State House Takeout brings you weekly takeaways from Beacon Hill with the reporters of the State House News Service.


  • Get The Popcorn Ready

    Get The Popcorn Ready

    30/10/2020 Duração: 30min

    Rain? Snow? Sunny skies? None of the above ... only political forecasts on this week's "State House Takeout" with veteran commentator Jon Keller and the News Service's Sam Doran. Listen to Keller's thoughts on how a potential Biden administration might shake up the political scene in the Massachusetts, the legislative outlook for the fall and winter, and the 2022 gubernatorial race.

  • Sleepless Nights

    Sleepless Nights

    23/10/2020 Duração: 32min

    Every day around 2:30 a.m. Danielle Sicard wakes up and starts running checklists through her head of things she needs to do the next day. Did she miss something? What might she forget? If she's lucky, she'll write a few notes down and head back to sleep for a few hours. As town clerk of Easton, Sicard said she is working 10 to 14 hour days to prepare and manage the general elections in her community. Sicard and Northborough Town Clerk Andy Dowd, both members of the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association, sat down (virtually, of course) with the News Service's Matt Murphy on this week's "State House Takeout" for a closer look at how the general elections are starting to play out at the local level, what election day might look like, and their experiences with early and mail-in voting.

  • Puzzling Proposal or Simple Solution?

    Puzzling Proposal or Simple Solution?

    16/10/2020 Duração: 40min

    Puzzling proposal or simple solution? Ranked-choice voting is on the ballot this November and it offers a chance for voters to decided whether or not they want to change the way elections run in the state. On this week's episode of the "State House Takeout," the News Service's Chris Lisinski moderates a conversation on ranked-choice voting with Yes on 2 Campaign Policy Director Greg Dennis and former Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin, who lost his 2018 campaign during the state's first ranked-choice voting election.

  • The Ripple Effect

    The Ripple Effect

    09/10/2020 Duração: 23min

    Earlier this week, three of the state's top budget chiefs gathered for an economic roundtable to hear revenue forecasts that will aid in the creation of a full fiscal 2021 budget. The news: a predicted revenue decline in the range of $2 billion to $5 billion. On this week's "State House Takeout," News Service reporter Katie Lannan chats with former Senate President Therese Murray about the budget-crafting process during an economic crisis. Murray, now a senior advisor at Rasky Partners, chaired Senate Ways and Means from 2003-2007 and then served as president until 2015. Listen to the episode to hear all about making tough decisions, behind-the-scenes insights, and more.

  • The Dash To A Fiscal 2021 Budget

    The Dash To A Fiscal 2021 Budget

    02/10/2020 Duração: 31min

    House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz sits down (virtually) with the News Service's Colin Young to mull through the status of the state's finances, the fiscal 2020 closeout supplemental budget, the conference committee negotiating an economic development bill, and the much anticipated fiscal 2021 budget. Listen to this week's "State House Takeout" to catch up on the latest fiscal news from the House's chief budget writer.

  • Rosenberg Returns

    Rosenberg Returns

    25/09/2020 Duração: 41min

    Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg joins the News Service's Matt Murphy on this week's Takeout to talk about his new career as lobbyist, the state of progressive politics on Beacon Hill, and some of the major policy issues currently before the Legislature. Read more about the interview here:

  • Sexual Assault Bill On Speakers Agenda

    Sexual Assault Bill On Speaker's Agenda

    18/09/2020 Duração: 28min

    Rep. Lori Ehrlich and Every Voice Coalition Co-Chairs Nora Gallo and John Gabrieli sat down with News Service reporter Katie Lannan on this week's State House Takeout to dive into a bill addressing sexual assault on college campuses. With formal sessions in both branches extended until Jan. 5, House Speaker Robert DeLeo earlier this week signaled his interest in taking up the legislation by the end of the year. The coalition and Ehrlich have been advocating for the bill for several years and DeLeo's comments on Tuesday add an additional priority to House leadership's agenda outside of the budget or pending conference committees.

  • The Budgets A Coin Flip

    The Budget's A Coin Flip

    11/09/2020 Duração: 32min

    Ranking minority member of House Ways and Means Rep. Todd Smola sat down with the News Service this week to talk about the impact President Donald Trump is having on state elections, August tax revenue numbers, and uncertainty around federal stimulus relief. In an interview with the News Service's Matt Murphy, Smola pointed to the budget as the top priority for the House GOP caucus this fall and forecasted a "tough year" for Republicans in Massachusetts as races become more nationalized. Check out the full interview on this week's State House Takeout.

  • Primary Recap

    Primary Recap

    04/09/2020 Duração: 33min

    The primaries are over and the places are set for a full reporters' roundtable on this week's State House Takeout. The SHNS crew reviews the results in primary races for U.S. Senate, the Fourth Congressional District, and state House and Senate seats, and looks ahead to what we might expect in November.

