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I want to thank you for the campaign you’ve participated in – a campaign of ideas and ideals about what this Commonwealth can become. It was a campaign that also embodied these principles by relying on the grass roots, on the many thousands of you who devoted your time and energies to its goals.


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Join the Bob All Night Reform Express!

Monday at 7pm Bob begins campaigning and goes all night long into Tuesday's Primary.


Monday, September 16

  • 7pm--Rally at Headquarters
  • 8:15pm--Adams Corner Rally: Located at Adams and Minot Streets in Dorchester. Intersection is one block north of Adams/Granite Ave and Gallivan Blvd Intersection...Granite Ave intersects with Gallivan at this point from the south and then becomes Adams...Directions: 93 South to Exit #11, Drive North Granite Ave to Gallivan.
  • 10:00pm--Fenway Park
  • 10:30pm--The Boston Billiard Club
  • 11:15pm--Jillians




Tuesday, September 17

  • 1:30am--Cannoli at Caffe Pompeii, 280 Hanover Street
  • 2:10am--Chinatown at Dynasty Chinese, 33 Edinboro Street
  • 2:45am--TBA
  • 3:30am--Bowling at Boston Bowl, 820 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester
  • 4:30--TBA
  • 5:00--TV/Radio
  • 6:00--IHOP, 1850 Soldiers Field Road
  • 7:00--North Station: Greet Commuter Trains
  • 8:00--Travel by T
  • 8:25--South Station: Greet Commuter Trains
  • 9:30--Vote


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Re: Anniversary of Democratic primary



* Reich Report * September 5, 2003  *



Remarkable as it seems, we're coming up to the one-year anniversary of the Democratic primary, and I thought it an appropriate time to share a few thoughts with you.


First, I hope you haven't lost any of your passion and resolve. Some of you have written to tell me you're running for city council or school board, or you've taken on another responsibility in your community, or you've signed on with one of the presidential campaigns. Your involvement is now more important than ever. We're seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan the predictable results of a go-it-alone foreign policy that relies almost entirely on military might. We're seeing in our economy the inevitable consequence of a callous fiscal policy that gives huge tax breaks to the wealthiest among us while slashing social services for the neediest. We're seeing in Massachusetts the results of an Administration that raises revenues through regressive fees and local property taxes, with the result that our children are short-changed, and our least-advantaged citizens most encumbered.


Keep up the fight with everything you have. Remember: Politics is the applied form of democracy.


Second, I know that many of you are supporting Howard Dean, and many others of you are behind John Kerry. Either of them would make a terrific president. I'm working for John because I know him well and have enormous confidence in him. But regardless of which Democrat is your candidate, it's vitally important that we keep our eyes on the prize -- which is ending the administration of George W. Bush. As the primary season heats up, there will be a natural temptation to lose sight of this larger goal and focus instead on rival primary candidates (I experienced this first-hand in our primary fight last year). The predictable result is a kind of cognitive dissonance: Each candidate's supporters magnify his or her strengths and exaggerate the weaknesses of primary rivals, while becoming steadily more annoyed at rival camps. We forget we're all Democrats who share the same basic values. George W. Bush and his Karl Rove brain would like nothing better than for Democrats to clobber one another for the next six or seven months, and go into the general election next spring tired, bruised and badly fragmented. Democrats must resist the temptation. The stakes are simply too high. America cannot afford a second term for W.


Republicans won the electoral vote in 2000 not because they had more money or political smarts but because they outdisciplined the Dems. GOP oligarchs cracked the whip. They persuaded evangelical Christians to mute their anti-abortion, anti-gay positions. They got southern whites to keep their racial bigotry in check. They made sure the big-business wing of the GOP didn't threaten the small-business, entrepreneurial wing. Early on they coalesced around a single candidate. When maverick John McCain threatened to undo the plan, he was muscled offstage. Candidate Bush stuck to the script handed him by his handlers, who had polled and focus-grouped every word and phrase.


Democrats fell apart even though they held the White House and Al Gore was the heir apparent. Sniping was audible long before the convention. The DLC attacked Gore from the right; Ralph Nader and the Greens from the left. Single-issue groups hammered him with their pet themes. A cacophony of political advice came from every corner of the Democratic Party. Gore's message changed almost as quickly as his wardrobe.


Last year, Massachusetts Democrats behaved better, but we still took unnecessary pot shots at one another in ways that inevitably helped Romney. 


I'm not suggesting that Democrats try to transform ourselves into as cynically disciplined a machine as the Republicans. Democracy thrives on debate. But we don't have a prayer unless we keep their eyes on the prize and avoid petty, internecine warfare.


