The local media coverage of these races has always been frustratingly light. But in doing this exercise, I feel like I’ve gotten a better sense of the field of play in the legislature. Again, this points out just how many opportunities there are for leverage — with special emphasis on the House. Yes, Bob DeLeo runs a top-down operation; but power is never totally a one-way street. If either a.) progressives win a bunch of primaries and elections, or b.) candidates are hearing about progressive priorities from constituents , that changes the conversation inside the State House.
Hope you find it useful.