Episode 110: The Fourth Awakens

12/4/2019--The first snowfall has officially landed in Boston, which means cozy sweaters, romantic tree lightings, and of course, more MBTA dysfunction.

In other news, the People's Pledge …

Episode 109: The Horse Race Turkey Trot

11/27/19--Happy Thanksgiving, #mapoli! In today's holiday bonus episode, Stephanie Murray calls in from Manchester, New Hampshire with a quick recap …

Episode 108: Deval's Well That Ends Well

11/20/19-- If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. Traffic in Boston is bad. As we've mentioned on the show before, it's so bad, it makes commuters consider quitting …

Episode 107: The Times They Aren't A Changin

11/13/19-- Massachusetts elected officials -- both current and former -- just can't seem to resist the pull of the Presidency. Former Massachusetts …

Episode 106: PAC It Up, PAC It In

11/6/19-- Communities scattered throughout Massachusetts held elections on Tuesday. One of those communities was Boston, whose newly elected City Council makes history as its most diverse …

Episode 105: The Headless Horse Race

10/30/19-- Happy Halloween, #mapoli, and welcome to the Headless Horse Race. Steve and Stephanie are donning their witch hats and digging into the …

Episode 104: Pollin', Pollin', Pollin' on the River

10/23/19-- On today's episode of The Horse Race, Jenn and Steve tackle news on the local, state, and national stage. Beginning with local, Jenn provides updates on the Boston City Council …

Episode 103: Wu Train Plan

10/16/19--Steve and Stephanie have returned to the bunker after last week's live show at WeWork in Back Bay. Our guests, Attorney General Maura Healey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III had a lot to …

Episode 102: The Horse Race LIVE - And They're Off!

10/11/2019 -- We're doing it live! Thanks to our lovely hosts, WeWork on 31 St. James Ave. in Back Bay, Steve, Jenn, and Stephanie got to run through the state (and national) headlines in …

Episode 101: Planet of the Vapes

10/2/19-- With so much happening on the state and national level, Stephanie and Jenn tackle a little bit of everything on this week's show. An impeachment inquiry into President Trump has …

Episode 100: The 100th Lap

9/25/19--Welcome, one and all, to the 100th Episode Jubilee! This week features old friends of the pod as well as a brand-new visitor to the bunker.

Episode 99: Welcome to the Jungle Primary

9/18/19-- Fresh off the Massachusetts Democratic Convention, Steve and Stephanie have much to discuss. Stephanie covered the convention in …

Episode 98: Is Fare Fair?

9/11/19-- A new week brings new polls to discuss. Last week, Steve and Stephanie spoke to the Chief Growth Officer at Change Research, which had …

Episode 97: #MApoli Breakfast Club

9/4/19-- It's post-Labor Day in The Horse Race bunker, which means post-Labor Day Breakfast, which means the hosts have much to discuss. Namely, Stephanie pointed out, the breakfast …

Episode 96: The Morse Race

8/28/19-- New polls out this week rank Democratic presidential hopefuls, but one in particular stood out. Monmouth University published a poll …

Episode 95: Half in the Bag Ban

8/21/19--A new co-hosting combo hits the bunker this week -- it's Steve and Stephanie breaking down the latest in Massachusetts. First up is a rundown of the very busy Massachusetts …

Episode 94: To the Window, to the Walsh

8/14/19--A new co-host joins us in the bunker this week. That's right, folks, Steve's on vacation and the Politico Massachusetts Playbook composer …

Episode 93: Murray Up

8/7/19--Gather round, folks, for a very special announcement. As co-host and Empress of Equine Exuberance Jennifer Smith trains her sights on a law …

Episode 92: Don't Take Debate

7/31/19-- Today on the podcast, Jenn and Steve unpack a mysterious phone survey facing off Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Sen. Ed Markey. It's unclear who sponsored it, but it does raise …

Episode 91: Primary Sources

7/24/19--It's Mueller Day! Does that phrase sound familiar? Probably because it's been thrown around once or twice in The Horse Race bunker already. Steve and Jenn pontificate on today's …

Episode 90: A Day at the Racism

7/17/2019--On this episode of The Horse Race, Jenn and Steve grapple with the unavoidable subject of the president’s racist comments aimed at freshmen members of congress Ilhan Omar, …

Episode 89: What About Babka?

