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Day April 28, 2008

My Re-Election Campaign

I want to thank the BMG readers for your interest  in my re-election campaign, and I appreciate all the positive feedback I’ve received since my opponent announced his candidacy.  I want to share with you my response that I’ve sent to my email list today: Four years ago, I ran for office at a time when local aid for Medford and Somerville had been slashed, and a lot of important issues were at stake.  I made a commitment to bring effective representation to our community and to deliver for the families in Medford and Somerville. Last week, Somerville Alderman Bob Trane, whose opponent I supported in the municipal elections last year, announced he will be running against me in this year’s Democratic Primary.  He began his campaign by calling me “elitist” and “out of touch.” It is disappointing that he feels the need to resort to name-calling to launch his campaign.  The voters of Medford and Somerville rejected those kinds of divisive tactics in 2004 when I first ran, and I am confident that they will again this year. When I first ran, I was clear about my priorities.  Since then, I have succeeded in delivering on the commitments I […]

Thank You to Charley

I want to thank Charley for partiipating in my PoliBlogs class at Tufts University this evening. Charley, EaBo Clipper and Jay Tea from Wizbang joined our last class on Politics & the Blogosphere and made for an interesting and wide-ranging discussion about political blogs and their participation in political dialogue, electoral politics, and news delivery. I very much enjoyed Charlie’s thoughtful and frank observations — which I almost entirely agreed with. He is a fine ambassador for BMG – but you all knew that.

Clinton leads Obama by 9 in Indiana, catches up in N.C., gets endorsement of N.C. Governor too

A new SurveyUSA poll out today has Hillary Clinton increasing her lead in the state of Indiana. Hillary Clinton 52 Barack Obama    43 Undecided        2 1600 Indiana adults were questions between April 25 and April 27th. This poll has Hillary Clinton increasing her lead over Barack Obama from a poll released yesterday which had Clinton leading by 5%. It also appears that she is gaining ground on Barack Obama in North Carolina. Obama’s 25-point lead has been narrowed to 12 percent over the course of a week. Nationally, a new poll shows Clinton beating McCain by a much larger margin than an Obama vs. McCain race, which shows those two virtually tied. Public Policy Poll, April 26-27, 1121 Likely Voters Clinton 39 Obama 51 Undecided 10 According to this poll, Obama still has an advantage over Clinton in North Carolina, but his lead had ranged from 18-25 points in PPP’s previous five North Carolina polls. Last week’s PPP poll conducted April 19-20 had Clinton at 32 vs. Obama at 57 with 11 percent undecided. It also doesn’t hurt that North Carolina’s Governor is going to endorse Hillary either.

Clinton Leads McCain by 9, Obama in deadheat

Just another reason Senator Clinton should stay in the race: According to a newly-released poll from The Associated Press and Ipsos, Clinton would beat McCain by a wide 9-point margin, 50 percent to 41 percent. But when Obama faces McCain, the two are statistically tied – Obama holds a two point edge over McCain, within the poll’s margin of error. http://politicalticker.blogs.c… oh yes and this as well: http://politicalticker.blogs.c…

Working together to Improve the Health of the Charles River

Swimmers in the Charles River

Check out the US Environmental Protection Agency for more on a report on how cleanup work by community organizations, local municipalities and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) that started years ago continues to reduce the flow of contamination into the Charles.

  “The Charles River is one of our signature waterways and it is clear that more than a decade of focus and attention – from the full spectrum of community organizations, environmental groups, businesses, institutions, municipalities and state and federal agencies – has begun to turn the tide toward the promise of a clean, fishable and swimmable river,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles. “The challenge before us is to maintain the momentum and finish the job – and learn from our lessons in the Charles and spread them to the other impaired watersheds of the Commonwealth.”

Full press release below

Cross posted at ONE Massachusetts 

 

GOOD NEWS for a change – Italy – and Europe outsourcing jobs – to Massachusetts!

The weak dollar means that an American company that cost $550 million euros to purchase five years ago costs only $319 million euros to purchase today.

The average price of a kilowatt hour of electricity is almost double the cost in Europe of the cost in good old Massachusetts.  Amazingly, land is still cheaper in the USA then in Europe.  An acre here costs an average of $1900 – but in Denmark a similar plot is reported to cost $14,500, or $6600 in Spain, and $5700 in Germany.

What is the result, well, jobs moving from Europe to the USA.

