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  • Mass. targets smoking in public housing

    04/04/2014 9:15:54 AM PDT · by Drango · 70 replies
    bostonglobe ^ | April 4 | boston globe
    Governor Deval Patrick’s administration moved Thursday to stamp out smoking in public housing in Massachusetts. The Department of Housing and Community Development issued guidelines to the state’s 240 local housing authorities, urging them to develop smoke-free policies for their state-aided public housing units. Such policies would prohibit tenants from smoking in a housing authority’s buildings and apartments. Local authorities could not ban tenants who smoke, nor could they force a tenant to quit smoking in order to keep their apartment, as long as they do not smoke in any of a housing authority’s buildings or units. Smoking is allowed in...
  • Massachusetts dumping health insurance website contractor

    03/18/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Massachusetts is dumping the contractor that created the state’s dysfunctional online health insurance marketplace and may hire a new company to fix the Health Connector website, a top state official said Monday. “We have made the decision we’re going to be parting ways with CGI,” said Sarah Iselin, who was hired recently by Governor Deval Patrick to oversee repairs to the website, which hasn’t worked properly since it was launched last October. The state has scrambled since then to sign up thousands of residents for health insurance that meets the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act., resorting to using...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick moves to offset federal cut in SNAP benefits by investing millions in state money

    03/18/2014 10:47:13 AM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Following a change in the rules incorporated in the new federal farm bill, Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration announced on Tuesday that the state would be investing $3 million in additional home heating assistance for families to avoid the potential loss of up to $142 million in food stamp benefits for 163,000 families. Under the initiative, the Department of Transitional Assistance will be partnering with the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide at least $20 in heating assistance to eligible families through the H-EAT programs. The subsidy will qualify those families for an additional $80 in monthly Supplemental Nutritional...
  • Deval Patrick and the Curse of the 2nd Black President

    03/01/2014 3:11:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Root ^ | February 27, 2014 | Charles D. Ellison
    If two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wants to be a candidate for president in 2016, he’s faced with one problematic detail: We’ve already had a black president. Patrick, who’s the Bay State’s first African-American chief executive, is openly chewing on a bid for the White House, answering “maybe” in a recent Politico interview when asked about a possible run. “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince,” he said. “Let’s just see what time tells.” The problem, though, isn’t so much convincing his wife—who’s probably attracted now,...
  • Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick open to White House bid

    02/24/2014 7:04:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/24/2014 | By ALEXANDER BURNS
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signaled Sunday that he would be open to a White House bid at some point, though the governor has previously ruled out seeking the presidency in 2016. Asked in an interview whether he could see himself as a national candidate — not necessarily in 2016 — the second-term Democrat responded: “Maybe. Maybe.” “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince,” Patrick said. Prodded further, the former Justice Department official responded: “Let’s just see what time tells.” Only the second African-American elected governor of...
  • 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...
  • State's Obamacare website struggles spark inquiry

    12/03/2013 1:51:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | Chris Cassidy
    A top Beacon Hill lawmaker wants answers from the Patrick administration on the ongoing glitches, delays and error messages that have plagued the state’s woeful $69 million Obamacare website — which stumbled into its third month yesterday with continued flat sign-up rates. “I’ll definitely talk to folks in the administration and see where we are with our experience right now,” said state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain), the co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health. “It’s the issue of the day — technology and health care. Absolutely, we should be taking a look.” Even as the Obama administration declared...
  • Ethnic tensions flare over governor’s judicial nominee

    11/21/2013 2:13:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Michael Levenson
    Tears were shed and Hitler was quoted on Wednesday, as ethnic tensions erupted at the State House and threatened to derail Governor Deval Patrick’s nominee for a seat on the Superior Court. The charged struggle centers around the leadership role that the nominee, Joseph S. Berman, has played in the Anti-Defamation League, a national organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. Berman’s nomination stirred opposition because, for years, the organization refused to label as genocide the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1923, a stance that angered the Armenian community. But in 2007, the...
  • At Du Bois awards, the stars aligned

    10/03/2013 6:53:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    harvard.edu ^ | October 3, 2013 | Corydon Ireland
    When the stars come out, it is not always nighttime. Take, for instance, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremony on Wednesday afternoon at Sanders Theatre. The six medalists included a White House adviser (Valerie Jarrett), a playwright with a Pulitzer Prize (Tony Kushner), a U.S. representative called “the conscious of Congress” (John Lewis), an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Sonia Sotomayor), the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (David Stern), and a Hollywood director with three Oscars (Steven Spielberg). The medals, awarded since 2000, go to writers, artists, philanthropists, and others for outstanding contributions to African-American culture. Jarrett...
  • Massachusetts Governor Repeals TechTax Just Two Months After Signing It

    10/01/2013 9:30:28 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-1-13 | Alex Rued
    At first blush, the Massachusetts “tech tax” appears similar to tax regimes in other states. However, the Massachusetts tax on computer software services has a unique set of implications—and would likely have an unprecedented impact on the state’s tech economy. The software services tax or “tech tax” passed in July would tax all computer software services, including cloud computing and data storage operations. The legislature intended for the tax to raise $160 million for transportation improvements, but many believe the wide range of services eligible for taxation coupled with the law’s ambiguous language would yield upwards of $500 million. Massachusetts...
  • A partial list of democratic pedophiles

    03/05/2008 2:42:24 PM PST · by altsehastiin · 18 replies · 10,850+ views
    Democratic State Senator Dan Sutton of Flandreau, South Dakota accused of fondling a male page. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/24/AR2007012401966.html Carl Stanley McGee, 38, prominent gay activist, assistant secretary for policy and planning and top aid to democrat governor Deval Patrick of Massachuttsettes, accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year old boy in a steam room at a Florida resort. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1072114 Bernard Vincent Ward, former chief legislative aide to Senator Barbara Boxer, self proclaimed "Lion of the Left" on bay area radio, admitted transgressions too numerous to mention. http://prosites-prs.homestead.com/ward_new.pdf Davidson County Democratic Party Chairman Rodney Mullins resigned Thursday morning amid child pornography allegations, according...
  • Democrats say ‘rock star’ gov chances good

    08/22/2013 2:44:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | August 22, 2013 | Matt Stout
    Gov. Deval Patrick is a Democratic “rock star” who — scandals be damned — could launch a 2016 White House run if he chooses, say Democrats undeterred by this week’s double whammy of dirt to hit Patrick’s administration and political future. “This will pass like a storm cloud in the summertime,” Democratic strategist Steve McMahon said of revelations the state’s escalating drug lab scandal has tainted the cases of as many as 40,000-plus defendants and that the state ranks in the top three nationwide in welfare handouts. “If he decided to run, and I take him on his word he’s...
  • Obama Truth Team

    08/02/2013 7:49:33 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 7 replies
    facebook | Deval Patrick
    Deval Patrick I bet you're a lot like me. You care about what we've accomplished together because you know it's good for the country. And it frustrates you to no end that there are people out there spending millions of dollars to lie about it, because they think it helps their politics. Just look at what some are saying about Obamacare. Here's a reform that improves the health of both American families and American businesses. But some want to move us backwards -- at any cost. ... This isn't new to you -- and today, I'm asking you to keep...
  • Gov. Patrick on Zimmerman Verdict: "It's Just Sad"

    07/15/2013 3:01:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    wgbhnews.org ^ | July 15, 2013 | Sarah Birnbaum and Abbie Ruzicka
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick took a solemn tone as he spoke with reporters at the State House on Monday about the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. "It's just sad," he said. "I don't know what you say to a young black boy, or mothers of young black boys if the message of this is that you can be pursued down the street by someone with a gun and if you try to defend yourself that person is justified in shooting you dead." A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman on Saturday of charges relating to the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick says he is worried about push in Congress to cut food stamps

