Public Policy Polling finds people like him all right: If there was a ‘comeback player of the year’ award in American politics it would be hard to give it to anyone other than Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. In January of 2010 we found him with a 22% approval rating and 59% of voters disapproving. Our newest poll in the state finds those numbers almost completely reversed with 54% of voters now saying he’s doing a good job to 36% who dissent. That’s a 55 point climb in Patrick’s net approval over the last 17 months and he’s the only politician who’s ever seen that kind of resurrection in his image during the time we’ve been polling on a national basis. Yeah, I really don’t know what that’s about — mostly the bad numbers from last year. He never was that weak. A couple of things: The media — and public — got used to trashing him; and he didn’t really address the perception of semi-competence directly until the campaign season. L’affaire Marian Walsh is a dim memory now; less so then. He successfully played off of, and then worked with, the legislature. They were a convenient foil, and then they [...]
Less than a half-hour until Rene Rancourt sings the anthems and the puck drops for game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Any predictions? I think (hope) that the suspension of Aaron Rome will get the teams to play cleaner and try to stay out of the box. Nothing like hockey on a 90 degree day…
a) What happens if City Councilors fail to advocate opening the full transcript of the public meeting of Boston City Council?… Budgeted for with public funds, more complete than minutes, easier to read through than watching video, the computerized stenographic machine records Councilors’ deliberations, all the Councilors’ words in the public meeting of the City Council for public feedback, comment, questions, suggestions. See also http://anopenbostoncitycouncil.blogspot.com b) Contrary to good records management guidelines of our state and city archives why is it okay for the City Stenographer to remove the original full transcript from City Hall instead of taking a copy for editing the minutes?… see also http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcrmu/rmuidx.htm
Judges sharply challenge healthcare law Skeptical questions from three federal judges in Atlanta suggest they may be ready to declare unconstitutional all or part of the healthcare law promoted by the Obama administration and passed last year by Congress. Question: if this case results in the court saying that government can not force people to purchase health insurance, does that mean Massachusetts mandated insurance would be struck down at the same time? If the federal gov’t can’t force us to buy something, then state gov’t can’t either, right?
I could not – and would not – make this stuff up. But State Rep. Ryan Fattman, a 24-year-old, newly-elected Republican from Sutton, had this to say regarding the ongoing dispute over the “Secure Communities” program: Mr. Fattman dismissed concerns of some law enforcement officials — cited by the governor — who said using local police to enforce immigration laws could discourage reporting of crime by victims who are illegal immigrants. Asked if he would be concerned that a woman without legal immigration status was raped and beaten as she walked down the street might be afraid to report the crime to police, Mr. Fattman said he was not worried about those implications. “My thought is that if someone is here illegally, they should be afraid to come forward,” Mr. Fattman said. “If you do it the right way, you don’t have to be concerned about these things,” he said referring to obtaining legal immigration status. “They should be afraid to come forward.” Wow. Yes, Ryan, clearly the far more serious threat to law and public order is the student who overstays her visa, as opposed to the rapist who attacks her. Oh, and lest you think that Fattman is [...]
When it comes to money, success and power Jeremy Jacobs stands with or above the owners of Boston’s other sports teams. When it comes to understanding the difference between wealth and fame he dwarfs the narcissists running the Celts (except for Bob Epstein – Who? Exactly), Sox, and Pats. Did you know that Jacob’s Company, Delaware North, is one of the largest privately held companies in North America? Who cares? I don’t. Bob Kraft cares I bet. Did you know that Jacob’s company employs over 50,000 people? Yes most are second jobs pouring beers and schloppin’ hot dogs, but how many jobs does John Henry’s vast empire and the buy and slash venture capital guys who own the Celts provide? Who cares? I don’t. I’m just rubbing it in. But here’s what makes the Jacobs different. We don’t see or hear them during this run. Yet they’re here. Charley’s here every day. He runs the Bruins. He’s been working this gig the past few years and now we’re seeing the reults. How many would know him if they fell over him? Same for his father. There is no need to list the examples of what Bostonians have had to smile at over the years [...]
With her recent aggressive moves to overhaul the auditor’s office, is Suzanne Bump proving her doubters wrong? That’s the question teed up here in “Face to Face,” CommonWealth magazine’s new video feature that is literally convening the conversation on important issues facing the state. Check out the discussion between Mike Lake, who vied with Bump in last fall’s Democratic primary, and Charlie Chieppo, a veteran policy analyst who supported Bump’s opponent, Republican Mary Connaughton.
Our former Governor is now blaming the LGBT community for his legendary switcheroo on gay rights. http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2011/06/romney-supports-employment-equ.html This line is a classic: “The gay community changed their perspective of what they wanted.” Of course Slick Dancing Mitt has contorted himself vis a vis the gay community so many times over the last 17 years that he can’t possibly straighten things out at this point. His claimed commitment to “equal employment rights in employment” for gays and lesbians (he’s never claimed to support the trans community) is contradicted in the public record, in a story that I imagine will attract attention if Romney becomes the GOP nominee. http://www.baywindows.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=glbt&sc2=news&sc3=&id=66560
Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia just gave the left its second opportunity to explain that government employees have real jobs that need to be protected due to the hard work and dedication that is involved. Just as private sector employees that work equally hard should also have their right to earn a fair wage through their labor, in order to find shelter, nourishment, and medical treatment if the need arises. This is what enabled American exceptionalism, apparently though 21st century conservatives are under the impression that a return to the days of “A Tale of Two Cities” or “Oliver Twist” was the glory years that coined the “American Dream” catchphrase that makes for a great cable news sound bite. Government does create jobs, what does Rep. Broun does every time he walks into the Capitol to take a vote, file an amendment, or partake in a press conference? What do his staffers do with their time, if they don’t have real jobs, I ponder. What about the attorneys they advise the various committees that Rep. Broun serves on, or the men and women at the Justice Department, is becoming a Supreme Court Justice count as real American employment? Probably if you follow [...]