Blue Mass. Group posts some details of the plan to create new "accountable care organizations" of hospitals and doctors that would manage the overall care of groups of patients, in theory bringing down health-care prices - just like HMOs were supposed to do by managing the overall care of groups of patients.
The Boston Haitian Reporter alerts us a National Guard battalion will head to Haiti in April to help with reconstruction efforts.
Gov. Patrick, looking like he just got off a plow, just informed us that the heavy, wet snow is snapping power lines all over the place. He said he declared a state of emergency and that, as a precautionary measure, activated 250 Guard members just in case they're needed to help get people to shelters.
Meanwhile, Amtrak is six feet under; no clue when service... Read more
Democrats held a get-out-the-vote rally in Adams Park in Roslindale Square this afternoon. All the party bigwigs were there, along with assorted union members and party activists. Gov. Deval Patrick told them he's had enough of 15 months of Charlie Baker:
Congressman Mike Capuano... Read more
Latest Suffolk poll shows Patrick 7 points ahead. Baker campaign bravely says their own polling shows a dead-even race, which a reporter with an attention span longer than 30 seconds reports really means the Baker campaign is now in free fall.
The Herald tries to buck its man up, quotes Baker as blaming Patrick for the national economic collapse. John Carroll... Read more
With one week left in the campaign, what have we learned? That every candidate for every office everywhere is a slavering, fanged troll who eats live babies and puppies as snacks, except for that nice Steve Grossman. He's such a mensch.
Speaking of slavering, fanged trolls, don't say mean things about un-birther Bill Hudak or he'll sue you.
The Globe is just wondering: How... Read more
Associated Press uncovers a memo from Baker to then boss Paul Celllucci, urging him to sit on news of escalating Big Dig costs until after Cellucci beat Scott Harshbarger back in the day. Tony ponders:
Baker advocated that the financial mess the Big Dig was causing for the state be hidden from the public until after the election in November 1998. Yes, Charlie... Read more
Look for the Dems to crow that the state's unemployment rate is down and the Republicans to thunder about how the number of jobless increased. The Globe attempts to explain how that could happen; the Herald gleefully predicts the crushing job-loss news will crush Deval Patrick's chances.
Mike Ball reports on a rare live public appearance by Secretary of State for Life Bill Galvin.
Hey, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain peeps: Today's the very special preliminary election for city council, so go vote.
Before Barack Obama arrived in Boston last weekend to campaign for Deval Patrick, three Emerson College students and a fourth from Lesley College arrived at Hynes Convention Center around 6 a.m., more than six hours before doors would open.
Election tomorrow! Well, for city council in District 6 (West Roxbury, JP and pieces of Roslindale and Mission Hill), at any rate. Will turnout get into double digits?
The Globe says Patrick should stop blaming Baker for MBTA fare increases. But at least Patrick didn't sign documents saying the Big Dig would only cost $7.7 billion when he knew it would cost more... Read more
The Globe takes a look at the effort to repeal Chap. 40B, which relates to housing construction in towns where less than 10% of the housing stock is "affordable."
Wicked Local compares Markey and Dembrowski on job creation.
Punditocracy: Yvonne Abraham... Read more
Taylor, of course, appears at a Hynes rally today with Patrick and Obama. Red Mass. Group hopefully asks: Is Barack about to do the same for Deval as he did for Martha?
Robert Dwyer, who writes about wine, will be voting yes on Question 1, which would repeal the sale tax on wine. Dwyer explains why that was no easy decision, especially after he learned that even with the tax, Massachusetts still ranks in the bottom ten states for tax levels on booze.
What did you think?
My big takeaway was that Jill Stein seemed like an afterthought; she was the only one who didn't really get to enunciate what it was she stood for, besides not being one of the other three. Still not sure if that's because she wasn't able to do so or because she seemed to get a lot less opportunity to talk... Read more
When he lost the primary to Deval Patrick in 2006, Reilly didn't show up at a post-election Democratic unity rally. And he's still sticking it to Patrick, this time over the issue of how the state helped Harvard Pilgrim get back on its financial feet. The Outraged Liberal explains how Patrick should have compared what the state did to a Wall Street bailout, rather... Read more
John Carroll watched the debate so you didn't have to:
David Tuerck? Michael Widmer? The Pacheco Law? The Connector?
Are the candidates so out of touch they think the average voter knows what they're talking about when they just toss out those names?
Memo to gubernatorial hopefuls: You’re done with the insiders. It's real people you need to talk to now.
Richard... Read more