We are thankful for political contention here and in Washington. It keeps our brains perking along. Today, that took the form of an update on the special election to replace U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy in the 12/8 special election, and on the action and coming struggles to path health-care reform in Washington. We got carried […]

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“The days of highway expansion in Massachusetts are over,” declares James Aliosi, who stepped down last month as Secretary of Transportation. He said now is the time to act and particularly to level the playing field by developing passenger rail and public transit. In our podcast today, he ticked off such benefits as sparking industrial […]

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Safe or Sorry Pols

November 10, 2009 | 2 Comments

We raced around the candidates for the special election for our U.S. Senate seat. Most remarkable was AG Martha Coakley’s one chronic and one acute conditions. First, she has avoided contact with the public, both grassroots and netroots. Meanwhile the other three Dems, particularly U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano have waded into the mainstream with both […]

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Oh Mike Open Mike

November 9, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Springsteen and Wonder back waiting for Mike Capuano… The crowd carrying those little plates of cheese they stab with toothpicks look weighted to 30 and above, with few in jeans who aren’t part of the Rep.’s crew. I’m at the balcony level above the ballroom with blogger sorts and his flack Monica Crane and the […]

The three usual suspects visited the election returns in numerous commonwealth spots, as well Maine. Lynne gave us great truth and dirt on Lowell, which went for considerable reform in council, school board and other races. Ryan did the same for Lynn’s mayoral race — the town not Lynne the podcaster. We bemoaned the repeal-before-implementation […]

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