The Jeff Santos Show 3-6pm EST: Two Opposite Court Rulings On ACA Subsidy Legality! Teacher Tuesday Re-visits Misunderstood Common Core State Standards!

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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY JULY 22, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Is the ACA Subsidy challenge the next GOP "lawlessness" charge against President Obama? Call...877-489-9421


- Melanie Waltz, Field Services Consultant in the Professional Development and Human Rights Department of the Michigan Education Association (MEA), where she works on Teacher Certification, Leadership training, the Evaluation process and helping teachers integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Waltz began at MEA as a UniServ Director and prior to that, was a "proud Public School Teacher for 15 years." Ms. Waltz will talk about the panel she was on last week at the Netroots Conference in Detroit with new NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, "Common Core: A View from the Middle". We'll ask Melanie about her experiences in Michigan, helping teachers work with the new Common Core State Standards. (Some states are dedicating more resources than others to help with the transition - how is cash-strapped Michigan doing in this respect?)

- Jasmine Hicks, Higher Education Campaign Director for the Young Invincibles where she leads organizing efforts across the country to give young adults the resources they need to advocate for state reinvestment in higher education (the campaign she's leading right now is called the Student Impact Project). Young Invincibles was founded in the summer of 2009, motivated by the recognition that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. Jasmine Hicks joins us today to talk about a report released in June by the Young Invincibles: Closing The Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment Through Education. Big findings that may not be too surprising...the unemployment rate for African American young adults "Persists at Alarming High Levels" and "young African Americans need two more levels of education than their white peers to have the same job prospects and wages". We'll talk about "racial disparities in education that are impacting young adults' job prospects and wages" AND the trend of state disinvestment in Higher Education.

- Michael Miller, Director of Strategic Policy at Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization that works to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. He is a former policy director for Health Care For All. Federal Appeals Court rulings today that challenge the legality of subsidies offered to Americans using the national ACA Health Care exchange. Two Federal Court Rulings - two different results...Why did the court see the subsidies as different when coming from the State exchanges as opposed to the Federal provided subsidies? What are the greater ramifications of the rulings for the Affordable Care Act? What has the White House response been so far? Are there plans to appeal this decision? We'll sort through all these questions with our guest!

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read Brad's commentaries at In his latest, he suggests that presumed presidential hopefuls Clinton, Paul and Perry are right to start early for 2016.

Jeff Santos Show 7/21/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY JULY 21, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Bloody Weekend of Fighting in Israel & Gaza! President Calls for Ceasefire! EU & US Pressuring Putin over Plane Shootdown! Do you think that Secretary Kerry traveling to Israel-Gaza will help facilitate a ceasefire? What should the U.S.'s role be in Israel? In Ukraine?.

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Instead of solving any of the big problems the country is facing, the Republicans continue to blame Obama for every complicated situation we face - Domestic OR International - without offering any solutions! The usual suspects such as Republican Senator John McCain continue their calls for military engagement!

- Peter Goelz, Senior VVP at O'Neill and Associates in D.C. where he is regularly sought-after by national media as a commentator on aviation safety matters (he has appeared on CNN, CBS Evening News, FOX News, MSNBC, and others). He is a former Managing Director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and is one of the country's leading experts in coordinating disaster situations and victim response. Malaysia Air Flight #17...we'll get the latest on the passenger plane shot down last week - the status of the ongoing investigation; the difficulty for international investigators because of the crash location and ongoing conflict in the region; and the frustration of victim families who are demanding that Vladimir Putin "send their children home!"

- Elie Jacobs, NYC-based public affairs and public relations consultant. You can read his work at the Huffington Post, and other media outlets. We'll review the latest on the Israel-Gaza conflict: the military activities over the weekend, President Obama's call for a ceasefire during his morning press conference, Sec'y Kerry's travel plans in the region, and the UN response. Secretary of State Kerry was caught on tape using a somewhat sarcastic tone about the "pinpoint" nature of the Israeli response to attacks from Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Over 500 Palestinians have been killed, including many women and children, and the death toll for Israeli soldiers is climbing. Pressure is mounting to stop the carnage, as Secretary Kerry plans to travel to the region to encourage a ceasefire this week.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Monday check-in...Earl's in California this week! We'll get his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and other stories of the day. What should the U.S. role be in these complex and ongoing multi-national "situations"?

