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  • “Yes We Can:” How Massachusetts Thuggery Presages Obama’s America

    11/24/2008 1:09:11 PM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies · 1,306+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 11/24/08 |
    Living in Deval Patrick’s Massachusetts prepares one well for living in Barack Obama’s America. Massachusetts state government is an enormous organized crime enterprise run by moronic thugs who work for elitist thugs. Nothing is done by Massachusetts state government to help citizens. Everything is done to further bloat itself while mugging the taxpayer and making the elite feel better about themselves. I recently paid-off my car loan. In return, I received from the RMV my new title. Just one problem. The “actual mileage” stated was 23,000 miles too high. I researched the net and found that I had to submit...
  • 5 on the outs in Cabinet shuffle (John Kerry "crushed" over Cabinet snub)

    11/22/2008 5:14:03 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 82 replies · 4,711+ views
    One Democratic operative suggests keeping track of Barack Obama’s cabinet selections with a March Madness-type tournament chart. While no official announcements have been made, a controlled series of leaks have given a good sense of who's still in contention, and which big names have been bounced from the bracket. The new administration still has some major posts to fill, including heads for the departments of Defense, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Labor, and Energy, not to mention the Environmental Protection Agency. But a number of the biggest prizes seem to have already been won, and a handful of serious contenders...
  • Turner released on $50K bond in bribery case... Another Massachusetts Democrat caught by FBI

    11/21/2008 1:03:18 PM PST · by Boardwalk · 11 replies · 550+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | November 21, 2008 | Jessica Fargen & Hillary Chabot
    City Councilor Chuck Turner has been set free on $50,000 bond after facing charges in a Worcester federal court today alleging he accepted a $1,000 cash bribe to help secure a liquor license for a Roxbury nightclub. Turner had no questions as federal Magistrate Judge Timothy Hillman presided over the proceedings before a packed court of supporters of the Roxbury politician. "We love you. Yes we do," shouted one supporter at the close of the brief session. Turner’s arrest is in connection with the expanding federal case against disgraced state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who was indicted this week on charges...
  • Mass. senator resigns after bribery charges { Dianne Wilkerson }

    11/19/2008 1:09:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 40 replies · 1,956+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/19/8 | STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press Writer
    BOSTON, (AP) -- A Massachusetts state senator photographed while allegedly stuffing thousands of dollars in bribe money into her sweater has resigned. Dianne Wilkerson's resignation was announced Wednesday by state Senate President Therese Murray. Wilkerson was indicted a day before on eight counts of attempted extortion.
  • Congressman Barney Frank RAT-MA Doesn't Want Kerry's Senate Seat (Too much to do in da House!)

    11/07/2008 7:49:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 996+ views
    WBZTV ^ | 11/06/08 | Karen Anderson
    Congressman Frank Doesn't Want Kerry's Senate SeatFrank Says He Has Much To Do In House Karen Anderson Nov 6, 2008 9:32 pm US/Eastern BOSTON (WBZ); Congressman Barney Frank says he would not want Sen. John Kerry's seat if Kerry is to move onto the Obama administration. He says he has tremendous opportunities now in the House. And he says he doesn't think that the current state law should change which gives voters the opportunity to choose the next Senator. He says he thinks very highly of Obama's next Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Congressman Frank says the House will vote...
  • Obama's aunt wants to fight deportation (What's one more illegal?)

    11/07/2008 3:54:22 PM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies · 849+ views
    msnbc ^ | 11/7/2008 | ap
    BOSTON - President-elect Obama's aunt intends to fight a deportation order and remain in the United States, her immigration lawyer said Friday. The Associated Press found that Zeituni Onyango, 56, is staying with relatives in Cleveland after fleeing her public housing apartment in Boston. She had been living there five years. Onyango, who is Obama's father's half-sister, was ordered to leave the country in 2004 by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya.
  • A misguided joint initiative (Peoples Republic of Massachusetts)

