As much as Maura Healy would love to have you think the Supreme Judicial Court caused the End Common Core petition to be removed from the ballot, they did not. The fault lies squarely with Maura Healy and the AGO. The final say in how the question is phrased on the ballot lies exclusively with the AGO. I know this from my involvement in the 2014 ballot question to Tank Automatic Gas Tax Hikes. For while the originator and other interested parties can have input, the final determination in how the question is worded lies with the AGO.
In order to protect the voters as well as the petitioners, it is Maura Healy’s responsibility to understand the legal standards, and the pitfalls associated with problematic language. It is Maura Healy and nobody else who allowed the flawed Common Core language to move forward to the ballot. The standard of coherency and understandability are well known – to everybody except Healy that is. Her lack of understanding resulted in hundreds of political activists losing thousands of hours of hard work, and the voice and the will of the people going unheard. Worse, her incompetence resulted in a strong republican grassroots efforts being wasted. At best she should resign; at worst she owes an apology