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O’Connor Ives Wants 1st Essex MA Senate Upgrade

Next week, we’re headed North, up to the 1st Essex MA Senate district. A candidate for this open seat will talk strategy, what she thinks the constituents want, and how she expects to jump from Newburyport’s Town Council. Maybe we can get Kathleen (Katy) O’Connor Ives to compare and contrast the field.

This rare open Senate seat came open when Steven Baddour quit in March to join a big Boston law firm. Three Dems, two Republicans and two unenrolled have jumped in.

Candidate forums and similar public events are pretty diffuse and confusing. We’ll narrow in on O’Connor Ives for a personal picture. You can check her full background and platform at her campaign site. We’re surmising that the winner of the Dem primary on September 6th has a great shot at the office.

If you can catch us live, do that Tuesday, August 28th at 2:30 PM Eastern here. Afterward, her show will be available at that URL, back here at Left Ahead and on our iTunes page for listening in a player or downloading.


Kearns Goodwin Update Show

A month from the primary that almost certainly will decide the 3rd Middlesex MA Senate race, five Dems are in the race for the open seat. Joe Kearns Goodwin joined us got an update.

We couldn’t get him to pick on fellow candidates, but he did get into his issues. In a contest to replace a respected progressive, Susan Fargo, who’s retiring, a big part of this race is differentiating yourself. Listen in as Kearns Goodwin describes his emphasis on specific areas of education as well as a drive for a graduated income tax. While he has combat experience in two wars and has detailed proposals in education, he still sees the big battle to be fought in the Joint Revenue Committee area. Hear him describe how refining the tax burdens, and as important, defining where additional moneys should go are the future.

Kearns Goodwin is a champion of training MA workers (maybe starting in kindergarten) to have the skills employers will need and many already have going unfilled. Click below to hear him describe the ways he thinks we need to match jobs with job seekers.

He also spoke about what he liked and saw lacking in the recent agenda of the General Court.

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Kearns Goodwin Update

Update to this update: We blew it and did not notice that our service had flipped PM to AM. The show ran with no one participating. This was not Joe’s issue at all. We’re rescheduling.

This coming week, Joe Kearns Goodwin updates us on the 3rd Middlesex District race for the MA Senate. If you can catch it live, go here at 2:30, Tuesday, July 31st.

Afterward, you can listen to or download the show back here at Left Ahead, on BlogTalkRadio or on our iTunes page.

The hotly contested race for this open seat has five Dems and two Republicans who haven’t slowed much less dropped out. We’ve had all five Dems on and Mara Dolan has updated us. Now Joe comes on to talk progress, challenges, strategy and maybe other candidates. This is a good contest.


Dolan Update on 3rd Middlesex Race

In an exciting MA race for a rare vacant senate seat, candidate Mara Dolan joined us for a followup on this simmering campaign. Her original visit was here. Click below for today’s show.

Since the last time, the five Dems headed for a Sept. 6th primary battle have met in public as well as campaigned solo. Dolan tells us why she should be the choice from among a field that identifies as progressive. None of the Dems (or the two Republicans) have backed down or backed out. There are issues of contention and differences the candidates offer.

She discusses some of her positions, including attacking economic woes by using community colleges and trade schools to prepare MA residents for the 120,000 middle-skill jobs going unfilled right now. She talks about how Republicans have “wrongly claimed the mantle of being good for business” from Dems. She addressed the importance of aiming for gender parity in a senate with only 6 of 40 members who are women. She and Mike even swapped support for marriage equality vignettes.

Dolan comes on about 7 minutes in; we originally gave her the wrong call-in number. It’s worth advancing to where she starts.

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Double Week: Kravitz on ACA and Dolan on 3rd Middlesex

Check us twice at 2:30 Eastern this week. We have a lawyerly, operatic analysis on the Affordable Care Act on Monday and Mara Dolan updating her run for 3rd Middlesex District of the MA Senate.

Catch David Kravitz on Monday, July 16th, analyzing the recent SCOTUS ruling on health care. While this founder of the BlueMassGroupDavid Kravitz is a highly trained, professional opera singer, he earns his way as an attorney and is known for his political commentary at BMG.

We’ll try to educe both the constitutionality/commerce/tax angles as well as discuss the future of this nascent health reform. If you can join us live, get the show then here.

