Marty Walsh

The dark money sharks of 2012 and 2016 also had a hidden interest in the 2013 Boston mayor's race.

Carmen Ortiz and the Democrats

When should we call into question the pursuit of an expansive and powerful federal government? If you’re a Massachusetts Democrat, the answer this week seems to be, “when our friends are the targets.”

When Amazon stood for the purity of the not-so-hidden hand of the market, and Mayor Marty Walsh stood for morality, Mayor Walsh won. But it's never that simple.

The public uprising against the corporate-based Boston2024 reminds us that people like to root for Harry Potter, Ron Weasely, and Hermione Granger, not Voldemort.

Recent news of a referendum on the Olympics and new bike lanes in Boston show that try as we might, it is very hard to kill democracy.

Public service motivation reminds that there is more to governmental services than just efficiency. Sometimes government allots resources because it uplifts the community at-large. Right or wrong, watching the Pats parade on TV or knowing the rite-of-springtime St. Patrick’s Day parade is going on is worth it. We must make sure that the resources diverted for the parades come from all Boston’s neighborhoods -- not just less affluent communities. But with this substantial caveat I say, “on with the parade!”  Sometimes government acts best when it acts inefficiently – and making ourselves feel better about this winter is something all of Boston needs.

Filter view by: