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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY MARCH 6, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Do you think the U.S. is taking the right approach with Russia? Should Crimea secede from Ukraine?...Call 877-489-9421.
- 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, on the Obama Budget, Ukraine, CPAC and surprising Darrell Issa/Elijah Cummings battle at IRS Hearing yesterday.
- 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. It's Transportation Thursday - John was down at the Massachusetts State House for an important meeting related to the North-South Station rail link project. He'll give us an update.
- David Paleologos, Director, Suffolk University Political Research Center. A new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll is out with data on New Hampshire voters... Scott Brown is not faring so well in a match-up against Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. - and even though New Hampshire voters are mainly not that happy with Obamacare, it doesn't seem to be hurting the Democrats in the Granite State.
- Bryan Bender, Boston Globe national security reporter based in Washington and author of the book "You Are Not Forgotten" (a book about "a Marine Corps pilot who was shot down in WWII and the modern-day soldier determined to bring home his remains six decades later") President Obama spoke at the White House today urging restraint by Russia and talking about a couple of non-military measures intended to put pressure on Vladimir Putin, including no passports for Russian citizens and increased sanctions. The independent Crimean Parliament have scheduled a vote for 10 days from now on whether Crimea should leave Ukraine and re-join Russia. The measure is expected to pass. The situation is changing by the minute. We'll get an update from Bryan Bender.
- Lee Camp, New-York based political satirist and comedian. Lee joins us to talk about the Keystone XL Pipeline, the switch from pro- to anti-Keystone by Progressive Talk Radio & MSNBC host Ed schultz, and the big problem with corporations that provide the food that we eat.... it's not intended primarily to be healthful - it's meant to make them money... no wonder America has an obesity problem! Lee will be filming a live comedy special next week at the Bowery Electric in NYC March 16 8pm; more info at www.LeeCamp.net.
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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY MARCH 5, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Ukraine Summit in Paris Today; President Presents "Opportunity Agenda".
- Marcy Stech, National Press Secretary, EMILY's List. We're looking at the David Jolly - Alex Sink Congressional race in Florida's 13th District. Pinellas County Women gathered today in Clearwater FL to bring attention to David Jolly's anti-women, anti-family political positions. We'll talk with Marcy about this race and why Emily's List is supporting Alex Sink. We'll also get into some of the other exciting political races going on around the country.
- 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". President Obama gave a big speech today in Connecticut about an "Opportunity Agenda" - creating jobs, raising the minimum wage and making life easier for hard-working Americans who are struggling to get by. He also is focusing on rebuilding and re-structuring the economy and improving training and job opportunities for young Americans.
- Chris Faraone, News Editor at Dig Boston and author of e-books "Heartbreak Hell" (about the Marathon bombings), "I Killed Breitbart" (this week is two-year anniversary of his death) and most recently, this month...HIZZONNAROO (pronounced His-Honor-Roo) about the recent Boston Mayoral Race. You can read Chris Faraone's work at www.digboston.com. The Boston City Council held a tempestuous meeting this week to discuss the management of the new Dispensaries for Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts - where many of the concerns and possible pitfalls with distributing medical marijuana were laid on the table. Chris Faraone was at the hearing and wrote about it at digboston.com...Boston Councilors Equate Pot Dispensaries to Methadone Clinics, and WORSE!!!
- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. A lot of highly-charged hearings at the Capitol this week...our guest Jim Warren was at one of them - the Military Budget hearing where Senator John McCain criticized Secretary Hegel and the DOD's plan for military cutbacks at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin is kicking things up a notch on the military front in Ukraine. And in another hearing today...Congressman Darrell Issa closed an IRS hearing and shut the mic off before ranking member Elijah Cummings could make a statement or even ask one question... Congressman Cummings said it was "un-American" and certainly not bipartisan.
- Fluto Shinzawa, NHL Reporter for the Boston Globe. The NHL Trade Deadline ended at 3pm today... where were the big moves around the league?
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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY MARCH 4, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: President Obama announced his new 2015 Budget, but Secretary's trip to Ukraine and Russia's military encroachments are dominating media coverage....
