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Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group and Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts deliver weekly updates on every twist, turn, poll, and scoop you need to know on the Massachusetts mayoral, congressional, and statewide races worth watching. THE HORSE RACE: Steve Koczela, host; Lauren Dezenski, host; Hannah Chanatry, producer; Maureen McInerney, graphic designer.

Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group and Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts deliver weekly updates on every twist, turn, poll, and scoop you need to know on the Massachusetts mayoral, congressional, and statewide races worth watching. THE HORSE RACE: Steve Koczela, host; Lauren Dezenski, host; Hannah Chanatry, producer; Maureen McInerney, graphic designer.
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Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group and Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts deliver weekly updates on every twist, turn, poll, and scoop you need to know on the Massachusetts mayoral, congressional, and statewide races worth watching. THE HORSE RACE: Steve Koczela, host; Lauren Dezenski, host; Hannah Chanatry, producer; Maureen McInerney, graphic designer.

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Episodes

Episode 32: To The Left, To The Left

5/23/2018
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5/23/18 -- There are two candidates left in the Democratic primary for governor, and both are eyeing the lane to the left. State House News Service’s Matt Murphy has the highlights on Jay Gonzalez, while CommonWealth Magazine’s Michael Jonas digs into the multi-faceted “who-clause” that is Bob Massie. We then head to the Berkshires with WAMC Radio’s Josh Landes to check out a surprisingly dramatic DA race. This episode is sponsored by the Massachusetts Business Round Table.

Duration:00:32:01

Episode 31: Exit Stage Far Right

5/16/2018
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5/16/18 -- Pastor turned politician Scott Lively surprised some in the GOP establishment when he secured a spot on the ballot for the Republican gubernatorial primary. WGBH reporter and co-host of The Scrum Adam Reilly digs into who Lively is, and how he plans to cover the candidate. Then we look west with the Springfield Republican’s Shannon Young to check in on the primary challenge to Congressman Richard Neal (MA-1). Plus POLITICO’s Steve Shepard and our co-host Steve Koczela get their...

Duration:00:31:55

Episode 30: Grand Bargain Hunters

5/9/2018
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5/9/18 -- The home stretch of the ballot question saga comes down to a supreme judicial court decision. State House News reporter Andy Metzger explains why we’re in limbo and what to make of Governor Baker’s “Grand Bargain.” Then we hear from Western Massachusetts correspondent Rich Parr, who due to Stan Rosenberg's resignation now lives in a district with no state representation. Plus our resident state senate bureau chief Ben Downing discusses the current state of the body.

Duration:00:33:20

Emergency Podcast: Stan Rosenberg steps down

5/3/2018
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Emergency Podcast: Stan Rosenberg steps down by Steve Koczela; Lauren Dezenski; Hannah Chanatry

Duration:00:17:02

Episode 28: "We'll Do It Lively"

5/2/2018
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5/2/18 -- It's GOP week at The Horse Race. First, we recap the Republican state convention with CommonWealth Magazine's Michael Jonas. Then, some zesty candidate insight from two convention delegates: Ed Lyons and Jon Fetherston.

Duration:00:33:44

Episode 27: The Ballot Stakes

4/25/2018
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4/25/18 -- It's a busy week in the bunker with Voter Choice Massachusett's Adam Friedman on ranked choice voting, and -- in a return to the pod -- our senior campaign finance correspondent Sean Curran on the funding behind ballot question campaigns. Then, Steve and Lauren dig into the latest polling and upcoming debate in the race for the MA-3.

Duration:00:32:56

Episode 26: North of the Wall

4/18/2018
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4/18/18 -- We head north of the wall - a.k.a. New Hampshire - with special guest host and former pod correspondent Ben Downing. First, The Boston Globe's James Pindell describes what he's seeing up north, now that we know Rep. Joe Kennedy III will be heading there in the fall. Then, Salem News' Ethan Forman breaks down the Republican challengers to Rep. Seth Moulton, and our local poll master and host Steve Koczela calls in to discuss the polling related additions to the AP Stylebook.

Duration:00:30:29

Episode 25: Conventional Wisdom

4/11/2018
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4/11/18 -- Former MassGOP chair Jenn Nassour is sharing her "conventional wisdom" with us this week as we get closer to the MassGOP convention. Then The Dorchester Reporter's Jenn Smith returns for the latest on a surprisingly competitive race for Suffolk County DA. Plus Steve and Lauren talk money! FEC reports for the Senate race are in, and we have updates on the candidates' financial standings.

Duration:00:33:20

Episode 24: The Senate's Chaos Theory

4/4/2018
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4/4/18 -- Former State Senator Ben Downing is back! He reappears this week as the body's mountain of bad press has us testing a State Senate Chaos Theory. Then we look west with Matt Szafranski of Western Massachusetts Politics & Insight, checking in on the unexpected primary challenge to Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg. Plus, it's almost caucus time! Steve and Lauren break down what it means when the largest number of delegates are "uncommitted."

Duration:00:30:44

Episode 23: Ballot Question Questions

3/28/2018
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We're answering your questions on ballots and questions on ballot questions this week on The Horse Race First Pam Wilmot, head of Common Cause Massachusetts, explains Automatic Voter Registration and why it's a big deal. Then political reporter Shira Schoenberg joins us for an update on the final version of the criminal justice reform bill. Finally, Steve and Lauren look at the impending decisions on three big revenue issues: the minimum wage, the "millionaire's tax" and the sales tax...

Duration:00:28:23

Episode 22: The Revolution Will Be Polled

3/22/2018
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It's all about polls and emerging political power this week. First, Nichole Mossalam, Co-Chair of Our Revolution Massachusetts' Coordinating Committee, joins us to discuss ORMA's rise and what the brand new organization sees in its future. Then, Steve drops some serious polling insight -- courtesy of his most recent WBUR poll -- on Warren's Republican challengers and major policy initiatives on Beacon Hill.

Duration:00:32:01

Episode 21: Hindsight is 2017

3/14/2018
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We're looking back on five months of #mapoli coverage this week. Reporter/MA-3 hawk Chris Lisinski of the Lowell Sun recaps the race for the open seat, and Emerge Massachusetts Executive Director Ryanne Olsen touches on the wave of women running for office. Plus, Steve digs into a highly topical segment we like to call "storm politics."

Duration:00:32:37

Episode 20: Wild, Wild West Mass

3/7/2018
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This week we continue our tour of the commonwealth with hot takes from Suffolk County and western Massachusetts. The Dorchester Reporter's Jennifer Smith and MassLive's Gin Dumcius join us in the studio, and "West Mass" correspondent/MassINC Polling Group Research Director Rich Parr calls in to break down all the movement. PLUS, what animal is featured in former Governor Bill Weld's official state house portrait? Tune in next week to find out. **West Mass video and audio created by Steve...

Duration:00:29:15

Episode 19: Suffolk Downing

2/28/2018
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Former State Senator Ben Downing joins us this week to explain the turmoil on Beacon Hill, its impact on senate function and the significance of state and local primary challenges. Then, Steve's got a new transportation poll with hot takes on traffic, and Lauren explains why Massachusetts' drop in the U.S. News and World Report ranking is fair game for Governor Baker's critics.

Duration:00:31:45

Episode 18: Frugg Life

2/21/2018
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CommonWealth Magazine's Michael Jonas descends on the bunker to explain the recent surprise in the Suffolk County District Attorney race, while political observer Josh Gee calls in from New York to dish on frugging (fundraising under the guise of research). Then, Steve and Lauren break down a potentially confusing ballot question regarding the repeal of the transgender accommodations law.

Duration:00:31:49

Episode 17: The Challenge

2/15/2018
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This week it’s all about challenges: special guest Lawrence Friedman, professor of law at the New England Law Boston explains the details of the supreme judicial court case regarding the so-called millionaire’s tax; Steve breaks down his latest WBUR poll on the primary race between Mike Capuano and challenger Ayanna Pressley; and Setti Warren shares delegates with his fellow gubernatorial challengers in Newton.

Duration:00:26:28

Episode 16: Storming the Gates

2/7/2018
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Steve Koczela is back in the bunker just in time for caucus season! We’ve got answers to all the caucus questions you’re afraid to ask with special guest Gus Bickford, Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. We also check in on the first forum for the MA-3, the legal challenge to the proposed “Fair Share” ballot question and the latest development in the senate presidency.

Duration:00:29:28

Episode 15: Chomping At The Bit

2/1/2018
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Linda Dorcena Forry is out, Ayanna Pressley is in and Lindstrom, Kingston and Diehl fight for the cash in this week's episode. Plus, Jennifer Smith of the Dorchester Reporter joins us in the studio, Lauren misses a game show reference and a surprise appearance from a familiar voice explains -- you guessed it -- polls polls polls.

Duration:00:38:08

Episode 14: The Sport of Governors

1/24/2018
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We’ve got veteran State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy in the bunker this week breaking down Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address (hot take: it’s STRONG). Plus Maureen McInerney, Public Affairs Associate at MassINC fills in for host Steve Koczela to talk fundraising in the Governor’s race, the election for Suffolk County Register of Deeds (it’s wonky, we know) and the upcoming forum featuring the Democrats -- all thirteen -- running for the MA-3. Oh, and...

Duration:00:29:24

Episode 13: Money Riders

1/17/2018
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This week it's all about the money, and the numbers are eyepopping -- Warren's making bank, candidates in the MA-3 are raking it in and Marty Walsh is growing his war chest fresh off reelection. We also check in on Brendan Crighton's walk into the state senate and preview the upcoming State of the Commonwealth. And in case you were wondering (and paying attention to trivia), the first stagecoach between Boston and Cambridge opened in 1793 -- a "reliable" Omnibus stagecoach replaced it in...

Duration:00:28:15

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