Author Archives: brivers

Happy Thanksgiving

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that…

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It Wasn’t Just GOTV: A closer look at certain campaigns

My point in writing this is not to put down the efforts of those who ran the campaigns I mention, but to point out faults so that they can be corrected in the future. In Massachusetts, we have far too few campaign managers/consultants with any experience. The only way we will create a crop of successful and local campaigners is…

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Captain Hindsight – My Opinion of What Went Wrong

Many people believed or hoped that 2010 would be similar to 1990 in terms of a resurgence of the Republican Party in Massachusetts. That year, the MassGOP candidates won for Governor and Treasurer. The ranks of the Legislature swelled to 16 Senators and 38 Representatives. Obviously, the results were nowhere near 1990, and the reasons are many. It’s not just…

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An Open Plea to CLT

Dear Barbara, Chip and Chip: I completely understand why CLT decided to abandon putting initiatives on the ballot. When the Legislature overrode the income tax rollback and other successful ballot questions, it made sense to focus on electing enough Legislators that would uphold the will of the people. However, the last few years should hopefully make you reconsider. In the…

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