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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: NEA Teacher Tuesday looks at School Privatization in the York City Schools in Pennsylvania. Can we stop the push for charter schools? And Massachusetts residents, how are YOU voting on Ballot Question 2? Phil Sego of the Massachusetts Sierra Club will tell you about the big money behind the "No" side and why YOU should vote YES ON 2!?... Call 877-489-9421
- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. The Latest Suffolk-Herald Poll is out on the Massachusetts Governor's Race & Ballot Questions - "dead heat" with Martha Coakley at 44% to Baker 43%... and we'll look at the Ballot Questions too. How are they doing? Bottle Bill, Paid Sick Leave, Casinos in Massachusetts....
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
- Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest labor union and professional association for educators. Ms. Pringle is a middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience. She has served in the NEA leadership for years, including most recently as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. She also has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Governor Corbett has decimated the public school funding in Pennsylvania over the last few years, cutting millions from local school budgets, including in the York City public schools where there is the threat of a complete corporate takeover by out-of-state, for-profit corporations. Vice President Pringle was in York last week for a rally demanding that the Governor restore funding and stop the push to privatization. She's here to talk about that today.
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. What's going on with the Democrats? How are they doing with getting their message out for the Midterms? What is their message - aside from wanting Congressional Authorization for further military action? Do they have one? Brad thinks that it would help President Obama if he watched Ken Burn's The Roosevelts series!
- Phil Sego, Legislative Action Committee ChairMassachusetts Sierra Club on the Massachusetts Bottle Bill - Ballot Initiative Question 2, whether Massachusetts should join states like Vermont and California to require a deposit on all beverage bottles including water, iced tea, juices and other bottled drinks that are currently not included and often end up as litter or going into landfills and being incinerated; who is behind the "No On 2" campaign? Where is their money coming from? Why should YOU vote YES ON 2 in Massachusetts!
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GUESTS FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Hong Kong Protesters Demand Democracy! PM Netanyahu Addresses UN! Jeff's Broadcasting From Affiliate WVNJ Today! Do you think the Secret Service is doing enough to protect the First Family? Will Beijing listen to protestors in Hong Kong, demanding their full "semi-autonomy" and the right to vote for their own elected officials?...
- Live from the Studios of WVNJ AM 1160 "The Voice" today! Jeff's excited to be in the home of "the Boss", Bruce Springsteen!
- 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. Most of the U.S. media today was focused on the recent breaches of security at the White House by the Secret Service and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN today, but across the world in Hong Kong, a student-led uprising has turned into a giant protest. John's been tweeting about it, saying that what's going on in Hong Kong is "epic". In Hong Kong, student-initiated protests over the weekend continued into Monday with thousands of protestors refusing to obey Chinese orders to end the 3-day sit-in that started Friday and clear their street blockades all over the city. Protestors are unhappy with the the way China has been treating the "semiautonomous Chinese Territory" and are demanding democratic elections so that they can pick their own political leaders.
- 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... Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly today, making big comparisons between Hamas and ISIS, using the metaphor of a spreading cancer to describe the terrorist activities of the two groups.... AND pro-democracy "Umbrella Protests in Hong Kong - what do they mean? Students and activists have been camped out in downtown Hong Kong since Friday - demanding that China allow them to pick their own political leaders.
Also in the news today...President Obama has received more threats against his life than any other U.S. President to date. What is going on with the Secret Service and recent breaches of security at the White House? are they falling down on the job? Are there too many threats to catch all of them?
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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: FDR Grandson James Roosevelt, Jr on Ken Burns "The Roosevelts" on PBS! NEA Teacher Tuesday Does GOTV For Education and looks at the importance of Elections and Voter Registration. Are there any anti-Public Education candidates running where YOU vote? Any school-related legislation?
