PragerU’s Jill Simonian Announces New Platform for Kids at

PragerU’s Jill Simonian Announces New Platform for Kids at


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the director of outreach for PragerU, Jill Simonian, to the newsmaker line to discuss their new history program and platform for kids at

Leahy: We are joined now by our good friend, Jill Simonian. And Jill’s been with us before. She’s got some videos out at Prager University. And, Jill, you are pushing back against the woke culture in teaching our kids. Welcome, Jill.

Simonian: Hi! Yes. Hi, Michael. Yes, we are. We’re pushing back. We’re providing unwoke lessons. That’s what we’re doing at PragerU Kids.

Leahy: Wow! Thank you. Can I say thank you for that?

Simonian: Of course. Thank you. We appreciate you. We’re grateful for so many people who have been so excited about this program.

Leahy: Tell us about the series. When did it launch? And how can people get it and what’s the reaction been?

Simonian: Okay, so for those of you who are in your audience who have heard me before, I’m from PragerU Kids. We are part of PragerU. And what we have been doing for the past several months is developing kids’ shows that celebrate American values and teach American history. Kids videos, resources, shows for kindergarten through 12th grade.

We’ve got a whole line of different animated series, children’s books, and even our recent children’s book: Our debut children’s book, Otto’s Tales: The National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, which launched just last month and hit number one in the bestseller children’s category in a few days. But we’ve got videos.

And our brand new show that we have – for middle schoolers especially – is called TBH. And it’s To Be Honest History. And it’s a video history lesson. It’s very entertaining. It is history meets entertainment. It’s for middle and high school students.

And it teaches history without a political agenda because we know right now in our schools, revisionist history is being taught to our kids that is essentially trying to get our kids to hate America. So we’re pushing back with this brand new series called TBH, which stands for To Be Honest History.

And it’s super fun. And the first episode focuses on the scientific revolution. And if you watch it, Michael, you will laugh and enjoy it. And I would guarantee that you’re going to learn something that you never learned before.

Leahy: I’m looking at it right now at in the videos of TBH history. Scientific Revolution. I can tell you, I’m just looking at it, it looks like it’s a fun thing. How many people have been downloading this? How many people have been looking at it? What’s the impact so far?

Simonian: I got to tell you, this particular show just launched. Was it yesterday? I think it was yesterday. What day are we on?

Leahy: It was a day before yesterday.

Simonian: It was the day before yesterday. The response has been incredible. I myself don’t have the numbers yet. Our children’s shows over the past several months have already garnered millions of views from parents and kids and grandparents and everyone inside of our PREP membership program that we do have to support our PragerU Kids content.

Our programs have got millions of views. This new episode just launched. Right now, we have this particular series to have a new episode once a month. I have a very strong feeling it’s going to be much more frequent than once a month. But yes, it’s fun. We have costumed characters.

We’ve got this group of young kids that are based in Arkansas, and they put together all these skits with all the cool hip snappy language that all the kids love. You and me, Michael, we’re a little bit old now. (Laughs)

Leahy: Yes, we are. (Laughs)

Simonian: I know, speak for yourself, Jill. (Leahy laughs) In this particular scientific revolution episode, we’ve got Galileo, Sir Francis Bacon, Aristotle, and these kids. If you guys watch the video or even the trailer at you’re really going to be impressed and delighted and thankful that history lessons like this are being provided to our kids that don’t have a political agenda.

Leahy: Crom Carmichael is in studio, and Crom has a question for you Jill.

Carmichael: This is very exciting. I love what you’re doing. And I understand that the way that, as you just described it is parents and grandparents can download these or go to the website and watch them.

Are you marketing them to independent schools, to charter schools, or are you marketing to any of the actual educational institutions? I’m sure the teachers’ unions would fight you like a tiger in government-run schools. But the schools that have autonomy, are you marketing to them?

