266 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 245: Term Limits of Endearment

    Episode 245: Term Limits of Endearment

    This week on The Horse Race, Marty Walsh is shipping back to Boston to run the NHLPA. A new poll of Massachusetts voters from MassINC Polling Group shows some concerning numbers for top Democratic leaders. And a key lawmaker looks to end term limits for the state’s Senate President.

    • 25 min
    Episode 244: Reaching the End of the Lyons

    Episode 244: Reaching the End of the Lyons

    This week on The Horse Race, sports betting is now live in Massachusetts! Then, Lisa Kashinsky joins us to talk about the change in leadership at the top of the MassGOP. Finally, we’ll take a closer look at the MBTA Communities law with MassINC President and CEO, Joe Kriesberg.

    • 30 min
    Episode 243: Latinos in Massachusetts

    Episode 243: Latinos in Massachusetts

    This week on The Horse Race, municipal elections are coming and that means an interesting choice on mail-in ballots. Also, we have a new poll from MassINC Polling Group and Amplify Latinx on the challenges facing Latino residents in Massachusetts. Then Steve sits down with Amplify Latinx President and CEO Eneida Román to talk about the findings. And oh yeah, The Bachelor is back!

    • 31 min
    Episode 242: Off the Rails

    Episode 242: Off the Rails

    01/19/23-- This week on The Horse Race, we’ve got trains and transitions. We’re diving into a dysfunctional MBTA car factory in Springfield with Boston Globe reporter Taylor Dolven. But first, Lisa Kashinsky walks us through her recent conversation with newly sworn in Governor, Maura Healey.

    • 28 min
    Episode 241: Tea Leaves and Oatmeal Cookies

    Episode 241: Tea Leaves and Oatmeal Cookies

    This week on The Horse Race, we have a new state-wide poll about the challenges facing parents and students as they try to recover academically after COVID. The poll was conducted by MassINC Polling Group for EdTrust and The Barr Foundation. Then, we’ll preview the year ahead in Massachusetts politics with two local reporters; Mike Deehan from Axios Boston and Katie Lannan from GBH.

    • 34 min
    Episode 240: 2022: 2 Vast, 2 Curious

    Episode 240: 2022: 2 Vast, 2 Curious

    12/22/22-- This week on The Horse Race we're recapping the year in Massachusetts politics, policy and elections. Steve and Jenn run through the highs and lows, from a lack luster governor's race, to the passed ballot questions.

    Stay tuned until the end to see if you think the AI chatbots could be taking over our jobs soon! Have a happy holiday season and thanks for listening to The Horse Race in 2022.

    • 26 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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