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  • (Tim) Thomas makes second political statement (Stands With Catholics)

    02/08/2012 7:57:40 PM PST · by nhwingut · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Comcast Sports New England ^ | 02/08/12 | Joe Haggerty
    BUFFALO – Tim Thomas is at it again. The 37-year-old goaltender only just recently rode out the storm created by his decision to skip a White House visit with his Bruins teammates several weeks ago. But on Wednesday he decided to weigh in on a political issue via his Facebook page. Thomas won’t be getting the start against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night at the First Niagara Center, so perhaps he had some extra free time to surf the web and update his social media pages. Thomas wrote out a quick Facebook message hitting on a hot-button political, including...
  • Hightower v. Boston Licensing To Carry Lawsuit Appeal Filed(MA)

    02/07/2012 7:11:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 February, 2012 | comm2a
    Jamaica Plain, MA --( Today an appeal was filed in Hightower v. Boston in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeal seeks to overturn the lower court decision dismissing Stacey Hightower’s lawsuit against the City of Boston challenging the constitutionality of discretionary licensing in Massachusetts. Stacey Hightower is an Air Force veteran and former Boston Police Officer. She resigned from the Boston Police Department in 2008 after 10 years of service to pursue a career in education. The city responded by revoking her licensing to carry (LTC) firearms and seizing her personally owned firearm and ammunition. During the district...
  • Patriots Have Greatest Near-Miss Dynasty in NFL History: A Fan’s Analysis

    02/06/2012 7:12:54 AM PST · by Bill Buckner · 71 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 6 Feb 2012 | By Robert Dougherty
    The 2012 Super Bowl ultimately went against the New England Patriots by 21-17, much like in 2008. Now that the New York Giants have beaten the Patriots in the final minutes for the second Super Bowl in a row, it has made everyone rethink the legacies of both teams. New England should have the greatest dynasty in NFL history and even in sports history by now. While Brady and Belichick still have their three titles, ... they should have six or even seven instead - and that has now started to overshadow the rings they do have. If New England...
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • 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.
  • Romney Contributed $10,000 to Radical Gay Group In 2004

    01/31/2012 10:34:09 AM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 37 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 1-31-2012 | Steve Baldwin
    Over the last few weeks or so, various elements of the mainstream media have reported that, aside from gay marriage, Romney continues to support much of the gay agenda. He does not talk about his positions on gay issues but if questioned, he invariably comes down on the liberal side. Indeed, Romney has come out in support of allowing gays to serve openly in the military, “anti-discrimination” laws, domestic partnerships and gay adoption rights. Of course, all of these positions come at the expense of the constitutional rights of others, military morale, and what’s best for children, but Romney does...
  • 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.
  • MA Governor Declares "No Name Calling Day," So Watch Your Mouth, [Redacted]!

    01/25/2012 11:50:25 AM PST · by suspects · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 25, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Official “No Name-Calling Day” in Massachusetts? What [CENSORED] came up with that brilliant idea? Massachusetts politicians, of course. In accordance with the ridiculous and over-reaching 2010 “anti-bullying” law, Gov. Deval Patrick has declared today “No Name-Calling Day” in schools, urging students to wear black as a sign of their commitment to “Black Out Bullying.” Does anyone really believe a politician can stop school kids from calling each other [EDITED]? Or [EDITED] or even [CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED AS A HATE CRIME]? Now seeing our public schools engaged in inept efforts that produce few worthwhile results is nothing new. (In most American...
  • Tim Thomas declines to attend White House ceremony

    01/23/2012 1:01:20 PM PST · by bridgemanusa · 20 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 23, 2012 02:48 PM | Fluto Shinzawa,
    Tim Thomas, one of two Americans on the roster, chose not to attend today's ceremony at the White House, according to GM Peter Chiarelli.
  • Sen. Brown kicks off re-election campaign

