Why Question #3 Will Not Pass

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Republican SuperPAC Ad Complicates Baker’s Task

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Public Education and the Governor’s Race

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Are National Trends “Hobbling” Coakley?

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Of Sweethearts and Nothingness

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Our new home

Now that we have moved to WGBH, all future posts can be read at  blogs.wgbh.org/masspoliticsprofs

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MassPoliticsProfs Is Moving to WGBH

Dear Readers:

After three plus years of independent blogging about state and national politics, MassPoliticsProfs.com is moving to WGBHnews.org. We are excited about this move because we believe it presents a wonderful opportunity to expand our audience and to improve the content of the blog. In our earliest discussions of this move with WGBH News senior editor Peter Kadzis, he described the culture of WGBH as a “convener” of informed ideas and commentary. The MassPoliticsProfs think we’ll fit right in.

When we began the blog we promised to provide political commentary about Massachusetts politics primarily but also national politics, informed by political science research that provides insights not routinely found in the “conventional wisdom.” We hope we’ve succeeded at that. Our second goal was to have some fun, and we’ve certainly succeeded at that. In these three years we’ve come to know some loyal followers and some persistent critics, who have offered kind words and also taken issue with us. Please keep commenting as we move to WGBH; we’ll respond, same as always.

Thanks to Peter Kadzis, Abbie Ruzicka, Brendan Lynch, Mac Slocum, and the WGBH team for welcoming us.

Most of all, thanks to the readers who have read us and sustained us. We’ll keep working to improve the blog and make it informative, provocative and fun for all of us.

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Welfare and Charlie Baker’s Problem with Women of Color

Charlie Baker had a bad week.  And I mean a really bad.  Baker dropped his ad firm just as  recent polling showed a 10 point lead for Democratic opponent Martha Coakley.  Then he called a female reporter “sweetheart” as she asked him legitimate questions about Roger Goodell given the NFL’s abhorrent handling of violence against women. Even Baker’s “Women for Charlie” group, which many women find so dismissive, had to be second guessing themselves. Continue reading

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Those Rational Non-Voters

Some people see low primary turnout and say why; I see low turnout and say, why not?

I know, I know – I’m a political scientist and I should be urging all to the polls. I’m not qualified to enter into dialogue with my public choice theory colleagues but let me say that perhaps voters stayed home on primary day because they are rational. Continue reading

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Sweetheart-Gate

Charlie Baker’s effort to deflect tough questions by cozying up to the press is S.O.P., but the value of his “sweetheart” slip up to his critics and opponents is partly due to his campaign’s strategy of making the race about Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley, rather than about Democratic and Republican ideas about governance.

Because his chances of election hinge on avoiding association with his own political party, Baker has been forced to adopt a candidate-centered strategy, which not only makes media scrutiny of his character “fair game,” it also makes it very hard to complain about. Baker’s route to the corner office has always been a steep climb. Every time he loses his footing like this his chances diminish.

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