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McCormick Promises Jobs Podcast

McCormick“I’ve never accomplished anything in my life by taking the easy roads,” Jeff McCormick said. “I never had access to the easy road.”

As an independent candidate for MA governor, he knows he’s on a tough one. We spoke today a lot about what he wanted to do if he wins and a bit about he he expects to do that.

I opened by drawing a contrast with another MA venture capitalist, Willard Mitt Romney. Like him, McCormick has earned piles and has lots (dare we say binders) of successful companies he can cite that he helped fund. Unlike Romney, McCormick actually is self-made, coming from a blue-collar home in upstate NY, without a rich, powerful, politically and corporate connected father. In that vein, McCormick is good at brief descriptions. When asked about his campaigning, he said because of his background, “I’m really comfortable in diners, much more than in ballrooms.”

He wants voters to think of him as Jeff for Jobs. He cites his VC successes and his ideas of how to create tens of thousands here. Listen in as he describes how education and training will prepare the workforce. He also is keen on helping gateway cities outside the Boston and Worcester areas.

You can hear the VC background as he speaks of changing the culture of Beacon Hill to one of problem solving. Here he points to US Sen. from ME Angus King as a model. McCormick said that when people see you are solving problems, they want to join you and that’s an easier way to govern. McCormick ways he’d bring his work style over. “I’m part of the team. No one is voting for a CEO here.”

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Berwick’s Progressive Positions Podcast

Dr. Don Berwick joined us today to talk about some of his many, detailed platform planks. (See his campaign site’s Issues tab for more.) Don Berwick

He unabashedly bills himself as a solid progressive. Also, in the mold of Gov. Deval Patrick when he ran for the first time in 2006, Berwick is not afraid to put out his positions and almost dare competitors to take shots. For example, he does not think casinos are a viable economic-development strategy and wants a plebiscite on the ballot that could withdraw approval. He sees catching up on the long-delayed infrastructure maintenance is essential; he’s want a higher gas tax short term, then something like a mileage fee longer term to make sure we avoided the trap. Listen in as he describes his proposals and how he’d plan to fund them.

Berwick is huge on education and health. He’s drive for universal pre-K, scrub for-profit charters, while encouraging in-district ones, providing they were transparent and shared their methods and successes with all. Drawing on both his management expertise and background as a pediatrician, he would immediately “create a new, cabinet-level position to facilitate total cooperation among state agencies, cities and towns, and families in fostering child health and well-being to the age of five – the most critical years.” Check is Issues for proposals for every stage of ed through college. He’d drive to make sure everybody could afford public colleges too. That would include in-state rates for undocumented students.

Understandably, he has special emphasis on health care. Both our conversation and his site have a lot about what’s wrong with it now and how he’d aim to fix it. In perhaps his most progressive point, he’d aim for single-payer health care. To that effort, “On day one, I will appoint a multi-stakeholder Single Payer Advisory Panel to investigate and report back within six months on how Massachusetts moves to a single payer health insurance system like Medicare for all.” He noted that MA is capable of driving the single-payer agendum, much as it did with universal health coverage. Listen in as he describes how he thinks insurance carriers and others can be won over.

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