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2014 State Senate Races

by: Tappan Wentworth

Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 22:25:40 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

The last time Republicans gained a seat in the Massachusetts Senate was during a special election in March 2004 when Scott Brown won the seat vacated by the resignation of Senator Cheryl Jacques. Is this November the time we see the decade of decay reversed and Republicans starting to build themselves into a meaningful force in the Senate again, or are we doomed to be disappointed again?

Some disappointment is inevitable. There are Republican candidates on the ballot in only half of the Senate districts (not counting Mr. Bastien's write-in campaign in the Worcester & Middlesex District or any similar campaigns). But nobody is seriously thinking about majority control or even a veto-sustaining minority yet. I'd just like to see a gain of a seat or two.

I've got some ideas about the most likely seats, but I'm curious about how others see it. What do you think? Which three or four state senate seats give Republicans their best shot and why?

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MA health connector - $254 million and counting.... 90 days to deadline..

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 14:16:05 PM EDT

(Remember the original Romneycare site cost approximately $5 million total to build and maintain. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Friday's Boston Herald has a story of how the MA health connector system needs another $80 million to get up and running and problems are still being discovered such as broken 'Out of pocket calculations' and errant messages about financial assistance.  So I ask you - Who thinks this thing will be ready by mid November?  

November 15th is the deadline for applying for coverage under the state system.  With as many as 450,000 people to get enrolled that would mean getting 5,000 people a day enrolled if it were up and running starting today.  it is not yet running and every day it isn't is one more day closer to the deadline...

State Obamacare czar Maydad Cohen said there is enough time to fix any problems with the site, which features a "single front door, one place for everybody to use" as they shop for insurance or enroll in MassHealth.

The state still has to reach between 400,000 and 450,000 consumers in temporary or legacy coverage programs before Nov. 15, however, so that they'll know that they have to take action to maintain their coverage, said Jason Lefferts, a Health Connector spokesman.

Mind you, the deadline for applying/reapplying is November 15th.  Those of us who applied before and never heard back from the health connector have been promised coverage until December 31st...  Whether the system is up and running or not...

I think there is no way the problems can get fixed by November 15th and perhaps the Democrats are going to announce further extensions to temporary coverage to push this past the mid term elections.  Think about it - if 400,000 people try and get onto the system and find out it doesn't work - the Dems are screwed in the midterms.  I think they will try and use an extension to push past the November 15 deadline...

The state will have spent in excess of a quarter billion dollars to replace a system that was working reasonably well.  How can that be justified?  How can any Democrat say there is even a smidgeon of success in this process?  Of course, this is just the story of one state, and a state that was already using a similar system.  How much will it cost to implement an Obamacare system in a state where they are starting from scratch?

For no other reason everyone in Massachusetts ought to vote Republican right down the ballot.  Also, Chalrie Baker - you can still make this a much more interesting campaign if you get up and say 'Let's go back to Romenycare!".  

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GOAL whines about not being invited to Deval's gun grabbing signing party

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 16:41:08 PM EDT

Sometimes you just can't make stuff up.  Today, the Gun Owner's Action League sent out a press release whining that the Governor wouldn't let the m come to his gun grabbing party.


BOSTON - The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL) blasted Governor Deval Patrick today for not inviting the group to the bill signing ceremony for the recently passed gun violence bill.   GOAL was a key force in helping craft the bill alongside gun control advocates - making it the first bill in the state history, and recent United States history, where both gun control and gun rights advocates came together to agree on a gun violence bill.

"So much for celebrating the historic nature of this bill," said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL.  "We worked tirelessly on this bill and were instrumental in getting it passed - and he can't invite us to the bill signing ceremony?  This just proves that gun owners in this state are, and will continue to be, regarded as 2nd class citizens just because they choose to exercise their 2nd amendment rights."

The Boston Globe subsequently reported that the Governor's office apologized to Jim Wallace personally.

