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Sep 072010

Politics is a dance.  More often than not, it’s infuriating.  But it’s the biggest reality show out there, where the winner gets the power.  And we’re just in time for the fall season.

I started tonight’s show talking about the Florida Senate race.  I’ve stated before that I’m in a quandary.  Kendrick Meek is the Democrat, and also happens to be my Congressman!  The problem is that I’m not a big fan of his.  I don’t dislike him either, but I don’t think he’s been particularly effective.  And then there’s the name that doesn’t scream fighter!  I also think he dodges the tough questions.  We’ll see how he does when he appears on my show next Wed, 9/15, at 11:15am ET. (I move to my new show time of 10am-12 noon beginning next Monday!)

Charlie Crist, the formerly Republican current Governor of Florida, is running as an Independent.  He did that when it became apparent that he’d lose in the primary to the former Speaker of the FL House, tea party darling Marco Rubio.

Now, I’m no fan of Charlie Crists’, but I’m more committed to making sure that Marco Rubio is NOT the next US Senator from Florida.

So, I’ve said publicly that I’ll watch the polls.  If it’s looking like Crist has a better chance to beat Rubio than does Meek, I may vote for Crist.  That doesn’t sit well with some of my listeners who think I’m a traitor.  All you have to do is read this exchange from my facebook page!

Al Rogers Charlie crist is a political fraud why would you consider voting for hime. He now claims he would have voted for the healthcare bill when he 18 months ago said healthcare reform was violated our civil liberties?

Nicole Sandler I want to make sure Marco Rubio does NOT get in the Senate. Whether I vote for Meek or Crist, either one will be a vote against Rubio. I’m not a fan of either one. I will vote for which ever one I think has a better chance of beating Rubio….
I’d prefer that to be Meek, but I’ll watch the polls very carefully leading up to Nov. 2.
And I’ll try to get both of them on my show to have them answer tough questions to get my vote…

Al Rogers do noit ever claim to be a healthcare advocate nicole. that jackass crist recited republican talking points in regards healthcare reform.
that fraud now claims he would have voted for it.
healthcare bill that has passed has majopr flws but i…f meek is in the senate i am sure he will surprose you.
meek’s campaign has its flaws but if democrats do not buy into crist’s propaganda meek can defeat rubio
you do all florideians a major deservice when you voice that you think a vote for crist is a constructive one.
children and family services in the state of florida is an administrative mess.
you damge your credibilty when you make achoice to back crist’s run for the senate.

Nicole Sandler Again Al, my main concern is to make sure that Rubio doesn’t get elected. I’d appreciate it if you’d keep your personal attacks out of it.

Al Rogers your statement is sort of like the logic people who voted for ross perot masde in 1992.
you have noi ide how many independant voters who have voted for meek will take your advice
he claims he would caucus with the democrats. He is not some…one who can be trusted.
I take it very personal when some whop claims to be a democrat is trying to influence people to vote for crist.
Apparantly you do not remeber what he said about healthcare reform.

Ahh, the fighting dancing begins continues!

The ads began airing today too… Here’s what Charlie Crist came out of the box with:

And here’s the first TV spot for Democrat Kendrick Meek:

It’s interesting that, at the time I posted these, Crists’ spot had been viewed 301 times on YouTube; Meek’s 304… for whatever that’s worth!

To be continued.  Yes, it’s going to a long 8 weeks!

I headed out west to Arizona, via phone, to speak with the Democrat running against John McCain for Senate– Rodney Glassman.  I met Rodney in Las Vegas during Netroots Nation, and was happy to have him back on my show tonight.  He’s fighting a guy with big name recognition and an even bigger pocketbook (his wife’s), but very low approval ratings.  They’re polar opposites on almost every front, including age.  At 32, Glassman is the youngest candidate for the Senate.  Read about him and, if you have some to spare, kick in a few bucks to his campaign.

I also spoke with Andrew Markoff, a listener to my show who’s very active in local politics.  He’s working as the Broward County coordinator for Move To Amend’s speaking tour, which is bringing David Cobb to town!  Here’s the info on his Florida appearances:



The US Supreme Court decided so on January 21st, 2010 in “Citizens United v. FEC”!

Come to this exciting educational event on corporate personhood & the Constitution, including distinguished guest speakers.

Move to Amend Florida Speaking Tour with David Cobb: Ft. Lauderdale

Monday, September 13, 2010
7pm to 9pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
3970 Northwest 21st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Main Speaker:
David Cobb
Attorney, Move to Amend Spokesperson
Principal of POCLAD – Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
2004 Presidential Candidate

Plus additional guest speakers from the local community, including representatives of Fair Districts Florida, the ACLU and Broward Election Reform Coalition.

