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Jeff Santos Show 9/12/14

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GUESTS FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Candidate for WI Governor, Mary Burke & Looking at US ISIS Strategy. We'll be talking about the U.S. strategy to help "degrade and defeat" ISIS in Iraq and Syria with our first guest Jim Dean and later with Congressman Eliot Engel of New York. Do you think the President should consult with Congress before taking further military action? DFA has a petition calling for debate

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA). After the President's speech Wednesday on his strategy to fight ISIS, DFA is urging people to sign their petition to demand that Congress "Debate and vote on President Obama's ISIS plan". Click HERE for a link to the petition or of course, you can go to www.DemocracyForAmerica.Com for more information.

- Democratic Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, Mary Burke. She is a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation (which was started by her father) and former Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce, where she "focused on attracting new businesses to Wisconsin and helping entrepreneurs and small businesses start up and grow". She was elected to the Wisconsin School Board in 2012. We'll talk with Ms. Burke about her background and reasons for running for Governor; her top priorities if elected; and, the legacy of current Governor Scott Walker and why he needs to go! CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:

- 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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Jeff Santos Show 9/11/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Remembering 9/11 Victims & Reaction to President's ISIS Strategy Speech! What are your memories of the September 11 Attacks? How did it affect YOU? and Were you surprised by anything you heard in the President's ISIS speech last night?

- Illinois Congressman Danny Davis, representing Illinois' 7th District which includes much of Chicago's West Side and connecting suburbs and is contained within Illinois' Cook County.He was first elected to Congress in 1996.....In the 113th Congress Representative Davis has focused on issues of job creation, poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform. He has worked closely with President Obama on his "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus. He serves on the Ways & Means Committee, Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Energy Policy, Health Care & Entitlements Committee and related subcommittees. A lot to talk about today... we'll ask Congressman Davis for his reflections on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and what he thinks about the President's speech on ISIS last night and our current U.S. Strategy. What should the role of Congress be in the decision for any further military action in Iraq/Syria/etc? Congress is meeting only 9 days this month ...what are they likely to accomplish in the abbreviated September session?

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Thoughts on the results of Tuesday's Massachusetts Primary. Reflecting on September 11 attacks, the 13 years since than, and where we are now, looking at a beefed up strategy against ISIS/ISIL in Iraq.

- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. Jerry has some thoughts on the controversy with Ray Rice, the NFL, and Roger Goodell - following the release this week of the 2nd video showing Rice knocking his then-fiancee out cold in an elevator in Atlantic City. Jerry is a native New Yorker, although he's been in Ohio for decades, and we'll get his thoughts on the anniversary of 9/11 and what the President put forward as a strategy to fight" the Islamic State" or ISIS/ISIL.

- Sonia Tita Puopolo, author, spokesperson, and leader in the area of promoting global understanding, tolerance, and peace through communication. Sonia is the author of a book "Sonia's Ring", which is based on the story of her mother - Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo - who was one of the passengers on Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center towers on September 11th. She was seated only 2 seats away from Mohamed Atta! Our guest wears her mother's ring which was recovered 11 months after 9/11. Although all of Sonia's mother's remains were not located, her hand, with ring intact, was found in the rubble at the World Trade Center a year afterwards. Finding the ring was the inspiration behind the book "Sonia's Ring", which also includes Sonia's ideas for "11 Ways to Heal Your Heart" She'll talk about love, tragedy and healing, and the message that needs to be sent to the "terrorists" around the world who would do these sorts of hateful, violent, bullying actions against other people. For more information about Sonia and her book, visit:

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Jeff Santos Show 9/10/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Critical Speech To The Nation On ISIS By President Obama Tonight! Analysis of Yesterday's Primary Results! Coakley & Healey big winners in the Massachusetts Primary... Zephyr Teachout loses in New York but added a lot of progressive pressure to the race for Governor there....What are YOU hoping to hear from President Obama about ISIS tonight? Are you concerned about a major escalation in military activity?