Simonian: Absolutely. And one of the things that we have is our videos at PragerU Kids can be just like you said, for families to enjoy but also for schools. We have dozens and dozens of resources that are brand new that are absolutely appropriate for school.

This particular series, TBH, is a great resource for independent schools, charter schools, homeschooling parents, and even public schools to use. Because in many of our public schools, I don’t know if you guys are aware, but our schools are using videos just like this that were independently created from, not even from academic institutions.

There’s a particular history video series that many mainstream schools use and it’s called Crash Course. And Crash Course was one of the 100 channels that were funded by YouTube’s $100 million original channels initiative that they called that has been pushed through many schools.

And they’re all politicized videos. So our videos, particularly with TBH, are a response to these politicized initiatives – that these politicized groups have created these videos, sent them into our schools, and our children are at the mercy of watching these slanted “lessons,” which aren’t really lessons.

So, yes, what we are doing is we are telling parents, hey, present this to your school. Get this into your school. And in our membership program, especially for PragerU Kids. We call it our PREP membership program. It stands for PragerU resources for educators and parents.

We have thousands of teachers in our membership group, and they have responded so well saying, oh, my, I want to use this for my history class. I want to present this to the district to even consider us as an additional resource for my history class. So we’ve got a positive reaction, and we are hoping that teachers and parents share this with their schools.

Leahy: Jill Simonian with PragerU Kids, thanks so much. Keep up the great work. Come back again and tell us more. We really appreciate it.

Carmichael: Great stuff. Great stuff.

Simonian: Thank you. Thank you. So we want everyone to join us, become a member because we can’t keep these videos free without everyone’s generous support and membership.

Leahy: Thanks Jill very much!

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Craig Huey Outlines Merrick Garland’s War on States, Individuals, and Election Integrity

Craig Huey Outlines Merrick Garland’s War on States, Individuals, and Election Integrity


Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to explain ballot harvesting and the threat facing states and individuals in defense of election integrity.

Leahy: In studio, digital marketing expert, California refugee now living in state income tax-free Tennessee. Brought your businesses. Doing great here. Craig Huey.

You know Craig, Clay, Travis, and Buck Sexton have their show on here now from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They have been great in promoting The Tennessee Star Report. We really appreciate that.

Huey: Awesome.

Leahy: You’re talking about the possibility of voter fraud in the California recall election.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: I’ve got a story for you kind of related to it. Since you were last here. You can’t stay away from us for too long, Craig, (Huey chuckles) because we’re opening up state-based conservative newspapers.

Huey: I’m so excited about that. That’s great.

Leahy: At a rapid pace. We launched The Arizona Sun Times on June 24.

Huey: Perfect.

Leahy: Headline by Rachel Alexander, our state house reporter in Phoenix. Twitter Bans Official Arizona Audit Account and Other Audit Accounts.

Huey: Not shocked. Not shocked.

Leahy: Do you have a story to tell us?

Huey: I do. Because what has happened is this, the Democrats are running scared because voter fraud is going to be recognized because of the audit in Arizona and hopefully in other states.

Leahy: Various levels of audits are currently undergoing. There is the Fulton County, Georgia audits with absentee ballots going on now.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: And the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Joe Biden was certified the winner in Arizona by less than 11,000 votes out of 3 million cast. Certified the winner in Georgia by less than 12,000 votes out of 5 million cast. Fulton County – there’s so many problems there.

It looks like you can’t rely upon Fulton County results. Arizona, they’re doing this audit. The Arizona State Senate has the authority to subpoena county records because in our constitutional government of the United States of America, we have two entities that have sovereignty. The national federal government and the state government.

Huey: Correct. Federalism.

Leahy: The state government, the state legislature have sovereignty over the counties which have been created by the state government.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: So they started this audit of the Maricopa County election results. Maricopa County, two million votes cast in Maricopa County, as Phoenix. It’s the biggest county in the state. Three million total cast.

They started the audit on April 23. Everything you see in the establishment media and Democrats since even before that has been nonstop criticism of the audit for spurious reasons. They don’t want the results to come out.

