Archive for July, 2012

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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David Kravitz on ACA Podcast

How ’bout that Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health reform or in the vernacular ObamaCare)? Our particularly savvy guest today was David Kravitz. He is a founder of the BlueMassGroup — as a disclaimer, Ryan, Lynne and Mike have all participated there for many years. Vocationally, he is an accomplished and knowledgeable attorney. Avocationally and coincidentally, he is an opera singer.

We had a few questions, which led David into both background and speculation, in both of which he was comfortable. He walked us through the history and contrasts with the Massachusetts version of health reform. He jumped right into his thoughts first on why the SCOTUS could use Congressional taxing powers to justify the ACA and second why it chose not to (although it could have) used its interstate-commerce authority. Listen in if you had questions about the reasoning.

He dealt with the individual mandate in detail. He spoke to the part of the ACA ruling that muddled the Medicaid expansion…including his thoughts on whether the currently blustering set of conservative governors will really turn down the many federal millions when push comes to shove.

Click below to listen in to his insights on why the SCOTUS rules and what the divisions this term may mean for their collegiality. He also expressed views on what’s next for health care reform and how November’s election will affect that.

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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.