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  • Rebellious Colorado counties move forward with plans to secede

    06/25/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-25-2103 | Greg Campbell
    Representatives of 10 rural Colorado counties met Monday in the sleepy plains town of Akron, about a half an hour from the Kansas border, to advance a plan that has been both hailed and ridiculed in recent weeks: A bid to split from Colorado and form the country’s 51st state. Eye-rolling critics have dubbed the state-to-be “Weldistan,” after the county leading the charge and alluding to the heavily conservative values of the northeast region considering secession. Proponents have called it an inevitable result of what they say is a loss of representation in Denver, where Democrats have controlled state government...
  • Eight Colorado counties want to leave the state

    06/07/2013 12:24:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-7-2013 | Greg Campbell
    As a sign of just how divisive the recently ended Colorado legislative session has been, it may very well result in a literal division of the state. As many as eight counties composing the rural, oil and gas-rich northeast corner of the state are pursuing a plan to cut ties with a capital city they no longer feel represents their interests and come together as the 51st state in the country: North Colorado. “We’re actually going to pursue it,” said Weld County Commissioner Douglas Rademacher, a farmer whose jurisdiction is spearheading the effort. “Frankly, we’ve been ignored in northeastern Colorado...
  • Weld officials investigating Abound Solar officials (3 criminal charges being investigated)

    10/26/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by catnipman · 4 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 10/25/2012 | Tony Kindelspire
    LONGMONT -- The Weld County District Attorney's office confirmed Thursday that it has launched a criminal investigation into officials at bankrupt Abound Solar, whose manufacturing facility was located along the Interstate 25 Frontage Road but had a Longmont address. ... In the statement, he said his office is "looking into possible instances of securities fraud based on allegations that officials at Abound Solar knew products the company was selling were defective, and then asked investors to invest in the company without telling them about the defective products." ... Abound had used $70.9 million of the DOE's $400 million loan guarantee...
  • Historic weld links Central Corridor, Hiawatha LRT line

    09/06/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 9-3-12 | KARE11
    "This weld is our own version of the golden spike for the transcontinental railroad as it connects the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis," Fuhrmann said. "By connecting Central Corridor Green Line with the Hiawatha Blue Line, we will expand environmentally friendly, affordable transit options for residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the region."
  • For underdog Scott Brown, all’s Weld that ends Weld

    01/08/2010 11:41:07 AM PST · by Bluestateredman · 97 replies · 2,753+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 1/8/2010 | By Margery Eagan
    For underdog Scott Brown, all’s Weld that ends Weld Margery Eagan By Margery Eagan Thursday, January 7, 2010 - Updated 22h ago State Sen. Scott Brown has seen his chance to beat front-runner Martha Coakley. It’s moving left. A poll this week put him ahead of Coakley 65 to 21 among the state’s largest voting bloc - the unenrolled. Independents elected what few Republicans have won statewide here: Bill Weld, Paul Cellucci, Mitt Romney, before his presidential flip-flops. Yesterday morning I would have called Scott Brown a social conservative. By the time he finished an hour with Herald editors yesterday...
  • As Joe Kennedy considers run, Chávez ties loom

    09/06/2009 4:21:57 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies · 1,380+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/06/09 | Michael Rezendes and Noah Bierman
    Firm relies on Venezuela oil As Joseph P. Kennedy II contemplates a race to reclaim the Senate seat held by his family for nearly half a century, his most formidable obstacle may not be a Massachusetts politician but a political leader some 2,000 miles away: President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Over the past four years, Citizens Energy Corp., the signature nonprofit founded by Kennedy in 1979 as a political launching pad, has grown from a local charity serving 10,000 Massachusetts homes a year into a national effort delivering free fuel to 200,000 households in 23 states. And Kennedy, a former...
  • Weld inspector’s lies may affect 9 [Navy] ships

    06/02/2009 5:35:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
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  • Tom Finneran gets help from former governors in pardon bid

    01/09/2009 3:02:41 PM PST · by ninonitti · 6 replies · 300+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, January 9, 2009 | AP
    BOSTON — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran has enlisted the help of four former governors in his bid to get a pardon from President Bush on an obstruction of justice conviction. The Boston Globe reports Friday that Finneran submitted an application for a presidential pardon last month. The four governors — Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republicans William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift — followed with a letter of support. In the letter, obtained by the newspaper, the governors says Finneran has been severely punished and has "learned the error of the episode." Finneran, currently a radio talk show...
  • Former governor William Weld (RINO-MA) throws support behind Barack Obama

