Ken Mash on Saving Higher Education

August 1, 2017

Ken Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) joins Rick to discuss the recently completed National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) calling the PA State System of Higher Education’s fiscal future “bleak” and saying without major changes “it is just a matter of time before all of the universities become financially unsustainable.”

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The Rick Smith Show 7-31-2017

July 31, 2017

Propane Jane is back to discuss the uneventful week that was as #InstabilityInChief fully endorsed police brutality, woke up one morning and banned members of Military, gave a head scratching politicized speech to 30,000 Boy Scouts, threatened Alaska, and failed to repeal the ACA while tweeting incessantly about the GOP being quitters and the 2016 election.  

Dave Jamieson, labor reporter at Huffington Post joins Rick to discuss the importance of the upcoming union election at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, the obstacles facing the workers, and what it means for workers across the south and the nation.

Frank Emspak, Managing Editor and Executive Producer at Workers Independent News joins Rick to discuss the $3 billion Foxconn deal in Wisconsin and explain how that money could be used more efficiently to spur economic growth and prosperity in the state.   

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Propane Jane on Another Uneventful Week in DC

July 31, 2017

Propane Jane is back to discuss the uneventful week that was as #InstabilityInChief fully endorsed police brutality, woke up one morning and banned members of Military, gave a head scratching politicized speech to 30,000 Boy Scouts, threatened Alaska, and failed to repeal the ACA while tweeting incessantly about the GOP being quitters and the 2016 election.  

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Dave Jamieson on Union Vote in MS. Yes, Mississippi

July 31, 2017

Dave Jamieson, labor reporter at Huffington Post joins Rick to discuss the importance of the upcoming union election at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, the obstacles facing the workers, and what it means for workers across the south and the nation.

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Frank Emspak talks Con at Foxconn

July 31, 2017

Frank Emspak, Managing Editor and Executive Producer at Workers Independent News joins Rick to discuss the $3 billion Foxconn deal in Wisconsin and explain how that money could be used more efficiently to spur economic growth and prosperity in the state.   

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The Rick Smith Show 7-28-2017

July 28, 2017

Helaine Olen, Author Pound Foolish, Co-author The Index Card and political commentator joins Rick to discuss the realities of GOP #SkinnyRepeal failure and to talk about what Democrats need to be doing prior to 2018 election.

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics Bucknell University and economic blogger joins Rick to explain why Beggar thy Neighbor economic development is bad policy and how the recently announced Foxconn deal in Wisconsin is a bad deal for workers and taxpayers.

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director with People’s Action and the People’s Action Institute joins Rick to discuss the week’s attacks on the LGBT community as the Trump Justice Department fights to fire LGBT workers, names a religious zealot as Ambassador of Religious Freedom, and the tweets, yes the tweets on kicking transgender soldiers out of the military.

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Helaine Olen talks Skinny of GOP Failed Skinny Repeal

July 28, 2017

Helaine Olen, Author Pound Foolish, Co-author The Index Card and political commentator joins Rick to discuss the realities of GOP #SkinnyRepeal failure and to talk about what Democrats need to be doing prior to 2018 election.

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Matias Vernengo talks Bad Economic Development Scheme

July 28, 2017

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics Bucknell University and economic blogger joins Rick to explain why Beggar thy Neighbor economic development is bad policy and how the recently announced Foxconn deal in Wisconsin is a bad deal for workers and taxpayers.

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Isaiah Poole explains Attacks on LGBT Community

July 28, 2017

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director with People’s Action and the People’s Action Institute joins Rick to discuss the week’s attacks on the LGBT community as the Trump Justice Department fights to fire LGBT workers, names a religious zealot as Ambassador of Religious Freedom, and the tweets, yes the tweets on kicking transgender soldiers out of the military.

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Bill Scher on Republican Skinny Repeal

July 27, 2017

Bill Scher, Contributing Editor at POLITICO Magazine and Contributor at Real Clear Politics joins Rick to discuss the ongoing Republican Repeal and Replace saga as it becomes more and more apparent that the GOP has no idea what they are doing and are looking for an out to save face.

