How do you respond to an academic/journalist who states on a popular website, "So as Charlie Baker courts female support, and is rightfully called out on the sweetheart comment, let's not lose sight of his dog-whistle politics and what it means for women of color in the Bay State. When he talks about "requiring work for welfare" he is talking about "getting tough" on black women."
Simple, with facts. Kudos to Charlie Baker for taking on such an important policy issue while running for Governor. My column from last November explains that if we continue to throw more funding into anti-poverty programs without looking at the results of the programs, we risk only exacerbating the problem.
That column begins as follows:
There are 126 federal anti-poverty programs. There are 33 housing programs, run by four different cabinet departments, which strangely includes the Department of Energy. There are currently 21 different programs providing food or food purchasing assistance. These programs are administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency.
There are eight different health care programs, administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. And six cabinet departments and five independent agencies oversee 27 cash or general assistance programs. Altogether, seven different cabinet agencies and six independent agencies administer at least one anti-poverty program.
The states and the federal government spend approximately $1 trillion annually on anti-poverty programs. The federal poverty line is $11,490 and taxpayers on average spend $20,989 in total welfare spending per person in poverty every year. That means, we could write large enough checks to every person in poverty, which would get people out of poverty and still save taxpayers over $9,000 per person.
It's important that when we study anti-poverty programs, we judge them not by how much money we spend, but rather how successfully they lift people out of poverty. If we continue to throw more funding into anti-poverty programs without looking at the results of the programs, we are only exacerbating the problem and making poverty more comfortable.
The first Suffolk poll of the general election is out, and Baker and Coakley are virtually tied. Coakley is at 43.8 percent and Baker is at 43.2 percent. You can read about the poll at The Boston Herald who sponsored it.
Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are in a virtual tie, with the Attorney General at 44 percent with Baker at 43 percent, according to the Suffolk-Herald poll of 500 very likely voters. The poll shows eight percent are undecided, indicating voters are starting to make up their minds.
But Baker also holds a lead over Coakley among those following the race closely.
Nearly half of those polled said they trust Baker to stand up for "women's rights" while 34 percent said they don't trust Baker, the poll shows.
The poll shows even though 39 percent of voters say Baker's "sweetheart" comment to a reporter was condescending, just 34 percent say they don't trust Baker on women's issues. Nearly half of voters say they do trust Baker to stand up for women, the poll shows.
Coakley holds an 11 point lead among women voters over Baker, a solid but not overwhelming number. Baker leads by 11 points among men, the poll shows.
Sure, it's one thing for the GOP to have focused all their energies on Charlie Baker and his quest to capture the governor's office. He is their best bet, and he's looking pretty strong. But the party should have been paying some attention to the races for attorney general, treasurer, auditor and secretary of state. All of those contests will be won handily by the Democratic nominees. GOP officials can counter that they have a strong slate of candidates all they want, but the reality is that if the casinos were open here, the surest bet in the house would be on a Democratic sweep of all the lower ballot offices.
Losing the undercard to the Democrats isn't the end of the world to the GOP. If they can take the Corner Office, it won't matter at all. But a failure to have more serious Republican vote-getters on the ballot with Baker hurts his chances against Martha Coakley. Viable Republican contenders for AG and treasurer hailing from strategic geographical locations or with ideologies that supplement Baker's policies could have helped a lot. Although Maura Healey, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, might be the most popular and unbeatable candidate on the ballot, a serious opponent might have drawn out some more GOP-leaning voters in areas where Baker will need help. None of this would change the numbers much, but in what looks like such a tight race it wouldn't take much.
Instead of this boilerplate column, it would have been nice if Nucci took the time to get to know the candidates. Because his help in promoting them, would help them break through the false wall he has set up. All of our statewide candidates are solid. Will they all win, no, could some of them. Absolutely.
If the media were paying more attention, the news that Patricia Saint Aubin and David D'Arcangelo have been generating would be more known.
Saint Aubin for instance got Auditor Suzanne Bump to acknowledge that under her management audits have precipitously fallen to only around 35 per year, for 2014. Think of that, ony 32 audits in a state budget of over $30billion.
D'Arcangelo has been highlighting the Secretary of State's stonewalling of public records requests.
