Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics

Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics

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Deconstructed with TJ O’Hara and Special Guest the Honorable David M. Walker
Apr 26 • 27 min
The Honorable David M. Walker joins T.J. O’Hara on Deconstructed to discuss the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus.‍Mr. Walker served as the former Comptroller General of the United States and the former CEO of the United States Government…
National Security Threat Whistleblower Blake Percival Releases Tell-All Book
Mar 2 • 27 min
The former Director of Fieldwork Services for USIS, Blake Percival, joins IVN’s Principal Political Analyst, T.J. O’Hara, on Deconstructed to discuss his new book, “Holding On To Integrity And Paying The Price – A Whistleblower’s Story.” Mr. Percival…
Saving Our Republic Through Nonpartisan Political Innovation
Dec 4, 2019 • 30 min
NANR Executive Director Jim Jonas interviews honorary NANR Co-Chair Katherine Gehl, former CEO of Gehl Foods and co-author of the groundbreaking Harvard Business School report, “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America.” Gehl and Jonas…
Why Do We Deny 30 Million Citizens Their Right to Vote?
Oct 16, 2019 • 47 min
NANR Executive Director Jim Jonas interviewed two guests in October. The first was Debilyn Molineaux, co-founder and executive director of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund. Bridge Alliance is a diverse coalition of more than 90 respected, established…
Bipartisan Collusion: The Two-Party Schemes that Kill Political Competition
Oct 2, 2019 • 39 min
There are two political narratives in American politics: One side with a million reasons to “impeach 45.” The other side with a million reasons why calls for impeachment are just another partisan sham. Those who step outside these narratives risk being…
“There’s Something Rotten in Denmark!”
Sep 18, 2019 • 48 min
NANR’s Executive Director interviews two guests this month. First up, John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries, activist and strategist with more than 25 years of experience working in independent, alternative and reform politics. John discusses how the…
Giving Millions of Citizens A Better Way To Vote
Sep 4, 2019 • 36 min
New York City voters could soon adopt a fairer, more empowering, and more representative voting method in November, while other states look to join Maine in making history with ranked choice voting in 2020. In this episode of “Toppling the Duopoly” host…
Suing Both Parties
Aug 21, 2019 • 42 min
The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers’ (NANR) 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…
Unbreaking America: How Just 3.5% of Americans Can Defeat a Rigged Political System
Aug 7, 2019 • 22 min
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, 2019 • 29 min
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, 2019 • 32 min
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, 2019 • 2 min
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, 2019 • 0 min
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, 2019 • 17 min
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, 2019 • 20 min
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, 2019 • 25 min
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, 2019 • 4 min
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, 2019 • 28 min
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, 2019 • 17 min
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, 2019 • 21 min
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, 2019 • 36 min
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, 2019 • 29 min
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, 2019 • 36 min
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, 2019 • 14 min
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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 • 27 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…
First-Time Candidate With Independent Credentials Could Surprise U.S. Senate Race
Jun 4, 2018 • 10 min
California U.S.Senate candidate James Bradley is certainly an outlier. He’s a first-time candidate, he has an independent streak, but is running as a Republican, and the polls show he has a real chance of making the top two. Some polls even have him in…
Independent Muscle: The Three June 5th Election Predictions You Won’t Believe
May 31, 2018 • 26 min
Jeff Powers is joined by Steve Peace, author of California’s top-two primary election, Cadee Condit, public affairs and Sacramento expert, and T.J. O’Hara, IVN political analyst, ‘Deconstructed’ podcast host, and former independent presidential candidate.
