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2020: Delaware U.S. Senate Candidate Jess Scarane on Challenging Incumbent Democrat Chris Coons, Funding Communities Over Police, and Late 90’s Emo Music

Delaware Democrat Jess Scarane joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about challenging the Democratic establishment and incumbent Chris Coons for U.S. Senate. Jess talks about creating fundamental change when it comes to public safely and policing, how she doesn’t like being called a politician, drinking a growler of beer during her first-ever ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ experience, and her love of emo and shoegaze music.

2020: Mike Espy on His ‘Moneyball’ Approach to Flipping the Senate Blue in Mississippi, His Grandfather’s Legacy, and ‘Game of Thrones’

Mike Espy, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Mississippi, joined the Just In News Podcast and talked about the role data analytics is playing in his campaign to defeat Cindy Hyde-Smith. Mike also talks about the extraordinary role his grandfather played in setting an example for him as a public servant. He also talks about his passion for sports and if the football season will happen in the fall. As usual, Justin also gets some local recommendations for restaurants since he now lives in Gulfport, Mississippi and occasionally likes to go out for a nice meal when he’s not playing golf by the local sewage treatment plant. True story.

2020: Iowa U.S. Senate Candidate Admiral Mike Franken on Defeating Joni Ernst and One of His Favorite Ted Kennedy Stories

Admiral Mike Franken joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about his U.S. Senate campaign in Iowa. Admiral Franken talks about why he’s the best person to defeat Joni Ernst, his favorite corporation that donates to her campaign, and what it was like to be the lonely voice in the room opposing the Iraq War. Admiral Franken also talks about how his military, science, and political experience make him an ideal candidate to serve in Congress. He also shares what his go-to karaoke song is.

2020: Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidate Dennis Frank Macek on Climate Change, How He Became the “Prairie Fox,” and Beer

Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidate Dennis Frank Macek talks to Justin about his advocacy for climate change reform and why he’s run as a Republican, Independent, and now, as a Democrat. He also delves into his background as an artist and how a seeing a prairie fox at 2:30 a.m. led him into politics. Finally, Dennis gives Justin one of the best Yelp reviews he’s ever received when describing his love for the capital and college town of Lincoln.

2020: Interview with Texas Congressional Candidates Kim Olson and Donna Imam

Justin talks with Texas congressional candidates Donna Imam and Kim Olson about their campaigns, barbecue, beer, and what it will take to turn Texas blue. In the first half of this episode, Justin talks with Donna about her background as an engineer and how that informs how she takes on issues like healthcare and gerrymandering in Texas’ 31st congressional district encompassing part of Austin and the surrounding area. In the second half, Justin talks with Kim about her background as a fighter pilot in Iraq, what it was like to film a viral commercial requiring her to walk and talk to a camera for two minutes straight, and why authenticity rules when connecting with voters. Kim also discusses the issues on the minds of voters in Texas’ 24th congressional district which encompasses the burbs of Dallas.

Musician Mike Stocksdale on writing political songs and his musical man crushes

Justin talks to musician Mike Stocksdale about his political side project, $idequest. Mike also talks about his upcoming show at the Troubadour in LA, his love for lowly open mics, why he doesn’t have a tattoo and who his musical man crushes are.

HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein on Registering Voters in 2020 and Phish Concerts

Justin talks with HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein about the intersection of music and politics. He asks Andy what it’s like getting people to vote at concerts and festivals as opposed to Target parking lots. Andy also talks about Headcount’s efforts to get popular Republican musicians involved and what was his favorite Phish concert to document. Justin also opens the episode with 3 his major takeaways from the past two week’s of impeachment hearings (pre-Fiona Hill and David Holmes).

