- RIP Tony Snow. The former Fox News commentator and White House press secretary died at age 53 of colon cancer. News of Snow’s illness inspired conflicting emotions on previous occasions. Let us use this one first, to send our condolences to his friends and family; and second, to remind you that if you have never had a colonoscopy and are either age 50 or older, or are less than 10 years younger than the age at which someone in your family developed colon cancer, now is the time. Call your doctor tomorrow and set it up. Don’t put it off; don’t make excuses. Just do it.
- Vennochi calls for Marzilli to resign. In today’s column, she says:
From the jail cell where he was held after his arrest on charges that he accosted four women, state Senator James J. Marzilli Jr. asked his lawyer if he should resign.
Like any smart politician, Marzilli instinctively knew the right question. By now, he must also know the right answer: Yes….
Marzilli is entitled to a presumption of innocence and a vigorous defense, which [his lawyer Terrence] Kennedy is providing. His job is another matter.
He hasn’t been to Beacon Hill since his arrest and told voters that he will not return. His staff is running his Senate office and responding to constituents.
If Marzilli isn’t running for reelection, voting, or formulating policy, how does he justify staying in office? He can’t.
I have to agree. I am sorry to learn of Jim’s mental illness, but he clearly is incapable of doing his job between now and the end of his term. He apparently hasn’t been in his office in weeks, and there’s no indication that he will return before the legislative session ends at the end of July. After that, all legislators do is run for reelection, which he has already said he’s not doing. Plus, there’s the whole ongoing criminal trial thing. Marzilli should resign.
- Today is budget day. Today Governor Patrick will sign the state’s fiscal year 2009 budget, and will announce his line-item vetoes. Should be interesting to see what stays and what goes, and how the lege reacts. We’ll post links to the veto announcement when we see it.
UPDATE: The final GAA (General Appropriations Act) is available at this link, which includes line-by-line vetoes and the Governor’s explanations for them. Have at it!
- Soaring energy costs are impacting local services. The Herald has an interesting story about the steps small communities are taking to deal with high energy costs. Just wait until individuals, businesses, and government buildings start burning heating oil. Unless there’s a big shift in the markets between now and then, it’s going to be a wild ride.
- Cynthia McKinney for President? Finally, the Greens nominated ex-Rep. Cynthia McKinney for president. Let’s just say that this was perhaps not the best way for the Greens to portray themselves as a serious, viable third party. Grace Ross did the Greens a lot of credit here in 2006. Too bad the national party didn’t follow that example.
One does wonder, though, whether McKinney’s presence on the ballot might have the effect of blunting the advantage that Bob Barr’s candidacy was thought to give Obama in Georgia. Since both McKinney and Barr are from Georgia, it seems reasonable to think that Georgia will be the best state for both of them. I don’t see McKinney as a factor anywhere else, but it would be too bad if she pulled enough votes in GA to balance the Barr effect.
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