  • Primary Preview With Secretary Galvin

    Primary Preview With Secretary Galvin

    28/08/2020 Duração: 25min

    On the latest Takeout, Secretary of State William Galvin checks in with the News Service ahead of next week's primaries about managing the elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reporter Chris Lisinski previews some of the races to watch and issues at play.

  • Beacon BLOC

    Beacon BLOC

    21/08/2020 Duração: 42min

    Three members of Beacon BLOC -- a coalition of Black State House staffers -- talk about their organization's mission and action points to change the institutional culture on Beacon Hill. The panelists are Black and Latino Legislative Caucus director Kyéra Sterling; Maia Raynor, legislative director for Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz; and Mark Martinez, policy and budget advisor to Sen. Pat Jehlen.

  • Red, Yellow, Green

    Red, Yellow, Green

    14/08/2020 Duração: 22min

    Reporters Katie Lannan and Matt Murphy stop by for some Friday takeout, detailing the state's new color-coded COVID map, the outlook for school reopenings and youth sports, and a look ahead to next week's Democratic National Convention.

  • Checking In With The Senate President

    Checking In With The Senate President

    06/08/2020 Duração: 27min

    On this week's Takeout, Senate President Karen Spilka checks in with Katie Lannan about the Legislature's ongoing work as formal sessions extend past July 31, with major bills in the negotiation process and a budget still on the to-do list. The president also talks about how her chamber has been adapting to the pandemic era, including the use of a lawmaker "buddy system."

  • A Matter of Extension

    A Matter of Extension

    31/07/2020 Duração: 22min

    Not your normal end-of-July #mapoli podcast. A roundtable of News Service reporters mull over the Legislature's decision to extend formal sessions past July 31 and potentially into January 2021. The corridors under the Golden Dome are still busy with lawmaking, and the SHNS crew has the latest on priorities like the budget, policing reform, and climate legislation... along with a look ahead to what we might see in the fall.

  • Takeout Talks Police Reform

    Takeout Talks Police Reform

    24/07/2020 Duração: 41min

    Beacon Hill debate was still underway on policing reform proposals Friday, and the Takeout has a preview of a big topic that hadn't yet hit the House floor: qualified immunity. Three big voices in the conversation joined the Takeout this week: Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Chairman Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, Mass. Law Enforcement Policy Group Chairman Larry Calderone, and ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose. Matt Murphy moderates the panel, and Katie Lannan joins Sam Doran to recap the rest of a busy week under the Golden Dome.

  • 2020 Is A Weird Year

    2020 Is A Weird Year

    17/07/2020 Duração: 42min

    State House Takeout, the News Service's weekly podcast, is back! On this week's edition, Chris Lisinski talks transportation funding with a trio of advocates: Chris Dempsey of Transportation for Massachusetts, Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets, and Jarred Johnson of TransitMatters. Catching up on the last few months, the Takeout kicks off with analysis from Matt Murphy and Sam Doran on what's been happening atop Beacon Hill, and what remains on the Legislature's plate as the scheduled end of formal lawmaking approaches. State House Takeout is the News Service's podcast offering bite-sized insights from the reporters on top of Beacon Hill, available on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. The podcast is produced by Chris Van Buskirk.

  • Abundance of Caution

    Abundance of Caution

    13/03/2020 Duração: 21min

    It's all coronavirus news this week on the Takeout because the pandemic has touched all aspects of daily life for state government and Massachusetts residents. An emergency declaration and $15 million in preparedness funding were part of the government's response, and the SHNS crew looks ahead to what else we might see coming up next week.

  • Super Tuesday

    Super Tuesday

    06/03/2020 Duração: 34min

    The crew tackles dual House transportation sessions, Super Tuesday results, and the very latest updates on coronavirus cases in Massachusetts and the state's response.

  • DeLeos Transportation Plan

    DeLeo's Transportation Plan

    28/02/2020 Duração: 35min

    The SHNS crew has a three-course Takeout this week: reporter Katie Lannan talks COVID-19, Matt Murphy and Chris Lisinski discuss the House transportation funding bill, and Colin Young touches on recent developments with Columbia Gas ... that and more on this week's State House Takeout!

  • The Feds vs. Rep. Nangle

    The Feds vs. Rep. Nangle

    21/02/2020 Duração: 28min

    On this week's episode, the Takeout crew dives into the federal charges against Lowell Rep. David Nangle, along with analysis of the Markey-Kennedy debate and a rundown of the new safe driving law that takes effect this Sunday. Stick around for an informed discussion on the best places to get takeout in Lowell from several former Lowell Sun reporters.

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