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"The Democratic and Republican parties don't 'own' your vote, you do.
If you think independent, vote independent."
~ Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

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The Arts Matter!

The race to elect the next Governor of Massachusetts is a fantastic opportunity for candidates and voters to debate strategies on how to best strengthen the economy, improve our schools, and make our communities healthier and safer. The Arts must be apart of this discussion.

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The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision is leading us into dangerous territory

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, allowing companies to opt out of the federal mandate to cover certain contraceptives, is a disturbing precedent for those who care about women’s health and access to reproductive health services. I wholeheartedly agree with Justice Ginsburg when she writes in her dissent “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

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Stay away, Super PACs

You may have read that yet another Super PAC has cropped up in Massachusetts, this one in support of Jeff McCormick's campaign for Governor. Late last week, I read that the head of the Super PAC, in an apparent effort to hide the fact that the SuperPAC was solely set up to support McCormick's candidacy, claimed that it was supporting other Independent candidates. 

To avoid any confusion, I sent a letter to the head of this new SuperPAC and cc'd press for public record, letting him know what I thought about this, and how I was 100% disinterested in any support from his organization. I feel the same way about the support of any Super PAC, and would take the same action. We need a lot more politicians taking this same approach. Read Evan's letter >>

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Coakley Deal with Partners is a Surrender of the Public Interest

The deal reached between Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners HealthCare is a nearly unconditional surrender of the public’s best interest.  The fact that the agreement has very deliberately been filed with the court without any public process makes clear that Coakley and Partners want Partners’ relentless price increases and market distortions to go forward without any serious public oversight or consequences.  

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A Pledge that's a Sham

Have you been hearing the (predictable) news coverage of Martha Coakley taking her opponent, Steve Grossman, to task over not signing on to a "People's Pledge?"

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In Search of Smart Growth in Massachusetts

We all know the cost of living in Massachusetts is skyrocketing, and that it's becoming more and more difficult for people to afford to live and work here. One reason for this is the high cost of health care, driven by the monopolistic consolidation of hospitals into giant systems, a decades-old practice that continues today.

Another huge reason is the high cost of housing, driven by a continuing lack of strategic policy at the state level to ensure the production of the thousands of new units of housing each year we so desperately need. 

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