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  • Cardinal Sean O’Malley Applauds Obama’s Immigration Plan

    11/23/2014 12:56:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Paul Burton
    This week, President Barack Obama set the change in immigration reform in motion by signing executive orders that would protect some illegal immigrants from deportation and allow some to obtain working permits. Obama’s controversial plan has been met with mixed reviews, but among those who support the order is Boston’s own Cardinal Sean O’Malley. “It’s much needed relief and we applaud what he has done,” O’Malley told WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton while handing out Thanksgiving turkey baskets in Dorchester Saturday. O’Malley said the president’s solution is not a permanent one, but a step in the right direction. “We have 11 million...
  • Gruber-ing through November

    11/21/2014 6:40:36 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 20, 2014 | Roger Aronoff
    In recent days the Obama administration has attempted to separate itself from MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber’s comments regarding the torturous way that Obamacare was written, and the “stupidity of the American voter.” Not to let President Obama’s signature achievement be sullied by potential bad press, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and others have disavowed their connection to Gruber despite long, consistent government ties to the consultant. The Daily Caller reports that “All told, Gruber has earned at least $5,893,100 for his work for federal and state governments,” with $4 million coming from the federal government since 2000. If Gruber’s a nobody,...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Milford 5th-grader suspended for pointing imaginary gun [Massachusetts]

    11/20/2014 11:38:25 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Milford Daily News ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Shaner
    A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School. Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun - his finger - and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian Taylor, Nickolas' father. “I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character,” said Taylor. “It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.” A conduct slip, written by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, lists the offense as a threat. Collins could not be reached for comment despite numerous phone calls and emails seeking...
  • Westminster Ends Bid To Ban Tobacco Sales After Outcry (Mass.)

    11/20/2014 7:03:30 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 7 replies
    WBZ ^ | 11/20/14 | WBZ
    A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. The board had initially said the ban would help keep a variety of tobacco products from young people, but businesses strongly opposed it.
  • Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: Westminster Won’t Ban Tobacco

    11/19/2014 6:56:39 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/19/2014 | Nicole Leonard
    There’s a time and place for everything, but that isn’t the case for a small Massachusetts town that could have become the first municipality in the nation to ban tobacco sales. The Westminster Board of Health withdrew its proposal to ban all tobacco sales on Wednesday after receiving criticism and outrage from the audience at a meeting last week. Board of health members Peter Munro and Ed Simoncini voted against the ban while Chairwoman Andrea Crete voted to keep the proposal for consideration, reported the Boston Globe. “It is obvious the town is against it and therefore I am against...
  • Why does Jonathan Gruber still have a job at MIT?

    11/18/2014 7:28:52 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    It appears that hoodwinking the American people can be fun and profitable. Fox News found, via a review of state and federal websites, that Jonathan Gruber earned $6 million in fees over the last 15 years. But the real question is, why does Gruber still have a job at MIT? He has admitted to fraud, lying, and deciet.
  • Jerry Brown may challenge Hillary for Dem nomination

    11/18/2014 7:26:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Signs are accumulating that California Governor Jerry Brown, fresh off a 20-point re-election victory and with at least $20 million in unspent campaign funds available, may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.  John Fund writes in NRO: …when his political aides sent out an invitation for a $5,000 fundraiserin Sacramento next Monday, there was inevitable speculation: Jerry Brown may run for president for the fourth time. If he challenges Hillary Clinton, Brown can claim solid credentials as a liberal leader. He has raised taxes on the rich, been an avid backer of climate-change regulation, and...
  • Reporter’s Gruber question prompts Obamacare flack’s eyeroll

    11/17/2014 1:50:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Chris Cassidy
    A Massachusetts Health Connector spokeswoman rolled her eyes when asked if the Patrick administration stands by embattled board member Jonathan Gruber, insisting state officials aren’t paying attention to the national firestorm. “Some of your colleagues saw me roll my eyes,” spokeswoman Kim Haberlin told a Herald reporter who asked about Gruber during a press event. Haberlin said there are no plans for Gruber to leave the board. “No, not at this time,” she said. “We’re focused on the next person getting into coverage.” Obamacare czar Maydad Cohen, Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang and Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • [Video] Mitt Romney Credits Jonathan Gruber For "Econometric Model" [Romneycare signing]

