James Conway has been blogging at BMG since 2006. He has volunteered on the Reich, Dean, Patrick, Duckworth, and Obama campaigns while working in high level policy fellowships as an undergraduate at the US Department of State and Chicago Mayor's Office. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2010 with a double major in History and Political Science. He currently lives in Aurora, IL with his fiancee of three years but keeps an active eye on the Massachusetts political scene and while seeking opportunities to work full time in Massachusetts on progressive politics and public policy.

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The Prosecution Betrayed Our Commonwealth’s Values

Here's the thing for me: Dzokhar Tsarnaev doesn't *deserve* any better, nothing better than Timothy McVeigh, say. But that's the wrong question. It's what we do as a community to demonstrate our sense that life is not cheap. - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

New Balance takes Transit into its Own Hands: Builds an MBTA Station

Really remarkable. And a great investment by a company in its own community, to everyone's benefit. - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

Gloucester Leading the Way on Drug Enforcement Reform

The Prohibition of our time. - promoted by Bob_Neer

What to do with Marty’s Millions?

The right response to the Baltimore Riots is empathy

Somerville Home Sells for 1.7 mil-I’m sorry but housing is out of control

Two comments: 1. Somerville's a nice, convenient place to live. A victim of its own success. 2. We have nowhere near enough housing in Eastern MA. We are pricing out the middle- and working classes. And it's going to be zoning reform, not 40B, that solves the problem. - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

Lurching towards 2016

Seems to me that inequality, lack of opportunity, and the sale of democracy to the highest bidder are likely to be the big issues domestically. Our candidate-who-shall-not-be-named will do well to simply heed the Zeitgeist embodied by our senior Senator. ISIS and the Middle East will continue to dominate the news in 2016, which will be a problem for Dems: Perversely, it's politically "neater" to talk about war and boots-on-the-ground than about how to extract ourselves from that hornet's nest. Will "tough talk" on ISIS carry the GOP to victory in 2016? - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

Bay State Banner asks “Are the Olympics a City Planning Opportunity?”, Walsh Says Yes, Chris Dempsey and I say NO

The winner of 72,514 Boston votes against two strong opinions. - promoted by Bob_Neer

Remembering Brian Murphy, a Cambridge Public Servant

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone Outlines How the Boston Bid Should Go Forward to Benefit The Entire Region

A good discussion-starter. - promoted by david