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Month February 2013

Two disingenuous conservative comments

I would submit conservatives are spending a lot more time trying to find things to be outraged over than reporting the news and basic facts online from a conservative perspective. -Erick Erickson on RedState We have received another call to condemn one of our own, this time from Kirsten Hughes of the Massachusetts GOP. They are disgusted that Rep. Markey is attending a fundraising at the home of Eliott Spitzer’s sister, with Eliot Spitzer there.  Rob Eno has heeded the call and condemned the misogyny involved. Mr. Eno and his audience at RedMassGroup are fairly new at the misogyny condemning business however. With a post titled, “Hughes: Markey shows ‘disgusting judgement in mysoginistic fundraiser host Eliott Spitzer”, it’s clear he can’t even spell it. Now that’s putting the faux in faux outrage! ♦ From Gabriel Gomez’ letter to supporters we get a promising line: Out of touch career politicians in Washington won’t solve our crushing debt crisis.  We need new ideas. Well, first off, it’s pretty “out of touch” to be complaining about the debt crisis which affects people in their everyday lives how exactly?  So what are Mr Gomez’ new ideas? From the Fiscal Responsibility section of his issues page […]

Mike Mangan Endorsed by Sierra Club

Friends – I’m proud to have received the endorsement of a number of great groups recently, including the Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-Choice, and 1199 SEIU. Here is the press release regarding the endorsement of the Sierra Club. My election is coming up on Tuesday and I hope to be a State Representative you can be proud of. If you’re interested in helping my campaign, email me at mike@mikemangan.net or donate to my campaign online via ActBlue.  -Mike Mangan Sierra Club Endorses Mike Mangan for State Representative The Massachusetts Sierra Club has endorsed Michael Mangan for State Representative in the 28th Middlesex District. The district comprises the entirety of Everett. “To meet the district’s economic and transportation challenges, Everett needs capable leaders like Mike,” said Phillip Sego, MA Sierra Club Political Chair. “His knowledge, background, and focus on community make Mike Mangan a candidate the Sierra Club is proud to endorse.” “I’m proud to be endorsed by a group so dedicated to establishing and protecting safe and healthy communities to live in,” said Michael Mangan. “I am deeply honored to receive their support and look forward to working with them in the future as a member of the State Legislature.” “Any […]

MA-Gov 2014 is on: Senator Dan Wolf blasts Treasurer Steve Grossman

A fascinating development in the as yet wide-open race for Governor in 2014: state Senator and Cape Air founder Dan Wolf, who has made noises about running for Governor, just sent out a statement that aggressively calls out Treasurer and nearly-certain gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman for comments Grossman made to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  Here’s Wolf’s statement, just in via email: Cape and Islands Senator Dan Wolf, saying “it’s time to have an honest conversation about investing in a healthy economy, healthy communities  – and by the way, what it means to be a Democrat,” today called on state political leaders to focus on the real issue before us: Finding the balance between a healthy economy and healthy communities, supporting a vibrant middle class that is threatened by the increasing disparity between those few at the top who have benefited most, and working families and people in need. “As a successful entrepreneur who founded an airline nearly 30 years ago,” Wolf said, “as a business leader, and as a Democrat, I’m disappointed to hear Treasurer Steve Grossman pandering to elements in our business community who would undermine revenue reforms, rather than offering a true vision for rebuilding our […]

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Rep. Ed Markey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2013 NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Rep. Ed Markey in Special Primary Election for U.S. Senate The organization fights to keep the U.S. Senate in the pro-choice column Washington, D.C. – Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced today that the organization’s political action committee endorsed Rep. Ed Markey in his special primary election for Massachusetts’ open seat in the U.S. Senate. “I am proud to have NARAL Pro-Choice America endorse my candidacy,” said Rep. Markey. “I strongly support a woman’s right to choose and believe women should have access to the full range of reproductive-health care choices. With reproductive rights under constant attack, women across the country and in Massachusetts need a champion on these issues in the Senate. I’ve spent three decades fighting for women’s freedom of choice, and I will continue this track record if elected to the Senate.” “Rep. Markey is the only candidate in this race with a steadfast commitment to protecting reproductive freedom and privacy,” Hogue said. “Markey shares the widely-held belief that women are capable of making their own health-care decisions without interference from politicians. Despite considerable losses in the 2012 election cycle, anti-choice politicians continue their […]

No Excuses Left Against In-State Tuition

I saw this headline the other day, and it got me thinking. Colorado Senate passes bill allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants Colorado’s state senate is 20 Democrats and 15 Republicans, a far cry from the Massachusetts state senate’s 36 Democrats and 4 Republicans, by way of comparison. Also, this past Election Day, while a great deal of attention was given to statewide ballot questions across the country on same-sex marriage equality and marijuana legalization, Maryland’s electorate overwhelmingly passed in-state tuition. Would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state or in-county tuition at Maryland colleges. For        1,392,932   58% Against     995,619   42% In fact, many states have enacted in-state tuition policies.  Via the National Conference of State Legislatures: Twelve states currently have statutes that condition eligibility for instate tuition on attendance and graduation from a state high school and acceptable college admission applications.  In June 2001, Texas (HB1403) was the first state to pass legislation allowing in-state tuition for immigrant students, followed by California (AB540), Utah (HB144), and New York (SB7784) in 2001-2002; Washington (HB1079), Illinois (HB60) in 2003; Kansas (HB2145) in 2004; New Mexico (SB582) in 2005; Nebraska (LB239) in 2006; Wisconsin (A75) in 2009; Maryland (S167/H470) and Connecticut (H6390) […]

Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. and Teamsters Local 122 endorse Stephen Lynch

Racking up more endorsement, the MNA, those on the frontline of health care, our nurses, have endorsed Stephen Lynch. “Our endorsement of Congressman Lynch was based on his outstanding record of supporting a number of issues important to frontline nurses in Massachusetts, including his longstanding support for Federal and state legislation to require safe RN-to-patient staffing limits for nurses in acute care hospitals, safer working conditions for nurses, and access to quality health care for all in America,” said Massachusetts Nurses Association President Donna Kelly-Williams in a statement announcing the endorsement.” Teamsters Local 122 know full well, that under NAFTA, they have a target on their back.  Pres. Obama  is allowing Mexican truck drivers to haul their freight, beyond in Texas border, and into the interior of the U.S.A.  It won’t be long, where companies will use Mexican drivers to make business-to-business deliveries as this program expands.  Stephen Lynch knows these American jobs are not “Obsolete” and must be protected, despite those that believe The Teamsters should be more progressive, and give up their jobs to the poorer Mexicans.  Spread the wealth, so long as it isn’t your job or money, right all you Ed Markey supporters? Trend line I see are […]

A curious factoid: Scott Brown’s hometown used to be a “covered jurisdiction” under the Voting Rights Act

Remember Wrentham?  These days, most people around the state probably associate it with Scott Brown, as in “I’m Scott Brown, I’m from Wrentham, and I drive a truck.”  But until the early 1980s, Wrentham – along with eight other towns in Massachusetts – was one of the “covered jurisdictions” under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  That’s right: prior to 1983, if Amherst, Ayer, Belchertown, Bourne, Harvard, Sandwich, Shirley, Sunderland, or Wrentham wanted to make any changes in their voting procedures, they first had to get the approval of the Justice Department, just like Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and several other states and jurisdictions still do (at least until the Supreme Court says otherwise). How can this be?  Did the town of Amherst really have a history of denying African-Americans or anyone else the right to vote?  Here’s the story (from an AP report published in the Globe in 1983) of how the curious inclusion of nine Massachusetts towns in the list of covered jurisdictions came to be: Because of a quirk in US Census procedures, nine Massachusetts communities appear to discriminate in their election laws, Atty. Gen. Francis X. Bellotti says…. All nine communities have an artificially high number of students […]

Stephen Lynch Pulls a Mitt Romney on Health Care Reform

This guy reminds me of someone I know… Lynch now supports a public option at the state level, while opposing it at the national level. Because, you know, bringing the negotiating power of the federal government to bear against the insurance companies would bring costs down too much, or something. Cost containment was supposedly his reason for voting against Obamacare, yet he opposes any serious effort to contain costs. For anyone who’s curious about his vote “from the left”, here’s an article from Politico about what Lynch really thought about health care reform in 2009.

John Connolly for Mayor, Not – Lynch Over Markey by 3 to 5 Points – Carmen Ortiz and Freddie Wyshak – Eagan and Braude Not Public Radio Material – Will McLaughlin Commit Perjury Against Tim Murray? – All the Way with John Lachey

The I way see it is If you declare to run against Menino and he doesn’t step aside you will get your ass kicked. If Menino doesn’t pull papers you will be an also ran who upset Menino and non-Menino fans alike. Most likely never get the steam needed and become an also ran. Many ambivalent  voters not taking a shine to Connolly now. Also, the numbers aren’t there for the school parents to carry you along. Question John, If your kids don’t get into Boston Latin will you send them to the Boston public high school Court St. assigns them to? Or will it be Catholic Memorial or Mount St. Joseph or Roxbury Latin of The Windsor School? That will be the true test John. —— Nobody exciting running on the Republican side for the U.S. Senate. That means more independent voters pulling a Democratic ballot for Steve Lynch. Right now I see Lynchie beating Markey  by 3 − 5 points. —– So Carmen Ortiz is dragging long time Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak to Washington with her to face some grilling from Congress on how her office operates. Can’t wait to see fast Freddie on the hot seat. […]

How many innocents were burned at the stake in Salem?

On his recent trip to Germany Sec. John Kerry told German reporters: “It turned out that in Massachusetts, they weren’t as tolerant as they thought they were going to be. They had witch hunts in Salem, Mass., and they burned people at the stake.” –   Say it isn’t so, John!!!  In Salem they hang ‘em or crush ‘em…but never burn anyone at the stake!  1690′s: 19 hung, 1 crushed, 0 burned at stake.  No witches, just innocent victims.