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  • Cape Cod rep on Deval Patrick remarks following Bourne meeting: 'Typical ploy of an elitist thinker'

    07/29/2014 10:05:33 AM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Massachusetts Republicans have amped up their criticism of Gov. Deval Patrick’s approach to potentially sheltering immigrant children in federal custody within Massachusetts, while the administration is seeking to quell the concerns of local officials. ... Federal facilities for detained children who crossed the border illegally and unaccompanied by a guardian have been overwhelmed, and Patrick has offered Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and Westover Air Reserve Base as potential sites to house the children. The federal government has not yet responded. Patrick sent a representative - Homeland Security Undersecretary Kurt Schwartz - to a select board meeting in Bourne...
  • Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee could be used to house unaccompanied minors...

    Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of two sites in Massachusetts being considered by Gov. Deval Patrick to house children who cross the border into the United States illegally. The other site is Camp Edwards, part of a military reservation in Cape Cod. State Sen. Don Humason, a Westfield Republican who opposes the idea, confirmed that Patrick's office called him Thursday to give him a heads up about the proposal. Patrick, a Democrat, discussed the proposal during a press conference at 9:45 a.m. providing more details about his intent to accept a request by the U.S. government to...
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill increasing minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017

    06/26/2014 10:46:55 AM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday signed a bill raising the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017. The bill increases the minimum wage gradually, to $9 per hour in 2015, $10 in 2016 and $11 in 2017 — which would be the highest in the nation. President Barack Obama praised Massachusetts lawmakers last week for "standing up for working men and women." Obama previously said he looked forward to Patrick, a fellow Democrat and supporter, signing the bill. The measure also gradually raises the minimum wage for tipped workers, such as restaurant servers, from...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick announces $52 million in state funding to combat effects of climate change

    01/14/2014 5:52:41 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday announced $52 million in state funding to help cities and towns combat the effects of climate change. The single largest piece of the funding will be $40 million in municipal grants given to cities and towns to make their energy infrastructure more resilient using clean energy technology. There will also be $10 million for coastal infrastructure and dam repair and $2 million for a variety of other projects. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan, of Westfield, said the money will be spread out across the state. The grants will be available to cities and...
  • Massachusetts public workers protest bill that would cut retiree health benefits

    10/31/2013 1:52:38 PM PDT · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Hundreds of people, many of them union members, turned out at the State House on Thursday to oppose a bill that would save the state and municipalities a significant amount of money by cutting retiree health benefits for public employees. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed the bill as a way to address the approximately $46 billion unfunded liability for retiree health benefits faced by state and municipal governments. “Modifications to retiree health care coverage are essential to keep the system sustainable for future state and municipal career employees and to maintain core government services for future generations,” said Secretary...
  • Massachusetts to begin collecting sales tax from Amazon

    10/31/2013 11:36:04 AM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Massachusetts residents have only a few days of tax-free shopping left on Amazon.com. Beginning Friday, the state will apply its 6.25 percent sales tax to purchases made from Amazon, though the tax will not apply to third-party vendors who use the site. The state reached an agreement with Amazon last year. Owners of traditional "brick and mortar" stores have long complained of being at a competitive disadvantage to online retailers who are not required to collect sales taxes. State revenue officials tell The Boston Globe the tax on Amazon purchases is expected to raise nearly $37 million for the state...
  • OUTRAGE: Officials Won’t Release Welfare Info for Dead Boston Terrorist, Citing His ‘Privacy Rights’

    04/25/2013 8:30:24 PM PDT · by montag813 · 41 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-25-2013 | John Hill
    Who exactly do you represent? Gov. Deval Patrick dodges questions about how much welfare benefitsthe Chechen terrorists got from his state, citing their "privacy".- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and his state agencies are refusing to release information on what government benefits Boston jihadist Tamerlan Tsarnaev received, following a national furor over reports he and his family received welfare. Their reason? It would violate the dead terrorist's right to privacy!That's right. Led by the stalwart Boston Herald, media entities pressed for info all day. Across the board, state agencies flatly refused to provide information about the taxpayer-funded lifestyle for the 26-year-old...
  • Judge Rules Illegal Alien DUI Killer Incompetent to Stand Trial, Cites 'Unique Cultural Background'

