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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY APRIL 15, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: One Year Since Boston Marathon Bombing... were you there? Teacher Tuesday Looks at School Violence as we approach some other sad anniversaries; and.. It's Tax Day!...877-489-9421.
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
- Michael "Mike" Crossey, President, Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). School Safety...This week is the anniversary of the Virginia Tech and Columbine school shootings, as well as the recent mass stabbing just a week ago at the Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, PA., where teachers came back yesterday for counseling training, and the students will return to classes tomorrow - one week after the original attack. As we remember these sad anniversaries, we'll talk about how schools deal with violent incidents and then what it takes afterwards to put the community back together and make people feel safe and whole again. Schools should be a safe haven for learning and developing. Do highly publicized school shootings (with their related school drills that include lockdowns and hiding) add to a general sense of anxiety in our students? How are the NEA and state education associations addressing school violence - before and after it happens? What do we need to do to keep schools safe? What kind of resources can the NEA provide to students/parents?
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep, serving the Town of Brookline for almost 30 years and chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. We reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombing on the one year anniversary of that sad day... Vice President Biden, MA Governor Patrick and Boston Marty Walsh spoke at a televised tribute today from the Hynes Convention Center just blocks from the Marathon bomb blast.... AND....there's movement on the MA Transportation funding Bill...how are things looking for the North-South Station Rail Link project?
- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine, co-author of the book "Dollarocracy" with Robert McChesney, and associate Editor of the Capital Times in Madison, WI. Last week, Citizens United had a big "Freedom Summit" event in New Hampshire, helping to kick off Republican presidential activities in the Granite State with guests including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee & "the Donald"... while on the other side of town... Senator Bernie Sanders was holding a packed town-hall meeting where he talked about the outrageous influence of big money in elections and the damage it is doing to American democracy; he talked about how the Supreme Court is turning America into an oligarchy. John has an article at the Nation about the competing New Hampshire political events. He's also been writing about labor leader & civil rights A. Philip Randolph who would have been 125 years old today. Randolph started his long career as the "essential organizer of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters" and was the man behind the March on Washington in 1963. John writes..."A. Philip Randolph Was Right: 'We Will Need To Continue Demonstrations".
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com, on the Marathon bombing one year later... as well as the usual political talk! Check out Brad's latest article where he tells Republicans: You're Stone Age GOP - When it comes to women's issues, Republican policies and rhetoric are stuck in the prehistoric era.
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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: It's Green Day Wednesday! Do you agree with politicians who want to make addressing Climate Change a top priority?.
- Rona Fried, Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday"...some disturbing news this week with the latest update on climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AND a new high with the atmosphere exceeding 400parts-per-million of carbon....even though that news is bleak and frightening, Rona always has something positive to share from the world of green news stories she's been writing about at sustainablebusiness.com:
These are just a few of the Green stories from www.SustainableBusiness.com this week: Koch Brothers' anti-Obama Ads are really anti-Climate Change Ads; Two of the world's biggest solar companies (Spain's Abengoa and SunEdison) are going public; and in not-so-good news, Tennessee bans Mass Transit! That's right, the Tennessee State Senate passed a bill that essentially blocks state mass transit projects (Americans for Prosperity pushed this amendment through)!
- Len Egert, Executive Director for the SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local. This week SAG-AFTRA launched a "Save Local Radio" Campaign to help staff at San Francisco's 96.5 KOIT FM station fight back against pay cuts and job changes that they've been dealing with since media conglomerate Entercom bought the station in 2007 and proceeded to "gut" their union contract. They are currently negotiating for a new contract, and Len will tell us the key terms they're hoping to include, such as the "Use and Re-use" of broadcast materials and other key issues.... We'll also talk about the importance of Locally owned and run media - for the community and for the broadcast media workers!
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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY APRIL 8, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: NEA Teacher Tuesday! Success in Maryland with Common Core Measures! The "NEA Teacher Tuesday" Segment will now be heard at a new time - Tuesdays at 3:14pm EST. The Jeff Santos Show together with our sponsor the National Education Association (NEA) - brings you important topics every week on issues in public education, from "Common Core State Standards" and "classroom size" to "Charter Schools"..
