The Andrew Miller Show
By Andrew Miller
The Andrew Miller ShowSep 29, 2020
Everything you need to know about Joe Biden
A glimpse into the reasons why nobody should've kept reelecting him as a Senator and why he's not cutting it as President.
Everything you need to know about Ron DeSantis
Reasons not to support his political endeavors based on campaign donors and policies.
Just Say No to Scumbags and Sellouts
Introducing a series of short episodes advising against supporting awful candidates. Also advise on how to find out which politicians corporations and lobbyists buy and which politicians are recipients of campaign money from certain industries, PACs, and corporations.
Why is filing taxes a bit more ridiculous than necessary? We go into that, the real culprits behind it, and question how much is it really worth it.
Happy April Fools-I mean April 1st
Check out this episode featuring two special guests!
The hogwash I see online
Just shooting the $hit about some stuff I see on my LinkedIn and Facebook feeds regarding the world of work.
Seasons Greetings - Wrapping up, ranting about, and looking forward
Seasons Greeting to all listeners! This episode I share some news I received from Anchor, my take on the delusions some folks have on holiday greetings, and why 2023 is a great year for independent candidates and voters. Enjoy!
Barry Bendar (G) for Lacey Township Committee, NJ
Barry Bendar is the Green Party candidate running for Lacey Township Committee, NJ. Barry Bendar has worked in Information Technology for over forty years and lived in the area for thirty-four years. Bendar has run for the committee five times in the past, most recently in 2015 and ran for county office in 2021 and 2017. Over development, traffic, and flood insurance issues are among the big deal local issues he plans to take head on.
David Raudabaugh (L) for Georgia Agriculture Commissioner
David Raudabaugh is the Libertarian Party candidate for Georgia Agriculture Commissioner. He is founder of multiple cannabis-focused Technology Start-Ups & Sales Organizations and currently serves as the head of the Cannabis Hemp Education Research Company (CHERCO.org). In addition to working to legalize cannabis for all kinds of uses, Dave also wants to ensure Georgia’s Farmers and Ranchers have access to world markets, promote growth in all forms of agriculture in the state, and eliminate government impediments to growth in all forms of agriculture. You can learn more about David and his campaign at jointdecisionforgeorgia.com.
Michael Oretade (G) for State Senate District 1 - Connecticut
If you're tired of state legislatures being ignored by parties, candidates, and media while only having business as usual options who are out of touch with the constituents, there is good news for those in Connecticut's 1st Senate District. The district encompasses parts of Hartford and Wethersfield. Michael Oretade is the Green Party candidate running for that seat. His activism has paved way for positive change in proper response to mental health matters and relations between police and community. Based on personal and professional experience, he has seen room for improvement in education and health care as he will fight for a more level playing field and better systems for all in Connecticut. He also has forward moving policy ideas regarding the environment, housing, food deserts, and racial justice. You can learn more about Mike and his campaign at mikeforct.org.
Toneal Jackson (G) for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Cook County, Illinois
If you live in Cook County or the Chicago metro area and haven't heard of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, you don't know what you're missing. Whether a flooded basement or something you see floating in a river that shouldn't be there, the MWRD is the go-to agency. Toneal Jackson is the candidate who wants all constituents to know about it and how they can benefit from it. Running as a Green for a two year term, Toneal is an award-winning author, publisher, podcaster, and organizer. She is also Founder of Artists Promoting Success and I’m Glad to be a Woman also having been inducted into 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League, the Professional Organization of Women in Excellence Recognized also known as P.O.W.E.R., and a recipient of the I Change Nations Award. Toneal Jackson has a B.A. in Communications from DePaul University and earned her M.B.A. from University of Phoenix.
Howie Hawkins (G) for Governor of New York
You may recognize Howie Hawkins from the 2020 Presidential Election when he ran for POTUS as the Green Party candidate. He is now running for Governor of New York for a fourth time. He ran in 2010, 2014, and 2018, each time receiving enough votes to qualify the Green Party for a ballot line for the next four years. This time NY made it tougher for third parties to make it on the ballot, but his fight continues. He also ran for local office in Syracuse and pulled in as much as 48% of the vote one year. Howie was the first candidate to run on a Green New Deal as well. In 1991 he arrived in Syracuse to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives that promoted cooperative ownership, democratic control, and ecological sustainability in the local economy. He is currently a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 in Syracuse, and Teamsters for a Democratic Union. You can learn more at www.hawkinsmattera.org.
