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Republicans Must Make The 2014 Midterm Elections "A National Referendum" On Obama's Amnesty Plans

by: The Angelic One

Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 23:05:30 PM EDT

An article posted on Breitbart.com should be utilized as an important memo for all GOP candidates running this year for either the US Senate or the House of Representatives: make the 2014 midterm elections a national referendum on President Barack Obama's post-election scheme to provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

James P. Pinkerton, a veteran of the Reagan White House and now a Fox News contributor, argues that Republicans need a 1980 or 2004-type "wave" election highlighting a "wave" issue to win the Senate. He asserts that it's not too late to nationalize the campaign, recalling Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, unveiled September 27, just six weeks before the historic 1994 midterm election.

Twenty years later, the issues are different but the strategy remains the same. When a wave comes, candidates must ride it - and most Republican challengers would probably sweep into office on an immigration-control tsunami washing away the Democrats. In fact, we're halfway there, as tough anti-amnesty spots are being aired in support of GOP Senate candidates in Kentucky, New Hampshire, Michigan, Arkansas, and Louisiana, among the competitive states surveyed by Politico.

Those ads need to be broadcast nationally and especially in battlegrounds, hammering Obama and the Democrats on the risks that porous borders pose to national security and middle-class jobs. If Republicans do that, they'll retire more than enough Democratic senators to retake the Senate - and lead a transformation of American politics that Karl Rove never saw coming.

Scott Brown has found the tactic to be effective enough to make his US Senate race in New Hampshire against Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen VERY competitive. Hopefully MA Republican US Senate candidate Brian Herr will effectively use the same kind of strategy against Democrat incumbent Ed Markey. Ride the wave, boys. Ride it!

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Globe, Lowell Sun, State House News Notice MassFiscal Voter Education Efforts

by: MassFiscal

Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 07:49:44 AM EDT

( - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

The Lowell Sun published the following State House News Service story about MassFiscal's voter education efforts, and the Boston Globe picked up a large chunk as well.

MAILINGS TARGETING MASS. HOUSE DEMOCRATS CAUSE A STIR
The Lowell Sun
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON -- A conservative, non-partisan advocacy group is creating headaches for many incumbent House lawmakers - all Democrats with GOP opponents this fall - who have been targeted by mailings highlighting votes taken on the gas tax, housing benefits and local aid.

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, led by Republican State Committee member Rick Green, has targeted 20 incumbent Democrats, including some lawmakers who do not always vote in lockstep with House leadership.

You can read the full story here.

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Has Richard Tisei Been Boycotting RMG?

by: Patrick

Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 11:20:46 AM EDT

( - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

The thought occurred to me as I came across a comment on this post concerning the 6th Congressional race: MA 6th CD race upgrade favors Dems.

General election money

We started on Wednesday with $350,000 in general election money. That number has increased. The DCCC has been very helpful with resources and with commitments to raise. The delegation has also been helpful, and one of the first pledges to contribute was from Senator Warren.

These first few days have been pretty busy, but Seth looks forward to engaging the BMG community personally in the coming week.

Scott Ferson
Moulton campaign

If you had been following the opinions of BMG commenters on the primary race between Moulton and Tierney, there was much skepticism of Moulton's progressive bona fides. BMG was downright hostile territory for Moulton. His win shocked many. To see his campaign reaching out to engage the BMG community made me think of Tisei's absence on RMG.  What explains it?

Recall that Richard Tisei boycotted the Republican convention.

Richard Tisei, the GOP's candidate for lieutenant governor four years ago, will boycott the convention because of the socially conservative platform the party adopted.

"I feel as though if I go, I'm giving tacit approval to that platform, and don't feel comfortable being there," Tisei said.

If it's the case that Tisei's boycott extended to RMG, I would hope that he reconsiders.  The preponderance of Charlie Baker supporters here should put his mind at ease if he is at all concerned about whatever reputation RMG may have had for being socially conservative. It isn't.  RMG is a platform. It is what one makes of it.  Candidates can freely engage the base and get their message across without it being filtered through the media first. I hope that Richard Tisei can find the time to personally engage the RMG community.  It would be nice to see other candidates do so as well.

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GOP 2014: Wave or Wash?

by: aschaper

Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 20:46:40 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

On Townhall.com, two contributors contend that the Republican Party will have a wave election in 2014, or they will not.

