Tierney concedes - Moulton the winner

Well this is stunning. Tierney came down with a minute’s notice and conceded the race to Moulton.

Crazy times.


Congratulations to Seth Moulton, Iraq War vet and the new Democratic nominee for the MA-06. Now for a smashing victory in November over the guy who’s going to vote for John Boehner as Speaker.

So how did he do it?

1. Nice résumé and bio. Good story.

2. Second time running against a … [CORRECTION: Moulton thought about it, but didn't jump in as an independent vs Tierney in '12]

3. Weakened incumbent.

Yup. That’s how you do it.

Primary night open thread

Away we go!

Predictions Open Thread

Fisher upsets Baker. - promoted by Bob_Neer

Who you think will win, by what percentages.

I’ll start.

Gov: Coakley (51%) Grossman (37%) Berwick (12%)
LG: Kerrigan (38%) Lake (32%) Cheung (30%)
AG: Healey (53%) Tolman (47%)
Treasurer: Feingold (42%) Goldberg (35%) Conroy (23%)
Secretary: Galvin (98%) Amusingly named write ins (2%)
Middlesex DA: Sullivan (56%) Ryan (44%)
6th District: Tierney (48%) Moulton (48%) Di Franco (4%)

6th goes to a bloody recount is the big surprise.

Primary Day Open Thread

Midnight has tolled. Good morning! It’s Primary Day, Massachusetts. This is your official BMG open thread: let us know the latest.

The Progressive Case for Steve Grossman: Another Voice

Another helping of Grossman. - promoted by Bob_Neer

JimC posted a short time ago with The Progressive Case for Steve Grossman. I was working on a similar piece and, in addition to seconding everything JimC said, I offer it now. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to get to know Steve Grossman – and learn about his life – and I, a harsher judge than most, believe he’s a strong progressive Democrat who can achieve great things as Governor of Massachusetts.

I believe this because Steve’s life story shows a deep and abiding commitment to progressive politics. Steve was literally born into it. When he was just a baby his father and uncle hired African-American workers to work for the family business, Mass. Envelope. Virtually no family businesses like theirs were integrated in those days before Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King – and even the U.S. military was still segregated – but racial discrimination went against their values. The same values led them to believe unions were vitally important to worker empowerment and a just economy, so they brought the union in themselves early on, and in Steve Grossman’s lifetime that company has never had a problem reaching a fair deal with the union that represents its employees, a union that was proud to endorse Steve in this race.

Steve’s uncle Jerry, who died at 96 last December, was a leading anti-nuclear and anti-Vietnam War activist. He actually supported an anti-nukes candidate against Ted Kennedy in 1962. Jerry Grossman organized the largest rally in the history of Massachusetts, an anti-Vietnam War rally in October 1969 that drew 100,000 people to Boston Common. Unhappy because his Congressman kept voting for the war, Jerry Grossman recruited Father Bob Drinan of B.C. to run against him and Drinan won the seat. It was a tectonic shift in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the first big step in its evolution from the Cold War, anti-abortion party where Tom McGee the elder held sway to the party of Elizabeth Warren, with its liberal platform, run today by Tom McGee the younger.

When Pope John Paul II decided he’d had enough of Father Drinan being too liberal in Washington, the Grossmans threw strong support to Barney Frank, that liberal rabble-rouser who got Ed Markey’s desk tossed out into the hallway on Beacon Hill and inadvertently launched the junior Senator’s rise. Jerry Grossman was on the board of the Mass. ACLU and countless peace organizations. He was a mentor and guru to countless progressive young Democrats in Massachusetts. His autobiography was called Relentless Liberal and that says it all.

Enough about Jerry Grossman, you say. What about Steve? Steve Grossman watched all this and soaked it up. He joined his local Democratic committee young and stayed active. He supported countless liberal candidates – many now-familiar names – and causes. Familiar causes too. He’s been here, in our community, fighting the same fights many of us have fought.

The Progressive Case for Steve Grossman

Here you have it. - promoted by Bob_Neer

Crunch time, undecideds!

