Looks like none of you were able to get on the air yesterday to ask Deval Patrick questions on WTKK. It leads one to believe that they are screening the callers, and someone doesn't want tough questions. One Red Mass Group reader said he got through at 9:10 and was put on hold for 50 minutes and didn't get to ask his tough question. What did get asked? Questions about HOV lanes, THE RIDE, and other assorted niceties. Nothing tough, that's a shame.
2. When is a Lobbyist not a Lobbyist, When Greg Bialecki's office says so
The Patrick administration has vowed to advocate for the tribe to get land taken in trust.
The compact's legislative approval followed reports this week that Holland & Knight has been hired by the state to lobby for the tribe's land in trust application before the federal government.
Don't worry though, the administration isn't paying for a lobbyist. Just ask Jason Lefferts, Greg Bialecki's press secretary.
Jason Lefferts, a spokesman for Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, said the firm registered as lobbyists "out of an abundance of caution."
"They're not doing lobbying," Lefferts said. "They're assisting us with communications with the Bureau of Indian Affairs."
Jason, that's funny because communicating with regulatory agencies to affect outcomes is exactly what lobbying is. What's next, "that's not a lost job, that's a transitional opportunity?"
Ron Paul has been tilting at the Federal Reserve windmill for decades. This week, in his final term, he got it. The house passes, overwhelmingly and with bi-partisan support, HR 459, Paul's "Audit the Fed" bill. Here's Dr. Paul, via Eric Cantor's YouTube page, explaining why it's important.
4. Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown
The anti-soda mayor of New York City is hosting a fundraiser for Scott Brown in New York City. One can only hope that the menu includes Big Gulps.
5. Deval Patrick to kick off this weekends Canvasses for Corruption
Arriving in email boxes across the land yesterday was a plea from Deval Patrick, asking us to help him by canvassing this weekend for the coordinated Democratic campaign. You know about that right, the canvasses for corruption. When you door knock for Democrats you truly get the government you work to elect, three - soon to be four- indicted Speakers in a row are just the start of that corruption. Here's the guv's plea:
As they have been doing for countless days and months, this weekend grassroots organizers and volunteers across the Commonwealth will be knocking on doors and talking to their friends and neighbors about what is at stake in this election. More than any one candidate or policy, this election is about the character of this country, and about keeping the American dream within reach for all Americans.
President Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren understand that -- and they need our help to keep us moving forward.
I will be in Pittsfield on Saturday, July 28, kicking off a canvass for Elizabeth Warren at just one of over one hundred canvasses all across Massachusetts. We have proven time and time again that working at the grassroots works! So join me in getting to work this weekend. Click here find a canvass or events in your area.
On Sunday, we will be just 100 days out until election day. Click here to volunteer now.
We cannot wait for the pundits and pollsters to tell us who is going to win these elections -- we shape our own future. Most importantly, we know that our efforts at the grassroots today are not just the best way to campaign, but the only way to campaign.
The best way to counter their canvasses for corruption is by joining a canvass for good government. Contact your local victory field office today!