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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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Deja-Vu All Over Again For Massachusetts Republican Party

by: The Angelic One

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 14:20:52 PM EDT

Jim O'Sullivan of The Boston Globe could barely contain his sarcastic snark in the article he wrote about the Massachusetts Republican Party titled "The Republican Revolution Is Underway. Maybe."

After enumerating the fallen condition of the state GOP, O'Sullivan informed his readership that help was on the way:

With financial backing from Christopher Egan, son of the late EMC founder and hefty Republican donor Dick Egan, (Rob Gray & Andrew Goodrich) are launching a super PAC and sister nonprofit focused on state lawmakers.

The five-year plan, operating with a planned cumulative budget of more than $4 million for the twin organizations, is to serve as a sort of clearinghouse of opposition research on Democratic lawmakers. For instance, under an entirely plausible scenario, if a Democratic state rep in a contestable district makes an asinine comment at a town meeting, the group, inventively titled Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, is hoping to have a camera there to record it for posterity and political utility.

Modeled after national groups like American Bridge and America Rising (the next stage of evolution in campaign finance is to come up with better names), the group, which planned to formally file organization papers Thursday, will track votes, collect testimony, issue reports, send direct mail. All in the name of, as Goodrich puts it, "lifting the veil on Beacon Hill." They've been making fund-raising visits to reliably Republican enclaves and plan "dispassionate" decisions about which districts to contest. Read: Worcester County, the South Shore, the Cape, and near the New Hampshire border.

This is the way parties are built - or, in this case, rebuilt. Most of it is far from sexy: long drives to boring meetings and longer hours trawling through tape. But if the Republican Party's heart is to beat again in Massachusetts at any healthy frequency, the resuscitation is better coming from the bottom up, rather than the top down.

"It should make it more of a fair fight, anyway," said Gray.

How does one react to this news beyond the automatic instinct to scream, "are you shitting me?"  

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Promoting Prudent Fiscal Stewardship

by: Joshua Norman

Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 15:08:29 PM EDT

Rob Eno from RedMassGroup recently wrote about RMG's new project that will score, going back ten years, every spending and debt vote taken by Republican Legislators.  Scored will be Budget Bills, Supplemental Budget Bills, and bond bills.  Votes scored will only be on the final bills, not amendments.  Eno's concern is that many conservative organizations focus only on opposing tax increases and not enough on dealing with spending & debt.  Brad Wyatt told me that he would vote against the budget unless it held the line on spending.

I agreed with 99% of Eno's posting and the one percent I disagreed on relates to my focus as a fiscal stewardship activist.  I am the Research Director of the Newton Taxpayers Association and we primary focus our fiscal stewardship activist efforts on government spending, the size & role of government and Newton's $1.16 Billion Borrowing Binge consisting of unfunded pensions ($244 Million), retiree health care ($602 Million), bonded debt ($234 Million) and other liabilities ($80 Million).  

My belief, which I am instilling in the NTA's membership, is that an expanded role of government drives higher spending & debt.  Higher spending & debt drive calls for higher taxes at all levels and especially Proposition 2.5 overrides at the local level. Although we did not defeat the 2013 Newton override, we got 45% to vote no on the override, which is very good considering that we were facing the following headwinds:

1. The pro-override group co-opted opponents of prior overrides.
2. Mayor Warren had reduced compensation spending growth by reducing the growth of salaries & benefits.
3. The pro-override group was able to sell themselves as promoting "reform from reformers" because Mayor Warren was the primary spokesman for the override and made the override into a referendum on Mayor Warren's performance in office, specifically reducing compensation growth.
4. They made the usual arguments about rotting school buildings and infrastructure but also how Mayor Warren made a Capital Improvement Plan to fix Newton's infrastructure, which had never been done before in Newton.
5. When Mayor Warren was proposing his override in October 2012, the Newton Republicans were doing rallies for Romney in New Hampshire.
6. Scott Brown only got 33% of the vote in Newton in 2012 versus 55% in Shrewsbury.
7. There were Republicans that voted for some or all of the override questions, including the lone Republican Alderman Greer Tan Swiston.
8. The President of the Newton Taxpayers Association (at the time) was quoted as saying that Mayor Warren was doing a superb job in 2011.
9. The anti-override group Moving Newton Forward with Fiscal Responsibility did not form until 6 weeks before the election.

I am surprised that Newton's anti-override group Moving Newton Forward with Fiscal Responsibility got 45% against the override whereas Shrewsbury for Responsible Taxation only got 34% in the Republican stronghold of Shrewsbury.  That is not supposed to be a negative reflection against SRT, but rather show that when I was Co-Chair of Moving Newton Forward, I must have been doing something right.  I think my willingness to take on budgetary sacred cows such as employee compensation and costs for educating out-of-district students helped strike a nerve with our targeted taxpaying voters and swung votes our way.

I recently wrote in The Newton TAB about how the continuously climbing compensation of the Newton Public Schools system's unions and educrats is crowding out spending in other areas of city government in Newton's FY2015 budget.  I could tell it was very well received as I received two positive emails from Democrat Aldermen.  In addition, the head of the Newton Republican City Committee as well as the State Committeewoman for the First Middlesex & Norfolk District (Newton, Brookline & Wellesley) suggested I forward my column to the Executive Director of a well-known fiscal responsibility & good governance watchdog group.

I believe that good prudent fiscal stewardship is more than merely opposing tax increases, and highlighting poor fiscal stewardship through lavish compensation growth is a winning issue for our side.  I am pleased that my most recent column confirmed that.  My article prompted a follow-up response from former Newton Mayoral Candidate Bill Heck, an indirect rebuttal column from Alderman Rick Lipof and 2 letters rebutting the rebuttal column.  I am pleased that it got people talking about Newton's fiscal position in the Newton TAB.
I'm also happy that it generated interest on the Newton TAB Blog.  With 40 Comments, it was the third most commented on article this year.  With 13 Unique commenters, it was in the top 4 in terms of unique commenters.  The 40 comments for that article represented 34% of all comments on April blog posts.  The 40 total comments and the 13 unique commenters for my article were well ahead of the 5.5 average total comments received for all blog articles in April excluding my article.  When Village 14 made a blog post on Newton's pensions and linked it to my August 2013 column, it was so well-received that it was the highest rated blogpost in the history of Village 14 (Top Rated Posts-All).

When I publish research reports on Newton's fiscal woes, I seek to stimulate an actively healthy debate and show a prudent outlook centered on fiscal stewardship and good governance reform that is a Clear & Effective Alternative to Newton's political status quo.  Former Newton Mayoral Candidate Bill Heck said it best when he said "Joshua insists upon REAL facts, REAL consequences, and REAL debate when discussing Newton civic issues."  People in Newton have tuned out what goes on in the city as nearly 68% of Newton voters did not vote in last year's override election and 77% of Newton voters did not vote in last year's municipal general election.  These are the people I am trying to bring back to the discussion regarding Newton's fiscal and civic affairs.

