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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rick Holmes
June 26, 2013 5:10 p.m.



Let’s see:

- SCOTUS overturns DOMA. Yay! Sends Prop. 8 back to California for more confusion.

- In sports: Bruins lose; Doc Rivers bolts; Aaron Hernandez busted. Nothing to cheer about there.

- In typical late-June fashion, a transportation/tax bill was released from conference committee  in the dead of night Tuesday.  Will be voted into law Wednesday, before anyone finds time to figure out what’s in it.

- Oh, and there was a Senate election yesterday with less-than-surprising results. My initial take: The Mass. electorate is nationalized, with a conservative base of 45 percent, with an upper hand in Central and Southeastern Mass., and a liberal base of 55 percent, mostly in the western part of the state and metro Boston.  Candidates that people really like or really dislike can sway that margin 5 to 10 points, but when both candidates lack luster and the organizations do their jobs, you get a 45/55 split.

- More interesting is the turnout, which was half of what it was in January 2010. Was it the weather? The candidates? The mood of the electorate? The fact that the generations who consider voting a civic obligation are dying off?  Or are people just so disappointed in the federal government they figure the politicians either don’t care about their lives or can do nothing about it anyway? Is a 25 percent turnout an anomaly or the wave of the future?

- One more thing: We’re striking a blow against anonymity in the comments on Daily News stories. Will what old friend Tom Driscoll called “a better debate” result? We’ll see.

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