The 2010 Massachusetts state election is an opportunity to make Massachusetts politics more responsive to the people.
Our Senators and Representatives on Beacon Hill have become complacent and are not responsive to the people’s legitimate legislative needs. There are many important reforms that have been ignored by the legislature for years because they are opposed by insider political groups and industry lobbies.
I’ve been fighting for family law reform, specifically for Shared Parenting (H1400) and Alimony Reform (H1785). These bills are opposed by the lawyers lobbies ( Boston Bar, Mass Bar, Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the Women’s Bar ) because it would hurt their profits. Â But it’s very hard to get legislators to go against these entrenched lobbies.
I’ve talked to a lot of legislators over the last year as part of my efforts to pass these laws, and those who have been candid with me have expressed how demoralized a lot of legislators are with the lack of progress. It’s very hard to get anything done because of the centralized power on Beacon Hill. It hasÂ become a closed society of long serving legislators who are all beholden to each other and a small number of insider political groups.
But this year is a great opportunity to change that. Dissatisfaction with incumbents is running high. People are looking for a change. Scott Brown ( love him or hate him ) is a prime example of what is now possible.
This site is dedicated to collecting information about the 2010 elections, and helping regular citizens replace our current complacent legislators. This site is non-partisan. I’ve come to feel increasingly that single party rule in Massachusetts is one of the reasons that legislators are not responsive to the people.
So this year I’m open to electing new Democratic or Republican legislators – as long as they are committed to changing the culture on Beacon Hill, and becoming more responsive to the people’s needs.