    11/17/2014 12:58:13 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mitt Romney
    Romneycare signing. Romney praises Gruber's "model" as "essential." Watch the VIDEO. It speaks for itself.
  • State of Michigan Paid Jonathan Gruber $481,050

    11/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Gantert.
    A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a “lack of transparency” and “stupidity of the American voter” were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state...
  • The Deceitful Selling of Obamacare Coming Home to Roost

    11/17/2014 7:54:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 15, 2014 | Roger Aronoff
    MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber’s comments regarding the “stupidity of the American voter” necessitating legislators to craft the Obamacare law in such a way that voters wouldn’t understand its impact, have sparked outrage, mostly from conservatives. But while Americans are focusing on comments that Gruber has now retracted, they should also pay attention to the real misinformation that he has been peddling about the signature health care legislation all along. “He called you stupid,” writes Ron Fournier for National Journal. “He admitted that the White House lied to you. Its officials lied to all of us—Republicans, Democrats, and independents; rich and...
  • Jonathan Gruber: RomneyCare was just a way to “rip off” the feds for $400 million a year

    11/17/2014 7:49:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Phil Kerpen tweeted out this advice last week: Yeah, he wasn't making his contempt for voters much of a secret. RT @kerpen: Guys stop trying to number Gruber clips. I've seen hundreds.— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) November 15, 2014 We may already have gotten to the point where numbers have run past their usefulness in identifying Jonathan Gruber’s serial revelations. We may need to start naming them instead as we struggle to keep up with his arrogant bragging. For instance, we missed this little gem that emerged on Friday, where the MIT professor brags that RomneyCare was set up —...
  • Massachusetts Town Mulls Nation's First Total Tobacco Ban

    11/16/2014 2:48:56 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 50 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | November 16, 2014 | William Brangham
    TRANSCRIPT: WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The town of Westminster, Massachusetts — population 7,300 — is a small, quiet community about an hour west of Boston. When the local health board holds meetings, it usually happens here in this room, where you can get advice about things like septic tanks and mosquito control. But not on this day. This meeting Wednesday night had to be moved to the local elementary school because the town is up in arms. MAN: You people make me sick! WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Why so mad? That Board of Health is proposing to make Westminster the first town in the...
  • Hillary Clinton seeks third-party opponent

    11/15/2014 6:33:51 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 87 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    Hillary Clinton has a sneaky plan to become the next president — get a conservative third-party candidate in the race to draw votes away from the Republican nominee. Clinton campaign strategists have concluded Hillary will easily be nominated in 2016, but cannot win the general election in a head-to-head matchup, Richard Turley reports on orbmagazine.com. “They are reaching out to Wall Street allies to do ‘black-ops’ funding for a run by Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum or Herman Cain,” a source told Orb. Hillary’s approval rating is stuck at 43 percent, not enough to win a two-person race for president.
  • Obamacare Architect: Ted Kennedy ‘Ripped Off’ Medicaid (Pajama Boy Busted AGAIN !!!)

    11/15/2014 5:50:15 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/14/2014 | Chuck Ross
    --SNIP-- Gruber said during an event at Simmons College in February. ”Ted Kennedy had managed to figure out a way to rip off the federal Medicaid program to the tune of about $500 million a year through a series of strange manipulations. “Here was Mitt Romney’s dirty little secret that we don’t like to talk about in Massachusetts, which is the way we passed our law is the federal government paid for it. “George Bush said why am I sending this Democrat $500 million a year, I’m taking it back,” Gruber explained, adding “Mitt Romney to his credit went to...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Read the Secret Emails of the Men Who May Run Hillary Clinton's Campaign

    11/14/2014 2:18:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/14/14 | Rick Klein
    For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for friends and associates that carries a provocative name: the “Mook Mafia.” The listserv, which one member said reaches more than 150 fellow campaign veterans, has been a means for Robby Mook and a close friend Marlon Marshall to stay connected with many of the operatives who would likely populate a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. Mook and Marshall have both been mentioned as possible Hillary Clinton campaign managers. Copies of a cache...
  • Terry McAuliffe: 60 Days Until Hillary Decision

