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.

Washashores enter a local district race on Cape Cod

First term Democratic Representative Brian Mannal has had better weeks.  The question is whether Cape Codders direct their ire at him or his washashore opponents.

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Politics by other means in Texas

In Texas, the stars at night are big and bright, shining a light on another attempt to criminalize politics.

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The view from Cape Cod

For those of us who live on the Cape, the summer brings the usual assortment of pleasures: sun, sandy beaches, chilled gin, clam shacks, and a competitive electoral climate so lacking elsewhere in the Commonwealth.  We’ve been here before.  It’s good to be a politically active Cape Codder.

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The renovated corner office

I suppose there is some charm in working in an old office that would have been good enough for John Hancock.

Perhaps the next time a major storm or security situation threatens the Commonwealth, the Governor can whip out a quill pen and dash off an urgent note on parchment via horseback.  

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A juror’s take on the O’Brien trial

Last week,  an anonymous juror schooled a powerful Mayor while also raising concerns about due process for a powerful Speaker and federal prosecutorial power.

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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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