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Stephen Carter does campaign strategy. Corey Hogan does communications strategy. Zain Velji sometimes remembers how to buckle his pants. Described as "sports talk radio for politics" by Facebook's recommendation algorithm, the three hosts dissect the news of the day, pass judgment and lift back the curtain on how decisions are made.
 
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Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the preliminary BC election results, the federal election that almost happened and violence against Mi'kmaq lobster fishers in Nova Scotia. What have we learned from the BC election? Are we destined for a federal election? And when will Stephen and Corey finally rebel against Zain's rating systems? Zain Vel…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about controversies in Stikine in the BC election, political nomination contests and the strategic value of recent moves by Alberta's UCP government and membership. Should Nathan Cullen have apologized? Where do "star candidates" come from? And why is Stephen always so excited for the start of Overrated/Underrate…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the BC election through the lens of the BC leader's debate and the Saskatchewan election through the lens of Zain recording from a Regina hotel - before the return of the notorious "Fine, Fabulous, or F**ked". Did John Horgan do what he needed to do? Are there cautionary tales to learn from the BC and Saska…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and the Vice Presidential debate. Can getting COVID-19 work to Trump's advantage? Does this change our thinking about the Supreme Court fight? And has Stephen Carter invented a new type of negative ad? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the New York Times coverage of Donald Trump's tax returns, the start of the BC election and the federal throne speech. Does the release of Trump's taxes change the campaign? Will John Horgan be punished for calling a "Seinfeld election"? And what does Corey have against suits from Sears? Zain Velji, as alwa…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the death of RBG, get subjected to the infamous political strategy session and then begin a discussion on Alberta's Premier. Will pushing through a Supreme Court nominee backfire on Trump? What is the strategy behind floating cuts to supports for the severely handicapped? And most importantly did Stephen Ca…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss the wrap-up of the WE Charity, how cabinet retreats work and what to expect from the New Brunswick election. What does wrapping up WE say to Canada? Can we expect fireworks from the Liberal cabinet retreat? And how long did Corey and Stephen need to cram to fuel their deep dive into NB politics? Zain Velji, as…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss political trial balloons and give their feedback on political strategy in the return of "Fine, Fabulous or F*ckd". When and why do governments use trial balloons? How should oppositions respond to them? And has there ever been a better metaphor than a bunch of MAGA boats at the bottom of a lake? Zain Velji, as…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss Alberta's budget and the impending federal speech from the throne. How should the UCP manage Alberta's biggest ever deficit? Should the Alberta NDP be making the province's finances an issue? And now that we have Zain's birthday, can somebody give us the elementary school he went to and mother's maiden name? Z…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss the election of Erin O'Toole as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Did the delayed results give the CPC a black eye? What does Erin O'Toole do now? And did anybody watch O'Toole's speech? Because we absolutely did not and we're hoping it doesn't negate anything we said here. Zain Velji, as always, pic…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss whether Mark Carney will be jumping into Canadian politics and what's going on in Alberta education before being subjected to the return of the dreaded "strategy session" segment. Does Carney have his eyes on the Prime Ministership? Is Alberta's UCP government trying to bite off too much? And who's care are we…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss Governor General Julie Payette, Chief of Staff Katie Telford's ethics and the politics of being a public health officer. How should the Trudeau government react to the GG's spending and staff management? Have the Conservatives completely overplayed their hand with Telford? And how many quotes from the movie "D…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss the Kielburger, Trudeau and Telford appearances at the Finance Committee before being subjected to the return of "Bold, Brilliant or Boneheaded". Did Trudeau do what he needs to do? Can Joe Biden just hide in his bunker for the next ninety days? And how many podcasts is The Strategists at war with, exactly? Za…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss the Conservative party leadership race, the Trump campaign and the Liberal response to the WE bit of trouble the Liberals find themselves in. What happens when the Conservative leadership finally concludes? How does the Trump campaign turn it around in the last 100 days? And why is Corey answering the scale qu…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss updates to the WE Charity situation before diving deep into the issue of grassroots advocacy. Is Trudeau better off this week than last week? What kind of pressure on a government actually makes a difference? And did you know Kanye is running for President? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the continued WE Charity fallout and how COVID-19 should factor into political strategy for Trump and Biden. How much trouble is the Trudeau government in? What should Biden's COVID-19 strategy be? And is Zain behind the #FreeWoj hashtag? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in lin…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Trudeau government's "conscious uncoupling" from the WE Charity and give the Alberta government strategy recommendations. Has the WE Charity reached the level of scandal? What should the UCP government do about the energy war room? And why is Stephen so mean to thoughtful listeners who put forward thoug…
 
SPECIAL EPISODE. Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter use the occasion of Corey getting surveyed on sales taxes, wage cuts, privatizing health care and health premiums to talk about how and why parties, governments and interest groups construct political polls. Is the UCP floating a “grand bargain”? Have the NDP lost their mind? And why, exactly, would a…
 
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about election finance laws, the timing of the next federal election and calls for the resignation of Jason Kenney's speechwriter. Are political action committees about to wash Alberta municipal elections with money? Is Trudeau's standings in the polls artificial? And how much rent does Matt Wolf pay to have such…
 
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the Trump's Tulsa rally, Erin O'Toole's accusations and Alberta's "Fair Deal Panel" report. How bad was Saturday night for the Trump campaign? Have the the accusations of data theft fundamentally upended the Conservative Leadership Race? And how seriously should the rest of the country take a separatist mov…
 
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about Trump and Trudeau's reactions to the moment and each other. How long will Trudeau taking a knee be remembered? How do we ensure statements of support become guarantees of action? And does Stephen Carter own a garage full of "Romney 2020" bumper stickers? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps …
 
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the killing of George Floyd and the wave of protests that have rippled across the United States. What is the proper response to a moment like this? Is this a moment that should be beyond politics? And what do convulsions in the United States mean to Canada? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and kee…
 
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan get detailed about funding for "political staff". Was it wise of the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP to apply for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy? Is the Alberta premier's office overpaid and overstaffed? And is Zain really just an uglier and meaner version of Jon Favreau? Zain Velji, as always, picks the question…
 
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss Trump’s channel-changing, Biden’s anti-KXL stance and Canadian government responses to COVID-19. Can Joe Biden run a presidential campaign from an undisclosed basement location? How are Trudeau and Kenney doing on their crisis response? And was Stephen Carter ever relevant? Zain Velji, as always, picks the que…
 
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