Election 2012

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:12 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Callie's Under-the-Radar Week in Review

Since it's Friday we looked at stories from community papers and online outlets that didn't get big press.

Julio Varela and Marcela Garcia joined Callie Crossley in Studio 3.

Guests:

  • Marcela Garcia, journalist and regular WGBH contributor.
  • Julio Varela, founder of Latino Rebels.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:13 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Abraham Lincoln School of Management

Pres. Abraham Lincoln looms large in history, and recent films have rekindled interest in Lincoln's methods. Harvard Prof. Nancy Koehn said Lincoln's methods are instructive to would-be business leaders.
Credit Adamjonfuller / Flickr

In the last presidential race, former Gov. Mitt Romney tried selling himself to voters as "CEO-in-chief" — as a business leader ready to lead the nation to a better future.

As we know, the pitch ultimately fell short. But if we reversed the situation, could business leaders learn something from our presidents?

With President's Day just around the corner, and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln up for a host of awards, Harvard Prof. Nancy Koehn joined Kara Miller to talk about Pres. Lincoln's leadership style.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:04 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Another Week, Another Set of Title Changes in Massachusetts Politics

Another week, another set of title changes. Hillary Clinton will be “former” Secretary of State, and it’s now “Secretary” John Kerry, thank you very much. William “Mo” Cowan will be Senator for the time it takes to vote in a permanent replacement.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Pulling Back the Curtain on Billion-Dollar Campaign Finance

It's been a good couple weeks if your name is Hillary Clinton. Clinton emerged relatively unscathed after giving a full day's testimony on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Later, she and Pres. Obama sat down for an interview on the CBS show 60 Minutes, which came across as either a victory lap for a now-retired Secretary of State, or a high-profile endorsement for a 2016 presidential campaign — depending on your point of view.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:27 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

William 'Mo' Cowan, Massachusetts' New Interim Senator

At long last, Massachusetts residents and lawmakers have their answer: William "Mo" Cowan, attorney and former chief of staff for Governor Deval Patrick, will be the state's interim senator. This follows weeks of speculation over Patrick's pick. Earlier this week, Senator John Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State, thus vacating his long-held seat.

It was no secret that now-retired Rep. Barney Frank petitioned Gov. Patrick for the interim position. Frank said as much on more than one occasion.

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POLITICS
2:10 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Convention Center Banks $750,000 From Romney Election Night Party

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves the podium giving his concession speech at his campaign election night event at the BostonConvention & Exhibition Center Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.
Credit (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority had a better election night than Mitt Romney, banking $750,000 in profits from the Republican presidential hopeful's Nov. 6 party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The $1.2 million in gross revenue from Romney's event and the $750,000 profit was an unanticipated bump to the authority's budget, helping to put the MCCA $3.5 million above projections, according to MCCA chief strategy officer Johanna Storella, who briefed the MCCA board on the budget on Thursday.

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POLITICS
3:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

After the Election, What Happens to the Volunteers?

Elizabeth Warren volunteer Nina Wootan celebrating when Warren's decisive lead over Brown was announced.
Credit Meredith Nierman / WGBH

It was a historic week in Massachusetts politics, as Elizabeth Warren was sworn in as the first woman senator from Massachusetts.

Looking back, it took unprecedented work from thousands of volunteers to help Warren get elected, and one of them, Nina Wootan of Belmont, was moved to tears when she watched her candidate being sworn into office.

Like the other volunteers who spent weeks knocking on doors for Warren, Wootan thought she had heard the last of Republican Scott Brown, and she planned to hang up her volunteer hat for good. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:49 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Week in Review — 1.4.13

It's been a wild start to 2013. Washington careened over the fiscal cliff but still hammered out a mid-plummet agreement. On Thursday, Elizabeth Warren became the first Massachusetts woman to serve in the Senate. Joseph Kennedy III was also sworn in.

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YEAR IN REVIEW
10:02 am
Fri December 28, 2012

2012: The Year in Review

The new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now open to the public.
Credit Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Who can remember this headline from January 1, 2012: "Disputes Over Television Fees Lead to a Few Blackouts"? How about "Iowa Caucus Voters Lack Enthusiasm"?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:03 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Lawrence Lessig on Money and Politics

The 2012 election saw some of the largest amounts of money being poured into campaigns. Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says it's time to reexamine the whole system.
Credit 401(K) 2012 / Flickr

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a landmark Supreme Court case with huge political implications. In the wake of Citizens, super PACs became the cash-raising vehicle of choice for parties and their candidates.