And you’ve got a little story to tell us about how far the Democrats and basically the highly partisan U.S. “Department of Justice.” I say that in quotes with Merrick Garland and Joe Biden. It’s the Department of Injustice as far as I can tell.

So tell us what’s going on there. Let’s put the big picture first. The Democrats’ number one thing is to be able to have mail-in ballots and be able to have ballot harvesting so that they can do voter fraud.

Leahy: Remember that 2005 bipartisan commission I talked about, it was headed up by Jimmy Carter, the Democratic President in 1977-1989, and by former Secretary of State James Baker in the George H.W. Bush administration. That bipartisan commission said, don’t do mail-in ballots because it’s prone to fraud.

Huey: That’s correct. Here in Tennessee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett has said, we’re not going to do any of that stuff. And our elections are pretty solid.

Huey: They’re pretty solid. So here’s the thing. You’ve got 19 states who have outlawed ballot harvesting, and you’ve got 28 states that allow it.

Leahy: Briefly describe ballot harvesting for our listeners.

Huey: Ballot harvesting is not voter fraud, but it leads the voter fraud. Ballot harvesting, usually for the Democrats and the unions is a paid person, can get data of who their voters are and go to that door multiple times until they find the person at home.

Talk to them about getting their ballot. They hand them the ballot. They give them a voter guide as to who to fill out. And then they take that ballot from them and take it to the poll. Now, they can do this to 100, 500, a 1000 different homes.

One person can bring those ballots in, and there’s no audit trail. There’s nothing to say who brought those ballots in. That person can throw away Republican ballots and nobody would know it.

That person can alter the ballot and nobody would know it. And get this, Michael, they can go to a nursing home, what’s called granny farming, go bed to bed, pick up the ballots, fill them out and nobody would know the difference.

If you’ve been to an apartment complex, people when they get their ballots by mail, if they do not want that ballot, they just leave it there. People can pick it up.

Leahy: It’s just prone to fraud all over the place.

Huey: Everywhere. I could go on and on about this. SB1 and HR1 is the first bill in Congress that the Democrats had that they thought they could have passed, which would have nationalized ballot harvesting. And basically, the Republicans could never win ever again.

Huey: And they failed in that attempt, though they’re still trying. They failed in that attempt. In Arizona, they outlawed ballot harvesting. The Democrats did what the Democrats do. They took the Republicans to court to try to overthrow that bill. It went up to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court just a couple of months ago said Arizona has the right to outlaw ballot harvesting. Democrats lost a major, major court case that affects everything in the United States.

Leahy: And that’s a very important case. I wrote a story about it at a Breitbart, Brnovich, the attorney general, the Democratic National Committee. In that six to three decision, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the following.

He wrote that states have the right to limit fraud in their states and simply by limiting fraud according to their own rules, they are not violating Section Two of the Voting Rights Act, which is the entire basis of the Department of Justice’s attack on the state of Georgia.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: The Merrick Garland highly partisan Department of Injustice.

Huey: You’re being too nice.

Leahy: I know. I’m being too nice.

Huey: Michael, what we have right now is a war on election integrity. Right now we have Merrick Garland, the attorney general, directing an army of ideological left-wing Democrats who have unlimited time, unlimited money, and unlimited resources.

They have an army of people going after to intimidate any state that questions the last election and that will try to put into place voter ID or anything to protect the ballots.

Leahy: Not just any state but any private individual who participates in that. You’ve got some stories on that.

Huey: I do. So what happened is about three weeks ago, the attorney general made the announcement that they were going to investigate the states like Arizona.

Leahy: By the way, mercifully, I don’t always say many things about Mitch McConnell, the current Senate minority leader. But when he was a majority leader and in the last year of the Obama administration, they nominated – when Justice Scalia passed away, they nominated Merrick Garland to be on the Supreme Court. And Mitch McConnell because he knows the rules and said, I’m not doing it. I’m not going to hold the hearing. Mercifully.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: Mercifully, instead we got Neil Gorsuch.

