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

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Boston Councilor Tito Jackson likes to call himself Man of Action. That's fair enough. He is a do-gooder in the populist/progressive mold. We'll start with the Commission on the Status of Black Men and Boys in Boston, which he proposed... more

At state and national levels, GOP officials as well as local wingers have a clear new strategy of Whac-A-Woman. Sure, it's easy to note and prove that Republicans hae an active policy of crushing women's rigfhts under terrible... more

Candidte for MA Gov. Martha Coakley has a diverse, deep platform. She joins us to differentiate hereself. As Attorney General with a background as a DA, she goes far beyond law enforcement. We'll talk economy, infrastructure, jobs, civil... more

Another anti-SSM type gets called out and the Senate socialist wants in. These trends are much more exciting and worthy of discussion than winger rants about talkshow hosts. We'll discuss the ethics and legality of Brendan Eich crawling... more

Who kinew another shoe was coming after Citizens United dropped. The SCOTUS' big thud was McCutcheon v. FEC. This dramatically reaises individual contributions to candidates by the nature of 30 times. Lisa Rosenberg, the... more

Absolute (but contradictory) truths abound on minimum wage. One is raise it any and millions of gutless employers will fire and not hire. Another is that where minima have climbed, employment goes and stays up, bolstering the middle... more

Unabashed full-platform Republican Mark Fisher makes no bones about his Tea Party affiliation. He sees his small-government/free-market views as antidotes to decades of liberal MA politics. He figures that if the Dems were in charge, they... more

Evan Falchuk counts on MA voters being tired of Dem and GOP. The lawyer/health-care executive runs for governor with his United Independent Party. Of course, we'll ask him how he figures to win. He has set out... more

Another physician in the 2014 run for MA governor is Joe Avellone. A surgeon who went on to be a health-care/pharmaceutical exec, We'll talk his big, progressive goals, like tens of thousands of new jobs and wrangling health... more

Independent candidate for MA Governor, Jeff McCormick wants voters to think Jeff for Jobs. He joins us to discuss his platform and campaign. Founder of VC firm Saturn Partners, he got degrees in biology, molecular genetics and... more