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Deval Patrick Takes Wife's Firm's Side Against Striking Workers in Market Basket Dispute

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 16:36:24 PM EDT

Today Governor Patrick broke his long silence on the the Market Basket dispute and told the striking workers they should go back to work.  The Associated Press has the story:

Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out.

Patrick told reporters Wednesday he's spoken to the chairman of the board and with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Patrick said everybody is interested in a sale and both sides have an understanding or are very close to a sale price.

What the Associated Press doesn't tell you is that Dianne Patrick, the Governor's wife, essentially runs the Ropes and Gray law firm.  Ropes and Gray is the law firm for the Market Basket Board of Directors, who have asked employees to come back to work.

Dianne Patrick is the Co-Managing Partner of the firm's Boston Office.

Diane Patrick is co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray's Boston office. She has over thirty years of experience representing and advising employers in connection with a broad range of labor and employment-related matters. She provides strategic counseling to clients regarding their compliance with federal and state employment laws, represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board as well as other federal administrative agencies, counsels employers on matters involving wage and hour regulations, and provides general advice on employment policies and practices. Diane has an extensive practice negotiating collective bargaining agreements, providing counsel on contract administration, and representing employers in labor arbitrations. She regularly assists federal contractors in meeting their federal contract compliance obligations and has successfully defended numerous employers during federal contract compliance reviews.

In addition to helping to run the Boston office she is apparently a labor law attorney with the firm.  The Governor should disclose her relationship with the negotiations and whether or not she is working directly for the Board of Market Basket.

Update:  Jesse Mermell, spokeswoman for Deval Patrick, informed Red Mass Group that on August 8, 2014, Patrick did inform the ethics commission of his wife's role in the Market Basket negotiations.  The disclosure can be read here.  The disclosure came on the same day that the State House News Service raised questions to Patrick about the relationship.  While this Nashoba Publishing website version of the SHNS article has a date of 8/11/2014, the original article was published by SHNS on 8/8/2014. That is the same date of Patrick's disclosure.  

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VIDEO: Baker and Fisher Debated at WBUR

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:52:14 AM EDT

Earlier today, Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher debated at WBUR.  Below is a video of that radio debate.   I have not yet watched.  Post your thoughts in the comments.

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MassFiscal Scorecard Update: Campaign Finance and Environmental Bond Bill

by: MassFiscal

Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:01:41 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

We've just added two new votes from the House and two new votes from the Senate to the MassFiscal Scorecard! Because the votes are on the same bills, the formatting below is a bit different, as you'll see. However, you can still check out a brief explanation of each new vote, then head over to the site itself to find out how your representative and senator voted.

Campaign Finance Bill Conference Report (H. 4366)

This conference committee report made several changes to campaign finance law, including new reporting requirements for certain political ads, but declined to address the union contribution loophole.

House (Roll Call Vote #469): Passed 142-10 (D: 123-0; R: 19-10)
Senate (Roll Call Vote #458): Passed 38-1 (D: 35-0; R: 3-1)

Environmental Bond Bill Conference Report (H. 4375)

This bill would authorize an additional $2.2 billion in state debt to pay for projects said to be related to environmental protection.

House (Roll Call Vote #490): Passed 151-2 (D: 124-0; R: 27-2)
Senate (Roll Call Vote #490): Passed 39-0 (D: 35-0; R: 4-0)

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Has Panic Set In?

by: Patrick

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 00:42:30 AM EDT

(Is the gubernatorial primary about to get more interesting.   - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

The Boston Herald appears to have lifted the blackout on Mark Fisher.

Underdogs could ride low turnout to major upsets

Major upsets in primaries are sending shockwaves across the political landscape nationally, and Massachusetts gubernatorial underdogs may yet ride low voter turnout to longshot wins against Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker, experts say.

But there's a long road ahead if second-tier Democrats Steve Grossman and Don Berwick and Republican Mark Fisher want to take a serious shot at the two front-runners, but low voter turnout in the primary just a week after Labor Day can lead to upsets, experts say.

