Election Ride Home

Election Ride Home

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The 2020 election news podcast, every day at 5pm ET. Who’s up? Who’s down? What issues are getting traction? 15 minutes and you’re up to date.


Special Podcast Announcement
Mar 16 • 3 min
Fri. 03/13 – What Will It Take To Win?
Mar 13 • 17 min
What do the polls spell for Tuesday’s primary elections? Everything Sanders and Biden each need to do to win the nomination, and once again, an update on how the coronavirus is affecting the election. Links:Election Ride Home on TwitterElection Ride Home…
Thu. 03/12 – Bernie Sanders the Unity Candidate?
Mar 12 • 20 min
Does Bernie Sanders have a unity strategy? Joe Biden hires Beto O’Rourke’s campaign manager and addresses the nation. Plus, who is Elizabeth Warren going to endorse and more ways the coronavirus is affecting the presidential race.
Wed. 03/11 – Sanders Is Never Gonna Give Us Up
Mar 11 • 18 min
Senator Sanders held a press conference to announce… that he is staying in the race. Biden won big in the elections last night, and voter turnout is looking bad for Sanders, but good for the democratic party.
Tue. 03/10 – Elections on Hard Mode
Mar 10 • 19 min
National polling continues to look up for Biden, a state-by-state breakdown of the day’s elections––plus, how election security and coronavirus are affecting the 2020 race.
Mon. 03/09 – Can the Bernie Brothers Pull Off a Win Tomorrow?
Mar 9 • 21 min
It’s not looking so hot for Sanders in Michigan, Biden is collecting endorsements like Pokémon and leading in national polls. Plus, a look ahead to tomorrow’s primary elections.
Fri. 03/06 – Joe Takes the Lead
Mar 6 • 16 min
Biden is surging in national polls, but the numbers are closer in some of the upcoming primary states––and why is it that so many black voters support Biden over Sanders?
Thu. 03/05 – Senator Warren Drops Out
Mar 5 • 16 min
Senator Elizabeth Warren has dropped out of the race, Biden is surging in Florida, the Sanders campaign is changing tactics, and a brief look ahead to the next primaries.
Wed. 03/04 – The Super Tuesday Aftermath
Mar 4 • 20 min
It’s the aftermath of Super Tuesday, Joe Biden exceeded expectations, Mike Bloomberg is out, and Elizabeth Warren is reassessing her options. Links:Election Ride Home on TwitterElection Ride Home on FacebookMike Bloomberg drops out of presidential race…
Tues. 03/03 – What’s at Stake on Super Tuesday
Mar 3 • 22 min
Super Tuesday is here! It’s endorsement central for Biden. We take a look at the Super Tuesday forecast state-by-state as well as nationally, and are we seeing a battle emerge between two factions of the democratic party?
Mon. 03/02 – Dropping Like Flies
Mar 2 • 19 min
Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, & Amy Klobuchar have dropped out of the race, but what happens if you already voted for them? Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary––and what does all of that mean for Super Tuesday? Which by the way is tomorrow.
Fri. 02/28 – Who’s Supersizing Their Campaign?
Feb 28 • 20 min
Trouble might be brewing for Bernie Sanders in California, a record-breaking Super PAC ad buy supporting a candidate you might not expect, a look ahead to Super Tuesday, and the return of Iowa, Iowa, Iowa!
Thu. 02/27 - Warren’s In for the Long Haul, Pinky Promise
Feb 27 • 15 min
A recap on last night’s CNN Town Halls, Sanders has overtaken Biden in polling with African American voters, but how are things looking state-by-state for upcoming primaries? Plus, Clyburn endorses Biden, and other endorsement, or opposition, updates.
Wed. 02/26 - The Democratic Debate Was a Hot Mess
Feb 26 • 20 min
A recap on the messiest democratic debate yet, Bloomberg’s on-stage blunders, some fact-checking of all that cross-talk, and a brief check-in on polls.
Tues. 02/25 - It’s All Kickin’ Off in Charleston
Feb 25 • 18 min
A recap of last night’s CNN Town Halls, a look at the latest NBC News/Marist poll, who’s endorsing who in South Carolina, and what to watch for in tonight’s democratic debate.
Mon. 2/24 – The Election Is Berning Up
Feb 24 • 17 min
The Nevada caucus results are in, candidates respond to Sanders’ lead, there might be Russian interference in the Sanders campaign, and a new poll shows Warren bouncing back.
Fri. 02/21 – ¡Viva Las Vegas!
Feb 21 • 19 min
Sanders is the clear favorite in Nevada, but the number two finisher is polling at a five-way statistical tie, the Wednesday debate was watched by a record audience for this cycle and helped candidates pull in piles of cash, Warren signals it’s ok for…
Thurs. 02/20 – Stop! Stop! He’s Already Dead!
Feb 20 • 20 min
Warren scores the best moment of the evening, maybe of all the debates in this election cycle, in an effective opening attack against Bloomberg, candidates besides Bloomberg do about their best in debates so far, recounting Bloomberg’s very bad night and…
Wed. 02/19 - Sanders Is Ahead, But “Who Cares?” (Quoth Bernie Sanders)
Feb 19 • 14 min
A recap of last night’s CNN Town Hall, an update on the polls, Bloomberg says he would sell his company if elected. Plus, what to watch for in tonight’s debate and Andrew Yang’s post-candidate career. LinksElection Ride Home on TwitterElection Ride Home…
Tue. 02/18 - Caucus Calculators
Feb 18 • 16 min
Bloomberg has qualified for the Las Vegas debate tomorrow night, Sanders continues his strong lead, an update on Nevada’s early caucusing, challenges for the candidates as the contest turns to African American and Latino voters, and is the media trying to…
Mon. 02/17 – Badda Bing, Badda Bloomberg
Feb 17 • 18 min
Sanders takes a more decisive lead and comes under increasing fire for his supporters’ or alleged supporters’ behavior, reporters and detractors keep unearthing more of Bloomberg’s past injudicious remarks and lawsuits against him and practices at his…
Fri. 02/14 - The Bloomberg Is Off the Rise
Feb 14 • 19 min
Warren goes after Bloomberg following the billionaire’s defense of redlining mortgages, a perfect foil for the progressive candidate, Sanders tries to reign in so-called Bernie Bros in Culinary Union attack, Republicans defend Pete Buttigieg after Rush…
Thu. 02/13 - South Carolina Looms Large Even with Nevada Next
Feb 13 • 17 min
Looking ahead to South Carolina, understanding the impact of Black voters, Klobuchar’s sudden rise to third, millions becomes billions in Sanders’ lexicon, a peek at Nevada caucuses, researchers claim a voting app has deep flaws, Gallup finds American’s…
Wed. 02/12 - Everything in Moderation
Feb 12 • 16 min
The takeaways from New Hampshire where Sanders won yesterday, how Black and Latino voters still need to weigh in on the nomination, and now there eight as three low-performing candidates exit the race. (And no Iowa.)
Tues. 02/11 - Don’t Take Them for Granite
Feb 11 • 18 min
New Hampshire goes to the polls today and candidates make their closing pitches, the race will likely stay crowded as seven or eight candidates have plans to keep moving until Super Tuesday and beyond, Bloomberg begins to appear nationally viable and…
Mon. 02/10 - A Basket of Debillionaires
Feb 10 • 16 min
The key moments from Friday’s debate, attacks between candidates rise in New Hampshire, a brief fundraising update, the latest and last polls from New Hampshire in advance of tomorrow’s primaries, and Iowa, always Iowa, Iowa, Iowa.
Fri. 02/07 – If It Ain’t Brokered, It’s Fixed
Feb 7 • 18 min
New campaign narratives emerge in New Hampshire following the muddle in Iowa, including, shudder, the chance of a brokered convention, the 8th Democratic candidates’ debate is tonight in New Hampshire, another Iowa recap, and Joe Walsh leaves the GOP…
Thu. 02/06 – Schrödinger’s Caucuses
Feb 6 • 21 min
Fundraising becomes key with a murky Iowa outcome and Super Tuesday looming, Sanders had a big January haul, a dust up over Super PAC spending, more, yes, more, on Iowa, the upcoming DNC debates, and a new Department of Justice policy on starting…
Wed. 02/05 – Caucus Results 75% Loaded Please Wait
Feb 5 • 19 min
Iowa precincts are now reporting on Monday’s caucuses, but results are still incomplete, Biden goes on the attack in New Hampshire, Biden is well behind Sanders in New Hampshire polling but maintains a national lead, more on the app that sunk the Iowa…
Tues. 02/04 – Caucuses Will Continue Until Morale Improves
Feb 4 • 18 min
The meltdown in reporting results of the Iowa caucuses, no need for conspiracy theories in what went wrong, how the app was largely responsible, what the candidates are saying about the lack of results, and a very brief impeachment update.
