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  • Live updates: Sen. Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren debate in Springfield(live video)

    10/10/2012 4:04:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 65 replies
    Live from Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA.
  • Big Dig-Springfield?(MA) I-91 in city needs major rehab that could turn into a reimagining

    10/10/2012 2:18:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    The elevated section of Interstate 91 downtown needs $360 million to $400 million worth of reconstruction within the next few years, but local, state and federal transportation planners are only now starting to figure out how to pay for the project and what Springfield’s city center might look like when it's done. Options on the table include demolishing the viaduct and making I-91 a surface road or burying the interstate in the style of Boston’s notorious Big Dig. Springfield’s elevated stretch of Interstate 91 has long been blamed for smothering downtown development by cutting the city off from the Connecticut...
  • Lawyer's Revelations Add To Scrutiny Over Elizabeth Warren's Corporate Clients (Brown retakes lead)

    10/09/2012 5:35:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/09/12 | Erin Fuchs
    Lawyer's Revelations Add To Scrutiny Over Elizabeth Warren's Corporate ClientsErin Fuchs | Oct. 9, 2012, 3:29 PM U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren recently revealed at least some of her clients amid scrutiny over her legal work for corporations. Warren says she did work for "a company that offered a plan to help save a bankrupt rural power cooperative." Well, an attorney involved in that bankruptcy says, in fact, the opposite is true.
  • Something important is happening in Massachusetts: Liberals face pushback they never anticipated.

    10/09/2012 11:14:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/09/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    The Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren is being shaped by the efforts of a blogger, Professor William Jacobson, of Legal Insurrection. This very high profile race reveals how important the internet has become to political discourse. Once upon a time, only newspapers could launch inquiries and crusades that determined the fate of powerful politicians, but now a single, intelligent, skilled, and determined individual like Jacobson can take on the might of the liberal establishment in Massachusetts, arguably the state most dominated by the academic and machine Democrat factions of the left, and give them a serious fight....
  • Poll: Scott Brown leads by 3 points

    10/09/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | October 9, 2012 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Sen. Scott Brown has a 3-point edge over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in a poll released Tuesday. Brown leads Warren, 48 percent to 45 percent, in the WBUR poll. A Western New England University poll released earlier this week found Brown trailing, 50 percent to 45 percent.
  • Brown retakes lead from Warren in new poll

    10/09/2012 6:59:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 9, 2012 | Noah Bierman
    US Senator Scott Brown has regained a lead over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in a new WBUR-MassINC poll, after a string of polls showed Warren with the lead. The poll is the first since Brown and Warren’s second debate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Oct. 1. The telephone poll of 502 likely voters, taken Oct. 5 through Oct. 7, showed Brown leading 47 percent to 43 percent, within the 4.4 percent margin of error. The lead drops to 3 percentage points — 48 percent to 45 percent — with the inclusion of respondents who say they have not...
  • Elizabeth Warren law license problem goes to Court

    10/09/2012 5:34:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/09/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    MA Republican Party asks Court to correct BBO General Counsel's misstatements of law and perceived "partisan agenda" As you are aware, I have pointed out that Michael Fredrickson, the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, has some explaining to do: As detailed here before, within hours of my posting about Elizabeth WarrenÂ’s lack of a Massachusetts law license, Michael Fredrickson, the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, gave an interview to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in which he defended Warren.Fredrickson did not indicate in the interview as reported that he was speaking in any...
  • President Barack Obama holds 30-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, poll finds

    10/08/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 86 replies
    Democratic President Barack Obama’s lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is growing in Massachusetts, and is now up to 30 points, according to a new poll conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute for The Republican and The poll, conducted Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, finds Obama getting support from 63 percent of likely Massachusetts voters compared to 33 percent for Romney, with 3 percent undecided. The poll does not take into account the impact of the first presidential debate - in which Romney was widely viewed as the winner - since only one night of...
  • US crime lab chemist arrest causes reverberations

