Mariano: Democratic leaders are tone-deaf

“For the past decade, the Democratic Party has been losing voters who used to be the bedrock of their support: blue-collar workers, even union members. … Democrats need an agenda and a message that shows the American people what they stand for – who they are willing to fight for. Democrats must offer a vision of hope.”

Mariano: The President’s New Clothes

“As I listened to Sen. Jeff Flake speak on the floor of the United States Senate and announce that he would not be seeking reelection, I could not help but think of a popular children’s story.”

Worcester Weekly: Municipal Election, ‘A Christmas Story’ + more, Nov. 5-11

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Sunday, Nov. 5 — Worcester Railers vs. Reading Royals, 3:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  The Railers may not pack the DCU Center every night, but it appears the team’s decision makers loaded the roster with talent.

Patrick McNally is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 5 goals, after scoring again in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Royals. (He scored four goals in two AHL seasons with the San Jose Barracuda after a standout career at Harvard.) McNally’s plus-11 rating was tops in the league after Friday’s games, and the T&G’s Bill Ballou, who’s seen a few hockey games in his long career, says McNally looks like one of the best players in the ECHL.