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Whither Massachusetts? We'll look at who'll be the new governor and what that means. Can the nwe governor create and drive aq platform and vision. Instead, will the stolid legislature creep along as it is wont?
This election was not about the big issues and pathfinding in the end. The visionaries and big-change sorts were cast aside by both parties and in the run from the indy candidates. Instead, the top spot came down to two predictible and status-quo types.
Will think about what needs to be done and if the new folk are up to the task.
We give oneWe'll last look at next week's general election, a bit national and a lot of Massachusetts. Polls and paper endorsements favor failed gubdernatorial candidate GOP Charlie Baker oer failed US Senate candidate Dem Martha Coakley. Neither is all that exciting to the eye or ear, but media types love the angle of each has blown a run at a big office before.
We'll kick around the insdious fantasy that serems to propel Republicans into the top ofice here. That is because a vast majortiy of elected officials are Dems, somehow putting a Republican in that office does, well, somethnkg substantive. That's crazy talk, but they love it here. Baker is seriously flawed. Yet many,including the editorial board of the largest paper, trip over themsleves in efforts to make excuses for him.
We may touch on why locals are loath to (asi n never) elect a woman governor and so far have only sent one woman to the US Senate.
We may surmise what a Baker or Coakley administration might do and not do.
What's said and unsaid is rarely as pointed as when money is involved. Add a heavy dose of politics and poof! you have budget proposals.
MA's newish Gov. Charlie Baker made his first and it was pretty good theater. I hit the highlights and some of the things unsaid.
On the face of it, this is level funded. It does grow by 3% to $38 billion, but most parts of government will get effective slashes with no inflation or room to hire. Schools through UMASS level, local aid (state revenue sharing), and the MBTA (our subway, commuter rail, bus and such) get a boost. Numerous small sensible programs like Down syndrome pilot and prostate disease research are gone.
Baker doesn't go for anything hard here. Most notably, he does not attack the terrible underfunding and debt assigned to the MBTA. That's not surprise as he was a key player in a previous Republican administration that structured all that. Instead, he fashions and repeatedly presents himself as a turn-around manager, a fixer.
I describe where he expects revenues to come from while he keeps his no-new-or-raised-taxes pledge. Some are questionable sources.
This proposal goes to the legislature for each house to reject, refine or reform before the real negotiations head to a July 1 balanced-budget deadline. I see it as a savvy PR and political program by Baker. He repeated told his press conference announcing the budget he inherited a big deficit. He clearly paints himself as a savior and fixer...sounds like someone setting up to run for VP or even Prez in 2020 or 2024.
We'll recap the Massachusetts party [primaries and risk humiliation predicitng the campaigns, then results for November's general. The previous day's preimary may settle all, or nearly all, Democratic contests. Now the fun begins.
The GOP pretty much sat out the primary with no contested races beyond Governor, only five statewide candidates, and mostly blank ballot lines. Dems in contrast had three battling for most slots.
Republicans play delusion cards. Dems far outnumber them (not really true, as over half the electorate does not enroll in any party), Republ;ican Governor/LG are essential to holding wildly lefty Dems in check (so-so, with many in both houses here fiscally conservative and hard sells on legislation). The GOP can't fill their tickets because they are at such political disadvantage (not so, as half our Governors have been Republican, the GOP has as much and often more campaign cash, they make little effort to convert the unenrolled to their party, and they have weak recruiting efforts for candidates for office).
We'll talk results and futures. We expect two months of big platform and policy distinctions. We'll predict how dirty the ads and claims will be and what should make the differences in the final.
Dave was born in 1965 in Lowell Massachusetts, where he still resides. As a young child, the television show “In Search Of” with Leonard Nemoy sparked his interest in Cryptozoology. After a longtime interest and reading information on the internet in the 90’s his eyes were opened to the fact that it wasn’t just a West Coast phenomena. The book Monsters of the North Woods by Paul Bartholomew really hit home and he realized that New York and New England has had a long history amongst native people and early explorers involving the Sasquatch in the Northeast.
In 2005 Dave went from being an avid reader to someone who wanted to be more hands on so he attended a BFRO expedition in Whitehall, NY. After talking to several local eye witnesses, one being a police officer, about their experiences, he was completely hooked. This started his love of the outdoors having never experienced hiking and camping growing up in a city environment. As an adult Dave was able to travel the East Coast, where he started investigating the sighting reports in his area.
After the BFRO Expedition he joined the NESRA Research group and attended several expeditions with them in the years since. One of them being part of the group that was used in a Monsterquest episode “Bigfoot in New York”. In 2008, Dave attended one of the first expeditions that included several different research groups of the East Coast in Virginia. These groups investigated continuously for two weeks straight. Since then, he has been to the West Coast multiple times. Dave has made great friends from his time in California and Washington State as well as many more all across the country. Since April 2012 he has been researching with Squatchachusetts where he is currently active in Massachusetts.