- Ken Sofer, Associate Director of National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP). The President will be making a prime-time speech to the Nation tonight on his strategy and plans for dealing with "the Islamic State" or ISIS. Can we expect to see a big change from what the U.S. has been doing there already? The President has said that he wants to have a vigorous discussion with Congress about any future military action, but seems to believe that he has military authorization already and doesn't need to ask for it. This is an excerpt from the Center for American Progress' report out on a Strategy for ISIS, co-written by Jeff Santos Show frequent contributor, Brian Katulis: "Focusing too much on direct U.S. military action in the fight against ISIS ignores the equally important diplomatic and economic steps that will be required to defeat this extremist group. U.S. military strikes or even boots on the ground cannot defeat ISIS alone and could become a rallying cry and recruitment tool for extremists, repeating one of the most costly strategic errors of the 2003 Iraq War."

- Dave Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.We'll ask Dave to break down the vote results in yesterday's Massachusetts Primary Election. After a hard-fought race, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley beat out Treasurer Steve Grossman and Health Care Administrator Don Berwick to become the Democratic Nominee for Governor, now running against Republican nominee Charlie Baker. And in a big turnover, 9-Term Congressman representing Salem and northern Massachusetts was ousted by challenger and former Marine, Seth Moulton! What did the voters have to say?.... Also we'll touch on what Americans are thinking about further military engagement with ISIS...

- Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM).He is a former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill. Max Richtman testified last month in front of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he worked for many years, at a hearing about "Alzheimer's Disease". The costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's are an increasing part of Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. According to NCPSSM, "In 2014, [Medicare & Medicaid] will spend an estimated $150 billion for health, long-term care and hospice care for people who have dementia and related disorders". On top of this, funding for medical research into Alzheimer's and related illnesses is way down. Also...Political Polling on Social Security shows that protecting and even expanding Social Security would be winning campaign issues with Democratic voters.

- Paul Hodes, former NH Congressman & Senate Candidate, member of the NEA's "National Council on the Arts", and President of the Economic Innovation Institute (EII), an advocacy group working for "a growth and innovation economic agenda consistent with progressive ideals". Scott Brown handily won the Republican Senate Primary in New Hampshire yesterday, which means we're in for a really ugly fight in the next few weeks leading up to the November Election. The former Massachusetts Senator moved to New Hampshire last year and has big hopes to defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and possibly help Republicans take back control of the Senate. There is a LOT of big GOP money and interest in this race...

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Jeff Santos Show 9/9/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: It's the last round of state primaries before the general Election in November! Happy Voting Today, Listeners in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Delaware! Who are YOU voting for today? Why do they have YOUR Vote? NEA Teacher Tuesday Takes the 'Back To School Tour' to New Jersey! Also, Domestic Violence, Ray Rice & the NFL!

- Marie Blistan, Vice President of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's "Back To School Tour" comes to New Jersey this week to visit the Camden Schools and West Windsor schools in order to focus on Issues of importance to the NJ Education Association (NJEA), such as "Healthy Schools" and "Priority Schools". How is Public Education in New Jersey doing?

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at Lot of political races to talk about today with Primary elections in 5 States: Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Delaware......These are the final State Primaries before the November 4 General Election - except for Louisiana, which has all candidates on the Nov. ballot - if a runoff is required, it will be held December 6.

New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader, Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). Ms. Weinberg has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2005 and as Majority Leader since 2012. Prior to that she served in the General Assembly from 1992-2005. Senator Weinberg is Co-Chair of the NJ Legislative Select Committee on Investigation. She co-chairs the panel investigating "Bridgegate" with Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski. Things have been somewhat quiet over the summer, but the panel investigating the Christie bridge scandal - it is reported - will be re-invigorating the investigation, with a number of witnesses still expected to be subpoenaed. The last hearing was held on July 17th; no new Hearings are currently scheduled. We'll ask Senator Weinberg what the panel has learned so far, and what the next steps in the Investigation will be. Another story that has been leading the news is the suspension of NFL Player Ray Rice over an incident that took place in an Atlantic City, NJ hotel where he was filmed in an elevator hitting his fiancee so hard that she became unconscious. We'll ask the Majority Leader for her thoughts on the incident and the problem of domestic violence.

