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

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Settled, unsettled, out-for-bids, up-for-rejection, big-time gambling is up to MA voters on Nov. 4th. The legislature approve three casinos in the no-lnger-Puritan state (which by the bye makes billions on its lottery). A ballot question appears... more

MA is not CA, but this elwection at least, we get a plethora of ballot questions. In our case, the excess is four votes that qualified for Nov. 4th. Tune in for truth and knowledge (at least in our best cuts). Three questions have roaring proponents... more

Health care entrepreneur Evan Falchuk is running for MA Governor for the nascent United Independent Party. He wants the win along with his LG mate Angus Jennings. Regardless of the results at the least, he's confident that his... more

We'll recap the Massachusetts party [primaries and risk humiliation predicitng the campaigns, then results for November's general. The previous day's preimary may settle all, or nearly all, Democratic contests. Now the fun begins. The GOP... more

Move along, Republicans. There's not much to see in your primary on 9/9/ Dems, on the other hand, hie to the polls and come prepared with your choices. For the GOP, only the Governor slot is contested, and most statewide slots have no... more

Post 9-11 we as a natiion gave up much to police, military, guard, spook agencies and the TSA. So now it's come to the stunning events in Ferguson MO. We'll talk from our distance about race, police state, summary citizen executiion,... more

From a clerk at Stop & Shop to MA's treasurer/receiver-general? That's not a stretch when we know that Deb Goldberg may have started at the bottom of the grocer, but that she is from the founding family. She picked up a Harvard MBA,... more

Tom Conroy is campaigning for treasurer/receiver general of MA with a promise to advance the commonwealth by bolstering the middle class. He says he's best positioned and has the skills and experience to improve educational and job... more

Barry Finegold itches to become MA Treasurer/Receiver-General. The State Senator works with the current office holder, Steve Grossman, on the Financial Literacy Trust Fund, which helps seniors, veterans and youth understand... more

Up here in blue-ish Massachusetts, we're comfortable with compassion and empathy as American traits. Our governor, Deval Patrick, is one of the few saying to treat the influx of Central and South American kids as refugees. We find it... more