- NEA Teacher Tuesday at its new time! Guest, Betty Weller, President, Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) [INFO: www.marylandeducators.org/] Last week, 3 pro-education bills passed in Maryland's General Assembly "to address the persistent problems associated with the state’s implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the new PARCC test, and new teacher evaluation systems."
The bills were:
HB 1167, which ensures that state test scores aren't used in teacher and principal evaluations for at least the next two years.
HB 1164, which creates a workgroup including teachers and parents to improve the implementation of Common Core and PARCC.
HB 1001, which creates an oversight process for any Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waivers that Maryland submits to give legislative leaders an opportunity to ensure that they comply with state law.
- 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's still in the thick of NCAA Championship excitement as the 4-time Champion UConn Huskies Men's team won last night against the Wildcats. The UConn Women Huskies play tonight in the women's Championship Round. They will face Notre Dame in Nashville, Tenn., at 8:30pm EST - "first women’s national title game between unbeaten teams". Can both Huskies teams win? We may have some time left to touch on some politics too...
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. On the McCutcheon Supreme Court Decision and Fair Pay...Read Brad's latest op ed: Why Big Money Is King - The McCutcheon ruling will help wealthy donors stop more reforms.
- Jim Warren Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News, founder of the Chicago News Cooperative, and former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune. Jim's blog "The Swamp" at www.nydailynews.com has merged with the "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog - which is where you can now read some of Jim's writings on goings on in the Nation's Capital. Jim's been writing about why it's hard to trust the NSA ("Watching the Watchmen"), on the fundraising schedule of Obama vs. Bush AND how the Supreme Court seems to be out of touch with their recent campaign finance decision!
Starting this week, you'll now hear NEA Teacher Tuesday one hour earlier at 3:14pm EST every Tuesday on the Jeff Santos Show. Same great topics and guests, supporting the idea of improving and providing quality public education for all students in America. NEA Teacher Tuesday is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), whose "three million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs".
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GUESTS FOR MONDAY APRIL 7, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Promising Plane Pings in Malaysian Mystery! President is expected to sign executive orders on Pay Fairness this week for Federal Contractors. Is he sending a strong signal about pay equity?.
- 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 , which he co-wrote with Robert McChesney. McCutcheon decision last week by the Supreme Court went beyond Citizens United removing limits on personal contributions. John's been tracking the public response to the decision and sounds optimistic that maybe this was the last straw... maybe people are getting fed up enough to really do something about it. Many states are working to Amend their constitutions to control political spending to the degree they can!
- John Businger, Former Massachusetts State Rep, serving the Town of Brookline for almost 30 years and chief advocate for the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. Politics, Transportation & more...with regular Monday contributor John Businger.
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show.
- Ross Eisenbrey, VP, Economic Policy Institute, specializing in Labor and employment law, Occupational safety and health, Pension policy and Regulatory policy. President Obama is continuing his economic road show talking about issues of job training, Minimum Wage and Fair Pay. He is expected to sign an Executive Order tomorrow requiring "Pay Fairness" for all Federal Contractors, which would follow on his most recent Executive Order expanding eligibility for Overtime Pay! Our guest has been looking at the very related issue of Wage Theft that doesn't get talked about as much as these other prominent "economic justice" issues but is one more example of the way that lower wage earners are being taken advantage of by employers. Company down-sizing and other economic trends have allowed employers to demand more of their workers, our guest writes, "by working them off the clock, by failing to pay the minimum wage, or by cheating them of overtime pay they have a right to receive. Survey research shows that well over two-thirds of low-wage workers have been the victims of wage theft, but the governmental resources to help them recover their lost wages are scant and largely ineffective."
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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Significance of Supreme Court McCutcheon Decision.
- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA) News of the week: we'll talk about the McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Decision, how the decision broke down between among the justices, and what the changes mean for future elections. The decision Wednesday does away "with an overall limit on how much individuals can give candidates and political parties" - wealthy donors will now be able to give millions to candidates and party committees! Does this new loosening of restrictions push progressives to force a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United? A number of states are already working on making this change in their state constitutions. Read a great brief history of Campaign Finance Laws by the Washington Post HERE.
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week In Review: more on the Supreme Court, of course, and the historic first ACA open enrollment period that ended Monday with 7.1 million Americans having signed up through healthcare.gov and the exchanges. Not too shabby! NOW will the Democrats wear "Obamacare" as a badge of honor???