Mon. 02/03 – Everyone’s a Winner
Feb 3 • 20 min
The Iowa caucuses take place this evening and candidates have made their final appeals, fourth-quarter fundraising and spending figures released, a couple of sour notes in Iowa, the qualifying thresholds for the 9th democratic debate on Feb. 19, and the…
Fri. 01/31 – The Gloves Come Off
Jan 31 • 19 min
The gloves are off in Iowa as leading candidates bash each other, lower-polling candidates are going to be pressed in that state for their supporters to shift allegiance, an exit from the race, Super PACs go to war, mostly against Sanders, and the…
Thu. 01/30 – Election Junction, What’s Your Function?
Jan 30 • 17 min
Everyone could be a winner in Iowa, let’s talk electability and Sanders, Bloomberg spends big on a gun-control ad, the impeachment trial could end tomorrow, and a stamp now is a stamp forever.
Wed. 01/29 – Funny, You Don’t Look Hotdish
Jan 29 • 18 min
In Iowa, Biden floats a deal to Klobuchar, a Pro-Israel Democratic Super PAC airs anti-Sanders ads in that state, Bloomberg spends tens of millions of dollars on healthcare-related advertising, Buttigieg’s campaign has trouble listening to staff people of…
Tues. 01/28 – I Owe Ya a Visit, Iowa
Jan 28 • 20 min
The last dash for relevance in Iowa, while three of the top five candidates are stuck in the Senate impeachment trial in D.C., a Republican senator tries to throw shade on Biden and he revels in it, the latest poll, jockeying for senate seats this fall,…
Mon. 01/27 – Biden and Sanders Vie for the Top
Jan 27 • 23 min
An update on the Democratic candidate campaign narrative, piles of new polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, other states, and nationally, Yang qualifies for the next DNC debate, Bloomberg speaks out against anti-Semitism, people with disabilities still face…
Thu. 01/23 – You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinion
Jan 23 • 19 min
Three of the top five Democratic candidates are stuck in D.C. while the other two campaign in Iowa, a fresh New Hampshire poll puts Bernie Sanders well ahead of the pack, Hillary Clinton clarifies she’ll support any nominee, Social Security and Medicare…
Wed. 01/22 – No Surprises, Yet
Jan 22 • 19 min
Two new national polls show the race remaining about the same, Buttigieg takes advantage of absent senators in campaigning in Iowa, reviewing the rules for the next Democratic candidate debate, the latest impeachment update as the Senate trial commences,…
Tues. 1/21 – Can the Dems Sing Kumbaya?
Jan 21 • 20 min
Democrats link arms at a MLK, Jr., march, Sanders apologizes to Biden over corruption accusation by a surrogate, how the first four primary states cast ballots, Hillary Clinton disses Sanders in an upcoming documentary series, the New York Times splits…
Fri. 01/17 – Legislative Flips and Literal Push-ups
Jan 17 • 15 min
Democrats plan to flip state legislature before redistricting, the impeachment update, how senators plan to campaign during the impeachment trial, Tulsi Gabbard challenges a voter to a push-up contest—and you will not be surprised who won, a Republican…
Thu. 01/16 – Here Comes a Hot Mess in Iowa
Jan 16 • 18 min
The impeachment update, the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders exchange, Andrew Yang’s staff has unionized, Joe Walsh protests Republican primary cancellations at RNC headquarters, and a change in Iowa caucus rules might make the outcome confusing.
Wed. 01/15 – Only Women Win Elections
Jan 15 • 21 min
Takeaways from the seventh Democratic candidate debate last night, including the dust-up that didn’t really ignite and much more substantive issues, and your impeachment update as the Senate trial approaches.
Tues. 01/14 – Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Jan 14 • 18 min
Polls, polls, polls, polls, polls; Warren says Sanders told her a woman can’t win the presidency, which he denies; the latest Democratic candidate debate is tonight at 9 pm Eastern; the House will move articles of impeachment to the Senate, where senators…
Mon. 01/13 – Booker Drops Out
Jan 13 • 18 min
Senator Cory Booker drops out, the official lineup for tomorrow’s debate, the DCCC releases its 2019 fundraising totals, the impeachment update, a new Iowa poll shows a boost for Sanders and a drop for Buttigieg, ABC plans to integrate New Hampshire…
Fri. 01/10 – Steyer By Your Marianne
Jan 10 • 17 min
Steyer has staying power and will be in the next debates, probably talking about his new immigration reform plan, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan for Americans with disabilities that’s surprising in its scope, Pelosi prepares to send articles of…
Thu. 01/09 – Lies, Damned Lies, and Facebook Ads
Jan 9 • 17 min
Who will grace the debate stage on January 14th (spoiler: not Bloomberg), a new presidential poll in New Hampshire, an Arizona senate race favors the Democrat, Michigan might be up for grabs in 2020, Facebook says it’s still ok to lie in political ads,…
Wed. 01/08 – Bloomberg and Trump Advertise for Election LIX
Jan 8 • 18 min
The Super Bowl will sport two expensive presidential ads, a Facebook exec warns colleagues to not tip the scale against Trump, two Democratic senators call for the articles of impeachment to be sent over by House while Pelosi stands firm, Tulsi Gabbard…
Tue. 01/07 – Lawyers Urge Government to Fix the FEC
Jan 7 • 18 min
Lawyers urge action to fix the Federal Election Commission, Lincoln Chafee joins the Libertarian presidential primary, another Republican announces his retirement from Congress, the impeachment update, Mike Pompeo rules out a Senate run in Kansas, and…
Mon. 01/06 – A Three-Way Tie in Iowa?
Jan 6 • 18 min
A new poll reveals a three-way tie in Iowa, Julián Castro endorses Elizabeth Warren, the impeachment update, Cory Booker releases Q4 fundraising numbers, and how the Democratic candidates are reacting to events in Iran.
Fri. 01/03 – The Money Train Rolls On
Jan 3 • 19 min
Joe Biden’s Q4 numbers are out, Elizabeth Warren’s Q4 numbers are out, Amy Klobuchar’s Q4 numbers are out, Marianne Williamson lays off her campaign staff but does not drop out, Mike Bloomberg is officially skipping Nevada, Iowa announces 99 satellite…
Thu. 01/02 – Castro Drops Out
Jan 2 • 17 min
Julián Castro drops out, the state of the race right now, new fundraising numbers are here, how a lack of polling data has collided with January’s DNC debate, the impeachment update, and Pete Buttigieg is no longer Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Fri. 12/27 – Pat Maloney on Campaigning in Iowa
Dec 27, 2019 • 40 min
Special episode! An interview with Pat Maloney, a former campaign staffer, about on-the-ground Iowa presidential campaigns.
Mon. 12/23 – What’s the Deal with Primaries and Caucuses?
Dec 23, 2019 • 19 min
The fundamentals of states in a federation, what’s the deal with primaries, what’s the deal with caucuses, the inexplicable primary sequencing, and what’s the deal with delegates?
Fri. 12/20 – Rumble in the Wine Cave (December Debate Recap)
Dec 20, 2019 • 28 min
A recap of December’s DNC debate.
Thu. 12/19 – Debate Prep (December Edition)
Dec 19, 2019 • 19 min
The impeachment update, what to expect at the debate tonight, another Republican retires from Congress—but probably has a nice new job lined up, an update on Julián Castro in Vermont, and a tidbit about each candidate we will see at tonight’s debate.
Wed. 12/18 – A Prayerful Moment
Dec 18, 2019 • 16 min
The impeachment update, Joe Biden releases a health summary, Susan Collins is running again for Senate in Maine, Michael Bennet says he needs money to keep going, three candidates will not appear on the Vermont primary ballot, and an update on Wisconsin’s…
Tue. 12/17 – The Debate Is On
Dec 17, 2019 • 17 min
Thursday’s DNC debate is actually happening, Georgia purges more than 300,000 voters from its voter rolls, the impeachment update, a new Republican-funded Super PAC aims to defeat Trump, candidates ask the DNC to change its qualification rules for…
Mon. 12/16 – Every Candidate Plans to Boycott Thursday’s DNC Debate
Dec 16, 2019 • 16 min
Every candidate plans to boycott Thursday’s DNC debate, the impeachment update, the Jeff Van Drew-slash-Cory Booker debate, a Wisconsin judge orders a purge of 200,000 voter registrations, and how to watch Thursday’s debate.
Fri. 12/13 – Trump Considers Skipping Debates in 2020
Dec 13, 2019 • 17 min
Twitter will verify candidates running for Congress and governorships, next week’s debate is going on exactly as planned, get ready for an Education Town Hall this weekend, the impeachment update, Mike Bloomberg donates to House Democrats, President Trump…
Thu. 12/12 – All the Debate News You Can Handle
Dec 12, 2019 • 17 min
The DNC announces the next four debates, the polling deadline closes tonight for next week’s debate…and why it was so hard to qualify this time, who has and has not qualified for that debate, Hawaii cancels its Republican primary, a judge dismisses that…
Wed. 12/11 – Does Biden Plan To Be A One-Term President?
