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In November 2020, all roads really did lead to and through Pennsylvania. Besides for providing its crucial 20 electoral votes, suburban counties like Delaware and Chester highlighted exactly how Biden-Harris won–while more rural counties like Fayette and Lawrence, which Trump-Pence improved in, show the epitome of the Democratic problem. This podcast looks at the shifting tides in every corner of the Commonwealth, but it does so through an untraditional lens. We won’t just be interviewing el ...
 
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We sit down with the presumptive next Mayor of Allentown. A marathon runner and first time candidate, Matt Tuerk shares how he won a contested primary and what his vision is for the city and the region. Matt speaks to how he has engaged the large and growing Latino community. He offers sage advice to statewide candidates who hope to win big in Alle…
 
Next month, the hottest race on the ballot in Dauphin County is the open seat for Controller. This position oversees every dime of a $258M+ annual budget. For a generation, Eric Epstein has been a good government watchdog and an environmental activist. He is a member of the Central Dauphin School Board. We sit down for a unique perspective on how D…
 
Welcome back for Season 2 where you'll meet unique candidates on the ballot this November with important messages for statewide candidates next year. Max Conway from Dunmore, Lackawanna, County, has only been eligible to vote for about a decade. Yet, he is poised to be Mayor in January. He discusses his impressive grassroots social media-driven cam…
 
Twenty years after the darkest day in American history, we sit down with Governor Mark Schweiker. He reflects on the historic transition from Lt. Governor to Governor just three weeks after the attacks. He elaborates on the unprecedented collaboration Harrisburg had with Washington. We end with a discussion of the importance of bipartisanship.…
 
Last November, all eyes were on President Biden's hometown. We end our first season examining this uniquely purple region. John Richter is also originally from Scranton. He worked in the trenches both in 2016 and 2020. He provides us a granular breakdown on how voter sentiment changed across the region and shares war stories from virtual grassroots…
 
In her Congressional campaign last year, Kristy Gnibus built a diverse coalition across Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, Crawford and Erie counties. She reflects on finding and energizing Democratic voters in rural and red counties. For first time candidates eyeing up 2022 and for statewide candidates preparing to campaign in NWPA, she has a unique perspe…
 
The Biden-Harris ticket found roughly 10,000 additional votes in Erie County that Clinton-Kaine could not. Erie was one of three pivot counties across Pennsylvania. Last November, it flipped back to the Democrats. EJay Fyke knows every precinct in the county and provides an in depth perspective on how to successfully turn out the vote in Erie.…
 
We start our Northwest PA series with an in-depth conversation with Kathy Dahlkemper. Having represented the region in Congress as well as eight years as County Executive, her insight is second to none. She provides perspective into the most pressing policy and political issues in Erie County. As one of three 'pivot' counties in the Commonwealth, w…
 
We conclude our SWPA series with a thought provoking discussion with State Representative Pam Snyder. Having worked in federal, county and now state government, she provides a unique perspective on the changes of the last two decades in the region. When the Trump-Pence ticket overwhelmingly won Greene County, as a Democrat she also pulled off a win…
 
We sit down with Mayor Dwan Walker of Aliquippa, Beaver County. This iconic Pennsylvania community along the Ohio River has changed tremendously over his lifetime. The Mayor walks us through these changes starting with the closure of the steel mill when he was nine and how that still affects voting behavior more than three decades later.…
 
May is Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month. As we celebrate and recognize the role of the AAPI community across Pennsylvania, we sit down with Koh Chiba, longtime senior adviser to Congresswoman Madeleine Dean. Koh has worked with her in Montgomery County, Harrisburg and Washington. He reflects on the last decade sharing his unique jou…
 
Patty Kim, the State Representative from the city of Harrisburg, made history as the first Asian American in the State House. She shares with us her untraditional yet inspirational story of how she ended up in Harrisburg politics, some of the most pressing issues facing the embattled City, and what it means for her to be an Asian American in Pennsy…
 
We take a break from Pennsylvania politics for an important and timely discussion with Patty Lewis, Esq. She serves as Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation and previously ran the Family Division at the Attorney General's office in Delaware. She has an important message - especially for our listeners in Harrisburg.…
 