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The Rick Smith Show 7-27-2017

July 27, 2017

Bill Scher, Contributing Editor at POLITICO Magazine and Contributor at Real Clear Politics joins Rick to discuss the ongoing Republican Repeal and Replace saga as it becomes more and more apparent that the GOP has no idea what they are doing and are looking for an out to save face.

Joshua Holland, Nation Institute fellow and Contributor to The Nation and Rolling Stone joins Rick to talk GOP health care scheme and discuss the recent tweets by President Trump on transgender soldiers.

Maura Calsyn, Managing Director of Health Policy at American Progress joins Rick to share her insight into the Skinny Repeal and to talk about who would be harmed and what needs to be done with health care in America.

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Joshua Holland talks GOP Health Care Scheme & Trump’s Transgender Bashing Tweets

July 27, 2017

Joshua Holland, Nation Institute fellow and Contributor to The Nation and Rolling Stone joins Rick to talk GOP health care scheme and discuss the recent tweets by President Trump on transgender soldiers.

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Maura Calsyn talks Skinny Repeal Scheme

July 27, 2017

Maura Calsyn, Managing Director of Health Policy at American Progress joins Rick to share her insight into the Skinny Repeal and to talk about who would be harmed and what needs to be done with health care in America.

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The Rick Smith Show 7-25-2017

July 25, 2017

Andrea Chalupa, writer and political commentator joins Rick to talk about the latest news on the ongoing Trump Russia collusion saga and the Jared Kushner quote that will go down in political history with other famous denials.

John O’Grady, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Council of EPA Locals #238 joins Rick to discuss the Trump administration’s attacks on the environment, clean air, clean water, the EPA and sanity and talks about his union’s Why I Love the EPA, Love Letter to the EPA contest.

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Andrea Chalupa talks Kushner Quote

July 25, 2017

Andrea Chalupa, writer and political commentator joins Rick to talk about the latest news on the ongoing Trump Russia collusion saga and the Jared Kushner quote that will go down in political history with other famous denials.

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John O’Grady defends the EPA and stands up Against Trump Attacks

July 25, 2017

John O’Grady, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Council of EPA Locals #238 joins Rick to discuss the Trump administration’s attacks on the environment, clean air, clean water, the EPA and sanity and talks about his union’s Why I Love the EPA, Love Letter to the EPA contest.

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The Rick Smith Show 7-24-2017

July 24, 2017

Propane Jane is back joining Rick to discuss the weekend’s Presidential Twitter temper tantrum as the President pulls out the victim card as the nation is evenly divided on the question of impeachment while more and more information tying the Trump campaign to the Kremlin.  As the pressure builds the President continues lashing out at Fake News accurately reporting the news and throwing his own people under the bus for not being loyal enough. 

Dolores McCracken, current PSEA Vice President and soon to be President joins Rick to discuss what Governor Wolf choosing current PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak means for workers in the commonwealth, what it means for their union, and what direction she will now lead the organization as she ascends to the top office.  

Frank Emspak, Managing Editor and Executive Producer at Workers Independent News joins Rick to discuss the recent health care/insurance debate going on in Washington DC and suggests that Democrats take bold action in moving toward a single payer solution.

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Propane Jane talks Victimization of King Trump

July 24, 2017

Propane Jane is back joining Rick to discuss the weekend’s Presidential Twitter temper tantrum as the President pulls out the victim card as the nation is evenly divided on the question of impeachment while more and more information tying the Trump campaign to the Kremlin.  As the pressure builds the President continues lashing out at Fake News accurately reporting the news and throwing his own people under the bus for not being loyal enough. 

 

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Dolores McCracken talks Big News for Workers & Teachers in PA

July 24, 2017

Dolores McCracken, current PSEA Vice President and soon to be President joins Rick to discuss what Governor Wolf choosing current PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak means for workers in the commonwealth, what it means for their union, and what direction she will now lead the organization as she ascends to the top office.  

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Frank Emspak talks Single Payer

July 24, 2017

Frank Emspak, Managing Editor and Executive Producer at Workers Independent News joins Rick to discuss the recent health care/insurance debate going on in Washington DC and suggests that Democrats take bold action in moving toward a single payer solution.

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