Dec 11, 2019 • 16 min
Rumors swirl that Joe Biden might serve for just one term, a new Bush family member is running for Congress in Texas, Pete Buttigieg releases the names of his clients at McKinsey, the impeachment update, incoming Kentucky Governor Beshear swears an oath…
Tue. 12/10 – Warren and Buttigieg Try to Out-Disclose Each Other
Dec 10, 2019 • 16 min
Elizabeth Warren releases details of her client work, Pete Buttigieg gets the NDA release he asked for, the impeachment update, one more Republican announces his retirement from the House, a new poll offers no help for candidates hoping to reach the…
Mon. 12/09 – Buttigieg Reveals Some of His McKinsey Work
Dec 9, 2019 • 17 min
Pete Buttigieg reveals part of his work for McKinsey, Bernie Sanders releases a plan to improve broadband access nationwide, the impeachment update, Paul Volcker has died and let’s remember what he stood for, and Marianne Williamson falsely claims that…
Fri. 12/06 – Bloomberg Says Booker is “Well-Spoken”
Dec 6, 2019 • 21 min
Mike Bloomberg calls Cory Booker “well-spoken,” a House committee tells Duncan Hunter to stop voting, two more Republicans retire from the House—and what that might mean, Andrew Yang releases his tax returns, John Delaney is staying in the race, the…
Thu. 12/05 – Biden’s New Tax Plan
Dec 5, 2019 • 17 min
A new California poll is good news for Bernie Sanders, the impeachment update, a House Democrat announces his retirement, Tulsi Gabbard moves to New Hampshire, Mike Bloomberg keeps spending on TV ads, and Joe Biden releases his tax plan.
Wed. 12/04 – Harris Drops Out (Analysis Edition)
Dec 4, 2019 • 17 min
More details on Kamala Harris’s surprise exit from the race, Andrew Yang’s campaign faces death threats, the impeachment update, one of the Super PACs supporting Cory Booker calls it quits, the remaining Super PAC supporting Cory Booker tried to hire…
Tue. 12/03 – Harris Drops Out (Breaking News Edition)
Dec 3, 2019 • 15 min
Kamala Harris drops out of the race, surprising everyone—including me, Tom Steyer qualifies for the December DNC debate, more details about that debate, Elizabeth Warren declines in national polls while Pete Buttigieg rises, the impeachment update,…
Mon. 12/02 – Bullock and Sestak Drop Out
Dec 2, 2019 • 16 min
Steve Bullock drops out, Joe Sestak drops out, Georgia’s governor will appoint a Senator this week—and Trump might not like his choice, the impeachment update, and Tom Steyer’s ads blanket New Hampshire.
Tue. 11/26 – Warren Leads in LGBTQ+ Poll
Nov 26, 2019 • 16 min
A new article discusses Joe Biden’s stutter, Elizabeth Warren leads in a new LGBTQ+ poll, Google will limit how political ads can be targeted, the impeachment update, New Hampshire sets its first-in-the-nation voting date, Politico has an interactive…
Mon. 11/25 – Bloomberg’s Spending Spree Continues
Nov 25, 2019 • 17 min
Mike Bloomberg begins yet another massive ad campaign, a look at Bloomberg’s strategy to win the nomination, how Democrats—aside from Bloomberg—are campaigning in Iowa, the impeachment update, a new strategy around ballot measures emerges in Florida, the…
Fri. 11/22 – November’s DNC Debate Had the Lowest Viewership Yet
Nov 22, 2019 • 17 min
Bernie Sanders hits 4 million donations, Mike Bloomberg files paperwork on his way to an announcement, the Senate impeachment trial might have a shorter timeline than expected, we now know how few people actually watched Wednesday’s debate, initial debate…
Thu. 11/21 – Are You Experienced? (November Debate Recap)
Nov 21, 2019 • 25 min
A recap of the November 2019 DNC debate. Issues: Experience, coalition-building, marijuana policy, affordable housing, paid family leave, and more.
Wed. 11/20 – Debate Prep (November Edition)
Nov 20, 2019 • 16 min
Wayne Messam drops out, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Mike Pompeo may be considering a run for Senate in Kansas, what to expect at tonight’s debate, and last call for Debate Bingo.
Tue. 11/19 – Biden and Marijuana
Nov 19, 2019 • 16 min
Twitter releases its rules for political ads, the Trump impeachment stuff in four minutes or less, Joe Biden says he needs more data before fully legalizing marijuana, another candidate qualifies for the December DNC debate, and Stacey Abrams continues to…
Mon. 11/18 – A Three- Or Four-Way Race…So Far
Nov 18, 2019 • 16 min
A close governor’s race in Louisiana stays blue, Michael Bloomberg apologizes for his stop-and-frisk policy, a giant pile of new polling data arrives, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Barack Obama tells Democrats to chill out just a…
Fri. 11/15 – Bloomberg Announces Massive Anti-Trump Ad Campaign
Nov 15, 2019 • 17 min
Michael Bloomberg is about to spend big attacking Trump, a new poll tells us about Bloomberg’s national numbers, Matt Bevin officially concedes in Kentucky, Cory Booker says he doesn’t want the new pro-Booker super PAC, the Trump impeachment stuff in five…
Thu. 11/14 – Patrick is Running
Nov 14, 2019 • 17 min
Deval Patrick is running, how hard is this last-minute filing stuff anyway?, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is running for her late husband’s House seat, and there’s a big asterisk in Twitter’s new rules…
Wed. 11/13 – Sanford Drops Out
Nov 13, 2019 • 17 min
Mark Sanford drops out, a new poll shows Pete Buttigieg doing great in Iowa, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Tom Cotton’s Democratic opponent drops out hours after the filing period ends, who did and did not file for the Arkansas…
Tue. 11/12 – More Last-Minute Candidates?!
Nov 12, 2019 • 17 min
Is Bloomberg running or not, Deval Patrick might run at the last minute, a New Hampshire poll gives help to candidates for the DNC debates, a pollster weighs on that poll, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Mike Pence plants a moon…
Fri. 11/08 – Is Bloomberg Running?
Nov 8, 2019 • 19 min
Michael Bloomberg files paperwork to maybe-probably-maybe-probably enter the race, a Tom Steyer aide allegedly offered to pay for endorsements in Iowa, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Jeff Sessions is running for his old Senate seat,…
Thu. 11/07 – Kentucky Will Recanvass the Vote
Nov 7, 2019 • 18 min
Kentucky’s governor requests a recanvass, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, the DNC pulls out of UCLA for the December debate, a new poll gives two candidates spots in upcoming DNC debates, Bernie Sanders is about to begin massive TV…
Wed. 11/06 – Democrats Win in Kentucky and Virginia; Lose in Mississippi
Nov 6, 2019 • 17 min
What happened in last night’s elections, ranked-choice voting passes in New York City, Tulsi Gabbard, yet again, confirms she will not run as a third-party candidate, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, and a new poll suggests…
Tue. 11/05 – Steyer’s Campaign Aide Allegedly Stole Harris’s Data
Nov 5, 2019 • 17 min
Julián Castro focuses on Iowa and Nevada while closing other state offices, a Nevada poll helps one candidate get closer to the December DNC debate, a Tom Steyer campaign aide allegedly stole data from the Kamala Harris campaign, that Nevada poll is good…
Mon. 11/04 – O’Rourke Drops Out
Nov 4, 2019 • 19 min
Beto O’Rourke drops out, a New York Times poll looks at battleground states, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, the Julián Castro campaign prepares for layoffs, more details on the November DNC debate, and new polls help two candidates…
Fri. 11/01 – Warren’s Plan to Pay for Medicare for All
Nov 1, 2019 • 17 min
Elizabeth Warren releases her plan to fund Medicare for All, a new poll of Iowa sets everyone’s hair on fire, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, checking in on Julián Castro’s self-imposed fundraising deadline, and how to have fun…
Thu. 10/31 – Twitter Bans Political Advertising
Oct 31, 2019 • 17 min
Twitter will drop all political advertising, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Kamala Harris’s campaign lays off staff to focus on Iowa, a new poll helps one candidate get closer to the November DNC debate, and will impeachment cause…
Wed. 10/30 – New Hampshire Opens Primary Filing
Oct 30, 2019 • 15 min
New Hampshire opens its primary filing period and that is a lot fun, the Donald Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, a new poll helps candidates in both the November and December DNC debates, what that poll told us about the Republican…
Tue. 10/29 – North Carolina’s Gerrymandered Map Is Toast
Oct 29, 2019 • 17 min
North Carolina’s gerrymandered election map is officially thrown out, what’s a PAC versus a Super PAC, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, another Republican Congressman announces his retirement, Steve Bullock releases his LGBTQ rights…
Mon. 10/28 – Biden Is Open to a Super PAC
Oct 28, 2019 • 16 min
Joe Biden is now open to taking money from a Super PAC, the Trump impeachment stuff in three minutes or less, Sanders get a third endorsement from The Squad, more details emerge on the November DNC debate, and more details emerge on the December DNC…
Fri. 10/25 – Ryan Drops Out, Gabbard Is All In
Oct 25, 2019 • 18 min
Tim Ryan drops his bid for the presidency, Tulsi Gabbard is all-in on the presidency and not running again for Congress, the DNC announces its December debate requirements, we can now officially speculate about a January debate, we are approaching just…
Thu. 10/24 – Klobuchar Speaks Out On Election Security
Oct 24, 2019 • 17 min
Amy Klobuchar qualifies for the November DNC debate, a new poll has Pete Buttigieg doing well in Iowa, the October debate didn’t seem to change anything in the national polls, Democrats challenging Senate Republicans are raising more money, both Democrats…
Wed. 10/23 – Sanders Is Back
Oct 23, 2019 • 17 min
What happened at the Bernie Sanders rally on Saturday, a roundup of the strangest things candidates bought during Q3, a new poll brings good news for two candidates aiming for the November debate, a Florida judge rules that felons have the right to vote…
Tue. 10/22 – Framing the Medicare for All Funding Debate
Oct 22, 2019 • 16 min
Julián Castro says he needs cash or he’ll drop out, who has qualified for the November debate, The Weather Channel will host a candidate forum on climate change, Justin Trudeau’s party wins the Canadian election, Elizabeth Warren says she will release a…
Mon. 10/21 – What the Republican Primaries Mean
Oct 21, 2019 • 18 min
The feisty Republicans who are primarying Trump, the savvy Republicans who are not primarying Trump, cancelled Republican primaries and what that all means, what happens historically when incumbents are primaried, and the road ahead.
