Tag Archives: patronage

In Atlanta, they asked would you like a little “Sierra Tea” beating back transit tax

The Tea Party grows up, opening itself up to coalition building. It worked in Atlanta. On the other side stood the little guys: Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and Colleen Kiernan from the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club. Despite seemingly dueling ideologies, they found common cause to lobby against a 1-cent-on-the-dollar tax to pay for 157…

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Patrick needs to cut more

In today’s Boston Globe article titled “Patrick takes aim at agency salaries” Governor Patrick has decided to take aim at the salaries of some of the top executives in 42 independent state agencies. I applaud this move as being a good first step but Patrick needs to go further. Base salaries for the chiefs at the agencies – not including…

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The gift that keeps on giving….Probation!

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Will these probation stories ever end and will Michael Rush be held accountable for effectively misappropriating public funds by insisting on the hiring of his unqualified Dad? A jury in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday awarded $506,000 to an assistant chief probation officer, finding that she was retaliated against after complaining about her…

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Treasurer Tim, What’s the real story?

Tim it’s time to come clean about your relationship with John O’Brien, the currently suspended chief of the probation department.  Earlier today you told Statehouse News Service the following: Asked about Probation Commissioner John O’Brien, whose wife and daughter both work for the Treasury, Cahill replied, “I know him. He’s a guy from Quincy, and that’s really about it. There’s…

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The Governor’s budget would add 500 state employees – goodbye dedicated bar advocates!

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) I don’t have time to retype, so please bear with me and review and check the links here: http://www.bluemassgroup.com/d… The analysis done by legislative counsel for the Massachusetts Association of Court Appointed Attorneys www.macaa.biz is that this budget expands the employee positions at the Committee for Public Counsel Services from 442 to…

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