Kevin Peterson

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Abysmal voter turnout a sad statement

Abysmal voter turnout a sad statement

We need to boost civic literacy and participation

A VANISHINGLY SMALL number of voters will be visiting the polls for today’s Massachusetts state primary. And you know what? It’s our fault. In our dreams, election days are supposed to depict an overflow of patriotism and sweet electoral engagement, where voters swarm the polls to practice their civic duty. In our election day fantasies(...)

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Blacks need to be savvier political players

Blacks need to be savvier political players

Reflexive support for Democrats is a weak position to bargain from

LATELY, DONALD TRUMP has been making appeals to black voters. His argument to African-Americans is that the Democratic Party relies on black voters, but has failed to improve their economic and social plight over the decades. He says that the needs of blacks often go unanswered, even as they remain loyal to the Democrats. During his(...)

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Trump’s phony appeal to blacks

Trump’s phony appeal to blacks

Against track record of bigotry, his pitch rings laughably hollow

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE Donald Trump is a Machiavellian lout whose overblown xenophobic tendencies have lately inveighed upon race — specifically black Americans. His bullying of black people began recently with his speech to a largely white audience in Wisconsin two weeks ago, following the riots in Milwaukee after the death of a black man by(...)

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Weld outshines Johnson in CNN town hall

Weld outshines Johnson in CNN town hall

Former gov belongs on the top of the Libertarian ticket

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR Bill Weld is a typical political alpha male. Always has been. He proved that by once jumping headfirst in a not-so-clean Charles River as a display of his political machismo. Weld has also burnished his personal profile of being a “manly man.” While governor, he boasted endlessly of his affinity for hunting.(...)

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Obama’s legacy wrapped up in Clinton’s success

Obama’s legacy wrapped up in Clinton’s success

President hopes to seal his mark by helping his one-time adversary win

PHILADELPHIA – PRESIDENT OBAMA’S night at the Democratic National Convention was all about legacy lengthening. He warmly embraced party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of his speech when she appeared on the stage to the cheers of delegates. But for Obama, if Hillary loses, his presidency stands at risk as being perceived as an isolated(...)

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Cities likely to be key election battleground

Cities likely to be key election battleground

Urban voters will probably decide victor

PHILADELPHIA — Massachusetts is likely to be an electoral sure thing in November for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, so urban voters across the state probably won’t hold much sway during the upcoming presidential election this fall. The urban vote from cities such as Boston, Springfield, Worcester, and Brockton will be a negligible footnote on what(...)

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Michelle Obama as prophet of compassionate family values

Michelle Obama as prophet of compassionate family values

First Lady pitch perfect in address to Democratic delegates

CALL HER THE Democrats’ prophet of family values. With wit and guile, charisma and wisdom, Michelle Obama proved herself worthy of that title last night in her speech to Democratic conventioneers on the first day delegates met in Philadelphia to lift Hillary Clinton to the White House in November. Her importance as the First Lady(...)

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Make America hate

Make America hate

Trump’s dark message only sows fear and division

IF IT WASN’T exceedingly clear before last night, Donald Trump doesn’t want to make American strong again. He wants to take it back to a divided past with a contorted vision that may be disastrous for urban America. As he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Trump sounded like the world’s angriest white man. He dangerously(...)

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Baker’s absence in Cleveland speaks volumes

Baker’s absence in Cleveland speaks volumes

Governor’s decision underscores divisive tone of Trump campaign

AS PROMISED, Gov. Charlie Baker didn’t show up for the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland yesterday. But Baker did weigh in on critical issues relating to race and urban communities just before the presidential proceedings in the Buckeye State got underway. On Sunday, Baker spoke forcefully on Channel 5‘s On The Record, saying(...)

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Missed opportunities in Channel 5 forum on race

Missed opportunities in Channel 5 forum on race

We need to move beyond usual grievances and scapegoating

THE CONVERSATION ON race in Boston hosted by Channel 5 and the Boston Foundation on Thursday offered a tremendous opportunity to confront prejudice and systemic discrimination in Boston. Sadly, people talked around the real issues and missed another opportunity to move things forward. Black civil rights leaders may have been telling the city’s white audience something that(...)

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