The Jeff Santos Show 3-6pm EST: Scotland Votes "NO" 55-45%! They're Staying In The UK! Congress Authorizes Obama to Arm Syrian Rebels and Heads Home!

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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Are you happy or disappointed about the Scotland vote result? How do you things will change now that England knows how dissatisfied the Scots have been? And what about arming Syrian Rebels? Roger Goodell and the NFL? What's on YOUR mind this Friday?... Call 877-489-9421

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA). On ISIS & arming Syrian rebels! Big votes in Congress this week - before Senators and members of Congress leave town to go home and campaign for the November elections. If there's time, we'll get into the anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act - contrasting with the problems in the NFL... Roger Goodell finally addressed the press about the NFL and violence against women.

- John Bruton, former EU Ambassador to the United States and former Prime Minister or Taoiseach of Ireland. Scotland held a national Referendum vote yesterday on whether to become an independent country outside of the United Kingdom. An impressive 97% of eligible voters in Scotland were registered to vote in this historic referendum (including 16 & 17-year olds for the first time) - the result was 55% to 45% in favor of a "NO" vote - with 85% voter turnout. Scotland will be staying with England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of the UK. Now that it's over, will British PM David Cameron keep his promises of constitutional concessions to Scotland for staying? What are the ramifications of the vote? How will it change the UK? The EU? And we'll ask about the view from Europe on the fight against ISIS and the US's ongoing campaign in Iraq. Is anyone joining the coalition to fight them?

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week in review. The significance of the Independence Referendum in Scotland - Americans just don't get what a big deal this really was!

- Lance Gould, Executive Special Projects Editor, The Huffington Post, formerly with the Boston Phoenix. Scotland Independence Referendum... AND...the NFL handling of Domestic Violence and child abuse charges plaguing the league - what's going on? Many people are calling for Roger Goodell to resign as Commissioner. What did he have to say today at his press conference? Is he doing enough or should he go? Ironic timing with the focus by the White House this week on the anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act!

- Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee, representing California's 13th District which includes the municipalities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and San Leandro. Ms. Lee was first elected to Congress in 1998 and sits on the House Budget Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the House Steering and Policy Committee. She is the Senior Democratic Whip and Chairs or Co-Chairs several House Caucuses. This week the President asked for and got Congress to authorize the military to train and arm Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS/ISIL. Congresswoman Lee was one of 156 Representatives to vote against arming the rebels. She spoke on the House Floor earlier in the week about the need for serious debate and against starting another war in the Middle East:
"It is more complex than just an up-or-down vote on arming and training members of the Free Syrian Army. The consequences of this vote...will be a further expansion of a war currently taking place and our further involvement in a sectarian war."
We'll ask the Congresswoman about the debate this week and what her concerns are with the current US Strategy against ISIS and expansion into Syria.

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Jeff Santos Show 9/12/14

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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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Jeff Santos Show 9/11/14

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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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Jeff Santos Show 9/10/14

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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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Jeff Santos Show 9/9/14

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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Massachusetts Voters - The Primary Is Today - Tuesday September 9th! Listen to Candidate Interviews Here!

Happy Voting Day Still deciding who to vote for in the Massachusetts Democratic Gubernatorial Primary? for Attorney General? We've got interviews with the 3 candidates for Governor and both Democratic candidates for Attorney General. Just click on the links below and scroll down to find your candidate's name to listen:


MA Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates:

    Don Berwick, former Health Care Executive, 9-5-14 Interview;

    Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General, 9-2-14 Interview;

    Steve Grossman, Massachusetts State Treasurer, 9-4-14 Interview;


MA Democratic Candidates For Attorney General:

    Maura Healey, Attorney & Administrator, MA Office of the Attorney General, 9-8-14 Interview;

    Warren Tolman, former MA State Representative, State Senator, 9-8-14 Interview;


New York Voters! We've also got an interview from Monday September 8 with the Democratic challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Constitutional Law Professor and Organizer, Zephyr Teachout. Listen at this LINK.

Jeff Santos Show 9/8/14

GUESTS FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Candidates Today... Zephyr Teachout for NY Governor; MA Attorney General Candidates Warren Tolman & Maura Healey! Hello NY/NJ/CT Listeners on WVNJ AM 1160! Are you voting in a Primary tomorrow? Who is YOUR candidate?

- 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. Big Primaries in New York and Massachusetts tomorrow! Voters will be choosing candidates for the offices of Governor, Attorney General and other statewide offices...we'll talk about Primary Politics with John and also, big news - the Senate is expected to vote as early as tonight on New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall's resolution to amend the constitution in order to counteract the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions! We'll also look at President Obama's plans to speak to the Nation about ISIS in Iraq on Wednesday."

- Zephyr Teachout, Democratic Candidate for New York Governor, running in tomorrow's primary against sitting Governor Andrew Cuomo. Her running mate, Tim Wu, is a professor at Columbia Law School and author and expert on the media and telecommunications industries and has frequently testified before Congress as a leading expert in this field.
BIOGRAPHY: Zephyr Teachout is an organizer, educator, and scholar. She is a constitutional and property law professor at Fordham LawSchool. She is a deeply experienced leader in the fights for economic and political equality and against concentration of wealth and control in the hands of the few. Teachout is best known for her efforts to limit the influence of money on politics. Her arguments were cited in the Citizens United case by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She is one of the leading legal experts on corruption. Teachout was head of online organizing for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. After the market crash of 2008, Teachout co-founded a group dedicated to breaking the power of Wall Street banks.

- 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...

- Warren Tolman, Democratic Candidate for MA Attorney General in tomorrow's Primary.
BIOGRAPHY: Tolman has been a Massachusetts State Representative and Senator for eight years where he has "led on important issues like Campaign Finance Reform, Domestic Violence, the Buffer Zone, Early Childhood Education and ending the reign of Big Tobacco. [His] stand against Big Tobacco led to first-in-the-nation legislation, requiring tobacco companies to disclose the ingredients in their dangerous products. [He] authored the last major campaign finance and ethics reform law passed in Massachusetts."
As Attorney General, Tolman has said he would use the AG's office to implement Smart Gun Technology/i> and has other ideas to reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth. Gun control and safety has been an issue Tolman has been working on for years; in the MA legislature he sponsored the 1998 Assault Weapons Ban. CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://warrentolman.com

- Maura Healey, Democratic Candidate for MA Attorney General.
BIOGRAPHY: "For seven years, Maura helped lead the Attorney General’s Office, overseeing more than half of the office’s 500 employees. She began as Chief of the Civil Rights Division and went on to direct the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau. She led the nation’s first successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that discriminated against same-sex married couples, and took on subprime lenders, recovering millions on behalf of Massachusetts homeownersPrior to working in the AG's office she worked as a Middlesex County Prosecutor. Ms. Healey says casinos are bad policy and supports their repeal. On Clean Energy, Ms. Healey says "The next Attorney General must lead on both energy policy and environmental protection. In the era of climate change, advancing clean energy and energy efficiency is critical to safeguarding the environment and will grow the economy." CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://www.maurahealey.com

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Welcome Listeners on WVNJ AM 1160 "The Voice" - It's Great To Be On The Air With YOU in NY-CT-NJ!

Hello Tri-state listeners on WVNJ AM 1160 The Voice. The Jeff Santos Show is excited to be re-joining the lineup of "Entertaining and Informative talk radio for Northern New Jersey, Rockland and Westchester Counties as well as parts of New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut". We'll be on live 5-6pm weekdays, and we're looking forward to hearing from YOU!

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