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  1. A question for you, Ernie (1 Reply)

    I think your opinion of Globe coverage is pretty much a matter of record; however I was wondering what you thought of Peter Gelzinis’ reporting in the Herald. I thought he was spot on, but I’m open to correction.

  2. Down in the weeds: (1 Reply)

    Again from Gallup:

    A second long-term Gallup trend, this one measuring Americans’ views on the extent to which abortion should be legal, finds 50% saying abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances,” or in other words, favoring limited abortion rights. This stance has prevailed since 1975. However, a combined 49% of Americans takes a more hardline position, including 28% saying abortion should be legal in all circumstances and 21% believing it should be illegal in all circumstances.

    Support for the strong anti-abortion rights position has hovered around 20% since 2011, just below the record-high 23% seen in 2009. Support for strong pro-abortion rights is a notch below the highest levels seen from 1990 to 1995 when it consistently exceeded 30%, but support is up from four to five years ago when it had dipped into the low 20s.

  3. No, I'm arguing prosecutorial overreach (0 Replies)

    …and, in the absence of a guilty verdict, I’m rooting for the pols.

  4. Ave Ernie, and all the Court needs is a laugh-track (1 Reply)

    From today’s Commonwealth:

    Wyshak tried repeatedly to connect Probation hiring to former House speaker Sal DiMasi, whom Walsh and Costello channeled prospective probation hires through. But Wyshak couldn’t get many questions to stick. He met objections when he asked Walsh, “Do you know if the speaker’s office had influence with Mr. O’Brien?” and “Did you think that somebody needed legislative influence to get a job with probation?” After spinning his wheels, the best Wyshak could get Walsh to offer was, “I believed as a rank and file member that there was more influence with the speaker’s office than there was with mine.”

  5. On the contrary, the tipped minimum wage was decreased. (1 Reply)

    From the MBPC issue brief:

    For decades, up through the mid-1990s, employers were required to pay tipped workers 60 percent of the regular minimum wage. In 1996, that fixed percentage was reduced to 50 percent and in 1997 the amount employers are required to pay tipped workers was set at $2.63 per hour. Despite several increases in the regular minimum wage, the tipped minimum’s value has not been increased since.

    Re: Tipping. You may want to consider the fact that even an increased minimum wage covers less than the cost of living.

    You also might want to consider that (presuming good service) tipping one’s servers is nothing less than basic civilized behavior on the part of customers, so yes it is your job.

  6. And the tooth fairy will leave enough money... (0 Replies)

    …to overstock the rainy-day fund under your pillow.

  7. As it happens... (0 Replies)

    …there is a test kitchen for Trader Joe’s in my office building.

    I am currently leaving work with truffle fondue…and I won’t share.

  8. It was meant as an exercise in arcane humor (1 Reply)

    …since the ACA numbers aren’t much to crow about.

    From the link you cited:

    There is little change in the political views of supporters and opponents of the law: nearly half of independents would support repeal, as would 72% of Republicans (though last week, 80% of Republicans wanted to repeal the law).

    There has also been a drop in the percentage of Americans calling the law a failure. This week, 40% say that. However, there is no equivalent rise in the number calling the ACA a success. What has happened instead is that this week more are saying that the law currently is somewhere in between: 20% say the law is an equally a success and a failure, up from 13% last week.

  9. This is a tempest in a teapot (1 Reply)

    The issues involve legal restrictions about solicitation, venues, and who can(and cannot) be treasurers of Massachusetts political committees. Massachusetts campaign finance law does not restrict the abilities of public employees to contribute within the legal limits.

    There are no problems with a town committee officer delegating such responsibilities to non-governmental employees. Such people can be committee treasurers, do direct solicitations to public employees, and provide venues.

    I would presume, Christopher, that you know such people that could both directly solicit contributions and host fundraisers, within the limits of MGL, Chapter 55.

    This isn’t a practical or legal issue at all, since it can be easily addressed within both the spirit and the letter of Massachusetts campaign finance law.

