The Secretary of State is an important constitutional office. Among his many responsibilities, the Secretary of State is an advocate for the citizenry by providing open access to volumes of information critical to effective state government. The office is also responsible for making sure that every vote counts and it is the often the first place firms go when they want to set up a business in the Commonwealth.
Twenty years after he was first elected the current Secretary of State, Bill Galvin oversees an office remarkably similar to the one he inherited in 1994. As a result, our Commonwealth today is left with an office that is outdated, behind the times with technology and modern practices, and a complete failure in meeting the expectations of a citizenry seeking to be informed efficiently and honestly.
Moreover, the incumbent has been cited by the U.S. Department of Justice for non-compliance in the reporting of military ballots. Secretary Galvin has also used the office for self-promotion.
Dave D'Arcangelo has positive plans to modernize the Secretary of State's office and expand its role in bringing transparency to state and local government. We can increase voter participation through new technologies such as electronic voting and registration and we can increase the accountability of government by applying the law to make records and public documents more easily accessible to the public and the press.
David brings a great record of public service to the table. As a current Malden city councilor at-large, David has demonstrated the ability to bring together a diverse group of citizens. He has stressed the importance of smart business regulations and competitive tax systems. David also has worked at the State House for previous gubernatorial administrations as well as a legislative aide. He also runs a small public relations firm and has been active in the Malden Rotary. That experience will serve him well in the Secretary of State's office.
As a person who faces challenges as a legally blind individual, David brings a unique perspective to public service. People with disabilities contribute to the well-being of our state on a daily basis, and I hope that someone who is legally blind running for statewide office will give more attention to the contributions that people with disabilities make.
Any review of his credentials will prove that D'Arcangelo is the best candidate for Secretary of State. You can learn more at his website www.Davein2014.com. I urge my fellow citizens to vote for David D'Arcangelo, the best choice for Secretary of State. He'll bring the office into the 21st century.
There has been a huge push back by Democrats against the truthful mailers sent out by MassFiscal on the illegal immigrant housing vote. The former National Commander sets the record straight. From a press release.
Quincy, MA - As the issue of illegal immigrants accessing state subsidized public housing has taken the forefront in a number of South Shore legislative races, past National Commander of the American Legion Jake Comer has joined state Senator Robert L. Hedlund (R - Weymouth) to clarify distortions, correct misrepresentations, and set the record straight as to what current law is and what actual benefits veterans receive for state public housing.
Recently, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance highlighted a vote taken in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to prevent debate on an amendment that would have given veterans of the United States military preference for state subsidized public housing over illegal immigrants.
In response, a number of South Shore incumbent democrats, who took part in rejecting the amendment, used quotes from Mr. Comer to defend their vote. Some even called the mailing a "smear campaign"
"f you're Coakley you pretend to be oblivious to it all, though deep inside you know what Carl Yastrzemski meant when he described the angst of a stretch-drive collapse: "It's like you've just cut down a tree and it's falling the wrong way and you can't stop it."
For you, this is intensely personal.
But it's just a game for opinion-makers. If you win, they'll explain why. If you lose, they'll explain why. As Red Auerbach once reminded his team, "I may not be right, but I'm never wrong."
So once again you'll tell Charlie Baker, "I'm glad you asked that question, Charlie," when you'd much rather kick him in the shin for asking it again.
And you'll do it with a smile, even if it looks as if it's been nailed onto your face, because, all this sisterhood nonsense notwithstanding, there is a double standard when it comes to outward appearances."
Massachusetts Republican candidate Charlie Baker may have cinched the 2014 gubernatorial election due in part to the anecdote he delivered during a debate sponsored by WCVB-Channel 5. As he spoke about talking issues with a fisherman, Baker became visibly emotional. Democrat candidate Martha Coakley gamely tried to tap into the moment by providing her own take on how federal regulations are destroying the local fishing industry in Massachusetts.
During the course of Baker's story, the studio camera went from a CU of Baker to a "two-shot" that presented Coakley left of center on the TV screen & Baker framed on the far right. The cut happens roughly at the 00:36 mark & at that moment Coakley appears distracted - if not bored. Then the camera cuts back to a CU of Baker. At roughly 01:03, Baker places his right hand over his face in an attempt to contain his emotions. After an awkward pause, Baker regains his composure and continues his story. At roughly the 01:15 point, Baker's emotions compel him to pause again.