    10/25/2008 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies · 745+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 25, 2008
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president yesterday, citing Obama’s “deep sense of calm” and “first-class political temperament.” Weld, a Republican, said he has never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became “close to a no-brainer.” Obama has a history of bringing Democrats, Republicans and independents together and is the best choice at a time when America’s standing in the world is at a low point, he said. “It’s not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is...
  • 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,"...
  • Mitt miss dismissed( Mass to Mitt, Adios )

    01/31/2008 2:49:42 PM PST · by Leisler · 50 replies · 90+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 31, 2008 | Jessica Van Sack
    Former Gov. William F. Weld says fellow Republican Mitt Romney can withstand a hometown snub by Bay State voters in presidential balloting next week by simply dismissing the diss as little more than moonbat mania. “I think people understand when you’re a red governor in a blue state that you have to work with the Democrats, which I think is a good thing,” said Weld, who was governor from 1991 to 1997. Asked whether his State House successor has to win Massachusetts in his bid for the presidency, Weld, a Romney backer, said, “Not in my view.” In fact, the...
  • Weld Drops Out of N.Y. Governor's Race

    06/06/2006 3:47:57 PM PDT · by no dems · 6 replies · 261+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6-6-06 | Michael Gormley
    By MICHAEL GORMLEY ALBANY, N.Y. Jun 6, 2006 (AP)— Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld dropped out of the race for governor of New York on Tuesday, averting a potentially bruising and expensive primary for the Republican nomination. "I do think there's a time to look beyond your aspirations for the bigger picture," Weld said. "This is not a time for a contested primary." The move came days after the state GOP establishment threw its support to Weld's rival, former state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso. If Weld had stayed in the race, he would have faced Faso in a primary...
  • William Weld to Drop Out of N.Y. Gov. Race

    06/06/2006 7:15:19 AM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 695+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | June 6, 2006 | staff
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- With support for a run eroding, Republican Bill Weld will drop out of the race for New York governor, according to two sources informed of the decision. The former Massachusetts governor ended his effort to be the first man since Sam Houston to be the governor of two states after he was defeated last week in a quest for the party designation against John Faso, the former Assembly minority leader. Weld decided Tuesday morning to drop out, said the two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Weld wanted to make the announcement publicly himself. Weld...
  • Delegates snub Weld in N.Y. race for governor

    06/02/2006 7:01:28 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 19 replies · 440+ views
    AP via boston.com ^ | June 2, 2006 | Michael Gormley
    --But he earns a spot on primary ballot-- HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- New York Republican delegates designated John Faso yesterday as their candidate for governor, but the race that has divided party leaders will go to a September primary because former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld landed enough support to earn a spot on the ballot. Faso received 61.2 percent of the weighted vote to become the party's state convention designee after attempts to avoid a primary and unite the ticket failed. The talks, which included outgoing Governor George Pataki, lasted into early yesterday, state Republican leaders said. Former Massachusetts governor...
  • GOP Crossroads: N.Y. Party's Puzzle

    05/31/2006 10:27:58 AM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 15 replies · 310+ views
    New York Post ^ | May, 30, 2006 | Charles E. F. Millard
    The Republican Party in this state has a big decision to make: Is it Republican or is it Democrat? The party faces this crossroads up and down the ballot, and all across the state - but an anecdote from the battle for the gubernatorial nomination between former Assembly Minority leader John Faso and onetime Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld really brings it home. Earlier this month, Bill DeProspo, a Weld supporter and the GOP chairman of Orange County, sent a long letter attacking Faso for once voting against a comparable-worth bill - and complaining that this (along with other votes) shows...
  • [William] Weld's Hopes Waning: Lacks GOP Majority

    05/30/2006 5:21:12 AM PDT · by statestreet · 1 replies · 238+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2006 | Fred Dicker
    May 29, 2006 -- TOP backers of former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld's bid for the Republican nomination for governor are increasingly pessimistic about his chances of defeating John Faso, The Post has learned. One prominent Weld backer conceded yesterday that the once-front-running candidate has yet to line up the 51 percent of the vote he'll need to emerge from this week's GOP convention as the party's official choice for governor.
  • Faso / Weld /RINO:Worthless Economics