The first guest of our series on the Steel City is Julian Routh. He covers local, state and federal politics for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He provides us with both broad and laser-focused views on the Biden campaign's success in the region, emerging progressive movements and the increasingly heated Mayoral primary.…
 
David Thornburgh provides us a non-partisan lens of what's at stake in the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday, May 18th. David is the son of the late Governor Dick Thornburgh. He hails from Western PA, knows Harrisburg intimately well and has lived in Philadelphia for the last 25 years. He runs the Committee of Seventy, a non-profit focused on civic l…
 
Pennsylvania is home to over 1M Latinos. In cities like Lancaster, they make up 40% of the population. Councilwoman Janet Diaz is a history making trailblazer. She shares why she first ran for office, provides an overview of the broader landscape of the Puerto Rican community in Pennsylvania and gives helpful advice to candidates hoping to most eff…
 
As a retired Army Lt. Colonel, Lutheran Pastor and candidate for Congress and State Senate, George Scott has some stories to tell. In this episode, he'll reflect on a life of service and give us an in-depth look at the shifting demographics and political winds in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Sharing lessons learned from the last four years, he …
 
In 2018, Katie Muth made history as one of the youngest women ever to be elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate. In her first foray into electoral politics, she beat an incumbent first elected in 2003. She shares with us what motivated her to run in 2017, how she built a grassroots army that knocked on over 100,000 doors in 2018 and what it will …
 
Today, we're sitting down with two all star activists. First, we welcome Jack DiPrimio, a senior at Upper Darby High School who served as a team leader and top phone banker for the Biden campaign. We then sit down with Jamie Perrapato, the Executive Director of Turn PA Blue which has knocked on 200,000 doors, written a million postcards, made 4 mil…
 
In this special edition episode, we are taking a break from electoral politics and talking to Stephanie Zarecky from the South Hills of Pittsburgh. She set up Senator Bob Casey's press shop in his first term and is now a mom, an advocate, and an avid listener of the podcast. Recently, she got to know Senator Casey and her former colleagues in a ver…
 
Colleen Guiney and Dan Muroff, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democratic Committee, join us. In this episode, they discuss how they rebuilt the county party aiming to win races up and down the ballot rivaling the organized GOP machine. We explore the diversity of the county, the process of unifying after the Presidential primary an…
 
On our last Lehigh Valley episode, we're chatting with the Northampton County Executive. We discuss the political landscape of the county and do a geographic and demographic deep dive into this perpetually purple region as we try to figure out why it flipped from Obama to Trump to Biden--and what lies in store for this crucial county.…
 
On episode five, we’re joined by Paul Anthony, the business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 375. IBEW was the first labor union to endorse President Joe Biden during his run for the US Senate in 1972, and has consistently supported him throughout the entirety of his political career…
 
On episode four, we're chatting with Katie Gladstone, the campaign manager for Congresswoman Susan Wild's successful 2020 campaign. She'll break down the political divides of the Lehigh Valley and explain what it was like to recruit, train and manage a team during the pandemic in a D+1 district.By Ari Mittleman
 
On episode two, Pulitzer Prize winning author and New Yorker contributing writer Eliza Griswold discusses her unique trajectory as a journalist from war zones to Washington County, PA. An expert on reporting from rural America and the development of the Marcellus Shale, Griswold breaks down the role the debate over fracking and PA’s growing rural-u…
 
On episode three, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tamari sheds light on the 2020 election and where he thinks the Commonwealth is headed in 2022. Tamari interviewed over 100 different Pennsylvanians across diverse counties for his piece fittingly titled “The Divided States of Pennsylvania.” In today’s episode, he shares what made this the m…
 
On this inaugural episode of Pennsylvania Kitchen Table Politics our host, Ari Mittleman, sits down with top Pennsylvania pollster Professor Chris Borick. The Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion that he runs is the Commonwealth’s most respected non-partisan polling outfit. Prof. Borick will help us understand how the polls were so wrong …
 
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