Greg LeRoy talks Legalized Tax Theft

June 2, 2018

Greg LeRoy, Executive director of Good Jobs First joins Rick to talk beggar thy neighbor economic development failure and how these tax handout schemes actually make inequality worse and do considerable hard to those we are told the schemes are meant to help.

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The Rick Smith Show 5-31-2018

June 1, 2018

Scott Dworkin, co-founder of The Democratic Coalition joins Rick to discuss the days distractions as the pardon of right wing propagandist Dinesh D’Souza has Trump supporters tickled pink while the apology of Samantha Bee for her use of profanity has their panties in a bunch and to talk the possibility of Rudy being indicted in the Mueller probe.

Andrew Lawrence, senior researcher at Media Matters for America joins Rick to discuss the pardon of right wing propagandist Dinesh D’Souza and share some thoughts on the right wing attempting to score payback on Samantha Bee’s profane comment while defending Roseanne’s racists tweet.

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Andrew Lawrence on a Day of Pardons and Profanity

June 1, 2018

Andrew Lawrence, senior researcher at Media Matters for America joins Rick to discuss the pardon of right wing propagandist Dinesh D’Souza and share some thoughts on the right wing attempting to score payback on Samantha Bee’s profane comment while defending Roseanne’s racists tweet. 

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Scott Dworkin on the Days Distraction

June 1, 2018

Scott Dworkin, co-founder of The Democratic Coalition joins Rick to discuss the days distractions as the pardon of right wing propagandist Dinesh D’Souza has Trump supporters tickled pink while the apology of Samantha Bee for her use of profanity has their panties in a bunch and to talk the possibility of Rudy being indicted in the Mueller probe.

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The Rick Smith Show 5-30-2018

May 31, 2018

David Yankovich, Digital Strategist and Political Commentator joins Rick to share the heartbreaking personal story of his mother’s long struggle with opioid addiction, a health care system that seems unwilling to help, and to discuss the toll it is having on her life and the rest of his family.

Khary Penebaker, #DNC Member and #GunViolence Survivor joins Rick to discuss the recent circus surrounding Roseanne’s racist Ambien tweeting and to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Texas governor’s 40 page proposal on how to stop school shooting in Texas.

 

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to discuss his origination’s latest We the People campaign to highlight 6 areas working people should be focused from tax policy to higher wages to health care and afford housing to education to rebuilding our nation to strengthening our democracy and everything in between.

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David Yankovich shares His Mother’s Heartbreaking Opioid Struggle

May 31, 2018

David Yankovich, Digital Strategist and Political Commentator joins Rick to share the heartbreaking personal story of his mother’s long struggle with opioid addiction, a health care system that seems unwilling to help, and to discuss the toll it is having on her life and the rest of his family.

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Khary Penebaker talks Racist Ambien Tweeting and Texas Gun Plan

May 31, 2018

Khary Penebaker, #DNC Member and #GunViolence Survivor joins Rick to discuss the recent circus surrounding Roseanne’s racist Ambien tweeting and to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Texas governor’s 40 page proposal on how to stop school shooting in Texas.

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Marc Stier talks #WeThePeople Campaign

May 31, 2018

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to discuss his origination’s latest We the People campaign to highlight 6 areas working people should be focused from tax policy to higher wages to health care and afford housing to education to rebuilding our nation to strengthening our democracy and everything in between.

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The Rick Smith Show 5-29-2018

May 30, 2018

Michigan State Senator Ian Conyers, Candidate for US House of Representatives joins Rick to discuss this day in Racism as Roseanne is Barred, Starbucks is closed for bias training, and the alt right is crazier than ever and what, if anything, can be done to change the culture in America.

Norbert Richter, Founder, Fire Your Congressman PAC joins Rick to share his thoughts on how it is that congress is so wildly unpopular yet incumbency has never been more protective and discuss what needs to be done to restore competition to our democracy.

Laddie Hostalek, Business Agent for Teamsters Local 1108 in Ohio joins Rick to discuss the current decertification assault on FlexJet members by the company's management and another union busting outfit funded by billionaires seeking to create division in the workplace and rule with an iron fist.  If FlexJet is successful, this could be the beginning of an industry wide assault on pilot’s working conditions and the safety of their passengers.

