Weekly Political Report: Prince Sefa-Boakye’s Reaction to the 2014 Midterms

Each week I write a political editorial that affects you and the world around you.

This week’s political editorial: My Reaction to 2014 Midterm Election.

Republicans winNovember 4th, was surely a night to remember. What America thought was impossible became the possible, with Republicans sweeping the Senate election race and the governor race across the nation especially here in Massachusetts–Not to mention that pot is now legal in Washington, D.C. And the politics that really dominated the air waves of this race was, of course President’s Obama presidency.

It seems as though you don’t need to have any government experience to run for office. As long as you have enough TV attack ads to criticize the president and attach any of his progressive policies to a candidate, that you can win election! And more importantly you can suppress a significant portion of citizens from not voting at all, which I think happened in this Midterm election. And so my reaction to this Midterm election was shocking and disappointing–disappointing in regards to Martha Coakley and Celeste Ribeiro Myers’ lost in the Massachusetts Gubernational race.

In June of 2014, after the Supreme Court upheld to lift the cap on Political Spending, I made a prediction on Twitter (and a radio talk on UR Business Network: Money and Politics inside the Supreme Courthouse of The United States), that “midterms elections will be ugly” and sure enough I was right. But the biggest thing you should take away from this election is the geography.

If you take a look at the map above, you will see the geography of how the election was fought–the distinct colors of state, corresponding to their political parties. A lot of people may not know is that most of the contested states were, for the most part, Republican states–and if not were surrounded by Republican states. And so it was very hard for any Democrat to have strong hold over a state, when it was a Republican state to begin with. But the key states that were fought for the soul of the Senate (just to name a few) were North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, and New Hampshire. These were considered “up for grabs” states since they switch their allegiance from one party to another on each election. And as you can see from the map Republicans were not only successful in their geography but their unlimited resources (due in part of the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the cap on Political Spending)–to attack the name “Obama” and attach it to his supporters via air waves. This is in a sense of how politics in this country works. Rather than talk about ideas of progress or mobolizing people to exercise their civic duty to vote, it was more about “mud-slinging” and collecting votes, especially if you have friends at the Supreme Court level who can bend the rules on fair play: Striking down a Key Provision of Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Political Spending).

In all honesty, politics is about helping people and marshaling positive ideas to move people forward especially to the polls. Today it’s about slinging mud to an oppressor, when there is no oppression to begin with or collecting votes. In this case, it seems to me that Republicans only want to repeal Obamacare for their own benefit and not the benefit of the whole country, which has cost America a government shutdown. Now with this seized golden opportunity, Republicans (in both houses) can now bend the will of the president, and have him serve their needs, without thinking twice to those who don’t share their ideals or financial means to get by in life. Rand Paul admittedly said that the GOP has done a terrible job of reaching out to the minority community, so what makes you think that this election will be any different? Maybe now, with their newly claimed territory in the Senate House, will Republicans reach out to the minority community and engage in their issues.

So here are my predictions from here to 2016:

  • President Obama’s legacy in the White House will be more to difficult to create and restore after the huge fallout of congressional seats in both houses.
  • More gridlock than bipartisanship in DC because of prior failed attempts to agree on any issue. There will never be a bi-partisan up-down vote on any proposal, except for Immigration, but only if, Republicans will be willing to consider serious reforms and object bias opinions. Moreover, there will be more “blocks” and “vetoes” until someone blinks. But “executive orders” from the President will be a defining moment in his Presidential legacy
  • The Hilary Clinton campaign will need to have a serious assessment of how to enter the Presidential race, even if they consider a bid for President in 2016.
  • Possible repeal in ObamaCare, and a possible implementation of Keystone Oil pipeline
  • Possible cuts in Education and other programs (Medicare, Unemployment insurance, etc) that many Americans still see as a valuable.

Personal Note: On a personal note I want to send my best wishes to Celeste Ribeiro Myers and Martha Coakley for a hard fought campaign–and I am deeply saddened by your loss. I am a big fan of you and your principles of fairness and equal opportunity for everyone–the same principles that have led me here two years ago, to campaign for Elizabeth Warren on the Massachusetts Democratic Party campaign. I know this is a huge set back for Massachusetts but these same principles still exists in the hearts of many, which have made Boston and the Commonwealth great.

Go Out and Vote!


Just Rocked Out The #MAVOTE for 2014. Have you?! If not get to the polls! If you don’t know where your poll booth is go to www.mass.gov. The POLLS CLOSE AT 8pm!!! Remember to vote for Celeste Ribeiro Myers! Also check out my interviews on UR Business Network if you need help in deciding on who to vote for (besides Celeste Ribeiro Myers for State Rep!)

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Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Evan Falchuk, Independent Candidate for Massachussetts Governor

Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Evan Falchuck, Independent Candidate for Massachusetts Governor

FalchukEvan Falchuk, who is now 44 years old, is a successful entrepreneur. He has served 13 years on the executive leadership team of Boston-based global health care company, Best Doctors, Inc., and has played a lead role in helping to grow the company–placing the company in Inc. magazine’s list of “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America”, from 9 employees to over 600.

In this interview Evan tells me that he is running for governor not just as an independent but as a founder of a new political party in Massachusetts called the United Independent Party.

He founded this group because the political process today is not representing people like it used to–it has now been exclusive to interest groups. His vision for this new party was based on these principles: equality, civil rights protection for everyone, AND smart spending–the Commonwealth must spend taxpayer money wisely. Although the pragmatic combination of these principles does not fit into the traditional Democratic or Republican “boxes” it does fit exactly into what the majority of voters prefer. For him it’s all about believing in issues that are consistent with our beliefs.