Delilah Barrios (G) for Governor of Texas
Delilah Barrios grew up in what is well known around Texas as, ‘The Valley’. Born and raised in Brownsville, her family moved all over the coast to include Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and Houston. She has seen and experienced the disastrous effects of oil spills and fracking, causing her to be involved in the environmental movement. She also represents those who are fed up with losing personal rights. Learn more about the campaign at delilahfortexas.com.
Michael Bagdes-Canning (G) for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania
Michael Bagdes-Canning has held elected office for 33 years in Cherry Valley Borough, Butler County where he is currently Mayor. He is a retired teacher having spent almost 36 years in the classroom, the last 29 teaching delinquent and dependent boys. He was a union member throughout his working life, serving as president, vice president, and building representative in his local. Since his retirement, Bagdes-Canning has been an organizer in the fracking / climate fight locally, statewide, and on the national level. He serves on the board of several community organizations and is a cofounder of Marcellus Outreach Butler (Butler County), a cofounder of the Better Path Coalition (PA), and works with Beyond Extreme Energy (national). You can learn more about Michael at gp.org and gpofpa.org.
Kiel Corkran (G) for Commissioner of Insurance in KS
With a niche in Actuary Science and academic background in Mathematics, Kiel Corkran is answering a much needed calling to run for Commissioner of Insurance without taking campaign money from the insurance industry and other corporate lobbyists. This gives the voters of Kansas a chance to have real representation and service regarding their insurance needs and matters. Kiel's professional experience includes having worked as a paraeducator at the Manhattan Alternative High School, a visual data analyst for Sperry Rail Service, and a tax examining technician at the Internal Revenue Service. Kiel also engages with his community through civil and political activism. He has been involved in several political campaigns including Yes on 2: Healthcare for Missouri and Clean Missouri. He has served as Treasurer for the Kansas City Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, Loading Dock Manager for Flourish Furnishings, and has volunteered at food pantries and cold weather shelters. Kansas has an opportunity to vote out an incumbent who has insurance industry donors and lobbyists to answer to, by voting in someone who only has the people of Kansas to answer to. To learn more and help, visit corkran4commissioner.com
Hunter Crow (G) for Texas Railroad Commissioner
Hunter Crow has been a member of the Green Party of the United States since 2015 and currently the State Party Chair of the Texas Green Party as well as the County Party Chair of the Tarrant County Green Party. His vision for how he wants to fulfill the role includes making the Texas railroad commission stronger by reviving its original promises and to protect Texas citizens against a big industry. His goal is to steer the TRC back to its original intent to hold the concerns of Texans over the interest of private industries. Visit https://sites.google.com/view/hunter-crow-for-txrrc2022 to learn more about Hunter and is campaign.
Laura Wells (G) for Controller in California
Laura has served in a number of leadership positions at the county and state levels of the Green Party of California. She was a founding member of the Green Party County Council in Alameda County and a co-founder and managing editor of the state’s Green Party newspaper, Green Focus. She also organized with “50 Years is Enough” to point out that the World Bank was not at all successful in its stated goal of “reduction of poverty.” In 2014, Laura ran for California State Controller on a platform of correcting Proposition 13, which directed the majority of “tax relief” to giant corporations and not individuals. Having worked for years as a trouble-shooting systems analyst, the recognition that solutions are also interrelated appealed to Laura as she wants to be a part of bringing in solutions, to positively affect the future of all beings.
Alfred Molison (G) for Land Commissioner in Texas
Alfred Molison has volunteered as a meeting facilitator operating with the consensus decision making process in several different non-profit organizations and in the past 20 years they’ve overwhelmingly been Green Party organizations such as the Greens in Houston, Texas and the Green Party of Texas. For the office of Land Commissioner, his initial proposals are to increase revenue to the Permanent School Fund, and make it cheaper for all students to attend publicly funded colleges and universities, such that students leave or graduate from school with no debt. Alfred also aims to increase the number of full time employees to make state parks cleaner, and more accessible to the public. Another proposal of his would be a help desk for low to upper middle income people to provide guidance on cleaning up the titles to ownership of inheritable property along with development of a standardized group of methods to deal with complex home and property title situations.
