Raising Taxes on Tobacco. More Smuggling or More Revenue?
Proponents of tax increases on tobacco say more revenue. Opponents, unsurprisingly, say more smuggling. There is a California ballot proposal that mirrors a legislative effort by Los Angeles Senator Kevin De Leon that would raise the current $0.87 per pack tax by $2.00. This effort follows on the heels of the defeat of Prop 29, which would have raised tobacco taxes, that narrowly lost in | Read More »
Sir Donald Berwick (D) to run for Governor of Massachusetts. …That’s *Massachusetts*.
Best known, of course, for his advocacy of (and eventual fall over) health care rationing, Sir* Donald Berwick has modestly decided to run for Governor of Massachusetts: “As a doctor, an educator, an innovator and someone who has dedicated his professional career to making things work better and to helping people – I am ready to lead,” the Newton Democrat said in a statement announcing | Read More »
2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take, Part 8
There is a gubernaorial election in each of the six states that make up New England. In national politics, this region of the country contributes exactly two people- Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Kelly Ayotte- from the Republican Party. GOP strength in the region is exhibited to a greater degree at the state or local level. When looking at this, two things become apparent: (1) | Read More »
MA SEN: Gomez Isn’t A ‘Mitch McConnell Clone,’ But He’s No Ted Cruz Either
In the second debate between Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, two things were clear. One, Gomez isn’t “too conservative.” Second, Markey is clueless to think that he is some “Mitch McConnell clone.” Yet, we’re talking about Ed Markey here. On the budget, Markey had these words of wisdom last night: ”it’s really not math. It’s just arithmetic.” Then again, Gomez is no Ted Cruz. | Read More »
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, 2012 election
, 2014 election
, Barack Obama
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, Ed Markey
, Gabriel Gomez
, Gun control
Scars and Stripes: The Boston Bombing Unfurled
Boston has always maintained a sense of autonomy. Annexed by America’s epic battles for self-governance, the city remains an industriousness co-mingling of old and new world identity. Gem of the sea Irish pride still pervades Southie, while Dorchester, as distant from rice fields wide enough for a flock of storks to spread their wings across, is home to a new generation of Vietnamese émigrés. On | Read More »
MA Sen: Markey Not Popular Independents, Race Is Virtually Tied
The Massachusetts special election to fill John Kerry’s vacancy is a statistical dead heat. Markey’s rather unimpressive record after nearly four decades in Congress seems to be keeping from jumping ahead in the polls, despite the Bay State being a Democratic stronghold. Republicans have been hammering Markey on his 1992 ethics investigation, and the ninety-two bounced checks that contributed to the closure of the House | Read More »
Ed Markey: foolish on Benghazi. Foolish on the Boston Marathon bombing, too?
I’d like everybody to pay close attention to this Tweet: .@mittromney more interested in bogus #Benghazi theory than battling auto bankruptcy. #battleship #p2 — Ed Markey (@MarkeyMemo) October 23, 2012 It’s from back in October of 2012, when – as Legal Insurrection very helpfully notes – Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts (D) (now running against Gabriel Gomez in a special election for MA-SEN) was doing | Read More »
Does The US Welfare System Benefit Jihadists?
Our government, our media and the increasingly auto-beclowning supporters of our current national Zeitgeist strive manfully athwart ratiocination to rapidly disconnect the dots on The Boston Marathon Terror Bombing. Like the brilliant government bureaucrat who classified the Major Nidal Hasan’s Fort Hood Jihad Spray-Job as workplace violence, they aren’t lying per se. They’re just bull-(radio edit). Like the evil Jack Nicholson character in A Few Good Men, their operational assumption with respect to the American People is “You can’t handle the truth.”
The truth we supposedly can’t handle, quite simply is this.
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State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home. In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state. The news raises questions over whether Tsarnaev financed his radicalization on taxpayer money *
Ed Markey’s increasingly useful stupid rhetoric on Citizen United and the Dred Scott decision.
Yeah, I think that Massachusetts Senate hopeful Ed Markey’s (D, MA-05) going to have more problems in his primary than he thought that he was going to have in his primary. Representative Edward J. Markey refused to back down Thursday from comments he made this week that seemed to compare the US Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance law to the high court’s 19th-century Dred | Read More »
Massachusetts and Scott Brown
As I was preparing an article on some upcoming Senate races in 2014, I was going to write that former Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts should sit this special election cycle out and possibly concentrate on the full six year term in 2014. In the special election, two Democratic heavyweights in Massachusetts politics will fight it out to see who fills out that term of | Read More »
New poll shows Scott Brown in “strong position” for special election
Boston’s NPR radio station, WBUR, conducted a poll earlier this week that shows Scott Brown is in a “strong position” to rejoin his colleagues in the Senate, assuming John Kerry is appointed to be Secretary of State, triggering a special election.
The poll was conducted with 500 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday, and Brown’s favorables are very high, even though it is less than two months after he lost a brutal campaign battle against Elizabeth Warren.
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Deval Patrick will name caretaker to Massachusetts Senate seat ‘if’…
…John Kerry becomes the next Secretary of State. From the Boston Globe: “I expect to do the same thing I did last time,” [MA Governor Deval] Patrick told reporters. “I’m not ruling out other options. But, as a practical matter, it’s hard for me to imagine how you could serve in the Senate for a four-month period and also run a statewide campaign in a | Read More »
Religion must be an active component of our Government
This is Fundamental to our nation, as written in the Massachusetts Constitution by John Adams, second president of the United States who drafted this State Constitution. This establishes the fundamental principal that our Exceptional form of government is dependent on teaching piety, religion, and morality and this must be an active component of our Government. The good order and preservation of civil government is dependent | Read More »
Another shameless power grab coming from Massachusetts Democrats?
As you may know, I spent some time in Massachusetts this year, working on some Congressional races, and it’s been an interesting time for me, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.
Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).
In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it’s met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats’ appetite for abusing government power…
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RS Interview: Sean Bielat (R CAND, MA-04).
This is Barney Frank’s old district, more or less… and it is an interesting choice of candidates. On the one hand, we have Sean Bielat: businessman and Marine officer. On the other hand, we have Joe Kennedy III: …um, Kennedy. No. That’s pretty much it. He’s a Kennedy. He also thinks that Osama bin Laden was killed via drone strike, but never mind that right | Read More »