    11/07/2008 3:40:43 PM PST · by jessduntno · 23 replies · 1,032+ views
    boston glob editorial ^ | November 7, 2008 | Globular
    A misguided joint initiative November 7, 2008 THE QUESTION 2 initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana should be Exhibit 1 in the case against using ballot questions to make public policy. What seemed so simple to 65 percent of the state's voters on Tuesday - replacing the criminal penalties for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana with a civil penalty of $100 - is already fogging the legal landscape. Supporters of Question 2 sold the public on the idea that the penalty for pot possession should be on a par with traffic violations. But traffic...
  • Sen. Kerry re-elected amid talk of Obama role (Sec of State)

    11/05/2008 12:04:35 PM PST · by Perdogg · 51 replies · 2,849+ views ^ | Black Wednesday, 2008 | By Associated Press
    Sen. John Kerry easily won re-election just four years after he fell short in his bid for the presidency. The Massachusetts Democrat today beat a fellow veteran, Republican Jeff Beatty, in his first campaign since failing as his party’s 2004 White House nominee. Beatty called to congratulate Kerry just moments after the polls closed.
  • IL, ME, MA, CT, NJ, MD called for Obama by

    11/04/2008 5:01:34 PM PST · by SoftwareEngineer · 36 replies · 3,839+ views ^ | 11/04/2008 |
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  • Obama's Aunt Living in U.S. Illegally ( More info on "Auntie Zeituni" )

    11/01/2008 5:18:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 72 replies · 1,903+ views ^ | November 01, 2008 | staff
    Barack Obama's aunt, revealed this week to be dwelling in a Boston slum, is living in the United States illegally, refusing to leave the U.S. for her Kenyan homeland when a judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, the Associated Press is reporting. A person familiar with the case told AP that 56-year-old Zeituni Onyango was told to leave America by a U.S. immigration judge in 2004. Two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official, disclosed and confirmed information about the deportation case. Speaking to a reporter with the London Times, outside her home, Zeituni...
  • Obama's final weekend marred by 'illegal' aunt

    11/01/2008 5:24:01 PM PDT · by AuntB · 59 replies · 1,747+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Nov. 1, 2008 | Paul Harris in New York and Gaby Hinsliff
    Barack Obama's campaign to become the first black American President was rocked yesterday, only 72 hours before election day, by the revelation that his aunt is an illegal immigrant in the US. News about Obama's relative is a chance for the McCain campaign to generate some last-minute negative headlines about Obama. Four years ago Zeituni Onyango, 56, who is mentioned in Obama's personal memoir, was instructed by a court to leave the country after being denied political asylum. However, she now lives in local authority housing in Boston. Illegal immigration is a political minefield in US politics and the story...
  • Our presidential pick in November election [Massachusetts paper endorses McCain!!]

    11/01/2008 3:09:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,027+ views
    The Republican ^ | November 01, 2008 | The Newsroom
    We've sometimes wished for a different choice. The never-ending campaign that has been the 2008 election will soon - and mercifully - be coming to an end. The race for the White House that began, it seems fair to say, just a couple of minutes after the results of the 2006 congressional elections were known, will conclude on Tuesday. For the first time since 1960, when the nation elected to send John F. Kennedy to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., voters will decide that a member of the U.S. Senate should become the nation's chief executive officer. The next president will be...
  • Obama’s Aunt May Provide Fresh Dustup (Obama believes he and his family are above the law)

    11/01/2008 11:41:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 55 replies · 2,333+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 11/1/2008 | Amy Chozick
    Just three days until the presidential election and Barack Obama may have a fresh dustup to deal with. Late Friday night the Associated Press citing “two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official” reported that Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman named Zeituni Onyango, who has been living in public housing in Boston, is in the U.S. illegally after a judge turned down her request for asylum for years ago. Obama and “Aunti Zeituni,” as he refers to her in his memoirs, don’t appear to be close. He doesn’t discuss the 56-year-old woman who is his half aunt...
  • Help defeat Barney Frank!

