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  • Deval Patrick’s shift on turbine plans may hit power users like storm

    12/20/2010 6:12:27 AM PST · by massmike · 15 replies ^ | 12/20/2010 | Jay Fitzgerald
    A broken campaign pledge by Gov. Deval Patrick could end up costing Massachusetts ratepayers big bucks if yet another massive wind farm is built off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. When he first ran for governor in 2005, the then-relatively unknown Patrick broke out of the Democratic pack by endorsing the controversial Cape Wind project. But Patrick’s support came with a little-noticed catch: He said Cape Wind’s developer should compromise by agreeing to a 10-year freeze on electric rates once the 130-turbine wind farm was “up and running.” But five years later, Patrick’s Department of Public Utilities approved a 15-year...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick’s judicial picks spark council strife

    12/18/2010 5:15:33 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | 12/18/2010 | Dave Wedge
    A quartet of controversial judicial picks by Gov. Deval Patrick — including the wife of a deep-pocketed state representative — have escalated infighting on the Governor’s Council as some members say nominees are being rushed through before a pair of lame ducks leaves office. Councilors Mary-Ellen Manning and Marilyn Devaney also are criticizing Patrick’s nomination this week of state Rep. Garrett Bradley’s wife, Heather, a Plymouth County prosecutor. Bradley (D-Hingham) gave Patrick a maximum $500 donation in March and has donated more than $36,000 to the state Democratic Party since 2006, records show. He’s also given more than $130,000 to...
  • Massachusetts governor's second term will push tuition for illegal immigrants

    11/17/2010 12:36:06 PM PST · by massmike · 10 replies ^ | 11/17/2010 | n/a
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday vowed to adopt the rest of an advisory panel’s immigration reform recommendations, including pushing for in-state tuition for illegal immigrant students at state colleges, during his second term. The Democratic governor made the announcement to cheers at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon. The group’s executive director served as co-chair of the advisory panel that made the recommendations. “Now, as we stand on the threshold of another four years, I want to commit to you that we will implement this report in its entirety, working with you, over the next...
  • Patrick to push for in-state tuition for illegals

    11/16/2010 2:39:23 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | November 16, 2010 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Gov. Deval Patrick says he’ll use his second term to try to implement the rest of an advisory panel’s recent recommendations on immigration reform, including in-state tuition for illegal immigrant students and more English classes. Patrick told immigrant advocates Tuesday that the moves will help better integrate the state’s immigrant population, seventh largest in the country. Last year, an advisory panel released a report on possible Massachusetts immigration reforms, and advocates have been pressing Patrick to push for dozens of recommendations in the report.
  • Raytheon's Layoffs Gets Muddied With Politics (DEVAL PATRICK PULLS A FAST ONE ON MASS. VOTERS)

    11/10/2010 10:23:29 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 34 replies
    IMPO ^ | November 10, 2010 | Glen Johnson, GAP Political Writer
    <p>BOSTON (AP) — U.S. defense contractor Raytheon announced a series of layoffs Tuesday just days after Gov. Deval Patrick denied asking it to delay terminations until after the state elections.</p> <p>The announcement follows three other rounds of layoffs announced by Massachusetts employers in the immediate aftermath of last week's elections.</p>
  • Raytheon announces round of post-election layoffs

    11/09/2010 7:07:33 PM PST · by massmike · 20 replies ^ | 11/09/2010 | Glen Johnson
    BOSTON—The Raytheon Co. is laying off employees just days after Gov. Deval Patrick denied asking the company to delay terminations until after the state elections. The Associated Press asked Patrick three days before the election if he'd heard about pending layoffs at Raytheon. He said it was just a rumor. He bristled when asked if he requested Raytheon delay any terminations, saying the company was adding jobs.
  • Early News Is Good News in Massachusetts

