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The discussion of education in the U.S. typically is very weird: it’s one of the few areas where advocates routinely claim how poorly they’re doing. Some of that is an attempt to gain additional funding and support, but a lot of it seems to be propaganda that has taken on a life of its own…

MA’s Green Ticket Law Passes

By way of the Universal Hub, we find that Ross Levanto has good news–MA Governor Patrick has signed into law the Green Ticket Law: The law that is now in place (whoo hooo!) will allow the City to better penalize trash scofflaws. The City will now be able to put in place procedures that attach…

I made this point Wednesday, but Steve Singiser breaks down the numbers: But the “tack back to the center” crowd ignores a critical stat from yesterday evening: 44% of the people who cast a ballot for Barack Obama in 2008 in the state of Massachusetts either (a) cast a vote for Scott Brown, (b) cast…

MA: Did the Machine Break?

I think this is only part of the story, but it seems that the ‘Democratic Machine’ in Massachusetts might have slipped a gear: “Nobody likes her” says mom. What she means is, Coakley had no friends in politics. The Democrats in Massachusetts let this happen because – “I don’t know” says mom. Maybe they weren’t…

It might come as a shock to some, but, temperamentally, I’m conservative, at least when it comes to things that are critical. One of those things is education. So when I read in The Boston Globe that various groups want to increase the number of students in charter schools and also the number of charter…

One of the claims that has been going around is that healthcare in Massachusetts is affordable; in fact, MIT economist Paul Jonathan Gruber, who has come under fire for conflicts-of-interest, has made this claim: In considering affordability for a group, we need to establish a sensible benchmark whereby insurance is considered affordable if “most of”…

And the Mad Biologist Endorses…

There’s an election Tuesday in Massachusetts, and here’s who the Mad Biologist endorses. U.S Senate: This is tough. Both Rep. Mike Capuano and Attorney General Martha Coakley have strengths and weaknesses. Both are reliable liberals, but they have different emphases. Capuano has very good constituent services, and he understands the importance of scientific research to…

In a bunch of different contexts, I keep reading about how poorly the U.S. is doing in science. And that’s true at the national level–we do fare poorly in comparison to other countries. But it’s worth remembering that the U.S. is a really large country, geographically and in terms of population, and that certain regions…

…I was wrong. African-Americans and Latinos are already showing elevated numbers of swine flu hospitalizations in Massachusetts:

The U.S. Can Teach Kids Math Provided…

…they live in Massachusetts. Most of us have read the “ZOMG!! AMERICAN KIDZ DON’T KNOW TEH MATHZ!” stories. But a recent study (pdf), found by way of Matthew Yglesias, points out that some states in the U.S. actually do better than most countries (and then there’s Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington D.C.).