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  • Giants and Patriots Toss Political Dollars to Democrats

    02/05/2012 10:51:27 AM PST · by jmstein7 · 12 replies
    open secrets blog ^ | 2/3/12 | Evan Mackinder
    When the New England Patriots and New York Giants meet on the national stage in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, it's expected to be an event far removed from politics -- just two tough and proven football squads, squaring off in the biggest sporting event of the year. Off the field, however, is another matter entirely.A Center for Responsive Politics analysis of political contributions by players, executives and coaches, in addition to their spouses, shows that both squads are fully engaged in the world of political football. And both are very much on the Democratic bench when it comes to political giving.
  • Scott Brown’s daughter paid thousands to sing at campaign events

    02/04/2012 1:15:43 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 53 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 2/3/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Campaign finance documents show that Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown's re-election campaign has paid his daughter Ayla Brown $9,500 for performing at three campaign events. The three paid events, listed as payments to Ambient Entertainment LLC, go back to December 2010 and include a pair of Christmas parties. Ayla Brown is a former "American Idol" contestant whose band has performed at several events with her father, going back to his first 2010 U.S. Senate campaign to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
  • Mississippi Most Conservative State, D.C. Most Liberal

    02/03/2012 1:37:18 PM PST · by Islander7 · 39 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | Feb 3, 2012 | by Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Mississippi remains the most conservative state in the union, and, along with Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama, is one of four states with 50% or more of its population identifying as conservative. At the other end of the ideological spectrum, 40% District of Columbia residents and 30% of Massachusetts residents identify as liberal; all other states have a liberal population of 26% or less.
  • Oops! FBI uses chain saw on wrong door

    02/01/2012 11:34:20 AM PST · by The KG9 Kid · 77 replies ^ | 2/1/2012 | By NBC News and news services
    A Massachusetts woman says the FBI used a chain saw blade to cut through her door and held her at gunpoint for at least 30 minutes before agents realized they were conducting a raid at the wrong home. Judy Sanchez, of Fitchburg, says she awoke to heavy footsteps in the stairwell on Jan. 26 and walked into her kitchen in time to see a blade chop through her door. "I took two steps, face the second door, and I heard the click of a gun, and saying, ‘FBI, get down,’ so I laid down on my living room floor,” Sanchez...
  • Fitchburg woman and daughter 'terrified' as saw rips down door after getting wrong address

    01/31/2012 7:07:49 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 71 replies
    Sentinal and Enterprise ^ | January 31, 2012 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- It was a horror movie come to life. Judy Sanchez woke Thursday to the sound of heavy footsteps in her stairwell, followed by a loud motor. She got to her kitchen in time to see the blade of a chain saw rip through her front door. "It was so crazy," Judy Sanchez said. "I was terrified." Jan. 26 was the day of Operation Red Wolf, a multiagency sweep during which 16 people in Fitchburg were arrested on charges related to gang activity, drug trafficking and illegal gun sales after a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law-enforcement...
  • (Massachusetts) Governor’s Council member Kelly Timilty dies at 49

    01/31/2012 12:09:49 PM PST · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 01/31/2012 | Matt Stout
    Kelly Timilty, who served on the Governor’s Council for nearly two decades, died today. She was 49. Timilty, who lived in Roslindale, served District 2 under five governors and was first elected to the council in 1994, officials said. She died after a brief illness early this morning, but no cause of death has been released.
  • Insurance Past Could Sink Elizabeth Warren

    01/30/2012 4:46:03 PM PST · by WillT · 13 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | Holly Robichaud
    How does U.S. Sen. Scott Brown win re-election in this blue state? Massachusetts Republicans win when the Democrat is damaged, such as U.S. Rep. John Tierney, who had no idea that his wife was filing false tax returns for the family gambling ring. Victory is also possible when it is an open seat, such as the 4th Congressional District, finally being vacated by Congressman Barney Frank. And Brown proved that Republicans can defeat a well-entrenched Democrat when the opposition is arrogant, elite and has a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. While Marsha Coakley and Lizzy Warren share the same personal...
  • Former Massachusetts Congressman Takes Graft to Next Level

    01/30/2012 5:19:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 30, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve written before about the sleazy and corrupting impact of earmarks. And I’ve debunked the lobbyist arguments in favor of earmarks.Heck, I’ve even done NPR interviews about this unseemly Washington practice. So I like to think I’m reasonably knowledgeable about the system. But even I’m shocked to learn how a former Massachusetts Congressman has taken graft to the next level.And I’m slightly happy that he’s been caught with his hand in the cookie jar and feels compelled to give up his share of the loot.Here are some excerpts from a report in the New York Times. A former congressman who...
  • Thompson: Mitt campaign has 'Drudge in their back pocket'

    01/29/2012 12:20:37 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/29/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) on Sunday attacked Mitt Romney for "unseemliness and overkill" in his aggressive campaign against Newt Gingrich, the candidate Thompson has endorsed.
  • Why Should the State License Drivers?

