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13 Etiquette Tips for Republicans at the bipartisan Baker party tonight

(A little fun about a very funny situation tonight!)Charlie Baker’s victory party tonight is going to be something we Republican activists haven’t experienced: a bipartisan affair! He has so many strong Democrat and unenrolled supporters who will be there tonight that I have decided to publish some helpful tips on etiquette so we don’t unnecessarily upset our new friends:  …

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Will the word ‘progressive’ help the Dems in November?

Among the Democratic candidates for governor, there has been some talk about the word progressive, especially as there is jockeying to be the candidate most worthy of that classification. But what does the word mean? It’s not a trivial question. As a Republican activist, my opinion on this is probably not worth much to those who are talking about it,…

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A MassGOP Mother’s Day message… with teeth!

On Mother’s Day, Massachusetts politicians of all types talk about how much they appreciate their mothers, and all mothers. The messages are forgettable. After reading dozens of these, I decided to write a message to moms about how Republican reforms will ease their struggles, and the tone is about as warm and fuzzy as a screaming toddler: “We Republicans care…

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Marty Walsh moves to annex Brookline

In a surprise move, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has moved hundreds of police officers into nearby Brookline in order to annex the town. He claims this nearby enclave has “many people with Boston accents” and that it was a “historical error” that separated Brookline from Boston a few hundred years ago. The Brookline Police Department, accustomed to dealing with wild…

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MassGOP Delegates: Would a Primary for Gov Help?

This Saturday, Massachusetts Republican Delegates will gather for our convention. We will engage in a variety of party-building activities. But one of the most important decisions we must make is this: should we have a primary for governor by giving Mark Fisher 15% of our support, or should we say no and put forth Charlie Baker as our sole candidate…

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MassGOP Platform: Religion superior to government

Missed in the outrage over abortion and marriage, the just-passed MassGOP Platform has radical, sequential, statements on religion, which, taken together, reflect an angry desire to make religion superior to government: government can’t touch religious people, but religious people can put their values into policy when it chooses. This is a violation of even the most minimal view of the…

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MassGOP: Hopeless Candidates Positively Can Hurt Us

There are people running hopeless campaigns all over America. But in this state, where the Republican party is weak, they can harm us, even if just a little. We cannot afford any more damage, and it’s time to stop applauding every person who decides to run. We must distinguish between longshots that could help and longshots that could hurt. We…

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How MassGOP Should Handle Connector Meltdown: P-A-I-R

The Health Connector meltdown, a state government failure that is completely apart from the federal Patient Protection Act, has rocked Massachusetts politics, with multiple, shocking front-page stories in the Globe and Herald. This is clearly an opportunity for the MassGOP to explain how to help all these people in need and why we can do better. In fact, I think…

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