The Rust Belt States - Net increase in vote margin (from USA Today)
Overview of voting coalitions and Trump's current electoral count of 290
This episode was recorded Wednesday, November 9.
[1:55] What went wrong in the polls? - One the first opinions about what when wrong is that polls missed the silent Trump supporter.
[3:15] Folks want something different - People do not want the same in Washington, DC. They desire change and this was evident in the rust belt states.
This was seen with Pennsylvania going red for the first since 1988.
[5:07] Congress - Republicans maintain control
Paul Ryan will likely win speakership again.
Republicans did lose two seats in the Senate - now 51-48 with a runoff election scheduled for Louisiana.
Lame duck session coming up - what will get done? Not much.
[7:20] The Transition - President-elect Trump must start working to fill position within his administration.
When this was recorded, NJ Governor Chris Christie was leading transition team. Now, IN Governor and VP-elect, Mike Pence, is leading transition.
Environmental Protection Agency - under the Trump administration, there will undoubtedly be a new perspective of EPA's role. Myron Ebell is leading the transition at the EPA and he is a climate change skeptic.
Interior Department - transition is headed up by former department solicitor general for George W. Bush, DavidBernhardt,so a Washington insider.
[11:32] Department of Agriculture - John reviews names being tossed around for secretary including Sid Miller from Texas.
[13:09] The First 100 Days - What do we have to look forward to in the first 100 days?
Trump wants to "drain the swamp" of the Washington insiders and he has proposed freezing all hiring of federal employees.
Immigration will be a priority - with a focus on deporting illegal immigrants that have committed crimes.
Trade activities - Trump will likely reopen and renegotiate NAFTA.
Fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
[17:40] EPA and other programs - The EPA'sWaterSense program, the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act and conservation programs in the Farm Bill may be treated much differently under a Trump administration.