Instead of downplaying the chances, Nucci should give the candidates a little love.
Earlier this week, Governor Deval Patrick reacted strongly to federal officials designation of Boston as a terror pipeline. Here's the Channel 5 report.
First off, the 9/11 terrorists used Boston as a base from which to launch their attacks. Second the marathon bombers were radicalized while attending the Islamic Society of Boston, which was founded by a jihadist imam. And now the jihadist beheader in Oklahoma is reported to have ties to the Islamic Society of Boston.
Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen -- the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Just two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that "Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society," which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being "founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood."
Nolen took a picture of himself (above) September 5th, just three weeks before he brutally murdered an innocent woman, standing in front of the gates of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.
Radical Islam is in America, Radical Islam has a center in Cambridge. For Governor Patrick to say otherwise is a lie. It is time for the Coexist crowd to understand what the stakes are.
We may not want to admit that we are in a multigenerational war with Radical Islam, but the radical Islamists have declared war on us. And one of the centers of the radical Islamic Movement is in the East Cambridge neighborhood.
(Alan is a true friend. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with Lori and the rest of his family. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
I have to say that on September 23rd a very opinionated passionate man who loved talking politics and was a poster on this site passed away. Alan was one of a kind and was at times controversial and could even be a jerk. With that being said he loved his family and friends and loved posting here.
Last week, Martha Coakley was quick to jump on Charlie Baker, when Baker said he would have to research the Roger Goodell handling of the NFL crisis more in depth before calling for Goodell's resignation. She even put a video out about it.
Charlie got caught in the trap he has multiple times this campaign, where he says he will look at a situation and then come up with an answer. This is a counterintuitive way to campaign, but is exactly what we need in a governor. Enough about Charlie. Let's get to Martha Coakley and today.
While she was quick to jump all over Baker, she has been conspicuously silent on Deval Patrick's firing of two members of the Sex Offender Registry Board who dared suggest that Patrick's convicted rapist brother-in-law should register as a sex offender. She has been silent.
In today's Boston Herald we learn why the iniitial determination was made, that Patrick's brother-in-law didn't have to register. It is because in Massachusetts spousal rape isn't rape.
Gov. Deval Patrick's brother-in-law did not have to register as a sex offender because his hearing officer ruled that spousal rape is not considered rape in Massachusetts - a decision that has outraged victims' advocates calling on the governor to disavow the claim and apologize.
"It's insulting to all women," said victims' lawyer Wendy Murphy. "Gov. Deval Patrick knew this man was fighting to give his brother-in-law a discount for violence against women. You don't get a discount from rape to a pat on the rear end because the victim was your wife."
Patrick said he fired Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) Chairwoman Saundra Edwards and put executive director Jeanne L. Holmes on leave last week in part because they pressured a hearing officer to keep the governor's brother-in-law, Bernard Sigh, on the registry. The hearing officer, Atillio "A.J." Paglia, refused, quit and filed a lawsuit against the state in 2008.
Are you kidding me. Who would have thought that in Massachusetts, the land of the supermajority Democratic Legislature for all but two years of the last half century, would not consider spousal rape, rape. And that a progressive governor would fire two people who believed it was.
Where is Martha Coakley. Last week she said how different she was than Charlie Baker because she has prosecuted domestic violence and crimes against women and understands the issues. She attacked Baker for saying he'd take a measured approach with Goodell, looking at all the evidence. Yet she has been silent on this egregious behavior by the Governor.
You can't tell me she is just interested in scoring political points and not actually standing up for women, are you? No that can't be.
A major flaw of the Deval Patrick governorship has been his stubborn defense of his appointees in the face of overwhelming evidence that they were incapable of leading. The most recent example is Jean Yang, the head of the beleaguered Health Connector Authority. Yesterday we learned that the Governor can act decisively when he wants. Especially when the action is in part based on familial revenge.
In a bizarre set of firings at the Sex Offender Registry Board, Patrick made it known that you "never go against the family." The Boston Herald has the story:
Gov. Deval Patrick said he fired the chairwoman of the state's Sex Offender Registry Board and put its executive director on leave last week, in part, because they tried to pressure a hearing officer to change a decision involving Patrick's brother-in-law.