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Senator Ian Conyers talks Race in America

May 30, 2018

Michigan State Senator Ian Conyers, Candidate for US House of Representatives joins Rick to discuss this day in Racism as Roseanne is Barred, Starbucks is closed for bias training, and the alt right is crazier than ever and what, if anything, can be done to change the culture in America.

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Norbert Richter talks Founding of Fire Your Congressman PAC

May 30, 2018

Norbert Richter, Founder, Fire Your Congressman PAC joins Rick to share his thoughts on how it is that congress is so wildly unpopular yet incumbency has never been more protective and discuss what needs to be done to restore competition to our democracy.

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Laddie Hostalek explains Corporate Attacks on Unionized Pilots

May 30, 2018

Laddie Hostalek, Business Agent for Teamsters Local 1108 in Ohio joins Rick to discuss the current decertification assault on FlexJet members by the company's management and another union busting outfit funded by billionaires seeking to create division in the workplace and rule with an iron fist.  If FlexJet is successful, this could be the beginning of an industry wide assault on pilots working conditions and the safety of their passengers.

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The Rick Smith Show 5-23-2018

May 24, 2018

Paul Secunda, Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University joins Rick to discuss the recently released video of police tasing an NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks over a parking ticket, the NFL imposing No Kneeling Policy without bargaining with the players union, and the Supreme Courts most recent attacks on workers’ rights.

Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist at the AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk about where the NAFTA negotiations and if there will be an agreement by the end of the year. Celeste answers the question of which bad trade deal is worse, China or NAFTA?

Anna Kruk Corbin, mother, health care activist, and patient advocate joins Rick to share her experience of fighting health insurance companies, the medical bureaucracy, and a Republican machine hell bent on taking Medicaid from her children.

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Paul Secunda talks Recent Attacks on Workers and Minorities

May 24, 2018

Paul Secunda, Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University joins Rick to discuss the recently released video of police tasing an NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks over a parking ticket, the NFL imposing No Kneeling Policy without bargaining with the players union, and the Supreme Courts most recent attacks on workers’ rights.

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Celeste Drake talks Trade Hopes

May 24, 2018

Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist at the AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk about where the NAFTA negotiations and if there will be an agreement by the end of the year.  Celeste answers the question of which bad trade deal is worse, China or NAFTA?

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Anna Kruk Corbin on Why Medicaid Matters

May 24, 2018

Anna Kruk Corbin, mother, health care activist, and patient advocate joins Rick to share her experience of fighting health insurance companies, the medical bureaucracy, and a Republican machine hell bent on taking Medicaid from her children.   

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The Rick Smith Show 5-22-2018

May 23, 2018

David Yankovich, Digital strategist for AL Senator Doug Jones’ campaign joins Rick to talk about he need for Democrats to fight for bold change and pursue a visionary agenda that will make American’s lives better.

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Alaine Williams, Attorney, Willig, Williams, & Davidson joins Rick to explains the recent Supreme Court case ending class action lawsuits in employment case and to discuss what forcing workers into arbitration means for the future of workers in America.

Gregg Gelzinis, research associate for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to talk about the FDIC’s report of record profits for the big banks and the same day the Republican leadership choses to repeal of Dodd-Frank regulations on big banks.

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David Yankovich on Bold Vision, Bold Actions

May 23, 2018

David Yankovich, Digital strategist for AL Senator Doug Jones’ campaign joins Rick to talk about he need for Democrats to fight for bold change and pursue a visionary agenda that will make American’s lives better.

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Alaine Williams explains Egregiously Wrong SCOTUS Decision

May 23, 2018

Alaine Williams, Attorney, Willig, Williams, & Davidson joins Rick to explains the recent Supreme Court case ending class action lawsuits in employment case and to discuss what forcing workers into arbitration means for the future of workers in America.

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Gregg Gelzinis talks Setting Up the Next Great Recession

May 23, 2018

Gregg Gelzinis, research associate for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to talk about the FDIC’s report of record profits for the big banks and the same day the Republican leadership choses to repeal of Dodd-Frank regulations on big banks.

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