Joining the conversation is outspoken author/commentator/political strategist Rick Wilson.
His many credits include the New York Times best-sellers “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and “Running Against the Devil.” He writes for The Daily Beast, Politico,The New York Daily News, The Federalist, The Independent Journal Review, and Ricochet,and is a frequent guest on various cable and network news outlets. Rick is a veteran Republican strategist and ad guru dating back to George H. W. Bush‘s 1988 campaign. He left the Republican Party following the 2016 United States presidential election, and was a founder of The Lincoln Project, a Super PAC organized by current and former Republicans opposed to Donald Trump and Trumpism in the Republican Party.
We’re joined by one of the nation’s leading experts on voting rights, Michael Li from the Brennan Center for Justice. Li is senior counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program where his work focuses on redistricting, voting rights, and elections. He was the author of a widely cited blog on redistricting and election law issues that the New York Times called “indispensable.” He is a regular writer and commentator on election law issues on cable news and in the nation’s leading newspapers and periodicals.
In addition to his election law work, Li previously served as executive director of Be One Texas, a donor alliance that oversaw strategic and targeted investments in nonprofit organizations working to increase voter participation and engagement in historically disadvantaged African American and Hispanic communities in Texas. Li also was an unofficial adviser to Michigan’s Voters Not Politicians as that grassroots group was developing the constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in our state.
We’re joined this week by veteran pollster Stan Greenberg.
Greenberg is a best-selling author and polling adviser to presidents, prime ministers, and CEOs globally and right now, is conducting deep research in multiple countries. He was the senior pollster for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and President Nelson Mandela. Greenberg’s corporate clients have included Microsoft and other global companies.
Greenberg’s research and writing on disruptive changes in the US, Britain, Europe, South Africa, and Venezuela and on the parties of both left and right is driving the public debate. His book about how America addresses its deepest problems was applauded by Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, for its “great sense of history as well as deep understanding of the hopes and fears of today’s Americans.” And his new book, RIP GOP, was published by St. Martin’s Press in the fall of 2019.
Jeff and Mark talk widespread voter suppression efforts in state legislatures across the country, including Michigan, with Time magazine’s National Political Correspondent Molly Ball. Also on the pod: good policy is good politics as President Biden prepares to sign into law the highly popular $1.9-trillion American Relief Act. And Mark reflects on the special magic of “Eternal General” Frank Kelley who passed away last Friday.