1993 was a major year in education history. It is the year that Massachusetts passed the Education Reform Act, which has defined education policy ever since. It was also the year I entered kindergarten. Okay, maybe the latter wasn't quite … [Read more...]
The SJC and Bill Galvin Usher in 4th of July Week with a Blow to Voting Rights
Although Massachusetts’s constitution--the oldest written constitution in continuous effect -- has an affirmative right to vote, we have often lagged behind other states when it comes to voting rights. Indeed, we are the only state in all … [Read more...]
10 Thoughts on the “Grand Bargain” that just passed the MA Legislature yesterday
10 Thoughts on the "Grand Bargain" that just passed the MA Legislature yesterday: (1) When we have about 80% nominal Democratic control in both houses of our Legislature, we shouldn't have to do all of the organizing work of ballot … [Read more...]
Seth Moulton Fundraises with Big Business to Move the Democratic Party to the Right
Since last November’s election, there has been a lot of discussion about the path forward for the Democratic Party. Given the loss of the presidency and countless governorships legislative offices countrywide, how does the party need to … [Read more...]
Beacon Hill, How About a Raise for Massachusetts Workers, Too?
A new legislative session in the Legislature typically kicks off with a string of votes setting the rules for the following two years. But this year, before taking up the rules (or even finalizing offices and committee assignments), the … [Read more...]
As Baker and Walsh Double Down on Prohibition, Warren and Markey Join Global Leaders in Calling for an End to the Drug War
Yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Speaker Bob DeLeo announced that the launch of the campaign against the marijuana legalization question that MA voters will likely see on the ballot this November. Their group is … [Read more...]
Progressive Mass Scorecard 2015/16: Who are the Strongest Progressive Allies in the State House?
Last weekend, at the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts conference, I started thinking about the state of our legislature, i.e., how many progressives do we really have there. I’ve always been disappointed by the gap between the … [Read more...]
Keating, Kennedy, Lynch, and Neal Vote to Allow Restaurants to Hide Calorie Information from You
So much of the discourse around the Affordable Care Act reduces the bill to the insurance exchanges, or—if a bit more accurate—the insurance-related portions writ large. But the bill was much broader, with regulations and funding related to … [Read more...]
Warren and Markey Call on Obama to Halt Deportation Raids
Last Friday, 22 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus led by Senators Dick Durbin (IL) and Pat Leahy (VT) called on Obama to halt the ongoing deportation raids targeting Central American refugees and to consider granting them temporary … [Read more...]
Remember When Elizabeth Warren Actually Wanted to #makeGEpay?
Back when Elizabeth Warren was running against then-senator Scott Brown, she ran ads criticizing companies like GE for not paying anything in taxes: In her bid to unseat Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is … [Read more...]
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