    01/22/2012 7:31:41 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | Chris Camire
    BOSTON -- Less than 24 hours after launching his re-election bid, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown came to Lowell Friday and discussed his Democratic opponent's foreign-policy credentials, the presidential race, and even his personal finances. During an hourlong editorial board meeting at The Sun of Lowell, Brown also expressed frustration with Washington gridlock. He criticized partisan bickering for stalling action on issues such as reducing the national debt and fixing the economy. "There are times when I'm going to be with my party," said Brown. "I'm a Republican, obviously. But there are times when our party down there, especially, is acting...
  • Santorum Says He Will Remain in Race Through Florida

    01/21/2012 7:42:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    NY Times 'blogs ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2012 | Richard A. Oppel, Jr.
    Rick Santorum said he would be pleased with a third-place finish in South Carolina Saturday but vowed to stay in the presidential race through the Florida primary no matter what. He also blasted his "desperate" rival Mitt Romney for perpetrating "cheap stuff" as Mr. Romney's position as front runner here melted away the past week... "We finally were given the victory in Iowa," Mr. Santorum said. "If we had had it two weeks ago, it might be a very different situation. It might have been a very different race." Mr. Santorum also said he was disappointed in Mr. Romney after...
  • Early voting begins slowly in South Florida

    01/21/2012 6:29:47 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    With the field of Republican candidates down to four, GOP voters trickled to the polls on the first day of early voting in South Florida with plenty of opinions about their choice to challenge President Barack Obama in November. Many said they were deciding between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in what has been a rollercoaster race. Romney is ahead in Florida, with more than 40 percent of GOP supporters, followed by Gingrich with 22 percent, Sen. Rick Santorum with 15 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 9 percent, according to an average...
  • Report: Jeb Bush to endorse Romney

    01/21/2012 6:01:25 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 21,2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Update: Chris Cillizza of WaPo tweets that “Close Jeb Bush ally tells me that no Romney endorsement is in the works.” Jeb’s camp being coy, or is he getting cold feet about throwing in with Romney after tonight’s drubbing?
  • MA Man Pleads Guilty Conspiracy to Export Military Antennae to Singapore and Hong Kong

    01/21/2012 7:11:52 PM PST · by Larry381 · 8 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | January 20, 2012 | U.S. Department of Justice
    WASHINGTON—Rudolf L. Cheung, 57, a resident of Massachusetts, pleaded guilty today in federal court in the District of Columba to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act in connection with the unlawful export of 55 military antennae from the United States to Singapore and Hong Kong. The plea was announced by Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; John Morton, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Mark Giuliano, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch; and Eric L....
  • Mittwits and Mittiots - Fun Names for Romney Supporters

    01/21/2012 1:48:45 PM PST · by pinochet · 175 replies
    The only arguments that Romney supporters have made, is that he is "electable", and can beat Obama. But I have not seen any supporter of Romney actually praise any accomplishments that he made as the Massachussetts Governor, that will appeal to voters. Mittens reminds me of John Kerry, and he seems to have "loser" written on his forehead. He also reminds us of Al Gore - a man who seems like he is made of wood, and cannot connect emotionally with voters.
  • Mass. state trooper avoids drunken driving charge

    01/20/2012 9:33:46 AM PST · by qwerty1234 · 23 replies
    Capt. Thomas McCarthy pleaded not guilty on Thursday to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, but a clerk magistrate ruled there was not enough evidence to support a drunken driving charge, in part because police did not administer field sobriety tests.
  • Grand Jury Finds Wellington Ave. Shooter Acted In Self-Defense(MA)

    01/19/2012 7:48:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Staff
    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Grand Jury found on Tuesday that the accused murderer of Nikolas Carnute was acting in self-defense. The Wellington Avenue shooting of the 23-year-old Carnute on December 4, 2011 resulted in the arrest of Kurt Hudson, 25, of Pittsfield. Hudson fled to South Carolina, where he was apprehended a few days later. According to District Attorney David Capeless, after two days of testimony, the Grand Jury found that Carnute drew a gun on Hudson while Hudson sat in the driver's seat of a parked car. Hudson fired two shots out of the car window as he backed...
  • Key fact fails to occupy Globe story (Featured protester a convicted sex offender)