    11/02/2010 2:27:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review (The Corner) ^ | 11/02/2010 | Michael Graham
    The Massachusetts secretary of state is reporting that turnout is heaviest in the suburbs — exactly where Republicans need it to be if Charlie Baker is going to upset Deval Patrick in the governor’s race. If there’s such a thing as a Republican enclave in Massachusetts, it’s the South Shore area, and one South Shore town already had 25 percent turnout before noon. Also, a local PBS reporter appearing on my radio station this morning said that the voters she talked to in a downtown Boston precinct were breaking two-to-one for Charlie Baker. Meanwhile, Barney Frank and his partner were...
  • Boston Globe poll shows Frank up 13 over Bielat, but enthusiasm breaking for GOP (Bawney at 46%)

    10/25/2010 12:29:17 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Call this good news/bad news for Barney Frank in his fight to hold onto his job in Massachusetts’ 4th CD. The Boston Globe reports that Frank has a 13-point lead — but only gets 46% of the vote in a two-way race, 46-33. With a week to go before voting, Frank’s inability to get a majority may reveal a serious problem, and the Globe notes that enthusiasm may be that problem (via Jim Geraghty): US Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Newton, leads his Republican challenger, Sean Bielat, by 13 percentage points among likely voters in the Fourth Congressional District. In...
  • Why Barney Frank is in danger of losing

    10/25/2010 11:50:47 AM PDT · by Fred · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | 102510 | Steve Kornacki
    A new Boston Globe poll puts Barney Frank ahead of his GOP challenger, Sean Bielat, by a 46 to 33 percent margin. That may sound like good news for the incumbent, until you consider that Frank, who was first elected in 1980, has never won a general election by fewer than 20 points -- and that he's notched at least 64 percent of the vote in every race since 1990. It's not hard to see what's going on here. As I wrote back in January, when Scott Brown knocked off Martha Coakley, Massachusetts is a perfect example of how the...
  • Governor hopefuls stoke campaign flames - Massachusetts polling even - state in play

    10/25/2010 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Fred · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/25/10 | Noah Bierman and Stephanie Ebbert
    MELROSE — With New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie offering a blueprint for GOP victory, Republican Charles D. Baker brought 800 chanting supporters to their feet yesterday as he promised to replicate Christie’s victories in Massachusetts. In one of Baker’s most energetic events to date, Christie regaled the crowd at Melrose City Memorial Hall with stories of his election win over an incumbent in a three-way race last year and the confrontations with the Legislature over taxes and spending that followed, recounting it all with the gusto and bravado of a storyteller at a tavern. He playfully threatened to “go...
  • Rally Members Behind Obama Wearing Shirts With His Face

    10/16/2010 1:32:20 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Two men standing behind President Obama at a campaign rally for Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) are wearing a shirt with his face on it.
  • President Obama stumps for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (really creepy Obama photo)

    10/17/2010 5:21:53 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 72 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/16/10 | Roger Leo
    Barack Obama the vigorous campaigner showed up at a rally for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in Boston on Saturday...
  • John Kerry fires at GOP Senate nominees [a hoot......]

    10/16/2010 4:56:54 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    John Kerry fires at GOP Senate nominees By: Carol E. Lee October 16, 2010 03:49 PM EDT BOSTON – Sen. John Kerry took shots Saturday at Republican candidates up and down the November ballot, including a dig at Delaware Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell’s admitted dabbling in witchcraft. “You’ve got what’s her name, Christine O’Donnell, in Delaware,” Kerry said, speaking at a rally for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. O’Donnell, he said, “wants to take away health care." “I think she thinks she’s going to wave her wand and it will all disappear,” Kerry quipped, “but this is real folks.” Kerry’s efforts...
  • Obama campaigns for Patrick.

