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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com. Originating on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles and syndicated coast-to-coast and around the globe! NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 10/28/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on Trump's SCOTUS Election Trump Cards)

On today's 'BradCast': A bad day for Trump -- 'Anonymous' revealed himself as Miles Taylor, Chief of Staff of Trump's own Dept. of Homeland Security, who has endorsed Joe Bien. The stock market sank over the unchecked third-peak surge in the U.S. COVID pandemic. Hackers defaced Trump's campaign website. Twenty former Republican US Attorneys endorsed Biden. Trump abandoned his supporters to frigid temperatures in Omaha, NE after his latest super-spreader rally. But Trump still has a few Trump Cards that he believes, with good reason, will secure his re-election: his stolen and corrupt U.S. Supreme Court. Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN explains the ways that Trump is trying to use the courts to block timely-cast ballots from being counted at all after Election Day, and a scheme that is based in the latest concurrence filed by former GOP operative-turned-GOP activist Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh's opinion, blocking Wisconsin from counting legitimate but late-arriving mail-in ballots, is full of demonstrable, laughable, egregious errors of fact. But worse, it cites the rejected Bush v. Gore opinion from the Florida 2000 election debacle that handed the election to George W. Bush, despite that ruling specifically stating it can never be used as precedent. Stern describes the several ways in which that radical ruling could be the Trump Card that helps Republicans steal this year's election. Stern also offers his thoughts on Biden's call for a bi-partisan commission to study the court expansion and reform (if Democrats win both the White House and the Senate), and a federal court ruling rejecting the Justice Department's absurd attempt to derail a defamation lawsuit against Trump by columnist E. Jean Carroll.

58 min23 h ago
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'BradCast' 10/28/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on Trump's SCOTUS Election Trump Cards)

'BradCast' 10/27/2020 (Guest: Aaron Belkin of Take Back the Court)

On today's 'BradCast': The GOP's already-stolen Supreme Court has ordered Wisconsin to reject perfectly legal, timely-cast and postmarked mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day. Senate Republicans have kept their promise to break their previous promise to never seat a new Supreme Court Justice during a Presidential election year, installing Donald Trump's third nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to a lifetime position on the nation's highest court. Barrett is the first justice in U.S. history to be confirmed with zero votes from the minority party in the Senate, and the first in history to be installed so close to a presidential election, after more than 60 million Americans have already voted. AARON BELKIN, Director of Take Back the Court, the nation's oldest organization calling for expansion and reform of SCOTUS and lower federal courts, explains the Republicans' newest court-packing stunt after the GOP's original theft of the high court in 2016. While the need to save democracy itself by unrigging the Republican's packed federal courts is quite clear, the question remains as to whether Senate Democrats understand it, and whether they will have the courage to do so -- IF they are able to win back control of the chamber in spite of years of voter suppression laws and gerrymandering enacted by states and GOP judges. Belkin also covers what Americans must do to ensure court reform, expansion and restoration of democratic norms, should Democrats win back both the Senate and White House. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min2 d ago
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'BradCast' 10/27/2020 (Guest: Aaron Belkin of Take Back the Court)

'BradCast' 10/26/2020 (Guest: Legendary FL election supervisor Ion Sancho, on vulnerabilities in the state's tabulation systems)

On today's 'BradCast': The Trump Administration is no longer trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who said on CNN, 'we aren't going to control the pandemic.' The U.S. is hitting its third peak of infections, with new daily records for new infections now outpacing previous peaks. The pandemic is getting worse, and the President of the United States is the nation's top super-spreader via his maskless rallies around the country. Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaign appearances, despite at least five of his inner staff circle tested positive. Trump says factual reporting on COVID data should be illegal. Talks between the White House and Democrats on a new emergency relief package for the American people have collapsed. A ransomware attack has hit a Georgia county's elections infrastructure, knocking out key components. If a similar ransomware attack occurs on or before Election Day in any of the thousands of counties that rely on the Internet or networked computers for voting, it could generate absolute chaos. Trump has indicated he hopes to exploit election chaos with the help of gerrymandered Republican-controlled state legislatures around the country, and the stolen U.S. Supreme Court with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in the U.S. Senate. Legendary former Florida elections official, Ion Sancho (who oversaw the FL 2000 recount) explains his concerns about uncertified, unsecure wireless cellular modems installed on electronic voting machines used in 47 of Florida's 67 counties that could allow hackers to change election results undetectably. Sancho also offers solutions and specific actions that voters can take now to protect their own vote and get involved in helping to protect the integrity of the Nov. 3 election.