    10/08/2012 1:08:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 8 October 2012 | Rebecca Trager
    <p>Last month’s arrest of a chemist, who worked in a Massachusetts Department of Public Health state laboratory, for allegedly falsifying evidence used in criminal cases is prompting calls for major forensic science reform in the US.</p> <p>Over her nine year career at the William A Hinton State Lab in Jamaica Plain the defendant, Annie Dookhan, tested about 60,000 samples involved in roughly 34,000 criminal cases. More than 1140 defendants have been incarcerated as a result of Dookhan’s work and those cases are now in doubt, says Terrel Harris, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.</p>
  • Lehman's brokerage, Europe units settle $38 billion of claims

    10/07/2012 10:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Oct, 2012 | Jonathan Stempel
    The U.S. brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said they settled litigation over $38 billion of asset claims, a major step toward customers and creditors recovering money. ... Lehman emerged from bankruptcy in March, and has paid out or plans to pay out $33 billion of an expected $65 billion to creditors, recovering an average of 21 cents on the dollar
  • What's the Real Race Issue Here?

    10/07/2012 9:15:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 7, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    Twice Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren have faced off in televised debates, and twice the Massachusetts Senate candidates traded blows over Warren's claim to American Indian ancestry within seconds of the opening bell. The Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger have launched dueling campaign ads calling even more attention to the issue, and there has even been a mini-kerfuffle over the low-rent antics of a few Brown staff members, who were filmed war-whooping and tomahawk-chopping at a campaign event in Dorchester. Plainly the question of Warren's Cherokee heritage isn't going away any time soon. I'll be surprised if she and...
  • Yuengling, largest American-owned brewer.. won't build next brewery in Pennsylvania

    10/07/2012 10:33:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | October 07, 2012 | JOHN LUCIEW,
    Despite Yuengling’s double-digit growth rate, a slew of unserved states still clamor for its beer. Soon, some states could be competing for the honor of hosting the Pottsville beermaker’s next brewery. Last year, America’s oldest brewery became the nation’s largest American-owned brewer. With a move into Ohio last year, D.G. Yuengling & Son’s sales rose to about 2˝ million barrels — enough to eclipse Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams brands. ... Unfortunately, Yuengling said he doubts he will build the brewery in Pennsylvania, even though a western Pennsylvania location would be perfect for the brand’s continued westward expansion. The decision...
  • Smug Brown a turnoff to regular gals

    10/07/2012 7:21:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 7, 2012 | Margery Eagan
    Deval Patrick, of all people, may have just assured that the Native American squabble stays front and center in this Wednesday’s sold-out debate No. 3 between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. Patrick just called Brown “a Bay State birther” for demanding proof of her Native American heritage. So for the third debate in a row, the main focus could be Cherokee Warren, with an added twist: “Birther” Brown.
  • Western Massachusetts students cope with new national standards for school lunches

    10/06/2012 2:19:52 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Patrick Daggett, 17, is working on his crinkle-cut fries. They are in fact not fried, but baked. The salt has also been reduced. Welcome to the new school lunch at West Springfield High School and schools across the nation – healthier, but not without controversy. “Bland,” said Daggett of his spuds. This fall schools began a three-year process of phasing in new school lunch and breakfast regulations set by the federal government. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is designed to get kids to eat more fruits, more vegetables, smaller portions, less salt, fewer calories. “There are very specific...
  • Is tonight the night Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem goes mainstream? (huge development)

    10/01/2012 3:42:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/01/12 | William A. Jacobson
    Is tonight the night Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem goes mainstream?Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:20pm Despite a Drudge link, huge linkage everywhere in the conservative blogosphere, and defensiveness in the left-legal blogosphere, Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem has not broken into the mainstream media. **SNIP** There was a huge development today, as reported by Michael Patrick Leahy at, Warren Law License Controversy Could Surface in Debate. The Board of Bar Overseers General Counsel no longer is giving public comment, and there are questions as to how the BBO can proceed now that the...
  • Elizabeth Warren's Law License Issues Have Gotten Even Worse Before Tonight's Big Debate

