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.

    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 *

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    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 »

    RS Interview: Jon Golnik (R CAND, MA-03).

    MA-03 is a NE Massachusetts district currently represented by Niki Tsongas – and if you’re wondering who that is, don’t worry: nobody else particularly remembers her, either.  It’s an interesting district: represented by one of the more reflexively liberal Congresswomen in the House, but it has a history of voting for Republicans.  The current Republican candidate Jon Golnik is hoping to capitalize on that; we | Read More »

    RS Interview: Chris Sheldon (R CAND, MA-09).

    The rather epic redistricting of Massachusetts in 2011-2012 (short version: the state lost a district, and nobody wanted to be the guy without a chair, and things went downhill from there) resulted in the creation of a conservative – for Massachusetts – district involving the Cape Cod area.  It’s a seat with a half-incumbent: current MA-10 Rep. Bill Keating didn’t exactly live inside the district’s | Read More »

    Joe Kennedy III (D CAND, MA-04) thinks a drone strike killed Osama bin Laden.

    Unless the name is ‘Adams,’ they rarely last beyond the third generation, and for good reason. Background: somebody pointed out to Mr. Kennedy the President’s drone operations in Yemen/Somalia, and asked whether Kennedy supported the idea that the House needs to reestablish some of its oversight into the issue. This is actually a thorny problem; and while Kennedy’s answer (he essentially blamed that awful partisan | Read More »

    Race for the Senate Heats Up in Final Days

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Grace Wyler to discuss the race for the Senate, the media firestorm brewing over recent comments by Richard Mourdock, and Obama’s closing argument in these final days of the campaign.

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    12 Days to Election Day: Massachusetts

    For anyone who thought or believed that Massachusetts was suddenly showing signs of conservatism because Scott Brown won in 2010 or Barney Frank is retiring, you are wrong. Brown’s 2010 surprise victory was partly attributable to a recognition of his moderation, and ineptitude on the part of his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley. Brown will not have conditions favorable to him this time out. For example, | Read More »

    New Sean Bielat (R CAND, MA-04) ad.

    The major trouble with trying to talk about Joe Kennedy III as a candidate is… oh, heck, let the Sean Bielat campaign explain it: (Ad done by our own Ben Howe, btw) That’s it, in a nutshell: there’s nothing there except the ‘Kennedy’ and the ‘III.’ If this kid was named ‘Patrick Dolan’ or something then he wouldn’t be the Democratic nominee for MA-04 – | Read More »


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