Musician Ben Folds on the Presidential Candidates, George Carlin, the Arts, and His New Book

Justin talks with Musician Ben Folds about his new book, A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons. Ben talks about one of the most absurd jobs he had delivering wine, his love of George Carlin, why he started a podcast interviewing presidential candidates, and whether there will be a Ben Folds Five Reunion in the near future.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Mayor Ted Terry

Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston, Georgia talks with Justin about why he’s running for U.S. Senate. Mayor Ted discusses how he was able to defeat an incumbent 40 years older than him and pass a progressive agenda that includes decriminalizing marijuana, making election day a holiday, raising minimum wage to $15 and more … in Georgia. Most importantly, Mayor Ted also talks about his week-long experience as a guest on “Queer Eye”.

State of the Stat: Gerrymandering, the Electoral College, Voting, and 12 Million People

Justin talks with State of the Stat Correspondent Corey Hill about gerrymandering. Corey talks about how and why 12 million more people voted for democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, yet Republicans still picked up Senate seats. More important than assuring citizens can participate in the most fundamental aspect of democracy, Corey plugs cheap beer prices and bottomless chip deals at various Florida bars.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Josh Mahony

Justin talks with U.S. Senate Candidate Josh Mahony from Arkansas. Josh is challenging Senator Tom Cotton — the same Tom Cotton who has supported Trump’s tariffs, who’s said he wants to gut the Affordable Care Act, and is more disliked than Ted Cruz in his home state. That’s right, Ted F’ing Cruz.

2020: Democratic Debate Wrap-Up … Winners, Losers, and Phone Calls to New Zealand

Justin wraps up the first Democratic debates. Like any good podcast pundit, he picks winners, losers, a candidate he’d most like to smoke pot with, and a profound reverence for Cory Booker’s chiseled jawline. He also plugs his previous interview while taking more than partial credit for John Delaney’s notable performance in the first debate. #KeepItHumble

2019 Political Predictions with Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum

Justin talks 2019 political predictions with Democratic Strategist, Bob Shrum. Shrum has served for Joe Biden, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and many other really important people. Bob predicts what will happen with the Trump-Russia investigation, which Democrats will run for president in 2020, what will happen with the economy, and of course, who will win the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Justin rants about Donald Trump’s national TV address and Jake presents new 2019 fake sponsors.

Jesse Colvin Interview – Democratic Nominee in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District

Justin talks with Jesse Colvin, the Democratic nominee in Maryland’s 1st congressional district. Jesse is a former Army Ranger in Afghanistan who graduated from both Duke University and Columbia University. Jesse talks about the leaderships skills he developed in the military, the economic impact of oysters, and the Republican support he’s gained from Bush Administration officials (as well as his wife). Finally, Justin urges Jesse to take out the damn trash.

Tabitha Isner Interview – Democratic Nominee for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District

Justin talks with Tabitha Isner. She’s a Democrat running for office in Alabama’s 2nd congressional district. Tabitha talks about her background as an ordained minister. She also discusses why young people from Alabama leave the state after college and her chances of winning a district which went for Roy Moore. Oh, and why the Yellowhammer State loves its little angry Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

2020 President of the United States

Who will be the 2020 President of the United States? The 2018 NFL Draft is here, and so it only made since to do our own 2020 U.S. Presidential Draft. Who is moving up draft boards in a crowded democratic field? Will the Republicans draft a plug-and-play first rounder from inside the White House, or will they go reach for a candidate from outside The Swamp? What party will Mark Cuban run for? Find out on the first-ever Just In News 2020 U.S. Presidential Draft.

James Comey Not Interview

That’s right. Just In News was able to obtain an exclusive not interview with former FBI Director, James Comey. In lieu of the man’s actual words, we replaced them with our own pseudo knowledge and analysis. Take a listen. It’ll change your life.

Mike Levin Interview – Democratic Nominee in California’s 49th Congressional District

Mike Levin joins Justin to talk about his run for California’s hotly contested 49th district in which Darrell Issa is deciding to retire from (perhaps to go make more car alarm money). Mike talks about gun control, potential impeachment of Donald Trump and, most importantly, his favorite U2 song.

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