Paleologos: GOP hopefuls should focus on Hub, 9th District

So, if you're Baker or Fisher, the darling of the Tea Party, where do you go for votes? Consider that in the last contested statewide Republican primary for the special U.S. Senate seat, Gabriel Gomez won with just over 96,000 votes statewide. That's a paltry amount when you consider that there are well over 2 million registered independents in Massachusetts. If just a sliver of independents - all of whom are eligible to vote in the Republican primary - join with Tea Party activists and vote for Fisher, Baker could suffer a surprise attack similar to what former Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor experienced when he lost to fellow Republican David Brat in June.

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Small Goals, Small Results

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 12:16:38 PM EDT

In today's Boston Globe there is an article about Minority Leader Brad Jones entitled "House GOP Leader Sees Small Victories."  The story reinforces that when you have a small agenda, you get small results.  

Jones, for his part is excited about the coverage.

Entering into each year without a clear bold agenda, leads to these results.  What is the legislative agenda of the Republican Party?  Is it to just react to current events or are there clear priorities?  Jones chastises members for being distracted by current events.

On Beacon Hill, too, he sees legislators distracted by events in the day's news cycle, he said, whether it be rushing to pass legislation against so-called up-skirting photographs or attention to the federal corruption trial of former state probation commissioner John J. O'Brien.

But isn't that what his leadership style does? Reacts to events, instead of creating them himself.

If the Republican Party wants to become the majority party, instead of just accepting that they are the minority, leadership needs to articulate a clear vision of what their priorities would be.  What government under a Republican legislature would look like.  

These bold priorities need to be articulated every day, in a clear communications strategy.  Until they are, the Republican Party will remain the party of small results.

When you have small goals, you get small results.  It is time to be bold.  

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Adams resigns State Committee seat, Jim Lyons is running to replace him

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 15:20:14 PM EDT

Former State Representative Paul Adams (R-Andover) has resigned his seat on the Republican State Committee and current State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) has announced he is running for that seat.

Adams told his State Committee colleagues today in a letter.

Dear State Committee Colleagues:

It has been a great honor fighting for our values and party with you these last 7 years. I appreciate your friendship and continued service and loyalty to our party.

Yesterday I submitted my resignation letter to Chairman Hughes. My wife Patricia and I are excited about an amazing new job that has come up in another state, but it is with sadness that I must depart and resign as a state committee member.

I will always look upon my years of public service with confidence and joy, knowing that much good was accomplished and lives changed for the better. I also look forward to future opportunities to serve.

Massachusetts will always be home, so I will be back regularly and look forward to seeing everyone out on the campaign trail. My email and phone will remain the same, so please stay in touch!

In victory - your friend and ally,

Paul Adams

It didn't take long for a candidate to replace Adams to surface. Representative Lyons told Red Mass Group that he announced his candidacy last evening by contacting members of local town committees.

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Lenny Mirra doesn't deserve the primary he is in, you should support him

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 10:31:36 AM EDT

Republican State Representative Lenny Mirra (R-West Newbury) has a primary opponent on September 9, 2014.  He doesn't deserve one.  As a conservative you should be helping him if you can.     In full disclosure in 2012, I supported and provided professional services to his primary opponent.

Mirra has been a conservative ally in the House of Representatives. Mirra has a 96 percent rating with the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.   This puts him in a two way tie for fifth most conservative representative with Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge).  The average republican score for current representatives is 92 percent.  

Mirra has stood with conservatives on controversial votes:

  • Mirra was one of only seven House Republicans to vote against the FY-2015 budget with out of control spending.

  •  Mirra was one of only 19 House Members to vote against the Convention Center Expansion.

  • While Mirra voted for the House version of the unconstitutional Mass DISCLOSE bill, when it came to final passage Mirra stood with only 10 other conservatives against final passage.

  • Despite pressure from supposed gun rights group GOAL, Mirra voted against infringing on your right to own a long gun without government interference.

  • Mirra has been a strong voice against runaway debt.  He believes we have borrowed too much and cant afford more.

