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Occasioal updates and info on elections, candidates and endorsements from our member-run Elections & Endorsement Committee.

For full information on Endorsements, including archives of candidate questionnaires, see the elections section of the website.

2016 Endorsed Candidates for the Primary!

If you've studied our scorecards, you know that Massachusetts's law-making body isn't nearly as progressive as our reputation. If we want more issues on progressive issues, we must pay attention to legislative races -- and work for candidates and campaigns that can add to a shift in power on the Hill. 

We've endorsed our candidates for 2016 primaries -- voted on by Progressive Mass members. Give them your support -- dollars and time -- this is how we will win, long-term!

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2014 - Meet the Progressives of November 4

It’s an open Massachusetts secret that despite our marquee liberals on the national stage, when it comes to the state level, we’re not nearly as progressive as we could be. When you look at our skewed tax burdens, austerity budgeting and legislation attacking the poor, one can credibly make the case that the State House governs as if the Commonwealth were center-right.

What IS true is that there’s a strong progressive sentiment in Massachusetts residents. It’s just that we’ve got a ways to go to get the Legislature to govern like Elizabeth Warren.

This is why our work together pushing legislators through grassroots to take bold progressive action, and our legislative efforts, highlighting votes in our scorecard and lobbying at the State House, is so important.

This work isn't quick or easy. Progressives clocked in some wins last session, but we are still waiting to see the kind of great, bold legislative leadership that should come from Massachusetts. Last session we had to play bruising defense against punishing legislative attacks on the poor. And, our advances on the minimum wage and election reform were harder fought than it should’ve been, and we didn’t quite get far enough (no indexing on minimum wage, no same-day voter registration).

Improving our prospects at the State House requires herculean reforms for long-term change -- including increasing transparency and leveraging a wholesale shift in the culture of power under the Golden Dome.

In the short term, what we can do is help to elect MORE progressive legislators -- to strengthen the fighters already there, and show the power-brokers on the Hill and in the press that the voters want bold progressive change.

Engaging at the Legislative level has challenges, however. While most voters have had at least some exposure to the high-profile races via television ads, it’s a lot harder to get a fix on legislative races.

But, just as we know the national figures and races -- like Bernie Sanders or Zephyr Teachout -- who champion our values and wage insurgent progressive campaigns, we should know the names and faces of their counterparts on Beacon Hill. That’s why we’re doing this “get to know” series.

Check in here weekly as we highlight critical races important to progressives, no matter where you are in the Commonwealth.

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Ask Your Candidates to Complete a Progressive Mass Questionnaire

Get_answers.jpgDon't see a Progressive Mass recommendation for your local races?

With two hundred Legislative seats up for re-election every two years, many of which feature uncontested races where the incumbent is guaranteed to win, Progressive Mass by necessity must zero in only on select races which meet a constellation of criteria, such as whether there is an opportunity to elect a more progressive legislator, among other things, as well as considerations about our membership.

However, legislative races can be among the most frustrating to navigate.

Unlike statewide races like the Governor, there's little coverage on the candidates in the media, and as we have outlined elsewhere, it is challenging to find digestible information about an incumbent's voting record.  Campaign websites offer the most information, but are understandably limited to whatever the candidates think is the putting the best foot forward.

In short, it's a challenge for the average voter to know where to turn or where to find useful material to help her vote, in large measure because that information doesn't exist!

Someday, we hope to have have enough resources to solicit completed questionnaires from all legislative candidates.

In the meantime, we encourage you to send our legislative questionnaire to your local candidates, and if you get responses, we will happily share them for public reference!

Find links to the questionnaire, here: progma.us/diyq2014

Even for incumbents running unopposed, we think voters asking legislators to go on record on our shared progressive priorities is an extremely valuable opportunity -- for voters, for the candidate and for your community.

If you request questionnaire responses from candidates in your legislative district, please drop us a line!

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