    10/01/2012 3:28:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/01/12 | Erin Fuchs
    Elizabeth Warren's Law License Issues Have Gotten Even Worse Before Tonight's Big DebateErin Fuchs | Oct. 1, 2012, 1:09 PM U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is facing new scrutiny over whether she illegally practiced law in Massachusetts without a license. Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly recently polled attorneys in the state about whether Warren should be investigated for "possibly" practicing law without a license from the state. Eighty-seven percent of the 1,134 lawyers polled want the Harvard law professor investigated.
  • Two Down, Two to Go: Scott Brown Outshines Elizabeth Warren in MA Senate Debate

    10/02/2012 3:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 2, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Tonight marked the second of four scheduled debates between incumbent Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. The topics of discussion ranged from the personal to the substantive -- allowing both candidates ample opportunity to make their pitch to voters. So let’s dive right in. The following is my gut reaction to how each candidate performed: Scott Brown is a gifted debater. He was poised, prepared and aggressive all night -- always ready with a quick riposte to any misleading or factually inaccurate charge leveled against him. And he was relentless. When Elizabeth Warren asserted that she...
  • Elizabeth Warren: Undocumented Lawyer ('My Cousin Lizzy')

    10/02/2012 2:41:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Go Local Worcester ^ | 10/01/12 | Rob Eno
    Elizabeth Warren: Undocumented LawyerRob Eno, MINDSETTER Monday, October 01, 2012 There’s a scene in “My Cousin Vinny” after Judge Haller has reservations about Vinny’s license to practice law. Where Lisa takes matters into her own hands. Vinny asks Lisa, “what the hell was that all about back there?” Lisa replies, “I had a friend send a fax to the judge, confirming the very impressive legal stature of Jerry C-allo!” It is becoming increasingly clear that someone at the Elizabeth Warren campaign is doing their best Lisa impersonation. **SNIP** As each day goes on, and more is uncovered, it is becoming...
  • Brown Won (MA Debate) Because Warren Didn't Pounce (From a Dem Analyst)

    10/02/2012 8:43:56 AM PDT · by fourth and three · 16 replies
    wbur ^ | Dan Payne
    In the second debate, Sen. Scott Brown had a consistent message: I’m independent; Elizabeth Warren wants to raise your taxes. Warren was put on the defensive when she was dealt a bad hand by moderator David Gregory. He made her Native American heritage the lead-off question, the second time that’s happened in two debates. The result: Brown declared, “She was white until she turned 38.” Crude, but memorable. In a nutshell, that’s how Brown handled himself. Brown also punished her on her outside legal work in an asbestos case where she represented Travelers Insurance. Again, this was a question that...
  • Here's The Massachusetts Law License Rule (not law) Elizabeth Warren Probably Broke

    10/02/2012 4:28:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/02/12 | Erin Fuchs
    Here's The Massachusetts Law License Rule Elizabeth Warren Probably BrokeErin Fuchs | 20 minutes ago **SNIP** So, what does the rule for lawyers in Massachusetts say? Well, like most laws, it's open to interpretation, but it appears Warren might have at least severely bent the rule. The rule says lawyers without a license in Massachusetts can practice there "on a temporary basis," especially if they're working on cases with attorneys who are licensed in the state. Still, it's not clear that Warren was practicing law on just a temporary basis since she was heavily involved in a number of cases...
  • Romney’s strong debate performance a potential boost for Scott Brown

    10/04/2012 12:02:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 4, 2012 | Noah Bierman
    Senator Scott Brown has tried to distance himself from Governor Mitt Romney during this election, but Brown could get an important boost from Romney’s debate performance Wednesday night. Romney’s dismal poll numbers in Massachusetts have been Brown’s biggest hurdle, so anything that makes Romney even slightly more competitive in the state could help Brown in a tight election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. Most observers have crowned Romney the victor of Wednesday’s debate, though it’s uncertain what impact that will ultimately have on the presidential election..... Warren on Wednesday night worked to align herself with Obama, sending frequent tweets cheering...
  • Elizabeth (“Dances with Moonbats") Warren supporters: “No! No! No! it couldn't be true... (CONT)

