I will be filling in for Michael Graham today, on the second to last Natural Truth Show in New England. Michael has some personal matters he needs to take care of and has graciously given me the controls one last time.
You can listen below:
Here's what we'll be talking about today:
Noon - 12:30: What has Michael Graham meant to Massachusetts' conservative movement? Open lines call in at 781-433-0404 with your story!
12:30 Ann McElhinney, a documentary film producer, will be joining us to talk about her new project, the Gosnell Movie. Here's a little primer:
12:45-1:00 More open lines/ Best of the Graham Show bits.
1:15: Robert Wheeler, the Marathon runner that saved my cousin's life last year will be on to talk about running again in this year's Boston Marathon.
1:30: Elected officials who won elections after attending Michael Graham Campaign Schools will be calling in from 1:30 - 2:00 we'll also do some more open lines.
2:00-2:30: Garrett Quinn will be joining us in studio to talk about the day's news and Michael Graham.
2:30-3:00: Paul Craney from Mass Fiscal will be joining us to talk about the Budget Gag Order regarding local aid.
Mark Fisher wins decisive ruling against Mass GOP - Court date set
In a stunning denial, the Mass GOP motion to dismiss the Mark Fisher case was not only denied but the judge ruled that all of Fisher's allegations had been proven true. The judge ruled that Mark Fisher had indeed received the 15% vote required to be put on the Republican primary ballot. He sited a litany of reasons that Mark Fisher met the 15% threshold - with the major thrust being that blank votes should NOT be counted Citing party rules, Roberts rules, Party & Rules officials own comments - From the courts ruling referenced below:
Yesterday, a Superior Court Justice, set a June start date for a trial in the matter of Fisher v. MassGOP. The ruling comes after three court appearances for both sides in the case.
Red Mass Group was in the court room last Wednesday as both sides presented arguments. The MassGOP's lawyer stated that he would immediately appeal any ruling which sent the case to trial. The judge, with the consent of both sides, said that he would refer his ruling to the appellate courts himself to expedite any such appeal.
The next step in this case will be at the appellate level. When that court date is known. Red Mass Group will post the date.
Attorney General Martha Coakley is poised to take center stage before the state's highest court in a high-stakes bid to block an anti-casino ballot question that will spotlight her campaign ties to a public relations firm promoting Mohegan Sun - a cozy relationship experts say could cost her votes this fall.
Northwind Strategies, which is run by Democratic strategist Doug Rubin, is representing Coakley in her bid to become governor, but it also does public relations for Mohegan Sun, which hopes to build a casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere.
That awkward arrangement will loom over the state Supreme Judicial Court on May 5, when anti-casino activists try to overturn Coakley's decision to block a repeal of casino gambling from the November ballot. And, in turn, the whole thing could come back to haunt her gubernatorial campaign.
"As a Democratic or Republican candidate, all it takes is a darkly backlit ad. 'Martha Coakley doesn't trust you to vote, and she's being advised by the same people that want a casino in your neighborhood,'" said Erin O'Brien of the University of Massachusetts Boston. "It's unseemly. It feels icky, that slimy politics that people don't like. It plants that seed of doubt."
Of course Doug's team denies any involvement to the Herald. A very likely story.
Michael Graham, in his second to last column for the Boston Herald, posits that the Justina Pelletier case just had its Watergate moment.
We've now reached the "Watergate" stage of the Justina Pelletier debacle: What does Gov. Deval Patrick know and when did he know it?
Justina is the former Tufts Medical Center mitochondrial patient seized by Boston Children's Hospital and the state Department of Children and Families, who turned her into a somatoform subject. After reports in these pages Friday that she was being denied the opportunity to attend Easter Mass with her devoutly Catholic family, Patrick rushed out a letter to state Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) about accommodations DCF was making.
"I see in your letter that you continue to misunderstand the role of the commonwealth in Justina's case," Patrick wrote the representative. Justina is in DCF custody because "a judge ruled that her parents were unfit to care for her" in February 2013. "[A] decision," Patrick wrote, "based on a detailed record of the history of neglect in the home."
Wait ... what? What "detailed record"? What "history of neglect in the home"? Where did that come from?
Read the whole thing. I hope Michael stays on this from Atlanta.
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Southie), who voted against Obamacare, had some sobering words for fellow Demcorats about the law and what is yet to come. In a wide ranging Boston Herald Radio interview, Lynch made some dire predictions.
"We will lose seats in the House," the plain-talking South Boston Democrat said in Boston Herald Radio's studio yesterday, delivering a harsh diagnosis. "I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that's a possibility if things continue to go the way they have been ... primarily because of health care."
Lynch cuttingly questioned whether many of his colleagues who echoed President Obama's health care promises even "read through the bill really," noting that many mechanisms created to fund the law still aren't in effect.
Among them, Lynch said, is a hefty tax on employers who offer so-called "Cadillac" plans that won't come into play until 2018.
"There's all these taxes and fees that are the tough medicine, that up to now they haven't implemented. I don't know who's going to do that," Lynch said. "Maybe ... they expect the next administration is going to put these penalties in place. I think that's the time it's going to hit the fan."
Republican National Committeeman Ron Kaufman recently celebrated his 70th birthday. In appreciation for his long service to the Bush family, our nations newest portrait artist, and 43rd President gave him a gift.
Credit: Facebook Photo
Former President George W. Bush painted a portrait of Kaufman. Not many people can say they received a portrait painted by a former president.
(You don't win people over to your point of view by boycotting them and calling them extreme. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
The day before the March 2014 convention, Richard Tisei announced that he would be boycotting the following day's events. He appeared on local TV news and spoke with the Globe about his dissatisfaction with the GOP platform. http://www.bostonglobe.com/met... I posted my own thoughts on Mr. Tisei's boycott that evening. http://www.redmassgroup.com/di...
Turns out, I was right. Mr. Tisei's boycott was a dumb idea. In early April, Emerson College polled the 6th Congressional District race. http://www.theecps.com/#!polls... One of the questions polled was whether respondent knew about Mr. Tisei's boycott and whether it would influence their vote in the fall election. Were it the case that Mr. Tisei's boycott won over voters troubled by the GOP platform, then one would expect that voters aware of the boycott would be more likely to vote for Mr. Tisei. In fact, the survey found evidence to the contrary.
Results from the Emerson poll appear below (look at the internals on the Emerson website for this data).
Question: If you knew that Republican candidate Richard Tisei boycotted his Party Convention last month for its position on marriage and abortion, how much, if it all, does this influence your vote?
The annual GOP Red Sox outing will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 pm as the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers. The seats are in the bleachers and are $32.00 each. Family and friends are welcome. Hundreds attend each year. For more information and to order your tickets, please contact Bill McKinney at email@example.com Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. See you at Fenway.
Gabriel Gomez has apparently found a new line of work. It's to call others racists, without really knowing them or their work. And he's at it again.
Michael Graham announced that he is leaving his self-built successful radio show in Massachusetts. A show which he made profitable when everybody in radio told him he couldn't. A show that gave him and his family a living. He left because a major radio corporation gave him the Corleone offer, one that he couldn't refuse.
Working for himself, and I've talked to him about it, entailed him being his own sales manager, his own booker for guests, his own CEO. Its a tough gig, one I'm looking to do by the way.
The one thing he is not leaving for is because he wasn't successful in Massachusetts. Now enter Gabriel Gomez.
Gomez, commenting on a Facebook Post by RMGer Ed Lyons, called Graham a racist. Even after admitting he's never heard him. MichaelGraham.com has the story.
Well, Gomez never struck me as much of a reader, so I'm not surprised he's unfamiliar with my Herald column. And he certainly can't catch my show-I'm up against Jim and Margery on NPR! Fortunately he knows enough about me to know I'm a "racist" and I "hate" those "undocumented workers."
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Michael Graham for all he has done for me over the past few years, and especially the last couple of months. Filling in for him has allowed me to get the confidence to begin planning my own radio show.
Why am I thanking him?
Well he's off to Hotlanta, to grace their airwaves with the Natural Truth. His shows next week will be his last. On April 25, 2014 he is signing off the airwaves for the final time in Massachusetts.
Before he goes, he is giving me one more opportunity to host on Thursday April 24, 2014.
If you want to read Michael's Thank You to listeners it is on his website at MichaelGraham.com.
Oh and if you want to talk about how you can help me fill the void of one less conservative yakker on the airwaves. Shoot me an email.
In today's Worcester Telegram Charlie Baker has an "As I See It" op-ed on taxes in Massachusetts. Here's the beginning. Click the link above to read the rest.
No one likes paying taxes, but almost every one of us does it. And our tax money pays for important priorities that make Massachusetts an attractive place to live and raise a family. But as millions of our residents sat at kitchen tables and wrote large checks to the commonwealth this month, they undoubtedly asked themselves, "Why do I have to pay so much?"
It's a good question. The truth is that it shouldn't cost this much, and it most definitely shouldn't cost any more.
A new report by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation found that Massachusetts has the 11th highest tax burden in the country, with residents paying an average of 10.3 percent of their income in state and local taxes.
In most states, this information would spark some dialogue about current tax policy. The reaction on Beacon Hill? Silence.
A year ago today, our world changed in New England. Two radicalized Islamic terrorists blew up pressure cookers filled with nails and other shrapnel killing three and wounding many more. It was a stark reminder, especially for us in New England where two of the 9/11 planes took off, of the dangers we still face from radical Islamists.
For me it hit closer to home. My father's cousin Ron Brassard, his wife Karen, and daughter Krystara were all injured in the attack. Their road back has been long, and some of it was featured on ESPN last evening. Ron is back to work, and Karen and Krystara have recovered as much as they can.
In the immediate aftermath, Ron and Karen weren't interested in getting help for themselves. They were interested in getting help for their friend Celeste Corcoran, of Lowell, who lost both her legs in the attack.
On their behest I sent out a couple emails asking you, the readers of Red Mass Group, to help the Corcorans. The offers of help, beyond the donations to the GoFundMe campaign were immense. Including from some we would consider political enemies. The bombers, like the 9/11 terrorists, in an unintended way brought our community together.
Today, I'd like to thank you again for all you've done for Ron, Karen, Krystara, Celeste and Celeste's daughter Sydney.
Your help has been appreciated more than these words could ever convey.
The Boston Herald is reporting that former State Representative Carlos Henriquez (D-Dorchester) will be released from jail on Friday April 25, 2014. The Herald reported that state officials confirmed the release today. The release sets up a couple of interesting scenarios.
The first is that the special election to fill the seat he vacated is set for the following Tuesday, April 29, 2014. This gives Henriquez a full weekend of campaigning before the special election.
Many of Henriquez's constituents thought he was railroaded in his conviction and not given a fair trial. It will be interesting to see if he mounts a write-in campaign. If he does, there is a strong possibility that he could win against the current Democratic Nominee, attorney Evandro Carvahlo.
The second important date is also April 29, 2014. This is the day that signatures are due to the City of Boston's election division for certification for the September Primary ballot.
Based on his statements post conviction to the media and the house. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Henriquez will wage a write in campaign and turn in signatures.
Boston, MA - Today, Linda and Lou Pelletier filed a Habeas Corpus pleading with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The Petition is filed to a single Justice of the court. The detailed Petition and Memorandum of Law requests that Justina be released from the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) and be returned to the custody of her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier. On March 25, 2014, Suffolk Juvenile Judge Joseph Johnston ruled that the custody of Justina will remain with Massachusetts DCF.
"Massachusetts DCF has no right to hold Justina captive. This is unacceptable. Justina needs to return home," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
The Petition argues that DCF has no authority to hold Justina and that DCF's actions violate the constitutionally protected rights of parents. Among other things, the Petition also argues that the requirement to issue detailed written findings of fact and conclusions of law justifying DCF's intervention has never been met. Never has the juvenile court issued such required findings of fact or conclusions of law.
Superior Court Judge Douglas J.J. Wilkins has asked for amicus curiae briefs on the question of whether or not there is a way Mark Fisher can be placed on the ballot without signatures and by a judge. In addition he has called for another hearing on the matter on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 3PM.
The judge also invited Mark Fisher's lawyer to amend their complaint.
At the hearing on Wednesday the judge will rule on a preliminary injunction motion filed by Fisher.
(My alma mater did not need a law school. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
In 2010, Deval Patrick and the legislature created the UMass School of Law in Dartmouth. The Pioneer Institute and others warned that the law school would be a colossal waste of money. http://www.boston.com/bostongl... The Romney Administration rejected the law school as a costly fantasy.
But for those who inhabit the alternate universe that is the Governor's office and public sector academia, the law school is a great success. Indeed, the Dean of the UMass law school claims that the school is or will soon be producing distinguished jurists like Governor Patrick himself: http://www1.umassd.edu/communi...
"UMass Law and all that it stands for would not exist without the support that Governor Patrick provided," Dean Mary Lu Bilek said. "We aspire to create lawyers like the governor, who will use their legal education to create a more just society."
They day Elizabeth Warren sought out and received the endorsement of a predatory lender - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick - is the day she gave up any moral authority to talk about predatory lending, or people making a profit over lending. Yet she's doing it again.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted government profits on student loans in a speech at Suffolk University's Law School on Saturday, firing up a crowd of law students, education researchers, and financial specialists.
Deval Patrick was brought on to deflect criticism of one of the worst actors in the sub-prime mortgage space, ACC Capital and their Ameriquest division. Patrick, the former top civil rights attorney at the Justice Department, helped Ameriquest navigate through a settlement which - amongst other things "stopped" Ameriquest from giving predatory loans. Of course it didn't stop ACC, who still had sub-prime and predatory loans after the agreement.
Deval Patrick then told his friend, then Senator Barack Obama, that Roland Arnall, the founder of ACC, was a "good guy" and had changed. This caused Obama to vote for Arnall as an ambassador.
Never mind that Deval Patrick then called Citi Corp on behalf of the Arnalls to help close the sale of ACC assets to Citi. Those assets are credited, by some, with helping to cause the financial crisis of 2008 and almost destroyed Citi.
Despite all of this, Elizabeth Warren campaigned with this sub-prime banker in 2012. For that reason and that reason alone, associating with sub-prime bankers when she needed their help - she has absolutely no moral authority to speak about financial misdeeds ever again. Because she's a hypocrite.