We ran around three bushes today — the Speaker of the House, Boston’s Mayor and Lowell government. Exiting Speaker Sal DiMasi leaves in a cloud redolent of corruption. Likely successor Robert Deleo (more than likely; John Rogers bowed to him moments ago) is likely a bit less progressive than DiMasi. Yet, we can’t know that […]

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Words! Action? We looked into what President (ahem, amen) Obama said, underlying meaning, and likelihood of some or all of it happening. We’re figuring on: Congressional support for and passage of one or two stimulus packages, a.k.a. a two-year honeymoon out of fear Enough progressive activists coupled with voters inspired by Obama’s plans and rhetoric […]

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We skipped our usual Tuesday podcast for a special this week. Wednesday, January 21st, we’ll maintain our record of progressive blather and jabber. You can listen live to our analysis of the speeches and prayers of the past few days at 2:30 p.m. here. Check back here anytime afterward to download or listen to the […]

How much ethical reform how quickly becomes the complex question in Massachusetts. Both at local and state levels, we’ve had more than our share of scandals — corruption, bribery, influence purchasing, even sex charges. Plus, at all levels, we have not been a big sunshine and governmental transparency state. At the high level, Gov. Deval […]

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Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., the three usual suspects here try to move the Massachusetts ethics debate from the comical. You can listen live then or check back here to hear or download the podcast. Like everyone else, we find it very tempting to fixate on the absurdities and clumsiness of various legislators and other politicians. […]

Pot Podcast

January 6, 2009 | Leave a Comment

We had some fun with the new decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana today. That took effect this week, accompanied with a, if you pardon, smokescreen of foolishness. The ballot initiative passed in November, changing simple possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a crime to a civil penalty. The fine is up […]

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