320 episodes

A weekly podcast on Massachusetts politics, policy and elections. Hosted by Steve Koczela, Jennifer Smith, and Lisa Kashinsky.

The Horse Race Steve Koczela; Jennifer Smith; Lisa Kashinsky; Libby Gormley

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    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

A weekly podcast on Massachusetts politics, policy and elections. Hosted by Steve Koczela, Jennifer Smith, and Lisa Kashinsky.

    Episode 299 1/2: The Poll Vault

    Episode 299 1/2: The Poll Vault

    This week on The Horse Race, Katie Lannan of GBH News joins Steve Koczela, Jennifer Smith, and Lisa Kashinsky to discuss a new poll out from GBH, CommonWealth Beacon, and the MassINC Polling Group. Plus, what to watch for in the MA House leadership budget proposal.

    • 41 min
    Episode 299: Valley Goals

    Episode 299: Valley Goals

    This week on The Horse Race, Ben Forman of MassINC joins Jennifer Smith to discuss a new report on economic development in the Pioneer Valley, Steve Koczela weighs criticisms of the Harvard/Harris poll's perceived slant, and Lisa Kashinsky recaps the latest in the MassGOP's internal struggles.

    • 39 min
    Episode 298: The Hemp Race

    Episode 298: The Hemp Race

    This week on The Horse Race, Jennifer Smith and Steve Koczela get to the bottom of why hemp-based THC seltzers are appearing outside of dispensaries, and why fewer and fewer voters are registered with a party. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Lisa Kashinsky do not get to the bottom of where Maura Healey travels, or why elected officials say the things they do at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast.

    • 42 min
    Episode 297: The Truths About the Youths

    Episode 297: The Truths About the Youths

    This week on The Horse Race, Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith break down the latest numbers on why young residents are staying in, or leaving, Greater Boston. Then, Gin Dumcius of CommonWealth Beacon sorts out the different aspects of a ballot measure on tipped wages. Plus, a look back at the first days of Covid, and a quizzical glance at the Kenators of St. Galentine.

    • 39 min
    Episode 296: Stupor Tuesday

    Episode 296: Stupor Tuesday

    This week on The Horse Race, Steve Koczela and Lisa Kashinsky break down the Super Tuesday results in Massachusetts and elsewhere, explaining what the surprising and not-so-surprising outcomes mean for November. Plus, Jennifer Smith checks in on the first of a series of committee hearings on the current slate of ballot measures.

    • 29 min
    Episode 295: The Trolley Problem

    Episode 295: The Trolley Problem

    This week on The Horse Race, the Boston Globe's Tiana Woodard breaks down a new report on what local reparations could look like in Boston. Then, Jennifer Smith digs into AG Campbell's lawsuit against Milton and its wider implications for home rule in Massachusetts. Plus, Lisa Kashinsky gives us the background on Elizabeth Warren's new challenger.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Russ Weiss-Irwin ,

Honestly really good

I look forward to listening to the Horse Race every week!!! The hosts are great interviewers, funny, well-informed— it’s great. I recommend it to all my mapoli involved friends

amoream ,

Essential mapoli podcast

The Horse Race is a must for mapoli addicts. The presentation style is refreshingly free of rancor and bias and offers true expert analysis.

BrianFlaherty ,

Good but biased

I am a loyal listener and enjoy the hyper local takes on politics in Massachusetts. Caveat emptor however, the content is very biased towards liberals and Democrats. They tend to toss softball questions to liberals and 100 MPH fastballs to anyone remotely center right. But despite that, it’s a good listen.

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