The Jeff Santos Show 3-6pm EST: Teacher Tuesday & School Privatization in York PA! New MA Poll Data - Coakley Tied With Baker! MA Bottle Bill - Why You Should Vote YES ON 2!

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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....


- 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 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 (hint - it's the bottling companies)? Where is their money coming from? Why should YOU vote YES ON 2 in Massachusetts!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/29/14

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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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Jeff Santos Show 9/19/14

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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Scotland Votes "NO" 55-45%! They're Staying In The UK! Congress Authorizes Obama to Arm Syrian Rebels and Heads Home! 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?

- 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 9/18/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Live In-Studio Pollster Spencer Kimball on NFL Polling! John Nichols Reports from Scotland on Referendum! Can you believe there was another arrest of an NFL Player for domestic violence? What's going on? Is the NFL doing enough to deal with this?....AND, if you were voting in Scotland today, would you stay with the UK?

- Spencer Kimball, Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies, Emerson College.He teaches the Political Communication and Communication Studies Capstone courses for graduating seniors and is the advisor for the Emerson Pre-Law Society and the Emerson College Polling Society. He is a Member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), American Association of Political Consultants, (AAPC) and is certitfied in Human Subject research by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).Kimball is also a small business owner, serving as the founder and CEO of Kimball Political Consulting, LLC. Exclusive! New national polling data on public attitudes about the Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson stories, the NFL's response, and related issues around domestic violence, child abuse and corporal punishment. Another NFL Domestic Violence case in the news today as Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals was removed from the team after being arrested yesterday for domestic violence incidents that occurred over the summer.

- Roxana Rivera, Director of 32BJ SEIU District 615. With more than 145,000 members, 32BJ SEIU are the largest union of property service workers in the United States. On the rally yesterday where nearly 1,000 Airport Workers turned in Commitment Cards showing intention to join 32BJ SEIU and fight for a union contract for "better pay and benefits, dignity, respect and a voice in the workplace". Ms. Rivera, spoke at the event at the Paulist Center near the Massachusetts State House along with former Governor Michael Dukakis and Episcopal Vicar Reverend James Flavin. Massachusetts AG and Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said she was "proud to stand with the Logan passenger service workers..."

- 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. Politics, War, Domestic Violence, Scottish independence AND it's Transportation Thursday of course.

- 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. LIVE from Edinburgh Scotland where the local time is 10:15pm and the polls have just closed... Today Scotland held an historic Vote on a Referendum for Independence from the United Kingdom after 307 years... polls were open all day, closing at 10, and with over 97% of eligible Scots registered to vote and the election being opened up to include 16 & 17-year olds - turnout was expected to be high! The ballots will be counted manually overnight and results are expected by morning. We'll ask John how the turnout was where he is and what he's hearing from the local residents. John has been writing about how austerity policies have led to this vote and says the US could really learn a few things from the Scots about voting!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/17/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday - The People's Climate March in NYC September 21! Troops in Iraq? Are you going to the People's Climate March in NYC this Sunday? Where are we headed with additional support forces in Iraq? Do you think we're getting drawn in to war again?

- Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday" and we check in with Rona Fried to learn about the latest good and bad news in the world of clean energy & climate change...Is it finally time to get serious about climate action? Rona's going to be in NYC for the People's Climate March this weekend...are you going? It's expected to be the biggest climate gathering ever? This Sunday September 21 in New York City, thousands are expected to gather and walk for climate action during "the People's Climate March", which is just part of "Climate Week NYC". "Over 1100 organizations have endorsed the march and tens of thousands of people have registered at the website" []. We'll talk about the role of Organic Farming in reversing climate change. And in the Nation's capital, House Republicans are voting on an energy package this week which includes approving the Keystone XL Pipeline, speeding up gas exports and blocking EPA regulations on new and existing power plants! Don't Forget to Vote Democratic in November!!!

- Richard Lapchick, Endowed Chair and Director, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, Central Florida University (CFU) Business School. He helped found the Center for the Study of Sport in Society in 1984 at Northeastern University. Lapchick is a human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar and author. He is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.” The NFL has been back and forth on deciding how to handle the very public cases of alleged abuse by players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. After initially keeping Peterson on the Minnesota Vikings roster while child abuse allegations are investigated, management came back again today saying that they've decided to bar Peterson from the team while he deals with the abuse charges. Ray Rice was finally given an indefinite suspension after the release of a second video showing the actual punch that knocked his then fiancee out... the NFL Players' Association is appealing the suspension. The fear of losing sponsors is huge for the NFL, not to mention pressure from fans and outside groups. The NFL is trying to figure out what to do about these once "internal" problems that the public is now watching very closely.

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his work at and on their "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog. Jim's been following the Senate hearings this week on the US Military plan for dealing with ISIS in Iraq - After hearings yesterday with testimony by Defense Secretary Hagel & General Dempsey the President traveled to Tampa where he was briefed by Central Command and spoke to the troops at McDill Air Force Base - he insisted that there will be no US combat forces going to Iraq, despite what General Dempsey may have said yesterday. This afternoon, Secretary Kerry spoke to the Foreign Relations Committee about the coalition he has been building to fight ISIS. If there's time, we may get into some politics with a look at Hillary in Iowa and her biggest (and worst) ally, Bill Clinton!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/16/14

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?


- 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:] 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 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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Jeff Santos Show 9/15/14

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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Jeff Santos Show 9/12/14

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:

- 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:

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