- John Bruton, Former Irish Prime Minister and former EU Ambassador to the United States. We'll talk with the former EU Ambassador about how Europeans are reacting to the situation in Ukraine and the escalating Russian military involvement there. What sort of action are people hoping for? do Russia's recent comments have EU leaders concerned? and how does this all impact other situations like turmoil in Syria, Iranian nukes, and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Click HERE to read John Bruton's Op Ed, "Not in Ukraine's interests to alienate ethnic Russians", from the Irish Independent.
- Harry Stein, Associate Director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress. His work focuses on the tax and spending choices within the federal budget. Although somewhat overshadowed by news from Ukraine and Secretary of State Kerry's trip to Kiev, there was some big budget news today as the President unveiled his fiscal plan for the coming year. The main focus of this budget is on helping middle class families instead of strictly worrying about deficit reduction. Any spending increases will be offset by savings and improved efficiency elsewhere along with increased taxes on the wealthy. Will the budget pass?
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
- Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association (NEA), sponsor of our "Teacher Tuesday" segment.--- The NEA is the nation's largest professional employee organization, and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
TOPIC: NEA's Read Across America program...Yesterday - Monday March 3, 2014 - was NEA's "Read Across America Day" - 45 million students, parents and educators around the country participated in activities based around reading and Dr. Seuss. This is the 17th year that the NEA has sponsored "Read Across America Day", which originally started as a one-time birthday celebration for children's author Dr. Seuss on March 2nd - but has expanded and continued for 17 years. Our guest, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, was in Southfield, Michigan yesterday at the Vanderberg World Cultures Academy for "Read Across America Day" and he read Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" to a group of children gathered there. The NEA's popular Cat-a-Van Reading Tour will be working its way through the Detroit suburbs for this 3-week long reading program. As we've discussed on a previous Teacher Tuesday, Renaissance Dental is partnering with the NEA on the book tour to help distribute thousands of books to public school students along the tour and to get children to take the "'reading and brushing oath,' pledging to read each day and brush each night". (The Cat-a-Van tour was in Texas and Oklahoma before coming to Michigan)
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com, this week Brad wrote about how "The right wing can do nothing to stop the march of gay rights" and a pending Supreme Court case that "could put even more big money into and shake up campaigns 2014 and 2016". Brad will share recent polling data on the Texas Primary and other politics, and we'll get into the situation in Ukraine and Obama's New Budget.
GUESTS FOR MONDAY MARCH 3, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Russian Moves Concerns US & Allies; Rep Grayson Talks TPP Fast-Track.
- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author with Robert McChesney of the book "Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America.
Russia alarms world with military posturing in Ukraine. We'll take a first look at what's going on this week in politics domestically as well.
which includes John's lates piece at the Nation, where he talks about why "Maine’s Paul LePage Might Just Be the Worst Governor of All" - and that's even over Governors like Christie, Scott, Kasich and Walker!
- Congressman Alan Grayson, Representing Florida's 9th District, on the TPP Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, and the Transportation Investments the President asked for last week. The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement has been in the works for many years, but as it is coming to what seems to be the end of the approval process, Congressman Grayson and some of his colleagues like Ohio Rep Marcy Kaptur have been pushing back on the White House, looking for much more transparency on the secretive negotiations and insisting that the President not be given fast track authority - which would allow him to negotiate the deal without giving Congress the right to amend or filibuster it. Congressman Grayson is concerned about the huge trade deficits the U.S. already has and says that these types of large agreements have only "exacerbated our trade problems". We'll also talk about the Keystone XL Pipeline, which Congressman Grayson wrote about at the Huffington Post recently.
- Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers. Big ACA enrollment deadline coming up at the end of March! We'll get the details and an update on how it's all going around the country!
- Job Henning, Truman National Security Project Fellow and expert in Eurasian affairs. The latest on Ukraine and Russia's latest aggression - how will the U.S. and EU/NATO Allies respond?
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Ukraine blows up and Israel attacks Gaza while Secretary Kerry walks a fine line with a speech at APEC and in his ongoing fight for Middle East Peace.
- John Businger, Former MA State Rep & chief advocate of the Boston North-South Station Rail Link. We talk with John on Mondays about politics, voting, sports and many other things...