    10/16/2010 12:27:41 PM PDT · by Tessarie · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/16/2010 | Glenn Johnson, AP
    BOSTON—President Barack Obama was trying to help Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick win re-election on Saturday, but more important to his own political future, maintain a Democratic Senate. After a Patrick rally at the Hynes Convention Center, the president was traveling to West Newton for a fundraiser at the home of Caritas Cristi CEO Ralph de la Torre. The event was expected to raise $500,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It is charged with electing party members to the U.S. Senate. Obama wants to maintain a Democratic Senate to pass the remainder of his first-term agenda. Both it and a...
  • Cape Wind backers blew right by cost (by $2.5 billion)

    10/10/2010 5:42:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 10, 2010 | Beth Daley
    Amid the maelstrom of controversy over the nation’s first offshore wind farm, one truth is as plain as the proposed 440-foot turbines in Nantucket Sound are tall: Its energy will be very expensive. That’s not just compared with power from coal and natural gas, but with renewable power from other sources. Once the 130 turbines begin rotating, the energy produced will cost up to 50 percent more than energy today from some land-based wind farms and twice as much as some hydroelectric dams. The cost will increase customers’ monthly electric bills about 2 percent, and for many that is too...
  • Experts: Deval Patrick’s election defeat would doom memoir

    09/28/2010 12:34:18 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 51 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/28/10 | Jessica Van Sack
    A devastating Nov. 2 defeat could cost Gov. Deval Patrick more than his lofty position and promising political career - it could scuttle the happily-ever-after ending to his million-dollar “inspirational” memoir and turn it into a bookstore bomb, experts said. “It would be a horrendous event,” said Hub book agent and attorney John Taylor “Ike” Williams. “The publisher would have a hard time with that book.” The success of Patrick’s 200-page autobiography - titled “A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life” and priced at $21.99 - hinges largely on the governor raising his national profile. That’s a far-fetched...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick: Prez’s aunt isn’t ‘entitled’ to become citizen (ploy to win conserv votes!)

    09/27/2010 12:47:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/27/10 | Hillary Chabot
    Taking a rare hard-nosed stance on immigration, Gov. Deval Patrick scolded the illegal alien aunt of his close political ally President Obama, saying she’s not “entitled” to anything but human decency. “I heard that at one point she said she was entitled to become a citizen and I don’t think that that’s the case - with all due respect - I just don’t think that people who are here illegally are entitled to anything other than the respect you would give another living soul,” Patrick told the Herald. In the one-on-one interview - the first of four State House Insight...
  • Baker catches Patrick in new poll (MA governor's race)

    09/26/2010 5:00:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 61 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 26, 2010 | Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson
    With just five weeks to the election, Republican Charles D. Baker has pulled even with Governor Deval Patrick in a gubernatorial race shaped by anti-incumbent sentiment and unusually high excitement among Republican voters, according to a new Boston Globe poll. The poll results also suggest that independent Timothy P. Cahill is pulling voters equally from Baker and Patrick, raising questions about the conventional political thinking that his candidacy is undercutting Baker’s chance to defeat the governor in the Nov. 2 election. In the Globe poll, taken last week, Patrick, a Democrat, won support from 35 percent of likely voters, compared...
  • Deval Patrick a real ladies’ man

    09/20/2010 8:03:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 20, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Chicks dig Gov. Deval Patrick, a new Suffolk University/7News poll shows. This gender gap is oh-so-sweet if you’re the Democratic incumbent from Milton, with a full 43 percent of women supporting Patrick - compared to just 31 percent giving the nod to the GOP’s Charlie Baker, Patrick’s main rival.
  • MA Gov Slams Tea Party Hate and Anger

    09/18/2010 9:20:13 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 | Pam Key
    Mass Gov. Deval Patrick : “I see some pretty coarse signs.”
  • Gov. Deval Patrick vows to honor tax cut (Right.)

    09/07/2010 8:54:41 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/7/10 | Edward Mason and Richard Weir
    After repeatedly dodging the issue, Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday pledged to implement a state sales-tax rollback if ballot Question 3 is approved by voters in November. “I will respect the will of the voters,” Patrick told the Herald at a late afternoon campaign stop, after twice refusing to answer the question hours earlier. “But I think any responsible candidate and any responsible public official has got to be straight with people about what a calamity this will create in their lives.” Patrick’s promise to set up the framework to slash the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent if...
  • Of Obama Democrats, Their Contempt For Freedom, And Their Vile Health Care Takeover

