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.”

Sina-cism: An integrity commission that has none

It is obvious — even to the president, I believe — that no electoral integrity commission is necessary. Why, then, has President Trump insisted upon one? It seems to me a toxic mix of petulance, a taste for divisiveness, and a serious misunderstanding of the responsibilities incumbent upon a president.

Birthday cake

Requiem for Dissent: McGovern-ing in the era of Trump

Jim McGovern, one of the most unabashed liberals in Congress, has been ubiquitous in active resistance in the weeks since Donald Trump was elected president. “There’s so much happening that I think it requires more responses and more action,” he said in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Worcester Sun.

“2nd Look” — how Clinton and Trump fared, town-by-town, in McGovern’s district [chart]

2016 presidential election results in the 2nd Massachusetts district, which comprises 63 cities and towns in Central and Western Mass.  City / town
Clinton
Trump

Amherst
12,030
1,233

Athol
2,074
2,329

Auburn
4,408
3,936

Barre
1,201
1,429

Belchertown
4,366
3,140

Bellingham
4,027
4,056

Blackstone
1,850
2,327

Boylston
1,422
1,124

Deerfield
1,942
767

Douglas
1,780
2,685

Erving
389
289

Gill
579
259

Grafton
5,333
3,872

Greenfield
5,546
2,094

Hadley
2,121
864

Hardwick
565
708

Hatfield
1,278
659

Holden
5,553
4,602

Hubbardston
1,039
1,373

Leicester
2,422
2,825

Leominster
9,793
8,180

Leverett
996
185

Mendon
1,528
1,694

Millbury
3,138
3,432

Millville
624
874

Montague
2,858
1,094

New Braintree
246
326

New Salem
337
208

North Brookfield
906
1,413

Northampton
13,200
1,870

Northborough
5,085
2,959

Northbridge
3,376
3,939

Northfield
1,013
533

Oakham
435
633

Orange
1,482
1,540

Oxford
2,736
3,572

Palmer
2,475
3,083

Paxton
1,204
1,194

Pelham
738
98

Petersham
416
312

Phillipston
374
550

Princeton
1,183
898

Royalston
313
321

Rutland
2,020
2,343

Shrewsbury
10,501
6,786

Shutesbury
976
142

Spencer
2,265
3,044

Sterling
2,136
2,302

Sunderland
1,351
387

Sutton
2,287
2,881

Templeton
1,507
2,051

Upton
2,284
1,808

Uxbridge
3,254
3,694

Ware
1,852
2,189

Warwick
271
142

Webster
3,110
3,570

Wendell
402
104

West Boylston
2,137
1,837

West Brookfield
865
1,008

Westborough
5,911
2,721

Whately
582
328

Winchendon
1,787
2,310

Worcester
42,534
17,634

Total
202,413
136,760