Jeff Santos Show 7/18/14

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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY JULY 18, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Details Slowly Unfold About Shot Down Ukraine Plane! Israeli Ground Operation Starts In Gaza!The President held a Press Conference today talking about the tragic loss of life when n the Malysia Air Passenger plane was shot down yesterday. The U.S. is sending NTSB and FBI members to assist with the investigation, and the President is asking for a ceasefire in the region.

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA)...from Netroots in Detroit! How has it been being in Detroit with the water shutoffs and protests activities going on? Has it been a topic of discussion at the Conference? We'll ask Jim about some of the things DFA's been focusing on at Netroots and about the presentations by Vice President Biden yesterday and Senator Elizabeth Warren this morning.

- Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY), representing Kentucky's 3rd District which includes the City of Louisville and its environs. Rep. Yarmuth serves on the Budget Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee and several Subcommittees including "Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade". He was one of the original "Gang of 8" (4 Republicans & 4 Dems) who worked last year to write a comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill that has not been acted upon. The House Democrats have come out today with the "Middle Class Jumpstart, 100-Day Action Plan to Put the Middle Class First, in contrast to the GOP priorities of serving special interests. We'll talk with Congressman Yarmuth about: the House Dems' Action Plan & the Democratic Message for Fall elections; the need for long-term Infrastructure investment; and, the Congressman's recent Op-Ed on President Abraham Lincoln and Government's "Vital Role in Reducing Poverty".

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. Jim's joining us from Chicago today! We'll go over the latest on Malaysia Air Flight 17, shot down yesterday - big press conferences by the President and at the Pentagon on the incident and ongoing investigation. Will the U.S. move to send more assistance to Ukraine? In political news from the week, the House Republicans held hearings about their Lawsuit against President Obama for delaying implementation of one requirement of the ACA and the Senate brought General Motors CEO Mary Barra back to the Capitol for some more grilling on the recent GM Recalls over faulty parts that caused several driver fatalities.

Jeff Santos Show 7/17/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY JULY 17, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Passenger Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine! Do you think that the temporary Highway Funding measure passed in the House yesterday was just a cynical quick fix to get the Roadblock Republicans past the November elections? Transportation Thursday with DOT Sec'y Anthony Foxx, Economist Jared Bernstein and More!

- Kevin DeGood, Director of Infrastructure Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on how highway, transit, aviation, and maritime policy affect America’s global competitiveness, access to opportunity for diverse communities, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of "Thinking Outside the Farebox: Creative Approaches to Financing Transit Projects" Our guest is here to talk about the Report that he and his colleague Michael Madowitz published last week: "Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee, How Embracing New Technology Will Reduce Roadway Congestion, Provide Long-Term Funding, and Advance Transportation Equity". We'll talk about the current status of Highway Funding and how a mileage-based User Fee could be an alternative to the Gas Tax in the future.

- Dennis Anderson, Democratic Candidate for Congress in Illinois' 14th District. He has spent his career working in cancer research and public health and has lived in Gurnee, IL since 1996 with his wife Susan. For info or to join the campaign, go to: Dennis Anderson is running against incumbent Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren who was elected in the 2010 right wing wave that took over the House. We'll ask him why he's running, about his extreme conservative opponent's poor record in Congress, and the key issues the Dennis Anderson campaign is focusing on: Economy, Equality and the Environment.

- Economist Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden in the Obama Administration. The House yesterday passed a stop-gap measure to provide Highway funding through May of 2015, but America's Infrastructure System needs a lot more than that! We'll talk with Jared about Highway and Infrastructure funding and how congress' "screwing around with the Highway Trust Fund" can really impact economic growth. We'll also get his thoughts on the general jobs and economic picture. Read Jared Bernstein's blog posts HERE.

- Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, recorded earlier. A conversation on Infrastructure needs for repairing, maintaining and improving America's railways, roads & bridges. Also, the latest with the Highway Trust Fund and we even got into the North-South Station Rail Link!

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Big news today as a Malaysian Air passenger plane carrying 295 people appears to have been shot out of the sky while flying over the Russian separatist area in Ukraine. The debris from the crash covers a 9-mile area.Transportation Thursday continues.... we'll discuss the lates in the Malaysian air crash today along with all the other transportation infrastructure issues we've been covering today AND of course, there will be some politics!

