Ep 20 - Where the hell have ya been?

We're back! But where the hell have we been? Peru and Maine, mostly. And a little bit of Canada. Plus one of us has a new job as an elected official. It's been a busy "month off" from the show, but we're excited to catch up on everything we missed and jump right back into making sure that this Blue Wave becomes a reality in November!

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Ep 19 - Learning from a loss

It is never easy to lose, but we can learn quite a bit from those races and candidates who just don't make it this time. Is there really a split in the Democratic party? What messages are working? Is this Blue Wave really going to happen? In this episode, we asked these questions to two campaigns that worked hard, but fell short of the nomination. First we talked to Rachel Coyle, who was the communications director for Sen. Joe Schiavoni's run for Ohio Governor, and then we talked with Councilman Tom Bullock, who ran for a seat in the Ohio State House. Each had a different experience in their fight, but both are still optimistic of what is coming in November. 

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Ep 18 - Where are all the Ohio Democrats? Part 2

David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, takes us through his reading of the Ohio primary numbers and explains how Democrats have narrowed the gap on Republicans while facing a machine that has controlled the state for years. While we all agree there's more to do, David tries to set us straight on why Democrats are in a better position than ever in Ohio.

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Ep 17 - Where are all the Ohio Democrats?

Ohio’s primary turnout numbers show that Republicans beat Democrats by over ten points.  But how can that be? This is supposed to be the year of the Blue Wave! Democrats are supposed to be more energized that ever before! But in many states, including Ohio, the Republican turnout machine is in good order while Democrats can't even beat the numbers from 2010. Join us in taking a look at these numbers and help us debate what needs to be done next.

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Ep 16 - First time, long time

Tim Piatt, is a friend of the Wave and a labor attorney that is jumping in head first to make this Blue Wave happen. To start this movement, we have to challenge every seat and Tim is doing just that. He is standing up to the big names and telling labor unions that if elected, the Democratic party won’t forget them anymore.

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Ep 15 - It's time to fight dirty

One thing you have to say about Republicans - they know how to work the system to win. What if Democrats learned how to fight like that? David Faris, author and Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University, says we should divide California into seven states, gain statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington DC, enlarge the Supreme Court, and pass a new Voting Rights Act. Listen to our conversation and hear why he believes it is time for Democrats to learn to fight dirty.

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Ep 14 - Run with Pride

While some may think that LGBTQ issues were effectively solved with the legalization of same-sex marriage, those in the community know that the fight for equal rights continues on a state and federal level.  From statutory to everyday discrimination, Run with Pride has been working to find candidates that understand that discrimination and have the drive to push legislation to protect LGBTQ rights. 

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Ep. 12 - Let me tell you a story

Good storytellers win elections. Organizing for Action, or OFA, has been using that very idea across the United States to encourage citizens to become educated in political issues, share their personal stories with others and lead their communities.  In this episode, we talk to Rachel Sosnowchik, a field organizer for OFA, who has been leading workshops that focus on having people tell their stories to form a connection to others. 

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Ep. 8 - A new generation of leadership

If elected as Ohio's Governor, Senator Joe Schiavoni will be the youngest governor in the country. This former Gold Glove boxer and Senate Minority Leader is now in one the biggest Democratic primaries in the country. In this episode, we speak to Senator Schiavoni about the importance of a new generation of leadership and get a rare look inside how running a statewide campaign can affect family life and how Senator Schiavoni balances it all. 

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Ep. 7 - You run. No, you run. Let's all run!

Facebook is a double-edged sword. It has been Russia’s main source for spreading misinformation in the US, but it also became the place where shell-shocked progressives went to find communal support after the political earthquake that was 2016. Lorraine Wilburn was one of those that felt lost, but after founding a Facebook group focused on her community's needs and gaining almost 1,000 members, she is now setting off to run for Ohio House District 48.

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