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  1. about that loss (0 Replies)

    Let’s see how the Massachusetts Democratic Party has fared with the 15% rule. Other than Scott Brown in 2010, we haven’t lost an election for federal office since 1994.

    And, just to be complete, since that was a special, there were no caucuses, no convention, and no 15% rule. I doubt that it would have made a difference in the result, but I just wanted to get all the info out on the table.

  2. I beg to differ (1 Reply)

    my point is that this 15% rule does not serve any party-building purpose in 2014 and actually accomplishes the opposite…rather than bringing new people who support new faces into the party, we turn them away

    In my case, and the cases of a lot of people I know, the 15% rule DID do significant party-building in 2005/6 as a number of us who never participated before were recruited by the Deval Patrick campaign – in 2005 – in order to have a strong presence as the caucuses.

    Some folks here keep focusing on the period between the caucuses and the convention, but the real focus should be on the months leading up to the caucuses. That is when the organization building (and, in turn, party building) has to happen. That is when the new faces can be wooed and brought into a campaign – often taking up significant positions. All that, when done right, makes the 15% rule moot.

  3. who is afraid?? (1 Reply)

    I don’t think anyone has expressed a fear of Mr. Avellone or anyone else making the ballot. It has to do with earning the spot. I’m not sure where you are getting that from. If they all get their 15%, good for them!

  4. edit (0 Replies)

    “… harder to get support from delegates …”

  5. too late if you wait until after the caucus (2 Replies)

    A campaign that really has it’s stuff together will be organized before the caucus in order to have delegates who commit to voting for the candidate win at the caucuses. It is much harder to get support for delegates after the caucuses as they may have made that sort of commitment to another candidate or are already leaning a particular way.

    An example of doing it nearly to perfection: Deval Patrick’s team in 2005/06.

  6. but you never gave an answer (1 Reply)

    I did the homework. Nowhere in there do you answer jimc’s question. You just give this vague bit:

    There have got to be ways of keeping fringe candidates off the ballot (which to me is the only plausible justification for this rule) that wouldn’t be perpetually threatening to shut out viable candidates.

    Ya can’t have it both ways: “Keeping off” and “shutting out” are two signs of the same coin. Some of us think the 15% rule doesn’t shut out viable candidates. If that doesn’t work for you, what is your solution?

  7. tired of candidates who don't understand the process (1 Reply)

    When I entered the governor’s race in January 2013…

    … high up on the “to do” list should have been “Recruit / organize a field organization. Must be of sufficient size and breadth by end of the year to participate and succeed in caucuses early 2014. Goal: > 15% of elected delegates.”

    The party needs some bar for candidates to get over in order to ensure their viability and to keep the number of primary candidates to a reasonable number. Over the last few elections we’ve learned that a solid field organization is not only key, but necessary to win. I think the 15% rule as a test of a campaign’s field potential works.

  8. two questions (1 Reply)

    1) Hasn’t the “15% on the first ballot” been around for a few election cycles?

    2) Is the Cliff’s Notes version of this “I’m going to lose based on the current rules so I want to change those rules”?

  9. Globe today (1 Reply)

    Something that is probably worthwhile to be sick about is the top story on the front page of the Globe today – about how the grounds crew was able to get the field into shape. Really? That’s the most important story of the day?

  10. Detroit (1 Reply)

    Comerica Park (baseball) and Ford Field (football) are certainly not in a suburban location. They are both just east of Woodward Ave., which is one of Detroit’s main drags (probably THE main drag – that is where all of the parades go) and inside three freeways that roughly define “downtown”. But they are clustered, together and the new hockey rink (Joe Louis is on the river) is slated to go nearby, across I-75 on the other side of Woodward.

    The only public transit nearby is bus service. The “People Mover” only gets as close as Grand Circus Park, a little ways down Woodward. But don’t mistake any of this as public transit on a Boston scale. That doesn’t exist in Detroit. People drive to the games (and for any other reason they need to be downtown).

  11. other locales (1 Reply)

    Different stadium, different team, but I remember in the 70s (probably early 70s) that the Tigers had an easy $1 / $2 / $3 / $4 pricing system, ranging from the bleachers to the box seats. I just checked on tickets at Comerica for a trip this summer and it looks like I can get a halfway decent seat for about $50.

    I paid $115 to see Detroit play at Citi (Mets) last year – just beyond the base on the first base side. I could rationalize that as I was there by myself.

  12. what is the goal of kindergarten? (1 Reply)

    It seems that over time the definition of kindergarten has changed. Way back when I was a kid, it was a half day of school. The main goals were getting used to actually going to school and instilling in us that, if not the most fun place to be, it was a safe and generally OK place to be.

    It seems now that we’ve gone to full days and more academic rigor, we’re losing sight of those other important goals. Sure, lots of kids go to some sort of preschool beforehand these days, but that experience is usually a lot different that “real” school. Kids are going to have a lot of ups and downs during their school years and getting that initial base of safety and a “I don’t mind going” mindset is crucial – otherwise you’ll see the acting out noted in the article and first graders who hate school.

    What are we doing to our kids?

  13. ditto to what Christopher said (0 Replies)

    This is at the top of my issues list, but I’m really at a loss for something to do that will help to really make a difference.

  14. stakes higher in poorer districts, but the pressure is omnipresent (0 Replies)

    We are in a district that is perennially at the top of the MCAS heap. So while there is no danger in getting a failure designation, for whatever reason all of the stress and waste of time doing test prep is still there in order to perpetuate the stratospheric scores.

  15. (1 Reply)

    I can say as someone who graduated from Cambridge Public Schools that I didn’t feel it was all testing all the time until high school

    I have two kids five years apart, the younger one just finishing up 5th grade. The difference between the two experiences has been significant and most of the things I’ve heard from teachers that match up with what Sluyter wrote has been during these last five years.

  16. Fallon on Harvard in NCAA (1 Reply)

    Jimmy Fallon Friday night regarding Harvard’s upset victory over Cincinnati in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament:

    Harvard students haven’t been this excited since the last time they told someone they go to Harvard.

    Fans were like, “Wow, do you know the chances of something like that happening?” Then all the Harvard players said, “Actually, I think it’s one out of five. I go to Harvard. Did I mention that I go to Harvard?”

    The Harvard guys had a good game plan. When they committed a foul, their dad called the ref and got them out of it.

    Harvard fans were really pumped up at the game, especially when they saw the sweater vest cannon.

    Disclaimer: I’m a Michigan State alum and will be rooting for the Spartans tonight. Not in a sweater vest. :)

  17. what Christopher said (1 Reply)

    Don’t paint the MI electorate with a broad brush based on the current administration. The previous governor was a Dem (Granholm) and it has been a long time since the state went R in the presidential.

  18. and we have our first marriage to celebrate! (2 Replies)

    Detroit Free Press again:

    Michigan’s first gay marriage was performed shortly after 8 a.m. today by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum at the historic courthouse in Mason.

    Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, both of Lansing, were married in the lobby after Byrum opened the clerk’s office at 8 a.m. and issued them a license.