Huey: That’s exactly right. And going back to that Arizona decision that upheld the outlawing about harvesting, if Garland was on the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court would have decided against Arizona.

Leahy: So you know what would have happened? Let me tell you. See, if you see this is the case. So Garland would have voted against Arizona.

Huey: Correct.

Leahy: That would have been five four before they announced the decision.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: You know what I’m going to say next.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: In their conferences, the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, because Crom was in here yesterday talking about a Kimberley Strassel article who said, basically, Justice Thomas, Chief Justice Thomas is fretting about Democrats attacked on the legitimacy of the court.

He’s making political decisions and has for some time since the 2012 NFIB Sebelius decision that allowed Congress to unconstitutionally pass Obamacare tax versus no tax. In that conference committee, old fretting Chief Justice Roberts would have flipped his vote.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: Do you agree with that?

Huey: I totally agree with that.

Leahy: So, by the way, thank you, Senator Mitch McConnell, thank you.

Huey: I can’t believe you are saying that.

Leahy: You give everyone their due.

Huey: – Everyone their due. But going back to Garland here he has unleashed an army against election integrity. It’s a war on these states and individuals. And here’s the thing in Arizona, they’re going to prove fraud. There are so many ballots that are questionable. So what they have done is they have written threatening a lawsuit, but not only a lawsuit, Michael, one year in jail.

And they had threatened a thousand dollar fines to the people who basically are like you and me. We don’t have lawyers to back us up and to intimidate them. And they’re saying, you are violating the Voters Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act and intimidating the voters by checking on the last election and ballot integrity. So the opinion of the Department of Justice is the stop the audits in Arizona, Georgia, any other state.

Leahy: Contravene justice.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: This is Orwellian. War is peace, peace is war.

Huey: Authoritarian. I can’t believe it. And not only this, the individuals who are involved in the audit have received a letter from the Department of Justice.

Leahy: Arizona.

Huey: Yes, Arizona. If you get a letter from an attorney, man, you get scared.

Leahy: What if it comes from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Huey: You’re doubly scared cause, you know, you can’t fight them.

Leahy: Well, you can, asterisk. Okay, what does it take to fight them?

Huey: Money?

Leahy: Huge amounts of money.

Huey: And here’s what they’ve asked. Get this. This makes me so upset. I think it’s going to make you upset, Michael. They have written to them and saying, were you part of the January sixth insurrection? Were you at the capital? Are you part of any domestic terrorist groups? Are you affiliated with any voter fraud?

Leahy: When did you stop beating your wife? Are you a Communist? This is McCarthyism.

Huey: Yes. They’re asking for text, telephone numbers, voicemails, emails, and every correspondence from these individuals.

Leahy: It’s none of their business.

Huey: No.

Leahy: They’re using this as an excuse.

Huey: Yes.

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Marketing Expert Craig Huey Discusses a Potential Gavin Newsom Loss and How to Beat Him

Marketing Expert Craig Huey Discusses a Potential Gavin Newsom Loss and How to Beat Him


Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to discuss the California recall efforts, Gavin Newsom’s strategy, a Larry Elder win, and how to do it.

Leahy: You know, just because we go on commercial doesn’t mean that we stop talking to each other, because you almost caught us, folks, midstream talking about cool stuff. I’m here with Craig Huey, the digital marketing expert, the California refugee, and our good friend who’s finally come back in studio after about a month’s absence.

We were talking about California and the latest polls on the recall. Let’s focus on who of those possible replacements for Gavin Newsom, who’s doing well in the polls, and then whether or not he’s going to be recalled. The other question. So Caitlyn Jenner: Four percent.

Huey: Yes

Leahy: The guy in the bear suit.

Huey: 10 percent. And then the liberal former mayor of San Diego, he has 10 percent. And then there is Larry Elder.

Leahy: And where is he?

Huey: He’s around 20, 25 percent.

Leahy: Are you kidding me?

Huey: Yes. He is miles ahead of everybody else. And really without an organization, without a lot of money. His name recognition has just put him at the top. And here’s the thing, Michael. This is what’s great about this election. Gavin Newsom, there are two ballots on the ballot.

Leahy: You walk in?

Huey: No you don’t walk in. It’s all mail-in.

Leahy: 100 percent mail-in.

Huey: 100 percent mail-in.

Leahy: Not good. Not good.

Huey: We can talk about that. We should talk about that.

Leahy: All mail-in.

Huey: It’s all mail-in.

Leahy: This means the opportunity for fraud is greater, according to the 2005 bipartisan commission.

Huey: Michael, what it means is two things: Greater fraud possibility. So they have to be on alert. And then number two, they have to out-mobilize Gavin Newsom and the unions. Here’s what’s on the ballot. Do you want to see Gavin Newsom recalled or not? Yes or no.

Leahy: Yes or no.

Huey: And so if 50 plus one vote, say yes …

Leahy: 50 percent plus one vote.

Huey: Yes, then he’s out, completely out.

Leahy: Let’s say he gets 50 percent to say you should stay. Fifty point one percent say you should go. He’s gone.

Huey: He’s gone.

Leahy: The vote is September 15?

Huey: It’s September 15, which he made. It was supposed to be somewhere near November.

Leahy: He accelerated it.

Huey: Because he didn’t want his opposition to mobilize and raise funds.

Leahy: Yeah, well, okay. Because he had the advantage, to begin with.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: If 50.1 percent or more of California and two votes are counted, say you’re out, on what date does he leave the governor’s mansion? Is it the following day?

Huey: It’s like the following day. He’s totally out. That’s it. Gone forever!

Leahy: Bye-bye, Gavin.

Huey: But we’ve gotta get rid because he wants to be president. (Leahy sighs) But that’s another story. So here’s what happens. Question number two, and about who do you want to have as governor? Gavin Newsom is not on that ballot. And there are a couple of Democrats.

There are 40 candidates running. Porn stars and all kinds of things. There are some really good candidates from a policy standpoint, but they have no money. They have no campaign put together. It’s a hope and a wish.

Leahy: Hope and a wish don’t work well.

Huey: It doesn’t work well. It’s a disaster. And I know these candidates and some of them are really good, but they aren’t going to make it. The California Republican Party is filled with liberal Republicans.

It’s filled with what we call the consultant class. The consultant class is people who are caught 25 years, and they are not conservative. They are not libertarian. They’re just part of the RINO group and the Republicans.

Leahy: You know all of this well because back in 2011 you ran in a special election for Congress in a district in Los Angeles county. Long Beach area?

Huey: South Bay. Santa Monica and down to San Pedro.

Leahy: And you almost won the special election.

Huey: A couple of thousand votes and I would have won in an 18 plus Democrats.

Leahy: We are selfishly glad that you didn’t win because otherwise you probably wouldn’t be here in Tennessee.

Huey: Probably not.

Leahy: You’d probably still be representing – think – that area in California.

Huey: Probably so.

Leahy: But you’d be in the minority in the House of Representatives being fined if you didn’t wear a mask.

Huey: They’d probably throw me in jail.

Leahy: And you would probably not be as happy as you are today in the income-tax-free state, Tennessee.

Huey: That’s right. So there’s drama in California. What they have done is that the consultant class, the liberal Republicans, are trying to have the California Republican Party endorse Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, who’s a liberal.

Leahy: He’s a liberal.

Huey: And if the Republican Party endorses Kevin Faulconer, that could give him the ability to catch up or exceed.

Leahy: And he’s at 10 percent right now.

Huey: Right. He’s at 10 percent.

Leahy: Why not back a very intelligent 68-year-old native of South Central Los Angeles, black conservative, a well-known great guy, Larry Elder. Wouldn’t that be the smart thing for them to do?

Huey: It seems like it’d be the only thing that they could do. But that’s not what they’re trying to do because they do not want to have a conservative represent the Republican Party.

Leahy: Well, we’ll see how that plays out. We are now on July 29. So we’ve got six weeks until the election.

Huey: That’s correct.

Leahy: To me, I think the six weeks right now plays to Larry Elder’s advantage.

Huey: It does.

Leahy: Would you agree?

Huey: I totally agree.

Leahy: Because he’s got the name ID.

Huey: That’s right. That’s why they tried to keep him off the ballot. They knew that this could happen. And it has happened right now. Gavin Newsom on the yes versus no vote, it’s 50-50.

Leahy: Ahhh.

Huey: And remember this, it’s in the margin of error. And remember this. In California 25 percent of the registered voters are Republican. About 26-27 percent are independent. And then you’ve got the Democrats who dominate. And with likely voters, it’s like 50-50. That’s why it could actually happen.

Leahy: Let’s put on our dreaming caps for the moment. Let’s say it’s September 16.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: And I think we need to have you in studio on September 16. I don’t know what day that is. Probably a Wednesday, but we’ll have you in studio. And let’s just say I say to you, Craig, guess what?

Gavin Newsom is out as governor. He didn’t get 50 percent of the vote. And guess what? Larry Elder tomorrow is going to be inaugurated governor.

Huey: It will be a tsunami. This is why across the United States the Democrats are mobilizing, sending in volunteers, sending in paid workers to California. They cannot allow Gavin Newsom to lose. Here’s how corrupt everything is, Michael. All the candidates, Larry Elder, John Cox, Caitlin, all have a financial limit of how much people can give.

About $5,000 an individual. Gavin Newsom on the yes or no vote has no limits. So unions are writing him checks for $5 million, $3 million, $2 million. And he is getting this money now. He has about $40 million, and he’s probably going to end up with $100 million. But here’s the thing.

Any of these candidates can beat Gavin Newsom on the money because it’s not so much about policy. People hate Gavin Newsom, his egotism, and his elitism. His socialism in California has failed policies of crime and homelessness. It’s terrific.

He can be defeated. But it comes back to this. Who is better to get the data of who their voter is and then get them out to vote. That person will be the winner. And you don’t have to have more money to do that.

Leahy: This is a consistent theme from the data marketing expert Craig Huey.

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California Refugee and Direct Marketing Wizard Craig Huey Remembers His Time at Freedom Fest

California Refugee and Direct Marketing Wizard Craig Huey Remembers His Time at Freedom Fest


Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to talk about his trip to South Dakota for the Freedom Fest event.

Leahy: We welcome back to our microphones our favorite California refugee that’s come in the past couple of years, Craig Huey, the digital marketing wizard. Welcome, Craig. Have we missed you!

Huey: Michael, it’s great to be back. And I’m excited about this morning.

Leahy: And in celebration of your return, after about a month, we’ve got – there you go. Here that click? I made some Tri-Star Trio from BROASTTN. They shipped it from Cookeville, and so I’m going to take a sip of it here in celebration of your return.

Huey: Awesome. Just what I needed this morning.

Leahy: Just what I needed. Hot coffee brewed especially for you Craig.

Huey: Thank you.

Leahy: I brew coffee for all my friends. Now that we’ve got the big capital investment of the coffee maker right now that people are sending them in. And by the way, if you’re there in the morning and you wake up, as I said, I wasn’t really awake in the five o’clock hour, I may have sounded like it, but I needed this coffee.

And part of my routine, literally the routine of making the coffee, those few steps – pouring the water, measuring out the teaspoons – all that actually, that repetitive process every day, kind of wakes me up a little bit. That part. (Huey chuckles) And I think people in our listening audience are probably doing that.

Huey: Here’s one thing I should say about this coffee. As a California refugee, I love experimenting and tasting things made in Tennessee.