Lastly, although the NTA is not currently endorsing candidates, the reason why I (personally) support Mark Fisher for Governor is that he is the only candidate that supports policies promoting prudent fiscal stewardship and good governance reform by limiting the size and scope of government.  Deval Patrick raised taxes by $1.3 Billion annually and Mark Fisher not only was the only candidate to sign the No-New-Taxes Pledge and articulate a bold tax cut platform, but also the only candidate that articulated specific areas of spending ($1.8 Billion annually on benefits for illegal aliens and $400 Million annually on EBT Fraud) he wanted to cut.  Mark Fisher supports the Tank the Gas Tax effort (and gathered signatures with Chris Pinto, Paul Franco & Billy McCarthy) and is also the only 2014 gubernatorial candidate that opposed the minimum wage increase, his town's Proposition 2.5 tax override, Cape Wind, RomneyCare socialized medicine and the $2.2 Billion South Coast Rail Boondoggle.

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Is The Fall Of Bagdad Imminent?

by: The Angelic One

Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 14:50:17 PM EDT

So much for "leading from behind". The Islamofascists are making tremendous gains in Iraq. Here's the latest:

The Obama administration is weighing options for an imminent response to the crisis in Iraq, including airstrikes against Islamic extremists who have overrun Iraqi cities to within striking distance of Baghdad, and expanded intelligence and targeting assistance for Iraqi military forces.

In the face of rapid extremist advances and the collapse of Iraqi military defenses in the north, the administration has decided temporarily to put aside its long-term goal of pressing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for political reforms in favor of immediate action to stabilize the security situation.

Asked whether he was considering drone strikes, President (Barack) Obama, who held a principals' meeting with senior national security aides Thursday, said a number of options were being considered. "It's fair to say . . . there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily," he added.

A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations, said: "We are definitely looking at this with urgency."

U.S. contractors began evacuating the air base in Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, that is being prepared for the arrival this year of F-16 aircraft purchased by Iraq. The international engineering and electronics company Siemens was trying to move 51 people out of Baiji, about 30 miles farther north, where they are upgrading Iraqi power plants.

The Russians are gloating at our expense & the media is already preparing the groundwork in blaming Iraqi leader Maliki for his country's meltdown. I anticipate the "it's Bush's fault" meme to be dusted off & utilized once again.

More After the Jump

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Can Cantor's Defeat Be Replicated In Massachusetts?

by: The Angelic One

Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:30:36 AM EDT

With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's historic defeat in yesterday's Virginia GOP primary, the Tea Party movement has managed to score an impressive victory after a series of failed challenges against other Republican incumbents.

National Review Online's Joel Gehrke has already sorted out the winners & losers. I tend to agree with him that immigration reform is dead for this year & that the divisions within the GOP will continue to play themselves out.

Can it happen here in Massachusetts? Will Tea Party candidates (or candidates supported by the Tea Party) field enough GOP candidates who, if they win, have enough votes to replace current House Republican Minority Leader Brad Jones with someone more attuned to the party's grassroots? We'll have to wait & see, won't we?

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McCarthy: Obama Should be Impeached

by: The Angelic One

Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 19:30:02 PM EDT

National Review policy fellow Andrew C. McCarthy's new book, Faithless Execution: Building The Political Case For Obama's Impeachment, will be released tomorrow by Encounter Books & it can be purchased at Amazon.

I'm certainly sympathetic to the idea of Barack Obama being impeached but it ain't going to happen for the reasons I've previously cited. McCarthy, bless his heart, is willing to tilt against the windmills of today's elite opinion:

Impeachment cases have to be built. Consequently, Faithless Execution tries to show how you would build one against President Obama. I plead seven articles of impeachment, in the manner of a prosecutor structuring an indictment. The articles include the president's willful refusal to execute the laws faithfully; his usurpation of Congress's legislative authority and other constitutional powers; his derelictions of duty as commander-in-chief; his fraud on the American people in such debacles as Obamacare, the Benghazi massacre, and the Solyndra farce; the failure to enforce the immigration laws; the Justice Department's shocking Fast & Furious scandal and its politicization of law-enforcement; and the administration's willful undermining of our constitutional rights - from the IRS's targeting of conservatives, to the elevation of sharia blasphemy standards over free speech, to Obamacare's denial of religious liberty.

The articles are pled, however, with an important caveat: The purpose of illustrating rampant presidential lawlessness is not to show how easy it would be to file articles of impeachment. It is to persuade the public that when a president betrays his basic constitutional obligations, when the laws are not executed faithfully, all of us are threatened.

Why? Because the precedent is then set for this president and all future presidents that even-handed law-enforcement and basic honesty are no longer required. The precedent is set that the law is no longer what the Constitution says, what Congress legislates, or what Courts adjudicate, but what the president decrees. The precedent is set that the vast executive bureaucracy - agencies like the IRS and the Justice Department - can be used as weapons against the president's political opposition.

When Richard Nixon attempted this sort of thing, on a scale far more modest than what Barack Obama has actually carried out, the public said, "No."

President Nixon had won reelection in one of the greatest landslides in American history - one that dwarfs President Obama's comparatively narrow victory in 2012. Yet, this overwhelming political support evaporated in a flash. Once the public focused on presidential lawlessness, all of us - Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, independents and everyday citizens - became convinced that we could not tolerate an administration that flouted the law and repeatedly lied to the nation.

So Faithless Execution is not a call for immediate impeachment. It is an effort to raise public consciousness about the dangers of executive lawlessness.

Sadly, a good chunk of the republic's citizens are content to turn a blind eye at the fascism that has been slouching through the corridors of power in Washington. Congress' indifference at the gradual diminishment of its constitutional prerogatives due to the unconstitutional overreach of the Executive Office merely entices Obama & his cronies to push the envelope even further. McCarthy remains more hopeful than me but even he can see what the consequences will be for America if the country remains indifferent towards a constitutional crisis that most people pretend doesn't exist:

If these three tools - elections, the power of the purse, and impeachment - are not used, that is a political choice the country can make. Faithless Execution simply argues that we should make it with our eyes open. President Obama's brand of lawlessness is not like what we saw from President (Bill) Clinton. It is an attack on the constitutional framework itself. A decision to do nothing about it is not without consequences.