GUESTS FOR FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Talking about "Inequality for All" - Income Inequality in America! Will congress do anything to alleviate income inequality or is it up to the Grass Roots?.
- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America ()DFA). Last night, Democracy for America hosted "more than 700 watch parties in 48 states to watch Inequality for All -- Robert Reich's Sundance award-winning film" about income inequality in America. Jeff sat in on the follow-up strategy call hosted by DFA with Secretary Reich and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). They talked about how to address the serious economic issues tackled in the film. We'll be talking about it with Jim!
- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Week In Review. Earl would also like to talk about the strategic approach "Billionaire Environmentalist" Tom Steyer is taking in funding green candidates - he's trying to compete with the Koch Brothers at their own game by using targeted funding to have an impact on the policies that are made. This is entirely different than what the Tea Party is doing...
GUESTS FOR THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Transportation Thursday! How Does The President Pass His $302 Billion Transportation Bill?.
- 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. It's Transportation Thursday - big news with the President's announcement of his proposal for a $302 Billion investment in transportation funding. He wants to use revenue from a "corporate tax overhaul" to fund this. Can he get it through? And will Congress renew the Highway Trust Fund that is set to expire in September? The president says critical repairs will come to a halt if we don't renew it. John Businger is coming to us today after attending a national Transportation meeting at the Harvard Business School today where DOT Sec'y Foxx participated by video. John will tell us about the meeting and discuss how we go about getting the President's new Transportation bill passed.
- 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. We get the political strategist's perspective on how President Obama gets his Transportation Bill passed with. How should democrats campaign on transportation issues? on corporate tax reform?
- Lance Gould, Executive Special Projects Editor, The Huffington Post, formerly with the Boston Phoenix. Always a lively conversation with Lance Gould, who usually joins us on Fridays. Today we'll be looking at the following topics: Governor Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay "Bigotry Bill" after deliberating for a week; Ukraine's future in question after President flees capital; Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign showing signs of success as obesity in 2-5year olds is going down); and, Cuba: new polling data shows wide bi-partisan support for re-engaging with Cuba
- Ed Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Dept (TTD) of the AFL-CIO representing the interests of several million aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway and longshore workers to give them a strong, united voice in Washington, D.C. We'll discuss the President's new $302 Billion Transportation Plan and the idea of using tax revenue from a corporate tax overhaul instead of a gas tax increase to fund it. Other transportation issues in the public eye this week with the President set to announce changes to truck fuel economy requirements in March.
- Hayes Brown, National Security Reporter/Blogger with ThinkProgress.org. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Hayes worked as a contractor at the Department of Homeland Security. We look at the latest developments in Ukraine, along with the Russian response to the situation.
GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: It's Green Day Wednesday! The President Announces $300 Billion For Transportation! .
- Rona Fried, Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's Green Day Wednesday...we'll ask Rona where the Keystone XL Pipeline project is and what's new in the world of good "green news". These are just a few of the Green stories from
www.SustainableBusiness.com this week:
(1) A True Bridge Fuel: New Natural Gas Plant in Salem, MA going online with automatic plan to shut down in 2050. The Brayton Point coal plant in MA closing in 2017. New Footprint Power plant will have limited lifetime.
(2) The "Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign" is investing in colleges that are going green and improving energy efficiency. They say they want to "strengthen the clean energy systems across the country that [they] want to be powering electric vehicles" like the Chevy Volt and new Chevy Spark.
(3) ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, has joined a lawsuit against a fracking operation near his $5 million home in Texas! The company he runs is the biggest natural gas producer in the US, which relies on fracking.
(4) Utah Tar Sands: "As the drama around President Obama's final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline continues to build, the US is quietly collaborating with another Canadian company to create a tar sands catastrophe on American soil in Utah!
(5) New Green Angel Investor Tom Steyer (a hedge fund investor) Challenges Koch Brothers and Big Oil money, promising to back candidates who "want to take action on climate change and who reject the Keystone pipeline".