Nowhere was this more apparent than in the 2012 election. Billions were spent by super PACs, from the presidential race and down the ticket. With few exceptions, no race was immune to the spending.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:54 am
Thu December 27, 2012

The Year of the Donkey, The Elephant, and Other Political Animals

We continue our “best of” 2012 conversation with a look at the year in politics.

It seems like it’s been years  since Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum were vying to be the GOP nominee. Remember Harry Reid insisting that Governor Romney was hiding something in his tax returns? What about Obama’s bomb of a debate performance?  Or his shift in support for same sex marriage? Or Justice Roberts surprising the nation with his ruling on The Affordable Care Act?

Some of these moments were pure theatre but some of them had a huge effect on our country.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:02 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Week in Review — 12.21.12

On Friday, we heard the National Rifle Association's CEO Wayne LaPierre addressing the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in an unprecedented press conference. Last week's tragedy has dominated this week's headlines, and for good reason. Pres. Obama has pushed gun regulation to the top of his legislative agenda. Vice Pres. Joe Biden is heading up a task force to see it gets done.

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ECONOMY
3:47 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Mass. Voters Favor Raising Taxes on the Wealthy

Credit MassUniting

Results from a new poll show a majority of Massachusetts voters support raising taxes on people earning more than $250,000 per year, and that job creation is a top priority.

Jim Williams, polling analyst with Public Policy Polling said the post-election survey revealed that the results of the election were not a fluke.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:20 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Politics as Usual — 12.10.12

Pres. Obama and John Boehner met Sunday at the White House to discuss the impending year-end budget crunch. No details have emerged from that meeting.
Credit Pres. Obama and John Boehner at the president's 2011 State of the Union speech. / Wikimedia Commons

The buzz over the weekend was all about striking deals ahead of the year-end budget crunch. You don't need any insider info to know Pres. Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday. Both sides are mum on what sort of horses were being traded, but as of Monday the impasse continues.

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POLITICS
3:44 am
Mon December 10, 2012

How Obama's 2nd Inauguration Will Differ From 1st

Construction is under way on the viewing stand in front of the U.S. Capitol for President Obama's Inauguration Day ceremonies on Jan. 21.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 7:37 am

Details are starting to come out about President Obama's second inauguration next month. The co-chairmen include some leaders of the Democratic Party and the business world as well as actress Eva Longoria. A record crowd came to the nation's capital in 2009 to witness the country's first black president take the oath of office, but this event is expected to be less flashy.

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IMMIGRATION
12:14 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Will GOP's Achieve Act Woo Latino Voters?

Will Latino voters support the GOP's Achieve Act or prefer the Democratic Dream Act?
Credit Jens Schott Knudsen / Flickr Creative Commons

Some say it’s an olive branch to Latino voters — others are more enthusiastic, calling it a revelation. Whatever it is, Republican politicians have proposed a version of the Dream Act to allow certain undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson introduced the bill, called the Achieve Act, last week.

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INNOVATION HUB
2:09 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Innovation Hub 12/01/12: The End of Polarization?

Final state results from the 2012 Election. Can red and blue states find common ground?
AP

Guests:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:41 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Tracking Romney's Next Move

Today former Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney goes to Washington but not on the terms he would have preferred. Late Thursday morning, Gov. Romney stepped into the White House as a guest of President Obama. The two had a bite in a private White House dining room, away from the prying eyes of the press.

The two may hash out a role for Gov. Romney — or they may just trade pleasantries and be done with it. Whatever goes down, speculation is rampant about Romney's future prospects.

GUEST:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Awaking the Sleeping Giant: The 2012 Minority Vote

The 2012 election told us a lot about the demographic makeup of the US, especially who votes and why they vote. Minorities in particular — Latinos, Asian and African Americans — were the decisive factor in the Presidential race, as well as down-ticket New England races.

The votes have been cast and constituents have spoken. Now it's up to Pres. Obama in his second term to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse electorate.

Kelly Bates and Marcela Garcia joined Callie Crossley to talk about the 2012 election.

