An Honorable Profession


Elected officials share their personal stories, and how their backgrounds influence how they approach their duties.


An Honorable Profession

NewDEAL’s award-winning podcast, An Honorable Profession, features rising Democratic stars and some of the most influential thinkers in government and public policy. Each week, hosts Debbie Cox Bultan (NewDEAL CEO) and Ryan Coonerty (former Santa Cruz County Supervisor) delve into discussions that move beyond policy. Elected officials share their personal stories, and how their backgrounds influence how they approach their duties. At a time when politics may seem insane, join An Honorable Profession to help restore your faith in our government.

Featured Guests

Where To Start

Simon Says ‘We Are Going to Win’

 Co-hosts Debbie Cox Bultan and Ryan Coonerty sit down with Simon Rosenberg, a political commentator and strategist, who famously, and correctly, rejected the prediction of a red wave in 2022. He has now founded the widely read and highly informative Hopium Chronicles newsletter, where he advises readers to worry less and do more. He, Debbie, and Ryan discuss last week’s State of the Union Address, what’s at stake in the November elections, and why, as a Democrat, he would “rather be us than them.” They talk about ways to find common ground and bridge divides with voters through effective and factual messaging and discuss the disconnect between what the Biden-Harris administration has actually accomplished and what the public is aware of. Simon also tells us why Democrats should remain optimistic in the face of daunting polls and why political debates are representative of a healthy Democracy. Tune in to hear Simon’s six reasons why Americans should not vote for Trump this November.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulous Oliver Leads in a Time of Political Turmoil

Host and NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan talks with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who has been running elections for almost seventeen years. Despite threats of violence, and an unrelenting barrage of misinformation and disinformation, she continues to find silver linings and remains wholeheartedly committed to her work. They talk about Toulouse Oliver's path to public service, the recently passed New Mexico Voting Rights Act, and the importance of balancing transparency and security in the voting process. Tune in to hear the Secretary's insights on the current state of American democracy and how she continues to find hope and inspiration.

Pete Buttigieg Talks Midterms

Host Ryan Coonerty discuss the midterms with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who Obama described as the future of American politics.

Meet The Hosts

Debbie Cox Bultan

Host, CEO

Host Debbie Cox Bultan, CEO of the NewDEAL, has built her career cultivating and supporting talented Democrats at the state and local levels. She brings a unique perspective based on her long relationships with many of the Leaders in the NewDEAL Network.

Ryan Coonerty


Host Ryan Coonerty, himself a NewDEAL alumnus, former elected official, successful entrepreneur, and author, has proven to be a popular host with listeners. An episode featuring Ryan in the guest chair has been one of our most popular episodes.

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