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Boston District 5 Cty Councilor Tim McCarthy is all about the number-one selling point for local pols — constituent services. He's been at it for a long time working with and for Mayor Tom Menino. He was head of Neighborhood Services and high ranking in Public Works. We'll delve into what he sees as his accomplishments in his first term in what was Menino's seat, then Rob Consalvo's. He's been in the scrum with the rest of his body on budgets, contract negotiations, a casino, an Olympics bid and more. Yet for his neighborhoods, his vision is separate and less politicized. Decidedly a bring-home-the-bacon guy, he wants a better local business climate as well as fair shares from city and state departments and agencies. Of course, we'll also hit on how his contested campaign is faring.
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Not a huge surprise — another mass slaying in the United States. Not at all a surprise — gun apologists and winger media try to cut off any debate of what to do. Unfortunately, I've been compelled to do this before. I'll hit on... more

OK, boys and girls, haven't we all had enough of the awkward dance for both Republican and Democratic 2016 candidates for prez? Now it looks like no more GOP'ers stomping in and a better than even chance VP Joe Biden will mull the... more

The Duke, a.k.a. Michael Dukakis, and I have kicked around transit fares at public hearings, the Rail-volution conference and here on Left Ahead. I say subways, trolleys, buses and commuter rail should be free. The employees should attend... more

Only the latest much publicized multiple gun murder...this time in Virginia...raises the curtain on guns-don't-kill v. gun-control-laws-save-lives choruses. Let's get real this afternoon. That doesn't go any place. Shout over the fence. I'm... more

For those younguns who say, "I wasn't even born yet" as an excuse for ignorance, let's talk Congress and President. The pols may claim they are bipartisan or above it all (that's a good compagin ploy) but the memories of their parties'... more

It's earlier than Christmas gear in August. 2016 conventions and elections are far away. Yet, news is oozing memes. It's the Republican clown car. Hillary awaits coronation. Yadda Yadda. Feel free to call and rant on your own (718-664-6966,... more

That was quick. Just days ago after over half a year of boosterism (and the incumbent lies), there were promises that the meeting with the US Olympics Committee would go fine, just fine. Instead, Boston's Mayor Walsh pushed back.... more

What about Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman? The instant bestseller is quite relevant. Particularly with state, Congressional and SCOTUS efforts to restrict voting, you bet it is. I review the book with attention to the orations and political... more

Coming up on 12 years, my first political blog, Marry in Massachusetts, is going on hiatus. I'd long figured to shut it down when we had legal same-sex marriage nationwide. It's time. I'll cover politics here, a bit in my personal blog, Harrumph,... more