GUESTS:

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POLITICS
11:07 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Record Number of Mass. Voters Cast Ballots

Secretary of State William Galvin says a record number of Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day.

Galvin says 3,184,196 people voted on Nov. 6, or 73.3 percent of the state's 4.3 million voters. That was about 81,000 more than participated in the elections of November 2008.

The final vote tallies are scheduled to be submitted to the Governor's Council on Wednesday for certification.

Vote certification means that the right to repair and medical marijuana ballot questions approved take effect Jan. 1.

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PROTEST
3:38 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Talks Draw Protesters

An unidentified activist dressed as a turkey, wore a sign that read
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH

Skeptics of the "grand bargain" negotiation underway between President Obama and Congressional leaders are calling it a “turkey.” Several dozen activists protested outside Senator John Kerry's downtown Boston office Monday at noon to draw attention to the possibility of social spending cuts in an effort to alleviate January's "fiscal cliff."  

LISTEN: Protestor Explains Conflict

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:10 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Big Money, Big Impact

The 2012 election was one of the most expensive in American history- with the Romney and Obama campaigns spending nearly $2 billion. On top of that, Super PACs poured over $600 million into this season's race. Boston Public Radio looks at whether big money made a big dent in the 2012 elections, and if it has forever changed American politics and democracy.

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ELECTION 2012
12:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Warren's Winning Strategies

Political activist Barbara Lee supports progressive women.
Ibby Caputo WGBH

As a United States Senator, Elizabeth Warren will be starting her political career close to the top. Warren will be one of 20 women Senators in the next Congress — a record-breaker. Some pundits are calling this the year of the woman ... redux. 

The original “year of the woman” occurred 20 years ago, when seven senate seats went to women in 1992.    

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POLITICS
5:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Romney Blames Loss on "Gifts"

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:45 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Red State, Blue State: 8 Wines To Try During the Election

Try a wine from a vineyard in a blue state and a wine from a vineyard in a red state on election day.
Credit iStockphoto.com

There's been nonstop talk about red states, blue states, and battleground states during this election cycle. Boston Public Radio added some levity to the conversation with a twist of the corkscrew. Callie Crossley spoke with Boston Wine School founder Jonathan Alsop about blue state and red state wineries. 

Alsop's Recommendations:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:45 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Future of the GOP

One of the big stories that came out of the presidential election was the story of the Republican party. The outcome of the election has people wondering if it could be an indicator that the GOP message is not connecting with most Americans. 

President Barack Obama won Latino voters by 71 percent, voters under age 30 by 60 percent, and 55 percent of women voted for him. Pundits and politicos on the right and left are saying it's time for the GOP to do some soul searching, and Boston Public Radio tapping into that soul searching with three Massachusetts Republican leaders. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:45 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Politics As Usual — 11.12.12

It's Veteran's Day today, when we honor those serving and those who have served the country. But a recent military storyline threatens to overshadow today's proceedings.

Four star Gen. David Petraeus resigned Friday from his position as director of the CIA after revelations he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. What began as a marital impropriety blossomed into interagency squabbling in the intelligence community and Congress. Now elected officials want a full accounting and timeline of events.

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ELECTION 2012
10:20 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Brown vs. Warren: The Bus Tour Results

Sen. Scott Brown shakes hands with supporters in Dedham, Mass.
Credit Elise Amendola / AP

It's easy to view the election results as a Monday-morning quarterback. But it seems like the numbers just never added up for Scott Brown’s re-election bid. To win, he would have needed more votes than any Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts’ history. And just where was Brown going to find the 229,228 votes to tie Elizabeth Warren? Would it be from the three debates, his campaign ads, phone banks or the door-to-door ground assault? 

"Shock The World"

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Can We Reduce Political Polarization?

Final state results from the 2012 Election. Can red and blue states find common ground?
Credit AP

It’s an issue that hangs heavy on our minds in the wake of the election: polarization. We sat in front of our TVs on election night and watched the map of America get divided into red states and blue states. We expect the map will turn mostly blue on the coasts and mostly red in the South and Midwest.

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ELECTION 2012
6:23 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Republicans Lose Ground In New England

The election could not have gone much worse for Republicans in New England.

GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did not capture a single electoral vote here. Senator Scott Brown was cast aside by Massachusetts voters in favor of Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

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