McCormack Speaks

November 16, 2016
by McCormack Speaks

Kick Open the Door – Then Forward, Together

As directors of organizations working to elevate women’s civic leadership, we salute Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton on the historic and courageous campaign she led as the first women to run for president of the United States as the nominee of a major political party.

But yet to come are the issues of the highest stakes our nation has faced since its founding. How do we ensure the door of opportunity not only remains open but opens wider for women of color, LGBTQ people and immigrants, as well as low-income white and rural residents who feel left behind?

Read the full column co-authored by Ann Bookman.


November 10, 2016
by McCormack Speaks

If You Voted for Hillary, What Can You Do Now?

by Heather MacIndoe
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

Hillary Clinton campaign image

For millions of Americans, approximately half of the voting public, the 2016 Presidential election did not result in the election of the candidate they supported. Many Americans anticipated the historic election of our first female president of the United States, and an administration that would defend and extend the policies of the Obama administration. We woke up Wednesday morning–or never went to sleep–in disbelief and despair. The Presidential election result appears to be a remarkable repudiation of political expertise and experience. The question “what happened?” will be debated and discussed for a long time to come. The next logical question for many is “what do we do now?” …

Check out Professor MacIndoe’s full blog posted at MassPoliticsProfs at WGBH.

November 1, 2016
by McCormack Speaks

Unpacking Clinton’s Workforce Development and Employment Policies

by Susan Crandall
Center for Social Policy

hiring signDuring the presidential debates, Candidate Clinton promoted a number of workforce development and employment policies aimed at building the middle class. In general, Clinton’s proposals are a step in the right direction, but they need to be fleshed out further to avoid unintended consequences and to ensure that that low paid workers advance. Here I dive deeper into several of these policies, and suggest additional modification to her proposals:

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October 28, 2016
by McCormack Speaks

On the third presidential debate of 2016

by George Chichirau
Public Policy PhD student

             The final debate of the current campaign season touched on a large number of themes, and in far more detail than previous ones (although the bar was set very low early on). A significant amount of time was devoted to the economy, where Hillary Clinton marked the return of state-sanctioned dirigisme, and an end to laissez-faire. The reason given for such a stark break was simple: the absolute need to save the American middle class before it disappears, through increasing the minimum wage, fixing the health insurance marketplace, making universities more affordable and investing heavily in infrastructure and clean energy.

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