ISSUE 80: Get Our The Mother F-ing Vote

Our State. 

Our Year. September 13th, 2018. As many of you know, New York is a battleground for the future of the Democratic party. So basically, your vote, and your friend’s vote, and your family's votes, have the potential to fundamentally change our state and our country. With just over a week until the election, we're giving you resources to research candidates and tools get yourself & your people to the polls. A quick reminder: Primaries: September 13. General Election: November 6. Seats up for grabs: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General, State Senate, State Assembly.

ISSUE 79: Where There's Smoke

And now this.

We already knew these men were corrupt, but last week it became official: Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump's former lawyer/consigliere Michael Cohen were found GUILTY of being lying, scheming crooks. So what does this mean for Trump and our country? This week we’re recapping last week’s explosive turn of events, and what we gotta do about it.

ISSUE 78: Guest Writer Motivote

Three broads on a mission.

This week, Rachel, Emily, and Jess are taking over the Broad Memo. They're the co-founders of motivote: a new digital platform empowering voters to more effectively hold each other accountable for turning out on election day. They came together in the wake of the 2016 election, while they were getting Masters in Public Administration degrees from NYU. All political junkies, they started to unpack the abysmal turnout numbers among young voters and researching what levers we can pull to change them.

ISSUE 77: Full Of Shit

Liar, liar, nation on fire.

Infowars host and lying, conspiratorial shitbag Alex Jones has opened up a new battle on the right to free speech this month after major corporations pulled his vitriolic rants from their sites. In this week’s memo, we’re exploring the First Amendment, talking about what you can do to combat hate speech, and sharing tips for protecting yourself online from spiteful troll haters.

ISSUE 76: Fake Ass Democrats

Traitors among us.

This week we’re taking a refresher course on the Independent Democratic Conference—& taking a look at a new scandal dogging these already disgraced NY legislators. Though Republicans are numerically a minority in the NY Senate, eight state senators ran as Democrats but voted as Republicans for years, blocking the DREAM Act, single-payer healthcare, real rent reform… the list goes on. Now we’re diving into a campaign finance fiasco that put these turncoat “Dems” in hot water ahead of the September Democratic primaries. And of course, we’re checking out some of the fabulous progressive broads running to unseat these traitors.

ISSUE 75: The Ladies Of The Hour

States(wo)men.

No surprise here—we’ve been adamantly following (OK, maybe obsessing) over the many ah-mazing women fighting to turn their city, county, state, or country more blue by running for office. This week, we’re updating you on what may be the most monumental race of 2018: Governor of Georgia. ICYMI: Stacey Abrams earned the Democratic nomination, giving her a real chance to become the first Black woman governor in the US. Last week, in the run-off election for the GOP candidate, Georgians chose the man carrying the “Trumpian torch” (on the campaign trail, he said he would personally “round up criminal illegals” in his own pickup truck). So we’re using this moment to shine a spotlight on Stacey and take a peek at the 35 governorships that are up for grabs in November.

ISSUE 74: Burning Down The House

We've said it before.

The 2018 midterms are huge. Why, you ask? Because the entire House of Representatives, 1/3 of the Senate, 36 governorships, and several hundred state legislative seats are on the ballot this November. Dems need to flip 24 seats in order to take back the House. If we can pull this off, it will be a huge blow to the Trump administration—and will put Democrats in a position to stop some of his insanity.

ISSUE 73: Guest Writer Laura Mascuch (Supportive Housing Network Of New York)

Laura Mascuch.

Please welcome our July guest author Laura Mascuch, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York and co-chair of the New York City Supportive Housing Task Force. Laura has nearly 30 years' experience in the supportive housing field, having managed some of the first residences of its kind in the country. This week, Laura’s breaking down what supportive housing is, why we actually need to care about it, and what we can do to protect and expand it.

ISSUE 72: SCOTUS V. MAGA

Benching Kennedy.

Last Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire at the end of this month. Though he was a conservative judge nominated by a conservative president, losing him from the bench is a threat to the future of progressive reform. No surprise that his proposed replacement, Brett Kavanaugh, is a long-time conservative flunky. This week we’re talking about why Trump worked so hard to get Kennedy to retire, the critical protections at stake, and what we can do now to feel less hopeless.

ISSUE 71: The Ocasio Effect

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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.” By now you’ve probably heard us shouting from the rooftops about NYC’s own 28-year-old Latina democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Last week, Ocasio-Cortez made national headlines and stunned mainstream politicos by defeating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the NY-14 Congressional Democratic primary. This week, we’re talking about what Ocasio-Cortez’s victory means for women, socialists, the Democratic party, the state, and the country—and how we can keep up the momentum by supporting more progressive women like her. 💪