57 min2 d ago
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'BradCast' 10/26/2020 (Guest: Legendary FL election supervisor Ion Sancho, on vulnerabilities in the state's tabulation systems)

'BradCast' 10/23/2020 (Special Coverage of the final 2020 Presidential Debate, w/ Heather 'Digby' Parton and Richard 'R.J.' Eskow)

On today's 'BradCast': As new coronavirus infections spike to a new daily record in the U.S. on Thursday, with cases now on the rise in nearly 75 percent of the nation and hospitalizations increasing again in 38 states, our infected President, Donald Trump, and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, faced off in Nashville, TN for the (mercifully) final debate of the 2020 season. We have full analysis, context and fact-checking with award-winning opinion journalist HEATHER DIGBY PARTON of Salon and Hullaballoo, and RICHARD 'R.J.' ESKOW of 'The Zero Hour,' to make sense of the Nightmare Before Halloween that aired on Thursday night from Belmont University, moderated with a helpful mute button by NBC's Kristen Welker. We cover the broad range of topics, from Trump's family separation policy to climate change to the best and worst moments for each candidate. Eskow offers insights -- as a former health insurance industry executive -- into the facts about both Biden and Trump's plans for healthcare coverage, amid the worsening pandemic and the threat by the GOP's stolen U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act just days after the election. Parton helpfully decodes Trump's ginned-up Fox News-fueled 'scandals' smearing the Biden family and the hidden strategy underlying it. They also deliver a chilling warning for anyone who may be under the false impression that Biden has the election wrapped up, and remind voters: 'The margin of victory [for Biden] must be greater than the margin of theft, suppression, and litigation'...

57 min6 d ago
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'BradCast' 10/23/2020 (Special Coverage of the final 2020 Presidential Debate, w/ Heather 'Digby' Parton and Richard 'R.J.' Eskow)

'BradCast' 10/22/2020 (Guest: Attorney Ron Fein of Free Speech for People on new federal voter intimidation lawsuit against Trump and Barr)

On today's 'BradCast': Joe Biden has proposed a bipartisan commission to study federal court system reform to counter years of Republican court-packing, if he wins the election – we discuss whether this is a smart political position for him to take right now. Senate Republicans broke their own Judiciary Committee rules to ram through the 'sham' nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, without a single Democrat present. The GOP's already-stolen Supreme Court has blocked safer curbside voting for disabled and elderly voters in Alabama, as requested by Republican Sec. of State John Merrill, ignoring CDC recommendations and in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Trump's Director of National Intelligence John Ratclifffe hastily convened an absurd press conference to declare that Iran was behind threatening emails sent to Democratic voters in some states, without providing any supporting evidence; skepticism of the administration's claims is warranted, short of independently verifiable information. The Legal Director of the non-partisan good government organization Free Speech for People, RON FEIN, explains the new federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the Latino civic engagement group Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and individual voters, charging that Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr and Acting Sec. of Homeland Security Chad Wolf are violating federal laws against voter intimidation. Fein also discusses a related federal lawsuit to stop a private mercenary contractor who has posted job listings seeking armed former special ops troops to patrol polling sites in the Minnesota. Plus Desi Doyen joins us for our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/22/2020 (Guest: Attorney Ron Fein of Free Speech for People on new federal voter intimidation lawsuit against Trump and Barr)

'BradCast' 10/21/2020 (Guest: FairVote's David Daley on the rise and someday-fall of the GOP's 'Permanent Minority Rule')