The Supreme Court reaffirmed that corporations are persons and that their financial influence equals free speech. Essentially the Court says that corporations are entitled to buy elections and run our government. Come to a Move to Amend Florida speaking engagement to learn more about the ramifications of the Court’s decision and what We the People can do about it. For more information, visit

For information about the Ft. Lauderdale speaking engagement, contact:
Ellen Brodsky (954) 263-6032 or Andrew Markoff (954) 934-9018

There are tour stops throughout Florida, including Miami, Boca, and West Palm:

Florida schedule
(additional venues to be announced)

7-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
7701 SW 76 Ave, Miami.
Steve Showen, 305-573-2909,
Sandy Davies 305-336-1934,

7-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Church
3970 N.W. 21st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale.
Andrew Markoff,, 954-934-9018
Ellen Brodsky,, 954-263-6032

7-9pm. First Unitarian Universalists of the Palm Beaches,
635 Prosperity Farms Rd., North Palm Beach.
Milo Vannucci,, 561-315-2557

7-9pm. St. Andrews Estates S. Auditorium,
6045 S. Verde Trail, Boca Raton.
Nancy Parker, 561-702-4174,

7-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Church,
2185 Meadowlane Avenue, West Melbourne.
Gregory Wilson, 772-486-4029

1-3pm Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach
Area. 56 N. Halifax Drive,
Carla Christianson 386-677-1176

7-9pm Event. Friends Quaker Meeting House,
702 N.W. 38th St. Gainesville. Michael Canney,, 386-418-3791

10am-Noon. Unitarian Universalist Church
of Sarasota, 1975 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota.
Kindra Muntz,, 941-266-8278

3-5pm. John F. Germany Library,
900 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Anita Stewart,, 813-312-2292

Reception/Fundraiser. RSVP: Mike Fox,, 727-320-4502

3-5pm. Orlando Main Library, 101 East Central Blvd.
Scott Tess, 321-230-8691,; Atarah
Sterngold,, 407-415-3366

FL Tour Info: Mike 727-320-4502, Jayne 954-232-2139

I’ll be at the Ft. Lauderdale event on Monday evening, and will webcast the entire gathering here at So, if you can’t make it, be sure to tune in to our Ustream channel.

As we were off yesterday, our weekly Fools on the Hill segment with Nicole Belle of Crooks & Liars, deconstructing the Sun talk shows, was pushed to today.  Here’s what Nicole sent me, and what we talked about…

Since it was Labor Day weekend, I think it’s appropriate to start out with Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO.

Trumka does what I think all Democrats need to keep reinforcing between now and the election day:  the economy is coming back around, but it would be in much better shape if we weren’t forced to fight Republican obstructionism day in and day out.  And he reminds Candy Crowley who put us in this situation in the first place.  As anti-incumbent as the mood of the country is supposedly in, we simply cannot forget that voting out Democrats is going to put the same people in charge that got us all messed up.

Which brings us to one of those who drove us off the cliff: Lindsey Graham.    Graham went on Meet the Press to complain that Obama has consistently governed from the left and hasn’t reached out to the Republicans enough.

It’s absurd, patently and provably false, but yet we have to expect this meme to be pushed out by Republicans over and over again as we near the election and just like Gregory, the media will do nothing to correct it or put it into context.

Graham also keeps pushing the long-debunked lie that the estate tax will devastate small businesses and family farms

And Graham’s BFF John McCain was on the air again, because it’s Sunday (I think this is close to his 20th appearance since he lost the election).  McCain had to swing hard right against tea party favorite JD Hayworth and do a 180 on his presidential election stance on immigration reform.  He sticks with that on Fox News Sunday

Stunningly, Chris Wallace actually refutes the facts of McCain’s case.

Chris Matthews asks his panel to name the most likely Republican presidential nominee for 2012

Sarah Palin sucks all oxygen out of the conversation, with everyone agreeing that if she decides to run, the nomination is hers.  But Chris Matthews floats Jeb Bush as a possibility too.   Once again, Matthews proves that for him, politics are devoid of context or history.  No amount of bad press or stories leaked by former McCain campaign workers of how intellectually incurious, bad tempered, diva-like Sarah Palin was permeates the possibility.  And Jeb?  Seriously, Bush wasn’t even out of the White House before historians all generally agreed that he was in the top 5 of worst presidencies , and yet we’re supposed to believe that Jeb has a chance?

And finally—and this is the one I really want to talk about most—David Gregory wanted David Plouffe to guarantee that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t primary challenge Obama in 2012.

Hillary has denied it three times, Plouffe treats it as ridiculous and yet this is the question that Gregory goes back to again and again.  Why?  The underlying meme that Hillary is this grasping, backstabbing bitch just waiting for her chance to get into the White House again is sexist, disgusting and yet very popular with the media.  It also infers the weakness of Obama to have a snake in the grass in his cabinet.

Jul 282010

What a show we have for you tonight.  Unfortunately, I have no time for the rest of the interviews I taped at Netroots Nation… all the more reason to tune in tomorrow night!

Of course, the big story today comes from Arizona, where US District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked the most controversial sections of SB 1070, which was slated to take effect tomorrow.  The law will still go into effect tomorrow, but without the most heinous provisions– including the sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws, and the parts that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

We’ll start the show with an interview with Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, who also co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and get his take on what the judge’s ruling means.