    10/04/2012 7:26:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/03/12 | Jim Bozeman
    Elizabeth Warren supporters: “No! No! No! it couldn't be true that anyone else could love you like I do.”by Jim Bozeman Wednesday, October 3, 2012 **SNIP** Elizabeth “Dances with Moonbats" Warren, is not content to be a self-professed Indian or a self-professed professor (say that five times fast). She is also a self-professed lawyer in Massachusetts. The problem is, she doesn’t have a license to practice law in the Bay State. **SNIP** If the voters of Massachusetts elect Elizabeth “Joke-ahantas" Warren as their next U.S. Senator, then they deserve what they get. Maybe the state that sent Barney Frank to...
  • 'Minority' claim still dogs Warren thanks to her own mishandling

    10/05/2012 9:01:25 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 10/5/2012 | Peter Lucas
    It is the issue that will not go away. For two debates in a row in the hotly contested U.S. Senate fight between incumbent Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren, the lead-off question has dealt not with unemployment or the economy, but whether Warren is really a Native American or merely a Cherokee of convenience, i.e., a fake Indian. And despite charges from Warren's cheerleaders in the media that Brown is behind the attacks on her alleged Native American background -- and whether she has used her "minority" background to get ahead in academia -- in both cases, the...
  • Conservatives Say Elizabeth Warren Is A Money-Grubbing Lawyer Who Never Took Pro Bono Cases

    10/05/2012 4:18:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/12 | Erin Fuchs
    Conservatives Say Elizabeth Warren Is A Money-Grubbing Lawyer Who Never Took Pro Bono CasesErin Fuchs | Oct. 5, 2012, 4:57 PM **SNIP** Conservatives have hammered the Harvard law professor for practicing in Massachusetts without a law license there and representing corporations while promoting herself as a populist. Now Cornell law professor William Jacobson, who runs the right-leaning blog Legal Insurrection, is implying that Warren never provided her services pro bono, as many attorneys do.
  • Baystate Franklin Nurses Go Out on 24-Hour Strike

    10/05/2012 3:19:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center have hit the picket line. The strike is scheduled to run 24 hours, from 7:00 a.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Friday’s job action, which the union says is the first in the hospital’s history, comes after months of negotiations over a new contract. The Mass. Nurses Association says that they have been bargained 28 times over the last year where “Baystate Management has committed a number of unfair labor practices and has refused to make the necessary compromises to settle an equitable contract.” However, Baystate Franklin says that they have come with proposals,...
  • Brown fights back over Patrick’s ‘birther’ slap

    10/05/2012 12:51:01 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5 October 2012 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown dismissed Gov. Deval Patrick’s claim that he’s a “Bay State birther” because Brown is demanding Elizabeth Warren prove her Native American heritage — saying Patrick has joined the very “Beacon Hill machine,” the governor once blasted. “It’s part of kind of the Beacon Hill machine coming out during the political season,” said Brown as he picked up an endorsement today from former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld in his Boston campaign office. “You know this is a situation of her own making, she hasn’t answered your questions, your questions in particular, so all I ever asked is...
  • Elizabeth Warren’s Great-Grandfather Reportedly Killed a Native American

    10/04/2012 7:24:35 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 4, 2012 | Mytheous Holt
    “The white man was a good shot and the bullet from his Winchester passed through the body of Yaholar.” This simple sentence, describing Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s great-grandfather, John Crawford, may finally put a bullet not simply in the long dead corpse of Native American Louis Yaholar, but also of Warren’s supposed family mythology. It comes from a turn-of-the-20th-century news story uncovered by William Jacobi at Legal Insurrection, who explains the genealogical connection between this random incident of White-on-Native-American violence and Warren’s campaign: // But, while Warren thinks she has found a safe place in her family lore,...
  • Black ministers back Warren, dismiss minority controversy

