Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 141]: A little direction for Charlie Baker

Everyone knows being a Republican in Massachusetts is a lonely assignment.

Heck, unless you’re running against Martha Coakley or live on the North Shore it’s near impossible to even get elected, but hizzoner, the guv’nah — with his steady hand and bipartisan approach — appears well-positioned for an extended run.

Where he stands on key issues, though, often confounds his party mates. Hitch, for one, knows a shortcut to the real truth.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 140]: Taking the temperature at City Hall

The weather outside was only frightful last week if you were a sheet of ice. Or an avid outdoor figure skater.

The Worcester Common Oval waved goodbye to winter a few days early as the mercury soared to record levels for late February. But up those cool marble steps a few yards away, the atmospheric conditions were quite a bit different.

Hitch takes the Sun-on-the-Scene weather van on location for a closer look.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 139]: Hell, no! We won’t show … any common sense

So, it turns out modern protesters and the city of Worcester might just be a bad match after all.

Never mind the rich history of anti-establishment icons — Abby Kelley Foster, Abbie Hoffman, heck Major Taylor, even — in recent history demonstrations have led to a hail of post-protest accusations and assumptions from the Kelley Square 4 to the Great Hot Mic Incident of 2017.

Mix in a little Gaffney-Petty magic, and — voila! You have yourselves a Hitch Masterpiece.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 138]: Star of the day, who will it be?

It’s getting harder and harder in America these days to impress your audience and keep it engaged.

Take the president. Please! We’re here all week folks. … But if the man who brought Frederick Douglass back from the dead and won, like, all the Electoral College votes that were ever available can’t get a standing ovation, then what are the rest of us to do?

Funny, Hitch was wondering the same thing.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 137]: Elizabeth Warren’s Songs in the Key of Strife

The senator from Massachusetts certainly has had no trouble getting airplay.

Her ubiquitous Trump serenades (or retorts and attacks — whatever) date back to early in the presidential campaign and have become rallying cries for many on the left. Award-worthy even.

Of course, Warren’s approach doesn’t quite strike the same chord with conservatives scurrying to manage the daily Donald fallout. Hitch presses play and gets lost in the chorus.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 136]: On the bright side of blizzards

In Worcester we don’t need no stinkin’ snowstorm to grind our commute to a hair-pulling halt.

There will be a construction detour sowhere along your way. And soon you’ll run into that black 1990s Lincoln with livery plates attempting an ill-advised left and clogging the intersection. So clearing the roads is a year-round exercise in futility.

But then there’s always a little optimism that falls with all those frustrating flakes. So, of course, Mr. Sunshine himself has some thoughts.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 135]: A high-five for Tom Brady

Sports fans in New England are a fortunate bunch. Across the generations, even when some of our favorite professional teams or collegiate programs suffered lean years, we’ve enjoyed championship seasons and legendary performers.

Tom Brady, the Patriots’ quarterback and leader, has combined the titles and the talent at an unprecedented level, culminating Sunday in an historic performance that won’t soon be forgotten. Here’s Hitch.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 134]: Joe Petty, on an island

Quite a week for hizzoner.

Didn’t take long for the shine to wear off from his jam-packed, and almost universally celebrated, City Hall rally against Trump immigration policy. He’s got your back, good ol’ Joe told the T&G and hundreds of ralliers last week. But behind your back? Well, if we’re to believe our own ears rather than frantic and confusing press conferences, it’s possible the mayor might have different feelings entirely.

Let’s go to the tape, with an assist from Hitch.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 133]: Worcester sanctuary city debate is getting Petty

One thing you have to admit about our new president: he knows how to whip you all up into a frenzy!

Much has been said the past few days about Trump’s immigration stance and how that may jeopardize federal funding to cities that consider themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Worcester Police follow a sanctuary city policy with the support of City Hall leaders who remain loathe to fully embrace that moniker.

Well, with a Trumpian nudge from rival Mike Gaffney, Mayor Petty thought it was time to weigh in. Hitch got a sneak preview.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 132]: For women, walking the walk into history

OK, so it was a march. A lot of marches. And millions of women. But who’s counting big crowds these days?!

Regardless of how many women and supporters showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and worldwide from Boston to Bogota, Nairobi to Norfolk, this was an historic moment and movement, one with potentially very bigly implications.

Hitch brings it all home for Worcester.