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It's one of the defining political debates of 2016 here in Massachusetts—but so far, we haven't seen or heard supporters and opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana sitting down face-to-face to hash things out. (Get it???)

Enter the Scrum! 

There's a big Massachusetts Senate election coming up in less than a week, #mapoli fans. The Scrum asked all seven candidates to come in for a sort of political speed-dating session, and five joined in the fun.

Tito Jackson

City Councilor Tito Jackson joined reporter Adam Reilly and WGBHNews.org Senior Editor Peter Kadzis to discuss the proposed Boston Public School budget, the extension of the BRA’s redevelopment powers, and whether or not he’d ever consider challenging Mayor Marty Walsh for his seat.

Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly of WGBH News took in this year's breakfast at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center--then sized up the proceedings as they were winding down, along with Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts and Gintautaus Dumcius of MassLive.com and the Springfield Republican.

Donald Trump is a larger-than-life personality and, barring any major development, looks poised to win the Republican nomination. Our guests this week look abroad at two international figures—former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former Haitian President Michel Martelly—and ask: could it happen here?

The Brothers Bernstein—Scrum co-founder David and his brother, Bloomberg View pundit and political scientist Jonathan—joined WGBH News regulars Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis to consider the state of the 2016 Election.

McKay Coppins, senior political writer at Buzzfeed News, weighs in on the Republican race for the presidential nomination (and explains what it's like to get in a flame war with Donald Trump.)

Vermin Supreme

He wears a boot on his head, once dumped glitter on an opponent during a debate, and wants to fund time travel research so he can go back and kill Baby Hitler. His name is Vermin Supreme, and he wants your vote in 2016.

Our crack roundtable—or scrumtable, if you will—tackles some of the biggest headlines in #mapoli and beyond.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gave his second State of the City address Tuesday night at Symphony Hall. Afterward, the Scrum caught up with a bevy of political observers to get their take on what the mayor had to say--and what he decided to omit or gloss over. 

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