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Republican Revolution? Not This Way

Before and even after the recent state party nominating conventions my colleague Professor Ubertaccio and I engaged the Boston Globe’s Scot Lehigh in a friendly and spirited debate over the fifteen percent rule. Underlying the points we were making is a healthy respect for the role that political parties play in our democracy. Political parties are not popular with the public and some columnists but as Professor Duquette explained recently, they have many essential functions.

So I read with interest Jim Sullivan’s piece in Capital on June 27, The Republican Revolution Is Underway. Maybe.

Four million dollars in five years to help Republican state legislative candidates sounds pretty good. But the money isn’t going to the Republican State Committee, it’s going to a SuperPAC and affiliated non-profit that will operate outside of the state party framework. Is this any way to build a party?

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Fisher Fiasco II: Is Fisher Out to Destroy the Republican Party?

Yesterday I discussed some of the legal entanglements of Fisher vs. Republican State Committee, in which the party found a magic wand that would permit it to certify Mark Fisher for the primary ballot against Charlie Baker, without conceding that Fisher reached 15% at the convention (he did though). Today I raise some other questions such as how placing Fisher on the ballot affects Baker; what to make of the state party; and is Mark Fisher actually out to destroy it?

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To Mass. GOP, Advice from Ray Shamie

The Boston Sunday Globe ran a story titled Mass. Republicans in disarray as elections near, which did not fall like a thunderclap among followers of Massachusetts politics. The best commentary came from my colleague Professor Ubertaccio who tweeted:

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In a time like this, there is only one thing to do:    Head for the book shelf and take down the copy of Ted Frier and Larry Overlan’s Time for A Change: The Return of the Republican Party in Massachusetts.

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The Mass. GOP’s 15% Conundrum: Let’s Be “Reasonable”

The Massachusetts Republican Party has obtained a legal opinion (posted at redmassgroup) from Attorney Michael T. Morley addressed to GOP chair Kirsten Hughes. Attorney Morley opines that the State Committee cannot change the convention outcome to allow Mark Fisher onto the primary ballot.

Case closed? Not so fast.

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The Mass GOP needs better role models

According to the Boston Globe, the Mass GOP has “filed a public records request for documents that might show whether public resources were used in landing Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray the job” at the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Special Election Primary Potpourri

There has been a flurry of announcements and non-announcements in the special election as everyone but Gaspar Griswold Bacon enjoys a moment in the limelight before remembering that pressing business or family time prevail over service. We’ve had Gerry Leone and Bill Weld, continued misdiagnosis of the Scott Brown 2010 victory, and Brown giving birth to a new GOP chair then abandoning her at the nearest safe haven.  And Tagg Romney, we hardly knew ye.

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Politics in the Blogosphere

Some good links to topics of interest in the political world:

Bluemassgroup’s David Kravitz has a reality based post The grassroots are withering on the problems at the Republican State Committee. You would have to say that after Kirsten Hughes won election to the GOP’s chair on Thursday evening thanks to Scott Brown’s intervention that his Friday announcement made Ms. Hughes first day on the job a memorable one indeed.  It may be hard to believe that the GOP could sink lower than Bob (Mr. Magoo) Maginn left it, but Mr. Kravitz explains how that is possible.

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