Today was the big charity race through downtown Northampton.
There was a brass band playing in the street.
Video has surfaced of Dinosaur Jr. at Pearl Street the other night.
Mary Z. Connaughton of Framingham, Director of Finance and Administration at the Pioneer Institute in Boston, thinks the Massachusetts Republican Party should start focusing on the cities if they intend to rise from oblivion - and she thinks they have the issues to do it.
Of the 351 municipalities in Massachusetts, 10 cities make up one-fifth of the vote, with Boston having the largest share by far. In November’s election, over 70 percent of votes cast in these cities were in favor of Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. Those votes can’t be countered courting suburban soccer moms, Joe Sixpack and seniors. With the growing minority population, the GOP’s challenge is even tougher ahead without a shift in emphasis.
Most agree that a vibrant two-party system makes a healthy democracy. A broader audience for Republicans is a must. In the past few state election cycles, neither party talked seriously about urban education reform. Republicans should. The place to start is in urban neighborhoods, where the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents of children living in failing academic districts can’t afford to wait.
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