It's The Andrew Miller Show!!!
It's just easier to name the show after myself. I dive into that along with an example of why this show exists.
U.S. House Candidate Chris Richardson (G) for CA-6
Chris Richardson is the Green Party candidate running to represent California's 6th Congressional District (formerly 7th district but just recently redistricted). Chris comes from an interesting career of having done significant work for different government agencies and helped start the not-for-profit WorldVistA in 2002. This episode includes discussion of the following: environmental issues affecting the constituency and what can be done about them; the COVID-19 pandemic and how it's being handled; why the incumbent is not the best choice; and ways government services can run more efficiently and effectively based on first hand experience of his. You can learn more about his platform and causes at rcr4congress.us.
NJ Gubernatorial candidate Joanne Kuniansky (SWP)
Joanne Kuniansky is the Socialist Workers Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey. Her labor movement activity includes having walked the Teamsters picket line at Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx and joined rallies supporting United Mineworkers currently on strike against Warrior Met Coal in Alabama. Her experience as a worker has spanned from oil refineries, meat packing, and Walmart. She is a longtime participant in the fight for women’s rights. The Socialist Workers Party is the oldest third party on the ballot in this election.
NJ Gubernatorial candidate Gregg Mele (L)
Gregg Mele is the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of NJ. Gregg graduated cum laude from Montclair State and New York University School Law School with his LL.M. In between he earned his MS from Stevens Institute of Technology, an MBA from Baruch College of the City University of New York and his JD from New York Law School. Unlike many politicians, Gregg campaigned in all 21 counties in NJ. In this episode we discuss tax and spend issues, competitive bidding, climate change, education, transportation infrastructure, whether the Republican candidate's long political career has anything to show for, the incumbent's handling of COVID and weather disasters, and the difference Gregg sees between what some call a handout and what some call a hand up.
Bart Everson for New Orleans City Council at Large
Bart Everson is the Green Party candidate running for City Council in New Orleans, LA. He aims to bring greater visibility to climate issues and highlight the need for action in the face of the climate crisis. He also wants to improve transportation options in New Orleans and hold Entergy, the energy company for the area, accountable. Bart works at Xavier University of Louisiana’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development. More of his achievements include being a co-creator of Rox TV series, noted for political activism (marijuana legalization) and technical achievements (first TV show on internet), founding member of Green Party of Louisiana, and founding member and past president of Friends of Lafitte Greenway just to name a few. You can learn more and help out at https://barteverson.com.
Participatory Budgeting and You
How would you like to decide directly how your taxes are being spent? It's already going on in thousands of cities throughout the world and dozens of cities around the U.S. and Canada. It's a chance to shift more power from politicians to the people. We can all help it expand and grow if more people become aware of it. This episode's guest is Elizabeth Crews who is with the nonprofit group called Participatory Budgeting Project.
Cam Gordon, Minneapolis, MN - Member of City Council 2nd Ward
Cam Gordon is up for Re-Election for 2nd Ward Council Member for the City of Minneapolis, MN. As the one council member who is in the Green Party, he is the Minority Leader. Furthermore he is also on several committees. Cam helped found the Minnesota Green Party, and has served on the boards of FairVote Minnesota, Common Cause Minnesota, and Minneapolis Center for Neighborhoods. You can find out more about him as a council member at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/city-council/ward-2/about-cam-gordon/ and his candidacy and campaign at https://www.camgordon.org/
Why the change
Same show, new name. Just me babbling for a few minutes on why I decided to rename it.
Rank the Vote!
Ranked Choice Voting allows you to vote for your favorite candidate while having back up choices in case your top choice doesn't stand a chance at winning. It already exists in Maine for statewide and Presidential elections, a few other states for local elections and primaries, and there's a movement to spread it further nationwide. Learn more at rankthevote.us. This episode's guest is Nathan Lockwood from the leadership team at rankthevote.us. Nathan served as the Greater Worcester Chapter Lead, a statewide speaker, and as volunteer co-lead for communications for Voter Choice Massachusetts. He was an executive board member of the Voter Choice Education Fund and a founding member of Unite America. Nathan was elected to the Town of Lunenburg Planning Board and served from 2009 through 2015. He holds a BA from Yale University.