The case "involved some inappropriate at least, maybe unlawful pressuring by the chair and the executive director of a hearing fficer to change an outcome of a case" and resulted in a lawsuit, which the state settled last year - and was the "final straw," Patrick told reporters today,
The brother-in-law, Bernard Sigh, was convicted in 1993 of raping his wife, who is Patrick's sister. The Herald first reported Sigh's failure to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts in 2006, during Patrick's first campaign for governor, setting off a firestorm that Patrick said today "nearly destroyed" his sister and brother-in-law's lives.
Yes you read that right, Patrick fired two people who wanted to ensure a convicted rapist registered as a sex offender. That convicted rapist, just happens to be Patrick's brother-in-law who raped his sister. The family has made amends, and Patrick doesn't believe his family member should have to register.
(Good analysis - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
This diary was cross-posted from Red Racing Horses.
For the past half century, Massachusetts has been one of the country's most reliably Democratic states. However, certain Republicans running there in the past 30 years have been able to break through the state's traditional Republican ceiling and win the Bay State on the senatorial, gubernatorial, and presidential levels. Ronald Reagan won the state in 1980 and 1984 on a presidential level, Bill Weld (1990 and 1994), Paul Cellucci (1998), and Mitt Romney (2002) won it on a gubernatorial election within the past quarter century, and Scott Brown won it on a senatorial level in 2010.
Each of these Republicans won by assembling a different victory coalition. Ronald Reagan's 1984 coalition, Bill Weld's 1990 coalition, Mitt Romney's 2002 coalition, and Scott Brown's 2010 coalition were dramatically different. Each victory shows that a few different routes to Republican victories in Massachusetts have been possible in the past 30 years.
2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker hopes to cobble together a victory coalition of his own on election night this November. In order to evaluate how the Massachusetts Republican victory coalition has shifted in the past 30 years, and therefore also explore how Charlie Baker might win this November, Red Racing Horses editors Shamlet and BostonPatriot and I collaborated to break the state down into 21 sociocultural regions.
These sociocultural regions, or groupings of similar towns and cities, incorporated geographic location, industrial history, income and educational attainment levels, politics, and cultural characteristics.
I then evaluated and analyzed how four winning Republican candidates fared in each region: Ronald Reagan (1984 Presidential election), Bill Weld (1990 gubernatorial election), Mitt Romney (2002 gubernatorial election), and Scott Brown (2010 senatorial election). I also determined whether or not each region cast more votes relative to the amount of the state's votes it cast in the 1984 presidential election in order to evaluate whether or not each region is becoming more or less important in Massachusetts politics.
Fox 25 is reporting that three Afghani military members have gone missing from Camp Edwards on Cape Cod. Here is their report.
National Guard officials confirm to FOX 25 that 3 Afghan National Army Soldiers have gone missing from Joint Base Cape Cod.
Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were reported missing by base security Saturday night and have not been seen since.
The three men were on Cape Cod for training exercises. Joint Base Cape Cod is working with state and local authorities are working to locate the three men.
National Guard officials tell FOX 25 there is no immediate threat to the public at this time.
Update There were two Afghani policemen who went AWOL from a DC based training program earlier this week.
Two Afghan nationals, who were in the District to work with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, vanished during a visit to Georgetown over the weekend, officials confirmed Monday to ABC7 News.
On Saturday afternoon, a bus carrying 31 police officers from Afghanistan drove from the DEA's Quantico, Va. facilities to Georgetown. DEA spokesman Rusty Pain said the group members-undergoing intense training-were driven to Georgetown to enjoy themselves. When it came time to get back on the bus, 22-year-old Mohammad Yasin Ataye and 24-year-old Mohd Naweed Samimi were missing.
On the heels of the weekly Boston Globe tracking poll showing a 3 point, within the margin of error, lead for Martha Coakley, Rasmussen is out with a new poll. The poll shows Coakley and Baker tied at 750.
A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey finds Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker each picking up 42% support among Likely Massachusetts Voters. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while 10% are undecided.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Massachusetts was conducted on September 16-17, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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 ShaheenVERY 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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...
(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.