It would mean the separation of powers that is the key to safeguarding our liberties has been permanently eroded. It would mean the president is no longer accountable for the wrongs that he and his subordinates commit. It would mean the United States of America has been fundamentally transformed: from a nation of laws, to a nation ruled by presidential whim.

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Baker Shouldn't Let The Crisis Within The GOP Go To Waste

by: The Angelic One

Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 10:30:12 AM EDT

As the Fisher/State GOP debacle slouches towards another legal venue in search of a resolution, GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker shouldn't allow this intra-party crisis to go to waste. He should take the following actions:

1) Baker Should Demand That Mark Fisher Be Placed On The GOP's 2014 Primary Ballot.

It's clear that Fisher was screwed out of his 15% vote by some of the Republicans in charge of the convention playing fast & loose with the rules. This is the official opinion of an impartial judge. The resulting fiasco has made the GOP an object of derision not just among the political talking heads but in the eyes of knowledgable voters. The longer this idiocy plays out, the more damaged the Republican brand will be by the time Election Day rolls around.

By demanding - not "asking" - that the State Committee allow Fisher to be on the ballot, Baker shows leadership in seizing the opportunity to end the controversy ASAP while the issue is newsworthy in the early part of the year. By summer, it'll be a footnote; By autumn, it'll be a faded memory inside the political memory hole. Such a demand by Baker will force the media to focus on him. How he handles a crisis within his own party could in real time demonstrate the managerial qualities of his leadership style. As the self-inflicted drama plays itself out in public, Baker can use the free media's spotlight to effectively re-introduce himself to the voters in a way that paid media can't. It would've been more effective had Baker initiated this kind of action immediately after the convention but better late than never.

Baker's demand would mean he would have a primary to fight. He should embrace the opportunity to do so. Why?

2) A Primary Presents Baker An Opportunity To Outline His Vision For The GOP & His Vision For Governor.

Congressional Republican candidate Richard Tisei has made it clear that should he win his race, he'll mold the GOP into his narrow version of what the party should be. That's why many grassroots Republicans in his district will stay home, ignore his race as they vote for other Republicans in other races, or - out of spite - vote for Tisei's Democrat rival.

Thankfully Baker has abjured Tisei's kamikaze approach to winning elections. Over the last few years, he's worked with a variety of grassroots Republicans. He's built up a lot of good will among them. But the complaint remains - & to some extent I've voiced it myself - that Baker lacks vision not only for the party but (most importantly) for the state itself.

A GOP primary will force Baker to hone those visions & have them tested under the heat of Op-Ed articles, candidate debates, & the normal give-&-take of a candidate being grilled by the voters. Because the process allows both Baker & Fisher to air their respective visions in a public manner, how they & their supporters conduct themselves will be as important to voters as their respective platforms. If they keep the focus of the primary on the issues, there's no reason why the loser of the primary can't assist the winner in beating the standard bearer for the Democrat Party in November.

3) Baker Should Demand The GOP State Committee Replace Its Executive Body With A New Team Of People.

In order for the party to reach some form of closure from the 2014 GOP Convention debacle, some of the people responsible for the convention's mismanagement need to be held publicly accountable. GOP Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes, in particular, needs to be replaced with someone not associated with the taint of scandal that hangs over the state party's mishandling of its own convention. The GOP won't have any credibility with the public attacking Democrat mismanagement of the state if it ignores the mismanagement of its own party by some of its own leaders.

By making such a demand, Baker reinforces his public image as a take-charge kind of guy - not a feckless voyeur of events that seem to be out of his control - who gets things done no matter how controversial the issue. Voters today have a hunger for a leader who exhibits decisiveness. That hunger springs from the public's painful experience of suffering under the long Reign of Error that has characterized the gubernatorial terms of Governor Man-Child.

The clean slate will reinvigorate the grassroots (especially if a special election for the office of chair produces a candidate that unites all the factions within the GOP). If the new executive team keeps the party united against the Democrats in November, then the GOP may see some significant victories within this election cycle.

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Evaluating the MA-GOP's Demands for "Party Unity"

by: Joshua Norman

Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 10:26:21 AM EDT

Last year, my State Committeewoman Lisa Barstow put on her Facebook page that she wanted to hear from fellow Republicans from Brookline, Newton and Wellesley [precincts A,C,D,E, and H] what's working, what's not, how is the GOP going to see victory in 2014. In the wake of the state party's officers demanding "party unity" from the base while defending what happened at the MA-GOP Convention on March 22, I felt compelled to write this open letter in response to those demands:

These "Party Unity" calls don't work anymore because the MA-GOP is just selling bad process and bad candidates committed to maintaining big government, but who think they are the ones who can manage it "more efficiently".

It's absolute lunacy to rally behind this party and excuse it for shafting gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher. This arrogant mentality has got to go away forever, fast. To say there is an absolute lack of leadership, accountability and transparency in this party is the grossest understatement anyone can ever make. No one can ever find out just what is really going on and it breeds a level of distrust that makes attempts at unity impossible.

I see a party that is out of control, it has lost its focus, it doesn't know where it wants to go and the only way to fix that is to take control of the organization and force the conditions so the party can act like a group of adults in the room and take charge of its own destiny.

There is plenty of talk about the new GOTV tools and the coordinated campaigns, but unless the MA-GOP field candidates that excite the voters, we will continue to lose elections.  Personally, I view the MA-GOP establishment as a Modern Day House of Bourbon in which they all have learned nothing & forgotten nothing.

I do believe that good conservative candidates who run can be competitive and potentially win elections.  The reality is that these things can happen yet our party staffers and operatives are pushing candidates that don't support our platform and our values.  They don't have the willpower to change this culture.  A few years ago, Newton for Fiscal Responsibility, a fiscal stewardship group in my hometown, hosted the author of "Reinventing Government" David Osborne.  When asked what is the difference between organizations that change things versus those that don't, he said that it is simply the willpower to do so period.  I will tell you that I got into being an activist later than most of you all when I saw that our party's political insider clique is content to be the "Loyal Opposition" to the Democrats.  It is clear to me that the MA-GOP is not committed to changing its culture because it keeps pushing a flawed operating process and flawed candidates.

The one good thing about the Democrats is that they are recognizable.  I can tell that they are left-wing, big government socialist statists.  What worries me are people who claim to be Republicans but who support big government candidates and programs.  What especially worries me are people who claim to be "to the right of Attila the Hun and who are way more conservative than I" yet they compromise their stated principles in the "name of electability" when it comes to candidates.  I don't know whether it bothers me more to see "so-called social conservatives" support pro-abortion/pro-gay marriage candidates against socially conservative candidates or whether "so-called fiscal conservatives" support fiscally-squishy candidates against fiscally-conservative candidates.  In the meantime, I'll let those "social club Republicans" talk about "how much more conservative they are than I" while I show how conservative I am through my actions.  I believe in results, not rhetoric.

If the MA-GOP wants "party unity" between the Political Insider Establishment Group and the base, then now is the time to band together to do what is right, let the chips fall where they may, and everybody move forward in unison because we have taken the corruption off the table and cleaned up our house.  My version of cleanup is Fisher is put on the ballot and refunded his $25,000 speaking fee, his case is withdrawn, heads roll at the top, an emergency State Committee meeting is called to elect new officers, and we move forward with everybody feeling that we have turned the corner to an ugly chapter that started out with scandal, but the scandal stops here.

Lastly, I will sum up my objectives for reforming the MA-GOP into five bold statements of purpose:

Platform Before Politicians

Principles Before Party

Regime Changing Reforms Before Relationships

Party Integrity Before Party Unity

Process Matters!

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Horror Stories of Obamacare

by: aschaper

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 02:29:36 AM EDT

In response to latest, and lamest, line of attack from libs, trolls, and other creepy progressives who go bump in the night, I have started asking people to share Obamacare horror stories, either their own or other people's.

Here are some of the stories which I have heard or have been shared with me:

Jay Berman

I'm 57, healthy, went to exchange, the cheapest, a bronze plan was $455 a month, it will pay 60% of the bill after I surpass the $4500 deductible. This my friends is simply thievery and I won't participate. I want to buy the coverage I want, not what I'm told to (or forced to under threat of the IRS) .. this, is not the America I know, this is some sort of hybrid socialist dictatorship

P. L. of Redondo Beach -

I just got a letter from health insurance company, and my premiums went up.

Ed of Hermosa Beach (and girlfriend)

My health insurance premiums went up three hundred dollars.

E. C. of Gardena:  

I have doctor friends who get fined if they do not write out a specific  number of prescriptions ever month!

Here's a letter I wrote about an elderly gentleman I met in Manhattan Beach, CA:

Upset with Waxman

Walking down Manhattan Beach Boulevard last month, I met a gentleman who had posted a piece of paper on his minivan.

The white sheet with black letters read: "My insurance was cancelled because of ObamaCare."
I would have never expected someone to air such a frustrating grievance, but such outrageous outcomes must be shared.

When I discussed the issue, he told me that because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his insurance coverage was cancelled. His heart doctor had informed him that if the law passed, he would quit his practice.

In 2012, shortly before the June primary, Congressman Henry Waxman admitted in a House budget committee hearing that he did not know that General Motors went bankrupt.

The colleague asking about GM7, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, reminded him: "Well, it did. I am surprised you hadn't heard about it. It was the second largest bankruptcy in US history, if not the largest."

Relating how retired teachers' and police officers' pension funds were defunded to bail out GM, Mulvaney asked: "Since you supported the bailouts, what would you like to tell them?"

On behalf of every resident of the 33rd Congressional district who is losing his health insurance, or struggling to find a doctor, or paying higher health care premiums because of ObamaCare, Henry Waxman's signature legislation, I ask the Congressman: "What would you like to tell them?"

To everyone reading, I ask: "What would you like to tell Waxman? What should happen to him in 2014?"

Arthur Christopher Schaper

Torrance

Here's a post on my blog:

IRON WILL

March 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ed,

Respectfully, don't you have BETTER THINGS TO DO then re-post Media Matters talking points for the progressive mega-cause of ObamaCare?!

Here in my state of RI, HUNDREDS of people have been unable to get healthcare door to poor planning and implimentation. Their are MANY people - whether it be by design or just poor planning - that fall through the cracks thanks to this federal monstronsity...

Here's a statement from Assemblyman Mike Chippendale of Rhode Island:

Responding to a telephone inquiry, Chippendale [state assembly member from Johnston. Here's his contact info] commented that as a member of a permanent joint committee on health care oversight, "It became clear to me that it was nothing but smoke and mirrors. This committee had no say on really anything that the lieutenant governor was doing to set up the exchange."

About the impact of Obamacare on his constituents, Chippendale added:

"Insurance is being dropped. Some of the elderly are starting to see gaps in their Medicare coverage that didn't exist before, that now suddenly do. Businesses are frantic. They simply cannot afford to put their employees on these very expensive health care plans."

Despite claims for accessibility and affordability, from rising health care costs to spiraling government debt, the Affordable Care Act's careless implementation and uncaring implications have exposed that Obama-Care-Less about the health and wealth of Rhode Islanders.

Here's a statement from Democrat Jan Malik:

Cosigning the legislation, Assemblyman Jan Malik (D-Warren) stated: "I just don't think we can afford it because of the situation we are in right now. Let the feds pay for it." Making a point that the costs of the state healthcare exchange would increase substantially over the next four years, Malik rejoined: "The issue for me is the dollars and sense. If we could afford it, we should keep it."

For the record, Malik cosigned legislation which would require the Rhode Island health care exchange be funded only by federal dollars, because the state cannot afford it.

From Amy Gallagher, a benefits manager in Rhode Island:

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Local Prov Health/Business expert Amy Gallagher works as a benefits administrator, and she had nothing but bad news about Obamacare, citing businesses would face rising premiums beyond the normal 7%. "A defense contract based in Rhode Island will face a 26% hike in health insurance premiums because of this law." She further commented on other statewide firms which face no other option beyond raising the insurance premiums on their employees just to manage the costs associated with Obamacare. She did not disclose specific names, for fear that those firms would face political retaliation, like losing key contracts with the state.

Please, Bay State Conservative, Republicans, and disaffected Independent and Democrats (I know you are out there) - please feel free to comment about your Obamacare horror stories, or visit my blog post and share your thoughts there:

http://aschaper1.blogspot.com/...

 

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Horror Stories of Obamacare

by: aschaper

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 02:29:32 AM EDT

In response to latest, and lamest, line of attack from libs, trolls, and other creepy progressives who go bump in the night, I have started asking people to share Obamacare horror stories, either their own or other people's.

Here are some of the stories which I have heard or have been shared with me:

Jay Berman

I'm 57, healthy, went to exchange, the cheapest, a bronze plan was $455 a month, it will pay 60% of the bill after I surpass the $4500 deductible. This my friends is simply thievery and I won't participate. I want to buy the coverage I want, not what I'm told to (or forced to under threat of the IRS) .. this, is not the America I know, this is some sort of hybrid socialist dictatorship

P. L. of Redondo Beach -

I just got a letter from health insurance company, and my premiums went up.

Ed of Hermosa Beach (and girlfriend)

My health insurance premiums went up three hundred dollars.

E. C. of Gardena:  

I have doctor friends who get fined if they do not write out a specific  number of prescriptions ever month!

