The Scrum

3:53 pm
Thu November 12, 2015

Grand Prix of Boston CEO Mark Perrone: “We Are Asking For Zero Taxpayer Dollars”

An IndyCar race.
Credit Michele Ursino / Flickr Creative Commons


Grand Prix of Boston has reworked its contract with the city so that no taxpayer dollars will be used for its IndyCar racing events in South Boston, CEO Mark Perrone told WGBH News.

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9:37 am
Fri October 16, 2015

LISTEN: Scrum Podcast: What's Next For Evan Falchuk After Boston 2024?

Evan Falchuk and supporters rally on the steps of the State House against using taxpayer money on the Olympic Games.
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH News

Six months ago, Evan Falchuk was—to many—the posterchild of the anti-Olympics movement in Massachusetts. Now, of course, the bid is dead. So what's next for Falchuk and his political party, the United Independent Party?

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9:43 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cruz, Kerry, Warren, And Other Phenomena: The Scrum Reports From Washington

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.

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12:57 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Behind The Fight To Keep The Olympics Out Of Boston

Chris Dempsey and Kelley Gossett brought this novelty check to the Boston City Council meeting last week, but decided not to present it.
Credit Abbie Ruzicka / WGBH

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.

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3:18 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The MBTA's Real Problem: Political Hypocrisy, Not Cold And Snow

MBTA passengers wait at Davis Square station in Somerville on Tuesday.
Credit Edgar B. Herwick III / WGBH News

Under the unusual stress of the past week's brutal weather, the MBTA's equipment did exactly as expected: it completely failed.

Thank the state legislature.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Republican Women Get The Short End Of The Stick

From left: Mia Love, Barbara Comstock and Joni Ernst.
Credit AP Photos

Over at The Scrum, David Bernstein makes his blogging debut crunching the numbers on GOP women's supposed gains in the midterms:

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5:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Scrum Podcast: What Charlie Baker Learned From Deval Patrick

Gov. Patrick and Charlie Baker at a news conference earlier this week.
Credit AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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12:01 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Good Luck, Charlie Baker

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)

People said the 2014 Massachusetts governor's race was boring, but what a finish!

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Local News
5:54 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Scrum ID's The Good, The Bad, And The Unfair In 2014 Campaign Ads

There's less than a week to go before the Massachusetts election on Nov. 4. Bring on the political ads.

Less than one week to go until the 2014 election. And that means that if you watch any TV over the next few days, you’ll see an avalanche of political ads.

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4:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

'I Get No Respect': Why Does The Media Ignore Some Candidates?

Do we write off some independent and Republican politicians in Massachusetts because they're not viable? Or are they not viable because we write them off?

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11:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Jane Swift On Romney 2016, The GOP's Shifting Ideology, Charlie Baker

Jane Swift stumping for John McCain in 2008.
Credit AP Photo/Steven Senne

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2:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Barney Frank Talks Race, Republicans, And Foreign Policy

Barney Frank (left) sat down with The Scrum's David Bernstein, Peter Kadzis, and Adam Reilly.
Credit Abbie Ruzicka / WGBH

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Politics & Government
4:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Scrum Podcast: Attorney General Candidate Warren Tolman

Warren Tolman
Credit Facebook

The Scrum's Adam Reilly and David Bernstein rap with Democratic Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman about his bid to become the state's top law-enforcement officer.

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Politics & Government
2:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Scrum Podcast Goes To Market Basket

Peter Kadzis, David Bernstein, and Adam Reilly discuss the merits of Market Basket brand gummy bears.
Abbie Ruzicka WGBH

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10:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

The Scrum Podcast: 'Mud Is The Lubricant Of Mass. Politics'

At the top of the list for this week's Scrum podcast: Why the heck did Boston Mayor Marty Walsh go on a live radio show and defend John O’Brien?

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Local News
8:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

DeLeo On The Spot, Walsh's Casino Move, Pols Benefit From Women's Equality Rally

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes from deciding the casino game is rigged, to deciding he wants to be dealt in.

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Local News
12:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Scrum: What Does The Casino Ballot Question Mean For Mass. Politics?

A rendering of MGM Resorts' proposed casino complex in Springfield, released August 2012

The Massachusetts Governor's race and the Attorney General's race got a lot more interesting on Tuesday.

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3:28 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

How Will Ballot Measures Affect The Gubernatorial Race?

Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk about the fluid public opinion regarding casinos, and how that plays out for the upcoming elections.

7:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Scrum Podcast: Mass. Democratic Convention Fallout

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.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Gov. Patrick Vs. 'Gov.' DeLeo

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? 

Local News
5:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor DeLeo?

Who: journalist David Bernstein, WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly, editor Peter Kadzis

What: House Speaker Robert DeLeo comes out with some gun control bill two months before the end of the legislative session. Why now? It puts Gov. Patrick under the gun, and will it make a difference? 

3:11 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Walsh And Diversity; Coakley's Missteps: Bonus Scrum

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.

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3:59 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Goldwaterism Rampant

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein break down the results of Tuesday's midterm congressional elections.

4:03 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

What Is The Charlie Baker-Chris Christie Connection?

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."

12:54 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Clinton, Benghazi, Lewinsky And Warren

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.

2:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Scrum Breaks Down Gaming Commish Stephen Crosby's Recusal

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.

5:32 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Scrum on DCF, Marty Walsh's High Development Marks, And Charlie Baker's Scott Brown Problem

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein round up some political odds and ends on The Scrum.

Politics & Government
3:12 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Good Politics, Bad Finance: Marty Walsh And The Firefigher's New Contract

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein talk about Mayor Marty Walsh's contract negotiations with the firefighters' union.