The Friday Group

Paul Spector of Northampton, MA

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Paul Spector, Steward of The Friday Group

We discuss forming and maintaining a grassroots political movement with Northampton, MA resident and The Friday Group steward Paul Spector.

The most recent Presidential election and many local elections across the country were achieved through grassroots, highly mobilized groups of engaged citizens.

The Friday Group, a truly grassroots organization, is one example of a local organization. It began as a way for citizens, reeling from the realization that a reality TV star took the presidency in 2016 to now include over 700 people from across the United States.  They stay focused on tasks that can be easily accomplished in relatively short periods of time and to maximum effect.

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Our guest, Paul Spector has been engaged in politics since the Gene McCarthy campaign.  He is a former city council member in his hometown of Northampton, MA.

We hope our listeners find this episode a framework.  No matter your politics, if you value rational and fair conversation, factual political dialogue and the possibility that individual citizens can play a decisive role in voting, you will find something to learn in Episode 13 of Scotts on the Rocks Politica Podcast.

Mentioned in our episode

MovementVoter Project

Swing Left

Lincoln Project

Playing for Change

Special Feature Update

The MA House has tabled a January vote to on new House rules until July.

This delays the now popular mmove to create more transparency within state legislative process on votes.  

When and how our elected officials engage with us as citizens to determine whats best for oursleves, good governance and proper public control for the process. 


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Scotts on the Rocks Politica is a political-centric broadcast that aims to lead through example.

Scott M. Graves is your host joined by a wide variety of guests from throughout the political spectrum and from a wide variety of disciplines.

Our intent is to provide rational and detailed discussion for listeners.  We’re proving we have more in common and that we’re better together than torn asunder.

Our weekly podcast features careful examinations  blendded with current events reporting from a national and local perspective.

If you appreciate local journalism with a global reach, if you want to cut through the BS and get right to the heart of the matter where it counts for your family our show was made for you.


With that in mind we’re launching an initiative we’re calling M The Media Project. This is a service of SMGraves Associates and over the months and years ahead we’re hoping to experiment with a variety of mediums, financial models and service delivery methods to deliver important news to a regional audience. 

It is our hope that we will create successful media services companies, incubated right here in central Massachusetts that have the potential of becoming replicable. 

The stakes for our society are too high for us not to take this endeavor on.  There are too many capable journalists across the country willing to take part in new and successful business enterprise dedicated to the smart delivery of local political, social and cultural stories.  The stories that tell us who we are and who we desire to be.
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