    10/31/2008 8:34:29 PM PDT · by wingsof liberty · 46 replies · 1,927+ views
    This message is for Freepers in my home state of MA, those who have family and friends living in MA, or just those who would like to see Barney Frank loose his seat Nov 4th. Barney Frank had a very big hand in the $700 billion dollar financial collapse plaguing us now through his support of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, claiming there was no crisis. Now that were in the middle of it, hes not only claiming he has no responsibility for the crisis, but that he should be re-elected because of his "bold actions." As Bill O'Reilly said,...
  • Campaign confirms Obama aunt in South Boston

    10/30/2008 4:35:46 PM PDT · by Fred · 41 replies · 1,465+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 103008 | Jessica Fargen
    Barack Obama’s campaign has confirmed that a woman living in a South Boston housing project is indeed the senator’s aunt, a little-known relationship that was only revealed this week - five days before the election. Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin confirmed to the Herald this afternoon that Zeituni Onyango, 56, who lives on Flaherty Way, is Obama’s aunt on Obama’s father’s side. Onyango, a Kenyan native is believed to be the “Aunti Zeituni” in Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” Click here to find out more! Onyango received a small stipend over the past year working six hours a week as...
  • Massachusetts Poll: 0bama 56%, McCain 39% [2004: Kerry 62%, Bush 37%]

    10/30/2008 1:41:10 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 49 replies · 1,920+ views
    Obama, Kerry Far Ahead in Massachusetts Balloting; Repeal of State Income Tax Unlikely: In an election for President of the United States in Massachusetts today, 10/29/08, six days until votes are counted, Democrat Barack Obama defeats Republican John McCain 56% to 39%, according to this latest exclusive WBZ-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA. John Kerry, 1st elected to the United States Senate in 1984, defeats Republican Jeff Beatty and is elected to his 6th term by a 24-point margin, 58% to 34%. Beatty runs strong among Republicans, Conservatives, pro-life voters, and gun owners, but none of those voting blocs make up...
  • Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango (Poor Aunt Zeituni)

    10/29/2008 6:46:38 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 21 replies · 940+ views
    Times Online ^ | October 30, 2008 | James Bone
    Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston. A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.
  • Why Is George Soros So Eager to Make Massachusetts Streets Unsafe?

    10/29/2008 6:32:37 PM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 11 replies · 586+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | 10-29-08 | Jacob Sullum
    In August pollsters at Boston's Suffolk University said Question 2, a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would replace criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana with a $100 civil fine, "appears all but certain to pass," with support from 72 percent of registered voters. "The public may be signaling that pursuing small-time marijuana users is a waste of taxpayer resources," said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk's Political Research Center. "This issue suggests that there is a libertarian streak in the thinking of Massachusetts voters." Last week the same pollsters found support for the measure had shrunk to...
  • Obama's Kenyan aunt found in a Boston slum... Developing...

    10/29/2008 3:20:24 PM PDT · by vortigern · 98 replies · 4,460+ views
    Drudge ^ | 10/29/08 | Drudge
    Obama's Kenyan aunt found in a Boston slum... Developing...
  • Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango

    10/29/2008 6:06:13 PM PDT · by counterpunch · 23 replies · 1,106+ views
    Times Online ^ | October 30, 2008 | James Bone in Boston, Rob Crilly in Kogelo and Ben Macintyre
    'Auntie Zeituni', who, with Uncle Omar, dropped out of sight after moving to the US, is backing the presidential candidate from her modest flat Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story. Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public...
  • Found in a Rundown Boston Estate (Public Housing) Barack Obama's Aunt

    10/29/2008 4:11:01 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 52 replies · 1,957+ views
    The London Times ^ | October 30, 2008 | James Bone, et al.
    Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story. Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.
  • Republican former Mass. governor endorses Obama (William Weld)

    10/24/2008 6:28:01 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 58 replies · 960+ views
    Kansas City ^ | 10/24/08
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday
  • Former Gov. William Weld to endorse Barack Obama

    10/24/2008 4:06:41 AM PDT · by billorites · 103 replies · 1,472+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | October 24, 2008
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, citing the senator’s steady leadership, good judgment and ability to unify Democrats, Republicans and independents. "Senator Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world," Weld said in a statement released Friday. "We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Senator Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire. "Throughout this campaign I’ve watched his steady leadership through trying times and I’m confident he is the best candidate to move our country forward,"...
  • What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts

    10/23/2008 6:51:38 AM PDT · by beejaa · 80 replies · 2,003+ views
    MassResistance ^ | October 20, 2008 | Brian Camenker
    Anyone who thinks that same-sex “marriage” is a benign eccentricity which won’t affect the average person should consider what it has done in Massachusetts. It’s become a hammer to force the acceptance and normalization of homosexuality on everyone. And this train is moving fast. What has happened so far is only the beginning...
  • Protesters blame Barney Frank D-MA for crisis (Are they supposed to do that before a big election?)

    10/18/2008 8:41:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies · 1,192+ views
    Sun Chronicle ^ | 10/18/08 | JIM HAND
    Protesters blame Frank for crisisBY JIM HAND SUN CHRONICLE STAFF Saturday, October 18, 2008 2:39 AM EDT WESTPORT - About 15 protesters called for the resignation of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank Friday, saying he is responsible for the recent crisis in the financial markets that required a $700 billion government bailout. The protesters claimed Frank supported regulations that forced banks to make risky mortgages to low-income families who could not afford to own homes, leading to foreclosures and the failure of financial institutions. "He was pushing loans to people who could not pay them back. It was social engineering. He...
  • [Massachusetts] Asks About Federal Loan Amid Market Worries

    10/04/2008 1:56:59 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 847+ views
    New York Times (AP) ^ | October 4, 2008
    BOSTON (AP) -- The treasurer of Massachusetts has asked the federal government about lending Massachusetts money under the same favorable terms it has given banks and firms during the financial crisis. Treasurer Timothy Cahill's requests to the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston this week were prompted by the state's inability to borrow from the short-term debt markets, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. The financial turmoil has caused credit markets to stop lending, or to charge prohibitive rates. California has made a similar request, saying it would run out of money by the end of the month if...
  • Vandalism at McCain/Palin Headquarters

    10/03/2008 5:40:08 AM PDT · by tomymind · 41 replies · 2,412+ views
    Last night after the debate the McCain/Palin headquarters was vandalised. Someone threw a rock at the front window of the Worcester office on 149 Highland Street. The window was severely cracked and the police are being called upon to investigate. This action is very disappointing and I would hope the Democratic Party would condemn it.
  • Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest (Franks Fannie Love)

    10/03/2008 2:15:18 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 15 replies · 1,175+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, October 03, 2008 | By Bill Sammon
    WASHINGTON — Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s. So did Frank’s gay partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency’s push to relax lending restrictions. Now that Fannie Mae is at the epicenter of a financial meltdown that threatens the U.S. economy, some are raising new questions about Frank's relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannie’s assistant director for product initiatives. Moses worked at the government-sponsored enterprise from 1991 to 1998, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which...
  • Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest (Barney in trouble!)

    10/03/2008 3:47:45 PM PDT · by ajwharton · 42 replies · 1,606+ views
    Fox News (baby!) ^ | Friday, October 03, 2008 | Bill Sammon
    WASHINGTON — Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s. So did Frank’s partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency’s push to relax lending restrictions. Now that Fannie Mae is at the epicenter of a financial meltdown that threatens the U.S. economy, some are raising new questions about Frank's relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannie’s assistant director for product initiatives. Moses worked at the government-sponsored enterprise from 1991 to 1998, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which had...
  • GOP Resurgence Predicted (in Mass.)

    09/30/2008 8:19:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies · 962+ views
    Harvard Crimson ^ | 09/30/08 | ERIC P NEWCOMER
    GOP Resurgence Predicted Published On 9/30/2008 1:24:04 AM By ERIC P NEWCOMER Contributing Writer The Massachusetts Republican party is “alive and well” and “poised to take the governorship in two years,” said former Massachusetts Governor A. Paul Cellucci last night while speaking for a joint event held by the Harvard Republican Club and the Harvard Law Republicans. Cellucci, who is also the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, spoke for a little over an hour in Emerson Hall in an event attended by students from colleges throughout the Boston area. His remarks hit on the current presidential race, the state of...
  • UMass officials quash Amherst chaplain's effort to trade course credit for Obama campaigning

    09/22/2008 7:05:51 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies · 182+ views
    Fox 59 ^ | By GLEN JOHNSON
    University of Massachusetts officials on Monday quashed efforts by an Amherst campus chaplain to offer two college credits to any student willing to campaign in New Hampshire this fall for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  • Camp Obama

    09/19/2008 4:24:23 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 105 replies · 2,060+ views
    The Obama File - - Latest News ^ | 8/19/2008 | Beckwith
    I received this email today (bold mine). Dear Beckwith, Hi, my name is Roger Fisk and I'm the State Director for the Obama campaign here in Massachusetts.  I want to tell you about an exciting program we're launching called Camp Obama. During these training sessions, people like you will be taking their support for Barack to the next level by learning the (Alinsky) organizing principles that this campaign and our movement for change are built on. Camp Obama attendees will receive real world organizing experience that will have a direct impact on this election. Graduates of Camp Obama will go...
  • Jeff Beatty takes aim at Senator John Kerry

    09/17/2008 1:52:12 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 27 replies · 306+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 17, 2008 | John C. Drake
    Republican challenger Jeff Beatty took aim today at US Senator John F. Kerry, chiding him as an "elitist" who is "worried about becoming the secretary of state instead of worrying about the secretaries in our state." The attack came less than 24 hours after Kerry shook off a primary challenge from Gloucester Lawyer Edward O'Reilly. Beatty, a counter-terrorism consultant and former CIA agent, reached out to the 31 percent of Democratic primary voters who cast ballots for O'Reilly
  • In rare debate, O'Reilly hits Kerry over Iraq vote

    09/08/2008 2:35:24 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies · 163+ views
    Watertown TAB & Press ^ | September 8, 2008 | Jim O’Sullivan
    BOSTON - Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Ed O’Reilly battered incumbent Sen. John Kerry over his vote to authorize the Iraq war and his delivery of funding to Massachusetts, and questioned his commitment to serve out a full term, but failed to inflict major damage on the four-term senator during a brief debate Friday. O'Reilly grew up in Watertown and has deep ties to the town. In what will likely be their only staged debate, scheduled for air on WBZ-TV Sunday at 8:30 am, O’Reilly also accused Kerry of not doing enough to help other Democratic candidates, a charge Kerry called...
  • Kerry and O'Reilly square off in only debate (Kerry's first sen. debate in 24 years)

    09/05/2008 8:35:21 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 47 replies · 153+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | September 5, 2008 | John J. Monahan
    their only debate before the Sept 16 primary election, challenger Edward O’Reilly challenged the vote of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry's vote authorizing military action in Iraq and complained the incumbent may not serve out his term if Barack Obama wins the presidency. Mr. Kerry, who some, including Mr. O’Reilly, believe may seek to become Secretary of State in an Obama administration, said only that he “intends” to serve out a new, six year term if re-elected, leaving an obvious opening to accept a cabinet post next year if Democrats take back the White House. The half hour debate taped...
  • Massachusetts Passes National Popular Vote Bill, Joins Other Anti-Gun States

    09/02/2008 12:13:14 PM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies · 302+ views
    July 30, 2008 - The Massachusetts Senate passed the National Popular Vote bill on third reading (and engrossment). Immediately beforehand, a crippling amendment was defeated by a vote of 27 to 9. Under Massachusetts legislative procedures, an additional vote is required in both the House and Senate to transmit the bill to the Governor. Although this vote was on the agenda on the session's last day (July 31), no action was taken. On July 9, 2008, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill. National Popular Vote bill passes Massachusetts House 116-37 Massachusetts House of Representatives On...
  • Billionaire George Soros Funding Massachusetts Effort to Decriminalize Pot

