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The Eight Best Ideas in the New MassGOP Platform

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Like many others, we watched with great interest as the Massachusetts Republican Party debated and voted on its platform last week. (The full text can be found here.) However, we were focusing on those parts of the document that deal with our big issues: fiscal responsibility, a healthier business climate, and…

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Lantigua Should Resign… And Democrats Should Publicly Pressure Him To Do So

The latest with Mayor Lantigua: Yet Lantigua didn’t report paying a dime to rent Chester’s at Bell Tower Square or to feed at least 50 guests, costs that easily could have exceeded $2,000 for newlyweds planning their reception with the same number of people. […] Such a reporting lapse by a politician appears to violate the state’s campaign finance laws…

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Bipartisanship in the Senate

    About a month ago, Senator Jamie Eldridge’s office filed legislation on my behalf. The draft bills, currently Senate Dockets 1921 and 1922, deal with improving the business climate in the state beyond the Clawback bill, and reforming state government while reducing spending. Granted, they’re both large-scale undertakings, but I feel it is necessary to get them on the…

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Legislative Leaders “Duped”by Registry Fee

Murray, Baddour, Wagner  Surprised By Fee – Which Had A Public Hearing Months Ago After two days of outrage and political posturing, Governor Deval Patrick has acquiesced and rescinded the unpopular $5 registry fee which went into effect on Monday, March 1.  While I do not shy away from criticizing this administration, he has at least stood up and admitted…

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Legislature passes Ethics Bill, Awaits Patrick’s Signature

Legislative leaders unveiled the most sweeping ethics overhaul in decades yesterday, as they attempted to move past a series of high-profile scandals on Beacon Hill and reach an accord with Governor Deval Patrick on a sales tax increase. The ethics bill – which strengthens enforcement, levies higher penalties for violations, and bans nearly all gifts to public officials – is…

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Poll: Voters Now Trust Republicans Over Democrats

Voters now trust Republicans over Democrats in six of ten key issues according to a new Rasmussen Poll out yesterday. The latest poll shows that 45% trust Republicans on the economy over 39% who trust the Democrats. According to the poll this is the first time Republicans have led on this issues in two years. It also shows that voters…

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