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American Potential is a national award-winning podcast that shares how individuals are taking action in their community to break barriers. While some of our guests may be public officials or influencers, many are ordinary Americans who decided, “enough is enough” and are stepping up in a big way. We share policy solutions to the most important challenges our country faces and talk to people who are doing something about it. Our hope is that when you hear about other people’s stories of succe ...
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In a captivating new episode of *American Potential*, host Jeff Crank welcomes Resa Camoriano, an extraordinary citizen who took a stand against a significant property tax increase in her local school district. Fueled by a desire for greater transparency and accountability, Resa spearheaded a movement that not only challenged the status quo but als…
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In this pivotal episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank is joined by Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and Nagruk Harcharek president of Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat to discuss the substantial federal obstacles hampering oil and gas development in Alaska. They delve into the Biden administration's contentious decision to cancel oil and gas leas…
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In this enlightening episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank sits down with Andrew Clark, President of Yes Every Kid, to discuss the transformative shift in K-12 education towards individualized learning. Clark, drawing from his extensive experience in policy reform, delves into how educational savings accounts (ESAs) and other innovative …
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In this riveting episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank invites West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to discuss the critical balance between state sovereignty and federal overreach. Morrisey, renowned for his legal battles against the administrative state, shares insights into how federal encroachment affects state autonomy and…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank sits down with Paul Winfree, President and CEO of the Economic Policy Innovation Center, to dissect the looming fiscal challenges facing America. Winfree, an economic historian with a rich background in policy analysis, delves into the consequences of the U.S.'s soaring national debt, which t…
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In this episode of "American Potential," Host Jeff Crank welcomes Yoel Diaz Cuni and Mari Daniela Diaz, a couple sharing Yoel's journey from Cuba to the United States. Yoel's emotional first experiences in America, from marveling at the abundance in grocery stores to opening his first American paycheck, provide a poignant perspective on the freedom…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Representative Kat Cammack, who shares her deeply personal story of how government policies directly impacted her family, leading to the loss of their ranch due to an Obama-era program. Kat's narrative begins with her early life in Colorado, her experiences growing up in a working-cl…
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In this thought-provoking episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank is joined by Austen Bannan, Policy Fellow for Americans for Prosperity, to unravel the complexities of the minimum wage debate. Bannan sheds light on the historical context of minimum wage laws in the United States and critically examines their impact on both the workforce a…
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In this compelling episode of "American Potential," Jeff Crank engages with Jason Beardsley, Senior Coalition Advisor for Concerned Veterans for America, to discuss the systemic issues plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Beardsley reveals how the VA's misallocation of resources and bureaucratic inefficiencies have led to veterans bein…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes State Senator Heidi Balderree, who shares her inspiring journey from being a concerned citizen to becoming a state senator in Utah. Balderree recounts her initial involvement in local politics, driven by a community issue, which gradually evolved into a deeper engagement with politic…
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In this episode of "American Potential," Jeff Crank hosts Zhe Fan Little, whose life journey from Shanghai to America encapsulates a quest for liberty and service. Growing up during the transition from China's Cultural Revolution to its socialist market economy, Zhe shares vivid experiences of the era's challenges, including the lack of religious a…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank interviews U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt, discussing his mission to dismantle the administrative state. Senator Schmitt, inspired by his own family's struggles and a drive to serve others, explains the fundamental issues with the current bureaucratic system and its impact on American lives. He em…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank invites Kansas State Senators Kristen O'Shea and Chase Blasi for an in-depth discussion on their battle against overbearing childcare regulations. The senators share personal experiences that highlight the urgency of reform, including stories of families grappling with limited childcare optio…
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Join host Jeff Crank in this compelling episode of "American Potential" as he welcomes Jayde Speight, a young college student who turned a challenging experience into a powerful advocacy for free speech. In 2020, during her first year of college, Jayde's faced bullying and threats for a social media post showing her support for police with a mask b…
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In this inspiring episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Grace Lattz, a remarkable young activist whose civics project led to significant legislative change. At just 15 years old, Grace was moved to action by her father's experience as a firefighter who suffered from PTSD after a traumatic incident on duty. She saw firsthand how …
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In this inspiring episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Tristan Leavitt to share his family's journey navigating the educational system and embracing educational freedom. Leavitt, a father of five, delves into the challenges and triumphs of finding the right learning environments for his children, especially his daughter who str…
