Congressman Markey was in Worcester today…

…and we were there to hear what he had to say. Here’s a quick video of his remarks at the Broadway Diner, 100 Water St in Worcester:

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Senate Special Election Dates Set!

The special election schedule for the Senate race:

Primary: April 30
Special Election: June 25

Candidates will have one month to collect the 10,000 signatures needed to place his/her name on the ballot.
We’re ready!

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Salt Lake City Tribune endorses Obama: “Too Many Mitts”

Well reasoned argument in favor of Obama and against Romney, from a source that sounds sadly disappointed by Romney’s failure, during his presidential bid, to maintain the integrity of who he had been.

Tribune Endorsement:  Too Many Mitts
Obama has earned another term

. . .

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

. . .

In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

shape-shifting is very popular is current science fiction these day
should Romney lose his Presidential bid, and retire from politics as his wife has said he would, I could ensivison a movie trilogy . . .or maybe a Fox tv series – on the far-fetched story of a shape-shifter who wins the Oval Office


. . . can you imagine . . . he really could run the country . . be the Speaker one day . . . become his own opposition . . . or rule the world  .. . he could morph into Putin, oust Assad . . . He’d have had a BLAST as Sarkozy . . . he’d be his best Secret Service protection . . .

ok  . . .I’m calling dibs on this idea  – consider it copyrighted/trademarked/patented/mine as of now






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on the wisdom of the electorate?

The sign reading, “Help yourself” must have blown away, right?  why else would the cones be in the road, if not to be taken?

In Dover, police responded to two complaints within two hours of people taking traffic cones from the road.

The first call was about a group of young girls getting out of a minivan and grabbing the cones; the caller got their license plate and police contacted the girls, arranging for them to return the cones.

Police responded to as second call after a witness saw another woman taking cones; the woman told police she thought the public could take them. She was advised she was not correct.

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Joe Kennedy in Milford!

The Greater Blackstone Valley Dems are sponsoring a Meet-and Greet for Joe Kennedy III next Saturday, August 4th, from 2 – 4 PM at Peg Knowlton’s home, 14 Chestnut St., Milford. As I am sure most of you know, Joe is a candidate for Congress in the redrawn 4th district. Light refreshments will be provided.

So we can get a sense of expected attendance, I ask that you RSVP to Jay Gilchrist (508-395-9367).

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Warren wins the nomination at the Democratic State Convention!

I was the “greeter whip” for the Warren campaign for my senate district at yesterday’s convention – I greeted every delegate as they arrived and checked off their name on the list. I then coordinated with the “data whip”, who had an IPhone app that allowed him to update the Warren campaign database. The convention itself was great, with many state political luminaries addressing the crowd – Lt Governor Tim Murray got the crowd fired up for Governor Deval Patrick, who came out and hit a giant home run of a speech!

Finally it was time to hear from our Senate candidates. The Warren campaign showed a video montage of political pundits speaking about Elizabeth – Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, and many more, they even included Jon Stewart’s hilarious “I want to make out with you” moment! Then Elizabeth came out and delivered a fiery address, hitting every major them of her campaign – you can be certain that Scott Brown is polishing his resume after that one! People were cheering madly and waving signs for her, you could tell she had absolutely massive support.

Marisa DeFranco came out next, and while her speech was fiery, you could see that she had very little support. Looking around, I could only count about 15 signs for her. The handwriting was on the wall.

The voting came next. Every delegate was called by name – each one cast his/her vote, each vote was repeated for everyone to hear and recorded. Out of 55 delegates in my district, 2 voted for DeFranco, the rest for Warren. I helped the data whip get the votes updated on his phone.

We had several more speeches after that, and a few resolutions were unanimously adopted. Party chair John Walsh then announced the vote total, and the place went nuts! Elizabeth came out and said a few words, thanking Marisa DeFranco for running a fine campaign and otherwise energizing raucous crowd. We stayed for her first impromptu press conference, then it was over.

Here’s a couple of pictures:




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Scott Brown’s Piece of Advice

Progress Mass has created a web video highlighting a real problem for Scott Brown: his allegiance to Mitt Romney as the economic savior of our nation! Watch it here:

Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts leaves much to be desired, from his dismal 47th in the nation job creation numbers to the billions of dollars in “deferred maintenance” he had a hand in building, this state suffered when he was at the helm. If he is elected president, his announced economic agenda would reduce taxes on wealthy folks like himself by an average of $150,000.00 and wreak havoc in an already fragile situation.

If Scott Brown really thinks Willard Romney should be entrusted with economic decisions the rest of us will have to live with, then it’s truly time to send him a one-way ticket back to Wrentham.

Please make this video go viral – like it on Facebook, tweet bout it, email it to friends and family. Let’s get the word out there, and let’s win back that senate seat!

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Editorial cartoon: Choice? pink or blue

Mike Peters by Mike Peters
Mike Peters - 03/17/2012
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Editorial Cartoon: GOP & ‘Overreaching’

Lee Judge - 03/13/2012
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Editorial Cartoon: Romney & Gravitas Injections

Kirk Walters - 03/13/2012
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