GUESTS FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 21, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Jeff's on vacation this week and weekly contributors John Businger and Earl Bender are guest hosting. Today they'll be covering the topics of Grass Roots Politics, Transportation Infrastructure & the status of Voting Rights in America. Do you live in a state that's trying to limit YOUR access to the voting booth?
- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America (DFA), a group founded by Gov. Howard Dean "on the idea that the grassroots are the key to the Democratic Party’s success", with the goal of reforming the Democratic Party from the ground up - with the help of energized progressive activist citizens! We'll talk with Jim today about DFA (what they do and how they do it), Grass roots organizing and the 50-state strategy. People call the non-presidential elections "the Midterms" but as a wise listener suggested, we call them "the Congressionals", because it's critically important to care about who's getting into elected office at all levels of government! We'll ask Jim to tell us about some of the DFA-endorsed candidates and races they're excited about including Josina Morita & Will Guzzardi in Illinois and Kelly Westlund, running for Congress in Wisconsin.
- Rick Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA), on the importance of enhancing America's transportation infrastructure...with much needed regional projects like "CrossRail Chicago" which bring communities and local economies together. CrossRail is an initiative which would knit together the Chicagoland region with passenger rail including, for the first time, creating rail connections between the south and northwest suburbs, as well as new Metra links between O’Hare International Airport, the Loop and the South Side. CrossRail also proposes connecting downstate Amtrak service to O’Hare, and constructing a new, sorely needed train station at the airport. CrossRail would build the foundation needed for the development of a Midwest high speed rail hub in Chicago. There are currently High Speed Rail projects in various stages around the country in: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa/Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin & California.
- Justin Levitt, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Levitt is a national expert in constitutional law and the law of democracy, with particular focus on election administration and redistricting. He has been published in the Harvard Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal, among others. Levitt has testified before U.S. Senate committees, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, several state legislative bodies, and both federal and state courts. His research has been cited extensively in the media and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also maintains the website All About Redistricting, tracking the process of state and federal redistricting around the country, including litigation....We'll look at all aspects of current Voting rights in America: the reality of alleged "voter fraud"; specific states with legislation that is reducing, threatening, or limiting voter access (as in Ohio); the expected and actual impact on upcoming 2014 elections; what's behind the push for voter ID laws and limiting flexibility for voters in casting a ballot; etc.
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