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
- Andrew Morrill, 88th President of the Arizona Education Association (AEA). Before joining the AEA leadership, Morrill taught English and journalism for 16 years at Mountain View High School in the Marana Unified School District. The Arizona Education Association is the state's largest professional organization. [WEBSITE: http://www.ArizonaEA.org] The last round of Primary Elections happened last week and we're heading into the final 6 weeks before the General election in November. We'll talk with our guest about the importance of Elections & Voting - especially for candidates who support teachers, unions, and Public Education! The NEA and many state Education Associations are providing their members and others with resources for registering to vote and to find out about candidates and pending legislation. How has the Arizona Education Association been helping to Get Out The Vote? What are Teacher Leaders doing to increase voter registration? What's planned for the "Day of Action" on October 11th?
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. A Senate Panel heard from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today about the U.S. ISIS strategy and plans to send in 475 additional support teams. Tomorrow, the President travels to the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL to be fully briefed by CentCom leaders on the mission. In Brad's latest piece at US News, he says that There are lots of questions that need answers before launching an offensive against the Islamic State
- James Roosevelt Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Tufts Health Plan; President, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Co-chair of the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Last Sunday PBS Aired the first episode in Ken Burns' 7-part Documentary Series , looking at the history, legacy and contributions of both Presidents Theodore and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. We'll talk about the ideas and programs promoted by the Roosevelts while in office (e.g., economic, environmental , worker protection, social justice, etc.) and the unique and ground-breaking role of Eleanor Roosevelt as First Lady and her other work including with the United Nations afterwards. How are the policies of the Roosevelts reflected in modern American politics and the major political party platforms?"
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GUESTS FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Are you satisfied with the NFL response to the Ray Rice and now Adrian Peterson abuse stories? Is this a wake-up call? Do YOU think Roger Goodell should step down? What Do We Do About ISIS? WIll We Work With Iran To Fight Them?
- 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. A little Monday politics... Hillary and Bernie in Iowa, Coakley in MA, Scott Brown in New Hampshire AND what is the U.S. doing about ISIS? Are we putting too much emphasis on foreign affairs as the mid-term elections sneak up on us?
- Mokhtar Awad, Research Associate with the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress. His work focuses on Islamist groups, Middle Eastern politics, and U.S. foreign policy toward the region. The group ISIS carried out another public execution this weekend, of British aid worker David Haines, a young father from Scotland who was working with a French relief group. How is Europe responding? The Obama Administration had been saying they did not want include Iran in talks with potential partners in the region in the fight against ISIS. BUT in Paris today, Secretary Kerry was saying that the U.S. might be willing to talk with Iran.... What's going on? Could Iran be useful here? Is the U.S. working with them behind the scenes?
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. ISIS publicly murders another Western civilian - this time a British foreign aid worker. We'll talk about that and take a look at new allegations of abuse in the NFL world, this time, the victim is a 4-year old... Many politicians and other public figures are asking Roger Goodell to step down, while the NFL is scrambling to put together a group (of women) to advise the NFL on Domestic Abuse. AND...last night "The Roosevelts" documentary series by Ken Burns started last night on PBS. The documentary reminds us of the family's philosophy that Government is there to help the citizens...
- Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Today's Topic: The NFL and Roger Goodell...President O'Neill is calling for the NFL Commissioner to step down because of the mis-handling of the Ray Rice situation and poor handling of domestic abuse issues in general by the NFL...this case has been getting a lot of attention because of the elevator video, but this is certainly NOT the first case of violence against women... and the NFL does not have a good record.
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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Candidate for WI Governor, Mary Burke & Looking at US ISIS Strategy. We'll be talking about the U.S. strategy to help "degrade and defeat" ISIS in Iraq and Syria with our first guest Jim Dean and later with Congressman Eliot Engel of New York. Do you think the President should consult with Congress before taking further military action? DFA has a petition calling for debate
- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA). After the President's speech Wednesday on his strategy to fight ISIS, DFA is urging people to sign their petition to demand that Congress "Debate and vote on President Obama's ISIS plan". Click HERE for a link to the petition or of course, you can go to www.DemocracyForAmerica.Com for more information.
