Tag Archives: Robert DeLeo

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I have mentioned before that a good friend has known Speaker Bob DeLeo since they were kids, and vouches for him as an ethical straight-shooter.  So I personally have cause at least to hope that whenever Speaker DeLeo decides to hang it up, he will do so as the first Massachusetts House Speaker to retire free of prosecutorial compulsion since…

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Eminent Domain, Suffolk Downs, & The Speaker

Personally, I’m not opposed to some kind of legalized gambling in Massachusetts and would actually welcome a sports book.  I don’t think it a very good kind of economic development, but I feel that people should have a right to do what they want with their own money. However, I certainly don’t think that the Speaker of the House has…

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“Fair, reasonable, and necessary under the circumstances.”

Boston Herald:
The $378,000 in outside attorney fees paid by the state to comply with the federal corruption investigation of former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi were “fair and reasonable” and the outside attorneys did not perform or bill for any services for the benefit of DiMasi himself, according to a review conducted by an attorney hired by DiMasi’s successor, Speaker Robert…

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Gov. Deval Patrick “probably violated ethics rules” with gifts to Senate President & House Speaker

Yesterday, after legislators agreed to approve pension reform, Governor Deval Patrick sent House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo a box of cigars and Senate President Therese Murray some flowers. Well, nice but for one nagging fact: They probably violated state ethics rules, which ban gifts of $50 or more to a public official in return for an official action. They certainly…

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Patrick vs DeLeo: Taxes, Taxes Everywhere… Which Ones to Raise?!?

http://www.bostonherald.com/ne… Gov. Deval Patrick squared off against Robert DeLeo yesterday in the first round of what promises to be a bruising battle, pitting the new House speaker’s proposed 1.5-cent hike in the sales tax vs. the governor’s proposed boosts on the booze, sweets and gas levies. A feisty Patrick demanded lawmakers take up his so-called sin taxes on alcohol and…

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