Here's a letter I wrote about an elderly gentleman I met in Manhattan Beach, CA:

Upset with Waxman

Walking down Manhattan Beach Boulevard last month, I met a gentleman who had posted a piece of paper on his minivan.

The white sheet with black letters read: "My insurance was cancelled because of ObamaCare."
I would have never expected someone to air such a frustrating grievance, but such outrageous outcomes must be shared.

When I discussed the issue, he told me that because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his insurance coverage was cancelled. His heart doctor had informed him that if the law passed, he would quit his practice.

In 2012, shortly before the June primary, Congressman Henry Waxman admitted in a House budget committee hearing that he did not know that General Motors went bankrupt.

The colleague asking about GM7, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, reminded him: "Well, it did. I am surprised you hadn't heard about it. It was the second largest bankruptcy in US history, if not the largest."

Relating how retired teachers' and police officers' pension funds were defunded to bail out GM, Mulvaney asked: "Since you supported the bailouts, what would you like to tell them?"

On behalf of every resident of the 33rd Congressional district who is losing his health insurance, or struggling to find a doctor, or paying higher health care premiums because of ObamaCare, Henry Waxman's signature legislation, I ask the Congressman: "What would you like to tell them?"
To everyone reading, I ask: "What would you like to tell Waxman? What should happen to him in 2014?"

Arthur Christopher Schaper

Torrance

Here's a post on this blog:

IRON WILL

March 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ed,

Respectfully, don't you have BETTER THINGS TO DO then re-post Media Matters talking points for the progressive mega-cause of ObamaCare?!

Here in my state of RI, HUNDREDS of people have been unable to get healthcare door to poor planning and implimentation. Their are MANY people - whether it be by design or just poor planning - that fall through the cracks thanks to this federal monstronsity...

Here's a statement from Assemblyman Mike Chippendale of Rhode Island:

Responding to a telephone inquiry, Chippendale [state assembly member from Johnston. Here's his contact info] commented that as a member of a permanent joint committee on health care oversight, "It became clear to me that it was nothing but smoke and mirrors. This committee had no say on really anything that the lieutenant governor was doing to set up the exchange."

About the impact of Obamacare on his constituents, Chippendale added:

"Insurance is being dropped. Some of the elderly are starting to see gaps in their Medicare coverage that didn't exist before, that now suddenly do. Businesses are frantic. They simply cannot afford to put their employees on these very expensive health care plans."

Despite claims for accessibility and affordability, from rising health care costs to spiraling government debt, the Affordable Care Act's careless implementation and uncaring implications have exposed that Obama-Care-Less about the health and wealth of Rhode Islanders.

Here's a statement from Democrat Jan Malik:

Cosigning the legislation, Assemblyman Jan Malik (D-Warren) stated: "I just don't think we can afford it because of the situation we are in right now. Let the feds pay for it." Making a point that the costs of the state healthcare exchange would increase substantially over the next four years, Malik rejoined: "The issue for me is the dollars and sense. If we could afford it, we should keep it."

For the record, Malik cosigned legislation which would require the Rhode Island health care exchange be funded only by federal dollars, because the state cannot afford it.

From Amy Gallagher, a benefits manager in Rhode Island:

Go

Local Prov Health/Business expert Amy Gallagher works as a benefits administrator, and she had nothing but bad news about Obamacare, citing businesses would face rising premiums beyond the normal 7%. "A defense contract based in Rhode Island will face a 26% hike in health insurance premiums because of this law." She further commented on other statewide firms which face no other option beyond raising the insurance premiums on their employees just to manage the costs associated with Obamacare. She did not disclose specific names, for fear that those firms would face political retaliation, like losing key contracts with the state.

Please, Bay State Conservative, Republicans, and disaffected Independent and Democrats (I know you are out there) - please feel free to comment about your Obamacare horror stories, or visit my blog post and share your thoughts there:

http://aschaper1.blogspot.com/...

 

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Voter Registration Does Not (Have To) Matter

by: aschaper

Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 21:47:11 PM EST

The voter registration in Massachusetts certainly appears daunting. With a three-to-one Democratic spread, and a whole bunch of independents going either way (usually to the left), and an ultimate low of 10% registered Republicans, the Massachusetts GOP has more than its work cut out for taking back Beacon Hill.

Or does it?

The year 2010 was a watershed year, certainly, with a special election to replace the recently-deceased Ted "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy. Despite the three-to-one Dem slant, state senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) worked hard, campaigned throughout the state, and took the election from a double-digit deficit to a five-point win over Martha "Red Sox: Who are they?" Coakley.
Throughout the country from 2010 to now, Dems were on the run. McDonnell won the Virginia Governor's race, and US Attorney Chris Christie won in New Jersey.

Conservative columnist George Will displaced former House Speaker Tip (Me Over) O'Neill's assertion that all politics is local. With the advent of Obamacare, and the growing backlash from the states in 2010 and 2012, Republicans dominated state legislatures, even winning Dem seats in usually strongholds throughout the South. I still remember reading about the Alabama Democratic Party on life-support, as four members of the Cotton State Democratic delegation bolted for the GOP.

And of course, the Election Day shellacking of 2010 cannot be forgotten, which still represents the House of Representatives in spite of the National GOP's botched efforts.

And in my state, Republicans are punching back to win in Dem strongholds.

The Central Valley is all dried up, because of liberal, statist supermajority Democratic posturing. All the pandering for a smelt has sent the Central Valley up the river. In comes cherry farmer Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), a generational name in the region, well-known among the salt of the earth and the agricultural interests. Following a 2013 special election to fill in a two-to-one Democratic seat, Vidak carried the primary and the general election by six points. Yeehaw!

Two more special elections, one in the Pomona region, and another in the West Valley of Los Angeles, forced Democratic operatives to outspend the conservative/Republican opposition ten-to-one, and yet the liberal candidates only eked out wins by a few hundred votes. Frustrating at first for the GOP, these near-victories exposed a weakened Democratic brand, one in which registered Dem and liberal voters were more than happy to throw their support to the Republican. I should know. I made calls over the past few weekends into the West Valley region, where Democrats and liberal-leaning independents declared their support for the fiscally conservative (and pro-Second Amendment) Republican.

Then the waves really started rising for the California GOP. Back to 2013, Democratic Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego resigned in disgrace following eighteen allegations of sexual misconduct against female coworkers in the city. Another special election ensued, and Republican Councilmember Kevin Faulconer stepped up, winning the top vote in the primary, and then the final February run-off by nine points in a 13 point Dem advantage city. Further study proved that Faulconer had cross-over appeal not just with Independents but also registered Democrats, all of whom were still smarting over the painful costs and unseemly cuts brought on the city because of prior public sector union demands.

