Author Archives: creightt

Massachusetts should lead the nation in open government, not lag behind

(At this point, a “Gentleman’s C” would be a vast improvement – promoted by Paul R. Ferro) The Sunlight Foundation just released its legislative transparency report card as part of “Sunshine” week, a week dedicated to calling attention to the need for greater transparency in government. The Massachusetts Legislature received a failing grade for transparency and accessibility on its website.…

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CA Redistricting Proves that Citizens Can and Should Draw the Lines: MA Should Follow Suit

This week California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission proved yet again that the everyday citizen is more than capable of drawing fair and representative district maps. Over the past eight months, the citizen-based commission has worked tirelessly to construct district maps for Congress, the state Legislature, and the Board of Equalization that successfully balanced the pleas of participants in 35 public input…

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Preserving Communities of Interest: Massachusetts Congressional Map

(YES PLEASE!!! – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Massachusetts redistricting is well under way. The Legislative Committee on Redistricting has concluded its round of public hearings and is now scheduled to begin drawing maps over the next couple of months. In the spirit of Common Cause Massachusetts’s Redistricting Olympics, I thought that it was appropriate to produce some…

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Massachusetts Redistricting Olympics

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration. The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the…

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