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  • Condom distribution policy starting in elementary school at Provincetown, Mass

    06/23/2010 1:14:13 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 64 replies · 1+ views
    NYDailynews.com ^ | 6-22-10 | Aliyah Shahid
    Sex education starts early, especially if you go to elementary school in Provincetown, Mass. That’s because the school committee has unanimously adopted a condom distribution policy beginning as early as first grade. According to the Provincetown Banner, the program requires that students speak to a school nurse or trained counselor before receiving condoms. The committee also directed school leaders not to honor demands from parents who object to their kids receiving protection. Some members on the committee were wary because the program requires that students speak to school officials first. But Beth Singer, the school’s superintendent, said she wanted to...
  • Poll: Charlie Baker gains ground in tight governor’s race

    06/23/2010 8:32:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 23, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    GOP gubernatorial challenger Charles D. Baker is gaining steam in the hotly contested three-way race, coming within a seven-point striking distance of Gov. Deval Patrick in the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll. Patrick still has the lead at 41 percent of the voters polled, but he’s dropped from the 45 percent support he got last month. Baker has climbed to 34 percent - up from 31 percent last month - while State Treasurer Tim Cahill’s support has remained flat at 16 percent.
  • Hate radio cries are Bunk(er)

    06/16/2010 8:13:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies · 437+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | June 16, 2010 | Howie Carr
    Hey Deval, where’s the love? I thought we were pals. I thought we’d buried the hatchet. And yet, I hear that on Sunday afternoon in Brookline, this is what you were saying at one of your campaign events among the moonbats:
  • Massachusetts Muslims fire back at Tim Cahill over comments

    05/28/2010 4:37:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 464+ views
    AP ^ | May 28, 2010
    Muslim leaders in Massachusetts fired back Friday at gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill, who they accused of making "bigoted" statements after Gov. Deval Patrick met with members of the Muslim community. In a statement, a coalition of Muslim leaders called Cahill’s remarks "bigoted ... undignified" and "anti-democratic," and said the governor has a right to meet with members of all religious backgrounds. Last weekend, Patrick met with around 1,000 Massachusetts Muslim leaders who wanted to raise awareness about their faith and become more civically engaged.
  • Too much: Suspected Illegal Immigrant Hits MA Rep. Mike Moran And laughs

    05/25/2010 9:46:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies · 1,109+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | May 25,2010 | Jim Vicevich
    A Bay State Rep gets rear-ended by a suspected illegal alien and the perp responds by saying, come and get me copper. In any other state this is the kind of story that would come down on Governor Deval Patrick like a ton of bricks. After all, he’s the guy that made it illegal to check for illegal, you know what I’m saying. But the best part of this story is the absolute arrogance on the part of the alleged perp.
  • Mass. health meltdown is your future

    05/25/2010 3:56:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 636+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 25, 2010 | SALLY PIPES
    The future of US medicine under ObamaCare is already on display in Massachusetts. The top four health insurers there just posted first-quarter losses of more than $150 million. Most of them blamed the state's decision to keep premiums at last year's levels for individual and small-business policies, when they'd proposed double-digit hikes to match the soaring costs they've seen under the state's universal-coverage law. The companies have gone to court to challenge the state's action -- it apparently had no basis for its ruling beyond the political needs of Gov. Deval Patrick. If they win, Bay State health premiums will...
  • Patrick says Obama critics are 'almost at the level of sedition'

    05/24/2010 12:31:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 116 replies · 2,411+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 24, 2010 | Michael Levenson
    Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.” The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School's Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.
  • Deval Patrick vows support for Muslims

    05/23/2010 8:24:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 719+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 23, 2010 | Marie Szaniszlo
    n his largest meeting with Boston-area Muslims, Gov. Deval Patrick agreed yesterday to take aim at ensuring their rights and addressing racial profiling. The session came little more than a week after two Bay State Muslims were arrested in a raid following an attempted car bombing in Times Square in New York... Have law enforcement agency heads and others meet with Muslims to discuss the need for cultural awareness training. Designate a liaison to the Muslim community. Urge the public and private sectors to accommodate Muslims’ religious... Beginning his comments in Arabic by saying, “Hello, how are you. I speak...
  • A GOP Governor in Massachusetts?

