Tag Archives: Deval Patrick

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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Faith and Philosophy in Gov. Patrick’s Immigration Decision

Governor Deval Patrick’s remarkable press conference announcing that Massachusetts would welcome unaccompanied immigrant children continues to reverberate through the commonwealth. His actions and remarks carry implications for how we think about religion and politics, for political philosophy, and for our political institutions.

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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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Deval Patrick’s “City Upon a Hill”

Politicians from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan have invoked John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” phrase for political effect but few have embodied the phrase in the manner of Governor Deval Patrick, who seemingly alone among America’s governors is willing to extend a welcome to immigrant children who have flooded across our Southern borders. Winthrop’s speech was much more than a memorable phrase; it was a Model of Christian Charity, a call for those who enjoy the blessings of life to care for the less well off. Deval Patrick is brave in his willingness to live up to the commonwealth’s foundational document.  

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Mad Hot Sexy Issue of 2014: Public Administration

Someone in the Patrick administration opened a window to let spring air in and a $100 million dollar bill floated out. It hasn’t been seen since. Oh well.

Okay that isn’t fair, but as the Boston Globe reported the state’s health care connector web site is being entirely scrapped and “The strategy announced Monday will still cost an estimated $100 million.” In a Boston Herald op-ed Charlie Baker wrote that because of the bungled connector web site “hundreds of thousands of our people have been put in health care coverage limbo, and tens of millions of dollars were wasted.”

Let’s see: health care connector, Department of Children and Families, the Probation Department trial, medical marijuana dispensaries, Annie Dookhan, the New England Compounding Center. Auditor Suzanne Bump’s team found shortcomings in the Department of Transitional Assistance’s management practices. Our pension system named the worst in the nation (conflict of interest warning: as a state employee I am dependent on the pension system). Yes the state GOP may be in disarray but then, it seems as if large sectors of our government are too.

So I nominate dull, boring, wonky, coma-inducing public administration for mad hot sexy issue of the year.

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Our Stubborn Governor

The ongoing controversy over Governor Patrick’s handling of the problems at the state’s Department of Children and Families helps provide some political science insight into the running of bureaucracies and perhaps into the governor’s own managerial approach.

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A hierarchy of Massachusetts political endorsements

Yesterday’s Globe offered a peak into the strategies employed by candidate Steve Grossman to obtain coveted political endorsements for his gubernatorial run.

But does it matter?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

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To Compete or Non-Compete, That Is the Question

As lame duck initiatives go, the effort by Governor Deval Patrick to outlaw non-compete agreements as reported in the Boston Globe is one of the more contentious and interesting. Non-compete agreements are employment clauses imposed on employees by corporations that restrict the employees from working for a competitor for a period, like a year or two. It’s a political science mini-lesson in itself: political culture clashes, demographic change, political economy, interests, symbolism, and more. What fun!

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What Deval Patrick’s 2010 Win May Tell Us About 2014

I was just wondering – exactly how did Governor Deval Patrick defeat Charlie Baker and win re-election in 2010? I know plenty of people have their theories but the governor had some pretty ugly numbers. Or maybe I’ve just been looking in the wrong places.

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Battling Press Releases

On the eve of the MassGOP convention both state party organizations have fired off press releases aimed at rallying the troops at the other party’s expense.

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