Strength in Diversity, Weakness in One Party Rule? These Not So United States (CA Finale)
The Purple Principle completes its three-episode tour of the great state of California with three uniquely positioned viewpoints on the Golden State. First, Leon Panetta, former Cabinet Secretary and nine-term US Congress member, who questions the one party mindset of Democratic governance in Sacramento and the rightward populist tilt of the California GOP.
Our second guest, former State Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, helped initiate a 2018 effort to reform the Golden State GOP called “New Way California” which ultimately failed to gain traction.
And our third guest, political satirist Andrew Heaton, describes the rivalry between largely blue California and largely red Texas, the topic of an earlier seven-part TPP series.
“Don't California my Texas,” observes Heaton, now an Austin resident, “that is a frequent political bumper sticker here, which occasionally you'll see on cars from Florida.”
These and other surprises on this California finale. Tune in and review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.
Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney.
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Leon Panetta: Former Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA for President Obama, White House Chief of Staff for President Clinton, and nine-term Member of Congress. Now the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and author of the memoir Worthy Fights.
Kristin Olsen: Former Republican Minority Leader of the California State Assembly, Board Member of New Way California, and current Partner at California Strategies. Olsen’s Twitter.
Andrew Heaton: Comedian and political satirist, host of The Political Orphanage podcast and author of books like Los Angeles is Hideous: Poems About An Ugly City. Heaton’s website, Twitter.
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