    09/03/2010 3:41:39 PM PDT · by Michael Eden
    Start Thinking Right ^ | September 3, 2010 | Michael Eden
    The American people are now finally beginning to realize the fact that "Democrat" actually stands for "Demonic bureaucrat," rather than having anything whatsoever to do with "democracy." Let me quickly set a beautiful recent illustration for you: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had just been asked by an interviewer about the Glenn Beck 8/28 "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was asked, "Are you troubled that it was there when it was and where it was?" And Democrat Deval Patrick, the author of the "Just Words" speech that Obama pirated with such stunning success that it...
  • Deval Patrick Reacts To Beck Rally: “It’s a Free Country, I Wish It Weren’t”

    Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said in response to the Glenn Beck ‘Restoring Honor’ rally that it’s a free country, and that he’s not all that happy about that fact. Patrick said “It’s a free country, I wish it weren’t. The clip was posted by Michael Graham from Boston’s WTKK in which the Gov. was answering a question about the rally.
  • Deval Patrick on Beck Rally: 'It's a Free Country. I Wish It Weren't.'

    09/02/2010 8:41:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Deval Patrick on Beck Rally: 'It's a Free Country. I Wish It Weren't.' BY Mary Katharine Ham September 2, 2010 10:20 AM In this episode of "Better Know Your Democratic Governor," longtime Obama ally (and speech donor) Deval Patrick seems to commit a Kinsleyan gaffe when asked about the Glenn Beck rally held on the Mall August 28. The rally faced criticism from liberals, particularly black leaders who believed it was inappropriate to hold it on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Most of those liberals were wise enough not to question Beck's right...
  • Gov. Patrick wishes Beck rally was not at King site

    09/01/2010 2:19:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 71 replies
    AP ^ | September 1, 2010
    Gov. Deval Patrick says the Lincoln Memorial is "sacred ground" to him, so he wishes Fox News commentator Glenn Beck had not held a rally there. Yet the Democrat says, "It’s a free country," and, "You got to respect that freedom."
  • Under Fire, Baker Campaign Removes Web Photo of T-Shirt Linking Obama, Hitler (Must see photo)

    08/16/2010 11:01:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 59 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | Monday, August 16, 2010 | Frank Phillips
    The campaign of Republican Charles D. Baker, under pressure from the Democratic Party, has abruptly deleted an online photo of a supporter wearing a T-shirt that compares President Obama to Hitler. Governor Deval L. Patrick's campaign aides jumped on the issue earlier this morning, asserting that the presence of the photo of the woman wearing the T-shirt -- which has pictures of Obama and Hitler and a swastika -- is further indication that Baker is courting his party's fringe elements. The wording on the shirt says: ''HITLER gave good speeches and had his own symbol too.'' Next to Obama's photo...
  • Mass. mess: ObamaCare's ugly future

    08/16/2010 3:07:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2010 | SALLY PIPES
    Massachusetts' strug gle to make "universal health insurance" work continues to be an excellent peek at what the entire nation faces when ObamaCare kicks in -- and the picture remains ugly. Gov. Deval Patrick has just reached a truce with three of the four top insurers in the state, compromising on this year's rate hikes for the small-business and individual markets. Plus, the state last week passed a law allowing some small businesses to form cooperatives to bargain jointly for health plans. But the numbers still don't add up. When the Bay State passed its health-reform law in 2006, 9...
  • MA Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick Not Worried About Leftist Protests Aganst AZ Gov. Jan Brewer – Video

    07/11/2010 5:29:04 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report on Gov. Jan Brewer’s attendance at the National Governor’s Association Meeting in Boston, as well as plans to protest her by liberal open borders activists there. Democrat Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has criticized the Arizona illegal-Immigration Law, but said he is not worried about potential protests against Brewer.
  • UMass project must use unions (at a cost of $100 million)

    06/16/2010 1:22:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 408+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 16, 2010 | Noah Bierman
    A state authority voted this week to mandate the use of union workers on a $750 million overhaul of the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, a contentious decision already making waves in the race for governor. The remaking of the campus is a rare mega-project in what remains a sluggish economy for builders. Groups supporting nonunion contractors say the move is anticompetitive, politically motivated, and costly. Supporters of the union-only rule, including Governor Deval Patrick, say it will guarantee a higher quality workforce and eliminate the risk of union strikes, thus diminishing the potential for slowing down the complex overhaul...
  • Politicians,to honor cross-dresser who works with kids -- as Grand Marshal of Gay Pride Parade

    06/10/2010 9:09:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 16 replies · 464+ views ^ | 06/11/2010 | n/a
    It's madness. This weekend a swarm of politicians from Gov. Deval Patrick on down and major prominent corporations march in (and sponsor) the "Gay Pride Parade". They will be honoring "Grace" Sterling Stowell as Grand Marshall of the parade. Stowell is a man who wears women's' clothes and runs a homosexual / transgender "youth" group which targets public school children. He also works with kids in the public schools as a leading member of the Massachusetts Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Stowell runs BAGLY, the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth. BAGLY describes itself...
  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Imam

    05/31/2010 6:42:28 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 4 replies · 235+ views ^ | 5-30-2010 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    On May 22nd, Massachusetts Governor Patrick embraced the radical leadership of the Muslim American Society (MAS), including Imam Abdullah Faarooq who told followers they must "pick up the gun and the sword" in response to the arrests of local Islamic extremist Aafia Siddiqui and terror suspect Tarek Mehanna.
  • Patrick says Obama critics are 'almost at the level of sedition'

    05/24/2010 12:31:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 116 replies · 2,411+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 24, 2010 | Michael Levenson
    Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.” The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School's Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.
  • Deval Patrick vows support for Muslims

    05/23/2010 8:24:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 719+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 23, 2010 | Marie Szaniszlo
    n his largest meeting with Boston-area Muslims, Gov. Deval Patrick agreed yesterday to take aim at ensuring their rights and addressing racial profiling. The session came little more than a week after two Bay State Muslims were arrested in a raid following an attempted car bombing in Times Square in New York... Have law enforcement agency heads and others meet with Muslims to discuss the need for cultural awareness training. Designate a liaison to the Muslim community. Urge the public and private sectors to accommodate Muslims’ religious... Beginning his comments in Arabic by saying, “Hello, how are you. I speak...
  • ObamaCare Dominoes Falling

    04/09/2010 9:48:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 1,843+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2010 | C. MacLeod Fuller
    The predictable consequences of forcing companies to sell healthcare insurance to people with pre-exisiting conditions are unfolding. On Tuesday, American Thinker reported that a mere two weeks after President Obama signed ObamaCare into law, one result was that Massachusetts Democrat Governor, Deval Patrick, "rejected 235 of 274 insurer requests for premium increases for individuals and small businesses over the coming year" -- requests made by that state's three largest nonprofit insurers, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, and Tufts Heath Plan. Later in the week, the insurers simply stopped selling policies.  According to the Wall Street Journal, three of the...
  • (MA Governor) Patrick's (Health Insurance) Price Controls

    04/03/2010 8:42:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies · 571+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2010 | Editorial Board
    This is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney, the Republican governor and now Presidential candidate, passed in Massachusetts," President Obama said in a recent interview defending his national health-care plan—and few disagree, Mitt Romney excepted. So the Massachusetts preview of ObamaCare is all the more instructive after this week's imposition of de facto price controls on its remaining private insurers. On Thursday, Democratic Governor Deval Patrick's insurance regulators announced that they had rejected 235 of 274 insurer requests for premium increases for individuals and small businesses over the coming year. This power has been on the books...
  • Mass. rejects proposed health care premiums hikes

