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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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It is time for the MassGOP to Divorce Bill Weld

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Oct 24, 2014 at 14:43:50 PM EDT

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.

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Bill Weld, the RINO King (Endorses Richard T. Moore)

by: youngcon

Fri Oct 24, 2014 at 02:13:34 AM EDT

(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.

more info here:
http://www.telegram.com/articl...

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MassFiscal Update: "Baloney!" Says Bob DeLeo (And More!)

by: MassFiscal

Thu Oct 23, 2014 at 12:13:06 PM EDT

(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.

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Blaze TV Does Investigative Report on Islamic Society of Boston

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Oct 23, 2014 at 09:58:15 AM EDT

The Blaze TV did an investigative report on the Islamic Society of Boston and their link to terror.

Here's a preview.

You can watch the full investigative report with a subscription to the BlazeTV.

You can subscribe at this link.

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Vieira Takes Democrat's Side against Right of Center SuperPAC

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Oct 23, 2014 at 09:38:46 AM EDT

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.

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Judge tosses Coakley effort to help fundraiser

by: Bravehaht

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 19:40:13 PM EDT

(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.      

http://www.bostonglobe.com/met...

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.    

http://www.bostonglobe.com/met...

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.        

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Deadbeat Dad Democrat; State Senate candidate Dylan Hayre gives 15K to campaign, fails to pay chil

by: massgop

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 15:53:09 PM EDT

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."

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Republican Frank Cousins Endorses Maura Healey for AG

by: Patrick

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 07:15:38 AM EDT

(First Weld, Now Cousins.
- promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno
)

Is this the new trend for Republicans in MA?
http://www.masspoliticalnews.c...

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.

(h/t Tom Duggan (@ValleyPatriot) of The Valley Patriot)

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Tonight: Baker-Coakley Gubernatorial Debate

by: Patrick

Tue Oct 21, 2014 at 07:32:58 AM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

WGBH News and The Boston Globe will broadcast a debate between Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley.

Tuesday at 7pm on WGBH 2, 89.7 Boston Public Radio, and online

Watch Online

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TONIGHT 10/20: Discussion with Reason Foundation's Baruch Feigenbaum

by: MassFiscal

Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 06:48:49 AM EDT

(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.

You can also find the event on Facebook by clicking here.

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Remember Marcia Coakley in the good old days when.....

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 12:51:58 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

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:

Martha Coakley and Modern Witch Hunting

Involvement in Amirault Case makes Martha Coakley Unfit ...

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'.

And remember the good old days when Marcia Coakley had a Democratic operative, thought to be Michael Meehan from Blue Line Strategic communications shove a reporter for the Weekly Standard to the ground?

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.  

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MassFiscal Update: Letter from Rick Green and Upcoming Events

by: MassFiscal

Tue Oct 14, 2014 at 16:32:01 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

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.
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BHI on Cape Wind in Monday's RealClearMarkets

by: Beacon Hill Institute

Tue Oct 14, 2014 at 16:11:17 PM EDT

BHIBanner

BHI executive director David G. Tuerck examines some of the constitutional issues raised by the controversial Cape Wind project wending through federal court this month. 

RealClearMarkets: Cape Wind: An Unsightly Monument to Political Pull

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Will you Stand with Caroline Colarusso against Obama Supporter Bill Weld?

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Oct 10, 2014 at 14:08:19 PM EDT

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.  

That's why what Bill Weld did yesterday was so egregious, especially since everyone has been - to this point - playing well as a team.  

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.  

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Hot Congressional Race in Massachusetts, and Not the One You Think.

by: Paul R. Ferro

Tue Oct 07, 2014 at 00:14:21 AM EDT

(Bumped.  WGBH/Emerson Poll has Chapman up by 5%.  Reports say NRCC is polling district. Could they be about to shift resources? - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

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

Click here to Donate to John Chapman.  

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John Miller launches first television Ad

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Oct 08, 2014 at 08:25:04 AM EDT

Today, John Miller released his first T.V. ad of the general election entitled "A Fresh Approach." The ad highlights Miller's experience as a nationally recognized lawyer and his commitment to being an independent, non-political Attorney General.

"From the very beginning our campaign's focus has been about bringing a fresh, non-political approach to the Attorney General's Office," said John Miller. "For too long, politics and positioning for the next job has dominated the Attorney General's Office. That ends when I am elected in November. To me, AG means Attorney General, not aspiring governor.

Miller continued, "As Attorney General I will relentlessly pursue corruption, fraud and abuse; fight crime with 21st century technology; and protect the civil rights of all Massachusetts citizens.  Most importantly, I will bring a fresh, professional approach to the Attorney General's office."

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Ebola not a threat - then why did John Kerry buy 160,000 hazmat suits?

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 12:09:29 PM EDT

(A good question - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

One could assume that the Federal government was, and perhaps remains, unprepared for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus.  The feds did not make any timely closure of borders in order to prevent the travel of people from Ebola troubled areas of the globe into the United States.  But then again......

An announcement from a company named Lakeland Industries came out about 3 weeks ago (September 12th) telling the public that the federal government had already placed a bid for 160,000 hazmat suits.

"Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola," said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries.  "We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem.  With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.

So here is the timeline folks, on September 7th The Hill reports that Obama believes Ebola is not a short term worry for US citizens.  Yet, less than one week later Lakeland Industries had already received an order from the federal government for 160,000 hazmat suits.  Is it a problem or not?

Oh V3PN those suits were probably for the people the feds were sending over to help with Ebola.  Perhaps 3,000 to 5,000 suits were for that reason because that is the number of people the feds are sending.  But who would the other 155,000 suits be for?  

160,000 hazmat suits are a lot of hazmat suits.  How big a problem does the federal government think this will be?  And why is it buying hazmat suits and then telling people 'Nothing to worry about here folks, go back to watching Chelsea Clinton have her baby'.  

On August 6th Lakeland Industries stock was trading at $6.50, now it is at $8.70 per share.  Don't think for one minute that Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren haven't already bought a few shares in order to insulate themselves a bit more from the working class stiffs that they represent..

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Coakley & Insiders - Really?

by: Balancenow

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 08:50:43 AM EDT

(Rubin is the insiders insider
- promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno
)

Just saw Martha's ad that says she is not supported by the Beacon Hill insiders. Really? Her campaign manager is Doug Rubin the head of lobbying firm Northwind Strategies. Yesterday a bunch of Democratic "consultants." or should I say high powered lobbyist held a meeting to advise Martha on her faltering campaign.  The meeting was held at Mintz Levin home to lobbying powerhouse ML Strategies.  Also attending were lobbyists Chuck Campion, Susan Tracy, Dan Cence, Connor Yunitz, and David Guarino, among others. These lobbyist combined lobby on every major policy issue that will face our next Governor. Martha Coakley has a lot of gall to run an add to say that she is opposed by the Beacon Hill insiders.  
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BHI: Institute's work cited in push for GOP reform agenda; Dems like us too!

by: Beacon Hill Institute

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 11:24:11 AM EDT

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We are pleased to learn that Christian Whiton over at Fox News has thought one of our long-standing research agenda items (reforming the Davis Bacon Act and prevailing wages in general) was a good enough of an idea to place in any New Contract with America that the GOP might want to present to the American public up to November. In the context of rebuilding our infrastructure (an issue close to home) and increasing our competitiveness, Whiton writes:

Americans waste an average of 38 hours per year in traffic jams according to researchers at Texas A&M. Most U.S. airports are also in terrible shape. Antiquated laws and regulations that needlessly elevate the cost of new infrastructure are to blame. The worst offender is the Davis-Bacon law. Originally passed in part to suppress black labor, the law today is used by unions to eliminate the cost advantages of their non-union competitors. A study by the Beacon Hill Institute estimated that Davis-Bacon requirements increase the cost of infrastructure-related labor by 22% over the market rate. The law should go.

Read more at http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/02/nine-ideas-for-new-contract-with-america/

Meanwhile, there are those partisans who mistakenly believe that BHI occupies some "conservative ghetto" in the world of Massachusetts public policy. The usual practice at BHI is that we always consider the source and find that zeal gets the best of them.

Yet Massachsuetts Democrats know BHI does a good job too. The Chairman of the state Democratic Party, Senator Thomas McGee is confident enough to cite our work as quickly as any Republican, particularly in the lead up to a big gubernatorial race. 

The sentiment carries over to state Democratic Party as a whole when it comes to BHI's State Competitiveness Index which usually finds the Bay State at the top according to a variety of indicators of economic growth that we've assembled since 2001. (We guess our friends at the Democratic Party are using our index since most are not so favorable.) 

Connect-to-BHI-Image 

A friendly reminder to Chairman McGee, MA was also on top when a Republican occupied the corner office on Beacon Hill.  

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