So here's my advice to activists: Don't get so emotionally invested in any particular primary candidate that you lose the psychological capacity to be enthusiastic about whomever emerges as the Democratic candidate six or seven months from now. Remember, the overriding goal is to unseat W. The real fight begins next spring. It will take everything you have.


Third and finally, I want to thank you again for all your help last year. Our campaign debt has been whittled down to a manageable size, but we could still use whatever contribution you can afford. As before, it's Reich for Governor, PO Box 381483, Cambridge MA 02238.


All best,

Bob Reich



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Mass for Dean endorsed candidates for local office

"We're here to take back the Democratic Party
and we're here to stay!"


Cambridge Democratic City Committee

Ward 3

Avi Green
Candidate in Ward 3 (Inman).
Mass For Dean member; Progressive Democrats of Cambridge member; NH Election Day Dean volunteer; CPPAX member; Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts founding member; candidate for State Rep in Middlesex 26th district; see for more.

Will Hafer
Candidate in Ward 3.
Mass For Dean member; willh at
"I am new to politics. I want to join the CDCC as an Associate Member (whose vote does not count), because 1) I am registered as Unenrolled, and 2) warmer weather may conceivably lure me away from Cambridge. I view this membership as an opportunity to stay involved and mature as an activist. I hope you'll endorse me."

Ward 4

Saundra Graham
Candidate in Ward 4 (Mid-Cambridge).
Mass For Dean core member; former Massachusetts State Rep; former Cambridge City Councilor

Edward Coda
Candidate in Ward 4.
Mass For Dean member; 857-389-6183; ooptie at
"I am young, and Gov. Dean has really inspired me to get involved. He has even brought me in to the Democratic party, although I will not categorically vote Democrat yet."

Mary Lou Mehrling
Candidate in Ward 4.
Mass For Dean member; mlmehrling at .
"I am a long time Cambridge resident and former 7/8 teacher at the King Open School. Working for Howard Dean's candidacy has convinced me to get involved in local politics."

Ward 5

Betsey Gardstein
Candidate in Ward 5 (Mid-Cambridge).
Mass For Dean core member

Matt DeBergalis
Candidate in Ward 5 (Mid-Cambridge).
Mass For Dean member; Progressive Democrats of Cambridge member; candidate for City Council in 2003.
matt at


·        MA resources: (a) MA newspapers (b) MA colleges (c) MA Meetups (d) Dean in MA News (e) Elected endorsers

·        Mass For Dean - state volunteer web site. Coordinator: Jesse Gordon

·        Mass 4 Dean blog

·        Cape Cod for Dean - regional volunteer web site. Coordinator: Paul Hush

·        Western Mass For Dean - regional volunteer web site. Coordinator: Lou Franco

·        Be 4 Dean - Berkshires volunteer web site. Coordinator: Gordon Harris

·        Northeast Mass For Dean regional volunteer web site. Coordinator: Shawn Linderman

·        Southeast Mass For Dean regional volunteer web site. Coordinator: Janet Alfieri

·        Great Barrington Meetup Powerpoint presentation. Coordinator: Michael F. Wilcox

·        Suffolk University for Dean Yahoo Discussion Group

·        BU For Dean Boston University

·        Games For Dean in Boston area

·        Meetup presentation -- Coordinator: Michael F. Wilcox

·        Cape Cod For Dean - regional website.

Discussion Groups:

·        Boston Metro discussion group - Coordinator: Mike Weissman, (781) 789-1504

·        Western Mass Discussion Group - Coordinator: Neil Sullivan

·        Western Mass Announcement List - Coordinator: Neil Sullivan

·        Mass statewide Discussion Group

·        Central Mass Discussion Group Coordinator: Liz Kotowski

·        Southeast Mass Discussion Group

·        Berkshires Discussion Group Coordinator: Gordon Harris

·        Noho Missives - Northampton, MA, blog. Contact:

·        OUT for Dean Boston

·        Harvard For Dean

·        North Shore For Dean

·        Kate Donaghue's Democratic Dispatch For Dean Yahoo Discussion Group

·        North East Massachusetts For Dean Yahoo Discussion Group for 5th & 6th congressional district

·        Springfield For Dean Yahoo Discussion Group

·        Mass For Dean Media Watch

Howard Dean searchable news clippings

Your Local Dean News

Click on your state to go a list of news clips from that state.

Dean in the News: MA

Jan. 26

Sticking with Dean
Berkshire Eagle

Jan. 19

Opinion: Regain power with Dean
Boston Globe

Jan. 18

The Doctor Decides
Boston Globe

Jan. 18

Getting Out the Voters Is Part of Final Pitch
Boston Globe

Jan. 18

Dean's Attacks on Press Hint at Coverage Gone Sour
Boston Globe

Jan. 18

For Dean's Brigade, an Iowa Storm Watch
Boston Globe

Jan. 15

Martha's Vineyard Meetup
Martha's Vineyard Times

Jan. 15

Local Democrats travel to Iowa
Boston Globe

Jan. 15

Iowa race tied; Kerry surges into three-for-all
Boston Herald

Jan. 11

A Bold, New Messenger
Boston Globe

Dean in the News: MA

Feb. 20

Vote for Dean in Massachusetts anyway
Berkshire Eagle

Feb. 19

Empowered by Howard
Berkshire Eagle

Jan. 26

Dean's Whitmanesque 'yawp'
Berkshire Eagle

Jan. 11

Gore, in Iowa, Aids Dean Camp
Boston Globe

Jan. 11

As Clark Gains in N.H., Dean Remarks Show He's Taken Notice
Boston Globe

Jan. 11

Dean Edges from Media As Some Ask Why
Boston Globe

Jan. 8

In Lenox, 'Deaniacs' stage rally
The Berkshire Eagle


Results of February Meetup Surveys:


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2004 Presidential Candidates

Howard Dean
On the issues>>
















 Carol   Moseley Braun 

 George   Bush 

 Wesley   Clark 

 Howard   Dean 

 John   Edwards 

 Dick   Gephardt 

 John   Kerry 

 Dennis   Kucinich 

 Joe   Lieberman 

 Ralph   Nader 

 Al   Sharpton 


Howard Dean on Abortion

Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.

  • Government should not make personal medical decisions. (Nov 2003)
  • Rollback restrictions on stem cell research. (Nov 2003)
  • Abortion is none of the government's business. (Nov 2002)
  • Partial birth abortion ok to protect the mother. (Nov 2002)
  • Favors abortion rights. (Nov 2002)


Howard Dean on Budget & Economy

Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.

  • I'm much more conservative with money than Bush is. (Jan 22)
  • Kept GOP predecessor's agenda of fiscal frugality. (Oct 2003)
  • Politicians promising everything causes budget deficit. (Sep 2003)
  • Balance budget, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Republicans haven't balanced a federal budget in 34 years. (May 2003)
  • Stand up to Bush for a balanced budget. (May 2003)
  • Social justice with fiscal responsibility. (Nov 2002)
  • Fiscally to the right of "borrow-and-spend" Bush. (Nov 2002)


VoteMatch Responses
(Click here for VoteMatch quiz)

VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)

Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)

Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)

Abortion is none of the government's business: Strongly Favors topic 1
Partial birth abortion ok to protect the mother:
Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights:
Favors topic 1

Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)

Affirmative action counters built-in hiring biases: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reduce minority unemployment by investing in small business:
Favors topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.
: Favors topic 2

Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)

Gays deserve equal rights under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gay rights are a matter of principle:
Strongly Favors topic 3
Supported civil unions for same-sex couples:
Strongly Favors topic 3

Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(10 points on Social scale)

Don't let Congress dictate definitions of school prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4

Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)

No single payer system, since it won't pass Congress: Opposes topic 5
Build senior Rx program on Vermont program:
Favors topic 5
Subsidize health care for small businesses, not corporations:
Favors topic 5
96.4% of Vermonters are covered; deliver that to America:
Strongly Favors topic 5
Guarantee health ins. like other industrialized countries:
Strongly Favors topic 5
Patient Bill of Rights is hot air: get people insured:
Favors topic 5
Full access first, then tackle reform afterwards:
Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal access for all Vermonters; insure the last 6%:
Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep “community rating”: insure older people at same rates:
Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure.
: Neutral on topic 5

Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(2 points on Economic scale)

Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-don't privatize: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding.
: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare.
: Opposes topic 6

Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Social scale)

Vouchers undermine public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
No diversion of taxpayer funds to private schools:
Strongly Opposes topic 7
Under no circumstances abandon the public schools:
Strongly Opposes topic 7
Apply VT's limited standards for failing schools, not GOP's:
Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools.
: Opposes topic 7

Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(2 points on Social scale)

Death penalty for extreme and heinous crimes: Favors topic 8
Apply death penalty fairly & strengthen protections:
Favors topic 8
Supports death penalty for terrorism:
Favors topic 8
Replace overzealous capital crime trials with fair trials:
Opposes topic 8
Re-evaluate and reform federal and state death penalty:
Opposes topic 8

Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(7 points on Social scale)

Invest in social programs to avoid investing in prisons: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs.
: Neutral on topic 9

Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(7 points on Social scale)

Different states need different gun laws: Favors topic 10
Background checks for gun shows:
Opposes topic 10
Endorsed by NRA eight times as VT governor:
Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports assault weapons ban and Brady bill:
Opposes topic 10
Get guns off the national radar screen: no new federal laws:
Favors topic 10
No more federal gun laws; leave them to states:
Favors topic 10

Howard Dean is a Hard-Core Liberal. Click here for explanation.


