Elections

Local, state and national election coverage on KBOO community radio

Drill Baby Drill: Some rightwingers watch the vp debate

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Ubu Hour
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Sun, 11/02/2008

Drill Baby Drill: Richard Liary and his rightwing friends watch the VP debate... a hilarious political spoof.  

4:26 minutes (4.07 MB)

The new poll tax

The great Rachel Maddow on the modern poll tax:

(still working on embedding video. Watch it anyway, foo!)

(H/T, Pandagon)

-A

End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

-A

Just voted!

 Just dropped off the ol' ballot. It feels pretty good.

It's hard to believe that this interminable election campaign (far, far too long) is nearly over. It's hard, too, to untie all the emotions that are bound up with it, at least for me.

For those of you who listen to the show, you've heard Joe and I pour out a lifetime's worth of angst over the last several years. So much has happened that one's sense of outrage (if one has been paying attention) blurs between this war and that Constitutional affront and this abuse of power ... It's like a background white noise of outrage.

War. Torture. Election theft. Disenfranchisement. Disappearing liberties. The abolition of science in the public sphere. The triumph of plutocracy. The reign of fear in electoral politics. The reign of cowardice in Congressional politics. And on and on.

Will an Obama win really signify the end of all this, a turning toward something better? I want to believe it so badly. I do believe it on some level. But I'm skeptical.

What if he's some kinda corporate Manchurian candidate. What if, behind the reasonable, progressive facade it's just business as usual in an Obama administration?

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, our work as progressives is not over. It's just begun. More on this later.

-A

Special Programming: Public Affairs

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Air date: 
Sat, 11/15/2008 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Hear a round table discussion on the results of the election moderated by Dave Mazza.

Democracy Now!

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Democracy Now!
Air date: 
Wed, 11/05/2008 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Hear hour two of Democracy Now's Day-After Election Coverage.

Radiozine

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 11/04/2008 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Hear Free Speech Radio News Election Day headlines plus local election updates.

National Lawyer's Guild President on Election

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Radiozine
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Thu, 10/30/2008

Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild, on constitutional issues and the election. She says the candidates have not adequately explained why the future of the Supreme Court is an important election issue. She says the issues of choice, affirmative action and national security are examples of important issues that will be affected by a new Supreme Court.

17:32 minutes (16.06 MB)

Nader campaign report and more on the election

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Air Cascadia
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Sun, 11/02/2008
14:52 minutes (2.55 MB)

Naomi Wolf Live: Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, PT 2

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Wed, 10/29/2008

Naomi Wolf, author of Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries is interviewd for We The People by contributor Linda Olson-Osterlund.  She talks about what she calls a coup by the Bush administration.

In Part 2 she answers calls from Kboo listeners and talks about actins taht can be taken to restore democracy in the United States.

For more information see http://naomiwolf.org

 

29:23 minutes (26.91 MB)
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