Thu. 10/17 – Everything Else That’s Been Happening
Oct 17, 2019 • 15 min
The Q3 fundraising numbers are in, Wayne Messam tells the FEC he raised just $5 in three months, 10 candidates spent more than they raised, what the Republican primary candidates raised, what happened financially to the candidates who dropped out, Tom…
Wed. 10/16 – 12 Angry Candidates
Oct 16, 2019 • 29 min
The big themes of last night’s debate, the split on Medicare for All, the split on foreign policy, and the Biden vs. Sanders vs. Warren moment.
Tue. 10/15 – Debate Prep (October Edition)
Oct 15, 2019 • 13 min
Tulsi Gabbard will be in the debate after all, how to watch tonight’s debate, Bernie Sanders unveils a plan for employee ownership of corporations, the complex topics in tonight’s debate, and last call for Debate Bingo.
Mon. 10/14 – Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd
Oct 14, 2019 • 14 min
Who are Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd?; the political theory of Bugs Bunny vs. Daffy Duck; and how to use this Looney Tunes analogy in political debates.
Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game
Oct 12, 2019 • 7 min
American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from the host of Wondery’s American History Tellers (Lindsay Graham) that will explore all 58 presidential elections, leading up to the big day in November 2020.
Fri. 10/11 – CNN’s LGBTQ Town Hall
Oct 11, 2019 • 24 min
A show almost entirely about CNN’s LGBTQ Town Hall last night, a brief note about Debate Bingo, and a candidate anecdote.
Thu. 10/10 – Biden Calls for Impeachment
Oct 10, 2019 • 19 min
Joe Biden calls for impeachment, Tulsi Gabbard threatens to boycott next week’s debate, Amy Klobuchar asks for social media political ads to have the same standards TV ads do, and Debate Bingo is here.
Wed. 10/09 – Warren Becomes Co-Frontrunner
Oct 9, 2019 • 16 min
Elizabeth Warren takes the front-runner spot in one key metric, Andrew Yang makes the November DNC debate, a few details on that November DNC debate, guess which candidate spent the most on Facebook ads last week, Bernie Sanders has a heart health message…
Tue. 10/08 – Warren Responds to Questions About Her 1971 Teaching Job
Oct 8, 2019 • 17 min
Elizabeth Warren responds to questions about being fired due to her pregnancy in 1971, Bernie Sanders releases his campaign finance reform plan and it’s a doozy, Amy Klobuchar raises almost $5 million, and how John Hickenlooper’s fundraising is going as a…
Mon. 10/07 – The October Debate Stage Breaks a Record
Oct 7, 2019 • 18 min
The October debate will break a record for the number of candidates onstage at once, Cory Booker and Tom Steyer qualify for the November debate, ballot measures face an unexpected side-effect of the 2018 midterms, Marianne Williamson raises $3 million,…
Fri. 10/04 – South Carolina Republicans Sue to Get Their Primary Back
Oct 4, 2019 • 20 min
Republicans sue in South Carolina to get their primary back, Joe Biden raised less money than we expected, Elizabeth Warren raised a whole bunch of money—almost as much as Bernie Sanders, Matt Lieberman is running for Senate in Georgia, and a candidate…
Thu. 10/03 – O’Rourke Calls Out Buttigieg on Mandatory Gun Buybacks
Oct 3, 2019 • 19 min
What happened at the gun safety forum yesterday, Kamala Harris is on the cover of Time Magazine, and an update on Bernie Sanders.
Wed. 10/02 – Bernie Sanders Hospitalized
Oct 2, 2019 • 17 min
Bernie Sanders is hospitalized for heart problems and suspends campaign events for now, Kamala Harris raises $11.6 million, Andrew Yang raises $10 million, Cory Booker raises $6 million, Michael Bennet raises $2 million, Donald Trump and the RNC raise…
Tue. 10/01 – Money Changes Everything
Oct 1, 2019 • 17 min
Steve Bullock chooses public financing for his campaign, a trivia note on how that $3 checkbox on your tax form works, Bernie Sanders raises $25 million, Pete Buttigieg raises $19 million, and Mark Zuckerberg calls out Elizabeth Warren in leaked audio…
Mon. 09/30 – Six Points Behind and Rising
Sep 30, 2019 • 16 min
How Elizabeth Warren has been doing in the polls, the October DNC debate will be on one night only, the precarious position of lower-polling candidates, Cory Booker makes his fundraising goal, Tulsi Gabbard changes her position on impeachment, and yet…
Fri. 09/27 – All About Election Security
Sep 27, 2019 • 17 min
How counties are running war-games to prepare for election interference, where the gaps are and what they’ll cost to fix, the push for election security funding in Congress, and what comes next.
Thu. 09/26 – Lockdown
Sep 26, 2019 • 17 min
Key lines from the whistleblower complaint, what Nancy Pelosi left behind on a plane, an update on Cory Booker’s fundraising, an update on Republican fundraising, Michigan launches automatic voter registration, and Joe Biden goes on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Wed. 09/25 – I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow
Sep 25, 2019 • 24 min
A summary of the impeachment stuff, what that impeachment stuff might mean for the presidential race, and highlights from last night’s Republican debate—which, yes, are largely about the impeachment stuff.
Tue. 09/24 – National Voter Registration Day
Sep 24, 2019 • 18 min
The DNC announces its new rules for the November debate, a new Nevada poll gives us some insight, a new New Hampshire poll gives a little help to Tulsi Gabbard, Alaska Republicans cancel their primary, how to watch tonight’s Republican primary debate,…
Mon. 09/23 – The Iowa Poll
Sep 23, 2019 • 18 min
A new Iowa poll shakes up the race, Tulsi Gabbard gets that third poll, Iowa will hold satellite caucuses, Microsoft is helping with election security, Democrats are targeting 26,849 local races in 2020, and Cory Booker’s campaign needs $1.7 million real…
Fri. 09/20 – De Blasio Drops Out
Sep 20, 2019 • 20 min
Bill de Blasio drops out, Bernie Sanders reaches one million donors, key moments from MSNBC’s Climate Forum, and a candidate anecdote from Cory Booker.
Thu. 09/19 – The Saga of Gabbard’s Third Poll
Sep 19, 2019 • 17 min
The saga of Tulsi Gabbard and the elusive third poll, another new poll gives no help to the debate qualifying field, Joe Kennedy III is definitely running for Senate, a listener question about the million-donor mark, Kamala Harris doubles down on Iowa,…
Wed. 09/18 – The Gun Safety Debate
Sep 18, 2019 • 19 min
A quick correction on that Andrew Yang story, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke disagree on gun safety laws, details on the MSNBC climate town hall starting tomorrow, Jimmy Carter reflects on age and the presidency, and another new national poll comes out…
Tue. 09/17 – Post Debate Ergo Propter Debate
Sep 17, 2019 • 16 min
What the post-debate polling tells us, the oldest candidates promise to release their medical records, Andrew Yang scores post-debate donations, Pete Buttigieg’s new plan for disaster preparedness, Kamala Harris slow-jams the news, and a few details on…
Mon. 09/16 – Are Canadian Elections Better?
