Public records, provided to Red Mass Group by Mass Citizens for Jobs, show that a firm, where Nancy Pelosi's daughter is a partner, profited from the disastrous Massachusetts Obamacare rollout. In addition, the 2012 Obama Campaign's data team was behind the targeting of canvassed households, raising questions about whether public resources were being used to gather data for political campaigns.
The Massachusetts Health Connector authority subcontracted with the health care community organizing non profit Health Care for All (HCFA) to provide canvassing services to help sell Obamacare in Massachusetts, as Red Mass Group previously reported. Prior to signing the contract to perform these services, HCFA and the Connector exchanged emails (pdf) to outline the scope of the work, and who would be performing it. In those emails (page 11) HCFA's Maria Gonzalez writes to the Connector Authority to explain who would be running their back end data.
You did have questions about the Consulting(sp) firm, yes Campaign Industries LLC is the company behind Democracy Partners in the first instance, in the second case we are still in conversations for the database model but the vendor is likely to be Civis Analytics which is being negotiated by Campaign Industries LLC as well.
When Red Mass Group initially contacted the Health Connector Authority about the canvasses before the election and the possibility of Connector resources being used for political purposes, Jason Lefferts told Red Mass Group, he "wasn't going to dignify your baseless accusation with a response?"
These new documents show that the concern is in fact a real one. Democracy Partners, on their website, outline their goals:
Everyone on the team at Democracy Partners shares the same values. We're in business to elect Democrats and to create issue campaigns that turn progressive principles into progressive policy. We never back down from an important fight. But no matter what the odds we're all about finding a path to victory.
Contacted today with this information, Lefferts said, "Massachusetts remains a leader in health care access, continuing to lead in the nation in health insurance coverage for its residents, and part of the reason for that is because of the work Health Care For All did during the Open Enrollment period, knocking on 50,000 doors and letting people know about the new benefits created by the Affordable Care Act. The Health Connector reviewed Health Care For All's plans for this efficient and successful effort, and determined those plans were within the parameters of federal guidelines. The subcontract was of very limited scope and all of the scripts used by Health Care For All were approved and focused solely on the Affordable Care Act."
When asked specifically about safeguards to ensure that data wasn't used in future political campaigns, Lefferts has not yet responded to Red Mass Group.
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Both houses of the General Court will sit in a rare Tuesday session, as the clock ticks on formal sessions for the year. The legislature still has a few pieces of legislation leadership wants passed including Speaker DeLeo's gun legislation.
Now that convictions have come down in the Probation scandal trial, in which Massachusetts House of Representatives Speaker Robert DeLeo was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator, two GOP Representatives are calling for an ethics investigation into Speaker DeLeo.
"Yesterday, former Probation Commissioner John O'Brien was convicted on charges of mail fraud and racketeering. In the course of that trial, prosecutors alleged that Speaker of the House Robert. A. DeLeo was an unindicted part of this conspiracy," wrote state Rep. Jim L. Lyons Jr. (R-Andover). "We request that you provide us with information on how to initiate an ethics investigation into this matter."
Will other members of the House GOP caucus join in the calls for an ethics investigation of the un-indicted co-conspirator? With the GOP Leadership?
I'll start with a recap of the situation we're all aware of. We're being overrun by illegal aliens, and our government - both state and federal - is pushing them onto us as if it is the duty of Massachusetts or the United States to feed, clothe, and educate the entire planet via the forced extraction of taxes from our population.
Let's be perfectly clear: There is no humanitarianism in government. Deval Patrick let a teenage girl languish in a Boston hospital, ripped away from her parents, for 16 months. He has a 77 acre property in the Berkshires, absolutely none of which he is pledging to aid this "humanitarian crisis." Your faith and your values call you to act, Deval? You had better hope St. Peter buys your story, because I don't. Go chat up your progressive piety somewhere else. It is a shame that your heart is the exact size and shape of my wallet, and if I ever see you in person I intend to shame you myself.