    04/12/2013 6:21:47 AM PDT · by montag813 · 47 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-12-2013 | John Hill
    Monster: Illegal alien DUI killer Nicolas Guaman.- by John HillStand With ArizonaWebsite | Facebook | Twitter It was one of the most brutal DUI deaths we've seen at the hands of an illegal alien - and we've seen a lot (here, here, here and here, for starters). In 2011, Ecuadorean illegal Nicolas Guaman, drunk at nearly three times the legal limit, ran through a stop sign in Milford, Mass., striking 23-year old Matthew Denice on his motorcycle. Denice was not killed by the impact, but died as Guaman tried to flee the scene, dragging Denice's body nearly 1/4 mile under...
  • Liberals have no shame at all

    01/18/2013 6:00:11 AM PST · by suspects · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Graham
    Welcome to the world of “reality TV politics” — or maybe the right word is unreality. Call it “Liberals Unleashed — 2013!” As hungry for your cash as a “Walking Dead” zombie, as math-challenged as Honey Boo Boo’s mom in a dollar store, and as self-serving as the worst “Bridezilla.” After six years of exploding state spending and steady tax hikes, is Gov. Deval Patrick even a little embarrassed about pushing a $2.8 billion-per-year income and business tax increase? Not a bit. President Obama, having jacked up the debt by almost 60 percent in just four years announces it’s time...
  • Mass. House strikes down gov's proposals

    07/11/2012 4:21:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2012 | Shannon Young
    BOSTON—Massachusetts lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Deval Patrick's proposals to scale back their efforts to restrict welfare benefits, close a state psychiatric hospital, and block a requirement for residents to prove they're in the country legally when they register a vehicle.
  • Mass. Gov. signs price sticker bill

    07/06/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has approved a bill that removes a requirement that food store owners place individual price stickers on each item for sale in their shops. The Democratic governor on Tuesday signed the law, allowing store owners to instead place price scanners throughout their stores. Customers can use the scanners to determine an item's cost. ... But consumer advocates say scanners can be unreliable, forcing consumers to play "guess the price" before heading to the checkout line.
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves new 20-year license for Pilgrim

    05/25/2012 2:04:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has voted to renew the license of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth for another 20 years. The agency announced Friday that it has authorized staff to renew the license before it expires on June 8. The NRC voted 3-1 for relicensing, with outgoing chairman Gregory Jaczko the only no vote. Gov. Deval Patrick called the NRC’s decision "extremely troubling." He and other officials sought to delay relicensing until pending safety and environmental concerns were resolved. The NRC says the plant is safe, and the 6 ˝ year review of Pilgrim’s application was the lengthiest...
  • Deval Patrick acting like contender for 2016

    11/15/2011 7:11:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 15, 2011 | Joe Battenfeld
    Quick quiz: Who is the Massachusetts governor currently running for president? Sounds too easy, right? It’s Mitt Romney, of course. Wrong. The answer is Deval Patrick.
  • Top Patrick aide charged with OUI, placed on unpaid leave

    10/04/2011 3:50:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 4, 2011 | Dave Wedge
    A longtime top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick was busted on drunken driving charges over the weekend and has been put on unpaid leave, the Herald has learned. Ron Bell, the governor’s $97,000-a-year community affairs director, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Brookline after being stopped for alleged erratic driving, police said. Police said Bell, 48, was swerving and nearly hit a median strip on Boylston Street before he was pulled over. He had a “moderate” odor of alcohol, his eyes were “glassy and bloodshot,” and he failed three field sobriety tests, according to a police report. Bell refused...
  • Deval Patrick’s rise from South Side to MA gov similar to 0bama (Adventures in Mediocrity)

    04/18/2011 10:43:06 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Apr 18, 2011 11:53AM | LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/sweet
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is the other South Sider who has made it big in national politics. “My life is often described as ‘improbable,’ ” Patrick writes in his just released memoir, A Reason to Believe, which opens with a scene where a 15-year-old Patrick braces for humiliation when he realizes he boarded a southbound Wabash Avenue CTA bus near 54th St. without money for the fare. The driver lets him ride anyway, telling him, “Just pass it on, son.” That act of kindness helped shape the values of Patrick, a Democrat re-elected last November after a sometimes stormy first...
  • Obama Rushes to Boston to Defend the Liberal Fatherland... from Liberation