7/10/19--This week's episode of The Horse Race takes a Seinfeldian twist in celebration of the sitcom's 30th birthday. Jenn presents two babkas --one …

4th of July Special: Red, White and Bloopers

7/3/2019-- In celebration of the Fourth of July, Steve and Jenn are celebrating their freedom far, far away from the bunker. They'll be back next …

Episode 88: Spill the T

6/26/2019-- Steve and Jenn are back in The Last Remaining Signal Bungalow in Boston, and first on the discussion topic list: debates. This week, 2 groups of Democratic presidential …

Episode 87: Promises, Promises, Act?

6/19/2019--Another week, another conversation about the Red Line. Jenn has given up any and all expectations of trains showing up on time (or at all). She and Steve discuss the various …

Episode 86: The Horse Race LIVE at the Races PART 2: Old Town Rail

6/14/2019--It's your lucky day, #MAPoli. Steve and Jenn are bringing you an extra episode this week.

Jenn is surprisingly alive to tell the tale of …

Episode 86: The Horse Race LIVE at the Races Part 1: Shannon Fire 💥

6/12/2019--Steve and Jenn are back in the studio, fresh from a weekend at the race track...literally. Sunday, June 9 was full of big hats, exciting …

Episode 85: Impromptu Pressley Conference

6/5/2019--Come one, come all to our live show at Suffolk Downs! Eat, drink, gamble and be merry amongst fellow #MAPoli-interested folks. Register …

Episode 84: Everybody Runs

5/29/2019-- While drama abounds in our nation's capital, Steve and Jenn are squarely focused on state-level issues.

But first, they discuss exit …

Episode 83: Merrily We Poll Along

5/22/2019--Fresh off a weekend nerding out on polling at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Conference, Steve is joined by …

BONUS Episode: Exploring Suffolk Downs

On this special bonus episode of The Horse Race, we explore the history of Suffolk Downs, what its final racing season means for its dedicated …

Episode 82: BRT If You Agree

5/15/19--Steve and Jenn are back with a vengeance to discuss...you guessed it: transportation. US News Rankings published Massachusetts as the 44th worst state in the union in the category …

Episode 81: The Ways of Ways and Means

5/8/2019--Derby Day has come and gone, but Steve and Jenn are back in the saddle. They're joined first by The Horse Race's one and only sports correspondent Maeve Duggan to discuss Red Sox …

Episode 80: The Room 348 Where It Happens

In this special Kentucky Derby edition of The Horse Race, Steve and Jenn have lots of things to discuss. Chief among them, the event of the century: The Horse Race Goes to the Races. Join …

Episode 79: Polls, Trains and Automobiles

4/24/2019-- Steve and Jenn are talking all things transportation on this week's edition of The Horse Race, but before they do, they've got to plug the upcoming live show at an ACTUAL horse …

Episode 78: How Wasted Are We?

4/17/2019-- Listeners, it's happening. The Horse Race is, in fact, going to the races. Mark your calendars for June 9 and join us for a live …

Episode 77: Fevered Pitches

4/10/2019--Movie madness abounds this week on The Horse Race as Steve and Jenn collect responses from their Twitter question: "What's one essential …

Episode 76: The Family Juuls

4/3/2019--This week on the racetrack, Steve and Jenn begin with a familiar topic: the electoral college. Should it stay or should it go? The hosts …

Episode 75: #PollMAPoli

3/27/2019--If you're at all interested in Massachusetts politics, chances are you've seen the hashtag 'mapoli' crop up on Twitter once or twice. Jenn …

Episode 74: On Your Markey

3/20/2019--With polls to discuss, candidates to watch, and bills to break down, Steve and Jenn are joined on this episode by research director at The …

Episode 73: The Young and the Vote-less

3/13/2019-- Steve and Jenn are back on the racetrack. Right out of the gate, they're talking Fall River's shocking election, during which a majority of voters chose to recall Mayor Jasiel …

Episode 72: Crossing The Atlantic

3/6/2019-- Steve and Jenn are back in the saddle and boy, do they have a lot to discuss. First, who was that guy with local ties who mentioned running against Trump as a Republican? Oh, …

Episode 71: Poll Position

2/27/2019--Jenn and Steve are back in the bunker, and one of them has a spooky secret to share. Plus, they're eager to tear open their first-ever …

Episode 70: Census & Sensibility

2/20/2019-- Steve and Jenn are in the bunker, together again, and back with a special announcement: they want to hear from you, dear listeners. So …

Episode 69: An Inconvenient Mapoli

2/13/2019-- As Steve continues sailing the seven seas, Jenn is joined by State House News Service reporter and opposing podcast host Katie Lannan. Jenn and Katie put their bitter rivalry …

