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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 58: The Ayannas Have It

11/21/2018
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We've got a special Thanksgiving treat this week! Co-Host, Jennifer Smith, of the Dorchester Reporter, caught up with Congresswoman-Elect, Ayanna Pressley, over the phone for a behind the scenes look at the road to D.C. What are we thankful for? You! Our loyal listeners. We'll be back next week for our regularly scheduled lineup of trivia, polls, and bad horse puns.

Duration:00:42:43

Episode 57: Come Get Your Trophy!

11/14/2018
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We're back for the post-election run down to get caught up on the races we couldn't cover at last week's live event. Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith take a look at election outcomes and what we can expect next. Dan Cence, who oversees government relations at Solomon McCown and is a key advisor to the No on 1 group joins us to go over the results from Question 1. Here to fill us in on a round up of state races and voter turnout is long time guest of the pod, Gin Dumcius from MassLive and the...

Duration:00:39:09

Episode 56: LIVE with the Winner's Circle

11/7/2018
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We're LIVE from WeWork at 1 Beacon St. bringing you the best of horse racing puns to the Post-Election Winner's Circle. Your hosts, Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith wrap up what just happened and what we can expect next locally, state-wide, and nationally. First we check in with Representative Katherine Clark from MA's 5th district about what we can expect now that Dems have taken the House. Then, we hear from Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor at Large, about everything from daily transit...

Duration:01:13:18

Episode 55: The Halloween Boo Wave

10/31/2018
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For your spookiest episode of The Horse Race yet, we hit the stretch run just one week before the election. As election day nears, Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith provide an update on three new polls that have been published this week. Then we check in on the attorney general's race with Maddie Kilgannon of WGBH. And finally, we hear from Steve Brown of WBUR about several of the contested seats in this year's race. And, don't forget to register for our LIVE post general election recording...

Duration:00:32:09

Episode 54: The Elephant in the Room

10/24/2018
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Welcome to debate season! On this episode of The Horse Race, Steve Koczela and Jenn Smith check in on the rousing round of debates that swept the state this past week. Next, we call many time guest of the pod, Chris Lisinski to check in on the MA 3rd Congressional district race. And finally, we hear from Shira Schoenberg on a race we should all be paying more attention to; the treasurers race (while cringing through their most recent trending hashtag.) We can't wait to see you all on...

Duration:00:35:28

Episode 53: Faded Blue Genes

10/17/2018
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We're gearing up for these final weeks before the general election with our new Horse Race co-host, and many time guest of the pod, Jennifer Smith. Here to keep us updated with this week's wave of Senator Warren news is Vicki McGrane of the Boston Globe. Then, we welcome a new guest to the show, Dr. Shannon Jenkins Chair of the Department of Political Science at UMass Dartmouth who claims we should all be paying closer attention to the 9th Congressional District race. And finally, what's an...

Duration:00:28:05

Episode 52: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

10/11/2018
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It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year... for polling that is! On this week's episode of The Horse Race, our very own Maeve Duggan of the MASSInc Polling Group joins as a co-host with Steve Koczela to take us behind all of this week's freshly published polls. Since we're just one month out from election day, we'll get you caught up on the Baker / Gonzales debate with Gin Dumcius of The Springfield Republican and Mass Live. Then, Katie Lannan joins us again for a quick update on the...

Duration:00:36:55

Episode 51: Anger Management

10/3/2018
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October has officially begun and brought us several surprises. Katie Lannan of Statehouse News joins us as our guest host this week to unpack what we like to call "the Massachusetts connection" to several national events, including Senator Warren's potential Presidential campaign, the Kavanaugh hearings, and Barak Obama's recent endorsements. Here to break down what has been a news-filled week, we welcome Vicki McGraine of the Boston Globe and Stephanie Murray of POLITICO.

Duration:00:35:16

Episode 50: They See Me Pollin'

9/26/2018
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That's right, it is polling season! We welcome back special guest host Jennifer Smith of the Dorchester Reporter to join Steve Koczela, President of the MassINC Polling Group to go over the latest in MA general election news, polls, and even potential presidential bids. Joining us as a first time guest on the pod, Vicki McGraine of the Boston Globe talked with us about Charlie Baker and Geoff Diehl and what that big endorsement means. And finally we caught up with Michael Jonas of...

Duration:00:37:52

Episode 49: Victory Lap, Or... Dezexit

9/19/2018
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We're taking a farewell victory lap this week for Lauren Dezenski's very last episode of The Horse Race before she moves to Washington D.C. to join CNN. As the third congressional race finally came to its close, we welcomed Chris Lisinski of the Lowell Sun to give us a rundown of the recount madness. Then we looked to our expert ballot guest George Cronin to get caught up on upcoming general ballot questions. John Walsh, Mass Democratic party legend gave us some insiders insight on the new...