    10/13/2010 10:09:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 12, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    After sending Bubba out to shore up the barricades last week, Obama himself is joining frantic efforts to save Democrats in districts recently thought safe for eternity... and they were- until now.He and the DNC have apparently deduced that 2010 is indeed to be an election like no other... and that they'll be the ones mostly on the receiving-end of all that pent-up electoral rage. Polls say it's getting uglier for them by the day, and the President's actions betray just how scared they are... even in deep-blue Massachusetts. Gov. Deval Patrick’s campaign announced today that President Obama will be...
  • John Tierney’s wife out of Deval shindig

    10/12/2010 5:15:31 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/12/10 | Laurel Sweet, Richard Weir, and Howie Carr
    In an apparent move to distance Deval Patrick from U.S. Rep. John Tierney’s family troubles, the congressman’s newly convicted wife was removed yesterday as co-chair of a deep-pockets fund-raiser North Shore Democrats are holding in the governor’s honor Oct. 19. At a function in Waltham last night, Patrick dodged questions from the Herald as to whether he pressured Patrice Tierney to back out or if the Democratic Party now thinks of her as a liability. “I think it’s her decision and a totally understandable one,” Patrick said. “I don’t know the whole story, but it sounds like a very, very...
  • Poll: Charlie Baker gains ground in tight governor’s race

    06/23/2010 8:32:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 23, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    GOP gubernatorial challenger Charles D. Baker is gaining steam in the hotly contested three-way race, coming within a seven-point striking distance of Gov. Deval Patrick in the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll. Patrick still has the lead at 41 percent of the voters polled, but he’s dropped from the 45 percent support he got last month. Baker has climbed to 34 percent - up from 31 percent last month - while State Treasurer Tim Cahill’s support has remained flat at 16 percent.
  • Massachusetts Muslims fire back at Tim Cahill over comments

    05/28/2010 4:37:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 464+ views
    AP ^ | May 28, 2010
    Muslim leaders in Massachusetts fired back Friday at gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill, who they accused of making "bigoted" statements after Gov. Deval Patrick met with members of the Muslim community. In a statement, a coalition of Muslim leaders called Cahill’s remarks "bigoted ... undignified" and "anti-democratic," and said the governor has a right to meet with members of all religious backgrounds. Last weekend, Patrick met with around 1,000 Massachusetts Muslim leaders who wanted to raise awareness about their faith and become more civically engaged.
  • Is Tim Cahill the "Tea Party, Scott Brown" candidate for MA Governor?

    04/08/2010 5:53:51 AM PDT · by suspects · 20 replies · 538+ views
    National Review ^ | April 8, 2010 | Michael Graham
    ‘Is Tim Cahill the real deal?” That’s the question I started getting asked last week after the Massachusetts treasurer, who is running for governor as an independent, launched his high-profile attack on our local version of Obamacare. “If President Obama and the Democrats repeat the mistake of the health-insurance reform here in Massachusetts on a national level,” Cahill declared, “they will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years.” It was enough to make a tea-partier shake his pitchfork with joy. Which was the point. By the most important measure — the $3 million sitting in his campaign...
  • Red tide giving Governor Deval Patrick the blues

    01/17/2010 2:52:06 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies · 1,110+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 17, 2010 | Dave Wedge
    While Martha Coakley’s campaign teeters on the brink of becoming the biggest political implosion since that of her predecessor, Tom Reilly, there’s another Bay State Democrat who’s watching the Scott Brown freight train in a state of terror: Gov. Deval Patrick. Patrick insiders say the governor’s campaign people are horrified by Brown’s surge, considering that Patrick is facing a candidate eerily similar to Brown in Republican health-care honcho Charlie Baker, not to mention a well-funded moderate Democrat in independent candidate Treasurer Tim Cahill.
  • Just deserts for Massachusetts Democrats?

