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  •  Outsiders vs. machine politicians (6+ / 0-)

    Part of the reason for the Republican governors and now Senator is that the state and local politicians have a well-deserved reputation for corruption. It seems like every recent Speaker of the House has either gone to jail or should have. So when machine politicians like Coakley or state Treasurers run for Governor or Senator, they lose. When outsiders like Deval Patrick run, they win. The Democrats need to find more people like Patrick to run for statewide office, and somehow clean up their image in the Legislature.

    Consumption is not the answer.

    by Lexpression on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:19:34 AM PDT

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    •  I dunno about well deserved (6+ / 0-)

      Like the Taxachusetts meme, it's a little more complex than that. For instance, the state Senate doesn't seem corrupt. It's our Speakers of the's the way Speakers attain power that inherently rewards scoundrels, and they have a lot of power once they get there to "punish" and "reward" alike.

      But we're not on the "eight most corrupt states" list, and we're #46 near the bottom on this list!

      That said, we've had some high profile scandals here...the Probation Dept hiring cronyism comes to mind. Oh and guess what? That had to the with the House. There's no doubt the state House has to get reformed. Dunno when it's gonna happen, our best pols keep getting promoted to the state Senate!!

      •  Actually with the MA State Senate. (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't forget there are now 4 GOP members, where all of them get a leadership position of some sort(with associated budget)
        I believe it was suggested that GOP should eliminate or combine one of the positions as were so few of them.

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