    06/22/2013 3:20:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 51 replies
    With new statistics showing a heavy reliance on food stamps in cities such as Holyoke and Springfield, Gov. Deval L. Patrick said he is concerned about a move in Congress to cut the assistance program for low-income families including tens of thousands of people in Massachusetts. "I'm worried about the future of the program," Patrick told The Republican. "I am worried about the fact that so many people need the program. And that has to do with the bottom falling out of the global economy and our climbing out of that, slowly but surely." Patrick, a two-term Democrat, said his...
  • Patrick: I napped while Boston was on lockdown

    06/06/2013 7:21:28 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 06June2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Behold the single strangest interview ever given by a governor with at least a possibility of running for the presidency at some point. Both the Boston Herald and Politico highlight the inebriation Deval Patrick indulged after the Tsarnaev brothers had been neutralized as their leads, but the Governor of Massachusetts could be forgiven for celebrating a bit afterward. But what was he doing while the state’s capital city was on lockdown? Taking a nap — until Barack Obama demanded to know what was going on:
  • Obama eyes Gov. Deval Patrick to replace Eric Holder at Justice

    05/16/2013 8:31:30 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 67 replies
    Chi Sun Times ^ | 5/16/13 | Michael Sneed
    Tipsville . . . Sneed is told that Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder’s days are numbered. Sneed hears President Barack Obama, who is this/close to Holder, has set his sights on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a possible replacement “when the heat dies down on the latest hot-button scandals to hit the U.S. Justice Department,” said a top White House source. Last year, Holder became a hot button over a congressional probe of the sale of government guns to drug cartels. This time it’s the double whammy of an IRS scandal and the U.S. Justice Department’s seizure of...
  • Obama Eyes Gov. Deval Patrick to Replace Eric Holder at Justice

    05/15/2013 5:12:52 PM PDT · by kristinn · 79 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Michael Sneed
    Tipsville . . . Sneed is told that Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder’s days are numbered. Sneed hears President Barack Obama, who is this/close to Holder, has set his sights on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a possible replacement “when the heat dies down on the latest hot-button scandals to hit the U.S. Justice Department,” said a top White House source. SNIP “The president will wait until the heat dies down — and a little time has passed beyond that — before he does anything to Holder because Holder is a close pal, and that’s a big deal...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Who wins if Hillary doesn't run in 2016? Some Dems crossing fingers that Clinton sits this one out

    05/05/2013 12:52:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | May 2, 2013 | Keith Wagstaff
    A new Quinnipiac poll comparing potential Democratic candidates for 2016 comes to a familiar conclusion: Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run, would absolutely dominate the competition. The poll has 65 percent of potential Democratic voters picking Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee in 2016. That's in line with multiple recent polls — including from Gallup, PPP, and PublicMind — showing Clinton as the overwhelming favorite in a Democratic primary. What's interesting about the Quinnipiac poll is that it conducted a separate survey in which Clinton was removed from the race. Which Democrats come out on top if Clinton decides...
  • Did Radical Islamic Leadership in Boston Influence Marathon Bombers?

    04/29/2013 5:33:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 29, 2013 | Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov
    Reprinted from PeaceandTolerance.org. “This is alarming, but I’d need to see a smoking gun.” That’s what a Boston Rabbi said after we’d spent an hour in his office walking him through mounds of evidence that linked the leaders of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) to terrorism and hate speech against Jews and Christians. He wouldn’t speak publicly about the radical leadership of the ISB mosque, he explained, for fear of giving offense, for fear of breaking with a certain understanding about these things, for fear of being labeled a bigot. For 10 years, this reluctance to speak honestly about...
  • MA Dem Gov. Patrick Refuses to Release Tsarnaev Records

