Author Archives: Peter Ubertaccio

About Peter Ubertaccio

Peter Ubertaccio is the Director of Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College in Easton and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science & International Studies. His work focuses on political parties, marketing and institutions. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Professor Ubertaccio and his family live on Cape Cod where he is on the Board of Directors of the OpenCape Corporation and the Sandwich Economic Initiative Corporation.

The demagogues among us

There’s nothing like the fear of the other to bring the demagogues in our midst out into the open.

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Don’t further the ugly

The plight of migrant children and the role of the Commonwealth in offering them shelter is going to produce many reactions.  There are those grounded in reality (cost, duration, locations best suited for the situation, etc) and then there are others.

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Who benefits by serial allegations of corruption? The US Attorney’s Office

If federal prosecutors hoped the trial of John O’Brien might have focused our collective attention on the sins of political patronage, they seem to have failed.  It’s the power of the US Attorney’s office that increasingly draws scrutiny.  And not for the first time.

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Residency rules, democratic life, rule of law

The debate over residency requirements for municipal employees in Boston has heated up in response to Mayor Marty Walsh’s suggestion to relax the rule and a Boston Globe report showing how often the rule is flouted. The deeper debate is an old one, raising issues of both democratic society and the rule of law.

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“time for some self reflection”

Yesterday, my colleague, Professor O’Brien, wrote a moving piece on the practical impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in McCullen v. Coakley, the buffer zone case.

The response is illuminating.

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Sue the President!

David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley have tried to mask their attack on the White House with the glow of constitutional cover. But their language betrays them. Their advocacy for giving the one House of Congress standing to sue the President is really nothing more than another chapter in the ideological combat that passes for discourse in today’s Washington.

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Stop or stomp? That’s not the story.

Did Congressman Tierney really call on his supporters to stomp a tracker? Pretty clear he didn’t and it’s also pretty clear he handled himself with calm in the face of being pursued by an opposition operative.

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Five post-convention takeaways

The Democrats have gone home.  Before the primary election begins in earnest, I’ve a few post-Convention thoughts to consider.

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This Friday the 13th, don’t be afraid of the 15% rule

Lots of candidates are going to Worcester on Friday for the state Democratic Convention.  Not as many will leave.  And that’s a good thing. 

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Hollywood liberal attacks GOP Speaker by name on issue of inequality

From the history repeating category, John White of Catholic University sent me this gem of a radio speech.  The speaker is a Hollywood liberal who calls out the Republican House Speaker by name, hits the GOP on the issue of income inequality, and praises a big city Mayor who seeks to redirect his party in a much more progressive direction:

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