Episode 23: Understanding the New York Primaries

Hi House Talkers!

This week, Matt Canter of New York-based Global Strategy Group joins us to talk about the most exciting primaries of the week....the New York primaries! We had competitive primaries in key races and saw a member of the House Democratic leadership lose to a candidate who was just 8 years old when he was first elected. Wow! What a week.

As we head into the holiday weekend, we hope you have a terrific Fourth of July holiday! We'll be back soon with more great House Talk!

Thanks for your support!

Ali & Liesl

Episode 22: Crossover with The Midpod

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We've got a special episode for you this week. Forget Infinity War, because this might be the most ambitious crossover yet. We joined The Midpod in DC for a jointly hosted episode detailing our own path to politics and why these two moms decided to start a podcast of their own.


We talk all about the latest House news, including which races the four of us are keeping our eyes on, and which House districts we'd like to visit ourselves!

Episode 21: California's Primary Results with Politico's Elena Schneider

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This week, we watched as several key states held House primaries. California, with its top-two primary system, was the most watched and most critical in the overall race for the House majority, as it was conceivable one party or the other could get "locked out" of the November ballot due to not coming in first or second on June 5th.

Yes, it's a confusing and - for most of us - frustrating process that is incredibly difficult to understand and navigate. Fortunately, this week Politico's Elena Schneider -- fresh off a five-day trip to California to report on the primaries - joins us to assess the outcomes and look ahead to November.

Stay tuned next week - we'll be doing a joint podcast with a couple of ladies who've immersed themselves in the midterms as much as we have and are traveling the country and reporting on different districts. And don't forget to subscribe on iTunes and rate our podcast!

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Ali & Liesl

Episode 20: Midterm Update with Washington Post's Paul Kane

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In this episode we talk with the Washington Post’s Paul Kane about all of your favorite recent primaries, from Nebraska to Pennsylvania (and Paul even gives us some insight on why cheesesteaks really are so much better in Philly).

Thanks, as always, for listening—don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes!

Episode 19: A Look at the Landscape 6 Months Out

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This week, we decided to do something new. The two of us took out excel spreadsheets, opened up our laptops, and came up with our own list of toss-up races and races with a slight Democratic or slight Republican edge. And in case you're wondering -- well, we mostly agreed on the list!

With the elections just six months away, we wanted to really dive in to the national landscape, why this cycle is so hard to predict, and what's really competitive and what isn't. Please @ us (@housetalkpod) or let us know on Facebook if you agree or disagree with our assessments!

We'll be back in two weeks to discuss the exciting May primaries and runoff elections! 

As always, don't forget to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review!

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Ali & Liesl

Episode 18: Women Running for Office with Emily's List Emily Cain and VIEWPAC's Julie Conway

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We are so excited to share this episode with you, which is on a topic near and dear to our hearts: how to get more women to run for office!

Joining us are two fabulous women who spend their time doing exactly that (sometimes even against one another!). Emily Cain is the Executive Director of Emily's List, and a former state legislator and Congressional candidate. Emily's List mission is to elect Democratic women to federal, state, and local office. Julie Conway founded and runs VIEW PAC, which helps elect Republican women to office.

You'll hear about some of our favorite female candidates (special shout-outs to Martha McSally, Kristin Gaspar, Chrissy Houlahan, Gina Ortiz Jones, among others!), the question all women candidates get asked that men candidates never do, and why women are so eager to run in 2018.

We'll be back in a few weeks with another new episode!

Thanks for your support!

Ali & Liesl

Episode 17: Open House Seats with Kyle Kondik

Hello House Talkers!

In our latest episode we talk with Kyle Kondik, the Managing Editor for Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, all about the exodus from the House of Representatives. Over 50 Members of Congress, Republican and Democratic, are retiring at the end of this cycle. How does this affect the 2018 cycle? Tune in to find out. 

Episode 16: Texas Primary Results with Abby Livingston

This week's episode is our first ever live stream with Abby Livingston from the Texas Tribune. The first primary of 2018 is in the books. We broke down all the top races and took some questions from online viewers. We covered everything from the contested primaries to the upcoming runoffs and beyond. 
You can watch the video portion here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1nAKERwlrenGL

Episode 15: Crowded Democratic Primaries, Blessing or Curse?

In today's episode we're joined by Ian Russell, from Beacon Media. Ian spent three cycles at the DCCC and we're talking all about the Democratic primaries from around the country. There are so many Democrats running for the House in 2018. Is this a good thing for them or a bad thing? What is the role of the DCCC in this election cycle? They recently dropped opposition research on their one of their own candidates in Texas! How does this situation mirror their decision to play in House primaries in California under Chairman Steve Israel? Stay tuned for all of this and more in our latest episode!

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