Well, 2020 is certainly off to an explosive start. Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the demise of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani and recount the evil carnage he perpetrated against U.S. forces and many others over the past two decades. They also realize that the targeting of Suleimani may well result in an Iranian response and wonder what the reality will soon be in the Middle East and beyond. And they analyze Marianne Williamson’s curious decision to lay off her entire national campaign staff but insist she’s still in the race.
Virginia Democrats will take control of the General Assembly next week. And while their gun control agenda is receiving the vast majority of the media coverage, the Democrats are also planning to ratify the decades-old Equal Rights Amendment and claim that vote will officially add the amendment to the Constitution.
The Equal Rights Amendment, known as ERA, was approved by two-thirds majorities in the U.S. House and Senate in the 1970’s but failed to reach the threshold of 38 states within the ten-year window Congress permitted to ratify it. Democrats believe they can can revive the effort while opponents say it officially died nearly 40 years ago.
What are the legal and political facts in this dispute? And what would the ERA actually do?
Independent Women’s Forum Senior Political Analyst Inez Stepman says its states purpose of mandating equality between the sexes would be redundant since women enjoy the same rights as men. ]
However, she says the ERA could be very dangerous by not only declaring men and women equal but essentially interchangeable. And from separate public restrooms to men and women being eligible for the draft, Stepman says the impact could be far-reaching if supporters can overcome the political and legal hurdles.
“It could be an enormous legal change. If their legal theories are accepted and they ratify the ERA, all kinds of laws today that Americans take for granted could be constitutionally infirm and struck down by the courts,” said Stepman.
Listen to the full podcast to learn what’s at stake in this debate and how the fight is likely to play out.
Happy New Year! Grab a stool, as Jim and Greg return to their normal format for 2020. Today, they’re grateful that the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was successfully stopped and no one was hurt and they also hope there are severe repercussions for the attack’s Iranian sponsors. They’re happy to see Julian Castro exit the campaign trail after a campaign that was rich in pandering but never found much support. And they discuss President Trump’s $102 million cash on hand and the impact that could make in the campaign.
Jim and Greg conclude the Three Martini Lunch Award season by announcing their choices for person of the year and turncoat of the year. They also make their fearless predictions for 2020.
More year-end awards today! Jim and Greg embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2019 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for the year.
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we’re glad to have you back as we return to our prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, Jim and Greg discuss the worst scandals of 2019, which Jim choosing a foreign policy mess and Greg opting for a domestic one. Next, we sift through a ton of possibilities for the best and worst political theater of 2019, with a pretty heavy emphasis on the 2020 campaign.
Immigration reform remains very elusive in Washington as Republicans and Democrats seemingly find less and less common ground as the debate continues. Florida Rep. Ted Yoho believes comprehensive legislation is highly unlikely and a bad idea anyway, so he’s taking aim at improving the guest worker program for agricultural workers.
Yoho represents an agriculture-heavy district. He says it’s simply a fact that guest workers are needed in the industry but the U.S. must do a much better job keeping track of who is coming in and how to find them if they overstay their visas.
In this podcast, Yoho describes how his legislation requires far greater scrutiny on who can enter the nation as a guest worker, what would and would not be required of employers who hire them, the importance of E-Verify in making sure all workers are in the country legally and much more. He also addresses whether Republicans and Democrats can find any common ground on this issue.
Pull up a stool and join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their prestigious year-end awards. Today they remark on the political figures they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2019. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again.
To say it’s been an eventful year in politics would be a massive understatement. So it’s time to start deciding the best and worst of 2019 and today, Jim and Greg begin handing out the their Three Martini Lunch Awards. In this first installment, they offer their individual selections for Most Overrated Political Figure, Most Underrated Political Figure, and Most Honest Political Figure.
Earlier this year, California lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted legislation they promised would protect independent workers. Passed by the Democratic-dominated legislature, the law requires businesses to treat freelance workers like formal employees.
The goal was to prevent independent contractors from being exploited. In reality, it’s putting them out of work. Instead of complying with the new mandatory bureaucracy, businesses are severing ties with their outside talent and stories of websites and other businesses announcing massive layoffs are widespread.
What exactly does the legislation require of employers? Why are they choosing to release freelance professionals instead of making them actual employees? And what will happen once the real impact of this law is understood?
In this podcast, we discuss those questions and others with Rachel Greszler, research fellow in economics, budget, and entitlements at the Heritage Foundation.