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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 2½ 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...