    01/15/2010 7:18:18 AM PST · by free1977free · 11 replies · 602+ views
    A new poll from Suffolk University and the decision by two noted pollsters to declare the race a toss-up provide more evidence that voters in the Bay State could do the unthinkable next Tuesday: fill the senate seat held for almost 47 years by Ted Kennedy with a Republican. If that happens, it will be a bit of cosmic justice exacted on the state's Democrats. Not once, but twice, they changed the Massachusetts law on filling Senate vacancies to maintain their hold on power. ...Coakley's problems. She hasn't helped herself with a bad debate performance this week and a clumsy...
  • (MA. state)Sen. Scott Brown blasts Patrick administration inquiry with National Guard

    09/14/2009 1:04:53 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 52 replies · 1,616+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | September 14, 2009 | Hillary Chabot
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown is blasting Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration for calling the National Guard to check whether Brown’s enrollment takes him out of the heated race to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy.
  • Deval Patrick goes off deep end yet again

    08/22/2009 8:43:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 1,910+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 20, 2009 | Howie Carr
    Hey, Deval, if you thought your recent poll numbers have been abysmal - and they have been - wait until after this latest pool-closing fiasco. You’ll be . . . drowning. Do you know what the governor calls a Herald plane hovering over his sparkling pool and cabana on his $1.7 million estate in Richmond on the second-hottest day of the year? “Every rich man’s nightmare.” The name of Deval’s Berkshires retreat, by the way, is Sweet P Farm. Now we know what the P stands for - pool. Talk about tone deaf - firing Dan Grabauskas, not firing Jim...
  • State Treasurer Cahill to leave Democratic party, set himself up for independent run (Massachusetts)

    07/06/2009 8:25:10 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 49 replies · 983+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/6/09 | Andrea Estes
    State Treasurer Tim Cahill this week will change his political party designation from Democrat to unenrolled, the first step in mounting an independent challenge to Democratic governor Deval Patrick in the 2010 general election, two advisers said today. Cahill, a lifelong Democrat who has served as treasurer since 2003, would not comment on his plans, but campaign advisers said he will make the switch at Quincy City Hall sometime this week. They said the move doesn't necessarily mean he will run against the sitting governor; he has told them he will either campaign for governor or treasurer as an independent...
  • Gov. Patrick blasts Severin on radio show

    06/04/2009 2:09:18 PM PDT · by Andy'smom · 31 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 06/04/2009 | Jessica Heslam
    Bay State Gov. Deval Patrick blasted WTKK yakker Jay Severin on his own radio station today, calling his remarks about Mexicans “way over the line” - and said he was “embarrassed” to be associated with the Hub station. Patrick - who skewered Severin during his monthly segment on Jim Braude and Margery Eagan’s WTKK-FM (96.9) show - said he was “disappointed” that the station let the right-wing host back on the air this week. “I found Jay Severin’s comments on the air about Mexicans hateful and hurtful, really just way over the line and I was just as disappointed, frankly,...
  • Deval Patrick’s hackapalooza

    04/02/2009 7:17:46 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 40 replies · 3,422+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/2/09 | Hillary Chabot
    Gov. Deval Patrick has stashed four staffers in big-bucks jobs at several of the quasi-public agencies he is now vowing to reform - including one post worth a jaw-dropping $190,000 a year, the Herald has learned. Patrick ordered up a probe of salaries at quasi-public agencies last week as taxpayer outrage peaked over his tapping of Sen. Marian Walsh for a long-vacant $175,000-a-year post with the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority. But four Patrick administration staffers have landed at quasi-public agencies:
  • His Journey To The Dark Side Is Complete (MA Gov. Hacks Out!)

    03/26/2009 4:32:10 AM PDT · by suspects · 13 replies · 1,002+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 26, 2009 | Michael Graham
    [“Uncle, uncle,” - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick] Why are you crying “Uncle,” Gov. Patrick? It’s the taxpayers who are getting the wedgie. So a reporter asks you about your bone-headed comment about make-work jobs for your feel-good friends and you say “uncle.” But last I checked, we taxpayers are still on the hook for Carol Aloisi’s salary. And while paying Sen. Marian Walsh $120,000 is better than paying her $175,000, the fact remains that when you took office, Governor, the assistant executive director of the Health and Education Facilities Authority was costing us zero. So you get away with keeping...
  • (MA.Gov.)Patrick to be master of ceremonies for McCain dinner(Bleech)

    01/15/2009 8:23:00 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 25 replies · 509+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 15, 2009 | Foon Rhee
    One of Barack Obama's closest political allies and one of John McCain's will share duties at a dinner Monday night Obama is hosting to honor McCain, whom he vanquished in the November election.
  • Howie Carr thread, Week of Aug 17, 2008

