Of course, we spoke of AG Martha Coakley and of the Tea Party and of Israel. Today’s guest was Grace Ross, after all.
We were just Grace and Mike, but we covered her analysis of the recent election, which led to many topics. While a professional and relentless activist, she has run for MA Governor twice â€” first as the Green-Rainbow nominee and recently in an effort to get on the Democratic ticket. She chomps and nibbles at the powers through advocacy, filing (often successful) legislation, and sometimes running for office.
She helped found the Mass Alliance Against Predatory Lending. Her principal economic and political positions are available in her book Main St. $marts.
Listen in as she speaks of:
- The vastly misunderstood and best champion at the state level against major corporate interests run amok (Martha Coakley)
- How she was smeared as an anti-Semite in 2006 for poorly worded Green-Rainbow platform statements
- The worst of the Bush 2 legacy â€” “We fear our neighbors now.”
- How the energy ridden recently by the Tea Party is not right wing, rather populist energy
- The commitment to the revolutionary spirit alive and well in MA
- More than ever, we need real people, not sexy campaigners, running for office
- Populist candidates having a shot at office if they do enough groundwork between major elections
We spent some time on how in the recent election, the GOP did well in General Court and some local elections and were shut out of statewide races. She admits she has “a bunch of friends who are Republican elected officials” and that she misses “the traditional Republican candidates we had in Massachusetts.” She thinks too many of the Dems and Republicans here do not identify with ordinary citizens, who are concerned with jobs, mortgages, education and such.
Listen in as she explains what she sees as ways for them to present concrete examples of alternatives.