    04/25/2013 11:28:30 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/25/13 | Mike Flynn
    The Brothers Tsarnaev, alleged terrorists behind the Boston Marathon bombing, collected some amount of state and, possibly, federal welfare benefits. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife, and daughter collected welfare until 2012, according to Massachusetts state officials. The exact amounts the brothers received is unknown, however, because Gov. Deval Patrick's administration is refusing to release information regarding their case. State agencies “flatly refused” to provide information regarding the taxpayer-funded lifestyle of the 26-year-old man and his accused accomplice brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the Boston Herald reports. The Brothers Tsarnaev seem to have been only marginally attached to the labor market. It is...
  • Gov. Patrick refuses to open welfare books on Tsarnaevs

    04/25/2013 11:40:00 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 35 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | 4/25/13 | Chris Cassidy, Laurel J. Sweet
    Gov. Deval Patrick defended his administration’s refusal to release financial aid, welfare, unemployment and other information about the suspected Boston Marathon bombers today.
  • Patrick administration refuses to release Tsarnaev brothers' records

    04/25/2013 3:57:16 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 47 replies
    bostonherald ^ | April 25, 2013 | many
    The Patrick administration clamped down the lid yesterday on Herald requests for details of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s government benefits, citing the dead terror mastermind’s right to privacy.
  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Imam

    04/24/2013 6:21:43 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/28/10 | apeacet
    Massachusetts political leaders (Patrick, Menino and Coakley) are exposed as enablers of radical Islam. Video at link.
  • Mass. Governor Replaces Boston Bombers’ Imam at Prayer Service

    04/22/2013 4:53:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    FrontPage ^ | April 22, 2013
    Americans for Peace and Tolerance is celebrating that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick rescinded an invitation to the imam of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked mosque to participate in an interfaith prayer service. It is now known that the mosque was attended by the Boston bombers, though it condemns the attack. You can thank Governor Patrick by clicking here.Imam Suhaib Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center said on twitter that Governor Patrick’s office suddenly disinvited him to the service and he did not know why. The Clarion Project has documented the Muslim Brotherhood links of the ISBCC and its parent...
  • Massachusetts Governor Embraced Imam Who Called for Picking Up Sword and Gun

    04/21/2013 9:12:07 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The media is still mulling over the mysterious motives of the Muslim terrorists. Meanwhile this video from Americans for Peace and Tolerance reminds us that the political establishment in Massachusetts has long been entangled with terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. Jihad in America doesn’t take place in the shadows. It operates with the complicity, support and even funding of American elected officials. What used to be basement mosques in the 90s that never saw an elected official have become megamosques that preach terror and get government money. Here is Imam Farooq getting a United States Senator and the future Secretary of...
  • (Massachusetts) Auditor finds 119 matches between day cares and sex offenders

    03/27/2013 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 27, 2013 | Chris Cassidy
    (Massachusetts) Auditor finds 119 matches between day cares and sex offenders "A shocking state audit released today revealed 119 cases where addresses for registered sex offenders matched those of child care providers licensed by the beleaguered state Department of Early Education and Care. .... But Bump’s audit also discovered EEC — whose $197,585 a year commissioner Sherri Killins resigned earlier this month amid a Herald investigation — failed to ensure child-care providers run required CORI checks on staffers. .... In a one-year period, EEC didn’t perform a single unannounced inspection of a home-based child-care center, which are required by law,...
  • Low-profile interim Senate pick adds intrigue to Mass. special election

    01/31/2013 1:44:19 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's (D) decision to name his former chief of staff, William "Mo" Cowan, as an interim replacement to outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D) came as a surprise to some — but it may have made the lives of both former Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Patrick himself a bit easier. By choosing a friend and longtime supporter — and a man with a relatively low political profile in Massacusetts — Patrick avoided the potential bombast and bomb-throwing that might have occurred had he appointed former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who had very publicly pursued the job. Read...
  • Massachusetts Gov. Patrick picks ex-aide as interim senator

    01/30/2013 9:48:25 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 45 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has selected his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State designate John Kerry.
  • POLL: Patrick moves to ban life without parole for youngest killers

