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Age, Sex and Race Playing a Significant Role

The race is tightening. In the latest Rasmussen Poll, Patrick who last polled at 45% has seen support drop to 41%. He is still seeing benefits from good economic news. Before recent reports of an economic turn around Patrick was polling in the low 30’s.

Baker continues to rise. As the number of voters with no opinion of Baker shrinks he is seeing his poll numbers rise as expected. Probably not as quickly as he needs to, but the differential between Patrick and Baker is narrowing.

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Charlie Baker

Baker unveiled a sweeping tax cut proposal at the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Friday June 10th, reducing corporate sales and income taxes all to 5%.

Corporate Tax Rate at 5%: The proposal is fairly comprehensive, but it would have the effect of greatly simplifying the corporate tax code. The current corporate tax code is complex and taxes businesses in different industries differently with a tax rate in most industries at 8.75%. Baker proposes to reduce the corporate tax rate on all industries to 5% within 4 years.

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Cindy Creem

Reforms likely to pass the Senate but not Robert DeLeo’s House of Representatives.

Following Sunday’s Globe exposé of patronage hires at the Probation Department, and yesterday’s move by the Supreme Judicial Court to suspend Probation Commissioner O’Brien, the Senate today proposed a budget amendment to reform some the Probation Department’s most egregious  structural problems, with a proposal that reduces some of the Legislature’s influence in Probation Department hiring.

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Chief Justice Robert Mulligan in 2008

Tensions between the Judiciary and the Legislature have simmered for years over the legislators use of the courts as a source of patronage jobs for the politically connected. This year’s budget process may have finally set off a battle between the Judiciary and the Legislature which will play out during the election season.

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Charlie Baker

For a few weeks now we’ve seen a mysterious poster on twitter promoting a web site to political activists called ““. It was a single page that asked “Had enough of high taxes, political corruption and insider deals?” The source of the messages and purpose of the site was unknown.

Today we found out – that page was a promotion for Charlie Baker’s speaking tour this week. He’s going around the state making his case for reducing taxes, and fixing the endemic corruption we’ve had over the past several years. The tour starts today in Framingham and will end Thursday afternoon at the State House.

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RGA’s Negative Ads Work – But do they Benefit Patrick more than Baker?

From Rasmussen’s poll analysis:

“Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has gained ground over the past month and now earns 45% of the vote in his bid for reelection against Republican Charlie Baker and independent Tim Cahill. That’s a 10-point jump from a month ago and the Democratic incumbent’s best showing in surveys stretching back to June of last year.

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Peter Smulowitz

Supporters of Ross and Smulowitz have been out in force today turning out the vote for their candidates. The twitterscape is alive today with messages to get out the vote.

Progressive Activists out in Force for Smulowitz

Smulowitz has been getting a huge amount of support from progressive activists. Charles Rudnick, a progressive candidate for Senate from Brookline has been out knocking on doors for Smulowitz, as has Sarah Compton, former field Director for Obama for America MA, and Harmony Wu, prominent progressive organizer for Yes We Can Needham. Smulowitz phone banks were mobbed with supporters today, and phone banks have been set up in many other towns as well, from the Sourth Shore to Northampton.

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Yet the Republican Governors Association’s target isn’t really Tim Cahill

The RGA released a new ad today targeting Tim Cahill, in an attack that seems to be long term and coordinated. Starting about a week ago the RGA began a campaign blitz of television and internet advertising critical of Cahill.

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Deval Patrick

Yesterday morning Western New England College released the latest poll in the Governor’s race showing support for the three major Gubernatorial candidates:

  • Deval Patrick: 34%
  • Tim Cahill: 29%
  • Charlie Baker: 27%

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The Massachusetts State House

Legislative leaders announced Friday that they intend to cut up to 4% from local aid next year.

There are two pools of local aid:

  • Chapter 70 – which is aid specifically for education, which cities and towns use to supplement their school budgets. This pool is roughly $4 billion dollars per year.
  • Unrestricted local aid – which towns generally use to supplement either education or public safety, like extra police. This pool is roughly $1 billion dollars per year.

You can get a sense of how much local aid your town gets from DOR.

The entire state budget last year was about $30 billion. So this local aid is only about 16% of the total state budget. The 4% cut in these two accounts represents a savings for the state of only 0.6% of the budget.

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Deval Patrick

Polling firm Public Policy Polling released its latest latest poll about Massachusetts. It’s bad news for Deval again:

Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Patrick’s job performance?

Approve …………. 22%
Disapprove ……… 59%
Not Sure ………….. 19%

This is one of the lowest approval ratings of any Governor in America. It’s lower than Jon Corzine who was recalled. More troubling for Patrick is that only 19% of the respondents are “not sure.” To make headway he has the difficult job of converting people who already have a negative opinion. He has an almost 3-1 ratio of unfavorables.

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Deval Patrick

It looks like Deval Patrick may convene a task force on Shared Parenting after all.

For months now, activists for Shared Parenting, bill H1400 have been asking Gov. Patrick to convene a task force on shared parenting like he promised months ago.

It looks like Patrick may keep his promise to the people after all. The Governors cheif legal counsel, Mo Cowan has been making inquiries into who should be on the task force. On the short list are Dr. Net Holstein and Dr. Peter Hill.

Deval Patrick

In his monthly appearance on WTKK, today Governor Deval Patrick promised to convene a task force to study Shared Parenting.

A bill on Shared Parenting has appeared before the Legislature for the last several years. It’s before the Legislature again this year in the form of bill H1400. It would create a presumption that in divorce, when there are two fit parents that shared custody, it is in the best interests of children – a finding backed up by most modern studies on child development after divorce. Read the rest of this entry »

Deval Patrick

This is how deals get done in Massachusetts:

Gov. Deval Patrick’s cash-hungry re-election campaign took in thousands of dollars in contributions from National Grid’s executives, lobbyists and their spouses at a private fund-raiser just days after the administration approved a massive rate increase and brokered a sweetheart deal with the utility.

Patrick’s campaign reported the donations to the state on Dec. 18, but initially failed to include donors’ affiliation with National Grid. It was later amended.

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Charlie Baker

A recent poll by Suffok University/7News shows Charlie Baker surging in the polls, and Deval Patrick’s numbers looking increasingly weak.

In the Republican primary, Baker is well ahead of Mihos 47-17%. So assuming that Baker stays ahead, then in a match-up of Patrick, Baker and Cahill breaks 33/25/23. Patrick is still leading – but not by much.

There are months of campaigning ahead and Baker is still not well known to voters. Even in this latest poll 70% of voters either had not heard of Baker or were undecided. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Rush

Mike Rush

Rep. Michael Rush, a fourth-term House member, is running  Sen. Marian Walsh’s open seat.

Walsh announced on her web site that she is not running for re-election. In the past few years she has attempted to make several moves out of the Senate, at one time accepting and then abandoning a job with the Patrick administration. Now that the seat is officially open its likely new candidates will appear.

Rush is known as a relatively independent Democrat who doesn’t march in lockstep with the party leadership.

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