- Mark Tarnawsky, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, PA. His Center hosts a weekly radio show on our Philadelphia affiliate WWDB AM 860 that you can hear Saturday mornings from 9-10am EST. From 1992-1995, Mark lived in Ukraine, working as Country Director for the Free Trade Institute - a project working in conjunction with USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy. We'll talk with him about the current situation with takeover of Kiev, changes in Parliament, hunt for President Yanukovych; and going forward what he hopes for Ukraine. We'll look at how the story is being portrayed in Russia (Russian state-run media is showing one-sided coverage intended to create fear among Russians about the safety of Russians living in Ukraine) and the reaction to Russia's military buildup. He'll tell us what he's been hearing from the Ukrainian-American community and how they are getting news and staying connected with their relatives and the protestors in Kiev.
- James Moore, best-selling author of "Bush's Brain" and many other books. You can read him at the Huffington Post. The race is heating up in Texas with Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis. Abbott has been creating a lot of attention by campaigning with notorious right-wing musician Ted Nugent who had some horrific things to say about President Obama... both campaigns are making their supporters scratch their heads though, as Wendy Davis doesn't seem to be taking advantage of her political opportunities.
- Mark Arsenault, reporter covering casino development and gambling issues for The Boston Globe. Residents of Revere, MA voted to go forward with Mohegan Sun's plans to build a casino on the site of the old Suffolk Downs Race Track, and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting today to continue its review of slots parlor proposals. Mark will bring us up to speed on what's happening with gambling in the Bay State.
- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his blog "the Swamp" at www.NYDailyNews.com. The President held an event at the White House yesterday to talk about two new manufacturing innovation institutes planned for Chicago and Detroit. He had Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio there, highlighting the success in Youngstown at the innovation institution there. Today the President is on the road talking about investing in transportation infrastructure - he is unveiling a $300 Billion dollar plan at a stop in St. Paul, MN - the plan will rely on new tax revenue.
GUESTS FOR TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Secretary Hegel Calls for Big Defense Cuts! Is reducing military spending good for America?.
- Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald's political writer. You can read his stories at www.MiamiHerald.com. Marc covers Florida politics and we'll talk with him about a couple of races that have gained national attention - the Gubernatorial race with popular former Governor Charlie Crist challenging Republican Rick Scott and the 13th District Congressional race between progressive Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly who met in a debate Monday.
- Joe Sestak, former 3 Star Navy Admiral and Pennsylvania Congressman, running for Senate, calling in on his way to Pittsburgh, PA. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hegel announced new plans for the Pentagon budget which would "shrink the Military to pre-WWII levels" as well as reduce military benefits and funding for certain aircraft and equipment production. This budget could be a tough sell during election season. It's aims are to meet spending cut requirements and gear the military away from long-term ground offensives. Defense analysts say these cuts address much needed military compensation reform, although the cuts to money and benefits for service personnel are never popular.
TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)
- Mark Egan, Associate Director of Government Relations, National Education Association (NEA).Topic: Senate Hearing today: "The Economic and Budget Outlook for Individuals, Families and Communities"
Two NEA Members -- Edith Kimball, a school food service worker in Florida and Courtney Johnson, an Ohio High School English Teacher -- testified at a Senate Budget Committee Hearing today, along with Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress. The Hearing was chaired by Senator Patty Murray. They spoke about the minimum wage, food assistance programs, and the importance of other government supports that help people move into, or just try to stay in, the Middle Class. Critical supports are being slashed through Sequestration and other budget measures making it even more difficult for working families to make ends meet. As NEA Teacher Courtney Johnson said at the hearing, “I bring home less in my paycheck now than I did three years ago,” and she is a 13-year teaching veteran. Many education support professionals and teachers are struggling to get by even when many of them do work full-time.
- Nina Turner, Ohio Senate Minority Whip and candidate for Ohio Secretary of State. Last week in Ohio, Governor Kasich signed measures that eliminate early voting "Golden Week" and put restrictions on absentee balloting. Yesterday the Ohio Secretary of State released the early voting schedule - which includes NO SUNDAY EARLY VOTING. This was obviously a direct hit against African American voters who famously arrange after-church voting trips to the polls on early voting Sundays...
- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. Supreme Court ruling anticipated today on "Son of Citizen's United" case; and how the Tea Party may prevent the GOP from taking back the Senate!