In December 2006, Jeff Jacoby was perhaps feeling a bit lazy, and he wrote one of a series of uninspired, weakly-grounded anti-global-warming-alarmism columns. He had apparently just gotten hold of a ridiculous "report" put out seven months earlier by right-wing hucksters at the Business & Media Institute, which is part of the Media Research Center; the report documented how the "media" had hyped crazy, incorrect climate change stories in the past, and ergo must be doing so again now.
It's a site that lists shovel-ready projects that will be eligible for potential grants under the federal economic stimulus package -- including 266 in Massachusetts totalling $1 billion in estimated costs.
It's Wiki, so you can add to the project descriptions. (Which, to date, are sadly lacking for many local projects.
I'll be on NECN NewsNight w/ Jim Braude tonight, bragging about my award and being all pundit-like on various topics -- beginning with Judd Gregg's withdrawal as Obama's Commerce nominee.
Which reminds me -- On January 13 I blogged:
Now that four GOP Senators have announced that they won't run for re-election
in 2010, the betting can begin on who's next.
New Speaker Bob DeLeo announced his leadership team and committee assignments today, and Therese Murray came out with her new assignments. I don't have time to say much about it right now, but a few quick observations:
--The NEXT Speaker fight shapes up to be Charley Murphy vs. Jim Vallee (assuming DeLeo lasts a few years at least); anyone else who wants a piece of it better start plotting now.
Ryan Higginson, a 27-year-old South Ender, is throwing his name in as the fourth declared candidate for state representative in the 3rd Suffolk District, to replace Sal DiMasi. Higginson, who works at Suffolk University, is active in local politics and arts; he has been involved in Mayor Menino's OneIn3 organization, among others.
New PPP poll for NH's open 2010 Senate race shows Congressman Paul Hodes leading but within the margin of error against the biggest names (although not necessarily the best candidates) the GOP might offer: Charlie Bass and John Sununu. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter -- who, unlike Hodes, has not declared herself a candidate -- leads both by even narrower margins.
In response to my earlier snide and snarky post, "Activista" writes a perfectly reasonable comment asking, in essence, what my deal is. She takes politics quite seriously, and seems to suggest that if I'm really so cynical and harsh about it all, perhaps I should make way for someone a little less critical and dismissive.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I analyze newly-announced candidate Sam Yoon's chances at becoming mayor of Boston. Can he mobilize the same coalition of voters who won Boston for Deval Patrick and Barack Obama?
In the article, I expound on seven things that must happen along the way.
My Spanish-speaking friends might be interested in the profile of Lucy Rivera in the new issue of Phoenix sister paper El Planeta . She's running for state rep to replace Sal DiMasi.
The issue also contains a shorter, translated version of my story about Sam Yoon that will grace the cover of this week's Boston Phoenix. I'll post about that story when it goes online later today.
This blog has been picking up some new readers, perhaps because the city election year is starting, perhaps in part as a result of my efforts to build up my Facebook network. (If you're not my FB friend yet, please friend me, and encourage anyone else interested in politics to do so as well!)
As is true for many blogs, this one has a tendency to repeat certain assumptions or references without explanation.
Now that Sam Yoon has thrown his proverbial hat into the ring, officially opening a second at-large city council seat, one would think the temptation to run would be overwhelming for wannabes all over town. We already have a good field of solid candidates: in addition to incumbents John Connolly and Steve Murphy, the list includes Felix G.
Two-and-a-half weeks ago, when Kevin McCrea announced his candidacy for mayor, I warned the other non-announced potential candidates to get in quick or risk my mockery. I gave them a deadline, and wrote that I would begin questioning the manhood of any who remained on the sidelines after that date.
That date: February 8th (100 days before the signature-filing deadline).
At-large city councilor Sam Yoon is running for mayor of Boston, he told the Phoenix this afternoon.
Yoon spent this weekend in retreat with his wife to make the final decision, as this blog was the first to report. Having decided in the affirmative, he spoke with Mayor Tom Menino and fellow councilor and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty to inform them of his decision.
If you're looking to sell a palatial estate in Nevada, I think I might know somebody who'll be looking to buy soon.
You may have noticed that Mitt Romney is once again a ubiquitous presence, making speeches, doing fundraisers, getting interviewed on cable news, sitting down with Time Magazine, etc. etc. -- and getting talked about as a potential HHS Secretary or Economic Advisor or whatever else comes up.
Boston City Council President Mike Ross, who always seemed so nice but is clearly an ogre who has let power drive him insane, announced today that he is cutting the Council's own budget by seven percent for the coming fiscal year. Most of this will come out of personnel costs, including a three-percent cut in each councilor's staff budget.