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Deval Patrick on Government Reform

Democratic Governor (MA) and presidential contender

 


Democracy Agenda: first legislative package as president

We keep engineering obstacles to get democratic outcomes out of our democracy, the gerrymandering, the vote suppression and purging, the amount of money, much of it dark, in our politics today, the influence of lobbyists. All of that is what we get at in the Democracy Agenda, which would be the very first legislative package I would send forward.

Because without that, moving so much, so many of the big ideas that I and others have, will be doubly difficult. So that's some of how I think about it, thank you.

Source: CNN N. H. Town Hall on eve of N. H. primary , Feb 6, 2020

To be in the leadership business, govern for the long-term

We have produced the results we have [because] we have governed for the long-term. In government, just like in business, there is enormous pressure to manage for the short-term, to lurch from crisis to crisis. I am determined to keep our focus on the next generation instead of the next news cycle. And more often than not you have shared that discipline.

Yet, even as we celebrate that progress tonight, some things have not changed enough. We lead the country in student achievement but some of our students remain stuck in achievement gaps. We're using better tools to combat youth violence but still lose too many people to a cycle of violence. We are the only state to guarantee emergency shelter but too many people need it. Our economy is growing, booming in some quarters. But we are leaving some of our neighbors behind. If we are to be in the leadership business, we need to lead in rebuilding the ladder to success, too.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature , Jan 28, 2014

Show up & vote, to claim a stake in government

During my 1st primary campaign, I made a campaign stop at the Local 26 Union Hall in Boston. Local 26 represents about 5000 workers in the hospitality industries. There were the working poor.

Midway through my speech I stopped, put away my notes, and just looked at them. "I want to say something else to you," I said. "I want you to know, I see you." The room got so quiet. "I know you work places where people look right past you. I know that." I paused, took in the entire crowd, and spoke slowly. "I. see.you. And I appreciate you."

"The reason I want you to come and vote is that I want your government to see you. And that's not going to happen unless you claim a stake in the government. I want you to come and vote for me. But if you don't come and vote for me, that's okay, I understand. But you have to show up, because this is your claim. So stop leaving it to the pundits and the pollsters to tell us whose turn it is, who's supposed to be next, and who's going to win. It's your turn."

Source: A Reason to Believe, by Gov. Deval Patrick, p.166-168 , Apr 12, 2011

2007: Deny myth that government only serves the powerful

Many progressives need to relearn the art of talking up government. But as the free market demonstrates its genius for financial catastrophe, at least some Democratic leaders are speaking in a stronger voice.

For example, Deval Patrick, the first Democratic to be elected governor of Massachusetts in sixteen years, began his inaugural address in January 2007 with these words: "For a very long time now we have been told that government is bad, that it exists only to serve the powerful and well-connected, that its job is not important enough to be done by anyone competent, let alone committed, and that all of us are on our own. Today we join together in common cause to lay that fallacy to rest, and to extend a great movement based on shared responsibility from the corner office to the corner of your block and back again."

Source: Obama`s Challenge, by Robert Kuttner, p. 91-92 , Aug 25, 2008

Limit campaign donations

Q: Do you support limiting individual contributions to state candidates?

A: Yes

Q: For PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Massachusetts state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 7, 2006

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