Tag Archives: Reform

The Eight Best Ideas in the New MassGOP Platform

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Like many others, we watched with great interest as the Massachusetts Republican Party debated and voted on its platform last week. (The full text can be found here.) However, we were focusing on those parts of the document that deal with our big issues: fiscal responsibility, a healthier business climate, and…

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A Foreign Policy for the next Republican Senator from Massachusetts & for the Nation

Keith Lepor With Senator John Kerry’s departure from the Commonwealth and ascension to the lofty heights of President Obama’s State Department, the former Senior Senator from Massachusetts will now have an opportunity to craft his final legacy. Of particular concern to many observers of international relations should be the prospect of four more years of Obama’s Foreign Policy.  A policy…

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MEMO: The Dire Need for State Welfare Reform

In Monday’s Boston Herald, they reported, “The state’s top welfare official has admitted his agency doesn’t have the technology to prevent EBT cards from being used on booze, guns and porn, despite reform legislation passed last year prohibiting such expenditures.” Earlier on Monday, the state’s interim Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance, testified at a budget hearing before the…

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State Senate Goes Online

Today, the Massachusetts State Senate updated their rules so that they would be required to post roll call votes on the General Court website within 48 hours of the vote being taken. The measure was passed unanimously by a vote of 39-0, and will take effect no later than May 1st of this year.…

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Jamie Works for Jamie

This week, the State Senate (26-10) adopted meaningful reforms to the public pension system, approving modest changes supported by Gov. Patrick and Treasurer Grossman.  Unfortunately, my State Senator, Jamie Eldridge, voted against the bill, thereby proving the old adage that “Business as usual” is alive and well for some defenders of the status quo. Among the common sense changes in…

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