- Chris Walla, music producer and guitarist for "Death Cab for Cutie"...on helping President Obama, getting people enrolled for Health Care under the ACA, remembering Nirvana 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death (Apr 5) and Death Cab for Cutie's upcoming tour - they'll be playing at Boston City Hall on May 24th! [Previously Recorded]
- John Rosenthal, President of Meridith Management in Boston. He is also a gun owner and Co-Founder of nonprofit groups "Stop Handgun Violence", "Common Sense About Kids and Guns", and "American Hunters and Shooters Association". We'll talk about the status of any gun reform efforts, the NRA's influence in the current political races, and gun-related news stories like the recent law in South Carolina allowing them to join a few other states that permit concealed weapons in bars and restaurants. There was an article in the NY Times about this yesterday... [Previously Recorded]
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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY APRIL 3, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Shooting at Fort Hood; Supreme Court McCutcheon Decision & "Raise Your Hand" for Education.
- We're re-airing our NEA Teacher Tuesday interviews with guests Paul Toner (President, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and Linda Hampton (President of the Oklahoma Education Association). Both guests participated in "Raise Your Hand" for Education actions this week including a number of meetings and discussions on Capitol Hill on Wednesday AND rallies around the country including in Oklahoma this past Monday, when 28,000 people protested at the state house for better funding for education. The DC event was the kickoff for a "wave of activism by educators" this Spring. "Raise Your Hand" is a national initiative by the National Education Association (NEA) to mobilize "parents, community leaders and elected officials across the country, to ensure that every student succeeds".
Jeff encourages you to call government officials in Oklahoma to urge them to commit to a strong budget for Education in Oklahoma's public schools. You can call the Oklahoma State House (405-521-2711), the State Senate (405-524-0126) or the Oklahoma Governor's office (405-521-2342). You can also go to www.oklegislature.gov and comment there.
- Henry Gomez, Chief political reporter for Northeast Ohio Group, with stories appearing regularly in The Plain Dealer and at www.cleveland.com. Last weekend the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) met in Las Vegas for their Spring conference... Republican Presidential hopefuls including Chris Christie and Scott Walker rushed to be there and compete for the key financial support of man-of-the-hour Sheldon Adelson...One of the hopefuls in Las Vegas was Ohio Governor John Kasich... Henry Gomez was in Vegas and observed that during Kasich's speech, it sounded as though he was speaking to an audience of one - Sheldon Adelson! He's also been writing about Cleveland's bid to host the Republican National Convention...they made it through the first round of the competition, now it is between 6 cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 2, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday - Cape Wind Project Moving Forward! Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) Joins Us!.
- Mark Rodgers, Communications Director at the Cape Wind Project. Along with handling all media and communications for the project, Mark manages relationships between Cape Wind and its environmental, labor, health, and trade partners. [INFO AT WEBSITE http://www.capewind.org/]. A couple of weeks ago in mid-March, the Cape Wind Project had some good news when U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled against Cape Wind opponents in four lawsuits that challenged the project's permit approval by the Department of Interior. The Court heard arguments last August. The 4 groups whose challenges were voted down: Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the Town of Barnstable, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Cape Wind Supporters who filed briefs in the case were: Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation Law Foundation of New England, and the Mass Audubon Society The key findings of the review were that "Cape Wind would provide significant environmental, economic, and energy benefits to Massachusetts and the nation." What's next for Cape Wind now that the permitting hurdle is over?
- Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL). A native Floridian, Congressman Hastings represents the 20th District which includes parts of Broward, Palm Beach, and Hendry Counties. Congressman Hastings is serving in his 11th term, having first been elected in 1992. Prior to Congress, "Judge" Hastings served as the first African-American Federal judge in the state of Florida. Rep. Hastings is Senior Member in the House Committee on Rules, Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, and he serves in a number of other Congressional Caucuses on issues from "the Everglades" to "Women in the Military". We'll be looking at the Economic Issues such as Minimum Wage, Unemployment Insurance and Pay Fairness that are being championed by the President these days - and that will be a key campaign issue for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. We'll also ask for his thoughts on the historical first ACA open enrollment period ending.
- Political Consultant and regular Jeff Santos Show contributor Earl Bender [Previously Recorded].
- Brad Bannon, pollster, radio host and blogger at www.usnews.com.[Previously Recorded].