Isaiah Poole talks GOP Eating Themselves

March 31, 2017

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director with People’s Action and the People’s Action Institute joins Rick to take a look back at the week that was and examine all of the bizarre news surrounding Trump, Russia, and the political theater being played out with every Trump Tweet.

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The Rick Smith Show for 3-30-2017

March 30, 2017

Matt Parthasarthy, Brooding Brahmin blogger and Democratic Candidate joins Rick to talk much needed messaging for the Democratic Party and what he and other citizens in his home state of Connecticut are doing to stop the right wing attack.

Brendan V. Duke, Associate Director for Economic Policy at American Progress joins Rick to discuss how President Trump’s budget is breaking his campaign plead to revitalize manufacturing and create could family sustaining jobs and explain how Trump’s plans are simply putting chocolate on a the turd that is the pro-corporate ideology.

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Matt Parthasarthy talks Fighting Back in CT

March 30, 2017

Matt Parthasarthy, Brooding Brahmin blogger and Democratic Candidate joins Rick to talk much needed messaging for the Democratic Party and what he and other citizens in his home state of Connecticut are doing to stop the right wing attack.

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Brendan Duke talks Trump’s Broken Promise

March 30, 2017

Brendan V. Duke, Associate Director for Economic Policy at American Progress joins Rick to discuss how President Trump’s budget is breaking his campaign plead to revitalize manufacturing and create could family sustaining jobs and explain how Trump’s plans are simply putting chocolate on the turd that is the pro-corporate ideology.

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The Rick Smith Show for 3-29-2017

March 29, 2017

David Yankovich, political commentator and activist joins Rick to take a look back at the recent Republican failures to advance their ideological aims and to explain how citizens can plan a path forward to take back the levels of power in 2018 and beyond.

Andrea Chalupa, Journalist & Author, Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm and Sarah Kendzior, political writer and commentator join Rick in the big coming out announcement to talk about what Americans need to know about Russia’s involvement in American elections and discuss how high the possible Russian blackmail scheme go in government leadership.

March Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to discuss where the Republican Repeal and Replace scheme fell short and explain what needs to be done to fix and strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

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David Yankovich on GOP Failure

March 29, 2017

David Yankovich, political commentator and activist joins Rick to take a look back at the recent Republican failures to advance their ideological aims and to explain how citizens can plan a path forward to take back the levels of power in 2018 and beyond.

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Andrea Chalupa & Sarah Kendzior on Their Coming Out on Russia

March 29, 2017

Andrea Chalupa, Journalist & Author, Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm and Sarah Kendzior, political writer and commentator join Rick in the big coming out announcement to talk about what Americans need to know about Russia’s involvement in American elections and discuss how high the possible Russian blackmail scheme go in government leadership.

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Marc Stier talks Surviving ACA Repeal

March 29, 2017

March Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to discuss where the Republican Repeal and Replace scheme fell short and explain what needs to be done to fix and strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

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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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