Show Notes: Democrat Steve Reilly about presidential politics

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Steve Reilly

Steve Reilly, former democratic congressional candidate, joins us Thursday, September 22 for a conversation about politics, presidential and otherwise.

Listen in on the show starting live at 8:30 p.m. on Spreaker or from our home page.


‘Give Hunger the Boot’ Campaign Kicks Off

Support @PtreeCorners #GiveHungertheBoot food drive. Donate non-perisables at City Hall. 

As part of the annual Great Days of Service, Gwinnett Municipal Association (GwMA) has challenged the county’s 16 cities to a friendly competition to collect non-perishable food to benefit local food banks.

Donations will be accepted now through Oct. 22.



Career Expo hosted by the Gwinnett County

Job seekers looking to begin a career in county government are invited to the second annual Career Expo hosted by the Gwinnett County Department of Human Resources. The free event will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

The expo provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from various county departments and learn about job opportunities in many fields, including information technology, accounting and finance, administrative/clerical, protective services (corrections, fire and emergency services, police and sheriff), engineering, project management and technical and field services.

Job seekers can visit to view current vacancies and submit an application


Listeria Recall: Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalling 3 Cookie Dough Products

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Apple Coffee Cakes due to the possible presence of small metal shavings. Check here.



Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship? — Excerpts from Freakonimics
Sure, we all pay lip service to the Madisonian system of checks and balances. But as one legal scholar argues, presidents have been running roughshod over the system for decades. The result? An accumulation of power that’s turned the presidency into a position the Founders wouldn’t have recognized.

we want a powerful government that will protect us and allow commerce to flourish. But we don’t want a government that becomes so powerful that it would abuse its power and interfere with our liberties.

ERIC POSNER, legal scholar

…the Roman Republic had a limited government; it was not run by kings or emperors. And it was also highly successful. I mean, by the standards of the time, it was wealthy, they conquered lots of places. It was a fantastic kind of role model for the founders who were very ambitious for the United States but didn’t want a king. But then the Roman Republic collapsed and was replaced by an emperor. 

George W. Bush, for example, issued 291 executive orders. Bill Clinton? Three hundred and sixty-four. President Obama, with a few months to go, has signed 249. So by sheer number, that isn’t remarkable. But, Eric Posner argues, Obama has used his power differently.

And there’s a clause in the Constitution called the Take Care Clause, which says well you’ve got to enforce the laws. But there’s also the Executive Power Clause, which seems to say, well you have discretion. And this whole idea of the executive as being an independent branch suggests that the president has discretion.

He can probably ban Muslims from coming into this country, at least in the short term. The immigration statute already gives the President enormous power to block anyone from entering the country if the President thinks it’s in the national interest. So he can say, “Well I think it’s in the national interest not to allow Muslims into the country,” and he’s acting consistently with the statue. It’s possible that a court could block this type of order on constitutional grounds. It’s hard to know whether that would happen, because there’s really no direct precedent for that. In terms of trade, the President can tear up trade treaties; he can tear up NATO. And because he controls American forces abroad, he could just not use them. Like if if Russia invades Germany, there’s no way to force the President to use troops to defend Germany. So he has a lot of power over these alliances and treaties as well.


Clinton Faleshoods:

CLINTON false – by

Says she “never received nor sent any material that was marked classified” on her private email server while secretary of state.

— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016


UPDATED: Contradicted by the FBI

Says Donald Trump “doesn’t make a thing in America.”

— PolitiFact Pennsylvania on Monday, August 1st, 2016


Trump hats, wine and water come from the U.S.
Many of us remember the classic line from the “Seinfeld” show, that “it’s not a lie if you believe it.”


“It has been 269 days since (Hillary) Clinton has held a press conference.”

— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016  – Trump


Says, regarding the presence of classified information in her email, FBI Director James “Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people.”

— Hillary Clinton



Trump Falsehoods:


“Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever. Ever. Ever.”

— PolitiFact National on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

“I never said” that Muslims would be subject to profiling under his policies.

— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

He didn’t object when asked about it, twice

“I finished” the controversy about where President Barack Obama was born.

— PolitiFact National on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Kept tweeting about it, and many still believe it

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy.”

— PolitiFact National on Friday, September 16th, 2016

A repeated falsehood

Says Russian President Vladimir Putin “calls me brilliant.” 

— PolitiFact National on Thursday, September 8th, 2016


“I released the most extensive financial review of anybody in the history of politics. … You don’t learn much in a tax return.”

— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016



Trump lied, saying that it wasn’t his voice on a tape pretending to be his own publicist, even though in the past he said he would do this sort of thing.

Says Barack Obama “founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”

— Donald Trump



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