Elections

Baker misses key problem with Electoral College

Baker misses key problem with Electoral College

Focus now is only on states with chance of flipping

AS PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP prepares to take office despite losing the popular vote, many Massachusetts voters may be less than thrilled about the Electoral College process But Gov. Charlie Baker describes himself as a “big fan” of the college. “I think the Electoral College preserves the importance and the status of small states,” Baker told(...)

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The self-examination begins

The self-examination begins

Class is key; third parties are a dead end

WE’RE ALL TRYING to figure out how it came to pass that Donald Trump is now our President-elect. Here are three key takeaways from last night’s vote. American politics has realigned around class, not cultural values. Race was an important factor in the election, but it doesn’t explain how states that voted for Obama went(...)

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Mobilizing voters in JP and Roxbury

Mobilizing voters in JP and Roxbury

Using technology to get people to the polls

IN DEEP BLUE MASSACHUSETTS, the outcome of this year’s presidential election is likely a foregone conclusion.  But if this year’s campaign has taught us anything, it is that marginalized communities are vulnerable to those who would use intimidation tactics to threaten democratic rights.  If you are poor, a person of color, or a religious minority,(...)

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Veterinarian group opposes Question 3

Veterinarian group opposes Question 3

Prefers broader standards on farm animals

FOR THOSE WHO CARE about the humane treatment of animals, Question 3 appears to be a no-brainer. The initiative calls for state requirements to ensure that animals raised for eggs, veal, and pork sold in Massachusetts are housed in a way so they can at least stand up, lie down, turn around, and stretch their(...)

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Can Elizabeth Warren legislate?

Can Elizabeth Warren legislate?

If Dems do well, she’ll have to put policy ahead of politics

DURING HER FIRST four years representing Massachusetts in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren has become the chamber’s leading progressive voice. Hillary Clinton considered her for the vice presidential slot and, while Warren didn’t get it, she’s become a valued surrogate, with her Twitter war with Donald Trump and her ability to rally the supporters of Clinton’s(...)

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Charter showdown

Charter showdown

A charter school leader and teachers union president debate the ballot question

IN NOVEMBER, MASSACHUSETTS voters will have their say on a ballot question that would allow up to 12 new or expanded charter schools each year above the existing state cap on the independently-run, but publicly-funded, schools. The issue has inflamed passions on both sides. We asked two prominent Boston education leaders, Jon Clark, co-director of(...)

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