Six weeks ago, a federal court vacated the permit for the Enbridge gas compressor being built in Weymouth, on the grounds that the beleaguered and under-funded and un-minded Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection didn't follow … [Read more...]
Qualified Immunity — and what it means for the MA House right now
WBUR's Tiziana Dearing did a really useful, timely, informative/baffling interview with former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner yesterday, regarding qualified immunity for police officers. I say "informative/baffling" because the more you know … [Read more...]
Senate passes Reform Shift + Build bill 30-7; but what is it?
Update: Here’s a comment from Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager of Arlington. As mentioned below, he’s had some recent experience navigating the civil service and collective bargaining systems vis-a-vis police: Two major thoughts on S … [Read more...]
Call NOW: The MA Senate re-takes up reform legislation debate at 11am today
Sorry for the radio silence. I've had ... a lot going on. Will say more later. Too long, didn't read: The MA Senate has created a police reform bill called the Reform, Shift, + Build Act. Among many other needed reforms*, it includes an … [Read more...]
“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”?
This seems like an appropriate time to refrain from the usual nod to jingoism -- the NPR voices reading the Declaration of Independence, for instance -- and to state plainly again that the work of self-determination, celebrated on behalf of … [Read more...]
State Rep candidate (Revere, Saugus, Chelsea) Joe Gravellese talks to BMG
Well, this is one of the longer things you’ll see on BMG. I hope you’ll agree it’s also very much worth it. At jconway’s suggestion, I reached out to State Rep candidate Joe Gravellese, who is running in the 16th Suffolk district — … [Read more...]
Underfunding the Student Opportunity Act is racism
In the last month, seemingly every Massachusetts political establishment leader has made a statement against racism. The MA House has just passed a bill making Juneteenth a state holiday. Good for us, let’s pat ourselves on the … [Read more...]
What is police work? And how much should we pay for it?
Happy Juneteenth to everyone. It's wild that we seem to have just discovered this "holiday", but in any event, I strongly support replacing Columbus Day – or our "Evacuation Day", heh – with this day. Today is real. In other news ... I … [Read more...]
What is the Green New Deal? A life raft between COVID-19 and a future that isn’t hell
In recovering from the COVID-19 devastation, we are at a fork in the road. The economic need for heavy government investment is more stark than ever; and the choices that we make for rebuilding -- green or "brown" – will determine whether … [Read more...]
Markey/Kennedy duel continues to show emptiness of Joe Kennedy’s challenge
We've been saying it here since forever; Charlie Pierce told us in February; nothing has changed since then, except that the conventional wisdom seems to be crystallizing: Joe Kennedy has no real reason to run for Senate. He's failing the … [Read more...]
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