Francis Bellotti, a former Massachusetts Attorney General and one time political opponent of Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-MA) described Brooke’s passing in a recent Boston Globe op-ed as an “end of an era in politics that will never return: an era of true trailblazers and political powerhouses.”
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Edward W. Brooke as we lost a truly remarkable public servant. A war hero, a champion of equal rights for all, and an example that barriers can be broken, Senator Brooke accomplished more than most aspire to. Our party, Commonwealth, and nation are better for his service.Read more
New Rules Changes Will Enhance Accountability
Boston, MA: The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to promoting better government and right-of-center fiscal and economic policy solutions, today noted that the organization is very pleased with many of the changes made to the Senate’s rules as passed today.
“The unanimous decision to put nearly all Senate committee votes online within 48 hours is particularly welcome, given that this issue has long been one of our top priorities,” said Paul Craney, the group’s executive director. “It’s a basic matter of good government that citizens should be easily able to determine how their legislators are voting, whether in committee or on the floor.”Read more
Senate President’s Amendments Indicate First Step Toward Better Government
Boston, MA: The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to promoting better government and right-of-center fiscal and economic policy solutions, today expressed strong support for many proposals made by new state Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst) to alter the Senate’s rules.
“President Rosenberg has taken the first step toward matching his words with some positive action,” said Paul Craney, the group’s executive director. “We hope Speaker DeLeo will do the same for the House of Representatives, and we hope both leaders will collaborate on much-needed reforms to the joint rules of the legislature as well.”Read more