    04/18/2010 3:55:59 PM PDT · by rightbrained · 24 replies · 708+ views
    RHP ^ | 4/18/10
    But let's take a look at the situation here. Current Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, a close ally of President Obama, has helped run the state into the ground after Governor Romney straightened out a lot of the state government. Patrick won 55%-35% in a three-way race in 2006. Now he suffers from anemic approval ratings and in any other state would appear vulnerable. But this is Massachusetts.
  • Customer Testimonial with Patrick and Peggy(Government Motors)

    03/24/2010 10:21:05 AM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies · 542+ views
    by General Motors ^ | Mar 2010 | General Motors
    Former Toyota owners buy a Chevy Malibu
  • St. Patrick

    03/17/2010 1:59:04 PM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 5 replies · 235+ views
    St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461. Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.
  • The fall of the House of Kennedy -- in pictures!

    03/02/2010 12:58:50 PM PST · by FreedomFighter1013 · 12 replies · 1,184+ views
    Joseph Kennedy III deigns not to run for Congress this year from Massachusetts. (He's a D.A. in Cape Cod, a hotbed of gang violence, think: Topsiders gone Wild.)...We further call for "no more Kennedys in elected office again ever."... The fall of the House of Kennedy
  • Poll says race is between Cahill & Baker (Mass. Governor)

    02/26/2010 8:25:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 423+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 26, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Gov. Deval Patrick’s standing with voters is so weak that this year’s race for governor is shaping up as a contest between his two rivals, a new Suffolk University-7News poll shows. “This race is really between Charlie Baker and Tim Cahill,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, which conducted the poll. “Whoever emerges between the Baker-Cahill race is likely to be the winner.”
  • More bad MA judges: A Framingham Level 3 sex offender goes free and rapes again.

    02/20/2010 12:06:22 PM PST · by MissyMack66 · 15 replies · 603+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2-20-2010 | Laura Crimaldi
    A Framingham rapist and Level 3 sex offender is accused of breaking his GPS monitoring bracelet and committing another rape and kidnapping after he violated his probation last month but was allowed to remain free. Prosecutors say William French, 29, raped a woman in Framingham on Thursday, just two days after Middlesex Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead ordered French to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for one year because he violated the terms of his probation by testing positive for smoking pot Jan. 4.
  • Kennedy won't run for re-election in RI

    02/12/2010 8:32:49 AM PST · by bilhosty · 9 replies · 582+ views
    AP via Real Clear politics ^ | February 12, 2010 | Andrew Miga And Michelle R. Smith
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election after eight terms in Congress, saying his life is "taking a new direction" just months after the death of his father and mentor, Sen. Edward Kennedy.
  • The wheels are coming off - Patrick Kennedy and Family

    02/05/2010 9:25:14 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 91 replies · 3,452+ views
    BostonHerald.com ^ | Saturday, February 6, 2010 | By Howie Carr
    Patches, if your name were - no, I take that back. Patches, you are a joke, period. You are the runt of the litter of the runt of the litter. And the applejack didn’t fall far from the tree.
  • Leahy: Drunk or Not? (Courtesy of 'The Great One')

    01/30/2010 6:28:46 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 14 replies · 952+ views
    MarkLevinShow.com ^ | 1/29/2010 | MarkLevinShow
    You be the judge. Sounds sloshed to me.
  • Illinois GOP Senate Primary: Kirk 53%, Hughes 18%(Just last week he had 9%)

    01/29/2010 10:01:44 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 4 replies · 698+ views
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com ^ | January 28, 2010 | www.rasmussenreports.com
    Republican Congressman Mark Kirk is well ahead of his closest challenger in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Illinois. GOP voters will pick their candidate on Tuesday. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Republican Primary voters in the state finds Kirk leading attorney Patrick Hughes 53% to 18%. Twelve percent (12%) prefer some other candidate, and 18% are still undecided. Conservatives have been critical of Kirk for some of his positions in the House, and Hughes, chairman of a group called Sensible Taxpayers Opposed to Increased Taxes, is challenging him from the political right. But 51%...
  • Patrick Hughes For Senate on the Fred Thompson Show

    01/27/2010 7:05:20 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 12 replies · 426+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/user/hughesforsenate ^ | January 26, 2010 | The Fred Thompson Show
    YouTube - hughesforsenate's Channel
  • Red tide giving Governor Deval Patrick the blues

