Seriously? Are The Boston Globe and NECN already gearing up to exclude the Independent candidates from their debates? The Globe ran an editorial on 9/22 saying the "lesser" (i.e. Independent) candidates in the race for governor "deserve to be included in some of the forums," but not debates, and framing limiting debates to just Coakley (Democrat) and Baker (Republican) as some sort of of public service for voters.Read more >>
A reporter recently asked the candidates for governor to share their health care priorities in a paragraph. Here's my thinking:
We must cut the cost of health care in Massachusetts by stopping the monopolistic consolidation of hospitals into market-distorting systems like Partners. We also must replace our outdated fee-for-service model with an equitable, all-payer fee schedule that will incentivize hospitals to keep people well, rather than waiting to treat them when they are sick.Read more >>
The Massachusetts primary results are in. After millions of dollars of spending by the two major parties and their Super PACs to get people to vote, nearly 84% of people didn't. Perhaps it’s because there wasn’t anything exactly inspiring to vote for.Read more >>
At the United Independent Party, when we say "Everyone is equal, and everyone's civil liberties must be protected," we mean everyone. Despite the fact that it's 2014, gender inequality is still very much a part of the landscape. Our lawmakers, and our society as a whole, must do much more to combat discrimination on this front – whether related to pay inequity, discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, or physical intimidation or abuse.Read more >>
The governor of Missouri "declared" a state of emergency, but in America, we've been living in a state of emergency when it comes to racial profiling and tragic killings like that of Michael Brown.
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.Read more >>
The guilty verdict in the probation department patronage hiring trial brings to a close a sad episode in the Commonwealth, made worse by the number of 'no comments' we hear from current lawmakers on the verdict.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.