Entries in MassPoliticsProfs by Peter Ubertaccio
It is tempting to blame certain Democrats for not acting like an opposition party vis-à-vis Republican Governor Charlie Baker.
We should temper ourselves. There are constitutionally ordained reasons for the lack of a true opposition party in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Legislature recently voted for another sales tax holiday the weekend of August 13-14. Just before the vote, the Retail Association of Massachusetts released the contents of a study on the holiday it commissioned from the Beacon Hill Institute.
Like the Sales Tax Holiday itself, the BHI study underwhelms.
As he surveyed the landscape of emerging political campaigns in the 1840s, former President John Quincy Adams denounced the “fearful extent [of] itinerant speechmaking” and the “revolution in the habits in the manners of people” that it brought about.
Adams wondered where this all might lead. Now we know: it leads to presidential candidates like Donald Trump and there will be plenty more in future.
It’s been some time since I’ve given much thought to how much power and influence public interested activists and nonprofits have in our regulatory environment. Then I read Tuesday’s Globe and came across an eye opening piece about the Conservation Law Foundation and TDI-New England, a developer that hopes to bring hydropower to the region.