- Andrew Borene, Truman Project Defense Council and Intelligence Expert. Andrew joins us to report on the latest known news about this morning's tragic passenger plane "shoot down". It has been reported that the Malaysian Air Flight 17 commercial passenger plane was hit mid-air, while flying at a cruising altitude of over 30,000 feet, by a surface-to-air missile. At this point, the the missile appears to have been launched by the Russian-backed Ukrainian separatist rebels.

Jeff Santos Show 7/16/14

GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 16, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday - Great News for US Wind & Solar! Canada Plans Caravan To Bring Water To Detroit! Do you think that the utility companies should be able to prevent solar leasing?

- Rona Fried - speaking to us from Maine today and for the rest of the Summer - Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's been a few weeks since we've caught up with Rona...and she's got her eyes on a lot of things, including some positive news for American clean green wind and solar energy! The biggest news is that wind has been supplying over 5% of US electricity, and in California they're breaking records for solar usage. Utilities are "fighting back" (against what?) and questioning whether solar leasing is legal (A win for solar in Iowa, next challenge in Wisconsin.) For the first time, "a judge ruled based on the implications for climate change". Wow! "For the first time, a federal judge has blocked expansion of a coal mine because the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) didn't consider the climate change ramifications when approving it".

- Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and serves on the board of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Ms. Barlow has received 11 honorary doctorates and numerous awards and is the author of 17 books, including her latest: "Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever". She was a Senior Advisor on Water at the UN and a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. Ms. Barlow has been following the situation in Detroit, where city officials are shutting off water for Detroit residents who are having trouble affording their water bills. Water and sewer rates in Detroit are some of the highest in the U.S. and have risen over 130% over the last 10 years - the latest increase of 8.7% was voted in just last month - during the water crisis! Ms. Barlow and colleagues at the Council of Canadians will be sending a caravan from Canada to Detroit next week, bringing much needed water to residents, and calling on President Obama to consider the situation in Detroit as a national emergency. There are ongoing efforts to have the UN High Commission for Human Rights to step in and defend the "human right to water"

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. Jim's been watching the hearing about the House Republicans' Lawsuit against President Obama and said it's been "very interesting"... we'll get the lowdown from him!

Jeff Santos Show 7/15/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY JULY 15, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Marijuana Retail Update From Seattle! Israel-Gaza Miss Chance At Cease-Fire! US Border Crisis! Teacher Tuesday re-visits last week's interview with new NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia

AND vote in the poll at our website about where you'd like the Democrats to hold their Convention now that the RNC is coming to Cleveland!


- Lily Eskelsen Garcia, incoming President of the National Education Association. She worked her way up through the education system starting as a "lunch lady" and Kindergarten Aide and eventually becoming Utah Teacher of the Year. She went on to serve as President of the Utah Education Association and more recently on the Executive Board of the NEA as Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice President. Ms. Eskelsen Garcia was elected President at the NEA's 152nd Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly that ended last week in Colorado. She starts her term September 1, 2014 when current President Dennis Van Roekel will step down after 6 years in office. With her election, Ms. Eskelsen Garcia becomes the highest office-holding Latina union leader in the Country. She joins VP-elect Becky Pringle (former PA Physical Science Teacher) and Secretary-Treasurer-Elect Princess Jones (VA Music Teacher) to form the first all-female, all-minority leadership team at the NEA. We asked her about her plans for the upcoming year, and some of the challenges she'd like to take on as NEA President. [Previously Recorded]

- Mark Taylor-Canfield, Seattle-based blogger for the Huffington Post and Daily Kos. He is also a reporter for Free Speech Radio News heard on the Pacifica Network. Retail Recreational Marijuana stores opened for the first time last Monday in Seattle, Washington but supplies are already gone! No more expected until July 21st! We'll ask Mark how the first week went and how this is expected to impact the Seattle economy. We'll also ask Mark to update us on the lawsuit by 100 members of the Seattle Police Department against Attorney General Eric Holder and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. They are not happy with ongoing police department reforms that were started based on a consent decree issued by the Justice Department over the use of excessive force by the Seattle Police. The Mayor along with his newly appointed Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole have been working to implement reforms. The officers who filed the lawsuit say that the decree's use-of-force policies “unreasonably restrict and burden their right to protect themselves and others". U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan who has been assigned to monitor the reform implementation says their lawsuit is without merit.

