Top 2021 Political Podcasts| SARC

I grew up in a small town in Kansas. I was raised to love learning and to embrace every opportunity to learn more about the world I live in. This has grown into a deep love for learning. As a result, I really appreciate when others share their knowledge with me.

Today, I will share with you some of my favorite channels of learning with the top political podcast to follow in 2021. Enjoy!


The Austin City Councilmen – Brad Swail

Mack On Politics – Matt Mackowiak

Ben Shapiro Show – Ben Shapiro

The American Story – Christopher Flannery

The Buck Sexton Show – Buck Sexton

John Solomon – Just The News

Jay Sekulow Live – Jay Sekulow & Associates

C-SPAN Washington – C-SPAN

We Holds These Truths – Dan Crenshaw

The Trey Gowdy Podcast – Trey Gowdy

The American Mind – Claremont Institute

Verdict – Ted Cruz

We The People – Jeffery Rosen/National Constitution Institute


Happy Listening!

The Changing Face of The Republican Party | SARC

By Dallas Emerson

Americans aren’t used to complex election results, and the 2020 election was complex. Despite winning the Presidency by a relatively comfortable margin, the Democrats suffered defeats across the country in the House, and failed to win the Senate outright as had been predicted. Republicans held their own in state legislature elections, and continue to hold the governorships of most states. 

It’s little wonder that both parties seem to be cracking up afterwards. Staring down the prospect of divided government and trying to figure out what went wrong for their respective defeats, both parties’ internal struggles are becoming increasingly public. 

Something else that has become more obvious—the Republican party is changing. Donald Trump performed better with every demographic…but white men. That’s right, after 4 long years of accusations of “white supremacy,” African Americans, Latinos, and Asians were all more likely to vote for Trump than in 2016.  

This suggests a few things about the American populace.  

First and foremost, doubling down on identity politics helped the Democrats mobilize middle class white voters—particularly those in the suburbs—while it did nothing for them among minority voters.  

Texas is a perfect example of this dynamic. Joe Biden won the longstanding Republican stronghold of Williamson County, something no Democrat has done since Jimmy Carter. Meanwhile, Donald Trump won Zapata County—a reliably Democratic county, which is largely Hispanic.  

Ironically, with these large changes throughout the state, the 2020 results were almost identical to those of 2016. In both cases, Donald Trump received just over 52% of the vote.  

Similar changes could be seen in Florida, where Republicans flipped two House seats in Miami—a decidedly diverse city.  

The next thing these odd changes suggest is that we truly don’t know what causes voters to turn out.  

Many pundits on the Right have said that Donald Trump’s “populism” has transformed the Republican party into a multi-ethnic, working-class party. But that’s conjecture at best.  

Donald Trump’s Presidency, despite the tweeting and the maniacal press coverage, was essentially identical to that of a normal Republican. He cut taxes, raised military spending, and appointed conservative judges. The largest change from former Republican presidents was in foreign policy; he started no new wars. Even then, his greatest foreign policy successes—the peace deals rapidly spreading throughout the Middle East—are a reflection of Republican ideals. By providing consistent, even strident, support for Israel and deploying unbridled military power in the face of multiple threats, the President created an environment in which peace could be achieved for the first time since Israel’s inception.  

So the Republican Party can feel confident moving forward that it doesn’t need to undergo radical change to win over more voters. Its policies, under an exceedingly controversial leader, appeal to a more diverse group of voters than any since 1960.  

The true difference between Trump and previous Republicans is that Trump tried to reach out to minority voters. And it may be as simple as that.  

Republicans, armed with this knowledge should feel good about the future. Even though 2020 was a defeat, there were many small victories for Republicans to find throughout the country.  

The face of the Republican Party is changing, but its principles shouldn’t.  

The Hypocrisy of Mayor Steve Adler | SARC

By Dallas Emerson

Sometimes, everything seems almost normal—a blessed feeling in the bizarro world of 2020. Driving down the street, one can, for a few moments, feel like it’s an average day in Austin. Our traffic has mostly returned to Pre-March levels. Our cyclists are out in force. Our homeless are more prevalent than ever in their ever-growing camps beneath our overpasses.  

But those moments of normality are short lived. 

You’ll see movie theaters shuttered on one side of the street. On the other, a restaurant, representing someone’s hopes and aspirations, permanently closed. There’s now a running list of Austin restaurant closures if you’re interested. Signs on churches let you know how to tune into their services virtually. Our hospitals were never overwhelmed, but our doctors are struggling to make ends meet. Our young people—the least at risk to COVID’s very real threat—are facing a mental health epidemic. Our schools are caught in flux—with some in-person and some remote learning. If you have children, I don’t need to tell you how effective remote-learning is. You know it isn’t doing the job.  

At least our liquor stores are open.  

Now, before I go farther, let me say the virus is real. My in-laws are high risk, as is my father. I haven’t seen my Grandmother in months because I want to do what I can to keep her safe and healthy. I wear a mask to keep others safe, should I unknowingly have the virus.  

The virus didn’t destroy those businesses. It didn’t sneak in and close doctors’ doors. It hasn’t crawled into the minds of young people and plunged them into the depths of depression.  

