The founder and coordinator of a coalition fighting illegal handguns joins us this week. The head of the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center pointed us the Nancy Robinson of Citizens for Safety (a.k.a. Where Did the Gun Come From?), saying the coalition’s effort could offer the best ROI right here, right now.
Robinson’s will discuss efforts […]

A competent, confident candidate with a wide and deep platform joined us today to talk about her replacing U.S. Sen. Scott Brown next year. Marisa DeFranco explains how she’s the real thing and he a flash in the pan and abject survival-of-the-fittest pol.
She is an immigration attorney and best known the related circles. Listen in […]

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We have about an 84% capture rate. Six of the seven at-large Boston City Council candidates have been on Left Ahead. Click the entries in the following table to hear each of them.
Only Sean Ryan did not come through with an acceptable time and date.
We’ll certainly revisit this race. It skips the September preliminary that […]

Usual day, an hour earlier, Marisa Defranco comes on to discuss her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She has announced for Scott Brown’s seat in next year’s election.
She has a federal law practice. She advocates particularly for immigrants in jobs, justice, security and citizenship.
If you can join us live, go here at 1:30 PM Eastern, […]

We ask. We answer.
Ryan and Mike mused, mulled and extrapolated starting with the recent conviction of former MA House Speaker Sal DiMasi. We covered:

Is this proof of substance to the announced and legislated ethics reform?
Will the African-American voters see some justice in a white pol following black ones to prison for corruption?
Why does it […]

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William Dorcena, candidate for at-large Boston City Council, is likely good at his marketing and PR business. He turns a great phrase. Listen in as he describes how, “The streets will always be there and they’re waiting for you.”
He says he’ll campaign first on breaking the vicious cycle of poor education leading to poverty leading […]

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William Dorcena, candidate for at-large Boston City Council slot, joins us Friday, June 17th at 4 PM Eastern. We’ll talk what he brings to the mix and how he’ll approach his campaign.
He’s not been a politician per se, but is well known in the city. He co-founded the Boston Haitian Reporter newspaper and directed outreach […]

Ayanna Pressley still does not mince words. On today’s podcast, she opened by saying she was in a hospital with her mother nearby in an ICU. She is likewise plain about her goals, motivations and role as Boston City Councilor.
Those who want background on the first woman of color to sit on Council can start […]

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At least one more Boston At-Large Council candidate will speak with us. Tuesday, June 14th at noon Eastern, Ayanna Pressley is the guest. Note the unusual for us time. Of course, if you can’t listen live, come back to Left Ahead to get her show on demand.

Candidate
Podcast
URL

Flaherty
5/17 - online
bit.ly/lnyaIB

Connolly
5/24 - online
bit.ly/m156bq

Arroyo
6/7 - online
http://bit.ly/kR58oN

Murphy
6/9 - […]

The Boston City Council President, Steve Murphy, joined us to talk money, city and state politics, accomplishments and re-election campaigning. The seven-term Council has been one of the top two vote getters and has a well acknowledged role — money guru and financial hawk.
Even so, he was quick to say that there are at least […]

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