Duration:00:45:12

Episode 48: Tomorrow is Brand New DA

9/12/2018
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On this episode of The Horse Race, we wrap up our recap of the primary election and make a big announcement. We welcomed News Editor at the Dorchester Reporter, Jenn Smith and Michael Jonas of Commonwealth Magazine to cover the DA race. We then catch up with our friends of the Codcast, Jennifer Nassour and Jesse Mermell to hear all about their new, highly opinionated, cross-partisan podcast, Disagreeing Agreeably.

Duration:00:38:51

Episode 47: The Horse Race LIVE -- Full Court Pressley

9/6/2018
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The Horse Race goes LIVE in this special post-primary "winner's circle." We recorded in front of a live studio audience at WeWork Boston's One Beacon office. President of the MassInc Polling Group, Steve Koczela and Politico Massachusetts' Lauren Dezenski break down all things Massachusetts primaries. On this extended episode, we welcomed Meghna Chakrabarti Host of NPR's "On Point" to discuss MA elections up and down the ticket. We then welcomed Gus Bickford Chair of Mass Dems to talk...

Duration:01:22:00

Episode 46: Down to the Wire

8/30/2018
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8/29/18 -- With less than a week from the MA primary election, you could say we've hit the stretch run. In a jam packed episode, we cover what we can expect from campaigns in the final week before the polls close. Principal Sean Curran of Waterville Consulting joins us in the studio to break down what's happening right now with campaign advertising. We're also joined by Mike McLaughlin, an expert in campaign fielding. And finally we bring Bruce Mohl in to discuss a recent article he wrote...

Duration:00:42:24

Episode 45: Lieutenant Governing

8/22/2018
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8/22/18 -- Secretary of State Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim are highlighted again this week as they each launch attack ads. Then we focus on one race that has flown under radar -- the democratic primary for lieutenant governor. Former LG and current president of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce Tim Murray tells us what it's like to run for the seat. Plus Becca Rausch is running for state senate and calling for transparency on Beacon Hill -- and 14 other democratic women running for office are...

Duration:00:32:27

Episode 44: #Debategate

8/15/2018
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8/15/18 -- Secretary of State Bill Galvin and his primary challenger Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim met this week for a tense, table-slapping debate. MassLive's Gin Dumcius joins us for a recap on the zesty #debategate. Then CommonWealth Magazine's Michael Jonas has the latest intrigue in the already "cloak and dagger" filled Suffolk County DA race, while Lauren checks in on the Republican primary for Senate. This episode is sponsored by WeWork.

Duration:00:32:50

Episode 43: Family Feud

8/8/2018
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8/8/18 -- Democrats are taking on Democrats in this week’s episode of The Horse Race. First, Andy Metzger of State House News Service (and who is soon to be striking out as a freelancer!) details some tension between senate president Karen Spilka and speaker of the House Bob DeLeo in the wrap up of legislative loose ends. Then the Dorchester Reporter’s Jennifer Smith returns to breakdown this week’s debate between incumbent congressman Mike Capuano and his primary challenger Ayanna Pressley....

Duration:00:30:01

Episode 42: The Bootleg Edition, Part 2 (#MA7 Poll)

8/2/2018
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In part 2 of our special “bootleg” episode, Steve breaks down the results of the recent WBUR poll that highlights the horse race between Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley. The poll also looks at democratic opinion in the MA-7 on abolishing ICE, Nancy Pelosi and single payer healthcare, among other issues. Head to wbur.org for the full topline. This episode is sponsored by WeWork Boston.

Duration:00:11:47

Episode 42: The Bootleg Edition, Part 1

8/1/2018
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8/1/18 -- In the last minute scramble of legislation, the state appears to have made horse racing illegal, which means Lauren and Steve are off to the glue factory. But first, they speak with The Springfield Republican’s Shira Schoenberg about the chaotic end of the Legislature’s formal session, and what did and didn’t fall through the cracks. Then former state senator Ben Downing returns to analyze the legislative process that led to the messy end of session, and we continue our tour de...

Duration:00:30:17

Episode 41: Presidential Rumors and Rubinations

7/25/2018
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7/25/2018 -- On the podcast this week, Lauren Dezenski is still on vacation, but calls in to talk with Steve and Doug Rubin, senior strategist for Deval Patrick and Elizabeth Warren, about presidential race rumors. Then, a quick check in on the MA1 Primary with Shannon Young, of MassLive and The Springfield Republican; followed up by a look at key races in the Pioneer Valley with MassINC Polling Group's very own Research Director, Rich Parr. This episode is sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice...

Duration:00:37:24

Episode 40: The Last Ballots Standing

7/18/2018
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7/18/18 -- The Legislature has reached a budget compromise and our guest host Lizzi Weyant, manager of government affairs at MAPC, explains what’s in it, what’s not and what’s next. Then George Cronin of Rasky Partners details the questions still standing on the ballot, and The Dorchester Reporter’s Jenn Smith highlights the “proxy fight” in the 7th congressional district. Plus Lauren Dezenski puts her vacation on pause to talk about former governor Deval Patrick stumping in Texas, and what...

Duration:00:38:17