Generation “I”: CO Candidate Says Millennials Will Dismantle Two-Party Duopoly
May 25, 2018 • 3 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths recently spoke with Peter Smith, a 26-year-old independent candidate running in State Senate District 32. Peter’s district voted overwhelmingly for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. Yet party…
California Republican Says He’ll Bring Direct Democracy to Congress
May 22, 2018 • 28 min
In the latest episode of “Deconstructed,” IVN Principal Political Analyst TJ O’Hara talks with Republican California congressional candidate Michael Allman. Michael, running in California’s 52nd Congressional District, is the first candidate to run for a…
CA Dem. Sen. Bob Hertzberg on Independent Voters, the Data Privacy Fight, More
May 22, 2018 • 11 min
California’s Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg sits down with IVN to discuss independent voters, the BIG fight for Data Privacy, and being the target of anti-Semitism.
Could One Independent Become the Most Influential Politician in Colorado?
May 15, 2018 • 36 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths recently interviewed Steve Peterson, who is running as an independent for Colorado State Senate District 30. Peterson is in a unique position because if the current political makeup holds — which it likely will…
Maine Voters Dismiss Both Parties in Fight Against Establishment
May 8, 2018 • 30 min
T.J. O’Hara, the host of Deconstructed, is joined by Kyle Bailey, the campaign manager of both Maine’s ranked choice voting and Terry Hayes for Governor. The two discuss the history (and struggle) of ranked choice voting in Maine, the benefits of RCV,…
Ballotpedia Gets Creative with Words for Your Own Good
May 7, 2018 • 39 min
What happens when you marry a passionate group of pro-voter Americans to an encyclopedia? You get Ballotpedia. The non-partisan online political encyclopedia provides Americans with what almost no government public information officer or website seems…
San Diego County Taxpayers Association: CCAs Represent Huge Risk For City of San Diego Taxpayers
May 1, 2018 • 25 min
San Diego County Taxpayers Association: CCAs Represent Huge Risk For City of San Diego Taxpayers by Independent Voter Podcast
Opponent: Sheriff Gore Botched Major “Murder” Case; Silencing Truth Through Retaliation
Apr 27, 2018 • 22 min
Opponent: Sheriff Gore Botched Major “Murder” Case; Silencing Truth Through Retaliation Candidate for SD County Sheriff, Dave Myers, Unloads on the Incumbent
Facebook Helped us Communicate, But Not Collaborate
Apr 27, 2018 • 47 min
I sat down with Erin Mazursky, Founder and CEO of Rhize, to talk about her work as a movement builder and her experience as a Florida Obama for America organizer in 2008. It was a fascinating conversation. We discussed the distinction between…
Get Civil With It: Orgs and Citizens Gather This Week to Talk Politics
Apr 25, 2018 • 28 min
T.J. O’Hara,the host of Deconstructed, is joined by two guests this week to discuss their work between the partisan political space, Debilyn Molineaux and Cheryl Graeve. The two discuss their organizations activities in the pursuit of expanding civil…
“Higher” Education: How to Fix Our Schools By Ending the War on Drugs
Apr 25, 2018 • 3 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths takes a little break from the reform movement and independent revolution to talk education spending, a hot button issue across the country right now. Specifically, Shawn talks with Arizona libertarian…
An Opportunity to Reengage in Political Conversation: National Week of Conversation
Apr 25, 2018 • 11 min
Jeff Powers spoke with a couple of the organizations involved in this week’s National Week of Conversation, which runs until April 28th! Pearce Godwin with Listen First and Sandy Heierbacher with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation join…
Dem. Rep. Scott Peters on Immigration, Conor Lamb, and Common Ground with President Trump?
Apr 24, 2018 • 15 min
Dem. Rep. Scott Peters on Immigration, Conor Lamb, and Common Ground with President Trump? by Independent Voter Podcast
“Hollywood for Ugly People”: Independent Candidate Gets Candid About DC Corruption
Apr 23, 2018 • 2 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with millennial independent Cooper Nye, who is running for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. The two discuss Cooper’s candidacy, the failings of the two major parties, his support for the American…
SDSU West Campaign Strategist Tom Shepard on SoccerCity lawsuit: “Shows their desperation.”
Apr 19, 2018 • 6 min
SDSU West Campaign Strategist Tom Shepard on SoccerCity lawsuit: “Shows their desperation. The lawsuit is just plain stupid and frivolous”
Interview: Lawmakers Join Powerful Coalition to Cure America’s Toxic Political Environment
Apr 18, 2018 • 2 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths recently spoke with Cheryl Graeve, the national community organizer for the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NCID). NCID is one of 100 organizations sponsoring the National Week of Conversation — a project…
Former CA Legislator Steve Peace on the Data Industrial Complex
Apr 13, 2018 • 31 min
Former CA Legislator Steve Peace on the Data Industrial Complex by Independent Voter Podcast
The $1.3 Trillion Mistake: How Our Two Political Parties Have Mortgaged Our Children’s Future
Apr 9, 2018 • 28 min
T.J. O’Hara,the host of Deconstructed, is joined by David Walker again. The two breakdown the omnibus spending bill versus restoring, improving the traditional appropriations process, the continuing resolutions approach, the effectiveness and non-partisan…
Tim Canova: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Has Spoiled the Democratic Party
Apr 9, 2018 • 28 min
IVN Election Reform Editor Shawn Griffiths spoke with Progress for All founder and law professor Tim Canova recently to discuss his independent campaign against Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has been embroiled in scandals and…
It’s Electric! The Battle Over Who Controls Your Energy Choices in San Diego is Escalating
Apr 4, 2018 • 22 min
Climate and CCA Champion Nicole Capretz Gets Candid with IVNSD…
EXCLUSIVE: Independent Businessman Greg Orman Takes on Both Parties in Run for Governor
Mar 27, 2018 • 32 min
T.J.’s guest is Greg Orman, an independent candidate for governor in Kansas. Orman discusses how his business background makes him well-suited for governing and problem solving, his refusal to take PAC or special interest money, the breakdown Orman’s 5…
Listen to the people. They don’t trust the status quo.
Mar 15, 2018 • 47 min
Katie Fahey, President and Treasure of Voters Not Politicians, is leading an effort to establish a citizen’s redistricting commission in Michigan. She and her team have built a statewide network of donors and volunteers who gathered over 400,000…
DisUnion: One Teacher Stands Up for Her Financial Free Speech
Mar 13, 2018 • 17 min
From her classroom to the Supreme Court. After 28 years teaching in California schools, Rebecca Freidrichs came to the end of her rope. Feeling bullied by teacher’s unions into supporting political causes and candidates she disagreed with she filed suit…
Learn to Love an Addict: Breakdown the Opioid Crisis with an Addict’s Mother
Mar 12, 2018 • 30 min
This week T.J. is joined by Debra Hanby, the mother of an opioid addict who found her life’s purpose through her son’s experience. T.J. is the host of ‘Deconstructed,’ formerly titled ‘A Civil Assessment.’ The two discuss the story of Debra’s son, David…
Social Security Maternity Leave? Say What?
Feb 28, 2018 • 17 min
Hadley Heath Manning, Policy Director for The Independent Women’s Forum pitches her organization’s new idea for maternity leave. It’s budget neutral if you can believe it! It’s got the stamp of approval from Ivanka Trump and Senator Mark Rubio (R). We…
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Severe & Pervasive (Plus the Grey Area in Between)
Feb 20, 2018 • 31 min
T.J. O’Hara is joined by Associate Dean Sandra Sperino from University of Cincinnati College of Law. The two discuss sexual harassment within the context of our current socio-political environment, and within the context of Title VII, as well as the…
Washington Isn’t Broken…It’s Fixed!