Sep 16, 2019 • 16 min
Canada is a whole different country, 59% of Americans suffer from election fatigue, why American elections are so long, why Canadians have short elections, is the Canadian way better?, and a Canadian idea we should definitely steal.
Fri. 09/13 – This Is Why Presidential Debates Are Becoming Unwatchable
Sep 13, 2019 • 24 min
The big picture about last night’s debate, Andrew Yang’s big surprise, who got the most speaking time at the debate, what those protestors were saying, the Julián Castro-versus-Joe Biden moment and who was actually wrong there, and Pete Buttigieg’s…
Thu. 09/12 – All About the September Debate
Sep 12, 2019 • 15 min
How to watch tonight’s debate, what to watch for during the debate, Elizabeth Warren’s latest plan happens to target Joe Biden, and last call for Debate Bingo.
Wed. 09/11 – A Republican Primary Debate is Coming
Sep 11, 2019 • 17 min
There will be a Republican primary debate—kind of, the North Carolina special elections go Republican, you can listen to Tim Ryan’s new album on Spotify (yes, really), the Times asks 2020 candidates to weigh in on executive power, Buttigieg and Klochubar…
Tue. 09/10 – Ossoff is Running
Sep 10, 2019 • 21 min
Jon Ossoff is running in Georgia, Kamala Harris releases a comprehensive criminal justice reform plan, it’s special election day in North Carolina, and Debate Bingo is here.
Mon. 09/09 – Sanford is Running
Sep 9, 2019 • 18 min
Mark Sanford is running, Tom Steyer makes the October debate, get ready for Q3, and Giffords releases a candidate-heavy video about gun safety.
Fri. 09/06 – The Yang Media Blackout
Sep 6, 2019 • 16 min
Andrew Yang notes that the media has a habit of leaving him out, Howard Schultz drops out officially, four states are about to cancel their Republican primaries, Bill de Blasio’s busy month as mayor, and a candidate anecdote from Pete Buttigieg.
Thu. 09/05 – A Single-Issue Show on Climate Change
Sep 5, 2019 • 31 min
A single-issue show highlighting the ten candidates who participated in last night’s CNN Climate Town Hall. This is the single most important thing that happened yesterday in the race, so we are going to spend the whole show, and it is a long show,…
Wed. 09/04 – Everybody Gets a Climate Plan!
Sep 4, 2019 • 16 min
Elizabeth Warren adopts some of Jay Inslee’s climate policies; Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar all release their climate plans; what’s going on inside the Federal Election Commission; yet another Republican…
Tue. 09/03 – Iowa’s Virtual Caucus Is in Doubt
Sep 3, 2019 • 16 min
The DNC scraps Iowa’s virtual caucus plan, Manchin says he WILL stay on as a Senator in West Virginia, Biden says details are irrelevant to his war story, and how to watch the CNN climate forum tomorrow.
Fri. 08/30 – Where They Stand
Aug 30, 2019 • 19 min
Where the candidates will stand on the debate stage (and why), which voter coalitions support each of the top three candidates, a look at one Democrat who is running for Senate in Montana, Joe Biden’s mixed-up recollection of a war story, Tulsi Gabbard…
Thu. 08/29 – Gillibrand Drops Out
Aug 29, 2019 • 18 min
Kirsten Gillibrand drops out, the September debate lineup is confirmed, Michael Bennet’s open letter to the DNC, and Tom Steyer calls for a wealth tax.
Wed. 08/28 – Georgia Senate Alert
Aug 28, 2019 • 16 min
A second Georgia Senate seat is now on the ballot in 2020, who will be in the September debate, how to watch the September debate, and new polling clarifies whether we were right to flip out earlier this week.
Tue. 08/27 – Should We Flip Out About That New Poll?
Aug 27, 2019 • 20 min
A new Monmouth poll has everybody flipping out, the Cherokee Nation is headed for Congress, Joe Walsh loses his radio show, Joe Kennedy III might run for Senate, and the thirteenth Republican House member announces his retirement.
Mon. 08/26 – Walsh is Running
Aug 26, 2019 • 23 min
Walsh is running, highlights from the CNN Town Halls with Bullock and de Blasio, Gabbard’s primary challenger in the House, and Yang releases his climate plan.
Fri. 08/23 – Moulton Drops Out
Aug 23, 2019 • 21 min
Moulton drops out, the DNC votes down a climate debate, a listener question on donor counts, and a new segment for Friday: Candidate Anecdotes! Today we’re featuring Warren.
Thu. 08/22 – Inslee Drops Out
Aug 22, 2019 • 19 min
Inslee drops out, Hickenlooper announces his new run, an update on who’s attending CNN’s climate town hall, new details emerge on the September debate, and yet another possible Republican primary challenger appears.
Wed. 08/21 – Sanders Plans to Boost Unions
Aug 21, 2019 • 17 min
Steyer makes the best of his jury duty week, Gillibrand is open to being Vice President, Sanders releases a plan to boost unions, Biden airs his first TV ad, and The Economist releases a new interactive primary data explorer tool.
Tue. 08/20 – Warren’s Plan for Native Americans
Aug 20, 2019 • 18 min
Castro qualifies for the next two debates, Inslee and Williamson hit their fundraising goals, who will attend the CNN climate town hall, why Steyer is leaving the campaign trail for a week, you will be unsurprised by Trump’s pick for VP, and Warren visits…
Mon. 08/19 – An Audience of One
Aug 19, 2019 • 19 min
What a recession might do to the election, another Republican primary challenger is thinking about a run, an update on how King is doing in Iowa, and Booker preaches in Atlanta.
Fri. 08/16 – Understanding Early Head-to-Head Polling
Aug 16, 2019 • 18 min
Lewandowski might run for Senate in New Hampshire, O’Rourke confirms yet again that he is not running for Senate, head-to-head matchup polls show Trump losing badly and why that’s misleading, an update on that end-run around the Electoral College, Bullock…
Thu. 08/15 – Hickenlooper Drops Out
Aug 15, 2019 • 20 min
Hickenlooper drops out, the Steve King stuff in Iowa, and O’Rourke rules out a Senate run.
Wed. 08/14 – Election Security Matters
Aug 14, 2019 • 20 min
An update on Hickenlooper and the Senate; Abrams is definitely not running for President; a look at who might drop out of the Presidential primary soon, and why; some polling on gun safety laws, and Bennet releases a new book on election security.
Tue. 08/13 – What’s Actually in Those House Gun Safety Laws?
Aug 13, 2019 • 19 min
Steyer hits the donor threshold for the debates, Castro micro-targets an ad at Trump, Abrams hints that she still might run for president, Biden and O’Rourke write op-eds about gun violence, and what’s actually on the table in Congress about gun control?
Mon. 08/12 – How’s the Republican Primary Going?
Aug 12, 2019 • 21 min
The faint possibility of a Republican presidential primary, Biden says he misspoke about poor kids, Gillibrand urges Americans to pressure McConnell in the Senate, Yang responds to a parent at a gun safety forum, and a handy metaphor for understanding…
Fri. 08/09 – Friday I’m In Love
Aug 9, 2019 • 18 min
Warren’s path to the nomination, how the economy is doing in swing states, what Biden and Bullock ate on sticks at the Iowa State Fair yesterday, the Biden gaffe heard ‘round the world, an update on that rumored Hickenlooper Senate run, and Yang releases…
Thu. 08/08 – Biden and Booker Tell Us What They Really Think
Aug 8, 2019 • 20 min
Biden’s speech in Iowa, Booker’s speech in Charleston, Sanders promises to release info about extraterrestrials if he obtains any, Buttigieg meets with superdelegates, Gabbard is currently training with the Army National Guard, Yang qualifies for…
Wed. 08/07 – Biden and Warren in the Polls
Aug 7, 2019 • 16 min
New polling shows Biden still has strong support among black Democrats; another poll shows Harris, Buttigieg, Booker, and Castro did best in the second debate; Booker’s campaign staff unionizes; Hickenlooper keeps his options open; and the DNC clarifies…
Tue. 08/06 – Belief’s Wide Skirt
Aug 6, 2019 • 17 min
Follow-up from yesterday’s show, strategy on gun safety legislation, Democratic primary donors are spreading their money around, Gravel endorses Sanders, and Scholten enters the race again in Iowa against King.