    08/17/2008 5:13:15 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 376+ views
    howiecarr.com ^ | 08/17/08 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread beginning with his Sunday Herald column
  • What is this guy doing? [Patrick Budget up 80%]

    05/23/2008 8:34:58 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 32 replies · 94+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 23, 2008 | Casey Ross
    Despite a slumping economy and looming budget crunch, Gov. Deval Patrick has hiked his office budget by an astonishing 80 percent, adding questionable new staff positions like “director of grassroots governance” and pumping millions into an extravagant “civic engagement” program. “We know the governor had a goal of creating 100,000 new jobs in his first term, we just didn’t know he was going to create them all in the Corner Office,” said Sen. Michael Knapik (R-Westfield). Added State Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham): “People in my district are asking, ‘What is this guy doing?’ They get 1 to 2 percent increases...
  • Tuition aid to illegal immigrants falters

    05/22/2008 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 21 replies · 172+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 22, 2008 | Maria Sacchetti
    Governor Deval Patrick has decided against taking action to allow illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition and fees at state colleges and universities this fall, an administration official said yesterday, crushing advocates who were counting on the governor to deliver on a pledge to support the students. Earlier this year, Patrick said he was considering ways to offer illegal immigrants in-state rates, such as issuing a regulation, adding that it would be "the right thing to do." The governor declined to comment yesterday, but an administration source who spoke on condition of anonymity said Patrick decided that there were "significant...
  • Mass. residents continue to back casinos [SINCE WHEN?]

    05/07/2008 10:25:24 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 13 replies · 138+ views
    Channel 10 - Providence ^ | May 5, 2008 | NBC Providence
    DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- A new gambling study shows some Massachusetts residents who have not supported casinos in the past may be changing their minds. "Fifty-seven percent of Massachusetts residents still favor two or more resort casinos in the state of Massachusetts. That number is actually four percent higher than when we last did this poll in September," said Dr. Clyde Barrow, a public policy analyst at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The study was funded by a real estate development firm with land interests in the proposed Palmer and New Bedford casino sites. The research showed that as the state's deficit...
  • For book, it's Patrick as motivator, marketer (But does he actually believe his own B.S.)

    04/04/2008 4:41:09 AM PDT · by afortiori · 13 replies · 144+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 4, 2008 | Matt Viser
    Governor Deval Patrick isn't merely penning his memoirs. The book proposal he submitted to publishers reads like the roadmap for a self-help manual, one in which he will celebrate optimism, rail against cynicism, and seek to inspire a nation with his own life story. The 65-page pitch letter that led to his $1.35 million advance last week from a Random House imprint reveals, in its overflowing optimism and aggressive marketing plan, just how high the freshman governor is aiming when the book is published in 2010. It details a strategy to sell at least 150,000 copies through a "vigorous media...
  • Bio hazard: Gov’s book deal exposes him as author-tunist

    03/30/2008 8:42:03 AM PDT · by afortiori · 5 replies · 451+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 30, 2008 | Howie Carr
    How many times have I told you? With Deval, it’s all about showing him the money. Originality is not his strong suit; he follows in the footsteps of others. Jesse Jackson makes a fortune in the racket Tom Wolfe called “steam control,” and Deval shakes down Coke and Texaco. But when you’re building a $7 million mansion in the Berkshires with a nut of maybe $30,000 a month, it doesn’t matter how big your “severance packages” were, you always need more dough. So now Deval mimics Barack Obama. He finds some new marks and scores a $1.35 million advance for...
  • NYT THURSDAY: New Massachusetts Governor 'On The Ropes'... (drudge developing)

    03/26/2008 4:13:35 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 58 replies · 4,396+ views
    NYT | Drudge
    NYT THURSDAY: New Massachusetts Governor 'On The Ropes'... Developing...
  • Patrick fund-raising arrangement skirts law(Donations channeled through Democratic Party)

    01/23/2008 5:37:11 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 9 replies · 59+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 23, 2008 | Frank Phillips
    Governor Deval Patrick has set up a novel political fund-raising system that allows him to skirt the state's campaign finance law by channeling big contributions through the state Democratic Party, which, in turn, has paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars of the governor's political expenses.
  • [Deval] Patrick to unveil 'difficult' budget