We’ll follow that up with a representative of a group still calling for a boycott of the Arizona Diamondbacks and demanding that major league baseball not hold their all-star game in Arizona next year.

Lizz Winstead, Jason Leopold, Nicole Sandler

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the day that Sarah Palin left her job as Governor of Alaska, less than halfway through her one and only term.  Upon her resignation, she told her constituents that she couldn’t be effective in working on their behalf as a lame duck governor.  So, what has she done for them in the year since leaving office?  Jeanne Devon, aka AKMuckraker, editor of The Mudflats blog, will join us to talk about the former half-Governor from Alaska…

After checking in with Talk Radio News Service for a news update, we’ll hear my interview with Washington insider and columnist for The Hill, Brent Budowsky, who’s just about had it with the Democratic party.

And we’ll wrap up the show with Jason Leopold of for a recap of yesterday’s vote in the House on the war supplemental funding bill.


Jul 062010

It’s another busy day on the Randi Rhodes Show…

I’ll be joined by Greg Sargent who writes the Plum Line blog for the Washington Post.  We’ll talk about the big story of the day: The DOJ has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the constitutionality of its immigration law.

Jon Maddux, CEO of You Walk Away will explain how his company “empowers homeowners through intelligent strategic default”… Yep, they say you walk away from your mortgage!

And Jason Leopold, Deputy Managing Editor at will tell us about his newest investigative report: “Dangerous Cost Cuts at Alyeska Pipeline: ‘Yet Another Example of How BP Runs Things.’”

We had a last minute change in the show, as Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona joined us to talk about the Justice Department’s lawsuit against his state.  Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is one of the only elected officials in Arizona speaking out against the immigration law.  (Congressman Grijalva bumped Jason Leopold… he’ll join me Thursday on Randi’s show, and he came on my show tonight to talk about the story… see the blog post above for more!)

And legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Bros Band, Eric Clapton and many more) joined in to tell us about the environmental website he co-founded, Mother Nature Network.

And, of course, your phone calls at 866-87-RANDI, 3-6 pm ET!

May 062010

What a way to end the week!  Today was a strange, strange day.

The stock market went over the cliff because some trader typed the letter B instead of M and traded billions instead of millions of futures of something, Joe Lieberman introduced legislation to strip citizens of their citizenship, it was the “National Day of Prayer” (in a country founded on the idea of separation of church and state), the UK held an election and nobody won, and the floor below the Gulf of Mexico is still spewing an oil geyser that could threaten our country’s coastlines and millions of people’s lives and livelihoods for generations to come.  Yes, I’d say it qualifies as a Strange Day of The Doors magnitude.

Tonight’s show started with a recap of some of the strangeness of the day with David Dayen, news editor of FireDogLake.

Gotta Laff of The Political Carnival joined in to tell us about the new, special edition of Blunt, entitled “Do I Look Illegal?”

Marco Ceglie, one of the founders of The Other 98% told us about the organization that’s doing a great job of explaining to the unwashed masses about the realities of how little we pay in taxes…

And we wrapped up the week with a visit from Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny who filled us in on the primary results from this past Tuesday, and the three coming up a week from Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas… and we did talk a bit about the hypocrisy of George Rekers, the homophobic homosexual co-founder of the Family Research Council who hired a “luggage carrier” from the male prostitution site

And on that note, I wish you a happy weekend.  Talk to you Monday… Radio or Not!

Apr 272010

What a difference a day makes! Although I’m not 100% yet, I am feeling much better today.  And it’s a good thing, because it was a very busy show tonight…

We started with comedian Jamie Kilstein who, along with Allison Kilkenny hosts Citizen Radio. Jamie has a new CD out, called Zombie Jesus

It had been a while since I last spoke with Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He joined me tonight to talk about the wars and what it’ll take to end them, health care reform and why he voted the way he did, financial reform, and more… If you happen to be in Washington DC on Thursday, join him for a “Teach In on Capital Hill: What Congress Must Do to End US Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East“  (More about the Teach In tomorrow, with activist David Swanson.)

Environmentalist/Activist/Author Bill McKibben, founder of, has a new book out… Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.  We talked about the book, the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing lately and how it’s all connected to climate change.

Ellen Ratner checked in with a news update from the Talk Radio News Service.

But there’s more…. My boyfriend sent me this column about Pat Tillman, written by Bill Dwyre, sports columnist for the LA Times. I was so impressed with what he wrote so I emailed him and asked him to join me to discuss it…

And finally, I checked in with investigative journalist Greg Palast to talk about his latest piece for “Behind the Arizona Immigration Law: The GOP Game to Swipe the November Election” — another way to look at the insanity from the most unwelcoming state in the nation…

And one more thing… Senator Carl Levin is my hero of the week, thanks to this line of questioning from today’s hearing on Goldman Sachs…


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