By the way, Democrats poured millions into the San Diego special election, and lots of foot power from the unions, and the Republican candidate still won! Voters in California are tired of collective bargaining lobbyists tying up the statehouse. Two pension reform initiatives already passed by 70% margins in very liberal San Jose as well as moderate San Diego.

The reform momentum favored Faulconer, and can favor the state GOP in November. Democrats will be putting out fires all over California, as Democrats as well as Republicans are retiring from office. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) has widened the Dem Civil War between identity politicians and public sector union puppets. A primary challenge from the left is hitting confirmed liberal Mike Honda (D-Sunnyvale), and Republicans are prepping to recover ground inadvertently lost in 2012.

How does any of this help the Massachusetts GOP? Simple enough. The national outrage over Obamacare, gun grabbing, and wasteful spending, along with NSA spying and the failed rollout not just of Obamacare Care but Common Core can give Republicans all over plenty of ammo to fight back and take the high ground again. Registered Democrats have already voted for Republicans who represent their interests rather than the special interests. The same can happen in the Bay State, too.

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Anti-Tribute to Congressman Henry Waxman (of Markey Cap and Trade Fame)

by: aschaper

Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 20:13:11 PM EST

Bear with me, Bay State Conservatives, but I have some good news for you, from the West Coast:

After forty years of unrepentant liberalism, and after winning his toughest reelection fight by five points in 2012, and even after sending an eblast in 2013 in which he announced that he would run in 2014, Congressman Henry Waxman is retiring (or rather, retreating) along with other long-term, over-time Democratic Congressmen in Washington, D.C.

It's about time! That's the first thing I can say.

But let's look at his reasons why and wherefore:

The reason for my decision is simple.  After 40 years in Congress, it's time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark.

Waxman pushed a 1,200 page Cap and Trade bill with his climate-comrade Ed Markey (D-Somewhere in Maryland). He helped author and sponsor the 2,500 page monstrosity called the Affordable Care Act. There is nothing simple about this Congressman.

Let's consider some of the lowlights resulting from the passage of Obama-WaxmanCare:

1. Massive, shocking rate hikes throughout the country. I even wrote a letter to the Beach Reporter about a Manhattan Beach resident whose insurance was cancelled, who lost his doctor because of Obamacare.

2. Covered California has been anything but a success, despite the media's spin to make it look good.

- The website registered dreadful numbers with Latinos in California

- Californians are witnessing the massive increases in their premiums, including the hidden rate hikes because of Obamacare

- California doctors are boycotting the Obamacare exchanges, refusing to receive Medicare, Medicaid patients, and many more are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Waxman's legislation

- Staggering numbers of Californians are losing their health insurance because of Obamacare.

- Only one third of Californians who lost insurance because of Obamacare have regained their plans.

Of course, the long litany of mistakes, distortions, and outrageous remarks from Congressman Henry Waxman would inevitably catch up with him, too:

He did not know the basic laws regulating steroid abuse, or the legal drinking age, or where $15 million for steroid abuse education ended up, yet he insisted on running oversight hearings on the subject. (Check out clip from Bigger, Faster, Stronger here)

He did not know the contents of his failed Cap and Trade Bill (Check out his embarrassing admission here)

He did not even know that General Motors went bankrupt in 2009 (This was too much) He even played the One Percent card to justify the $700 TARP billion bailout, which ended up costing taxpayers billions of dollars, including retired teachers and police officers in Indiana.

Waxman claimed in open committee in early 2011 that "We're not broke!" Because of Obamacare, failed foreign policies, stimulus largesse profligately wasted, along with reckless overspending to rival even the Bush Administration, the United States Government now has a $17 trillion national debt.

Not one, but nineteen green tech companies, subsidized with taxpayer dollars, when bust under the Obama Administration, yet Waxman would only lament "I'm sorry Solyndra happened!" At least Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa pursued Waxman's potential links with the company. That was not good enough for Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky) who slammed the LA Congressman's obstreperous behavior. Even after his close reelection, Waxman blamed the Koch Brothers for all the ills of the world, even though Waxman spent forty years ignoring the needs of LA area veterans, along with ignoring LA's need for the Subway to the Sea for better commuting opportunities along the Wilshire-West Los Angeles corridor. This country is not any better for Waxman's efforts, whether relating to environment, health, or any other issue, for that matter.

Waxman's 2012 challenger Bill Bloomfield remarked shortly after Waxman's announcement:

I'd like to offer my gratitude to Congressman Waxman for his dedication to public service and wish him the best personally in his upcoming life as a private citizen.  

Excuse me?! This kind of "bipartisan" pandering is precisely the problem. For decades, both sides would berate each other in public, agree in private, spend money that the country does not have, and do nothing to reform the growing, unsustainable entitlement burden bearing down on our future. The last thing that we need in Washington is more politicians who please themselves and each other with niceties, while not-so-nice policies waste away our rights, opportunities, and economic freedom.

No, Congressman Waxman did not do a good job. Of course, there are the numerous constituencies, beyond just the homeless veterans of Los Angeles County, who have been harmed by Waxman's legislation and policy support. What would you like to tell them, Henry? He shut down constituents in open forums, he played up the most rank partisanship, and denied science while hyping up climate change as a serious issue (It isn't. Polar vortex, anyone?). His record of pandemic liberalism has left us none the better, and he retired not a moment too soon.

This may not be the greatest comfort, Mass GOP/Conservatives, but more old-timey progressives are fleeing Congress. Plus the fact that Markey's poll numbers are not so hot, maybe a GOP/conservative/libertarian resurgence is on the horizon.

At least Congressman Henry Waxman will be gone for good, with Markey not that far behind(?)

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Meet The New GOP Brand - Same As The Old GOP Brand

by: The Angelic One

Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:20:07 AM EST

"I can see by your eyes, you must be lying
When you think I don't have a clue.
Baby you're crazy if you think that you can fool me
Because I've seen that movie too."

- "I've Seen That Movie Too" by Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1973)

The Lowell Sun recently published an article on an interview its editorial board had with former Republican State Representative Karyn Polito. Polito is currently running for the office of Lieutenant Governor and the interview with the Mill City newspaper was part of her campaign swing through the GOP-friendly Merrimack Valley area.

The only way Republicans can recapture the corner office in the Statehouse is by "redefining" themselves, GOP lieutenant-governor candidate Karyn Polito told an informal meeting of The Sun's editorial board Tuesday.

And she said no one is more capable of carrying the Republican mantra in Massachusetts than herself and the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee, Charles Baker, who lost to Democrat Deval Patrick by six percentage points.

If Polito said "Charlie and I" 10 times during the session, she said it 100 times.

Also frequently mentioned were "Bill and Paul," as in Republicans William Weld and Paul Cellucci, who captured the corner office in 1991 as governor and lieutenant governor on a message of fiscal conservatism and social liberalism that resonated across the commonwealth.

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GOProud Founder No Longer a Republican

by: Newton4G

Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 13:58:43 PM EST

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia announces that he announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican party.  

In a recent blog post Jimmy LaSalvia said  that he changed his voter registration to "no party", because the Republican party had "lost its way".

LaSalvia said that he is now "an independent conservative", which he said: "sounds much better than 'gay Republican'".

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GOProud Founder No Longer a Republican

by: Newton4G

Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 13:58:42 PM EST

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia announces that he announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican party.  

In a recent blog post Jimmy LaSalvia said  that he changed his voter registration to "no party", because the Republican party had "lost its way".

LaSalvia said that he is now "an independent conservative", which he said: "sounds much better than 'gay Republican'".

Ronald Reagan said it best when he said "A political party is not a fraternal order. A party is something where people are bound together by a shared philosophy."

RINOs like LaSalvia, are free to go. RINOs like Gabriel Gomez for whatever reason are content to remain as registered Republicans.  We don't have to purge RINOs, they've done a great job purging themselves from the party.

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GOProud Founder No Longer a Republican

by: Newton4G

Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 13:58:42 PM EST

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia announces that he announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican party.  

In a recent blog post Jimmy LaSalvia said  that he changed his voter registration to "no party", because the Republican party had "lost its way".

LaSalvia said that he is now "an independent conservative", which he said: "sounds much better than 'gay Republican'".

Ronald Reagan said it best when he said "A political party is not a fraternal order. A party is something where people are bound together by a shared philosophy."

RINOs like LaSalvia, are free to go. RINOs like Gabriel Gomez for whatever reason are content to remain as registered Republicans.  We don't have to purge RINOs, they've done a great job purging themselves from the party.

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Gabriel Gomez backs Charlie Baker for Governor

by: Newton4G

Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 18:57:04 PM EST

From The Boston Globe

Gabriel E. Gomez, the Republican nominee in the June 2013 special election for US Senate, endorsed Republican Charlie Baker for governor Monday night. Despite having given the maximum contribution allowed under state law, $500, to independent Jeffrey S. McCormick, who is seriously mulling a run for governor, Gomez said Baker was his choice for the Corner Office, citing his public and private sector experience.

“In the end, I’m going to support Charlie Baker. I think he is the right person,” Gomez said in an appearance on NECN’s BroadSide program, adding that he had also donated to Baker. Still, Gomez lauded McCormick as well. “Jeff McCormick is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for over ten years. And I think he’d make a great governor,” Gomez said.

Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and private equity investor, lost a June 2013 against Democrat Edward J. Markey by 10 points. Gomez recently said he would not run for public office in 2014, planning instead to return to the private sector. Baker, the 2010 GOP nominee for governor, currently faces Mark R. Fisher, a political novice from Shrewsbury, in the Republican primary.

There are five Democrats and two independent candidates who have also launched gubernatorial bids to succeed Governor Deval Patrick, who has pledged not to run for a third term.

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Christie's Bridge(Gate) to Nowhere: What About Obama?

by: aschaper

Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 18:05:56 PM EST

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono mentioned this scandal during one of her debates with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Arguing that because Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich refused to endorse the governor, she indicted Christie for  retaliating by tying up traffic at George Washington Bridge.

Following his impressive reelection last year, Governor Christie was cruising into the national spotlight with greater ambitions awaiting him.  The George Washington Bridge scandal has now reached front page new on websites and national newspapers. Reports of internal memos suggest that Christie operatives knew about or directly positions the blocking of lanes along one of the busiest freeway thoroughfares in the country.

The governor has faced quite a firestorm over this scandal. He has fired one member of his staff, and pressured another not to run for Chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party.

Media affiliates are going nuts over this scandal. Breitbart.com covered this story with five -- five! -- different headshots of the governor. Give me a break!

Granted, Christie has not been on conservatives' or even national Establishment Republicans "Good Boy" List. From his enthusiastic support for President Obama during the Superstorm Sandy disaster in 2012, to his blunt indictment of the House Republicans following their delay to send federal aid to the Northeast, and even his cozy relationship with Democrats in the Garden State, the moderate-conservative Republican Governor has appealed to the media and to Democrats more often than not.

Now, about this whole BridgeGate scandal. Let's consider that Christie took to the press-mike for two hours to explain the situation, apologize for this "frustrated and embarrassing" turn of events. Ben Shapiro commented on "Truth Revolt" that the same media which had propped him has now turned on him. This allegation has some merit, considering that the fawning over his potential campaign for President in 2016 created a lot of buzz and business for the dying weekly news magazines. Time Magazine featured him in a mafia-like headshot, followed by a rude, off-color joke reporting on his two-to-one reelection in November.

Conservatives argued, and perhaps rightly so, that the media wants to redefine the Republican brand into a centrist flavor which will not only turn off conservative voters in the future, but assure the dominance of the decayed Democratic brand,.

Putting aside all the political posturing about this erupting scandal, this bridge of bad press is really going nowhere, and taking us away from national priorities of greater merits. How many scandals has the Obama Administration been implicated if? From the IRS' abusive targeting of conservative groups, to Operation Fast and Furious, to the disastrous Obamacare rollout, which is rolling out personal information while driving up healthcare costs and driving away medical practitioners from the medical profession, President Obama and his staff are swimming, no drowning in scandal, dysfunction, and corruption.

And of course, there's Benghazi, with recent investigations pointing out that terrorist groups did indeed target the American consulate, which resulted in the violent deaths of four people. What about BridgeGate? Emergency vehicles were stalled because of the snarled traffic, which may or may not have resulted in deaths, but the allegation that Christie or his staff should face criminal charges for the George Washington Bridge back-up is not only ridiculous, but patently offensive in light of the outrageous dysfunction and misconduct generated by the Obama administration over the past five years.

Once again, Breitbart News should blush for covering this story with so much time and data. Now more than ever, conservatives, Republicans, and every disaffected Democrat tired of socialist-progressive policies should be looking for any leader, any governor, who is willing to take responsibility for his staff, and more importantly it's time for the media to devote more of its attention to an inattentive, insolent, and ultimately incompetent presidential administration in Washington D.C. Not the lane-blocking at the George Washington Bridge, but the law-breaking and arbitrary executive actions of this President and his staff require intense scrutiny, investigations, and strong follow-up.

