your Conscience Without “Throwing Away Your Vote”
Oct 19, 2018 • 24 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths discusses a new voting method with Sara Wolf, campaign manager for STAR Voting for Lane County in Oregon that could change the way we look at elections. Imagine you could rate candidates…
League of Women Voters San Diego Talks November Election
Oct 17, 2018 • 13 min
The League of Women Voters San Diego is once again providing the community with important recommendations on ballot measures and candidates. Jeanne Brown is the Program Chair with the League and joined us on the IVN Podcast.
CALmatters Dan Walters Goes On The Record
Oct 15, 2018 • 18 min
He’s been covering politics for nearly 50 years, many of those in Sacramento. CALmatters columnist Dan Walters joins IVN Editor Jeff Powers to discuss the 2018 November General election, a look at California.
“Vote for Us, or Else DOOM!” It’s Time to Reel In the Hyperbole
Oct 12, 2018 • 31 min
In the swamp, no one’s hands are clean. It’s nearly a full week since the end of the Kavanaugh confirmation process, and many voters are glad it is over with. No matter where you stand on his confirmation, how partisan the process has become is an…
Ballotpedia & IVN: Midterms By The Numbers
Oct 10, 2018 • 19 min
IVN’s Lindsay France, and Ballotpedia’s Sarah Roser discuss major California ballot measures, important cases hitting SCOTUS, and independent candidates who are gaining steam on the national stage. Lindsay and Sarah compare IVN’s new stats and…
Measure H ~ San Diego Unified School Board Term Limits
Oct 9, 2018 • 2 min
Measure H will be a closely watched local contest. It contemplates term limits for members of the San Diego Unified School Board. UT Columnist Michael Smolens shares his thoughts on the measure.
Measures G&E ~ SDSU West and SoccerCity
Oct 9, 2018 • 7 min
Measures G&E contemplate what will become of the Mission Valley property. SDSU West and Measure G are pushing for higher education and an opportunity to expand its campus footprint. Measure E and SoccerCity are pushing for an entertainment district and…
Measure D ~ Full Voter Participation Act
Oct 9, 2018 • 3 min
Measure D will be a closely watched local contest. The Full Voter Participation Act will do for the County of San Diego what Measures K & L did for the City of San Diego in 2016. UT Columnist Michael Smolens shares his thoughts on the measure.
UT Columnist Michael Smolens Talks 50th Congressional District
Oct 9, 2018 • 5 min
The 50th Congressional District will be a closely watched national contest. Polls show a close contest between Republican Duncan Hunter Jr. and Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar are running. UT Columnist Michael Smolens shares his thoughts on the candidates and…
UT Columnist Michael Smolens Talks 49th Congressional District
Oct 9, 2018 • 4 min
The 49th Congressional District will be a closely watched national contest. Polls show a close contest between Republican Diane Harkey and Democrat Mike Levin are running. UT Columnist Michael Smolens shares his thoughts on the candidates and the race.
CA 2018 Podcast Election Roundup
Oct 9, 2018 • 29 min
Former State Senator Steve Peace joins IVN Business Editor Lindsay France and myself to break down the CA Governor’s race and the U.S. Senate race. Have a listen and check out our bold predictions!
A Conversation with Diane Harkey and 49th Congressional Race
Oct 8, 2018 • 13 min
Diane Harkey is a Republican running in the 49th Congressional District. Harkey joined us to talk about issues and answer why she is a better candidate for independent minded voters.
A conversation with State Superintendent Candidate Marshall Tuck
Oct 2, 2018 • 10 min
Marshall Tuck won the June Primary and is running against Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of California Schools.
HACKED: The Shocking Truth About Ballot Security
Sep 18, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest episode of “Deconstructed,” IVN Principal Political Analyst TJ O’Hara talks with Lulu Friesdat to discuss her most recent investigative report on election hacking from DEFCON. The two deconstruct the pressing issues with our current election…
Draining The Swamp: 9 Wins (And Counting)in 2018 to Unrig the System
Sep 11, 2018 • 20 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with RepresentUs Political Director Dan Krassner about the historic year for anti-corruption and political reform initiatives. So far, there have been 9 victories since January…
Sanders Outreach Coordinator: Superdelegates Have No Place in Legitimate Elections
Sep 5, 2018 • 0 min
During an interview with former Bernie Sanders staffer Nick Brana, he talks with IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths about the new DNC superdelegates rule and how party officials offered Sanders supporters “crumbs.” Be sure to check out the full interview here:…
Predictit Offering Wager on Duncan Hunter Jr.
Aug 31, 2018 • 7 min
The site is weighing in on the Duncan Hunter Jr. situation, where Hunter and his wife have been indicted for misusing campaign funds. Predictit asks the question: Will Duncan Hunter be re-elected to the House of Reps from CA’s 50th district?
