Summer 2002

Summer 2002

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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Prop 2 12 at 20

INTRO TEXT More than a few heads turned this spring when two different state representatives floated the idea of doing away with or amending Proposition 2 1/2, the state’s landmark property tax law. There was far less surprise at the hailstorm of criticism that quickly followed–and the lawmakers’ hasty retreat from the idea of even(...)

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GOP cyberkibitzer

GOP cyberkibitzer

INTRO TEXT Last fall, lots of Bay State Republicans were quietly fretting over acting Gov. Jane Swift’s sinking poll numbers, but only one posted his impolitic assessment of his party’s presumptive standard-bearer on the World Wide Web for all to see: Todd Sharek, GOP loyalist and Internet provocateur. WHO’S KIDDING WHOM? read the headline, posted(...)

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Crime labs morbid state

Crime labs morbid state

INTRO TEXT There is a rapist on the loose somewhere on the Cape, and Michael O’Keefe, first assistant district attorney for Cape Cod and the islands, says he’s pretty sure he knows who it is. But nearly a year after a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in a home invasion, the prosecutor has been(...)

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