Loathe and despise the Republican and Democratic parties but want a certain candidate to win one of their nominations? Or like your party but sometimes want to vote in a different primary? Want to vote in all elections including primaries without having to be labeled on record as a certain party? Then you need open primaries. America needs open primaries. This episode we talk with Jeremy Gruber, J.D. from the movement Open Primaries. We discuss why open primaries are beneficial to all, why closed primaries stink, and what needs to happen.
What if the People Aren't There?
What started as a "dumb question" at a school assembly, has found its way into the issues of the day for better or for worse.
Ballot Initiatives and Referendums - Where the real winning occurs
Many progressive ideas that make certain political candidates labeled as radical or out of the mainstream, pass with flying colors all over America when presented as ballot initiatives. Listen to why that may be and how to continue making progress happen.
National Popular Vote - Make It Happen!
Most states that are "solid red" or "solid blue" really have a 60/40 ratio give or take, not including those who don't bother voting because they don't think it will matter anyway since their state always goes a certain way. Even if it wasn't enough to swing a state, just imagine how much of a difference it can make in these tight presidential races if a few thousand more voters in each state came out and gave the candidate they lean more towards the extra votes needed to surpass the opponent in the nationwide popular vote. That is how declaring the winner based on the popular vote can benefit any party or candidate. Knowing every single vote in every single state counts just as much as any, would motivate candidates to campaign in every state and discourage a sitting President and other federal elected officials of any political party from neglecting most states and Americans while only focusing more on the few who determine the outcome in the current winner take all electoral vote system. This episode we talk with Rebekah Warren of National Popular Vote. Rebekah is on the front lines of National Popular Vote. She currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives and is an author of the National Popular Vote Bill there. She also advocates for the National Popular Vote in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and several other states. You can learn more at nationalpopularvote.com
U.S. Senate (MI) candidate Marcia Squier (G)
Marcia Squier is the Green Party candidate running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. A Gen Xer who sees it is time for younger generations to step up and move the country forward instead of backward, she joined the Green Party after experiencing how not so democratic the Democratic Party is especially when it came to Super Delegates and how they ignored the will of the people in her state in 2016. She has witnessed first hand how bought the two major parties are and what they're really about. She offers voters a chance to reject corrupt candidates and incumbents while having a better and brighter option to vote for.
U.S. House candidate George Gluck (G) for MD-6
George Gluck has been active with the Green Party for well over a decade and has ran for office before. He spent forty years working in Information Technology for the government and private sector, including being an expert in improving effectiveness and operating efficiency of government agencies such as Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), the Medicare financial system, and the General Services Administration information systems through business process re-engineering. Unlike many naysayers who don't have the experience he does, George has a realistic sense from experience on the government's potential and ability to benefit constituents within the platform he runs on. Being highly educated in science and mathematics, he also plays the violin and substitute teaches Physics. His work experience, activism experience, and well-roundness offer a lot for the constituents of Maryland's 6th district and the rest of the American people. Learn more at https://sites.google.com/view/georgegluck/home
U.S. House candidate Tom Wilda (G) for U.S. House (IL-5)
Tom Wilda is running to represent Illinois' 5th district in the U.S. House. The 5th congressional district includes parts of Cook and DuPage counties, along with all or parts of Chicago, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Hinsdale, La Grange Park, Norridge, Northlake, River Grove, Schiller Park, and Oakbrook Terrace. Tom has been part of the Illinois Green Party for years and has years of experience teaching, community organizing, and social work. You can learn more about Tom and his campaign at tomforthefifth.com.
U.S. Senate (IL) candidate David Black (G)
David Black is highly educated in the field of political science, has years of experience practicing law for workers, serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity, and has volunteered his time assisting asylum seekers. David is a long time Green Party activist serving as Party Secretary and as the candidate for Illinois Attorney General in 1996 and 2000. He is now the 2020 candidate in Illinois for the U.S. Senate. You can learn more about his campaign and platform at davidblackforsenate.org.
