284. Marcus Carter. Independent Veteran for Congress in Florida’s 9th. Trump is Guilty. Menendez Says He’s Independent—But He’s Not. Neither is Manchin. Zelensky and Biden at Normandy. D-Day 80 Years Later. Poop Balloons, Sesame Street and Pride 2024.

Summer is here. And it’s getting hot. In America, around the world, and in our politics. And we’re not afraid of some heat. From the Trump verdict to Menendez and Manchin claiming independence to poop balloons. Yes, poop balloons. It’s already a wild summer. 

And it’s also a summer of independents. So welcome back to our groundbreaking “Meet The 2024 Independent Candidates” series—highlighting independent candidates of all kinds, for all levels of office, from all across America. In our last episode in the series we met Kodi Sawin, an independent powerhouse from Texas. She dropped us a line to let us know that right after she was on the show she passed her verified signature count and is on track to submit her application and petition on or before June 10. We’re tracking on her race—and every single one of the candidates we’ve be profiling in the series.

And speaking of candidates… America, meet Marcus Carter (@MarcusCarter4FL). He’s running for Congress in Florida’s 9th District and is up against incumbent Democrat Darren Soto. And a Republican to be decided after an August primary. They’re long odds to face, but Marcus will make his case why he thinks he’s the best option for voters in his district and he’s got the kind of independent spirit we want to highlight. 

If you’re interested in independent politics—or American politics in general—this is a rare inside look at politics at the local level. If you’re an independent, you’ve found your home. And an inspiring one at that. 

Your host Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) rips into all of it in this all new episode of Independent Americans. And he’s digging into the aftershocks of the Trump guilty verdict and how it might impact the race, Eric Adams failing again and again, Zelensky and Ukraine finally getting the go ahead to hit targets of military importance inside Russia and poop balloon attacks. That’s right, poop balloons. Because nothing makes more sense in 2024 than weaponized balloons carrying poop. Keep your head on a swivel, people! And hit that download button now. 

Because on Independent Americans, we’re focused on not just what’s happening now, but also on what’s happening next.

Every episode is the truth beyond the headlines–and light to contrast the heat of other politics and news shows. It’s content for the 49% of Americans that proudly call themselves independent. And delivers the Righteous Media 5 Is: independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. Independent Americans is your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. 

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