Old News, but Worth a Look
For all of the griping we bloggers can do about media coverage, this article
from The Beacon about the MA Convention is actually responsible, accurate (as far as I know) and well-researched. I wish that the next-day coverage had been as good.
Among the changes that some found objectionable was new language requiring organizations calling themselves "Democratic" to be approved by the Democratic State Committee; a new clause expanding the types of meetings that may be closed to the public; and the elimination of a clause that held the state committee responsible to the party charter and the resolutions of the state convention. Another controversial clause made it more difficult for delegates to pass motions from the floor of the convention without the support of the state committee. Some Democrats were also troubled by a clause which allows party officials to endorse candidates who are running against the winner of a democratic primary, as long as they don't endorse the candidate of another "major party."