We here at MassPoliticsProfs are in the process of reassessing the way the Massachusetts Democratic and Republican Parties go about nominating statewide candidates. Professor Ubertaccio describes the project in this recent Patriot Ledger op-ed. The first of several panel discussions in our “Party Matters” series was held on March 5th in Boston and a second will be convening at UMass, Amherst this spring. Have the Bay State’s party organizations denied ordinary voters (enrolled and unenrolled) their rightful place in statewide elections? Do party nomination rules help or hurt party nominees in the general election?