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  1. THE WALL! (1 Reply)

    There’s an influx of Canada geese migrating in from Winchester. That’s where we will build the wall, and we will make Lexington pay for it.

  2. Questions (4 Replies)

    She “has” moved back to Arlington. Aside from the use of the quotation marks around the word has, exactly when did she move back to Arlington? Yesterday? Saturday?

    Seems like the “to do” list for the weekend was:
    1. Rent apartment in Arlington.
    2. Change voter registration from Cambridge to Arlington.
    3. Announce senate candidacy.

    Am I wrong?

  3. Which raises several questions (1 Reply)

    1. Compute the cost-benefit analysis for voting against the speaker when you don’t have enough votes to depose him.

    2. How do you compare a legislator with a progressive voting record against someone who has never needed to take a public vote in their life? “I don’t like the way he voted on one issue, so I am voting for the blank slate?”

  4. "He has put his name on the ballot" (1 Reply)

    Means he has put his name on the ballot to run for school committee and state representative, faced public criticism, and has been publicly accountable for his work.

  5. I'm with Sean (2 Replies)

    When Sean Garballey ran for the house nine years ago, I supported his primary opponent. I had some doubts about Sean’s ability to be a strong progressive voice for a very liberal district.

    He has been a pleasant surprise. He has been a solid progressive, forging relationships with other leaders I respect. The House is a tough place to forge a progressive record, and Sean pushes the envelope. He has voted against leadership on several critical votes, and I love the fact he is a dependable voice and vote against the speaker on charter schools.

    Unlike a senate staffer, he has put his name on the ballot. He has been accountable for his votes. He has a record of his own he can stand behind.

    It is easy to wrap yourself in a progressive cloak, but you don’t know what an elected official truly values until he or she gets into office. I know where Sean stands. I know how hard he works. I have him on speed-dial, and he has been nothing but responsive when I call. All that, and he doesn’t need to move into the district in order to run for the senate seat.

  6. 167,000 unqualified people? (2 Replies)

    There are approximately 167,000 residents of the Fourth Middlesex senate district. This is a district filled with thoughtful, accomplished progressives.

    I will support the winner of the Democratic primary. However, I cannot be convinced there are no people who currently live in the district who would be a talented, committed, progressive senator; and I certainly don’t think we are so bereft of qualified Democrats that we need to import candidates from an adjacent district.

    My favorite Porcupine compares this situation to the Georgia congressional seat. Seems there wasn’t a strong Democratic candidate in that district, so Jon Ossoff got 98% of the Democratic primary vote. It’s a Republican district. But how hard is it to find a qualified Democrat who lives in the Fourth Middlesex district?

    No, thanks. I prefer to pick my Senator from the 167,000 folks who lived in the district prior to the good Senator’s unfortunate death.

  7. She needs to move to run (1 Reply)

    Cindy is currently a Cambridge resident (Second Middlesex district) and will need to move back into the district in order to run for the seat.

  8. I contend the House is too small (0 Replies)

    Managing the Massachusetts House of Representatives is like herding sheep. Maybe if we bring the membership back up to 240 representatives (it was reduced to 160 in 1978), it will be more like herding cats, a legislative improvement.

  9. Steam train! (0 Replies)

    The coal industry will be thrilled by the steam engines!

  10. Context (0 Replies)

    Jason said, “Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions for themselves.”

    Obviously not a choice Jason needs to make, because he gets both for free.

  11. Free government healthcare and free iPhone (1 Reply)

    Not only does Jason Chaffetz have free government funded health insurance, his iPhone was purchased by his campaign committee, Friends of Jason Chaffetz. This is fueling contributions for Kathryn Allen, who has declared for the race against Chaffetz in 2018.

  12. Deb Goldberg (0 Replies)

    She has one of two Democratic state treasurer seats/

  13. Wouldn't work (2 Replies)

    However, it’s a fun thought. I can’t really understand why I need a passport to go to Toronto, while these folks from Texas and Alabama can travel freely to Washington and tell us how to run our beloved commonwealth. Seems the border is misplaced.


    Crap. Kos had a 2008 list posted.

    This is more current:
    *Mr. Gus Bickford
    Ms. Kate Donaghue
    Ms. Debra Kozikowski
    Mr. David M O’Brien
    Melvin Poindexter
    Ms. Susan Thomson
    Honorable Deborah Goldberg
    #Honorable James Roosevelt Jr

  15. Massachusetts DNC members (1 Reply)

    Here they are, according to DailyKos:

    *Philip W. Johnston 99 Summer St. Boston, MA 02110 W:617-338-2726
    Debra Kozikowski 34 White St. Chicopee, MA 01013 W:413-594-7497
    Gus Bickford 95 North Main St. Westford, MA 01886 H:978-692-0012
    Hon. Raymond Jordan 11 Ingersoll Grove Springfield, MA 01109 W:860-240-4800
    David M. O’Brien 510 Barretts Mill Rd. Concord, MA 01742 H:978-369-4694
    Diane Saxe 12 Coventry Rd. Grafton, MA 01519 W:401-455-4137
    Margaret D. Xifaras 34 Piney Point Rd. Marion, MA 02738 W:508-993-9924
    At Large:
    James Roosevelt Jr. 14 Meadow Way Cambridge, MA 02138 W:781-466-8564
    Alan Solomont One Gateway Ctr. Newton, MA 02458
    Young Democrats:
    Clinton Bench 12 Boynton St. Swampscott, MA 01907 W:617-973-8853
    State party executive director:
    Sue Thomson Massachusetts Democratic Party
    10 Granite St, 4th Floor Quincy, MA 02169 W:617-472-0637 F:617-472-4391

  16. Pete and Jehmu are the two stars in the race (0 Replies)

    I sat down and watched the CNN debate last night, and thought that Pete Buttigieg and Jehmu Greene were the superstars in an otherwise flawed field.

    Perez was awful, and outright clumsy when he ducked the TPP question. I don’t see him connecting with and energizing the voters we need to win back across the country. Ellison has potential, but I agree with jconway when he said he can do more in the house, maybe the senate, maybe as Governor of Minnesota.

    Pete and Jehmu both look like the sort of leaders who can energize the party, and do some strategic party building. They are the face of our future, aligned with the generation that trends in our direction. Let’s energize and expand the base with one of these two talented people, then make the other one the party vice-chair.

  17. Then... (2 Replies)

    President Paul Ryan can tell the nation that our short national nightmare is over.

  18. Of course (1 Reply)

    We have a database of the folks who showed up, and we will work to keep them involved!
    We had a mix of new folks, many want to have a voice in crafting a more progressive Democratic platform at the convention.

  19. Not quite such a big tent, please (1 Reply)

    I would favor shifting the tent to have some solid policy themes, and to make sure those who would wear the label of Democrat adhere to some core precepts. We can start with the Democratic elected officials who show up at Trump rallies and endorse Republican candidates for election. While it might mean fewer Democrats in the legislature, our margin is large and the nonsense damages our brand.

    While we’re at it, lets also make “Democrats for Education Reform” an oxymoron.

  20. Agreed (0 Replies)

    As one who has been a frequent critic of Evan Falchuk and his third party, I am more than willing to welcome him home. We need strong progressives in the Democratic party to build support for a progressive agenda and to win some primaries and general elections.

    Hope we have a chance to sip a few beers together at some point in the future.