    05/25/2006 10:50:13 AM PDT · by llevrok · 6 replies · 299+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 May 2006
    For more evidence that the New York Republican Party has lost its way, look no further than the party's recent treatment of John Faso, a former state legislator now running for Governor. Mr. Faso spent 16 years in the state assembly casting principled low-tax, small-government votes in the best Reagan tradition. But today that record is being distorted to paint him as some kind of extremist. And the criticism isn't coming from the left but from the Empire State GOP establishment.
  • Republicans Hope to Block a Candidate (RINOs want to stop NY Conservative John Faso)

    05/18/2006 5:37:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 553+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2006 | PATRICK HEALY and JENNIFER MEDINA
    Prominent New York Republicans took steps yesterday to derail John Faso's bid for the party nomination for governor by assailing him as an extremist conservative who would drag down the entire Republican slate in the November elections. The onslaught against Mr. Faso, a former assemblyman, could help prepare the way for a major development, several New York Republicans said: Gov. George E. Pataki's endorsement of another candidate, William F. Weld. These Republicans, who are close to Mr. Pataki, said he would like to endorse Mr. Weld but could do so only if Mr. Faso was seen by Republican voters as...
  • Hints of Truth-Stretching in Weld-D'Amato Feud

    04/18/2006 12:24:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 439+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN and SAM ROBERTS
    Last month, William F. Weld, a candidate for governor of New York, set state Republican politics astir by telling of an encounter with Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato that cast his fellow Republican in a bad light and offered an explanation for their simmering feud. Mr. Weld said that in 1996, when he was governor of Massachusetts and running for the Senate, he received a $750,000 check from Mr. D'Amato that was delivered with an expletive-filled warning. Mr. D'Amato vigorously denied the encounter, calling it "a bunch of baloney" and asserting that he had never even spoken to Mr. Weld in...
  • Daniels Plans to Drop Out of Governor's Race

    04/09/2006 3:25:37 PM PDT · by Patriot814 · 3 replies · 205+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | Patrick Healy
    The Republican race for governor of New York is set for a shake-up on Monday with one of the three candidates, Randy A. Daniels, planning to drop out and throw his conservative and upstate political coalition to a rival, John Faso, both men said today.
  • Daniels Plans to Drop Out of Governor's Race

    04/08/2006 10:44:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 490+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | PATRICK HEALY
    The Republican race for governor of New York is set for a shake-up on Monday with one of the three candidates, Randy A. Daniels, planning to drop out and throw his conservative and upstate political coalition to a rival, John Faso, both men said today. Mr. Daniels, a former New York secretary of state, said that he will endorse Mr. Faso at a campaign event in Albany on Monday morning, and that he expected at least some of his allies to attend and switch sides to Mr. Faso as well. Both men said in separate interviews that no deals were...
  • Weld hopes to capture Libertarian Party line(Libertarian is not a bad word in my lexicon)

    04/07/2006 5:20:28 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 649+ views
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | 4 7 06 | JOE MAHONEY
    ALBANY - GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Weld is sailing into uncharted waters in New York Republican politics: He's making a major run to line up the backing of the tiny Libertarian Party. Weld confirmed to the Daily News last night that he would "definitely be interested" in winning the Libertarian line "'Libertarian' is not a bad word in my lexicon," he said, noting one of his favorite expressions is: "I want the government out of your pocketbook and out of your bedroom." Asked about the party's opposition to the war on drugs, Weld said he'd back medical marijuana, but added,...
  • D'Amato and Weld Locked in G.O.P. Feud

    03/23/2006 10:13:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 681+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN and SAM ROBERTS
    For the last few months, William F. Weld's bid to become governor of New York has had a sharp thorn in its side: the outspoken opposition of the onetime kingmaker of state Republican politics, former Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato, who has said that Mr. Weld is "without any real experience" in New York. Yesterday, Mr. Weld struck back in force, telling how their feud dated at least to a 1996 encounter in which Mr. D'Amato gave him $750,000 in donations for his Senate campaign that year against John Kerry of Massachusetts. The donations, according to Mr. Weld, came with an...
  • When ‘American Idol,’ idle election collide (Mass. gov.)