    08/27/2008 6:13:19 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies · 233+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 27, 2008
    A measure that would decriminalize minor marijuana-possession cases is on the ballot in Massachusetts largely because of one man: billionaire financier and liberal activist George Soros.Of the $429,000 collected last year by the group advancing the measure, $400,000 came from Soros, who has championed similar efforts in several states and spent $24 million to fight President Bush's 2004 re-election bid. The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy needed about $315,000 of that just to collect the more than 100,000 signatures that secured a spot on the ballot, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Associated Press. "All of us owe...
  • Anti-gay marriage group stays out of latest petition drive [Christians give up in MA]

    08/27/2008 1:49:39 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 3 replies · 481+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | Aug. 27, 2008
    The group that has led opposition to gay marriage says it will not participate in a petition drive to block out-of-state, same-sex couples from being married in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Family Institute said "there is no winning on this issue" because thousands of marriages will have taken place before the proposed ballot question could go to voters in November 2010. A group called MassResistance is organizing the petition drive to reinstate a 1913 law that bars the state from marrying a couple if the marriage is illegal in their home state. First, organizers must collect 33,297 signatures from registered voters...
  • Kerry shouldn't shy away from debates(Lurch says he's too busy)

    08/19/2008 5:27:42 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 24 replies · 140+ views
    Newburyport News ^ | 8/17/08 | The Soapbox
    Is U.S. Senator John Kerry really feeling that threatened by a first-time, relatively unknown, challenger? First it was an allegedly torrid Senate summer schedule that Kerry said made it impossible for him even to think about debating his Democratic primary opponent, Edward O'Reilly, before the Sept. 16 election. O'Reilly, a Gloucester attorney, had asked Kerry for a series of 23 debates in public forums and television appearances. That's obviously excessive, but wouldn't one or two be a good compromise? Apparently not. Roger Lau, Kerry's campaign manager, said on July 28 that Kerry couldn't even discuss debates until he knew when...
  • Gay Marriage Opponents Seek to Reverse New Law ( Massachusetts )

    08/16/2008 8:13:37 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 222+ views ^ | August 16, 2008 | staff
    BOSTON -- The gay marriage fight in Massachusetts might not be over after all. Opponents of same-sex marriages are seeking a ballot question that would prevent gay and lesbian couples from getting married here if their union wouldn't be legal in their home state. Brian Camenker of the group Mass Resistance said Friday lawmakers and Gov. Deval Patrick bowed to the will of the "gay lobby" last month by approving the repeal of a 1913 statute that banned such marriages. Patrick, the state's first black governor and the father of a daughter who recently announced she's a lesbian, said the...
  • Demos launch attack on Romney

    08/15/2008 12:58:26 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 66 replies · 184+ views
    Deseret News ^ | August 15, 2008 | Lee Davidson
    "Mitt Romney's chances of becoming John McCain's vice presidential running mate are strong enough that the Democratic National Committee launched a full-scale attack on him Thursday." ... ""He is the most intellectually inconsistent politician in the history of politics," Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said of former Massachusetts Gov. Romney. "I have never seen anyone so completely without any commitment to any particular principle and so willing to say whatever he thinks will help him win the next election.""
  • Demos launch attack on Romney

    08/15/2008 11:34:27 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 34 replies · 104+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Aug. 15, 2008 | Lee Davidson
    Mitt Romney's chances of becoming John McCain's vice presidential running mate are strong enough that the Democratic National Committee launched a full-scale attack on him Thursday. It introduced a Web site section to knock him and sponsored a nationwide conference call for reporters to listen as Romney was verbally flogged by politicians from Massachusetts and Michigan — two of the three states that Romney has called home. The other state, of course, is Utah, but no politicians from it joined the attack initially but did later in the day. "He is the most intellectually inconsistent politician in the history of...
  • Poll finds Romney wouldn’t be a favored son as veep

    08/13/2008 3:16:47 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies · 99+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 |
    Massachusetts voters would be less likely to support Republican John McCain for president if he chooses former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his vice presidential running mate, according to a new poll.
  • McCain will beat Obama in Mass., I’ll beat Kerry, Beatty says

