Podcast

Swamp Stories Episode 8: The Russians Are Coming

“Now, 21st century soldiers of a different sort sit in dark rooms in far corners of the world, seeking to disrupt our elections, trying to sow division through digital warfare and disinformation campaigns. All with one goal: to weaken democracy and true self-government here and around the world.” This week’s episode of Issue One’s “Swamp Stories” podcast covers how,

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Swamp Stories Episode 7: Beating the Machine

“These candidates flipped the script that money matters most in campaigns. And in the end, a message was sent to big donors: that the one half of 1 percent who are used to picking winners and losers in our politics, well, that game is changing.” The latest episode of Issue One’s podcast, “Swamp Stories,” covers how recent candidates for office

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Issue One Joins “The Democracy Group” Podcast Network

Today, Issue One’s podcast “Swamp Stories” is proud to announce that it has joined a new network of podcasts called “The Democracy Group.”  “Swamp Stories” is one of eight initial podcasts joining the network that each cover civil discourse, civic engagement, and issues of democracy. The others shows include: The Science of Politics by Michigan State University & the Niskanen

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Swamp Stories Episode 5: A Gerrymandering Tale You Haven’t Heard

“Politicians shouldn’t pick their voters. Voters should pick their politicians.” No reform issue has gained more momentum across the country in recent years than banning partisan gerrymandering. It’s united Republicans, Democrats, and independents at the state and local level who want better representation and more say in how district lines are drawn. But it’s also brought the fight over political

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Swamp Stories Episode 4: The Super PAC Surprise

“We have a system in which the candidates can’t even control their own campaign. And when others can control the campaigns, and it’s being driven not by principle, but profit, you know, you’re going to end up with a system that is badly @#$%&* up.”  That’s what Mark McKinnon, former political advisor to George W. Bush and John McCain, said

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Swamp Stories Episode 3: Secret Slush Funds

“That sounds like a loophole.”  Five words from former California Congressman Henry Waxman (D) summarizes episode three of Issue One’s podcast “Swamp Stories” about secret slush funds in Congress (also known as leadership PACs). And Waxman should know: He originally helped create leadership PACs back in 1978, not to allow for lavish living as they are used today, but to

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Swamp Stories Episode 2: Extorting the People’s House

When new members are elected to Congress, there’s a two-month gap between election day and their swearing-in. Not long after in 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) exposed one of Washington’s most bizarre and corrupt secrets in an interview. What she didn’t know at the time was only a handful of other members of Congress had spoken so brazenly about how

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Issue One launches new political reform podcast: Swamp Stories

Today, Issue One is launching a new podcast, Swamp Stories: Cash and Corruption in Washington, a deep-dive into political reform — with a conservative lens.  The podcast follows the host — millennial Republican and former candidate for office, Weston Wamp — as he shines a light on the swampiest practices in Washington that repulse Republicans and Democrats alike: Slush funds

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