Postconceived Notions is a broadcast hosted by Robert Showah and Evan Helgesen that discusses politics and political culture and strives to involve the youth in their American democracy. The broadcast also aims to deliver unconventional ways of thinking about reality and politics.
This week we discuss executive accountability around three current events. First, the IRS is taking heat for filtering tax exempt applications by Tea Party-related keywords, Congress is still digging into what happened in Benghazi and who should be held accountable and finally we try to make sense of what gifts Virginia Gov. McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli received and whether they were appropriately reported. Here we talk about who should be held accountable and in what circumstances.
Robert and Evan discuss the boom in the marriage equality movement and how the Supreme Court may rule on the topic. Also, the U.S. is transferring control of a major prison in Afghanistan to the Afghan government; we discuss what the pros and cons of that are. Also, we discuss North Korea’s relationship with China and its continued threats toward South Korea and the United States.
Robert and Evan discuss the cuts included in the sequester and the realities of solving the federal deficit. Also, the Virginia transportation bill sets to raise $880 million per year for the next decade, learn about how it will do that. Finally, a look at President Obama’s cabinet confirmations and the challenges they have faced in their nomination.
Robert and Evan dive into President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address, what the president perhaps really meant, his line of communication and relationship with Congress and the policy proposals - including jobs, climate change and education - he proposed. Also, we touch on the Republican response delivered by Senator Marco Rubio but more so the water bottle incident and whether it matters in any respect.
This week, Evan and Robert discuss the nomination and confirmation hearing of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and the routine theatrics of any authentic Senate hearing. Also covered is Governor McDonnell’s transportation bill and a new voter ID bill poised to become law.
Robert and Evan go over the Senate and President Obama’s respective plan on immigration which as of right now are just ideas on a napkin. Also discussed is the D.C. District Court of Appeals ruling unconstitutional a presidential power that has had great precedent since the Civil War. Finally, we touch on Virginia’s cohabitation law which bars people of the opposite sex to live in the same residence, plus the nature of bad laws and what should be done about them.
Here’s your late-night snack (or breakfast pastry depending on when you listen). Here we discuss the Virginia Senate GOP’s power play this week in their stealthy vote to redraw Senate districts in their favor. Plus, we discuss President Obama’s second inaugural address and what we think the most important issues are in the next four years.
It’s on. The Virginia General Assembly is back in session and we take a look at some of the more interesting bills making their way through the Virginia House and Senate. Before that, we discuss President Obama’s gun proposals he announced on Wednesday.
We’re back in 2013 and we have a healthy discussion on the aftermath of the fiscal conflict, the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, Syria, Iran and a conversation on gun policy in America.