From the State House News Service
A bipartisan group of political heavyweights yesterday threw their support behind a proposed ballot initiative that would strip the Legislature of its constitutional power to redraw district lines.
The group, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick, current Republican Party executive director Tim O'Brien, and former governor Michael Dukakis, endorsed a ballot proposal they say would put an end to political gerrymandering and make the process of redrawing 160 House districts and 40 Senate districts more open and fair.
"In a healthy democracy, the voters choose representatives," Patrick said. "In the system we have, the representatives choose the voters. That's upside down."
I happen to be gathering signatures for this, and nothing has been more instantly persuasive to a wavering signer than naming the right endorser. Once you get a sense of who the person is, who they like, there's usually an endorser that will persuade them to sign. So far, I've been sticking with State Reps, but having Patrick, Dukakis, Harshbarger, and Tolman on board doesn't hurt.
Vickery v. Miers
From a Vickery Press release:
President George W. Bush today announced his nomination of Harriet Miers for a position on the United States Supreme Court. This nomination is troubling for me, and it brings to mind issues we face here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A Bush Loyalist:
With the nomination of Miers, the President has nominated an unswerving Bush loyalist. This calls into question the President's commitment to the independence of the judicial branch of government.
Picking up the Tab for Tom Delay:
As a partner with a major Dallas law firm, Miers contributed thousands of dollars to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund. Do we really want a Supreme Court nominee who has picked up the tab for Tom DeLay?
What it Means for Massachusetts:
Someone with this record would never get onto the bench in Massachusetts on my watch. On the Governor's Council, I remain committed to keeping our Massachusetts judiciary fully independent from political pressures.
Damn straight that wouldn't happen here!
Michael has the Zogby poll.
Says Zogby, "Romney is trailing his potential Democratic challengers. His Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey polls even worse." He then shows three matchups, showing Tom Reilly ahead by 57.9% to 34.1%, Galvin leading by 55.1% to 35%, and Patrick beating the current guv by 53.8% to 35.2%.
Ok, Reilly, now your only piece of lit