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

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Two decades in the making, Boston will have a new Mayor-elect by showtime. Either John Connolly or Marty Walsh will replace Tom Menino. We'll talk about the top race, as well as at-large Councilors and more.

The GOP finally learned that they could push the POTUS too far too long. We saw him stand firm...just once...faced with the shutdown and a default. He and Congressional Dems have already given the GOP more than they ask for. Plus,... more

Surviving a scrum of a dozen canidates, John Connolly is one of two in fhe final for the Boston mayoralty. He joins us. He'll discuss how he'll differentiate h himself and maybe whether he is up for the new and sudden nastiness the battle has... more

And then there were two. Out of the dozen contenders, Martin J. (Marty) Walsh willl be on the final ballot in November. He joins us to discuss the end game, including how he'll differentiate himself and how he'll attract the broad swatch of... more

How loony and delusional can you get? We're getting a flavor, as the GOP in the House careers betweeb a government shutdown today or a default in October. The smartest pundits have clear concusions, like Ezra Klein seeing... more

The muddy, dusty, cacophonous Boston municipal preliminary will be over for this show. A dozen in for the vacant Mayor spot, 19 for the four at-large City Council ones, and numerous for various disrrict Councilors. This has been a big deal in... more

OK, this is Boston's most complex election in many decades. I'll finally get off the pot and pick Mayor, Disctrict Council and At-Large Council. That would be from a dozen of former, eight of the middle, and 19 of the latter, to settle on two, two... more

Larry DiCara joins us to talk the Boston mayoral race, the first transition in two decades. He's a long-term city councilor, candidate for mayor himself, powerful attorney, and keen observer of the city scene. His most recent book is Turmoil... more

Wtih still 12 in the race for Bosotn open mayoral office, you could lose a lot of money betting the outcome. Monday evening before this show, the whole bunch jams into a 90 minute speed-dating kind iof forum. Almost everyone hopes for a... more

President Surprise double astonished Congress and its wingers. First he announced we'd attack Syria with cruise missles. Then he whipped around to say that unlike the Presidents Bush,he'd get legislative buy-in. We get into... more