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Join host Jeff Crank in this intriguing episode of "American Potential" as he sits down with Greg Moore, State Director of Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire. They delve into the vibrant and unique political scene of New Hampshire, particularly focusing on the state's significant role in the 2024 Republican primaries. Greg Moore, with his exten…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank delves into a fascinating conversation with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, interviewed by Akash Chougule, Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans for Prosperity, and Scott Simon, State Director of Louisiana for Americans for Prosperity. Speaker Johnson, a leading conservative f…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank is joined by Joey Hudson, host of the Just the Truth Podcast. Hudson shares his personal experience and advocacy efforts in South Carolina that led to the repeal of the Certificate of Need (CON) law, a significant milestone in healthcare reform. Hudson describes how his and a friend's paralle…
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In this inspiring episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Kodi and Kenae' Pearson, the founders of Two Brothers A Pearson Project. The Pearson sisters share their poignant story of losing their father and uncle to gun violence, and how this tragedy became the catalyst for their powerful advocacy work. Kodi and Kenae' discuss the i…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Utah State Senator John Johnson and Americans for Prosperity Regional State Director Heather Andrews to discuss Utah's pioneering approach to the gig economy. They delve into the state's groundbreaking legislation that offers portable benefits to independent contractors, a first in t…
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In this episode of 'American Potential' with host Jeff Crank, we explore the groundbreaking housing reforms in Montana through an in-depth conversation with Adam Hertz, a key member of the state's housing task force. This episode sheds light on how Montana, under the leadership of Governor Gianforte, tackled its acute housing shortage with a series…
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In this enlightening episode of 'American Potential' with Host Jeff Crank, we delve into the inspiring journey of three dedicated women – Katie Bird, Katie Ratliff, and Jody Hanson – who transformed their passion for education into action by founding Liberty Light Academy. This unique hybrid school model blends homeschooling with in-person learning…
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In this special year-end episode of "American Potential," your host, Jeff Crank, along with the dedicated podcast team, invites you to join in reflecting on an extraordinary year filled with achievements. Together, we've earned the prestigious Gold W3 Award for Political News Podcast and secured a place in the top 0.05% of all podcasts globally, ac…
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In this engaging episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Kent Strang, Managing Director of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), to discuss the organization's impactful initiatives in 2023. They delve into AFP's nationwide campaigns that addressed rising inflation and economic policies under the Biden administration. Strang recounts the…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank engages in a dynamic conversation with Jose Mallea, CEO of Libre, exploring the organization's significant strides in 2023. They discuss Libre's initiatives in empowering the Hispanic community across the United States, emphasizing the diversity within this demographic and the importance of t…
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Russ Duerstine, Executive Director of Concerned Veterans for America, for an in-depth look at the organization's achievements and challenges in 2023. The discussion focuses on CVA's dedication to advocating for veterans' healthcare choices and their right to access both VA healthcare…
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In this revealing episode, Emily Seidel, Senior Advisor at Americans for Prosperity Action, discusses the organization's groundbreaking decision to endorse Nikki Haley in the presidential primaries. Host Jeff Crank delves into the strategic considerations behind this endorsement, exploring how Haley's policy positions align with the group's vision …
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In this episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank welcomes Larry Yonker, former president of Springs Rescue Mission and co-author of "Meeting Homelessness with Hope." Yonker shares his transition from the corporate world to leading initiatives against homelessness in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yonker critiques conventional methods of addres…
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This episode of "American Potential" features a crucial discussion with Len Gilroy, Vice President of Government Reform at Reason Foundation, focusing on the widespread mismanagement of public pension systems. Host Jeff Crank delves into the alarming reality of public pensions, highlighting the staggering $1.3 trillion in unfunded liabilities that …
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In this thought-provoking episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank engages with Senator Ron Johnson in a deep dive into America's pressing fiscal challenges. Senator Johnson, with his extensive experience in both the private sector and various Senate committees, including the Committee on the Budget and Finance, shares his insights on the n…
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In this riveting episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank sits down with Eric Draper, the esteemed former Chief White House Photographer under President George W. Bush. Eric recounts his remarkable journey from a passionate young photographer to documenting the Bush presidency. He shares intimate details of capturing historic events and per…
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Join host Jeff Crank in this compelling episode of "American Potential," as he converses with Alexx Leyva, a determined individual facing the complexities of Hawaii's bureaucratic system. Alexx shares his arduous journey of attempting to establish an outdoor preschool in Hawaii, driven by a community's need for childcare and his son's special medic…