    03/03/2006 1:24:49 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 03/03/06 | Howie Carr
    This governor’s race is turning into the political version of “American Idol.” There are differences, of course - the interest level, for starters. A lot of people actually care who wins “American Idol.” And in the local version, the contestants don’t parlay their victory into millions of dollars. In the Beacon Hill version, you pay millions of dollars, and maybe you win. Our first contestant this morning is Lt. Gov. Kerry “Muffy” Healey. She’s all bent out of shape that Christy Mihos has decided to run as an independent. Apparently, Muffy hasn’t figured out she’s got a much bigger problem...
  • Manning Talks Big But Can Look Small

    02/20/2006 1:31:23 PM PST · by Do not dub me shapka broham · 19 replies · 773+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | February 20, 2006 | E.J. Kessler
    Patrick Manning is what New Yorkers, in an earlier era, used to call a “big palooka.” With his 6-foot, 11-inch frame stretched out over the chair of a midtown restaurant, the 40-year-old Dutchess County Assemblyman—a contender for the Republican gubernatorial nod—is one huge, handsome hunk of horseflesh, a real thrill for a handicapper in high heels, such as this columnist. What’s more, he displays an outsized ambition and a disposition that matches his height. Mr. Manning makes much of his stature: He advertises himself as “the tallest elected official in the country” and named his reform effort “Stand Tall New...
  • D'Amato takes aim at gov hopeful Weld

    01/14/2006 11:17:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 535+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | January 4, 2006 | Joe Mahoney
    GOP Gubernatorial hopeful Bill Weld came under a blistering attack last night from ex-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, who argued the former Massachusetts governor has "a lot of explaining to do" about a simmering scandal at a Kentucky school. D'Amato went after Weld in an interview on the cable news station New York 1, saying, "he wouldn't be my choice at all" in New York's Republican gubernatorial primary this year. D'Amato conceded that part of his dislike for Weld stemmed from the prosecution of his brother Armand by the federal Justice Department, for which Weld had been a top official before getting...
  • Liar! 'Threat' Target Lashes Out At 'Liar' Spitzer's Denial

    12/31/2005 5:31:28 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 25 replies · 923+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 31, 2005
    Ground Zero bigshot John Whitehead, who has charged that he was threatened by state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, broke a week of silence last night and angrily denounced Spitzer as a liar. Interviewed by The Post outside his Manhattan offices, Whitehead ripped Spitzer after learning the attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor had publicly insisted earlier in the day that he never made any such threats. "He said every word of it," Whitehead, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., firmly told The Post last night. "I'm angry that he is denying that he said it, because he knows...
  • Republican: Trump May Run for N.Y. Gov.

    01/01/2006 5:39:34 AM PST · by sittnick · 54 replies · 938+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/2005 | The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Donald Trump is considering running for governor, a leading Republican said Friday. Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on Thursday suggested that a big-name candidate could be flirting with entering the 2006 contest. On Friday, he confirmed to News Channel 10 in Albany that he had been referring to Trump. Bruno told the station he had spoken to the real estate developer and TV personality about a possible run. Trump's office in New York had no immediate comment. State GOP Executive Director Ryan Moses said neither he nor state party Chairman Stephen Minarik have had discussions with Trump...
  • Bill Weld Lives? (New York's transit strike could revive a flagging candidacy.)

    12/21/2005 9:45:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 720+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/22/2005 | W. James Antle III
    Veteran Weld-watchers may have noticed a brief flicker of the old Bill Weld yesterday as he came out swinging against the striking New York transit workers. Does Big Red still have enough of the fire that won him the Massachusetts governorship in 1990 to make a difference in New York in 2006? In an interview with the New York Sun, Weld challenged Democratic front-runner Eliot Spitzer to get tough on the strikers. "If he were governor, I don't think he would be as aggressive as I would be," said the Bay State turned Empire State Republican. "Mr. Spitzer should be...
  • Weld Challenges Spitzer To Take a Stand on Transit Strike

    12/21/2005 12:16:29 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 17 replies · 587+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 12/21/05
    A top Republican contender for governor in 2006, William Weld, challenged Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic front-runner, to take a stand in the transit strike.Firing one of the first salvos in the early stages of the gubernatorial race, Mr. Weld said that if he were governor, he would deal more harshly with the city's transit union, which brought public transportation to a halt yesterday with its first strike in a quarter century.A governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s and a Manhattan resident, the lanky Yankee said he would fire union leaders and questioned whether Mr. Spitzer as governor would...
  • Weld's Rivals See Opportunity in Failure of a College He Ran