    01/22/2008 10:31:40 AM PST · by Disturbin · 25 replies · 117+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | January 22, 2008 | David Kibbe
    BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is releasing a state budget Wednesday amidst the gloomiest financial outlook Massachusetts government has seen since deep budget cuts earlier this decade. Even so, there are early indications that Gov. Patrick will pursue an aggressive agenda as he begins his second year in office. He has already revealed the budget will include a $368 million increase for public education and an 8.3 percent increase in beaches and parks funding, to $100 million. How he proposes to increase spending in targeted areas, while closing a potential $1.3 billion shortfall and dealing with a slowing economy, will...
  • Bay State's $1B [BILLION] life sciences lifeline (taxpayer-funded stem cell research)

    12/28/2007 9:56:38 AM PST · by Disturbin · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Mass High Tech ^ | Dec 28, 2007 | Ryan Mcbride
    There are plenty of stakeholders with plans riding on Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed $1 billion state investment in life sciences -- from the people for whom life-saving innovation is being developed to the scientists, educators, entrepreneurs and businesses depending on state support to thrive and commercialize. Yet for all of the political wrangling, public discussion and media attention since Patrick introduced the bill in May, the bill has yet to move through the state Legislature, receive funding or prompt state officials to name a new executive director to the agency slated to manage the bulk of funding associated with the...
  • [Embryonic] Stem-cell bank, registry to open soon (funded by taxpayers)

    10/29/2007 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 3 replies · 268+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | Oct 29, 2007 | Worc Telegram
    Plans for an embryonic stem-cell bank at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for researchers around the globe took a major step forward last week when the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center authorized more than $8 million for the bank and an associated registry. It is a significant step in Central Massachusetts’ evolution as a major center of biotechnology and biomedical research. Interim chancellor Michael F. Collins said the bank should be operating within eight to 12 months, the registry even sooner than that. That is in keeping with the fast pace at which Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s life sciences and...
  • Patrick aides hint at Tocco's removal

    10/16/2007 9:39:50 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 35+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 16, 2007 | Frank Phillips
    Governor Deval Patrick, determined to exert control over the University of Massachusetts system, is undaunted by his failed bid last month to remove UMass board chairman Stephen P. Tocco and is still planning his ouster, according to administration officials. Patrick aides have been testing sentiment among UMass trustees and said they expect the governor to have sufficient support to remove Tocco in a matter of months. Patrick was publicly stung when his allies on the board could not muster enough votes last month to force out the influential Tocco, who is an appointee of Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, but...
  • Hearts, flowers just aren’t enough

    09/11/2007 6:51:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 414+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2007 | Boston Herald editorial staff
    If only Osama bin Laden had been hugged more as a child. If only the 19 wild-eyed jihadists who hijacked our airplanes and murdered 3,000 of our brothers and sisters six years ago had some kind of “human understanding” of the people they set out to systematically torture and kill. Then, Gov. Deval Patrick, would we all be sitting around together sipping tea? We’d like to believe that a few of Patrick’s lines at yesterday’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at the State House were the product of first-time jitters, or perhaps a truly clueless speechwriter. Unfortunately, the governor’s fuzzy recollection of...
  • Patrick seeks free two-year state colleges (Nanny State Barf Alert!)

    06/01/2007 5:20:43 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 16 replies · 564+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 6/1/2007 | Maria Sacchetti
    Governor Deval Patrick plans to unveil a proposal today to make Massachusetts' community colleges, among the priciest in the nation, free to all high school graduates in the state by the year 2015, according to documents obtained by the Globe. The proposal is the centerpiece of Patrick's vision for a "cradle to career" education system that would dramatically expand the concept of public education in Massachusetts. The plan, which he will outline during commencement at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, would also provide preschool for all children, extend the school day and year, and guarantee two years of community...
  • Patrick rips Bush in commencement speech: Says nation is governed by fear

