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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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Governor Patrick’s decision on funding for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center: A Bad Deal for Massachusetts

In light of Governor Patrick’s July 29 announcement that he will be signing a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, I reiterate my opposition to this move, which puts massive borrowing by the state for a project with unguaranteed financial return above the very real, day-to-day priorities of so many people in Massachusetts.

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My position on the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline

While burning natural gas generates less greenhouse gases than other fossil fuels, Massachusetts already is overly reliant on natural gas for electricity generation.  I believe we must work to generate as much of our energy needs as possible here in Massachusetts.  Our energy supply must be resilient, diverse, predictable and consistent with our responsibilities under the Global Warming Solutions Act, and aligned with the opportunities of the growing renewable energy sector.

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My take on GMO labeling

Like 93% of Americans and many representatives of other New England states that are calling for GMO labeling, I am in favor of Massachusetts doing the same. People are entitled to transparency and disclosure about the foods they and their children eat.

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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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