    11/14/2014 1:59:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | David Catanese
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Hillary Clinton will know whether she's running for president in 2016 within the next 60 days. That's the timeline the Clinton confidante outlined to U.S. News' Nikki Schwab Thursday night during a conversation at the Knock Out Abuse gala, an anti-domestic violence charity event held at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington.
  • ABC News: Civil war among Democrats over Team Hillary lifeboats already

    11/14/2014 1:33:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Usually presidential campaigns don’t have infighting and meltdowns until at least a few weeks after the campaign officially begins. Hillary Clinton’s throngs of potential consultants and officials couldn’t wait a few weeks to begin jockeying for power in the Great Coronation March (New And Improved Edition). According to ABC News, someone on the inside of a private listserv has leaked e-mails in an attempt to kneecap two other potential campaign leaders: For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for...
  • Elizabeth Warren gets rock-star reception at liberal donors confab(fauxkahauntus)

    11/14/2014 7:57:52 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/13/2014 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Elizabeth Warren insists she has no interest in running for president in 2016, but the rich liberals to whom she spoke Thursday afternoon seemed unwilling to take ‘no’ for an answer. The Massachusetts senator got a rock stars’ welcome during a closed-door speech to major donors, one of whom interrupted her by yelling “Run, Liz, Run!”
  • Has Gruber-gate scuttled Mitt, 2016?

    11/14/2014 10:34:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 14, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    “It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is.” That’s what Rich Weinstein, the previously anonymous investment advisor who scooped the universe by uncovering Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s unrivaled contempt for the American public, told Bloomberg when he was asked how it was possible for the media to overlook these bombshell comments.
  • Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted

    11/13/2014 12:17:40 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | Sean P. Murphy
    WESTMINSTER — An unruly public hearing on a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products came to a sudden and rowdy halt Wednesday evening after shouting and clapping opponents of the ban repeatedly refused the chairwoman’s request to come to order. The ban, proposed by the Board of Health in this Central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state. It has led to angry reactions from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allow government too much discretion in controlling private conduct. “This is about freedom; it’s my body and...
  • MIT Procedures for Academic Misconduct (how to terminate Jonathan Gruber tenure)

    11/12/2014 11:24:24 AM PST · by SteveH · 45 replies
    MIT ^ | MIT
    10.1 Procedures for Dealing with Academic Misconduct in Research and Scholarship Unethical behavior in research and scholarship strikes at the heart of the scholarly and educational enterprise. A shared understanding of expectations and responsibilities is, therefore, critical — not only to the quality of the research enterprise but also to the collegial life of this community. Academic misconduct can take many forms, including fabrication or falsification of data, theft of ideas or direct plagiarism, and deliberate interference with the integrity of the work of others. Whatever the form, academic misconduct is behavior that may lead to a variety of disciplinary...
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.
  • Unruly Crowd Shuts Down Westminster Tobacco Ban Meeting

    11/12/2014 9:10:55 PM PST · by barmag25 · 31 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 11/12/14 | By Nicole Leonard
    They may take our lives, but they’ll never take . . . our cigarettes? Westminster may become the first municipality in the country to ban all tobacco sales, but some businesses and town members are not ready to give up their Marlboros, Camels and Parliaments. A public hearing on a potential tobacco ban in the western Massachusetts town of Westminster was shut down Wednesday night after boisterous audience members loudly voiced their opposition to the ban.
  • Boy On Dennis-Yarmouth Field Hockey Team Draws Critics

    11/12/2014 12:23:06 PM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 25 replies
    If it’s called the girls’ field hockey team, then why is there a boy on the field? That’s what some parents were asking as they watched Dennis-Yarmouth face off against Acton-Boxboro Tuesday with goalie Max Allen protecting the DY goal net. “Look at him lined up with everybody else. I mean, there’s such a physical difference,” said Maura Champigny watching her daughter’s team face Allen. “Having a boy in a field hockey net somehow doesn’t sit well.” It’s a battle high school sports officials have tested before. In fact the MIAA challenged the issue all the way to the Massachusetts...
  • 2 Springfield (MA) men, warned by police to stay out of trouble, charged with robbery 2 min. later