The case I would like to make, and tried to make back in July, goes something like this:

Progressive politics is a slow grind, and commitment to progressive values means commitment to their only hope for success, which in our great country is the Democratic Party. Therefore I believe you should place your trust in someone who shares that long commitment to the Reason We’re All Here.

But, time is short. You have alternatives, and you want change to come more quickly. I sympathize.

Let’s take a look at Steve’s Issues page (all of the following quotes are from it):

Earned Sick Time
Steve believes it’s morally wrong and economically unwise to force our citizens to choose between job security and physical or emotional well-being. That’s why Steve provided earned sick time to his own employees, and that’s why in 2006, he was the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time. Steve has supported earned sick time long before anyone else began polling the issue, let alone vigorously supporting it.
Steve wants earned sick time to become the law of the Commonwealth, either through the legislature or through a ballot initiative in 2014. But if it does not, earned sick time will be the first bill he files as governor in 2015.

As chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), Steve believes that in addition to great teachers, students also need great schools with great technology. He wants to make every school in the Commonwealth digital learning ready by 2016 to bring every student, in every neighborhood, the 21st century learning environment they deserve.
Steve will place greater emphasis on investing in our vocational-technical high schools, which are central to our plan to enhance advanced and precision manufacturing.
Steve wants to take every child off the waiting list for pre-K and provide those children too often left behind – children with a single parent, children from immigrant families, and children from low-income families – with the resources they need to get ahead.

The League of Women Voters link Senator Jehlen provided has some interesting additional details on Steve’s proposal.

The next section is long but worth quoting in full.

Empowering Women
As Governor, Steve Will:
Continue to support a woman’s right to choose and ensure that all women have access to the full range of reproductive health care options, resources, and services they need and deserve.
Ensure that all women have access to health care clinics.
Advocate for legislation mandating that comprehensive sex education programs be taught in all public schools across Massachusetts.
Build on his track record of challenging and demanding that corporate America play a leadership role in advancing the career growth of women.

As Treasurer, Steve Has:
Hired women to fill the roles of deputy treasurer, chief of staff, executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, and executive director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust.
Revised the proxy voting guidelines at the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which he chairs. Treasury has zero tolerance for zero diversity, meaning it votes against corporate boards of directors without women or people of color 100 percent of the time.
Created the Small Business Banking Partnership, a pioneering initiative that has helped generate more than $1 billion in loans to small businesses, with an emphasis on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants, and veterans.
Created new procurement guidelines making it easier for women-owned businesses to secure business opportunities with the Commonwealth.

As a Small Business Owner, Steve Has:
Been proud to have equal pay for equal work at his fourth-generation family owned company, and finds it unacceptable that even in 2014, women across the country still earn just 77 cents for each dollar men make.
Provided paid family leave to his own colleagues for more than 25 years. That’s why in 2006, he was proud to be the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time.

As a Community Leader, Steve:
Served in leadership roles in organizations that seek to empower women, people of color and underserved communities, including Crittenton Women’s Union, the Lenny Zakim Fund, Project Bread, Dimock Community Health Center, and the Walk for Hunger.
Currently serves as chairman of the advisory board of Cambridge College and is an advisory board member of the Women’s Lunch Place.
Focuses on addressing the unmet needs of women and their families. He has worked to strengthen the boards and financial structures of the organizations mentioned above to better prepare them to meet current and future challenges.

I also enjoyed the “Empowering the Creative Economy” section, but this is getting long.

But we all know it could be longer. Steve has been an important voice for progressive causes for his entire life, and he will continue to be, win or lose tomorrow.

I hope he wins, and I ask you one more time to consider voting for Steve Grossman for Governor.