Two-Party Duopoly and the “Facade of Democracy”
Aug 29, 2018 • 0 min
“The Democrats and Republicans, you can think of them as two different brands — you know, Kellogg’s and Cheerios— but they’re owned by the same parent company.” In my interview with former Bernie Sanders political outreach coordinator and founder of the…
Sanders Outreach Coordinator: Bernie In Danger of Losing Independent Cred
Aug 29, 2018 • 0 min
During his interview with IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths, former Bernie Sanders Political Outreach Coordinator Nick Brana said if Sanders continues down the course of appeasing the Democratic establishment and forsaking his ideals of change, then he will lose…
Feeling ‘Berned’: Party Officials Who Rigged The Game in 2016 Decide New Rules for 2020
Aug 28, 2018 • 32 min
In the latest episode of In Full Color, IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with Nick Brana, who was the national outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Nick returns to the podcast to talk new DNC rules. You won’t want to miss the full interview as…
Independents’ Litmus Test Going into November?
Aug 24, 2018 • 0 min
Independent Voting President Jackie Salit discusses the key role giving all voters equal participation in elections will play as independent voters head into November and look ahead to 2020. What do you thinks? Leave us a comment.
CA MONOPOLY: Independent Candidate Steve Poizner Gets Candid
Aug 23, 2018 • 0 min
I sat down with Steve Poizner at the Unite Summit in Denver Colorado recently to discuss his campaign. At the summit he was a featured speaker on the “Big Wins of 2018” panel. It’s no surprise as Poizner, an independent candidate for state insurance…
Poizner Paves The Way For independent Candidates in CA
Aug 23, 2018 • 12 min
I sat down with Steve Poizner at the Unite Summit in Denver Colorado recently to discuss his campaign. At the summit he was a featured speaker on the “Big Wins of 2018” panel. It’s no surprise as Poizner, an independent candidate for state insurance…
One on One with Pocket Change CEO Reyn Aubrey
Aug 23, 2018 • 10 min
Reyn Aubrey is the CEO of Pocket Change. PocketChange adds a simple micro-donation button to Facebook posts, so you can support any cause whenever you’re inspired.
Maine Independent Marty Grohman Sums Up Candidacy in 5 Words
Aug 22, 2018 • 0 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths interviewed independent Maine State Rep. Marty Grohman, who is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District. Marty and Shawn discuss why he chose to run as an independent, and the impact new voting…
Voter Revolt Takes Monumental Leaps in 2018
Aug 21, 2018 • 15 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths is joined by Independent Voting President Jackie Salit, who has spent the last several years advancing election reform policies and working outside the two major parties to effect change…
Voters Not Politicians: Michigan Citizens Score Victory in Anti-Gerrymandering Fight
Aug 14, 2018 • 19 min
In the latest episode of “In Full Color,” IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths is joined by Katie Fahey, the founder and executive director of Voters Not Politicians. Voters Not Politicians — which started from a single Facebook post — is a…
Former Sen. Tom Coburn: Ultra-Conservative or Ultra-Rational?
Aug 7, 2018 • 29 min
Dr. Tom Coburn, a former member of both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, joins host T.J. O’Hara on this edition of Deconstructed. He discusses the toxic political environment in Washington, D.C. and Congress’…
Investigation Launched: Vast Number of Voters Left Voiceless in Arizona County
Aug 7, 2018 • 20 min
IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with independent campaign manager and digital marketing expert Jenn Gray about a new voter suppression investigation she and her group, Arizona Independents United, are conducting in Maricopa County, Arizona. Gray believes…
Yes on Prop. 6 Gas Tax Repeal Leader Carl Demaio Joins IVN
Aug 1, 2018 • 9 min
Repealing the Gas Tax in California with the Yes on Prop. 6 is Demaio’s number one goal, but it’s the second, unintended piece of Prop. 6, that will likely garner national headlines.
Ranked Choice Voting: Giving Voters More Power in Massachusetts
Jul 30, 2018 • 1 min
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The Evolution of Finance: Crypto Rapper 88N8 talks Digital Currency
Jul 30, 2018 • 0 min
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“I Got That Digital Gold”: Crypto Rapper 88N8 Explains Digital Currency
Jul 27, 2018 • 24 min
“Put it on the Block Chain/ F*ck the fed we just laughing at em cause they can’t touch it/ All this ripple put a Ripple in my Central bank budget/.” Just a few Lyrics from 88N8’s “Digital Gold” Record. He joins me to discuss digital ledgers, central banks…
Is Massachusetts Carrying the Torch for Ranked Choice Voting?
Jul 26, 2018 • 18 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with Voter Choice Massachusetts Executive Director Adam Friedman about the expansive grassroots effort to get ranked choice voting passed in the state. Adam believes that ranked choice voting is the future…
Wanna Bet? Dem v. Dem General Election Could Oust 26-Year Incumbent US Senator
Jul 19, 2018 • 22 min
IVN teams up with PredictIt, the online Wall Street of politics and Ballotpedia to bring you the political hotspots across the nation and what outcomes people are wagering on. Want to head over to make your prediction? Use promo code IVN10 at…
Biggest Names In Independent Movement to Unite for August Summit
Jul 19, 2018 • 7 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths recently spoke with Unite America Executive Director Nick Troiano about the first-ever Unite Summit, which will feature big names in the independent movement, including Greg Orman, Neal Simon, Evan McMullin, and…
Cal3: Are Three States Better Than One?
