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his Democratic allies failed in their attempt to pass S.J. 19, a constitutional amendment that would have, in effect, repealed first amendment speech protections.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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Via email today, State Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) endorsed six candidates in tomorrow's Republican primary. Rep Diehl's endorsement email read.
When I was elected in 2010, many people stepped up to help me get into office because they shared the same beliefs that I hold...
Government should work for YOU, not the other way around!
Below are some photos I've taken recently with the Republican primary candidates across the state whom I support and who want to truly reform Beacon Hill.
If you live in their district, I urge you to cast your vote for them...
Their websites, in order of the photos (L to R), are:
With the 2014 Massachusetts Republican Primary just days away, I hope GOP activists ask themselves one crucial if not existential question before they cast their vote. The question they all should seriously ponder is this: will the candidate they support maintain the status quo for Beacon Hill's minority party or will said candidate join other like-minded Republicans in electing new leadership representing a new GOP when the time comes for its members to do so?
If activists are happy with the faux opposition party on Beacon Hill led by Brad Jones then - by all means - said activists should proudly vote for those GOP candidates who get a thrill up their leg at the thought of being a dependable rubber stamp. And if Jones prevails thanks to said candidates, said activists shouldn't bitch & moan over the gradual yet continuing diminishment of the Massachusetts Republican Party as a serious political party in the eyes of the voters.
If activists are unhappy with Jones' obsequious relationship with Democrat House Speakers (no matter who holds the title), his indifference towards the Republican rank-&-file, & his lack of interest (if not imagination) in building an effective opposition party with an eye towards one day making the GOP the majority party, then said activists & their respective networks of family, friends, & colleagues should identify & vote for those who share their vision of a post-Jones Republican Party. It's going to take time & a lot of effort to make that dream a reality. But the time to effectuate that change starts on September 9, 2014. Think strategically. Be the change you seek. Vote for change this Tuesday.
Betty Poirier whined to the Attleboro Sun about Geoff Diehl campaigning for a true conservative Jeff Bailey. The article makes it seem like Diehl broke some sort of unwritten rule by campaigning in a different district than Poirier represents.
A simmering intraparty feud among Republicans boiled over Thursday as state Rep. Betty Poirier took exception to another GOP legislator campaigning in Attleboro.
Poirier, R-North Attleboro, said Rep. Geoff Diehl broke with traditional norms and came to the city to support candidate Jeff Bailey without notifying her.
She said she had intended to stay neutral in the Attleboro primary, but Bailey and Diehl went too far.
"The gloves are off," she said.
Betty Poirier represents one precinct in Attleboro. This notion of needing permission to campaign for a candidate is absolute bunk.
The real reason that Betty Poirier is in a huff is that Jeff Bailey won't support Brad Jones. If enough representatives are elected this cycle that don't support Brad Jones it means Representative Poirier loses extra pay.
This is a primary there are no unwritten rules about who can support whom, and based on fundraising numbers it looks like people have supported Jeff to a tune of 3 to 1 over Bert. Good for Geoff for fighting for what he believes in.