    10/04/2012 6:57:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 4, 2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Clutching a Holy Bible and paraphrasing Scripture at a Roxbury church today, Democratis Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren accepted the endorsement of a coalition of black ministers — who indicated the controversy over her claims of minority status isn’t an issue for them. “I was a stranger and you took me in,” said Warren. “And I’m very grateful for that. I’ve prayed with many of you ... We are not alone, and we’ll do this together.”
  • Elizabeth Warren’s white great grandfather shot an Indian

    10/04/2012 1:02:37 PM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies ^ | 10/04/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Elizabeth Warren still is not Cherokee. She never was. Her family lore is grossly exaggerated, in all likelihood by Warren herself not her parents. Yet whenever anyone questions this family lore, Warren acts like it is an attack on her family, thereby shutting down challenges to the stories. Warren relies on family lore because it’s hard to disprove what she claims she was told. It’s why Warren digs in deeper with her family lore stories as the campaign goes on. She thinks she has found a safe place. Yet there is plenty of evidence that the story about her parents...
  • Obama Administration Tells Small Catholic College: Start a Women's Ice Hockey Team

    10/04/2012 6:57:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 3, 2012 | Susan Jones
    ( – Women who want to play intercollegiate ice hockey probably wouldn’t apply to Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., because the small Catholic school doesn’t have an ice hockey team for women. But that’s about to change. Following a federal civil rights investigation, Merrimack has agreed to create three new female athletic teams, including a women's hockey team that eventually will play at the Division I level – just as the Merrimack men’s hockey team does.
  • FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra

    10/04/2012 12:41:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    FBI - Boston - Press Release ^ | October 3, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra $50,000 Reward is Being Offered for Information Leading to His Arrest FBI Boston October 03, 2012 BOSTON—FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers announced today that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted terrorist Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who left the United States in 2006. He may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his wife, at least one child (a daughter), and extended family. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information...
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses take to the picket line in Springfield(MA)

    10/03/2012 5:25:56 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    More than 125 unionized nurses and their supporters picketed Baystate Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, hours before heading into the last scheduled bargaining session before a one-day strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. "We hope to get it settled, we really do," said Donna L. Stern of Greenfield, a registered nurse and co-chairwoman of the bargaining committee. "I can't wait to get back to taking care of patients. I love being a nurse." If an agreement is not reached, the nurses will strike for 24 hours from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. But Stern and her...
  • Massachusetts rapist wants to see victim’s child

    10/03/2012 2:30:14 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 53 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/26/2012 | ERIK ORTIZ
    A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old in 2009 is now seeking visitation rights for the child he fathered — a sensitive case that could force the victim to maintain contact with her rapist. That possibility has left the teen mother in an emotional tailspin, according to Fox 25 Boston, and she doesn’t want to interact with the man — a then-20-year-old she had met through the same church. “She got raped at 14,” the victim’s mother told Fox 25. “She decided to keep her baby. And now she has to hand her baby over for a...
  • Massachusetts, You're the Swing State

    10/03/2012 11:47:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Elizabeth Warren for Senate ^ | 10/3/12 | Clinton
    Friend, Most people don't think of Massachusetts as a swing state. But electing a Democrat at the top of the ticket isn't enough. This year, Massachusetts will cast the deciding vote for the party that will control the United States Senate. We need a strong Democratic majority in the United States Senate to keep moving our country forward -- and that's why we need to do everything we can to elect Elizabeth Warren on November 6th. I want you to volunteer for Elizabeth's campaign now: [deleted] We know how Democrats spent the past four years trying to work with the...
  • Elizabeth Warren helped protect Dow Chemical against breast implant claims

    10/03/2012 11:10:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/03/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    The Boston Globe is being dragged kicking and screaming to facts regarding Elizabeth Warren’s private law practice history, including her representation of Dow Chemical which Warren never previously disclosed to the press (emphasis mine): Warren, a Harvard Law School bankruptcy specialist, released a list of 13 cases Monday night, just 15 minutes before the start of her second debate with Brown. Her campaign described those often complex cases in brief, flattering terms. But the list did not include all the clients Warren has consulted with or represented over the years that may not have appeared on court dockets. Instead,...
  • Elizabeth Warren hat-tips Richard Lugar, who promptly endorses Scott Brown