- Hayes Brown, National Security Reporter and Blogger with Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Hayes worked as a contractor at the Department of Homeland Security. Israel-Gaza situation update. Egypt brokered a cease-fire deal that Israel officially accepted, but after Hamas refused to accept the cease-fire terms and launched 47 additional missiles into Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu said the cease-fire was over and Israel resumed its operations.

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at He's got a new one about the crisis of Central American kids at our border.

Jeff Santos Show 7/14/14

GUESTS FOR MONDAY JULY 14, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Fierce Fighting Continues in Israel and Gaza! Environmentalist & Former Sierra Club Director Carl Pope joins to say why the time is ripe for clean, green energy - it's the economical way to go! We'll talk about Detroit where the Netroots convention starts this week and where water is still being shut off to for residents.

AND vote in the poll at our website about where you'd like the Democrats to hold their Convention now that the RNC is coming to Cleveland!

- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author of the book "Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. Regular Monday contributor - we'll check in with John after a weekend with continuing fighting between Israel and Gaza and a big win for Germany in the World Cup. Also, we're talking about rebuilding America and the situation in Detroit, where the water is being shut off for non-paying residents and businesses while the city is under control of non-elected officials. John says "water is a human right".

- Sam Poulten, Owner of AM 980 WCAP Radio "The Voice of the Valley", our new affiliate station in Lowell, which serves northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire from the heart of the Merrimack Valley. You can hear the Jeff Santos Show Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 10pm to midnight. Sam Poulten is a retired U.S. Army Officer. Tragic fire in a multi-family home in Lowell, Massachusetts Friday night left 7 dead - 5 members of one Cambodian family and a couple who lived in the building. Two young boys - 11 and 14 - were the only surviving members of the Sak family whose parents and 3 siblings perished in the fire. The close knit Cambodian community held a memorial this weekend and has been pulling together to gather resources for the Sak boys and other families displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation although it is known that there were fireworks in the building.

- Carl Pope, former Executive Director and Board Member of the Sierra Club where he worked for over 30 years. Pope is an environmentalist and frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. We'll get the latest on the Keystone XL Pipeline and other environmental news as well as talk about green jobs and the President's recent moves with the EPA to regulate Coal Plant emissions. Carl has an excellent piece up at the Huffington Post from Last week - The Emerging Clean Energy Edge where he says:
"Global energy markets are reaching a tipping point. A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments; business and public's recognize and exploit the opportunity.For the first time, a large fraction of the world's fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy..."

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Monday check-in on the news of the day: Israel-Gaza, Senator Rand Paul sends volleys against TX Governor Rick Perry as these likely presidential candidates start stating their differences. Senator Paul has an article today at Politico Magazine "Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong" - where he makes his case!

Jeff Santos Show 7/11/14

GUESTS FOR FRIDAY JULY 11, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The decision is in! LeBron James WILL be returning to northeastern Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers! We'll be talking about that throughout the in and tell us what you think about it. Do you still hold a grudge about Miami?

AND vote in the poll at our website about where you'd like the Democrats to hold their Convention now that the RNC is coming to Cleveland!

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA) News of the week: Immigration crisis, Israel-Gaza, LeBron James, RNC & DNC Conventions, jobs & the economy, no action in congress on Immigration and the Highway Trust Fund AND.... backlash and anger over Hobby Lobby & Buffer Zone could lead to motivated Democrats in the Fall!

The Republican leadership finally decided what their lawsuit against President Obama was going to be about - the immediate crisis, the President is asking Congress for $3.7 Billion in emergency funds to help speed up processing and deal with housing needs. Boehner doesn't want to give him a "blank check"

- Frank Santorelli, Boston-based comedian - originally from Cleveland! Frank played "Georgie" the bartender on the popular, long-running HBO series, the Sopranos. We'll ask Frank how he feels about the big news of the day - LeBron James coming back to the Cleveland Cavaliers!

- Lance Gould, Executive Special Projects Editor, The Huffington Post, formerly with the Boston Phoenix. The World Cup - Lance will reflect on the upcoming "Pope Off" between Benedict (Germany) & Francis (Argentina). And we'll get into Brazil's great humiliation over the unbelievable 7-1 loss against Germany in the Semi-Final round!. The final game of the World Cup will be this Sunday at 3pm Eastern (televised on ABC) between Brazil and Argentina. The Third Place Game is Saturday at 4pm between Brazil and the Netherlands. Televised on ESPN.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week In Review - all of the above!


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