    01/19/2012 5:23:47 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 18, 2012 | Jessica Heslam
    Looks like somebody forgot to Google. The Monday Boston Globe featured a photo on the front page of its Metro section of a lip-locked couple who “found romance” at Occupy Boston. “Holding hands outside the food tent before the encampment disbanded,” read the accompanying story, “they were the archetype of an Occupy couple: he, a red-headed Mainer with tattoos on his arms; she, a petite upstate New York girl with a heart-shaped face and a boyish haircut, wearing a knit grandmother sweater three sizes too big.” Good details — but the story failed to mention one big one: Robert “Red”...
  • Newton teacher held on kid-porn charges

    01/18/2012 5:45:21 AM PST · by massmike · 16 replies ^ | 01/18/2012 | Christine McConville and Natalie Sherman
    A beloved Newton grade school teacher is behind bars and facing a host of local and federal child pornography charges after federal agents raided his home and found hundreds of pornographic images of children on a computer and dozens of stolen girls’ underpants, prosecutors said. The horrifying accusations come as part of a federal probe of Dreamboard, a members-only website whose members distribute and watch child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Ettlinger was so active on the website that he obtained VIP status.
  • Romney: "I'll be better than Ted [Kennedy] for gay rights

    01/17/2012 8:31:15 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 13 replies
    SelfGovernment.US ^ | Jan. 17, 2012
  • Intern insists Romney campaign approved Gay Pride fliers

    01/16/2012 12:18:38 PM PST · by Qbert · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/09/12 | Justin Sink
    An intern from Mitt Romney's 2002 gubernatorial campaign says that his campaign did authorize and pay for the distribution of a Gay Pride Week flier, despite adamant denials from Romney's current staff that the handout was authorized. The flier, printed on pink paper, wishes recipients "a great Pride weekend," and could prove the latest ammunition for Romney's GOP foes seeking to paint the former governor as not sufficiently conservative. "On pride weekend, the campaign sent a contingent of about a half-dozen of us to the post-parade festival on Boston Common to hand out those fliers," Josh Barro, a former Romney...
  • Major SC newspaper endorses Huntsman

    01/15/2012 10:24:35 AM PST · by Qbert · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/15/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Jon Huntsman was endorsed by Columbia, S.C.'s The State newspaper on Sunday. The endorsement comes less than a week before the South Carolina primary and comes as Huntsman quickly tries to gain traction in the Palmetto state. The State's endorsement is actually similar to what happened just before the New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney's hometown paper, The Boston Globe, backed Huntsman in a long editorial in which it compared Romney with the former Utah governor. Like the Globe endorsement, The State praised both Romney and Huntsman but said Huntsman was the better candidate. "There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups," The...
  • NAACP in Springfield seeks to renew energy, membership

    01/15/2012 4:41:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    At the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday ceremony Friday at City Hall, the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II offered a brief history lesson for younger members of the audience. The causes championed by King five decades ago are the same ones civil rights activists are campaigning for today, said Swan, the new president of the Springfield’s NAACP chapter. “Jobs and justice,” Swan told the overflow crowd, including students from the city’s Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence. “Just as in 1963, we find ourselves in the same predicament today, needing jobs and justice,” he said. Five decades after playing...
  • Santorum: Romneycare a 'Real Scarlet Letter'

    01/15/2012 10:17:05 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 15, 2011 | Amy Woods
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that Mitt Romney's backing for "Romneycare" -- the Masschusetts healthcare plan that was a model for Obamacare -- should disqualify him from being the GOP nominee for president. Santorum, who like other conservatives is chasing Romney heading into Saturday's primary in South Carolina, said Romney instituted a health plan in his state that has been "a disaster." By nominating Romney, Republicans would be forfeiting the issue of Obama's health care plan during the campaign, Santorum said, and that would constitute political "malpractice." Also appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Santorum said the vote by...
  • Absenteeism rife at Boston high schools