Leahy: Well, this is from – roasted in Cookeville, Tennessee by BROASTTN. It’s called TriStar Trio. Rich and smooth, low in acidity, and full-bodied. This unique three-bean blend from Brazil, Guatemala, and Ethiopia is a nod to the three distinct regions that make up the great state of Tennessee.

Huey: Good copy.

Leahy: Oh, there you go. Yeah, you like that? I like that you are a man who understands good copy. Copy. Those are words written to persuade people to buy your products.

Huey: Exactly.

Leahy: Well, I got to catch up with you because you texted me this image of you on a stage with Larry Elder.

Huey: That’s right. Who it looks like has a decent shot at becoming the next governor of California.

Huey: It’s pretty amazing. Yes. I was at a conference, Michael, called Freedom Fest. Usually, it’s held in Nevada. It has about 1,500 people. It was held in the free state of South Dakota.

Leahy: The free State of South Dakota – in which city was it held?

Huey: Rapid City.

Leahy: Rapid City? Really?

Huey: Yes. So my wife and I got to see Mount Rushmore and the Badlands.

Leahy: How do you travel to Rapid City, South Dakota?

Huey: Not easy.

Leahy: I was going to say. I’ve driven through South Dakota. It’s nice people. Flat. Cold.

Huey: Well, my wife and I were going to drive. We decided to fly to Colorado and then fly to Rapid City.

Leahy: There are airports in Rapid City?

Huey: Oh yeah. A regional airport that rivals Bangor, Maine.

Leahy: (Laughs) Whoa, man. Now, Rapid City, South Dakota. I think a friend, Tomi Lahren, is from there. I think Tomi’s from Rapid City. How far is that from Mount Rushmore?

Huey: Oh, maybe a half-hour.

Leahy: I’m pretty sure Tomi Lahren – is the Fox News contributor and an occasional guest here – is from Rapid City. So you fly from Denver to Rapid City?

Huey: Yes. There are 250 speakers, including the governor of South Dakota.

Leahy: Kristi Noem. Did you hang out with her?

Huey: I didn’t hang out. But boy, did she command the crowd.

Leahy: Did she?

Huey: Steve Moore, the economist, was there. Lots of investment newsletter writers, and it was really a great conference. And probably one of the highlights is I was on stage with Larry.

Leahy: You were on a panel? Now, what was the name of the panel?

Huey: It was on voter fraud.

Leahy: Voter fraud. So there you are hanging with Larry? I mean, I look at the picture here. There you are. Just hanging with Larry. Was this before or after the secretary of state in California tried to keep him off the ballot?

Huey: This was after he had just found out that he was able to be legally on the ballot.

Leahy: After he won the victory in court.

Huey: That’s correct.

Leahy: He must have been pretty happy.

Huey: He was extremely happy. And he’s extremely happy with what the polls are showing.

Leahy: Isn’t he in the lead in the polls?

Huey: Oh, he is definitely.

Leahy: What’s the most recent poll that you’ve seen?

Huey: So there’s a couple of polls that are out, and they’re from the LA Times-Berkeley, which is usually liberal. And what it’s showing is that Caitlyn Jenner, who everybody thought would be the superstar, is about four percent.

Leahy: Let me just say, in the world of politics, if you’re running for an office and you’re at percent, it’s not a good thing.

Huey: It’s not a good thing at all. The other candidate that is at a high level is a guy named John Cox who ran for governor before and failed. And he put in $5 million of his own money so far.

Leahy: And John Cox, by the way, has the worst branding of any candidate I’ve ever seen.

Huey: It’s terrible.

Leahy: It’s like, what is he doing?

Huey: Like big bears.

Leahy: He’s walking around, like, in a big bear suit or something?

Huey: Well, he’s got a bear with him.

Leahy: Same difference. Because if I’m in California, I want a guy who’s got a big bear walking around with him.

