Monthly Archives: June 2011

Republicans Split on Foreign Adventurism

A pretty public split has occurred in the Republican Party over the proper role for the United States in the world, with the neo-con wing seeming to have some real issues with much of the comments from the Republican Presidential … Continue reading

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Methuen Budget Message and Presentation

I have attached my budget presentation below, along with my budget message to the Methuen City Council. Liberated some of the ideas from the slide show from Manager Lynch in Lowell. City Council meets in budget session tonight. Dear Chairman … Continue reading

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Muni Health Care Reform in Doubt

The Massachusetts Senate, via a late budget amendment, has added a provision dealing with retiree health care that would negate a large portion of prospective savings that their original bill provided. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, (thank you Michael Widmer) has … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Mayors Endorse Setti Warren

Eight Massachusetts Mayors have endorsed the candidacy of Newton Mayor Setti Warren for United States Senate. Mayor Warren is an outstanding candidate who understands the issues facing localities in Massachusetts. His resume and background, in my view, make him ideally … Continue reading

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The Gingrich Collapse

The rather abrupt collapse of the Newt Gingrich candidacy this past week can’t be too much of a surprise in light of his problems as a candidate from day one, but it should offer lessons to candidates for office at … Continue reading

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Pawlenty on the Economy

Tim Pawlenty gave a major speech on the economy this month in which he made some major proposals on tax cuts, the deficit, and economic growth. Pawlenty had the speech critiqued by the Fact Checker over at the Washington Post, … Continue reading

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Rollins and Bachmann Take on Palin

Republican campaign advisor Ed Rollins, freshly in place as chief strategist for Michelle Bachmann, used multiple talk show appearances to kick around Sarah Palin. From Politico: “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” he said. “She … Continue reading

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Methuen Health Care Deal Announced

I was very happy to report a health care deal yesterday with Methuen’s Section 19 Coalition, which includes representatives of all city unions. It is a one year contract (FY12) which continues the substantial changes we enacted in Methuen in … Continue reading

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Janice Michienzi is the June Artist of the Month

Mayor William M. Manzi has named Janice Michienzi as June’s Artist of the Month. Janice was born and raised in Methuen. Her maiden name is Mendonsa. She graduated from Tenney High School and attended Bon Secours Hospital and Northeastern University’s … Continue reading

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The President on the Auto Industry

With jobs in the news President Obama has been eager to talk about the new found success of the American auto industry. He visited Ohio to highlight the fact that the American auto industry is back to being profitable after … Continue reading

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