Here on The Scrum podcast, we promise to cover politics "from Beacon Hill to the Beltway," and this week we finally took that literally. David S. Bernstein gathered up a few "Bostonians in exile" at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.-- Boston Globe Washington correspondent Matt Viser; and USA Today reporter Donovan Slack.
Whether Boston lands the 2024 Summer Olympics or doesn't, the fight over the push to bring the games to Massachusetts is the defining political battle of the moment-- and a fascinating case study in the uses and limits of power.
Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, the declared winner in his race against Attorney General Martha Coakley, gestures as he addresses supporters at his election night event early Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman—described by WGBH's Peter Kadzis as a "consummate political insider" and "prince of labor"—won his party's endorsement at the recent Massachusetts Democratic State Convention, but only by the slimmest of margins. Somehow, newcomer Maura Healey managed to come within a whisker of winning. And in what's been a pretty boring election year thus far, the Attorney General race is becoming the thing to watch.
This week, WGBH's political wonks David Bernstein, Adam Reilly, and Peter Kadzis talk about the differences between the economic development plans of Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Governor Deval Patrick (hint: noncompete clauses, liquor licenses). Will there be a compromise? Or will the 'loser' get a platform to campaign on?
Adam Reilly and David Bernstein evaluate how Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has delivered on his campaign promise of diversity in his administration, and Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk about the "politically challenged" Martha Coakley's gubernatorial campaign missteps.
Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein follow the money after a report detailing Charlie Baker's donation to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's state party, and New Jersey's pension fund's subsequent investing in General Catalyst, the venture capital firm where Baker is "executive-in-residence."
Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein ponder the "conservative marketplace" and the impact renewed talk about Benghazi and Monica Lewinsky could have on Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects.
Responding to breaking news of Massachusetts Gaming Commission head Stephen Crosby recusing himself from the Boston-area casino decision, Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly sprung into action to ponder the development and its ramifications.