    01/27/2013 7:49:07 PM PST · by massmike · 27 replies
    patriotledger.com ^ | 01/27/2013 | Matt Murphy
    As part of an overhaul of the juvenile justice system, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to file legislation Monday to prohibit mandatory life sentences without parole for youthful offenders convicted of first degree murder. The proposal is a response to the Supreme Court decision over the summer that ruled such mandatory sentences violate the Constitution’s Eight Amendment restricting cruel and unusual punishment. Patrick is also proposing to extend the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Jourt and the Department of Youth Services to 18-year-olds, and would eliminate the Superior Court and District Court’s jurisdiction over 17-year-olds. The bill would eliminate the state’s mandatory...
  • Candy, butts, soda, water: Gov's latest tax targets

    01/23/2013 12:43:09 PM PST · by massmike · 10 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/23/2013 | Chris Cassidy
    Candy, soda, tobacco, and bottles of water and sports drinks are all in Gov. Deval Patrick's crosshairs as he announced another $2 billion tax wish list in his $34.8 billion proposed fiscal 2014 budget at the State House this afternoon. Among the tax highlights: The cigarette excise tax would be hiked by $1 to $3.51 per pack. Taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco would also increase. The state would essentially expand the bottle bill to include water bottles and sports drinks on deposits. Candy and soda would no longer be exempt from the state sales tax. Patrick last week proposed...
  • Warren joins Menino push for tougher gun control laws

    01/19/2013 1:33:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Brian MacQuarrie
    Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Friday to press for stricter gun control and throw her support behind three Senate bills that are expected to be filed next week in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. “We owe it to our children to start,” Warren said at a news conference at the Parkman House, the city-owned Beacon Hill residence where Menino is convalescing after a lengthy illness. On Dec. 14, a gunman with an assault rifle and two pistols killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Warren said she will...
  • Howie Carr thread for Jan. 16-31, 2013

    01/16/2013 7:54:46 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 1/16/13 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr Show thread for the second half of January starting with his Boston Herald column, "‘Forward’? You’ve been forewarned " Excerpt: "They’re planning to HAMMER the middle class! That’s all you need to know about this evening’s State of the State speech. Here you have the working population of Massachusetts still reeling from the 2 percent pay cut imposed by Barack Obama earlier this month, and now comes Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax-crazed scheme, 'The Way Forward'.""
  • (Ma. Gov.Deval)Patrick: Controversial ex-public safety czar would be ‘great judge’

    12/13/2012 12:04:05 PM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 12/13/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan — who is stepping down amid a flurry of controversy — may be in line for a judgeship, Gov. Deval Patrick suggested this afternoon. Asked by a Herald reporter at a State House press conference today whether he intended to nominate Heffernan to become a judge, Patrick grinned widely. “Well, you know, she’d make a great judge,” said Patrick. “And that’s all I’ll say about that right now.” Heffernan was listed as a reference on the job application of Sheila Burgess, the state’s ex-highway safety director who resigned after her checkered, four-page driving record...
  • Massachusetts to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants

    11/19/2012 1:35:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Illegal immigrants in Massachusetts will become eligible for in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges, based on an interpretation of a new federal law by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. In June, Democratic President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary relief from deportation to some illegal immigrants who immigrated as children and do not represent a public safety threat. The policy allowed the government to grant “deferred action” status to these immigrants, which means they would not be deported for two years and they would be granted work visas. The government has started accepting...
  • Are utility companies prepared for another northeaster? They better be, Gov. Deval Patrick warns

    10/25/2012 2:26:53 PM PDT · by matt04 · 23 replies
    With a potential monster storm menacing the East Coast for Halloween week, Gov. Deval L. Patrick has given utility companies a Friday deadline to submit plans for dealing with the brewing storm, which some forecasters say could be a devastating sequel to last year's October storm. Early predictions indicate Hurricane Sandy, currently headed toward Florida's coast, might combine with two separate cold fronts – one from the North, the other from the West – to become a super storm capable of producing snow, gale-force winds and flooding. Patrick spoke firmly during a Thursday morning radio appearance on WTKK-FM, issuing a...
  • DNC: Dems engage tech, public to kick off 'most open and accessible convention in history'

