I’d like to point out to the rest of the state how the state’s constitution is being used to promote misinformation against Democrats.
Last week, an article appeared on Masslive.com, allegedly the largest newspaper website in the state, based in Springfield. The headline was this:
It outlined how State Rep. Sarah Peake filed a bill to ban the sale and distribution of helium balloons. (Masslive corrected its blatantly incorrect headline, but not until two days later). No quote from Peake was included – the only quote was a bizarre one from the person who runs Springfield’s Parade of the Big Balloons, saying “a ban would impact the upcoming Parade of the Big Balloons following Thanksgiving, but that the show would go on.”
Of course, the reaction was predictable. Complete outrage over “those DemocRATS”, who were against freedom, trying to pry balloons out of everyone’s hands. The post garnered hundreds of comments, almost unanimously against the ban, but also railing on Democrats.
Turns out though, that Peake filed the bill because she was constitutionally required to do so. Someone read the article and called her office in outrage, and was told by a staffer that she filed it on behalf of a third-grade class. Massachusetts is the only state in the union where citizens are granted the Right to Free Petition, whereby they are allowed to file pieces of legislation for consideration. The article on Masslive did not report that this particular bill was citizen sponsored. Read More…