I guess this falls in the rant class, but in a largely pleasant way this time. I was struck most recently by two phenomena centered in my state. Both show the inexplicable tenacity of anti-gay types, even in an allegedly liberal fort.
There is the MA governor having the audacity to promote marriage equality. Then there are the sumbling, lurching advances related to Northeast St. Paddy's Day parades.
Our governor is a Republican, albeit the MA flavor, fiscally conservative and socially liberal (but not too liberal and not in the progressive way...so there). Well then, in the past few days, Charlie Baker became the only Republican governor to sign the amicus brief presented to the SCOTUS by some in his party, favoring same-sex marriage. It is personal as well as political and moral for him. His gay brother married a man and Charlie is in the gay's-OK camp.
Thing is, this state GOP platform and the party's machers are notoriously anti-gay. I discuss whether he's likely to face more than scowls as a result.
Then to parades. It seems all of Ireland and most US cities are perfectly fine with homosexual groups marching in St. Patrick's parades, even where there is a separate Pride parade later in the year, as there is in both Boston and New York City. This year Boston's long-time anti-gay parade organizers voted to let two gay groups, one OUTVETS, as it sounds, march. New York, generally a decade or more ahead of Boston is struggling. A parade sponsor, NBC, wangled an exemption for its gay-employees' group. NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio called that for the tokenism it is and wouldn't march.
I talk about who did and didn't march in Boston and New York and what that may mean.
Honestly, these anti-gay types seem so silly.
Political Update's first ever radio show. Hosted by Christopher Devine, this episode will be around casino's in Massachusetts. Whether they will help or hurt the local economy. We will listen to live callers share their opinions and have an open discussion.
Canada’s new leftwingnut Prime Minister announces Trans-Pacific pipeline; Having failed to kill partial ObamaCare repeal in the House, Tea Partiers are successfully killing it in the Senate; Trump: "I have an instinct for terrorism"; Forty Ohio school districts will now be "hard targets"; Kremlin confirms ISIS bomb downed Russian plane; Putin promises revenge; Obama FBI immediately dismisses Massachusetts armory break-in being jihadist-related; Bye-bye, "Health Republic"; and Obama Regime accepts forty times as many Syrian Muslim "refugees" as Christians.
According to Wikipedia, 'Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday in Novemberr in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.' We will discuss the history of Thanksgiving, and why it still resonates so strongly almost 400 years after the Mayflower first landed on the shores of Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts as well as the history of the Pilgrims and Native Americans that makes Thanksgiving a holiday that brings together people of all nations, creed and backgrounds in order to celebrate who we are as people and as ONE RACE--the Human Race. So join me for this special Thanksgiving Show and I hope we can keep the Thanksgiving spirit throughout the entire year!
Thanksgiving is one of our nation’s favorite holidays, it has a far different meaning for many Wampanoag, who now number between 4,000 and 5,000. Turner said, “For the most part, Thanksgiving itself is a day of mourning for Native people, not just Wampanoag people.”It is an annual tradition started in 1970, when Wampanoag Wamsutta (Frank) James was invited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to give a speech at an event celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival and then disinvited after the event organizers discovered his speech was one of outrage over the “atrocities” and “broken promises” his people endured.On the Wampanoag welcoming and having friendly relations with the Pilgrims, James wrote in his undelivered speech: “This action by Massasoit was perhaps our biggest mistake. We, the Wampanoag, welcomed you, the white man, with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end.”Indian Country Today
Walmart workers across the country and their supporters are fasting during the 15 days leading up to Thanksgiving and Black Friday later this week.
Paradoxides - Species Profile will be the topic of discussion on Natures Talk Shows Fine Art of Paleontology. Paradoxides is a large trilobite close to half a meter (one and a half feet) long. There are many species and subspecies of this genus and they have been collected from the Czech Republic, Scandinavia, Wales, Spain, Morocco, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Maine and Massachusetts. Geologists use these species to correlate rock formations from these different areas. This strange geographic distribution and the remarkable similarities of some trilobites from North America and Europe puzzled paleontologists.During the Cambrian Period, 510 million years ago, before there were any lobsters these trilobites crawled along the seafloor, but not off the coast of North America or Europe. They lived in the shallow waters off the coast of a small continent that no longer exists called Avalonia by geologists.
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Do you want to have a simple Holiday? Do you know what it would look like for you? Join me and returning guest expert Beth Macy as we share ways to incorporate simplicity into your holiday season.
Beth Macy is a successful consultant in the high technology sector, having worked for such companies as Lotus Development, Apple Computer and IBM. She is also a talented artist with her works in collections from New York to Australia. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Beth's creativity extends into many areas: writing, stained glass, oil painting and acrylics. Based in Massachusetts, she is currently working on a sequel to Many Years, Many Worlds,
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