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

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Announcing long before Boston Mayor Tom Menino decided not to run again, John Connolly campaigns on the biggest, toughest issue — fixing the city's schools. Education is the majority of the massive city budget. It's huge too in... more

Instead of sounding his horn, Gabriel Gomez is blowing his election. Another pretty boy in MA politics, newcomer Republican had a real shot in the special election to fill in John Kerry's U.S. Senate term. We'll tell you why he's failed and... more

After 4.5 years of trying, desperately and often irrationally, the anti-Obama forces found some traction. Yeah, yeah, Congressional wingers and outsiders flog the moot nothingness of alleged Benghazi plots. What's real though is the admitted... more

Maybe two dozen fry will swim madly to become Boston's next mayor. Surely, surely not all will get their 3000 sigs and run, but maybe a dozen or 18 will. Heading toward the September primary, hopes, promises and lies (and pleas for... more

Our show bumps one day to Wednesday, May Day, because we're voting for US Senate on the usual showtime. Check back in on 5/1 at the usual 2:30 PM Eastern. We'll recap the Dem and GOP winners for US Senate to replace John... more

We're Boston based and were among the millions locked down during the hunt for the brothers who allegedly murdered three and maimed nearly 200 at the marathon. We'll talk about being here and what it meant short and longer term.

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini joins us to highlight and discuss some of the long agenda of bills in the works in MA. There's much to be done for homeless LGBTQ youth, ensuring equal public accommodations, transgender... more

The MA subway/bus/commuter rail system is on its death bed again. The MBTA (T to locals) has gotten little help from the state. Instead, over a decade ago, the lege loaded it with billions of debt from the Big Dig. Offsetting revenue would... more

Back from the woods and trails of Maine, Nicole Freedman resumes as director of Boston bikes program. We talk about safety, driver/cyclist relations, HubWay expansion, cycletracks and more. Boston lacks the broad, rectangular layout... more

We look at two unsettled issues — marriage equality before the SCOTUS and Boston's eternal mayor's big plans. Both Prop 8 and DOMA cases get arguments this week. We'll have to surmise over the outcomes and effects for... more