► LISTEN NOW
DONATE
SEARCH

An updated collection of mostly my own posts on dark money in Massachusetts, with reflections on what I've learned since the Question 2 campaign. Read 'em and weep.

Remember earlier this Red Sox season when the Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado injured Dustin Pedroia and the Sox retaliated by having a pitcher throw a beanball at Machado's head? The new pseudo-organization Boston Education Action Network (BEAN), funded by anti-union Strategic Grant Partners, is aiming a BEANball at the Boston Teachers Union.

The Philanthrocapitalists who spent over $17 million in dark money to buy education policy in Massachusetts in 2016 remain hidden. That can, and should, change.

Early voting puts the emphasis where I think it should be…on the voter’s preferences. Increasing the flexibility of voters increases the chances of and opportunities for voters to focus on THEIR interests and principles and what they want the government to do, not on the reality TV style competition being choreographed by the campaigns.  Over time, voters will adjust to the reality of early voting and those not captive to media framing and candidate-centric propagandizing will find in early voting an opportunity to engage in this most crucial duty of citizenship on their own terms and on their own time.


All hail the 2017 graduating class of Boston's great urban public research university: the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

The level of corruption, confusion, and incompetence on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue right now is truly unprecedented. The GOP establishment’s decision to accept Donald Trump as their party’s standard bearer is looking worse and worse by the minute. But, to be fair, no one thought he would actually win the presidency. How could Mitch McConnell and company have known that Trump would get so much help from the Russians and the far left? Now we have the dumbest, most dishonest president in history and a Congress held hostage by right wing extremists. 

Dark money is a hard story to understand precisely because the wealthy interests behind it don't want us to understand it. But we can do a better job if journalists make it a priority and regulators give them some help.


Flickr

While Kellyanne Conway was shilling for candidate Donald Trump on their Morning Joe program, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski knew of her contempt for Trump. But they never told their viewers - until Monday. This is journalism?

Donald Trump's autocratic aspirations were on full display this week. He gives us no reason to deceive ourselves. The Doomsday Clock for Democracy is ticking.

It was great to see Barack Obama at the Kennedy Library being awarded the Profiles in Courage Award. But the 2018 winner is going to have to exhibit extraordinary courage - a Republican senator is going to have to save the nation from Donald Trump.

Filter view by:
2 of 45