On today's 'BradCast': Lawyers really don't like Donald Trump – even when he pays them millions. Senate Democrats move to delay a vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court less than two weeks before the presidential election. The very rightwing 5th Circuit rules election workers can discard legal absentee ballots based on perceived signature mismatches without contacting voters first to allow them to cure any perceived problems. It's the type of voter suppression might have been blocked in advance by the Voting Rights Act until the GOP-majority U.S. Supreme Court gutted the law in 2013. The ruling in the infamous Shelby County case was part of a Republican 'Plot for Permanent Minority Rule' run by Karl Rove and the GOP, as expertly detailed by our guest today. DAVID DALEY, author and Senior Fellow at FairVote.org, explains his new must-read cover story in The New Republic detailing the full scope of the GOP's successful, national scheme to gain control of state legislatures before the 2010 Census, in order to gerrymander democracy for the next decade and pass restrictions on voting rights with far-reaching consequences. The nation has paid a very steep price ever since, as Republicans in Congress and state legislatures have entrenched minority rule in many battleground states and opportunists like Donald Trump have taken advantage of lost protections for voting rights that haunt America's hobbled democracy today. Daley also discusses how democracy can be restored, noting that state legislatures and voting maps are on the line again in the November 3 election. So please VOTE, and vote all the way down the ballot. Plus: a few words from comedy legend Mel Brooks...

57 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/21/2020 (Guest: FairVote's David Daley on the rise and someday-fall of the GOP's 'Permanent Minority Rule')

'BradCast' 10/20/2020 (Good News, Bad News! It's 'The Caveat Show!')

On today's 'BradCast': A lot of good news/bad news for voters and voting rights, Democrats and Republicans as we head into the most crucial election in modern U.S. history. Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has endorsed Joe Biden for President, joining hundreds of former GOP officials, governors, national security experts and more in rejecting Donald Trump as unfit for office. USA Today, which has never endorsed any Presidential nominee, does the same, citing Trump's 'shambolic response' to the coronavirus pandemic. Florida shatters records in its first day of Early Voting – but does it reflect actual sustained voter enthusiasm, or fear of COVID and Postal Service slowdowns? Encouraging fund-raising totals for Democratic Senate candidates in comparison to their incumbent Republican opponents in many states come with several major caveats. Short-term good news for Pennsylvania voters -- the Republicans' stolen U.S. Supreme Court will allow counting of mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted up to three days afterwards. But SCOTUS intruding into a state court ruling on a state's constitutional "right to vote" is quite foreboding news that's about to made much worse with the addition of Amy Coney Barrett on the high court. Also today: Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/20/2020 (Good News, Bad News! It's 'The Caveat Show!')

'BradCast' 10/19/2020 (Guest: Emily Levy of Scrutineers.org on citizen election protection)

On today's 'BradCast': Republican appointees to the Michigan state Court of Appeals have blocked extended deadlines to receive mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day, allowing election officials to discard perfectly legal ballots delayed by U.S. Postal Service slowdowns. In Orange County, Florida, on the first day of Early Voting, voters had to stand in hours-long lines after the entire voting system went down due because the private vendor running the county's elections failed to renew the office's website domain correctly. Today's disturbing headlines to serve as a reminder that the only thing that matters between now and November 3rd is the general election -- we have some important tips on how to maximize the chances of your vote being counted as cast. With all of the voting problems already unfolding in this election -- even more than usual -- public oversight of the election, before, during and after Election Day will be critical. EMILY LEVY, longtime election protection advocate and founder of Scrutineers.org, a nonpartisan online community of people working to protect US elections, joins us to detail the many ways that YOU can get involved with helping to oversee our elections. Levy explains a number of ongoing projects that anyone, at any level, can join -- from free Zoom training workshops, to enhanced training for poll workers and poll watchers, to observing official tallies and post-election 'audits', and many more ways that citizens can get involved to ensure that voters in their own communities are able to vote and have their ballots tallied accurately. Callers weigh in on all of the above...

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/19/2020 (Guest: Emily Levy of Scrutineers.org on citizen election protection)

'BradCast' 10/16/2020 (Election law prof Joshua A. Douglas on 2020 federal court voting rights roller coaster)

On today's 'BradCast': It's difficult to keep up with the roller coaster of federal court rulings on voting rights, as the Trump Campaign and Republican Party have sued in nearly every state to halt efforts make voting easier and safer during the pandemic. Lower federal courts have often upheld expansion of voting access, only to be overturned at the appellate and Supreme Court levels, often in deference to state legislatures, even when doing so will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in violation of federal law and the Constitution. University of Kentucky election law professor JOSHUA A. DOUGLAS, author of 'Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting', joins us to discuss his new op-ed asking, if courts are supposed to protect the right to vote, why aren't they? Douglas explains the troubling answers to that question, along with good suggestions for how voters can begin to correct the course of events that have allowed Republicans to pack rightwing judges across the federal judiciary. Also today: Donald Trump on Thursday rejected California's emergency disaster declaration for the ongoing, record wildfires across the state that have burned more than 4 million acres this year (double the previous record year) and killed 31 people. Former DHS Chief of Staff Miles Taylor says Trump privately ordered FEMA to withhold disaster aid to California because it did not vote for him. Trump abruptly reversed himself on Friday, perhaps realizing it's a bad look to withhold aid from a state that has more registered Republicans than any other in the union mere weeks before Election Day. Plus: Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/16/2020 (Election law prof Joshua A. Douglas on 2020 federal court voting rights roller coaster)