In Support of Warren Tolman for Attorney General

Now this is really a race that could go either way. - promoted by Bob_Neer

It was about nine years ago when I met with Warren Tolman the first time.  I had just started a tiny little political blog and he was my first real interview of a Massachusetts political figure.  He could not have been more supportive despite the fact I was just starting out.  My blogging turned to local activism, which eventually led to my being elected Chair of the Watertown Democratic Town Committee.  I called Warren to ask him for his support in that election and we talked for an hour about how important that committee was to him as its former chair and gave me a lot of good advice that I still remember to this day.

Warren supported me at every step as I slowly went from observer to activist.  I’m asking you to join me in supporting Warren in his race for Attorney General in tomorrow’s primary.

One of the most important issues we face is the influence of big money in elections.  Warren is a candidate who has walked the walk on clean elections.  He is the only statewide candidate to ever run on the clean elections law which he helped draft before it was killed by the legislature under Tom Finneran.  He has been a leader in the fight for publicly financed elections.  From my first conversation with him, it was clear he had a passion for fighting the influence of big money in the political process.  That was not just a gimmick for him.

Warren has promised to take on the NRA on day one by using the state’s consumer protection law to require biometric trigger locks on all handguns sold in Massachusetts.  This is a huge opportunity for MA to lead on this issue nationally and is especially important since New Jersey has a law that would similarly require them as soon as another state does so first.  The technology is available — heck, the new iPhones all have it — but the gun manufacturers won’t put them on guns unless we force them to.

And speaking of guns, my assumption is that Warren is the only candidate in the race who, like many of my Watertown neighbors, has answered his front door to be greeted by a police officer with an assault rifle.  While the manhunt in Watertown had a successful resolution, I believe that seeing the militarization of the police in our neighborhoods firsthand will give him a unique perspective on this issue.

His website has a great issues section if you are interested in other positions.

Finally, there are a few people in Massachusetts politics who I would run through a wall for — in particular: State Representative Jon Hecht, former Mass Dem Party Chair John Walsh & Governor Deval Patrick.  They are all supporting Warren for Attorney General.  If you’re still on the fence, Governor Patrick’s endorsement video or John Walsh’s BMG post from the caucuses.

We have a choice between two good candidates tomorrow.  The biggest difference that I see is that Warren has a record as a progressive leader and an activist vision for the Attorney General’s office.  I hope you will join me in voting for Warren Tolman for Attorney General on Tuesday.

Check Out the Just Released Ray Rice Elevator Knock-Out Video Which Cost Him 2 Games. The NFL Has No Morals

This is a crime. Ernie is completely correct. You can see the video here on Boston.com. Roger Goodell should resign or be fired. UPDATE: Ravens cut Rice, and NFL suspends him indefinitely. - promoted by Bob_Neer

The entire Ray Rice elevator knockout video has finally been released. It’s very disturbing. What’s more than disturbing is the fact that the NFL gave Ray a 2 game suspension for this. This is the same league that suspended a guy a year for smoking dope. (okay that was stupid when the rules are quite clear.)

Take a look at the video and then ask yourself what kind of people are running the NFL.


(For some reason I can’t get this video to embed.)

The Boston Globe Is Right To Want More From Our Next Lieutenant Governor

In which the candidate receives some criticism in the comments. - promoted by Bob_Neer

I’m thrilled to announce that The Boston Globe endorsed my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor a few days ago, declaring me “the strongest candidate… [with] an entirely different and more ambitious vision for the job, a keener understanding of why it’s fallen into disrepute, and a promising record in elected office.”  It’s a real honor and we’re already seeing the impact of the Globe‘s endorsement in the excitement of our volunteers during GOTV.

If you have the time to read the full endorsement, though, you’ll see that part of the motivation for their choice was a dissatisfaction with the role that LGs have in our public life right now. To put it bluntly, the office is seen as ineffectual, and the Globe wants the job to be rebooted into a more relevant position with a greater impact on the lives of Massachusetts residents.

I agree with them.