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California Refugee Roger Simon Weighs In on California Recall Candidates

California Refugee Roger Simon Weighs In on California Recall Candidates


Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and senior editor-at-large at The Epoch Times, Roger Simon, in-studio to talk about California’s present, past, and potential future governors.

Leahy: It’s the seven o’clock hour Thursday, and that means it’s time for our newest all-star panelist, my good friend, my former boss at PJTV.

The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, the senior editor-at-large for The Epoch Times, the California refugee, Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger.

Simon: Good morning. I’ll always be a California refugee. (Laughter) Three years and I guess when it hits 10, believe me, Yeah. God willing. Will I no longer be a refugee?

Actually, that’s an interesting question, because the way people are in most places, if you’re not born there, essentially, and you weren’t really born here.

Leahy: I was not born in Tennessee.

Simon: You’re always kind of a refugee to somebody.

Leahy: Mark Pulliam, who’s our grassroots activist friend out of Maryville, writes a blog. And although I left California and moved to Tennessee in 1991 referred to myself as a California refugee. Look, if I’m a California refugee, Roger, after low these 30 years, I mean, you’ve only three. You got 27 to go. (Laughter)

Simon: I’ll never catch up. I know it. But speaking of California, we were talking during the break here about my friend Larry Elder now running for governor there in this recall election.

People should know if you don’t know it. The recall election briefly works this way, that there are two votes. You vote whether you want Newsom in or out.

Leahy: The current Democrat governor. The autocratic dictator. That guy.

Simon: Yes. Gavin Newsom with the French Laundry dinners. If you vote him out, then whoever is among the other people running, the leader then becomes the governor for the extent of the term that’s left.

Leahy: They don’t have to get a majority of the votes in that second vote, just whoever has the most.

Simon: Right. Now, as of now, shockingly within about – what – two weeks of announcing? Larry Elder, talk show host, author videographer, a whole bunch of things – A filmmaker, too, is in the lead and way eclipsing Caitlyn Jenner, who is making a lot of noise at the beginning.

Leahy: Caitlyn Jenner is a political dud, it seems. It appears. She’s four percent – he, she.

Simon: Well, the public knows it, so she’s out. And it’s, you know, who cares about that question? Let it go. But the real question is, can Larry do it? I’m an old buddy of Larry, sort of a buddy. I mean, we’re friends.

Leahy: You were neighbors?

Simon: Yes, because we lived in the Hollywood Hills.

Leahy: And now you just said that line: Because we lived in the Hollywood Hills. Now here in Tennessee, when you say I lived in the Hollywood Hills, you conjure up all the stars.

Simon: 15 years ago, you had a right to be a little jealous. But recently, if you love the homeless, you live in Hollywood Hills.

Leahy: Recently, it is not a sign of prestige. Living in the parts of Middle Tennessee where you live right now, that’s a sign of prestige for a lot of people now.

Simon: It’s a nicer area right now. In fact, now, in the Hollywood Hills, the real big question is, can you walk your dog? Let’s go back to Larry.

Leahy: Your pal Larry. The sage of south-central.

Simon: Gavin Newsom was what my grandmother used to call the manor born. In other words, he’s a rich boy and an extremist. If Larry gets elected, he’ll be the first non-rich boy to be governor of California.

Leahy: Let me just take an old line from Ann Richards, the governor of Texas, who said this back in 1988 at the Democratic National Convention about George H.W. Bush: He was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.

Simon: Look, Jerry Brown was this Governor Moonbeam, who I also knew for a lot of very strange reasons. But Jerry was a smart guy in a way, a hippie in a way. But he was born rich. He was the son of the governor. Edmund Pat Brown.

Simon: Who was a better governor than Jerry.

Leahy: That’s a low bar.

Simon: Larry I think would be a great governor than any of them.

Leahy: Larry would be a great governor.

Simon: And he’s a true workaholic. I’ll tell a story. Do I have time?

Leahy: After the break, we’ll hear about the story about Larry Elder, the workaholic.

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Photo “Larry Elder” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.