Khazei congressional candidacy seems like the real deal

Joe Kennedy’s decision to try to unseat the U.S. Senate’s leading voice on climate change has opened up a scramble for Kennedy’s fourth district seat in Congress. It’s a race with a lot of talent, including a man who brings a combination of lofty idealism and a track record of translating those ideals into reality. …

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Vote Yes on 2: Ranked choice voting

Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot would provide voters the opportunity to rank their preferences in a multi-candidate field.  The option would apply in primaries and general elections for state offices, legislative districts, and federal congressional offices but not for president, county or regional school district committee members.  It’s less complicated than it sounds, and …

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“Women’s issues” front and center with Mermell, Grossman in 4th CD race

Two women stand out in the crowded race to fill Joe Kennedy’s 4th district seat in Congess- Jesse Mermell and Becky Grossman.  Mermell, from Brookline, has paid her dues in politics and public affairs for 20 years.  Grossman, from Newton,  is a relative newcomer to elected office. Mermell headed the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and …

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Jake Auchincloss: a top-tier player in race to fill Kennedy’s seat

With all eyes on the Presidential contest,  it’s still important to keep focus on down-ballot races.  With Cong. Joe Kennedy challenging U.S. Senate stalwart and climate change expert Ed Markey, more than seven candidates are vying to fill Kennedy’s fourth congressional district seat. The leaders (at least in fundraising) are City Year founder Alan Khazei, …

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Barney Frank: the rudest Congressman you’ll ever miss

The subtitle of Stuart Weisberg’s book Barney Frank is “the story of America’s only left-handed, gay, Jewish Congressman.” It could also be “ the story of the smartest, wittiest, rudest person in Congress in our lifetime.” It is also true that his decision not to run for reelection will leave a huge void. Civility and …

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Warren passes her first test as one in a field of six

Elizabeth Warren demonstrated at this week’s debate that she is a real player, but, despite media raves, she didn’t necessarily hit the ball out of the park. The six Democratic candidates met Tuesday night in a non-debate at UMass Lowell, the event co-sponsored by the Boston Herald. The six were in agreement on virtually all …

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