Colin is running as a Democrat because the Democratic Party supports all types of people. However, he fundamentally rejects the notion that one party has a monopoly on the best ideas or that a legislator must always toe the party line. It is politicians like that that have made Beacon Hill and Washington so toxic. At the end of the day, we need leaders who will put the interests of the people of Massachusetts over those of their party. Colin promises to support issues and ideas that will best help the people of the district regardless of whether they are Republican ideas, Democratic ideas, or nonpartisan ideas. Here are just a few of the ideas Colin believes would help to put the interests of the citizens of Massachusetts first.
Gerrymandering should not be a partisan issue. Quite simply the way we draw the lines for our political races in Massachusetts is unrepresentative of the people of the Commonwealth. The districts that exist for State Representative, State Senate, and US House of Representatives should be based on regional commonalities and not on ensuring that the party in the majority gets the most seats possible. If elected, Colin will push his Democratic colleagues to create a nonpartisan process for drawing our political boundaries to give people better representation on Beacon Hill and in Washington.
Money in Politics
In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that, “Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment.” This landmark decision opened up the floodgates for unlimited spending in political campaigns and it made it legal for corporations and unions to participate in the political process. Massachusetts needs to do more to level the playing field so those that have nearly unlimited sums of money don’t have an undue influence in our political process. Limiting the way corporations participate in the political process would be a good start. State Representative Chris Walsh introduced a bill in the 189th General Court (Bill H.616) that would force corporations to get approval from stockholders before spending money on political activities. Ideas like these will start to level the playing field so all voices can be heard in the political process.
According to legislative transparency organization Open States, Massachusetts is one of four states that received an “F” on an open legislative data report card. The State Legislature currently makes it incredibly difficult to find out information about how your State Representative or State Senator votes on specific issues. State Government needs to be more open and transparent about its business, full stop. If elected, Colin will work to ensure it is much easier for you to understand what your representatives are doing on a daily basis. He will also pledge to make every vote he takes public.