    09/03/2012 5:22:56 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    Organizers say the 2012 Democratic National Convention here will contrast the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., a week ago by becoming the most open and inclusive political event in the history of the United States. And despite a shortened schedule running Tuesday through Thursday, Southern hospitality kicked off the week with several parades and concerts on Monday as the one-time first day of the convention was blended with CarolinaFest. Democratic National Convention CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a press conference on Monday that through public invitation and digital engagement, more average citizens will be a part of the action in...
  • MA Gov Mass Mails Welfare Recipients On Eve Of Liz Warren Election? "Coincidence!"

    08/10/2012 4:36:51 AM PDT · by suspects · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michael Graham
    In America, the wide-eyed and innocent believe in unicorns and the Tooth Fairy. In Massachusetts, they believe in “coincidence.” For 10 years a Lowell woman had been getting her welfare benefits at the local office without, she claims, being asked to register to vote. She never bothered to do anything about it until now. What a “coincidence.” So a group headed, “coincidentally,” by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter Amelia files a lawsuit on this woman’s behalf. Now, Demos has filed other such lawsuits in other states and in other years. But the one they filed against Massachusetts just happens to be while...
  • MA Gov Mass Mails Welfare Recipients On Eve Of Liz Warren Election? "Coincidence!"

    08/10/2012 4:36:42 AM PDT · by suspects · 1 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michael Graham
    In America, the wide-eyed and innocent believe in unicorns and the Tooth Fairy. In Massachusetts, they believe in “coincidence.” For 10 years a Lowell woman had been getting her welfare benefits at the local office without, she claims, being asked to register to vote. She never bothered to do anything about it until now. What a “coincidence.” So a group headed, “coincidentally,” by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter Amelia files a lawsuit on this woman’s behalf. Now, Demos has filed other such lawsuits in other states and in other years. But the one they filed against Massachusetts just happens to be while...
  • Coincidentally, fix in (for Warren in MA)

    08/10/2012 9:48:19 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 8/10/2012 | Michael Graham
    In America, the wide-eyed and innocent believe in unicorns and the Tooth Fairy. In Massachusetts, they believe in “coincidence.” For 10 years a Lowell woman had been getting her welfare benefits at the local office without, she claims, being asked to register to vote. She never bothered to do anything about it until now. What a “coincidence.” So a group headed, “coincidentally,” by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter Amelia files a lawsuit on this woman’s behalf. Now, Demos has filed other such lawsuits in other states and in other years. But the one they filed against Massachusetts just happens to be while...
  • MA Gov. Deval Patrick signs sweeping bill to overhaul health care industry (worst-er)

    08/06/2012 8:35:49 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 11 replies
    The Republican ^ | August 6, 2012 | Dan Ring
    BOSTON — Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Monday signed a comprehensive new bill to control costs in health care, calling it the "next big step forward" in overhauling the health industry. The 349-page legislation is complex enough that several leaders of hospitals in Western Massachusetts said they are unsure of the bill's financial effects on their institutions. "This is your house," Patrick told a crowd that gathered inside Nurses' Hall at the Statehouse to celebrate the signing of the bill into law. "This is your day. This is your bill." The bill, submitted by Patrick in February of last year,...
  • First Lady talks achievements, values in fundraiser speech at Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield

    08/03/2012 5:32:15 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    With more than 130 in attendance and about a dozen onlookers on scene hoping to catch a glimpse of America's first lady, Michelle Obama delivered a stump speech aimed at energizing the local Democratic base as she campaigned for her husband's re-election efforts. Among the attendees joining Obama for lunch in the MassMutual Room of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on Friday were NBA player Grant Hill, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, the recently retired former state Rep. Raymond Jordan, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno....
  • 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.
  • Video: Bain’s not a bad company, says … Deval Patrick?