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Jeff Santos Show 9/8/14

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

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

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

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Monday check-in on the news of the day...

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

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

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Jeff Santos Show 9/5/14

GUESTS FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Chris Walla On Final Shows With DCFC; MA Gubernatorial Candidate Don Berwick & Remembering Joan Rivers! What's on your mind this Friday? Minimum Wage? NATO? Music? Joan Rivers? Military Engagement in the Middle East?.... ANYTHING GOES

- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America (DFA) We'll get Jim's thoughts about the home stretch into the November elections now that Labor Day is over... and how the fight for raising the Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers and others is impacting things this year. ALSO... the importance of keeping our military involvement in the Middle East to a dull roar!

- Chris Walla, Long time producer and guitarist for the alt rock band Death Cab For Cutie. They'll be appearing in Chicago tonight at the Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest (Go to for ticket info). Chris announced last month that he'll be leaving Death Cab For Cutie after 17 years, to focus on his music production and other projects. He's been an integral part of the band since its beginnings. Death Cab just finished recording a new album that will be released in a few months. Chris will be appearing with the band for 3 final Summer shows:
Fri Sept 5 (TONIGHT) – Chicago [Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest]
Sun Sept 7 – Toronto, Ontario [Riot Fest]
Thu Sept 11 - Victoria, BC, Canada [Rifflandia Music Festival]

With all the of the talk about the Minimum Wage protests this week we'll check in with Chris to see how things are going in Seattle, which already has a $15 minimum wage. Has there been any blowback since the increase? And thinking about Ferguson and the national discussion that story has raised, we'll talk about community-police relations in Seattle, which have been known to be problematic at times. The city has a new Police Chief who is bringing people on to take a new approach to address problems of homelessness and illegal drug sales in the city - they're talking about increasing the presence of cops on the beat, and maybe better ways of using resources to help the homeless. How are Seattle residents feeling about their police?

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

- Lance Gould, Executive Special Projects Editor, The Huffington Post, formerly with the Boston Phoenix. Remembering groundbreaking comedienne Joan Rivers who died yesterday at 81. Also... the much anticipated start of the NFL Season! It's been a couple of weeks since Lance has been on the show so we if time permits, we may get into the contrasting images from the VMA and Emmy Award shows, with Beyonce proudly standing in front of a giant bank of lights spelling the word "FEMINIST" at the VMA's and the questionable woman-on-a-pedestal "joke" with actress Sofia Vergara rotating on a pedestal in a ball gown at the Emmys!

- Democratic Candidate for Governor, Don Berwick. He is a Harvard-trained pediatrician who practiced for years before becoming a healthcare executive and advisor on health care issues internationally at the World Health Organization and elsewhere. In 1991, with a small seed grant, he founded the non-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge which now employs 150 people. The Massachusetts state primary election is only 4 days away on Tuesday September 9th. Don Berwick is the 3rd of the 3 Democratic candidates to appear on the show this week. We'll talk with candidate Berwick about his single-payer health plan for Massachusetts and his other ideas for Massachusetts if he's elected Governor. For Info, visit the campaign website:

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Jeff Santos Show 9/4/14

GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Fast Food Workers Strike Across The Country! MA Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Grossman 5 Days Before State Primary! Are you stuck in a low-wage, part-time, no benefit job and wondering how you'll ever get ahead?

- Jillian Berman, Business Reporter at The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg and Xconomy. Today across the country thousands of fast food workers will be going on strike to protest for higher wages. This movement started in 2012 after Thanksgiving when a group of New York City fast food workers went on strike - and has expanded throughout the United States and even overseas to address low wages, income inequality, and the right of workers to organize. Our guests points out in her Huffington Post piece today that today's protests are making history - by including another class of low-paid workers without benefits and no control over their work schedules - Home Care Workers...