- Democratic Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, Mary Burke. She is a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation (which was started by her father) and former Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce, where she "focused on attracting new businesses to Wisconsin and helping entrepreneurs and small businesses start up and grow". She was elected to the Wisconsin School Board in 2012. We'll talk with Ms. Burke about her background and reasons for running for Governor; her top priorities if elected; and, the legacy of current Governor Scott Walker and why he needs to go! CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://burkeforwisconsin.com/
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week in review: ISIS Strategy Speech; Ray Rice, Roger Goodell & the NFL (and the bigger picture issue of domestic violence), and the last round of State Primaries in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Deleware.
- Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, representing New York's 16th District which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County. Congressman Engel is the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee including the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. He is the founder and Co-Chair of the House Oil and National Security Caucus, which is seeking clean, energy efficient alternatives to America's over-reliance on oil. He is also a member of the Democratic Task Force on Health and serves on Commission on Human Rights. We'll talk with Congressman Engel about his Reflections on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks; his Response to the President's speech on ISIS Wednesday night and current U.S. Strategy; and his thoughts on the role of Congress in any decision for further military action in Iraq & Syria. We'll ask Representative Engel what Congress is likely to accomplish in the abbreviated September session this month and if time permits, we'll talk about what Democrats need to do to hold on to control of the Senate and hopefully gain seats in the House this November. For more information about Congressman Engel, visit: http://engel.house.gov/
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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Remembering 9/11 Victims & Reaction to President's ISIS Strategy Speech! What are your memories of the September 11 Attacks? How did it affect YOU? and Were you surprised by anything you heard in the President's ISIS speech last night?
- Illinois Congressman Danny Davis, representing Illinois' 7th District which includes much of Chicago's West Side and connecting suburbs and is contained within Illinois' Cook County.He was first elected to Congress in 1996.....In the 113th Congress Representative Davis has focused on issues of job creation, poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform. He has worked closely with President Obama on his "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus. He serves on the Ways & Means Committee, Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Energy Policy, Health Care & Entitlements Committee and related subcommittees. A lot to talk about today... we'll ask Congressman Davis for his reflections on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and what he thinks about the President's speech on ISIS last night and our current U.S. Strategy. What should the role of Congress be in the decision for any further military action in Iraq/Syria/etc? Congress is meeting only 9 days this month ...what are they likely to accomplish in the abbreviated September session?
- 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. Thoughts on the results of Tuesday's Massachusetts Primary. Reflecting on September 11 attacks, the 13 years since than, and where we are now, looking at a beefed up strategy against ISIS/ISIL in Iraq.
- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. Jerry has some thoughts on the controversy with Ray Rice, the NFL, and Roger Goodell - following the release this week of the 2nd video showing Rice knocking his then-fiancee out cold in an elevator in Atlantic City. Jerry is a native New Yorker, although he's been in Ohio for decades, and we'll get his thoughts on the anniversary of 9/11 and what the President put forward as a strategy to fight" the Islamic State" or ISIS/ISIL.
- Sonia Tita Puopolo, author, spokesperson, and leader in the area of promoting global understanding, tolerance, and peace through communication. Sonia is the author of a book "Sonia's Ring", which is based on the story of her mother - Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo - who was one of the passengers on Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center towers on September 11th. She was seated only 2 seats away from Mohamed Atta! Our guest wears her mother's ring which was recovered 11 months after 9/11. Although all of Sonia's mother's remains were not located, her hand, with ring intact, was found in the rubble at the World Trade Center a year afterwards. Finding the ring was the inspiration behind the book "Sonia's Ring", which also includes Sonia's ideas for "11 Ways to Heal Your Heart" She'll talk about love, tragedy and healing, and the message that needs to be sent to the "terrorists" around the world who would do these sorts of hateful, violent, bullying actions against other people. For more information about Sonia and her book, visit: www.soniasring.com.
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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Critical Speech To The Nation On ISIS By President Obama Tonight! Analysis of Yesterday's Primary Results! Coakley & Healey big winners in the Massachusetts Primary... Zephyr Teachout loses in New York but added a lot of progressive pressure to the race for Governor there....What are YOU hoping to hear from President Obama about ISIS tonight? Are you concerned about a major escalation in military activity?
