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Marty Walsh wades back into local politics

Freed from those pesky rules that keep federal officials from endorsing candidates, current NHL Players Association President Marty Walsh has made an endorsement for the District 3 (Dorchester) City Council seat Frank Baker is giving up, the Dorchester Reporter reports: John FitzGerald, whose father, Kevin, shared an office with Walsh when Walsh was first elected a state rep back in the day.

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If Brittany had tapped a top NHL draft pick on the back in Las Vegas? "Let me introduce you to my Boston Calling friends..."

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The case the Obama administration brought against city employees Brissette and Sullivan was so typical of limousine liberals.

If a city government can't mandate union labor at good wages at a discretionary private event on city property, then what are politics and elections for?

Judge threw the case out for that reason.

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A jury of their peers, people like me and right wingers like you, found them guilty...how bout dat

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It's not against the law to be supercilious and hypocritical, liberal, yet I could persuade a jury to convict you.

But in the case of Sullivan and Brissette, they didn't even do anything bad.
Call me a "right winger," but city governments should be mandating union labor on their property.

The law matters. Shame on Ortiz and Obama for bringing that case

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Call me a "right winger," but city governments should be mandating union labor on their property.

I think it's a fine idea if our duly elected city government wants to mandate union labor on city property. They can pass a municipal ordinance accordingly.

But that's not what happened here, is it? It wasn't the city government acting within its legal authority telling the event organizers to hire union labor, it was 2 city employees acting well outside their legal authority, trying to enforce a rule that didn't actually exist, and threatening the event organizer with a bad outcome if the organizers didn't hire union labor

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If the city was violating its own rules, Boston Calling could have gone into civil court for an injunction when its permit was held up.

But city executive officials have discretion whether or not to approve permits like the one Boston Calling wanted, so no legal remedy

Commerical music events on City Hall plaza have been few and far between, because the city doesn't like them much (a downtown rampage after one concert years ago comes to mind).

It was a profit-seeking enterprise, not a protest, so 1st Amendment didn't give them a right.

The "bad outcome" you insinuate about was very simple: they wouldn't have got their permit. The city has "legal authority" to turn down any such event in which the negatives, in its view, outweigh the positives for the city. Demanding union labor was a way to get a favorable balance.

This is Law and Politics 101, amazing that the Obama administration sided with the business over labor and local government.

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But city executive officials have discretion whether or not to approve permits like the one Boston Calling wanted

There’s “discretion” and then there’s “I’m not going to issue the permit unless you hire my nephew / donate to my favorite charity / hire my favorite union,” none of which confer any direct benefit on the official but all of which are obviously corrupt as hell.

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Unions are organized by sectors. How many unions had cognizance over the work Boston Calling wanted to hire scabs from South Carolina or someplace to do?

It's not like there were a lot of unions to choose from.

Politics is about making choices in the exercise of power.

Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner puts it very well

Assume no union involvement: Let’s say a company using city property for a concert doesn’t hire women or minorities. A city official says to the company representative, “If you don’t hire women or minorities, you will be picketed by women’s groups or by the NAACP.’’ And let’s say the support of those groups happened to have been crucial to his boss’s election. Is that extortion or just representative government?

The law doesn’t distinguish between constituents — the ones you are allowed to help, and the one you can’t. In fact, unions are an important constituency. That’s why so many observers are decrying the jury’s verdict.

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I have to imagine that a league of hockey players (and run almost entirely by former hockey players) isn't going to need to bring in outside help for something like that.

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Be a “car guy” somewhere else.

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… you've got to understand: Marty is going to endorse you.

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Hahaha!

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...or is this guy working overtime to establish his "failed upwards" credentials?

Why he ever got to be Labor Secretary is beyond me.

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