Episode 68: We Have Issues

2/6/2019-- Jenn returns unhappily to Boston after having spent a blissful week in the Utah mountains basking in the sun and snow and artistic films. …

Episode 67: Hammar Nails It

1/30/2019-- With Jenn living it up at Sundance, Steve is joined by guest host, friend of the pod and #mapoli enthusiast Sam Hammar. The two sit down …

Episode 66: Bet the House

1/23/2019-- As the government shutdown rages on, Steve and Jenn lament the issues it's inflicting upon local employees of the federal government. …

Episode 65: Churchill "Shut" Downs

1/16/2019 -- Amidst the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith chat with Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts' 5th congressional district, …

Episode 64: The Horse Race Live - Starting Gate

January 9, 2019: We're LIVE from WeWork at 1 Beacon! While Massachusetts is sending two new members to the US Congress where Democrats control the …

Episode 63: 'Tis the Trahan

12/26/2018 -- Happiest of Holidays from The Horse Race! Joining Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith on this special holiday edition is …

Episode 62: The House Rules

On this special episode of The Horse Race, Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith continue their quest to speak with every MA member of the House of Representatives. Joining us this week is …

Episode 61: That's Amore!

December 12, 2018: Just one more week until our 2018 #mapoli horse racing season comes to a close! Jennifer Smith and Steve Koczela take a look at …

Episode 60: Red Island in a Blue Wave

December 5, 2018: Just as one election ends, another one begins! On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the art of political moderation in …

Episode 59: Moulton Fire of the Vanities

With just a couple of episodes left for the 2018 season, Steve Koczela and Jennifer Smith break down the post-election roll out both locally and …

Episode 58: The Ayannas Have It

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 …

Episode 57: Come Get Your Trophy!

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 …

Episode 56: LIVE with the Winner's Circle

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 …

Episode 55: The Halloween Boo Wave

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 …

Episode 54: The Elephant in the Room

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 …

Episode 53: Faded Blue Genes

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 …

Episode 52: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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 …

Episode 51: Anger Management

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 …

Episode 50: They See Me Pollin'

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 …

Episode 49: Victory Lap, Or... Dezexit

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 …

Episode 48: Tomorrow is Brand New DA

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 …

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

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 …

Episode 46: Down to the Wire

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 …

Episode 45: Lieutenant Governing

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 …

Episode 44: #Debategate

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 …

Episode 43: Family Feud

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!) …

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

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 …

Episode 42: The Bootleg Edition, Part 1

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 …

Episode 41: Presidential Rumors and Rubinations

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 …

Episode 40: The Last Ballots Standing

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 …

Episode 39: Deadline Headlines

7/11/18 --We’re back post-Fourth of July with a check in on what’s still pending on Beacon Hill. MassLive’s Gin Dumcius walks us through why …

Bloopers: Polls And Politics Forever

7/4/18 -- Happy Independence Day, Horse Race fans! We're on hiatus this week, so enjoy a reel of some of our favorite outtakes. Tune in next week …

Episode 38 Special Report: Madam President

State Senate President Harriette Chandler joins us for a special extended edition of The Horse Race. We ask her about the grand bargain, legislation vs. ballot questions, the fallout from …

Episode 37: Beacon Hill Bargain Basement

6/20/18 -- We have a “Grand Bargain”...kind of. State House News Service reporter Katie Lannan discusses the bill moving through the house that would …

Episode 36: EMERGENCY POD - SJC strikes down Fair Share Ballot Question

Episode 36: EMERGENCY POD - SJC strikes down Fair Share Ballot Question by Steve Koczela; Jennifer Smith; Stephanie Murray; Libby Gormley

Episode 35: Grand Old Primary Candidates

6/13/18 -- The statewide candidates are locked -- so who exactly are they? This week we breakdown the bios of the Republican Senate candidates with the Springfield Republican’s Shannon …

Episode 34: How Do You Like Dem Candidates?