2003 Platform Accountability Amendment


We propose to vote on an amendment to the 2003-04 Massachusetts Democratic Party Action Agenda. 


Under the “Longer Term” section of the Action Agenda, entitled “Involvement and Outreach in our Political Process”, after the opening statement, which reads: “We know that public cynicism and disillusionment with politics creates a lack of participation, which is a threat to our democratic system.  Therefore, we call for: ”


after which we propose to insert:


(1) “Promoting accountability to the Party Platform and reinforcing the Party’s commitment to social and economic justice, by publishing a ‘scorecard’ by March 1 of each year, indicating how Democratic legislators voted on 10 fundamental issues from the current Party Platform.”



Signature                             Name                                     Address                                             City



(passed in 2003, 60%-40%)








Proposed 2004 Party Charter Amendment



ARTICLE SIX: State Convention


The most recent Democratic platform and/or agenda is the official position of the Democratic Party. Every Democratic committee member, every Democratic nominee, and every official elected as the Democratic nominee shall adhere to the national state, and any local platform, in that order of priority, in all official statements and actions. Failure to do so shall not result in any removal or loss of rights within the Party, but may be publicized by resolutions or
other appropriate action of any Party convention, conference, committee, or



a. The Democratic Party shall annually implement a "scorecard" of legislative roll call votes for votes which directly relate to the Party Platform.

b. The scorecard shall include at least 10 votes, and a score indicating the percentage of votes in which each legislator voted in accordance with the party platform.

c. Legislators shall be provided a means to add comments explaining their votes.


d. The selection of votes to include on the scorecard, and their interpretation regarding the party platform, shall be determined by a subcommittee of the Public Policy Committee.

e. The public release of the scorecard shall be completed by March 1 of each year, except 2004 in which the public release shall be completed by August 1.

2003 Mass Scorecard for State Rep. Jay Kaufman

Photo of Legislator


MassScorecard logo

Democrat representing Fifteenth Middlesex

Office: 489

Phone: (617) 722-2552




Fundamental Issue in MassDems' Party Platform
(Click for full text of platform section)

Summary of related issue put to vote
(Click for House Journal references)

This Rep's vote on this issue

Party platform on this issue

Part I: Families & Children

Jul 10, 2003:Veto override of $200K reduction to blind job program

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES


Jul 10, 2003:Veto override of federal school breakfast supplement

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES


Jul 10, 2003:Veto override of $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part II: Education

May 6, 2003:3-year moratorium on charter schools

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES


Jun 4, 2003:Allow municipal meals tax, in addition to state meals tax

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES


Jul 14, 2003:Exempting two-way bilingual programs from English-only rules

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part III: Health Care

Jul 8, 2003:Veto override of $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool

Kaufman: NO

Platform: YES


Jul 10, 2003:Veto override of "Turning 22" mental disability program

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES


Part IV: Economic Growth

May 1, 2003:Defeating corporate tax disclosure

Kaufman: NO

Platform: NO


May 1, 2003:Extending corporate tax credit 5 years

Kaufman: NO

Platform: NO


May 5, 2003:Requiring workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds

Kaufman: NO

Platform: NO


Jul 16, 2003:allowing parents on welfare to go back to school

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part V: Fiscal Responsibility

Apr 30, 2003:Borrow $300 million to offset the budget deficit via bonds

Kaufman: NO

Platform: NO


Apr 30, 2003:Raising the income tax to 5.95% to offset the budget deficit

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part VI: Safety & Justice

Jul 10, 2003:Veto override of Mass Correctional Legal Services

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part VII: Housing

(No votes on which to base response)

Part VIII: Environment

Jul 8, 2003:Veto override of reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part IX: Political Reform

(No votes on which to base response)

Part X: Worker Rights

Jul 16, 2003:Early retirement for cases of MWRA-work-related cancer

Kaufman: YES

Platform: YES

Part XI: America & the World

(No votes on which to base response)

Percentage of votes in 2003 in accord with Democratic Party Platform: