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Brews & Views

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Good coffee. Good conversation! Get to know Pennsylvania’s political players and policymakers with host Matt Brouillette, president and CEO of Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs.

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Good coffee. Good conversation! Get to know Pennsylvania’s political players and policymakers with host Matt Brouillette, president and CEO of Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs.

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Good info about pa

By Robert Henry Holtz - Mar 25 2019
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Good info about pa

Best PA politics podcast

By mbt474 - Oct 12 2018
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Matt always has both insightful commentary and fantastic guests. If you want to know what is going on in PA politics this podcast is a must.

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17 Ratings
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16
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Good info about pa

By Robert Henry Holtz - Mar 25 2019
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Good info about pa

Best PA politics podcast

By mbt474 - Oct 12 2018
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Matt always has both insightful commentary and fantastic guests. If you want to know what is going on in PA politics this podcast is a must.
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Brews & Views

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Good coffee. Good conversation! Get to know Pennsylvania’s political players and policymakers with host Matt Brouillette, president and CEO of Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs.

Rank #1: Ep34: Scott Martin, Pa. State Senator

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Pa. State Senator Scott Martin is passionate about helping Pennsylvanians move from dependency to self-sufficiency. A lifelong resident of Lancaster County, Scott recently sat down with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to talk about the values he learned while growing up as the oldest of seven children, his reason for running for office, and how Pennsylvania can achieve priorities including greater healthcare access, economic growth, and improved educational opportunity.
Jan 13 2019
38 mins
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Rank #2: Ep23: Pat Toomey, U.S. Senator

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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey entered national politics almost accidentally. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette, Senator Toomey talks about his background as one of six children, his road to the Senate, and his views of President Trump’s policies.
Aug 12 2018
42 mins
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Rank #3: Ep14: Jim Christiana, Pa. State Representative & Candidate for U.S. Senate

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Beaver County native Jim Christiana made his first run at elected office at just 21 years old — and won. Now, the five-term state representative is running for U.S. Senate. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette, Jim talks about growing up in western PA, becoming the first college graduate in his family, and why he considers his youth an asset, not a liability, when it comes to political leadership.
Apr 08 2018
59 mins
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Rank #4: Ep20: Daylin Leach, Pa. State Senator

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Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach has received the limelight both for his policy work and for his personality. A committed liberal who is no stranger to controversy, Daylin talks with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette about his personal background and political career, the current state of civil discourse, recent allegations that have appeared in the media, the pivotal Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling, and more.
Jul 01 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #5: Ep26: Aaron Bernstine, Pa. State Representative, farmer, businessman, professor

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Farmer, adjunct professor, lawmaker. Rep. Aaron Bernstine goes by all three. First elected to the Pa. state legislature in 2016, Aaron joins Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matt Brouillette to share his biggest surprise on joining the legislature, his record of working across the aisle to reach common goals,, and why he believes you can learn everything you need to know in life from Google and YouTube.
Sep 23 2018
35 mins
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Rank #6: Ep12: Kerry Benninghoff, Pa. State Representative & Chair, House Majority Policy Committee

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Rep. Kerry Benninghoff is among the longest-serving members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matt Brouillette, Kerry shares an important childhood lesson he learned about the value of work, his passion for helping people achieve self-sufficiency, and how his experience with adoption drove him to champion a transformative policy change.
Mar 11 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #7: Ep16: Gene Barr, President & CEO, Pa. Chamber of Business and Industry

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As president of the Pa. Chamber of Business and Industry, Gene Barr has been named "The Most Effective Association Lobbyist" in the state. How did he go from a 9-year-old delivering newspapers to the leading voice for nearly 10,000 businesses across Pa.? And why is he optimistic about the state's future? Gene answers both these questions and more in this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matt Brouillette.
May 06 2018
45 mins
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Rank #8: Ep27: Keith Williams, Pennsylvania Director, Americans for Fair Treatment

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“I hit reply all, and thus began my career as a freedom fighter.” That’s how Keith Williams, a 20-year veteran of public-school teaching, describes the genesis of his fight to secure the First Amendment rights of public-sector workers in Pennsylvania. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matthew Brouillette, Keith, now the Pennsylvania Director of Americans for Fair Treatment, discusses the pivotal Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling—which empowered public workers to join or not join a union without penalty—and details the many options teachers have in the wake of Janus.
Oct 07 2018
36 mins
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Rank #9: Ep24: Jeff Bartos, Republican Nominee, Pa. Lt. Governor

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Pa. Republican Lt. Gov. nominee Jeff Bartos has always been interested in politics—from running for class president in 7th grade to holding a leadership position in the Student Senate at Emory University. After working as an attorney for several years, Jeff re-entered the political fray. Now, as the Republican nominee for Lt. Gov., Jeff joins Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to talk about why he’s running, what he believes, and how he plans to lead.
Aug 26 2018
49 mins
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Rank #10: Ep15: Seth Grove, Pa. State Representative