The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby says no:

http://townhall.com/columnists...


It's a sweet dream. But don't count on seeing it come true.

One can forgive Jacoby's cynicism regarding the changeability of House Reps in Congressional elections, particularly off-years (although 1994 and 2010 served as tsunami elections against the Democratic incumbent President). For two decades, the Massachusetts GOP has witnesses its own slow demosie, losing its last two house reps in 1996 (in part because of the 1994-1995 shutdown, but more likely the liberalizing trends shaping the Bay State). Determined that 2014 will provide little change in Congressional representation, Jacoby half-heartedly acknowledeges the defeat of nine-term incumbent John Tierney, who barely gripped onto his MA-6 seat in Northeast Massachusetts by one percentage point in 2012. His Republican challenger during the last cycle, openly gay moderate Richard Tisei, was prepped to challenge him again as one of a slate of House GOP "Young Guns".

Suprisingly enough, Tierney lost to a dismissed challenger, Seth Moulton, who has blasted the now-ousted Tierney's incapacity to get things done. Still, even with Tierney and Cantor's loss (plus two other incumbent losses to primary challenges thisy year), Jacoby surmises that such revolutions in representation are quite rare. Regarding Jacoby's expectations of a whimper as opposed to a wave, Jacoby's frustration is justified, at least regarding a term-by-term analysis, particularly in Massachusetts.

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Ed Markey Fails in First Amendment Repeal Attempt

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Sep 12, 2014 at 09:43:33 AM EDT

Yesterday, Ed Markey and his Democratic allies failed in their attempt to pass S.J. 19, a constitutional amendment that would have, in effect, repealed first amendment speech protections.  A vote on ending debate - cloture - failed in the Senate when Markey was unable to get 42 votes for his legislation.  

S.J. 19 was seen as a response to the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United.  It would make all political speech subject to the regulatory powers of the state.  SNL skits? as Ted Cruz showed, those could be illegal under this amendment.

The First Amendment protection on speech wasn't put into the constitution so that a pornorgraphy company could sell a tape of Kim Kardashian having sex.  The First Amendment is there to protect political speech, plain and simple.  

The fact that just about every Democratic Senator signed on as a cosponsor of this legislation should scare every single American.

Ed Markey should be ashamed.

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It's time for political sign ordinances to go

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Sat Jul 21, 2007 at 23:03:17 PM EDT

(Yesterday I saw on Facebook someone talking about being fined recently for a political sign ordinance violation.  The ordinances regarding when signs can be put up and need to be taken down are blatantly unconstitutional.  

Seven years plus after this post people still don't understand. So please do your civic duty.  click the links print them out and bring them to your town administrator.  Lets stop this infringement on your rights now. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

One of my biggest pet peeves are sign ordinances which are on the books in many towns and cities in this Commonwealth.  While I am opposed to all signage ordinaces(people should be able to do what they want on their own property), what is particularly galling to me are political sign ordinances.  You know the ones that say for instance a sign can be only so big, or that a sign can only go up at a certain time.  These restritions are a gross violation of freedom of speech and the First Amendment of the Constitution. 

Sign ordinances have been struck down by courts at all levels time and time again.  The First Amendment Center has a great article on this.

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Boston Marathon Bombings not terrorism. Therefore......

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Fri Sep 12, 2014 at 07:48:10 AM EDT

(TRIA or the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act is a program backed by the Federal Government. It subsidizes insurance for terrorism.  In order for TRIA claims to be processed the government has to call something an act of Terror.  So these businesses bought terrorism insurance, under TRIA and the insurers (read Federal Government backed insurers) don't have to pay out because the Government says the Terrorist Act wasn't Terror.  If you like your crony capitalism you can keep your crony captialism. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Two nights ago we heard that the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state.  Go figure!  But yesterday the Boston Globe reported that Jack Lew, the Obama Administration Treasury Secretary, has not certified the Boston Marathon attacks as an act of terrorism.  This is important because some of the companies that were destroyed during the Boston Marathon attacks had Terrorism Risk Insurance.  If the Treasury says it isn't terrorism then nobody gets a payout for the damage done.

What does this say to Tsarneav's defense attorney?  Can't he argue that Tsarneav can not be found guilty of terrorism because the federal government has not determined it to be an act of terrorism?  If I were his attorney I would argue that.

