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Let’s Play Hardball

For Democrats and progressives, it is critically important that President Obama’s nominee to succeed the late Justice Scalia becomes the next Supreme Court Justice. Unless…wait for it…unless President Clinton’s or President Sanders’ choice is elevated to the Court. Filling the vacancy with someone who will generally align with Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomajor and Kagan rather than the conservative bloc needs to be our goal. The fantasy that the next Justice will be a liberal dream candidate, a new William O. Douglas or Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 45-year-old Larry Tribe, Saint Elizabeth Warren, whoever, is just that: a fantasy. Give it up — it’s a distraction from the real game. This is a political issue. The Constitution creates a shared power to choose justices, and there’s no one to tell the Senate it must carry out its constitutional role of considering and voting on a nominee. No one except the people through their expression of disapproval, which they will get a chance to do in November at both the presidential and senatorial levels. If he plays it right, Obama can either (a) get himself a good justice who will uphold federal power and individual rights or (b) get a majority of the […]

MassEquality Nowhere Near Done

No, we’re not all set here in Massachusetts on LGBTQ issues, including marriage equality. A decade after Goodridge, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Kara Suffredini, is still working a set of big bills. She came on over at Left Ahead today to touch on some of the work to be done. Sure, we’re up there with 9 states and D.C. in permitting same-sex marriage, but that’s not the end. Of course, federal laws, benefits and tax codes still “unmarry” homosexual spouses often to devastating effects. Moreover, even here the legislature has lots of cleaning up to do to provide true equality here. Consider for one, we have pretty solid gay-rights laws, eh? Well, not so fast for gender identity in public accommodations. Everything from coffee shops to supermarkets to the T to nursing homes to retail stores is not covered. Suffredini described how our laws here require a chain to treat transgender employees equally, fairly, but say nothing about serving LGBTQ customers. Thus, MassEquality is working bills in our House and Senate to correct that. She talked about how very few intractable lawmakers dislike LGBTQ citizens, but how the realities of the legislative process still intrude. For example, even if a bill […]

Capture Knowledge Now

Kate Donaghue recently recorded some excellent knowledge for organizers who work in our modern environment of cell phones, text messages, and email. Voters today aren’t always at home; our voters and potential voters, especially, aren’t always at home. Much of our quest for voter engagement still centers on knocking doors and ringing phones, while many of our best persuadables live on the Web, on email, in blogs and Twitter and in SMS text messages. The exceptional comment thread that Kate’s message elicited echoes a widespread vexation that echoed through our recent campaigns: we had lots of volunteers, but we didn’t always use them terribly well. Knocking on doors is great, but some people are better at it than others. It’s essential to find work for willing hands, and it makes good sense to find the best work for each volunteer . Josh Marshall just ran several fascinating accounts from Obama’s Ohio effort. In one letter, a couple in their eighties describe the way they canvassed: they turned over their guest rooms and kitchen to out-of-state volunteers. “This year we had at one time four women sharing our two guest rooms,” the writer recalls. “One told her astonished husband she absolutely […]

We are all equal under the law. Or…?

I made this last night and posted it on Facebook. Several friends have shared it as well. I thought I might post it here for the same reason…

Youth Vote for Education

Youth Vote for Education   Check out this video by Press Pass TV’s youth organizers in response to last night’s debate.

‘Obamaphone’ attack ads flood Facebook

Since October 10, 2012, a viral anti-Obama facebook post has been going around. It reads: Woman Admits to Having 30 Free Obamaphones Paid By the Taxpayers http://www.reagancoalition.com She carries six of them in her purse. http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2012/20121011001-obamaphone.html#MA3U2Od7RcGpy0IY.01 The site linked by this post pretends to be an unsophisticated web site. “I am just a blogger” it says at the bottom. But from the tracking code you see at the end of the link, this operation is obviously a lot more sophisticated than that. It is a plan to flood Facebook with hundreds of provocative stories to provoke anger about welfare and get the recipient to share the link on Facebook to hundreds of their family members and friends. They are tracking people who click on it and “like” it and of course they will be trying to get those people to register to vote and go to the polls on November 5. [Update: this viral Facebook post has racked up almost 120,000 "likes" after only 8 days!] The actual number (or percentage) of free-cell-phone cheats under Obama, and how it compares to the same numbers 4 years ago, or 8 years ago, doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that […]

How Jobs Are Created in the USA

This is cross-posted from my blog, Green Lifestyle Consulting,  where we have started a discussion list for green bloggers to contribute political posts. I am interested in what the readers of Blue Mass Group think about this article. I am concerned because I believe that many people are being mislead about how jobs are created. A few weeks ago I talked with my neighbor who is a job creator.  He is a venture capitalist who looks for medium sized companies that are not meeting their potential or needs an investment of capital. Then he invests and his company provides management assistance and his goal is to turn them into multi-million dollar companies.  We talked about how jobs are created by government, and while his preference was for them to do what he does, this post was the result of our conversation. If you have a small or medium sized business, and your taxes go down, are you going to hire more people? Say, you’re a hairdresser, own an independent store or you’re a private lawyer. If you have slightly lower taxes, then your personal income may go up slightly. Hopefully, you’ll save some of that money for a rainy day, but are you […]

It’s Canvass Season Again in NH!

Today I did my first canvassing of the fall in Chesterfield NH, for President Obama, NH-01 US House candidate Annie Kuster, state senator Molly Kelly, and the four Democrats running for the NH House in district Cheshire-1 (three of whom were part of the same canvass).  We got a pep talk from Sen. Kelly before going out.  I knocked on 31 doors and met lots of Democrats, one polite Republican, one genuinely undecided voter, and only a few people who didn’t want to talk to me. I live in Gill MA during the school year, and since 2004 I’ve chosen to do my field work in NH rather than MA.  The case for NH having a greater influence on the presidential election and the composition of the US House is still valid, but there is less reason for a Bay Stater to cross the border this year when they can stay home and work for Warren.  If you live near the border and would like to work in NH, I’d recommend the websites for the two House races — kusterforcongress.com and www.sheaporter.com — depending on which part of NH you are near.  I got a very quick response from the […]

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Two Profiles In Courage

From the Presidential campaign news today, two profiles in courage. The first is from Mitt Romney. Remember in 2008 when John McCain stood up to a voter making crazy accusations about Barack Obama? In 2008, Senator John McCain of Arizona famously corrected a voter at one of his town halls who stood up and declared that she could not trust Mr. Obama, who she called “an Arab.” “No, ma’am,” Mr. McCain said at the time, taking the microphone away from the questioner. “He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.” Romney had his chance at a McCain moment yesterday and, characteristically, blew it: “We have a president right now who is operating outside the construction of our Constitution,” Mr. Romney’s supporter said aloud at the campaign event … “And I do agree he should be tried for treason. But I want to know what you are going to able to do to help restore balance between the three branches of government and what you’re going to be able to do to restore our Constitution in this country?” [Ed: ignore the ridiculousness of the […]