  • Mirra's one truly bad vote came on his support for the new Buffer Zone legislation last week.

    For the reasons above, and more, conservatives should rally around Lenny Mirra.  You can visit his campaign website at  If you would like to donate please send a check (up to $500 and from personal not corporate or LLC funds) to his campaign committee:

    Committee to Elect Lenny Mirra
    PO Box 213
    Georgetown, MA 01833

    Do what you can between now and September 9, 2014 to help Lenny Mirra continue to be a voice for conservatism on Beacon Hill.

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    Trickle-Down Lawlessness

    by: The Angelic One

    Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 23:30:01 PM EDT

    It looks like local police officers are taking their cue from America's Commander-In-Chief when it comes to adhering to the Constitution. Bone up on your goose-stepping skills, my friends. They might become handy in the near future.

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    Lyons Talks Beacon Hill, Probation, and Market Basket on Herald Radio with RMG's Rob Eno

    by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

    Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:09:10 PM EDT

    State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) joined me to talk Beacon Hill, Probation Trial, Ethics Hearings, and Market Basket yesterday.  Here's the audio.

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    Massachusetts RNC Members should look to censure Mississippi delegation over Cochran mess

    by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

    Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 11:58:16 AM EDT

    Later this week, in Chicago, the Republican National Committee will meet.  During those meetings the assembled committee members should vote to censure the Mississippi Republican Party over what happened during the Mississippi Republican Senate Runoff.  

    The crux of the matter is that more voters than the margin of "victory" for Thad Cochran cast illegal votes.  In Mississippi, there is no party registration.  However, voters who pulled a Democratic ballot during the primary are ineligible to pull a Republican ballot during a Republican runoff, by law.  The McDaniel campaign claims that thousands of voters committed voter fraud, by doing just that.  He lodged a formal complaint with the Mississippi GOP over this yesterday. Breitbart News has the story:

    "Chris McDaniel clearly, clearly won the Republican vote in the runoff," McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said at a Monday press conference. "I say that very assuredly because that's what the mathematics show. It's not what I'm arguing. After the election, we did some post-election polling. We determined that of the Democrats that did cross over, 71 percent of them admitted they will not support the Republican in the general election. When you take those polling numbers and you go in and do the mathematical regressions, you can see that Chris McDaniel clearly won the runoff by 25,000 votes."

    "The short answer is we're not asking for a new election," Tyner continued. "We're simply asking that the Republican Party recognize the person who won the runoff election."

    The campaign of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), who was certified by the Mississippi Republican Party as having won the runoff by 7,667 votes on July 7, fired back, saying McDaniel had "made repeated and baseless allegations of fraud and misconduct" since the election.

    "We look forward to holding the McDaniel campaign to the burden of proof that the law requires - and, we are dedicated to the defense of the votes of those Mississippians who voted on June 24 for Thad Cochran as their United States Senator, an election which has been as thoroughly reviewed and examined as any in modern Mississippi history," said Mark Garriga, an attorney for Cochran.

    The Republican National Committee should hold a vote, and debate what went on in Mississippi, it is a stain upon our party.  I urge the Massachusetts delegation of Chanel Prunier, Ron Kaufman, and Kirsten Hughes.  They should vote to censure the Mississippi delegation until the provide a full accounting of what happened in this election.

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    On Patronage, Grossman Actions Speak Louder than Words

    by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

    Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 11:34:37 AM EDT

    As Treasurer Steve Grossman (D-MA) puts his candidacy for governor into high gear, it is important to note that his rhetoric on patronage, does not match his actions.  

    After the guilty verdicts came down in the trial of Massachusetts probation officials, Grossman told State House News Service his thoughts on the verdicts:

    "John O'Brien and his colleagues engaged in reprehensible behavior, abused the power of their office, and violated the public's trust. The Probation Department hiring scheme unveiled during this trial demonstrates the urgent need to reform Beacon Hill and to restore confidence in our government and its leaders."

