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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY MAY 23, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The President Makes big Counter-Terrorism Speech as Congress Votes on Keystone XL
- Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, 1988 Democratic Nominee for President, long-time rail advocate and former member of the board of directors for Amtrak. He is a professor of political science at Northeastern University, and visiting professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. The Governor joins us to talk about transportation, rail travel, and politics on "Transportation Thursday".
- Jim Repass, Chairman, President & CEO of the National Corridors Initiative, looking at Friday night's accident in Connecticut between two Metro North commuter trains, which disrupted passenger train travel along the northeast corridor for days. Service from New York to Boston was back on schedule Wednesday. The NTSB is currently investigating the cause of the accident - some say it may be related to recent maintenance/repair work.
- Chris Jansing, host of "Jansing & Co" weekdays on MSNBC. Chris Jansing spent the early part of the week reporting from Oklahoma and the devastating tornado there.
- Mark Arsenault, Boston Globe reporter covering casino development and gambling issues. He has an article in yesterday's Boston Globe about Ibragim Todashev - reported acquaintance of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- who was killed during an encounter with FBI agents yesterday in Florida during an interview that turned violent. Todashev was a professional mixed martial arts fighter who met Tsarnaev when he was living in the Boston area.
- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author, specializing in economics and tax issues (His recent Book: "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind" came out in September 2012. David Cay Johnston puts a new spin on the IRS hearings and scandal - there are some scandals at the IRS but it's not what you think: one scandal = the blurring of "social welfare" & political activity lines in 501(c)(4) groups AND the deluge of applications for special status following "Citizens United".
- Jerry Austin, Political Strategist and advisor to many political campaigns, including as Campaign Manager for Jesse Jackson's Presidential run. With a look at the day's news.
GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 22, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: IRS Hearings Witness Pleads the Fifth
- John Businger, Former MA State Rep from Brookline. Breaking News: Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray announced today that he would step down to take on the role as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Before becoming Lt. Gov, Murray served three terms as Mayor of Worcester. Without the Lt Governor - who will not be replaced, many of the state's initiatives - including transportation - may be impacted.
- Carol Oldham, northeast Regional Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, with more than a decade of experience working on issues relating to the environment and energy. Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline up for a vote in the House today - Republican Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska has a bill being considered. This proposal puts America's heartland and Global Climate at a huge risk. The Obama Administration rejected the first permit for the project, but TransCanada resubmitted their application - final decision expected in 2013.
- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent, Nation Magazine.
- Rona Fried, Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday"...Rona will update us on the latest in Green Business News, good and bad. As we consider the Oklahoma tornado this week, can't help making the connection between increasingly extreme weather and climate change. There's good news too...over 100,000 plug-in vehicles sold!
- Jim Warren, NY Daily News DC Bureau Chief updates us on the latest from the Nation's Capital. A chief witness in the IRS hearings plead the 5th today, after making a statement that she had done nothing wrong...
GUESTS FOR MONDAY MAY 20, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Obama's Approval Rating Holds Steady Even With Ongoing Investigations
- Tracy Jan, Globe reporter covering national politics, healthcare and education policy from the Washington, D.C. bureau. (Find her at www.bostonglobe.com). In Tracy's recent article: For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money, New members get the message quickly or they’re gone. It’s a fact of life in a gridlocked capital, she looked at the fundraising requirements for freshmen members of congress (like New Hampshire's Anne McLane Kuster) and a new PAC - "4MAPAC" - created by Joseph P. Kennedy III as a permanent funding mechanism that will allow "him to raise money to distribute to colleagues and party campaign funds".
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep and chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station rail link. An AMTRAK collision Friday evening (70 injured, no fatalities) has caused rail travel along the east coast to be seriously interrupted. Bostonians and other train travelers north of New Haven are scrambling to make other arrangements. Bus lines like "Lucky Star" with service between Boston and NYC are overflowing. There are limited trains as far south as New Haven, but service between Boston and NYC and from Norwalk to New Haven has been cancelled until further notice. Sections of the New Haven track were bent or destroyed by the accident -- repair work won't begin until after a full investigation of the accident.
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can hear brad often on the radio filling in as guest host on the Leslie Marshall Show. Recent polls show that President Obama's general approval rating is still high while at the same time many Americans seem to approve of the GOP's investigations of the IRS, Benghazi and AP "scandals".
- Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care For All (HCFA), www.hcfama.org, an organization - based in Massachusetts - seeking to "create a consumer-centered health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, culturally competent, high quality care and consumer education for everyone, especially the most vulnerable." States are gearing up for implementation of health care exchanges in their states. Some will design their own plans and some have opted to join and take advantage of the Federal health exchange system. Many are looking to the Massachusetts plan as a model, but the Federal health exchange plan WILL NOT have some of the consumer protections that are available to Massachusetts residents seeking healthcare.
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates and political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show
GUESTS FOR FRIDAY MAY 17, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: What a Week for President Obama!
- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA) [www.democracyforamerica.com]. Scandals plague the Obama Administration! the Benghazi consulate attack, IRS targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny in tax-exempt status applications, Department of Justice seizure of months worth of Associated Press employee phone records.
- Tricia Wajda, Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate has views on abortion and birth control that are out of step with 73% of Massachusetts Residents - he wants to restrict access to them. Ed Markey has a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund for his votes in Congress.
- Julianna Forlano, Brooklyn-based comedienne, and creator of Absurdity Today, which you can watch at www.absurditytoday.com. It's "Forlano Friday" - Julianna has some thoughts about the "Scandals" swirling around Washington this week!
- Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), who is currently on a trip in South America visiting local schools. Topic: Saving & Strengthening Public Education. The AFT is standing with Parents, Student & Teachers - Between May 17 and May 22 - as they take part in actions around the country from Florida to San Francisco (and many cities in between). There will be a big march this weekend in Chicago to protest policies of "mass closings, mass firings, mass testing, mass privatization and mass budget cuts". There will also be events in Boston, Cincinnati; Cleveland; Hillsborough County, Fla.; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Newark, N.J.; New Britain, Conn.; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; and St. Paul, MN.
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates and political strategist at Totten Communications. It was Earl's birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday Earl! We'll look at the week in review on this 40th anniversary of the start of the Watergate Hearings.
GUESTS FOR THURSDAY MAY 16, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: State Visits at the White House but it's all about the "Scandals"
- Jim Warren, Washington Correspondent for the New York Daily News, reporting from his home town of Chicago today. The president is embroiled in "scandal" over the IRS, AP phone record seizures and Benghazi. How should he respond? Read Jim's latest blog post on "The Swamp" here.
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep, serving the Town of Brookline for almost 30 years & Chief Advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. The Earth crossed a big climate threshold this week: The ratio of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has surpassed 400 parts per million in an average daily reading, the highest concentration of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas in millions of years. John will talk about the connection between transportation and climate change - we need to think big.
- Joe Sestak, former Navy Vice Admiral and former Congressman from Pennsylvania. The Benghazi investigation and "scandal" - how do we remove the politics to get down to the real facts? Other things are on the back burner because of all of the "scandal" talk this week, but we still have Syria to deal with, and the President has been receiving heads of state as visitors this week.
- Rick Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association, which is holding events this week to celebrate their 20th anniversary as "the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to high-speed rail". Some positive Rail News: "Illinois, Indiana and Michigan have agreed to move forward with a comprehensive study that will help determine ways to reduce rail congestion and let trains achieve higher speeds along the Chicago-to-Detroit high-speed rail corridor."
GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Benghazi? IRS? Spying on the AP? Take your Pick!
- Bryan Bender, Boston Globe reporter working out of the Washington Bureau. Bryan is President of the Military Reporters and Editors Association and is following the story of the Justice Department spying on phone records of AP reporters and editors, which took place over many months. He will also talk about cuts to defense spending in Massachusetts as a result of the Sequester. Taunton and Needham plants working on military communications systems will be impacted. Bryan wrote an article about it on Monday in the Boston Globe.
- Angela Cristiani, Political Director of the BTU, school psychologist, Quincy resident. One month after the Boston Marathon bombing, how are we doing?
- Kirby Dick, Oscar-nominated Director of "the Invisible War", a documentary on sexual abuse in the military. The film was nominated for the "Best Documentary Feature" Academy Award, and also received the "U.S. Documentary Audience Award" at the Sundance Film Festival. Military sexual abuse has been getting a lot of attention these days, with some major incidents in the news - accusations of abuse 2 times this month by members of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military. Secretary Hagel is calling for an investigation. In a report last week, the Department of Defense estimated that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year, based on survey results. Of those, fewer than 3,400 reported the incident, and nearly 800 of them simply sought help but declined to file formal complaints against their alleged attackers.
- Craig Altemose, Executive Director of the Better Future Project, a group focused on climate change & the health effects of fossil fuels. Better Future Project works to help grass roots movements grow and get stronger - and are involved with multiple projects to move beyond fossil fuels. BREAKING NEWS today - there was an action by local activists who Blockaded a coal ship in Somerset Massachusetts harbor - the barge was bringing coal from W Virginia to the Brayton Point coal plant. Coast Guard has taken custody of activists Jay O'Hara and Ken Ward.
GUESTS FOR TUESDAY MAY 14, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW:
- John Sapochetti, long time Jeff Santos Show contributor and co-host of the Bawstin Diehards on AM 1510 Boston. NHL Playoff Hockey - Round 1 is done! The Boston Bruins are moving on after a miraculous comeback in game 7 last night, scoring 3 goals in 8 minutes to beat a 4-1 lead by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in OT and the Bruins advance to play the New York Rangers. First game is Thursday May 16 at TD Garden in Boston.
- Jerry Austin, award-winning political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years, including as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager discusses the news of the day - Congress, Benghazi, IRS "abuse of power" investigation, Cleveland kidnapping, and more!
GUESTS FOR MONDAY MAY 13, 2013 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW:
- Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy (a partner of the Truman National Security Project). Scott is also the Police Commissioner of Stonington, CT and a former Senior Policy Advisor to the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He will comment on the Benghazi hearing last week and continuing questions directed at the Administration by some members of congress. President Obama at a press conference today said that the idea of a coverup over the Benghazi attack "defies logic".
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep, serving the Town of Brookline for almost 30 years. In the Markey-Gomez Massachusetts Senate race: Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez is coming under fire for taking a questionable $281K tax deduction on his home - for NOT doing something that he wasn't allowed to do anyway! - altering the facade of his historic Cohasset mansion.
- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine - coming to us from New York City today... he'll talk about the Benghazi "investigation" and the IRS's alleged "abuse of power" -- the President said today that it would be "outrageous" if the IRS has been targeting conservative 501(c)4 organizations, as charged and anyone found to have done so will be held accountable. John's latest article at the Nation Magazine looks at Rep Keith Ellison's proposal for a Constitutional "Right To Vote".
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates and political strategist at Totten Communications. Earl is a regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show and has been working in politics since his time serving with the Carter Administration.