House Republicans are expecting to oust Wyoming representative Liz Cheney from her ranking as number three in GOP leadership. As reported by NPR, the move could cause a major rift in the party over how far it should take its loyalty to former President Donald Trump. Cheney has been critical of Trump and has called out his misinformation about the 2020 election. What could it mean for the future of the party?

Last week, we talked with members of the Working Families Party about their desire to move Democrats further left. This hour, we talk with local conservatives about their hopes for the future of the Republican Party. Our guests:

Has there been a leftward shift in politics at the state and national level? It's a question we explore with members of the Working Families Party. We talk about the party's legislative priorities and how they view progressivism on multiple levels.

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A state judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Republican Party operatives in Monroe County that sought to keep 37 Democratic candidates from appearing on the Working Families Party line in upcoming primary and general elections.

New Yorkers are losing a congressional seat. The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that New York State fell 89 residents short of the threshold necessary for keeping its full allotment of House Representatives. As a result, the map will be redrawn... and the bizarre "earmuff district" could make a comeback. New York districts have long been oddly shaped, designed to favor one political party or another. The mechanisms designed to make the process transparent and equitable don't always do the job.

We discuss how redistricting will impact the state, and what comes next. Our guests:

Is there a gender gap in support for populist politics? Our guests are political science professors who have been studying this question. We talk with them about gender patterns in voting, what the basis is for supporting populist parties, and how and why populist and right-wing parties are reaching out to the female electorate. It's a preview to a virtual lecture hosted by the University of Rochester at 4 p.m. called "A Century of Votes for Women."

Our guests:

  • Christina Wolbrecht, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame
  • Bonnie Meguid, associate professor of political science at the University of Rochester 

GOP sues to keep Democrats off Working Families line

Apr 9, 2021

Republican Party operatives in Monroe County have sued to prevent 37 Democratic candidates for various offices from appearing on a second ballot line under the Working Families Party in the upcoming primary and general elections.

We talk with candidates for Rochester City Council. Nearly 20 candidates have signed petitions to run for five open at-large seats. We aim to talk with all of them over the next several weeks. It's an opportunity to hear from the candidates about their platforms and priorities for office, and for listeners to ask them questions.

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Two University of Rochester professors are leading a series of online seminars about the decline of democracy across the globe. Professors Gretchen Helmke and Randall Stone argue that "for the first time since 2001, the majority of countries are again authoritarian, and democratic institutions and political freedoms are under assault all around the globe." Their series, "Fading Democracy," explains what has led to this change and how to measure it.

They join us to preview their discussions. Our guests:

  • Gretchen Helmke, professor of political science at the University of Rochester, and co-founder of the Bright Line Watch project
  • Randy Stone, professor of political science at the University of Rochester, and director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

A local organization called Civic Genius is hosting panels aimed at dismantling polarization. The organizers say the conversations neighbors and elected officials have during their panels can create more common ground on issues that affect the entire country. How do they work? And how effective are they?

We discuss those questions with our guests:

  • Howard Konar, founder of Civic Genius
  • Jillian Youngblood, executive director of Civic Genius
  • Steven Kull, founder and president of Voice of the People

We're joined by Ken Rudin, long known as "The Political Junkie" to public radio audiences. Rudin discusses the tumultuous state of U.S. politics, including the challenge for Republicans after the riot at the capitol. We also discuss whether President Biden - who has built much of his career on an ability to compromise and pass legislation - has any desire to work across the aisle in his first year. 

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