The Rick Smith Show for 3-23-2017

March 23, 2017

Sarah Kendzior‏, writer and political commentator joins Rick to discuss recent revelations by FBI Director Comey that there is an ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and yesterday’s felonious leak from House Intelligence Chairman Nunes to the White House.

Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to discuss the need for massive infrastructure investment in Pennsylvania in the aftermath of a giant sinkhole almost swallowing a bus in the state’s capital.  Will it take a state legislator being swallowed by a sinkhole to get anything done.  

Thomas Huelskoetter, Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss their recent report on the massive job loss that will be caused by the Republican repeal plan if it is passed and put into law.

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Sarah Kendzior talks Russia, Russia, Russia

March 23, 2017

Sarah Kendzior‏, writer and political commentator joins Rick to discuss recent revelations by FBI Director Comey that there is an ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and yesterday’s felonious leak from House Intelligence Chairman Nunes to the White House.

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Abe Amoros talks Giant Sinkhole & No Investment

March 23, 2017

Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to discuss the need for massive infrastructure investment in Pennsylvania in the aftermath of a giant sinkhole almost swallowing a bus in the state’s capital.  Will it take a state legislator being swallowed by a sinkhole to get anything done.  

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Thomas Huelskoetter talks Massive Job Loss with AHCA

March 23, 2017

Thomas Huelskoetter, Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss their recent report on the massive job loss that will be caused by the Republican repeal plan if it is passed and put into law.

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The Rick Smith Show for 3-22-2017

March 23, 2017

Jerry Oleksiak, PSEA President joins Rick to share his organization’s plan to reign in the high stakes standardized tests children in Pennsylvania public schools are subjected, ways to use testing as a learning tool, and to refocus education on learning and not teaching to the test.  

Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney joins Rick to discuss his opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court and explain why working people should be extremely weary of someone so extreme on worker’s issues being granted a lifetime on the highest court in the land.

Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to rollout the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s  “Fair Share Tax” plan that will being an additional $2 billion into the state’s coffers to paid for education, Health and Human services, pave roads, and fill the states massive budget hole without raising taxes on working families.   

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Jerry Oleksiak talks Sane & Rational Testing

March 22, 2017

Jerry Oleksiak, PSEA President joins Rick to share his organization’s plan to reign in the high stakes standardized tests children in Pennsylvania public schools are subjected, ways to use testing as a learning tool, and to refocus education on learning and not teaching to the test.  

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Irwin Aronson on SCOTUS Hearing

March 22, 2017

Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney joins Rick to discuss his opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court and explain why working people should be extremely weary of someone so extreme on worker’s issues being granted a lifetime on the highest court in the land.

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Stephen Herzenberg talks Fair Share Tax Plan

March 22, 2017

Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to rollout the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center’s  “Fair Share Tax” plan that will being an additional $2 billion into the state’s coffers to paid for education, Health and Human services, pave roads, and fill the states massive budget hole without raising taxes on working families.   

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The Rick Smith Show for 3-21-2017

March 21, 2017

David Yankovich, writer and political commentator joins Rick to discuss the revelation that there is an ongoing investigation into “collaboration” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and what this could mean for the Trump presidency.

John Neurohr, co-chair of Why Courts Matters Pennsylvania joins Rick to talk about the opening session of the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court and what tone the confirmation process may take.  Will Democrats make a stand?

Kate Sacco, First Grade Teacher and Kate with a Keyboard education blogger joins Rick to discuss her recent article titled the “Ten Truths About Teaching” and explain what led her to write it and what she hopes people will take from it.

Tara May Crawford, mother of a teacher joins Rick to talk about her recent article “From the Mothers (Fathers, Husbands, Wives) of Teachers” and explain what she sees her daughter endure as a teacher and what she wants people who attack teachers to know about the work her daughter and other teachers do every day.

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David Yankovich talks Trump Treason

March 21, 2017

David Yankovich, writer and political commentator joins Rick to discuss the revelation that there is an ongoing investigation into “collaboration” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and what this could mean for the Trump presidency.

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John Neurohr on Gorsuch SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

March 21, 2017

John Neurohr, co-chair of Why Courts Matters Pennsylvania joins Rick to talk about the opening session of the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court and what tone the confirmation process may take.  Will Democrats make a stand?

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Kate Sacco’s Top Ten Truths About Teaching

March 21, 2017

Kate Sacco, First Grade Teacher and Kate with a Keyboard education blogger joins Rick to discuss her recent article titled the “Ten Truths About Teaching” and explain what led her to write it and what she hopes people will take from it.

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Tara May Crawford Stands Up for Teachers

March 21, 2017

Tara May Crawford, mother of a teacher joins Rick to talk about her recent article “From the Mothers (Fathers, Husbands, Wives) of Teachers” and explain what she sees her daughter endure as a teacher and what she wants people who attack teachers to know about the work her daughter and other teachers do every day.

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The Rick Smith Show for 3-20-2017

March 20, 2017

Propane Jane is back as she joins Rick to examine the most recent public temper tantrum by the President of the United States as he refused to shake hands with the leader of Germany, what this type of behavior means for the world, and how to address these tantrums when a nap, ice cream and jello, and a diaper change just isn’t enough.

Ronald Baker, Strategic Campaign Coordinator for the BCTGM International Union joins Rick to discuss the upcoming one year anniversary of hundreds of workers being kicked to the curb in Chicago as global food conglomerate Mondelēz International moved their plant to Mexico, and with the plant the iconic Oreo cookie, and what his union is doing to stand up to this Goliath.

Craig Harrington, Director of the Economic Policy Program at Media Matters for America joins Rick to talk Russia, Russia, Russia as the US House of Representative holds a hearing into Russian involvement into the November election and whether or not the Trump campaign may have colluded or coordinated with the Russians.

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Propane Jane on US #ToddlerinChief

March 20, 2017

Propane Jane is back as she joins Rick to examine the most recent public temper tantrum by the President of the United States as he refused to shake hands with the leader of Germany, what this type of behavior means for the world, and how to address these tantrums when a nap, ice cream and jello, and a diaper change just isn’t enough.

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Ron Baker on One Year Since Oreo Broke America’s Heart

March 20, 2017

Ronald Baker, Strategic Campaign Coordinator for the BCTGM International Union joins Rick to discuss the upcoming one year anniversary of hundreds of workers being kicked to the curb in Chicago as global food conglomerate Mondelēz International moved their plant to Mexico, and with the plant the iconic Oreo cookie, and what his union is doing to stand up to this Goliath.

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Craig Harrington on Russia, Russia, Russia

March 20, 2017

Craig Harrington, Director of the Economic Policy Program at Media Matters for America joins Rick to talk Russia, Russia, Russia as the US House of Representative holds a hearing into Russian involvement into the November election and whether or not the Trump campaign may have colluded or coordinated with the Russians.

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The Rick Smith Show for 3-17-2017

March 17, 2017

Will Fischer, Director of Government Affairs at VoteVets.org joins Rick to discuss how the massive cutting of a wide range of social and economic development programs being slashed by the Trump administration’s America First Budget will affect veterans and their families and what needs to be done to raise awareness.

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick to talk about the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to hike interest rates and how the combination of rates hikes and an austerity budget could lead to very troublesome economic times in the months ahead.

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director with People’s Action and the People’s Action Institute joins Rick to discuss the massive redistribution of wealth scheme being peddled by the radicals leading the Republican Party as their 30-year war on the poor reaches new heights.  

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Will Fischer explains How Trump’s Budget Harms Vets

March 17, 2017

Will Fischer, Director of Government Affairs at VoteVets.org joins Rick to discuss how the massive cutting of a wide range of social and economic development programs being slashed by the Trump administration’s America First Budget will affect veterans and their families and what needs to be done to raise awareness.

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Matias Vernengo explains Concerns with Fed Rate Hike

March 17, 2017

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick to talk about the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to hike interest rates and how the combination of rates hikes and an austerity budget could lead to very troublesome economic times in the months ahead.

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