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Yvonne Abraham has an excellent editorial in the Globe this morning with some quotes from our elected officials which shows just how out of touch Beacon Hill has become.

Tim Cahill asked about his involvement in the patronage scandal:

“Does that not happen in government all the time? Obviously, it is part of the political process.’’

What’s he hoping to do? Demoralize us into giving up on democracy?

Michael Travaglini, head of the state’s pension fund, is resigning because the state is considering imposing caps on bonuses. At $322,000 per year, he is already one of the highest paid employees. He had this to say:

“I have a wife and three children, and I’m going to provide for them. Someone else can hang around for that, but it’s not going to be Mike Travaglini”

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

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For the past two weeks Tim Cahill has been under a withering attack by the Republican Governors Association. Backed by a massive million dollar ad campaign, the ads are everywhere and likely to continue for weeks.

Last week, Cahill responded with a quick web only Scott Brown style response from his kitchen. Today, Cahill released another more polished rebuttal.

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Alimony Reform almost certain to get a second extension. Shared Parenting and CORI Reform on life-support.

This year’s deadline for legislative committees to act on bills was March 17th. Any bill that was not referred out of committee or extended on that day is dead for this legislative session. But a committee may give certain bills and extension order – this year until May 7th.

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» Tackey Chan (D)
» Joe Keegan (D)
» John Iredale (R)
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Candidates are moving beyond party to a new more personal and informal style.

Campaign video has changed a great deal from just a few years ago. Campaign television advertising has always used deep sonorous voices of newscaster types to give the ads a voice of authority as they deliver messages for or against a candidate in the third person.

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Tim Flaherty

Tim Flaherty announced yesterday that he is not going to push for a recount but will run again for the Middlesex Suffolk and Essex seat in September primary:

“Over the past few days, my campaign has been reviewing reports of voting irregularities in Everett. While these reports are concerning, our campaign has decided not to pursue a recount, as it would distract from our goal of winning in September. This race has been a statistical dead heat, with my campaign winning in five out of eight communities, and separated by just over 100 votes out of more than 11,000 cast.”

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In the Norfolk Bristol and Middlesex seat, Dr. Peter Smulowitz has defeated long time Representative Lida Harkins. I don’t know the vote totals yet – but it must be conclusive because the Harkins campaign has officially conceded.

An unofficial tally has Smulowitz with 3,806 votes and Harkins with 3,666.

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» Peter J. Koutoujian (D) $75,474 (incumbent)
» James E. Dixon (R)
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» Ron Mariano (D) $372,161 (incumbent)
» Gary Lowell (I)
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SEC says some of Tim Cahill’s Campaign Contributions are Illegal

The news for Tim Cahill keeps getting worse. The Herald is reporting that over the years Tim Cahill took $1,625 in illegal contributions from John Kendrick an executive from Southwest Securitues who in turn won $14 billion dollars in bond  business from the state. Not a bad return on investment. Cahill is saying he will return the contributions. Too little, too late. In his bid for governor as an independent he’s appealing to Republicans by styling himself as a fiscal conservative. But Massachusetts Republican leaders aren’t buying it. He tells voters health care will bankrupt the state, but told bond issuers something different. With Patrick and Mihos down in the polls it’s looking better and better for Charlie Baker.

Sen. Steven Panagiotakos not Seeking Re-election

The Lowell Sun reported yesterday that the powerful chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and heir apparent to the Senate Presidency, is not running for re-election. Candidates are already scrambling to run for his Lowell Senate seat. It’s rumored that former Lowell Mayor Eileen Donoghue, Sheila Capone-Wulsin, former Executive Director of the Mass Women’s Political Caucus and Rep. Kevin Murphy may be running. That’s another open seat in this craziest of election years.

Tim Flaherty on CCTV

There are many places hosting the video of the 6 candidates running for Middlesex Suffolk & Essex State Senate.

Cambridge Community TV has been recording local State Senate Candidates. I think it’s their intention to record all the candidates. There are two up already:

I’ll add more here as they post them, but you can probably find whatever they have on their elections page.

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The federal health care reform passed the House last night and Jay Fitzgerald has has an interesting article in this morning’s Herald on how this affects elections in Massachusetts:

An already intense and volatile Massachusetts political scene could be cranked up several notches by last night’s controversial votes for and against the Democratic health-care initiative – signaling a potentially long and brutal season ahead.

“We have people stepping up to the plate everywhere, with a lot of people wanting to run” against incumbents, said Linda Rapoza, a GOP state committeewoman and Fall River’s Tea Party president.