Feb 15, 2018 • 56 min
John interviews Katherine Gehl, author of the Harvard Business School report titled “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America,” and takes questions from callers. John and Katherine go deep on how the political duopoly stays afloat and…
California Republican Says: More Money, More Political Problems
Feb 6, 2018 • 30 min
TJ is joined by John Cox, the leading Republican Candidate for Governor in California. The two explore California’s economic dilemma and his solutions with regard to tax rates, the business environment, unfunded pension liabilities, poverty, etc, as well…
The Battle for New York: Larry Sharpe Steps to Andrew Cuomo
Feb 2, 2018 • 36 min
In the New York governor’s race, Larry Sharpe is ahead of the Republicans in fundraising. He says he’s shaping the 3.0 version of the Libertarian Party and that it’s totally possible to oust Andrew Cuomo. He’s also kicked off fundraising with crypto. The…
Silent Giant: The Man Who Removed Steroids From MLB
Jan 31, 2018 • 14 min
Silent Giant: The Man Who Removed Steroids From MLB by Independent Voter Podcast
Want to Change Politics? Get Involved in Local Elections
Jan 18, 2018 • 28 min
This week on A Civil Assessment we welcome back both the award-winning election journalist an election fraud expert Lulu Friesdat and Florida Congressional candidate Tim Canova. These two discuss election fraud in federal elections including their…
Tony Manolatos Talks CCA’s and The Ballot “Mess” of 2018
Jan 16, 2018 • 13 min
Host Jeff Powers talks San Diego politics with Public Affairs and Communications Strategist Tony Manolatos.
UT Political Reporter Michael Smolens On Issa Bombshell, Convention Center Expansion Tactics
Jan 12, 2018 • 14 min
UT Political Reporter Michael Smolens On Issa Bombshell, Convention Center Expansion Tactics by Independent Voter Podcast
His Time Has Come: Libertarian Nick Sarwark says Phoenix Mayoral Seat is His
Jan 9, 2018 • 22 min
What do you do when you’ve had enough of the two-party system and suddenly the mayoral seat in the city of Phoenix opens up? According to Nick Sarwark, you throw your hat in the ring and run for mayor! He’s a Libertarian with plenty to say about the…
Anti-Corruption Leader Says 2018 Is Big Year to Unrig the System
Jan 3, 2018 • 28 min
T.J. O’Hara is joined by Josh Silver. Josh is a veteran election and media reform executive. He was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections ballot initiative, and is the cofounder and former CEO of Free Press, a leading media…
City Councilman Mark Kersey Gets Candid on Short Terms Rentals and Council Battles
Dec 21, 2017 • 14 min
Councilman Mark Kersey discusses the San Diego City Council, his 2018 wish list, and concerns that labor is now in control of the city’s political future.
Former GOP Chair, Dem Congressman Join Forces to Elect Indies
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
T.J. O’Hara is joined by Brian Baird, former U.S. Representative and co-founder of Washington Independents (http://www.waindependents.org/). The two discuss the partisanship and dysfunction in the legislatures and congress, the Centrist Project and their…
Lenny Mendonca Talks About Challenging Both Parties to Move California Forward
Dec 4, 2017 • 29 min
This week, T.J. O’Hara is joined by Lenny Mendonca on the IVN podcast, A Civil Assessment. Lenny Mendonca is a Senior Partner Emeritus from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a…
Dem. Congressman Scott Peters Supports Eliminating SHUSH Fund
Nov 27, 2017 • 16 min
Dem. Congressman Scott Peters Supports Eliminating SHUSH Fund by Independent Voter Podcast
Meet the Man Who Almost Brought together the Kochs & Soros
Nov 21, 2017 • 31 min
Stephen Erickson joins host T.J. O’Hara on this week’s podcast to discuss his latest book, “What Would Madison Do? The Political Journey Progressives and Conservatives Must Make Together.” The two delve into key issues raised in the book, the parallels…
San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez Talks Homelessness, Housing and His Future
Nov 17, 2017 • 22 min
San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez Talks Homelessness, Housing and His Future by Independent Voter Podcast
Lawyer Explores the Second Amendment through Sex & Race
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
T.J. O’Hara is joined by Verna Williams, Interim Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at University of Cincinnati College of Law. Verna published a Law Review article titled “Guns, Sex, and Race: The Second Amendment Through a Feminist Lens,” where she…
Councilmember Barbara Bry: Short-Term Rentals, Homelessness, SoccerCity
Oct 16, 2017 • 12 min
Councilmember Barbara Bry: Short-Term Rentals, Homelessness, SoccerCity by Independent Voter Podcast
