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Palmetto State politics, campaign chatter, and news -- no beating around the bush. Insider insights from candidates, operatives, party officials, and activists on the front lines of South Carolina politics.
3 days ago
7.9.20 - When Progressives meet a Libertarian
Jarrod, Courtney and Lindsey chat with Libertarian Candidate for President Dr. Jo Jorgensen. They chat her campaign, Libertarian policies and how she's running a 3rd party candidacy in a world overshadowed by Donald Trump's tweets.
Jun 19, 2020
6.19.20 - Y'all can't fire Jarrod for being gay. Nope. Not ever again.
The OG's, Chris and Jarrod, sit down to chat the Supreme Court's recent decision that the LGBTQ community is protecting from employer discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1968. After, Jarrod has a conversation with SC State Senate Candidate Dr. Dawn Bingham to discuss her expertise in public health and how she is campaigning during the COVID-19 public health pandemic.
Jun 2, 2020
6.2.20 - Rhodes Bailey and his Campaign for SC House District 75
Jake and Chris chat with Rhodes Bailey about his bid for SC House District 75 and what campaigning looks like during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
May 5, 2020
Bonus Content - Southbound: A Simon Fogg Mystery
Podmetto producer Jake Erwin and writer Billy Francis present a new, narrative podcast called 'Southbound: A Simon Fogg Mystery.' Enjoy this special preview just for Podmetto followers.
Apr 30, 2020
4.30.20 - Jason Zacher explains the COVID-19 Stimulus Package
Chris, Jarrod, Lindsey, Courtney and Jake are joined by Jason Zacher, Senior Vice President for Business Advocacy with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, to chat the COVID-19 stimulus package and programs. Jason discusses the difference between the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), how upstate small businesses have been able (and mostly unable) to access these funds, and how he thinks the Governor's 'Stay Home' order may be pulled back to allow small businesses to operate.
Apr 15, 2020
4.15.20 - Courtney is Blameless
Chris, Lindsey, Courtney, and Jake get together to catch up on the what's happening during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Mar 6, 2020
3.6.20 - The Past 7 Days Have Felt Like an Eternity
It's been 7 days that felt like 7 years. This past week included the SC Democratic Primary; Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer dropping out; Super Tuesday; and some real shitty happenings at Greenville County Council around LGBTQ issues. The crew chats all of this and gets back to our roots with local and state issues.
Feb 28, 2020
2.28.20 - Podmetto at the SC Democratic Primary Debate
The entire Podmetto crew hit the road and went to Charleston for the 2020 Democratic Primary Debate hosted by CBS. The crew chatted with folks outside of the debate hall and at various watch parties across town. They wrap this episode with their final endorsements of the 2020 Primary campaign. Check it out!
Feb 7, 2020
2.7.20 - Books for Everyone
Chris, Lindsey, and Jake talk about the Iowa Caucus, the injustice of library fines, and keeping our eyes on the prize in 2020. Jarrod takes a vacation from this episode and racks up a debt of haikus.
Jan 31, 2020
1.31.20 - A Very Special Episode. For real this time.
The crew chats with SC-4 candidate Kim Nelson and touch on the Greenville County Legislative Delegation meeting, Greenville City's new hate crime legislation, WREN's survey results on women in SC, and much more!
Jan 24, 2020
1.24.20 - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
The crew talks about Jarrod advocating for LGBTQ Rights at Greenville County Council, second amendment "sanctuaries", civil disobedience, Mike Bloomberg conspiracies, and Hillary hating Bernie.
Jan 22, 2020
1.22.20 - Jake & Lindsey try to get Jarrod & Chris to vote for Bernie
Jake & Lindsey try to get Jarrod & Chris to vote for Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.
Jan 21, 2020
1.21.20 - Podmetto: The Musical
Freewheelin': the gang catches up on statehouse news and share stories about getting in trouble at school.
Jan 8, 2020
1.8.20 - 2020 Vision
Chris, Jarrod, and Lindsey are back with a look ahead to the 2020 political landscape in South Carolina. They set some goals for the year and discuss what to watch for across the state over the next year. Then, Jarrod talks with Kat Taylor; wife of 2020 Democratic candidate for president, Tom Steyer.
