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Have We Become Immune to Sal DiMasi?

It is amazing, but maybe not, what Massachusetts voters will tolerate from elected officials!/! Bribes?  Loans?  Sweetheart deals?  Meals?  Travel?  Lodging?  Losing golf bets? The Boston Globe runs us through the denials:  http://www.boston.com/news/loc… Do we buy it? Cognos, Ace Ticket, and the list goes on. What would Sal do? He has pushed the envelope of what is acceptable. Sal for speaker!

Rick Warren: An Opportunity for a Teachable Moment?

It seems difficult to square Rick Warren’s statements with a progressive agenda.  There has been much discussion about the religious and social aspects of this issue.   The Salem News (Mass.) has an excellent article providing some local insight into the Rick Warren invocation controversy.  See article at http://www.salemnews.com/punew…

My letter to Parag Mehta on the Rick Warren choice

Mr. Mehta: President-elect Obama has cited his belief in inclusiveness as the reason for inviting Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. Inclusiveness is all well and good, but it should not be extended to Rick Warren, who has done so much to exclude an entire class of people. You have surely heard by now the question “What if Obama had invited an anti-Semite or racist to give the invocation?” It’s a fair question (and yes, this hypothetical bigot would have a sympathetic résumé on the environment and poverty like Warren). I’d like to think that Obama’s response to it would be more probing than the agree-to-disagree logic with which he has defended the Warren invitation. Actually, I’d like to think that the answer would be a simple: “It would never happen. My vision of inclusiveness ends with those who sow hate for others.” At best, Obama’s decision here reflects a stubborn insistence on ramming home the theme of inclusiveness. He seems to think, twistedly, that this is best accomplished through provocative moves like inviting a polarizing figure like Rick Warren to christen his administration. At worst, it speaks to a far more deep-seated hostility to the GLBTQ […]

More Boston 2008 Election Results

2008 Boston Voter Turnout Analysis by Demographic Groupings

- by Bob LeLievre

Here’s some info on turnout rates in the 2008 elections in Boston of various demographic groups.  The data shown here is derived from analyzing voter lists that contain the demographic and turnout data for each individual voter.  These kinds of calculations can’t be generated from just precinct-level results.

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Obama elected president; Supreme Court again rejects kooky challenge

In a series of no-drama votes yesterday, the nation’s 538 electors were expected to cast their ballots precisely as expected: 365 for Barack Obama, 173 for John McCain (the results will not be officially tallied until January, but I have seen no reports of surprises).  As a result, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president on January 20, 2009. And in other news, the Supreme Court has again refused (without comment or recorded dissent) to get involved in a challenge to Obama’s eligibility to serve as president.  Last week Leo Donofrio’s “natural born citizen” case went up in flames; this week, the Court similarly denied an application by one Cort Wrotnowski that asked the Court to prevent Obama from taking office on similar grounds. It’s well past time for that silly canard to die.  Let’s hope that the Court’s persistent refusal to get involved will help.

Candidate 5, DiMasi, Cognos, Marzilli,Wilkerson: Unacceptable and We Should Say So!

Acceptance of bad conduct of some political persons because they are on the right side of some issues compromises our ideals.  Also, it is shortsighted. No Pollyanna here, but it is outrageous for Jesse Jackson Jr., if he is Candidate 5, to dismiss this as just another effort to win the seat vacated  by President-elect Barack Obama.  See Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/… It isn’t worth going into what passes for acceptable conduct on Beacon Hill.   The public deserves better!  We should demand more!

Patrick Speaks To Future at North Shore Chamber of Commerce

Governor Deval Patrick spoke on December 4 to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in Danvers. The Governor’s assessment of the fiscal crisis and state spending was sobering.  He indicated there may be continued hard choices to make. The Salem News has a solid report concerning some of the personal interaction with the audiance at http://www.salemnews.com/punew…

Begich wins in Alaska!

Really excellent news. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) defeated Sen. Ted Stevens, ending the tenure of the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, after the counting of more ballots yesterday gave him a larger lead than the number of votes still untallied, Alaska elections officials said. Begich leads Stevens by more than 3,700 votes, according to the Alaska secretary of state. Gail Fenumiai, the head of the state’s election division, said about 2,500 absentee votes from overseas and Alaska’s most remote regions remain to be counted. AP also has the call.  And so far, it looks like no automatic recount is coming (though that could change). The Democrat’s lead thus far — 47.8 percent to 46.6 percent — puts him beyond the margin of victory that would allow Stevens to call for a state-funded recount of the ballots. Of the three Alaskans running for Senate this year (recall that, according to Sarah Palin, the Vice President is also part of the Senate), I’m delighted that only Mark Begich made it.

North Shore Obama-Biden Appreciation Reunion & Keep the Movement Alive Reception!

                   YES WE DID! Dear Obama-Biden supporter: YOU DID IT! Those of you who assisted in making Massachusetts one of the best-organized states helped elect Barack Obama president.   By mobilizing volunteers and engaging them in your local communities, you created a powerful organization. And now, the movement continues!  PLEASE JOIN US ON THE NORTH SHORE AT GALLO NERO PIZZERIA RISTORANTE AT 89 MAIN STREET IN PEABODY, MASSACHUSETTS, ON TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 18, BETWEEN 4 AND 6 PM FOR AN OBAMA-BIDEN VOLUNTEER REUNION AND KEEP THE MOVEMENT ALIVE RECEPTION. There will be a brief speech at 5 PM when grassroots coordinators and others will be recognized.  Some slices of pizza will be available gratis and refreshments can be purchased. All are invited to attend this grassroots gathering. As the holiday season approaches, pleas remember your local food bank!                   YES WE CAN!