Summer 2002

Summer 2002

Uncovering thirdparty candidates

Uncovering thirdparty candidates

Carla Howell has been avoiding me. For the past several weeks I’ve been trying to interview her, only to be told by her staff that she was too busy to sit down and talk. So on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May I’ve come to check out a pro-gun rally on the Boston Common, where(...)

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Inching toward acceptance

Le Petite Café, where I get my favorite French baguette sandwich, is a small, family-owned restaurant in an enclave of real estate agencies, cell phone providers, and medical offices at Pailin Plaza, the Cambodian business district on Middlesex Street. At lunchtime, I often gather among my fellow Cambodians, men and women of various ages. I(...)

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Whats the big idea

By any measure, the gubernatorial race of 2002 is shaping up as a watershed election. It could mark the end of the Weld-Cellucci-Swift era, a remarkable 12-year reign for the over-achieving standard-bearers of the state’s minority party. This would mean a return to the one-party rule of the 1980s, altering the dynamics of Beacon Hill(...)

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Tales of Massachusetts politics

Tales of Massachusetts politics

Massachusetts Politics and Public Policy: Studies in Power and LeadershipBy Richard A. HogartyUniversity of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 356 pages In Massachusetts Politics and Public Policy: Studies in Power and Leadership, Richard A. Hogarty looks at politics with an emphasis on policy, on what works and what doesn¹t, and on the role of individual decisions. Hogarty(...)

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In their opinion

In their opinion

The region's editorial-page chiefs have some choice words for gubernatorial hopefuls: Pay attention to housing, education, and telling the truth.

By Robert Keough Political campaigns have their rituals, one of which is a round of meetings with newspaper editorial boards. Before the summer is out, the various candidates for governor will make their pitches for the coveted endorsements of every local paper in the Commonwealth. But how much more fruitful might these conversations be if(...)

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Counterpoint

The legendary journalist H.L. Mencken once said, “For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.” If Mencken were alive and writing today, he could easily use that logic to describe the tactics used by Fall River city officials in their misguided attempt to demolish 100 state-aided public housing apartments(...)

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Argument

State housing policy in Massachusetts is a failure, not only for those individuals and families seeking affordable housing, but for the communities of the Commonwealth as well. What is needed is a plan to distribute the responsibility for housing more evenly while giving cities and towns the flexibility to meet local needs creatively within the(...)

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State of the marital union

INTRO TEXT “Politics and marriage don’t really mix,” said Boston College political science professor Alan Wolfe at the June 18 Commonwealth Forum on “The State of the Union: Understanding Marriage in Massachusetts,” moderated by MassINC deputy director Matt Malone. But Wolfe and his fellow panelists agreed that changes in the institution of marriage have had(...)

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