November 8 - More Broken Government Ahead; Florida in Flux With a Possible Clinton Victory; Is the Election Heading for the Electoral College?; A Pending Post-Election Alt-Right Putsch

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Part 1

We begin with the election results coming in with many polls closing in the East as we go to air and speak with Richard Parker, who teaches economics and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a former managing editor of Ramparts, was a co-founder of Mother Jones and serves on the editorial board of The Nation. We will assess the extent of a probable but narrow presidential victory for Hillary Clinton and whether that will extend to the close senate races which will be critical in determining whether or not a new Clinton Administration will be able to overcome gridlock and govern at all since Republicans in Congress have blocked Obama at every turn and have already threatened to deny Clinton any appointments to the Supreme Court. With a dysfunctional Judicial branch and a paralyzed Legislative branch, the possible victories for Democratic U.S. Senate candidates in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Missouri, with a tie in North Carolina, appear to auger well for what could be a Hillary Clinton presidency.


Richard Parker

Part 2

Then we look into results in Florida which is another must-win state for Donald Trump, and speak with Amy Hollyfield, the government and politics editor of the St. Petersburg Times who oversees, the Times’s fact-checking website which received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She joins us to discuss the latest results in the close presidential race as well as the key senate race which had Marco Rubio ahead of his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in race that is close but might have been closer had the Democrats not conducted political triage, pulling their money away from their candidate then later deciding to fund him again. 

Amy Hollyfield

Part 3

Then we examine the results in Ohio, a must-win state for Donald Trump and speak with Robert Alexander, the Chair of the Department of History, Politics, and Justice and a Professor of Political Science at Ohio Northern University. He is the author of “Presidential Electors and the Electoral College”, and we will discuss whether in this election, the Electoral College is likely to come into play in what is called a misfire, where the winner of the popular vote is not the winner in the Electoral College which is what happened in Florida in 2000. 


Part 4

Then finally we get an update from Nicole Hemmer, a professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. A contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report and the author of “Messengers of the Right”, she joins us to discuss whether or not the much-promised “undercover voters” for Trump materialized and if after a Trump loss they will accept defeat and either form a new party or fester in further alienation.


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