Nov 4, 2019
S2E17: 2020 Chat with Amy O'Rourke
Chris, Jarrod, & Courtney sit down with Amy O'Rourke to chat gun control, women's issues, and what it's like when your spouse says, "I want to run for public office." Amy is a mother, educator, small-business owner, and the wife of, now former, 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. The Podmetto crew sat down with Amy in one of her last interviews of her husband's campaign.
Nov 1, 2019
S2E16: Bonus 2019 Election Episode with Matt Johnson
Democratic Candidate for Greenville City Council Matt Johnson joins Chris and Jarrod to talk his campaign, why local elections matter, and what his final days of campaigning will look like.
Sep 18, 2019
S2E15: 2020 Candidate Chat with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
Jarrod and Courtney talk the latest presidential debate before Jarrod chats with 2020 candidate, and current Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.
Aug 14, 2019
S2E14: Badass Women Running for Congress (SCDP Convention Bonus Episode)
The Podmetto Crew found bonus content from the 2019 SCDP Convention with some badass women running for Congress in South Carolina. Lindsey sat down with Kim Nelson from SC-4 and Adair Ford Boroughs from SC-2. They chat early campaign thoughts and why they're jumping in to replace two conservative, ineffective Reps.
Jul 26, 2019
S2E13: Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and his 2020 Pitch Over Cupcakes
Jarrod sits down with Colorado Senator, and 2020 Democratic Candidate for President, Michael Bennet. They discuss his campaign, the issues facing America, why young folks need to show up, and, most importantly to Jarrod, which flavor cupcake they are going to order.
Jun 28, 2019
S2E12: SCDP State Convention, Part 2: On the Wings of Socialism
Chris Fedalei, Jarrod Wiggins, Courtney Thomas, Lindsey Jacobs, and Jake Erwin continue their analysis of the South Carolina Democratic Party's State Convention. They touch base with 2020 Presidential candidate, state leaders, and community activists from across the state while chatting their perceptions of the weekend.
Jun 28, 2019
S2E11: SCDP State Convention, Part 1 - The Power of the Press (Pass)
With Chris away in Colorado for a family wedding, Jarrod recruited Podmetto Producer Jake Erwin, Community Leader Lindsey Jacobs, and Women's Rights Advocate Courtney Thomas to help cover the South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention. The convention featured over 20 Democratic Presidential Candidates and leaders from across the state.
Jun 3, 2019
S2E10: Lindsey for Greenville!
Chris and Jarrod sit down with Greenville City Council candidate Lindsey Jacobs to discuss her campaign to become the next at-large councilperson in the fastest growing city in America outside of Texas.
1 hr 16 min
May 9, 2019
S2E9: "I feel like I have a newborn baby or a puppy, again"
Chris and Jarrod talk news from the Statehouse prior to this session ending. Then, Chris asks an exhausted Jarrod about his current campaign gig.
Apr 19, 2019
S2E8: The Beginning of the 'What's Next Tour'
Chris and Jarrod sit down with Greenville City Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem, Jil Littlejohn. They discuss her most recent decision to not run for re-election in the City's 3rd District. The guys also discuss why they've been MIA for awhile and the exciting work Jarrod is doing in local politics.
Mar 7, 2019
S2E7: The Kids are Leading
Jarrod sits down with Charleston 'March for Our Lives' organizer and Lowcountry Students for Political Action leader Jacob Gamble. Jacob discusses the work of the organization and shares details on the upcoming march. The kids are truly leading. Chris and Jarrod also discuss their canvassing experience with Tina Belge's campaign as she fights to win the SC Senate District 6 seat in Greenville County.
Feb 27, 2019
S2E6: Taken, Part 2 - Who Civil Asset Forfeiture Affects & What Happens Now
Chris and Jarrod continue their discussion with The Greenville News Investigative Reporter Nathaniel Cary and lawyer Jake Erwin around civil asset forfeiture. They dive into who this practice disproportionately affects, potential state house legislation, and what's next for the practice recently restricted by the Supreme Court.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 22, 2019
S2E5: Taken - Part 1: What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?