Fortunately, I am a blessed man. Living in Taunton I have two of the best State Representatives one could possibly ask for, and their work on this issue proves it. Most of us followed, and likely attended yesterday's rally at the State House, for which Shaunna O'Connell was a large part and an able speaker for the cause. Shaunna has been bringing the fight to Beacon Hill on important issues, and has the recognition for it.
John J. O'Brien, the disgraced former Probation commissioner accused of corruption, and his top aide, Elizabeth Tavares, were convicted today of mail fraud and racketeering by a US District Court jury, which found that he ran his department like a criminal enterprise.
The third former probation official on trial, William Burke III, was acquitted of mail fraud by the jury that deliberated for 52 hours over seven days before reaching its unanimous verdict today.
The jury found that O'Brien and Tavares committed fraud and racketeering by hijacking their department's hiring process to favor candidates who were sponsored by state legislators.
More from an updated Valencia Story:
Another third former official, William Burke III, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy but acquitted of mail fraud and racketeering.
Within the past hour, the Massachusetts Senate defeated an amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) to close the loophole by which unions are able to give $15,000 to a single candidate in a single year. The vote was 10-28, with all 4 Republicans in support, the Democrats splitting 6-28 against, and Senators Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham) and Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) not voting*.
Yes, we've done it again -- six new votes added to the MassFiscal Scorecard! As usual, you can check out a brief explanation of each new vote follows, then head over to the site itself to find out how your representative and senator voted.
SENATE (4 Votes)
1. Study PARCC Implementation Costs (Roll Call #406): This amendment sought to require an analysis of the costs associated with switching from the current MCAS assessments to the proposed PARCC tests. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The amendment failed 14-25 (D: 10-25; R: 4-0).
2. Senate Version of Charter School Expansion (Roll Call #407): This vote was on the Senate version of a proposal to raise the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Unlike the House version, it included guarantees of more funding for school districts whose students transfer to charter schools. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The proposal failed 13-26 (D: 9-26; R: 4-0).
3. House Version of Charter School Expansion (Senate Vote - Roll Call #408): This vote was on the House version of a proposal to raise the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Unlike the Senate version, it did not include guarantees of more funding for school districts whose students transfer to charter schools. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The bill failed9-30 (D: 5-30; R: 4-0).
1. House Version of Charter School Expansion (House Vote - Roll Call #378): This vote was on the House version of a proposal to raise the cap on the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. Unlike the Senate version, it did not include guarantees of more funding for school districts whose students transfer to charter schools. MassFiscal would have voted YES. The bill passed 114-35 (D: 85-35; R: 29-0).
(Former Rep Bastien is staging a write-in effort in the GOP Primary for the Worcester & Middlesex District. There is currently no candidate on the ballot for any Party. - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
July 18, 2014
Former State Representative Richard Bastien sent the below letter to his opponent Jen Flanagan asking her to agree to join with him in banning outside special interest donations in the race for State Senate.
July 17, 2014
Leominster MA 01453
As someone who believes that heavy outside special interest spending in campaigns, particularly since the Citizens United ruling can lead to the appearance of putting the needs of special interests above the needs of the citizens of our district, I ask you my fellow candidate, Jennifer Flanagan, to join me in agreeing to ban all campaign donations from lobbyists, PACS, Corporations, Unions, and special interest groups from our campaigns in the 2014 election for State Senate in the Worcester and Middlesex district. I believe that we can set a new standard that can show the Commonwealth and the nation that elections should be decided by the people, not by how much special interest groups can give to a candidate or candidates.
In the interest of reaching that agreement, I have attached a signed Pledge, modeled on the agreement between Senator Elizabeth Warren and Former Senator Scott Brown from the 2012 United States Senate campaign. If you agree to it, please sign yourself. With our shared commitment to banning special interest spending in this race and your record and mine as candidates and legislators in support of Clean Elections, I am confident we will have a signed Pledge in a matter of days.
