Channel tax anger at Dems?
Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi picks up today on our recent post highlighting the fact that Massachusetts ranks last in the country in contested races by major party candidates for the Legislature. She ties the issue to the looming ballot question that would eliminate the state income tax, quoting Republican state Representative George Peterson and Harvard Pilgrim CEO (and would-be GOP candidate for governor) Charlie Baker as saying voters angry about state tax policy would be best served by supporting Republicans and voting out liberal Democratic lawmakers. The problem with that, Vennochi points out, is that there are virtually no Republican challengers for seats in the Democrat-dominated House and Senate.
Look for more discussion connecting the tax-axing ballot question and the state of the Massachusetts GOP in the fall issue of CommonWealth magazine, due out later this month.