Amanda Stupi is the Engagement Producer for KQED’s daily public affairs program Forum. In that role she turns the information shared during the hour-long call-in show into web-friendly content. Her writing has been featured throughout KQED.org, including on KQED Arts and News Fix as well as on MLB.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. Her radio work has aired on The California Report and Talk of the Nation. Stupi runs the @KQEDForum Twitter account and Forum Facebook account. Her personal Twitter account is @FiftyCentHotdog. She believes that Hostess products get a bad rap and that cereal can save the world.
During planning meetings for KQED’s upcoming election coverage a few questions repeatedly presented themselves as being at the heart of the nation’s, and particularly California’s, present ruminations: What do people want from their government?
So we’re asking you — what’s government for, and most importantly, what life experiences led to those beliefs?
Are you a small business owner struggling under regulations? Did you grow up a child of a civil servant? Have you ever been on public assistance? Did you immigrate from a country with another government system entirely?
Of note is the opening exchange between guests Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, and Ed Espinoza, Democratic political consultant:
Evan Wolfson: … A vast majority of Democrats support the freedom to marry, but so do a majority of Independents, so do a majority of Catholics, so do a younger voters across the spectrum, including even Republicans and conservatives. So the President, by getting in line with the majority of Americans and the vast majority of Democrats and Independents, will be really doing something that his supporters, the people who are reachable, the people who want to be with him, want to see.
Michael Krasny: Do you agree Ed Espinoza that the majority are in support of same sex marriage and that the president, really, if he goes for this on the campaign platform will be speaking to the majority of Americans?
Ed Espinoza: I agree with the part that support for marriage equality is growing. I haven’t seen numbers recently to know if it’s a majority, though I will take Evan at his word… I can certainly belief that it is. As far as whether or not it’s good politics… there’s one hurdle here… and it’s that we don’t have national elections in this country. We have state-by-state elections. So long as we’re using this old dinosaur of the Electoral College and we don’t have a popular vote, we have got to weigh the outcome, the potential outcomes, of elections a little bit differently because some states have greater impact than others. And in some of these particular swing states, we don’t have a majority support just yet…”
Makes you wonder just how different platforms would be — from both parties — if the U.S. opted for the popular vote.