The job of Lieutenant Governor doesn’t have to be a do-nothing bullpen for Governors-in-waiting.  The office comes with a bully pulpit and an inside track to the dozens of divisions within our state government, putting the LG in a great position to inspect and improve the way agencies deal with citizens and businesses. I want the LG to serve as the “Chief Operating Officer” for the Commonwealth. The smaller profile of the LG also means he or she can drill down and really focus on narrower issues that the Governor may not be able to fully attend to; the Globe referenced this in my pledge to serve as a liaison to the innovation economy.  Most of all, an LG with a good relationship with the Corner Office can serve as an additional set of eyes and ears- and perhaps even occasionally as a voice- for the Governor, who will always have more demands on his or her time and attention than they can possibly meet.

The Globe‘s endorsement wasn’t just about me but about this vision for the Lieutenant Governorship that I am advocating for.  I’m not satisfied with the status quo for this office, and I don’t think you should be either.  I ask for your vote – and a chance to shake up the status quo – tomorrow.

My Choice: Congressman John Tierney

A Tierney supporter speaks up. A key question is: which candidate for the Democratic nomination has a better chance of beating Tisei, who will be an ally of John Boehner and the House Republicans. - promoted by Bob_Neer

Attention residents of the Massachusetts 6th district.  I am writing today in hopes that you will vote to re-elect Congressman John Tierney.

I am not a member of any campaign nor do I have a job in government.  I am a regular person who just so happens to be part of a special interest group, the group that matters most to Congressman John Tierney…….his constituents.

This past Saturday was Founder’s Day in the Town of Saugus and I did something I have done many times in the past, I shook John Tierney’s hand.  He has been attending the event for as long as I can remember (non-election years included), so I knew he would be there.  This time felt different though, this time I felt like I had to tell him that he had my support, I had to show him that I appreciated what he was doing.

I have heard people criticize Congressman Tierney as being distant and hard to reach.

I couldn’t disagree more.

I’ve written Tierney’s office on multiple occasions and each time I have received a response from someone in his office.  My most recent inquiry was about student loans, I didn’t think the government should be profiting of the backs of students (especially those who require financial aid).  This time Congressman Tierney called me directly.  I am sure it has happened to many of you with various elected officials, but I was excited, on that day he chose to talk with me about an issue he was fighting for in the House and Senator Warren was fighting for in the Senate.

Congressman Tierney has been criticized by his challengers for not being the best choice to work with Republicans in the House, that he is ineffective.  I have been told that there are other candidates in this primary (and general) that will work with Republicans to get things done.

To this, I say, unbelievable.

I am voting for John Tierney because he will stand up and fight for progressive values.  Forgive me if I don’t want my congressman to introduce some watered down piece of crap bill to appease the same people who stand in the way of equality and justice for all, the same people who still can’t accept humans are warming the Earth, the same people who continuously vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Berwick Because: Education, Experience, Electability

Thank you, Blue Mass Group, for endorsing Don Berwick!

I’m an education voter.  The next governor will appoint the Secretary of Education and members of the Board of Education, who choose the Commissioner of Education.  The governor can also be a leader in the debate over the future of education.

From Holyoke to New Bedford to Boston, parents and teachers are protesting the takeovers of their schools.  Outstanding teachers are leaving the classroom, saying that the focus on high-stakes testing prevents them from helping children learn.  63% of business leaders in a recent poll by Mass Business Alliance for Education said there is too much emphasis on preparing students for standardized tests.  Superintendents from are blogging, “Enough is enough” and “I’m mad as hell.”

I want a governor who will listen to these voices and take action, with the legislature, to turn back from top-down control and test-driven sanctions.

Berwick’s education platform goes beyond the universal agreement about early childhood education: “For too long our public education system has been threatened by chronic underfunding, a systemic overreliance on metrics and testing, and a demonization of the teacher work force.”  There’s more and it’s worth reading.

A good short summary of each gubernatorial candidate’s education policy is on the League of Women Voters website.

But my support is based on more than issues.  We need an experienced, thoughtful manager.  Don Berwick has studied, practiced, and taught management; built an international non-profit; and managed Medicaid and Medicare (with a budget more than 20 times bigger than the state of Massachusetts).