San Diego’s Homeless Crisis Through a Filmmaker’s Eyes
Oct 9, 2017 • 16 min
San Diego’s Homeless Crisis Through a Filmmaker’s Eyes by Independent Voter Podcast
Council Pres. Pro Tem Mark Kersey Talks Homelessness, Chris Cate and Short-Term Rentals
Oct 6, 2017 • 13 min
Council Pres. Pro Tem Mark Kersey Talks Homelessness, Chris Cate and Short-Term Rentals by Independent Voter Podcast
Lawrence Lessig Talks About Taking the Electoral College to Court
Sep 26, 2017 • 35 min
T.J. is joined by two prominent election reform attorneys: Lawrence Lessig with Equal Citizens and Chad Peace with the Independent Voter Project. They discuss their latest reform lawsuits and projects, breaking down each case into its ‘elevator pitch’.…
SD City Councilman Talks About Embracing a Legal Marijuana Industry
Sep 14, 2017 • 8 min
IVN editor Jeff Powers interviewed District 3 Councilman Chris Ward on a the city’s legalization of marijuana.
‘Seven Years in Guantanamo’ Co-Author discusses Interplay of Humans Rights and Terrorism
Sep 11, 2017 • 26 min
Daniel Norland joins host, T.J. O’Hara on this week’s episode. Dan is best known locally as a history teacher at a San Diego school, and nationally as the editor of Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo, the story of two Algerians detained…
Congressman Peters: Election Reform, DACA, and the Need for Independence in D.C.
Sep 5, 2017 • 17 min
In a wide ranging interview with IVC President Chad Peace and IVN editor Jeff Powers, US Representative Scott Peters (D-Calif.) spoke on a number of subjects as he ended his August recess.
Civility on Facebook?! Jeff Rasley Shows Us It Isn’t Just a Fairytale
Aug 29, 2017 • 31 min
T.J. O’Hara is joined by author and attorney Jeff Rasley. Jeff performed a small Facebook experiment concerning civility. The two discuss this experiment, the post-election conversations that take place on social media, “silos of the like-minded,” and…
Hacking the Vote: Lulu Friesdat Explains How It’s Really Been Done
Aug 14, 2017 • 30 min
This week on A Civil Assessment we meet the award-winning election journalist Lulu Friesdat. T.J. and Lulu discuss her history reporting on elections, her documentary “Holler Back” about voters who were not voting in 2005, the annual tech conference DEF…
Elon Musk: How Your Investment Made his Empire
Aug 9, 2017 • 10 min
Read more about Elon Musk and Tesla here: https://ivn.us/2017/08/09/elon-musk-how-your-investment-made-his-empire/
Independent Insurgence? Centrist Project to Challenge Duopoly; Support Nonpartisan Candidates
Jul 31, 2017 • 30 min
Host T.J. is joined by Nick Troiano, executive director of The Centrist Project. The two discuss the latest endeavors of The Centrist Project, including projects in support of independent candidates across the nation, how independents could change the…
Financial Waste and Abuse: The Critical Cures for America’s Fiscal Crisis
Jul 17, 2017 • 32 min
T.J. O’Hara, IVN’s podcast host, is joined by David Walker. Dave served as the seventh U.S. Comptroller General, for the Clinton and Bush Administrations, as well as the head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Dave is currently running…
Toolbox Talk: Electing Judges
Jul 11, 2017 • 27 min
If you’re in the US, odds are good you’ll be voting for a judge or six this November. It’s hard, and _really_ different from electing a representative or executive. So how the heck do you do it? How do you judge your potential judges? If you want to be a…
Meet the Local Attorney Exposing DC-style Politics in America’s Finest City
Jul 5, 2017 • 29 min
This week, T.J. is joined by Adam Gordon, local San Diegan attorney, who previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. The two discuss election reform and criminal justice - including campaign…
Polling and Direct Democracy, WTF
Jun 27, 2017 • 38 min
Why are referendums ending up so different from how polls suggest? From Brexit to the FARC peace deal, there have been some shockers in referendums: the polls have very much gone one way, and the results another. So what the heck is going on? In this…
IVN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Meet the Man Battling Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Jun 15, 2017 • 33 min
T.J. O’Hara, IVN’s podcast host, is joined by Tim Canova. Last year, Canova ran against then-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in South Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. Canova announced on Thursday June 15 that he intends to run against Wasserman…
Podemos, Trump, and the Populist’s Path to Power
Jun 13, 2017 • 60 min