    11/11/2014 5:05:00 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    Two city men were arrested late Saturday night for robbing two people on Orange Street, just a few minutes after each was warned by police about not bothering people, police said. The two men, Tyrone Hill, 31, of 245 Morton St., and Rico Swinton, 21, of 50 Parkerview St. were each charged with two counts of unarmed robbery and resisting arrest. Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said Hill and Swinton knocked one victim off his bike and stolen another victim's cell phone. Officers Christopher Collins and David Robillard gave chase and quickly apprehended the pair, and recovered all the stolen...
  • GOP’s gay outreach plan fails as both homosexual candidates for House are defeated

    11/10/2014 2:41:40 PM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    After five days of ballot counting, it’s official – neither of the two openly homosexual Republican candidates for U.S. House won their races last Tuesday. They lost despite strong public backing from Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, and other high-profile GOP leaders, who aggressively promoted the two men as part of their “Young Guns” recruitment program after concluding in a post-2012 election report that the party’s position against same-sex “marriage” was hurting them with millennial voters. In Massachusetts, former state senator Richard Tisei was defeated by 14 percentage points by Democrat Seth Moulton, a former Marine and combat...
  • Common Core Boosts Homeschooling

    11/10/2014 8:15:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Naysayers take note: Common Core has had at least one unanticipated positive outcome. “Home schooling has steadily risen in North Carolina since it was legalized in 1985 by the state Supreme Court,” T. Keung Hui reported on News Observer.com on August 13, 2014. “Twenty-five years ago, there were about 2,300 home-schooled students in North Carolina.” “But concerns about school violence, lack of a religious focus and the large size of public schools have helped fuel home-school growth.” “And home-school growth in North Carolina has surged the past two school years. There was a net gain of 7,603 home schools in...
  • Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco ban (Westminster)

    11/09/2014 4:25:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 2:23 PM EST | Amy Crawford
    The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way. This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America’s tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines. …
  • Baker (MA Gov-elect): No driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants under Real ID

    11/08/2014 9:57:29 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 7 Nov 2014 | Matt Ingersoll
    Gov.-elect Charlie Baker this morning said he would nix a Patrick administration plan to issue special driver’s licenses to non-citizens to comply with new federal rules. “I don’t support issuing driver’s licenses to people who are undocumented,” he said this morning on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” with Joe Battenfeld and Jaclyn Cashma
  • Democrats Discover Race Baiting

    11/08/2014 5:44:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Actually the Democrats have been race baiting for decades. And it’s not going away. Using fear and race-polarizing agitation to drive minority voters to the polls is going to be the increasingly overt face of the Democratic Party. They can’t win any other way. What’s new is that the mainstream media has suddenly discovered all of this.Through the years, these same news outlets have wasted no time at all in spotting anything that even hints of Republican race baiting. Take the presidential campaign of 1988.Willie Horton was a black murder convict who raped a white woman and stabbed her boyfriend...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 7,2014

    11/07/2014 2:29:20 PM PST · by Biggirl · 69 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 7,2014 | Mark Levin
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  • Baker's gov win -- the one that almost got away

    11/07/2014 4:43:10 AM PST · by luke1825 · 11 replies
    lowell Sun ^ | 11/4 | Peter Lucas
    One week longer and Republican Charlie Baker would have been toast. Now he's the next governor, defeating Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley by a very slim margin. He was lucky. Baker most likely would not have won had Coakley more time to pound away at his Hemingway-like tale about the woes of a shadowy New Bedford fisherman. This was the mysterious fisherman who brought Baker to tears during his telling of the story during the closing of their last televised debate
  • Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren set to campaign for Grimes in Kentucky just before election

    10/28/2014 2:55:29 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 21 replies
    WDRB ^ | 10/28/2014
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Alison Grimes's campaign says Hillary Clinton will return to Kentucky on November first for a last minute push before Election Day. Grimes will also be welcoming Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as well. Warren will be at a Grimes rally at Copper and Kings distillery in Butchertown on Tuesday evening. Over the weekend, Grimes will join Clinton at campaign events in Northern Kentucky and Lexington, just a few weeks after Hillary Clinton appeared in Louisville to speak on behalf of Grimes. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will be at an Alison Lundergan Grimes rally at Copper and Kings...
  • Name-calling bruises US-Israel relations