'BradCast' 10/15/2020 (Guest: Legal reporter Mark Joseph Stern on 'deranged' Barrett SCOTUS hearings)

On today's 'BradCast': Senate Republicans move full speed ahead in their desperate attempt to further pack the US Supreme Court while they still can. Slate's great legal reporter, MARK JOSEPH STERN, analyzes the week of hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee to install Amy Coney Barrett on the Republicans' already-stolen Supreme Court before Election Day. Stern reports that the nominee established a new low for such hearings by refusing to give meaningful answers to any questions -- even questions about established federal law -- and calls the unprecedented rush to ram through the nomination a 'deranged power grab' by Republicans to cement their rightwing takeover of the federal judiciary. Stern also discusses the web of shadowy, unaccountable dark money groups that are backing Barrett's nomination, assesses the performances of Senate Democrats during the 'sham' hearings, and whether court reform is on the Democrats' agenda should they win back the White House and the Senate majority in the November election. Also today: Hours-long lines in early voting in Georgia were caused by the state's costly new unverifiable touchscreen voting system, including failed check-in computers that caused bottlenecks at voting locations due to lack of bandwidth to handle the completely predictable high voter turnout. The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issue new warnings that malicious actors (most likely foreign, they suggest) have obtained 'unauthorized access' to elections supports systems,' but say they have 'no evidence to date that integrity of elections data has been compromised.'....

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/15/2020 (Guest: Legal reporter Mark Joseph Stern on 'deranged' Barrett SCOTUS hearings)

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 10/28/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on Trump's SCOTUS Election Trump Cards)

On today's 'BradCast': A bad day for Trump -- 'Anonymous' revealed himself as Miles Taylor, Chief of Staff of Trump's own Dept. of Homeland Security, who has endorsed Joe Bien. The stock market sank over the unchecked third-peak surge in the U.S. COVID pandemic. Hackers defaced Trump's campaign website. Twenty former Republican US Attorneys endorsed Biden. Trump abandoned his supporters to frigid temperatures in Omaha, NE after his latest super-spreader rally. But Trump still has a few Trump Cards that he believes, with good reason, will secure his re-election: his stolen and corrupt U.S. Supreme Court. Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN explains the ways that Trump is trying to use the courts to block timely-cast ballots from being counted at all after Election Day, and a scheme that is based in the latest concurrence filed by former GOP operative-turned-GOP activist Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh's opinion, blocking Wisconsin from counting legitimate but late-arriving mail-in ballots, is full of demonstrable, laughable, egregious errors of fact. But worse, it cites the rejected Bush v. Gore opinion from the Florida 2000 election debacle that handed the election to George W. Bush, despite that ruling specifically stating it can never be used as precedent. Stern describes the several ways in which that radical ruling could be the Trump Card that helps Republicans steal this year's election. Stern also offers his thoughts on Biden's call for a bi-partisan commission to study the court expansion and reform (if Democrats win both the White House and the Senate), and a federal court ruling rejecting the Justice Department's absurd attempt to derail a defamation lawsuit against Trump by columnist E. Jean Carroll.