Just as he delivers the close of his story, the studio camera cuts back to the two-shot. Coakley can be seen looking distant as Baker is in the middle of his close. The camera cuts back to Baker's CU at roughly the 01:27 mark. When it does, we see the full emotion in Baker's eyes & in his voice as he finishes his story. An awkward silence hangs in the air for a few seconds. At roughly 01:34, the camera then cuts to an establishing shot with Baker on the far left, Coakley on the far right, & the three representatives for Channel 5 in the center. Check out Coakley's demeanor if you can.
The minute Baker provides a coda to his anecdote, the camera cuts back at around 01:38 to a CU of him with the emotion weighing heavily on his face. He regains his composure and in a gentlemanly way he proffers that stories like the one he delivered on the fisherman is the reason why he & Coakley have done public service. The camera cuts back to the two-shot of Coakley & Baker at roughly the 01:46 mark. Coakley seizes the baton Baker hands to her (when he says both of them seek to help people through public service) and reiterates the main themes raised by Baker.
Regrettably, Coakley opines "they are not unique" when commenting on the fisherman & his family. Obviously she means the hardship suffered by the fisherman of Baker's story is a story shared by hundreds if not thousands of people like him. However her inelegant way of expressing that sentiment comes across as cold. Prior to making that statement, the camera at roughly 02:07 cuts to a CU of Baker with a pensive look of sadness in his eyes just as we hear Coakley's off-camera voice utter "they are not unique". It creates a subtle contrast between Coakley & Baker.
A split screen occurs at roughly the 02:15 mark so that we see Coakley in a CU on the left & Baker in a CU on the right. It's at this moment that Coakley hurts herself. While Baker damns Massachusetts for not sticking up for its fishing industry, Coakley rarely looks at Baker. Instead, she glances at the reporters in front of her or looks off into the distance. She reacts negatively when Baker declares federal regulations have distorted the state's "rule-making process". Baker picks up on her ruffled feathers & quickly reassures her that she has "fought the legal fight - which I admire." He then closes with a promise to fight for the state's fishing industry when he becomes governor.
I won't be surprised if this clip from the debate goes viral nor will I be surprised if the reaction said clip produces among Massachusetts voters results in Baker becoming the Bay State's new governor. In less than three minutes, the clip shows Baker to be a man of compassion for those less fortunate than himself as well as a policy wonk determined to change the kind of politics that forces people to become less fortunate than himself. This is the kind of moment that pulls in rank & file Republicans, independent voters, & Old Left Democrats. It's the kind of moment that wins elections.
At yesterday's Martha Coakley Rally in boston, Hillary Clinton channeled her inner Elizabeth Warren. Clinton told the crowd, "don't let anybody tell you "corporations and businesses create jobs." Here listen for yourself.
These people have gone from being "liberals" to communistss. It is that simple.
Yesterday's endorsement of Dick Moore over Ryan Fattman by Bill Weld is the last straw. It is well beyond time for Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Kirsten Hughes to pick up the phone and call Bill Weld. The conversation should go something like this, "it's not me, it really is you and well we just can't get along so by." For our party to move forward we must sever ties with our destructive past, and that past is William F. Weld.
You remember Weld, the guy who couldn't be bothered with party building, unless it involved poker games where his guests got picked up on the way home, right? Or Weld, the guy who Jim Rapport - then party chair - says missed multiple meetings with Democratic legislators who wanted to switch party registration, that Bill Weld.
Then of course there is always the Bill Weld who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 over, the not exactly conservative, John McCain.
Of course, to reward this party disloyalty, we took precious time out of this year's convention to honor this man. Time that if cut might have resulted in less people leaving before they could cast their ballot for Charlie Baker.
Yes, I know, I am king of the RINOs because I support Charlie Baker for governor, so what right do I have complaining... The reason I support Charlie is because he isn't Bill Weld, at least when it comes to party politics. Charlie has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to helping legislative candidates this cycle. Because of it, we look to make great gains.
Gains put at risk by Big Red. So far, Weld has endorsed the Democrat over Caroline Colarusso, and Ryan Fattman. How many more of our hardworking candidates are going to get the Weld kiss of death?
Today, Kirsten Hughes should immediately state that she is rescinding the award that was givent o Weld at the Convention, Baker should remove Weld from all future ads, and the party shoudl stop selling Weld/Cellucci throwback bumper stickers. Every bumper sticker sold is a slap in the face of Ryan Fattman, and Caroline Colarusso.
Massachusetts Republicans should publicly and without delay divorce themselves from Bill Weld, only then can we move forward to a brighter tomorrow.
(Bill Weld is the enemy of the Republican Party. Not it's friend. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Overall, the debate Candidates Forum in Milford was a great debate on Thursday night. There was a big crowd, and Citizens for Milford did a great job moderating the debate.
