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The Mass Scorecard publicizes the voting records of all Massachusetts legislators in comparison to the Massachusetts Democratic Party platform. It is a major means of achieving open government and issue-based accountability. We passed a party platform amendment in 2003 to implement but the Massachusetts Democratic Party has refused to participate in its implementation.

The scorecard is an easy way for every voter to see how their representatives vote on key issues. It includes Republican and Independent legislators as well as the Demcoratic majority. Please read our press release and please sign up if you support publicizing vote information!

Despite that Massachusetts is a national leader in technology and the birthplace of the Internet, the Massachusetts legislature does not provide voting records in any readable form on-line. We consider this a direct result of one-party dominance to protect incumbents.

OnTheIssues.org viewers will recognize the Mass Scorecard as a variation of the VoteMatch quiz. The 20 VoteMatch questions are relpaced by the 11 sections of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform. Individual votes are scored in comparison to platform statements, while in VoteMatch they are scored in comparisno to the 20 questions. We will eventually make a viewer-based quiz like VoteMatch to identify your matches in the state legislature.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact: Marty Martinez, Press Secretary

FOR Wednesday, September 1, 2004                     617-256-5641


Progressives Publish Scorecard,

Democratic Party Leadership Stalls Convention Effort

 

Somerville – More than a year after the 2003 Democratic State Convention passed a Party Platform Amendment by a 60%-40% margin to implement a Democratic Party Scorecard, the State Party has yet to implement it. Now, the grassroots groups that pushed for its passage are following through on their own. Led by the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) and Cambridge (PDC) and Citizens for Participation in Political Action (CPPAX), the groups are launching www.massscorecard.org.

 

According to PDS Chairwoman Rebekah Gewirtz, “Our effort to work with the Party leadership has been frustrated time and again by their apparent unwillingness to adhere to the agreed-upon timeline to get a Scorecard published before this year’s Primary Elections.   With today’s launch of the website we have tried to honor the mandate of 1,000-plus Democratic delegates who supported the amendment calling for creation of a Scorecard at the Party’s 2003 Issues Convention.  It is our belief that by highlighting the principles for which the Democratic Party stands, we can help strengthen and build the membership of the Party.”   

 

From Plainville to Somerville, from Waltham to Northampton, local Democrats across the state have been asking the Party to implement this scorecard to increase accountability to the Party Platform and to the voters.   Grassroots leaders hope that a scorecard that compares elected official’s votes with the relevant sections of the Party Platform will create greater accountability given that some Democrats consistently vote against the core values of that Platform.

 

Plainville Democratic Town Chair Mary-Ann Greanier believes that in fighting against this grassroots effort to build accountability, the Party is not representing her views.  “The Democratic State Platform is a document we can be proud of.  We joined this effort to implement the Scorecard because we believe that voters deserve to know where their elected officials stand. When Party leaders actively work to undermine the efforts of fellow Democrats – and the vote of their own Convention delegates, I begin to understand why so many people in Massachusetts have become unenrolled. By holding elected officials accountable to Democratic Party principles, we hope to breathe new life into the Party.”

 

The site www.massscorecard.org allows voters to find out how their elected representatives voted on key issues relevant to the Democratic Party Platform. PDC Spokesperson Jesse Gordon summed it up by saying, “This is a mechanism to give voters the information that they need to make informed decisions on whom they will support. This is about accountability and action and about groups of progressive Democrats who are fighting for their party to be the most open and accessible party it can be.”

 


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