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"The Democratic and Republican parties don't 'own' your vote, you do.
If you think independent, vote independent."
~ Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

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Voters will Legalization Marijuana in 2016

One of the big stories in 2016 is going to be a likely ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. Polling suggests this question would pass - as did decriminalization in 2008 (63% in favor) and medical marijuana in 2012 (65% in favor). Elected officials don't feel the same way.

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Bill to Strengthen Oversight of Hospital Market

Healthcare is so expensive because the market has become badly distorted by big hospital systems, who have relentlessly gobbled up providers and used market clout to raise prices.  In recent weeks a bill was filed in the legislature to give the Health Policy Commission - the agency that oversees the way the hospital market works - more authority.  Independent, expert oversight like this will continue to expose the way these big hospital systems profiteer at the expense of families and businesses. I hope this bill, or something like it, moves forward. - Evan Falchuk

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Everyday Leadership

This Spring, I had the honor of teaching a class called "Leadership" at Emerson College.  We are often taught to think of leaders as people with titles, when in reality leadership is about what you do, and who you are as a person.  I believe there are leaders all around us - people who, in big ways and small, do things that change other people's lives for the better.

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Meet the new boss...

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We focus on the Olympics because it's the poster child for the failed political system that motivated us to create the United Independent Party.

The isn't enough transparency and honest conversation in politics. Our system is failing us, as it works on priorities no one really asked about, and which benefit the shrinking number of people who see it in their interest to play the political game.

The news this weekend is that Boston 2024 is going to have (another) management shakeup.  Here are 3 things you need to know about it:

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What Boston 2024 handed over in that private meeting

There was a private meeting between Boston 2024 and the Governor and members of his cabinet on March 27.  This was one of 4 private meetings between Boston 2024 and the most senior officials in the Commonwealth, but was the only one subject to a Public Records Request.

We requested any and all documents related to that meeting from the Governor and all other members of the Cabinet.  We've gotten back some of the responses, and are posting them here as they come in.

Most of what we have received are versions of things we have seen elsewhere.  

One interesting finding was on page 13 of this powerpoint document.  

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Rethinking Higher Education

This story is from Texas, but reflects a reality across the American economy today - more jobs, but a shortage of skilled labor to fill them:  "Part of the problem behind the skilled-worker shortage, he and others say, is that until recently local high schools were channeling students toward four-year university degrees instead of technical careers."

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Three Secrets About Leadership

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of of speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, a special order of the Boy Scouts of America. Members of the Order are nominated by their peers - and so it is an honor to be named to this group.

I was asked to share my thoughts on leadership - which is hard when talking to a group of dedicated leaders.  I shared three "secrets" I have learned from my good (and not so good) experiences.

Want to learn those secrets, too?  Click below. 

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What Would Be A Meaningful Vote On The Boston Olympics? Hint: Not A Referendum

As the process of trying to bring the Olympics to Massachusetts continues, there’s a good chance for an historic, statewide vote on the games in November 2016. Many voters don’t yet understand how, exactly, the process for this kind of a vote in Massachusetts works, or even what it means. It is critical that all of us do, given how important the issue of a vote on the Olympics has become.

As the process of trying to bring the Olympics to Massachusetts continues, there’s a good chance for an historic, statewide vote on the games in November 2016.

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John Fish lets it slip

I think we now know why Boston 2024 isn't interested in our proposal for a binding law that says no taxpayer money for the Olympics. This morning, Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish said that Boston should hire a taxpayer-paid consultant to report on Boston 2024's spending between now and November 2016, so the public can see how responsible they are with the money they spend promoting the bid to the IOC. But don't miss the giant red flag. 

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