After the State Rep debate wrapped up (shout-out to Mark Reil for holding his own against Fernandez), Ryan Fattman hit the ground running. He called out Dick Moore for being part of the beacon hill establishment, and highlighted the major differences between the two.
Dick Moore started his debate touting all the pork he had brought home to his district (ignoring the fact he has cut local aid), and then read a letter from Bill Weld endorsing him, as a conservative democrat.
Is Bill Weld the man we want representing our party? And I'd say Dick is only a conservative by the standards of Karl Marx.
Moore has a whopping 40% rating from Mass Fiscal, compared to Fattmans 97% rating.
Moore has taken $40 a day to drive to work, while whole-heartedl supporting the gas tax automatically raising on the average man. Fattman does no take the legislators per-diem, and opposes the gas tax increase.
Moore has voted against requiring a social security number to get on benefits two times and having a photo ID on EBT cards. Fattman has been a huge proponent of both.
Moore supports Martha Coakley, refuses to admit that obamacare has done more harm than good to our state, and hast lost touch with his people.
My question is, why is Bill Weld endorsing a "conservative" democrat in another competitive race?
The moderates and establishment continue to call for unity, and then this? Bill Weld may have been a republican governor, but all I see is a democrat in disguise.
(What is baloney is the Bob DeLeo is not indicted - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
The voter education efforts made by MassFiscal continue to garner headlines across Massachusetts!
First, as you can read in today's Lowell Sun, House Speaker Bob DeLeo thinks it's "baloney" to tell lawmakers' constituents how they vote.
Defending House Democrats whose voting records have come under attack, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday dismissed recent mailings targeted at incumbents as "baloney" and voiced concerns about outside groups spending money in local races.
While not mentioning the tax-exempt organization by name, DeLeo directed criticism toward the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, an advocacy group headed by Republican State Committee member Rick Green.
You can also read an op-ed by our chairman, Rick Green, in today's Worcester T&G, about exactly what we've done and why we've done it.
If you are a Republican legislator and a group of peopel decide to help you increase your numbers in the state legislature by spending a quarter of a million dollars send mail, what's the last thing you do? Yeah cross them. But that's what David Vieira just did.
The Jobs First Independent Expenditure PAC has been hitting Democrats on their records. You may remember from the Boston Herald that Representative Brian Mannal was featured in a story entitiled, "Pol Aiding Sex Cons Got Defense Cash".
A freshman state legislator now championing a bill to help convicted sex offenders get taxpayer-funded lawyers has earned more than $139,000 from the state's public defender coffers in the past several years, according to state records.
When the group sent a mailer based on that Herald piece, Mannal filed a criminal complaint against the group. That's right, for highlighting his record, Mannal filed a criminal complaint. You can read about it at the Cape Cod Times.
In his most aggressive response yet against a barrage of negative mailers, state Rep. Brian Mannal filed an application for a criminal complaint in Barnstable District Court on Tuesday alleging that the Jobs First Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee violated state law with "false and misleading attack ads" criticizing legislation he filed last year concerning sex offenders.
Flanked outside the courthouse by his family and a fellow Cape legislator, Mannal, D-Centerville, said the political action committee's mailer maliciously misconstrued a bill he filed requiring the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board to notify sex offenders of the right to a hearing and court-appointed attorney when applying for reclassification or early termination of sex offender status. State law currently makes taxpayer-funded, court-appointed counsel available to sex offenders who cannot afford a lawyer.
The article goes on to personally blame the treasurer Melissa Ward Lucas of the PAC for defaming Mannal, even though he is a public figure and everything on the mailer was sourced.
How does Republican State Representative Vieira fit in? He took Mannal's side against the truth telling PAC.
"Regardless of party, the nature of that (mailer) was despicable and it should have no place in politics," said Vieira. "That's why people don't show up to vote and don't have a lot of confidence in government. It's because of this type of crap."
Vieira should hope that the group doesn't have a long memory and that he doesn't want to get involved in 2016 primaries. Red Mass Group has learned that this PAC and associated 501(c)4 are not going away any time soon.
(Funny how she hasn't gone after sub-prime banker Deval Patrick - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Remember that lawsuit Martha Coakley brought against Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, which would have benefitted a key campaign fundraiser? It got Coakley all sorts of headlines when she filed it in June, making her look tough on the big banks and dedicated to the little guy. Of course, the campaign fundraiser was well-paid to help the little guy, $590,000 a year. Also, the little guy had to pay a price adjustment of 25% to help fund such expense, drawing criticism from housing advocates.
