Jeff Jacoby, long-time columnist for the Boston Globe, has this column, “How Political Insiders Control the Ballot”, condemning restrictive ballot access laws. The column was triggered by news of Congressman John Conyers’ ballot access difficulties. Jacoby referred to Massachusetts in the column, but he only mentions Massachusetts in connection with the initiative process. He could have said a great deal more about Massachusetts problems. Massachusetts and Maine have the most restrictive laws in the nation for getting on a primary ballot, a subject that ordinarily gets no media discussion in those states at all. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.