Last week I commented on a Facebook post, about the flu, by Boston Children's Hospital with the following.
Just don't take your kid to Children's for treatment. They have a history of stealing children for psychiatric treatment. #freejustina
Over the past few days I've noticed that I've been banned from commenting on their posts. Then they had the hubris to put the post below up today.
Really, "what moment of victory" are people especially thankful for when it comes to Boston Children's Hospital?
Until the Justina Pelletier case, that would be when they performed a successful open heart surgery on my, then, four year old brother.
Now, all I can think of is what they did to the Pelletier family, and have yet to apologize for.
It is my hope that Governor-elect Baker and his HHS Secretary Ms. Sudders will focus like a laser-beam on Children's Hospital and their frequent stealing of children from parents over disagreements in treatment. Then using those children as test subjects without their parent's or a court's permission.
That is the "moment of victory" I, and many like me in the Commonwealth will be thankful for.
A spokesman for Governor-elect Charlie Baker said Baker will need more information on the scope of the new order, and the number of people it affects, before he can make a decision on driver's licenses or in-state tuition.
"Governor-elect Baker celebrates the fact that we are a nation of immigrants and believes comprehensive immigration reform, passed by Congress to protect the border and keep families together, is long overdue," spokesman Tim Buckley said. "The Governor-elect feels some members of Congress' threats to bog down Washington D.C. in response to the President's actions are as ill-advised as this sweeping, unilateral action where compromise legislation is the appropriate solution to the broken immigration system."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
(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.
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...
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.
The Secretary of State is an important constitutional office. Among his many responsibilities, the Secretary of State is an advocate for the citizenry by providing open access to volumes of information critical to effective state government. The office is also responsible for making sure that every vote counts and it is the often the first place firms go when they want to set up a business in the Commonwealth.
Twenty years after he was first elected the current Secretary of State, Bill Galvin oversees an office remarkably similar to the one he inherited in 1994. As a result, our Commonwealth today is left with an office that is outdated, behind the times with technology and modern practices, and a complete failure in meeting the expectations of a citizenry seeking to be informed efficiently and honestly.
Moreover, the incumbent has been cited by the U.S. Department of Justice for non-compliance in the reporting of military ballots. Secretary Galvin has also used the office for self-promotion.
Dave D'Arcangelo has positive plans to modernize the Secretary of State's office and expand its role in bringing transparency to state and local government. We can increase voter participation through new technologies such as electronic voting and registration and we can increase the accountability of government by applying the law to make records and public documents more easily accessible to the public and the press.
David brings a great record of public service to the table. As a current Malden city councilor at-large, David has demonstrated the ability to bring together a diverse group of citizens. He has stressed the importance of smart business regulations and competitive tax systems. David also has worked at the State House for previous gubernatorial administrations as well as a legislative aide. He also runs a small public relations firm and has been active in the Malden Rotary. That experience will serve him well in the Secretary of State's office.
As a person who faces challenges as a legally blind individual, David brings a unique perspective to public service. People with disabilities contribute to the well-being of our state on a daily basis, and I hope that someone who is legally blind running for statewide office will give more attention to the contributions that people with disabilities make.
Any review of his credentials will prove that D'Arcangelo is the best candidate for Secretary of State. You can learn more at his website www.Davein2014.com. I urge my fellow citizens to vote for David D'Arcangelo, the best choice for Secretary of State. He'll bring the office into the 21st century.
There has been a huge push back by Democrats against the truthful mailers sent out by MassFiscal on the illegal immigrant housing vote. The former National Commander sets the record straight. From a press release.
Quincy, MA - As the issue of illegal immigrants accessing state subsidized public housing has taken the forefront in a number of South Shore legislative races, past National Commander of the American Legion Jake Comer has joined state Senator Robert L. Hedlund (R - Weymouth) to clarify distortions, correct misrepresentations, and set the record straight as to what current law is and what actual benefits veterans receive for state public housing.
Recently, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance highlighted a vote taken in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to prevent debate on an amendment that would have given veterans of the United States military preference for state subsidized public housing over illegal immigrants.
In response, a number of South Shore incumbent democrats, who took part in rejecting the amendment, used quotes from Mr. Comer to defend their vote. Some even called the mailing a "smear campaign"