A month after former U.S. Senator Scott Brown sent out a series of odd tweets from his official social media account, the Fox News commentator finally addressed questions behind a jumbled message—and he blamed it on accidental “pocket tweeting.”
The Globe reports a Suffolk County grand jury indicted him on charges he used $1.65 million in lottery ads to boost his campaign for governor in 2010.
Barney Frank spent much of his victory speech last night complaining about Republicans, added: "Massachusetts has reaffirmed the complete political irrelevance of the Boston Herald." A Republican operative who writes a column for the Herald retorts: I'm irrelevant? You're irrelevant!
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
Mike Ball reports on Jim Henderson's press conference outside Suffolk Law School. Who he? He's the independent running against Bill Galvin, who didn't want to see his shadow and participate in a forum at the school. OK, OK, Galvin tells the Globe because he couldn't take 90 minutes out of his busy day for a debate.
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.
You're an editor for a metropolitan daily. Which story do you put on the front page: Jeff Perry and the strip search or Barney Frank lending his campaign some money? If you're the Herald, you go with the latter (don't forget to throw in some stuff about how Frank is "panic stricken") and ignore the former (save for a Margery Egan column declaring... Read more
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.
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
Sam Obar is not happy with his man's camapaign:
We are now less than three weeks away, and I know for a fact many people, including many I have spoken to, still have no idea who Baker is. He has not gotten his message out to voters, he has not highlighted his record at Harvard Pilgrim, and he has not promptly and properly responded... Read more
The Globe reports why Tim Cahill may have wanted to block publication of those e-mails (he failed):
Politically explosive e-mails released yesterday by former aides to state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill appear to show Cahill's top campaign advisers trying to make sure that a million-dollar, taxpayer-funded ad blitz for the state lottery also benefited Cahill's independent gubernatorial bid.
Latest poll numbers suggest people fleeing... Read more
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.
Firefighters in West Springfield are pissed at Charlie Baker for putting some video of Baker meeting with firefighters in an ad.
The Globe reports Democrats are worried about Republican "fervor," even in Massachusetts.
Charlie Baker goes after welfare queens.
Wicked Local Westwood reminds us there's still a liberal running against Steve Lynch.
Treasurer Tim got a temporary restraining order today, barring some former aides from doing anything with e-mail they allegedly have.
He charges they conspired with Republicans to derail his campaign and says the e-mails have campaign details in them. Republicans charge the e-mails have evidence Cahill was illegally getting workers at the state treasury to do political work for his campaign.
Democrats should... Read more