Mon. 08/05 – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Aug 5, 2019 • 20 min
O’Rourke reacts to domestic terrorism in his home town, a little math on what drives mass shootings, Ryan reacts to shootings in his home state, and one more Texas Republican announces his retirement.
Fri. 08/02 – The Great Winding-Down
Aug 2, 2019 • 18 min
Klobuchar makes the September debate, what we know about that September debate, the wave of Republican retirements in the House, the ratings are in for the CNN debates, Gravel’s campaign is winding down, and what happens when a candidate drops out but has…
Thu. 08/01 – No Shelter
Aug 1, 2019 • 27 min
Understanding last night’s debate, who talked the most last night, key moments from the debate, and a little bit of wrap-up…about the debate. Really, just debate stuff.
Wed. 07/31 – The Frame is Not the Big Picture
Jul 31, 2019 • 25 min
An update on that Yang debate qualification issue, thoughts on the framing of last night’s debate questions, who talked the most last night, key moments from the debate, and what’s happening at tonight’s debate.
Tue. 07/30 – Booker and Yang* Make Fall Debates (* = Not for Now…)
Jul 30, 2019 • 19 min
Yang makes the September (and October) debates, Booker makes it too, a few specifics about tonight’s debate, Steyer buys ads during tonight’s debate, Democrats in the House are doing great on fundraising, but there’s a staff shake-up at the DCCC, Gizmodo…
Mon. 07/29 – Harris’s Version of Medicare for All
Jul 29, 2019 • 19 min
Harris unveils her flavor of Medicare for All, what you need to know to stream the debates tomorrow and Wednesday, more about that CNN climate town hall, Sanders and Warren lead the pack in number of donations, plus Debate Bingo is here and I’m still…
Fri. 07/26 – Americans Abroad
Jul 26, 2019 • 19 min
An exploration of the Americans Abroad vote, a climate forum is actually happening, what happens if you donate too much to a campaign, and Debate Bingo is here.
Thu. 07/25 – Williamson Visits Colbert
Jul 25, 2019 • 21 min
Williamson goes on Colbert, an explanation of the DNC’s donor system, primary candidates reflect on the Apollo 11 mission, how much the candidates are spending to get donors, Sanders pledges not to take money from drug companies and health insurance…
Wed. 07/24 – Biden’s Criminal Justice Plan
Jul 24, 2019 • 20 min
An update on that Buttigieg country music interview, Biden’s criminal justice reform plan, Ginsburg weighs in on candidates’ proposals to increase the number of Supreme Court justices, some unexpected things the candidates paid for in Q2, and a brief…
Tue. 07/23 – Sanders Organizers Will Earn $15 an Hour
Jul 23, 2019 • 19 min
Sanders campaign workers reach a deal on wages, listen to part of Buttigieg’s country music radio interview that never aired, people are already projecting electoral maps for 2020, Booker goes on Seth Myers, and Biden is starting to see just a tad less…
Mon. 07/22 – Polling for September Heats Up
Jul 22, 2019 • 19 min
Klobuchar reaches the polling threshold for September’s debates, Delaney denies report that his staffers asked him to drop out, Booker’s plan to close immigration detention centers using only executive orders, Bennet posts a nice nature video, and Warren…
Fri. 07/19 – The Draw
Jul 19, 2019 • 19 min
The results of CNN’s ridiculous event The Draw, how to watch the July debates, Ohio moves its primary…to Saint Patrick’s Day, and the big divide on Medicare for All versus a public option.
Thu. 07/18 – DNC Warns Campaigns About FaceApp
Jul 18, 2019 • 18 min
How I define a “major” candidate, what happens when you get a “page not found” error on candidates’ websites, Steyer signs the no-fossil-fuel pledge, and the DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp.
Wed. 07/17 – July Debates Take Shape
Jul 17, 2019 • 18 min
Who’s in the July debates, how the candidates spent their Q2 money, will Democrats benefit from high turnout in 2020?, Harris’s plan for domestic workers, Trump gets another possible primary challenger, Bullock makes his pitch on Hardball, and a few…
Tue. 07/16 – Show Me the Money, Q2 Edition
Jul 16, 2019 • 16 min
All the Q2 fundraising numbers are in, Biden suggests a push-up contest against Trump, an update on that whole climate debate thing, and an update on who’s already in the September debates.
Mon. 07/15 – BidenCare
Jul 15, 2019 • 18 min
Biden releases his healthcare policy, Delaney goes on Firing Line, the current state of the July debates, and Gabbard takes the weekend off—for a very good reason.
Fri. 07/12 – White Privilege and Black Coffee
Jul 12, 2019 • 19 min
Yang releases his Q2 numbers (and I’ll actually tell you about them this time), Gillibrand explains white privilege in her own words, Sanders visits BET’s Black Coffee, Gravel launches a live donor-count website, and some exciting podcast news you’ll want…
Thu. 07/11 – The Buttigieg Plans
Jul 11, 2019 • 17 min
More about Biden’s taxes, Buttigieg’s national service plan, and Buttigieg’s Douglass plan.
Wed. 07/10 – Houston, We Have a Debate
Jul 10, 2019 • 17 min
A few more details emerge about the September debates, rumors abound that Amash may enter the race as a third-party challenger, a look at Biden’s new campaign strategy, Yang’s plan to revitalize American malls, Biden releases yet more tax returns, and…
Tue. 07/09 – Steyer is Running
Jul 9, 2019 • 19 min
Steyer is running, Swalwell drops out, Warren releases her Q2 numbers, an update on Gravel’s fundraising, and the LGBTQ Victory Fund endorses Buttigieg.
Mon. 07/08 – We Can All Agree on Soccer
Jul 8, 2019 • 18 min
Harris releases her Q2 numbers, Bullock releases his Q2 numbers, Williamson encourages her donors to help out Gravel, CNN will televise the lineup draw for the July debates, Biden apologizes for his remarks about segregationists, the candidates shout out…
Thu. 07/04 – Primary Websites Don’t Work for People with Disabilities
Jul 4, 2019 • 18 min
Many campaign websites are not accessible to people with disabilities, an update on Biden’s Q2 fundraising, and which candidates have already qualified for the September debates.
Wed. 07/03 – Biden, By the Numbers
Jul 3, 2019 • 17 min
New post-debate polling shows mixed results, Biden releases his Q2 numbers, Hickenlooper’s campaign loses key staffers, and Bennet releases his Q2 numbers.
Tue. 07/02 – Sanders, Gabbard, and Warren
Jul 2, 2019 • 19 min
Sanders releases his Q2 fundraising numbers, highlights from Gabbard’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, and Warren’s plan to secure federal elections.
Mon. 07/01 – Show Me the Money
Jul 1, 2019 • 19 min
Harris faces false “birther” style attacks, an update on the viewer numbers for last week’s debates, thoughts on when candidates will begin dropping out, and Buttigieg raises a boatload of money in Q2.
Fri. 06/28 – Food Fight in Miami
Jun 28, 2019 • 23 min
The big picture on what we saw last night, how the Harris/Biden exchange represents so many issues in this primary, Buttigieg’s comments on policing in South Bend, some notable closing remarks, and the ratings for these debates actually broke records.
Thu. 06/27 – The Math, After
Jun 27, 2019 • 22 min
The big picture about what we saw and did not see last night, Warren and the show of hands about health insurance, Castro’s breakout moments, Gabbard’s breakout moments, and Debate Bingo for Thursday night.