If we want to learn a little bit more about Trump’s path to the Presidency, we can look to recent history. It’s not actually totally unprecedented. Spain, going through its own very tough economic times, has vaulted the populist-left Podemos to the fore,…
Information Overload: Gene Cubbison Decodes Politics in the Digital Age
Jun 6, 2017 • 31 min
This week host T.J. O’Hara is joined by Gene Cubbison. Gene is the host of the show, “Politically Speaking.” The two discuss the impact technology has on access to information and news, political journalism, the media’s interaction with political parties,…
Free Speech in America
May 30, 2017 • 50 min
Free speech protests have popped up in campuses across the United States over the past few years, and everyone is getting their word about it in, even President Obama. You may or may not yet feel strongly about this. No matter where you stand, now’s the…
“Rising Star”: Author of New Book Discusses Obama’s Road to the Presidency
May 23, 2017 • 31 min
T.J. O’Hara interviews David Garrow on his new book “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” released this month. David discusses Barack before his political career takes off, and the choices he makes that lead to ex-president we see today. Regarding…
The Electoral College: WHY!?
May 16, 2017 • 24 min
ReConsider, by Xander Snyder and Erik Fogg, is a syndicate of IVN.us. “Politics, but we don’t do the thinking for you.” Listen to more ReConsider Podcasts: www.reconsidermedia.com/podcast/. But seriously, why on earth do we have the Electoral College?…
IVN EXCLUSIVE: First Chief Admin of House, Scot Faulkner, Talks DC Corruption
May 8, 2017 • 33 min
This week host T.J. O’Hara is joined by Scot Faulkner. As the first Chief Administrator of the U.S. House of Representatives, Scot delves into his expertise in applying private sector practices to the federal government, in order to “do more with less” in…
Education in America, Pt II
May 2, 2017 • 47 min
After busting some myths about US education performance and its causes, we interview renowned SF Teacher of the Year Lana Corda to understand some of the challenges facing one of the toughest school districts in the country. We learn a lot about the…
Scott Rasmussen, Culture Leads and Politics Lags: The Decentralization of American Society
Apr 25, 2017 • 35 min
This week host T.J. O’Hara is joined by Scott Rasmussen. T.J. discusses Scott’s February article “Do We Have a Legitimate Government?” and what that could mean. They delve into the regulatory state, how culture leads and politics follows, and the…
Education in America, Pt I
Apr 19, 2017 • 25 min
How’s the US education system performing relative to other countries? How can we improve our own performance? There are many opinions and narratives about what to do, and in this episode, Xander and Erik dive into the data to understand which hold water,…
The Centrist Project to #HackTheSenate for Independents
Apr 11, 2017 • 33 min
This week host T.J. O’Hara is joined by the Centrist Project’s executive director, Nick Troiano. The two discuss Nick’s 2014 run for U.S. House of Representatives, the bipartisan policy campaign The Can Kicks Back, and the Centrist Project’s latest…
More Than Two Parties: The Green Party Reinvents Itself
Mar 28, 2017 • 27 min
This week meet the party that believes power starts from the bottom up. Host T.J. O’Hara is joined by the Green Party National Political Organizer Adrián Boutureira. The two discuss the Green Party’s core philosophies, and what’s next for the Green Party.…
More Than Two Parties: The Libertarian Party’s Core Issues & Take on Current Events
Mar 14, 2017 • 33 min
This week meet the party whose mantra is “good ideas don’t have to be mandatory.” Host T.J. O’Hara is joined by the Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. The two discuss the Libertarian Party’s core principles; where the party stands in…
Everything You Need to Know About the Big Case Against the CPD
Feb 28, 2017 • 30 min
Join T.J. O’Hara, an internationally recognized author, speaker and strategic consultant, for his new podcast, A Civil Assessment. This week T.J. talks with Alexandra Shapiro, the attorney who successfully argued against the Federal Election Commission in…
Battles to De-Rig Elections, from San Diego to Maine
Feb 17, 2017 • 28 min
Join T.J. O’Hara, an internationally recognized attorney, author, and speaker, for his new podcast, A Civil Assessment. This week T.J. sits down with an electoral reform advocate in Nevada and founder of Nevada Election Reform and Modernization Act, the…
Drain Sacramento? The Race for California Governor Could Be Historic
Jan 19, 2017 • 14 min
Are Democrats taking California for granted? Special guest Mindy Tucker-Fletcher joins us this week on Beyond Partisan Politics to talk about the potential for a Golden State surprise.