Christie's Bridge(Gate) really goes nowhere, and has become distraction from President Barack Obama's "Nowhere yet Everywhere" failure of an administration. It's time for Americans, especially the conservative media affiliates in our country, to stop with the Christie-Crush (and the Christie-crushing) and focus on principles, policies, and people who want to restore constitutional rule, limited government, and individual liberty as focal points of the United States civic culture.  

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The Top Ten Massachusetts Political Stories of 2013

by: The Angelic One

Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 17:15:27 PM EST

Agree? Disagree? Here's my list of the Top Ten political events in 2013 that left their mark on Massachusetts:

01) The Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks: Three people died & 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Bay State's iconic Boston Marathon. The actions of the alleged killers - Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - underscored the vulnerability of citizens in an open society to the whims of sociopaths.

02) Obamacare Impacts Massachusetts citizens: Unlike Romneycare, the implementation of Obamacare in Massachusetts has caused a great deal of headaches for those administrating it & those who wish to enroll into it.

03) Software Tax Repealed: Beacon Hill witnessed the ultimate flip-flop when a poorly-designed technology tax that had been passed by the Legislature & signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick lasted only two months before it was repealed due to the enormous backlash the tax produced from the Hi-Tech industry and anti-tax activists.

04) Dookhan Scandal: Former chemist Annie Dookhan's was convicted of faking lab tests that have now threatened the validity of thousands criminal convictions & will cost the state millions of dollars in re-trying drug cases.

05) James "Whitey" Bulger convicted: Though justice finally caught up with the notorious South Boston gangster, questions about his relationship with the FBI as an informant will remain unanswered until the bureau itself receives a full investigation to determine whether or not its culture aided & abetted Bulger's reign of terror in Massachusetts.

06) Casinos Shunned: Most communities haven't rolled out the red carpet to gaming interests since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling. The state still drools at the idea of wetting its beak with a share of the projected profits going into its pockets. The average citizen, though, seems more interested in the health of their respective communities.

07) Boston Elects Its First Mayor In 20 Years: Thomas Menino's decision not to run for re-election as mayor of Boston triggered a free-for-all that ultimately led to the election of Democrat State Representative Martin Walsh.

08) Lantigua Loses His Re-Election Bid: Lawrence mayor William Lantigua narrowly lost his bid for re-election to fellow Hispanic Democrat Daniel Rivera. The party had become fed up with Lantigua & had some of its senior politicos help Rivera win in order to maintain its grip on an important urban outpost that is home to a key block of voters.

09) Kerry, Markey, & Clark Move Upwards & Onwards: Once John Kerry was appointed Barack Obama's Secretary of State (following Hillary Clinton's departure), Kerry's open seat was won by Congressman Ed Markey. Markey's open seat was then filled by Katherine Clark. Republicans tried & failed to win the open seats once they became available.

10) Scott Brown leaves Massachusetts: The move of former US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) to New Hampshire underscored the difficulties of the GOP to hold onto - if not maintain - political talent well suited for the Bay State.

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A SEAL doesn't hide behind human shields.

by: Publius Menpaean

Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 00:01:15 AM EST

This post is about the differences between Gabriel Gomez, Scott Brown, and Charlie Baker.

During the phase Gomez was defending his "Klan" remarks about Christopher Pinto and Rob Eno (we'll call it "the morning" to distinguish it from "the afternoon," where he apologized for language, not content) he suggested the problem was with activists questioning whether he, Charlie Baker, and Scott Brown were "real Republicans."
Link: http://bostonherald.com/news_o...

He said "these are the kind of people that make the Republican Party hated in Massachusetts." "Obviously they touched a chord with them because they know I'm right. [...] These are the kind of people that call in, and they're talking about how Scott Brown is a RINO, and then they'll be talking about me" among other risible statements. Listen to the whole thing. Gomez of "the morning" is at least more sincere than Gomez of "the afternoon."

The Globe's Political Intelligence blog offered this paragraph:
Link: http://www.boston.com/politica...

"Gomez said Monday morning that his comment was not prompted by any one specific article or piece, but rather was a general response to Red Mass Group, as well as to activists questioning whether he, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, and former US senator Scott Brown, were real Republicans."

The problem here is that unlike Charlie Baker or Scott Brown, Gabriel Gomez has given lengthy interviews to the press attacking the party, its activists, and in the fallout of his remarks he tried to turn this into "moderate Republicans" and "99% of the party (pulled from his radio interview)" vs. conservative activists and talk-show callers.

Now I have disagreed with some of Scott Brown's comments, especially ones he made on Bill O'Reilly's program when he was guest hosting, which attacked the Tea Party. To my knowledge however, Scott Brown has never taken a personal effort to attack members of the Party itself and provide ammunition for our political opponents.

In a similar way, whatever the flaws of Charlie Baker's 2010 campaign, since then I have seen him remain active in Republican circles, speaking at events, and building capital inside the party. He supported the Repeal the Gas Tax initiative and made a point of collecting signatures for it. Gomez was nowhere to be found. Scott Brown's recent move to New Hampshire has been the subject of debate, but trusted sources have told me his personal reasons include taking care of a loved one. I take them at their word. I wish Scott Brown and his family God's grace and protection as they care for those they love.

It should not surprise anyone politically active, but the world of conservatives is similar to the world of moderates in that many conservatives have serious points of disagreement within their own political spectrum. I, for example, have a fairly libertarian bent on my approach to many issues, but can't consider myself primarily libertarian. My strongest preference is for the most socially conservative outcomes possible, specifically for a marriage policy built around the rights of children exercised by their parents, and an ethic of life that permeates our laws at every level.

In the same way as an attack on my beliefs is not an attack on all conservatives, Gomez, Brown, and Baker can't all be stuffed into one "Republican moderate" box as if an attack on one is an attack on all. Gomez's attempt to peddle this foolishness is simply an example of taking a human shield to deflect the backfire his statements caused.

Our candidates are the people who represent the party to the outside world. Charlie Baker has made clear over the last four years that he intends to work with activists of all stripes in Massachusetts, Scott Brown has made it clear that he is moving to another phase in his life, and Gabriel Gomez has made it clear he exists primarily to attack Republicans that don't fit into his view of what a Republican should be, and that he fancies himself the avatar of What Most Massachusetts Republicans Think, at least when he is being honest. I sincerely hope this "New Kind of Republican" rhetoric gets exiled if this is its standard bearer. I like Republicans, moderate or conservative, that can at least acknowledge the value of my stances above and incorporate it into their understanding of Republicanism, to run as Republicans - no modifiers needed.

Not all Republican moderates are alike. And a SEAL should know that his team members don't exist to block shots for him, especially not his own friendly fire.

~Brian Kennedy, Republican Activist

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