    12/19/2005 7:12:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 441+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 19, 2005 | MIKE McINTIRE
    New details that emerged yesterday about William F. Weld's tenure at a small Kentucky college, which collapsed in a financial scandal two months ago, threatened to push the issue closer to the forefront of his campaign for governor of New York. Several of his opponents, Republicans and Democrats alike, seized on the revelations to either raise questions about Mr. Weld's managerial competence or warn that the federal investigation of possible student loan fraud at the school, Decker College, would hobble his chances of winning the Republican nomination in 2006. "If Bill Weld becomes the nominee, he will be on the...
  • Ghosts of a Shuttered College Follow [NY Repub. Governor Candidate] Weld

    12/18/2005 12:45:59 PM PST · by jude24 · 16 replies · 411+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/18/2005 | Sam Dillon
    Truckloads of files were taken away from the Decker College campus in Louisville in October under the supervision of federal government agents. But in his first weeks at the for-profit school, Mr. Urquilla says, he found employees falsifying student attendance records, instructors helping students to cheat and recruiters arranging federal loans for students who could not read. Mr. Urquilla said he was fired after he complained to superiors. Months later, William F. Weld, then Decker's chief executive officer, who is now seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York, signed a severance agreement with Mr. Urquilla. Its terms required...
  • (NY) GOP too fractured to agree on races

    12/09/2005 9:16:52 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies · 381+ views
    The Auburn NY Citizen Copyright © 2005 ^ | Friday, December 9, 2005 10:23 AM EST | By Guy Cosentino
    The controversy over the meeting of the county chairmen of the state Republican Party next week is just another sign of a party that is divided and dysfunctional - with five important statewide races at stake less than a year away. Next year may be the clearest shot that the state's Democrats will have at a clean sweep of state offices in decades. It also should have the GOP members concerned about what hits they may take in both the Assembly and state Senate. The county chairmen are meeting in hopes of finding a consensus on candidates who are viable...
  • State GOP Smackdown! (With Pataki’s reign nigh, NY Republican party seems to be at war with itself)

    12/08/2005 10:05:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 360+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | December 12 | Greg Sargent
    With the end of Pataki’s reign nigh, the New York State Republican party seems to be at war with itself. A handy guide to who’s stabbing whom in the back, and why.Pataki’s Inner CircleState GOP Chair Stephen Minarik Current Play: Hanging on as party supremo. Boosting: Socially liberal candidates Pirro and Weld. Undermining: Conservative Party honcho Mike Long and his power over the GOP. Strategy: Strong-arming county chairmen into supporting his duo. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld Current Play: Hoping his blue-blood charm will out-affable Spitzer to win governorship. Boosting: Minarik, his prime sponsor. Strategy: Pushing for Minarik-engineered “straw poll”...
  • (NY) GOP Contemplates Candidates (for Governor)

    11/07/2005 9:34:40 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies · 280+ views
    Copyright © 2005 Time Warner Cable. All Rights Reserved ^ | Published Nov 06, 2005 | by Anthony Pascale and J. Mendoza
    The Republican Party will announce a candidate for governor by the first of the year. Republican Chair Steven Minarik is supporting former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano is considering a fourth run for governor. Golisano recently switched from the Independence Party to the Republican Party drawing speculation that he would seek the nomination. Minarik questions whether Golisano is the right candidate for the party. “There are things that stand in the way. We have to get by the past with regard to races. I just don't know how that's going to happen. We have to have a...
  • After probe, all's weld on Bay Bridge

    10/21/2005 8:35:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 287+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/21/5 | Mike Adamick
    The FBI has closed an eight-month probe into allegations that the new $6.3 billion Bay Bridge rests on faulty support piles -- an investigation that stalled construction on some parts of the bridge and cast a shadow over the state's largest ever seismic safety project. "For all intents and purposes, the case is closed," said LaRae Quy, spokeswoman for the FBI's San Francisco office. "We did not have the forensic evidence to prove the allegations." The inquiry began in February when an unnamed bridge worker called the FBI's public corruption hotline to claim that the bridge's contractor -- a joint...
  • The case for William Weld