    05/22/2012 6:19:51 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | MAY 21, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The problem isn’t with private equity or, er, “raping” companies, he says, it’s simply a matter of challenging Romney’s claim of being a job creator. Which, of course, is a lie: Go back and watch Obama’s brutal ad about GST Steel, replete with a worker comparing Romney and Bain to a “vampire.” It’s an attack on Romney’s character, not his job-creating prowess, which is in keeping with the whole tenor of the battle over Bain. Ostensibly it’s an argument over employment numbers but in reality each side wants something deeper out of it. Romney wants voters to come away thinking...
  • Deval Patrick defends Bain

    05/22/2012 4:56:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 22, 2012 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) defended Bain in an interview with CNN Tuesday, saying, “I respect what Bain does and its role in the free market system.” KING: [Clyburn] said Bain Capital rapes companies. He says he can’t support companies that go around “raping companies.” PATRICK: Look, the question is whether Mitt Romney has what it takes—the preparation and the experience and the empathy—to serve as president of the United States. It’s not about whether Bain is good or bad. I have friends at Bain; I have friends who supported the other candidate in my own campaigns. I respect what...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick: Ex-aide in sex flap can have job back

    05/11/2012 10:10:39 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 11 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1061130770&srvc=news&position=4
    A state official who opted not to take a key Gaming Commission post amid controversy over past sex allegations will be welcomed back to his old job in the Patrick administration, the governor said yesterday. Gov. Deval Patrick indicated yesterday that Carl Stanley McGee can have his old job back but warned that the state’s powerful Gaming Commission needs to quickly regain its focus. “I think we have had a number of distractions from the central work of the Gaming Commission, and the central work is about getting a new protocol and new framework for expanded gaming up and running,...
  • Mass. governor calls Alabama immigration policy 'hysterical and poisonous;' compares it to Jim Crow

    05/11/2012 7:45:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    al.com [AL] ^ | May 02, 2012 | Debbie M. Lord
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick compared Alabama and Arizona immigration policies to McCarthyism and Jim Crow in a speech Monday to students at Tufts University, according to a story on Boston.com. “The actions of various states to take matters into their own hands have been ham-fisted, self-defeating, and even racist,’’ Patrick was quoted as saying. The tone of Patrick’s speech Monday - he called much of the debate surrounding immigration reform “hysterical and poisonous’’ - has struck some state lawmakers and immigration policy specialists as more vehement than previous speeches, the story said. “The public discourse about immigration is as toxic...
  • Deval Patrick holds steady on EBT abuse

    04/24/2012 11:29:56 AM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 04/24/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Gov. Deval Patrick, who was first briefed on a long-running EBT-abuse investigation only hours before last week’s raids, defended the taxpayer-funded program again yesterday. Questioned about whether last week’s 53 arrests had changed his view of the program’s problems, Patrick responded: “This is a really important program. I think most people know that it provides modest benefits that help people with their housing, their employment, their education needs and obviously when that’s abused, that’s concerning to me, as it is to anyone else.” In recent weeks, Patrick had dismissed the Herald’s coverage of the welfare card issue as “the Herald...
  • Parole Board agrees to free three ‘lifers’

    03/29/2012 12:14:21 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 03/29/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A deadly armed robber once facing the death penalty, a Dorchester appliance store owner’s killer and a man who did nothing to stop a friend from pumping a Springfield resident full of bullets are the first three “lifers” to be set free since the state Parole Board was revamped by Gov. Deval Patrick following the Dec. 26, 2010, murder of Woburn Police Officer John “Jack” Maguire by a career felon paroled despite serving three life sentences. After 13 consecutive denials of parole applications, the board announced today it will release Vernon Miller, Benley Thompson and Raborn Allah on April 9....