Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Horrible Day

The tragedy of yesterday’s mass killing is still weighing on the entire nation. Our prayers go to the families and the entire community, and our appreciation for the teachers and staff who acted so courageously to protect the children can … Continue reading

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What Ails Republicans? No New Ideas.

The very nerve of a partisan Democrat like myself talking about what types of problems the Republican Party has. But yes it needs to be talked about in a serious way, as those problems will have a big impact on … Continue reading

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Susan Rice Withdraws

Susan Rice today took her name out of contention for the Secretary of State position, seemingly clearing the way for John Kerry to be named by the President to that slot, possibly as early as tomorrow. The intrigue may begin … Continue reading

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The Cahill Case

There has been much writing, and plenty of really obnoxious pontificating, on the Tim Cahill case. We have run the gamut, from speculation on retrying Cahill, to whether the non-verdict is a reflection on Martha Coakley, and how that impacts … Continue reading

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Shocking!

I have done a couple of posts about the setting of the “municipal tax factor”, and the annual request by City Councilors from around the Commonwealth to Mayors and Managers to lower tax bills by raiding free cash and reserves. … Continue reading

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Weekly Chat with Ted Panos on WCAP

A podcast of my weekly chat with Teddy Panos and the morning crew over at WCAP. Talking about the fiscal cliff, the potential for a deal, and what the right ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases should be. Thanks … Continue reading

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The Essential Republican (Boehner) Dilemma

Republicans in Congress find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. As the President digs in on the issue of tax rates for the top 2% of earners the Republican Party seems to be imploding, unable to make … Continue reading

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Rep. DiZoglio to Host Charity Fundraiser

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, December 6, 2012 Rep-Elect DiZoglio to Host Holiday Jazz Brunch to Support Local Families in Need Methuen, MA – State Representative-elect Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) invites local residents to join the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood Inc.’s effort to help … Continue reading

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City of Methuen Annual Tree Lighting

City of Methuen Annual Tree Lighting, Sunday December 9 at the Nevin’s Memorial Library. Event starts at 4:00 pm upstairs in the library with talented singers of the CGS and Marsh school chorus. Santa arrives at 4:30 pm and will … Continue reading

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Michael Widmer on the Massachusetts Budget

Some comments from Michael Widmer, laying out some of the issues facing the Commonwealth, and some of the unpleasant options facing the State as we begin looking to the FY 14 budget. Widmer was a guest on WBUR, Public Radio.

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