    Does that need to "reform Beacon Hill" extend to the Treasurer's office under Grossman?  In 2010, shortly after winning the Treasurer's office, Grossman gave a $100,000/yr job to a political ally, Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover).  L'Italien had recently been defeated by Jim Lyons (R-Andover) in an election for State Representative, and was in need of a job.

    Here is what the Lawrence Eagle Tribune had to say about L'Italien's hiring at the time.

    But shed no tears for L'Italien's loss of her job. The former social worker is now in line for a senior leadership position in the state Treasury Department.

    It's the same old game that has always been played on Beacon Hill by both parties. Once politicians get a taste of the sweet life in the halls of government, there's no going back to the real world for them. Fortunately, elections have little impact on the careerist politician. There's always someone around to arrange a soft landing somewhere.

    What possible role would a social worker play in the high-finance world of the state treasury? Just ask Steve Grossman, the longtime Democratic operative and recently elected treasurer of the commonwealth.

    "Anybody I know would be delighted to have someone of the caliber and quality and achievements of Barbara L'Italien on their team," Grossman told the State House News Service.

    The "quality and achievements" of Rep. L'Italien include rising to the number two post in the House Ways and Means Committee.

    For her part, L'Italien's comments display the arrogance that's part and parcel of one convinced of his or her own importance.

    The Eagle Tribune continued:

    The naive might imagine that voters of the 18th Essex sent L'Italien to Beacon Hill to represent their interests. What rot! L'Italien was there to invest in her own political future.

    L'Italien speaks dismissively of those same voters whose ballots removed her from office.

    "The sales tax took on a heightened interest up my way," she told the State House News Service. "The whole Merrimack Valley, with the exception of Lawrence, they all voted for [Republican gubernatorial candidate] Charlie Baker. There was also a portion of folks who just wanted something new."

    Grossman is part of the problem, despite his statements to the contrary.  

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    R.I.P. Michael M. Motzkin, Republican candidate, activist

    by: Karl Marx

    Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:12:01 AM EDT

    (Mike was a great guy.   - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

    It's with great sadness to learn that Mike Motzkin, a Republican activist and former candidate for the House of Representatives has passed away.

    Mike was a kind soul and interested in ideas. In 2004 he ran against Mark Falzone garnering 34% of the vote in a heavily Democratic district (9th Essex, Saugus-Wakefield)

    He was involved in debates at the state GOP level.

    An openly-gay GOP candidate, Motzkin was a trail-blazer and certainly ahead of his time. He will be missed.  

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    D'Arcangelo Asks and Galvin Stonewalls

    by: daviddarcangelo

    Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 14:55:34 PM EDT

    ( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

    The Certified Mail receipts keep piling up.

    The Secretary of State, who is the Cheif Information Officer for the Commowealth and the Custodian of Public Records, is not responding to my requests for Public Records, debates and/or anything else for that matter.

    This is outrageous and our Commonwealth deserves better, taxpayers expect more and the voters are fed up.

    Sign my petition at

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    Peterson and GOAL Provide Electoral Cover for Harriette Chandler

    by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

    Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 10:23:51 AM EDT

    A response to a constituent from State Senator Harriette Chandler's (D-Worcester) legislative aide is a clear example of how the strategy pursued by GOAL will lead to more gun restrictions in the future.  

    Harriette Chandler is the state senator for the 1st Worcester district which includes parts of Worcester, Boylston, West Boylston, Holden, Princeton, and parts of Clinton and Northborough.  Much of her district, like much of Central Massachusetts is very pro second amendment, and pro gun ownership.  She is being challenged by a great candidate in Paul Franco - disclosure I have done graphic design work for Mr. Franco but my words here are my own and not his.  Franco is a Republican from Worcester.  The district is a swing district. Being only slightly Democratic.  In a wave year like, 2014 it could go Republican, and it could go to a strong defender of the second amendment.

