“This week, he’s poised to put a law on the books securing a woman’s right to choose an abortion in case Roe v. Wade gets overturned.
“Such a record would be pretty good fodder for a Democrat running for office.
But all these measures were signed by Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican who is facing reelection with a record built in part on the policy priorities championed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature.
“The progressive laws starkly illustrate how Baker is increasingly at odds not just with the conservative national GOP, but also the base of his party in Massachusetts, which remains fiercely loyal to President Trump.”
The article then makes this salient point: “While some Republican activists fume, Baker’s support of — or acquiescence to — a host of measures from the left side of the political spectrum leaves his Democratic opponents with less to run on. Recent surveys of Massachusetts voters found Baker far ahead of his gubernatorial challengers and his favorability numbers as strong or stronger among Democratic voters than with those from his own party.
“Baker, of course, premised his successful 2014 campaign on being a socially moderate Republican in the style of his former bosses, governors Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci.
“Few dispute he’s governed as a moderate, but many conservatives are left wondering about the ‘Republican’ part.
See what’s similar between Baker and Hogan — and what’s different — by clicking here.
Last but certainly not least, The New York Times on Sunday ran an editorial calling for redistricting reform — some of the very reforms that Hogan has been pushing, unsuccessfully to date, in Maryland. The editorial, “Do-It-Yourself Legislative Redistricting,” talked about how easy it has become to draw fair congressional and legislative district maps thanks to technology — but how the political will to do so doesn’t exist.
Read the Times editorial here.