We start with discussion about the proposed Florida laws will push the state hard to the right, about what could have been in Wisconsin had we not elected Gov Tony Evers and even what was under Walker. Ahead of a new legislative session tomorrow, Florida GOP lawmakers have unveiled a suite of bills that are delighting conservatives and worrying progressives, free speech groups, and civil rights leaders. Which made us ask, is there any sort of line in the sand where people will move based on their state’s politics?
Then we break down Jon Stewart’s Master Class in talking to a gun rights advocate.
And, turns out, Gruyere will not get the same special treatment as Champagne.
We kick off Monday with a conversation about the proposed Florida laws that will push the state hard to the right. Ahead of a new legislative session tomorrow, GOP lawmakers have unveiled a suite of bills that are delighting conservatives and worrying progressives, free speech groups, and civil rights leaders.
The bills include provisions that would:
All so that Ron Desantis has a platform to run on for 2024.
But our question is: how much has to go relatively wrong in regard to the politics and policies in your state before you consider picking up and moving?
Jon Stewart is still the best to do it. And while his new show, The Problem with Jon Stewart, might not be the chucklefest that the OG The Daily Show was, it does not disappoint in what Jon Stewart does best: calling the media and politicians on their bullshit. Knowing that, it says a lot when Stewart says he has found “hypocrisy of the highest order.” during his debate with Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm.
The comedian was in peak form Friday as he needled Dahm about his support of legislation that loosens gun restrictions. “You’re saying more guns makes us more safe,” Stewart said early on. “So when? We’ve got 4 million guns in the country. We had an increase and gun deaths went up. So when, exactly, does this curve hit that takes it down? Would a billion guns do it?”
Throughout their discussion, Stewart pushed Dahm to explain how removing regulations on gun purchases makes anyone safer.
One particularly revolutionary exchange was when Dahm argues that laws requiring people to register their guns infringe on one’s right to bear arms, Stewart can’t help himself: “Is voting a right?” he asks, before pausing for effect and adding, “…do you have to do anything to do it?”. You better believe I’m stealing that argument forever more.
And as if the “registering to vote” argument wasn’t enough, Stewart ends by bringing up conservative culture war topic du jour into the foreground: the right’s obsession with keeping drag performers away from children. What, exactly, is Dahm protecting, he wondered aloud, when there’s a far more obvious threat to children across America?
“What is the leading cause of death of children in this country?” Stewart asked Dahm directly. “And I’m going to give you a hint, it’s not drag show readings.”
The answer, as Dahm and Stewart both know, is firearms.
“And what you’re telling me is, you don’t mind infringing free speech to protect children from this amorphous thing that you think of,” Stewart told his guest, “but when it comes to children that have died, you don’t give a flying fuck to stop that.” Truly, we can’t do it justice – you should just go watch it.
We all know that Champagne isn’t Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region of France. But now, apparently, “Gruyere” can be used as a label for cheese even if it was made outside the Gruyère region of Switzerland and France, a US appeals court ruled.
It got us thinking about the Colby, Wisconsin bill that pops up every couple years, where the representatives from Colby Wisconsin try to get everyone on board to make Colby cheese Wisconsin’s official cheese. Inevitably, it makes the media rounds as a quintessential Wisconsin story, sparking debate on what IS Wisconsin’s official cheese, and everyone basically telling Colby, “stop trying to make colby happen”.
Reminder: There are 29 days Until Wisconsin’s Spring Election