“I cannot afford not to move to the U.S. if I want my family’s company to survive,” the CEO of an Italian manufacturing company recently told me. “It will not only be cheaper, but it will also place me and my engineers in the middle of a large cluster of leading-edge technology companies and in the largest market in the world. We will keep some design operations in Italy, but everything else goes to Massachusetts.”

For the interesting story by Moise’s Nai’m, the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/…

Ethanol boondoggle and starvation: What’s our responsibility?

So it seems that in our eagerness to get on the biofuels bandwagon and enrich vast farm-state special interests with the vast taxpayer-funded boondoggle of corn ethanol, we've legislated our way into a starvation crisis for many, many folks in the third world. 37 countries are in a food emergency, which besides being an utterly needless humanitarian catastrophe, plainly threatens political security as well. Would you riot if you were starving? I would. Unfortunately, our Democratic Congress doesn't seem to be feeling the urgency to act. Oh no, it's not our doing! This is utterly unacceptable.  So here's the question to Senators Kerry and Kennedy, and our whole Congressional delegation: What are you doing right now to address the immediate starvation crisis around the world? What is your long-term plan to alleviate future price spikes in food, while at the same time providing for energy independence? We've simply got to be able to do both at the same time. It's the foolish and unnecessary reliance on inefficient and polluting corn-ethanol that's a good part of the problem. Ask your reps, and we'll report on the responses we get.

A “no brainer” for Hillary

Timing is everything they say! Clinton turns attention to observatory in Puerto Rico Jeannette Rivera-lyles | Sentinel Staff Writer April 25, 2008 The financially strapped Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has a new patron in New York senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton — just weeks before the island’s Democratic primary. The Cornell University-operated observatory in the northwestern part of the island risks being shut down if it doesn’t find new sources of funding. The National Science Foundation, which has supported the facility until now, announced last year that it would cut most of its budget for the facility by 2011. A bill filed by Clinton last week seeks to reverse that decision by requiring the NSF to reinstate the funds. Foundation officials said that, although the observatory does “good and unique science,” the foundation can fund less than a third of all of the proposals it gets. But supporters of the observatory point out that a funding initiative by the Bush administration may double the NSF’s budget during the next 10 years. Clinton’s action was welcomed in Puerto Rico, but island supporters of Barack Obama questioned the timing. The commonwealth will hold one of the nation’s final Democratic primaries […]

The Governor’s wife has a job.

This is very important for everyone to know. The Herald's kamikaze front-page editors think this is SHOCKING. Yes, yes, Diane Patrick has a big, important job for a ginormous law firm. Ginormous law firms like Ropes and Gray, Hale and Dorr Wilmer-Cutler-Groucho-Harpo-Zeppo, and so forth have many and varied clients, with a variety of interests before the state — as do all of us. Sometimes they'll work on the side of the angels … sometimes not. That's the law biz. But let's look at the facts: The governor opposed a law that would have trebled damages for an employer that loses a wage dispute with an employee. He let the law go through, without signing it, apparently because he felt it would be overridden in any event. Even the law's opponents in the legislature seem to agree with that. Diane Patrick does labor law, and her name was on a memo sent to clients alerting them to the law's passage. That may well lead to more work for Ropes and Gray. The implication is that a little pillow-talk lobbying between Diane and Deval led to the law's passage. Is that possible? Sure. Is it likely, given the governor's public opposition […]

Are we a nation of addicts?

In her seminal work on the environment, Rachael Carson in Silent Spring writes that at the turn of the last century, during the time of the Pastur’s and everything they brought to awareness of what generated sickness, for the first time fairly decent records were kept of the instances of certain diseases in society.  Ms Carson notes that child cancer was something that was rare. “Now” she writes;” there are whole hospitals dedicated to child cancer” and that was back in the early sixties. What promoted this thought was in today’s Globe  MIT president Susan Hockfield writes  in her Gaining ground on cancer of the multi year, multi billion dollar effort to find a cancer cure.

This quote is what got my attention

While 2002 marked the first-ever yearly decline in US cancer deaths, more than 40 percent of Americans will still contract cancer in their lifetime.

As expected it is a call for patience with the enormous funding required to continue the research to seek a cure for cancer.

But nowhere in her article does she address the real culprit; What we are doing to our selves with the way had we chosen to live that a 40% cancer rate is now a reality? I recently read that there is a rise in women’s facial hair due to all the growth hormones in production beef and chickens bred for market. There was a report that prescription drugs are coming up in the water supply leading to (in one instance) male fish developing female attributes due to suspected concentrations of birth control pills. I could certainly go on with horror stories but will refrain to get to my point.