The counting continues, and lawsuits and recounts may be in the future, but it appears America will have a new President in 2021. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris celebrated with a public appearance Saturday night, after the declaration of both Pennsylvania and Nevada as having voted for the Democratic challenger. During President-elect Biden's speech, he noted the need to move past the contentious election.
But while Democrats may be moving into the White House -- the election did not give them the landslide victory they hoped to have in the Senate. Even if Democrats win both Georgia run-off elections, and that's a big if considering how close the race in Georgia was this year, a 50-50 deadlocked Senate is anticipated, but with a vice president who could break ties.
However, that's still not enough to pass sweeping legislation like a large stimulus bill, or enacting a Green New Deal, with a chamber that requires 60 votes to avoid a filibuster.
On The Sound of Ideas, we're going to look past this week, on to the next few months and into 2021 -- to discuss what comes after the race. We're joined by two experts with different political views.
Then, we'll talk about a new virtual film festival hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission that celebrates athletes in the LGBT community.
Zach Schiller, Research Director, Policy Matters Ohio
Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University
Rachael Stentz-Baugher, Vice President of Administration and Development, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Eliana Turan, Development Director, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland