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  • How Deval Patrick Gutted Romneycare's Market-Oriented Health Reforms

    04/12/2012 3:53:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 12, 2012 | by Avik Roy
    Six years ago today, at a majestic ceremony in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed into law “An Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care.” But the bipartisan bliss didn’t last very long. Just prior to the ceremony, Romney’s aides had announced that the Governor would be vetoing several key provisions of the bill, including its employer mandate that forced all companies in the state, employing more than 10 people, to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a $295-per-person fine. Romney vetoed several other provisions of the law, including one that extended dental benefits...
  • Debt from Big Dig hampers MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority)

    04/11/2012 4:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    AP via Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, April 8, 2012
    For nearly a decade, traffic has been zipping through Boston’s Big Dig tunnels, the nation’s costliest highway project that has also left a gaping financial hole in the state’s transportation budget that isn’t likely to be filled anytime soon. "Big Dig debt" has lately become one of the most frequently used—if not fully understood—terms in Massachusetts government. It was at the forefront of a tumultuous public debate over the MBTA’s finances that ultimately produced an average 23 percent fare hike and modest service cuts, but no permanent solutions for the chronically underfunded transit system. Next year, it could spark a...
  • Pols: Welfare abuse runs deep (uses food stamp card for bail money)

    04/11/2012 4:34:58 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4-11-12 | John Zaremba and Chris Cassidy
    Kimball Clark, 45, was locked up Friday on drug-dealing charges — again — when he was overheard using his one phone call to ask the person on the other end of the line to “get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outa here tonight,” according to a Boston police report.
  • Massachusetts: Obama 51%, Romney 40%

    04/11/2012 11:31:21 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 81 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 11, 2012
    President Obama continues to hold a double-digit lead in Massachusetts over Mitt Romney, governor of the state from 2003 to 2007. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters in Massachusetts finds Obama earning 51% support to Romney's 40%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
  • TSA agent among 55 caught in kid porn net

    04/11/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 04/11/2012 | Christine McConville
    Cops snared 55 Massachusetts men in a sweeping, multi-agency child pornography crackdown — including a Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to Logan International Airport who is just the latest embarrassment for the troubled federal agency. Periodic arrests of TSA agents on sex charges across the nation have fueled criticism of the agency’s screening of its own employees, tasked with patting down the traveling public and keeping the airways safe. At least two other TSA officers assigned to Logan have faced sex charges in the past two years. Sex charges against others have been reported in Virginia, New Hampshire, Nevada, Georgia...
  • Massachusetts Senate: Warren (D) 46%, Brown (R) 45%

    04/10/2012 4:41:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 10, 2012
    Republican Senator Scott Brown and his chief Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, are now running neck-and-neck in Massachusetts’ red-hot U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Massachusetts shows Warren edging Brown by one point, 46% to 45%. One percent (1%) likes some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Week-long child porn sweep snares 32

    04/10/2012 1:35:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 8 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 04/10/2012 | Christine McConville
    In what law enforcement officials say is one of the largest such busts in the nation, 32 Massachusetts men have been charged this week with possession of child pornography. Another 15 individuals are still under investigation and eight search warrants have been authorized in the case, a battery of state and local police said today at the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Framingham. “It’s a total of 55 cases, with 32 arrests and we’re seeking eight more criminal complaints,” state police Col. Marian J. McGovern said about Operation Corral, a week-long sweep of child pornography suspects across Massachusetts. He said...
  • Police Find 5 ‘Horrified’ Nearly Naked BU Students In Fraternity House

    04/10/2012 11:07:40 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 77 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | April 9, 2012 | Christina Hager
    BOSTON (CBS) – Five nearly naked college students were found shivering in a Brighton basement Monday, tied together with duct tape. Boston Police say they found the group terrified and humiliated. There were also signs the Boston University students may have been beaten. The early morning raid left police officers stunned. No one answered the door at 24 Ashford Street Monday night, but when police responded early Monday morning, they found the male students circled in the basement, stripped to their underwear. Police responded to the house after a call about a loud party. According to police: “All five were...
  • Romney must be stopped...ZOT with Obama???

    04/09/2012 12:30:58 PM PDT · by cocteautwin · 72 replies
    Myself | Today | Me
    Hello Freepers. I am a liberal democrat.. before y'all throw the barn at me because of this fact, I want to make one thing clear, as far as 2012 is concerned we are on the same side. I have been reading this site for about half a year now and even though I don't agree with most of this sites politics I do agree with one point, Romney must not be elected. I understand everyone here thinks the breaks will be cut if Obama is reelected but its also clear to most here that Romney would just be a slower...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • Mitt's Mythical "Mass. Miracle" (01/14/2008)

    04/07/2012 4:10:15 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 01/14/2008 | Deroy Murdock
    If his lackluster economic record as governor of Massachusetts is any indication of how he would perform as president, Michigan voters should beware of Mitt Romney. "Michigan is like the canary in the mine shaft," Republican White House contender Willard Mitt Romney told voters in Warren Friday. "What happens in Michigan is going to happen to the rest of the country." He also claims in a campaign commercial, "I understand how the economy works. There's a lot we can do to strengthen Michigan." One could take Romney seriously as an architect of economic redevelopment if he had displayed such skills...
  • In Mass., Romney raised taxes, fees