- Ken Sofer, Associate Director of National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP). The President will be making a prime-time speech to the Nation tonight on his strategy and plans for dealing with "the Islamic State" or ISIS. Can we expect to see a big change from what the U.S. has been doing there already? The President has said that he wants to have a vigorous discussion with Congress about any future military action, but seems to believe that he has military authorization already and doesn't need to ask for it. This is an excerpt from the Center for American Progress' report out on a Strategy for ISIS, co-written by Jeff Santos Show frequent contributor, Brian Katulis: "Focusing too much on direct U.S. military action in the fight against ISIS ignores the equally important diplomatic and economic steps that will be required to defeat this extremist group. U.S. military strikes or even boots on the ground cannot defeat ISIS alone and could become a rallying cry and recruitment tool for extremists, repeating one of the most costly strategic errors of the 2003 Iraq War."
- Dave Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.We'll ask Dave to break down the vote results in yesterday's Massachusetts Primary Election. After a hard-fought race, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley beat out Treasurer Steve Grossman and Health Care Administrator Don Berwick to become the Democratic Nominee for Governor, now running against Republican nominee Charlie Baker. And in a big turnover, 9-Term Congressman representing Salem and northern Massachusetts was ousted by challenger and former Marine, Seth Moulton! What did the voters have to say?.... Also we'll touch on what Americans are thinking about further military engagement with ISIS...
- Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM).He is a former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill. Max Richtman testified last month in front of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he worked for many years, at a hearing about "Alzheimer's Disease". The costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's are an increasing part of Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. According to NCPSSM, "In 2014, [Medicare & Medicaid] will spend an estimated $150 billion for health, long-term care and hospice care for people who have dementia and related disorders". On top of this, funding for medical research into Alzheimer's and related illnesses is way down. Also...Political Polling on Social Security shows that protecting and even expanding Social Security would be winning campaign issues with Democratic voters.
- Paul Hodes, former NH Congressman & Senate Candidate, member of the NEA's "National Council on the Arts", and President of the Economic Innovation Institute (EII), an advocacy group working for "a growth and innovation economic agenda consistent with progressive ideals". Scott Brown handily won the Republican Senate Primary in New Hampshire yesterday, which means we're in for a really ugly fight in the next few weeks leading up to the November Election. The former Massachusetts Senator moved to New Hampshire last year and has big hopes to defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and possibly help Republicans take back control of the Senate. There is a LOT of big GOP money and interest in this race...
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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: It's the last round of state primaries before the general Election in November! Happy Voting Today, Listeners in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Delaware! Who are YOU voting for today? Why do they have YOUR Vote? NEA Teacher Tuesday Takes the 'Back To School Tour' to New Jersey! Also, Domestic Violence, Ray Rice & the NFL!
- Marie Blistan, Vice President of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's "Back To School Tour" comes to New Jersey this week to visit the Camden Schools and West Windsor schools in order to focus on Issues of importance to the NJ Education Association (NJEA), such as "Healthy Schools" and "Priority Schools". How is Public Education in New Jersey doing?
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. Lot of political races to talk about today with Primary elections in 5 States: Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Delaware......These are the final State Primaries before the November 4 General Election - except for Louisiana, which has all candidates on the Nov. ballot - if a runoff is required, it will be held December 6.
New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader, Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). Ms. Weinberg has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2005 and as Majority Leader since 2012. Prior to that she served in the General Assembly from 1992-2005. Senator Weinberg is Co-Chair of the NJ Legislative Select Committee on Investigation. She co-chairs the panel investigating "Bridgegate" with Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski. Things have been somewhat quiet over the summer, but the panel investigating the Christie bridge scandal - it is reported - will be re-invigorating the investigation, with a number of witnesses still expected to be subpoenaed. The last hearing was held on July 17th; no new Hearings are currently scheduled. We'll ask Senator Weinberg what the panel has learned so far, and what the next steps in the Investigation will be. Another story that has been leading the news is the suspension of NFL Player Ray Rice over an incident that took place in an Atlantic City, NJ hotel where he was filmed in an elevator hitting his fiancee so hard that she became unconscious. We'll ask the Majority Leader for her thoughts on the incident and the problem of domestic violence.
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