Chris and Jarrod sat down with Greenville News Reporter Nathaniel Cary and local lawyer (and Podmetto producer) Jake Erwin to discuss the Greenville News' series 'Taken' which discusses civil asset forfeiture. The series included the first-ever statewide research of civil forfeiture anywhere in the nation. Take a listen to learn about civil asset forfeiture and how it's funding (in a super sketchy way) police and sheriff departments across the state.
Feb 14, 2019
S2E4: McDaniel for SC House & Drag Queen's 'Indoctrinating' our Kids (ugh...)
Chris and Jarrod are back for S2E4 with SC House candidate Garrett McDaniel! They also chat Drag Queen's 'indoctrinating' our kids (or so the local conservatives would like you to think) during story hour at an Upstate library and then tease the Greenville News series 'Taken'. Listen up!
Feb 6, 2019
S2E3: The Life of a Campaign Manager, Same-Sex Foster Parenting, & Medical Marijuana
Chris and Jarrod sit down with Phil Dudley to discuss the life of a Campaign Manager. Phil managed Mary Geren's 2018 bid for the U.S. House seat in SC-3. He discusses daily tasks, campaign struggles, and lessons learned for up-and-coming campaign managers, staff, and volunteers. They also talked recent headlines around same-sex foster parenting changes in South Carolina and bills in the State House regarding medical marijuana. And they get a little worked up on these issues... Take a listen!
1 hr 8 min
Jan 16, 2019
S2E2: Women's Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) Chat w/Courtney Thomas
Chris and Jarrod sit down and chat with Courtney Thomas from the Women's Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN). She's insanely smart, witty, funny, and a fierce advocate for women across South Carolina. Hear the work WREN is doing and how you can get involved.
Jan 9, 2019
S2E1: We're back! New season, same us...new great guest in SC Senate 6 Candidate, Tina Belge.
Chris and Jarrod are back for season 2! It's a revised format with more news, more opinions, and continued insights on SC politics, campaigns, and candidates. Episode 1 features SC Senate 6 candidate Tina Belge in her quest to win the special election to replace new US Rep. William Timmons' in his former SC Senate seat. The seat hasn't been challenged by Democrats in decades and Tina lays out her vision for the district after years of experience in community building, redevelopment, and advocacy on the local level.
Nov 14, 2018
S1E16: 2018 Election Recap! Season 1 Podmetto Finale!
The 2018 Elections are DONE and Chris & Jarrod have their recaps, reactions, and thoughts. They took a few days to let the dust settle, final numbers come in, and for their election reactions 'bake' a bit.
Oct 25, 2018
S1E15: SCETV Governor Debate with Podmetto!
Podmetto's Co-host Chris Fedalei and Producer Jake Erwin spent the evening at the SCETV Governor's Debate in Greenville. They chatted with folks prior to, and after, the debate about their expectations, thoughts, and 'who won' -- including on-site quick-take interviews with Democratic Candidate James Smith and his Lt. Gov. running mate Mandy Powers Norrell.
Oct 17, 2018
S1E14: What's a Solicitor? What's a Petition Candidate? And how does this even occur?
Chris and Jarrod sit down with Lucas Marchant; candidate for the 13th Circuit Solicitor. They discuss the role of Solicitors, the oversight they have in the local judicial and law enforcement processes, and how (and why) Marchant is running for the post as a 'Petition Candidate'.
1 hr 4 min
Oct 8, 2018
S1E13: We're back! Chris and Jarrod talk the dash to the finish line of the 2018 Elections and dabble with some national topics
We're back! Chris and Jarrod return for season 1.5-ish and focus on the mad dash to the finish line of the 2018 midterms. They also discuss the Kavanaugh hearings and the local implications (ie: Someone run against Graham in 2020...). Buckle up!
Aug 14, 2018
S1E12: Who is Jevarus Howard? What is County Council? And why is he wearing a suit to a podcast interview?
Candidate for Greenville County Council Jevarus Howard sits down with Chris and Jarrod to discuss his campaign, what does County Council do, why he's running now as a young Millennial and how his persistence has paid off over the years.
Aug 6, 2018
S1E11: "If you're not optimistic in this job then you need to get out," SC State Rep. Chandra Dillard
SC State Representative from District 23 Chandra Dillard joined Chris and Jarrod to talk about her view of what it takes to be a successful State Representative, how she balances 5 million different tasks and what it took to go from a City Councilor (one who took on an incumbent in her own party) to be a leader in the SC State House. Oh, she also delayed a phone call from Gov. Henry McMaster's office to knock out this interview -- just sayin'.
Jul 26, 2018
S1E10: Candidate Chat with Mary Geren - The Educator. The Mother. The Fighter for the Working-Class.
Chris and Jarrod sit down with 3rd Congressional Candidate Mary Geren. Mary is an educator, a mother and a fighter for the working-class -- because she comes from the working-class. Hear her plan to flip a "solidly red" district with a do-nothing representative to a blue district that fights for everyone. Mary used education to fight her way out of poverty and isn't done fighting to make the communities around her better. Enjoy the show!
Jul 20, 2018
S1E9: The Former Candidate, The Consultant and The...Numismatist?
Chris (The Former Candidate) and Jarrod (The Consultant) chat with SC House 26 Candidate John Kraljevich (The Numismatist). John shares great stories about his family, career and why he's running. He'll give insights on how to ask for money and Jarrod will show you how easy/quick it is to donate money to great campaigns -- like John's.
Jul 16, 2018
S1E8: Back to Basics
Chris and Jarrod recap the primary elections and runoffs, and look forward to the fall, highlighting races all across the state. They also get into a discussion about the DCCC improving candidate recruitment and Millennial engagement in the political process.
Jul 5, 2018
S1E7: #yeahTHATgreenville City Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle
Greenville City Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle joined Chris and Jarrod to discuss city-wide issues like parks & rec, transportation, affordable housing and how to engage with local constituents. Oh, and Amy is a Republican (Podmetto's first GOP guest!) so we dive into whether or not partisan politics has a role in local government.
Jun 18, 2018
S1E6: SC Primary Election Recaps w/ South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson
Chris and Jarrod sit down with South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson (and office dog Jack) to discuss the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and how the party moves forward into November. Trav gets candid when we discuss Archie Parnell's campaign. Chris dives into the ballot initiatives around Healthcare and Marijuana. And then, Jarrod shares the story of when Donald Trump fired him. As always, it's entertaining and most honest conversation around SC Politics you'll find.
Jun 11, 2018
S1E5: A Journalist's View of the 2018 SC Primary Elections
Chris and Jarrod sit down with Maayan Schechter from The State newspaper to discuss the SC Gov race, Yard Sign-gate and what it's like to cover statewide politics in the era of 'Fake News' and attacks on journalism. Listen up with less than 24 hours remaining before polls open across South Carolina.
Jun 3, 2018
S1E4: Chris, Jarrod, Phil Noble and the Delicious Snacks
In our last Democratic Governor Candidate interview before the 2018 Primary Election Phil Nobel joins the Podmetto team. He talks his vision for South Carolina, how he told his daughter he was going to run (seriously a laugh), and he ate our entire bag of breakfast snacks. Phil also loved to pound the table during the interview -- so heads up!
May 31, 2018
S1E3: Marguerite Willis, Democratic Candidate for SC Gov & Lee Elmore
Chris and Jarrod interview Democratic candidate for Governor Marguerite Willis and her younger sister Lee Elmore. We tackle the issues, discuss the women's lives growing up and learn about Marguerite's past teen pageant titles.
May 29, 2018
S1E2: James Smith & Mandy Powers Norrell, 2018 Candidates for SC Gov/Lt. Gov
It's Podmetto's first interview with 2018 Democratic Candidate for SC Governor James Smith and his Lt. Gov. running mate Mandy Powers Norrell. Chris and Jarrod chat education, criminal justice reform, WHY would anyone run for Governor, how long did Mandy really know she was going to be the Lt. Gov. candidate, and James' roadtrip playlist.
May 22, 2018
S1E1: Welcome to Podmetto Politics
In the inaugural episode of Podmetto Politics, Chris and Jarrod introduce themselves and discuss what Podmetto Politics is all about.