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Rep. Seth Grove’s family has Pennsylvania roots extending back hundreds of years. First elected to the state legislature in 2008, the York County native talks with Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matt Brouillette about his political philosophy, his approach to the state budget process, and how Bill Clinton helped shape his policy perspective.
Apr 22 2018
53 mins
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Rank #11: Ep36: Rich Alloway, Pa. State Senator

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Sen. Rich Alloway surprised many by announcing he’s leaving the state Senate at the end of February. He recently sat down with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to discuss his road from college drop-out to attorney, the issues he’s been most passionate about while in office, and what he plans to do next.
Feb 10 2019
37 mins
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Rank #12: Ep 21: Jeff Coleman, Founder & Principal, Churchill Strategies

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In an age of bitter partisan divide, Jeff Coleman offers something different: a return to civility in the public square. In 2001, Jeff became the youngest state representative in Pennsylvania. Four years later, he left political office to save his marriage. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matt Brouillette, Jeff brings his trademark humor to discussing his background and political aspirations then tackles serious topics including the state of political discourse, the impact of public service on marriages and families, and where we go from here.
Jul 15 2018
52 mins
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Rank #13: Ep.40: Kate Klunk, Pa. State Representative

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Rep. Kate Klunk’s family roots in Pennsylvania predate the Declaration of Independence. And for generations, her family has sought to give back to the community. This desire to serve inspires Kate’s work as a lawmaker today. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette, Rep. Klunk talks about her background, her priorities in the Legislature, and why advancing simple, commonsense reforms can sometimes be an uphill battle.
Apr 07 2019
37 mins
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Rank #14: Ep25: Mark Singel, former Pa. state Senator, Lt. Governor, & Acting Governor

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From State Senator and Lieutenant Governor to Acting Governor, Mark Singel has worn many political hats. In this Brews & Views conversation, Mark joins Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to talk about growing up in Johnstown Pa., the eyebrow-raising requests he received while serving as acting governor, and the state of civil discourse on both the national and state political stages.
Sep 09 2018
58 mins
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Rank #15: Ep22: Bob O'Donnell, former Pa. House Speaker

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Former Pa. House Speaker Bob O'Donnell says if you hold to your principles long enough, eventually they'll come back in fashion. While serving in the state legislature, Bob introduced the state's first charter school law. Now as a practicing attorney, he represents charter schools. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners President & CEO Matt Brouillette, Bob talks about his passion for solving local problems, his view of partisanship, and the three skills that are essential in politics.
Jul 29 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #16: Ep35: Valerie Gaydos, Pa. State Rep. small business owner

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First-term State Representative Valerie Gaydos is an entrepreneur who knows what it means to successfully run a small business. And she understands firsthand the impact Pennsylvania's public policies have on entrepreneurs. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette, Rep. Gaydos discusses how Pennsylvania can spur economic growth by helping—not hindering—job creators.
Jan 27 2019
24 mins
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Rank #17: Ep41: Sheryl Delozier, Pa. State Representative

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Rep. Sheryl Delozier never intended to run for office. That changed when a state House seat became vacant and she was challenged to “put up or shut up”. Now, Rep. Delozier is joining with lawmakers from both parties to fight for much-needed criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania. She joins Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to talk about her path to the Legislature and her determination to improve Pennsylvania's criminal justice system.
Apr 21 2019
40 mins
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Rank #18: Ep45: Val DiGiorgio, Chairman, Republican Party of Pennsylvania

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With Pennsylvania at the epicenter of presidential politics, the state’s Republican Party Chairman, Val DiGiorgio, joins Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette to lay out the political landscape heading into the 2019 and 2020 elections. Val shares how the GOP is ahead of the game in several ways and also identifies one area where the party is lagging—and how he would change this.
Jun 16 2019
31 mins
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Rank #19: Ep44: Kirk Hallett, Founder & Director, the Joshua Group

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More than 20 years ago, Kirk Hallett had a successful career in construction equipment sales, but he was looking for something different. So he founded the Joshua Group, which gives kids in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood a chance at the solid educational foundation that will help carry them through life. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president and CEO Matt Brouillette, Kirk shares how the Joshua Group is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and describes the changes he'd like to see in Pennsylvania's education policy.
Jun 02 2019
40 mins
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Rank #20: Ep43: Matt Bradford, Pa. State Representative & Chair, Democratic Appropriations Committee

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Rep. Matt Bradford has been serving the people of Montgomery County, Pa. since 2009. Last fall, he was elected to a key leadership position as House Democratic Appropriations Committee Chairman. In this conversation with Commonwealth Partners president & CEO Matt Brouillette, Rep. Bradford talks about his upbringing, his reason for entering public service, and how Republicans and Democrats can come together to address issues such as education funding and human services reform.
May 19 2019
41 mins
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