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

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What's said and unsaid is rarely as pointed as when money is involved. Add a heavy dose of politics and poof! you have budget proposals. MA's newish Gov. Charlie Baker made his first and it was pretty good theater. I hit the highlights... more

He was Boston's education City Councilor. Then when John Connolly stepped down to run for mayor, his heart and head stayed with schools. Even after he lost that race, he rebounded to a new focus, one he calls his mission. He... more

The easy part is the snow, but it hides and reveals much. Underlying the white stuff, the ice, the subzero weeks, what does Boston's ability to manage itself say now and beyond? Chums around the country and beyond ask us how we are... more

As much as we in Boston and New England consider weather talk a sport, we're tired. In the past 10 days or so, we've had over five feet of snow, with no melting. It's Buffalo/Rochester levels and no longer amusing. With closed offices... more

From fellow pols to constituents, everyone in Boston seems to love Matt O'Malley. The City Councilor for the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods (and smidgens of two others) will be on again with us. He is indefatigable and seems... more

Everyone in Boston seems excited about the 2024 Olumbics bid — but not all in a positive way. Last week'a ahow was just Mike presenting the plus side's position. In fairness to them, they are not pretending the city won't have to prove... more

Mirabile dictu! Somehow, the IOC chose Boston over San Francisco, Los Angeles and D.C for the US bid to host the 2024 Summer Games. It's certianly not a done deal. Entries from many other nations are in the running for that — to be... more

This week is big in Massachuseetts. Lefty Dem Gov. Deval Patrick steps down and wishy-washy GOP Gov Charlie Baker steps in. I'll talk Patrick's challenges, successes and stumples. Then I'l get to dish on Baker and the commonwealth's... more

Unfortunately, the most recent horror — two NYC police officers ambused and mrudered — is only just that, the most recent horror. This time though, the cops were killed rather than doing the killing. That has changed everything... more

Yesterday's comments on the Michelle Kosilek case covered the basics. Today, the guest is Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project of Gay & esbian Advopcaes & Defenders. She was incredulous about the majority... more