Sunday notes: Civic engagement, the stories we tell, women in the 2016 election, local news

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center released a new report this week that deserves its own blog post. For now, here is the link to the 37-page report: “Civic Engagement Strongly Tied to Local News Habits: Local voters and those who feel attached to their communities stand out.” An excerpt:

“This report focuses on five ways the public can connect to civic life and compares the local news habits of Americans who engage in each with those who do not.”

Brian Depew, the Executive Director of The Center for Rural Affairs, wrote an excellent blog post this week about the “radical” act of working across political boundaries to meet the needs of our communities.

Using four charts to illustrate his point, Seth Godin asked, “What sort of stories are we telling each other?

As a woman in elected office — well, as a woman, full stop — I have been very interested in the women’s rights discussions that have come up during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. On this theme, I recommend this week’s Political Scene podcast from The New Yorker, which explored “Trump, Sex, and the New Gender Politics.”

On  a related note, a Daily Chart on the website of The Economist this week showed “gender inequality goes right to the top” in governments around the world.

In local news, my two select board colleagues were in Boston this week for an announcement at the Statehouse that our town had “received $949,000 to repair three bridges. The project will address weight-rating limitations, allowing for more commercial traffic and improving emergency vehicle access.” Full coverage on MassLive.

Last week, I was at the Massachusetts Statehouse with a member of our Select Board to testify before the Joint Committee on Revenue about a proposed recreation tax that would create new — and much needed — revenue for our town.

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