On Beacon Hill: Trump and DeLeo, political soulmates — who knew?

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg used the cover of the Trump chaos and the Super Bowl LI to finalize an $18 million package of pay raises for themselves and others. Plus more reaction on pay raises, immigration policy — with video — and the rest of the week on Beacon Hill.

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.

Editorial: What happens when the outraged run out of rage?

Opposition to the policies of a president is not new to America. However, the country has never had a president quite like this, one whose style has been summed up as “attack, counterattack and never apologize.” Less than two weeks into the current administration, we find ourselves wondering how long can the opposition keep up?

Sina-cism: With Bob Nemeth, in spirit, in Budapest

“Bob wrote with equal passion and clarity about recent Hungarian history, the rise of the nationalist and conservative Fidesz party and its leader who ‘resorted to authoritarian rule and wholesale brainwashing. It is a recipe for failure’ …” Gee, Sinacola, wonder what brought all this on?

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.