58 min23 h ago
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'BradCast' 10/28/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on Trump's SCOTUS Election Trump Cards)

'BradCast' 10/27/2020 (Guest: Aaron Belkin of Take Back the Court)

On today's 'BradCast': The GOP's already-stolen Supreme Court has ordered Wisconsin to reject perfectly legal, timely-cast and postmarked mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day. Senate Republicans have kept their promise to break their previous promise to never seat a new Supreme Court Justice during a Presidential election year, installing Donald Trump's third nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to a lifetime position on the nation's highest court. Barrett is the first justice in U.S. history to be confirmed with zero votes from the minority party in the Senate, and the first in history to be installed so close to a presidential election, after more than 60 million Americans have already voted. AARON BELKIN, Director of Take Back the Court, the nation's oldest organization calling for expansion and reform of SCOTUS and lower federal courts, explains the Republicans' newest court-packing stunt after the GOP's original theft of the high court in 2016. While the need to save democracy itself by unrigging the Republican's packed federal courts is quite clear, the question remains as to whether Senate Democrats understand it, and whether they will have the courage to do so -- IF they are able to win back control of the chamber in spite of years of voter suppression laws and gerrymandering enacted by states and GOP judges. Belkin also covers what Americans must do to ensure court reform, expansion and restoration of democratic norms, should Democrats win back both the Senate and White House. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min2 d ago
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'BradCast' 10/27/2020 (Guest: Aaron Belkin of Take Back the Court)

'BradCast' 10/26/2020 (Guest: Legendary FL election supervisor Ion Sancho, on vulnerabilities in the state's tabulation systems)

On today's 'BradCast': The Trump Administration is no longer trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who said on CNN, 'we aren't going to control the pandemic.' The U.S. is hitting its third peak of infections, with new daily records for new infections now outpacing previous peaks. The pandemic is getting worse, and the President of the United States is the nation's top super-spreader via his maskless rallies around the country. Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaign appearances, despite at least five of his inner staff circle tested positive. Trump says factual reporting on COVID data should be illegal. Talks between the White House and Democrats on a new emergency relief package for the American people have collapsed. A ransomware attack has hit a Georgia county's elections infrastructure, knocking out key components. If a similar ransomware attack occurs on or before Election Day in any of the thousands of counties that rely on the Internet or networked computers for voting, it could generate absolute chaos. Trump has indicated he hopes to exploit election chaos with the help of gerrymandered Republican-controlled state legislatures around the country, and the stolen U.S. Supreme Court with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in the U.S. Senate. Legendary former Florida elections official, Ion Sancho (who oversaw the FL 2000 recount) explains his concerns about uncertified, unsecure wireless cellular modems installed on electronic voting machines used in 47 of Florida's 67 counties that could allow hackers to change election results undetectably. Sancho also offers solutions and specific actions that voters can take now to protect their own vote and get involved in helping to protect the integrity of the Nov. 3 election.

57 min2 d ago
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'BradCast' 10/26/2020 (Guest: Legendary FL election supervisor Ion Sancho, on vulnerabilities in the state's tabulation systems)

'BradCast' 10/23/2020 (Special Coverage of the final 2020 Presidential Debate, w/ Heather 'Digby' Parton and Richard 'R.J.' Eskow)

On today's 'BradCast': As new coronavirus infections spike to a new daily record in the U.S. on Thursday, with cases now on the rise in nearly 75 percent of the nation and hospitalizations increasing again in 38 states, our infected President, Donald Trump, and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, faced off in Nashville, TN for the (mercifully) final debate of the 2020 season. We have full analysis, context and fact-checking with award-winning opinion journalist HEATHER DIGBY PARTON of Salon and Hullaballoo, and RICHARD 'R.J.' ESKOW of 'The Zero Hour,' to make sense of the Nightmare Before Halloween that aired on Thursday night from Belmont University, moderated with a helpful mute button by NBC's Kristen Welker. We cover the broad range of topics, from Trump's family separation policy to climate change to the best and worst moments for each candidate. Eskow offers insights -- as a former health insurance industry executive -- into the facts about both Biden and Trump's plans for healthcare coverage, amid the worsening pandemic and the threat by the GOP's stolen U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act just days after the election. Parton helpfully decodes Trump's ginned-up Fox News-fueled 'scandals' smearing the Biden family and the hidden strategy underlying it. They also deliver a chilling warning for anyone who may be under the false impression that Biden has the election wrapped up, and remind voters: 'The margin of victory [for Biden] must be greater than the margin of theft, suppression, and litigation'...

57 min6 d ago
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'BradCast' 10/23/2020 (Special Coverage of the final 2020 Presidential Debate, w/ Heather 'Digby' Parton and Richard 'R.J.' Eskow)

'BradCast' 10/22/2020 (Guest: Attorney Ron Fein of Free Speech for People on new federal voter intimidation lawsuit against Trump and Barr)

On today's 'BradCast': Joe Biden has proposed a bipartisan commission to study federal court system reform to counter years of Republican court-packing, if he wins the election – we discuss whether this is a smart political position for him to take right now. Senate Republicans broke their own Judiciary Committee rules to ram through the 'sham' nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, without a single Democrat present. The GOP's already-stolen Supreme Court has blocked safer curbside voting for disabled and elderly voters in Alabama, as requested by Republican Sec. of State John Merrill, ignoring CDC recommendations and in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Trump's Director of National Intelligence John Ratclifffe hastily convened an absurd press conference to declare that Iran was behind threatening emails sent to Democratic voters in some states, without providing any supporting evidence; skepticism of the administration's claims is warranted, short of independently verifiable information. The Legal Director of the non-partisan good government organization Free Speech for People, RON FEIN, explains the new federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the Latino civic engagement group Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and individual voters, charging that Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr and Acting Sec. of Homeland Security Chad Wolf are violating federal laws against voter intimidation. Fein also discusses a related federal lawsuit to stop a private mercenary contractor who has posted job listings seeking armed former special ops troops to patrol polling sites in the Minnesota. Plus Desi Doyen joins us for our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/22/2020 (Guest: Attorney Ron Fein of Free Speech for People on new federal voter intimidation lawsuit against Trump and Barr)

'BradCast' 10/21/2020 (Guest: FairVote's David Daley on the rise and someday-fall of the GOP's 'Permanent Minority Rule')

On today's 'BradCast': Lawyers really don't like Donald Trump – even when he pays them millions. Senate Democrats move to delay a vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court less than two weeks before the presidential election. The very rightwing 5th Circuit rules election workers can discard legal absentee ballots based on perceived signature mismatches without contacting voters first to allow them to cure any perceived problems. It's the type of voter suppression might have been blocked in advance by the Voting Rights Act until the GOP-majority U.S. Supreme Court gutted the law in 2013. The ruling in the infamous Shelby County case was part of a Republican 'Plot for Permanent Minority Rule' run by Karl Rove and the GOP, as expertly detailed by our guest today. DAVID DALEY, author and Senior Fellow at FairVote.org, explains his new must-read cover story in The New Republic detailing the full scope of the GOP's successful, national scheme to gain control of state legislatures before the 2010 Census, in order to gerrymander democracy for the next decade and pass restrictions on voting rights with far-reaching consequences. The nation has paid a very steep price ever since, as Republicans in Congress and state legislatures have entrenched minority rule in many battleground states and opportunists like Donald Trump have taken advantage of lost protections for voting rights that haunt America's hobbled democracy today. Daley also discusses how democracy can be restored, noting that state legislatures and voting maps are on the line again in the November 3 election. So please VOTE, and vote all the way down the ballot. Plus: a few words from comedy legend Mel Brooks...

57 min1 w ago
Comments
'BradCast' 10/21/2020 (Guest: FairVote's David Daley on the rise and someday-fall of the GOP's 'Permanent Minority Rule')

'BradCast' 10/20/2020 (Good News, Bad News! It's 'The Caveat Show!')

On today's 'BradCast': A lot of good news/bad news for voters and voting rights, Democrats and Republicans as we head into the most crucial election in modern U.S. history. Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has endorsed Joe Biden for President, joining hundreds of former GOP officials, governors, national security experts and more in rejecting Donald Trump as unfit for office. USA Today, which has never endorsed any Presidential nominee, does the same, citing Trump's 'shambolic response' to the coronavirus pandemic. Florida shatters records in its first day of Early Voting – but does it reflect actual sustained voter enthusiasm, or fear of COVID and Postal Service slowdowns? Encouraging fund-raising totals for Democratic Senate candidates in comparison to their incumbent Republican opponents in many states come with several major caveats. Short-term good news for Pennsylvania voters -- the Republicans' stolen U.S. Supreme Court will allow counting of mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted up to three days afterwards. But SCOTUS intruding into a state court ruling on a state's constitutional "right to vote" is quite foreboding news that's about to made much worse with the addition of Amy Coney Barrett on the high court. Also today: Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min1 w ago
Comments
'BradCast' 10/20/2020 (Good News, Bad News! It's 'The Caveat Show!')

