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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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We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident

The promise of America - and its challenging, unfinished business - is to hold our country to its founding principles.

If it's true that all of us are created equal, then each generation must work to make sure our laws ensure that fact. This is a particular responsibility of those who serve in elected office. Their job, their sworn oath, is to be at the vanguard of that fight.

So what happens when elected officials are faced with the exactly this kind of challenge? Do they rise to the occasion?

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Good News and Bad News

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I’ve got good news and bad news.    

First the good news: there was a surge of enrollment in March - we’re back up over 18,000 members.

Now, the bad news: at the rate we’re going, we won’t make our legally-required goal of 43,000 members by November. If UIP doesn’t hit 43,000 members by November, we won’t remain an official political party.   

 

I’m not going to let that happen, and I know you won’t either.

Here are 5 easy things you can DO to help: 

 

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Beyond Planned Parenthood

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Sometimes it seems like the only women’s issue in the news is Planned Parenthood, but it isn’t the only topic affecting women today. In Massachusetts, women still face challenges in the workplace, the criminal justice system, and on matters of their sexual and reproductive health. Today, we’re highlighting recently passed and pending legislation that’s meant to narrow those discrepancies that you should know about.

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6 Things MA Legislators Probably Learned in Colorado

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Voters in four states have legalized marijuana for adults - and Massachusetts may be next. With a ballot question almost certainly on the way in November, members of our State Senate went to Colorado to learn about that state’s experience with marijuana. Why Colorado? Well, Coloradans have the most experience with the challenges and opportunities presented by legalization of marijuana for adults.

While the visiting lawmakers haven’t reported on what they learned, here are six takeaways from Colorado. They’re all important to think about as you start to make up your mind on how you will vote this coming November.

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The Power of Your Vote in Local Elections

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Too often millennials subscribe to the popular misconception that their votes do not have an impact, and have a lower perceived value of civic engagement. As we move into an election year, not only nationally, but on a state level as well, we thought it was important to highlight the under-representation of millennials in the voting process, as well as provide case studies for when just a few hundred millennial voters would have made a meaningful difference in local elections right here in Massachusetts.

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8 Women to Watch in the Massachusetts State Legislature

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Women are underrepresented in American government - our country is 98th in the world in the percentage of women in Congress. It’s a similar story here in Massachusetts- while over 20,000 men have served in the Massachusetts legislature, only 192 women have been elected.

There is good news, though!

More than a quarter of the women who have ever served in our legislature are serving today. With 50 women in office, Massachusetts is ahead of the national average, and women legislators are playing important roles in building policy in our state. It’s a good time to profile eight of these leaders - Democrats and Republicans - who are part of the Massachusetts Women’s Caucus.

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The New Majority: Unopposed Candidates

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Who do you think better represents voters? A candidate who runs for office against tough opponents every year, or one who gets re-elected year after year without any opponent? If you think it’s better for candidates to compete to earn your vote, we’ve got some bad news: in Massachusetts state government, most of our representatives never have to do that.

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Don't let them rewrite history

By Evan Falchuk

I wasn't going to say anything about this, but for the second time in the last couple of weeks, the Boston Globe is peddling a strange alt-history version of what happened with the Olympics.

In their version, the Olympics saga was a wonderful exercise in civic engagement, in which well-meaning business and political leaders tried to drag parochial Boston into conversations where it could be mentioned "in the same breath with Paris and Rome.

In this alternative universe, the "collective hand-wringing" of voters wrecked this opportunity, driven by a public that was "unwilling to spend big. . . . even if it meant spurning the promise of big long-term benefits.

This isn't what happened, at all.

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What Do You Want the T to Be?

The United Independent Party is here to make sure every voter understands what's going on, to help empower you to make informed decisions about our shared future.

This is an especially important when it comes to politically charged topics, like what's actually wrong at the MBTA, and what do we do about it?

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