    10/02/2012 5:15:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/2/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    During a debate Monday, Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren cited Republican Sen. Richard Lugar as an example of a someone she could work with on a bipartisan basis.On Tuesday, Lugar — who will no longer be in office next year when a victorious Warren could take office, endorsed Warren’s opponent Sen. Scott Brown.In the endorsement, Lugar praised Brown as a senator committed to reaching out to Democrats.“My friend, Scott Brown, since becoming a United States Senator has worked hard to reach across the aisle, Lugar said. “In just two and a half years, he has established himself as...
  • Connecticut to announce $121 million for high-speed rail between Springfield and New Haven

    10/02/2012 5:14:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    State and federal officials are set to announce $121 million in federal funding for a high-speed rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass. In addition to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who will announce the funding, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin support the 62-mile project. It calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030. The state says it expects to finish design work next year and launch service in...
  • Massachusetts high court hears Springfield gun case

    10/02/2012 11:22:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 1 October, 2012 | Jack Flynn
    BOSTON – Arguments in the case of a retired Air Force captain from Springfield charged with a gun violation were heard by the state’s highest court Monday. A lawyer for John McGowan of 15 Garland St., argued that his client took all required precautions to store his gun on Oct. 19, 2008 when city police visited his home and charged him with improper storage of a firearm. Judges in the state’s Supreme Judicial Court are expected to render a decision in the coming months. According to court papers, McGowan’s girlfriend took his gun from the nightstand next to his bed...
  • Howie Carr: Liz (Warren) digs in deeper hole

    10/02/2012 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 2, 2012 | Howie Carr
    Does Granny Warren really believe everything she said last night in Lowell? I mean, this woman is a moonbat’s moonbat. She makes Obama look like a moderate. Two weeks ago, she was wringing her hands about higher college tuitions. Last night she repeated (or Scott Brown did it for her) that she’s for in-state tuition for illegal aliens — which amounts to free tuition for people in the country illegally. But not for kids from New Hampshire whose parents pay income tax in Massachusetts. She also supports driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. Professor Warren, how about driver’s licenses for drunken...
  • Mika Dismayed As Obama Czar Rattner Roots For Scott Brown

    10/02/2012 6:09:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski played Dem re-education camp counselor on Morning Joe today. When former Obama "car czar" Steve Rattner wandered off the reservation, expressing support for Scott Brown over Elizabeth Warren in the Massachussetts senate race, Brzezinski tried to herd him back into line, asking him to agree that Warren is a "fantastic" candidate. But Rattner would not obey. While conceding that she was "fantastic," Rattner made clear that he disagrees with her "on about 75% of her views on how the economy and the financial sector should be managed." View the amusing video here.
  • Romney overcame similar deficit in ’02 race

    10/02/2012 3:54:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies ^ | October 2, 2012 | Matt Viser
    About six weeks before a crucial election, and shortly after he had secured the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney was trailing badly. Voters had unfavorable views of him. They didn’t think he cared for people like them. Women overwhelmingly favored his opponent. The year was 2002.
  • Scott Brown Slams Elizabeth Warren In Debate Exchange: 'I'm Not A Student In Your Classroom'

    10/01/2012 5:52:01 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/1/12 | Brett LoGiurato
    The second debate between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race got a bit testy Monday night, as Brown charged Warren with treating him like one of her students in a particularly edgy exchange. The candidates were debating bipartisanship in Congress when Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, began to interrupt. "Excuse me. I'm not a student in your classroom," a clearly peeved Brown said. "Please let me respond." A stunned crowd gave a prolonged, "Oooooooooh," at Brown's statement. Later in the debate, moderator David Gregory asked each candidate to name one good thing about...
  • Elizabeth Warren’s lead over Scott Brown narrows to 2 points in WBUR poll

