Tuesday, June 1, 2021

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHMITT ON THE MOVE TO CHANGE ELECTION LAWS

Schmitt joins us to talk about a recent article he’s written for the Washington TimesH.R. 1 IS A STRAIGHT UP DEMOCRATIC POWER GRAB.”

Schmitt was sworn in as the 43rd Attorney General for the State of Missouri on January 3, 2019.

WEBSITE: https://ago.mo.gov

As Attorney General, ERIC SCHMITT is focused on keeping Missouri families safe and upholding the rule of law. As the lawyer for all six million Missourians, Eric is fighting each and every day to protect opportunities for the next generation. Eric’s roots in Missouri run deep, stretching through six generations of farmers, teachers and small businesspeople who have lived and worked in the Missouri cities of Tipton, Pilot Grove, Louisiana and St. Louis. Eric’s grandfather served in the 7th Army during World War II and saw major combat as an infantryman. After the war, he returned to Missouri to start a small butcher shop, where Eric’s father would later work. His father worked his way through night school to provide for his family while earning a diploma. Eric watched his father work 7 days a week on the midnight shift to provide a better life for his family, an experience that taught him the value of a strong work ethic. Eric attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and went on to graduate cum laude from Truman State University, where he founded a Habitat for Humanity chapter. After graduation, he attended law school at Saint Louis University where he received his J.D. and served as an editor of the Law Review. He was inspired to enter public service to be a voice for his son, Stephen, who was born with a rare genetic condition (tuberous sclerosis) causing tumors on his organs. Stephen also has epilepsy, is on the autism spectrum, and is non-verbal. Eric’s record of accomplishments serves as a reflection of his values and leadership. During his time as an Alderman for the city of Glendale and his two terms in the Missouri State Senate, serving as one of the youngest members ever elected to the upper chamber he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs. During his time as Missouri State Senator, Eric passed Senate Bill 5, a landmark piece of legislation which addressed the broken municipal court system that was taking advantage of Missouri citizens. As Attorney General, Eric now is charged with enforcing the law which he implemented.Eric previously served as the 46th Treasurer of the State of Missouri. As Treasurer, Eric launched the MO ABLE program to help Missourians with disabilities save for long-term needs. He also supported small business owners by cutting unnecessary and burdensome regulations. He expanded eligibility of Missouri Education Savings Plan to include K-12 education and fought for greater government transparency by launching ShowMeCheckbook.com. Now as Missouri Attorney General, Eric has launched multiple major initiatives to better the lives of Missourians across the state. In his first month in office, Eric launched his Safer Streets Initiative, featuring unprecedented cooperation between the U.S Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, to reduce violent crime rates across the state, taking action to ensure families are protected. Eric has also been committed to tackling the opioid crisis and launched the Real Opioid Pain initiative to hear from Missouri citizens who have been impacted by this crisis. To address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, Eric launched the SAFE Kit initiative to bring justice for the brave individuals who came forward to tell their stories. Eric and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Olivia. 

THE CRITICAL RACE THEORY

Co-Founder Tea Party Patriots, author and columnist JENNY BETH MARTIN is our guest. She joins us to talk about a recent article she has written for the Washington Times:

CRITICAL RACE THEORY CAN BE STOPPED. HERE’S HOW: An obsession with class in Marxism has been adapted for America with an obsession with race. 

Under the leadership of JENNY BETH MARTIN, Tea Party Patriots has grown to be the largest and most effective national umbrella group within the Tea Party movement. 

WEBSITE: https://www.teapartypatriots.org

Jenny Beth Martin and Tea Party Patriots now use their network to reach millions of Americans every week with education and updates about fiscal responsibility, free market principles, and constitutionally limited government. Because of her continual involvement in the major events that set the course of the United States government, Jenny Beth Martin is a frequent guest on almost every major television, radio, print, and online news outlet in America. In 2010 Time Magazine listed Jenny Beth Martin as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in the World. Her first book, “Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution”, (Publisher : Henry Holt and Co.,February 14, 2012). She is a lifelong Georgian and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Jenny Beth is the mother of boy-girl twins.

THE NEW BUILDERS: FACE TO FACE WITH THE TRUE FUTURE OF BUSINESS, by Seth Levine (Author), Elizabeth MacBride (Author), Tyra Banks (Foreword)

Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (May 4, 2021)