We can together make this campaign about the needs and interests of the people of the Worcester and Middlesex district. Together, we can make this a campaign about our experience and vision for the Worcester and Middlesex District and avoid a campaign dictated by the spending of outside special interests. I look forward to you joining me in making this campaign about the needs of the people, not the needs of special interest groups.
Earlier this month RMG diarist, The Angelic One, posted on the current saga at Market Basket. He outlined steps employees Associates could take to affect change at their beloved company. The Market Basket Associates seem to be taking his advice to heart.
This week headquarters associates demanded that the board reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas or they were going to exercise a work stoppage before the weekend. This prompted the new leadership team of Thornton and Gooch - who ran Radio Shack and Shaws into the ground - to say any employee who walks out would be fired.
With their demands not met, the entire headquarters operation is staging a work stoppage tomorrow. They are standing up for their principles, regardless of the consequences to them. It is a profile in leadership that Brad Jones should aspire to.
From the Save Market Basket Facebook Page.
Today's Meeting with F&G
Today at 3pm, F&G met with all HQ associates and told them that they have not gotten an answer from the Board regarding the demand to bring back ATD. They talked of a letter they sent to all associates which stated that any person who makes the decision to not go to work will be permanently replaced because they will have been seen as abandoning their jobs. HQ associates who were firm in their beliefs before this meeting became enraged at the threatening tone of the letter. Their livelihoods, their families, their association with the company they all love were being put in jeopardy for even thinking about protesting the current regime's plan to change forever the Market Basket way. Many of our associates spoke passionately, with voices shaking, and Gooch could only respond "Do your jobs. Do your jobs." More than one noted that ATD never spoke to them in such a way.
These two were given one simple job to do by all at HQ last week: get an answer for us. They did not do their job. Instead they focused on threatening each and every family member we have at HQ.
The meeting ended with associates walking away from F&G more irate and firm in their resolve than ever. Tomorrow, July 18, one year to the day that we had a rally in Andover, our associates at HQ will not be going to work. They will be backing up their words with actions and will be standing up for something they care so much for. They once again send the message to the board to bring back ATD and to the stores that they simply give them their support and nothing else. Continue to take care of our customers.
They Are Market Basket.
We Are Market Basket
If these employees are fired, I have shopped at Market Basket for the last time.
Hopefully Brad Jones and his leadership team are taking notes...
Today, Ryan Fattman (R-Webster) is circulating a resolution to his House and Senate colleagues. The letter asks Governor Deval Patrick to deny President Obama's request to house, clothe, provide services to, and feed illegal immigrants in Massachusetts, until he consults with and gets the approval of the legislature. Here is his press release:
STATE REPRESENTATIVE CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO DENY PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION REQUEST
Rep. Ryan Fattman files resolution asking Governor to Consult Legislature
BOSTON, MA - State Representative Ryan C. Fattman (Webster) is circulating a resolution in the House of Representatives asking Governor Deval Patrick to deny a federal request from President Barack Obama to house thousands of illegal immigrant children. The request from President Obama came earlier this week as a result of an influx of Central American children refugees crossing the border, causing what some are calling a "humanitarian crisis".
Frustrated with the lack of response from the state's executive agencies on immigration including no response from MassHealth and other agencies to provide information on costs of services being provided to illegal immigrants, Fattman is asking members of the Legislature to con-sponsor his resolution asking the Governor to first consult with the Legislature about the President's request, and heed to the outcry from constituents asking not to shelter the illegal aliens.
The resolution states "The Governor, in an act of solidarity between both Houses of the Legislature, shall not shelter illegal aliens in the Commonwealth at the request of President Barack Obama due to serious public safety, public health, and financial concerns".
The resolution, although non-binding, will be filed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. It is the Representative's hope the resolution will pass in a House session early next week. The deadline to co-sponsor the resolution is set for next Tuesday evening.
Additionally Fattman is asking people around the state to sign a petition in support of the resolution, and also will be tracking legislators who sign on to the resolution at Fattman.com/fattmanresolution. The site will be active at the end of today.