    05/18/2007 10:52:07 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies · 1,093+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/18/07 | Connie Paige
    GARDNER (MA) In his first commencement address of his administration, Governor Deval Patrick called for civic engagement yesterday, while delivering a broadside against Bush administration policies. Patrick's exhortation appeared to resonate with many of the 656 students graduating from Mount Wachusett Community College and their families, who gave him a long standing ovation. (snip) Without naming President Bush or members of his administration, Patrick took aim at their response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, saying that in its wake, the nation has been governed by fear. Patrick said fear "drove us to round up people of Arab...
  • Bubba’s pep talk: Patrick weathers crisis with call from Clinton

    04/12/2007 11:57:25 PM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 3 replies · 511+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04/13/2007 | Casey Ross
    As controversy enveloped his young tenure, Gov. Deval L. Patrick says he took an impromptu phone call from former President Bill Clinton that helped rescue his fledgling governorship from the downward spiral of its first 100 days. “We were on the phone for almost an hour,” Patrick said of the recent conversation. “He reminded me just how important it is to stay focused on the (political) destination, even though there is an awful lot of effort to get you off that focus.” The tete-a-tete with Clinton, a mentor to Patrick who gave him his first government job, shows the powerful...
  • Poll shows concerns on [Gov.] Patrick [D-MA]

    04/08/2007 7:03:22 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 15 replies · 553+ views
    Boston.com ^ | April 8, 2007 | Frank Phillips
    --But popularity high despite his missteps-- Governor Deval Patrick remains a highly popular figure in Massachusetts, but his constituents are concerned about his performance as the state's new chief executive after several stumbles during his first months in office, according to a Boston Globe poll. Sixty-three percent of the 500 adults surveyed last week view the new Democratic governor favorably, which is comparable to his standing just before his landslide victory in November, when he received a 60 percent favorable rating in a Globe poll. But despite Patrick's continued popularity, only 48 percent approved of the way he is handling...
  • Statement From UMass President On Governor's Stem Cell Policy Announcement

    04/07/2007 8:42:10 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 206+ views
    University of Massachusetts ^ | March 30, 2007 | UMass President's Office
    Statement From UMass President On Governor's Stem Cell Policy Announcement Today & UMass Stem Cell Initiatives University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson today expressed his strong support for Governor Patrick's proposal to reverse state restrictions on stem cell research imposed by the previous administration, citing the importance of the research in developing cures for disease and in maintaining Massachusetts' national leadership in the life science industry. Wilson also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which oversees state funding for life science initiatives. "As the president of the University of Massachusetts, which does...
  • Romney attacks Mass. Governor on Gay Marriage

    04/03/2007 5:02:03 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 47 replies · 1,180+ views
    Flame of Freedom ^ | 04/03/07 | Andrew Surprise
    Mitt Romney, in NH today, launched an assault on the man who now holds his former office, Democrat Deval Patrick, over the issue of Gay Marriage. Patrick has just forced the state to recognize 26 out-of-state gay marriages, which would not be recognized in their home states. Romney had prevented the marriages from becoming official, this before he began enforcement of a 1913 state law that prevents out-of-state couples from marrying if the marriage would not be recognized in the their home state. Saying the action was an example of the need for a Constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex marriage....
  • Patrick shakes up administration; controversial aide for first lady resigns

    03/15/2007 7:10:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 805+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 15, 2007 | Globe Staff
    Governor Deval Patrick today announced a major shakeup of his new administration that includes the resignation of the $72,000-a-year aide he hired for his wife and the addition of new communications and political advisers. Amy Gorin, whose husband led Patrick's fund-raising committee during the campaign, was hired to handle scheduling and interview requests for Diane Patrick, a law partner at Ropes & Gray. Her resignation comes just 10 weeks into a new administration that has been dogged by missteps. To help after several weeks of negative press, Joe Landolfi will take over as a senior communications adviser to the governor....
  • Good luck, Lefty — it’s going to be a long haul

    03/14/2007 12:45:01 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies · 700+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/14/07 | Howie Carr
    You’re Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and you’re not in Worcester anymore. You have tire tracks up and down your back from all the times Deval’s crew has thrown you under the bus this past week. First it was the Ameriquest disaster. You got pushed out in front of the cameras to say, “No problem.” An hour later, Deval lobbed a press release out into the hall, saying, “Big problem!” Then, Saturday night, Deval’s moonbats left you hanging out in an Al Haig-like I’m-in-charge moment. It was another press release: Deval is going to a “flexible” schedule for a while, because...