Archive for September, 2010

MA Nov. Choices Podcast

Empty promises have hit the fan…again. The Nov. election in MA may have even more important matters than the pick of governor. In particular, ballot question 3 would slash the sales tax from 6.25% to 3%.

Two of the usual LA suspects, Ryan and Mike, spoke of what that might mean. The only good angle to its being on the ballot is that it might increase voter turnout.

They also kicked around the chances of Gov. Deval Patrick’s re-election, even in the swirling winds of a recent poll of questionable worth showing a very tight race with GOP challenger Charlie Baker. Listen to hear what we think.

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Worcester Check-In Podcast

Social activist (podcaster, blogger, video maker and on and on) Mike Benedetti joined us from and to talk about Worcester. That helped keep us from our usual speculation and judgments of politicians. He is much less rarefied and concentrates on real issues of real people, like the homeless and immigrants. His own real life is after all with the Catholic Worker community.

Listen in as we figuratively walk through Worcester to talk about what matters there, how it is the same and different from other Massachusetts cities and what has been changing there. We deal with the impact (and lack thereof) of having the lieutenant governor and one of the most influential members of Congress in Jim McGovern.

You can learn more of Benedetti in this The Pulse Magazine profile (about the middle).  You can also see more of his craft and labors at Pie and Coffee and WCAATV’s 580 show.

He discusses such progressive issues as the surprising effectiveness of placing group homes in Worcester. He also walks us through the slow economic recovery of the central downtown. Listen in to hear what is and what isn’t happening…and why Worcester is a fine place to be a vegan.

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Talking Worcester and Beyond

Mike Benedetti, blogger, video blogger and activist, joins us to talk west-of-Boston trends and politics.


Years of his commentary appear at Pie and Coffee. His pic here is a steal from his Facebook page.

Mike is hip deep into Worcester social action and politics. We got heavily into those when he was on almost three years ago. (Wow…three years?)

You can hear him live Tuesday, September 21st, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern here.  Later, you can play or download the show at that URL, here on LA, or on iTunes.


MA Primary Results Podcast

Well, we were full of ourselves…and 90-some percent happy. Ryan and Mike held forth on yesterday’s MA primary results. We concentrated on the Dems.

First and to get it out of the way, we hit our mutual disappointment, a serious one. As unlikely as the late-starting, so-so funded Mac D’Alessandro challenge to 9th U.S. District House Rep. Steve Lynch was, we really, really wanted Mac to prevail. He lost about 2 to 1. Reasons and excuses aside, the progressive didn’t win and the DINO did.

Otherwise, it was a sterling day for progressives and lefties in the commonwealth. Most look good for November’s final. There shouldn’t be any Republican steamroller here.

We talk about the key down-ballot races for Secretary, Treasurer and Auditor — all key and the first two ripe for reform. We hit on state and Congressional races too. Listen in for the usual suspects at their most stereotypical.

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MA Primary Preview Podcast

A short session today…and note that next week we’ll recap the MA primary votes the following day. We’ll be on Wednesday, September 15th, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. You can catch that live here. Otherwise return here later to hear the show.

Today, Ryan and Mike looked at some of next week’s primary decisions. The top of the ballot is not affected. However, two key down-ballot slots — treasurer and auditor — have contested primaries. The third, treasurer, will be a three-way in November, but with no primary battles.

Listen in as we discuss our preferences and predictions in general. Ryan noted that he has already voted because he won’t be able to go to the polls next week. His down-ballot selections are the same as Mike’s will be, Suzanne Bump for auditor and Stephen Grossman for Treasurer. As usual, Left Ahead! won’t endorse, but Mike will at Marry in Massachusetts.

If you’re undecided on the Dems for treasurer next Tuesday, you might try our shows with Steve Grossman and Steve Murphy to help.

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