The text of the resolution can be found after the jump:
Yesterday, on a voice vote, the Massachusetts Senate passed an unconstitutional bill to limit the ability of citizens to express their first amendment rights. The bill was passed in record time, with only a few days left on the legislative schedule.
It is absolutely amazing the lengths Massachusetts politicians, of both parties, will go to ensure as many children as possible are killed by Planned Parenthood.
It is a sad society that criminalized the activities of those trying to protect children from murder, and elevates those committing the murders.
Deval Patrick likened Central American countries to Nazi Germany yesterday. Saying not helping, and sending back illegal immigrant children is like sending jews back to the gas chambers. No really, he did.
Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday said he wanted to find a way for Massachusetts to help alleviate the crisis of children seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, avoiding the type of feud with the White House into which other governors have been drawn, and invoking powerful imagery as his motivation.
"My inclination is to remember what happened when a shipful of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps," Patrick said when a reporter asked how he viewed the border crisis. "I think we are a bigger-hearted people than that as Americans, and certainly as residents of Massachusetts."
He added, "Now getting from there to a practical solution, I have not done yet. I'm trying to think that through."
That is the problem with Deval Patrick and Barack Obama they see evil in their fellow citizen's eyes. Every time they disagree with them.
In an Orwellian New Speak move the legislature is proposing a new buffer zone bill that doesn't call a buffer zone a buffer zone. Because as we know buffer zones are unconstitutional. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, via email, alerted people to a hearing today about the legislation.
Late afternoon yesterday, Planned Parenthood's new Buffer Zone bill, (SD) 2106, was filed. The Judiciary Committee will take testimony tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10 am in Gardner Auditorium. We expect testimony will not go much past three. Obviously, they will vote to report it out as soon as the testimony is over.
We need to prepare to testify. This bill is worse than the one just overturned. Our lawyers say that, in order to appeal successfully, we need a lot of testimony on the record. That is where we come in.
We need to say the law is not needed, that Massachusetts has not arrested anyone outside a clinic in at least 20 years. Most of all we need to say that this new law is so scary we would be afraid to go near a clinic to try to help a woman. You can read the law at http://masscitizensforlife.org...
If I "detain" a woman to give her literature, I could face big fines and jail. Who decides if I am detaining? It looks as though the people in PP could decide. The state looked dumb when it passed the unconstitutional Buffer Zone. It will look totally deranged when it passes this new one.
Please plan on 10 am in Gardner Auditorium. For once it will be okay to arrive a bit late. Individuals have three minutes to speak and members of panels (3 or 4 people) have two minutes each. I will let you know any new developments. If you are not able to testify in person, please prepare something written to email to the House Committee Chair before 9 am in the morning, Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov
As always, mighty thanks!
To Beacon Hill insiders, nothing should stop the slaughter of innocent children, not even a pamphlet.
Lynn is a municipality on the brink. Key department officials say a recent influx of illegal immigrant children and families in the city is stressing almost every service from trash collection to healthcare.
"We have been aware of the unaccompanied children issue for quite a while, and we were able to absorb a lot of these children early on," said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. "But now it's gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed, the city's budget is being sustainably altered in order of accommodate all of these admissions in the school department."
The influx is affecting the health of legal residents.
We have line items that we're borrowing from in the health department's budget in order to meet this immediate demand, but somewhere down the line, I'm going to have to deal with finding the money to replace that which has been taken out," Mayor Flanagan Kennedy said.
The mayor also says the solution is to stem the flow of illegal unaccompanied minors coming into her city on a federal level, and provide federal assistance to ease budget constraints.
"The way this is going, Lynn looks like a microcosm of the United States, in that we have been filled to capacity and we can't take anymore without having the people who are already here suffer," she said.
The Patrick Administration continues to show it does not care about this crisis, even with what is happening in Lynn. Charlie Baker is showing he would deal with this in a different way.