'Hey, my client can not be guilty of an act of terrorism because your own federal government says there was no act of terrorism there'.  

Part of the reason (not the entire reason)  Jack Lew and the Treasury claim it was not an act of terrorism is because the total damage dollar value was under $5 million.  So it is terribly unfortunate that we got incompetent terrorists to attack us.  Had they been better at their job and therefore more capable of causing widespread costly damage the good people running businesses would be reimbursed.  They should have built bigger pressure-cooker bombs!

So if it was not an act of terrorism then why were armed soldiers allowed to enter the homes of Watertown residents without warrant in an effort to capture these people?  As far as Jack Lew was concerned the Tsarneavs were just a couple of college age pranksters.  Can armed guards kick down doors without warrant looking for college aged pranksters?  Gosh, I hope not.  

Here are the facts: The older Tsarneav brother, Speedbump, went to foreign countries to learn how to make bombs, train in Muslim terror camps and promote Jihad.  He came back to Boston Massachusetts and applied those skills, to one degree or another.  I think it is terrorism!  I think the federal government should consider it terrorism not only for the sake of homeland security, but for paying out insurance claims as well.  If one federal office recognizes it as terrorism then the entire federal government should recognize it as terrorism.  

The Obama administration keeps promoting the idea that these terrorist attacks are not really terrorist attacks.  Fort Hood was a workplace kerfuffle and the Tsarneav brothers were misguided teens!  We will never defeat our enemy if we are afraid calling them what they really are will offend them.  

If Marcia Coakley were worth her salary as Attorney General she would immediately file suit against the federal government to get these companies what they deserve - payback for a terrorist attack...

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Remembering Brian Kinney

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 11, 2007 at 16:57:34 PM EDT

(As I do every year on 9/11 I am promoting this story I wrote on the first 9/11 that Red Mass Group was in existence.  Brian every day that goes by you are sorely missed, by me, by my classmates at Franco American SchoolBy those of us who graduated with you at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, by those you touched for so many years as the happy gas pump jockey at your dad's gas station, by your mother, father and brother Tim, and most importantly by your lovely wife Allison. We all remember and all fully believe that you are at peace with our creator.  Until we meet again at the Pearly Gates Brian. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

In Massachusetts there are thousands upon thousands of people that knew a victim in the 9/11 attacks.  I'm no different.  On 9/12 I picked up the Lowell Sun at the Real Estate office that I worked at the time and almost fell to the floor when I saw a picture of my grade school and college friend Brian Kinney, you see he was on the United Air Lines Flight that flew into WTC 1 on 9/11/01.


What amazes me about the 9/11 attacks are all the good people that died that day.  It's true what Billy Joel says in Brian's case, "only the good die young".  Brian lived his life every day bringing joy to other people.  It was this way from when we were in grade school at the Franco American in Lowell and when we went to College together at UMass Lowell.  Brian always had a kind word to say to everybody.


Brian's dad owns Kinney's service station in Lowell.  Brian started helping out at that station when we were in 3rd grade. He was always there after school doing his homework and washing a window here and there.  While he was in college he was always there as well.  Working long hours to help his dad out while balancing school work.  I used to bring my beat up college mobiles it seemed every week to the garage to get fixed.  We often joked that I was paying his college fund.  Through his work at the gas station he was known to a great many people in Lowell as a friendly face to cheer you up.


After college even though he had a very good job at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Brian was at the gas station every Saturday Morning helping out his dad.  Because that's the person that Brian was.  About two weeks before 9/11 we were talking about how we never hung out anymore and that I should stop by his house for a cookout.  Well I never got to go to that cookout.


There are multiple thousands of Brians and multiple thousands of stories like this. I just wanted to share my one.   

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Chapman wins 9th Congressional District Primary, and Rich Bastien Makes State Senate Ballot

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Sep 10, 2014 at 10:52:56 AM EDT

Chapman had a late surge last evening and ended up winning the race for the 9th Congressional district by about 500 votes.  John Chapman will be the party nominee.

In other news former State Representative Rich Bastien was apparently successful in securing the write in nomination of the Republican Party for the State Senate seat held by incumbent Jen Flanagan.  From Bastien's Facebook Page.


