189th House Scorecard - 2015-2016

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Every two years, you elect your State Representative. But what happens after that? Where do they stand on the issues of the day on Beacon Hill? How do they vote on the bills that come before the House of Representatives during the two-year legislative session?

Every year, Progressive Massachusetts puts together a scorecard of Legislators' votes, zeroing in on those roll call votes that often can show the distinction between a progressive legislator, and everyone else.

With the Progressive Mass scorecard, you can see how your State Representative votes, helping the public understand where he or she stands on specific policies, and giving you the information to better advocate for the issues that you care about, and even influence your vote in election years.

The scorecard for the first year of the 2015-2016 legislative session is below.

SCORECARD KEY: 

  • [P] = Member is part of the House Progressive Caucus;
  •  +  = Progressive position;
  •  -  = Did not vote with the progressive position;
  • [NV] = No vote taken (legislator not present)
  • [NVP] = Legislator voted "Present" (neither Y or N)

TO SEE IN A LARGER WINDOW, CLICK: SCORECARDVOTE DESCRIPTIONS - RUNNING BLOG

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Raise Up 2015: A Grassroots Win! (And Next Steps in 2016)

You worked so hard to gather signatures to put the Fair Share Amendment on the ballot.

And I have a terrific update for you --

we_did_it.jpgNot only did we collect 157,000 signatures statewide, we have recently learned that the progressive income tax amendment has enough certified signatures to move on to the next step! We made it!

Thank you, and congratulations to everyone who helped gather signatures. You organized, and you mobilized, and you go this done. 

This was a big first milestone -- and we did it! But the fight for progressive revenue to fund our communities is far from over...

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What I learned about MA’s Public Records Laws from the Olympics

Jonathan Cohn is a member of Progressive Massachusetts and co-founder of No Boston 2024, a group that helped to defeat Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. No Boston 2024 used public records requests to bring new information to the public debate and to shed light on what was happening behind closed doors. They have three requests still pending.

Whether or not you were in favor of the Olympics, this work by citizen activists was an impressive victory, and learning from their grassroots organizing is key for future battles to build a more progressive commonwealth. Jonathan explains below how his experiences highlight the urgent need for public records law reform. Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @JonathanCohn.

TAKE ACTION TODAY TO PUSH FOR PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM -- TIME IS RUNNING OUT


Housing_Homelessness_Panel.jpgThe saying goes that sunlight is the best disinfectant. And we saw this clearly with Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.

When decision-making is happening behind closed doors, public records requests offer citizens a way to pry open the door. By submitting public records requests (and having dogged follow-up), we were able to bring to light the conflicts of interest, double-talk, and misinformation in how the bid was being presented and sold to the public, and the ways in which public and private were increasingly becoming intertwined.

During this process, however, I learned almost as much about how broken our public records law is as I did about the Olympic bid.

Here are a few problems I regularly encountered in my quest to pry open this door:

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