    House Assistant Minority Leader George Peterson (R-Grafton), and the Gun Owner's Action League have made that difficult however.  Here's a screengrab of a response to a constituents questions on guns.

    The text of the response is:

    Senator Chandler voted in support of House bill 4376, An Act to reduce gun violence(sp).  After she reviewed the final legislation and consulted wiht gun rights advocates Representative George Peterson (R-Grafton) and Gun Owners Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace, both of whom urged her support of the bill, she decided to support the legislation.  Thank you for reaching out and contacting us.

    Brittany R. Legasey

    So a Democratic legislator, who could be beat by a pro second amendment candidate, uses gun rights advocates to give her cover for voting for potentially unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership.   That's how the Democrats play the game on Beacon Hill, and George and GOAL played right into their hands.

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    Quincy Regulators Strike Back

    by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

    Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 15:27:38 PM EDT

    The regulatory state, and nosy neighbors are striking back against a couple trying to make a little extra cash in the sharing economy.  This week, Quincy officials raided the home of a couple using the sharing site  

    For those of you who don't know airbnb it is a website whereby you can rent a room from a person in their home or apartment.  It is often cheaper than a local hotel.  It is part of the newly developing sharing economy like the ride share app uber.  

    If you own your home, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to earn money off the extra space you have.  It is your property, you should be able to do what you want with it.  Here is the Patriot Ledger story.

    After complaints from neighbors, a half-dozen officials from the city's police, fire and inspectional services departments arrived unannounced at 85 Bayside Road just after 11 a.m. Friday to issue a fine to the homeowner, Richard Cope, for violating zoning and building codes.

    Director of Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca said the $1,000 fine is due to a second-offense violation. Duca said the city issued Cope a $500 fine on July 17 for the first offense.
    "It's a use violation. They're running a transient lodging facility in a residential district," he said. "It's also a building code violation for failing to change the occupancy."

    The economy is passing by the regulators.  What side do you stand on?

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    While we are at canceling memberships, how about AAA also?

    by: cdplakeville

    Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 15:32:59 PM EDT

    (I was thinking the EXACT same thing when I got my AAA newspaper yesterday.  Also did you notice on pages 4-5 the dichotomy?  On page four they had a go wine tasting article, on page 5 they had a drunk driving is bad article.  Who does that directly on the same spread. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

    I have been a devote member of AAA for more than a decade. Yes, as their ad says, "One of these days you are going to break down and call AAA." I broke down and the next day I joined and have had to use the discounted tow and roadside services I felt enough times to warrant the nominal yearly membership fee. But now regrettably I feel the need to cancel due to the following remarks of Mark Shaw, President and CEO of AAA of Southern New England:

     “Improvements to our roads and bridges are long overdue and seriously underfunded,” says Mark Shaw, President and CEO of AAA SNE.  “Indexing the gas tax to inflation is the best way to ensure that we can keep pace with the escalating costs of improving our transportation infrastructure.”

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    Call the NRA and Ask Them to Revoke GOAL Affiliation

    by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

    Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:17:01 AM EDT

    This week, it became obvious that when it comes to protecting the Second Amendment rights of the Citizens of Massachusetts, the NRA state affiliate Gun Owner's Action League (GOAL) was on an island, separate from other Second Amendment Groups.  One only has to look at their response to increased infringements on the right to bear arms to see.

    Yesterday Red Mass Group posted the stark differences in opinion between GOAL's Jim Wallace and the National Rifle association on this bill.  

    GOAL's Wallace said that he was happy his organization could play a part in the "historic legislation." While the NRA called the bill an "egregious" attack on gun rights.

    In addition, GOAL uses a public relations consultant/ lobbyist who actively works to elect gun grabbers when not working on GOAL's issues.  

    If you are a member of the National Rifle Association, you should call or write them today, and ask them to revoke GOAL's status as their Massachusetts Affiliate.  

    If you are looking for an alternative here in Massachusetts may I suggest the new group Mass Pro2A.  You can find them on facebook.  They are run by people who won't compromise on your right to own a gun.

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