Well, now it seems that the case was garbage, because a federal court judge threw it out today. The judge is Clinton appointee (and Oxford roommate) Richard Stearns, not exactly a strict constructionist conservative. The Globe has a brief story, with more to follow, I'm sure.
It's bad enough that the Attorney General failed to disclose her close connection to a prime beneficiary of the lawsuit. It's worse that she brought a meritless case to benefit a friend and fundraiser.
Elections matter. We can have more of these antics, amplified by the power of the corner office. All we have to do is nothing.
For the second time in two years, Dylan Hayre, State Senate Candidate for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, has had a lien placed on him for failure to pay child support for his young child.
Most recently, a Department of Revenue, Child Support Division lien was placed on September 2, 2014, for failure to pay $1,634. Just two weeks earlier, according to campaign finance records, Hayre had loaned his campaign $5,000, for a total of $15,000 he has given his campaign this year.
This is not the first time Mr. Hayre has had a child support lien. In 2012, the Department of Revenue filed for $4,035.13. It was not released until October 28, 2013, roughly four months after Hayre launched his candidacy for State Senate.
Hayre has a spotty record of paying child support since his initial court order of $200 per week in 2011. Citing a job loss, his payments dropped to just $20 per week in 2012. Had he then filed for unemployment, the weekly payments for his child would have risen by 380 percent. But Hayre failed to file for several months, and only did so after a judge's order forced him. The delay cost his child's mother more than $600 in support.
"Mr. Hayre parades around leading people to believe that he is a great advocate for families, but the facts speak for themselves," said Rob Cunningham, Executive Director of the MassGOP. "Hey listen, people can relate to being financially stretched and not paying bills on time; but it is the height of selfishness to give your campaign $15,000 while neglecting your child."
Democratic nominee for attorney general Maura Healey earned endorsements from several law enforcement leaders across Massachusetts.
Eight district attorneys, 10 sheriffs, and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, working in communities from Boston and Middlesex County to the North Shore, the Berkshires and the Islands, came together in a demonstration of support for Healey.
The sheriffs are Michael J. Ashe, Hampden County; Michael Bellotti, Norfolk County; Thomas Bowler, Berkshire County; Frank G. Cousins Jr., Essex County; Christopher J. Donelan, Franklin County; Robert J. Garvey, Hampshire County; Peter J. Koutoujian, Middlesex County; Michael A. McCormack, Dukes County; James A. Perelman, Nantucket County; and Steven W. Tompkins, Suffolk County.
(I'm trying to be there. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Please join the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, Citizens for Limited Taxation, the Greater Boston Tea Party, and State Rep. Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) for a discussion of transportation funding with the Reason Foundation's Baruch Feigenbaum, a transportation policy analyst. The Reason Foundation recently released a report that compared all 50 states and concluded Massachusetts has some of the highest road maintenance costs in the country.
This event is open to members of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance and our other sponsors listed above. In order to become a member and attend this event, please RSVP below. Light food and refreshments will be served. To download a copy of the invitation, please click here. Sign in starts at 6pm and the event begins at 6:30pm. This event will take place at One Cranberry Hill in Lexington, MA.
her office used to prosecute day care operators and charge them with rape when some 2 year olds made claims that the day care workers had 'magic wands' and 'secret rooms' where they were forced to drink urine? Now of course, there were obviously no magic wands - because magic wands do not exist. And there were no secret rooms, because they didn't exist either. But it never stopped Marcia Coakley from keeping an entire family in jail for what was, in at least one case, the 'rest of their lives'.
I remember the good old days when two of the people, Cheryl and Violet were freed on successful appeal, only to have the state supreme court send them back to prison. Violet later died in prison waiting for justice.
The landmark case now known as the 'Fells Acre Day Care' case become legendary not for a Prosecutor's sharp skills and keen insights, but because the interrogators led the children toward false accusations, misleading testimony and the wrongful accusation of now seemingly innocent people. It should be noted that Marcia Coakley did NOT prosecute the case, but she did personally prevent every effort to have them freed when it was realized the Amiraults were likely not guilty of anything other than local hysteria about day care centers..
Marcia lobbied to keep the innocent people in jail. She lobbied to refuse them a retrial. she lobbied to refuse them justice. She lobbied to allow bogus testimony to be admitted in court. She lobbied for everything except what is now known to be the truth - innocence.
Marcia Coakley and Cheryl Amirault eventually reached an agreement by which Cheryl would be released from prison with 'time served', but promising never to make a nickel of profit from the case. Marcia Coakley did not have to make such a promise and is now a candidate for the highest office in the state.
