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Post 9-11 we as a natiion gave up much to police, military, guard, spook agencies and the TSA. So now it's come to the stunning events in Ferguson MO. We'll talk from our distance about race, police state, summary citizen executiion, and what we need to do. We up here in Blue Yankeeland can forget the daily perils, certainly in suburban areas, most assuredly for black and immigrant communities, and positively in poor areas. We'll talk about balancing public safety and whether there can be any reasonable argument or ceding our Bill of Rights for imagined security. Demonstrations and maybe riots are understandable, particularly if police are not accountable for assault and even murder.
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From a clerk at Stop & Shop to MA's treasurer/receiver-general? That's not a stretch when we know that Deb Goldberg may have started at the bottom of the grocer, but that she is from the founding family. She picked up a Harvard MBA,... more

Tom Conroy is campaigning for treasurer/receiver general of MA with a promise to advance the commonwealth by bolstering the middle class. He says he's best positioned and has the skills and experience to improve educational and job... more

Barry Finegold itches to become MA Treasurer/Receiver-General. The State Senator works with the current office holder, Steve Grossman, on the Financial Literacy Trust Fund, which helps seniors, veterans and youth understand... more

Up here in blue-ish Massachusetts, we're comfortable with compassion and empathy as American traits. Our governor, Deval Patrick, is one of the few saying to treat the influx of Central and South American kids as refugees. We find it... more

Dem candidate for LG Steve Kerrigan sees pivotal roles for the office in MA. In his platform (a.k.a. vision), he envisions the second in command in the commonwealth as resolving problems for citizens, business types and officials.... more

Dem candidate for MA LT GOV Mike Lake is a tall guy with tall plans. He made the cut for September's primary and has a vision for the office as shown on his campaign site. Of course, we'll talk about his positions and credentials. We'll... more

We'll give it another go with the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The BTR connections didn't work yesterday. We'll try again, we hope with Ryan being able to call in. From the previous promo: I go away for a couple weeks and the Supremes can't... more

I go away for a couple weeks and the Supremes can't behave themselves. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, they've not only opened the can of worms, but are feeding them to us. We'll talk of church/state implications of course. Moreover,... more

Ryan and Mike will settle your mind. The MA Dems went to the state party convention in Worcester. Everything ws settled (as in official nominees emerged) and nothing was settled (as in the per-office primaries still contested). Plus the... more