- Massachusetts State Treasurer and Democratic Candidate for Governor, Steve Grossman. Grossman is also "a small businessman with more than 35 years of experience running a successful fourth generation family company and union shop, creating jobs and career opportunities for his employees". The Massachusetts state primary election is a few days away on Tuesday September 9th. The 3 Democratic candidates have been appearing in debates this week - last night facing off at a WBUR/Channel 7 debate and they meet again tonight at 6pm EDT on NECN in Boston. We'll talk with Treasurer Grossman about how the last week of the campaign is going and talk about his plans for Massachusetts if elected Governor. He's done some innovative things as Treasurer, including his Small Business Banking Partnership and we'll ask how he'd like to expand on these ideas if elected.

- 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 Fast Food Strikes, our low-wage economy & Politics!

- Live In-Studio...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. Continuing the conversation on the Fast Food Strikes and also, trying to keep our media and government focused on Rebuilding America - as well as dealing with international crises!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/3/14

GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: The President in Estonia this morning vowed to pursue the American objective to "destroy and degrade" ISIS. Do you think the U.S. and its allies can beat back this monster?

- 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...
KEY STORIES RONA'S FOLLOWING THIS WEEK: Microsoft - known for its efforts in sustainability - bows to pressure from investors and drops connections with ALEC - how is this good news for renewable energy? What are the implications?... and... some Positive Trends in Solar..."For the first time since 2006, solar panels could be in short supply"...."And by 2017, 26 US states could have rooftop solar that's as cheap as local electricity rates". Some Numbers: in 2006, 30,000 US homes had rooftop solar and that's grown to 400,000 in 2013!

- Bob Keefe, Executive Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. E2 provides an independent, nonpartisan resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. Good news in the world of renewable, clean energy jobs...From the E2 Press Release: "On the eve of Labor Day weekend, a new report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that more than 12,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the second quarter of this year – more than double the number of jobs announced in the first quarter.....The jump in jobs took place despite mixed signals on clean energy policies from Congress, but amidst new confidence about future clean energy growth tied to the recently announced federal Clean Power Plan that’s designed to cut carbon pollution and increase clean energy and energy efficiency."

- Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The President is in Europe this week, meeting with NATO leaders to talk about strategies for dealing with Russia over their incursion into Ukraine. He vowed that the US "will defend our NATO allies - every ally". This amid unconfirmed reports of a "cease-fire" agreement...At a press conference this morning with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik, President Obama responded to a question on another hot topic - ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria, saying that America's goal with is to essentially beat back this group and minimize their threat and influence in the region.

- 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. The President is overseas this week, meeting with NATO leaders to figure out what to do about Russia. At a press conference this morning in Estonia, President Obama said that NATO will defend all of its member allies - every one! criticizing Russia for its "brazen assault" on Ukraine... and he also spoke strongly about the U.S.'s objective to "degrade and destroy" ISIS, following another brutal execution of a Journalist, Steven Sotloff, by the barbaric terrorist group. He also has a piece this week on the History of Labor Day...not often remembered.

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Jeff Santos Show 9/2/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Hope you had a good Labor Day weekend... we'll be talking about workers and the meaning of Labor Day, but first we go back to school with the NEA for our Teacher Tuesday segment. New President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is on the road... in Florida!

- Fedrick Ingram, President, United Teachers of Dade (UTD). Mr. Ingram was born and raised in the Miami-Dade area where teachers played a big role in shaping his career. He spent 10 years in the classroom as a music teacher and band leader and was "recognized as Miami-Dade’s Teacher of the Year and Finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year in 2006". He was elected UTD Secretary-Treasurer in 2007 where he provided a balanced budget for 5 years before becoming UTD President. For her first official trip as President of the NEA, Lily Eskelsen Garcia took the NEA's "Back To School Tour" in Florida to Miami, where she and our guest - United Teachers of Dade President Fredrick Ingram - spoke at a local high school about "the toxic testing thats hurting students and schools, the upcoming [Florida] gubernatorial election, school-to-prison pipeline, voter engagement and other education topics..." We'll talk with UTD President Ingram about the state of public education in Florida, how the Governor's race may impact things, the current status of UTD's 2014-2015 Contract negotiations and other education issues of concern to Floridians.

