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.
Archives for December 2019
Many Democrats are demanding a new system for electing our presidents. The effort stems from Democrats losing two presidential elections within 16 years despite winning the popular vote.
But the Constitution says the president is selected through the Electoral College, a system that focuses on which candidates win each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia.
What did the founding fathers have in mind when they created the Electoral College? Does it still serve it’s purpose centuries later? And why do advocates for determining winners through the popular vote believe their approach is more fair?
Radio America’s Alexandra Lavin speaks with both sides and explores the effort from some states to give the popular vote the final say without actually changing the Constitution.
Oh man, it’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg are holding nothing back. Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and what they saw as the best stories of 2019.
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.
Over the past 12 months, we’ve bid farewell to some of our favorite entertainers. From music to television to film, these performers created songs or characters that will remain with us long after they’ve departed.
In this podcast, we look back legends from the world of entertainment. We remember one of the iconic singers and actresses from Hollywood’s golden age, groundbreaking music acts from rock and roll to pop to opera. We’ll also look back at television stars from Sesame Street to phenomenal comedic and dramatic actors in television and the movies.
Join us for this remembrance. And please look for our other tribute segments focusing on famous figures from politics and business and from media and sports.