    01/17/2010 2:52:06 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies · 1,110+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 17, 2010 | Dave Wedge
    While Martha Coakley’s campaign teeters on the brink of becoming the biggest political implosion since that of her predecessor, Tom Reilly, there’s another Bay State Democrat who’s watching the Scott Brown freight train in a state of terror: Gov. Deval Patrick. Patrick insiders say the governor’s campaign people are horrified by Brown’s surge, considering that Patrick is facing a candidate eerily similar to Brown in Republican health-care honcho Charlie Baker, not to mention a well-funded moderate Democrat in independent candidate Treasurer Tim Cahill.
  • Poll: Independents abandoning Deval Patrick in droves (Massachusetts)

    01/16/2010 12:34:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 1,006+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 16, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Independent voters have deserted Gov. Deval Patrick, an ominous sign in the first-term incumbent’s quest for re-election this year, according to a new Suffolk University/7News poll. “There’s a void, similar to the void that was filled with Scott Brown, that appears to be opening up with independents in this poll,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center. “That certainly leaves the door open for (state Treasurer) Tim Cahill or (GOP candidate) Charlie Baker, given that the independents are fed up with (Patrick.)”
  • Patrick takes gutsy drive down NASCAR road

    12/08/2009 2:33:56 PM PST · by valkyry1 · 34 replies · 1,349+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Dec 8, 2009 | Jay Hart
    It’s a bold move considering where Patrick sits now – the unquestioned face of a sport who commands the attention of sponsors ranging from a domain name registration website to a private jet service provider. Where she is now, she’s making millions, placed atop a high pedestal with no one in sight to knock her off. That is what makes this move so gutsy.
  • Political correctness runs amok as Mass. governor snubs men-only club

    12/07/2009 2:38:21 PM PST · by noozguy1 · 13 replies · 699+ views
    IrishCentral.com ^ | 12/7/09 | Niall O'Dowd
    Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts refused to appear at the Clover Club, an Irish American group of businessmen and community leaders in Boston over the weekend because it is a men-only club. Deval was dead wrong. I hope he will similarly cancel visits to the National Organization of Women for the same reason.
  • Patrick cancels talk at men-only event

    12/07/2009 1:30:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 7, 2009 | Matt Viser
    Governor Deval Patrick canceled at the last minute a speech he was scheduled to give before a little-known but prestigious men’s group, saying the invitation was accepted before he knew of its policy toward women. Patrick withdrew from the speech before the 126-year-old Clover Club about two hours before a dinner was scheduled to begin at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, according to event organizers.
  • Earnhardt unsure if Danica deal will happen

    12/03/2009 3:52:45 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies · 674+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 12/03/09 | Staff
    LAS VEGAS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. says negotiations are still ongoing with Danica Patrick, but he's not sure if a deal will be completed with JR Motorsports. Earnhardt's team fields Nationwide Series cars and the second-tier series is the likely starting point for the IndyCar driver. Patrick earlier this week announced a three-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport, and that was believed to be the final hurdle for her to finalize any NASCAR plans.
  • Dude, where's my magic? (Obama in Mass.)

    10/24/2009 9:58:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 1,359+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 24, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Last night in Boston, President Obama faced a half-empty hotel ballroom at a fundraiser for his pal, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is unpopular and facing a difficult re-election campaign. Instead of confidence, he actually expressed doubt: "There really should be no doubt that this guy gets a second term. But let's be honest. This is going to be a tough race ... " Jules Crittenden has a hilarious blog post on the dismal portents for Obama and Patrick, titled "Maybe we can't," delving into the event and the press reaction. A sample: Boston Globe helpfully plays down and buries five long graphs...
  • Politics at play as Obama helps anemic Democrats

    10/23/2009 12:30:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 687+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/09 | Philip Elliott - ap
    BOSTON – President Barack Obama lent his popularity and cash-raising abilities to embattled fellow Democrats on Friday, defending White House allies whose losses would be an embarrassment for the president. Obama began a day of politicking with a quick "official" event at Cambridge's Massachusetts Institute of Technology to challenge the nation to lead the global economy in clean energy. But even as he stood in front of the seal of the presidency, Obama didn't forget politics. He praised Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's "leadership and vision," saying he has endeavored to make his state "a clean energy leader" — remarks sure...
  • Massachusetts Gov Says Obama Discussed Kennedy Replacement