- Massachusetts Attorney General and Democratic Candidate for Governor, Martha Coakley. The Massachusetts state primary election is one week away, on Tuesday September 9th. We'll talk with the current democratic front-runner about the last week of the campaign and her plans for Massachusetts if elected Governor. We'll also talk with the Attorney General about her thoughts on Ferguson from the law enforcement perspective, and what it says about good (and bad) governance.

- Professor Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Kalleberg specializes in: Work, Organizations, Social Stratification, Economy and Society. He has studied the effects of organization structures and human resource practices and programs on employees. And has done comparative research between the situations in the U.S., Norway and Japan. Variations in the economy by U.S. region - which states are doing better for workers & economic opportunity; comparison of U.S. vs. European economies (e.g., worker supports/benefits, labor unions; etc.); Should the U.S. look to model itself on what the EU is doing in education and/or healthcare?; What Labor Day means in 2014 - what is the status of Labor Unions in America 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 We'll look at next Tuesday's Massachusetts primary as well as other key races around the country....In Brad's latest piece at US News, he looks at the GOP's continuing problem with women voters... And stepping away from politics to a tragic story we're following today, another American journalist - Steven Sotloff - was reportedly murdered by ISIS/ISIL - according to a newly released video.

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Jeff Santos Show 8/21/14

GUESTS FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 21, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Jeff's on vacation this week and weekly contributors John Businger and Earl Bender are guest hosting. Today they'll be covering the topics of Grass Roots Politics, Transportation Infrastructure & the status of Voting Rights in America. Do you live in a state that's trying to limit YOUR access to the voting booth?

- Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America (DFA), a group founded by Gov. Howard Dean "on the idea that the grassroots are the key to the Democratic Party’s success", with the goal of reforming the Democratic Party from the ground up - with the help of energized progressive activist citizens! We'll talk with Jim today about DFA (what they do and how they do it), Grass roots organizing and the 50-state strategy. People call the non-presidential elections "the Midterms" but as a wise listener suggested, we call them "the Congressionals", because it's critically important to care about who's getting into elected office at all levels of government! We'll ask Jim to tell us about some of the DFA-endorsed candidates and races they're excited about including Josina Morita & Will Guzzardi in Illinois and Kelly Westlund, running for Congress in Wisconsin.

- Rick Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA), on the importance of enhancing America's transportation infrastructure...with much needed regional projects like "CrossRail Chicago" which bring communities and local economies together. CrossRail is an initiative which would knit together the Chicagoland region with passenger rail including, for the first time, creating rail connections between the south and northwest suburbs, as well as new Metra links between O’Hare International Airport, the Loop and the South Side. CrossRail also proposes connecting downstate Amtrak service to O’Hare, and constructing a new, sorely needed train station at the airport. CrossRail would build the foundation needed for the development of a Midwest high speed rail hub in Chicago. There are currently High Speed Rail projects in various stages around the country in: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa/Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin & California.

- Justin Levitt, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Levitt is a national expert in constitutional law and the law of democracy, with particular focus on election administration and redistricting. He has been published in the Harvard Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal, among others. Levitt has testified before U.S. Senate committees, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, several state legislative bodies, and both federal and state courts. His research has been cited extensively in the media and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also maintains the website All About Redistricting, tracking the process of state and federal redistricting around the country, including litigation....We'll look at all aspects of current Voting rights in America: the reality of alleged "voter fraud"; specific states with legislation that is reducing, threatening, or limiting voter access (as in Ohio); the expected and actual impact on upcoming 2014 elections; what's behind the push for voter ID laws and limiting flexibility for voters in casting a ballot; etc.

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