Carol Claros Loses
Carol Claros, who gave it a tough fight, in a district where Mitt Romney got 28.7% in 2012, came up short. She garnered a little over 35% of the vote yesterday. The Worcester Telegram has the story.
Democrat Daniel Donahue’s campaign claimed victory Tuesday night in the 26-year-old former mayoral staffer’s bid for state representative in the 16th Worcester District.
In unofficial results with all 11 precincts reporting, Mr. Donahue garnered 1,606 votes, 63.38 percent, to his Republican opponent, Carol Claros’ 910 votes, 35.91 percent.
A total of 2,534 votes were cast, about 12 percent of the district’s nearly 21,500 registered voters.
Steinhof Loses a Close One
David Steinhof, also running in a very tough district, with about the same average Democratic winning percentage as Claros’ district, lost by about 8 percentage points last night. The Fall River Herald News has the story.
Carole A. Fiola will represent the 6th Bristol Representative District after winning Tuesday night’s special election for the open House seat over Republican challenger David L. Steinhof.
Fiola, a local businesswoman and a former Governor’s Council representative, narrowly defeated Steinhof by 8 percentage points, garnering 2,861 votes to Steinhof’s 2,536.
Second City Asks You To KickStart WWIII
The improv, and sketch, troupe Second City, from Chicago, released a video that has gone viral yesterday. The video is a short infomercial asking you to help KickStart WWIII.
Deval Patrick Reverses Course on Tech Tax
Deval Patrick, who originally proposed the Tech Tax is now against it. The Boston Globe has the story.
Governor Deval Patrick abruptly changed course Tuesday and said he no longer supports a controversial new tax on computer software services that has triggered a fierce backlash from the state’s technology community and spawned numerous attempts to repeal it.
While mostly silent in the weeks since the tax was adopted by the state Legislature, Patrick said Tuesday that after hearing complaints about it directly from technology executives, he concluded the new tax had become “a serious blot.”
“It’s time for it to go,” he said in an interview with the Globe. “I’m persuaded that the impact to our reputation is too problematic. We’ve worked really, really hard to establish ourselves as an innovation hub in the world, and we ought not do anything that compromises that.”
Patrick himself originally proposed the computer software tax back in January to help pay for major improvements to the state’s crumbling transportation systems. But it received little notice in the months of debate on Beacon Hill as he and legislative leaders instead wrangled over other issues, such as the gas tax and highway tolls.
Hard Rock Casino Loses
The Hard Rock Casino planned for West Springfield went down to defeat in a city-wide vote yesterday. The Springfield Republican has the story.
Opponents of the proposed $800 million Hard Rock New England casino were celebrating Tuesday night as they received results verifying that their campaign opposing the casino had won by a margin of 55 to 45 percent.
“It’s David against Goliath,” said Pastor Chuck Wimer of Jubilee Outreach Center on Prospect Avenue. Wimer is a member of the Council of Churches, which is opposed to the effort to bring casinos to the state.
The final vote was 4,165 against to 3,413 in favor, with 45.68 percent of the town’s registered voters casting ballots.
Nathan Bech, a West Springfield resident who headed the anti-casino effort in town, said he plans to head to Palmer with the idea of helping a campaign to repeal the casino legislation in the state. Palmer is scheduled to vote Nov. 5 on a host community agreement between the town and Mohegan Sun, which is proposing a resort casino on land across from Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 8.
Wait didn’t they just vote to take away the contract property rights of the Hard Rock?