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==Libertarians File Massachusetts Ballot Access Lawsuit==

August 6, 2008. The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, the Barr-Root campaign, and the national LP have filed a lawsuit jointly against the Massachusetts Secretary of State. The lawsuit states that the Constitution requires Massachusetts to allow stand-in presidential candidates, and then allow the party to replace the stand-in with the actual presidential and vice-presidential candidates, and is in response to the Secretary of State's office refusing to put Bob Barr on the November presidential ballot.[1] The case is Barr v Galvin, number 08-11340. The lawsuit is sponsored by the Massacusetts ACLU.[2]

Bi-lingual ballot request from Boston City Council

May 14, 2008. The Boston City Council unanimously approved a petition today asking state lawmakers to pass a special law requiring election officials to translate all candidates' names into Chinese on city ballots. ...more

Activists push to repeal income tax

May 12, 2008. A group of antitax activists launched a campaign over the weekend to abolish the state income tax, setting the stage for a contentious public battle if the measure is added to the ballot this fall. ...more

Casino may be subject to referendum in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, on Oct. 4th, Governor Deval Patrick's administration revealed they'll likely include a referendum provision that would allow communities where casinos might be constructed to approve or reject expanded gambling. There are three proposals for casino licenses in Massachusetts. Supporters say that these casinos would generate $2 billion in revenue and could create 20,000 jobs. Governor Patrick says: "My point has been that nobody ought to ram one of these three resort casinos down the throat of a local community." "There has to be local community input, as there is in any large development. How we get that local input, I think, is on the table."[3]