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  • May 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Take it with a big fat grain of salt, since 1199 SEIU endorsed Tom Reilly last month. But here's a letter the group just sent hammering Patrick for his Ameriquest ties.

    Somewhere, Tom Reilly is smiling.


    May 3, 2006

    Deval Patrick

    Democratic Candidate for Governor






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  • May 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    In the wake of today's report that subprime lender Ameriquest is closing shop here in Massachusetts, Blue Mass Group's David Kravitz makes a strong argument for Deval Patrick's resignation from the board of ACC Capital Holdings, Ameriquest's parent company. Most compelling, to my mind, is the third point David brings up--i.

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  • May 02, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Earlier today, our governor's official schedule included a 2 p.m. meeting with Israel's ambassador to the U.S. and a Tax Freedom Day event with LG Kerry Healey and anti-tax stalwart Barbara Anderson.

    That was then. A few minutes ago, Romney's press office put out a revised schedule for today which included just one item--a "personal dinner" in New York City at 7:30 p.

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  • May 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Here's the explanation from Nate Little, a campaign spokesman for Kerry Healey, on why the Massachusetts lieutenant governor is taking a pass on next month's live debate: "Two of the three Democrats won't even be in the race after the primaries. We sent out a debate challenge last week, for four debates between primary and election day.

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  • May 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Good news--some of Boston's civic heavy hitters (the Globe, NECN, Harvard's Kennedy School, MassINC, and WBUR) are teaming up to sponsor a live gubernatorial debate on the economy. It's scheduled for May 18, at the eminently reasonable hour of 7 p.m.; the full press release follows.

    Here's the bizarre part: lieutenant governor Kerry Healey isn't participating.

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  • May 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Wherein the Man from Lousiburg Square proposes making college savings-tax deductible, investing in stem-cell research, and investing in renewable energy.

    Since #3 looks a lot like #1 and #2, I'll refrain from offering a letter grade. But I will admit that the gentle guitar music in the background made me kind of melancholy.

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  • April 27, 2006
    By webteam

    First off, a big fat mea culpa--between wrapping up this week's Phoenix story on the logjam in the State House, putting together an item on Mitt Romney's Mormon P.R. campaign for Slate, and moving to lovely Lynn (or Ocean Park, as I like to call it) earlier this week, I've neglected this blog. Criminally, even.

    Having said that, let me draw everyone's attention to Jon Keller's piece on Deval Patrick in the May issue of Boston Magazine.

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  • April 26, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    [Deirdre Fulton guest-blogging.]

    11:43 a.m.: Scapicchio calls the meeting to order --- it's his last city council meeting.

    12:01 p.m.: I promise, not one interesting thing has happened. Sorry. All councilors have a copy of Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times on their desks. Was Lincoln so dull?

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  • April 21, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Deval Patrick's campaign just distributed a letter from their guy to the other Democratic candidates for the Massachusetts governor's job.

    Strategically, this is a good move on Patrick's part. If his suggestions are accepted, he gets credit for keeping the race clean and helping the MA Democratic Party out; if they're rejected, he looks high-minded compared to his opponents.

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  • April 21, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Aaron at Mass Democracy raises an interesting question: is it better to have a governor who was born in Massachusetts? His answer is a resounding yes--but he doesn't back up his argument.

    Not to be harsh, but maybe that's because it doesn't make much sense.

    Don't get me wrong. If a candidate whose attachment to Massachusetts is questionable picks our state for expediency's sake (see: Mitt Romney, 2002), it's valid to point that out.



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  • April 20, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    I've got my top ten in this week's Phoenix, but I'm sure I've missed a few. Anyone care to add to the list?

    Here's a good one to get the ball rolling: on the campaign trail in '02, as Romney waxes eloquent about the importance of the MCAS, Jon Keller asks the candidate if he knows what "MCAS" stands for. He does not.


  • April 19, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    So, two TV spots from the Wonkish One started running today. "Change" takes an Erroll Morris-esque tack, with Gabrieli looking directly at the camera and giving his spiel to voters (Massachusetts is stuck, he doesn't have all the answers but does have lots of ideas, etc.). Every few seconds, the screen goes black and a catch phrase we're supposed to remember about Gabrieli--"Solving Problems," "New Ideas," and later, in case we missed the point the first time, "Solves Problems.

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  • April 18, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Ladies and gentlemen of the electorate....We have the first big distortion of the governor's race!

    In a press release that came out earlier today--issued in conjunction with Republican Kerry Healey's photo-op calling for the state income tax to be rolled back to five percent-- the Healey camp said Democrat Deval Patrick "opposes tax relief and wants to increase taxes and state spending."

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  • April 14, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Which bon mot from the baggage-laden Republican legislative candidate is your favorite? Let's be interactive here, people!

    Here are the choices, drawn from the aforementioned article and Howie Carr's complimentary column:

    1. "The people will elect Bennett to the Senate because the truth comes out."

    2. "I don't see color.





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  • April 14, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Because I'm a shameless slacker, I just read this week's Laura Kiritsy column in Bay Windows--and what did I learn? Samiyah Diaz, who's challenging incumbent Dianne Wilkerson for the Second Suffolk state senate seat, says she'll work to repeal the law that bars out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts if she's elected.

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