    09/20/2009 8:46:31 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 38 replies · 1,707+ views
    CNS News ^ | 9/18/2009 | Glen Johnson
    Richmond, Mass. (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that President Barack Obama had personally talked to him about changing the Senate succession law in Massachusetts, and White House aides were pushing for him to gain the power to temporarily replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy amid the administration's health care push. A month after a White House spokesman labeled the issue a state matter, Patrick said he and Obama spoke about changing the law as they both attended Kennedy's funeral in Boston last month. He also said White House aides have been in contact frequently ever since and...
  • Senatorial folly

    09/03/2009 3:18:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 697+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 03, 2009 | David Fennell
    The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. ~Article I, Section 3 of the United States Constitution ~ Through the chance of history and some political maneuvering, the fate of ObamaCare could fall upon the decision of a single man who has never been elected to national office. If the circumstances weren't so serious it would be a comedy of errors that leads us to where we are today. On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that on...
  • It's going to get worse for Obama (updated)

    08/31/2009 4:46:20 PM PDT · by Scanian · 52 replies · 2,579+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 31, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    More grim news for Obama from the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. The Net Approval (strongly approve minus strongly disapprove) index is minus 11. Overall, only 46% of the likely voters polled strongly or somewhat approve of Obama. AT political director Richard Baehr calls the chart below a "shockingly fast decline. It suggests this guy got elected because the stars were aligned, that plus 3/4 of a billion dollars and billions in free positive media coverage." News editor Ed Lasky passes along this article by Jim McTague of Barrons, noting the damage that liberal Massachusetts is about the inflict on...
  • Massachusetts Governor Sets Special Election for Kennedy Seat, Backs Interim Appointment

    08/31/2009 3:51:32 PM PDT · by edpc · 30 replies · 1,086+ views
    Fox News ^ | 31 Aug 2009 | Fox News
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday that the special election to fill the Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat will be held in January, but said he wants to make an interim appointment before then. Patrick set the general election for Jan. 19. A source close to the proceeding said the primary will be held Dec. 8. Under state law, the election must be 145 to 160 days after a vacancy. But Patrick said he will also push to change state law so that he can name an interim senator in the run-up to the election. Lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing...
  • Future of Kennedy's Senate Seat in the Hands of Mass. Legislature

    08/31/2009 2:22:41 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 1,103+ views
    PBS.org ^ | 08/31/09 | Quinn Bowman
    As speculation swirls about which politicians will vie for the first open Massachusetts Senate seat in 25 years, the process of determining a successor for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy will hinge on the actions of the state Legislature. Current law provides for a special election to fill an open seat five months after a vacancy, a provision enacted by Democrats in 2004 during the presidential election, when Sen. John Kerry was running for president. The law would have prevented then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, from appointing a successor to the seat. Just days before his death, Kennedy sent a...
  • PEEVED OBAMA TRUMPS PATERSON'S RACE CARD

    08/23/2009 3:50:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 52 replies · 2,473+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 23, 2009 | FREDRIC U. DICKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    President Obama's aides were so furious that Gov. Paterson dragged him into a rant about racism that they sent a message sharply criticizing the governor's comments just hours after he made them, The Post has learned. Aides to Obama were angered by Paterson's tirade on liberal talk-radio station WWRL on Friday, sources said. Paterson blamed his political woes on racially slanted coverage and predicted the president would be the next "victim" of biased media. Obama's team delivered a pointed message to Paterson within hours of the morning broadcast, multiple sources said. It came in a call from White House political...
  • How new advances may help Patrick Swayze beat cancer

    07/26/2009 5:06:14 PM PDT · by libh8er · 19 replies · 327+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7.25.09 | Alice Grebot
    For sufferers of pancreatic cancer there is often little hope. With 7,600 diagnoses each year - three per cent of all cancer cases - it is the UK's fifth most common cause of cancer death. Prognosis is usually poor: only about 13 per cent survive longer than a year after diagnosis, and only three per cent beyond five years. When Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008, many predicted he would not survive 12 months. Shocking pictures taken in April showed the former Hollywood heart-throb looking frail and gaunt, prompting fears he was dying....
  • Patrick support plummets, poll finds

    07/26/2009 8:46:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies · 695+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 26, 2009 | Frank Phillips and Matt Viser
    Governor Deval Patrick, fresh off signing a major tax increase and still battling through a historic budget crisis, has seen a huge drop in his standing among Massachusetts voters and faces a tough road to a second term, according to a new Boston Globe poll.
  • New mosque, Islamic center at Boston

    07/25/2009 9:44:56 PM PDT · by americanophile · 17 replies · 1,520+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | July, 26 2009 | SG
    BOSTON – A crowd of hundreds of local Muslims inaugurated a large new mosque last week in Roxbury Crossing. The 68,000 sq foot Islamic Cultural Center in the heart of Boston, designed by Dr. Sami Angawi, and pioneered by board member Dr. Walid Fitaihi, Dr. Osama Kandeel and others, celebrated its inauguration with the historic attendance of the first Muslim in the United States Congress, Keith Ellison, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. This new Islamic cultural center in America is tremendously significant as it resides 5 minutes from the heart of downtown Boston and less than...
  • Friends defend officer who arrested black scholar (Deval Patrick just sunk his re-election hopes!)

