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

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We've been on this before, but have new good company. A serious American cliché is that any of us can serve our debt to society in prison, thus behind rehabilitated and re-entering as full citizens. Not bloody likely. Our Attorney... more

In our series of candidates for the MA governor job, Dr. Don Berwick is the peditrician, who morphed into a manager/executive and ws tapped by the President to head the Medicare and Medicaid program. Now he has big plans to... more

We're neither lickspittles nor hate spewers...but hey, we still analyze. Join us for the two usual suspects picking and poking the President's State of the Union and our MA Gov. Deval Patrick's State of the Commonwealth version. We'll... more

Dem candidate for MA Gov., Juliette Kayyem pitches herself as prepared to lead. Her bio includes several Harvard degrees, important court caes, and expertise in security, with positions in both Gov. Deval Patrick and Pres. Barack Obama's... more

We've held off as long as we could. We'll start with Chris Christi and his GW Bridge game. Mike will stress that he was born in OK and ignore that he went to high school in NJ. We'll look for what lessons we can glean for the 2014... more

MA's Treasurer and Receiver General Steve Grossman joins us to talk about his gubernatorial campaign. He's been a straight-ahead official, as he was business owner. He put the commonwealth's checkbook online for all to see, for the first... more

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Senior Staff Attorney Vickie Henry joins us to look backward and forward on same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights. 2013 was certainly a remarkable year, in the middle of the country as... more

Leading advocate for election reform, MA Sen. Jamie Eldridge joins us. We'll start with a few of his bills in the works. Notably, the Massachusetts Disclose Act (S.321/H.651, cosponsored by Rep. Cory Atkins) would let voters know before... more

Panic ensued. 20 years ago, Hawaii courts ruled it was unconstitutional discrimination to forbid gay marriage. Then 13 years ago, Vermont legalized civil unions, for all. Then a decade ago, MA legalized same-sex marriage. Panic all... more

With local elections done, it's time to open the lid on the smelly ACA rollout. You can bet that the GOP irrationally hopes for a failure. That's unilkely at best. Yet the faster the POTUS and his minions get millions signed up, the better.... more