'BradCast' 10/19/2020 (Guest: Emily Levy of Scrutineers.org on citizen election protection)

On today's 'BradCast': Republican appointees to the Michigan state Court of Appeals have blocked extended deadlines to receive mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day, allowing election officials to discard perfectly legal ballots delayed by U.S. Postal Service slowdowns. In Orange County, Florida, on the first day of Early Voting, voters had to stand in hours-long lines after the entire voting system went down due because the private vendor running the county's elections failed to renew the office's website domain correctly. Today's disturbing headlines to serve as a reminder that the only thing that matters between now and November 3rd is the general election -- we have some important tips on how to maximize the chances of your vote being counted as cast. With all of the voting problems already unfolding in this election -- even more than usual -- public oversight of the election, before, during and after Election Day will be critical. EMILY LEVY, longtime election protection advocate and founder of Scrutineers.org, a nonpartisan online community of people working to protect US elections, joins us to detail the many ways that YOU can get involved with helping to oversee our elections. Levy explains a number of ongoing projects that anyone, at any level, can join -- from free Zoom training workshops, to enhanced training for poll workers and poll watchers, to observing official tallies and post-election 'audits', and many more ways that citizens can get involved to ensure that voters in their own communities are able to vote and have their ballots tallied accurately. Callers weigh in on all of the above...

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/19/2020 (Guest: Emily Levy of Scrutineers.org on citizen election protection)

'BradCast' 10/16/2020 (Election law prof Joshua A. Douglas on 2020 federal court voting rights roller coaster)

On today's 'BradCast': It's difficult to keep up with the roller coaster of federal court rulings on voting rights, as the Trump Campaign and Republican Party have sued in nearly every state to halt efforts make voting easier and safer during the pandemic. Lower federal courts have often upheld expansion of voting access, only to be overturned at the appellate and Supreme Court levels, often in deference to state legislatures, even when doing so will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in violation of federal law and the Constitution. University of Kentucky election law professor JOSHUA A. DOUGLAS, author of 'Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting', joins us to discuss his new op-ed asking, if courts are supposed to protect the right to vote, why aren't they? Douglas explains the troubling answers to that question, along with good suggestions for how voters can begin to correct the course of events that have allowed Republicans to pack rightwing judges across the federal judiciary. Also today: Donald Trump on Thursday rejected California's emergency disaster declaration for the ongoing, record wildfires across the state that have burned more than 4 million acres this year (double the previous record year) and killed 31 people. Former DHS Chief of Staff Miles Taylor says Trump privately ordered FEMA to withhold disaster aid to California because it did not vote for him. Trump abruptly reversed himself on Friday, perhaps realizing it's a bad look to withhold aid from a state that has more registered Republicans than any other in the union mere weeks before Election Day. Plus: Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/16/2020 (Election law prof Joshua A. Douglas on 2020 federal court voting rights roller coaster)

'BradCast' 10/15/2020 (Guest: Legal reporter Mark Joseph Stern on 'deranged' Barrett SCOTUS hearings)

On today's 'BradCast': Senate Republicans move full speed ahead in their desperate attempt to further pack the US Supreme Court while they still can. Slate's great legal reporter, MARK JOSEPH STERN, analyzes the week of hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee to install Amy Coney Barrett on the Republicans' already-stolen Supreme Court before Election Day. Stern reports that the nominee established a new low for such hearings by refusing to give meaningful answers to any questions -- even questions about established federal law -- and calls the unprecedented rush to ram through the nomination a 'deranged power grab' by Republicans to cement their rightwing takeover of the federal judiciary. Stern also discusses the web of shadowy, unaccountable dark money groups that are backing Barrett's nomination, assesses the performances of Senate Democrats during the 'sham' hearings, and whether court reform is on the Democrats' agenda should they win back the White House and the Senate majority in the November election. Also today: Hours-long lines in early voting in Georgia were caused by the state's costly new unverifiable touchscreen voting system, including failed check-in computers that caused bottlenecks at voting locations due to lack of bandwidth to handle the completely predictable high voter turnout. The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issue new warnings that malicious actors (most likely foreign, they suggest) have obtained 'unauthorized access' to elections supports systems,' but say they have 'no evidence to date that integrity of elections data has been compromised.'....

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'BradCast' 10/15/2020 (Guest: Legal reporter Mark Joseph Stern on 'deranged' Barrett SCOTUS hearings)
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