Presidential Election

DNC needs to be turned upside down

DNC needs to be turned upside down

Party has become what it stood against -- the status quo

IT HAS BEEN OVER A MONTH since the 2016 presidential election. For Democrats, the collective empty feeling and sleepless nights are still present. Why did the Democrats lose? Simply, it is because the party nominated an unelectable candidate, who ran a terrible campaign, who lost to another unelectable candidate, who also ran a terrible campaign.(...)

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The antiquated Electoral College

The antiquated Electoral College

The Founders would favor a fix

WHEN THE FOUNDING generation realized the Electoral College they created contained serious flaws, they changed it to reflect emerging norms of democracy. We should follow their example. The method of choosing the president was not designed for popular elections but for the deliberation of wise and accomplished men who were capable of discerning the qualities(...)

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Students push for ‘sanctuary campuses’

Students push for ‘sanctuary campuses’

UMass officials sympathetic to demands

UMASS AMHERST OFFICIALS, under pressure from students, said on Friday they were committed to making the campus a safe haven for undocumented students, faculty, and staff. But they stopped short of meeting the students’ demand that the school be declared a sanctuary campus. The notion of a sanctuary campus popped up over the last week in(...)

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A wasted vote of conscience

A wasted vote of conscience

Most write-ins get lumped together under ‘others’  

IN THIS PERIOD of discontent with the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, many Massachusetts voters are talking about writing in their own candidate when they enter the voting booth on Nov. 8. But while a write-in vote may be a feel-good act of personal protest, it won’t mean much because a peculiarity of Massachusetts(...)

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US needs a mobility moonshot

US needs a mobility moonshot

Urban transit, transportation tech are key

Fourth in a series THERE WAS A BRIEF PERIOD, in muscular, post-war, auto-centric America, when the Democratic nominee for president would officially commence the general election campaign with a large rally in Detroit’s Cadillac Square on Labor Day weekend.  In 1960, as recounted by presidential campaign chronicler Theodore White, the “union men of Detroit’s assembly(...)

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Clinton’s debate victory margins historic

Clinton’s debate victory margins historic

Trump’s campaign is running out of time

HILLARY CLINTON ADMINISTERED a historic thumping to Donald Trump in the three presidential debates.  The candidates met Wednesday night for the third and final time, and the outcome was the same as the first two outings — post-debate polls from CNN and YouGov showed Clinton again walking away with the win. A perfect string of 15(...)

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