Archive for July, 2014

Treasurer Tuesday Times Three

Praise to the campaign crews of the MA candidates for Treasurer/Receiver-General for their quick response. The three Dems will join us the next three Tuesdays. We did contact unopposed GOP primary candidate Michael Heffernan, but so far he has not returned the calls.

All three shows will able available on demand after showtime at the show URL, back here at Left Ahead, and on Left Ahead’s iTunes channel.


MA opens for refugee kids

The MA Gov., Deval Patrick, Haas been the first to step up for the refugee kids from Central and South America lumped at our southern borders. He volunteered to find space for 1000 in two military bases here for one to four months until they can be processed. U.S. law (proposed by and passed under Pres. G.W. Bush) requires that we determine whether these children are refugees.

Meanwhile protests in several states, including MA, and from numerous governors are all NIMBY, xenophobic and isolationist. I read off a Washington Post piece citing governors who are wishy-washy (Dems) and hateful (GOP). Some of the latter want simply to blame President Obama or say it’s a federal problem, don’t bother them. Others echo the protesters in saying don’t dare waste state funds. By the bye, the feds are responsible for care and feeding of the kids awaiting processing.

If you are a regular listener, my attitude is no surprise. We have laws of due process to obey. We also have hundreds of years of morality, whether based on religion or not, and a similar history of democracy to uphold.


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Kerrigan claims he’s ready to roll as MA LG

Another lieutenant governor candidate, another expand-the-role advocate, what’s new? A lot, it turns out. Steve Kerrigan was the third of the three Dems who’ll be in the Sept. 9th primary. He more than held his own.

Each of the three (including Leland Cheung and Mike Lake) see the role of LG as crucial today and beyond. Each has a different slant on what the office should entail.

Kerrigan has the wow! résumé, working for or with Barack Obama, Tom Menino, Ted Kennedy, Tom Reilly and on and on. He then pitches himself as ready to accomplish big deeds with whoever gets the Dem Gov. nomination and presumably wins the office. As he put it, “There’s no room for on the job training for lieutenant governor.”

We covered a lot of topics and possibilities. Click below to hear what he would do in working with municipalities, transportation, infrastructure, education and even college affordability. You can see his platform here.

He was confident that he was the one of the trio with the experience and contacts from local through commonwealth and federal levels. He’s even sure he could develop the necessary relationships with our legislators.

A key aspect to his vision is turning the LG into a super-ombudsman. He says he’d be the key contact for municipalities, businesses and others. He’d aim to help them surmount obstacles, such as arcane regulations or funding problems. Click below to hear his stream of ideas.

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Kerrigan Makes 3 LGs

At an unusual day and time for us, Steve Kerrigan discusses his bid to become MA lieutenant general. If you can join us live, go here Wednesday, July 23rd at 2PM Eastern.

Of course, his show will be available to hear or download on demand at that URL, back here at Left Ahead or on LA’s iTunes channel.

Dem candidate for LG Steve Kerrigan sees pivotal roles for the office in MA. In his platform (a.k.a. vision), he envisions the second in command in the commonwealth as resolving problems for citizens, business types and officials.

He points to wide and deep experience, including:

  • Political director for Sen. Ted Kennedy
  • Working on the 2004 Dem convention in Boston
  • Chief of staff to AG Tom Reilly
  • Co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee
  • CEO for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

We’ll ask camapign sttrategy as well as how he expects to go after his big goals such as controlling education costs. What roles would he see for his expanded LG office?

This is the third of those who qualified for September’s Dem primary. You can hear Leland Cheung here and Mike Lake here.


Mike Lake’s Vision for a New LG

Dem candidate for MA lieutenant governor Mike Lake is straight-ahead about what he’s offering — a total reinvention of the office. We talked today about his vision for LG.

He admits that as frustrating as he finds it, many voters don’t think about the office. Some seem unaware they can cast votes for it. In an era when some wonder if the LG is necessary at all, he has another view. “We’ve been lost for the past year without a lieutenant governor,” he said referring to Tim Murray’s resignation.

He’s quick to point to his successes as president and CEO of Leading Cities. Among other those are working with the likes of Bill Clinton and of bringing contacts and business to Massachusetts. He says one of the roles of our LG should be marketer in chief for the commonwealth

His vision seems pretty progressive, aiming for:

  • A livable wage for all workers
  • High-quality education
  • Safe neighborhoods

He discussed how the LG would coordinate with the governor, legislature and others to achieve what lumped together he calls the Massachusetts Promise.

Lake said he has spoken with all three Dem candidates for the gubernatorial primary about his platform. He says they all buy into it. He’s confident he could work with any of them.

He bills himself as the most progressive of the three Dems in the LG race. Listen in as he talks about his positions and the groups and politicians who have endorsed him. He also noted that he went into the party convention being outspent 4:1 by Steve Kerrigan (whom he did not name) but is even now. He says his 35% of delegates gave him a substantial boost to go with successful fund raising and campaigning.

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Do Hobby Lobby Redux

Either we have beaten our radio service into submission or more likely the grace of fortune let us hold our regular show. Regardless, part two of the Hobby Lobby discussion happened today. You can also check out Mike’s short rant from yesterday, but this is better.

We got down to the nits and grits, as well as extrapolated. Ryan started by noting that Congress won’t be able to fix this decision legislatively, and a more sensible version of Congress isn’t going to happen anytime soon Instead, we should expect to see myriad sneaky corporate owners trying to get out of, say, providing HIV treatment on whimsical religious grounds.

We kicked around the likelihood of non-health-care forms of discrimination likely in the offing under the guise of religion.

On the optimistic side, while up to 40% of US employees work for nominally closely-held corporations, we don’t see that many bad guys out there trying to pull nasty tricks to save a buck or punish gay workers. In that vein and in the arguments (do read the whole decision, linked below) we should remember that the basis for the action by Burwell was on health insurance. That is part of compensation packages, employees pay for much of it, and their insurance doesn’t drop in cost when an employees eliminates part of the benefits. The workers have earned their health care and these clowns intend to steal part of it.

Finally, Ryan has gotten to the point that the SCOTUS seems unfixable. He is leaning toward a constitutional convention, maybe every 20 years to repair the mess.

Regardless, I promised two links:

Next up, tune in on July 15th at 2:30 PM for an interview with MA LT GOV candidate Mike Lake. Listen to that live here at 2;30 on 7/15. Id you can’t check back at the show URL, here at Left Ahead or on our iTunes page.

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Muddled return with Hobby Lobby

My confused apologies for today’s abbreviated show on the SCOTUS Burwell v. Hobby Lobby show. An 11:30 minute:second ramble. Our service, BlogTalkRadio is generally very reliable, but goofed up royally today. Ryan could not connect and while it appeared to record, the show didn’t appear, didn’t appear and finally became available two hours post-show.

Regardless, I promised two links:

Regardless, we should be back in the saddle. I’m back from Ireland. I’ll test the show service before next Tuesday. Tune in on July 15th at 2:30 PM for an interview with MA LT GOV candidate Mike Lake.


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