    10/09/2005 11:10:56 PM PDT · by qlangley · 3 replies · 169+ views
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 23 September 2005 | Quentin Langley
    If it is, as I argued here critically important that New Yorkers reject Eliot Spitzer in next year’s gubernatorial election, then it is equally critical that Republicans find a credible and electable candidate. While some Republicans fantasize about a Giuliani candidacy – and about Colin Powell contesting Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat – these are both unlikely. Opinion polls suggest Giuliani would beat Spitzer while no other Republican would, but he is planning to run for the Presidency in 2008 and will not waste time on a shot at the governor’s mansion two years beforehand. Governor Pataki has ruled out seeking...
  • Weld, Spitzer square off in [NY] governor's race

    09/04/2005 8:25:54 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 16 replies · 357+ views
    ap via boston.com ^ | September 1, 2005 | By Michael Gormley
    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld drew first blood Thursday against 2006 governor's race front-runner Eliot Spitzer, claiming the Democrat's public persona is based on the power of intimidation... Spitzer "has a marvelous public persona right now, based 100 percent on terror power, the power of ruination," said Weld, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in New York.
  • Former senator slams Weld in memoirs

    08/30/2005 9:19:41 AM PDT · by jackieaxe · 61 replies · 1,427+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | August 30 | Dave Wedge
    Conservative former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms in his newly published memoir boasts of slapping down former Bay State Gov. William F. Weld's Mexico ambassadorship and accuses him of abandoning his Massachusetts duties. Weld ``resigned the position to which the people of Massachusetts elected him and took up a public-relations war centered on attacking me – as if no one had done that before,'' the North Carolina Republican writes in ``Here's Where I Stand.'' Helms, whose memoir hits bookstores today, delights in his single-handed denial of the Weld ambassadorship in 1997 – and in outwitting Weld, now running for New York...
  • Mass. Appeal (Don't Underestimate Weld in NY)

    08/26/2005 11:43:47 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 395+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 26, 2005 | JOHN P. GREGG
    BILL Weld, the former Massachusetts governor who now wants to succeed Gov. George Pataki in Albany, enjoys both chess and pool. Both - obviously - are tactical games. Chess calls for seeing the board several moves ahead and pinning down an opponent. Pool requires execution and a vision of where to leave the cue ball to set up the next several shots. Such maneuvering has long served Mr. Weld well in another game he enjoys - politics. Though he might appear to be a long shot in New York, his latest move is exactly the sort of attention-grabbing challenge he...
  • NY Governor 2006: Spitzer Holds Big Lead (Rasmussen)

    08/25/2005 1:26:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 550+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 25, 2005
    August 25, 2005--New York's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has a huge lead over two potential Republican challengers in the race to become Governor of the Empire State.Spitzer leads William Weld 55% to 20%. Weld, a former Governor of Massachusetts, moved back to New York five years ago and recently announced his intention to enter the race.Spitzer leads Tom Golisano by nearly as big a margin, 52% to 23%. Golisano is a billionaire who has previously run as an Independent candidate. He is  considering a bid for the GOP nomination.Spitzer is viewed favorably by 69% of New York voters and unfavorably...
  • Weld: He's a New Yorker Ex-Mass. governor is no carpetbagger

    08/24/2005 5:53:29 AM PDT · by Embraer2004 · 9 replies · 332+ views
    Newsday ^ | 8/24/05 | Editorial
    Weld: He's a New Yorker Ex-Mass. governor is no carpetbagger August 24, 2005 Maybe you'd think that any candidate who quotes the Grateful Dead to score debating points and dives fully clothed into a harbor to prove its purity couldn't be taken seriously. But those are some of the unconventional impulses that helped William Weld to win two terms as a Republican governor in the Democratic state of Massachusetts. Make no mistake about it, he is a serious politician and policy wonk. That's not to say he'd make a better governor than Democrat Eliot Spitzer, New York's high-profile attorney general,...
  • Advancing Mitt's image: Romney team twice size of Weld's, Cellucci's