The governmental response to COVID has.  

Austin has suffered, often nobly, in order to protect those we love. Our businesses have often been sacrificed. We’ve restricted travel and have tightened our belts. 

Then, preening in a Facebook video, Mayor Steve Adler reminded us all that we need to stay home. Did our mayor speak to us from his home, leading by example?  

Nope.  

He was in Cabo San Lucas. You know, the one in Mexico.  

He did this, following his daughter’s wedding, a relatively small affair, with only twenty guests. Which is ten more than our city government suggests under current guidelines.  

Evidently, only those of us who don’t have timeshares in other countries need to stay home. 

But this hypocrisy is pretty much par for the course with Adler, so I probably shouldn’t be surprised. I guess I’m still young and idealistic. 

How did he flee the city he should be leading? By private jet, of course. Despite having access to this luxury, he lectures about income inequality.   

Austin may be cutting its police budget, but Adler is keeping his security team. Also worth noting, Austin has set a new apparent record for homicides this year

We were told to stay home and stay out of church, while over the summer Black Lives Matter protests devolved into mob violence.  

Adler’s hypocritical vacation does a disservice to those who closely follow the regulations he helped put in place. It makes the lockdown skeptics look prescient.  

And his poor leadership is not just reflected in hypocrisy, but also in the increasingly hostile environment for businesses and families that Austin is becoming.  

Austin businesses are about to get slapped with a property tax hike.  

More of our people are homeless than ever.  

But why should Adler care about the decline of small businesses, our hurting doctors, the failing schools, the growing homelessness, the families that haven’t been united in months? He’s celebrating his daughter’s wedding as he relaxes on vacation in Mexico. 

Must be nice.  

Our city deserves better than this hypocrisy. Maybe he should just stay in Mexico and let someone who cares to lead in crisis step forward.  

A Letter to Supporters from Lani Popp

Dear Volunteers and Supporters,

It is very important that the Judicial and State Board of Education candidates get elected!  We need your help!

On October 13, five candidates- Bert Richardson, Kevin Yeary, David Newell, Lani Popp and Renee Yanta will be participating in a campaign caravan from Bexar to Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie and ending in Mason County.  We will stop at a poll in each county and be there for about an hour.  We would love to have supporters join us at each stop.  Please share this flyer with your county republicans!  We hope to see you on October 13, the first day of early voting.

Lani Popp

Candidate, State Board of Education, District 5

Presidential Debate: The Results Are In – Polls | SARC

Originally tweeted by CSPAN (@cspan) on September 30, 2020.

Originally posted by SARC (southaustinrc.org) on September 29, 2020.

An anti-gun violence rally on the steps of New York City Hall in 2019. (William Alatriste/NYC Council)

America the Violent | SARC

In the wake of mass shootings, Americans are regularly told that these atrocities do not happen in other developed countries. This, we are to believe, is the damnable result of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Who won the 1st 2020 Presidential debate?


Austin’s Doomed Experiment | SARC

Austin has decided to launch an experiment with Universal Basic Income (UBI) in partnership with the nonprofit UpTogether. The program, when implemented, will send $1000 per month to 85 low-income individuals in the city.

Winter Weather Preparedness

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A Letter from Lani Popp: Blockwalk This Weekend!

Dear Supporters and Volunteers,
Hello! It’s crunch time and we need you more than ever. Lani and team will be block walking in Austin this Saturday and we would love to see you there. Please email campaign manager Ruth Funk at lanipopp4sboe@gmail.com for details.

We can’t wait to see you!
Thanks!

The Lani Popp Team https://lanipopp.com/

-Texas State Board of Education-

PS: 5.4 million public school children need us and the time to act is now! 

Where to watch the 2020 Presidential debate | SARC

Grab your popcorn and beverage of choice and let’s gear up for the 1st 2020 Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden.

Here’s where you can watch it from anywhere:

Unlike the primary debates, which are televised by a rotating slate of channels, the presidential debates are simulcast across all the major networks and cable news programs. If you have cable or satellite TV, or a live streaming TV service or a Mohu antenna, check your local listings—do those exist anymore?—and you’re good.

In the name of completism, you can find the debate on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, MSNBC, and CSPAN. Basically it’ll be harder to avoid it than to watch it.

You can also stream it on those various networks’ sites and/or YouTube channels. If you’re looking for something to bookmark, CBSCSPAN, and ABC News have YouTube streams ready to go. Most of these channels have streaming apps on the major providers: Apple TV, RokuAmazon Fire TVAndroid TVXbox One, and so on.

If you’re more interested in sounds than sights, you can also stick with NPR’s coverage, which you can find on your local station or through the NPR One app.

On Hulu: FOX LIVE

Youtube will also have live streaming as well as Facebook.

The Details…

Location: President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, will meet at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The University of Notre Dame withdrew as host because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The moderatorChris Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” will moderate the debate. It will be the second time he has moderated a presidential debate; the first was between Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Topics announced: The moderator has full discretion in picking the debate topics. For the first round, Mr. Wallace chose Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in cities, and the integrity of the election. There will be 15 minutes to discuss each topic.

The Commission on Presidential Debates