Sacred Cods and Holy Mackerals

Play ball!
January 7, 2009, 11:58 am
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And away we go!

It’s Day 1 of the 186th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The first day of two years of legislatin’ and politickin’

In many ways it’s like Opening Day at Fenway Park: every bill starts at 0-0, demand for tickets (to the swearing in ceremonies, in this case) far exceeds the number of tickets available, and its sleeting outside.

Then again, the baseball season traditionally doesn’t start 12 hours after the previous season ended.

In most years there is a mental, if not necessarily a physical, break between the end of the formal sessions on July 31 and the start of the new session some five months later. But this year we are coming off the busiest Hot Stove political season easily in more than a decade.

Corruption investigations. Indicted state senators. A plummeting economy. A growing budget deficit. An imploding transportation system. Christ, even a freshman representative found a way to hold the House hostage for nearly four months!

At least the State House Press Gallery was kept busy.

And now the incoming Legislature has to deal with a multi-billion budget deficit, the biggest transportation reform plan in the history of the Commonwealth, a quickly approaching gubernatorial race, and the thankless task of trying to win back even a modicum of the public trust.

God Bless the Commonwealth.





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