Despite popular belief to the contrary, entrepreneurship in the United States is dying. It has been since before the Great Recession of 2008, and the negative trend in American entrepreneurship has been accelerated by the Covid pandemic. New firms are being started at a slower rate, are employing fewer workers, and are being formed disproportionately in just a few major cities in the U.S. At the same time, large chains are opening more locations. Companies such as Amazon with their “deliver everything and anything” are rapidly displacing Main Street businesses. In The New Builders, we tell the stories of the next generation of entrepreneurs — and argue for the future of American entrepreneurship. That future lies in surprising places — and will in particular rely on the success of women, black and brown entrepreneurs. Our country hasn’t yet even recognized the identities of the New Builders, let alone developed strategies to support them. Our misunderstanding is driven by a core misperception. Consider a “typical” American entrepreneur. Think about the entrepreneur who appears on TV, the business leader making headlines during the pandemic. Think of the type of businesses she or he is building, the college or business school they attended, the place they grew up. The image you probably conjured is that of a young, white male starting a technology business. He’s likely in Silicon Valley. Possibly New York or Boston. He’s self-confident, versed in the ins and outs of business funding and has an extensive (Ivy League?) network of peers and mentors eager to help his business thrive, grow and make millions, if not billions. You’d think entrepreneurship is thriving, and helping the United States maintain its economic power.

You’d be almost completely wrong.

The dominant image of an entrepreneur as a young white man starting a tech business on the coasts isn’t correct at all. Today’s American entrepreneurs, the people who drive critical parts of our economy, are more likely to be female and non-white. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses has increased 31 times between 1972 and 2018 according to the Kauffman Foundation (in 1972, women-owned businesses accounted for just 4.6% of all firms; in 2018 that figure was 40%). The fastest-growing group of female entrepreneurs are women of color, who are responsible for 64% of new women-owned businesses being created. In a few years, we believe women will make up more than half of the entrepreneurs in America. The age of the average American entrepreneur also belies conventional wisdom: It’s 42. The average age of the most successful entrepreneurs — those in the top .01% in terms of their company’s growth in the first five years — is 45. These are the New Builders. Women, people of color, immigrants and people over 40. We’re failing them. And by doing so, we are failing ourselves.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • How the definition of business success in America today has grown corporate and around the concepts of growth, size, and consumption.
  • Why and how our collective understanding of “entrepreneurship” has dangerously narrowed. Once a broad term including people starting businesses of all types, entrepreneurship has come to describe only the brash technology founders on the way to becoming big.
  • Who are the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs? What are they working on? What drives them?
  • The real engine that drove Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs. The government had a much bigger role than is widely known
  • The extent to which entrepreneurs and small businesses are woven through our history, and the ways we have forgotten women and people of color who owned small businesses in the past.
  • How we’re increasingly afraid to fail
  • The role small businesses are playing saving the wilderness, small 

A long-time venture capitalist SETH LEVINE works with venture funds and companies around the globe. His day job is as a partner at Foundry Group, a Boulder, CO based venture capital firm he co-founded in 2006 which as of the end of 2020 had almost $3 billion in assets under management.

WEBSITE: https://sethlevine.com/

Easily distracted and a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, Seth also spends time as an advisor to venture funds and companies around the world. The intersection of community and business has always been a driving force for Seth. He co-founded Pledge 1%, a global network of companies who have pledged equity, time, and product back to their local communities. He is on the board of StartupColorado, which promotes entrepreneurship in areas of Colorado outside of the front range. He is also a Trustee of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he helped found their entrepreneurship program as well as a popular student hackathon (the “Macathon”). He also works with a number of funds and companies – especially in the Middle East and Africa – to help promote entrepreneurship and economic development. The New Builders is his first book, but you can find more of his writing at sethlevine.com.

ELIZABETH MACBRIDE is an award-winning journalist and an entrepreneur with deep expertise in finance, technology and international business.

WEBSITE: https://timesofe.com/

She has talked her way into Gaza for a story about the only woman working in the fishing fleet there, written about changemakers in Kibera, Nairobi, and reported on entrepreneurs from northern Idaho to the Mississippi Delta. She is the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship, a weekly web publication covering entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Valley, Launched in Feb. 2012, with support from the Kauffman Foundation and Walton Family Foundation, it built a subscription of 6,000 and monthly traffic of 10,000 – 15,000 with no marketing, in the midst of the pandemic. With venture capitalist Seth Levine, she is co-author of The New Builders, launching May 4, 2021. Called a “gamechanger,” and endorsed by AOL Founder Steve Case and entrepreneur Tyra Banks, it looks at entrepreneurship in America through a new inclusive lens, making the case that the United States needs to restore this critical part of the economy. Elizabeth has written or edited for Quartz, Forbes Magazine, Atlantic.com, Stanford GSB, CNBC, HBR.com, BBC Capital, Advertising Age, Newsweek and many others. Her stories have been viewed by millions of people worldwide and translated into languages including Arabic, Turkish and Armenian. Her recent work includes a viral story: “Why Venture Capital Doesn’t Build What We Really Need,” for MIT Tech Review; an award-winning feature on the lack of diversity among investment advisors for Investment News, the most efficient form of aid for Syrian refugees for Quartz, and a feature for CNBC on one of the few successful economic development projects in Bethlehem, led by Greek businessman, Samer Khoury.