This week, the country continued to react to the shooting in a Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and scores injured. Gun control has resurfaced as a major issue campaign issue, including in the U.S. Senate race here in Massachusetts.
Sen. Scott Brown has continued to say that gun control is a state issue. He says he supports Massachusetts' ban on assault weapons, but not a federal ban on them — which Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren supports.
Also, Gov. Patrick remains torn on whether to sign the Legislature's so-called "three-strikes" bill, which would eliminate the possibility of parole for three-time violent offenders. He calls it a good bill, but not a great one.
Plus, Boston Public School Superintendent Carol Johnson and the Boston Teachers Union continue to butt heads. This week, Johnson retreated from a proposal to extend the school day at elementary and middle schools by 45 minutes, and instead announced a plan to extend the school day by two hours at the city's lowest performing schools under an existing contract provision.
- Renée Loth, columnist for The Boston Globe
- John Carroll, assistant professor of mass communications at Boston University and blogger for Campaign Outsider
This segment aired on July 27, 2012.