  10. The number of co-sponsors has gone up to 65 (0 Replies)

    Sponsors as of now include:

    Gifford, Peake, DiZoglio, Fox, Vieira, Hecht, Farley-Bouvier, McMurtry, Toomey, Vega, DiNatale, Turner, Provost, Brodeur, Straus, Cutler, Dave Rogers, Basile, Malia, Finn, Puppolo, Khan, Keenan, Keefe, Heroux, Gordon, Cariddi, Scibak, Cantwell, Madden, Balser, Livingstone, Andrews, Dykema, Ehrlich, Kaufman, Mark, Garlick, Swan, Smizik, Nangle, Hunt, Mannal, Fernandes, Frank Moran, Calter, Schmid, Chris Walsh, Decker, Benson, Canavan, Poirier, Roy, Sannicandro, Pignatelli, Ferrante, Stanley, Rushing, Jones, Ayers, Donato, Lindsky, Frost, Conroy, Parisella

  11. Let's not forget "Tommy" Menino (2 Replies)

    This bit of political linguistics is not limited to the State House.

    It is, however, “player-to-player” jargon. When used by “players” (as defined by players, which include personal friends in and out of politics) the usage is okay. When used by non-players diminutives show both presumption in general and lack of respect for the specific person.

    Not the best way to win friends and influence people in the Hall or the Hill.

  12. First come, first served is still the rule for Boston municipal elections... (0 Replies)

    …but Dems and unenrolleds can sign for as many Democratic candidates per office as they want in State, county, and federal elections.

    Of course the signers must remember to only sign papers reserved for their town of residence.

  13. Fast Track for TPP is now comatose (1 Reply)

    Harry Reid rejected Obama’s appeal to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership yesterday.

    Furthermore, polling data has the public opposed to fast-tracking the treaty by a margin of more than two-to-one:

    By more than two to one, voters say they oppose (62%) rather than favor passage of fast-track negotiating authority for the TPP deal. Among those with a strong opinion, the ratio climbs to more than three to one (43% strongly opposed, just 12% strongly favorable). Demographically, opposition is very broad, with no more than one-third of voters in any region of the country or in any age cohort favoring fast track. Sixty percent (60%) of voters with household incomes under $50,000 oppose fast track, as do 65% of those with incomes over $100,000.

    Given the populist base of the Tea Party, Obama can’t hope for corporate Republican support in the Senate. Per the poll linked above:

    While opposition is relatively uniform both geographically and demographically, the survey data reveals a sharp partisan divide on the issue. Republicans overwhelmingly oppose giving fast-track authority to the president (8% in favor, 87% opposed), as do independents (20%-66%), while a narrow majority (52%) of Democrats are in favor (35% opposed).

  14. Great possibility, but politically conditional. (0 Replies)

    From the Globe:

    …the projects outlined in the plan are dependent on current projections of state funding. If efforts are successful to repeal the automatic gasoline tax hikes in a November ballot question, the resulting lower tax revenue could derail some of the transportation projects.

    “Make no mistake,” Davey said, “if the ballot question passes in November, the capital plan will be scaled back.”

  15. I wouldn't worry about the robocalls (0 Replies)

    They have the political traction of glaze ice on a cold night when you’re driving on bald tires.

  16. Two more quotes from the Kadzis piece: (0 Replies)

    In terms of programs and policy, Linehan is a classic lunch-bucket Democrat out of the FDR, HST, JFK, and LBJ mold.

    and:

    Linehan is Old Boston because – despite being generally supportive of gay rights [emphasis added] – he continues to march in the shamelessly retrograde South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

    If, as I hope, Michelle Wu’s support for Bill Linehan creates opportunities for alliances between progressives and economic populists at the grassroots level, this might be a new beginning for the City.

  17. True, so let's go to the next lowest (0 Replies)

    Ward 4, Precinct 10 in the Fenway, clocked in at 9.2%, with 77 votes. There were 840 eligible voters in the precinct.