More about Marcia Coakley and Fells Acres Day Care below:
Now this whole mess is not to be confused with Marcia Coakley's other dirty legal work about a trailer park murder in Ayer, Massachusetts. The guy she convicted in that one was not guilty either, but alas it became the subject of a Hillary Swank movie named 'Conviction'.
What will state government be like under Marcia Coakley? A woman blind to so many truths. A woman so selfishly determined to make a name for herself that she puts innocent people in jail and distorts the testimony of children for her own advancement. She uses people. She manipulates people. she sends people to jail forever to die, and doesn't care when it is found out that she was wrong.
MassFiscal in the News Rick Green, the founder and chairman of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, explains our comprehensive voter education program in today's Salem News. Read Rick's op-ed in which he explains in detail the reasons for our efforts. Click here to read the op-ed.
Events This Week Please join Rick Green and Paul D. Craney, who will be speaking as guests of Stonehill College's Martin Institute for Law and Society on Wednesday, October 15th at 1pm. Green and Craney will discuss their role as heads of a non-profit organization that participates in important policy debates. They will also share their perspective on state politics. Click here to read more about this event.
Please join Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, American Future Foundation and the Institute for Humane Studies for a happy hour to toast the free markets and limited government! This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals in Boston on Thursday at 6pm at Lir. Click here to read more about this event.
Yesterday, Barack Obama supporter and former Governor Bil Weld (?-MA/NY/Mexico) endorsed a Democrat in a winnable open seat in metro north.
Caroline Colarusso, a solid conservative who once told me should would vote against the Democratic budget like Lyons and Lombardo, is running in the 31st Middlesex District to replace the ultra moonbat Jason Lewis, who is now a State Senator. She is a solid conservative.
Democrat Michael Day, a candidate for state representative for the 31st Middlesex District, has been endorsed by former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.
"I am pleased to endorse my good friend Michael Day for State Representative," Weld said in a campaign news release. "I know Mike's entire family, and they are quality all the way. He is the sort of person who will work effectively across party lines in the State House, which is a good way to get things done."
Weld was governor from 1991 to 1997.
The 31st Middlesex District covers Stoneham and Winchester. Day is running against Republican Caroline Colarusso. Both are from Stoneham.
Weld, knows Day because they are both lobbyists. Of course we could all sit here and kvetch about how awful Bill Weld is to have done this... Or....
We could all meet his endorsement by sending Caroline a few dollars. I just donated $50.00 to Caroline's campaign via her Piryx Account, which is also embedded after the jump.
This district is winnable. Scott Brown won the district in 2010 by 11 points, and Charlie Baker won the district by 7 points. It is an R+5 District. Caroline needs your help to bring it home.
While all the focus and attention of many Republicans to win a congressional seat in Massachusetts for the first time since 1994 have focused North on the Tisei-Tierney...uh, sorry...Moulton race in the 6th Congressional District, perhaps it's time more GOP eyes turned South for our best hope. As the Boston Globe Reports something's brewing in the 9th Congressional District:
For months, political handicappers have been following one Congressional race in Massachusetts as the marquee contest, the North Shore campaign that has already toppled the incumbent and now pits Republican Richard Tisei against Democrat Seth Moulton.
Increasingly, however, strategists in both parties are focusing attention on a previously quiet race in the 9th District of southeastern Massachusetts, where little-known Republican attorney John Chapman is waging a tightening fight against two-term incumbent Democrat William Keating.
Keating visited Democratic lobbying firms in Boston last week "letting people know that he needs help," his campaign co-chair said, and some Republican strategists have quietly urged the party to shift resources from Tisei and toward Chapman.
"I think people are starting to have a greater understanding of the dynamics at play in the 9th, and they're more beneficial than those in the [Tisei-Moulton race], and for that reason they're urging people to take another look at the 9th," said David Tamasi, a Washington-based GOP lobbyist and fundraiser with Cape Cod ties.
In 2013, when Gabe Gomez was losing statewide by 10%, he won the 9th Congressional by 7% (perhaps if he hadn't self-immolated after, he could have run for the seat himself!). In 2012, when Scott Brown was losing state-wide by 8%, he won the 9th by 1%. So the voters, and more importantly, the votes, are there for a Chapman victory.
Has Moulton's Primary victory taken the wind out of Tisei's sail, or is he just riding a temporary headwind? Should the NRCC and RNC Look South to the 9th Congressional district, were, in it's prior configuration, they invested heavily in 2010? Or should they be bold and Invest in Both?
The wheels are coming off the Democrat wagon across the country, even here in Massachusetts