    01/15/2012 7:00:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 15, 2012 | James Vaznis
    More than a third of the students in Boston public high schools were chronically absent last year, even as the city undertook additional efforts to lure students to school, according to a Globe analysis. At East Boston High School, half of the students missed at least 19 days, more than 10 percent of the school year. The rates of chronic absenteeism were even higher at Brighton High, Charlestown High, and Dorchester Academy. Across the city, 7,400 high school students were chronically absent. The figures illustrate the enormous challenges most local high schools face in keeping students in class, and more...
  • Westfield Concerned Citizens continue fight against proposed $400M natural gas-fired power plant

    01/14/2012 11:05:41 AM PST · by matt04 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Armed with surgical masks and hand-made placards drawing attention to clean air, Westfield Concerned Citizens continued their opposition to a proposed 431 megawatt natural gas fired electrical generating plant here Thursday. The group, which formed shortly after the $400 million plant was proposed in 2008 by Pioneer Valley Energy Center, was among more than 150 people at North Middle School attending a public hearing on a federal Environment Protection Agency pending air quality permit for the plant. “The mask makes a statement,” said registered nurse Gail S. Bean of Westfield. “The mask prevents toxins from entering the lungs,” she explained...
  • Joe Kennedy III engaged to be married

    01/14/2012 7:11:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | January 13, 2012
    It's been a busy month for Joseph Kennedy III. The son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy is engaged to be married to Lauren Anne Birchfield, a fellow Harvard Law School graduate. The announcement comes a little more than a week after the 31-year-old Kennedy formed an exploratory committee as a first step toward a run for the U.S. House seat held by retiring Rep. Barney Frank.
  • Rick Santorum attacks former pal Newt Gingrich

    01/13/2012 11:20:42 AM PST · by VinL · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-13-12 | Khan
    With Newt Gingrich breaking out of the pack as the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney in South Carolina, he came under attack Friday from an old friend and colleague in Congress, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Santorum had largely avoided political attacks against Gingrich, whom he once considered a political mentor. But on Friday, the glove came off as Santorum took the former House speaker to task for being insufficiently conservative on climate change, free markets and health care. "Conservative alternatives don't go out and attack the capitalist system as he has done. Conservative alternatives don't promote...
  • Massachusetts Cops Cry Foul Over DUI Defense of Obama's Half-Uncle

    01/13/2012 6:19:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 13, 2012
    Massachusetts Cops Cry Foul Over DUI Defense of Obama's Half-Uncle Massachusetts police say they're discouraged by a defense lawyer's request to trawl through the record of the officer who pulled over President Barack Obama's half-uncle last year. Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with driving under the influence. Framingham police said he hit 0.14 on a blood alcohol test, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08. Obama, who has fought attempts to deport him to Kenya as an alleged illegal immigrant since 1989, briefly appeared Thursday in Framingham District Court, where his attorney, Scott Bratton, said he...
  • Sean Bielat 2012 Congressional Campaign Announcement

    01/13/2012 5:10:17 PM PST · by Sparky1776 · 27 replies
    Facebook ^ | 1/13/2012 | Sean Bielat
    Please join me on Tuesday night as I announce my 2012 campaign for Congress for the Massachusetts 4th District
  • Amherst principal shapes approach to reducing racial disparities in discipline

    01/13/2012 12:22:05 PM PST · by qwerty1234 · 23 replies
    Latino and African-American students at the Amherst Regional Middle School are cited for behavior infractions more frequently than white students, according to data Principal Michael Hayes presented to the Regional School Committee this week. Although this has been a common refrain over the past 10 years, members of a watchdog group that follows racial disparities in school discipline expressed optimism that Hayes has the right attitude and tools to address the problem.
  • Crime Victim In MA? No Self Defense, Just "Call Cops, Hope They Show Up Fast"

    01/13/2012 5:28:04 AM PST · by suspects · 29 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 13, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Here’s the final outcome of the Anthony McKay case: If you defend your family and property from a knife-wielding druggie in Massachusetts, you’d better be prepared to also defend yourself from the justice system, too. McKay is the young father who, seeing a local druggie breaking into his truck and stealing the tools he uses to pay the bills, confronted him, subdued him and held him for the police. When the police arrived, they found the bad guy had a knife, a billy club and — thanks to the unarmed McKay — a broken jaw. Instead of thanking McKay for...