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This week, Briahna spoke to two residences of low income, underserved districts who've taken it up on themselves to challenge the establishment king makers who've lead their communities, largely unchallenged, for years. First, Brie interviewed 2018 challenger to Joe Manchin, Paula Jean Swearengin, about whether Democrats now regret not backing her 2018 run, or her 2020 run for the other WV senate seat. She explains why she's left the Democratic Party, why she's chosen the Movement for a People's Party over the Green Party or Andrew Yang's Forward Party, what political messages land in Appalachia, and what's next for MPP. Brie then spoke to Gregg Dixon, who is one of two Democratic candidates challenging Jim Clyburn in South Carolina's 6th district -- one of the poorest in the country. How has Clyburn amassed so much power in a district where so many people are struggling, what would it take for Dixon to win, and what are the unique challenges to running a rural campaign? Also, is it possible to win on a ticket that centers reparations so strongly? The interview ends explosively as Brie follows up on some rather unorthodox (for the left) policy ideas. We might not agree on all things, but the question remains: Is he better than Clyburn?
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