In this week’s column for MASSterList, Jon Keller doesn’t hold back with what he thinks of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s “stunt” last week of flying 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard to make a political point. Keller calls the move a “pathetic display of cruelty” that he predicts will backfire in November as badly as John Silber’s race baiting did in 1990.
A new Emerson College poll has Republican Geoff Diehl leading Maura Healey with independents in their race for governor. So could Diehl be on track for a Scott Brown-esque upset?
Jon Keller lets you in on what he’ll be looking for tonight as the returns come in, including potential signs of danger for Maura Healey as she pivots to the general election, the clout of organized labor and the influence a certain conservative commentator might have on the GOP electorate.
Jon Keller is ready to kiss campaign endorsements goodbye after a string of high-profile pronouncements of support from people like U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu that he says did little to signal to voters where candidates stand on issues or their political philosophy.
I guess you don’t get to the threshold of the governor’s office without being able to thread a few passes through the defense.
At last check, budding standup comedian and House Speaker Ron Mariano was still honing the laugh-out-loud claim of the year on Beacon Hill
The Legislature let an easy political win slip through their fingers. With a surfeit of cash, Democrats could have bucked their reputation for taxing and spending by delivering on a package of tax cuts. Instead, they got tripped up on a law that they forgot about that will still deliver relief to taxpayers, but make lawmakers look bad.
The body language coming from House and Senate leaders on the prospects of a deal in the Legislature over sports betting has been bad leading into this final week, and Jon Keller is not betting on lucky sevens to come up by Sunday. In his newest column for MASSterList, Keller explains why the odds could be stacked against a deal.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has had to make a number of major decisions early in her administration, none more critical than the hiring of a new police commissioner. In his latest column for MASSterList, Jon Keller reports that Wu was able to thread the needle with her selection of Michael Cox to lead the department, earning kudos from both reformers and the officers union. But that just made her handling of a separate overtime issue all the more confounding. Keller’s advice to Wu when it comes to policing: Tread carefully.
With a timely take on Monday’s Supreme Judicial Court decision upholding voting-by-mail as Constitutional, Jon Keller writes in his newest column for MASSterList that the defeat for the MassGOP is just the latest example of what he calls the “toxic flop-sweat brew” that Republican Party leader Jim Lyons has been trying to serve voters, and now the court, with no one biting.