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Jeff Santos Show 4/9/14

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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!

Jeff Santos Show 4/8/14

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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!

Jeff Santos Show 4/7/14

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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."

Jeff Santos Show 4/4/14

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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]

Jeff Santos 4/3/14

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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.

Jeff Santos Show 4/2/14

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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].

Jeff Santos Show 4/1/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY APRIL 1, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: DCFC Guitarist Chris Walla on the ACA; Teacher Tuesday - NEA Says "Raise Your Hand for Education!" during action week; Elections In Turkey.

- 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!

- 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". He'll update us on the status of any gun reform efforts, NRA 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...

TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)

It's Raise Your Hand For Education action week and our guests today are taking time from their activities to tell us about the importance of all parties - from teachers, to parents, to students - coming together with legislators and business interests to fight for legislation that strengthens public education.

- Paul Toner, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) - he will be participating in events in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill Wednesday April 2nd.

- Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association (OKEA). In Oklahoma, they held a rally yesterday (Monday March 31st) with over 28,000 in attendance!!!

- Laurie Watkins, Truman Project Partner. In April 2012 Laurie left her post at the Pentagon to become Florida Policy Director for President Obama's re-election campaign. At the Pentagon, Laurie served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower & Reserve Affairs where she served as the strategic policy advisor on a variety of human resource issues relating to civilian & military manpower. Turkey held elections this past Sunday, where Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development party - the AK Party - won 45 percent of the vote. Our guest traveled to Turkey with the Rumi Forum prior to the elections and interviewed leaders of the major parties.

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. We'll talk about the ACA one day after the open enrollment deadline has passed...and we'll talk with Brad about President Obama's NSA reforms... Brad has a piece on this at USNEWS.COM and he wonders if Obama's measures go far enough to protect us...from our Government!

Jeff Santos Show 3/27/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY MARCH 27, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Candidate Juliette Kayyem; Transportation Thursday; President Meets Pope.

- Juliette Kayyem, Democratic candidate for Massachusetts Governor. Ms. Kayyem is a civil rights attorney, former Boston Globe columnist and lecturer at Harvard University. She served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security adviser where she oversaw the Massachusetts National Guard, the commonwealth’s strategic security planning, and the distribution of homeland security funds - before being selected by President-elect Obama to be part of his transition team. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Kayyem joins us to discuss her policy platforms, her ideas for reforming the criminal justice system and why she's running for Governor!

- Bryan Bender, Boston Globe National Security reporter based in Washington, D.C. Ukraine-Russia-Crimea. President Obama was in Europe this week meeting with G-7 members and discussing Sanctions on Russia, trade agreements, possibility of US natural gas going to Europe and other things. This while Mrs. Obama visited China on a "First Lady Diplomacy" trip with her daughters and mother.

- Rick Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA). Transportation Thursday. Chicago to Joliet Tier 2 Public Comment Period ends next week.

- Steve Krueger, president of Catholic Democrats, "a not-for-profit national organization representing a Catholic voice within the Democratic Party, and a voice for the Democratic Party in the Catholic community". He joins us to talk about the significance of President Obama's historic meeting with the Pope today and how Democrats are focusing on social justice issues including Immigration, Minimum Wage and voting rights, among other things as they legislate and campaign. Catholic Democrats have created a website in connection with this meeting today and in honor of these two "transformative leaders", PopeAndPresident.net.

- 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!

Jeff Santos Show 3/25/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY MARCH 25, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Supreme Court Hears "Hobby Lobby" Challenge to ACA Contraceptive Coverage
Should private corporations be able to reject laws based on religious convictions?
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- Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this morning on 2 cases challenging the Affordable Care Act requirement that private employers include contraceptive coverage in the health plans they provide. The two cases argued today were Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.. Both companies claim that providing certain forms of birth control (specifically the intrauterine device and emergency contraception) are the same as providing abortions which they are "morally opposed" to based on their religious beliefs. But what about the 13,000 Hobby Lobby employees? What if their religious beliefs are different than their employers? Don't these Americans have a right to full health care options, without a dose of religion?

- Peter Goelz, Senior VVP at O'Neill and Associates in D.C. where he is regularly sought-after by national media as a commentator on aviation safety matters (he has appeared on CNN, CBS Evening News, FOX News, MSNBC, and others). He is a former Managing Director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and is one of the country's leading experts in coordinating disaster situations. The Malaysian President made an official announcement yesterday - based on new analysis of data - that stated that the missing Malaysia Air jetliner appears to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean. What remains ahead in the Flight 370 investigation? Our guest Peter Goelz will talk about how to prevent this sort of event in the future, and will comment on how he thinks the airline and Malaysian government officials have handled various aspects of the investigation itself (media communication, customer service to passenger families, etc). Many were quite critical of the way that the airline communicated the message of their announcement to families of the missing via a text message, which included the following words: "none of those on board survived".

TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)

- Martha Allen, President of the Vermont Education Association (VTEA). TOPIC ONE: The Vermont Education Association (VTEA) is having it's annual meeting on April 5th and will be presenting a resolution to its members for a vote. If the resolution is adopted by the VT Education Association, it:
(1) shows VTEA support for adopting the Common Core standards with a realistic and thoughtful timeline, with parent involvement, and with support for teachers in the transition; and,
(2) will allow the VT Ed Association to ask the VT Secretary of Education to adopt a new testing system for grade 4, 8 and High School students that is different than the existing system. This new testing plan would revert back to the days before the Bush Administration's "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) ESEA authorization, when students were tested in grades 4, 8, and 11. (Currently Vermont is administering the New England Comprehensive Assessment (NECAP) tests but they will be replaced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test, which is being piloted in some VT schools)

In addition.....we'll talk about the "NEA Raise Your Hand National Day of Action" - with events around the country. National NEA will present an all day event at the U.S. Capitol. VTEA will launch it's push for testing reform.

- Jacob Susman, Founder and CEO of "OwnEnergy", a company that partners with energy entrepreneurs across the country to develop 30-100 MegaWatt mid-size wind energy projects. Jacob Susman has been building businesses, investing, and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He is on the board of directors of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and is its Treasurer. In 2010, he was named to Crains New York’s ’40 Under 40’. In 2013, Greentech Media named Jacob one of New York’s Top 10 Cleantech Leaders. Last year, tax credits for wind and other renewable energies were allowed to expire, putting a hold on existing projects and slowing down investments in alternative energy innovation. We're talking about why Congress needs to bring the tax credits back! Last Friday, a group of 144 members of Congress co-signed a letter to the Financial Services Committee asking for the reinstatement of the renewable energy tax credits.

Listeners can visit www.Cleanenergyworksforus.org for state specific information and fact sheets detailing clean job growth, wages and each state’s geographic and agricultural resources to determine the maximum amount of renewable energy each state could feasibly produce.

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. You can read his commentaries at
www.USNews.com. There's a lot of activity on the ACA front this week. The deadline is days away and the GOP spin machine is at a fever pitch....but where is their alternative plan? Over 5 million (and counting) have signed up so far...And in related news...SCOTUS hears arguments on Hobby Lobby case today. We'll talk about all that with Brad...AFTER the interview, check out his great column this week on the GOP and "Obamacare", But Where's the Road Map? The GOP's health care listening tour is just a cynical ploy.

Jeff Santos Show 3/24/14

GUESTS FOR MONDAY MARCH 24, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW:
Malaysian President Says New Data Shows Plane Down in Indian Ocean
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- 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. In the state of New Hampshire, there's a lot of talk about Scott Brown these days, but in what might be more interesting and important news from the Granite State, 47 communities have voted at their Town Meetings for an amendment to overturn Citizens United with a new "Democracy Is For People" Amendment and take away personhood rights from corporations... John has a piece in the Nation about this today... this push by NH to overturn Citizens United comes the same week that the Supreme Court is debating a case (Shaun McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission) that challenges the constitutionality of federal campaign contribution limits.

- 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. He was at a meeting of the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) this Saturday.

- Hayes Brown, National Security Reporter/Blogger with ThinkProgress.org. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Hayes worked as a contractor at the Department of Homeland Security. Over the weekend, the Russian military took over additional Ukrainian military assets in Crimea - forcing the Ukrainian President to withdraw troops from the area. President Obama was in the Netherlands today for a meeting of the G7 (NOT G8 WITHOUT RUSSIA) where the members have been discussing the best way to use sanctions and other diplomatic pressure to show Russia that NATO means business and won't allow any further Russian incursions into Ukraine. Our guest - Hayes Brown - has been studying how President Obama has been handling the delicate diplomacy with Russia. He says that the President is taking "incremental responses designed to provide proportional countermeasures while attempting to avoid encouraging further escalation from the Kremlin" - that's the goal - is it working?

- Anton Gunn, known as "Mr. Healthcare", he served as head of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for President Obama during the launch of the ACA. He is a speaker, Health Care Strategist, leadership coach and "Healthpreneur". He formerly served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. The ACA open enrollment period is closing Monday.... the deadline to sign up for health care is just a week away!... our guest has been traveling around the country doing all he can to boost enrollment. He joins us to talk about creative ways the Obama Administration is reaching out to maximize signups - and how Hip Hop and rap artists like Chuck D of Public Enemy are using Twitter and the #IGot10 hashtag to encourage everyone to "get 10 more people signed up" for healthcare before March 31.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show.

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