    10/01/2012 2:19:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2012 | Noah Bierman
    As Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren prepare for their second debate tonight, a new poll shows Warren leading Brown by 2 percentage points — 46 percent to 44 percent, with 9 percent undecided in the hotly contested race. The WBUR/Mass Inc. poll of 504 likely voters taken Sept. 26- Sept. 28 is the seventh of nine surveys taken in September to show Warren, a Democrat and Harvard Law School professor, with a small lead over Brown, a Republican. But the results are well within the poll’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. The same polling...
  • Scott Brown vs Elizabeth Warren debate live thread (Massachusetts Senate race)

    10/01/2012 12:24:16 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 130 replies ^ | Monday, October 1, 2012 | C-SPAN
    democRAT Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Scott Brown meet in a debate hosted by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and WHDH-TV. Watch the debate LIVE tonight (Monday, October 1, 2012) on C-SPAN. 7:00pm ET.
  • WBUR poll shows Elizabeth Warren maintaining slight lead over Scott Brown in Senate race

    10/01/2012 11:56:00 AM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    Just hours before they take the stage in the second debate of the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, a new poll shows Democrat Elizabeth Warren maintaining a slight lead over Republican Sen. Scott Brown. A WBUR/MassINC Polling Group survey of 504 likely voters concluded that voters prefer Warren over Brown, 46 percent to 44 percent, although the lead is within the poll's 4.4 percent margin of error. When those polled were asked to choose which candidate they were leaning toward, Warren opened up a four point lead over Brown, 49-45 percent. A Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire poll released over the...
  • Richard Tisei leads Rep. John Tierney in poll

    10/01/2012 7:56:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 01, 2012 | Michael Levenson
    Republicans may have their best chance of winning a Massachusetts congressional seat in nearly two decades with Richard R. Tisei pulling six percentage points ahead of Representative John F. Tierney in a new Boston Globe poll. Tisei, a former state senator from Wakefield, leads Tierney, a Salem Democrat, 37 percent to 31 percent among likely voters, with 30 percent undecided. The high percentage of undecided voters reflects the electorate’s lack of knowledge of Tisei as well as Tierney’s relative unpopularity, even among members of his own party, said Andrew E. Smith, the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey...
  • Amtrak workers failing drug tests more often

    09/28/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Assoicated Press ^ | September 28, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    <p>A government watchdog says Amtrak's train operators are testing positive for drugs and alcohol more and more frequently over the last six years.</p>
  • Elizabeth Warren represented Massachusetts client in Massachusetts

    09/29/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9/27/12 | William A. Jacobson
    For how long will Warren defenders maintain the charade that she did not practice law in Massachusetts? In my post on September 24, Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem, I detailed how Elizabeth Warren had used her Harvard office in Cambridge for the practice of law for over a decade in numerous cases in which she appeared as “Of Counsel” or counsel, and how she identified that office in filings with various courts. Even though Warren refused to disclose the full extent of her legal practice, I argued that her use of the office in Cambridge for the practice of law,...
  • (private citizen) Kathleen Sebelius to stump for Elizabeth Warren

    09/29/2012 11:13:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/29/12
    Kathleen Sebelius to stump for Elizabeth WarrenBy Associated Press Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Added 3 hours ago BOSTON — Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is planning to campaign on behalf of Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Warren’s campaign said Sebelius will join supporters for a canvassing kickoff in Porter Square in Cambridge on Saturday. Campaign officials say Sebelius will be speaking on behalf of Warren’s as a private citizen and not in her official role as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary for the Obama administration.
  • Unintimidable: Boston University's 'Silver Unicorn'

    09/29/2012 5:18:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 28, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    "I'VE NEVER been intimidated by anyone," John Silber once told me. "I don't know the meaning of the word." I never doubted it. Twice I worked for the former Boston University president, who died Thursday at 86. As a BU law student in the early 1980s I landed a part-time job as a researcher in Silber's office on Bay State Road. Several years later, with both law school and my exceedingly brief legal career behind me, I returned for a full-time job with the exalted title of Assistant to the President. However lofty the title, reality was something else. Having...