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Massachusetts progressives working, writing, blogging and speaking for social and political change.

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This election and last, Boston Mayor challengers call his chicken and worse. Whether he's smart or cowardly, would the public even pay attention to lengthy issues talk? Plus, we check in on Ted Kennedy's bid to streamline replacing him... more

A decade ago, youth-on-youth violent crime plunged in a coordinated effort of clergy, police and others. The TenPoint Coalition that led the Boston Miracle is trying to reprise that. The new executive director, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, joins us to... more

We at Left Ahead poll our feelings on Governor Patrick, his job approval numbers, work with the budget and reform credentials. Are his low poll numbers justified? Or has he done a reasonably good job, just marred by a bad economy and... more

Prez. Obama and MA Gov. Patrick are decreasingly popular superstars. They share much — charisma, personal style, management techniques, high expectations, a fetish for compromising. What's right and wrong?

A discussion with Ben Forman of MassINC on "gateway cities" and economic development in MA.

On top of a contentious mayoral race, Boston's city council faces an unusual scrum. For at large, 15 want one of 4 seats, including two incumbents. So far candidates are playing coy with platforms.

Regional New England high-speed rail? In the works, according to the governors...and with federal money coming. MBTA subway and rail crushed under state imposed debt? Yup, but the crisis has to force big changes there.

After a long spell of local city and state pols, the usual three suspects will rant and giggle about Republicans at the foot of the on-ramp to the 2012 elections. (An unspecified quitting governor is up first.)

Martin Langeveld of CircLabs describes his group's plan to find ways to gather and distribute news after newspapers. They are closing in on a beta for a system to give readers what they demand and still provide news companies with... more

Boston's longest serving mayor, Tom Menino, tells us what he wants to do with another four years. He has a gang of hungry challengers this time.

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