6/6/18 -- There were some unexpected twists at the Democratic Convention last weekend. MassLive’s Gintautas Dumcius joins us to discuss the upset in the Secretary of State’s race, and State …

Episode 33: Masses of MassDems

5/30/18 -- Just before the nominating convention, Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Gus Bickford joins us for a chat about what to expect from candidates and delegates. Then the …

Episode 32: To The Left, To The Left

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 …

Episode 31: Exit Stage Far Right

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 …

Episode 30: Grand Bargain Hunters

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 …

Episode 29: EMERGENCY POD - Stan Rosenberg steps down

5/3/2018 -- Yielding to a growing chorus of his colleagues, State Senator Stan Rosenberg announced his resignation today following the release of a …

Episode 28: "We'll Do It Lively"

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 …

Episode 27: The Ballot Stakes

4/25/18 -- It's a busy week in the bunker with Voter Choice Massachusetts' Adam Friedman on ranked choice voting, and -- in a return to the pod -- our senior campaign finance correspondent …

Episode 26: North of the Wall

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 …

Episode 25: Conventional Wisdom

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 …

Episode 24: The Senate's Chaos Theory

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 …

Episode 23: Ballot Question Questions

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 …

Episode 22: The Revolution Will Be Polled

It's all about polls and emerging political power this week. First, Nichole Mossalam, Co-Chair of Our Revolution Massachusetts' Coordinating …

Episode 21: Hindsight is 2017

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 …

Episode 20: Wild, Wild West Mass

This week we continue our tour of the commonwealth with hot takes from Suffolk County and western Massachusetts. The Dorchester Reporter's Jennifer …

Episode 19: Suffolk Downing

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, …

Episode 18: Frugg Life

CommonWealth Magazine's Michael Jonas descends on the bunker to explain the recent surprise in the Suffolk County District Attorney race, while …

Episode 17: The Challenge

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 …

Episode 16: Storming the Gates

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 …

Episode 15: Chomping At The Bit

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 …

Episode 14: The Sport of Governors

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). …

Episode 13: Money Riders

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 …

Episode 12: Back In The Saddle

We're back in the saddle folks! It's a new year and a new season, and we're straight out the gate with the first WBUR poll of the year. We've got the …

Bloopers: We Know Nothing About Horse Racing

Happy New Year Horse Race Fans!

To thank you for tuning in to our first season, we’re kicking off 2018 with a peek behind the editing curtain – WE'VE GOT BLOOPERS!

Next week we’ll return to …

Episode 11: Raise the Stakes

FIELD TRIP! This week we’re checking in on Maryland, which also has a popular Republican governor in a very blue state. Kudos to the Goucher Poll’s …

Episode 10: TO THE BUNKER! Emergency #mapoli Update

Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled against Bryon Hefner, husband of Senate president Stan Rosenberg, are roiling Beacon Hill. In an emergency podcast to keep you up to …

Special Edition: The Horse Race Live! Women in Politics

The Horse Race went Live! We had a great event last week discussing the most exciting elections to watch in 2018 (Bill Galvin getting primaried anyone?) and digging into one of the year's …

Episode 9: Finish In the Money

It's our season finale #mapoli! But before we go on our holiday hiatus, we've got the lowdown on ballot questions thanks to our expert guest George …

Episode 8: The Winner's Circle

It's an EMERGENCY EPISODE #MAPOLI! Election Day has come and gone and we're here to parse who landed in the winner's circle across the state. Also, a surprise appearance by Sam Hammar, …

Episode 7: Three to Make Ready

We've got a trio of campaign ads, some outside spending (we see you Mercer Money) and a persistent Elizabeth Warren this week. Plus, as we race towards election day we've got our eye on two …

Episode 6: Two for the Show

We’ve got two showdowns coming at you this week #mapoli. First, we analyze Marty and Tito after their first (and last) televised mayoral debate. …

Episode 5: One For the Money

It's that time of year #mapoli - flannel, fall activities, and FEC REPORTS! Campaign fundraising guru Sean Curran walks us through what the quarter …

Episode 4: Derby Day Doldrums

We “reined in” our horse racing puns this week to bring you a closer look at the warm fuzzies Democrats are sending Governor Charlie Baker, the new …

Episode 3: A Day at the Races

Boston loves Marty Walsh, and very little else, so says the MassINC Polling Group's post-preliminary poll for WBUR. Why is Walsh the front-runner …

Episode 2: Odds on Favorite

It's a post-preliminary world and we have the results of your local mayoral races in Boston, Framingham, and Lawrence with our special guest host Gin …

Episode 1: Off to the Races

We're off to the races covering the Boston Mayoral preliminaries, the open MA-3 seat, Elizabeth Warren's competition, and of course Governor Baker and the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Seabiscuit …

The Horse Race: Preview

A preview of The Horse Race, a new podcast covering Massachusetts campaigns of note with hosts Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, …

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