Episode #178: When Harry Met Marjie

The House passage of the American Health Care Act has a long way to go before it becomes law, and it’s premature to say with any certainty how voters in 2018 will react to it.  But one member of Congress who was faced with a tough vote was Marjorie Margolies, a freshman Democrat from Pennsylvania.  Her vote, the deciding one that passed President Clinton’s budget/tax hike plan in 1993, ultimately cost her her seat.  She remembers the pressures and conflicts she went through before she cast her vote.

There’s a big special election coming up on May 25 in Montana for the House seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.  Republicans are favored to retain the seat but Democrats are hoping for the upset.  Mike Dennison of the MT Television Network introduces us to the candidates and the issues.

With Sunday being Mother’s Day, we are rebroadcasting an interview we did two years ago with former Rep. Yvonne Burke (D-Calif.), who in 1973 became the first member of Congress to give birth while in office.

And with May 8th being Harry Truman’s birthday, we used our “this week in political history” feature to talk to his grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, who shares some great family stories.

Photo via screengrab from Wall Street Journal/Twitter

Music used in this podcast:

I’ll Be Back by The Beatles

Let Me Be by The Turtles

Big Sky by John O`Callaghan featuring Audrey Gallagher

Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee

Double Chocolate Malted by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Harry Truman by Chicago

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