    04/01/2010 1:34:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 78 replies · 3,933+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 1, 2010 | Robert Weisman
    Making good on Governor Deval Patrick's promise to reject health insurance rate hikes deemed excessive, the state Division of Insurance this morning turned down 235 of 274 increases proposed by Massachusetts health insurers for small businesses and individuals. The ruling, stemming from emergency regulations the governor put in place in February, marks the first time state government in Massachusetts has used its authority to deny health premium increases. It is expected to have wide ramifications in the health care industry and in the gubernatorial campaign, where Republican challenger Charles Baker already has criticized rate caps. Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy...
  • Beware the ‘jobs killer’ Companies threaten to quit state over new tax on medical devices

    03/25/2010 6:09:58 AM PDT · by AU72 · 33 replies · 1,207+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 25, 2010 | Jay Fitzgerald
    A dire warning from Bay State medical-device companies that a new sales tax in the federal health-care law could force their plants - and thousands of jobs - out of the country has rattled Gov. Deval Patrick, a staunch backer of the law and pal President Obama. “This bill is a jobs killer,” said Ernie Whiton, chief financial officer of Chelmsford’s Zoll Medical Corp., which employs about 650 people in Massachusetts. Many of those employees work in Zoll’s local manufacturing facility making heart defibrillators. “We could be forced to (move) manufacturing overseas if we can’t pass along these costs to...
  • Deval Patrick to right-wing radio: I’ll talk!

    03/10/2010 11:58:24 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 9 replies · 574+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/11/10 | Jessica van Sack & Jessica Heslam
    Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s “open” to doing battle in the lion’s den of conservative talk radio as he struggles for traction in his re-election bid - and the Hub’s hottest hosts say they’re ready to rumble. Patrick has long refused to enter the studios of right-wing talkers who mercilessly mock him to the delight of their listeners. He’s had a change of heart as the polls tighten, declaring to the Herald, “In the last campaign, I was all over anybody who would take me, and I will do the same this time. “I’m proud to be a Democrat. But...
  • (MA Governor Deval) Patrick wants health cost veto

    02/11/2010 7:41:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 864+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 10, 2010 | Kay Lazar, Michael Levenson, and Robert Weisman
    Governor Deval Patrick is seeking sweeping authority to review and reject rates charged by hospitals, physician groups, medical imaging centers, and insurers, in a broad new effort to make health care more affordable, particularly for smaller companies and their workers. A 40-page bill filed by the governor yesterday proposes to give the insurance commissioner the power to essentially cap health care price increases. Rates hospitals and other health providers charge insurers would be “presumptively disapproved as excessive’’ if they increased faster than the level of medical inflation, and they could be rejected after a public hearing. Similarly, for health insurance...
  • Back to the ObamaCare Future (price controls in Massachusetts)

    03/01/2010 5:01:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 917+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2010 | Editorial Board
    Natural experiments are rare in politics, but few are as instructive as the prototype for ObamaCare that Massachusetts set in motion in 2006. The bills for "universal coverage" are now coming due, and it appears the state political class is prepared to do lasting damage to one of America's top-flight health-care systems. Last month, Democratic Governor Deval Patrick landed a neutron bomb, proposing hard price controls across almost all Massachusetts health care. State regulators already have the power to cap insurance premiums, which Mr. Patrick is activating. He also filed a bill that would give state regulators the power to...
  • The Easily Fooled Voters and Deval Patrick

    02/17/2010 11:12:50 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 8 replies · 415+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 2/17/2010 | eRtwngr
    Deval Patrick is a disaster. A perfect prototype of the same disaster going on in Washington. Why, his good friend Barack Obama even lifted the same campaign slogans and promises. And the land of the gullible bought the idea that one party rule would lead to bipartisanship, better government, and lowed deficits and taxes. Surprise!
  • Patrick cancels Plymouth appearance to avoid picket line (Massachusetts)

    02/05/2010 11:11:53 AM PST · by Sparky1776 · 16 replies · 496+ views
    Patriot Ledger ^ | 2/5/2010 | Nancy Reardon
    BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick canceled a speech in Plymouth on Thursday after learning that union members, mostly off-duty police officers, were preparing to greet him with a picket line. About 250 people from the South Shore and elsewhere in the state were waiting outside the Radisson Conference Center, said Jim Barry, spokesman for the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association. Patrick was set to speak at an annual AFL-CIO conference. Before his arrival, the labor group’s executive committee voted to join the police officers outside, Barry said, so Patrick would have encountered not just a picket line, but also an empty...
  • Patrick will certify Brown win tomorrow

