The women of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Speaker Wannabee Issue (only): They are now 40 in number heading into the new session. That's 25% of the House. Forty is enough to keep anyone from being Speaker of the … [Read more...]
Scot Lehigh channels BMG; commits “speech and debate” gaffe
Scot Lehigh's op-ed today calls on Speaker DiMasi to "come clean or go," and urges that "if you can't or won't be candid and forthcoming, then you need to face this reality: It's time to go." Startlingly reminiscent of BMG's call to … [Read more...]
Still debating “speech and debate”
First of all, remember that there are two questions: (1) does Article 21 apply to the records at issue, and (2) if it does, does it allow DiMasi to keep those records secret (or, alternatively, does it simply confer immunity from … [Read more...]
More on speech, debate, and Mistah Speakah
As I've already noted, there are two questions to be answered regarding DiMasi's invocation of Article 21 as a basis for not turning over records to the State Ethics Commission: Does Article 21 apply to the records at issue? And, if … [Read more...]
DiMasi’s constitutional defense is a farce. He’s got to put up, or step down.
Here, again, is Article 21 of the MA Constitution's Declaration of Rights: The freedom of deliberation, speech and debate, in either house of the legislature, is so essential to the rights of the people, that it cannot be the foundation of … [Read more...]
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
So here we go yet again. Another Speaker of the Massachusetts House imminently and ignominiously likely to exit. Has the media used the "embattled" term yet to describe Sal DiMasi? Stay tuned. Benighted, indicted, convicted. Tommy Finneran, … [Read more...]
Is DiMasi being targeted?
A piece in the Globe has me wondering if gambling interests are out to get DiMasi. We have unabashed slot booster David L. Flynn apparently bucking for the job of Speakeer:State Representative David L. Flynn, the most senior member of the … [Read more...]
Coup brewing on Beacon Hill?
From the looks of things, Sal DiMasi's speakership is in considerable trouble. His refusal to release records to the State Ethics Commission is causing him no end of difficulties. Also ominous is the steadfast refusal of Bob … [Read more...]
MA health care noticed by the WaPo
Should we have a President Obama next year, all eyes will indeed be on Massachusetts with regard to health care. As the article mentions, Obama's plan is essentially the framework of the Massachusetts plan -- minus the personal … [Read more...]
Speaking of the Speaker … what do you want to see in the 2009-10 session?
There's no doubt that Sal DiMasi, John Rogers, and Bob DeLeo will be reelected this fall. The big question is which, if any, of them will be Speaker of the House. This is a big and important question. With no functional … [Read more...]
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