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By adamg - 1/23/09 - 6:00 pm

The Lowell Sun is reporting. And DiMasi's flack is denying.

By adamg - 1/6/09 - 8:00 am

The Outraged Liberal rounds up the latest on Sal DiMasi and Richard Vitale (hero to slackers everywhere - his lawyer tried to get his arraignment postponed this week because dude was on vacation).

By adamg - 11/11/08 - 3:50 pm

Jay Fitzgerald has been making the case for what's left of the Massachusetts Republican Party to basically secede and recast itself as the party of fiscal restraint to keep Massachusetts from descending into one-party despotism.

But why wait? We've already got Democrats ripping into Sal DiMasi (over the whole Cognos affair, which the Globe has turned into a daily feature).

By adamg - 11/9/08 - 10:18 am

Bumpkin draws a picture; any insurgency involving pro-slots Rep. David Flynn is suspect.

By adamg - 11/8/08 - 11:24 am

Jay Fitzgerald marvels at the slow-motion coup unfolding in the House of Representatives.

By adamg - 11/3/08 - 9:02 am

The Globe: DiMasi refuses to provide records:

House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi is refusing to comply with a demand for records from the state Ethics Commission in its conflict-of-interest investigation, leading to a secretive legal showdown that has yet to be resolved, according to officials familiar with the matter.

In this post-Wilkerson world in which we live, Mike Ball doesn't get it:

Contemporary with Sen. Dianne Wilkerson's protracted disgrace — and her unwillingness to live in the same world of laws and consequences as most of us — Salvatore F. DiMasi is likely blowing up his on scandal in the making.

The Outraged Liberal wonders if DiMasi really has something to hide in the case involving former DiMasi confidante Richard Vitale and the way Cognos (now part of IBM) got a state software contract:

... The circumstantial evidence surrounding DiMasi, Vitale and the software manufacturer Cognos is not pretty and needs to be properly sorted out. But that can't happen when principals decline to provide the material investigators say they need to do their job. ...

By adamg - 10/21/08 - 8:26 am

Globe: DiMasi's ally gets scrutiny from AG.

The Outraged Liberal wonders who hates DiMasi enough to leak word of a grand-jury investigation:

... The fact Coakley's office is involved in hardly startling. It doesn't take a fortune teller to know that Vitale, Cognos and the other players in this drama have raised a lot of eyebrows. You don't hire George Regan as a mouthpiece if you are innocent as a newborn babe.

But to drop a dime on the Globe, two weeks before an election, even one in which DiMasi is running unopposed, is a very serious message that someone has the Speaker in his sights. ...

By adamg - 7/30/08 - 8:29 am

The Globe just keeps digging up more on Sal's pals. Maybe the Globe details explain the Herald story about the continued strife between DiMasi and the other bulls in the herd.

By adamg - 5/17/08 - 11:35 am

The Outraged Liberal sums up that latest news on Richard Vitale, the strategist lobbyist pal of Sal DiMasi.

By adamg - 5/12/08 - 12:59 pm

Sal DiMasi expresses his outrage at the calumnies of the Republican Party (Wait? We have one? Yes, seems we do) regarding his ethics, or alleged lack thereof, in a letter to fellow House members.

By adamg - 4/27/08 - 11:40 am

Let's be completely uncynical for a moment and take Sal DiMasi at his word that he never once discussed some bill his pal, who gave him a discounted third mortgage, was hired to push, as the Globe quotes him as saying. In which case, he really needs to tell chum Richard Vitale to shut the frick up - and register as a lobbyist for chrissakes. Also, ever notice how often George Regan is involved in this sort of story?

The Outraged Liberal is getting tired of the disparities in the way the public treats Deval Patrick's alleged foibles (drapes!) with DiMasi's more serious ethical questions:

... DiMasi bumps along from one questionable encounter and deal to another without so much as an eyebrow raised on the public scene.

Part of the difference of course is that Patrick was elected statewide with a promise of changing business as usual. DiMasi represents one district in the North End, runs the Massachusetts House and is business as usual.

And he's been winning -- casinos, corporate tax reporting. You get the picture. ...

By adamg - 3/28/08 - 9:16 am

Quick! Who is Matt Viser talking about in this story in the Globe today?

They stood several feet away from one another, but their eyes rarely met. They did embrace briefly.

But did they retire somewhere quiet after to talk things over in private?

By adamg - 3/27/08 - 8:51 am

So instead it devotes front-page space to detail how Deval Patrick isn't a Third-World tyrant bending the state legislature to his will, while failing, as the Outraged Liberal notes, to pick up on the possible ethical questions being raised about Sal DiMasi.

Still, as Dan Kennedy writes:

By adamg - 3/24/08 - 9:15 am

Think state leaders will re-examine the gas tax and our crumbling transportation infrastructure? Nah, didn't think so.

Speaking of the legislature, Cognos sure seems to pop up in the news a lot for a company only the people who read Network World would normally have heard of (yes, that was a blatant link to my day job; however, I can assure you there is no quid pro quo). The Outraged Liberal says:

Coming on the heels of DiMasi dispensing committee vice chairmanships for votes to defeat the casino gambling bill, the Speaker has a definite appearance problem.

By adamg - 3/23/08 - 1:25 pm

Dan Kennedy is happy House Speaker Sal DiMasi used his Fists of Power for good by killing Deval Patrick's casino plan.

The Outraged Liberal isn't so enamored of DiMasi's display of legislative might and says that, in any case, DiMasi actually tried giving Patrick a fair shake but that Patrick emulated first-term Mike Dukakis by trying to run roughshod over the legislature.

By adamg - 3/20/08 - 9:09 am

WaveMaker is loving Sal DiMasi's claim that nobody was pressured during yesterday's committee vote on the Patrick casino plan, which almost became a tie vote, even though the committee has an odd number of members:

... On the most controversial and far-reaching public policy issue to come before the legislature since gay marriage, one duly elected representative of the people couldn't pull the trigger. Unless Rep. Rice has a clear and obvious conflict of interest that would lawfully prevent him from voting, he should be taken into the public arena and flogged. ...

And then there's the Republican who changed his mind and voted against the bill. Wave Maker, himself a Republican, has more to say about him, but let's turn to the left, where Massachusetts Liberal wonders:

Fashion mavens in the Statehouse today will be checking to see what Wrentham Republican Richard Ross is wearing with his suit. In particular, they will be checking to see if the sling for his twisted arm matches the fabric. ...

Back to Wave Maker:

... There is another element to this vote that should deeply trouble observers of democracy. Legislative Committee votes are to be taken in open sessions where the public and the press are able to observe the process. In this instance, however -- for reasons yet unexplained -- "two votes were taken by email and phone" and counted inside closed offices instead of committee rooms.

By adamg - 3/14/08 - 7:49 am

Oh, so casino hearings in the legislature next week? The Outraged Liberal reads the latest on the issue and suggests:

Maybe they should hold next week's casino bill hearing in a boxing ring. Or a steel cage. This is about as dysfunctional as state government gets. ...

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