    01/29/2012 1:05:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | January 29, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    WITH MY DRIVER'S LICENSE expiring in February, I made a trip to the Registry of Motor Vehicles last week to renew it. To my astonishment, I was in and out of the RMV branch at the Watertown Mall in just 15 minutes. From past experience, I had expected much worse. When I renewed my license five years ago -- at a facility the Registry whimsically dubbed a "License Express" -- I had to wait for an hour and a quarter before being served. An earlier renewal had required two trips to the Registry: The first one proved futile when the...
  • Close Ties to Goldman Enrich Romney’s Public and Private Lives

    01/29/2012 2:46:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | Nicholas Confessore, Peter Lattman and Kevin Roose
    When Bain Capital sought to raise money in 1989 for a fast-growing office-supply company named Staples, Mitt Romney, Bain’s founder, called upon a trusted business partner: Goldman Sachs, whose bankers led the company’s initial public offering. When Mr. Romney became governor of Massachusetts, his blind trust gave Goldman much of his wealth to manage, a fortune now estimated to be as much as $250 million. And as Mr. Romney mounts his second bid for the presidency, Goldman is coming through again: Its employees have contributed at least $367,000 to his campaign, making the firm Mr. Romney’s largest single source of...
  • 'Gay' marriages put on Romney's shoulders

    01/28/2012 10:37:58 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 27 replies
    WND ^ | 1/27/2012 | Michael Carl
    BOSTON – A pro-family activist says that while Mitt Romney was the Massachusetts governor, from 2004 through 2006 the contender for the GOP presidential nomination handed out more than 500 one-day certificates for individuals to perform homosexual marriage ceremonies. Author and analyst Steve Baldwin says that the numbers are real, even though the records are scarce. “He likely issued a similar number of the permits in both 2004 and 2006, but the state records for these years are not easily available. One-day marriage certificates are permits issued to a couple allowing them to designate anyone they choose to officiate at...
  • Tim Thomas: Controversy 'media-driven'

    01/28/2012 10:18:07 AM PST · by rhema · 9 replies
    OTTAWA -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, who has become something of a political lightning rod lately, weighed in Friday on his beliefs that the federal government is "out of control." Thomas, who's drawn criticism for choosing not to attend the White House ceremony Jan. 23 honoring the reigning Stanley Cup champion team, reiterated that he believes his decision has been blown out of proportion. "[The controversy] is all media-driven and it has been from the start. Everything that I said and did was as an individual. It was not as a representative of the Boston Bruins," Thomas said Friday...
  • Multimillionaire Elizabeth Warren: I’m not wealthy

    “I realize there are some wealthy individuals – I’m not one of them, but some wealthy individuals who have a lot of stock portfolios” she told [Lawrence O'Donnell]. Hard to see how Warren wouldn’t be, by most standards, wealthy, according to the Personal Financial Disclosure form she filed to run for Senate shows that she’s worth as much as $14.5 million. She earned more than $429,000 from Harvard last year alone for a total of about $700,000, and lives in a house worth $5 million.
  • Former Mayor Kevin White has died

    01/27/2012 7:19:15 PM PST · by massmike · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | 01/27/2012 | Herald Staff
    Former Boston Mayor Kevin White has died, associates and politicians told the Herald tonight. Mayor Thomas M. Menino released a statement upon hearing the news of White’s death: “My thoughts and prayers are with the White family tonight. Mayor Kevin White was a great friend and a great leader who left a lasting mark of hope and inspiration on the City of Boston. He will be sorely missed.” White, the mayor of Boston from 1967 to 1983, presided as mayor for 16 years that spanned the turbulence of busing as well as the rebirth of downtown and the waterfront.
  • In Mass., Romney raised taxes, fees

    01/27/2012 1:11:07 PM PST · by TBP · 9 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | DEROY MURDOCK
    In fact, Romney increased taxes by $309 million, mainly on corporations. These tax hikes, described by Romney apologists as loophole closures, totaled $128 million in 2003, $95.5 in 2004, and $85 million in 2005. That final year, Romney proposed $170 million in higher business taxes, the Boston Globe reports. However, the Bay State's liberal, Democratic legislature balked and only approved an $85 million increase. Tax rates on many corporations almost doubled because of legislation supported by Romney, Boston Science Corporation chairman Peter Nicholas explained in Jan. 6, 2008's Boston Herald. Also, from 5.3 to 9.8 percent, Romney raised the tax...
  • Super Bowl Will Air in Boston (Sunbeam and DirecTV reach retrains deal)

    01/27/2012 4:59:55 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat
    Ad Week ^ | 1/26/12 | Katy Bachman
    Patriots fans can relax. There will be no blackout in Boston of the game on DirecTV. The satellite TV company said Thursday it reached a retransmission deal with Sunbeam Television, allowing it to carry WHDH, the NBC affiliate broadcasting the big game, WLVI, the CW affiliate in Boston, and WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami. The Sunbeam stations have been dark on DirecTV since Jan. 14.
  • President gives Sen. John Kerry another black eye

    01/26/2012 7:17:25 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 24, 2012 | Frank Quaratiello
    Obama called on lawmakers to pass a bill that would halt "insider trading" by members of Congress. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown introduced legislation last year to ban members of Congress and their staff from trading stock based on non-public information. Brown championed the cause after watching author Peter Schweizer discuss his book on the subject called "Throw Them All Out" on "60 Minutes." Schweizer’s analysis focused on members of Congress whose stock market profits correlated with legislative matters under their consideration. One of the politicians cited in the book for apparent "insider trading" was Bay State Sen. John Kerry
  • Gov. Deval Patrick insists public will support tax on soda, candy

    01/26/2012 3:28:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 26, 2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Taxes on candy and soda and an expansion of the Bay State’s bottle bill are two “widely supported” ways to increase revenue, Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters as he filed a $32.3 billion budget yesterday, just under 3 percent larger than this year’s.
  • Head Knocked Off Jesus Statue Outside Dorchester Church

    01/26/2012 5:16:33 AM PST · by massmike · 12 replies ^ | 01/26/2012 | n/a
    Someone smashed the head off of a statue of Jesus in Dorchester. “Sunday morning, about three o’clock, someone saw someone smashing the head of Christ, completely decapitating Christ and pushed the statue off its base,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday. “It’s so disrespectful. There’s no respect any more,” a parishioner said. “I wonder how people are raised with the lack of morals, that they would even think of doing that.” There have been no arrests.