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Rochester played a role in this week's runoff elections in Georgia that gave Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their races by a narrow margin with a strong turnout from Black voters.


Rochester for Georgia, a local group of around 130 volunteers, staffed phone banks and distributed thousands of postcards in an effort to mobilize more people to cast their ballots for Ossoff and Warnock.

In the past forty years, the American political landscape has largely flipped. In 1980, Democrats won only nine out of the 100 highest income counties. Now they win a strong majority of the wealthiest areas. But Republicans dominate in rural America, and as Derek Thompson writes in a new piece for The Atlantic, big-city dominance has become a problem for Democrats. That's because the electoral rules make it very hard for Democrats to wield legislative power, despite winning a majority of voter support.

We recap what we know at this stage about the results of the election, and what we expect to see going forward.   

Our guests are local Democrats who discuss how their party has handled the election season:

Polls continue to show a united Republican Party behind President Trump. For the Democrats, the primary season brought a record number of candidates. We talk to a panel of Democrats who worked to elect candidates other than Joe Biden. We discuss whether the party has been able to align its values enough to win next week. 

Our guests:

  • Robin Wilt, former supporter of Bernie Sanders
  • David Zavac, former supporter of Amy Klobuchar
  • Jay Levine, former supporter of Elizabeth Warren

Wednesday night's vice presidential debate may not change the course of the presidential race, but it did give voters an opportunity to hear about the sharp differences between the two parties' platforms. This hour, we sit down with local Democratic Party leaders to discuss the party's strategies for addressing a number of issues: responding to the coronavirus, health care, the economy, the Supreme Court, and more.

Our guests also share their perspectives on the debate and the future of their party. It's our first chance to hear from the new team at the Monroe County Democratic Party. We will talk to local Republican Party leaders and members in a forthcoming discussion. Our guests:

  • Zach King, chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party
  • Stephen DeVay, executive vice chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party
  • Beatriz LeBron, treasurer of the Monroe County Democratic Party
  • Ebody Dukes, secretary of the Monroe County Democratic Party

With the Democratic convention in the rearview mirror, where should Democrats focus on winning in November? Four years ago, Democrats spent money in states like Arizona and Texas, lost big, and then also lost midwest states like Michigan and Wisconsin. This time around, the polls show Joe Biden tied in Texas, close in Georgia, with a chance to run a big electoral victory. Or, Democrats fear, it could be a setup for a repeat: a popular vote win and an electoral vote loss.

Our guests are Democratic strategists who lay out their vision for how to compete this fall. (This is the first of two such conversations; we plan to welcome Republican strategists next week.)

  • Paul Hypolite, public affairs strategist
  • Nicole Hushla Re, Western New York-based political consultant, and vice chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee

When Monroe County’s primary election results became official this week, two first-time candidates emerged with wins. Demond Meeks and Sarah Clark both upended party establishment in their Assembly races. This hour, we talk with them about their races, and what their victories mean in the broader context of party politics and what voters want.

Our guests:

  • Demond Meeks, Democratic candidate for the 137th Assembly District
  • Sarah Clark, Democratic candidate for the 136th Assembly District

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature announced Friday that they will choose the next Democratic county elections commissioner, a stark departure from precedent spurred by infighting within the county Democratic Party.

The Monroe County Board of Elections, like other elections boards in New York, is overseen by a pair of co-commissioners, a Republican and a Democrat.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and some Democratic Monroe County legislators are challenging the county attorney’s legal opinion on the process of appointing a new Democratic county elections commissioner an ostensibly routine procedure that has been plagued by party infighting for months.

The Monroe County Board of Elections, like other elections boards in New York, is overseen by a pair of co-commissioners, a Republican and a Democrat.

Democrats have elevated Joe Biden to a nearly insurmountable delegate lead in the nomination process. But supporters of Bernie Sanders argue that Biden has largely been in the background during the pandemic, and they want Sanders to keep pushing. Biden has said he sees no point in debating anymore, and his camp wants Sanders to exit the race. Meanwhile, some Democrats are publicly wondering if there's an opening for New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

We talk about next steps during an unprecedented modern crisis. Our guests: