The Progressive Midwest Stays Winning - The Wednesday AM Quickie 4/5/23

Two excellent and up-and-coming journalists I know from the American Prospect will be on the show today: Jarod Facundo and Luke Goldstein. Tune in to hear their analysis on the Chicago mayoral election and check out their work!- Robert

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Election Night: A Progressive Wave in the Midwest

Both Wisconsin and Chicago delivered progressive victories of national consequence, showing that left-wing candidates can win critical races against conservative Republicans and Democrats.

Wisconsin voters picked progressive Janet Protasiewicz as the next member of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, changing the court to a Democratic majority. This will likely lead to the undoing of Wisconsin's absurdly gerrymandered legislative maps, and reversing of the state’s abortion ban. Protasiewicz led conservative Daniel Kelly by about 14 percent last night with 60 percent of the vote counted. The election was the most expensive judicial election in American history, with over $45 million spent.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, Brandon Johnson pulled out a victory over Democrat Paul Vallas, leading by about 3 percent with more than 70 percent of the votes in last night. The two represented competing factions of the Democratic Party: the progressive Johnson, a teacher's union organizer, had the backing of the Working Families Party while the conservative Vallas was backed by the police union and Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson has proposed a suite of taxes aimed at the rich and expanded social programs.

Trumpdates: Donny’s Trip to the Courthouse

Correction to Monday’s Quickie – there was no mugshot, and the handcuffs were left on the nightstand. Yuck, sorry.

Trump made it to court yesterday, and we finally got to hear the charges in the indictment. And well, it’s about what people expected. The 34 charges all are related to falsifying business records to protect himself from the Stormy Daniels scandal, to which Trump pleaded not guilty. Along with the hush-money payments to Daniels, a statement of facts provided by DA Alvin Bragg’s office also listed other shady deals. Trump allegedly coordinated with the National Inquirer to make two additional illicit payments: the first to a Trump Tower doorman who claimed to know about a secret Trump child, which the tabloid determined to be false, and another $150,000 to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal, who allegedly had an affair with Trump.

After the arraignment, Trump flew back to Mar-a-Lago where he delivered a 21-minute speech on the typical fare. He called Bragg a “criminal," and said his judge was “Trump-hating…with a Trump-hating wife and family.” The judge had told Trump to knock-it-off with the public incitement, so of course that's the first thing he did after he got home.

Millions About to Lose Medicaid as COVID-19 Protections Expire

As of Saturday, states can begin kicking residents off Medicaid rolls, jeopardizing the coverage of millions of people who enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP during the pandemic. The COVID-19 public health emergency protected people from being disenrolled from the public insurance program, allowing the U.S. to reach a record low uninsured rate of 8% (even still, an embarrassingly high rate compared to almost every other OECD nation). The end of the public health emergency will cause 15 million U.S. residents to lose their coverage, over half of whom are people of color and millions of whom are children or young adults. About 400,000 are estimated to fall into a coverage gap in states that have not expanded Medicaid, too "rich" to get Medicaid but too poor to get subsidized private care from exchanges.


  • FDA Plans to Permit Updated Second Booster The booster, tooled for omicron subvariants like its predecessor, will be made available to the elderly and immunocompromised in the coming weeks. The rest of us can get it in late summer or fall. Via the New York Times.
  • Finland Joins NATO Putin’s aggression in Ukraine is also causing Sweden to bid for NATO membership. Via the Washington Post.
  • Tennessee GOP Moves to Expel Three Democrats for Protesting for Gun Control After Tragic Shooting On Monday, Protesting children and parents came to the Tennessee Capitol to show support for the trio and lambast Republican reps for their vile response to the Christian school shooting. Via The Tennessean.
  • German PM Olaf Scholz Probed for Tax Fraud The case is tied to the unfortunately named “Cum Ex” affair, when some German banks and companies fraudulently claimed millions in tax breaks. Via Politico.


Infinity. That's how many times a newly discovered “einstein shape” can interlock with itself in a tile formation without ever repeating. It will make a great bathroom floor (non)pattern for nerds. Via the Guardian.


4/5 It's Hump Day! Emma hosts economist Nathan Tankus, proprietor of the Notes on the Crises newsletter, to discuss recent developments at the Federal Reserve and Silicon Valley Bank. Then, she's joined by Jarod Facundo and Luke Goldstein, writing fellows at The AmericanProspect, to discuss the results from last night's mayoral race in Chicago.


Matt Walsh Is A F***king Idiot

Never mind what a woman is...What is a rational thought?

Trump Attacks Indictment Judge During 'Truth' Meltdown

Trump is going to make his legal team earn every dirty dime they have.


"Nothing short of medically negligent."

-- Democratic Texas Senator Sarah Eckhardt on her Republican colleagues' vote to ban all puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender minors, effectively ending any loophole allowed for medically necessary care.

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