Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has a real-time opportunity to demonstrate that his administration will not represent business-as-usual at the State House.
Want better leaders in public office? Lure better candidates with salaries that give private sector jobs — and special interest dollars — a run for their money.
He lost the governor’s race, but his United Independent Party won legitimacy. Now, Evan Falchuk sizes up the stakes and the chances for a third party’s success in Massachusetts politics.
When a slogan’s meaning is co-opted, a favorite t-shirt becomes a symbol it wasn’t intended to be.
It’s time to convert our collective indignation and anguish into genuine moral progress.
Perhaps a price we pay for the vigilance democracy requires is to tolerate the cuckoo theories to make room for those that merit further investigation.
The absence of Congress in critical policy making can be dangerous, and its consequences may become evident soon.
If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.
As governor-elect, you must decide whether you want your first term to be defined and dominated by a bidding process for a three-week party that would be thrown after you will have left office.
Mitch McConnell is right. Sixteen years is too long to wait for change.
Why is it that a Massachusetts attorney general seeking higher office hasn’t won in nearly half a century?
Republicans did not win, and Democrats did not lose because that’s what America willed, or wanted, or wished. Stop using those phrases. Stop using that language. Instead, let’s look at the facts.
Rather than simply hoping things work out and then throwing money at problems after they surface, we need to think through in detail how to support all of America’s veterans.
Unregulated outside spending propelled the Republican gubernatorial candidate and three out of four ballot initiatives to victory.
A pragmatic electorate in an independent-minded state rejected the peripatetic Republican candidate’s corporate-funded attempt to nationalize the race.
The electorate demonstrated its capacity to discern between individual candidates and partisanship.
A look at how women candidates running for high office frame the role of motherhood in their campaigns.
Cog contributors Jane Swift, Jarrett Barrios, Renée Loth, and many more share their thoughts on the mayor’s retirement.
A competitive, substantive election is what the American public deserves – and it finally looks like we’re going to get it.
After the Supreme Court’s decision on McCutcheon v. the FEC, here’s my takeaway: To anyone who favors the general Democratic platform, it’s time to dig deep and pump in that filthy lucre.
Mitch McConnell is right. Sixteen years is too long to wait for change.
There is no doubt that Russia is in the wrong, but acting on justified moral offense rather than clear eyed strategic interest is more likely to increase the price we all pay.
The Coakley campaign betrayed its anxiety in recent days when it resorted to blaming pollsters and the media for survey results that don’t support its narrative.
I still have many questions the Congressional briefings simply did not answer.
Could the FBI have prevented the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
The Corwin Amendment — which would have made slavery constitutional and permanent — reveals a deep flaw in the design of the U.S. Constitution.
Amid mass violence and volatility in Egypt, the long-standing relationship between Washington and Cairo is fraying.
The civility that defines today’s mayoral contest is all fine and well, but the more gritty races of yesterday were much more interesting to watch.
What doesn’t kill Gov. Christie’s GOP primary campaign might just make it stronger.
Who caused the government shutdown? We did.
Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, are divorcing after more than two decades of marriage. This has Hinda Mandell rethinking the sex-scandal script.
The Good Friday Agreement didn’t go far enough. Underlying tensions and hatred do not disappear with a peace accord alone.
The ill health of democracy in Boston is why I gave up my safe seat on the City Council to campaign for mayor.
The former Massachusetts senator sets his sights on the Granite State. But beyond his reflexive renunciation of “Obamacare,” what exactly does he stand for?
Like its namesake, “Obamacare” is here to stay. Now that that’s settled, the latest installment of our series looks at how to get health care costs under control.
If Elizabeth Warren is guilty of exploiting her ethnicity for personal gain, Steve Almond says he is too.
Election 2012 is writing a new chapter in the evolution of democracy. And it’s happening so quickly, we’ve barely had time grasp its significance.
Love him or hate him, everyone does what Mitt Romney is being skewered for. We tell one story in public — and another in private.
For the women whose work with the poor and marginalized has brought criticism from the Vatican, parochial-school graduate Marianne Leone has one thing to say: Preach it, Sister.
The popular answer to that question will determine the outcome of this election — and the outcome of this election could change democracy as we know it.
As election season enters its post-convention phase, the underlying reasons for Elizabeth Warren’s inertia have begun to emerge. John Sivolella says the bad news for Warren is that they’re not easy to correct.
The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is always painful for victims’ families. But, says Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, it’s also a time to remember our common goals.
In a move that nobody expected, Barack Obama has opened up a foreign policy front against Mitt Romney. Commentator Rob Gray says it’s a risky play that will either backfire for the president, or seal his victory.
Commentator Steve Almond says only if George Clooney were to choose a young Paul Newman to be his running mate would a ticket even come close to matching the combined stud quotient that is Romney/Ryan.
Why don’t we have tighter controls on guns? Unfortunately, says commentator John Rosenthal, the answer is all too simple.
Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.
In Moscow, the trial against three young punk rockers looks more like the Soviet Union than the “new Russia.” Joshua Rubenstein on the Pussy Riot controversy.
Maybe Mitt Romney isn’t ready to explain his tax returns, but Steve Almond wants to reveal every sordid detail of his own.
In the wake of the recent Chick-fil-A controversy, Greg M. Epstein argues that the religious right has long held an unjustified monopoly on “family values.” But, he asks, what about the rest of us?
Unlike his outspoken late father George, R.B. Scott says Mitt’s mode of political Russian Roulette is saying too little.
Of course corporations aren’t people. But Wendy Kaminer says like the individuals engaged in them, businesses require constitutional protection against abuses of government power.
Kerry Healey says it’s time for Americans to realize what our appetite for illegal drugs does to the individuals who are compelled — economically or at gun point — to produce, process and transport the illegal drugs we use.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.