Wed. 06/26 – Debate Prep 102
Jun 26, 2019 • 17 min
Moulton’s plan to sneak into the debates, President Trump weighs in on whether he’s going to watch, a look at the candidates’ polling numbers for each night, one reporter’s read on who has to do what in the debates, and a quick look at the 51 for 51…
Tue. 06/25 – Debate Prep 101
Jun 25, 2019 • 18 min
What to expect at Wednesday’s debate, Sanders releases his plan to eliminate all student debt in the US, and more about Buttigieg’s policing problems on South Bend. Links:Primary Ride Home DEBATE BINGO!‘That’s Hell’: Democrats’ Debate Prep Gets Real (NY…
Mon. 06/24 – Sestak is Running
Jun 24, 2019 • 20 min
Joe Sestak joins the field, two key moments from the Planned Parenthood Forum in South Carolina, and Primary Debate Bingo is here! Links:Primary Ride Home DEBATE BINGO! (Primary Ride Home)Video: Presidential Announcement [includes scripted remarks, close…
Fri. 06/21 – “I Have No Comfort Food”
Jun 21, 2019 • 18 min
An update on Harris’s HIV prevention bill, Warren’s Refund Equality Act, online reaction to the candidates’ comfort foods, and good news about streaming the debates. Links:Harris Introduces Bill to Dramatically Expand Access to PrEP (Harris Senate…
Thu. 06/20 – PrEP, Guns, Housing, and Merch
Jun 20, 2019 • 20 min
Harris introduces a bill aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, Swalwell releases his gun control plan, a look at parts two and three of Castro’s housing plan, and a listener question about buying merchandise from a campaign. Links:How Kamala Harris would…
Wed. 06/19 – Biden’s Remarks on Civility
Jun 19, 2019 • 18 min
Who gets center stage at the debates, Primary Ride Home Debate Bingo is coming, how Bullock plans to spend debate night, Biden’s remarks at a fundraiser spur a big debate of their own, and Buttigieg responds to an officer-involved shooting in South Bend.…
Tue. 06/18 – Castro’s Housing Policy
Jun 18, 2019 • 19 min
Castro rolls out his housing policy, Bullock qualifies for the second debates, a brief look at the Republican presidential primary—surprise!, Biden reveals his Q2 fundraising numbers…maybe not intentionally, and Klobuchar releases policy plans for her…
Mon. 06/17 – The Warren Surge
Jun 17, 2019 • 18 min
Buttigieg raised a boatload of money in April, an analysis of which candidates are on which nights of the debates and how much it matters, a look at what’s driving media coverage of Warren, and Booker talks about being vegan on the BET show Black Coffee.…
Fri. 06/14 – Debate Details and Castro’s Town Hall
Jun 14, 2019 • 18 min
The DNC confirms its list of candidates for the first debates, plus a list of which candidates will appear on which nights, key moments from Julián Castro’s Fox News town hall, Schultz takes a break from his independent run, and a profile of Gabbard’s…
Thu. 06/13 – Sanders Defines Democratic Socialism
Jun 13, 2019 • 18 min
How McDonald’s workers are shaping the primary, Sanders defines “Democratic Socialism” and recalls FDR’s New Deal, and the DNC releases the official list of who’s in and who’s out of the debates…after our press deadline. Links:Bernie Sanders Marches with…
Wed. 06/12 – Democrats Take the Lead and Get the Lead Out
Jun 12, 2019 • 16 min
A new poll shows Democrats beating Trump in hypothetical elections, The Young Turks propose a progressive pledge, Biden joins the call for a climate-focused debate, an examination of the candidates’ walk-up songs, and Castro releases a plan to eliminate…
Tue. 06/11 – The Lottery at 30 Rock
Jun 11, 2019 • 18 min
NBC reveals the moderators for the first debates, the DNC will hold a lottery at 30 Rock to determine candidate placement in those debates, FiveThirtyEight explains how Mike Gravel could win this whole thing, and a few more lesser-heard voices from…
Mon. 06/10 – In Their Own Words
Jun 10, 2019 • 20 min
Key moments from the Iowa Hall of Fame Celebration, a handy calendar of all the key election dates and times, and organizers warn that candidates are ignoring Latinx communities. Links:Gillibrand tweet announcing 65,000 donors (Twitter/Kirsten…
Fri. 06/07 – Biden and Mr. Hyde
Jun 7, 2019 • 18 min
Biden reverses his position on the Hyde Amendment, Moulton wants to retroactively improve the discharge status for gay veterans, Warren’s campaign unionizes, and a DNC rule clarification means bad news for Bullock. Links:What Is the Hyde Amendment? A Look…
Thu. 06/06 – The Climate Change Debate
Jun 6, 2019 • 16 min
The DNC refuses a climate-change debate, O’Rourke calls for term limits in Congress and the Supreme Court, a look at Booker’s plan for affordable housing, and Gillibrand wants to legalize marijuana nationwide. Links:DNC opts against climate change debate,…
Wed. 06/05 – “Economic Patriotism” and 15 Supreme Court Justices
Jun 5, 2019 • 20 min
A look at Buttigieg’s plan to change the Supreme Court, Warren’s plan for “Economic Patriotism,” and Biden releases his climate plan. Links:Inside Pete Buttigieg’s plan to overhaul the Supreme Court (NBC News)Supreme Court – Size of the court (Wikipedia)7…
Tue. 06/04 – Everybody Gets a Town Hall!
Jun 4, 2019 • 18 min
Moulton, Ryan, and Swalwell hold CNN Town Halls; Bennet meets the polling criteria for the debates…becoming the 21stcandidate to do so; and how Booker and Warren are betting big on Iowa. Links:9 takeaways from Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan and Eric Swalwell’s…
Mon. 06/03 – Harris and the Protestor
Jun 3, 2019 • 20 min
A protestor interrupts Harris onstage at the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum, Sanders holds a grassroots fundraiser at a San Francisco nightclub, and what happened at the California Democratic Party convention. Links:Video clip of Harris protestor incident…
Fri. 05/31 – Younger Voters Keep Voting
May 31, 2019 • 17 min
A look at how Millennials, Gen X, and Gen Z voters turned out in 2018, Warren releases a child care cost calculator, Greenpeace releases a scorecard on the candidates’ climate positions, and the new DNC debate requirements are really not going over great…
Thu. 05/30 – Julián Castro’s Immigration Plan
May 30, 2019 • 19 min
A look at Julián Castro’s immigration plan, what we learned from the documentary Running with Beto, and how the candidates are preparing for June’s debates. Links:Putting people first (Medium/Julián Castro)People First Immigration: Immigration Plan…
Wed. 05/29 – Harris’s Town Hall
May 29, 2019 • 20 min
The DNC increases its qualifying requirements for the third set of debates, key moments from Harris’s MSNBC Town Hall, a brief glimpse at Republican primary polling four years ago today, and a look at how close presidential elections have become since the…
Tue. 05/28 – Candidates Spar Over Bone Spurs
May 28, 2019 • 19 min
On Memorial Day, Buttigieg and Moulton accuse Trump of dodging the draft; an update on who’s in and who’s probably out for the debates; and how the Hispanic vote might be key for the primaries. Links:Buttigieg Doubles Down On Trump’s Vietnam Deferment: He…
Fri. 05/24 – I’m Lovin’ the McDonald’s Strike
May 24, 2019 • 19 min
Primary candidates rally with McDonald’s workers, Marianne Williamson will be in the DNC debates, a look at Warren’s campaign right now, and Sanders and Gillibrand propose a tax on financial trading. Links:Fight for $15 and a UnionMcDonald’s Workers Are…
Thu. 05/23 – Gillibrand Proposes a Family Bill of Rights
May 23, 2019 • 20 min
Gillibrand introduces a Family Bill of Rights, two candidates are now accepting cryptocurrency donations, how Buttigieg’s comments on Jefferson and Jackson have played in the media, and Nevada is poised to join states in sidestepping the Electoral…
Wed. 05/22 – Early Polling Attempts to Gauge Popularity
May 22, 2019 • 19 min
A new poll shows who registered voters like most—and least, eight primary candidates want a climate-focused debate, Booker proposes a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom,” and a summary of O’Rourke’s CNN town hall. Links:New poll reveals the least…
Tue. 05/21 – Summer is Coming
May 21, 2019 • 20 min
How the field will winnow, according to Charlie Cook; Buttigieg releases policy proposals (sort of); and the hidden value of Inslee’s climate plans. Links:It Won’t Take Long for the Deep Dem Field to Start Thinning (Cook Political Report)Week-By-Week Look…
Mon. 05/20 – Buttigieg Bashes Fox News While on Fox News
May 20, 2019 • 19 min
Buttigieg criticizes Fox News during his Fox News Town Hall, Harris has a plan to close the gender wage gap, and Biden holds his campaign kickoff event in Philadelphia. Links:Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 1 (YouTube/Fox News)Town Hall with Pete…
Fri. 05/17 – Warren’s Plan for Choice
May 17, 2019 • 18 min
Warren calls on Congress to act on abortion rights, a grab bag of media appearances by the candidates, Rachel Maddow’s rise as a must-visit primary show, and do Americans really care if a given candidate is over 70 years old? Links:Warren video tweet re…
Thu. 05/16 – Bill de Blasio is Running
May 16, 2019 • 18 min
Bill de Blasio is running, Pennsylvania polling looks good for Democrats, and Warren proposes a climate change plan for the US military. Links:Working People First | Bill de Blasio 2020 (YouTube/Bill de Blasio)Yashar Ali thread regarding de Blasio and his…
Wed. 05/15 – Biden Believes in Consensus
May 15, 2019 • 17 min
O’Rourke reintroduces his campaign, we check in on Joe Biden, and what the primary candidates think about daily press briefings. Links:Beto O’Rourke plans ‘reintroduction’ as 2020 buzz fizzles (AP)A Beto Reboot Is in the Works, As His Campaign Sags (NY…
Tue. 05/14 – Bullock is Running and the 2020 Senate Race Looks Rough
May 14, 2019 • 19 min
Steve Bullock is running, the importance of the Senate in 2020 and beyond, and Warren gives Fox News a hard pass in a Twitter thread for the ages. Links:Fair Shot (Steve Bullock/YouTube)Una Oportunidad Para Todos (subtítulos en español) (Steve…
Mon. 05/13 – Abolishing the Penny and Dropping Out Before Iowa
May 13, 2019 • 16 min
The DNC announces new tie-breaker rules for the debates, Andrew Yang wants to abolish the penny, Howard Schultz appears to be reconsidering his independent run, half of the field could drop out after the Iowa caucuses, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock…
Fri. 05/10 – Sanders on Loan Sharks and Warren on TIME Magazine
May 10, 2019 • 18 min
We now have a specific location for the first primary debates, how cable TV town halls have become a key part of primary coverage, Andrew Yang plans to use holograms to spread his message, Sanders teams up with Ocasio-Cortez on banking reform, and…
Thu. 05/09 – Two Campaigns Unionize
May 9, 2019 • 19 min
How Amy Klobuchar’s Fox News Town Hall turned out, campaign workers for two candidates have now joined unions, Kamala Harris introduces a bill to help public defenders, and Elizabeth Warren releases her plan to eliminate opioid addiction. Links:Amy…
Wed. 05/08 – Why Aren’t the Primaries All on One Day?
May 8, 2019 • 17 min
A deep dive into why the Democratic primaries are on different dates, and every state doesn’t just go at once; Gillibrand says she’ll only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade; and a look at Fox News and its unlikely position as a power player in…
Tue. 05/07 – The Sanders Cable Access TV Show
May 7, 2019 • 18 min
A look at Sanders and his old cable access TV show, a new poll shows Biden pulling support away from pretty much everybody else, and all about Warren’s tax proposal on the ultra-wealthy. Links:‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ What We Found in the Archives of…
Mon. 05/06 – Gender Bias, Guns, and Sunday School
May 6, 2019 • 19 min
How gender bias plays into the “electability” problem, Buttigieg is the latest candidate to visit Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School class, Cory Cooker’s plan to end gun violence, and new polling shows Republicans are even more enthusiastic than Democrats about…
Fri. 05/03 – Harris Leverages “Nasty” Remarks & Inslee’s Climate Plan
May 3, 2019 • 19 min
Harris uses Trump’s “nasty” comments to raise money, Jay Inslee releases an ambitious climate plan, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg are on the cover of Time Magazine, Tim Ryan releases his tax returns, and candidates are asking for more donors to qualify for…
Thu. 05/02 – Bennet is Running and Harris Goes Viral
May 2, 2019 • 15 min
Senator Michael Bennet is officially running, Kamala Harris wins the media cycle questioning Bill Barr, a look into Beto O’Rourke’s teenage hacker past, and candidates sign a “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. Links:Sen. Michael Bennet announces he’s running…
Wed. 05/01 – Democracy Dollars, Biden’s Bounce, and the Senior Surge
May 1, 2019 • 20 min
Gillibrand’s new “Democracy Dollars” plan, Biden’s big bounce in the polls, what the Biden bounce means for Sanders, a “senior surge” accompanied the youth voting surge last year, what the candidates think about vaccination, and Buttigieg releases his tax…
Tue. 04/30 – Polls, Unity, and Biden Supports a Public Option
Apr 30, 2019 • 16 min
Stacey Abrams is not running for Senate, early polling in Texas finds surprising results, a CNN poll finds voter enthusiasm is way up, Pete Buttigieg faces false attacks from the right wing, 2020 candidates begin signing a unity pledge, and Biden supports…
Mon. 04/29 – Poll Shows 54% of Democrats Have No Preference
Apr 29, 2019 • 19 min
Beto O’Rourke releases his plan to address climate change, Joe Biden raises a boatload of money on his first day, rumor has it that Stacey Abrams might announce today or tomorrow whether she’s running for Senate or President, a new poll reveals that 54…
Fri. 04/26 – Women of Color
Apr 26, 2019 • 18 min
Biden’s apology to Anita Hill falls flat, the candidates speak to women of color at the She the People forum, and is Stacey Abrams running for President? Or the Senate? Or what? Links:Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is…
Thu. 04/25 – Biden Time
Apr 25, 2019 • 16 min
Joe Biden makes it official, Cory Booker releases his tax returns, and a look behind the scenes of the Biden run from before his announcement. Links:Joe Biden Finally Launches Campaign With Video Directly Attacking Trump (NY Mag)Joe Biden Joins 2020…
Wed. 04/24 – Young Voter Turnout Surges and Candidates Consider Legalizing Marijuana
Apr 24, 2019 • 18 min
Young voter turnout is way up, Jay Inslee calls for a debate specifically devoted to climate change, where the candidates stand on legalizing marijuana, what’s up with the 15 percent threshold, and a look at the candidates’ cash on hand. Links:Young voter…
Tue. 04/23 – Town Halls Aplenty and Biden Delays
Apr 23, 2019 • 18 min
Kamala Harris calls for impeachment in a CNN Town Hall, a bunch of other key moments from the five CNN Town Hall events last night, Monmouth University releases its latest 2020 preference poll, and Biden delays his announcement. Links:Ryan Saavedra on…
Mon. 04/22 – Moulton is In, Warren to Eliminate Student Debt
Apr 22, 2019 • 18 min
Seth Moulton is running, Warren proposes student debt relief for millions, a quick update on the Stop & Shop strike, Warren comes out in favor of impeachment, and Michael Bennet may be ready to run. Links:Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton to run for president in…
Fri. 04/19 – The Stop & Shop Strike and Biden is Ready
Apr 19, 2019 • 16 min
Which candidates have already qualified for the debates, the Stop & Shop strike draws primary candidates, Joe Biden is expected to announce on Wednesday, Buttigieg is planning to become a father, and Sanders gets endorsements from black lawmakers in South…
Thu. 04/18 – National Service Programs and Climate Change
Apr 18, 2019 • 18 min
Buttigieg and Delaney propose national service programs, Terry McAuliffe is officially NOT running, an update on Gravel’s fundraising as a protest candidate, why the press is so enthusiastic about Buttigieg, and where all the candidates stand on climate…
Wed. 04/17 – Buttigieg vs. Hecklers & Warren on Public Lands
Apr 17, 2019 • 17 min
A look at how policy is used as a tool by candidates, Bernie Sanders gets cheers on Fox News, the full FEC fundraising list is now online, Buttigieg faces hecklers in Iowa, and Warren proposes a new plan to protect public lands. Links:Some thoughts on…
Tue. 04/16 – More Fun Tax Returns; Bill Weld Challenges Trump
Apr 16, 2019 • 19 min
Bernie Sanders releases his tax returns, Bill Weld is officially challenging Trump in the Republican primary, wealthy Democrats are worried about Sanders, most of the Democratic Q1 fundraising numbers are officially online, how the polls match up with the…
Mon. 04/15 – Mayor Pete Brings the Heat
Apr 15, 2019 • 19 min
Buttigieg makes it official, Cory Booker returns to Newark for a rally, an explainer on what the difference is between a presidential exploratory committee and officially announcing that you’re running, more on campaign fundraising, and Kamala Harris wins…
Fri. 04/12 – All About Medicare for All
Apr 12, 2019 • 20 min
A deep dive on the latest Bernie Sanders Medicare for All plan: what it is, what it might mean for you, and how we might pay for it. After that, a look at what’s happening on the ground in Iowa, and a quick perspective on fundraising overall. Links:Read…
Thu. 04/11 – Warren, Booker, Castro, and Gabbard
Apr 11, 2019 • 17 min
Warren raises $6 million, Warren releases yet more tax returns, Cory Booker wants to fix bias in algorithms, Julián Castro plans a big-bet rally, and Tulsi Gabbard will be in the debates. Links:Warren raises $6 million in first quarter (Politico)Sen.…
Wed. 04/10 – How to Count (Candidates)
Apr 10, 2019 • 16 min
Nate Silver teaches us how to count candidates, Biden is rumored to announce after Easter, Oregon is poised to join the national popular vote movement, Washington state has a primary that will actually matter, and Amy Walter breaks down everything you…
Tue. 04/09 – Swalwell and Gravel are In, and Klobuchar Out-Raises Booker
Apr 9, 2019 • 16 min
Eric Swalwell gets into the race on Colbert, Mike Gravel enters the race—kinda, Amy Klobuchar rakes in $5 million, FiveThirtyEight analyzes cable TV news so you don’t have to watch it, and Biden still leads in early polling. Links:Eric Swalwell announces…
Mon. 04/08 - Ryan Is In, Plus Buttigieg vs. Pence
Apr 8, 2019 • 15 min
Today: Tim Ryan is officially in the race, everybody wants John Lewis’s endorsement, Bernie Sanders still hasn’t released his tax returns—but I’ll tell you who HAS, Pete Buttigieg calls out the Mike Pences of the world, Joe Biden hedges his…