November 5 - A Populist Replaces A Plutocrat in New York City; A Democratic Win in Purple Virginia; The Prospect for Peace in the Congo After Two Decades of Death

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Part 1

We begin with the election of a new mayor for New York City, Bill de Blasio, and speak with Hank Sheinkopf a Democratic strategist who has run numerous campaigns in New York City and State as well a many national campaigns. We will discuss whether the election of a left-wing populist to succeed a plutocrat is a harbinger of political change for both New York City and the nation. hank scheinkopf


Part 2

Then we look into the results of the race for Governor of Virginia with Ed Kilgore, the Managing Editor of The Democratic Strategist and the principal writer for The Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog. We discuss the political and psychological value of the Democratic pickup of a Republican governorship and how the winds of change that first favored the Democrats for 2014 because of the unpopular Republican shutdown of the government, seem to have swung back against the Democrats due to the troubled launch of the Affordable Care Act.

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Part 3

Then finally, with the rebel group the M23 announcing they are laying down their arms, we assess the future for peace in the Congo that for the past two decades has been mired in the world’s most deadly and intractable conflict that has claimed over six million lives. Maurice Carney, the co-founder and Executive Director of the human rights group, the Friends of the Congo, joins us to provide history and context to this monstrous tragedy of death, plunder and pillage that the world has largely ignored.

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