    07/24/2009 7:32:28 AM PDT · by milwguy · 42 replies · 1,747+ views
    yahoo ^ | 7/24/2009 | DENISE LAVOIE
    Supporters say the white policeman who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home is a principled police officer and family man who is being unfairly described as racist. Friends and fellow officers — black and white — say Sgt. James Crowley, who was hand-picked by a black police commissioner to teach recruits about avoiding racial profiling, is calm and reliable.
  • Deval Patrick’s dismal poll showings a boon to challengers

    07/01/2009 7:48:37 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies · 680+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | July 1, 2009 | Dave Wedge & Hillary Chabot
    Gov. Deval Patrick has only himself to blame for an embarrassing poll showing a narrow win for Republican rival Christy Mihos, opposing strategists and potential challengers charged yesterday. “Patrick right now is running against himself - and losing,” said political strategist and author Dick Morris, a former top adviser to President Clinton who is working for Mihos. “It shows there’s tremendous vulnerability.”
  • Dick Morris to head Christy Mihos’ gov campaign

    06/02/2009 9:32:22 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 33 replies · 1,158+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | Thomas Grillo
    The consultant who helped Bill Clinton win the Arkansas governorship has joined the Christy Mihos campaign. Dick Morris, a Fox News contributor and veteran of several campaigns, including former Massachusetts governors Bill Weld and Ed King, will oversee strategy, polling and advertising for Mihos, the first announced Republican candidate to challenge Gov. Deval Patrick.
  • Will Deval Patrick chase the robe?

    05/01/2009 10:42:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 751+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 2, 2009 | Hillary Chabot
    Squeezed between dismal poll numbers and Beacon Hill’s fiscal crisis, Gov. Deval Patrick is facing new speculation he might bolt the Corner Office for a seat on the nation’s highest bench. Aides to the governor scrambled to douse rumors that he is on the short list to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, but Patrick did not shut the door. “I’m 120 percent focused on doing this job right now, and we’ve got a lot to do, and I’m going to stay focused on that,” he said. Asked if his commitment to his current job carried through next fall, when...
  • Fan favorite Patrick out early in Honda GP after crash with rookie Matos [IRL season starts]

    04/06/2009 10:20:58 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 50 replies · 1,656+ views
    ChicagoTribune/AP ^ | April 5, 2009 | MIKE HARRIS
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick's season got off to a tough start after she crashed out early in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix. She was running ninth in the 22-car field on Sunday when rookie Raphael Matos tried to pass as the two went into one of the tightest turns on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit.
  • Deval Patrick’s hackapalooza

    04/02/2009 7:17:46 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 40 replies · 3,422+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/2/09 | Hillary Chabot
    Gov. Deval Patrick has stashed four staffers in big-bucks jobs at several of the quasi-public agencies he is now vowing to reform - including one post worth a jaw-dropping $190,000 a year, the Herald has learned. Patrick ordered up a probe of salaries at quasi-public agencies last week as taxpayer outrage peaked over his tapping of Sen. Marian Walsh for a long-vacant $175,000-a-year post with the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority. But four Patrick administration staffers have landed at quasi-public agencies:
  • Beware of wolves in suits

    04/01/2009 1:17:08 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 2 replies · 371+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/1/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE SPECIAL COMMISSION on Pension Reform, which convened for the first time yesterday - specified under Massachusetts law - comprises nine public employees, one retired public employee, three officials from the public-employee retirement systems, and two economists from private universities. By my reckoning, that makes 13 commission members from the public sector and two from the private sector, which calls to mind the old jape about democracy being two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. It's an amusing quip, assuming you're not a sheep. The special commission is only the latest group to cast a...
  • Patrick aides directed hiring