    08/07/2008 11:08:12 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 15 replies · 256+ views ^ | August 5, 2008 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    "People see him for what he is," Beatty told referring to Obama. "Obama is shallow. He's an empty suit. He doesn't have the relevant experience to work the country out of its problems and John McCain does. I've been advocating an action policy to solve these problems and that's resonating with voters. That's why I'll say McCain is going to carry Massachusetts and I'm going to beat John Kerry." The Beatty camp contends that McCain is gaining ground in Massachusetts because Bay State voters are not comfortable voting for Obama. Obama's recent shifts in position on energy policy, they...
  • ACLU sues on Libertarian's(Bob Barr's) behalf

    08/06/2008 8:11:46 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 256+ views ^ | August 6, 2008 | by Foon Rhe
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts announced today it is suing the Secretary of State's office for refusing to put Libertarian Bob Barr on the presidential ballot in November.
  • MA Poll Shows Men for McCain (28% difference from June Poll)

    08/06/2008 7:17:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 42 replies · 177+ views
    WBUR ^ | August 06, 2008 | Fred Thys
    BOSTON, Mass. - August 06, 2008 - In Massachusetts, the presidential race has taken a surprising turn. This week, a Suffolk University poll reveals that Republican candidate John McCain now leads his Democratic rival Barack Obama among Bay State men by a margin of six points. WBUR's Fred Thys canvassed opinion among male voters in Boston to find out why. TEXT OF STORY: FRED THYS: First, the context: this is still a safe state for Democratic presidential candidates. The Suffolk University poll shows that overall, Barack Obama leads John McCain by 9 points. But among Massachusetts men, McCain is now...
  • McCain will beat Obama in Mass, I’ll beat Kerry, Beatty says

    08/06/2008 3:45:08 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 19 replies · 244+ views ^ | August 5, 2008 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    Responding to a recent poll showing presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama's lead over presumptive GOP nominee John McCain in Massachusetts narrowing, Jeff Beatty, the Republican challenging U.S. Sen. John Kerry, predicted victory in both his race and for McCain in Massachusetts. A 7News/Suffolk University poll released Monday showed Obama (Ill.) with a nine-point lead over McCain (Ariz.) - 47 percent to 38 percent. The last 7News/Suffolk University poll, released a month and a half ago, showed Obama leading McCain by 23 points, 53 percent to 30 percent. "People see him for what he is," Beatty told referring to Obama....
  • Bay Staters dish out $4M to dine with Barack Obama

    08/05/2008 6:33:55 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 14 replies · 196+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 5, 2008 | Mike Underwood
    About 850 people attended the fund-raiser, which cost between $1,000 and $4,600 per ticket. Among those, 250 also ate dinner with Obama - for $15,000 per ticket or $28,500 per couple. Guests began dinner with heaping helpings of field greens, heirloom lettuces, candied hazelnuts and port-soaked currants tossed with a sherry Dijon vinaigrette. The main course: cinnamon-and-red-wine-braised short ribs and roasted porcini-crusted sea bass, plus a trio of potato confit, and hand-rolled gnocchi with wild mushrooms and a vegetable bouquet. Guests washed down that sumptuous repast with a perky 2004 Cloudy Bay Sauvingnon Blanc “Te Koko” and an impertinent 2004...
  • Poll: Obama's lead plunges in Mass.

    08/04/2008 7:08:12 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 87 replies · 283+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2008 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's lead in Massachusetts has plummeted 14 percentage points since June, a new Suffolk University-7 news poll shows. Mr. Obama leads Republican John McCain 47 percent to 38, down from a 23 point spread in June, and is bleeding support from male voters, independents and older voters. * * *
  • New survey says Obama lead in Massachusetts falls to just 9 points

    08/04/2008 4:50:38 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 44 replies · 73+ views
    U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) currently leads Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by nine points in Massachusetts according to the latest poll from 7News/Suffolk University. The survey, conducted between July 31 and August 3, shows Obama with 47 percent t McCain's 38 percent. It has a 4.9 point margin of error. Obama has fallen from the 7News/Suffolk poll a month and a half ago, when he was ahead of McCain by 53 percent to 30 percent -- 23 points. A SurveyUSA/WBZ-TV poll, conducted June 25 to 27, showed Obama leading by 13 points, 53 percent to 40 percent. Seven percent were...