Massachusetts Ballot Debates

2016 Massachusetts Ballot Question Debates

As ballot questions often get little public notice, this series of debates was intended to raise the profile and further the discussion of the important ballot questions facing Massachusetts voters on November 8. All four of this year’s questions are initiative petitions that would enact new laws.

MA ballot debaters

Co-sponsors:

gambling slotsQuestion 1: Gambling

would allow for an additional slots gambling parlor

Audio  Video

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Debaters:

Media coverage:

Maine councilor urges support for Revere slots parlor
Boston Globe

Should Mass. Allow A Second Slots Parlor License?
WBUR

Question 1 foes highlight out-of-state forces behind slots parlor support
Politico

No on 2 proponent with signQuestion 2: Charter Schools

would raise the cap on charters schools

Audio  Video

Moderators:

Debaters:

Media coverage:

Charter debate focuses on funding, equity issues
The Boston Globe

Debate Over Mass. Charter School Ballot Question Centers On Funds
WBUR

Advocates stake out positions on charter ballot question
Politico

Mass. charter school expansion debate turns feisty
The Herald News

Charter school cap debate a heated, Boston-centric affair
New Boston Post

UMass Boston Debate Series Opens with Charter School Question
Dorchester Reporter

farm sceneQuestion 3: Farm Regulation

would regulate the treatment of farm animals

Audio  Video

Moderators:

Debaters:

Media coverage:

Two Sides of Cage-free Egg Campaign Will Face Off
The Boston Globe

Containment Of Farm Animals: A Primer On Question 3 In Mass.
WBUR

Massachusetts Playbook
Politico

Political Happy Hour
The Boston Globe

marijuana plantQuestion 4: Marijuana

would legalize the use of recreational marijuana

Audio  Video

Moderators:

Debaters:

Media coverage:

Fast-moving debate focuses on marijuana legalization
The Boston Globe

Supporters, critics of Massachusetts pot question offer dueling arguments
Associated Press

Should Mass. legalize marijuana? Both sides face off in feisty Question 4 debate
MassLive

'Yes on 4' marijuana legalization campaign's first TV ad, featuring retired cop, hits airwaves
MassLive

Marijuana debate fired up as financial, social impacts of Question 4 argued
Telegram & Gazette

Pros and cons of recreational marijuana light up debate
SouthCoastToday

 

Photos credits: Photo 1: UMass Boston; Photos 2-5: WBUR