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There are 5 comments on How Will We Find Out?

  1. It’s a sad state of affairs when there is no check-and-balance system in the Massachusetts state legislature. Residents only have themselves to blame; rarely is there a large turnout for local elections. Rather than throwing our arms up in the air with a defeatist attitude, we need to take a more active interest in State House activities.

  2. Less academic hand-wringing and more academic involvement would seem to me to be appropriate. For example, why not fill the press gallery with aggressive BU journalism students looking for their first big story?

  3. Of course I am not surprised by the lack of respect shown by our elected officials towards their constituency. I seem to remeber a referendum question about rolling the state’s income taxable rate down that was not fulfilled as promised. Then Speaker Tom Finneran circumvented the vote and kept in place the current tax rate, of course you can still opt to pay the higher rate of 5.8% rather than the current 5.35%. Of course as a student I am not supposed to say the ‘R’ word around these parts but I would be more willing to vote either Green or Libertarian the next time an election presents such an option. But oh yeah, there will be no competition because of the cronyism and the rampant IGNORANCE of the electorate to put somebody new into office anyway. Thank you representative Polito R-Shrewsbury, for the new vote that our reps will have to vote on. I hope they will vote in term-limits and then enforce them!

  4. Voters have yet to choose DiMasi’s successor. His legislative aide has won the Democratic primary, but he still faces Republican and independent candidates in the general election. It is telling of the dominance of the Democratic party in Massachusetts politics that we assume that the winner of the Democratic primary is the winner of the election.

  5. @ Then step up BU:

    They do! That’s Bayles’ job:

    Fred Bayles, a College of Communication associate professor of journalism, is director of the Boston University Statehouse Program.

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