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.

Today’s installment of campaign farce-ocracy: nonpartisan voter ed

If you’re wondering whether  a 501 (c) 4 can jump the shark, take a look at the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance’s recent voter education effort.

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Our primary colors are bland

What happens if you throw a primary election and no one shows up? Massachusetts seems to be determined to answer that question in relative short order.

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A historic ticket is possible on Tuesday

Massachusetts may hit a historical milestone after the balloting on Tuesday. Since 1970, 16 different women have been nominated for various statewide offices by the two main political parties.

This current cycle might feature six, two Republican and four Democrats.

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A season of forums

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Let it be said that we’ve done our part to raise the profile of the pre primary races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer.  The Globe reports that many of our fellow citizens remain unaware of the candidates.  That’s not due to a lack of campaigning or public forums.

The Martin Institute has tried to offer a small corrective.  All of our forums can be found at

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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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