    11/06/2014 5:17:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 01, 2014 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    A senior Obama administration official recently told journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “chickenshit.” A second senior official also reportedly called Netanyahu a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat. If these reports are accurate, did the Obama administration — indeed perhaps President Obama himself — authorize the officials to issue these highly provocative statements? The White House has tried to distance itself from the remarks, but it seems unlikely that two senior administration officials would use such explosive words without White House approval. Goldberg says that this is the way American and Israeli...
  • Richard Tisei’s in line for
 Team Charlie post

    11/06/2014 6:15:39 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 11/06/2014 | Matt Stout
    Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s search for his top lieutenants may lead him to a familiar face in Richard Tisei, according to veteran Republicans, who say Tisei’s availability and Beacon Hill track record make him a leading option as Baker builds his administration. “The one name on everybody’s mind is Richard Tisei,” said one party insider, who pointed to Tisei and Baker’s long history — they were running mates in 2010 — and the timing, given Tisei’s loss to Democrat Seth Moulton in Tuesday night’s 6th Congressional District race. “They have a close relationship, he knows the State House. It wouldn’t surprise...
  • Wow! Just Wow!

    11/06/2014 4:17:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    I’d almost forgotten to write this column. I’m sitting here watching election returns, and I am just stunned. Massachusetts? Maryland? MARYLAND?!?! Forget the Senate for a minute, or the massive Republican majority in the House, and think about the fact that Republicans did so well in the gubernatorial races across the country. In Michigan, after passing a “Right-To-Work” law, Gov. Rick Snyder wins handily. Union money and muscle plus President Obama campaigning against him couldn’t sink a man with the Twitter handle @OneToughNerd. Speaking of unions, no one had a bigger target placed on their back by the unions than...
  • LGBT Community Has ‘Serious Concerns’ About Lt. Gov.-Elect Karyn Polito

    11/05/2014 8:08:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 5, 2014 | Eric Levenson
    Lieutenant Governor-elect Karyn Polito’s history of opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender rights as a state representative has members of the LGBT community warily eyeing the Republican political leader. Just a day after the Republican gubernatorial ticket of Charlie Baker and Polito was elected into office, Sue O’Connell, co-publisher of LGBT-focused publication Bay Windows, said she has “serious concerns” about Polito on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio.
  • "Statement on Howie Carr" - car accident

    11/05/2014 2:20:44 PM PST · by blackpack · 25 replies
    WRKO ^ | November 5, 2014
    Statement on Howie Carr [View] Wednesday, November 5, 2014 To All Members of The WRKO Listening Family: I'm sad to report our good friend and colleague Howie Carr was injured today in an auto accident. Those of us who know, love and respect Howie and his work recognize what an important day Tuesday was for him and why he toiled through the night to compose his columns and prepare for the post-election radio show today. The Republican surge that swept across America was something Howie predicted and so urgently wanted to share with each of you on the air throughout...
  • Boston Marathon suspect's sister pleads guilty

    11/05/2014 7:55:33 AM PST · by bgill · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Denise Lavoie
    A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors. Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, entered the plea in South Boston Municipal Court... prosecutors also considered separate charges pending against Tsarnaeva in New York, where she is accused of threatening to "put a bomb" on a perceived romantic rival.
  • Lame: Barnicle Says Menino's Passing Could Be to Blame for Coakley Loss

    11/05/2014 6:47:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle could be the early leader in the race for the lamest excuse for a Dem loss. On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle claimed that the death of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino "disrupted" the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign, and that but for it, Martha Coakley might have "pulled it out." Really? Menino might not have been the most silver-tongued speaker, but the five-time Beantown mayor was a popular figure in the Bay State. It's not hard to imagine that far from hurting Coakley's campaign, Menino's passing might have prompted some sympathy votes for her, a fellow Dem. View the video here.
  • Democrat Maura Healey tops GOP's Miller to become the nation's 1st openly gay attorney general