    04/07/2012 11:01:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    UnionLeader.com ^ | Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | DEROY MURDOCK
    Hot on the heels of his eight-vote Iowa-caucus landslide, Willard Mitt Romney is crisscrossing New Hampshire before Tuesday's key primary. Romney is masquerading as a limited-government, free-market executive from next-door Massachusetts. From the Golden Gate to the Granite State, voters should greet Romney's impersonation with a quarry full of skepticism. 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,...
  • Coakley moves to regulate health cost

    Home / News / Local / Mass. Coakley moves to regulate health cost Seeks to limit provider prices (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley spoke at a press conference April 2. By Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff / April 6, 2012 E-mail| Print| Reprints| Comments (89)Text size – + 14 1 ShareThis10E-mail E-mail this article To: Invalid E-mail address Add a personal message:(80 character limit) Your E-mail: Invalid E-mail address Sending your articleYour article has been sent. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office is quietly circulating a proposal to more tightly regulate hospitals and doctors and the prices they are...
  • Massachusetts School Removes “God” From Lee Greenwood Song “God Bless the USA”

    04/06/2012 1:23:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/5/2012
    An elementary school in Massachusetts has told kids not to say the word “God” in the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA” during a recent assembly. Instead, they wanted students to say, “We love the USA.” Many parents were not happy with this move, but some agreed that the principal did the right thing. The school decided that they would pull the song from the assembly all together instead of continuing a debate about it. Michael Graham, a conservative radio talk show host with WTKK in Massachusetts, joined Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom to discuss the matter. Graham disputes...
  • Mass. RMV doesn't check immigration status, 45 other states do

    04/05/2012 8:23:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    myfoxboston ^ | 05 Apr 2012 | Mike Beaudet
    Mass. RMV doesn't check immigration status, 45 other states do copyright-link only Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/undercover/mass-rmv-doesnt-check-immigration-status-45-other-states-do-20120405#ixzz1rE5ulpeL
  • Massachusetts Gay Lobby Endorses Mitt Romney's Attorney for 2010 House Seat (September 16, 2010)

    04/05/2012 8:32:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    KnowThyNeighbor.org ^ | September 16, 2010 | Tom Lang
    The Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC), the Leading LGBT Lobby Organization and Key Architect for the Strategy Securing Marriage Equality, Has Endorsed Republican Daniel Winslow (9th Norfolk) And Former Mitt Romney's Chief Legal Counsel Over Democrat Challenger Stanley Nacewicz For the Massachusetts House of Representatives Led by Co-Chair Arline Isaacson, the MGLPC voted unanimously in last week's annual meeting to endorse the Republican, Daniel Winslow over his Democratic challenger, Stan Nacewicz for the Massachusetts House Seat representing the 9th Norfolk District in Fall 2010. This District seat was formerly held by Richard Ross (R) who vacated it when...
  • Bellingham School Won’t Change ‘God Bless The USA’ Words After Furor

    04/05/2012 12:51:42 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 33 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 4/5/12 | CBS Boston
    BELLINGHAM (CBS) – A presentation at an elementary school in Bellingham will go on next week following a controversy in which the words of a patriotic song were changed. Students at Stall Brook Elementary are doing a project on the 50 states and they planned to sing two songs at an assembly April 12. One was to be a tune about the states, and the other was the popular 1984 Lee Greenwood song “God Bless The USA.” But someone changed the chorus of Greenwood’s song to “We love the USA” for the assembly. That didn’t go over well with parents,...
  • How Romney Advocated Obamacare and Lied About It

    04/05/2012 12:44:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    nymag.com ^ | March 25, 2012 9:19:20 AM | Jonathan Chait
    In 2009, Mitt Romney had a problem. He was running for the Republican presidential nomination, and the towering achievement of his governorship in Massachusetts — health-care reform — had been embraced by President Obama. Romneycare played almost no role in Romney’s 2008 presidential run, but the emergence of the issue onto the national agenda threatened to link Romney with a president Republicans had already come to loathe. His solution was simple. He seized upon the one major difference between his plan and Obama’s, which was that Obama favored a public health insurance option. The public plan had commanded enormous public...
  • Massachusetts School Removes Word "God" from Lee Greenwood Song

    04/05/2012 12:26:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 5, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: At a school in Massachusetts, the school is the Stall Brook Elementary school in Bellingham. They just decided -- nobody had complained, they just decided -- to take the word "God" out of Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA." The idea was, it might offend somebody, and so before anybody's offended, we're going to take the word out. And we're just gonna replace it with "We all love the USA." Instead of "God Bless the USA." But when they did that, some parents applauded it. Other parents said, "What are you doing?" So to avoid controversy,...
  • 'Mitt Romney's Deception' and the homosexual lobby (Including Gay Adoption)

    04/05/2012 10:41:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sunday, March 25, 2012 2:46:57 PM | Matt C. Abbott
    I know, I know — no politician is perfect. Heck, none of us is perfect, obviously. Far from it. That said, the main thing that bothers me about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — no, it's not his affiliation with Mormonism, although you should take a look at RenewAmerica.com president and editor Stephen Stone's new e-book A Mormon Story: Authoritarianism Knows No Bounds (click here) — is his seemingly cozy relationship with the homosexual lobby, as evidenced in the book Mitt Romney's Deception: His Stealth Promotion of 'Gay Rights' and 'Gay Marriage' in Massachusetts, authored by pro-family activist Amy Contrada....