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  • 01:00

    Coffee Party Book Club - The Stronghold: by Professor Thomas Schaller

    in Politics

    How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House.  Once the party of presidents, the GOP in recent elections has failed to pull together convincing national majorities. Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential races and lost the popular vote in five of the last six. In their lone victory, the party incumbent won—during wartime—by the slimmest of margins. In this fascinating and important book, Thomas Schaller examines national Republican politics since President Ronald Reagan left office in 1989. From Newt Gingrich’s ascent to Speaker of the House through the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012, Schaller traces the Republican Party’s institutional transformation and its broad consequences, not only for Republicans but also for America. Here is Schaller’s message: as the GOP became more conservative, it became more Congress-centered, and as its congressional wing grew more powerful, the party grew more conservative. His belief is that this “dangerous loop”, unless broken, may signal a future of increasing radicalization, dependency on a shrinking pool of voters, and less viability as a true national party.  It’s a thought-provoking idea that we invite our Coffee Party USA members to consider by reading the book and joining us for a discussion with the author.  A link for purchasing the book can be found on our Coffee Party USA website.


    On Monday, March 30 at 8:30pm EST, you will have your chance to ask Professor Schaller about his take on the direction of the Republican Party and what it means for all of us as we host him on our special monthly BlogTalk Radio program event.  Mark you calendar now!

  • 00:33

    Coffee Party Elections: Interview of Jeanene Louden for Treasurer

    in Politics

    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, Coffee Party Secretary, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members. The scheduled interviewee for today is Jeanene Louden, who is running for Coffee Party Treasurer.

  • 00:36

    Coffee Party Movie Night w Paul Blackthorne and Mister Basquali

    in Politics

    It's Coffee Party Movie Night!  Watch the film, then join us for a conversation with the filmmakers Paul Blackthorne and Mister Basquali.


    Their movie, "This American Journey" goes from New York City to Los Angeles.  Paul and Basquali talk with people all along the way and offer their perspectives on the state of their adopted country.  


    7 p.m. ET we'll take 30 minutes to ask questions, share stories and have a generally good time!

  • 00:11

    Coffee Party Elections: Lunch with Louden 5/15/14

    in Politics

    Since this broadcast, our elections work group discovered an error in what is reported here. There are currently eight (not four) positions up for election. All the rest of the information in the broadcast is accurate. 


    There are eight director positions up for election: President, Treasurer, Development Director, At Large Director (Channels), At Large Director (Strategy and Organizational Design), and three new positions: Membership, Local Outreach, and Newsroom.The duties and qualifications for each position are listed here. 


    The Coffee Party seeks a board that represents the broad spectrum of America’s  diversity; geographically, politically, economically, and in terms of age, gender and sexual orientation.  All members of the Coffee Party are encouraged to apply to assist our Board of Directors in representing the diversity that we are.


    COFFEE PARTY ELECTIONS


    Today's show is a special edition announcement about Coffee Party USA elections. Host Jeanene Louden will interview Acting President Debilyn Molineaux about the election schedule, how application is made, and how candidates are vetted. Debilyn is filling in for Board Secretary Vince Lamb, out of commission due to a root canal! Best to you, Vince!


    Everything we will be discussing today can also be found HERE.

  • 00:32

    Coffee Party Elections: Interview of Debilyn Molineaux for Board President

    in Politics

    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, Coffee Party Secretary, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members. The scheduled interviewee for today is Debilyn Molineaux, who is running for President of the Board of Directors.

  • 01:01

    Coffee Party Book Club "Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square"

    in Politics

    "Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square – 10 Rules That Work" is a user-friendly guide to how civility in the governing process is possible.  Each rule is illustrated with a true life story.  These stories not only demonstrate how the rule works, but also give evidence that while “civility in government” may sound like an oxymoron to some, there are examples to be found showing civility to be alive and well in the political sphere.


    Cassandra and Tomas are co-founders of the Institute for Civility in Government, a grassroots non-profit organization that works to bring more civility to the governing process in our communities and our nation.  With more than 15 years of experience in leading legislative conferences, Cassandra and Tomas know first-hand what it takes for citizens to be effectively engaged in the political process on Capitol Hill and beyond. They have addressed community groups, schools, churches and members of Congress, and have been interviewed on radio and television, including PBS, C-SPAN, NPR and CBC.  Both are ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and are actively serving a congregation. Both Cassandra and Tomas have mediation training


     


     

  • 01:33

    Interviews of Coffee Party Board Candidates

    in Politics

    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members.  Scheduled candidates for tonight are Eric Whinery, running for Treasurer, Jose Gutierrez, running for an at-large seat, and Jeanene Louden, running for Secretary.

  • 01:39

    Interviews of Coffee Party Board Candidates

    in Politics

    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members.  Tonight's scheduled interviewees are Chistopher Ritter, Craig Dunigan, and Frank Kirkwood.

  • 01:14

    Interviews of Coffee Party Board Candidates

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    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members.  Scheduled interviewees for tonight are Egberto Willies and Kerry Helmer.

  • 01:31

    Coffee Party Responds to Obama 2nd Inaugural

    in Politics

    CALL IN TONIGHT AND GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA YOUR ADVICE.
    As his 2nd term begins, President Obama will have a host of decisions to make on how best to serve the American people and how to best cement his presidential legacy.
    Based on tonight's show, we'll be crafting an "Open Letter to President Obama" to be sent to the White House and posted
    Annabel Park will sub for Eric Byler tonight, co-hosting with Michael Charney.
    JOIN US. CALL IN.
    "BE WISE, BE STRONG, AND BE HEARD!"
    Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" covers a variety of topics on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum, but always with an eye to finding the place where both sides share that 'middle ground.' Co-hosted by award-winning filmmaker Eric Byler and political author Michael Charney, the show airs every Tuesday 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST.
    We love our callers: (646) 929-2495.

  • 01:42

    Interviews of Coffee Party Board Candidates -Jan. 7, 2013

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    Half hour phone interviews of candidates for the Coffee Party Board of Directors on Blog Talk Radio conducted by Vince Lamb, who will ask questions and open the phone lines for calls from Coffee Party members. Scheduled interviewees for tonight are John Cashon, Dan Aronson, and DeLann Williams.