When Berwick became Director of Medicare and Medicaid, he asked his staff for 50 regulations that didn’t help anyone and got in the way.  They came back two weeks later with a list of 80, and over the next few months he got rid of 100 unnecessary regulations.

I also think he’s the most electable candidate. Picture this contest:

Our candidate is a pediatrician who built a non-profit that saved thousands of lives and then went on to manage Medicare, probably the most popular health care system in America (with 1 percent administrative costs).

The opposing candidate is a former insurance company CEO who got a lot of state assistance for his company and made it profitable by (according to Wikipedia), “cutting the workforce by 90 people, increasing premiums, establishing new contracts with Massachusetts physicians, reassessing the company’s financial structure, and outsourcing its information technology.”

Isn’t that a contest we could win?

On the issues, on management experience, and as our best chance in November, I hope BMG readers will support Berwick. If you don’t have time to canvass or phone, just use your social networks.


Sen. Pat Jehlen

Why I Am Endorsing Michael Sullivan - Kristina Hill (personal blog post)

An extraordinary first-person account. - promoted by david

Disclaimer: So there are no assumptions made, these are 100% my own words and ideas (and at times ramblings…) and the Michael Sullivan campaign is not aware of the existence of this blog. I just wanted to share my personal views on why I am passionate about getting Michael Sullivan elected on September 9th to the Middlesex DA’s office.

There are many things that people don’t know about my relationship with Jennifer Martel, and many things they don’t know about the night of August 15th, 2013 when Jen was brutally murdered in front of me and her four-year-old daughter. Of the first, there is nothing in the world I can say and no need to prove how close I felt to Jen nor is there a need to reveal many of the other intricacies of her life that have never surfaced. As for the night of her murder, Marian Ryan has slyly suppressed many facts in an effort to save face and deflect the heat the DA’s office received after that fateful week.

There are many memories from those horrible few days that will stay with me forever, and many facts that I hoped the public would eventually be provided with. Like the fact that Jen was baking blueberry muffins when Jared attacked her, which the police found burning in the oven as her body lay getting cold outside on the patio. Or the fact that Jared threw her phone into a stream behind our apartments more than two hours before he attacked her, assumedly to prevent her from calling the police. Or worse still, that Jared stabbed Jen more than fifty times, with multiple knives, leaving more than twenty defensive wounds on her hands as she fought in vain to survive.

That night was a nightmare coming to life. I stood screaming outside my door, covered in Jen’s blood, long after the police came. They insisted I go to the hospital, to make sure I hadn’t been injured and to ensure that I was mentally ok after what I had just seen. Alone, with all my neighbors barricaded in by police tape, I had to wake my five-month-old son and take an ambulance to the hospital. There I sat for what felt like an eternity waiting for the medical staff to come and check my vitals. I was even still waiting to see if I could wash Jen’s blood off my arms while the police waited at the door to ensure I didn’t discuss what had just happened (because they already knew it was going to be a public case). My vitals were checked (with an very unhappy baby in tow) before they carted me back to the Waltham police station to obtain my statement. It was past midnight and I sat in a fluorescent lit interview room across a metal table from two detectives bouncing my five month old, fussing son on my knee as I recounted what I saw, trying to keep my composure.

There was no compassion and no understanding towards my circumstances. That night, it was just police protocol and routine but that is understandable considering the job the police needed to do. I was emotionally drained and still in total shock the next morning when I attended Jared’s arraignment at the Waltham courtroom. There I had my first experience with the ADA Lisa McGovern who I learned would be trying the case. That memory sticks in my head because for the first time since seeing Jen stabbed and punched over and over and watching her die as her legs gave way and fell to her sides, I was shown compassion and concern. Hysterical, sitting in the victim witness room at the courthouse, Lisa McGovern came up to me, and in the kindest and most concerned voice told me how sorry she was for my loss and how hard she was going to try to get Jen justice. For the first time, I felt some faith in the system, and truly felt that the ADA wasn’t making promises she didn’t think she could keep. She was genuine and understanding, and most importantly, she was kind.