Why I'm running for the Charter Commission

I'm excited about the possibility of serving on the Newton Charter Commission.  Here's my 3-minute NewTV video about my candidacy:

Decision 2015: Kenneth R. L. Parker from NewTV on Vimeo.


Please vote for me on November 3.  Thanks very much!


Why I'm voting yes for a Charter Commission

For those who missed it, here is my Newton TAB Column on why I'll be voting yes for the creation of a Newton Charter Commission on November 3:

Writing this article and talking with people about the Charter Commission process inspired me to throw my hat into the ring.  More on that later.


The October episode of Common Ground is now live

Our panel, consisting of Steve Feinstein, Matt Yospin, Alderman Amy Sangiolo, and Former Alderman Rodney Barker is now live.  It can be viewed at:

The show discussed historic preservation (specifically, the proposed demolition moratorium), and the six ballot questions (casino gambling, paid medical leave, gas tax for bridges, bottle bill, sale of municipal property, and Chapter 40B reform).


Grading the Supreme Court

In the July episode of Common Ground, Matt Yospin, Steve Linsky and I review some of the major decisions issued by the Supreme Court in the final days of their session last month, including headline grabbers like Hobby Lobby, as well as some of the decisions that have not gotten as many headlines, but which may have significant consquences for individual rights, intellectual property law, and other important legal doctrines.

The cases we discussed were:

  • McCullen v. Coakley – Buffer zones
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby – Contraceptive coverage
  • CLS Bank v. Alice – Patentability of computer software
  • American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. – Copyright infringement
  • Harris v. Quinn – Union dues
  • Riley v. California – Fourt Amendment protection for cell phones
  • NLRB v. Noel Canning – Recess appointments

To hear our analysis of these decisions, watch the show online.  Then come back and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.