Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the lessons learned from Donald Trump's post debate meltdown. Is there a path forward for the GOP? Did Trump's surrogates let him down on the tax return issue? And thanks. Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
Podcasts (Weekly, or whenever Zain agrees to record)

Ep. 595

Creative Differences

Oct 3, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the lessons learned from Donald Trump's post debate meltdown. Is there a path forward for the GOP? Did Trump's surrogates let him down on the tax return issue? And thanks. Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 594

#DebateNight 1: Trump Bombs

Sep 27, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the first U.S. Presidential debate of the 2016 election. How did the candidates do? Where do the go from here? And does Sean Hannity have the temperament of a 400 pound birther? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 593

The Softest Launch

Sep 22, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss Sandra Jansen's potential leadership bid, the latest doings of the Liberal government and the upcoming US presidential debates. Is now the time for other candidates to jump into the race for PC leader? What would our reactions be both inside the room and in public to a series of recent Liberal challenges? And who's campaign will we launch next week? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 592

Full Disclosure

Sep 16, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss minimum wage, the Alberta PC leadership race and the recent missteps by candidates in the US. What are the impacts of Alberta raising the minimum wage? Is it a cause the federal government can embrace? And are Colin Powell's emails best set to electronica or soft jazz? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 590

A Fist in the Face

Aug 29, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss leadership rules through the prism of the Alberta PCs setting the stage for their contest. What's fair in a leadership contest? How does the party establishment put its thumb on the scale? And how awful is the return of crowd favourite segments "Magic Pills" and "Fortune Cookies"? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 589

Bubblegum Governance

Aug 23, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the Liberal retreat, expense scandals and how the federal parties are preparing for the fall. What goes into planning a government retreat? Are lounge passes and limousines going to tarnish the Trudeau brand? And why won't Stephen Carter stay at a Best Western? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 588

Alberta 2: Electric Boogaloo

Aug 17, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan check in on what's happened in Alberta this summer, and the broader political lessons that can be learned from the same. Is Jason Kenney going to get into trouble for "double-dipping"? Was the NDP approach to campaign finance reform a misfire? And how depressing would it be to be a bureaucrat briefing Stephen Carter on PPAs? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 587

Ctrl-Alt-Del

Aug 9, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the Trump campaign's attempt at a reboot. Can The Donald rebound? What's are his pathways to victory? And, in the immortal words of Larry Heather, is this twilight for democracy? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 586

Balloons and Other Bounces

Aug 2, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the end of the DNC/#DemsInPhilly and the fallout from Trump's no-good, very bad, horrible weekend. Is Donald Trump in the middle of a meltdown? Did the DNC deliver a message durable enough to take Clinton to November? And most importantly, what did we think of the lighting? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 585

DNC 2016: Fall Guy with a Parachute

Jul 26, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about #DNCleaks and the start of the Democratic Convention. Did Debbie Wasserman-Schultz need to resign? Did Bernie Sanders do what he needed to? And what time is nap time for the California delegation? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 584

Make America Hate Again

Jul 22, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan deconstruct the end of the GOP Convention. Did Donald Trump do what he needed to with his speech? What should Hillary Clinton do to respond? And how long did it take the guys to break Godwin's Law? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 583

"You like that story? I wrote it."

Jul 19, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan give their assessment of the GOP convention in progress. How did the media jump on top of the Melania Trump's plagarism so quickly? Are we heading towards a total convention disaster? And why did they call it Bartlett's Familiar Quotations when Corey invented them all? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 582

Berning Out

Jul 12, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan check in on the US political system before dropping some truth bombs about referenda. Did Bernie Sanders maximize his exit from the race? Can Donald Trump win with his current fundraising totals? And just how badly do Corey and Stephen manipulate poll results? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 581

Yes We Kenney

Jul 6, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about Jason Kenney's jump to provincial politics. Can he win the Alberta PC leadership? Is this the political equivalent of a hostile takeover? And where can you buy a bunch of tiny Alberta flags? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 580

Brexit/Tying Your Head to an Anchor

Jun 24, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union. How did we get here? Is there anything the remain campaign could have done differently? And isn't "emergency podcast" a contradiction in terms? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Ep. 579

From Their Cold Dead Hands

Jun 14, 2016

Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the fallout from Orlando, the American gun obsession and how history is written on the fly. Will Orlando finally force Americans to look at their blind support for gun ownership? Can we trust people to narrate events in their own life? And will the return of "Bold, Brilliant or Boneheaded" force a disbanding of The Strategists? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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Videos (Catch The Strategists Thursdays on CBC Calgary at 6pm)
Stephen Carter was senior strategist to Naheed Nenshi and Alison Redford. Corey Hogan was senior strategist to a bunch of people who never reached notoriety. Today, both make their living providing strategic counsel.
 
They’re here to talk politics. Zain Velji sets the questions and keeps them in line.

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