Too long to tweet, but real writing hurts my brain …
- Do check out the website of Tram Nguyen, the young Legal Aid attorney who is taking on Republican Jim Lyons in the 18th Essex House district. I know that this district (mostly Andover) is a click or two more conservative than most, but Lyons is a gun-loving, immigrant-bashing Tea Partier. He defeated Barbara L’Italien in 2010, so it’s not out of the question that it could be represented by a progressive again.
- [Apropos of nothing, did you know that a couple of years ago, Lyons won a judgment against his neighbors, who were harassing his family in some pretty bizarre ways? I did not know this. People are weird, man.]
- Our friends at 350Mass are still looking for folks to pester their reps (State Reps, mostly) about S.2302, the transformative energy bill by Sens. Pacheco and Eldridge. Thomas Golden (Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy) is now leading your typical House slow-roll and break-apart. It shouldn’t be like this. I know I’m a broken record on this — if you haven’t already, 350Mass is asking you to call both your own rep (find out whom here, switchboard is 617-722-2000) and the Speaker at 617-722-2500. Signup and call scripts are here.
- I think, upon reflection, that it would be a mistake to regard the criminal justice reform bill something other than a success for progressive, decent, compassionate governance. That being said, mandatory minimums are still dumb, and our legal system should deal with people in ways sensitive to both mental age and mental health.
- If we were to have a questionnaire for State Rep/Senator primary candidates, what would it include? For me it would include statements on MBTA (and other transit) funding; clean energy (3% RPS, transport emissions); climate readiness; school foundation funding; health care costs. What else? What would you want to know about?