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9th CD GOP Primary Headed Towards Recount?

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 22:13:27 PM EDT

The Ninth Congressional District Primary remains too close to call.  With 81% of districts reporting the Associated Press has the race within 83 votes.  Here is how it standsa t this point.

John Chapman 7598
Mark Alliegro 7515
Dan Shores  5548
Vincent Cogliano 2517

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9th CD GOP Primary Headed Towards Recount?

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 22:13:26 PM EDT

The Ninth Congressional District Primary remains too close to call.  With 81% of districts reporting the Associated Press has the race within 83 votes.  Here is how it standsa t this point.

John Chapman 7598
Mark Alliegro 7515
Dan Shores  5548
Vincent Cogliano 2517

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Baker Victory Speech

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 21:55:03 PM EDT

Here is the baker speech as prepared for delivery.

He is giving it now.

Thank you for your faith. Thank you for your hard work. And thank you for putting your trust in me.

I want start by thanking my beautiful bride Lauren, for her never ending support. Karyn Polito - what can I say about you? Over and over, people tell me how charismatic, energetic, and engaging you are. I think maybe they're trying to tell me something. And a special thanks to Robert Lewis Jr. for that introduction.  Isn't he terrific?  I also want to thank Mark Fisher for his energy and his commitment to the Commonwealth.

Tonight, the campaign for a Better Massachusetts begins. Regardless of who wins the Democratic primary the voters of Massachusetts are going to have a clear choice this November.  A choice between charting a new direction, or more of the same. Karyn Polito and I want to bring a new, independent brand of bipartisan leadership that will bring balance to state government and opportunity for all our citizens.

On the most important issues facing our state:  jobs, taxes, welfare, public housing, homeless families, health care, local aid, and education - we've got new ideas and specific plans to make Massachusetts great.

Our opponents are stuck in the past. They're proposing more spending, no reforms, higher taxes, and the continuation of the status quo. A status quo that has resulted in costly scandals, corruption, and even the loss of life.

Instead of a state government that says it cares, we'll deliver one that shows it cares. By getting the job done every day. We have a detailed plan to create jobs from one end of the Commonwealth to the other. They don't. We have a plan to clean up welfare once and for all. They don't. We have a plan to restore fiscal discipline and keep taxes low. They don't. We have a plan for reforming the state's hiring process so that scandals like the one that ripped through the Probation Department never happen again. They don't. We have a plan to partner with and invest in our cities and towns.  They don't. While our vision for state government is smarter, faster and better. Theirs is bigger, slower, more complicated and a lot more expensive.

Massachusetts is a remarkable state with limitless potential but we're not maximizing what we've got.  And the result is the loss of opportunity for a better life for too many of our citizens.

If you give us the chance Karyn and I will work day and night to make Massachusetts the place we all know it should be. A place where everyone who wants to work can find a good paying job. Where a child's zip code doesn't determine the quality of their school.  And where every community will be the kind of place where tomorrow always looks better than today.

Now we know the other side and their special interest friends are going to stop at nothing to hold onto power.  And to protect the status quo. Their negative, misleading, and false attacks have already begun and they're only going to get worse.  It's where people go when their vision is weak and their message is flat. They need the people of Massachusetts to vote against me because they won't be able to get them to vote for their candidate.

So let me tell you who I am. Quite simply, I'm one of the lucky ones. I was raised in a great town and I got a great education. My parents - a Democrat and a Republican - taught me the value of hearing more than one point of view and the importance of public service.

I married a wonderful woman, have been blessed with three smart, hardworking and beautiful kids and live in the great town of Swampscott. More than anything else, more than anything else I want everyone in this great state to have the same kinds of opportunities that I've had.

If I'd never worked for Governors Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci - I wouldn't know what state government looks like when it's working. And I wouldn't be so hungry to have an opportunity to make it work again. But I did and it mattered. Especially to the families and individuals that need state and local government to get stuff done. That's who I am and that's why I'm in this race.

So I ask you to avoid being distracted by the negativity and the noise and focus on what really matters: our positive message. Get out there and tell your family and your friends about our brand of independent leadership, about our plans and our positive vision for a better Massachusetts.