    08/19/2005 6:57:43 AM PDT · by Panerai · 5 replies · 652+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 08/19/2005 | Maggie Mulvihill
    Gov. Mitt Romney's advance staff – young aides who spiff him up for public appearances – is twice the size of the advance staffs under Govs. William F. Weld and A. Paul Cellucci, aides to those former GOP governors said. The eager young Romney aides, clad in dark suits and outfitted with U.S. Secret Service-type earpieces, refer to Romney at events as ``70'' because he is the 70th Massachusetts governor. The four-person staff makes up an increasingly prominent coterie of handlers around the image-conscious governor, in sharp contrast to the unaffected style of Weld and Cellucci, former staffers said. ``Despite...
  • Weld Tries Again to Be Governor, but in New York

    08/18/2005 8:34:51 PM PDT · by nj26 · 29 replies · 468+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 19, 2005 | PATRICK D. HEALY
    William F. Weld, the colorful former Republican governor of Massachusetts, said yesterday that he planned to run for the same job in New York next year, hoping his platform of tax cuts and social liberalism will make him the first two-state leader since Sam Houston. Mr. Weld, a native New Yorker who is now an investment adviser on the Upper East Side, said he had been encouraged to run by former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, an old friend, among others. Karl Rove, the White House political adviser, who worked for Mr. Weld in the 1990's, had also told him to...
  • New York Democrats Launch Attack on Weld

    04/28/2005 9:34:07 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 21 replies · 424+ views
    WINS News ^ | 4/28/05
    (1010 WINS) (ALBANY) Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has said he won't decide whether to run for governor of his native New York until the fall, but the state's Democratic machinery was already on the attack Wednesday. ``If you think George Pataki has been an effective governor, then Bill Weld is the guy for you,'' said Rodney Capel, executive director of the state Democratic Committee. ``Banker's hours, no perceptible record and a trail of unfinished business in his wake. New Yorkers need a governor focused on the state's problems _ not someone who gets bored with governing and then quits.''...
  • Governor Weld redux? He'll sleep on it until fall

    04/27/2005 3:46:42 AM PDT · by billorites · 2 replies · 181+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | April 27, 2005 | Andrew Miga
    Former Bay State Gov. William F. Weld yesterday declared he's ``seriously'' eyeing the New York governorship - if only to clean up all the ``mistakes'' he made on Beacon Hill. ``This way I'll get a chance to correct the mistakes I made in Massachusetts,'' Weld joked to the Herald by phone from Louisville, Ky., where he's renting a horse farm and looking forward to enjoying the Kentucky Derby. Weld, who made headlines as Massachusetts governor by diving into the Charles River, said he would consider making a similar plunge in New York's East River, but was quick to note, ``It's...
  • Confirmed: William Weld Mulling Run for N.Y. Gov.

    04/26/2005 12:15:21 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 33 replies · 609+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/26/05
    Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has confirmed that he is seriously considering running for governor of New York in 2006. Weld, a moderate Republican, is relatively unknown to many New Yorkers, but he was born in New York City, raised on Long Island, and returned to the state in 2000. NewsMax.com reported earlier that party elite were wooing Weld, 59, to run for governor if current Republican Governor George Pataki doesn’t seek re-election. Pataki has not disclosed whether he will seek a fourth term. Now Weld has told the New York Times he may run, and is so confident that...
  • Ex-Governor Weighs a Run in New York

    04/25/2005 10:23:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 505+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 26, 2005 | PATRICK D. HEALY
    William F. Weld, a popular former governor of Massachusetts and prodigious fund-raiser, said yesterday that he was seriously considering running for governor of New York in 2006 if Gov. George E. Pataki and Rudolph W. Giuliani did not. Mr. Weld, a moderate Republican, is relatively unknown to many New Yorkers, yet his multimillion-dollar fortune and his colorful personality would clearly be assets for such a race. He was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, and Republican leaders in New York have said they will welcome his candidacy if Mr. Pataki does not run again, but until...
  • New Option for GOP in '06 Races (Bill Weld for NY Governor?)

    04/25/2005 8:14:02 AM PDT · by nj26 · 4 replies · 317+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/25/05 | PATRICK D. HEALY
    Wanted: New York Republicans seek fiscally conservative, socially moderate party member with personal wealth to spend on a 2006 campaign for governor or senator. Past political winners preferred. William F. Weld, could this be you? Mr. Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, who is now a private equity specialist and a novelist in Manhattan, is the latest Republican to be mentioned by the party elite as a possible candidate in 2006. While they say they hope that Gov. George E. Pataki will seek re-election next year, several party elders have become preoccupied lately with preparing a Plan B. The names...