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Join us in this compelling episode of "American Potential" as host Jeff Cranks engages in a deep dive with Congressman John Curtis into the evolving landscape of energy. The focus of their conversation is the critical role of fossil fuels and the journey towards achieving net zero emissions. Congressman Curtis, a prominent figure in the energy dial…
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In this insightful episode of the "American Potential" podcast, host Jeff Crank delves into the unique and significant role South Carolina plays in shaping the American political landscape, particularly during presidential primaries. The guest, Candace Carroll, the State Director for Americans for Prosperity in South Carolina, brings a wealth of ex…
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In this inspiring episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank sits down with the trailblazing advocate for school choice, Miss Virginia Walden Ford. From her early days desegregating schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, to her pivotal role in the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, Virginia shares her powerful journey of advocacy and change. Disc…
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Join host Jeff Crank in this captivating episode of "American Potential," featuring North Carolina's Lieutenant Governor, Mark Robinson. Discover Robinson's journey from a tumultuous childhood to a prominent political figure. He shares his perspectives on key issues like education, economic growth, and Second Amendment rights, influenced by his lif…
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In this compelling episode of the American Potential Podcast, host Jeff Crank sits down with Tony Harrison, a dynamic entrepreneur who transformed his career from corporate America to the world of food trucks. Discover Tony's unique path, beginning with a food truck venture inspired by 'Shark Tank' and culminating in the ownership of a successful r…
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Join host Jeff Crank in a riveting episode of "American Potential" as he brings together two seemingly contrasting political figures - Sara Burlingame, a passionate liberal Democrat and activist, and Tyler Lindholm, a libertarian Republican with a strong lean towards individual freedoms. This episode offers a rare glimpse into how opposing politica…
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In this enlightening episode of 'American Potential,' host Jeff Crank welcomes Sarah Hetemi, Deputy State Director of Americans for Prosperity of Alaska, for a captivating discussion. Sarah, an immigrant from Norway, shares her unique and inspiring journey to the United States, highlighting the contrast between her experiences in Scandinavia and he…
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Join host Jeff Crank on this engaging episode of "American Potential" as he welcomes a special guest, Drew Klein, the Iowa State Director for Americans for Prosperity. Dive deep into the heart of American democracy with an enlightening conversation about the Iowa caucuses. This episode offers a unique perspective on the grassroots nature of these p…
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In this captivating episode of "American Potential," host Jeff Crank engages in a riveting conversation with Mayor Glenn Jacobs of Knox County, Tennessee. Known to many as a former professional wrestler, Mayor Jacobs shares his unique journey from the wrestling ring to the realm of local government. This insightful discussion delves into Mayor Jaco…
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In this episode of our podcast, Host Jeff Crank explores the unique blend of leadership and service embodied by Senator Dan Sullivan. A distinguished military officer and a prominent policymaker, Senator Sullivan offers a rare perspective on national defense and security, shaped by his ongoing service as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves. This…
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In this enlightening episode of our podcast series, we sit down with Congressman Jack Bergman, a distinguished figure in American politics and the highest-ranking combat veteran in the U.S. House. Hosted by Jeff Crank, this interview delves into the multifaceted career and life experiences of Congressman Bergman, highlighting his journey from a Lie…
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In this inspiring episode of 'American Potential,' host Jeff Crank sits down with U.S. Representative Greg Steube, a decorated veteran and dedicated lawmaker. Delve into Rep. Steube's compelling journey from the University of Florida to the battlefields of Iraq and the halls of Congress. Discover his unwavering commitment to service, from his time …
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Join host Jeff Crank on a compelling journey through the intricacies of veteran healthcare with his distinguished guest, Senator Rick Scott. In this episode, they delve into the transformative legislation aimed at ensuring veterans receive the healthcare benefits they've rightfully earned, with a keen focus on the accessibility of mental health ser…
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In this enlightening episode of Jeff Crank's podcast, we delve deep into the realm of free speech and individual rights with Greg Lukianoff, a renowned attorney, New York Times best-selling author, and the President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE). Join us as Greg shares his invaluable insights on the critical …
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In this insightful episode, we delve into the heart of Alaska's struggle for oil independence under the Biden administration. Host Jeff Crank along with our expert guests, Rick Whitbeck and Kevin Schmidt, guide us through the intricate web of regulations and policies stifling U.S. oil production, particularly in Alaska – a region with some of the h…
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Home Intrusion: When Government Regulates Your Appliances Step into a world where your dishwasher's cycle time and your stove's fuel are decided miles away in a government office. Host Jeff Crank, alongside guests Ross Connolly and Ilana Blumsack, unravels the intricate web of regulations impacting our everyday appliances. Dive into "American Poten…
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Host Jeff Crank engages in a candid conversation with Erick Erickson, delving into the intricacies of American politics. From the challenges of leadership roles in Congress to the dynamics within the Republican party, this episode provides a comprehensive look into the political landscape. Plus, gain insights into Erickson's initiatives and how he …
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