U.S. House candidate Joseph Naham (G) for NY-4
Joseph Naham is running to represent New York's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Joe is a life long Nassau County Resident, National Delegate (Alt) of the Green Party of the United States, Committee member for the Green Party of New York State, Chairperson of The Green Party of Nassau County, and Co Chair of the Environmental Committee of the Beach to Bay Civic Association (Umbrella Civics association). As a lifelong Green, he's organized Anti War rallies at Nassau Community College when he was 20, volunteered at Camp Anchor which is a facility that cares for children who have handicaps, managed four farmers markets in Nassau and Suffolk County for nearly a decade, volunteered to build community gardens, and worked on farms. He's also a member of the SPAT program (A Cornell Cooperative Extension facility dedicated to shellfish restoration) and as Chairperson of The GPNC he has organized monthly meetings with topical events and presentations. He's also met and worked with local governmental officers as GP Chair, and B2B Co Chair with the intention of environmental and social justice action.
U.S. House candidate Cassandra Martineau (G) for CT-2
Cassandra is the Green Party candidate running to represent Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District. She's a lifelong social justice activist, an executive officer in the Windham/ Willimantic NAACP, founder of Willimantic Rainbow Connection, an LGBTQ+ group, currently serves on Windham’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and brings 15 years of public school experience to her political run. The three cornerstones of her campaign and platform are People, Peace, and Planet. Her campaign site is cass4congress.rocks and she can be heard right here, right now! Check it out!
U.S. House candidate Justin Paglino (G) for CT-3
Justin Paglino is an MD, PhD who recently transitioned from science and virology to dedicate more time to political activism. He also teaches and plays the piano and keyboards in a few local bands. Justin is fighting for Medicare for All, Ranked Choice Voting, clean energy, foreign policy that seeks peace because war is a horror that must only be a last resort, equal liberties and equal treatment under the law, diligent public health, fair economy, and quality education. You can find more at his website justin4all.org where there are blog posts and visuals relating to his platform and matters taking place within his congressional district. You can also check out more at Twitter: https://twitter.com/justin4all2; Facebook: https://facebook.com/justin4all; and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinpaglino
U.S. House candidate Steve Greenfield (G) NY-19
Steve is running for Congress in NY's 19th Congressional District as the Green Party candidate. Steve Greenfield is a veteran volunteer firefighter, a two-term School Board member, an experienced advocate of legislation through many years of service in the Ulster County Volunteer Firefighters Association, the New York State School Boards Association, and as Chair of the New Paltz Central School District Legislative Action Committee, as well as an Eagle Scout, and an independent contractor going back to his first job as a morning bicycle delivery boy for the Daily News when he was 15. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia -- a knowledge base much more urgently needed in Congress today than that of a corporate lawyer, as both major parties have once again nominated in NY-19. Greenfield's motto is simple: cut the crap and solve the problem.
U.S. Senate (NJ) candidate Madelyn Hoffman (G)
Madelyn Hoffman is running for the U.S. Senate representing New Jersey. She's spent decades showing leadership and hard work with environmental and peace causes along with involvement with the Green Party. Listen to her on what she'll fight for that her opponents won't.
Daniel Kim for Bergen County Freeholder
Daniel T. Kim is running for Freeholder in Bergen County, NJ. He is on the ballot with the slogan "NOT ME. US" Daniel Kim has been a resident of Bergen County (Palisades Park, Ridgewood, and Paramus) since 1998. He is a graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and Mathematics/Economics and currently working as an technology consultant for a global professional services firm. As the chair of Our Revolution of Bergen County, he has been at the forefront of local social and political activism. His Christian faith drives his passion to fight for the most vulnerable and give voice to the voiceless. He views that the greed ingrained in our culture has led to our systematic problems, preventing us from tackling the most pressing issues in our generation, such as money in politics, wealth inequality, healthcare, sustainable net-zero energy, and responsible growth of technology (e.g. automation). With this mindset, he seeks to bring a data-driven, 21st-century applicable, and people-first policy approach.
DELEGATES! What are they, who are they? Meet Al Granell, a Bernie Sanders Delegate.
Al Granell is a former Councilman in North Arlington, NJ, 2016 Bernie Sanders Delegate, and on the ballot as a Delegate for Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Primary. We'll dive into what it means to be a Delegate and why voting in the primary still matters.
Justin O'Hea for Union County Freeholder
Justin is running in the 2020 New Jersey Democratic Primary election scheduled for July 7, 2020. He's running for Union County Freeholder on the Not Me, Us ticket. Listen to him make the case.
What it's all about
Just a few minutes of me saying what this program is about as I familiarize myself with recording an episode.