One of his main platforms that he is advocating on is reducing the cost of living in Massachusetts. He says right upfront that the cost of living in Massachusetts is “too high.” And the two reasons behind it are healthcare and housing costs, which a lot of state legislators are making a lot of money off of. And when I asked him to share an embarrassing story from the campaign trail, he actually talks about the embarrassment of this race due to the recent issues that have been raised.

Evan says that these debates are not serious. Instead of talking about racism, housing costs, medical costs, seniors, or student debt, these debates raise issues like “what is your favorite Halloween costume?”, “Who do you think your opponent should play in a movie?” or “When was the last time you cried?” He was quite embarrassed because nobody was talking about the real issues in Massachusetts. He even called out the Boston Globe, a respectable newspaper, for their reporting because they rather investigate politicians’ coffee habits instead of the issues. When the Press starts acting like “info-tainment” instead of a watch dog, he says “that is embarrassing”–and they are getting paid to do it. However his biggest concern is that leaders do not inspire their citizens to go to the polls and vote.

One person said to Evan, “they come to collect our votes and then leave and comeback in two years.” Sixteen percent of Massachusetts population voted in the primaries last year, so Evan wants to make sure that on November 4th, leaders are inviting as many people as they can to the polls and vote–and seek ways to mobilize them towards positive change.

If you wish to ask questions for Evan to answer go to his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EvanFalchukMA

To learn more about him and his campaign go to http://www.falchuk2014.com

For more people and politics go to http://www.princesdailyjournal.com

And check out my interviews at http://urbusinessnetwork.com/category/prince-in-the-city-radio-show-and-podcast-with-host-prince-sefa-boayke/

Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Celeste Ribeiro-Myers

Celeste Ribeiro-Myers is an all-made East Bostonian, co-chair of the NoEastieCasino Movenment, and a champion in grassroots organizing and community service.

I have the pleasure of knowing Celeste through her father John Ribeiro Jr, who I’ve worked for as his Campaign Manager. Her father laid down the foundation of her active service in the community and taught her the most important lesson in life: “To talk with your feet and not with your mouth.” She has taken a stand against outside corporate forces like Suffolk Downs and has pledge to not receive any outside money from any political parties such as the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. She tells me that she represents no party except for The People of East Boston Party.

Her biggest priority as candidate for State Representatitve is Clean Neighborhood Development. According to Celeste, what makes East Boston so great is its inclusive and diverse neighborhood where all are welcome to start out, build families, and thrive together. Her greatest accomplishment was co-charing a movement called “NoEastieCasino” which stopped a huge corporation (Suffolk Downs) from building a casino in their backyard. Not only did this serve as a huge indicator of her leadership, but her commitment to the people East Boston that no outside business force can control their community. In my opinion, she took down Goliath when nobody thought was possible.

For more information on Celeste and her campaign to be the next State Representative in East Boston, Massachusetts go to http://www.celesteforeastboston.com

And for more radio talks and interviews go to http://www.urbusinessnetwork.com and search “Prince in The City”

Weekly Political Report: Opening Obama’s {Pandora’s} Box

Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and THE WORLD around you.

This week’s political report: The Obamacare Fallout


With little or no surprise, nobody would have expected the enormous (technical) chaos that Obama’s Box (healthcare.gov) would bring, since the opening of its exchanges on Oct. 1st–Obama’s landmark legislation: Obamacare. With five weeks already into it, after just getting over the government shutdown, the Obama administration is now racing against time to fix its site before the end of this month: Nov. 30th.

While Republicans are having a field day with healthcare.gov‘s failures in providing Obamacare to its constituents, Democrats are now treading carefully, more than ever, behind Obama. Reason being that if the site is not fixed soon, some Democrats have stated that they will act to delay the requirement that most Americans carry health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

I can honestly profess that this technical malfunction will not harm the American People, except for their time and patience. This legislation is already set in place and people have benefited from it (take Massachusetts); before the website fall out. However, the true harm spawns from the media. The more the media paints Obamacare as “failing” the more they can change public perception, which will then take us back to the same mess that we experienced beforehand: a government shutdown to Repeal Obamacare.

Obamacare is already signed into law; the Supreme Court has approved it as constitutional; and, the American people that have Obamacare are already benefitting from it like Massachusetts. It would be unwise to force another government shutdown because of the technical fallout from healthcare.gov.

Top Senior Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has told the press that she directly spoke to the chief of staff, from the Obama Administration, that shutting down its site will help resolve its difficulties, however, Denis McDonough, the chief of staff, has decided that keeping the site open would allow more “complete” improvements; he considered all options before making this decision. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, who was assigned to oversee this repair effort, believes that the administration is on track to hit the deadline; but has warned that there will likely be more unforeseen setbacks on the way.

Overall, the media has done a fine job of painting Obama’s health legislation as a “bad thing” for the American public–characterizing it as a “failure”–but Obama’s health legislation has shown positive impacts in the lives of many Americans who have it. And so, the war between the Obama Administration and the GOP (The Republican Party), to win the hearts and minds of the American People, through the air waves, still rages on.

How does this affect You and The World Around You?

–Constant Radio and TV advertisements to tear down and uphold Obamacare.

–Continual difficulties for Americans who are trying to register of healthcare insurance via Internet.

–Democrats may delay the requirement that most Americans carry for 2014 or pay a penalty, if heallthcare.gov is not fixed by Nov. 30th.

–The controversy behind “Americans can keep their insurances” will continue.


This Opinion was based on the Wall Street Journal article: “Officials Rebuff Call To Suspend Health Site” (11/3/2013)

Facts about Obamacare: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-facts.php