The EladPod: Live Town Halls with Elad Gross

The EladPod: Live Town Halls with Elad Gross

An uncensored, live town hall series with a special focus on Missouri and policy, the EladPod is an online civic engagement town hall program designed to bring our government back to you. Our questions come in live from viewers like you. Hosted by Missouri civil rights and government transparency attorney Elad Gross. You can participate live in our town halls at or on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch.


August 30, 2023 41 mins

LeadMO provides free, high-quality training for Missourians interested in running for office, managing campaigns, and helping lead nonprofit organizations to improve policies for Missouri families. Gracie Fleming, the Organizing Director for LeadMO, talks about their programming and how LeadMO is building a network to improve government in Missouri. You can apply for their free training program or learn more at


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St. Charles County Democrats Chair Donald Looney and Vice Chair Jennifer Rushing talk about how you can get involved in local organizing and what’s going on in St. Charles County. The St. Charles County Democrats are holding their big annual event, the First Capitol Dinner, on Friday, June 9. Get your tickets at

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Affected by the flooding in St. Louis and St. Charles? Learn about the emergency assistance programs available to you and apply now at Susheel Kumar is the Public Information Officer for the Office of Disaster Assistance, Field Operations Center-West of the Small Business Administration. Issa Mansaray is a FEMA Media Relations Specialist. The podcast was recorded and streamed live from the St. C...

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Election day is November 8. Trish Gunby is the Democratic nominee for Missouri Congressional District 2 running against Republican incumbent Ann Wagner. Trish currently serves as a Missouri State Representative in West St. Louis County in a district she flipped Republican to Democrat. She is a legendary door-knocker, a thoughtful legislator, and one of the kindest Missourians you’ll meet. You can learn more about Trish at https:/...

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The United States Senate Primary Election for Missouri is on Tuesday, August 2. Spencer Toder is running in the Democratic Primary. He grew up in St. Louis and has been highly involved in the the business startup economy of the region. His campaign has focused on government transparency and accountability, investing in the economic engines of Missouri, and representational reforms. You can learn more about Spencer and his posit...
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Missouri needs YOU to run for state legislator, and to do it before March 29!   State legislators are some of the most important elected officials in our democratic republic. Of all officials, they have the most impact on our day-to-day lives, making decisions about education, transportation, justice, taxes, and so much more.   Alex Johnson is the Field Director for the Missouri House Democrats. He spends a lot of time recruiting...
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  Does Missouri’s Attorney General have the authority to tell schools they can no longer protect the health of their students?   No.   This past week, Attorney General Eric Schmitt started sending cease and desist letters to school districts implementing mask requirements. He also asked members of the public to take photos and videos of children and school staff – with “proper lighting” and “in the horizontal orientation” – and s...
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On November 3, all six Democratic candidates for United States Senate in Missouri met in person at Jefferson College for a forum. The event was presented by the Democratic Party of Jefferson County, the Women Dems, and the Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club. Candidates in order of appearance:

Gena Ross

Lucas Kunce

Scott Sifton

Timothy Shepard

Jewel Kelly

Spencer Toder

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The #EladPod is back! We're joined by Robert Butler, the chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee. We discuss an upcoming November 3 Senate Candidate Forum at Jefferson College, the importance of Jefferson County for Missouri Democrats, and how local groups can rebuild Democratic support.

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Michael Burton is the state representative for Missourians living in House District 92 in the Affton area. Like so many residents, Michael loved Tower Tee, a local landmark that brought countless St. Louisans together over mini-golf, batting cages, and plenty of sugar. When Tower Tee looked like it was done for, Michael attended dozens of St. Louis County Council meetings and organized the successful effort to save Tower Tee. I...
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Michele Hornish and Jonathan Zucker form the team behind It Starts Today Missouri. It Starts Today helps Democratic candidates for Missouri state house and state senate fundraise, splitting up donations to reach candidates across the state. Both Michele and Jonathan have extensive experience in political communication and fundraising. Jonathan has worked with several tech companies, including serving as CEO of ActBlue. Michele has ...

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Jessica Piper is running for Missouri State House District 1 in northwest Missouri. She is an American Literature teacher, mom, wife, member of a military family, and proud resident of rural Missouri. We talk about her campaign, education policy in Missouri, rural issues, CAFOs, and so much more.   You can learn more about Jess at   This was our first live in-person #EladPod! Congratulati...
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Are you a tenant or landlord in need of rental or utility assistance? Missouri has a program for you at​   Tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can apply for up to 12 months of assistance through the Missouri Housing Development Commission's SAFHR program. Jenni Miller is the Manager of HUD Programs with MHDC. She answers your questions about the statewide assistance program.   Apply for ...
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Dr. Tim McBride is an expert on Medicaid policy and health care economics. He is the Bernard Becker Professor at Washington University in St. Louis's Brown School and the co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy. He also formerly served as the chair of the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee, overseeing Missouri's Medicaid program, and he has decades of experience working on rural health care policy.

Although Missour...

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Special Election Special! David Tyson Smith is the Democratic nominee for Missouri House District 45 in the Columbia area. A Mizzou graduate, attorney, and active member of the community, David has a passion for repairing injustice in our state. His platform highlights include support for public schools, workforce development, affordable housing, prison reform, and improved management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The special electio...

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#EladPod ACTION ALERT: Missouri's Department of Natural Resources is considering a rule change that would exclude "perched water" from the definition of groundwater, potentially clearing a big hurdle for a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) trying to open in Livingston County and others looking to open elsewhere in Missouri. The Department is accepting pubic comment until 5 PM on March 25. Tim Gibbons of the Missouri Ru...

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Rene Howitt is a child and education advocate in Missouri. She is the founder of COPE24, a nonprofit organization that teaches life, parenting, and social-emotional skills to students in schools throughout the country. She is also a recently termed-out member of the Missouri Task Force on Children's Justice and of the Missouri Critical Event Review Committee. We talk about new approaches to educating kids and her journey from v...
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Mark Pedroli defends Missouri's Sunshine Law and the right of Missourians to government transparency. He started the Sunshine and Government Accountability Project and is a civil rights attorney. We talk about his important work, litigation we have both undertaken involving Eric Greitens and Missouri's state officials, and our fight for public access to public records. You can learn more about Mark at

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Sean Soendker Nicholson was one of the driving organizers behind Clean Missouri and ethics reforms in Missouri. We talk about Amendment 3, an attempt to reverse much of what Missourians voted for just a couple of years ago.

The #EladPod is hosted by civil rights attorney, government accountability advocate, educator, and lifelong Missourian Elad Gross. These are recordings of our live, uncensored town halls with audience questions ...

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Chris Hyman is an LGBTQIA+ advocate in Missouri's Capitol, and she is running for Missouri House District 105. We talk about what got her to run, what she has learned on the trail, and how more Missourians can get involved in the legislative process. You can learn more about Chris at

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