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.
This week in the GOP war on women's health.
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 warned Republicans not to count Democrats out:
Campaign roundup: Apparently the Secretary of State's office is shortstaffed, because Bill Galvin has to do everything himselfBy adamg - 10/28/10 - 8:31 am
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.
Video from a congressional forum sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition in Brookline last night. One of the attendees was parodist un-birther Hudak, who withdrew his Tierney's-mean-to-me lawsuit yesterday.
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.
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 Baker advised Governor Paul Cellucci to hide important information from the public, the taxpayers, the citizens, the voters of Massachusetts to assure the the reelection of his boss. This is a condescending, insulting attitude and a perfect example of the politics of lies.
The Herald reports the two major candidates for governor are dogged by questions in the final week of the campaign: Baker by Jeff Perry, Patrick by job losses.
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 Perry is a cretin).
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 than $11 billion. The Herald reports Patrick took donations from gambling lobbyists.
The Herald also shows the sort of gritty courage we expect from a scrappy tabloid: It dares to compare the fashion sense of the three men running for governor:
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 to accusations against him about his work on the Big Dig. He has also done a shoddy job indeed of utilizing the media to reach out to voters.
Tom Reilly knows how to hold a grudge.
Oh, noes, how will Massachusetts residents learn we have the best lottery in the country?
I'm a liar? You're a liar! Brad Marston wonders how the head of the Back Bay Association can call him a liar when she gave as much as she could to incumbent Marty Walz two years ago.
Bielat wants Frank to release an ethics report on his trip to the Virgin Islands.
Campaign roundup: Tim Cahill remains in toaster set to extra dark; Back Bay group calls Marston a liarBy adamg - 10/14/10 - 8:11 am
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.
Campaign roundup: Wine writer faced tough decision on liquor sales tax; Patrick tries to run as outsiderBy adamg - 10/13/10 - 8:47 am
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 be charging for popcorn.
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 in the first half of the debate.
Charlie get mad.
Give me the biggest lecture I ever had.
I want a brave man, I want a cave man.
Charlie, show me that you care, really care for me.
Every time you debated me,
You let Timmy cut in constantly,
When he'd ask, you'd never speak.
Must you always be so meek?
Credit where credit is due. And kazoos!
Apparently, Mainstream Media doesn't find Jill Stein to be Worthy. Dan Kennedy: That raises a question: What are debates for?
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 than talking about state aid:
Harvard Pilgrim apparently received an $80.9 million tax-free bond through the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority -- a quasi-public agency that, ironically, Patrick abolished this year and merged into MassDevelopment.
The authority then created a nonprofit entity to buy Harvard Pilgrim's Kenmore Square property and lease it back.
All of that was on top of state receivership under then-Attorney General Reilly.
So, no, the state didn't cut a check to Baker's HMO. It just did everything but.