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.Read more >>
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."Read more >>
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.Read more >>
By Evan Falchuk
Getting people involved in the United Independent Party is all about answering one question: what's in it for you to join?
All of us are impacted every day, in some form or another, by decisions made by our government. Unfortunately, so many of us have decided that you just can't talk about politics anymore, without the conversation getting personal, or stuck on some ideological point no one wants to talk about anymore.Read more >>
Boston 2024 officials seemed to be glossing over the more difficult issues hosting the Olympics most definitely will entail. Raising critical questions about the billions the Games would cost, as well as security and traffic concerns, doesn’t make anyone a ‘naysayer.' It makes us taxpaying, thinking adults who see the value of putting things like our seniors, veterans and kids in school above something like hosting the Olympics. After having attended Boston 2024's first January 21 community meeting, here are just 10 of the central questions that, bizarrely, are still left unanswered.Read more >>
Sometimes, the most important events in your life are the ones that, in the moment, don’t seem so important. It’s true in news and politics, too. Here, in no particular order, are the stories from 2014 that fit that we should be thinking about more as we enter 2015.Read more >>
If you were asked, “What do you think our state needs most?” it’s pretty doubtful you would answer, “to host the Olympics.”
No, we don’t need new, taxpayer-backed stadiums. What we do need is more housing; better school funding; less expensive healthcare; more job opportunities and job training; greater commitment to veterans’ services and seniors’ programs; and a much stronger business climate. And we need these things all across the state – not just in the Greater Boston area.Read more >>
Here’s the conventional wisdom on American politics: Americans are deeply divided, angry at government, but split over what it should do. They aren’t sure who to blame, but think it’s one party or the other in Congress, or the President, or the Governor.
There’s some truth to this, but I don’t think it’s the right diagnosis.Read more >>
Politicians and big, monied interests are picking the pockets of countless Massachusetts families – and getting away with it.
While Super PACs pour millions into this election, and while Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are busy chatting during debates about Halloween costumes and who should play them in a movie, neither candidate has come out with anything even resembling a concrete plan to stop the relentless assault on the economic security of Massachusetts families.Read more >>
If you want serious, substantive conversation on the future of Massachusetts from televised debates, you have to watch the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium debate held in Springfield (http://bit.ly/10yRuNg), the WBZ-TV debate in Boston (http://cbsloc.al/ZsmGwH), and MassLive's excellent online commentary on the unfortunate Worcester debate (http://bit.ly/1swxbFX).Read more >>