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Whither Massachusetts? We'll look at who'll be the new governor and what that means. Can the nwe governor create and drive aq platform and vision. Instead, will the stolid legislature creep along as it is wont?
This election was not about the big issues and pathfinding in the end. The visionaries and big-change sorts were cast aside by both parties and in the run from the indy candidates. Instead, the top spot came down to two predictible and status-quo types.
Will think about what needs to be done and if the new folk are up to the task.
We give oneWe'll last look at next week's general election, a bit national and a lot of Massachusetts. Polls and paper endorsements favor failed gubdernatorial candidate GOP Charlie Baker oer failed US Senate candidate Dem Martha Coakley. Neither is all that exciting to the eye or ear, but media types love the angle of each has blown a run at a big office before.
We'll kick around the insdious fantasy that serems to propel Republicans into the top ofice here. That is because a vast majortiy of elected officials are Dems, somehow putting a Republican in that office does, well, somethnkg substantive. That's crazy talk, but they love it here. Baker is seriously flawed. Yet many,including the editorial board of the largest paper, trip over themsleves in efforts to make excuses for him.
We may touch on why locals are loath to (asi n never) elect a woman governor and so far have only sent one woman to the US Senate.
We may surmise what a Baker or Coakley administration might do and not do.
We'll recap the Massachusetts party [primaries and risk humiliation predicitng the campaigns, then results for November's general. The previous day's preimary may settle all, or nearly all, Democratic contests. Now the fun begins.
The GOP pretty much sat out the primary with no contested races beyond Governor, only five statewide candidates, and mostly blank ballot lines. Dems in contrast had three battling for most slots.
Republicans play delusion cards. Dems far outnumber them (not really true, as over half the electorate does not enroll in any party), Republ;ican Governor/LG are essential to holding wildly lefty Dems in check (so-so, with many in both houses here fiscally conservative and hard sells on legislation). The GOP can't fill their tickets because they are at such political disadvantage (not so, as half our Governors have been Republican, the GOP has as much and often more campaign cash, they make little effort to convert the unenrolled to their party, and they have weak recruiting efforts for candidates for office).
We'll talk results and futures. We expect two months of big platform and policy distinctions. We'll predict how dirty the ads and claims will be and what should make the differences in the final.
What's said and unsaid is rarely as pointed as when money is involved. Add a heavy dose of politics and poof! you have budget proposals.
MA's newish Gov. Charlie Baker made his first and it was pretty good theater. I hit the highlights and some of the things unsaid.
On the face of it, this is level funded. It does grow by 3% to $38 billion, but most parts of government will get effective slashes with no inflation or room to hire. Schools through UMASS level, local aid (state revenue sharing), and the MBTA (our subway, commuter rail, bus and such) get a boost. Numerous small sensible programs like Down syndrome pilot and prostate disease research are gone.
Baker doesn't go for anything hard here. Most notably, he does not attack the terrible underfunding and debt assigned to the MBTA. That's not surprise as he was a key player in a previous Republican administration that structured all that. Instead, he fashions and repeatedly presents himself as a turn-around manager, a fixer.
I describe where he expects revenues to come from while he keeps his no-new-or-raised-taxes pledge. Some are questionable sources.
This proposal goes to the legislature for each house to reject, refine or reform before the real negotiations head to a July 1 balanced-budget deadline. I see it as a savvy PR and political program by Baker. He repeated told his press conference announcing the budget he inherited a big deficit. He clearly paints himself as a savior and fixer...sounds like someone setting up to run for VP or even Prez in 2020 or 2024.
The best place to vacation with your valentine just might be Martha's Vineyard, the island celebrity retreat off the coast of Massachusetts. Hear why when Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, joins Dan Schlossberg for an enlightening half-hour interview. Listen live at 8p EST Thursday, February 11th, on iTunes or BlogTalkRadio.com.
Dave was born in 1965 in Lowell Massachusetts, where he still resides. As a young child, the television show “In Search Of” with Leonard Nemoy sparked his interest in Cryptozoology. After a longtime interest and reading information on the internet in the 90’s his eyes were opened to the fact that it wasn’t just a West Coast phenomena. The book Monsters of the North Woods by Paul Bartholomew really hit home and he realized that New York and New England has had a long history amongst native people and early explorers involving the Sasquatch in the Northeast.
In 2005 Dave went from being an avid reader to someone who wanted to be more hands on so he attended a BFRO expedition in Whitehall, NY. After talking to several local eye witnesses, one being a police officer, about their experiences, he was completely hooked. This started his love of the outdoors having never experienced hiking and camping growing up in a city environment. As an adult Dave was able to travel the East Coast, where he started investigating the sighting reports in his area.
After the BFRO Expedition he joined the NESRA Research group and attended several expeditions with them in the years since. One of them being part of the group that was used in a Monsterquest episode “Bigfoot in New York”. In 2008, Dave attended one of the first expeditions that included several different research groups of the East Coast in Virginia. These groups investigated continuously for two weeks straight. Since then, he has been to the West Coast multiple times. Dave has made great friends from his time in California and Washington State as well as many more all across the country. Since April 2012 he has been researching with Squatchachusetts where he is currently active in Massachusetts.