Let people know if they want more jobs, more start-ups, and more growth then we are the only choice. If they want fiscal responsibility, not higher taxes, then we are the only choice. If they want welfare reform and accountability, transparency, and follow through, then we are the only choice. If they want an end to one party rule and a return to balance and bipartisanship, then we are the only choice and if they want a better government for a better Massachusetts, then we are the only choice.

Make no mistake, we are going to win this campaign but it's going to take a lot of hard work to get there. So tonight , Karyn and I ask you one more time.  Are you with us?

Now let's go get 'em.

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Tierney Concedes! It's going to get interesting

by: Karl Marx

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 21:30:03 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

In TierneyWorld, it will be two Republicans running in the final to represent the 6th Congressional District.

Tierney runs the most content free campaign. "Boo the other guy's a Republican"

http://t.co/J0hBcl1KDl

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Red Mass Group Calls it For Charlie Baker

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 21:31:50 PM EDT

With almost 40% of votes in according to the Associated Press.  Charlie Baker has a 75% to 25% lead over Mark Fisher.  

I'm calling it for Charlie Baker.  

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Live Blog from Baker/ MassGOP HQ

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 19:22:46 PM EDT

This will be a live blog from Baker Headquarters.

9:42 Karyn Polito Taking the Stage.

9:30: Joe McKenna and Donnie Berthiaume won their primaries.

9:27: Tierney has conceded to Seth Moulton.

9:05: reports coming in that Mike Valanzola has a commanding lead in his race against James Ehrhard.

8:48: It's a good night for Brad Jones he is claiming via twitter that Muradian, Whipps Lee, Cruz, and Buckley all won.  

8:38: MassGOP ED Rob Cunningham informed me that Colleen Maloney has lost to John Cruz.  Trying to get other confirmation.

8:35: Results are coming in and it is looking like a Baker Victory. Nothing has been called yet but a wide swath of the state is showing a 75-25 win for Baker.

8:06: Beaton is taking off his shirt to show his "Dude's for Karyn T-Shirt"  Now doing a call and response.

8:05: Matt Beaton is firing up the crowd.

8:02: Media is buzzing that Baker should be giving speech at 8:30 as long as race has been called.  

8:00: The polls have closed.  

7:48: Making a big issue out of the inability of Secretary of State Bill Galvin to respond to Public Records Requests.

7:44: David D'Arcangelo is up talking about his Secratary of State Race. He is firing up the crowd.  He is talking about how being a Republican in Massachusetts may be a bigger hurdle than his being legally blind.  Like the rest of the candidates he is talking about the coordinated campaign.  That as a team Republicans will win.

7:38: Brian Herr is giving his speech.  Herr is starting with Massachusetts beginning our nation 250 years ago.  That as soon as the GOP results are official the next American Revolution will be happening.  He talks about how the coordinated campaign will work towards victory.  

7:35 Mike Heffernan, the Republican Nominee for Treasurer is now talking to the room.  He is talking about his plans for jobs and the economy.  He is running because we are paying more and getting less in Massachusetts. He is talking about the failing safety net.  He is talking about how he as treasurer can help make sure that our money is spent properly on Beacon Hill.

7:30 Patricia Saint Aubin is talking about her day on the campaign trail.  She met someone at her polling precinct today and a voter told her that she blanked the Democratic Auditor Ballot, and that person is voting for her.  She is outlining why Suzanne Bump has failed.  Talking about Bump's ethical challenges.

7:25 John Miller is wrapping up his speech in which he laid out his priorities for his campaign and how we will govern as AG.  He will treat the AG's office as the people's law firm.  He will focus on holding the rest of government accountable.  He finished with it's Miller time.

7:22 Kirsten Hughes is starting the program at 7:22  by introducing John Miller the GOP Candidate for Attorney General.

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Herald Radio Wall to Wall Coverage - with Rob Eno from Baker HQ

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 19:12:38 PM EDT

I will be checking in periodically with Herald Radio live as they offer wall to wall coverage starting at 6pm of the election.

Audio after the jump. Beware it autoloads.

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Epic low turnout expected in both primaries today

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 17:40:08 PM EDT

Reports are coming in from across the Commonwealth and there is looking like there will be very low turnout across the Commonwealth.  The Boston Globe is reporting that 33,768 people voted in Boston as of 3 PM.  In 2006, the last time there was a seriously contested primary that number ended the day at about 90,000.  Turnout is predicted in Boston to be about 60,000 voters.

It is not just the City of Boston where turnout is light.  At 2 PM in Attleboro only about 4% of their voters had turned out.  

I have been predicting an approximately 70%-30% win for Charlie Baker in the GOP primary tonight.  With the lower than expected turnout, I would not be surprised if that number weren't closer to 65-35.  

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Why I voted for Mark Fisher today...

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Sep 09, 2014 at 08:36:28 AM EDT

Today, I voted for Mark Fisher.  No, not for Governor, that vote went to Charlie Baker.  I voted for Mr. Fisher for State Senate as a write in.

Mr. Fisher lives in the Second Worcester district which comprises the towns of Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Northbridge, precincts 2 and 4, Shrewsbury and Upton and the city of Worcester, wards 5 to 7, inclusive, and ward 8, precincts 1 and 5 in the county of Worcester.

Fisher would be a great addition to the State Senate, I've believed all along that this is the race he should have run for.  That's why I voted for him, as a write in for the race.

If you live in one of the above towns, you should to.  

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Rick Green responds to Rep. Rosa calling MassFiscal 'Pathological Liars'

by: MassFiscal

Mon Sep 08, 2014 at 17:47:57 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

MassFiscal Chairman Rick Green responded in the Leominster Champion to 4th Worcester Rep. Dennis Rosa, who referred to MassFiscal as being "pathological liars."

The link is here, and the full text appears below the jump.

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Why I am Voting for Charlie Baker Tomorrow

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Mon Sep 08, 2014 at 15:06:43 PM EDT

Tomorrow morning at about 7:00 I will be lined up at the Shrewsbury Town Hall to cast my ballot for Charlie Baker.  Here's why:

First and foremost, over the past four years, Charlie had been active in the Republican Party and has helped candidates at every step of the way.  He has not drawn a line at establishment candidates for his support.  He has supported conservative candidates and causes time and time again.  He's done so with time as well as treasure.  He's donated to conservative leaning organizations, like the Marlborough Republican City Committee, as well as to candidates.  He's door knocked, in inner cities with young conservative candidates.

It is that last part that has really struck me over these past few years.  There has been no bigger cheerleader for the young conservatives who have put their names on the line.  People like Ryan Fattman, Evan Kenney, Leah Cole, Carol Claros, and even Joe Sheehan - even after 2010.  In conversations I've had with Charlie his eyes light up most when talking about the future leaders of our party.  

Charlie does the right thing, even when other's aren't looking.  I've said it a million times but it bears repeating here again.  When the establishment of our party was looking to decertify the "Ronald Reagan Liberty Delegate" slate to the National Convention in 2012.  Charlie Baker would have no part of it.  He told Party Leaders that he would not take Evan Kenney's seat.  He didn't do it publicly, he just did it because it was right.

After his defeat, Charlie realized that winning statewide would take a coordinated effort, just like the Democrats do.  He has spent the last few years helping to build that coordinated effort for victory in November.  He realizes that legislative elections are just as important as the top of the ticket races.  This is a paradigm shift for our party and a welcome one.  

On the core issue of the proper management of government, Charlie is a proven leader.  Before we can move the goal posts from a policy perspective, we need to stabilize and fix what is wrong.  In Massachusetts government, that is a long list.  Charlie, as a top lieutenant under governors Weld and Cellucci has done this before. He is at core a manager, and quite frankly our government is way past due for a manager at the helm.

Yes he doesn't agree with me on a whole host of issues, too numerous to mention.  And if we were talking about legislative races, I may not support him for the office.  I fundamentally believe that to change public policy in Massachusetts our focus should be on the legislature.  Not the corner office.  There are countless executive actions that Baker can take in the management of current programs that will have a profound effect, and will allow us to fight, in the legislature for our core issues.

That brings us to Mark Fisher, I personally like Mark Fisher.  He is a gentleman, much like Charlie.  I agree with him on a whole host of issues more than I do with Charlie.  I just don't think he has enough experience to hit the ground running and fix state government on day one.  I also wish he would have run for my State Senate seat against Mike Moore.  I would have enthusiastically supported him in that endeavor, it is a winnable seat for which we have no candidate.

It is for these reasons that I am supporting Baker tomorrow.  

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