    02/03/2010 11:04:10 AM PST · by STARWISE · 55 replies · 2,216+ views
    The Massachusetts secretary of state has delivered certified election results attesting to Scott Brown's U.S. Senate victory, moving him toward his swearing-in. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign the official certification form at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, allowing Brown to be sworn in as scheduled on Feb. 11. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray says Brown could be sworn in earlier if U.S. Senate officials agree. The later date gives Brown time to hire a staff and complete preparations for his new job.
  • From A Brown Victory Rally (Who's Next? John Kerry, Barney Frank, Deval Patrick!)

    01/19/2010 7:12:21 PM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 1,310+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/19/2010 | Michael Graham
    My radio station in Boston has been non-stop on the Brown/Coakley race for weeks. Three of our hosts are pro-Brown, two pro-Coakley. We were broadcasting from our own victory rally tonight in Braintree, MA at the very moment Scott Brown got the concession call from Coakley. He joined us on the air almost immediate to share the good news. The crowd of several hundred, packed into a room designed for half their number, exploded. Having not been in Boston when they broke the Curse, I can only speculate, but it must have been a similar moment. The crowd wouldn't let...
  • Massachusetts Democrats put Kennedy seat at risk themselves (RATS tinkered with election law)

    01/19/2010 3:13:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1,749+ views ^ | 1/19/10 | Glen Johnson
    Mass Democrats put Kennedy seat at risk themselvesBy Glen Johnson AP Political Writer / January 19, 2010 BOSTON - The special election that risked President Barack Obama's legislative agenda -- and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's dream of a health care overhaul -- would not have occurred if Kennedy and his fellow Democrats never tinkered with Massachusetts election law. In 2004, when Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts was the Democratic presidential nominee, Kennedy and others moved to block then-Gov. Mitt Romney from appointing a fellow Republican to fill the vacancy that would have occurred if Kerry beat the GOP incumbent, President...
  • 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.
  • Poll: Independents abandoning Deval Patrick in droves (Massachusetts)

    01/16/2010 12:34:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 1,006+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 16, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Independent voters have deserted Gov. Deval Patrick, an ominous sign in the first-term incumbent’s quest for re-election this year, according to a new Suffolk University/7News poll. “There’s a void, similar to the void that was filled with Scott Brown, that appears to be opening up with independents in this poll,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center. “That certainly leaves the door open for (state Treasurer) Tim Cahill or (GOP candidate) Charlie Baker, given that the independents are fed up with (Patrick.)”
  • Sgt. Jim Crowley too controversial for Governor Deval(Cambridge cop snubbed by MA Governor)

    01/14/2010 9:11:02 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 4 replies · 414+ views ^ | 01-14-2010 | unknown
    The following post claims that Sgt. Jim Crowley of the Cambridge Police was invited to speak at Randolph Police Academy's graduation but when Governor Deval got wind of the speaking engagement, the invention was rescinded.
  • Howie Carr thread week of Jan 10, 2010

    01/10/2010 5:54:02 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 17 replies · 768+ views ^ | 1/10/10 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Herald column
  • Tight race means days are numbered for Deval Patrick (Scott Brown looms large)

    01/09/2010 9:21:33 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 25 replies · 1,592+ views ^ | Sunday, January 10, 2010 | Howie Carr
    Deval Patrick is the canary in the coal mine for Barack Obama in 2012. And Martha Coakley is Deval’s canary. And if I were Deval, right about now I’d be looking for the phone number of Herald veterinarian Dr. John de Jong. The closer Scott Brown comes to winning the special Senate election next week, the worse it is for Deval’s already-dim prospects for re-election. I mean, Martha has but a supporting role in what state Sen. Scott Brown calls “the machine.” As attorney general, Martha is the official custodian of the state broom. Whenever a hack gets in a...