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For the 2018 election season, Backyard Cambridge covered the politics of our bigger backyard - Backyard Massachusetts. And we covered a part of this election that you usually don’t hear much about.

Each week in October, we published an episode discussing the ballot measures that citizens had to consider on November 6th.

The 2018 election is over, but what was the result? What do these results mean for Commonwealth citizens? Listen to our recap discussion to find out.

Listen to it by clicking the "play" button below. You can also listen via Apple Podcasts or by searching for "Backyard Cambridge" wherever you listen to podcasts.

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In our post-election episode, we recap what happened on November 6th, 2018. Which candidates won? What were the results for the ballot questions, especially for Question 3? And what do these results mean for citizens in Massachusetts?

This is the last episode of Season 3 of Backyard Cambridge. While this feed will be quiet for a while, you can stay in touch with us by subscribing to our weekly newsletter for Cambridge news and events. Sign up for the newsletter here:  https://www.backyardcambridge.com/subscribe

Also visit our our website, www.backyardcambridge.com , where you can find our other content, like written transcripts of Backyard Massachusetts episodes that you can comment on, as well as previous seasons of our show.

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Further Reading:

Massachusetts 2018 ballot question results

Overview of the 2018 midterm election results

Massachusetts 2018 House of Representatives elections:

Massachusetts 2018 State Senate elections

United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts

United States Senate elections in Massachusetts

No on 3’s concession on Facebook

Kelly's Quest (biographical series by Kelly Jenkins on YouTube)

“Blipper” by Podington Bear (www.soundofpicture.com)


In our final regular episode, we’re talking about how the 2016 public accommodations law is more than just a bathroom bill. We look to other states to understand how the implications of this vote on Question 3 go beyond just transgender people. What does it mean for the Commonwealth and the rest of the country if this law stays? And if it’s overturned?

Check back in two weeks for our election wrap-up episode, where we’ll explain what happened in this year’s election, including Question 3.

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Further Reading:

Find your polling place here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/

Question 3

Yes on 3: Freedom for All Massachusetts

No on 3: Keep MA Safe

SB 2407 (2016): An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination

Politifact: HB2 has cost North Carolina Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Gallup: Americans Split Over New LGBT Protections, Restroom Policies

NYT: ‘Transgender' Could Be Defined out of Existence Under Trump Administration

Forbes: Indiana's Religious Freedom Act Cost Indianapolis $60 Million in Lost Revenue

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Labor Force Projections (PDF)

Western Mass Politics & Insight

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“Blipper” by Podington Bear (www.soundofpicture.com)

“A Little Powder” and “Glass Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)


Are ballot questions really a form of pure direct democracy? Or are they a more complicated process?

Today, we’re unpacking some arguments you don’t hear very much - arguments against the ballot question process itself. In what ways can this process be opaque, too influenced by money, or vulnerable to intervention by state legislators? We’ll also look at a possible solution right here in Massachusetts that could improve the ballot question process for everyone.


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Further Reading:

Healthy Democracy

Question 1

WBUR - 'Millionaire's Tax' Won't Be On the State Ballot, Mass. SJC Rules

Proposition 2.5 (1980)

Boston.com - What you need to know about the 'grand bargain'

Raise Up Massachusetts

Massachusetts Citizens Initiative Review

2018 Citizens Statement on Question 1

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“Blipper” and “Vibe Drive” by Podington Bear (www.soundofpicture.com)

“Denzel Sprak” and “Glass Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)


As we approach Election Day, how are the Yes and No campaigns reaching their bases of support? What strategies are they using in October to educate voters about Question 3? And what does it mean for transgender citizens in Massachusetts if this veto referendum passes or if it fails?

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Further Reading:

Question 3

Yes on 3: Freedom for All Massachusetts (video of Yes ad)

No on 3: Keep MA Safe (video of No ad)

Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll

Pew Research Center: Americans divided on which public bathrooms transgender people should use (2016)

UCLA Study: Number of Americans who identify as transgender

Gallup poll: Number of LGBT Americans

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“Blipper” by Podington Bear (www.soundofpicture.com)

“Leave the TV on” and “Glass Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)


What is a ballot measure? Where do they come from, and who campaigns for them? And what does it say about our democratic process when we’re asked to vote on questions of civil rights? In this episode, we give an overview of Question 3 and the different groups that are campaigning for and against it.

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Further Reading:

Question 3

Question 1

Question 2

Yes on 3: Freedom for All Massachusetts

No on 3: Keep MA Safe

SB 2407 (2016): An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination

HB 3810 (2011): An Act Relative to Gender Identity

Public Accommodations Protections Critical to Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People, Study Says

Ballot Measure Readability Scores

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“Blipper” by Podington Bear (www.soundofpicture.com)

“Massive” and “Glass Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)


Show notes: 

This election season, Backyard Cambridge is covering the politics of our bigger backyard.

Check back for Episode 1 on Tuesday, October 9th.

Visit our website: www.backyardcambridge.com

Subscribe to the weekly newsletter for more election coverage: https://www.backyardcambridge.com/subscribe

Follow Backyard Cambridge on social media:

Twitter: @BackyardCambMA

Facebook: facebook.com/BackyardCambridge/


“Front Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue)