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Local Leaders Already Speaking Out Against Obama Amnesty Plan

by: Patrick

Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 07:53:06 AM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Shauna O'Connell:

In Massachusetts, state Rep. Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton) said, "The president himself has said numerous times he does not have the authority to do this. He's trying to wrap this amnesty in a pretty little package like he did Obamacare."

Ryan Fattman:

State Sen.-elect Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, said the president's actions, which would grant work permits to undocumented immigrants, is unfair to those immigrants who have followed the legal process.

He called for the state to tighten its residency requirements for public benefit programs, which he said are "incentives for unlawful immigration." Rather than grant amnesty and give undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, Fattman said immigration reform should instead focus on border security.

"Immigration reform that concentrates on securing our borders and ports is essential to making sure dangerous, unlawful immigrants cannot re-enter the U.S. after deported," he said.

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Brad Jones Puts an End to Speculation

by: Patrick

Wed Nov 19, 2014 at 19:05:53 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Mass. House Minority Leader Brad Jones says he has votes to maintain lead of Republican caucus in 2015:

The list of Jones' supporters includes James Kelcourse, an Amesbury Republican who awaits the results of a recount for the seat formerly held by Rep. Michael Costello (D-Newburyport). Kelcourse holds a 10 vote lead over Democrat Ed Cameron. Rep. Matthew Beaton, a Shrewsbury Republican who was re-elected but plans to resign to serve as energy secretary in Baker's administration, is also on the list of supporters.

Last spring, Republican Reps. James Lyons of Andover and Marc Lombardo of Billerica called for Jones to step aside as minority Leader, saying he was too cozy with Democrats and unwilling to fight for conservative viewpoints. Lyons, Lombardo, O'Connell, and Rep. Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) are not among those who signed pledge cards.
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SPECIAL ELECTION!! Beaton named Environment and Energy Secretary

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Mon Nov 17, 2014 at 08:54:04 AM EST


There will be a special election for the Shrewsbury based legislative seat held by Matthew Beaton.  Beaton was just appointed as the Secretary of Energy and Environment by Governor-Elect Charlie Baker.  

His business partner in his green construction company Hannah Elizabeth Kane is reportedly ready to run for the seat.  If Beaton resigns now, the special election could be held as early as late January or early February.


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Prunier and Aylward mulling runs for Republican Party Chair

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Nov 13, 2014 at 01:41:39 AM EST

The Boston Globe reported this morning, as did the Boston Herald, that Chanel Prunier and Steve Aylward are both, independently, considering a run for Republican Party Chair.

Baker's camp declined to comment on the 2018 remarks. But the Swampscott Republican publicly backed Hughes for another two-year term yesterday, saying the Quincy city councilor "deserves a lot of credit" for helping the long-beleaguered party pick up eight seats between the House and Senate on Election Day.

"I think every group ... always has some interesting conversations about where we're going and how we're going to get there," said Baker - who just prevailed over Democrat Martha Coakley in part due to bitter schisms in her own party.

"I don't think the Republicans are any different than the Democrats with respect to that," Baker said. "Part of the process is always going to be some back and forth."

Prunier, the executive director of the Coalition for Marriage and Family, confirmed in an email she is weighing a run for the state GOP chairwoman, saying she has good relationships with "many individuals on both sides of the divide in the state committee," as well as with Baker.

"I feel I'd strike a good balance between being a team player and looking out for the party's interests independently of the governor's office," Prunier wrote.

What say you RMG?

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Why we need more Republicans willing to run if we are going to win.

by: Rich Bastien

Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 18:29:26 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

In 1948, Democrats in Massachusetts were tired of seeing statewide candidates win in districts held by Republican lawmakers. They also knew that in order for their candidate Paul Dever to beat incumbent Republican Governor Robert Bradford, they had to do better than in 1946 when he beat Maurice Tobin. Tobin had been blocked by a Republican legislature in passing his liberal agenda, and Democratic leaders knew that for Dever to avoid the same fate as Tobin in 1950, they needed a Democratic House to help pass his agenda. Democratic leaders targeted 40 Republican held seats, and recruited candidates community by community to run in them, many seats they had previously left uncontested.

John McCormack (Democratic Party Whip and leader of the Massachusetts delegation) offered his support and encouraged O'Neill to campaign hard to make the Democratic Party the majority party in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the first time in a century. Their effort paid off as they captured 38 out of 40 GOP districts targeted by the Democratic strategy. Tip O'Neill became the first Democratic Speaker of the House.

This is a great lesson we should take to heart. It was great seeing pickups in the House and Senate this year in addition to Governor-Elect Baker. Rest assured, the Democrats are already planning on reversing these pick ups. Take a look over at Blue Mass Group.

I know it's tough running a campaign in which you know the odds are long to win. I've won elections, and lost them. This was the first time I ran knowing that in all likelihood, unless we caught lightning in a bottle, would not prevail. We managed to make my opponent and the Democratic Party spend over $50k on a seat they didn't worry about in 2012, and that was $50,000 not directed to Coakley or other Democratic candidates. We spent about $3,000. I applaud those that ran similar campaigns in other difficult races.

If you live in a district with a long term Democratic incumbent, but your district voted for Baker, I ask you to start planning for 2016 and 2018 now. Either start asking around for whom the most popular person is in your district, and convince them to run as a Republican, or consider running yourself. A run in 2016, even in a tough Presidential election year will give a candidate great name recognition for 2018. The opportunity exists to grow our party further than the gains made this year. There are a lot of seats that SHOULD be held by Republicans, and a lot of others that could be if the Democratic Party has to spend resources in Suffolk, the liberal towns in Middlesex County, Western Mass, and Springfield and Worcester.  

Start asking around now, and let's all work together building the party for the future. If you are interested, I urge you to attend a Post-Election Review/Debriefing Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm at the Leominster Veterans' Center. We will be discussing and reviewing data, and laying out a plan to begin recruiting candidates for the next election cycle. Remember, a successful campaign for 2016 begins with fundraising before the end of THIS year.    

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Will 2014 Emerge As A Watershed Election Year For The Bay State?

by: The Angelic One

Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 18:50:35 PM EST

The latest edition of Commonwealth Magazine has an insightful article written by James Aloisi. He opines that this year's state election might turn out to be a watershed moment if opportunities are seized to position Massachusetts at the forefront of economic development. However, the former Deval Patrick cabinet member issued this warning:

For the Democratic Party, this is a watershed moment not unlike what it faced in the early 1990s. In 1991 the party was reeling from the turbulence and unpredictability of the 1990 election, when John Silber effectively took control of the party for a brief, tumultuous two months, before losing to Bill Weld. It was the first time since the mid-1970s when the party was not dominated by Michael Dukakis and Frank Bellotti. January 1991 saw the inauguration of a new speaker (Charlie Flaherty), a new (Republican) treasurer (Joe Malone) and new secretary of state (Bill Galvin).

It took a long time for the Democratic Party to regain its footing. A short list of capable people - Mark Roosevelt, Scott Harshbarger, and Shannon O'Brien - tried to take on the mantle of gubernatorial leadership. All were destined to fail. Patrick's imminent exit doesn't quite resemble the vacuum that was caused with Dukakis's exit in 1991, but it will likely leave state Democrats repeating the pattern of the 1990s. There will be decentralized nodes of power, centered most obviously in the House and Senate, but also thriving in the offices of the new Attorney General and Treasurer. (Stan) Rosenberg, who has waited for his moment of leadership for well over a decade, serving for a time as Senate Ways and Means Chair, comes better prepared to lead the Senate than any of his recent predecessors. Neither he nor the governor-elect will need a nano-second of on-the-job training.

Aloisi thinks Evan Falchuk & his United Independent Party might become a long-term threat to the political hegemony of the Democrats. Now that Falchuk has legitimized his party (the UIP secured more than 3% of the gubernatorial vote), he has an opportunity to attract disaffected Bay State voters who are turned off by the corrupt practices of one party & the serial incompetence of the other party. Such a development, however, wouldn't bode well for the GOP either.

The Republican Party is basically ignored in Aloisi's article. He mentions Charlie Baker within the context of what he would like to see the governor-elect do given the tectonic changes that are making themselves felt in politics, economics, & culture. If the GOP wants to avoid the ashcan of history, its going to have to get serious about re-imagining & re-tooling itself. Its gains this past election cycle are hopeful. Let's hope they aren't a transient aberration.  

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Charlie Baker Backs "Embattled" Kirsten Hughes

by: Patrick

Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 09:13:27 AM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Baker may tighten grip on state GOP:

The governor-elect, in an unexpected move, is supporting the party's embattled chairwoman for another term. He is also backing as executive director of the party a 24-year-old data guru who played a central role in his campaign, and pitching his campaign manager as an outside consultant.

How was this unexpected?

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Hanging chads anyone? Seats still up in the air

by: Karl Marx

Sat Nov 08, 2014 at 15:47:21 PM EST

(Republicans hold narrow leads in many of these races. - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

The counting continues as provisional ballots arrive. Everyone should really be on guard.


Across Massachusetts, four races for state representative remained undecided as of Friday, and the wait is on to see whether any of the candidates will seek a recount.

"You have to ask the candidates," said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of State William F. Galvin.

Two of the undecided races are for legislative seats representing different parts of Worcester County. One is for a seat representing Amesbury, Salisbury, and Newburyport and another covers the towns of Rockland, Hanover, and Norwell.

Hang on folks. It's going to take a while.  

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Brian Cresta Cost Charlie Baker an Ally in the Legislature

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 11:33:17 AM EST

Mike Rossettie wrote today about how Bill Weld cost the Mass GOP a seat in the legislature.  Brian Cresta did exactly the same thing in a highly contested race on the North Shore.

Tom Lyons lost a close race to Ted Speliotis in Danvers, Peabody and Middleton.  Here are the numbers.

Cresta, the former Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman, who presided over consistent losses in the legislature for our party, endorsed the Democrat Speliotis over Tom Lyons and agreed to do a mailer with the endorsement for the Democrat.  

Cresta's actions caused Lyons to lose a very close race, and easily could have tipped the scales going into election day.  After all a Democrat endorsed by a Republican Chairman can't be all that bad, right?

If Cresta is on his town committee he should be removed immediately by the State Committee.    

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Bill Weld officially cost the MassGOP a seat.

by: Mike "DD4RP" Rossettie

Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 11:07:43 AM EST

Running as a Republican in Massachusetts isn't the easiest thing in the world.  Our candidates frequently lose by large margins.  When a Republican loses by an 81% to 19% margin, there was probably little anyone could have done to prevent such a defeat.

When a candidate loses by a razor thin 51% to 49% margin that is the very definition of a winnable race where we came up just short.  In such circumstances, it is helpful to ask ourselves what went wrong.  Only by looking internally will we hope to improve and win such close elections in the future.

In the Case of Caroline Colarusso the cause of her loss was crystal clear:


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Fox News Calls it For Charlie Baker

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Nov 04, 2014 at 23:49:34 PM EST

Fox News has just called the race for Charlie Baker.  
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Election Night Coverage via Herald Radio

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Nov 04, 2014 at 18:27:35 PM EST

I will be updating results and observations here. If you want real time results listen to the Herald Radio Player below.

It is 8:00 and the polls have closed.

Not looking good for Scott Brown.  

If you get results for state rep candidates and state senate put em in the comments.

Parts of Burlington MA are in and Baker is 3 points higher than 2010

Topsfield is outperforming - by 8 points for baker over 2010.

Matt Elder lost his bid to unseat Danielle Gregoire, accoring to Councilor Elder.

Brad Wyatt lost, Pavlik lost, Kate Campanale won.

Decoste Beat Nyman

Fattman has reportedly won

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by: Edward59

Mon Nov 03, 2014 at 22:12:08 PM EST

(The Democrats don't care about you, they only care about them. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

My mother has just told me (almost as an aside) that after FIFTY FOUR YEARS with the same health insurance they are having their policy CANCELLED. My parents took their insurance from my father's former employer (GE) where he was employed for thirty+ years. They are both in their 80s. My father, who is 87 years old, will now have to wade through a stack of documents in order to apply to a new plan. There is ZERO chance that the premiums will not be going up perhaps by a LOT. They may lose the doctors they have painfully acquired to care for their many infirmities. (Mom's Catholic sang froid attitude is, "well, we're not gonna live much longer anyway") ALL of you out there KNOW just who and what party is responsible for this. By all that is DECENT please please vote for the candidates that MAY be able to mitigate this disaster that has befallen my parents--AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS: the candidates of the Republican Party. Yes, I said MAY, but there are NO other choices now.
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I am not worried about tomorrow, its the next day that scares me...

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Mon Nov 03, 2014 at 09:59:29 AM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Tomorrow, Tuesday November 4th is going to be a pivotal day in America.  Americans by the millions will march out to the voting booth to let Washington know whether they are happy with the direction of the country, or unhappy.  I will be proud of my vote whether it helps produce winners or not.

My greatest fear right now is what happens the next day, Wednesday November 5th.  On that day Barack Hussein Obama will no longer have any reason to temper his enthusiasm for open borders, socialism, outright abuse of the executive Order, his fondness for Islamic radicals, or his insistence to throw the United States back into a racial divide.  He has nothing to lose because it is the last time he has to appear, at all, mainstream.

On Wednesday, no matter where the chips may have fallen the night before, Obama will have only one strategy left - change.  We now know what kind of change Obama wants.  He wants to redistribute wealth, enroll as many as possible on welfare, price fuel up into the stratosphere, encourage class warfare, create social unrest, accuse 2/3 of the US citizens of being racist, play golf and hang around with wealthy Hollywood types.  

In and of itself those things are not all that bad, except that Obama has shown he is willing to use executive action to make them happen.  And starting Wednesday we are  going to see executive action on a hundred things.  Obama will use executive action to further open the borders and grant amnesty to tens of millions.  Obama will use executive action to strengthen the EPA and force businesses into new, higher regulations that raise oil and gas prices through the roof.  Obama will use executive action on gun control, and a hundred other things that simply are too radical to pass through a duly elected legislature.  Just wait and see....

Starting Wednesday we live in a new and more dangerous world.  I hope the people we send to Washington and to every elected office is will to work to fight that change...

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MA media implies Baker's tears seemed "fishy"

by: jazzpatriot

Sat Nov 01, 2014 at 09:09:36 AM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker's emotion filled account of a conversation he had with a New Bedford fisherman in 2009, during a televised debate last week, is raising eyebrows according to front page stories this week in both the New Bedford Standard Times and the Boston Globe.
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David D'Arcangelo, the only real choice for Secretary of State

by: Karl Marx

Fri Oct 31, 2014 at 07:00:27 AM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

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.  

In other words the incumbent lives in the world of Yellow Pages when citizens demand Google speed efficiency and in learning how to navigate public documents and they want it on their smartphones. There has been little significant improvement in the office. In fact Massachusetts has one of the worst open access records in the nation.

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  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.  

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Hedlund and Former National Commander of the American Legion Set Record Straight on Illegal Housing

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 18:21:02 PM EDT

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"

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Joe Fitz in the Herald sizes up the very small Martha Coakley

by: Karl Marx

Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 07:07:38 AM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

In 2010 they said Charlie Baker reminded everyone of an ex-husband. In 2014, everyone will remember Martha Coakley as THE EX-WIFE.

Joe Fitz:

"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."

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Baker's Fisherman Story May Have Won Him The 2014 Election

by: The Angelic One

Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 00:25:38 AM EDT

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.

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Hilary at Martha Rally: You Still Didn't Build That

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 11:33:26 AM EDT

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.  

The choice on November 4th is very clear.  

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