Author Archives: Ashburnham

Now What?

Ok. Now that the Massachusetts Republican Party has lost TWO MORE seats in the Massachusetts House (due to incumbent Republicans not seeking re-election) and has lost every other challenge to Democrat or open seats in the House, Senate and state-wide (and federal) elections this year, WHAT NOW? I know that this year was a tough year for the Republican Party…

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Why Rice Abstained

Here is the portion of the transcript from yesterday’s House debate on Casinos where Representative Robert Rice (D-Gardner) attempted to Amend the bill: A ROLL CALL INDICATED 150 MEMBERS PRESENT GOVERNOR’S CASINO BILL: Question came on accepting the adverse report of the Economic Development Committee on H 4307 Gov. Patrick’s bill relative to establishing and regulating resort casinos in the…

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Tempest In A Teapot

Let me begin by saying that I wish no disrespect to the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate or their passionate followers. That being said, I shake my head in disappointment as I see all the passionate supporters beating each other over the head about Beatty versus Ogonowski. My reaction is that YOU ARE ALL MISSING THE POINT! The focus of…

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Governor Patrick: Extortionist

(I don’t think running someone for US Senate is wasting time, but thanks for this analysis.  Some of us here on RMG are more interested in the “politics” side of things.  Others are more interested in policy.  Thank you as always for contributing by way of important policy discussions. – promoted by EaBo Clipper) While some of you were wasting…

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MMA Endorses House Docket #4651

( – promoted by EaBo Clipper) The Massachusetts Municipal Association held its Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The MMA represents the local officials in Massachusetts who run our cities and towns: Mayors, Selectmen, Advisory and Finance Committees, Town Administrators and other local officials. As part of a resolution that calls upon…

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I Want My Money BACK!

Forgive me please for being greedy, but I want my money back! I voted in 2000 to have the state income tax rate brought down to 5%. My state representative and my state senator voted no. When the state proposed the lottery system, our “Fathers” (Legislators) in this paternalistic system known as the “nanny state” told us that cities and…

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Republican Elected Mayor in Gardner!!

( – promoted by EaBo Clipper) Republican Mark P. Hawke, the son of former State Representative Robert Hawke, of Gardner, just won a STUNNING landslide victory over incumbent Democrat Mayor Gerald St. Hillaire this evening!! Hawke won 72% of the vote to become the first Republican Mayor of the Dem stronghold city in recent memory!!! Read about it in the…

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