The Immigration Battle: DACA Dreamers Voice Concerns Over Trump
Jan 11, 2017 • 22 min
DACA Dreamers in California are voicing concerns over possible immigration actions President-elect Trump might make to the program. In this edition of the Independent Voter Podcast, Jeff Powers speaks with a DACA recipient and a representative of Alliance…
Trumps Tweets and Calexit
Dec 20, 2016 • 24 min
This week on IVN’s podcast we discuss how the president-elects use of twitter and how it could impact businesses with Dr. Wendy Patrick. We also chat with Katy Grimes, journalist with FlashReport.org on how California readies for battle against the new…
Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?
Dec 5, 2016 • 24 min
IVN discusses the merits and faults of the electoral college after public opinion supports abolishing the system and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer proposes a bill to do just that. Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?
Independent Voters and the Election of Donald Trump, with special guest Gary Condit
Nov 11, 2016 • 50 min
This week our roundtable discusses the Donald Trump presidency and how the mainstream pundits are out of touch. Then (20:19) Jeff Powers interviews Gary Condit about his new book, Actual Malice, and his perspective on the election as the original blue-dog…
Women in Politics: HRC and the Glass Ceiling
Oct 26, 2016 • 21 min
This week we discussed what having a woman president could mean for women in politics and gender relations. We welcomed Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53), who discussed the effect HRC could have as a female role model, as well as the Pentagon’s order for…
Losing the White House: The Cost of Neglecting the Youth Vote
Oct 7, 2016 • 21 min
On this week’s Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Party Politics we sit down with recent San Diego State grad Dillon Roark to discuss student engagement in the election, then interview with Rock The Vote’s VP of Civic Engagement where to delve into the…
Intimidation Game: Establishment Parties’ Rough Rhetoric to Keep Defectors in Line
Sep 22, 2016 • 19 min
The Independent Voter Podcast looks at the rhetoric establishment parties use to maintain control, and interviews U.S. Rep. Scott Peters from California’s 52nd district on the rough party rhetoric, as well as local San Diego issues.
Is Homeland Security Taking Over Elections?
Sep 7, 2016 • 17 min
Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics discusses why election reform isn’t a sexy news topic, and interviews POLITICO author Eric Geller on his article “Elections security: Federal help or power grab?”
How Political Parties Take Your Money
Aug 25, 2016 • 18 min
On this week’s Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics we discuss the worth of your vote, the ‘greatest evil’ election, and chat with Open Primaries’ Jeremy Gruber about how much money taxpayers spent on the 2016 party primaries.
Who Really Controls the Presidential Debates?
Aug 10, 2016 • 17 min
Independent Voter Podcast: Beyond Partisan Politics discusses the Commission on Presidential Debates. Guests include chairman of Level the Playing Field, with a lawsuit challenging the CPD’s rules, as well as legal strategist Chad Peace of Independent…