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.

Senators Kirk and Cowan at Stonehill May 5

Senator Cowan & Senator Kirk will be speaking at the Martin Institute on May 5 at 7:00 at a forum moderated by NECN’s Alison King. And Senator Cowan is happy to tweet about it.

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Is there a GOP wave coming?

Is the Massachusetts Republican party on the cusp of an enormous victory in November? 

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The GOP convention shouldn’t have ended in confusion.

The Republicans could have used their own nominee for State Auditor to help them count their votes at Saturday’s convention.

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POTUS between two ferns

I can’t add much to the debate swirling around the decision of the White House to have the President sit down with Zach Galifianakis.  Mostly because I’m a big fan of the latter’s type of humor.

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The 15% rule, again

If only Globe columnists could vote, the 15% rule at party conventions would be thrown into the rubbish bin.

First, Scot Lehigh called the 15% convention rule “not a system designed to serve voters well.”  Yesterday, Joan Vennochi wrote that this meager threshold is the equivalent of “the Massachusetts Democratic Party exercising power by taking power away from the people.”

As our friend George Will might say, “Well.” 

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Charlie Baker’s thoughtful pause

At a lunch last week at Suffolk Law School, Charlie Baker was asked about his position on the South Coast rail.  He didn’t rush to support the current project and paused before noting that perhaps making New Bedford and Fall River less dependent on Boston’s wealth might be a good thing.  That’s a thoughtful pause.

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Balance in the field to replace Therese Murray

Today’s Cape Cod Times noted the imminent retirement of Senate President Therese Murray and listed two of the leading candidates for her seat, Plymouth state representative Vinnie deMacedo and former Falmouth state representative Matt Patrick.

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Oh, it’s on in the 9th! Or is it?

You might be forgiven for thinking the general election is well underway in the 9th District and Democratic incumbent Bill Keating is in trouble.

You’ve been misinformed.

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Another political spectacle come and gone

What does it say about our modern politicians when the most (only?) memorable part of the annual State of the Union address is the introduction of a certifiable hero siting in the gallery?

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The 15% rule at party conventions

The former chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, John Walsh, and Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh, had an interesting twitter debate on the requirement that candidates win 15% of the delegates at a party convention to appear on the primary ballot.

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