    03/31/2009 3:03:25 PM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 27 replies · 513+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/28/09 | Frank Phillips
    Contradicting a series of steadfast denials, internal e-mails show that Governor Deval Patrick's top aides controlled the appointment of state Senator Marian Walsh to a high-paying job at a state authority, from setting her salary to crafting her job description. They also provided the agency's talking points for the news media in an attempt to quell a public uproar. "I'm going to send you a proposed job description from [Patrick chief of staff Doug Rubin] soon," Patrick senior adviser Jay Gonzalez told the two top officials at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority in a March 11 e-mail.
  • Sen. Marian Walsh declines controversial post after PR "tsunami"

    03/31/2009 2:03:29 PM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 34 replies · 1,089+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/31/09 | Hillary Chabot
    Seeking to quell the “tsunami” of outrage over her plum post, state Sen. Marian Walsh (D-West Roxbury) said today she won’t take a $120,000-a-year position that had been vacant for 12 years. “I feel I have become the issue,” an emotional Walsh said in a hastily called press conference outside Gov. Deval Patrick’s office. “This is my decision. I think it’s best and I still think I can be helpful.” Patrick, while calling Walsh highly capable, said he wished he handled the appointment differently, adding he is relieved by her decision.
  • Haters of Color

    03/29/2009 11:47:25 AM PDT · by AJ in NYC · 16 replies · 1,090+ views
    Black and Right ^ | March 2009 | Bob Parks
    The campaign tactic of labeling any and all opposition to Barack Obama as "hate" has now come full circle. The Democrat Party has, from it's very origins, used black people. Before as physical property, and now as their political property. As they believe they own the black vote, they use that vote to their advantage, and have perfected their latest political strategy. In 2006 Massachusetts elected Deval Patrick her first black governor. His campaign guru was none other than David Axerod. The Chicago pair came into The Bay State with a campaign labeled, "Together We Can". Aside from working in...
  • Patrick aides directed hiring

    03/28/2009 6:18:20 AM PDT · by AU72 · 5 replies · 492+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 28, 2009 | Frank Phillips
    Contradicting a series of steadfast denials, internal e-mails show that Governor Deval Patrick's top aides controlled the appointment of state Senator Marian Walsh to a high-paying job at a state authority, from setting her salary to crafting her job description. They also provided the agency's talking points for the news media in an attempt to quell a public uproar. "I'm going to send you a proposed job description from [Patrick chief of staff Doug Rubin] soon," Patrick senior adviser Jay Gonzalez told the two top officials at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority in a March 11 e-mail. As...
  • Who Are You?

    03/26/2009 7:00:09 PM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 7 replies · 497+ views
    Mass News Platoon ^ | 3/26/09 | D. R. Tucker
    There’s a good reason to be a little disturbed by the results of a recent 7News/Suffolk University poll concerning Massachusetts politics. According to the poll, 35 percent of Bay State voters do not know that Tim Murray is the state’s lieutenant governor. Also, 34 percent are unfamiliar with Chris Gabrieli (despite the fact that he ran for Governor in 2006, Lieutenant Governor in 2002 and Congress in 1998), 30 percent are unfamiliar with State Auditor Joseph DeNucci, 23 percent have no knowledge of Secretary of State Bill Galvin or State Treasurer Tim Cahill, 33 percent are unfamiliar with 2006 gubernatorial...
  • Polls: Deval Patrick taking political beating

    03/26/2009 11:50:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,057+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | March 26, 2009
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is taking a beating politically as the state’s economy sags and the media reports about patronage hirings on Beacon Hill. Some 47 percent said someone else deserves to be elected next year, and 51 percent said Massachusetts is headed on the wrong track. A potential head-to-head matchup shows Patrick losing to Treasurer Timothy Cahill ...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick ratings sink like a stone (SurveyUSA: 68% Disapprove, 28% Approve)

    03/17/2009 3:00:31 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 50 replies · 1,975+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 7, 2009 | Hillary Chabot
    Gov. Deval Patrick’s ratings appear to have taken a serious nosedive following months of tax hike announcements, but one politico said the new SurveyUSA poll might not be reliable. Roughly 68 percent of the 600 people questioned in the poll say they are dissatisfied with Patrick’s job as governor. That’s up 21 points from a poll in January. “I think the poll vastly exaggerates the level of dissatisfaction with Gov. Patrick,” said Tufts political professor Jeff Berry. “SurveyUSA polls are very primitive and you’d have to do a lot more searching questions to really accurately access the level of support.”...