Jul 18, 2018 • 27 min
In this edition of Deconstructed, TJ O’Hara chats with Peggy Grande. Grande worked by President Ronald Reagan’s side for 10 years, and together they created a powerful partnership. Now a keynote speaker, Peggy shares principles of leadership and…
Congressman Scott Peters Talks Censuring President Trump
Jul 17, 2018 • 8 min
Congressman Scott Peters’ Office Issued a News Release calling for Congress to Censure President Trump.
MedicatedUSA: A Father’s Mission To Solve His Daughters Disability
Jul 10, 2018 • 0 min
He wouldn’t quit until he knew the cause of his daughter’s developmental disability. His focus led to the discovery of Jordan’s Syndrome. In MedicatedUSA, Steven Moore talks with Jordan’s Dad, Joe Lang about his remarkable journey.
CA Sen. Bob Hertzberg Gets Candid On Landmark Privacy Initiative
Jul 9, 2018 • 0 min
IVN Exclusive: Sen. Bob Hertzberg, the author of the landmark Privacy Bill, on why it’s critical that the legislature get involved. Hint: Changes Coming!
MEDICATEDUSA: Does Your Child Have Jordan’s Syndrome?
Jul 6, 2018 • 38 min
Medicated USA editor Steven Moore chatted with Joe Lang, the father of Jordan Lang. Jordan has a rare genetic mutation that, after a painstaking process, was discovered by her father. Steven and Joe talk about the diagnosis and the path to curing Jordan.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg Gets Candid on Landmark Privacy Initiative
Jul 3, 2018 • 10 min
Sen. Bob Hertzberg talks about the California Consumer Privacy Bill, the changes coming to the bill before it goes into law in 2020 and the likelihood the privacy efforts will go nationwide.
The Dangers of Identity Politics with Dr. Lilliana Mason
Jul 3, 2018 • 26 min
In the latest episode of “Deconstructed,” IVN Principal Political Analyst TJ O’Hara talks with Dr. Lilliana Mason, author of the book “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity” and assistant professor of government and politics at the…
UT’s Michael Smolens Questions If The “Fair Voter Participation Act” Will Be On The November Ballot
Jul 2, 2018 • 0 min
IVN San Diego’s Jeff Powers chats with UT Columnist Michael Smolens on if politics could prevent the “Fair Voter Participation Act” from making the November ballot.
The Initiatives Edition with UT Columnist Michael Smolens
Jun 29, 2018 • 14 min
San Diego Union-Tribune Columnist Michael Smolens’ recent piece, ”Why San Diego’s marquee initiatives might not make the ballot” is a great read and raises a lot of important questions.
The Therapeutics of Reform
Jun 26, 2018 • 28 min
I spoke with Jennifer Bullock, the Founder of Independent Pennsylvanians and the Director of the Philadelphia Social Therapy Group. Jennifer talked about what it is like organizing independent voters while the political parties seem hell bent on driving…
District 8 City Council Race Down To The Wire
Jun 22, 2018 • 8 min
As the County Registrar counts more votes, the closer the race gets for second place in the District 8 City Council Race. Christian Ramirez, who is now just 32 votes behind Antonio Martinez for second place, joined the IVN Podcast.
Former Presidential Candidate Discusses Nation’s Preeminent Slumlord
Jun 19, 2018 • 29 min
In the latest episode of “Deconstructed,” IVN Principal Political Analyst TJ O’Hara talks with Dr. Lenora Fulani, American psychologist, psychotherapist, and political activist. Fulani is well-known for orchestrating programs that predominately serve…
Councilman Mark Kersey on Ranked Choice Voting, Airbnb Rentals and Amending the City Charter
Jun 15, 2018 • 20 min
Councilman Mark Kersey had much to say on changing the City of San Diego’s voting system to Ranked Choice. He and the mayor are working to amend the City Charter and streamline hiring practices, and he believes a modification or two might be needed to the…
DNC Proposes New “Loyalty Oath” to BERN Independents
Jun 14, 2018 • 28 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths recently spoke with Nick Brana, who is the former National Outreach Coordinator for the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, and is the founder of the Movement for a People’s Party. Shawn and Nick discuss a…
Dem Rep. Scott Peters on Immigration Reform, Single-Payer Healthcare and Ranked Choice Voting
Jun 14, 2018 • 11 min
Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA.) previews the huge immigration reform votes coming. Why he thinks single-payer healthcare will never work, and his thoughts on Ranked Choice Voting.
PredictIt is the Wallstreet of politics! Nerd time + money = love.
Jun 6, 2018 • 18 min
It’s a real-money binary-options prediction market that tests your knowledge of political events by letting you buy and trade shares. Literally, a prediction exchange on politics? I’m in! I sat down with Will Jennings, the man tasked with developing this…
Telemedicine: Lower Cost, Greater Access; Why Would Government Be Against It?
Jun 6, 2018 • 33 min
Saya Nagori is an eye surgeon whose company, SimpleContacts, allows healthy people to renew their contact prescription over the internet. It is less expensive and gives greater access for patients. Yet Nagori has to deal with 43 different state regulatory…