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Jennifer Pastiloff, Beauty Hunter, is a writer and yoga teacher. She travels the world with her unique workshop: “The Manifestation Workshop: On Being Human." She’s the founder of the wildly popular Manifest-Station blog & Manifestation Yoga® and has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, CBS News and more for her unique style of teaching.
Jen has developed a massive and loyal following from her personal essays. She studied poetry and writing at NYU and Bucknell University and is currently finishing her first book, "Beauty Hunting." Twice a year, Jen is the guest speaker at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts and also does an annual retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in The Berkshires of Massachusetts. Visit www.jenniferpastiloff.com and www.beautyhunting.com.
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Political Update's first ever radio show. Hosted by Christopher Devine, this episode will be around casino's in Massachusetts. Whether they will help or hurt the local economy. We will listen to live callers share their opinions and have an open discussion.
I guess this falls in the rant class, but in a largely pleasant way this time. I was struck most recently by two phenomena centered in my state. Both show the inexplicable tenacity of anti-gay types, even in an allegedly liberal fort.
There is the MA governor having the audacity to promote marriage equality. Then there are the sumbling, lurching advances related to Northeast St. Paddy's Day parades.
Our governor is a Republican, albeit the MA flavor, fiscally conservative and socially liberal (but not too liberal and not in the progressive way...so there). Well then, in the past few days, Charlie Baker became the only Republican governor to sign the amicus brief presented to the SCOTUS by some in his party, favoring same-sex marriage. It is personal as well as political and moral for him. His gay brother married a man and Charlie is in the gay's-OK camp.
Thing is, this state GOP platform and the party's machers are notoriously anti-gay. I discuss whether he's likely to face more than scowls as a result.
Then to parades. It seems all of Ireland and most US cities are perfectly fine with homosexual groups marching in St. Patrick's parades, even where there is a separate Pride parade later in the year, as there is in both Boston and New York City. This year Boston's long-time anti-gay parade organizers voted to let two gay groups, one OUTVETS, as it sounds, march. New York, generally a decade or more ahead of Boston is struggling. A parade sponsor, NBC, wangled an exemption for its gay-employees' group. NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio called that for the tokenism it is and wouldn't march.
I talk about who did and didn't march in Boston and New York and what that may mean.
Honestly, these anti-gay types seem so silly.
Sunday evening at 9pm Pacific Midnight Eastern, Kathryn Samuelson drops by the old log cabin to chat with James and a barking wolf from time to time.
Kathryn began to feel the call to explore the spiritual and then the metaphysical quite some time ago. She practiced law in Illinois, but felt called to move to Massachusetts along with the call to explore this other side of life. Kathryn decided to follow this path of spiritual seeking and work, including working as an Intuitive and a certified Life Coach once she was settled in Massachusetts. Now living in Vermont Kathryn continues to pursue the work that she loves so much.
During her time in Massachusetts Kathryn was led to create (along with the Angels and Guides) the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be.
As an Intuitive, Kathryn Samuelson gives Angel Readings using automatic writing (called Spiritual Writing by some), a practice she has engaged in since 1993. She connects with our collective Angels and Guides during a reading, and they use the writing as the method for giving her the information and guidance that they wish to provide you.
Kathryn was certified by the University of New Hampshire as a Life Coach in 2007, and has been offering her services as a Life Coach since then. Kathryn is open to helping all clients to whom she can be of service; however, she is deeply interested in helping those undergoing transitions, changes and transformation. Kathryn strongly believes that all the transitions, changes and transformations she has undergone provide her with a deep base of empathy and knowledge from with to help her clients. http://www.kathrynsamuelson.com/
Suzanne DeWitt hall joins the show to talk about her children's book, Rumplepimple! She will share her journey as a writer and her thoughts on everything ranging from Christianity to Vintage Cookbooks!
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Suzanne is a regular contributor to a regional glossy called Merrimack Valley Magazine, and the author of the children's illustrated story book Rumplepimple.
In previous lives she was a high-tech journalist and internet marketing business owner, but now works on writing the great American novel along with children's books and magazine feature stories. She is mildly obsessed with vintage cookbooks, recipe boxes, and the intersection of sexuality and theology. She lives blissfully in Massachusetts with her wife Diane, a cat named Chicken, and a wire fox terrier.
On Wednesday mornings you can find her date-stamping books at a tiny, independent, volunteer run library.
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On this edition: We have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and now are just under 3 weeks from the Fastlane PPV, where the winner of the Triple Threat Main Event goes to Wrestlemania to face that champion. Are cracks appearing in the relationship between Dean Ambrose and his brother, Roman Reigns? Which one asked for a trip to Suplex City? And just who IS the champ? Also: SCC's intrepid indie reporter, Beth, goes over the Beyond Wrestling show that took place last weekend in Massachusetts. And, we also discuss the new attitude of the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. All this and more!
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