About Jonathan Cohn

Editor. Bibliophile. Gadfly. Environmentalist. Super-volunteer for progressive campaigns. Boston by way of Baltimore, London, NYC, DC, and Philly.

Nov 21, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 204

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Topic: The Democratic Party and payday loans (and postal banking). Second segment is a repeat from 2014 on the same topic but with some other angles. People: Bill, Rachel, Jonathan, Nate. Produced: Nov 19th, 2017 (and August 29, 2014).

Episode 204 (58 min):
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Related links

More info in Ep. 98
2015 article in The Atlantic on postal banking

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July 26, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 189

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Topics: Total U.S. student debt forgiveness; Universal dental care. People: Bill, Rachel, Jonathan, and Paul. Produced: July 24th, 2017.

Episode 189 (54 min):
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Listener correction:

– One of our Canadian listeners writes to say “Small correction, dental care isn’t covered in Canada. I require benefits through my job to pay for dental care. I believe there are some dental programs for senior at a certain age but not for the regular populace… that and Pharmacare aren’t covered here which is why we still need benefits packages through our jobs and what not.”

Research and links for this episode

Jonathan’s huge dossier on student debt forgiveness
Rachel’s links on dental care policy

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June 14, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 184

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Topics: The complexity of the U.S. housing crisis and its solutions (construction, land trusts, public housing corporations, Georgism and more). This is hard to cover when everyone uses the same heated rhetoric on all sides. People: Bill, Rachel, and Jonathan Produced: June 14th, 2017.

Episode 184 (55 min):
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Selected reading materials

Georgism (Wikipedia)
YIMBY Darlings of the Real Estate Industry
– The Nation: Socialize American Housing
– Public housing authorities/affordable housing corporations in Austin TX
– Community Land Trusts: Building Livable Boston (PDF auto-download)
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
– Washington Monthly: The Decline of Black Business

May 24, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 181

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Topics: Proposed reforms to US voter registration, early voting and polling locations, election methods, weekend voting, and Congressional redistricting. People: Bill, Rachel and Jonathan Produced: May 22nd, 2017.

Episode 181 (53 min):
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Legislation Referenced (115th Congress)
  1. H.R.607 – Voter Access Protection Act of 2017 (Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5])
  2. S.360/H.R.1044 – Same Day Registration Act (Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]/Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5])
  3. H.R.787 – Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2017 (Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9])
  4. H.R.1907 – Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2017 (Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4])
  5. H.R.946 – Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act of 2017 (Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53])
  6. H.R.1094 – Weekend Voting Act (Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25])
  7. H.R.1102 – Redistricting Reform Act of 2017 (Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19])
Legislation Referenced (114th Congress)

– H.R.2694 – Automatic Voter Registration Act (Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1])

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Apr 26, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 178

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Topics: Which environmental safety regulations and climate rules have Republicans attacked so far in 2017? Will climate emergency lead to climate austerity governments? People: Bill and Jonathan Produced: April 24th, 2017.

Episode 178 (55 min, incl. 5 bonus minutes):
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March 15, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 173

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Topics: Republicans de-funding infectious disease prevention, why Democrats are very bad at taking credit for achievements, and Bill’s experience signing up for health insurance on the individual exchange in Massachusetts. People: Bill, Rachel, and Jonathan. Produced: March 13th, 2017.

Episode 173 (49 min):
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Feb 8, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 168

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Topics: Congressional Republican proposals on replacing the ACA and what legislative actions they have taken so far. People: Bill, Jonathan, and Greg. Produced: Feb 8th, 2017.

Episode 168 (53 min):
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Discussion Points:

– What is the “Cassidy plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act and should Democrats stand firm against it?
– What legislative priorities have Republicans worked on so far and what have they stalled on?

Reading materials:

– Tim Jost’s HealthAffairs blog post “ACA Replacement Bill From Cassidy And Colleagues Offers State Options, Roth HSAs
Washington Post article on Rep. Chaffetz withdrawing his federal lands bill

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