The next afternoon at the same 2:30, Mara DolanMara Dolan will discuss how her campaign and the race in general are going. She promises to discuss strategy and the other contenders. This is an exciting race for an open seat. We’ll surely have other candidates on again. Meanwhile check our archives for all five Democratic candidates.

If you can listen live to Mara’s show Tuesday, catch it here.

Of course, both shows will be available after showtime back here, at BlogTalkRadio and on our iTunes channnel.


Joe Mullin Podcast

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS has been Joe Mullin’s phrase on his website and throughout his run for 3rd Middlesx MA Senate. He differentiates himself from the field particularly in having driven the Clock Tower Place project in Maynard that now has over 90 tenants and 2,500 employees in the former HQ of DEC.

listen in as he describes his diverse business and political experiences. He speaks to his support for single-payer health care, graduated taxes to ease the burdens on the middle classes, and evev to reassignment of debt from mass transit.

This show completes the five Dems running for the seat. Mara Dolan was the first, Mike Barrett the second, Joe Kearns Goodwin the third, and the most recent was with Alex Buck.

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Joe Mullin on His MA Sen. Run

Joe Mullin from Weston details his economic advancement plans in next week’s show. He is running for the 3rd Middlesex MA Senate seat vacated by Susan Fargo.

If you can join us live, click here at 2:30 PM Eastern, Tuesday, May 29th. Afterward, his show will be there, back here on Left Ahead and on our iTunes pages.

He came from working-class immigrants through Harvard on scholarship and into a successful career. He’ll discuss his understanding of worker and family struggles and aspirations. He’ll describe his jobs-oriented aims and platform.

Mullin completes shows with the five Dems running for the seat. Mara Dolan was the first, Mike Barrett the second, Joe Kearns Goodwin the third, and the most recent was with Alex Buck.


Alex Buck Podcast

Not your usual politician, as Alex Buck describes himself, joined us today to pitch his positions and his aims if he becomes Susan Fargo’s replacement in the MA Senate for 3rd Middlesex. He says he tells voters in his front door speech that’s one of his pluses.

He warned us that his campaign site is almost fleshed out, but won’t get his platform and issues for a few more days. Meanwhile, click below to hear his views and goals on a very wide range, from education to taxes to growing our economy to mass transit to the role of government.

Buck layered a masters in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School on his mechanical engineering bachelors. He talks about his vision for an economy that educates for and enables the likes of life sciences, biotech and clean energy. He is firmly against giving tax breaks to individual companies (comparing that the mere fertilizer when an industry’s entire environment should foster all companies who enter it or expand in it).

He sees education from all-day kindergarten through public support to keep state colleges affordable to workplace education as pivotal to building and expanding these essential industries. Listen in as he addresses why he thinks we are one of the few places in the country that can pull this off.

This was the fourth in the 3rd Middlesex Senate series. Mara Dolan was the first, Mike Barrett the second, and Joe Kearns Goodwin the third.

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Alex Buck Also in for MA Senate 3rd Middlesex

Chelmsford’s Alex Buck is in the Dem race for MA Senate from 3rd Middlesex. He bills himself as a progressive and says he’s the one to stand up to entrenched pols and special interests. He has a masters from Harvard’s Kennedy school, has had local public offices, and successfully turned around a small business. He says his atypical style will make him the best senator.

He joins us next Tuesday at our regular time for the latest in the series on candidates to replace Susan Fargo. To hear the show live, join us Tuesday, May 15th at 2:30 PM Eastern here.

Afterward, the show will be available there, back here and on our iTunes page.


Joe Kearns Goodwin Podcast

In the crowded (5 Dems and 2 GOP sorts) for MA Senate 3rd Middlesex to replace Susan Fargo, Joe Kearns Goodwin says he has the consensus-building and problem-identifying/solving background to lead in the job. He joined us today to describe his personality, abilities, and aims.

Click below to listen in as he he hits his positions on health care, higher education, job growth, taxes and more. You can also get a rudimentary sense of him at his campaign site. He noted though that it is new and about to be enhanced with a fleshed out platform and more very soon.

We touched first on his well known parents as well as his unusual post-Ivy service on two war fronts following 9/11. He also spoke of how much working for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, who taught him how you can accomplish much in public office while saying what you really think and not compromising on fundamental beliefs.

Listen in as he describes his ideas for increasing employment in MA, reducing health-care costs, supporting businesses, seeing that our workers have the skills for jobs here.

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