While passage of this bill is certainly going to make more people want to  get involved in state politics, I think there are already plenty of issues that have people worried. And it’s not just jobs and the economy either.

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In Boston, Christen Varley (center) led a Tea Party meeting to discuss gubernatoral candidates, at a meeting in The Green Dragon. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Stephanie Ebbert has a nice article in the Globe today on the growing importance of the Tea Party Movement:

In the current upended political climate, the Tea Party members in Massachusetts — now claiming up to 8,000 believers and basking in the earth-shaking victory of US Senator Scott Brown — have the clout to make candidates come to them.

Candidates are showing up at events like this one across the state, even though the Tea Party’s loose confederation of activists has no membership rolls, no party apparatus, no candidates, and no money. Candidates do not know precisely what the Tea Party is or how its activists will vote in November. They just know they had better pay attention.

Scott Brown’s upset victory this year has shown the Massachusetts political class that there is a large number of people looking for change. These are not the people who go to protests, and are involved in political activism. They are a silent majority of the regular working citizen of Massachusetts who feel increasingly like their needs are not being met, and are now willing to consider candidates from outside traditional party affiliation, and vote for change. Read the rest of this entry »

Everett Massachusetts

Everett Massachusetts

Facebook is a pretty crude measure of who is winning an election. But it does give us some insight.

I looked at the Facebook pages of the candidates in this race and the results are interesting.

Let’s just start with some raw stats:

It’s a short race, and we are not likely to see any real scientific polls so signals like this are about as good as we are going to get.

All things being equal one would expect that the number of Facebook friends a candidate has would be proportional to the total support they have. Certainly candidates who appeal to older voters will have fewer Facebook friends. And I’m sure some candidates do more outreach for Facebook friends than others.

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I’ll be appearing on The Father’s Corner on the Boston Neighborhood Network at 6pm tomorrow. This is channel 9 on Comcast or channel 15 on RCN. You can find out more about who is behind this blog.

I think we are going to talk about this project and why I’m doing it.

I got started by trying to advocate for a few issues that are important to me – Shared Parenting – and then, as I got educated on the issues, Alimony Reform and 209a reform.

But, as I talked to legislators, I came to understand how powerless they are. All of the power is concentrated in the hands of the Speaker and the Senate president, and to some extent the chairmen of the committees. Those who don’t move in lockstep with the leadership really can’t get anything done. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ve just added an exciting new feature. You can now follow our own special brand of coverage of independent candidates on Facebook.

Starting today all our posts to Massachusetts Election 2010 are streamed automatically to our new Facebook group. Now you can either visit our site, or just join the Facebook group and get your updates that way.

This new feature joins the many other ways you can stay informed on the upcoming November elections. You can follow us on Twitter by following #MassElection. Or you can subscribe to the blog via email.

We have also added the ability to share any article you see by using the Share links, allowing you to easily share an article to your own Facebook wall, Digg, email and many other social media outlets.

The latest Rasmussen poll has some surprising numbers. There is the expected high approval ratings for Scott Brown – 70%. But what is really surprising is this:

Generally speaking, would it better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were reelected this November or if most of them were defeated?

25% Better if most incumbents were reelected
53% Better if most incumbents were defeated
22% Not sure

Massachusetts voters – by a whopping 2-1 margin – would like to see the majority of their congressional delegation defeated.

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Marie St. Fleur

Marie St. Fleur was an up and coming legislator, vice chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and a member of the  Judiciary Committee and by all accounts someone who was going do well in the Legislature.

But she quickly found out how little power representatives have to get things done. They find out quickly – if you hope to have a future you have to vote with the House leadership.

First she tried to get out of the Legislature and run for Lieutenant Governor with Thomas Reilly in 2005.  Even though she’s popular in her district and could probably win re-election easily she’s decided against seeking re-election.

“Government is stuck right now…We can’t get it together to make a decision.”

In my conversations with legislators, several have said off the record that in the House a large number of representatives are “demoralized” because so little gets done. The result is that many legislators are deciding against seeking re-election. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m working to make the Massachusetts government more responsive to people’s needs by working to replace as many long serving, insider focused legislators with a new crop of more open and responsive legislators.

I’m going to be tracking as many legislative races as I can, and researching the candidates to see which ones are mostly likely to be independent and responsive to people’s needs.

I’ve got a few issues that are important to me – but this site is going to be about more than that. We need open minded legislators who will put the needs of the people ahead of the needs of special interests.

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