    11/05/2014 5:00:23 AM PST · by massmike · 15 replies
    myfoxboston.com ^ | 11/05/2014 | n/a
    Democrat Maura Healey has won the race for Massachusetts attorney general, topping Republican John Miller to become the nation's first openly gay candidate elected to the top law enforcement job. The 43-year-old Healey spent seven years in the attorney general's office and was the former chief of the civil rights division. She said she had the experience to do the job and hit the ground running. Miller had argued Healey would continue in the vein of Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, with too strong a focus on prosecution and not enough on preventing fraud and abuse. Coakley opted to run...
  • MA Gov: too close to call; no Coakley concession yet

    11/04/2014 9:27:05 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    WHDH TV ^ | 11/4/14 | raccoonradio
    Update: MA Dem governor candidate Martha Coakley will not concede tonight; they are hoping to be within one half of one per cent which would trigger an automatic recount. Repub gov candidate Charlie Baker may say a statement soon but probably would not give a victory speech, as it's not polite (or good karma) to declare victory without getting concession from your opponent. Coakley supporters being sent home. 95% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Charlie Baker (R) 969,110 48% Martha Coakley (D) 945,815 47%
  • Sorry Ben Stein, These Presidents Were Way More Racist Than Obama

    11/04/2014 1:24:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 84 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 4, 2014 | Shan Wang
    Ben Stein—lawyer, Nixon speechwriter, and erstwhile actor known for his turn as Ferris Bueller’s economics teacher—stopped by Fox News on Sunday with some choice words for the Obama administration. “This president is the most racist president there has ever been in America,” he told Fox News. Most racist? Plenty past presidents could challenge Obama for that title. Here are some strong contenders: you be the judge.
  • 10:18 AM 9 AM Update: Boston Turnout Slightly Behind 2010(First turn-out data points)

    11/04/2014 9:24:23 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    WBUR ^ | 4 Nov 2014 | By Steve Koczela, Rich Parr, Paul McMorrow
    The Boston Elections Department has reported that 26,765 people have voted as of 9 a.m., representing 6.98 percent of the registered voters in Boston. This gives us a good indication of how many people will have voted by the end of the day, both in Boston and statewide. There is a fairly stable relationship between the turnout updates and final turnout, both at the city and state levels. This chart shows the projected figures for turnout through the rest of the day in Boston. We will update the chart when the noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. updates arrive from...
  • Voting for Romney (D-Mass.): The Worst Mistake a Conservative Could Make

    05/16/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 353 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 7 Apr 12 | LD
     Thanks to LD for allowing me to publish this lengthy article that is mirror-posted at The Country Thinker. It will be shocking to some, but I have been accused (politely) of being crazy, insane, and a variety of similar expressions over my political positions. This is my rebuttal to explain in detail why I am not.I don’t normally post on Saturday, but I had a conversation with a political consultant friend of mine on Thursday and what we discussed is just too critical to let slide. (I can’t mention his name because he does paying work for the Big Two;...
  • The 15 Worst Democrat Gaffes This Election

    11/02/2014 10:37:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    This started as a top ten list.Let's face it, with President Obama's awful approval ratings and the unfortunate consequences of Obamacare felt like a sting around the country, Democrats were already vulnerable in this year's midterm elections. These gaffes certainly won't help. Let's take a look at some of the worst mistakes Dems have made on the campaign trail so far:1.) That awful/insensitive/shameful and now infamous ad from the Wendy Davis (D-TX) gubernatorial campaign. 2.) Those colorful campaign memos from Michelle Nunn’s (D-GA) campaign, in which her own campaign referred to her as a “lightweight.” 3.) Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) saying he was...
  • Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, has died at 71

    10/30/2014 12:16:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Bryan Marquard and Jim O’Sullivan
    Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn’t need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston’s economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall, died Thursday. He was 71 and was diagnosed with advanced cancer not long after leaving office at the beginning of this year.
  • Baker up 3 points over Coakley in new Suffolk-Herald poll

    10/30/2014 6:56:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 30, 2014 | Joe Battenfeld
    Republican Charlie Baker has climbed to a 3-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for governor, while a push to repeal casinos in Massachusetts appears to be headed for a lopsided defeat, a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll shows. Baker's 46-43 percent lead is well within the poll's margin of error but the GOP nominee holds several key advantages over his Democratic opponent heading into the campaign's final few days, according to the Suffolk-Herald poll of 500 likely voters. Just 6 percent of voters say they are undecided.