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Yesterday morning I assumed that Charlie Baker would earn re-election the old fashion way. Today, I have my doubts.  The situation is so potentially unstable, in fact, that I wouldn’t be shocked if Charlie Baker ends up running for re-election as an independent.


Ever have $3,000 in dark money slipped to you from out of state interests and then forgotten about it? That seems to be what happened to Malden Ward 3 School Committee candidate Mekka Smith.

Malden High School. Wikimedia Commons.

The Dark Money/Privatization Industrial Complex is back at it again, this time in Ward 3 Malden.

Halloween, a time of darkness and zombies. What better occasion to shed some light on Families for Excellent Schools defense of its dark money operation?


Massachusetts law requires ballot committees to disclose their top five contributors in all television ads. But in 2016 Great Schools Massachusetts didn't do that. Read on to see the disclosure Massachusetts voters had a right to see - but didn't.

Massachusetts Board of Secondary and Elementary Education chair Paul Sagan recently issued a seven page letter defending his dark money contributions to banned-in-Boston Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy. His defense may be a violation of the precept, if you are in a hole, stop digging.

New school privatization shops are sprouting up all over Boston, and they have some hiring needs.

Last week Stand for Children blocked me on Twitter. Maybe it's because I've suggested that the Office of Campaign and Political Finance and Attorney General Maura Healey investigate its dark money operations. No hard feelings though, so let's welcome Stand for Children back to Massachusetts politics with a Special Edition of Your Dark Money Reader.

Upon Reflection: My Take on the Flag Flap

Disapproval of the NFL players’ form of political protest is the result of ignorance, misinformation and disinformation nurtured by understandable (but not justified) emotional reactions. The idea that such protests were disrespectful to military members and veterans is illogical and wrong. Of course, one can “feel” that anything is anything, but since words and ideas actually have meaning, we can and should dismiss as demonstrably false the truth claim that Colin Kaepernick’s protest was disrespectful (intentionally or otherwise) to the military.

 

Why?

A story about Puerto Rican debt has big implications for secret privatization funder Seth Klarman, and  bigger implications for the health of Massachusetts democracy.

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